Howard County Beacon Bits

SEPTEMBER  2017

TECH BYTES

Sept. 13         UNDERSTANDING THE CLOUD
Howard County Community College is offering an online course on “Understanding the Cloud” — what it is and how it works — on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1 through Friday, Oct. 20. There is tuition of $125, including $90 in fees which are waived for persons age 60 and over. To learn more, visit www.ed2go.com/howardcc or call (443) 518-1700.

Sept. 26+      INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
A class for those new to digital photography will be offered by Howard County Community College from Tuesday, Sept. 26 to Tuesday, Oct. 17. Included in the course are the functions of the camera, and homework in the form of photos to be critiqued in class. The classes are held Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gateway Campus, 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia. The fee is $200, with no senior discount. To learn more, call (443) 518-1700 or visit www.howardcc.edu/ConEd.

HEALTH BITS

Sept. 5+         BRAIN EXERCISES AND GAMES
Give your brain a workout with puzzles, games and brainteasers during an hour-long session at Miller Branch Library on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Stop by the library at 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City to register or call (410) 313-1950.

Sept. 9           DENTAL SCREENINGS
The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is sponsoring dental screenings to address general tooth and gum-related concerns on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel. For more information, visit howardcountymd.gov/aging or call (410) 313-6028.

Sept. 17+      FREE CHRONIC CONDITIONS WORKSHOP
Learn techniques for dealing with heart disease, diabetes, depression and other long-term health issues in a free six-week program sponsored by Howard County General Hospital. Classes are held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Sunday, Sept. 17 through Oct. 22 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., Columbia. To learn more about the workshop, visit hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

EVENT BITS

Sept. 23         COLUMBIA BIKEABOUT
The annual Columbia Association’s Bikeabout, with the option of a two-mile lap around the lake or a 10-mile course through the villages of Owen Brown and Long Reach, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Elkhorn dock, 7200 Dockside Ln., Oakland Mills. Participants are invited at the conclusion of their rides to join in the activities of the Owen Brown Festival, which begins at noon. To learn more and to register, visit online at www.ColumbiaAssociation.org/bikeabout or call (410) 715-6781.

Sept. 23+      FARM HERITAGE DAYS
A program of vintage farm equipment exhibits, blacksmith demonstrations, wagon rides and live bluegrass music will greet visitors to the annual Farm Heritage Days on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24. The celebration will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, 12985 Frederick Rd., West Friendship. Admission is $5 for ages 8 and above. A separate “Wine on the Farm” event will be held Saturday only, with tickets $25 each. For more information and to buy tickets in advance, visit www.farmheritage.org or call (410) 489-2345.

MONEY/LEGAL BITS

Aug. 29          AN EDGE ON THE JOB MARKET
The Howard County Office of Workforce Development presents a program called “The Employment Edge” for jobseekers, covering job search tools, resume writing and interview skills on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. For more information, call the library at (410) 313-7800.

Aug. 30          ANSWERS TO INSURANCE QUESTIONS
Maryland Insurance Administration representatives will be available to answer questions, help with problems, and explain state insurance regulations at the Howard County Community College Carnival and Resource Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. The fair will be held in the quad at the main campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Additional information may be obtained by calling the main office in Baltimore at (410) 468-2000.

Sept. 13+      LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING
The University of Maryland’s Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy, in partnership with the state of Maryland, is looking for volunteers age 50+ to serve as volunteer legislative leaders during the 2017-2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Classroom training begins Wednesday, Sept. 13 and spans 10 weeks, two days per week, at the College Park campus — with site visits to the state complex in Annapolis. The volunteer assignment will be for a minimum of two days per week, starting in Jan. 2018 in the Annapolis offices of various senators and delegates. For more information, or for an application, contact Wesley Queen at wqueen@umd.edu or call (301) 405-2529.

Sept. 14         HOW TO AVOID SCAMS
Lila Boor, Howard County chief investigator for consumer affairs, will discuss precautions against scams on Thursday, Sept. 14 at a luncheon sponsored by People 2 People and Widowed Stepping Forward. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Katana Sushi, 8865 Standford Blvd., Columbia. A donation of $5 is suggested, with lunch on your own. Seating is limited. Reservations are advised by calling (410) 458-1704 or email GitelWidow@gmail.com.

Sept. 18         Taxes in Maryland
Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland, discusses what your taxes fund in the state, the process for claiming unclaimed property, and the rights you have as a Maryland taxpayer at an event at the Central Branch Library on Monday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The library is located at 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Register by calling the library at (410) 313-7800.

ARTS BITS

Aug. 29+        WATERCOLORS EXHIBIT
“Landscapes and More”, a collection of watercolor paintings by Bonita Glaser, will be on exhibit from Aug. 29 to Sept. 24 at the Artists Gallery and Taylor’s Collective, 8197 Main St., Ellicott City. A reception for the artists is planned for Saturday, Sept. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m., as well as the “Road to the Arts” reception Sept. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information on the gallery, its artists and activities, visit artistisgalleryec.com or call (443) 325-5936.

Sept. 6           ART RECEPTION AND DISCUSSION
The Howard County Arts Council is holding a free reception for its exhibit of selections from the Rouse Company and Howard Hughes Corporation Art Collection on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Former Rouse employees will serve as guest docents, reminiscing and sharing insights about the collection. Featured artists Vicki Scuri and Mary Ann Mears will take part in casual question and answer sessions. William Cochran of Cochran Studios will talk about public art across the country and future possibilities for public art in Columbia. For additional information on this Columbia 50th anniversary event, visit the website hocoarts.org or phone (410) 313-2787.

Sept. 7+         ARTFUL JOURNALING CLUB
Create journal pages that combine creative writing and decorative art at a participant-run weekly club held Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon beginning Sept. 7 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. For more information, call Cathy Vigus at (410) 313-7311 or email cvigus@howardcountymd.gov.

Sept. 22+      THE ART OF THE PROTEST
Art historian Ann Wiker will speak on protest art on Friday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Columbia Art Center, followed by a trip to the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Sept. 29, when she will lead a tour of some of the genre she described in her lecture. Fee for the lecture is $30 for Columbia residents; $40 for nonresidents. The museum tour fee is $20 for everyone. This program is the first in a series “Art Out and About” organized by the Columbia Art Center, a Columbia Association facility at 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. For more information, call (410) 730-0075 or visit www.ColumbiaArtCenter.org.

VOLUNTEER BITS

Sept. 26         HELP CLEAR INVASIVE PLANTS
Help remove invasive autumn olive shrubs from the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area project on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the park, 5795 Trotter Rd., Clarksville. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities at the site, contact Jeff Claffy at (410) 313-6209 or by email to jclaffy@howardcountygov.org.

Ongoing        COMMUNITY KNITTING AND CROCHET GROUP
Knit or crochet cozy scarves, snuggly blankets and warm hats for a variety of community service projects in this volunteer group held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, 3300 Norberts Way, Ellicott City. All skill levels welcome, but instruction on knitting and crocheting is not provided. Pre-registration is required. To learn more, contact Linda DiPanfilo at (410) 313-4704 or ldipanfilo@howardcountymd.gov.