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.
•American Indian Experience. Second Mondays, 1 p.m.
•Another Way to See It Laughter Club. Mondays, 9 a.m. $2 instructor fee at class each week. Ages 55 and older.
•Ask the Pharmacist. Last Monday of the month, 9 a.m. Call center to register. Free.
•Bid Whist. Mondays, 1 p.m. Free.
•Black History Month Celebration. Tue., Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. The Bain Theatre Club Presents: "Who Am I?" Limited space.
•Bridge. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. $2.
•Bunco. Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m.
•Canasta. Mondays, 1 p.m.
•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
•Computer Seniors of America. Day classes available for basic, advanced and specialized courses.
•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.
•Friday Documentaries. Feb. 15, "Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Comedy."
•Gathering of the Arts. Mondays, 1 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Drop-in class, bring your own supplies.
•Hands Only CPR Training. Fri., Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m. Limited space, call center to register.
•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.
•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.
•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
•MAP Talks. Feb. 20, 11 a.m. Free.
•Music Appreciation. First and third Fridays, 9:30 a.m. The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works. Free. Call center to reserve a seat.
•Nutrition Workshop and Counseling. Heart Health Month – Being Heart Smart. Feb. 21, 12:30 p.m. Learn to eat the right foods for a healthy heart.
•Ping pong. Call center for availability.
•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.
•Social Security Administration Choir Concert. Feb. 26, 11 a.m. Close out Black History Month in concert. Call center to register.
•Theatre Club 'New Day.' Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
•Thursday Afternoon Movies. Feb. 21, "The Way," 1 p.m.
•Wii Club. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Improve hand-eye coordination and get exercise while competing against peers. Ages 55 and older. Free.
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.
•Creative Writing with Shana Johnson. Mondays, 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. Third Mondays, 7 p.m. For adult caregivers of other adults. For information, Karen Hull, 410-313-7466 or email@example.com. Free.
•Tai Chi beginners. Mondays, 6 p.m.
Elkridge Senior Center
6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5192.
•AARP Driver Safety Class. Fri., Feb. 15, 10 a.m.
•AARP Free Tax Assistance. Feb. 20, March 6 and 20, 9:30 a.m. By appointment only. Free.
•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.
•Digital Photo Class. Feb. 25 and 26, 10 a.m. Learn to print, edit and email pictures. $40.
•Golden Corral Bingo Breakfast. Second Fridays, 8:30 a.m. Breakfast for $7.95; free bingo.
•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.
•Rummikub. Second Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.
•Valentines Day Party. Thu., Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. $5.
•Walking Club. 9 a.m.
Ellicott CitySenior Center
9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1400.
•Are you feeling blue? Is winter getting you down? Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Talk with Madiline Morsha-Taylor, a certified prevention and addiction counselor from the Howard County Health Department. Call the center to schedule an appointment.
•Ask the Pharmacist. Feb. 25, 11 a.m. Free.
•Bingo. Feb. 26, 1 p.m. $3.
•Blood Pressure Screening. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon.
•Brain Fitness. Feb. 21, 11 a.m. Tips on how to fight Alzheimer's. Free.
•Bykota Players, Seniors on Stage Musical Theater Group presents 'The Gambler.' Wed., Feb. 20, noon lunch, 1 p.m. show. $10. Tickets on sale now.
•Canasta. Thursdays, 1 p.m.
•Film Series Celebrating Black History Month. Wednesdays, Feb. 27, "Up From Slavery," 1 p.m.
•Insighters Group. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.
•Line Dancing. Beginner class, Fridays, Feb. 22-March 22, 9 a.m. Five classes for $25; Beyond beginner class, Thursdays, Feb. 21-March 21, 3:30 p.m. Five classes for $25.
•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.
•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
•Piano Lessons with Diane. Mondays, 12:30-3 p.m. $30 per half hour session.
•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.
•Rona Martiyan Dietician. Wed., Feb. 20, 12:30 p.m. Call the center for an appointment.
•SPRING Mens Forum. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
•SPRING Insighters Group. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.
•Table Tennis. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 p.m.
•Watercolor with Sharon Long. Wednesdays, Feb. 27-April 3, 9:30 a.m. Six weeks for $40.
•Valentine's Day Omelet Brunch. Thu., Feb. 14, 11 a.m. Reservations required.
•Zumba Gold. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through March 14, 5:30 p.m.
Gary J. ArthurCommunity Centerat Glenwood
2400 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5440.
•Ask the Pharmacist. Mondays, 9 a.m.
•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
•Blood Pressure Screenings. Tuesdays, 9 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, 1 p.m.
•One Stroke Painting Workshop. Thursdays, 10 a.m.
•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.
•Silver Sneakers Walking Club. Weekdays, 8 a.m.
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. The Bain Center; and Wed., Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m. Israeli Elections Recap: Local author Avraham Azrieli will discuss the Israeli elections for the 19th Knesset in light of Israel's history and with a view to the coming challenges facing the Jewish state. Azrieli, a native of Haifa, Israel, and a graduate of Columbia Law School practiced law for two decades before publishing his first novel, "The Masada Complex." He lives with his family in Columbia. Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 103, or Sophie@JewishHowardCounty.org.
3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City. 410-313-7311.
•Bingo. First Fridays, 1 p.m. 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.
•Medicare 102 – Why Medicare Isn't Enough. Wed., Feb. 20, 11 a.m. Ages 55 and older. Free.
•Pinochle. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Ages 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. Wed., Feb. 20, 1 p.m. Open to anyone living with chronic pain. To register, Carmen Faye, 410-313-0380 or firstname.lastname@example.org; for information, Karen Hull, 410-313-7466, email@example.com. 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, senior centers or in your home, weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact MAP at the number above, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.howardcountyaging.org.
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.
•Wednesday in Washington. Feb. 27, 9 a.m. Visit the museums and galleries around the National Mall. Ages 55 and older. $45.
•Philadelphia Flower Show. March 4, 8 a.m. The 2013 Philadelphia International Flower Show prepares for a British Invasion as the culture and horticulture of the United Kingdom takes center stage. Ages 55 and older. $83.
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 email@example.com.
Who will be Howard County's Next Senior Idol?
The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will hold auditions Thu., Feb. 14, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, in Ellicott City. Singers must be age 60 or older to try out. A Howard County winner and a runner up will be selected, and will go on to compete in the seventh annual Maryland Senior Idol competition to be held at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, on April 3. http://www.howardcountyaging.org or Vicki Stahly at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 410-313-1421.
2012 Income Tax Preparation and Assistance
Evening and weekend appointments available. No Age limitation. AARP and the IRS are sponsoring free personal income tax preparation for Howard County residents. The tax service is available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special emphasis on ages 60 and older. Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and complex returns are not eligible for this service.
•Bain Center - 410-313-7387. Monday and Tuesday afternoons; Wednesday through Saturday mornings; and Thursday evenings.
•East Columbia Senior Center - 410-313-7680. Selected Wednesdays.
•Elkridge Senior Center – 410-313-5192. Selected Wednesdays.
•Ellicott City Senior Center – 410-313-1400. Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings; and Tuesday evenings.
•Glenwood Community Center – 410-313-5440. Thursdays.
•North Laurel Community Center – 410-313-0380. Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.