Howard County Beacon Bits

JULY 2017

TECH BYTES

July 12 +       UNDERSTANDING THE CLOUD
Howard County Community College is offering a Wednesday and Friday online course on the Cloud and how it works, beginning Wednesday, July 12 and concluding Friday, August 18. Tuition is $125; a discount of $35 is available for persons 60 and over. For more information, visit ed2go.com/howardcc or call (443) 518-4680.

July 13           TED TALK SCREENING
In this monthly program, the Miller Branch library presents a variety of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks to view and discuss. The free program takes place on Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m. The library is located at 9421 Frederick Rd., Columbia. Registration is required online at hclibrary.org/classes-events/on-screen or by calling the library at (410) 313-1950.

HEALTH BITS

June 27         DEALING WITH DIABETES
A two-hour course offering ways to deal with Type 2 diabetes, including exercises and meal planning, will be held Tuesday, June 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. The course is also open to persons who care for someone with diabetes. The fee is $25. For more information or to register, visit hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.      

July 11           FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
Howard County General Hospital will offer free blood pressure screening on Tuesday, July 11 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. For more information, call (410) 740-7601 or visit hcgh.org.

July 23           HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION PICNIC
The Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA-GBC) will hold its annual picnic at noon on Sunday, July 23 at Patapsco Valley State Park via the entrance at 5120 S. Street, Halethorpe. The gathering is open to families experiencing all levels of hearing loss issues, and offers opportunities for informal conversations and sharing stories about living with hearing loss. There is an entrance fee of $3 per person charged by the park. Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided free of charge. Each family is asked to bring a communal dish for sharing. Register by July 17. For more information about the event, or to RSVP, contact Phyllis Hersh at (410) 602-5191 or online at silsreh523@gmail.com.

July 29           LEARN TO MEDITATE
Techniques to reduce stress and stress-related disorders will be featured in a class on Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard Community College’s Hickory Ridge Building, 10650 Hickory Ridge Rd., Columbia. Tuition is $59. For more information and to register, visit howardcc.edu.ConEd or call (443) 518-1700.

Ongoing        NEW OUTDOOR PICKLEBALL COURTS
Howard County Recreation & Parks recently opened two newly-constructed pickleball courts at Atholton Park in response to residents’ requests for places to play the badminton-like sport. Atholton Park is located at 6875 Greenleigh Dr., Columbia, behind Atholton Elementary School. For more information, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/atholtonpark or call (410) 313-2022.

Ongoing        MEN’S SENIOR SOFTBALL
Men 55 and older who are interested in playing on a senior softball team for the fall season can learn more and sign up with the Department of Recreation & Parks through July on the website howardcountymd.gov/rap or by calling Mark Pendleton at (410) 313-7275.

EVENT BITS

June 24+       HOMECREST HOUSE HOLDS YARD SALE
Senior living community Homecrest House is sponsoring an on-site yard sale of household items and clothing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 to benefit residents of the community. Homecrest House is located at 14508 Homecrest Rd., Silver Spring. For more information, call (301) 244-3579.

June 29+       ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON MILITARY HISTORY
Afternoon discussions for military history enthusiasts, students and veterans are held the last Thursday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. at Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. On June 29, the focus will be on the Civil War. On July 27, the topic is World War II. Registration is preferred, either by calling (410) 313-5077 or going online at hclibrary.org.

July 18           FIRST LADIES’ JEWELRY
A look at the jewelry of Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln and Jackie Kennedy within historical context will be presented on Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. The presenter is Elyse Zorn Karlin, publisher and editor of Adornment, a magazine of jewelry and related arts. The talk is free, but registration is preferred by calling (410) 313-1950 or by going online to hclibrary.org/classes-events/history-lives.

July 19           WORLD WAR II PATRIOTISM
Miller Branch Library hosts a talk by local historian Loris Simcik on Wednesday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to noon. The topic is the “United We Stand” campaign to foster patriotism and rally support for World War II, with covers depicting the American flag on hundreds of magazines. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Howard County Historical Society and coincides with the current exhibit of some of those magazine covers. Registration is required and may be done online at hclibrary.org or by calling the library at (410) 313-1950. Miller Branch Library is located at 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City.

July 22+        ANNUAL POW-WOW AT COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
The 24th annual Howard County Pow-wow will be held on Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairground Rd. West Friendship. The event features American Indian dancing, foods, singing, crafts and children’s activities. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children. For more information, call the Fairground at (410) 442-1022 or the show promotion office at (252) 532-0821.

LAW AND MONEY BITS

Ongoing        DEALING WITH IDENTITY THEFT
The Federal Trade Commission has a website that outlines steps to take for a victim of identity theft, including sample letters to send to credit bureaus, businesses and debt collectors, as well as how to design a personal recovery plan. The website site is IdentityTheft.gov.

Ongoing        ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR LEGAL AID?
Nursing home and assisted living residents with low incomes may qualify for free legal services from Maryland Legal Aid. To learn more, make an appointment to visit the local offices at 3451 Court House Dr., Ellicott City by calling Barbara Coleman at (410) 480-1057, or check online at www.mdlab.org.

ARTS BITS

June 29+       FREE SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS
Howard Community College is presenting Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream outdoors on the college’s Drier Stage beginning Thursday, June 29 through Saturday, July 1. Performances start at 8 p.m., but audience members are invited to come early, bring a blanket or chairs for seating and a picnic dinner to enjoy before the show. The Drier Stage is located behind Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. For more information, visit howardcc.edu/boxoffice or call (443) 518-1500.

July 6+           PLEIN AIR PAINTING WEEKEND
The annual paint-out, featuring artists painting on sites in the historic district of Ellicott City, will begin with registration and welcome ceremonies for participating artists from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. On Saturday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be Paint Down Main, a “quick draw” competition for artists completing a painting in just two hours and a pop-up sale of artwork. On Monday, July 10, artists and visitors are invited to a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Howard County Center for the Arts. All plein air paintings will be on display and available for purchase at the center from July 10 to August 11. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m. For additional information, call (410) 313-2787 or visit hocoarts.org.

July 12           FREE REGGAE CONCERT
Funky reggae band The Scotch Bonnets will perform a free concert on Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Park South, 10000 Rte. 108, Ellicott City. The concert is sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks. For more information, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/sunsetserenades.

VOLUNTEER BITS

Ongoing        TIME ON YOUR HANDS? VOLUNTEER
The Howard County Volunteer Center, with headquarters at 6310 Hillside Dr., Columbia, welcomes persons interested in spending time with nonprofit and public agencies in the county. For more information, visit the website www.volunteerhoward.org, email pam@volunteerhoward.org, or phone Pam Simonson at (410) 715-3179.