Howard County Beacon Bits

MAY 2017

TECH BYTES

May 5             COMPUTER FILES AND FOLDERS
A three-hour course in managing personal computer files and folders is offered by Howard Community College on Friday, May 5 to learn techniques such as renaming, moving and copying files. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Gateway Campus, 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia. Tuition is $80, including $70 in fees, which may be waived for persons 60 and over. Call (443) 518-1700 for more information or visit howardcc.edu/ConEd.

May 9+           LEARN 3D DESIGN AND PRINTING
Learn how to design and print 3D images at the Savage Branch Library, located at 9525 Durness Ln., Laurel. Registration is required for the free four-session series from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 9, 16, 23 and 30. Register by calling (410) 313-0760.

HEALTH BITS

Apr. 26           BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TOWN MEETING
A workgroup including representatives of mental health and substance abuse organizations will hold a town meeting on Wednesday, April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Health Department. 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia. This is the last in a series of meetings this spring exploring integrating the mental health and substance abuse services in the county.  For more information about this meeting or the statewide program under consideration, contact Carl DeLorenzo, Director of Policy and Programs, Department of County Administration, at (410) 313-2172 or email cdelorenzo@howardcountymd.gov.

Apr. 29           ADULT AND CHILD FIRST-AID CLASS
Howard County General Hospital is offering a free class on clearing airway obstructions in adults and children from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29 at the hospital’s Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. The course is for ages 12 and up, and does not lead to CPR certification. For more information, visit www.hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

May 4+           SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS
Howard County General Hospital offers a free opportunity for persons with a skin cancer concern to be examined by a dermatologist who will check one or two areas in question. Screening will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 9 at the Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. For more information, call (410) 740-7601.

May 4+           RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES?
A two-hour course for those new to Type2 Diabetes, covering meal planning and exercise options, will be offered at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center on the following dates and times: Thursday, May 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.; Thursday, May 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, May 16 from 9 to 11 a.m., and Friday, May 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. There is a $25 fee for the course, which is also open to persons caring for someone with diabetes. The Wellness Center is located at 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. For more information, call (410) 740-7601 or visit www.hcgh.org.

May 11           INTRODUCTION TO A PLANT-BASED DIET
Dr. Zeeshan Ali, program specialist with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, will discuss the benefits of plant-based diets, as well as share useful recipes. The event will take place Thursday, May 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central Branch Library located at 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Registration is preferred. For more information or to register, call (410) 313-7800.

May 18           GLAUCOMA FACTS
The importance of diagnosing and treating glaucoma as early as possible will be discussed in a free program on Thursday, May 18 at Howard County General Hospital‘s Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. Call (410) 740-7601 or visit www.hcgh.org to learn more.

EVENT BITS

Apr. 22           RAISING BACKYARD CHICKENS
Learn the pros and cons of raising chickens in a suburban environment at the Miller Branch Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The library is located at 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Registration is preferred. For more information or 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 at the Miller Branch Library, located at 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, on Monday, April 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Barbara Glickman will discuss the history of 11 gardens and their homes and owners. Her book, Maryland's Public Gardens & Parks and Capital Splendor — Gardens and Parks of Washington DC, will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required. To register, call (410) 313-1950.

May 6             REMEMBERING THE NAZI OCCUPATION
Edith Cord, a Columbia resident who grew up during the Nazi Occupation of Austria, will share some of her childhood experiences on Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Howard County Historical Society Museum, 8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City. Tickets are $8 per person, and may be purchased by visiting hchsmd.org/events or by calling (410) 480-3250.

May 13+        WALKING TOURS OF ELLICOTT CITY
The Howard County Historical Society is offering a three-quarter mile tour (over hilly and sometimes rough terrain) following the footsteps of Ellicott City’s founding fathers, educators, millworkers and railroaders from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 and Saturday, May 27. Tours start at the Mount Ida Mansion, 3691 Sarahs Ln., Ellicott City, and will continue at the same location and times every second and fourth Saturday through October. Prices vary from $11 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12, to $13 for non-members. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.hchsmd/org/events or call (410) 480-3250.

