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.

•Bain's Multi-Cultural Exchange. Thu., Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. Share different cultures and customs. Free.

•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. Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m. Featuring 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.

•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.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn't Enough. Wed., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. 410-313-7391 to register. Free.

•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.


•Qigong. Thursdays, Oct. 6-Dec. 22, 10 a.m. $59 for 11 weeks.

•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.

•Thursday Night Bridge. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. $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.

•Zumba. Fridays, Oct. 7-Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m. $48 for nine weeks.

East Columbia50+ Center

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

•Agewell Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through 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.

•Bridge. Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

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

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

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

•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, through Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m. $23.

•Line Dance with Mary McCormick. Mondays, through 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.

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, through 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.

•Nutrition with Rona. Oct. 13, 10 a.m.

•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.

•Wii Fit. Oct. 17, 1 p.m.

Ellicott CitySenior Center

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

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

•Brain Fitness. Oct. 13, 11 a.m. Robin Zahor teaches how to keep the brain sharp. Free.

•Computer Seniors of America. Call center for details.

•Dr. Mary Carson, Clinical Audiologist. Tue., Oct. 11, 10 a.m. Dr. Carson will perform free hearing screenings. Call center to sign up. Free.

•Early Bird Bingo. Fri., Oct. 7, 10 a.m. $2.

•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.

•October Bus Trip to Gettysburg. Oct. 18, bus departs at 8:30 a.m. $79 per person. Call center to reserve a spot.

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

•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.

•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. Oct. 14, 10 a.m. Free.


•Tap Class with Jackie Dunphy. Wednesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Six week for $38.

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. Oct. 17, 9 a.m.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Bridge Boot Camp. Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m.

•Cards and Games. Fridays, noon.

•Celebrate the Center's Anniversary with the Goldenaires. Oct. 26, 11 a.m.

•Civil War Series – Loyal Hearts. Oct. 19, 11 a.m.

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

•Critter Caravan. Oct. 14, 11 a.m.

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

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

•Food for Life. Oct. 31, 9 a.m.

•Just Desserts – Pumpkin. Tue., Oct. 11, 10 a.m.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

•Meditation. Fridays, 9:15 a.m.

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

•Memory Walk to End Alzheimer's. Oct. 22, at Centennial Park.

•Oktober "Book" Fest. Oct. 27 and 28, all day.

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

•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.

Jewish Federation

of Howard County

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

•jGroup. at the Bain CenterOct. 11, 10:30 a.m. at The Bain Center. Photographic travelogue about "Imperial China, Tibet and the Yangtze River" by photographer Jim Auerbach. A royal palace forbidden to visitors for centuries opens its doors, and the largest dam in the world harnesses the power of a mighty river; Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Federation Community Room. "The Bible's Jubilee and Land Today"- a talk closely based on J.H. Hertz's commentary on the Bible. Presented by professor Steven Cord, former professor of history and economics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 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.

•Bridge for Beginners. Fridays, beginning Oct. 14, for eight weeks, 9:30 a.m. Learn the basics of bridge. Ages 55 and older. $72 plus materials.

•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.

•Long-term Living: Cover the Costs. Oct. 19, 11 a.m. Explore long-term care insurance options and consider the questions of whether to buy or not. Registration required. Ages 55 and older.

•Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage 2012. Oct. 5, 11 a.m. Understand how the coverage works and how it affects you. Free.

•Supervised Play. Fridays, beginning Oct. 14, for four weeks, 12:30 p.m. This bridge class is designed for immediate feedback. For ages 55 and older. $36.

North Laurel50+ Center

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

•Mah Jongg. Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

•Pinochle. Thursdays, 9 a.m.

•SPRING "Power Over Pain" Program. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 12, for eight weeks, 1 p.m. A starter-group for anyone living with chronic pain. For more information, Karen Hull, 410-313-7466 or khull@howardcountymd.gov; or to register, Carmen Faye, 410-313-0380 or cfaye@howardcountymd.gov.

•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.


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

•Oktoberfest at Blob's Park. Sun., 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. Mon., 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.



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.