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. 


Take a peek at our programs!


Click on these pictures to see our new Zentangles art class!  
Click here to register for our new session starting January 22.



For more information about any of the programs below, please contact Curtis Gore at (410) 313-7281 or cgore@howardcountymd.gov


Artful Journaling Club

Express yourself in an art journal! 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 on a voluntary basis. Supplies discussed at first
meeting. This is a participant-run club; no instructors present.


Basic Zentangle Workshop with Arlene Mindus, CZT

Explore this popular art form that is an easy-to-learn and relaxing
method of drawing structured patterns. Certified Zentangle
teacher Arlene Mindus guides you in techniques and hand-drawn
patterns. Develop focus and creativity, hand-eye coordination,
manual dexterity, and problem-solving techniques. A mini Zentangle
box may be purchased for $5.00 that includes an apprentice tile,
black micron pen, Zentangle pencil, pencil sharpener, and tortillion
or stump for shading.


Drawing & Painting with Zina

Find your inner-artist in this user-friendly setting! Drawing and
painting are teachable techniques. Beginners start with a foundations
program using demos and assignments on drawing, design
and color theory leading to readiness to create simple paintings.
Advanced students enjoy demos, slide presentations, and projects
that inspire. Create original work.

Fused Glass Workshop with Tara Holl

Learn the art of fusing glass! Join glass artist Tara Holl to make fused
glass objects such as jewelry, an ornament, or other small items.
Learn about different types of glass and how they can fire together.
Whether you are experienced in working with glass or would like to
try it for the first time, you are welcome! $30 materials fee.

Watercolor Basics for the Very Beginner with Carol Zika

This mini-course has been created as a prerequisite for Watercolors
with Carol Zika. Learn the basic techniques of painting with transparent
watercolors; and about paper, brushes and paint. Brush
calisthenics, washes, glazing, color mixing, plus tricks of the trade
are covered. Recommended supplies discussed at the first class. $10
materials fee due at first class. 

Watercolors with Carol Zika

This painting class is for students who have completed Watercolor
Basics for the Very Beginner and those with previous watercolor
experience. Instructor provides guided lessons, building technique
and confidence. Bring materials to the first class.

You Can Draw & Paint with Carol Zika

Let your artistic expression soar in this congenial, fun and supportive
open studio atmosphere. Bring watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels or
other materials. Explore your creative potential. 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. 


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 basic
terminology and technique with modifications offered. Leotard and
tights recommended; form-fitting, comfortable clothing allowed. Pull
back long hair. Wear ballet shoes and bring a water bottle. 

Dance on Broadway – or Feel Like You Can!

5, 6, 7, 8! If dancing on Broadway is on your bucket list, join a class of
like-minded adults for fun and fitness. Instructor leads you through
dance routines to current and long-time Broadway favorites. Enjoy
musical theater choreography appropriate for all levels. Wear dance
or athletic shoes and comfortable clothes you can move in. Bring
water and a towel. 10% off when 2 or more people register
by phone together.

Learn to Swing Dance

Learn to swing dance! Be sure to sign up separately for the Swing
Dance Socials to try out your latest moves. (No class 2/7.) 

Senior Tap Classics

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

Social Square Dancing

Grab your partner and join our accredited square dance caller to show
off your best do-si-do! All levels welcome. Instruction provided for
those who are new to square dancing. Partners not required, we can
pair you up when you arrive! 10% off when 2 or more people
register by phone together. (No class 3/5.) 

Swing Dance Social

Get ready to jump, jive and swing! Light refreshments provided. Come
practice those new dance moves learned in our Learn to Swing Dance
class or just come for a fun night!



It's a "roll of the dice" game. Bunco is gaining in popularity and now you can get in on the fun! Join us for an hour of this exciting dice game. No experience necessary. Free!

Bain 50+ Center 10:30-11:30am Last Fri of the month

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. Free!

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

Kiwanis-Wallas Hall 9:15am-12:45pm Fri.


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


Kiwanis-Wallas Hall 9:30am-3:30pm Fri. 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 Explorations

Encore Explorations are one day workshops or mini-sessions designed to let you try out something new without committing to a full class session. New exploration opportunities will be added as they become available, so check back often!

