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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-313-7311.
For more information about any of the programs below, please contact Tracy Adkins at (410) 313-7275 or TAdkins@howardcountymd.gov.
Start to swing and sway to great moving music beginning with basics of Swing dance and graduate to Jive dance. No partner necessary.
Take your Swing dance to another level. Improve previously learned techniques while adding new exciting basic steps to your skill repertoire. No partner necessary
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.
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.
Kiwanis-Wallas Hall 1-3:30pm Wed. Free
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.
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
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!
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.
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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.
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
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).
For more information about fitness programs, please contact Ruth Coleman, 410-313-7311 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information about Lifelong Learning programs, please contact Ruth Coleman at 410-313-7311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
For more information about photography programs, please contact Ruth Coleman at (410) 313-7311 or email@example.com.