Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. 

  • In-person camps will begin on June 29. Due to safety requirements, many camps initially set to begin this month have been cancelled.
  • This spreadsheet is a list of camps that are ready to run. This list will grow weekly, so please check back often.
  • HCRP Summer Camp COVID Safety Policies (updated June 2020)
  • Click here for a list of our online/virtual camps.
  • Click here for a list of our adult in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our youth in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our Family in-person programs.
  • If you are uncertain as to the status of an upcoming camp or program, please contact our registration staff at 410-313-7275 or registration@howardcountymd.gov
  • Know before you go! Call our inclement weather line about programs, classes, events, community centers, and parks: www.howardcountymd.gov/inclementweatherlines

About

Encore programs are designed with the active aging adult in mind. Now is the time for you to reignite the excitement of years past and try something you've always wanted to do! Whether it is diving into a lecture series or trying your hand at a new art form, we strive to offer opportunities that will inspire and delight you. If you don't see something offered here that you would like to try, let us know! We are always looking for new ideas on how to better serve the community. For more information or to provide a suggestion, please contact Ruth Coleman at rucoleman@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-7311. 



Art

For more information about any of the programs below, please contact Tracy Adkins at (410) 313-7275 or TAdkins@howardcountymd.gov.

Artful Journaling Club

Express yourself! In this weekly club, create journal pages that combine creative writing and decorative art using a variety of media. No art experience necessary. You are invited to suggest and lead activities. Supplies discussed at first meeting. This is a participant-run club; no instructors present.
 
 

Drawing & Painting with Zina Poliszuk

Beginners: the first seven weeks concentrate on developing visual skills and eye-hand coordination using drawing exercises such as contour and tonal drawing. Begin painting by the 5th class. Advanced watercolor painters: benefit from an inspiring syllabus, demos and gentle critiques or, use teacher input while working on your own projects. The second seven weeks include demo of watercolor techniques (ex: color theory, graded washes, blended washes and glazes).

 

Fused Glass Workshop

Learn the art of fusing glass! Make fused glass objects such as jewelry, an ornament, or another small item. Hear about different types of glass and how they can fire together. You are welcome - whether you are experienced in working with glass or would like to try it for the first time! 

 

NEW! Pastel Painting For Beginners

Learn techniques and execution of pastel painting with demonstrations. You are welcome to work independently while receiving instructor input. Materials list will be emailed.

NEW! Pastel Painting Workshop

Learn pastel painting techniques in this one-time workshop. This workshop will be beneficial for those interested in joining Pastel Painting for Beginners. 

Stained Glass Workshops

Make a small, stained glass hanging using the copper foil technique. Learn to score, cut, foil, and solder stained glass pieces into a finished hanging. Develop and practice the skills needed to score and break glass, as this is a challenging skill. Supplies provided include a pattern for square designs, glass and tools.
 

Stroll and Paint

Get active and artsy, no experience needed! Discover seasonal wonders on a guided walk, then paint the landscape "en plein air" (outdoors). Artist Tara S. Holl demonstrates techniques in oils and provides tips, tricks and feedback. Light snacks and easels provided, pack a lunch. Register by May 22. Materials list emailed to participants one week prior to class.
 

Watercolor Basics Very Beginner with Carol Zika

This mini-course has been created as a prerequisite for Watercolor with Carol Zika. Learn the basic techniques of painting with transparent watercolors. Brush calisthenics, washes, glazing, color mixing, plus multiple tricks of the trade are covered. Appropriate for self-taught or beginners. Enjoy an introduction sampler. Recommended supplies discussed at the first class and are available through the instructor.

Watercolors with Carol Zika

For students who completed Watercolor Basics for the Very Beginner and those with previous watercolor experience. Instructor provides guided lessons, building technique and confidence. Bring materials. 

You Can Draw & Paint with Carol Zika

Let your artistic expression soar in this fun and supportive open studio atmosphere. Bring watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels or other materials. Explore your creativity. Instructor provides direction/instruction in drawing and painting for beginners and experienced dabblers. Bring your own or discuss materials (purchased separately) at the first class. 
 

You and Yupo

Yupo is a polypropylene sheet that does not absorb watercolor paint. As the paint sits on top of the surface, it offers the opportunity to paint loose, unstructured images. Learn the special techniques and water color paint additions that enable control, texture, washes and glazes.
 

Dance

Info: Ruth Coleman, 410-313-7311 or rucoleman@howardcountymd.gov.

