Classes and Events to Make You Well & Wise!

calendar2013transDecember 27 – January 2, Various times and Branches. Play Partners. Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Contact your Branch for registration requirements.

December 30, 10:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Just For Me. A class at the East Columbia Branch for children ages 3-5 who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. 30 min. Limited space; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15-30 minutes before class.

December 31 & January 1, HCLS will Close at 5pm in Observance of New Year’s Eve and will be Closed in Observance of New Year’s Day.

December 31, 5-7:30 p.m. Midnight at 7 Back by popular demand! Midnight at 7 is a fun filled, family friendly New Year’s Eve event and you won’t find anything quite like it in Howard County. Ring in the New Year with an exciting fireworks display (weather permitting) at 7pm. Walk through the Symphony of Lights, enjoy the toasty bonfire, food vendors, music, party favors and more! For more information visit


calendar_2014smJanuary 2, 7:00- 9:00 p.m.  Happiest Baby on the Block. For expectant parents and parents of babies up to three months old, this class teaches successful techniques for soothing your newborn baby and promoting restful sleep for your infant. Parent Kits are included. $50. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD.

January 2, 7:00 p.m. Gardening Under Glass. Cold frames, window sills, portable greenhouses, and bell jars extend the gardening season. Pat Greenwald demonstrates how to propagate plants under glass from January until mid-May at the Miller Branch. University of Maryland Extension – Howard County Master Gardeners. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

January 4, 10-11:30 a.m. Together We Thrive. Held the first Saturday of each month this patient support group is for men and women diagnosed with cancer. Participants can share, explore and be encouraged in a safe environment. Registration required. Facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C. (410) 740-5858 for more information

January 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn’t Enough. Learn about Medicare Advantage/Health Plans (Part C) and Medicare Supplement policies (Medigap). What should you consider when deciding which Medicare choices are right for you? Understand how plans vary, your costs, and when is the best time to enroll. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on aging.

January 7, 3:30 p.m. Care Giver’s Support Group. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m.- noon.. Registration is required.  Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information