Baltimore Beacon Bits

JUNE 2017

HEALTH BITS

May 30           Depression and Aging
Daria Rovinski, R.N. will talk about the effects that depression can have on the aging process on Tuesday, May 30 from 12:45 to1:45 p.m. at the Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Rd. Call (410) 887-1245 for more information.

June 6+         Don’t Fall!
The Baltimore County Department of Aging will sponsor a “Stepping On” fall prevention workshop on Tuesdays, June 6 to July 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Hartford Rd. Call (420) 887-5338 to register or for more information. The free series will also be held on Mondays from July 10-August 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rosedale Senior Center, 1208 Neighbors Ave. Call (420) 887-0233 to register.

June 13+       Parkinson’s Support Group
Jewish Community Services, in sponsorship with the Edward A. Myerberg Center and the Parkinson’s Disease Movement Disorders Center of Johns Hopkins University, is holding a Parkinson’s Disease Support Group for community members with Parkinson’s and their families and caregivers. The group, which is free and open to the public, meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Myerberg Center, 3101 Fallstaff Rd. in Baltimore from 2 to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (410) 843-7352 or visit jcsbaltimore.org/parkinsons.

Ongoing        Cancer Support Groups
Baltimore Cancer Support offers ongoing support groups at St. Timothy 's Lutheran Church 2120 Dundalk Ave., as well as at other locations. For more information, call (410) 668-1762.

EVENT BITS

June 1+         Calling All Gardeners
Do you enjoy gardening but don’t have the space or a deer-proof fence? Join like-minded green thumbs (or beginner brown thumbs) on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and tend to your own vegetable plot and community plots in the Children’s Garden at Willow Grove Farm, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Rd., Parkville. Seeds and seedlings for a summer and fall planting will be provided. Also enjoy new recipes together at harvest time. The cost is $35 members/$45 non-members for 10 sessions. Reservations are required. For more information, contact (410) 887-2503 or info@cromwellvalleypark.org.

June 4           Diverse foster parenting
Hear from LGBT foster care parents about the importance, joys and challenges of being a foster parent, and the positive impact on children of diverse representation in the foster care community. This event, called Queer Interiors, will be hosted by the Baltimore Museum of Art on Sunday, June 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The BMA is located at 10 Art Museum Dr. For more information, call (443) 573-1700 or visit www.artbma.org.

June 7+         Baltimore County Farmers Market
The Baltimore County Farmers Market will be held every Wednesday from June 7 to Oct. 25 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate (next to the digital sign), 2200 York Rd. in Timonium. For sale will be fresh local produce, meats, flowers, herbs, baked goods, milk, ice cream, wine, chocolate, pet treats and more, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Farmers Market is authorized to accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), WIC Fruit & Vegetable and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program stamps. Call (410) 207-2165 or visit www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.

MONEY/LEGAL BITS

June 15         Keep Your Money Safe
The BCRest Coalition invites you to attend the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day forum on June 15 to learn how to identify financial exploitation as well as strategies to protect your finances. There will also be a special presentation by the Mental Health Players. The event will be held at the Randallstown Community Center located at 3505 Resource Dr. in Randallstown from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After the forum, there will be a shred-a-thon from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring one box or bag of personal documents to be shred. Both events are free and open to the public. For details, call (420) 887-4200. To register for the shred-a-thon, call (877) 926-8300.

Ongoing        Baltimore Bar Foundation Services
Program staff and volunteer attorneys for the Baltimore Bar Foundation provide advice and consultation, direct representation and education/outreach services to older residents. Volunteers also speak to senior groups about legal topics affecting older adults. Volunteers speak Spanish, Hebrew and Yiddish. Program staff and volunteers handle pro bono, non-fee generating civil cases involving public benefits and pensions, as well as consumer, healthcare, housing and credit-related problems. For more information, call (410) 396-5277 or email info@baltimorebar.org.

Ongoing        Legal Help with Nursing Homes
Free legal information and representation in cases involving nursing homes is available through the Nursing Home Program, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 29 W. Susquehanna Avenue., Towson. For more information, call (410) 296-6705 or 1-800-367-7563.