Balance, Strength and Fitness

RP3511.204 Cedar Lane Rec Ctr Jan 14 10:45-11:30am M $15

Shooting With a Smart Phone

RP3511.202 Belmont Jan 15 1-2:30pm Tu $20

Self Defense for Active Adults

RP3511.203 Roger Carter Comm Ctr Feb 13 10-11am W $15

Swing Dance

RP3511.201 Kiwanis-Wallas Ctr Feb 19 9:30-11:30am Tu $20



For more information about fitness programs, please contact Curtis Gore at (410) 313-7281 or cgore@howardcountymd.gov.

Beginner Mat Pilates with Debbie Flynn, ACE, ACSM, RYT-200

Improve your flexibility and strengthen your core, thereby protecting your
back and improving your posture. Beginner Mat Pilates is a combination of
exercises on the floor. Reap the benefits with stability in the hips and spine
while building core muscles and flexibility.

Cardio Dance and Tone with Margaret Wolf, ACE

Try class for free on 1/16 & 1/18. Enjoy cardio with dance aerobic moves and
strength training using weights and/or resistance bands. Core conditioning
may be included. Bring a mat and 2-5 lb. weights. 10% off when 2 or
more people register by phone together.

Exercise with Ease with Debbie Flynn, ACE, ACSM, RYT-200

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 choreography.

Fitness for Life with Lori Nowicki, ACE, AFPA

Enjoy a class designed for active adults using easy-to-follow aerobics,
weights, and cardio training. (No class 2/1.)

Gentle Yoga/Yoga 1 with Kathy Whelan, RYT-200

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 that you may receive
the benefits of each pose. Must be able to get up and down from floor. Bring
a yoga mat

Self Defense for Active Adults

Former Howard County Police Officer Derek Johnson presents this course
in a relaxed environment that teaches you awareness and personal safety.
Class incorporates a positive attitude with basic precautions to allow you to
avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Learn techniques to defend yourself
against problems unique to older adults. A fitness waiver must be complete
prior to participation.


Lifelong Learning

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

Encore Explorations

Encore Explorations are one day workshops or mini-sessions designed to let you try out something new without committing to a full class session. This is your opportunity to test drive some of our newest programs. Try one or try them all! 

Shooting With a Smart Phone
RP3511.202 Belmont Jan 15 1-2:30pm Tu $20
Self Defense for Active Adults
RP3511.203 Roger Carter Comm Ctr Feb 13 10-11am W $15
Swing Dance
RP3511.201 Kiwanis-Wallas Ctr Feb 19 9:30-11:30am Tu $20


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

Digital Photography 101

With the quality of today’s digital camera technology, anybody can take great pictures! Come learn the basic elements and techniques that help produce compelling photos, and then apply those concepts with hands-on assignments. Digital camera required (DSLR or
point-and-shoot with manual controls). Class held at the
stately Belmont Manor. 10% off when 2 or more people register by phone together. 

Shooting with a Smartphone

Take a class at the stately Belmont Manor, built in 1738. This pristine setting is one of Howard County’s most beautiful sites. “The best camera is the one you have with you” is a popular saying in photography communities, and it certainly applies to smartphones. Learn some of the same concepts as Digital Photography 101, with a focus
on how they apply to great, smartphone photos. 10% off when 2 or more people register by phone together. 


For more information about these sport programs, please contact Curtis Gore at (410) 313-7281 or cgore@howardcountymd.gov.

50+ Co-Rec Volleyball

Join senior men and women of various volleyball skill levels for competitive and fun volleyball play. Previous volleyball experience helpful. Prior to registration, visit the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex and see if this program is for you. The program meets twice a week. The fee is based on when you register and is good through the end of the calendar year. 


Fundamentals of Modern Table Tennis with Jeff Smart 

Through the lessons of ITTF Level 2 Certified Coach Jeff Smart, beginner students learn the proper techniques to execute the forehand (FH) and backhand (BH) topspin drive, FH&BH underspin push, basic footwork, and topspin. Also work on underspin, sidespin serves and how to return each one. 




Encore Volunteer Program

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Sign up to be an Encore Volunteer! You will participate in industry-level trainings, have opportunities to socialize with other volunteers and share your time and/or skills with others in a Recreation & Parks program. Visit our volunteer website to sign up today!

HoCo Volunteers 

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