 

Advanced Beginner Ballroom

Basics Sharpen and enhance your skills on the dance floor while experiencing the Latin steps of rhumba and cha-cha rhythms. Enjoy the pleasure of moving on the dance floor to some of your favorite hit songs. No partner necessary

 

Beginner Ballet for Active Adults

Enjoy basic ballet while building strength, flexibility and grace. Class
begins at the ballet barre and progresses to center. Learn terminology
and technique with modifications. Leotard and tights recommended;
form-fitting clothing allowed. Pull back long hair. Wear ballet shoes.

 

BESA African Dance for Active Adults

BESA means “Come Dance” in the Akan language of Ghana. Come enjoy this African-based, moderate-to-low impact dance exercise program that engages you while having fun and working on cardio to support a healthy lifestyle. The instructor uses African dance forms and techniques to teach African cultural dances in a fun environment
 


Dance on Broadway - or Feel Like You Can!

Come join a group of aspiring Broadway stars for fun and fitness. The
instructor leads you through dance steps and routines to current and
long-time favorite Broadway show stoppers. Learn musical theater
choreography that challenges your mind and body while getting a
fitness workout. Appropriate for all levels. Wear dance or athletic shoes
and comfortable clothes you can move in. Bring water and a towel.


NEW! Hip Hop

Work your body in ways you never imagined! This class teaches classic
hip hop technique and simple routines to keep you moving and grooving. Learn to isolate your movements and in easy-to-follow dances.
 

NEW! LaBlast

LaBlast is a revolutionary, ballroom dance, partner-free, fitness program based on the dances seen on Dancing with the Stars! It fuses dance into a calorie-burning workout. Take your mind, body, and soul through ballroom dances from different countries and cultures. 


Senior Tap Classics

Ever dream of dancing like Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire? It’s
never too late! This beginning-level tap class progresses slowly.
Wear comfortable clothing, grab some tap shoes and join us!

 

Swing & Jive Dance I

Start to swing and sway to great moving music beginning with basics of Swing dance and graduate to Jive dance. No partner necessary.  

 

Swing & Jive Dance II

Take your Swing dance to another level. Improve previously learned techniques while adding new exciting basic steps to your skill repertoire. No partner necessary

Drop-In

Notice: All drop-in programs are currently suspended. Please check back before going out to a free drop-in program. 
 

Drop-In Social Bridge

Stop by for some social bridge. Beginners welcome! Coffee, tea and light refreshments available. We gladly accept donations to t he snack fund. Free!

Kiwanis-Wallas Hall 9am-noon Wed.

Duplicate Bridge

Enjoy a few hours of drop-in duplicate bridge. Bring a bag lunch; coffee, tea and light refreshments available. We accept donations to the snack fund. Come with a partnerFree!

Kiwanis-Wallas Hall Noon-3:30pm Wed.

Kiwanis-Wallas Hall 9:00am-12:45pm Fri.

Mahjong

Kiwanis-Wallas Hall 1-3:30pm Wed. Free

 

Toss Across

Who says, "close only counts in horseshoes?" In Toss Across, it counts! Try the latest backyard and tailgating craze. have fun and get a little exercise too. Meet in the Bain 50+ Center lobby. Free!

Bain 50+ Center 10:30-11:30am Fri.

Trivia Time

Come show us what you know during this entertaining hour of group trivia! Fire up those brain cells while you help your team compete. Meet in the lobby. Free!

Bain 50+ Center 9:30-10:30am Last Fri. of the month

Wii Bowling Club

Why let the kids  have all the fun? Bowl in a virtual alley without leaving the building. You improve hand-eye coordination and get some exercise while competing against your peers. Free!

Elkridge 50+ Center 10-11am Wed.

Bain 50+ Center 9:30-11:30am Thu.

Go 50+ Members, ask about upcoming drop-in opportunities for fitness classes and more at Gary J. Arthur Community Center, North Laurel Community Center and Roger Carter Community Center!

Encore Adventures

This is your opportunity to dabble in a variety of outdoor skills! Try your hand at paddling a kayak, learn the basics of archery, go fishing on Centennial Lake and much more. Earn a certificate and patch for completing at least five Encore Adventure activities within a two-year period! No experience necessary - all equipment provided for use during the program. Detailed information emailed to participants in the week prior to the program.

Click here to see photos from our recent programs.

More information? Contact Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 or Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.  Programs take place at Centennial Park; exact details and directions emailed to registrants in the week prior to the program.  Complete Adventure & Outdoor program information available at howardcountymd.gov/adventure.

