Baltimore Beacon Bits

JULY 2017


June 27         One-on-one computer help
Technical problems? Bring your laptop or tablet to get free one-on-one assistance from Alvin Miller at the Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Avenue, on Tuesday, June 27, from 10 a.m. For more info, visit www.bykota.orgor call(410) 887-3094.


June 27         Free Vision Screening
Victory Villa Senior Center, located at 403 Compass Rd., is providing free vision screenings on Tuesday, June 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. To book an appointment, contact Ann Marie Riehl at (410) 887-0235.

June 28         Stand Up Straight
Physical Therapist Cindi Schrum will discuss the importance of good posture at the Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Rd., on Wednesday, June 28 at 1 p.m. Call the center at (410) 887-7694 for more information.

July 13           Free speaker series
Learn more about how it is in America’s vital interest to achieve a healthier world from renowned scientist Dr. Lois K. Cohen. The Senior Box Office Speaker’s Program is free and open to the public, and will take place on Saturday, July 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Loch Raven Center, 1801 Glen Keith Boulevard. For more information, visit www.seniorboxoffice.orgor call (410) 887-5399.

July 15           Learn about yoga and meditation
The Baltimore Museum of Art invites you to discover what it means to be truly at home in your body with Kripalu yoga teacher Amy Genevieve Kozak on Saturday, July 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. The free workshop will include breathing techniques and guided meditation. Participants can expect to leave with a personal self-care mission statement to implement at home. The museum is located at 10 Art Museum Dr. For more information, contact Emily Chambers at (443) 573-1817.


July 8             Antique Car Show
Wheels will spin and chrome will shine at the annual Antique Car Show on Saturday, July 8, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The free show will take place at the front parking lot of the Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Rd. in Lutherville. Those who wish to explore the museum can purchase a regular admission ticket for $12. For more information, visit www.firemuseummd.orgor call (410) 321-7500.

July 8+           Walking Tour
Baltimore’s oldest colonial house, the Mount Clare House, offers grounds and architecture walking tours once a month during the spring and summer. Once owned by Charles Carroll, the house offers a unique opportunity for visitors to analyze the physical changes of Mount Clare throughout the years. The next tours will take place on Saturday, July 8, at noon and 2 p.m. at 1500 Washington Blvd. Admission for the tour and house is $10 for those 60+. For more information, visit www.mountclare.orgor call (410) 837-3262.

July 10           Aviation Speaker Series features Jerome Beser
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum hosts retired Department of Defense contractor, and founder of The Beser Foundation for Archival Research and Preservation, Jerome Beser as part of their Aviation Speaker Series. The historian will give a free reading of his father’s speech on Monday, July 10, at 7 p.m. Lt. Beser was the only serviceman to have served on both atomic strike Enola Gay and Bockstar crews and his unpublished speech will bring to light the lessons learned from the use of atomic weapons. While the lecture is free, a photo I.D. is required for entry. The museum is located at Martin State Airport Hangar 5, Suite 531, 701 Wilson Point Rd. in Middle River. For more information, visit www.mdairmuseum.orgor call (410) 682-6122.

Ongoing        Farmer’s Market
From June through October, at the Baltimore County Farmers Market at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd. in Timonium, visitors can browse a variety of fresh in-season fruits and vegetables along with chicken, beef, honey, wine, ice cream and many other local items. The market is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, visit


June 22         Avoid Identity Theft
Learnhow to protect your personal and financial information from thieves determined to ruin your good name. Light refreshments will be provided. The event takes place at the Arbutus Senior Center, 855A Sulphur Spring Rd.,Arbutuson Thursday, June 22 at 1 p.m. Sign up at the front desk of the senior center or call (410) 887-1410.

Ongoing        Lawyer in the Library
Maryland Legal Aid is offering free legal advice in libraries throughout the state each Tuesday, now through July 11. Attendees will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers also speak Spanish. To find out when the project is coming to your neighborhood, visit

Ongoing        Health Insurance Assistance and More
Maryland SHIP offers in-person and telephone assistance on health insurance, Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans, assistance with denials, appeals and grievances, billing problems, health care fraud and much more. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge. To reach Baltimore County’s SHIP office, call (410) 887-2059.

