Scrabble at the Bain Center

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.


•Another Way to See It Laughter Club. Mondays, 9 a.m. $2 instructor fee at class each week.

•Autumn Ballet for Health and Healing. Tue., Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this interactive demonstration and experience how movement, music, and meditation can improve your health and spirits. Call the center to reserve your seat.

•Back-to-School Photo Contest and Luncheon. Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m. As students head back to school this, the center will be taking a trip back down memory lane. The center will be collecting old school pictures from seniors and staff and assigning adjoining numbers. The idea is to assign a name to each numbered picture, the person who matches the most names to the numbered pictures wins. First place winner will receive a $50 gift card from a local restaurant and the second place winner will receive a $25 gift card from a local grocery store. Staff is excluded from winning. Sign up in the lobby.

•Bain Thursday Afternoon Movies. Sept. 8, 1 p.m. "The Fighter"; Sept. 22, 1 p.m. "Morning Glory."

•Bain Friday Documentaries. Sept. 16, 1 p.m. "Countdown to Zero"; Sept. 30, 1 p.m. "Vanishing of the Bees."

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

•ChairYoga. Fridays, Oct. 22-Dec. 23, 9:30 a.m. $48 for nine weeks.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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

•Council Dance. Fri., Sept 9 and Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m. Featuring ByHeart and The Good Timers. $6.

•Drop-In Sewing. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Free.

•E.S.L. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Help improve your conversational English. Participate in small groups with tutors. 410-313-7213. Free.

•Fitness-Neurobics. Tuesdays, through Oct. 18, 10 a.m. Strengthen your brain and have fun in the process. Free.

•Health Insurance Assistance. Information and counseling services. Medicare beneficiaries, regardless of age, as well as people ages 60 and older, and people with disabilities ages 55 and older. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-313-7391.

•Kasa Annual Thrift Sale. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All proceeds go to the Vivian Reid Fund.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Maryland Clean Car Clinic. Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-noon. Sign up at the front desk or call the center for a time to bring your car to the center parking lot between for a free 15-minute, 26-point inspection conducted by ASE certified technician from the University of Maryland.

•Nutritional Counseling with Rona Martiyan. Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m. Topic: "Do You Feel Bloated and Out of Sorts?" Free.

•Opera Preview. Sun., Sept. 11, 2 p.m. Featuring Tom Glenn, aka "Dr. Opera." Payment of $3 due Fri., Sept. 9.

•Parkinson's Support Group. First Saturdays, 11 a.m. For individuals with an early onset diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Malcolm Wolf, 301-490-7288 or mhwolf@comcast.net.

•Ping Pong. Tuesdays, noon-4:15 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.; Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.; and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Free.

•Reflexology. Second Thursday and Friday. $53 for 55 minutes. Experience a foot massage as an alternative form of stress management. 410-313-7213 to schedule an appointment.

•Scrabble. Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

•Sixty Plus Wills/Legal Screening. Third Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Services include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. 410-313-1400 to schedule an appointment.

•Table Tennis. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30-4:15 p.m., Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m., and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

•Thursday Night Bridge. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. 410-313-7213 to reserve a seat. $2.

•Wii Club. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Improve hand-eye coordination and get exercise while competing against peers. Free.

•Work up the Beat. Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Freestyle dancing, no instructor. Free.

East Columbia

50+ Center

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

•Agewell Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 3 10 a.m. $35.

•Belly Dance Class. Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. $23 a month.

•Bid Whist. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Lunch available.

•Box Lunch Book Club. Tue., Sept. 13, noon. "American's Dream" by Esmerella Santigo.

•Bridge. Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

•Chair Yoga. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. $5 a class, paid monthly.

•Chess Club. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Join seasoned and novice players.

•Color Work Shop. Wed., Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m. Paint a floral creation. $33.

•Cool Jazz for a Hot Center. Tue., Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. reception, music begins 7 p.m. Jazz performed by Project Natali.

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

•Crochet. Sept. 27, 1 p.m. Prerequisite: Some knowledge of crochet. $21.

•Harmonize Exercise. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Boost your metabolism and get your brain in gear for the day. $24.

