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Aug. 24          Technology Help
Have your questions regarding cell phones, computers and tablets answered on Thursday, Aug. 24 starting at 10 a.m. at the Edgemere Senior Center, 6600 North Point Rd., Sparrows Point. Sign up for the program at the front desk. Call the center at (410) 887-7530 with any questions.

Aug. 30          Inside an Amazon Account
Ateaze Senior Center Director Beckie Ebert will host an information session about different types of Amazon accounts, including Amazon, Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now, Amazon Pantry and more. The free class is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Ave. in Dundalk in Room 206. For more information, call the center at (410) 887-7233.


Aug. 26          4th Annual Vegan SoulFest
Baltimore City Community College, located at 2901 Liberty Heights Ave., is hosting the 4th annual Vegan SoulFest on Saturday, Aug. 26 from noon to 7 p.m. Presented by Well Fed World, the festival will feature local vegan retail vendors along with guest speakers and demonstrators. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.vegansoulfest.comor call (443) 863-8652.

Sept. 6+         Weight Loss seminar
The University of Maryland Medical Center for Weight Management and Wellness is offering a free seminar to learn about surgical and medical approaches to weight loss. One seminar will be from 6  to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the UM St. Joseph Center Canticle Room, 7601 Osler Drive in Towson. To register for this or other times, or to view the seminar online at your convenience, call 1-800-492-5538 or visit

Sept. 16         Flea Market And Health Fair
Health screenings and food will be provided at a flea market on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Senior Center, 2120 Gwynn Oak Ave., Gwynn Oak. Flea market spaces are available for $25 ($15 if you bring your own table). Call (410) 887-3101 for more information and to register for the flea market.

Sept. 17         Get Fit Run/Walk
The 11th Annual 2017 “Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit!” 5K Run-Walk and 1 Mile Walk to support older adult health and fitness will be held on the campus of CCBC Essex, at 7201 Rossville Boulevard. The walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. with registration starting at 6:30 a.m. and health and fitness screenings starting at 7:30 a.m. Entry is $20 for those 60+; $35 for others. For more information or to register, visit www.getreadygetsetgetfit5k.comor call either (410) 887-2040 or (410) 308-1870.

Ongoing        Grief Support Group
From Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Tuesday, December 12, the Valley Presbyterian Church is hosting a free nondenominational grief support program. The group is scheduled to meet Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Each session will cover a different topic; participants are welcome to join the group at any time. The church is located at 2200 West Joppa Rd. in Lutherville. For more information, call (410) 828-6234, or email Registration is preferable but not necessary.


Aug. 26          Pics in the Park
Pics in the Park, a free outdoor movie series, is showing its final two screenings of the summer with Oscar-nominated film La La Landon Saturday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. Taking place on the lawn of Center Plaza, 100 N. Charles St., viewers are encouraged to bring their own blanket or lawn chairs. The summer’s last showing will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30, with Tim Burton’s classic Beetlejuice. For more information, call (410) 244-1030.

Sept. 16+      11th Maryland Lighthouse Challenge
The Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society is hosting its 11th annual lighthouse challenge on the weekend of Sept. 16 and 17. While all participants will receive complimentary souvenirs from each lighthouse they visit, those who score a perfect ten by visiting all ten mandatory stops will receive an additional souvenir to take home! The free challenge will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on both days. To find out where the lighthouses are located or for more information, visit or call the challenge coordinator at (410) 437-0741.

Sept. 22+      22nd Baltimore Book Festival
The 22nd annual Baltimore Book Festival returns to the Inner Harbor, from Friday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 24. Featuring local, regional and national authors, the festival will take place along the Inner Harbor Promenade from the Inner Harbor Amphitheater to Rash Field from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. In addition to the hundreds of author appearances and book signings, the free festival will feature readings, cooking demonstrations and samplings by renowned chefs, poetry readings, workshops and live music. For more information, call (410) 752-8632 or visit


Aug. 17          Health Care and Retirement Costs
The Seven Oaks Senior Center, located at 9210 Seven Courts Dr., is hosting a session discussing the potential impact of rising healthcare costs on retirement savings on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. The free program will include information about Medicare coverage and costs, long-term care costs, available options for supplemental healthcare and long-term care insurance. For more information, call (410) 887-5192 or visit

Learn about stocks, bonds, money, and more at this seminar on Tuesday, Aug. 29 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at the Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville.  Contact the senior center at (410) 887-1245 for more information.

Sept. 8           Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney 101
The Jacksonville Senior Center will host Attorney George Aitken on Friday, Sept. 8, for a free session on legal matters concerning wills, trusts, powers of attorney and more. The event will start at 10:30 a.m. at the center, located at 3605A Sweet Air Rd. in Phoenix, Md. For more information, call (410) 887-8208 or email

Sept. 13+      Legislative Leadership Training
The University of Maryland’s Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy, in partnership with the state of Maryland, is looking for volunteers age 50+ to serve as volunteer legislative leaders during the 2017-2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Classroom training begins Wednesday, Sept. 13 and spans 10 weeks, two days per week, at the campus located in College Park, Md. — with site visits to the state complex in Annapolis. The volunteer assignment will be for a minimum of two days per week, starting in Jan. 2018 in the Annapolis offices of various senators and delegates. For more information, or for an application, contact Wesley Queen at or call (301) 405-2529.