Ongoing        Legal Assistance
The Maryland Department of Aging offers free or low-cost legal aid to eligible residents who are 60 or older or their caregivers. Local agencies on aging partner with area attorneys and law centers to provide the services. Legal matters covered include abuse, housing, healthcare, Social Security benefits, guardianship, living wills, and much more. Spanish-speaking clients are welcome. For more information, contact Lydia Williams at (410) 767-1100 or, or contact the Baltimore City Agency on Aging at (410) 396-2273, or the Baltimore County Agency on Aging at (410) 887-2594.


June 28         Dinner Theater in Columbia
Enjoy Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Toby’s Dinner Theater on a day trip on Wednesday, June 28 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to Columbia. The $85 fee covers admission, transportation, dinner and all gratuities. For more information, call Parkville Senior Center at (410) 882-6087.

July 8             Missouri  Showboat Cruise
Enjoy seven shows on the Showboat Branson Belle and visit the St. Louis Casino from Saturday, July 8 through Sunday, July 16 for $1,200 single. To reserve your spot, call Seven Oaks Senior Center at (410) 887-5192.

July 10           Day Trip to the Nation’s Capital
Visit the nation’s top museums on a day trip to Washington D.C. on Monday, July 10 with the Woodlawn Senior Center. Cost is $35 single. Call (410) 887-6887 to place your reservation.

July 12           Three-Course Meal in Carroll County, Maryland
Enjoy a three-course lunch at Johannson’s, Antrim House, or Gypsy Tea Room, with a bonus tour of the town of Union Mills for $99 on Wednesday, July 12. For more information, call the Senior Box Office at (410) 882-3797.


June 19+       Photo Activities
The Artist in Residence program continues at the Baltimore County Public Library’s Hereford Branch. Now through mid-August, the library hosts MICA graduate Heather Boaz, who will explore the photographic process during her stay. Boaz is scheduled to have four events: Build a Camera Obscura, on Monday, June 19 at 2 p.m.; Build a Camera Lucida, on Saturday, June 24 at 2 p.m.; Sun Prints for Adults, on Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m.; and Sun Prints for Kids, on Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m. Events will take place at the Hereford Branch, 16940 York Rd. While the programs are free, registration is required. For more information, visit www.bcpl.infoor call (410) 887-1919.

July 1             Free BSO Concert
Bringing together musicians from across the nation, the BSO Academy offers a unique opportunity for them to perform alongside the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh will lead the participants as they perform movements from Mahler’s “Titan” and “Resurrection” symphonies. The free performance will take place at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. For more information, visit www.bsomusic.orgor call (410) 783-8000.

Ongoing        Art Exhibit
An exhibition called “In Light of the Bodyis filled with the paintings and photographs of two award-winning artists: Gwen Hardie and Regina DeLuise. Their artwork explores aspects of the human body and will be shown at the Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University through September 17. The gallery is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 until 4 p.m. Entry is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 4501 N. Charles St. For more information, email Kim Banister at kebanister@loyola.eduor call (410) 617-2799. See more about the exhibit at

Ongoing        Tapestry Exhibit
Celebrate the 40-year career of Maryland artist Louise B. Wheatley with an intimate exhibition of ancient tapestries and more at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The exhibition is on display through July 30. The museum, located at 10 Art Museum Dr., is open weekdays, except for Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with free admission for all. For more information, visit www.artbma.orgor call (443) 573-1700.


Ongoing        Help Lead a Middle School Book Club
Living Classrooms Foundation is looking for volunteers to help lead discussions with small groups of students at community centers throughout Baltimore this summer. Starting June 29, “book clubs” will meet each Thursday from 9 until 10 a.m. to discuss the same book in each center. For more information, call Rebekah Meyer at (410) 685-0295, ext. 431.

Ongoing        Do You Like to Give Advice?
The Elder Wisdom Circle is looking for seniors to share their wisdom with young advice seekers throughout the world via the Internet. Participants will answer advice requests at their own convenience across a wide range of topics. For more information, visit

Ongoing        Start Your Mornings by Giving
Beans & Bread, a homeless day resource program, is looking for volunteers to help with their breakfast service program on Thursday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. at 400 S. Bond St. To get involved, call Catherine Davis at (410) 732-1892.

Ongoing        Teach People about Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to helping those living with serious mental illnesses. Be part of the fight against stigma by volunteering with NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore, at 6600 York Rd. For more information, call (410) 435-2600 or visit