Baltimore Beacon Bits

FEBRUARY 2017

HEALTH BITS

Jan. 23         FOOD SAFETY TIPS
Get some tips for keeping refrigerated and frozen food safe in the winter during a power outage on Monday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Arbutus Senior Center, 855 A Sulphur Spring Rd., Arbutus. Sign up at the front desk. Call (410) 887-1410 for more information.

Jan. 23          PODIATRY PROBLEMS
Bunions and hammertoes form when the normal balance of force that is exerted on the joints and tendons of the foot becomes disrupted. This can lead to instability in the joint, cause deformity and increase falls. Join Dr. Jay Seidel on Monday, Jan. 23 at noon as he discusses how these problems occur and what you can do to prevent them. The program takes place at the Edgemere Senior Center, 6600 N. Point Rd., Sparrows Point. To learn more, call (410) 887-7530.

Ongoing        IMPROVING HEALTH
The Baltimore County Department of Aging wants to help you improve your health. Senior centers offer a variety of physical activities and exercise programs. There are a wide range of classes to suit your interests. If you are 60 or older, visit your local senior center or call (410) 887-2594.

Ongoing        HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN
MarylandHealthConnection.gov offers a one-stop shop for comparing and enrolling in a health plan. Visit www.MarylandHealthConnection.gov/help or call 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573).

Ongoing        PEER COUNSELING
The Catonsville Center of On Our Own, Inc., offers one-on-one peer counseling services for those seeking recovery from mental health issues. For more information, call (410) 747-4492, ext. 1203, or visit www.onourownbaltimore.org.\

EVENT BITS

Jan. 22          GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH DAY
The Baltimore County Genealogical Society (BCGS) will hold a free research day on Sunday, Jan. 22. Everyone is invited to use all of the research assets of the library from noon to 4 p.m. Currently, the library of the BCGS contains more than 4,000 volumes, church records, vertical files, surname file, maps, computers, CD-ROMs, microfilm and microfiche. The Baltimore County Genealogical Society is located in Room 308 at Parkville Senior Center, located at 8601 Harford Rd. For more details, visit www.baltimoregenealogysociety.org/BCGShome/library/ or call (410) 665-8769.

Jan. 23          NATURE BOOK CLUB
Join Master Naturalist Ralph Brown for a discussion of The Triumph of Seedsby Thor Hanson, on Monday, Jan. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Rd., Cockeysville. Light refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring a snack to share. Free, but advance registration is required. Call (410) 887-1815 or email info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.com.

Ongoing        SIGN UP FOR LIFELONG LEARNING CLASSES
Registration is open now for 24-weeks of noncredit courses given by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for those age 50 and older. Classes start Feb. 20. Subjects include history, film, literature, philosophy, art, science, music, theater and politics. Call (410) 516-9719 for an information packet, or visit www.osher.jhu.edu and look for “Current Offerings, Baltimore & Columbia.”

Ongoing        PHOTO CONTEST
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) is now accepting entries for the "Wish You Were Here" photo contest and exhibit. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 15 and winners will be notified by Wednesday, March 1. Images should be the photographer's original work and must have been taken between 2013 through 2017 on the property of JPPM. A select number of photos will be chosen to be printed for exhibit in the JPPM Visitor Center. The top five photos will be reprinted as postcards for the park. Each photographer must complete a contact form and may submit up to five photo files as directed. Contact forms are available at www.jefpat.org. For more information, contact Julie Hall at (410) 586-8501 or Julie.hall@maryland.gov.

MONEY BITS

Jan. 30          SOCIAL SECURITY OPTIONS
Edward Jones Financial Services will present a seminar on Social Security and retirement-related decisions. A Q & A session will be offered after the program. The seminar takes place on Monday, Jan. 30 at 12:30 p.m. at the Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave., Towson. For more information, call (410) 887-3094.

Ongoing        SENIOR COMPUTER CLASSES
CCBC will offer a series of computer classes for seniors at its different campus locations. Classes include an introduction to social media for boomers and beyond, Android phones and tables, apps to make your life easier, and getting to know email. For more information, call (443) 840-4700 or visit www.ccbcmd.edu/ConEd.

