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East Columbia 50+ offers caregiver support group

Activity Pals

For single seniors. Get together with others to attend events, shop, go sightseeing, dine out and more. 301-596-6385.


The Bain Center

5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-313-7213.


•50+ LGBT Support and Social Group. First Thursday, 6 p.m. This group provides the 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community with support, resources and conversation in a welcoming, safe and confidential setting. Jessica Rowe, 443-980-2914 or

•Acupuncture. Thursdays, 9 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20 group setting.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Oct. 27, 9 a.m. Free.

•Bunco. Last Friday, 10:30 a.m. Free.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Computer Tutoring. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Schedule appointment. Free.

•Consumer Affairs Q&A. Wed., Oct. 22, 10 a.m. Free.

•Friday Afternoon Documentaries. Oct. 31, 1 p.m. "Anita: Speaking Truth to Power."


•Guitar Lessons. Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Register at front desk.

•Halloween Council Fun Day. Oct. 31, 10 a.m. Doughnuts, cider and magic with Brandy Freeman Entertainment. Registration requested.

•Let's Walk and Move. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. and Fridays, 3 p.m.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Parkinson's Support Group. First Saturday, 10:30 a.m. For individuals with a diagnosis of early onset Parkinson's disease. Malcolm Wolf, 301-490-7288 or

•Ping pong. Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Thursdays until 8:30 p.m.


•Toss Across. Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. Oct. 16, "The Monuments Men," 1 and 6:30 p.m.

•Travel Chatter Club. Mon., Oct. 20, 1 p.m. Learn the do's and don'ts of planning a trip.

•Trivia Time. Last Friday, 9:30 a.m. Free.

•Wii Bowling. Thursdays, 10 a.m.

•Zumba. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. and Thursdays, 11 a.m. $1 donation accepted.



A noncompetitive, peer-led, bicycling club featuring weekday rides during daytime hours. Adults of all ages and riding abilities welcomed. Rides vary in length and difficulty and depart from various county senior center locations. Jennifer Lee, 410-313-5940 or

East Columbia

50+ Center

6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7680.

•Retirement – Love it. Hate it. Your Choice. Wed., Oct. 22, 9 a.m. This workshop is designed to allow individuals to discover activities that create a zest for life in retirement years. $10.


•Sew Who Cares. Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

•Soup and Salad Bar. Second Friday, noon. Lunch donation.

•SPRING Caregiver Support Group. Third Mondays, 7 p.m. For adult caregivers of other adults. For information, Karen Hull, 410-313-7466 or

Elkridge Senior Center

6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5192 or 410-313-4930.

•Age Well Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Low-impact exercise for any fitness level. Sixteen classes for $32.


•Card Players Wanted. The center is looking for groups that are interested in starting card games and/or tournaments. Call center for information.

•Computer Seniors of America. Day classes available for basic, advanced and specialized courses. Stop in or call for description and offerings.

•Gentle Chair Yoga. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Six-week session for $40.

•Origin and History of the Holy Bible. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. Register for lunch.

Ellicott City

Senior Center


9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1400.

•Acupuncture. Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-8 p.m. and Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Initial consultation visit $125 for 1.5 hours; following visits $75 for an hour. Call center to schedule an appointment.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Oct. 27, 11 a.m.

•B Games. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Bunco, Brainbusters, Baggo and Wii bowling.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

•Bingo. Oct. 28, 1 p.m. $4.


•Blood Pressure Screening. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon..

•Brain Fitness. Oct. 23, 11 a.m. Learn to keep the mind sharp.

•Canasta. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•CCBC OT Fall Prevention Program. Tue., Oct. 21 and 28, 9:30 a.m. Students from CCBC will test seniors balance with two different tests, the Tinetti and the 30-second chair test on Oct. 21. Students will administer the FRIENDS screening on Oct. 28.

•Food Matters: Confectionary Treats. Thu., Oct. 16, 10:45 a.m.

•Friday Movies. 1 p.m. Call center for movie information.


•Greg Lupton performs. Wed., Oct. 22, 12:30 p.m.

•Halloween Spooktacular, Baked Potato Bar Lunch and Show. Oct. 31, noon. Entertainment by The Grey Legends. $15.

•History Series with Gary Kavangh. Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29, 1 p.m. "Russian History from the Revolution until Today."

•Holiday Craft Boutique. Dec. 3, 11 a.m. Crafters wanted. Contact Vicki Stahly for table availability, 410-313-1421.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.


•Nutrition Education. Wed., Oct. 22, noon.

•Olde Golde Music. Thu., Oct. 16, 12:30 p.m.

•Painting Together. Mondays, 10 a.m.; and Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Piano Lessons. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. $30 per half-hour session.

•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

•Seniors Together. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. A low vision support group. Karen Hull, 410-313-7466.


•Seniors Together Men's Forum. Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. Social support group featuring weekly topics on current events, news, finance and more. Karen Hull, 410-313-7466.

•Ted Said... Tuesdays, Oct. 21 and 28, 11 a.m.

Glenwood 50+ Center

2400 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5440.

•Acupuncture. Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $125 initial appointment, $75 a session.

•Age Well Sit and Fit. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.


•Art of Aging. Thu., Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m. A group discussion by and for older adults on what the later years bring, offer and demand.