Ongoing        Donate Your Car to Support Kidney Health
Donate your outdated automobile to Kidney Cars and become eligible for a tax deduction while supporting education and prevention programs of the National Kidney Foundation and its Maryland affiliate. All donated vehicles are either sold at auction or for parts. Used cars, trucks, motorcycles or boats in almost any condition will be picked up free of charge. To make a donation, call (800) 488-CARS (2277) or visit www.kidneycars.org.

Ongoing        Maryland Transportation Alternatives
The mission of Maryland's Transportation Resource Information Point is to help people explore and use transportation alternatives to access their destinations throughout Central Maryland. For more information, visit www.mdtrip.org/.

TRAVEL BITS

June 13+       Roll the Dice
Visit the Foxwood Casino, Mohegan Sun Casino and Mystic Seaport, from June 13 to 15. Cost is $325 per person for a double room. Call Seven Oaks Senior Center at (410) 887-5192 to reserve a spot.

June 15         A Day on the Water
Visit Hooper’s Island and enjoy a cruise aboard Sawyer, lunch at Old Salty’s, and visit an underground railroad site on June 15, all for $96. Call Rosedale Senior Center at (410) 574-4125.

June 19-23   Heading North
Enjoy visiting Ottawa and Thousand Islands from June 19 to 23. Cost is $680 per double. Call Cockeysville Senior Center at (410) 887-7694

ARTS BITS

May 24           Senior Talent Show Auditions
The Pikesville Senior Center will hold auditions for its talent show on Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m. The show will take place on Friday, June 30, at 1 p.m. The senior center is located at 1301 Reisterstown Rd. For more information, call (410) 887-1245 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/pikesville.

June 3           Watery art
Watch a short performance by members of local synchronized swimming group, Fluid Movement, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and then engage in conversation about Untitled (Water) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres on Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The BMA is located at 10 Art Museum Dr. For more information, call (443) 573-1700 or visit www.artbma.org.

June 14         Matinee at Center Stage
Enjoy Toni Morrison’s novel brought to life in the play Jazz at Center Stage on June 15. Tickets are $90, including transportation from  Liberty Senior Center. Call (410) 887-0780 for details.

June 18         Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom
Enjoy the African oral tradition of storytelling, with performances by Mama Linda Goss, co-founder of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Kay Merrill, president of the Griots’ Circle, and Ranger Anokwale at Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane in Towson, on Sunday, June 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. Also performing will be the Kuer Khaleyi African Dance Company. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nps.gov or call (420) 825-5489.

Ongoing        From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story
This installation at the Walters Art Museum brings together an extraordinary group of art and artifacts to illustrate the intriguing stories behind the Walters family’s gift to the city. "From Rye to Raphael" features 200 works chosen for their beauty and craftsmanship, alongside Walters family photographs and historic material culled from the archives. The Walters is located at 600 N. Charles St. and is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (410) 547-9000 or visit www.thewalters.org.

VOLUNTEER BITS

Ongoing        Volunteer callers/visitors needed
PEERS Seniors in Partnership with the Mental Health Association of Maryland provides a network support group to help seniors in Baltimore County with mental health needs — depression, grief, anxiety and isolation. Volunteers make one phone call or visit per week to a senior who may be homebound, depressed, anxious, suffering a loss — a senior who needs a good listener. For more information or to volunteer, call (410) 235-1178 or visit www.mhamd.org.

Ongoing        Talk to the Animals
Taking care of the animals may seem like the only glamorous job at the Maryland Zoo, but volunteers can be superstars by doing all sorts of other work too. From keeping gardens beautiful, to helping staffers stay ahead of the paperwork, to leading tours, every volunteer contributes something vital. For more information, email volunteers@marylandzoo.org or call (443) 552-5266.

Ongoing        Volunteer Counselors needed
The Pro Bono Counseling Project assures that all Maryland residents requesting mental health care, regardless of income, are linked with volunteer licensed mental health professionals. For more information, call (410) 825-1001, ext. 102 or visit www.probonocounseling.org.