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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.

•Bunco. Last Friday, 10:30 a.m. Free.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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

•English as a Second Language. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

•Enjoying the Creative Arts Discussion Group. Sponsored by SeniorsTogether meets through December, Fridays, 1 p.m.

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


•Let's Walk and Move. Tuesdays, 1 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.

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


•Wii Bowling. Thursdays, 10 a.m.

•Yoga for Parkinson's. Thursdays, through Dec. 18, 7 p.m. For Parkinson's patients and their care partners. Suggested $5 donation per class appreciated.

•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.

•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.

•Brain Fitness. Tue., Dec. 16. Sharpen the brain and have fun, too. $5.

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

•Holiday Cookie Swap. Mon., Dec. 15, 10 a.m. Free with a batch of cookies.

•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. Dec. 22, 11 a.m.

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

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.


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

•Brain Fitness. Thu., Dec. 11, 11 a.m. Learn to keep the brain sharp.

•Hanukkah Celebration. Tue., Dec. 16, 11:15 a.m.

•'Holly Jolly' Holiday Party. Fri., Dec. 12, 10:45 a.m. Featuring entertainment, lunch and cookie sale. $20.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Marriott's Ridge Women's Ensemble. Wed., Dec. 17, 11:30 a.m.


•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Painting Together. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

•Paper Crafting with Diane. Fridays, 1 p.m. Dec. 19, 1 p.m. Birthday Crafting. $7.50.

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

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

•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, Dec.16 and 23, 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.

•Bagels with TED. Tue., Dec. 16, 1- a.m.


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

•Civil War Series. Dec. 17, 10 a.m.

•Civil War Series: Honoring the Civil War Dead. Jan. 21, 10 a.m.

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

•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.

•Food for Life – Nutrition Counseling. Fri., Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m.

•Genealogy. Thu., Dec. 11, 10 a.m.

•Holiday Luncheon. Thu., Dec. 18, noon. $8.

•Holiday Movie. Fri., Dec. 12, 1 p.m.

•Julia Child, The Queen of Cuisine. Jan. 8, 11 a.m.


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

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

•Medically Curious. Fri., Dec. 12, 10 a.m.

•Open Studio. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.

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

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


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

•Waffle Bar. Wed., Dec. 17, 9 a.m.

•Wisdom Well Presents: Living Well with the Season Series. Jan. 21 and 28, 10 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. January 13, 10:30 a.m. Inside Vietnam and Cambodia: A Photographic Travelogue by Jim Auerbach. Vietnam and Cambodia are nations reborn. Discover the depth of their beauty with a pictorial travelogue. Join award-winning photographer Jim Auerbach for a description in pictures of his recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia that traversed the country of Vietnam from north to south, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping en route to explore the idyllic seaside retreat of Nha Trang, the French-flavored hilltop town of Dalat, and much more. Meets at the Bain Center. 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.

•Matinee Movie-White Christmas. Dec. 18, 1 p.m. Enjoy a free viewing of a holiday classic and meet new friends. Sponsored by the North Laurel Senior Council. Call or go to the center to sign up.

•News Talk: A Current Events Group. Thursdays, Dec. 11 and 18, 10 a.m. A discussion group focusing on current news locally, nationally and globally. Free program, registration required.

•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.

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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For Singles 50+


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.