Baltimore Beacon Bits

MAY 2017

HEALTH BITS

Apr. 25+        Meditation for Seniors
Learn to use and practice mindfulness meditation in a weekly class at CCBC Owings Mills, 10300 Grand Central Ave., from April 25 to June 27, 9 to 10 a.m. Increase personal ease, reduce stress with techniques that include breathing, body scan, sitting and walking meditation, and mindful listening. Cost for seniors is $49. For more information, visit www.ccbcmd.edu or call (440) 840-2222.

Apr. 26           Health and Wellness Fair
The Parkville Senior Center will hold a Health and Wellness Fair in its gym from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. The event includes free health screenings, such as vision, hearing, bone density, oral cancer and hand function, a medication review and more. Schedule your appointment at the center’s front desk at 8601 Harford Rd. Call (410) 887-5338 for more information.

Apr. 27           Holistic Approach to Wellness
Discuss nutrition, healthy pantry, food shopping, gut health, herbal and essential oils, supplements, and pharmacy related topics such as pharmacogenetics. The free event is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at the Ateaze Senior Center. Sign program binder at front desk if you plan to attend.  The center is located at 7401 Holabird Ave., Dundalk. To learn more, call (410) 887-7233.

Apr. 27+        Cooking with Five Ingredients or Less
Learn how to prepare such foods as Caesar salad, curry cauliflower, and beef bourguignon, and then enjoy the finished dishes. Recipes will be provided. Course cost for seniors is $47. Materials cost of $30 will be collected at the first class. Classes start on Friday, April 27 at CCBC Owings Mills, 10300 Grand Central Ave. and continue through June 1. For more information, visit www.ccbcmd.edu or call (440) 840-2222.

May 1+           Quit Smoking!
The North Point Branch of the Baltimore County Library is hosting a free “Up in Smoke” quit smoking program on Mondays, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program will run from May 1 to June 12. Free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges will be part of the many options for people who want to quit smoking. The library is located at 1716 Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk. To sign up, call Greta Brand at (410) 399-2001.

May 11           Caregivers’ CafĂ©
Victory Villa Senior Center, in partnership with Hopkins Bayview, will offer information and support for caregivers on Thursday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This will be a confidential group open to the community. Chat with fellow caregivers, meet healthcare providers and learn about community resources. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. Call (410) 887-0235. Victory Villa Senior Center is located at 403 Compass Rd. East in Middle River.

Ongoing        No-Cost Women's Exams
Maryland residents between the ages of 40 and 64 who do not have insurance coverage for mammograms, Pap tests and breast exams are eligible for no-cost mammograms at participating radiology centers and exams at participating doctors' offices. For more information, call the Baltimore County Department of Health Women's Cancer Protection Program at (410) 887-3432.

Ongoing        No-Cost Colon Cancer Screenings
Maryland residents who are 50 and over (under 50 with family history or physician referral) who do not have insurance for colon cancer screenings may be eligible for no-cost colon cancer screenings. For more information, call the Baltimore County Department of Health Cancer Prevention Program at (410) 887-3456.

EVENT BITS

Apr. 29           Shred-a-Thon
Seven Oaks Senior Center will host a free community Shred-a-Thon on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Each vehicle may bring up to four standard sized boxes of personal documents for shredding. Seven Oaks is located at 9210 Seven Courts Dr. in Perry Hall. For more information, call (410) 887-5192.

May 5             Fallen Heroes Day
The 32nd annual Fallen Heroes Day ceremony will be held on Friday, May 5 at 1 p.m. at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Rd., Timonium. The event, which attracts more than 1,500 guests from across Maryland, honors and remembers police and correctional officers, firefighters and emergency medical/rescue personnel who died in the line of duty during the past year. The 2017 Fallen Heroes Day ceremony will honor Firefighter/Paramedic Lieutenant John Ulmschneider of the Prince George’s County Fire Department, who died just weeks before the 2016 ceremony. To learn more, call (410) 666-0490 or see www.dulaneyvalley.com.

May 7             Sykesville Fine Art & Wine Festival
Sykesville, the “coolest small town In America,” will hold its 7th Annual Fine Art & Wine Festival on Sunday, May 7. This annual event features local artists and artisans alongside regional wineries and wine-makers, plus great food and live entertainment. Set along the town’s historic Main Street, the festival draws thousands of visitors each year. Enjoy live music while you sip from a collectible wine glass ($25, includes unlimited samples), and make your rounds through the heart of Historic Sykesville. For more information, visit www.sykesvillemainstreet.com.

MONEY AND LEGAL BITS

May 1             Law Day Offers Free Legal Counsel
Law Day is Monday, May 1, and all 20 Baltimore County senior centers will have attorneys available to complete healthcare advance directives and powers of attorney free of charge to those age 60 and over. Contact your local senior center in advance for an appointment, or call (410) 887-2040 for more information.

