Howard County Beacon Bits

APRIL 2017

TECH BYTES

Apr. 12+        DISCOUNTS FOR ONLINE COURSES
The ED2Go program of online courses at Howard County Community College begins April 12 with a variety of topics, including real estate investing and writing classes. There's a $35 discount for students 60 and over. For full description of classes, visit www.howardcc.edu/programs.classes or email ed2go@howardcc.edu.

HEALTH BITS

Mar. 25          FREE CAREGIVERS PROGRAM
The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is offering a day of free programs for caregivers on Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Glenwood 50+ Center, 2400 State Route 29, Glenwood. Featured speaker is Dr. Nicole Absar, medical director at Copper Ridge Medical Clinic. Training sessions will be offered on a variety of topics. including legal, medical and community resources. For more information, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/caregiver or call (410) 313-5969.

Apr. 3+           DIABETIC? LEARN ABOUT SELF-INJECTIONS
A certified diabetes nurse educator will explain how to safely administer and manage self-injections, as well as how to determine effectiveness and understand side effects, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. The class will be repeated on Wednesday, April 12; Monday, April 17; and Monday, April 24 at the same times. For more information, call (410) 740-7601.

Apr. 4             THYROID DISEASE AND YOUR EYES
Learn how eyes are affected by thyroid disease, and how they can be treated medically and surgically. This free program features Johns Hopkins ophthalmologist Dr. Fatemah Rajali on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Howard County Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. Advanced reservations are suggested. For more information and to register online, visit www.hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

Apr. 4+           BRAIN GAMES EVENT
The Howard County Miller Branch Library holds a brain aerobics and games activity on the first Tuesday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The activity will challenge your brain with puzzles, word games, and other tasks. The Miller Branch Library is located at 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Registration is preferred. To register or for more information, call (410) 313-1950.

Apr. 7             UNDERSTANDING ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
Howard County General Hospital is offering a free one-hour course on advance directives, covering what they are, how to get them, and how to complete them. The class will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at the Howard County Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. To reserve a space, call (410) 740-7601 or go to www.hcgh.org.

Apr. 8             YOGA WORKSHOP FOR ALL
The Melong Ling Studio, 6315 Hillside Ct., Columbia, will host a workshop of yoga, art and science for all ages and levels of yoga on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon to benefit the KidsPeace Maryland Foster Care and Community Program. A minimum donation of $10 is suggested. For more information, email louanna.doll@kidspeace.org or call (410) 964-9329.

Apr. 13           EMOTIONS AND YOUR HEALTH
Dr. Michael Miller, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will speak on Thursday, April 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Howard County Central Library located at 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. He will discuss how positive emotions can positively influence vascular and overall health. His book, Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is preferred. To register, call (410) 313-7800.

EVENT BITS

Apr. 8             DAFFODIL DAY
Daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers await visitors to the 10th annual free Whipps Garden Cemetery Daffodil Day at 3657 St. John’s Ln. in Ellicott City. The Woodland Theater will feature  the Camerata Musica Madrigal Singers, horticultural talk “Bulbs that Introduce and follow daffodils” by Master Gardener Judy Petersen, and a new Daffodil Demonstration Garden.  A guided tour will highlight several recent Eagle Scout projects and restored cast iron decorated gravesite. The park is maintained by Howard County’s Master Gardeners and is open to the public daily.For more information, call (410) 274-7795 or email agravelle@verizon.net.

Apr. 9             NATIVE PLANTS AND POLLINATORS
Chris Puttock of Chesapeake Natives will present a workshop on the declining population of native plants that pollinators feed on and plants to grow that will reverse the trend. Puttock will speak at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Ln., Columbia. Tickets are $20 per person. To register, visit www.visithowardcounty.com/event or call (410) 313-0400.

Apr. 19           GENEALOGY 101
To learn about how to research your family history using Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest and other tools, come to a presentation on Wednesday, April 19 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Howard County Miller Branch Library, located at 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Registration is required. To register, call (410) 313-1950.

