East Columbia 50+ offers morning harmonize exercise

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.


The Howard County Department of Citizen Services announced that the Bain Center will be closed for at least two weeks while damage caused by a burst water pipe is repaired. For questions or information, Office on Aging, 410-313-6410 (voice/relay) or aging@howardcountymd.gov.


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 jlee@howardcountymd.gov. http://www.howardcountyaging.org/cycle2health.

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.

•Clutter Busters. March 24, 1 p.m. Take on clutter one room at a time. Free.

•Creative Writing Beginner Class. Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 9 a.m. Led by Shayna Johnson. Four weeks for $86.

•Fitness for Fido. March 25, 1 p.m. This class will demonstrate new games to play with your dog. No dogs needed for the session. Free.

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

•Pilates. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m.

•Relaxupuncture. March 19, 10 a.m. $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 khull@howardcountymd.gov.

•Stream Mapping. Wed., March 18, 1 p.m. Rachel Beebe from the Environmental Office of Sustainability will share the new Stream Mapper project, which enlists citizens to help monitor streams in neighborhoods. Free.

•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.

•Ted Talks Luncheon. Tue., March 17, noon. Lunch donation.

•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 Driver Safety Class. March 20, 10 a.m. Learn new laws of the road. Call center for details, fees and to register.

•Aroma Therapy. April 16, 10 a.m. Great scents, and learn about the healing benefits. $4.

•Basic Art Class. March 27, 10:30 a.m. Easy steps to create a drawing/painting. Free.

•History of Patapsco Valley. March 24, 12:30 p.m. Retired park ranger Ed Johnson will discuss facts about Patapsco Valley, Ellicott City and more.

•Knitting Made Easy. April 7, 11 a.m. Learn basic steps for knitting. $2.

•Let's Dish. Fri., March 13, 11 a.m. $5.

•Maryland Insurance Administration Presentation. April 30, 10:30 a.m. Experts will offer advice on insurance scams and ways to save money. Free.

•Spring Breakfast Concert. April 17, 10 a.m. Fresh omelets, and Anthony Brown performs gospel favorites. $4.

•Spring Egg Hunt. April 1. Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.; prizes and games, 11 a.m.; refreshments, noon. Games, prizes and the Elkridge Bunny.

•St. Patty's Day Party. Tue., March 17, 10:30 a.m. Test your knowledge, play Irish trivia and win a prize. Corn beef and cabbage lunch served after trivia with registration for a donation. $1.

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. March 23, 11 a.m.

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

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

•Bingo. March 27, 10:30 a.m. $4.

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

•Brain Fitness. Thu., March 12, 9:15 a.m. Learn to keep the mind sharp.

•Genealogy. Wed., March 18, 10 a.m.

•History Series with Gary Kavangh. Wednesdays, March 18 and 25, 1:30 p.m. The History of Germany from 1866-1989.

•Irishman's Chorale: 'Amhrani Na Gaeilge.' Wed., March 18, 12:30 p.m.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Pfc. Andre Lingham, Howard County Police Department. Tue., March 17, 11 a.m. Learn about current scams and safety concerns in and around the county.

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

•Picture This. March 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn tips for photo taking with a digital camera or smart phone. Call center or sign up at front desk for an appointment.

•Seniors Together Men's Forum. Thursdays, 11:30 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.


•A Look at World Religions. Wednesdays, March 18 and 25, and April 1 and 8, 1 p.m.


•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.

•Caregiver Event. March 31, 6 p.m. Ted Meyerson of the USM Educational Foundation will present "Technology to Enhance Aging in Place." This presentation will review the technology that family, caregivers, health care providers, and the older adult can use to help the resident age in place. Respite care will be provided. required. Contact Valerie Liss 410-313-5980 x26 or vliss@howardcountymd.gov.

•Civil War Series: A Civil War Correspondent. Wed., March 18, 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. March 20, 9:30 a.m. Sign up at front desk for a 30-minute session or 1 hour for diabetics.

•Genealogy. Thu., March 12, 10 a.m.

•History of Broadway. Mon., March 9, 11 a.m.

•History of Broadway. April 6, 11 a.m.

•History's Mysteries: Big Foot. Thu., March 12, 1 p.m.

•Lee's Surrender. April 23, 10 a.m.

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

•Lunch and Learn. April 29, noon. Evaluate carbohydrate consumption. 410-313-3506 to register. Registration closes April 23. Ages 60 and older make a donation; all others pay $4.01.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

•Montpilier Trip. April 9. Travel to James Madison's Montpelier for a guided tour of the newly-renovated mansion and visitor's center. $65.

•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.

•Six Steps to a Better Brain. March 13, 1 p.m.

•Waffle Bar. March 20, 9 a.m.

•WomenFest. April 25, 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. Tue., March 17, 10:30 a.m. "Jewish Americans" - part 2. Approximately 2 hours. Federation Building Lobby Conference Room. Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 103, or snovinsky@jewishhowardcounty.org.

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. computerseniors.org.

•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, map@howardcountymd.gov or http://www.howardcountyaging.org.

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.


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 vesselbelton@yahoo.com.

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, ruthkeetoncenter@wintergrowthinc.org or WinterGrowthInc.org for more information.

The Village in Howard

The Village in Howard, a nonprofit organization that supports residents age 55 and older, is offering the community an opportunity to celebrate the second march on Selma on Tue., March 24, 6:30 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Wilde Lake Village, Columbia. Local resident Sherman Howell will share brief personal recollections as a Selma marcher before the showing of the movie, "Selma." $6 at the door; seating is limited. http://www.thevillageinhoward.org or 443-367-9043.

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. http://vitalityconciergeservices.com or 410-884-6972.