Howard County Beacon Bits

JUNE 2017

TECH BYTES

May 23+        eREADER TUESDAYS
Need a quick refresher on downloading library books to your device? Drop in at the Miller Branch library with your eReader or just your questions on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. No registration required. The library is located at 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. For more information, call (410) 313-1950.

June 14+       UNDERSTANDING THE CLOUD
Howard County Community College is offering an online course to explain how the "cloud" works in computers. It runs Wednesday, June 14 through Wednesday, July 21. For a full course description, and to create an online account, visit ed2go.com/howardcc. Tuition is $125.

Ongoing        FREE ASSISTIVE TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT
The Maryland Accessible Telecommunications program from Maryland Relay is designed for residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, or living with limited speech, mobility or cognitive abilities. Solutions include text, captioned or amplified telephones, ring signalers, and tablet computers. To learn more, visit Maryland Relay online at www.mdrelay.org or call 1-800-552-7744 or (410) 767-6960 (Voice/TTY).

HEALTH BITS

May 23+        FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
Howard County General Hospital offers free blood pressure screening every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. For more information, call (410) 313-1425.

June 13         “POWER OF THE PURSE” AUCTION
A silent auction and sale of new, slightly used, and vintage purses will be held on Monday, June 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fretz Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom, 9204 Berger Rd., Columbia. The event will include silent bidding on donated purses, as well as an opportunity to meet Danielle DiFernado, founder of Danielle Nicole, New York-based handbag design company. Admission is free, but there's a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds benefit the Claudia Mayer/Tina Brocolino Cancer Research Center of Howard County General Hospital. For more information, visit Powerofthe Purse@BlossomsofHope.org or call Michelle Wildman at (443) 538-0858.

Ongoing        WALK FOR WELLNESS
The “We Walk for Wellness” program is held every Saturday through September from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel. Warm-ups and cool-downs are included before and after the guided walk. For more information, call the center at (410) 654-0000 or (410) 740-7601.

Ongoing        CAREGIVERS SUPPORT AND ADVICE
For those who care for someone with mental illness, AARP offers a section of its website for information, tools and resources for caregivers at aarp.org/caregiving or by calling 1-877-333-5885. For resources in Spanish, the site is aarp.org/cuidar or by phone 1-888-971-2013.

EVENT BITS

May 26           WOMEN’S NIGHT HIKE
Robinson Nature Center, at 6692 Cedar Ln., Columbia, is hosting a Ladies Night Out on Friday, May 26. The evening will feature an hour-long guided hike with the center’s naturalist to learn about the area’s flora, fauna and history. An after-sunset campfire with s’mores and socializing follows. Participants should be age 18 and over. Tickets are $10 per person. To register, call (410) 313-0400.

June 3           CELEBRATE SAVAGE
Opening with a community parade into the center of town at 9 a.m., the town of Savage celebrates its history on Saturday, June 3 at Carroll Baldwin Hall, 9035 Baltimore St., followed by a full day of local bands, dance performances, pony rides, crafts, petting zoo and more. For more information, call (410) 926-0025.

June 13         COUNTING COINS
Meet Drage Vukcevich, an avid coin collector and appraiser with Alex Cooper Auctioneers, who will present "Validating and liquidating coin collections." Learn ways to take stock of your coin collection. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. at the Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Do not bring in your coins or collections; this program is strictly for informational purposes. To RSVP, call (410) 313-1400.

June 16+       ONE-POT RECIPES MD.
Spend an hour with Kari Weiner, nutrition specialist, every third Friday of the month at 10 a.m. starting June 16 as she demonstrates quick and easy one-pot recipes that taste delicious and make cleanup a breeze. These will take place at the Bain 50+ Center, 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. The series is free. Call (410) 313-7213 to register.

MONEY/LEGAL BITS

June 8           AN END TO ARGUING
Choose Civility and the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center at Howard Community College are hosting a dialogue circle at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 8 at the Savage Branch Library, 9525 Durness Ln., Savage. The focus will be on practicing constructive dialogue and conflict resolution strategies in discussing divisive issues in a respectful and productive manner. Space is limited, and registration is required by calling (410) 313-0760.

Ongoing        SAVE ON COUNTY SCHOOL EVENTS
Get a head start on enjoying Howard County school events this fall with a senior pass for residents 65 or older. Pass holders enjoy free admission to high school athletic events, music and dance performances, and half-price tickets to theater productions. Applications are available online at www.hcpss.org/parents/senior-pass-program/ or by calling the Howard County Public Schools information office at (410) 313-6682.

Ongoing        GET AN ECONOMIC CHECKUP
The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence, in conjunction with Maryland Access Point, offers an Economic Checkup program for residents age 60 and over with a monthly income of $2,475 or less and who are struggling to make ends meet each month. The program reviews entitlements to benefit programs and other options. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Maryland Access Point at (410) 313-1234 or visit map@howardcountymd.gov.

ARTS BITS

May 27           GREASE COMES TO MERRIWEATHER POST
Enjoy the classic musical film Grease on Saturday, May 27, starting 7:30 p.m. at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. The showing is free for general admission seating on the lawn; $10 for reserved seating in the pavilion. For details, see www.merriweathermusic.com.

May 27           MUSIC EVOKES THE PAST
The Howard County Historical Society will host a release party for the new Cinematic Love CD with Eli August & The Abandoned Buildings on May 27, at 8 and 10 p.m. at the Museum of Howard County History, 8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City. The songs performed are devoted to romantics and those reflecting on their days with a longing for the past. The museum is located next to the Circuit Courthouse, where parking is available. Tickets are $8 in advance, or may be purchased at the door for $10, if not sold out. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Part of the proceeds benefit the Historical Society. A cash bar will be available. For more information, call (410) 480-3250 or email info@hchsmd.org. To purchase tickets online, go to hchsmd.org/events.

June 19         MODERNIZED GREEK COMEDY
Does a play written around 400 BCE still have relevance today? What if it were made into a musical? Red Branch Theater artistic staff and performers discuss the original work as well as the modernized musical version of Lysistrata, a play about a woman who decided that the best way to succeed in a patriarchal society was to take matters into her own hands. The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 19 at the Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Registration is required by calling the library at (410) 313-7800.