LAW AND MONEY BITS

Apr.  22+       INSURANCE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Staff members of the Maryland State Insurance Administration will be on site at three Howard County events in April to answer consumer questions on all types of insurance products, from annuities to title insurance and health, auto and homeowners insurance. On Saturday, April 22, representatives will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at GreenFest 2017 at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. On Tuesday, April 25, staff will be at the Maryland Financial Education Summit 2017 at the Double Tree Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolss Rd., Columbia, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. On Saturday, April 29 representatives will be on site at WomenFest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2400 Rte. 97, Cooksville. To learn more, see www.maryland.insurance.gov or call 1-800-492-6116 .

May 8             COMMUNITY DIALOGUE CIRCLES
Two groups, Choose Civility and the Meditation and Conflict Resolution Center at Howard Community College, will host a community discussion about divisive issues. Participants will be able to share ideas and listen in a small group setting. Dialogues will be held at the Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (410) 313-7800.

May 8+           WANT TO START AN INVESTMENT CLUB?
A new course on creating an investment club for both novice and experienced investors is being offered by Howard Community College on Monday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gateway Campus, 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia. The sessions are taught by Dameon Robinson, a former securities dealer and investment banker, who is currently active in five investment clubs. Fee is $99. For more information, visit howardcc.edu/ConEd or call (443) 518-1700.

May 16+        BUSINESS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY DISCUSSION GROUP
On the third Tuesday of each month visit the East Columbia Express Branch Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to discuss and review books and topics in business, management and political economy. The library is located at 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. The May 16 meeting will focus on Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science by Dani Rodrik. For more information, contact yao.aziabu@hclibrary.org.

Ongoing        SENIOR MEDICARE PATROL
The state Senior Medicare Patrol program, which assists recipients and caregivers in reporting healthcare fraud and errors, can be contacted by Howard County residents to file a complaint, volunteer, or find information about the program. Call (410) 313-7392. For more information, visit http://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/SMP.aspx or call the Maryland Department of Aging, (410) 767-1000 or 1-800-243-3425.

ARTS BITS

May 6             ENCORE CHORALE PERFORMANCE
The Encore Chorales of Columbia and Towson will present a free concert of music ranging from Broadway to spirituals on Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. The chorales are composed of singers age 55 and over affiliated with Encore Creativity, a national program with 15 chorales and 5 rock ‘n roll choruses in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia area. For more information, visit www.encorecreativity.org or call (301) 261-5747.

May 7             NATURAL ARTWORK
Nature-inspired artwork created and donated by professional artists, art students and local celebrities will be featured at the opening of the Howard County Conservancy’s gallery exhibit “The Art of Stewardship” on Sunday, May 7 at the Conservancy’s Mt. Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. Featured speakers include Greg Mort, internationally recognized artist and founder of The Art of Stewardship movement, who will speak on the role of environmental stewardship in the arts.  A wine and cheese preview reception will be held at 6 p.m., with the gallery opening and sale beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets for the reception are $20; the artwork for sale is $100 per item. To learn more about the evening, visit www.hcconservancy.org or call (410) 465-8877.

May 9+           VIETNAM VETERANS EXHIBIT
An exhibit at the Central Branch Library will honor the military service of Marylanders during the Vietnam War. The exhibit, on display from May 9 to June 11, includes pictures of 16 men and women now and during the war, along with their anecdotes from that time. There will also be a space to write thank-you notes and letters to veterans. The Central Branch Library is located at 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Call (410) 313-7800 for more information.

May 12           READINGS OF NEW PLAYS
Four one-act plays by area playwrights will be featured in readings by Try It Out Theatre on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at Watermark Place Condominium, 1001 Windstream Dr., Columbia. The evening will include a talk with the theater’s founder and producer, Rich Madzel, who wrote “After Dinner,” one of the evening’s readings, and the three other playwrights from Baltimore, Elkridge and Columbia. There is no admission charge, but limited seating is available. For more information, visit www.tryitouttheatre.com , email rmadzel@hotmail.com, or call Rich Madzel at (443) 745-0332.