Apr. 24           MARYLAND'S HISTORY THROUGH GARDENS
Take a visual tour of Maryland’s historic gardens, early settlements, plantations and Gilded Age homes on Monday, April 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library, located at 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Barbara Glickman will discuss the history of 11 gardens and their homes and owners. Her books, Maryland's Public Gardens & Parks and Capital Splendor — Gardens and Parks of Washington, D.C., will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required. To register, call (410) 313-1950.

LAW AND MONEY BITS

Apr. 1+           TAX CREDIT DEADLINES
The deadline to apply for Howard County’s new Aging in Place Tax Credit, which reduces property taxes, is Saturday, April 1. To be eligible, a county property owner must be at least 65 years old and have lived in the same house for the last 40 years, or be 65 and a retired member of the armed forces. The recently expanded Senior Tax Credit also reduces property taxes for residents 65 and older with household incomes less than $81,200. The deadline to apply for this credit is Sept. 1. To learn more about these credits, see the recent Beacon article at www.thebeaconnewspapers.com/select-stories/law-money/expanding-tax-credits-aging-place. For more information, or to apply for the credits, go to taxcredits.howardcountymd.gov or call (410) 313-4076.

Apr. 4+           CIVIL AND FAMILY LAW ASSISTANCE
The Howard County Library System is partnering with the Howard County Circuit Court to help self-represented litigants in Howard County. On Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., attorneys will provide free legal assistance for walk-in clients who are income-eligible. Registration is not required. Meetings occur at the 50+ Center located at 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. For more information, contact Circuit Court Law Librarian Sandy Brewer at (410) 313-2135.

Apr. 18           ESTATE PLANNING ESSENTIALS
Attorney Stephen R. Elville will discuss the essentials of estate planning and elder law. The talk will take place on Tuesday, April 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Howard County Central Library located at 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Registration is preferred. To register, call (410) 313-7800.

Ongoing        LEARN ABOUT REVERSE MORTGAGES
Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Howard County offers individual counseling sessions for those 62 and over interested in obtaining a reverse mortgage — a loan against a home that needn't be repaid as long as the owner lives there. Information is available online at map@howardcountymd.gov and www.howardcountyaging.org or by calling (410) 313-5980.

Ongoing        SENIOR MEDICARE PATROL
The Maryland Senior Medicare Patrol helps Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers detect and report healthcare fraud, errors or abuse. The patrol is sponsored by the Maryland Department of Aging in partnership with local Area Agencies on Aging. More information on its activities can be found at www.aging.maryland.gov or by calling (410) 767-1100 or 1 (800) 243-3425.

ARTS BITS

Apr. 2+           ARTISTS GALLERY PAINTINGS
“Flora,” a show of paintings by Diane Dunn, will be on display through April 30 at the Artists Gallery in Taylor’s Collective, 8197 Main St., Ellicott City, with a reception for the artist Sunday, April 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at (443) 325-5936.

Apr. 9             BELMONT MANOR SPRING OPEN HOUSE
The 18th century Belmont Manor House, and its 68 acres of parkland and gardens, will be open to the public at no charge on Sunday, April 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Located at 6555 Belmont Woods Rd., Elkridge, the site includes the original barn, carriage house, cemetery and aqua gardens. The Howard County Conservancy will provide a junior naturalist scavenger hunt, and crafts from the past will be displayed. For more information, call (410) 313-0200.

Apr. 21           STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
The Howard County Conservancy is hosting an afternoon and evening of storytelling on Friday, April 21 at its Mt. Pleasant headquarters, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. Part of  Columbia's 50th birthday celebration, the workshop from 2 to 6 p.m. will be led by Leigh Tillman. At 7 p.m. an evening program features 12 local residents recalling their stories of life in Howard County. The workshop fee is $75 and includes the evening program. The evening program alone costs $20. Advance registration is required for both events. To register for one or both programs, call (410) 465-8877.