Baltimore Beacon Bits

OCTOBER 2017

 

TECH BYTES

Sept. 27         GOOGLE TECH FRENZY
Learn more about Google and how to use it at this program in room 206 of the Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Ave., Dundalk. The program will be on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.  You must sign up at the center's front desk. For more information, contact the center at (410) 887-7233 or email ateazesc@baltimorecountymd.gov.

HEALTH BITS

Sept. 23         IMPROV FOR ANXIETY WORKSHOP
Learn how to manage your anxiety at a workshop hosted by the Baltimore Improv Group on Saturday, Sept. 23. Participants will learn how to manage social anxiety, minimize stress, and unleash confidence and creativity. The class is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Baltimore Improv Group Theater, at 1727 North Charles St. Tickets are $15. For more information or tickets, call (888) 745-8393 or visit www.bigimprov.org.

Sept. 27         FREE HEARING SCREENING
The Parkville Senior Center will host audiologist Dr. Arifa Gir from Advanced Hearing Group to provide free hearing screenings on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Pre-registration is required. The program will take place onsite, at 8601 Harford Road, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information or to register, call (410) 887-5338.

Oct. 5+           NO COST ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Mercy Medical Center is hosting free oral cancer screenings on Thursday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 7. The center is located at 301 St. Paul Place. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (410) 385-3270.

Oct. 7             FREE  BREAST CANCER SCREENING
The Cancer Institute of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center is offering women ages 40 and up, who have not had a mammogram in the past year, a free breast cancer screening on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Appointments are required. The center is located at 7601 Osler Dr. in Towson. For more information or to schedule your appointment, call (410) 337-1479.

Oct. 11+        TRANSITIONING TO MEDICARE WORKSHOPS
The Baltimore County State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is offering people above the age of 64 a workshop on how to transition to Medicare. Taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the White Marsh Library, located at 8133 Sandpaper Circle, and on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Pikesville Library, at 1301 Reisterstown Rd., the program is free and open to the public. To register or for more information, call (410) 887-2059or email medicareinformation@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Oct. 28           ALZHEIMER’S WALK
The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Canton Waterfront Park at 3001 Boston St., Baltimore. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and the walk starting at 10:30 a.m. Participants can join a team and raise money, or simply make a donation. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/AlzheimersWalkBaltimoreor contact Kisha James (410) 561-9099, ext. 205 or kjames@alz.org.

EVENT BITS

Sept. 24         RESEARCHING YOUR WWI ANCESTORS
Find out how you can learn more about the military involvement of your ancestors in the War to End All Wars (First World War) from Dr. Margaret McMahon’s free presentation at the Baltimore County Genealogical Society. She will teach participants how to research their ancestors using online databases, repositories, social networking and other resources. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Baltimore County’s Genealogical Society, 8601 Harford Rd. (at intersection with Hiss Ave.), Room 308. For more information, call (410) 665-8769.

Sept. 29         MEET THE AUTHOR: GARETH HINDS
The Reisterstown Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library is hosting acclaimed “artist-adapter” Gareth Hinds on Friday, Sept. 29. Hinds will explain how he turns Edgar Allan Poe’s dark genius into a graphic novel in his newest book, Poe: Stories and Poems. He will also share his creative process and give a drawing demonstration. The event is free and will take place at the Reisterstown Branch at 21 Cockeys Mill Rd. For more information, call (410) 377-2966 or visit www.theivybookshop.com.

Oct. 4+           POWER OF AGE EXPO
The 30th anniversary of the Power of Age expo will be held at the Timonium Fair Grounds, 2200 York Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event offers the latest in information, resources, products and services. Visit http://www.powerofageexpo.com/about/contact-us.html to send an email with any questions, or call the Baltimore County Department of Aging at (410) 887-2594.

Oct. 9             NUTRITION FOR YOUR PETS
The Animal Reiki Alliance will host a two-hour workshop with Dr. Christina Chambreau and Kendell Reichhart to discuss how nutrition affects our pets. The experts will share what to look for and avoid in selecting supplements and food, and how you can change your companion’s health with simple steps. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.animalreikialliance.com. The workshop will take place on Monday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at 3730 Falls Rd. (rear entrance). For more information, call (443) 986-1516 or visit www.animalreikialliance.com.

Oct. 21           LITERARY MOUNT VERNON WALKING TOUR
Join Maryland Humanities on a two-hour walking tour to see where Baltimore’s literary luminaries lived and worked. The tour starts at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Tickets are $10 and must be bought in advance. For more information, contact Andrew Lewis at (410) 685-0095 or alewis@mdhumanities.org.

