Howard County Beacon Bits

NOVEMBER  2017

TECH BYTES

Nov. 3             BEST APPS FOR FOOD AND COOKING
Learn how to bring your phone into the kitchen. From finding recipes to planning your next trip to the grocery store, learn about the best apps for food and cooking at a program at the Miller Branch Library,9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. The class takes place on Friday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to noon. To register, call (410) 313-1950.

Nov. 4             LEARN EMAIL BASICS
Howard Community College is offering a one-day course in email basics on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gateway Campus, 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia. Tuition is $135, including $80 in fees which are waived for persons age 60 and over. For further information and to register, visit www.howardcc.edu/ConEd or call (443) 518-1700.

Nov. 8              UNDERSTANDING THE CLOUD
An online course about the cloud and how it works will be offered online by Howard Community College on Wednesdays and Fridays Nov. 8 through Dec. 15. Tuition is $125, including $90 in fees which are waived for persons age 60 and over. For a full description and to create an online account for the course, go to howardcc.edu/ConEd or call (443) 518-1700.

HEALTH BITS

Nov. 6+          BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
The Glenwood Branch Library will offer free blood pressure screening on Mondays, Nov. 6 and 20 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. No registration is required. The library is located at 2350 MD-97, Cooksville.

Nov. 8           DO YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRSSURE?
Learn to manage high blood pressure to reduce risks and improve health during a class offered by Howard County General Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the hospital's Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. Cost of the session is $5, to be paid to the instructor in exact cash or check. For more information, call (410) 740-7601 or visit www.hcgh.org.

Nov. 14          WALK AND TALK AT THE LIBRARY
Walkers of all ages and abilities can meet at the Enchanted Garden of the Miller Branch Library for a 30-minute walk around the campus, weather permitting. Walking with a group keeps you motivated, improves your accountability, and allows you to meet new people with similar goals and interests. No registration is necessary. The library is located at 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City.

Nov. 15          LEARN HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
Howard County General Hospital is offering a course teaching skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a two-year American Heart Association completion card. There is a fee of $55.The course will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Howard County Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia, and repeated at the same time and location on Friday, Nov. 17. To register and for more information, visit www.hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

Nov. 16          GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT
Howard County General Hospital is offering free information on how to stop smoking on Thursday, Nov. 16 at its Wellness Center Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more about the event, visit www.hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

Nov. 16          UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS
The signs and symptoms of mental illness and how to provide effective and appropriate assistance will be discussed in a free one-day course on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard County General Hospital Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Dr., Columbia. For more information, visit www.hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

EVENT BITS

Nov. 10          CELEBRATING VETERANS
A free program of music and dramatic performances highlight the celebration of local veterans on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Festivities start at noon and include presentation of colors by Atholton High School JROTC, and remarks by County Executive Allan Kittleman, Columbia Association President Milton E. Matthews, and Howard County Veterans Foundation President Robert Gillette. To learn more about the event, visit www.columbiaassociation.org/calendar.

Nov. 19          WALK THROUGH THE LIGHTS
A holiday tradition for more than 20 years, the Symphony of Lights at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods opens Sunday, Nov. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. with a one-mile walk called the Dazzle Dash through the lighted trees and holiday displays located at 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. The Symphony of Lights will be open with a variety of events scheduled through January 1. Most other times, the lights are seen on a drive rather than walk. The Nov. 19 event is $25 per person, with proceeds benefiting Howard County General Hospital. For a complete listing of event dates, times and fees, call (410) 740-7666 or visit the website www.hcgh.org/symphonyoflights.

MONEY BITS

Nov. 7+          CIVIL AND FAMILY LAW SELF-HELP
Attorneys provide free legal assistance for income-eligible walk-in clients on matters such as divorce, separation, custody, child support, alimony and name change throughout the year. The next Family Law Assistance Programs are on Tuesdays, Nov. 14 and 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Civil Law Center provides attorneys monthly, with the next session on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The legal assistance is available on a walk-in basis at the East Columbia Express Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Contact Circuit Court Law Librarian Sandy Brewer at (410) 313-2135 with questions.

Nov. 8              RETIREMENT PLANNING
How do you want to spend your retirement? It's not just about money, but also what you will do with your time now that you’re not working. Roy Yenoli of MakingChange discusses the many issues facing those thinking of their retirement. This retirement planning program takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. To register, call (410) 313-1950.

Nov. 10          JOIN THE COMMISSION FOR WOMEN
Women interested in serving on the Howard County Commission for Women should send a resume and brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the commission to the Howard County Government, Office of the County Executive, Attn: David Lee, 3430 Court House Dr., Ellicott City, 21043. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 10. For more information about the Commission for Women, call the Department of Community Resources and Services at (410) 313-6400 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/CFW.

Ongoing        NEW RENOVATION LOAN PROGRAM
A new program offering Howard County homeowners an opportunity to renovate their homes through lower interest rate loans has been announced by the Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development. Under the Reinvest*Renovate*Restore program, homeowners can apply for a loan up to $40,000 and repay over a period of 25 years. In addition to remodeling their living space, recipients of a loan must agree to spend some of the money on exterior improvements to increase overall neighborhood appearance. To learn more about the program, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Housing-and-Community-Development.

ARTS BITS

Oct. 28           HAUNTED HOOTENANNY
Music, sideshow acts and a costume contest will be featured at a Haunted Hootenanny Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Howard County Historical Society Museum & Library, 8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City. Starting at 7 p.m., the festivities will include performances by Eli August, Night Watch Paradox and Dr. Torcher in a section of the building that is rumored to be haunted. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information, call (410) 480-3250 or email info@hchsmd.org.

Nov. 3               CEMETERY ART
The Howard County Historical Society Museum and Library will host a lunchtime talk on “Cemetery Art & Symbols” on Friday, Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Howard County Historical Society Museum & Library, 8328 Court Street, Ellicott City. Bring your own lunch; tickets are free for members, $5 for non-members. Drinks and treats will be provided. For more information, call (410) 480-3250 or email info@hchsmd.org.

Nov. 3+          ARTS COUNCIL OPENS TWO EXHIBITS
The Howard County Arts Council is unveiling Art Howard County 2017, featuring works by 36 county artists, and a two-person show Chroma on Friday, Nov. 3 through Dec. 15 at the Council’s headquarters, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Art Howard County 2017 showcases creations — drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and fiber art selected from entries submitted by 36 Howard County artists and selected by guest juror Thomas Engleman. Chroma brings together Sabrina Carlson’s oil paintings depicting figurative imagery in abstracted landscapes and Robert Matthews’ unsettling portraits of “imaginary friends.” To learn more about the exhibits, visit www.hocoarts.org  or phone (410) 313-ARTS (2787). A public reception for both exhibits will be held Friday, Nov. 10 starting at 6 p.m.

Nov. 9            RACHEL CARSON AND SACAGAWEA ON STAGE
The Howard County Conservancy is presenting Kate Campbell Stevenson as environmentalist Rachel Carson and Native American guide Sacagawea in a performance that pays tribute to these two strong women on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. Tickets are $10 per person; $20 for a family, available by calling the Conservancy at (410) 465-8877.

Nov. 14          FABULOUS 50+ PLAYERS PRESENT SING-ALONG
The Fabulous 50+ Players will visit the Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. to perform a musical revue and sing-along. The event is free, but an RSVP is requested by calling Kim at (410) 313-7213.

Nov. 29          FOREIGN FILM PLUS LUNCH
A catered lunch and viewing of the film The Salesman followed by a group discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. There is a $13 fee. Registration is required by calling Kim at (410) 313-7213.