Sept. 14         Medicare Education
The Ateaze Senior Center is hosting a class about Medicare plans and how to register for them on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. The free class will be in room 119 of the center, located at 7401 Holabird Ave. in Dundalk. For more information, call (410) 887-7233.


Aug. 30          Sex in Paradise, Pa.
Join the Parkville Senior Center, located at 8601 Harford Rd., Baltimore, on Wednesday, Aug. 30, for a day trip to Paradise, Pennsylvania. The trip will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and includes the show Sex Please, We’re Sixty!, a buffet lunch, transportation and all gratuities for $86. For more information, call the center at (410) 882-6087.

Sept. 7+         Baseball and More in Cleveland
The Arbutus Senior Center, 855 Sulphur Spring Rd., Arbutus,  is organizing a trip to Cleveland, Ohio from Thursday, Sept. 7 to Saturday, Sept. 9. For $635 per person, double, participants will enjoy an Orioles versus Indians baseball game, visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, enjoy a Sunset Sinner Cruise, Trolley City tour and more. For more information, call (410) 887-1410.

Sept. 9           American Music Theater in Lancaster, Pa.
The Reisterstown Senior Center, located at 12035 Reisterstown Rd., Reisterstown, is organizing a day trip on Saturday, Sept. 9, to Lancaster, Penn. For $80, participants will enjoy the Doo Wop Cavalcadeat the American Music Theater. The trip is scheduled to last from 9 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. For more information, call (410) 687-5113.

Sept. 11+      Gatsby’s Gold Coast
Join the Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave., Towson, on a trip to Long Island and the Hamptons for just $499, from Monday, Sept. 11 to Wednesday, Sept. 13. Departure is scheduled for 7 a.m. For more information, call (410) 887-1693.


Sept. 9+         Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum will host the exhibit “Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence,” from Saturday, Sept. 9  through Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.  The exhibition includes nearly 50 works on paper and two artist books by renowned 20th century African American artist Jacob Lawrence. The exhibition schedule also features a Collector’s Panel on Saturday, Sept. 16 and a Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 7. The museum is located at 830 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore. Entry is free for all members and children under 6, $8 for adults, $6 for those 65+. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or call (443) 263-1800.

Sept. 14+      Tchaikovsky Thrill Ride
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is presenting a signature program including two fiery works by John Adam and a performance of Rodrigo’s “Conciergo de Aranjuez” by Lukasz Kuropaczewski. The program will culminate with Tchaikovsky’s powerful “Symphony No. 5.” The performance will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. in North Bethesda, and at 8 p.m. in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. in Baltimore, on Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16. Tickets range from $35 to $99. For more information, visit www.bsomusic.orgor call (410) 783-8000.

Ongoing        Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul
The Walters Art Museum is putting on an exhibition about Martin Luther’s world through Sunday, Oct. 29. Curated by Zanvyl Krieger Fellow Yu Na Han, the works, ranging from a simple beer cup to a cross composed entirely of microscopic hand-lettered prayers, provide insight into Luther’s world, friendships and family. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Entry to the museum, located at 600 N. Charles St., is free. For more information, visit www.thewalters.orgor call (410) 547-9000.


Sept. 9           9/11 Remembrance Day of Service
The Mission Continues, a nongovernmental organization empowering veterans who are adjusting to life at home, is looking for volunteers to assist with their Baltimore Sept. 11 Remembrance Project. Taking place at the Roots & Branches School, located at 1807 Harlem Ave., the remembrance project is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. For more information or to register, visit www.missioncontinues.orgor call (314) 588-8805.

Sept. 12+      Foster Parents Needed
Woodbourne Treatment Foster Center, a nonprofit in Baltimore, is looking for foster parents to open their hearts and homes to care for children in need. A new training class for prospective foster parents is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The center will provide training, licensing, guidance, and around-the-clock support services. The center is located at 1301 Woodbourne Ave., Baltimore. For more information, contact Katherine Heinz at (410) 433-1000, ext. 4130or at

Sept. 16         Guinness World Record Paper Shredding
Strong City Baltimore is partnering with Security Plus Federal Credit Union for a free community paper-shredding event on Saturday, Sept. 16. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., participants will try to set a Guinness Book World Record while protecting themselves from identity theft by shredding their old personal documents. Volunteers are also needed to assist with traffic control and shred trucks. The event will be held at M&T stadium, 1101 Russell St. To volunteer, email volunteer@strongcitybaltimore.orgor call (410) 261-3519.

Ongoing        Loan Your Couch to a Dog/Cat
ARF’s German Shepherd Rescue is partnering with, the leading online forum for animal rescues, to help get more foster homes for rescue animals. Volunteers can pick the type and the duration of the foster. The reward? Plenty of doggy and kitty kisses as well as many thank-yous. For more information or to register, visit www.Doobert.comor call (262) 456-3344.

Ongoing        Work at the Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center, located at 601 Light St., is looking for ticket agents to greet guests, sell and process tickets, and respond to guest questions. The requirements? Be friendly and courteous with the public! Shifts are available Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to access application forms, visit www.marylandsciencecenter.orgor call (410) 685-5225.