Howard County Beacon Bits

FEBRUARY 2017

HEALTH BITS

Feb. 16           OPIOID OVERDOSE PROGRAM
A free program outlining ways family and friends can help a person who has overdosed on opioids until medical help arrives will be offered on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center Medical Pavilion, 1010 Charter Dr., Columbia. To register and for more information, go online to shunt@howardcountymd.gov or call (410) 313-6274.

Feb. 24+        COPING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS
Howard County General Hospital is offering a six-week workshop on coping with chronic illness for patients and caregivers. Sessions are on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting Feb. 24, and will be held at the Wellness Center in the Medical Pavilion of Howard County General Hospital, 1010 Charter Dr., Columbia. The course includes mild exercises and ways to communicate more effectively with health professionals. A $28 fee includes a textbook and CD. For more information or to register, go to hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

Ongoing        LIBRARY FOR BLIND AND DISABLED
The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Baltimore provides a variety of books in audio, Braille or large print that can be sent directly to a residence at no charge or downloaded from the Internet. For more information, visit www.lbph.lib.md.us or call (410) 230-2424 (voice) or (410) 333-8679.

EVENT BITS

Feb. 3             HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS LECTURE ON “LAUREL”
The Howard County Historical Society’s monthly lunch and lecture on Friday, Feb. 3 will feature Kevin Leonard speaking on Laurel at the historical society’s museum, 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City. Bring your own lunch. Doors open at 11:30 with the lecture scheduled for 12 noon. The talk is free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information, visit hchsmd.org/events or call (410) 480-3250.

Feb. 21           BEGINNER’S BEEKEEPING CLASS
The Howard County Beekeepers Association is offering a six-week course in beekeeping at the Howard County Fairgrounds at 7:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21. The fee for individuals is $45; $60 for a family. For more information and to register online, visit www.howardcountybeekeepers.org. 

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.”

LAW & MONEY BITS

Feb. 7           RESPONSE TO AN ACTIVE ASSAILANT
A domestic terrorism workshop offered by the National Center for Citizen Safety takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Miller Branch Library. Learn about resources and get basic training on how to shelter in place and lock down in the event of an incident. The library is located at 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Registration is required by calling (410) 313-1950.

Feb. 8            OVERCOME INVESTMENT QUALMS
A financial planning session focusing on investments will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. There is no fee, but registration is required by calling the library at (410) 313-7800.

Mar. 3            CELEBRATING SUCCESSES FOR CHILDREN
The Howard County Office of Children and Families is seeking nominations for individuals, programs or businesses that have an impact serving Howard County children. The nominees will be recognized at the annual “Celebrating Successes for Children” on April 26 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Ln., Clarksville. Nominations may be made online at www.howardcountymd.gov/CelebratingSuccesses. For additional information, call the Office of Children and Families at (410) 313-1940 or email children@howardcountymd.gov.

TRAVEL BITS

Jan. 24          PLANNING YOUR SUMMER VACATION
Seashore or mountain lakes? Fly, drive, or take a train? Now is the perfect time to start thinking about summer vacation. Bring your tips for planning a successful vacation experience and receive valuable information from the instructor and participants in this program at the Elkridge Branch Express library on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. The library is located at 7071 Montgomery Rd, Elkridge. Registration is required by calling (410) 313-5077.

Feb. 2             SUPREME COURT VISIT
A Recreation & Parks bus tour of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. will leave at 9 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Lunch is on your own in the cafeteria. The cost of the trip is $52. To register, call Cathy Vigus at (410) 313-7311 or go to www.howardcountymd.gov/rap.

Feb. 2             GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT AT SAVAGE MILL
The shopping complex at the old Savage Mill is hosting a Girls’ Night Out with drawings, prizes and sales on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. For more information, email info@savagemill.com or call (410) 792-2820.

Feb. 11+        VALENTINE TEA AND TOUR
Historic Belmont Manor is offering Valentine Afternoon Tea from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 and again on Friday, Feb. 25. A fee of $25 per person includes a self-guided tour of the 1738 home at 4555 Belmont Woods Rd., Elkridge. For more information, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks or call (410)313-7275.

ARTS BITS

Jan. 31          BBQ AND BLUEGRASS
The Savage Community Association and Carroll Baldwin Memorial Institute are hosting a “BBQ & Bluegrass Night” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Carroll Baldwin Memorial Institute, 9035 Baltimore Street, Savage. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, call (410) 294-3561.

Feb. 4           ORCHESTRA SALUTE TO HARRIET TUBMAN
The Columbia Orchestra will present Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, Ravel’s Piano Concerto, and a salute to Harriet Tubman in a 7:30 p.m. concert on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the James Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. Pianist Rachel Franklin is the featured artist for the Ravel, and Morgan State University composer James Lee III will present his salute to Harriet Tubman. For more information, visit www.columbiaorchestra.org or call (410) 465-8777.

Through Feb. 28      BILL OF RIGHTS EXHIBIT
The Howard County Historical Society is hosting “The Bill of Rights and You,” an exhibit from the National Archives commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the document. The exhibit is located in the society’s Archives and Historical Center on the second floor of the Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. The exhibit is open during library hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Howard County Historical Society at (410) 480-3250 or visit info@hchsmd.org.