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What's happening around Towson this week


Dulaney Valley Woman's Club — meets at St. Paul's Lutheran, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Spangler Hall, second Tuesdays at noon. Meetings include lunch and speakers, presentations. Jan Smith 410-561-1129.

Baltimore Orioles Junior Birding Club — is looking for new members. Marty, 410-583-0275, baltimoreyouthbirding@yahoo.com.

SETA — an organization of single adults who enjoy sharing cultural and artistic experiences. All ages welcome. 410-668-1298 before 10 p.m. for a brochure.

Bridge Club for Singles — will host a social bridge for those who play beyond the beginner level at the Providence United Methodist Church, Towson. Second Sundays, 2 p.m. 410-321-0043.

Soul 2 Soles Line Dancers — meets Sundays, 5-8:30 p.m., 7122 Darlington Drive (Tee Bee's); adults only; $5; great soulful music; new dances and old favorites. K. Dyson, karnad2003@yahoo.com.

Parkville Toastmasters — meets the first and third Thursdays, 7 p.m. at Oak Crest Village (Crestview meeting room), 8820 Walther Blvd., Parkville. Guests welcome. Cheryl Oed, 410-599-6680 or Ravena27@comcast.net.

Join Your Local 4-H — for learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills for ages 5-18. Also, adult volunteer opportunities. 410-771-1761 or http://www.baltimorecounty.umd.edu.

Alumni Association of Franklin High School — meets at 308 Main St., Reisterstown (second floor), third Wednesdays, 7 p.m. mike43@comcast.net or 410-833-1703.

Community College of Baltimore County 11101 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley, offers Winter 2012 noncredit courses. For registration, 443-840-5830.

Health and Support

Gilchrist Hospice Care — 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, sponsors the following. Registration required, GHC_bereavement@gilchristhospice.org or 443-849-8251 to register. Free.

• Mens Grief Support Group meets Sat. Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-noon., an on-going monthly group for men who have lost their spouse or life partner.

Gilchrist Center — 555 W. Towsontown Blvd., Towson will sponsor the following on-going monthly support groups. Free but registration is required. 443-849-8251 or GHC_bereavement@gilchristhospice.org

• Mothers Grief Support Group meets Wed. Dec. 21, 3-4:30 pm.

• PALS "Parenting After the Loss of a Spouse" meets Wed. Dec. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.

Parkinson's Disease Education and Support Group — meets second Thursdays, 2-4 p.m., Johns Hopkins at Greenspring Station, 2330 Joppa Road, Lutherville, Foxleigh Building, Room 101. Becky Dunlop, 410-955-8795.

POKODD Support Group — Parents of Kids with Oppositional Defiant Disorder meets at Wegman's, Hunt Valley, second Sundays, 4 p.m. in the upstairs dining room. pokoddhereford@gmail.com.

St. Joseph Medical Center 7601 Osler Drive, Towson offers the following health and education programs. 410-337-1536.

Lung Cancer Support. 410-337-4543.

Breast Cancer SOS (Survivors Offering Support). 410-427-2513.

Diabetes Information Exchange, first Tuesdays, 1 p.m. 410-337-1382.

• Diabetes Type 1 Toolbox for ages 18 and older, Call for dates and times. 410-337-1382 or ellenwallace@catholichealth.net. .

• Bone Density Screenings, ages 18 and older, appointment required. 410-337-1479.

• Safe Sitter Class, Tue., Dec. 27 or Wed. Dec. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for ages 11-13. $45. 410-337-1337 or http://www.StJosephTowson.com/Events.

CHADD Parent Support Group — meets second Tuesdays during school months, at the Point in Hunt Valley, 10950 Gilroy Road, community room, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. 443-465-3783 or http://www.chadd-mc.org.

Lupus Support Group — Good Samaritan Hospital, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd., second Saturdays, 10 a.m., http://www.tinyurl.com/lupusgrps, 1-888-349-1167 or info@lupusdmv.org.

Zumba Gold Classes — St. Stephen's Episcopal, 11856 May's Chapel Road, Timonium, Mondays, 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Towson United Methodist, 501 Hampton Lane, Thursdays 5:45 p.m. and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. $10 per class. Latin dance fitness for beginners and active older adults. $10 per class; package and pre-registration discounts. love2-zumba@usa.net.

