Baltimore Beacon Bits

APRIL 2017

HEALTH BITS

Mar. 23          Jewish Heritage and Health
Get up-to-date information on the genetic conditions that occur most frequently in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. Sponsored by LifeBridge Health, this workshop will be held on Thursday, March 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. For more information, call (410) 601-9355 or visit www.lifebridgehealth.org/communitycalendar.

Mar. 28          Spring Clean Your Cupboards
Stay healthy and cook with fresh ingredients when you attend this seminar “Cleaning Kitchen Cupboards: What to Keep and What to Toss” on Tuesday, March 28 at 11 a.m. It will take place at the Reisterstown Senior Center, 12035 Reisterstown Rd., Reisterstown. Call (410) 887-1143 for more information.

Apr. 13           Vision Screening
Make an appointment for free vision screening at the Ateaze Senior Center on Thursday, April 13 between 9 and 11 a.m. Sign up at the front desk, 7401 Holabird Ave., Dundalk. For more information, call (410) 887-7233.

Ongoing        Support for Those with Disabilities
People Encouraging People provides rehabilitation and support services for persons with disabilities, including mental health, vocational and housing assistance. For more information, call (410) 728-2080.

Ongoing          Pro Bono Counseling Project
A free mental health referral service is available to those who are financially eligible. Call (410) 825-1001 to learn more.

EVENT BITS

Mar. 31+        Celebration of Light
Light City returns to Baltimore on Friday, March 31 with nine days and nights of light art installations, concerts, performances and the 1.5 mile Light Art Walk. For more information, visit www.lightcity.org or call (410) 752-8632.

Apr. 14+        Morning Bird Walks
The early bird gets the most sightings. Join a naturalist on the second Friday of each month from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Rd., to find and identify birds in the park. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes for hiking. The walk is free; no registration is required. For more information, call (410) 887-1815 or visit www.OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org.

Ongoing        English Conversation Club
The Owings Mills Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library welcomes people of all ages to practice their English in a small group setting. There is no fee. Meetings are held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays at 10302 Grand Central Ave. Call (410) 887-2092 or visit www.bcpl.info for more information.

Ongoing        Weekly Bingo in Perry Hall
The American Legion Post 130, 8666 Silver Lake Dr. in Perry Hall, hosts bingo every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Light dinner fare is available from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The jackpot is up to $1,000. Call (410) 870-0625 for more information.

MONEY BITS

Mar. 31          Ask a Lawyer
Attorney Steven Heinl will hold a question and answer session talking about estate planning, probate administration and small business matters at a free program at the Pikesville Senior Center on Friday, March 31 from 1 to 2 p.m. He also prepares wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance medical directives and other planning documents in his practice. The center is located at 1301 Reisterstown Rd. To learn more, call (410) 887-1245.

Ongoing        Legal Services for the Elderly
The Bar Association of Baltimore City provides legal services to older adults For more information, call (410) 396-1322.

Ongoing        Water Discount Program
The Baltimore City Department of Public Works offers a water discount program for low-income seniors. For more information, call (410) 396-5398 for an application or visit your local senior community center.

Ongoing        Assistance for City and County Residents
The Assistance Center of Towson Churches serves northern Baltimore County and City residents with food, utility turn-off and eviction assistance. For more information, call (410) 296-4855 or email actc316@gmail.com.

TRAVEL BITS

Mar. 26          Taming of the Shrew
Join the Pikesville Senior Center on Sunday, March 26, from 1 to 7 p.m., for a performance of Taming of the Shrew, by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Tickets are $65 and include transportation and the show. Call (410) 887-1245 or email pikesvillesc@baltimorecountymd.gov for more information.

Mar. 29          A Day at the Casino
Spend the day at the Harrington Casino, on this day trip hosted by the Arbutus Senior Center, on Wednesday, March 29. Tickets are $30 and include $15 in slot play and $7 discount on the buffet. Call the Arbutus Senior Center at (410) 887-1410 to reserve a spot.

Apr. 4            Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C.
Join the Liberty Senior Center on Tuesday, April 4, to enjoy an Odyssey Cruise and the view of the cherry blossoms on the Potomac. Tickets are $110. Call (410) 887-0780 for reservations.

Apr. 6            Lunch in Thomasville, PA
Enjoy the warm and friendly service at the Old Farm Tea House in Thomasville, Pa., on Thursday, April 6. The menu consists of fruit medley, garden salad, tea scones and breads, cup of soup, entrée and dessert, all for $50. Call the Ateaze Senior Center at (410) -285-0481 for reservations.

ARTS BITS

Apr. 1+           Contemporary Print Fair at the BMA
The Baltimore Museum of Art will hold its annual Contemporary Print Fair on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the door: free for BMA members; $10 for non-members. For more information, visit www.artbma.org or call (443) 573-1800.

Apr. 1             “St. Matthew Passion” at the Baltimore Basilica
Concert Artists of Baltimore presents Bach’s powerful "St. Matthew Passion" on Saturday, April 1, at 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Basilica, 409 Cathedral St. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered at www.cabmusic.org or by calling (410) 625-3525, ext. 101.

Apr. 12+        Learn to Make Woven Bracelets
Learn to make Nantucket bracelets using the Nantucket Lightship Basket traditional weave. This class is sponsored by the Roland Park Country School Kaleidoscope Lifelong Learning Program on Wednesday, April 12 and 19. The course fee is $65 plus materials fee of $75. For more information, call (410) 323-5500 or visit www.rocs.org.

Mar. 30+        Irish play, The Pillowman
MICA students present a production of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s 2003 play, The Pillowman, which tells the story of a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories, and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town. The play runs from Thursday, March 30, to Sunday, April 9, with performances Thursday-Sunday at BBox Theater, in the Gateway building at 1601 Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $12. For more information, visit www.mica.edu or call (410) 225-2516.

VOLUNTEER BITS

Ongoing        Volunteers Needed to Drive Patients
For many cancer patients, getting to and from treatment is one of their toughest challenges. The American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers in Central Maryland to help provide transportation for people in your community. To volunteer to drive for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, call (410) 781-6909.

Ongoing        Advocate for a Child in Need
Nearly 4,000 Baltimore City children are living in foster care due to abuse or neglect. If you were one of these children, would you want someone to advocate for your welfare in the court system? Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers (CASAs) do just that. Time spent volunteering is flexible and can be completed within the limits of even the most hectic schedule. Volunteers are trained and supervised by CASA's professional staff. To get more information about volunteering, call (410) 244-1465 or visit www.casabalt.org.

Ongoing        Baltimore City Volunteer Opportunities
For volunteer opportunities in Baltimore City, call (410) 396-4932.

Ongoing        Animal Rescue Needs Volunteers
Tails of Hope Sanctuary, a nonprofit animal rescue, seeks volunteers. For more information, visit www.tails-of-hope.org.