Howard County Beacon Bits

OCTOBER  2017

TECH BYTES

Oct. 7             PERSONAL COMPUTER OVERVIEW
A course for new personal computer users, including software applications, word processing and basic Windows concepts, will be offered at Howard Community College on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hickory Ridge Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. The class costs $109, including $90 in fees, which are waived for persons age 65 and over. For further information and to register, call (443) 518-1700.

Oct. 16           LEARN TO CREATE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
Develop and modify presentation slides combining text and visuals in a one-day class at Howard Community College on Monday, Oct. 16. The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gateway Campus, 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia. Tuition is $130, including $80 in fees that are waived for those age 65 and older. Call (443) for more information and to register or visit howardcc.edu/ConEd.

HEALTH BITS

Sept. 23         HELP END ALZHEIMER’S
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Howard County walk is looking for volunteers to help out on the day of the event, Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Various jobs are available; to find out more or to register, contact Kisha James at (410) 561-9099or at kjames@alz.org.

Oct. 2             BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
Free, walk-in blood pressure screening held on Monday, Oct. 2 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Branch Library 2350 MD-97, Cooksville. No registration required. To learn more, contact the library at (410) 313-5577.

Oct. 3             BRAIN EXERCISES
Complete puzzles, games, and tasks to keep the brain active and healthy on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City. Registration is preferred. To register or for more information, call (410) 313-1950.

Oct. 7+           OPEN SWIM
Free swim for those 55+ is offered for six weeks starting Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cedar Lane School, 11630 Scraggsville Rd., Fulton. Exercise accessories will be provided. Fee: $35. To learn more, call Cathy Vigus at (410) 313-7311 or email her at cvigus@howardcountymd.gov.

Oct. 11           DON’T BE SAD THIS WINTER
Learn how to design a plan to overcome holiday blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) at a free program on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. For more information or to register, visit hcgh.org or call (410)740-7601.

Oct. 25           SELF DEFENSE FOR OLDER ADULTS
Learn basic defensive techniques and insights into the crimes unique to older adults in an hour-long class at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at US Jow Ga Martial Arts Studio, Suite 101, 9250 Rumsey Rd., Columbia. The class meets for five weeks. Fee: $72. For further details and to register, call Curtis Gore at (410) 313-7281 or email cgore@howardcountymd.gov.

Oct. 27           RECOGNIZING MENTAL ILLNESS
Familiarize yourself with the signs, symptoms and frequency of mental illness, and learn to provide effective and appropriate assistance in this free day-long class by Howard County General Hospital on Friday, Oct. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Dr., Columbia. To register or for questions, call Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center (410) 740-7601.

EVENT BITS

Oct. 6             EXPLORING THE NIGHT SKY
Learn about the stars, planets and space science in a program for adults in the NatureSphere planetarium. The program features the full-dome movie Impact! preceded by a presentation about current happenings in the night sky. The event takes place on Friday, Oct. 6 from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Film previews are available at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCNatureSpherefeatures. No late seating. Ages 18+ only. The program is $6. To register, call (410) 313-0400.

LAW AND MONEY BITS

Sept. 25+      ROUTE 1 SAFETY
The Howard County Office of Public Transportation will host two all-day public drop-in open houses to solicit public input on safety for people walking and bicycling along US Route 1 between Elkridge and North Laurel. The first open house will be Monday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMUC Dorsey Station Center, 6865 Deerpath Ln., Elkridge. The second will be Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Howard County MultiService Center, 9900 Washington Blvd., Laurel. Those who are unable to attend either open house may contact Chris Eatough with Office of Transportation at (410) 313-0567 or email ceatough@howardcountymd.gov.

Sept. 28         CONCERNED ABOUT DISCRIMINATION?
Learn about the services of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) as well as Maryland's anti-discrimination code and how to file a charge of discrimination. The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Registration is preferred; to do so and to get more information, contact (410) 313-7800.

Oct. 3+           FREE COURSE ON COLUMBIA
The Columbia Association is offering three sessions on the history of Columbia, as well as basics on the government and available services, in three evening sessions from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 19 and 17 at the Columbia Association Boardroom, 6310 Hillside Ct. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions. To learn more or to register, visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/excite or call (410)730-1801.

Oct. 21           SHARE FAIR AND REPAIR CAFÉ
Learn helpful hints for do-it-yourself tasks and about sharing your skills by time banking them in a free event on Saturday, Oct. 21 hosted by Transition Howard County from 1 to 3 p.m. at 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. RSVP by emailing TransitionHoCo@gmail.com. Questions about time banking should be directed to (410) 884-6121 or by email to CommunityExchage@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Ongoing        TRASH, WATERSHED AND BAY FEE CREDIT
Homeowners with limited incomes may qualify for a 60 percent credit against the trash fee. For more information and an application, call the Trash, Watershed and Bay Fee Credit Program at (410) 313-2061 or check online at howardcountymd.gov. Written requests may also be sent to P.O. Box 3370, Ellicott City, MD 21041.

ARTS BITS

Sept. 26+      PHOTOGRAPHY AND WOODWORKING SHOW
Photographer Joan Forester and woodworkers Ron Brown, Jordan Kitt and Dave McCann are featured in the exhibit “Nature Made: Photography and Woodwork” at the Artists’ Gallery, 8197 Main St., Ellicott City. The show runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 29. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit artistsgallery.com or call (443) 325-5936.

Oct. 20+        ART VIPs AND TOUR
Ann Walker, art historian, artist and instructor for Johns Hopkins Osher Program and Howard Community College will speak on “VIPs of the Art World” on Friday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Tickets are $30 for Columbia residents, $40 for nonresidents. On Oct. 27 there is an optional tour led by Walker at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC. For that event, students will provide their own transportation and meet Walker at the museum. For more information, call the Columbia Art Center at (410)730-0075 or visit www.ColumbiaArtCenter.org.

Oct. 22           OCEANIA CELEBRATION
An afternoon featuring the music and culture of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Isles will be held Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library. 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. For more information, call (410) 715-3162 or email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.