The Twelve-Step Recovery Workshop — for persons suffering from any addictive or compulsive problem, held at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, Towson, Thursdays, 7 p.m. 410-880-2439 or http://www.12steps-recovery.org.

Tai Chi Classes — at Babcock Presbyterian Church, 8240 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson, Thursdays, 7:45 p.m., 410 296-4944.

Stella Maris — 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium, is offering a "Grief and the Holidays" seminar, Wed., Dec. 7, 6:30-8 p.m. Free, registration required. 410-252-4500, ext. 7291.

Changing Focus — Professionally lead nondenominational educational support group for adults experiencing the loss of a spouse or significant other through separation, divorce or death, meets at Calvary Baptist Church, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, Thursdays 7:30-9:15 p.m., new members, 7 p.m. 410-429-4459 or http://www.changingfocus.org.

NAMI Support Groups — for family and friends who care about an adult with a mental illness, held at Govans Boundary United Methodist Church, NAMI Headquarters, 5210 York Road, Rear Annex, Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 410-435-2600.

Adult Yoga/Pilates — sponsored by Cockeysville Recreational Council begins Jan. 3, Padonia International School CRC activity room on Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 -10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45 p.m. Michelle Kelbaugh, 410-683-6943 or mkelbaugh@comcast.net.


Towson Library — 320 York Road, will host the following. 410-887-6166.

• Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Baby Boosters, stories, music and rhymes for 23 months and younger, with adult. Registration required.

• Fridays, 10:30 a.m., story time activities and songs, ages 2-5.

• Thu. Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Towson Book Club discusses Sherman Alexie's "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven."

Cockeysville Library — 9833 Greenside Drive, will host the following. 410-887-7750.

• Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Preschool story time, activities and songs, ages 2-5..

• Wed. Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Teen Writers' Club, ages 11-17, honing your writing skills by working with professional writers from the Maryland Writers' Association, registration required.

• Wed. Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Holiday Story Time, ages 2-5, stories, activities and songs with a holiday theme.

• Thu. Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Pajama Story Time, ages 2-5, bedtime stories and songs.

• Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. Baby Boosters Story Time, ages up to 23 months, simple stories, music, movement and rhymes, registration required.


Bykota Senior Center — 611 Central Ave., Towson. 410-887-3094.

• Bingo, Wednesdays in the cafe, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Games cost between 5 and 25 cents.

• Monthly Bridge Tournament, second Thursdays, noon-4 p.m. $5.

• Cooking Under Pressure, Fri., Dec. 16, 10 a.m. Sign up Dec. 14.

• Sing-along with Jane Hersey, Fri., Dec. 16, 1 p.m. Oldies but goodies.

Tai Chi for Seniors — at the Senior Network of North Baltimore, 5828 York Road, Mondays, 12:45 p.m. 410-323-7131 to register.

Senior Craft Gallery — 1801 Glen Keith Blvd., Towson, holds a consignment gift shop in Room 106, a program of Baltimore County Department of Aging, weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Consignees and volunteers are needed. 410-661-2128.


Foster Parents Needed — Caring families and individuals needed to give guidance and stable homes to children and teens. Therapeutic foster parents receive training, financial reimbursement, 24-hour support, as well as personal satisfaction. KidsPeace, 410-964-9329 or http://www.fostercare.com.

Hearing Aid Study — sponsored by the Center for Amplification, Rehabilitation and Listening at Towson University is seeking volunteers. (first-time users only) Dr. Brian Kreisman. CARLstudy@gmail.com.

Emeritus at Towson — 6451 N. Charles St., needs volunteers to help and assist residents in their activity program. Daytime, evenings and weekends available. Sally McCardell, 410-377-2100.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland — is in need of volunteers to deliver meals to homebound residents in the Parkville, Towson, Timonium and Cockeysville areas. The Distribution Site is located at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church at 1834-A E. Joppa Road, Towson. Meals are picked up by volunteers at the site and delivered between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals and/or businesses may volunteer as little or as much time as their schedule permits. Liz Galea, 443-573-0940 or http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org.

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