•Bagels with TED. Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.

•Bankers, Capitalists and Robber Barons. Thursdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, 1 p.m. This series tells the story of "How America got Rich."

•Billiards/Table Tennis. Weekdays, 8 a.m.

•Blood Pressure Screenings. Oct. 28, 9 a.m.

•Computer Seniors. First and third Wednesday, 10 a.m.


•Cooking Demo. Wed., Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. Freezing slow cooker meals. $8.

•Culture, Conversation and Cuisine. Oct. 31, noon. Oktoberfest style lunch. $6.

•Drop-in Basketball. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.

•Drop-in Painting. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Free.

•Duplicate Bridge. Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:45 p.m.

•Fish Fryght. Oct. 29, noon.


•Food for Life – Nutrition Counseling. Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. Sign up at the front desk for a session.

•Halloween Spooktacular/Birthday Bash. Oct. 31.

•HCC Presents: History of Rock N Roll. Mondays, through Nov. 3, 2 p.m. This course examines the 1950s influence of Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.

•HCC: Reconstruction, 1863-1877. Wednesdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 12 and 26, 9:45 a.m.

•History's Mysteries. Tue., Oct. 21, 9 a.m. Two-part series focusing on "Who Killed JFK?"

•Line Dancing Beyond Beginners. Thursdays, 1:45 p.m. Ten weeks for $53.


•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

•Movies. Oct. 24, "Million Dollar Arm," 1 p.m. $1 donation.

•Open Studio. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.

•Pickleball. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.

•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.

•SHIP Counselor. Tue., Oct. 21, 9 a.m.


•Silver Sneakers Walking Club. Weekdays, 8 a.m.

•Two for the Show. Oct. 24, 11 a.m.

Jewish Federation

of Howard County

Century Plaza 1000, Suite 400, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-730-4976.

•jGroup. Programs for ages 55 and older. Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m. Linda Baer, Jewish Woman of Song. Baer has performed in concerts throughout the mid-Atlantic region for more than 30 years. Credits include the Baltimore Jewish Festival, the Baltimore Folk Festival, coffee houses in Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey, the Philadelphia Folksong Society's Songwriter's Series, the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's Mini Festival, and the Baltimore Artists. Meets at the Bain Center; and Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m. Presentation by Nancy Lefenfeld. To Save a Life: Jewish Humanitarian Resistance in France during the Shoah. Although the subject Jewish resistance during the Holocaust has received more attention in recent years than it has previously, there is still not much known about it. This presentation addresses the subject as it pertains to France under the German Occupation. Current issues in France will also be discussed. Meets at the Jewish Federation of Howard County office, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy., #400, Columbia. Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 103, or


Longwood Senior Center

6150 Foreland Garth, Columbia. 410-313-7217.

•Art with Joyce. Second and fourth Friday, 11 a.m.-noon.

•Ageless Grace and Strength Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Computer Classes. Monthly, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Call center for dates and description.

•Group Exercise. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10 a.m. Free.


•Line Dance. Mondays, 1-2 p.m.

•Yoga. Most Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Call center to confirm dates. Donation.

North Laurel

50+ Center

9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel. 410-313-0380.

•Blood Pressure Screening. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.


•Computer Seniors of America Classes. Open computer lab first and third Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Inquire at front desk for prices and times.

•Enhance Fitness. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. Fifteen classes for $48.

•News Talk. Thursdays, 10 a.m. A discussion group focusing on current news locally, nationally and globally featuring facilitators Jacquelyn Barnes and Julia Murray. 410-313-0380 to register.

•SPRING Bereavement Group. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Find comfort in this short-term group for anyone mourning the loss of a loved one. Nominal fee. Karen Hull, 410-313-7466.

•Walking Club. Weekdays, 8 a.m.

Italian Night Spaghetti Dinner. Oct. 29, 5-7 p.m. Cost: Adults $10; ages 6 and under $7. Cash or checks only.


Consumer Safety Information. Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m. Home Improvement Scams Information Session with Howard County Consumer Safety Specialist.

Office on Aging

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-313-5980.

•Maryland Access Point (MAP) — Part of the Howard County Office on Aging, is an information and assistance gateway for older adults, people with disabilities, family members, caregivers and professionals. Information on respite and home care, long-term care, in-home evaluation, aging in place and home modifications, retirement and planning for the future, Medicare and health insurance, chronic-disease management, housing, transportation, income management, and legal services. Appointments are conducted at the Columbia office, senior centers or in your home, weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact MAP at the number above, or

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Sundays, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Complimentary coffee and snack. Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. 410-884-3848 or 410-992-0794.


Second and fourth Saturdays, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Volunteers needed to sing or play an instrument for the elderly at the Lorien Health Center. All ages welcome. Tim Belton, 410-730-6006, 410-908-7805 or

Winter Growth Senior Services seeking volunteers to sing or play an instrument for older adults; volunteers to share life stories with older adults; and volunteers to visit with bed-bound adults. Vivian Golden, 410-964-9616, or for more information.

Vitality Concierge Services

Personal assistant service organization based in Columbia offers specialized packages mixing a variety of services that are customized to fit specific needs. The featured package focuses on compassionate in-home care for seniors and includes the non-medical services needed most by independent elderly. or 410-884-6972.