MONEY BITS

Sept. 21         UNDERSTANDING GUARDIANSHIP
The Woodlawn Senior center is offering a free program about the importance of guardianship on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 12:45 p.m. The center is located at 2120 Gwynn Oak Ave. For more information or to register for the program, call (410) 887-6887.

Sept. 26         LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE Q&A
A licensed insurance agent will be available to address health and life insurance-related questions and concerns on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Fleming Senior Center located at 641 Main St., Baltimore. Contact the senior center with any questions at (410) 887-7225 or flemingsc@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Sept. 29         DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES SCAMS
The Cockeysville Senior Center will host Attorney Chelsea Ortega on Friday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. to discuss your rights when salesmen come to your home to sell you a product or a service. Learn how to product yourself from illegitimate or illegal practices during this free program at the Cockeysville Center’s library, located at 10535 York Rd. For more information, call (410) 887-7694.

Oct. 9             HELP FROM YOUR CONGRESSMAN
U.S. Rep John Sarbanes' Constituent Service Representative will be available to assist constituents on Monday, Oct. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Rd. Baltimore. Call (410) 887-5338 or email parkvillesc@baltimorecountymd.gov to get more information.

ARTS BITS

Sept. 22+      M.F.A. PAINTING EXHIBITION
Students from LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting’s M.F.A. program are putting on an exhibition of their works at the Riggs and Leidy Galleries Friday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Oct. 8. A reception is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. The galleries are located at the Lazarus Center at 131 W. North Ave. Entry to the galleries is free and open to the public, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.mica.eduor call (410) 225-2280.

Oct. 8             DANCE TREASURES AWARD CEREMONY
Join Dance Baltimore as it celebrates this year’s Dance Treasure Award’s recipients, Stephanie Powell and Maria Broom, on Sunday, Oct. 8. The award ceremony will recognize the artists for their life of dedication, artistic excellence and tireless service to dance in the Baltimore metropolitan community. The ceremony will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton North Hotel in Towson, located at 903 Dulaney Valley Rd. Individual tickets are $50; a table of 8 costs $300. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.dancebaltimore.org.

Oct. 15+        PRESERVING IRAQI JEWISH HERITAGE
The Jewish Museum of Maryland is putting on an exhibit about the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq following a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence quarters, where they had been stashed by the regime. Opening on Sunday, Oct. 15, the exhibit will be on display until Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Entry to the museum is $10 ($8 for those 65+). Located at 15 Lloyd St., the museum is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call (410) 732-6400 or visit www.jewishmuseummd.org.

Nov. 19          MARK CALENDAR FOR FREE CONCERT
Save The Date:  On Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m., enjoy a concert featuring the Chesapeake Orchestra with internationally known Maestro Jeffery Silberschlag as conductor and trumpet soloist, along with Canadian pianist Mirika Bournaki (who inspired the award winning documentary, "I'm Not A Rock Star"). Free, thanks to support from the Gordon Trust. At Har Sinai Congregation, 2905 Walnut Ave, Owings Mills, Md. For tickets and more information, call (410) 654-9393.

Ongoing        FROM DIGITAL TO DAMASK
The Baltimore Museum of Art is hosting Maryland-based artist Annet Couwenberg for an intimate exhibition of works revealing the intersection of science, art, technology and history that makes textiles such a fascinating art form. Entry to the museum, located at 10 Art Museum Dr. in Baltimore, is free. Exhibit is on display through Sunday, February 18. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call (443) 573-1700 or visit www.artbma.org.

VOLUNTEER BITS

Oct. 21           VOLUNTEER AT OKTOBEARFEST
The Maryland Zoo’s Oct. beer festival, OktoBEARfest, is looking for volunteers to help pour beer, check ID’s, take tickets and hand out glasses. The festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Maryland Zoo, located at 1876 Mansion House Drive. For more information, contact Allison Schwartz at (443) 552-5336.

Ongoing         HELP REFUGEES SETTLE IN BALTIMORE
Soccer without Borders is looking for family mentors for refugees, asylum seekers and immigrant families in Baltimore. Volunteers visit a family once a week to support them in their transition to Baltimore, including helping with homework, sharing a meal and building a community. For more information, call (410) 205-9792 or visit www.soccerwithoutborders.org/baltimore