Current schedule:

At this time, all Encore Adventure programs have been cancelled - check back in the Fall for more opportunities!

Intro to Fishing
New angler? Coming back to the sport? Learn or review how to cast, identify fish, rig a pole, tie knots and more. Equipment and bait provided.
RP9171.701  Centennial Park South  April 30    9:30am-Noon   Th    $25

Guided Walk Exploring the Spring Migration
Join us for a guided walk around Centennial Lake to observe warblers, waterfowl and maybe catch a glimpse of an Oriole as the birds return. Receive a field guide to help you start your own birdwatching checklist.
RP9171.702  Centennial Park South    May 14     9:30-11am     Th    $25

Paddling Basics
Try your hand at kayaking! Learn paddling techniques, safety and gear selection. This is an American Canoe Association instructional program.
RP9171.703  Centennial Park South    May 28    9:30-11:30am   Th    $35

Intro to Target Archery
Learn the basics of target archery including equipment, safety and elements of shooting with an USA Archery-certified instructor.
RP9171.704  Centennial Park South   June 4   9:30-11:30am   Th    $35

Call 410-313-7275 to register or click the RP number above to sign up online (links active when registration opens in March)!

Check back in the future for new dates and details on these additional Encore Adventures opportunities:

Hiking & History
Join us for a morning of hiking through history on the trails of Rockburn Branch Park.

Intro to Rock Climbing
Focus on the fun while climbing to new heights on the wall! Learn the basics of indoor rock climbing (equipment, safety, bouldering and climbing techniques).

Fitness

For more information about fitness programs, please contact Ruth Coleman, 410-313-7311 or rucoleman@howardcountymd.gov.

Balance, Strength & Fitness with Lori Nowicki, ACE, AFPA

With the use of the BOSU stability ball, light weights and resistance bands, the active adult will learn exercises which involve training the body for the activities performed in daily life.
 

Cardio Kickboxing for Active Adults

A 30-minute cardio boxing and kickboxing workout set to high energy music. Modifications for all fitness levels.
 

Exercise with Ease

This well-rounded hour of fitness for active seniors includes low-impact aerobics, stretching, muscle tone and strength activities aimed at improving endurance, body alignment, balance, and proper breathing. Listen to upbeat music while learning simple choreographed moves.

Fitness for Life with Lori Nowicki, ACE, AFPA

Designed for active adults, class combines easy-to-follow aerobics, weight and cardio training with Keiser and Precor equipment, free weights, bands, floor exercises, balance training and stretching.


Gentle Yoga/Yoga 1

This yoga class is suitable for both new and continuing students preferring a less vigorous version of a Yoga 1 class. Move through poses to increase flexibility, strength and balance while emphasizing mindfulness and breath
awareness. Yoga props used. Modifications offered so you can comfortably achieve the benefits of each pose. Must be able to get up and down from floor. Bring a yoga mat.
 

HIIT Workouts with Lauren Daly

A fast-paced interval training workout designed to burn calories and build strength in just 30 minutes.
 

NEW! LaBlast


LaBlast is a revolutionary, ballroom dance, partner-free, fitness program based on the dances seen on Dancing with the Stars! It fuses dance into a calorie-burning workout. Take your mind, body, and soul through ballroom dances from different countries and cultures.

 

NEW! Mat Pilates with Doreen Sheppard


Pilates strengthens the core muscles of the pelvis, abdomen and back to improve balance, trunk strength, flexibility, body awareness, and whole body movement. Mat Pilates exercises are performed in a controlled, precise manner and require concentration. The slow and graceful movements make this format accessible for most regardless of age or fitness level. The benefit of Pilates mat work is that it can be done anywhere with just an exercise mat. Props (provided by the instructor) such as the Pilates ring (or Magic Circle) and mini-balls are used to challenge strength and stability. Bring a yoga mat.


Monday Mornings at the Barre with Margaret Wolf, ACE


A fusion of yoga, Pilates, strength training and ballet; barre classes incorporate specific sequencing patterns and isometric movements that target specific muscle groups. Class improves strength, balance, flexibility and posture.


NEW! Posture Rejuvenation with Pam Beck


Take time to learn how you can decrease your risk of injury while feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. This session blends traditional forms of stretching and body weight movements with the ancient techniques of Tai Chi and Qi Gong to focus on form, posture and balance. Increase your range of motion, improve your balance and practice proper posturing to use both during exercise and throughout your every day activities.
 