Ongoing        Legal Service for Nursing Home Issues
Free legal information and representation in cases involving nursing homes is available through the Nursing Home Program of the Legal Aid Bureau in Towson. For more information, call (410) 296-6705 or (800) 367-7563.

Ongoing        Donate Your Car
Donate your outdated automobile to Kidney Cars and become eligible for a tax deduction while helping the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland and the National Kidney Foundation get more mileage out of their education and prevention programs. All donated vehicles are either sold at auction or for parts. To make a donation, call (800) 488-CARS (2277) or visit www.kidneycars.org. The foundation will pick up used cars, trucks, motorcycles or boats — in almost any condition — free of charge.

TRAVEL BITS

May 4             Heading Downy Ocean
Enjoy Springfest activities on the Boardwalk in Ocean City on Thursday, May 4. Cost is $40. Call Seven Oaks Senior Center at (410) 887-5192 to reserve a spot.

May 7+           Sun and Surf in Myrtle Beach
Take a trip that includes four nights in an oceanfront hotel, four breakfasts and dinners, and admission to Alabama Theatre. Visit Broadway at the Beach, a guided tour of Charleston, South Carolina Barefoot Landing and more. This sun-filled trip from May 7 to 11 is $569, double occupancy. Call Arbutus Senior Center at (410) 887-1410 for reservations.

May 10           It’s Azalea Time at Winterthur
Enjoy the Winterthur Azalea Tour and Mendenhall Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10. Cost is $90. Call Seven Oaks Senior Center at (410) 887-5192 to save a spot.

May 15+        Take a Trip through History
Join Liberty Senior Center for this trip to Selma, Ala., May 15 through 21, where you will visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Rosa Parks Museum, and tour the cities of Selma and Birmingham. Cost is $725. For information and reservations, call Liberty Senior Center at (410) 887-0780.

ARTS BITS

Apr. 20+        A Fantastick Musical
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents the musical The Fantasticks from April 21 to May 21. It’s a classic love story about a boy and girl next door, helped along by meddling dads. The special price for the preview at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 is $15. Admission is $40 to $60 for other performances. The theater is located at 7 S. Calvert St., Baltimore MD 21202. For tickets and more information, see www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com or call (410) 244-8570.

May 1+           A Festival of Rodgers and Hammerstein
Join musical enthusiast Ellen Marks as she follows the careers of musical theater geniuses Rodgers and Hammerstein in a four-part class. See how their creativity brought stories from script to stage, leaving a vibrant legacy of indelible stories and show-stopping songs and dances. Dressed in authentic custom-designed costumes for Oklahoma, South Pacific, King and I, and The Sound of Music, Marks will sing your favorite show tunes. This musical event will be held on Mondays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave. Tickets are $40 for Beth El members; $45 for non-members. Register at ellenm@bethelbalto.com or call (410) 580-5166.

May 23           Concert in the Park
Enjoy hits from the ‘60s, '70s, '80s and current hits on Tuesday, May 23, at Concert in the Park, at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Rd. Tickets are $4 in advance; $5 at the door. Tickets are on sale at Baltimore County Senior Centers.

Ongoing        SBO Membership Special
Senior Box Office (SBO) offers complimentary and discounted tickets to members for cultural, educational and entertainment events, as well as travel opportunities for members and nonmembers. Take advantage of the early bird special by joining before May 31 to receive 15 months of membership for the price of 12. The cost is $30 per household with electronic delivery of brochures; $38 to get printed information by mail. For more information, visit www.seniorboxoffice.org or call (410) 887-5399.

VOLUNTEER BITS

Ongoing        Volunteer for Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is the only national organization dedicated solely to girls, who are encouraged to share and explore their hopes and dreams. Be part of their journey by volunteering with Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. For more information, call (410) 358-9711 or visit www.gscm.org.

Ongoing        Good Samaritan Hospital Needs Volunteers
Volunteers are needed at Good Samaritan Hospital in a variety of positions. Good Samaritan is guided by Catholic tradition in its mission to deliver ideal healthcare experiences. For more information, call (443) 444-3814 or visit www.goodsam-md.org.

Ongoing        Gilchrist Hospice Seeks Volunteers
Gilchrist Hospice Care is the largest nonprofit hospice organization in Maryland, providing home hospice care in Baltimore, Harford and Howard Counties, and Baltimore City, and inpatient hospice care in Towson. To learn more about becoming a hospice volunteer, call (443) 849-8239 or visit www.gilchristhospice.org.

Ongoing        Volunteer at Cromwell Valley Park
Cromwell Valley Park is located just outside Towson, and offers opportunities for volunteers to participate in a variety of programs — from assisting with school field trips and special events, to gardening and trail maintenance. For more information, call (410) 887-2503 or visit www.cromwellvalleypark.org.