It’s back to school season for everyone

By: Carol Sorgen

If you miss school — but not the homework or exams — look into the many continuing education programs offered in town. From aerobics to zoology, there is sure to be something to pique your interest. Here are just a few:Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson UniversityThe mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University is to offer adults age 50 and... READ MORE

Find your inner Picasso and de-stress

By: Zita Petrahai

Feeling stressed? Pick up a paintbrush and you might just feel lighter and happier.Getting rid of stress was one reason Deborah Hoffman opened Paint and Sip in Owings Mills, a do-it-yourself (DIY) art studio that offers a “unique way to uncork your creativity,” with two-hour classes for painting and glass decoration. Paint and Sip classes cost $40 per painter, which... READ MORE

Live long advice: belly up to the (grab) bar

By: Bob Levey

How I See ItBy Bob LeveyAmong my many guilty pleasures (bad novels, oldies rock, Greek wine), I rank one higher than all others: Newspaper stories about people who have just turned 100.Usually the lucky duck is female (sorry, fellas). And very often, she has a saucy answer to explain her longevity.Drink a shot of bourbon every day.Smoke unfiltered Camels whenever you like.And, quite often,... READ MORE

Appraisals added to annual 50+ Expos

By: Sandrzej

Who will be the lucky winner of a 10-day vacation for two to China? Two lucky registrants at the 2017 Beacon 50+Expos, that’s who! For the 18th year in a row, the Beacon Newspapers expects to attract thousands of attendees to its two expos — free, annual events featuring health screenings, informative resources, an expert speaker, flu shots and entertainment for older adults and... READ MORE

Libraries branch out with ukulele lessons

By: Robert Friedman

The Howard County Library is offering its card-carrying members a chance to pluck along with what appears to be a comeback for the ukulele.Since July 1, the county’s four full-time operating libraries have made learn-it-yourself ukulele kits available for three-week loans. The libraries now taking part in the program include Miller in Ellicott City, Central in Columbia, Savage in... READ MORE

Launching a bartering network for artists

By: Carol Sorgen

Bruce McKaig first became interested in cashless, or barter, economies when he was living in a small village in Guatemala. He noticed that the residents there fared better by trading with each other to meet their needs.Not only that, but he observed that the community thrived because, as he put it, “Bartering fosters personal interaction and strives to find a common ground where all... READ MORE