•Healthy Food Support Group. Second and fourth Fridays, 10 a.m. Senior Peer Resources: Individuals, Networks and Groups support group. Discuss and share topics related to healthy foods and food choices. Elaine Widom, 410-313-7283. Free.

•Kukuwa Dance. Mondays, Sept. 19-Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m. $23.

•Line Dance with Mary McCormick. Mondays, Sept. 19-Nov. 28, 3:30 p.m. advanced; 4:30 p.m. beginners. $38.

•Mah Jongg. Mondays, noon; and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Open game for serious players.

•Meet the authors of "Because We Read." Sept. 18, 2 p.m.

•Pilates. Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $28 for September.

Elkridge Senior Center

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

•Age Well Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Low-impact exercise designed for any fitness level. $32 for 16-week session.

•Book Club. Second Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

•Cards and games. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


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


•Golden Corral Bingo Breakfast. Second Fridays, 8:30 a.m. Breakfast for $7.95; free bingo.

•Just Bead It. Second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Make a craft with beads. $6 per craft.

•Legal Aid Help and Assistance. Second and fourth Fridays, 10 a.m. Free.

•Line Dance. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m.

•Matter of Balance. Wednesdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 26, 10 a.m. If you have a fear of falling or you just want to be safe, this class will teach how to protect yourself. $23 for eight-week class.

•Rummikub. Second Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

•St. Augustine Bingo Lunch. Third Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free homemade lunch and cash bingo.

Ellicott City

Senior Center

9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1421.

•Blood Pressure Screenings. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free.

•Computer Seniors of America. Call center for details.

•Genealogy Class. Sept. 14, 11 a.m. Explore where to find ancestors' occupations, how many occupations were passed on from generation to generation and look at some common occupations of the 1800s and 1900s.

•Kings and Queens Bridge. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon.

•Massage Therapy. Mondays, noon-3 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

•Monthly Bingo. Ten rounds, $3. Sept. 27, 1 p.m. $3.

•Open Bridge. Mondays and Fridays, 1-4 p.m.

•"Olde Golde" Music. Sept. 15, 11:15 a.m. Theme and music will include songs from the 1940s. Free.

•Piano Lessons. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. Diane Waslick will teach piano lessons. Diane, 410-531-9569, to schedule half-hour appointment. $28.

•Pinochle. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

•Senior Safety Awareness Day. Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn the latest safety initiatives from professionals from the Howard County Police Department, the Howard County Fire Department and the Howard County Consumer Affairs Office. Free and open to entire family.

•September Bus Trip: Crab Feast on the Eastern Shore. Sept. 9, 11 a.m. Travel to Grasonville to eat at the Fisherman's Inn Crab Deck. $59 per person.

•Sixty Plus Wills/Legal Screening. Fourth Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Services include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. 410-313-1400 to schedule an appointment.

•Table Tennis. Mondays and Fridays, 1-4 p.m.

•Talk to a MAP Specialist. Sept. 9, 10 a.m. Jill Kamenetz will be available to help with homeowners and rental tax credit paperwork. Free.

Gary J. ArthurCommunity Centerat Glenwood

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

•Age Well Sit and Fit. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. $35 for 16 classes.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Sept. 12, 9 a.m. Free.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Body Sculpt. Mondays, 11 a.m. $58 for eight weeks. Session begins September 19.

•Cards and Games. Fridays, noon.

•Civil War Series: Elmer Elsworth. Sept. 21, 11 a.m.

•Computer Seniors of America. Call the center for class information.

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

•Duplicate Bridge. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 p.m. $1.

•Hatha Yoga 1-2. Fridays, 8 a.m. $53. Session begins Sept. 23.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

•Men's basketball. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.

•Photography Exhibit and Reception. Sept. 8, 1:30 p.m. Call to register.

•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

•SHIP Counselor. Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Call to schedule an appointment.

•Showstoppers and Chart Toppers. Sept. 9, 11 a.m. Free.

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

•Sittercize. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. $39 for 18 classes.

