Seniors: 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.


•A New Year, a New You. Jan. 30, 10 a.m. Free.

•Acting Up! Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. A theater club at the center. Free.

•American Indian Experience. Second Mondays, 1 p.m. Call center to register.

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

•Artful Journaling. Thu., Jan. 5, 9:30 a.m. No training needed. Ten weeks for $83. Ages 55 and older.

•Bain Council Dance. Jan. 13, 1:30 p.m. $6.

•Chair Yoga. Fri., Jan. 6-March 9, 9:30 a.m. $53.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Jan. 13, 9:30 a.m. Free.

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

•Gathering of the Arts. Mondays, 1 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Drop-in class, bring your own supplies.

•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, people ages 60 and older and those with disabilities ages 55 and older. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-313-7391.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•New Year-New Wishes Ballet. Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m. Free.

•Parkinson's Support Group. First Saturdays, 11 a.m. For individuals with a diagnosis of early onset 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. Thu., Jan. 5-March 7, 10 a.m. $53.

•Reflexology. Second Friday. $53 for 55 minutes. Experience a foot massage as a 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. Fri., Jan. 6-March 9, 10:30 a.m. $53.

East Columbia50+ Center

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

•A Cup or Tea and a New Focus. Jan. 18, 2 p.m. Explore personal 2012 options. Free.

•Agewell Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 2. Sixteen classes for $48.

•Belly Dance. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. $28 for January.

•Box Lunch Book Club. Jan. 10, noon. "On Chesli Beach," by Ian McEwan. Lunch donation.

•Chess Club. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•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. $27.

•Is Fracking in Maryland's Future. Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

•Kukuwa Dance. Mondays, 12:30 p.m.

•Latin Jam. Thursdays, 1 p.m. $23 for January.

•Line Dance with Mary McCormick. Mondays, 3:30 p.m. for advanced; Mondays, 4:30 for beginners. Eight-week session for $38.

•Pilates for the New Year. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. $23 for January.

•Sew Who Cares. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Join a group for people who want to improve knitting, crochet and cross stitch skills.

•Time Banking Howard County. Jan. 31, noon. Consider this as an alternative economy using time as a currency. Lunch donation. Call center to reserve a seat.

•Urban Line Dance with Jessie Barnes. Tuesdays, 3 p.m. $28 for January.

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.

•Beading with Cindy. Jan. 11. Make a craft with beads. $6. Call center to register.

•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.

•Introductory Computer Class. Jan. 9 and 10, 17 and 18. $40 per session. Call center to register.

•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. Jan. 18-March 7. A class designed to keep you safe on your feet. $23 per person. Call center to register.

•New Year/New You. Jan. 9. Start the new year by taking a personal inventory. Call center to register.

•Nutrition Education with Rona. Jan. 19. Free. Call center to register.

•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 CitySenior Center

9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1400.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Jan. 30, 11 a.m.

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

•Brain Fitness. Jan. 12, 1 p.m. Learn how to keep the mind sharp. Call center or sign up at the front desk.

•Early Bird Holiday Bingo. Fri., Jan. 6, 10 a.m. $2.

•Computer Seniors of America. Call center for details.

•Genealogy Class. Wed., Jan. 11, 10 a.m.

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


•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon.


•Nutrition Counseling with Rona. Jan. 25, 12:30-3 p.m. Call center for an appointment.

•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.

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.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Cards and Games. Fridays, noon.

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

•Drawing and Painting. Jan. 16, 10 a.m. All levels welcome. Fourteen weeks for $100. Ages 55 and older.

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

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

•Hatha Yoga. Tuesdays or Thursdays, beginning Jan. 3 or Jan. 5, 9 a.m. Ten classes for $58.

•Just Drawing. Jan. 16, 1:15 p.m. All levels welcome. Fourteen weeks for $100. Ages 55 and older.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

•Meditation. Fridays, beginning Jan. 6, 9:30 a.m. $29.

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

•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. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Bain Center. Jan 10. Pity the Poor Slave: American Jews in the Civil War. Presentation by Avi Decter, Jewish Museum of Maryland executive director. Presentation will explore the role Jews played in the American Civil War; Jan. 24. The liberation of Buchenwald: A first–person account by Sol Goldstein, who served as a Captain in the European Theater of Operations during WWII and was a liberator at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1945; and third Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. at the federation office. Jan. 18. Larry Cohen, retired school principal will perform comedy. 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. Ages 55 and older.

•Brush Up Bridge. Jan. 13, 9:30 a.m. A class designed to review the basics. Eight weeks for $72. Ages 55 and older.

•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. Ages 55 and older. Free.

North Laurel50+ Center

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

•Agewell Exercise Class. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. Sixteen classes for $35.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

•Blood Pressure Screening. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.

•Chase Away the Blues Dance Party. Jan. 25, 11 a.m. $3 plus lunch donation. Register by Jan. 18.

•Computer Classes. Call for descriptions of offerings.

•Enhance Fitness. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:15 a.m. Sixteen classes for $51. Next class starts Jan. 4.

•Exercise Counseling. Jan. 12, 10 a.m. Call center to schedule an appointment.

•Fitness Center Guidance. Jan. 12, 1 p.m. Free.

•Line Dance Drop In. Tuesday, 11 a.m. $1.

•Mah Jongg. Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

•Massage Therapy. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.

•Open Art Studio. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon.

•Pinochle. Thursdays, 9 a.m.

•Sit, Stitch and Give. Fridays, 11 a.m.

•Walking Club. Weekdays, 8 a.m.

•Zumba Gold. Mondays, 10 a.m. Eight classes for $43. Class starts Jan. 9.

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, at 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.

•Ethel Merman at Strathmore Music Center. Jan. 21, 6 p.m. Starring Rita McKenzie. Ages 18 and older. $94.



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 welcome. Tim Belton, 410-730-6006, 410-908-7805 or vesselbelton@yahoo.com.

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