 

NEW! UnBarred with Doreen Sheppard


UnBarred movements are inspired by ballet, yoga, Pilates, and functional movements. The movements are performed without a ballet barre. Classes include modifications for any level, so you may feel successful while achieving an amazing workout that lengthens, strengthens and tones your body. Props such as resistance bands, mini-balls, gliders, and folding chairs are used to sculpt and stretch your entire body! Dance experience is not required. Bring a yoga mat and water.

Yoga in the Park Pop-Ups

Relax while you take in the sights and surrounding beauty of nature as you get fit and improve your health. Walk away feeling refreshed, energized and ready to take on the day that lies ahead. Join us for the classes that fit your schedule! Preregistration is required.


NEW! YOGACISE for Active Adults with Kathy Whelan, RYT-200


Stretch and strengthen your body! Increase flexibility and balance while developing strength. After a yoga-inspired warm up, move through strength, core and balance activities. The use of bands, straps and chairs are used to allow all participants to participate, regardless of fitness level.
 

Lifelong Learning

For more information about Lifelong Learning programs, please contact Ruth Coleman at 410-313-7311 or rucoleman@howardcountymd.gov

Bridge


• In order of level.

Beginning Bridge with Dennis Serpico

Beginners, come learn the fundamentals of bridge. Learn bridge terminology, bidding basics based on the Standard American System, pre-emptive and slam bids, and declarer and defensive approaches. All class discussion is supported by play of example hands during class followed by auction and hand analysis; additional practice hands are provided for home study.

Intermediate Bridge

If you have taken previous Bridge classes and want to learn more or are an experienced player but would like to improve your skills in bidding and play of the game, this class is what you should take. We will focus on supervised bidding and playing as well as more advanced approaches to bidding such as negative doubles, Michael's Cue bids, and jump shifts, and better offensive and defensive play. Instructor: Paul Elstein

Advanced Bridge Basics

Class for those who have taken Beginner Bridge or who would like to improve their bidding techniques, declaring and defensive skills. Discussion of modern bidding, play hands with the advice of instructor. Instructor: Paul Elstein

Two Over One Game Force Bridge

This straightforward adaptation of the Standard American bidding system offers more bidding room and greater ease in getting to game contracts. Once the domain of advanced players, today 2/1 is employed by players at all skill levels. 2/1 is compatible and easily integrated with bidding approaches you use today; NT openings, Stayman, transfers, Gerber & Blackwood, and nearly all other conventions do not change. Conventions that fit well with 2/1, such as Bergen Raises, Drury, 4th Suit Forcing, and New Minor Forcing, are also discussed. All class discussion is supported by play of example hands followed by auction and hand analysis; additional practice hands and analysis are provided for home study.

Computers

 

Basic Computer Knowledge

This is an introduction to the importance of passwords, creating them, and keeping them confidential. Search for information or services on the web. Gain an intro to social media and how to use it to stay in contact with family members. Get more use out of your mobile devices (smartphone, iPad). Bring a computer or tablet.

 

 

Meditation

NEW! Basics of Mindful Meditation

Learn meditation techniques and discover applications for mindfulness. Enhance positivity and self-awareness. Studies show benefits to one’s health. Info: Ruth Coleman, 410-313-7311 or rucoleman@howardcountymd.gov
 

NEW! Mindful Meditation & Artful Journaling for Grief and Loss

 
Using the principles of mindful meditation, journaling and community support, learn methods to release pain and uncover the peace that already flows within.

 

Photography

For more information about photography programs, please contact Ruth Coleman at (410) 313-7311 or rucoleman@howardcountymd.gov.

Digital Photography 101

With today’s digital camera, anyone can take great pictures! Come learn by focusing on the fundamentals. Learn the elements and techniques that produce compelling photos, and then do hands-on tasks. Digital camera required (DSLR or point-and-shoot with manual controls). 10% off two or more people

Digital Photography 102

Comfortable with your camera? Ready to take your photography to the next level? Than this is the class for you! Come pick up where Digital Photography 101 left off. Learn and practice intermediate photography techniques relating to lighting, action, composition, and more. Digital camera required (DSLR or point-and-shoot with manual controls).

Shooting with a Smartphone

“The best camera is the one you have with you” certainly applies to smartphones. Smartphone cameras can’t always compete with higher-end digital cameras, but they’re a whole lot more portable! This class will teach some of the same concepts as Digital Photography 101, with a focus on how they apply to getting great, smartphone snaps. 10% off two or more people
 

Speaker Series