•Table Tennis. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Volleyball. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Womanfest. Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Jewish Federation

of Howard County

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

•jGroup. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Bain Center; third Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Federation Community Room. Wed., Sept. 7. Al Biegel is back. Biegel will do a presentation on the status of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process. Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Federation Community Room. Themes and customs of Rosh Hashanah. Have you ever wondered why exactly we blow the Shofar? With Rachel Petroff, family educator, Temple Isaiah. Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, ext. 103, or Sophie@JewishHowardCounty.org.

Kiwanis-WallasRecreation Center

10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-2637.

•Bingo. First Fridays, 1 p.m.

•Blood Pressure Screenings. First Wednesdays and third Fridays, 9:15-10:45 a.m.

•Bridge and Pinochle. Bridge, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; pinochle, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Drop in for bridge and pinochle or bring a table game. Bring a bag lunch; coffee, tea and treats will be available.

•Community Knitting and Crocheting Group. Second and fourth Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. Knit and crochet afghans, blankets, baby wear and more for local charities, hospitals and senior centers.

•Duplicate Bridge. Wednesdays, noon-3:30 p.m.; and Fridays, 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Drop in for a few hours of duplicate bridge. Bring a bag lunch; coffee, tea and treats will be available.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Cathy Vigus, 410-313-7311 or cvigus@howardcountymd.gov.

North Laurel50+ Center

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

•Mah Jongg. Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

•Pinochle. Thursdays, 9 a.m.

•Unstuff Your Life. Mon., Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Presented by the Howard County Office on Aging. Learn how to get a handle on a crowded kitchen, a disorganized closest and more. Space is limited. $15. 410-313-0380 to register.


•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. Types of information offered include respite and home care, long-term care, in-home evaluation, aging in place/home modifications, retirement/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, the 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.

Phelps Senior Center

701 Montgomery St., Laurel. 301-776-6168.

•Blood pressure screenings. Second Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

•Laurel Senior Friendship Club. Second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Meetings are preceded by an hour of mingling and refreshments. Lunch provided after the meetings. 301-725-0661.

Social GroupFor Singles 50+

Sundays, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Complimentary coffee and snack. Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. 410-997-0739.

Senior WheelsUSA Program

Power wheelchairs available for seniors and people with disabilities. No cost to the recipient, if qualified. No deposit required. Provided to those who can no longer walk or propel a manual wheelchair. 1-800-246-6010.


Sponsored by Howard County Recreation and Parks, unless otherwise noted. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

•Amish Heritage Tour. Oct. 4, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Spend the day in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country with a tour of a real Amish farm in Lancaster and some shopping time at an Amish market and produce stand. 55 years old and older. $89.

•Oktoberfest at Blob's Park. Oct. 9, 2-9 p.m. Celebrate all things German at the reopened Blob's Park, in Jessup. This German beer garden is open for limited weekends. Join the festivities, enjoy a hot buffet and listen to joyful music. 18 years old and older. $66.

•Indian Museum. Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Go to the National Indian Museum along the National Mall area in Washington, D.C. You may elect to visit any of the other museums in the same area. Lots of walking and lunch is on your own to bring or buy. 55 years old and older. $45.

•Fall Foliage on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Oct. 15, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Motor coach to Cumberland and spend some time at the C&O Canal Museum, then it is off to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for a 17-mile, one-way excursion to Frostburg. Go to the Thrasher Carriage Museum, have lunch at Hotel Gunther and explore the hotel museum afterward. Head back down the mountain with a stop at Candyland for old fashion candy and fresh fruit before heading home. 6 years old and older. $124.

•Fort McHenry. Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fort McHenry is best known for its role in the War of 1812 when it successfully defended itself from an attack by the British Navy. It was during this bombardment that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write "The Star Spangled Banner." Enjoy a historic tour and go to the brand new visitor center and gift shop. Lunch is on your own, bring or buy at the Inner Harbor. 55 years old and older. $59.

•Civil War at B&O Museum. Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, travel to the Baltimore B&O Railroad Museum to see "The War Came by Train," and to learn about the important role the railroad played during the war. Go on a guided tour, a train ride and bring a bagged lunch. After lunch, take in some other exhibits at the museum. 55 years old and older. $68.


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