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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. Jan. 8, 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. Jan. 29, 9 a.m. Register in the lobby.

•Art Club. Jan. 22, 1 p.m.

•Bain 'Buzz' Book Club. Jan. 21, 10 a.m. "Someone" by Alice McDermott.

•Bain Center Council Dance. Jan. 9, 1:30 p.m. Rearview Mirror performs. $6.

•Beginner Soul Line Dance Class. Thursdays, Jan. 8-29, 2:45 p.m. $23.

•Brain Fitness Course. Nine-week class. Jan. 29, 10 a.m. for a special session. Thursdays, Feb. 12-April 23, 10 a.m. $20. Register at front desk.


•Brain Fitness-Neurobics. Jan. 13, 10 a.m. Learn to keep the mind sharp. Free.

•Bunco. Last Friday, 10:30 a.m. Free.

•Candlelight Society Outreach Presents: Fortunata Trio. Jan. 27, 11 a.m. Register by Jan. 23.

•Chair Yoga. Thursdays, Jan. 8-29, 2 p.m. $23.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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


•Dr. King's Day of Service – Food Donation Drive. Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m. Bring a meal, receive a meal. Donations accepted Jan. 1-16. Sign up for lunch by Jan. 9.

•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.

•Focus on Fitness. Jan. 20, 9 a.m. Jump start your New Year's Fitness Program. Register by Jan. 13.

•Foreign Film, Lunch and Discussion. Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m. "Mao's Last Dancer." Register by Jan. 14. $10.

•Friday Afternoon Documentaries. Jan. 16, 1 p.m. "Who is Dayani Cristal?"; Jan. 30, 1 p.m. "How to Make Money Selling Drugs."


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

•The Job Support Group. Jan. 15, 5 p.m. Resume and/or letter of interest must be provided by all participants. Ginny Matthias, MAP specialist, 410-313-7288.

•La Cafe with TED. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Free.

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

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Nutrition Individual Counseling. Jan. 8, 9 a.m. Call center to schedule an appointment. Free.


•Nutrition Workshop. Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m. Mental health and nutrition.

•Off Your Marbles Brain Training. Jan. 6, 10:30 a.m. Exercise your brain with activities and games. Free.

•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.

•Seniors are still 'Acting Up.' Returning Tuesdays on Jan. 20, 10 a.m.

•Share Your Apps. Jan. 22, 1:30 p.m. Learn to use apps on your device. Registration requested.


•Spanish 101. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 13, 1 p.m. Instructed by Hiram Perez. Sign up at front desk. Free.

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. Jan. 8, 1 and 6:30 p.m. "Chef"; Jan. 22, 1 p.m. "If I Were You."

•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, 6:30 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.


•Aromatherapy. Jan. 21, 11 a.m. Call center to register.

•Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. May 20, 8 a.m. departure. Travel to New York City to see the musical. $250. Call center for reservation details.

•Chinese Painting. Mondays, beginning Jan. 5 for six weeks, 9 a.m. $76.

•Clutter Busters Reunited. Jan. 20, 1 p.m.

•Meet the Author – Kerry Hannon. Jan. 13, 7 p.m. "What's Next?: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond." Free.

•Morning Harmonize Exercise. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.


•Nutrition Tune Up. Mon., Jan. 5, 3:30-6 p.m. by appointment.

•Pilates. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m.

•RELAXupuncture. Jan. 22, 10 a.m. $20.

•Soul Line Dance. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

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

•Strength Training. Wednesdays, 3 p.m.


•Ted Talks Panini Lunch. Jan. 13, noon. Lunch donation.

•Think Spring: Philadelphia Flower Show. March 4, 9 a.m. departure, 7:30 p.m. return. Reservation deadline Jan. 30. $84.

•Urban Line Dance. Tuesdays, 3 p.m.

•Yoga. Traditional: Mondays, 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and Tuesdays, 2 p.m. Seated Yoga: Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

•Zumba and Authentic Latin Jam Dance. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m.

Elkridge Senior Center


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

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

•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. Jan. 26, 11 a.m.

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

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

•Bingo. Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m. $4.

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


•Brain Fitness. Jan. 15, 11 a.m. Learn to keep the mind sharp.

•Genealogy. Jan. 14, 10 a.m. Learn basic tricks and tips to finding your family tree.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Nutrition Education Lunch Lessons. Jan. 28, 12:30 p.m. How Safe is Your Food at Home? Rona Martiyan will discuss nutrition information and tips. Meet with Martiyan for personal nutrition consultation from 1:30-3:30 by appointment. Call center.

•Painting Together. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


•Paper Crafting with Diane. Valentine's Day cards. Jan. 23, 1 p.m. $7.50. Sign up one week prior to class. A $2.50 supply fee payable to instructor at class.

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

•Picture This. Jan. 27, 11 a.m. Get help with your digital camera or smart phone camera. Call center to schedule a 30-minute appointment.

•Pfc. Andre Lingham, Howard County Police Department. Jan. 6, 11 a.m. Lingham will address current scams and safety concerns in the community.

•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, 11 a.m.

•Theatre Thursdays. Jan. 8, "Philomena," 12:30 p.m. and Jan. 22, "America: Imagine the world without her," 12:30 p.m.

•Watercolor with Carole Zink. Wednesdays, Jan. 21-Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. Master the fundamentals of drawing, shapes, values, textures and design. Six classes for $43. Call center to register.

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.

•Billiards/Table Tennis. Weekdays, 8 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.

•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.

•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.

•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.

•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

Social Group

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.

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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.

The Village in Howard

The Village in Howard, a new nonprofit project to create a community without walls for local residents ages 55 and older, is now accepting annual memberships. Description and details,, or by calling the office, 443-367-9043. Visit the office, 5466 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, in the Winter Growth building, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. to talk with a representative and gather 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.