Ongoing        TAX HELP
AARP Tax Aides will be providing free tax preparation services at most senior centers throughout Baltimore County and several other sites. This service is for individuals with low to moderate incomes and especially for those 60 or older. Contact your local senior center to schedule an appointment.

Ongoing        JOBSEEKER WORKSHOPS
The Baltimore County American Job Centers will be offering a range of professional development workshops for jobseekers including interviewing, job search strategies, resume and cover letter, computer basics and social media. For more details, visit https:/mwejobs.maryland.gov to access or view the events calendar for each Job Center (located in Essex, Hunt Valley, and Randallstown).

Ongoing        HOUSING OPTIONS INFO
Choosing a senior housing option can be daunting. To request a consumer packet about continuing care retirement communities, call (410) 767-1100 or download a form at http://www.aging.maryland.gov/Comment.html.

TRAVEL BITS

Jan. 31          TRAVEL TIPS
Join travel expert Marlene Meizlish on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at the Pikesville Senior Center, located at 1301 Reisterstown Rd., to get tips on easy traveling. Call (410) 887-1245 for more information or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/pikesville.

Mar. 8            SHOWBOAT DAYTRIP
Join the Essex Senior Center for this trip to Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia to enjoy lunch and a performance of Showboat on Wednesday, March 8. Tickets are $80. Call (410) 687-5113 for information and reservations.

Mar. 17          TULIP TIME
Visit Holland at the Philadelphia Flower Show on Friday, March 17. Tickets cost $72. Call Senior Box Office at (410) 882-3797 for reservations.

Apr. 23+        HAWAII CRUISE
Fly to San Francisco and then cruise to Maui, Honolulu, Kauai, Hilo and Ensenada on the Hawaiian Princess from Sunday, April 23 through Monday, May 8. Cost is $2,900 to $3,850 per person for double occupancy, range reflects cabin choice. Call the Victory Villa Senior Center at (410) 686-1352 for more information and reservations.

ARTS BITS

Jan. 24+        BEAUTIFUL MUSICAL
Beautiful tells the story of pop legend Carole King, from her beginning as part of a musical duo with husband Gerry Goffin to her star turn as one of the most successful solo acts in popular music. This Broadway musical will be on stage at the Hippodrome at 12 N. Eutaw St. from Tuesday, Jan. 24 through Thursday, Jan. 29. For ticket information, visit www.france-merrickpac.com or call (844) 854-1450.

Feb. 5             BACH IN BALTIMORE
The Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major and Cantata 91 will be performed on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St. This concert is part of Bach in Baltimore’s First Sunday Concerts performed by the Bach Concert Choir and Orchestra in some of Baltimore’s most beautiful spaces. For more information, tickets, or to audition to join the choir, visit www.BachinBaltimore.org or call (410) 941-9262.

Ongoing        SENIOR BOX OFFICE TIX
Senior Box Office offers complimentary and discounted tickets to members for cultural, educational and entertainment events, in addition to exciting travel opportunities to members and non-members. The 2016-17 membership year runs through Sunday, Sept. 30. For more information, visit www.seniorboxoffice.org or call (410) 887-5399.

Ongoing        READING CHALLENGE
The Baltimore County Public Library and WBAL-TV are sponsoring a 2017 reading challenge. Each month brings a new challenge; read a book consistent with the theme and post a photo on social media with hashtag #Bwellread. For more information, visit www.bcpl.info.

VOLUNTEER BITS

Ongoing        LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN
Ombudsman volunteers visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities to advocate for the needs of residents and to promote their rights and quality of life. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Baltimore County Dept. of Aging, call (410) 887-4200.

Ongoing        BALTIMORE COUNTY HOME TEAM
The Home Team is a community-based volunteer program serving homebound Baltimore County residents 60 years of age or older who lack social supports and are at risk of social isolation. Eligible clients are matched with a volunteer who provides friendly in-home and telephone visit