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.


•Acting Up! Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. A theater club. Call center to confirm attendance. Free.

•AcuDetox. Thursdays, 10 a.m.

•Another Way to See It Laughter Club. Mondays, 9 a.m. $2 instructor fee at class each week. Ages 55 and older.

•Artful Journaling. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 3, 9:30 a.m. Ten-week class that helps recapture the excitement in artwork. Ages 55 and older. $83.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Last Monday of the month, beginning Jan. 28, 9 a.m. Call center to register. Free.

•Bain Council Dance. Jan. 11, 1:30 p.m. $6.

•Beginner Soul Line Dance. Thursdays, Jan. 10-31, 2:45 p.m. $23.

•Bid Whist. Mondays, 1 p.m. Free.


•Brain Fitness-Neurobics. Jan. 15, 10 a.m. Free.

•Bridge. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. $2.

•Canasta. Mondays, 1 p.m.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Computer Seniors of America. Day classes available for basic, advanced and specialized courses.

•Cognitive-Communication Screenings. Jan. 30, 9 a.m. Register in the lobby.


•Duplicate Bridge. Tuesdays, noon. Free.

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

•Focus on Fitness. Jan. 25, 10 a.m. Register at front desk. Free.

•Friday Documentaries. Jan. 18. "Hiding and Seeking."

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

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


•In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m. What will 2012 mean to you, your community, and your family? In 300 words or less, submit in the form of an essay or poem. Jan. 17 deadline.

•Jim Ellis Book Club. Third Thursdays, 1 p.m. free. 410-313-7213 for reservation information.

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

•Libretto and Lunch. Tue., Jan. 8, 10 a.m. Register by Jan. 4. $13.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Mini-Lecture. Jan. 12, 9:15 a.m. Lecture topics include the arts, history, literature, and sports and leisure. Ages 55 and older. $18.


•Music Appreciation. First and third Fridays, 9:30 a.m. The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works. Free. Call center to reserve a seat.

•National Trivia Day. Fr.,Jan. 4, 10 a.m.

•Nutrition Workshop and Counseling. Jan. 10, 10:30 a.m.

•Parkinson's Support Group. First Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. For individuals with a diagnosis of early onset Parkinson's disease. Malcolm Wolf, 301-490-7288 or

•Ping pong. Call center for availability.

•Qigong. Thursdays, Jan. 10-March 21, 10 a.m. $59.


•Reflexology. Second Friday. $53 for 55 minutes. Experience 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.

•Theatre Club 'New Day.' Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. Jan. 10, 1 p.m. "The Artist"; and Jan. 24, 1 p.m. "New Year's Eve."

•Toss Across. Fridays, Jan. 4, 11 and 18, 10:30 a.m.


•Urban Line Dance. Mondays, beginning Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m. Ten-week class. Ages 55 and older. $50.

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

•Yoga. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 20, 11 a.m. $59.

•You Can Draw and Paint. Thursdays, beginning Jan 3., 1:15 p.m. Ten-week class that lets your artistic expression soar in a congenial, fun and supportive atmosphere. Ages 55 and older. $83.

•Zumba at Bain. Fridays, Jan. 11-March 22, 10:30 a.m. $59.

East Columbia50+ Center


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

•Agewell Aerobic Strength and Stretch Class. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. $35 for eight-week session.

•Authentic Latin Jam Dance. Mondays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. Monthly fee.

•Belly Dance. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Monthly fee.

•Chess Club. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•Harmonize Exercise. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Monthly fee.


•Latin Jam Dance Movement. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•Mah Jongg. Mondays, noon; Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

•SPRING Caregiver Support Group. Jan. 14, 7 p.m. For adult caregivers of other adults. For information, Karen Hull, 410-313-7466 or Free.

•Tai Chi beginners. Mondays, 6 p.m.

•You Can Draw and Paint. Fridays, beginning Jan. 4, 9:15 a.m. Ten-week class that lets your artistic expression soar in a congenial, fun and supportive atmosphere. Ages 55 and older. $83.

Elkridge Senior Center


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

•Age Well Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Low-impact exercise for any fitness level.

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

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

•Chair Yoga. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

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


•Eating Healthy for the New Year. Jan. 24, 10 a.m. Free.

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

•Fitness Test. Jan. 29, 10 a.m. Free.

•Free Bread Day. Wednesdays, all day.

•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.

•Music of the War of 1812. Jan. 22, 2:30 p.m. $4.

•New Year's Celebration. Fri., Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. $4.

•Pancake Breakfast. Jan. 23, 9:30 a.m. $4.

