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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. 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

•AARP Tax Aide. Through April 15. Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; select Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8:30 a.m.- 1p.m.; and select Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.- 1p.m. 410-313-7387 for information and appointments; do not call the center.

•Acupuncture. Thursdays, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. $20 group setting. Thursdays, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $55 one-on-one session.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Feb. 23, 9 a.m. Register in the lobby.

•Art Club. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•Bain 'Buzz' Book Club. Wed., Feb. 18, 10 a.m. "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri.

•Bain Center Council Dance. Fri., Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m. $6.

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


•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.

•Friday Afternoon Documentaries. Feb. 20, 1 p.m. "The Loving Story."

•The Job Support Group. Feb. 19, 5 p.m. Resume and/or letter of interest must be provided by all participants. Ginny Matthias, 410-313-7288.


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

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Music Appreciate: Concert Masterworks. First and third Fridays, beginning Feb. 20, 10 a.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.

•Seniors are still 'Acting Up.' Tuesdays, 10 a.m.


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

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. Feb. 12, 1 and 6:30 p.m. "10,000 Black Men Named George," and Feb. 20, 1 p.m. "The Fault in Our Stars."

•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.


•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.

•Boost Your Brain with Dr. Majid Fotuhi. March 5, 10 a.m. Explore the importance of sleep in expanding your brain.

•Bring Your Own Beads Workshop. Wed., Feb. 18, 11 a.m. Minimal cost for supplies if needed.

•Chinese New Year Celebration. Feb. 23, 6 p.m. The Year of the Sheep will be celebrated with demonstrations of Tai Chi, Qigong and Chinese painting. Registration suggested. Free.

•Clutter Busters. Feb. 24, 1 p.m. Watch "My Mother's Garden."

•Gelli Plate Printing. Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. Create mono prints with acrylic paints. $30.


•Ladies Texas Hold 'Em Poker and Pizza. Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m. $5.

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

•Pilates. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m.

•Relaxupuncture. Feb. 19, 10 a.m. One-hour session. $23.

•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.

•Technology Labs. Second and Third Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. Get answers to questions about cell phones, tablets or computers from Columbia Association Youth and Teen members. Appointments required.

•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.

•AARP Tax Assistance. Feb. 25. Appointments between 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call center for appointments.

•Brain Fitness. Tue., Feb. 17, 10:15 a.m. Learn to keep the mind sharp. $2.

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

•History of Patapsco River Valley...Elkridge to Ellicott City. Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m. Learn how this area played a major role in the development of Maryland. Free.

•Men's Breakfast. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in February, 9 a.m. Relax with friends for food and conversation. Women are welcome. Call center to register.


•Origin and History of the Holy Bible. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon. Taught by retired teacher Thelma Carter.

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. Feb. 23, 11 a.m.


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

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

•Bingo. Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. $4.

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

•Brain Fitness. Feb. 19. Learn to keep the mind sharp.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.


•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Nutrition Education Lunch Lessons. Feb. 20, 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.

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

•Picture This. Feb. 24, 10 a.m. Get help with your digital camera or smart phone camera. Call center to schedule a 30-minute appointment.

•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.

Free Income Tax Preparations and Assistance

Evening and weekend appointments available.No age limitation. AARP and the IRS are sponsoring free personal income tax preparation for county residents. The tax service is available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special emphasis on ages 60 and older, at senior centers in the county. Self-employment returns with more than $10,000 in expenses and complex returns are not eligible for this service. To schedule an appointment call: Bain Center, 410-313-7387: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, Wednesday through Saturday mornings, and Thursday evenings. East Columbia Senior Center, 410-313-7680: select Wednesdays. Elkridge Senior Center, 410-313-5192: select Wednesdays. Ellicott City Senior Center/Miller Annex,410-313-1400: Tuesday evenings. Miller Branch library Avalon Room, 410-313-1400:Friday mornings and afternoons. Glenwood Community Center, 410-313-5440: Thursdays. North Laurel Community Center, 410-313-0380: Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

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. Eight weeks for $35.

•Art Show: 'Inside, Outside.' Through March 31.

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

•Blood Pressure Screenings. Feb. 24, 9 a.m.

•Civil War Series. Wed., Feb. 18, 10 a.m. "The Forgotten Warriors."


•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.

•Genealogy. Thu., Feb 12., 10 a.m.

•The Great Baltimore Fire. Fri., Feb. 13, 10 a.m.


•History's Mysteries: Who Killed the Red Baron? Feb. 27, 10 a.m.

•Howard Community College: World Religions. Mondays, Feb. 23 and March 2, 9 and 16, 10 a.m. This course focuses on the foundation of many of the major religions. $69. Register with HCC.

•Line Dancing Beyond Beginners. Thursdays, 12:45 p.m. Ten weeks for $53.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

•Open Studio. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.

•Pancake Bar. Tue., Feb. 17, 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.

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. Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m. "The Jewish Americans" – part 1 – documentary film by filmmaker Davis Grubin. The film traces 350 years of Jewish American history, from the arrival of the first Jews in 1654 up to the present day. "The Jewish Americans" tells the story of the struggle of a tiny minority to make their way into the American mainstream while, at the same time, maintaining a sense of their own identity as Jews. Federation building lobby conference room. 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. Facilitated group.

•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.