•PC Maintenance. Tue., Jan. 8, 10 a.m. $20.

•Rummikub. Second Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.


•Walking Club. 9 a.m.

•What a Dish. Jan. 18, 11 a.m. $4.

•Zumba Gold. Jan. 14, 2 p.m. $40 for six-week class.

Ellicott CitySenior Center

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

•Ask the Pharmacist. Jan. 28, 11 a.m.


•Bingo. Jan. 29, 1 p.m. $3.

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

•Brain Fitness. Jan. 10, 11 a.m.

•Early Bird Snowflake Bingo. Fri., Jan. 4, 10 a.m. $2.

•Fabulous 50+ Players. Jan. 24, 1 p.m.

•Genealogy. Wed., Jan. 9, 10 a.m.


•Insighters Group. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.

•Lyric Opera House. Jan. 25, 1 p.m. Seating is limited. $5.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Mount View Middle School Presents 'Robotics as Assistive Devices.' Tue., Jan. 8, 10 a.m.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.


•Rona Martiyan Dietician. Jan. 16, 12:30 p.m. Call center for an appointment.

•Sixty-Plus Wills/Legal Screening. Fourth 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.

•SPRING Mens Forum. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

•SPRING Insighters Group. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.

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

Gary J. ArthurCommunity Centerat Glenwood


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

•Alfred Hitchcock: The Watchful Eye. Fridays, beginning Jan. 18, 1 p.m. Three-week class for $15.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Mondays, 9 a.m.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Blood Pressure Screenings. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Cooking Demos: Sassy Saute. Jan. 18, 10 a.m. $6.


•Civil War Series: Parole Camps at Annapolis. Jan. 16, 10 a.m.

•Culture, Conversations and Cuisine. Wed., Jan. 9, noon.

•Drop-in Basketball. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.

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

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

•Fused Glass. Jan. 10, 1:30 p.m. $30.


•One Stroke Painting Workshop. Thursdays, 10 a.m.

•Pet Rock. Jan. 25, 11 a.m.

•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.

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

•Young at Art. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 17, 10 a.m. Four-week class to enjoy creative projects with your children and grandchildren. Ages 55 and older. $40 plus materials.

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; and Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m. "Rebel Heels and Northern Scum: Maryland's Role in the Civil War" presentation by Dr. Thomas Clemens from the Maryland Humanities Council. The program will highlight how Maryland played a pivotal role in the nation's tragic conflict. The federation office. Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 103, or

Kiwanis-WallasRecreation Center

3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City. 410-313-7311.

•Bingo. First Fridays, 1 p.m. Age 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.

•Continuing Beginner Bridge. Fridays, beginning Jan. 11, 9:30 a.m. Eight-week class. Age 55 and older. $72.

•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.

•Improve Your No Trump Play. Fridays, beginning Jan. 11, 12:30 p.m. Four-week class. Age 55 and older. $72.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Age 55 and older. Free.

•Pinochle. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Age 55 and older.


•What to be Alert to After Signing up for Medicare. Learn how to get the most out of coverage and reduce problems or confusion. To register, call 410-313-7391.

Longwood Senior Center

6150 Foreland Garth, Columbia. 410-313-7217.

•Art Therapy. Second and fourth Friday, 11 a.m.-noon.

•Coffee and Game Social. 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 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.

•Computer Classes. Call for descriptions of offerings.

•Enhance Fitness. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:15 a.m. Sixteen classes for $51.

•Exercise Counseling. Second Thursday, 10 a.m. Call for an appointment.

•Handbuilding with Clay. Mondays, 1 p.m. Four classes for $42.


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

•Mah Jongg. Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

•Open Art Studio. Mondays and Wednesdays, noon.

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

•Sittercize. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:30 p.m. Sixteen classes for $36.

•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.


•SPRING Power Over Pain. Jan. 16, 1 p.m. Open to anyone living with chronic pain. To register, Carmen Faye, 410-313-0380 or For information, Karen Hull, 410-313-7466 or Free.

•Tap Aerobics. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Six classes for $33.

•Walking Club. Weekdays, 8 a.m.

•Zumba Gold. Mondays, 10 a.m. Eight classes for $43.

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/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, or

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. 410-313-7275 or 410-313-7279.

•Hot Nostalgia at Toby's. Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m. Annual trip to Mrs. K's Toll House in Silver Spring, and then travel to the Mormon Temple Visitors' Center in Kensington. Age 55 and older. $49.


•Wednesday in Washington. Jan. 30, 9 a.m. Travel to the U.S. Botanic Garden and to see the National Christmas Tree. Ages 55 and older. $45.


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