Upcoming Events

The following events, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, are open for registration.

BALLROOM DANCE CLASS, for ages 18 and older. Beginners, 6:30 p.m.; advanced beginners, 7:35 p.m.; intermediates, 8:40 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22-Nov. 10. Students can learn or perfect dance steps and help maintain their fitness and self-control. Each level is a prerequisite for the next level. The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. $80; ages 55 and older, $75; registration required. 410-313-7279.

SENIORS BRIDGE LUNCHEON, for ages 55 and older. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23. Participants can play bridge and duplicate bridge. The lunch includes a light buffet of breakfast buns, juice, coffee and tea. Door prizes will be given. Register as a four-person team. Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Team fee, $48; registration required. 410-313-7279.

SENIORS LINE DANCE CLASS, for ages 55 and older. 2:30-3:45 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 23-Nov. 4. Taught by a line dance sport instructor. Students dance to oldies music. Leather- or smooth-soled shoes required; no sneakers allowed. Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. $25; registration required. 410-313-7279.

SENIORS CALLIGRAPHY CLASS, for ages 55 and older. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Sept. 28-Oct. 26 Students learn about basic Italic lettering. Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. $35; registration required. 410-313-7279.

SENIORS ARTFUL JOURNALING PROGRAM, for ages 55 and older. 9:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Sept. 29-Dec. 8; no class Nov. 24. A creative journaling class, which combines notations, artwork and memorabilia. Teaches how to make portable material kits and how to find inspirations for entries. Supplies and material fees not included. Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. $55; registration required. 410-313-7279.

SENIORS BALTIMORE LIBERTY SHIP CRUISE, for ages 55 and older and children ages 6 and older. 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Six-hour cruise aboard the restored Liberty ship SS John W. Brown includes tour of the ship's quarters and mess rooms, continental breakfast, lunch buffet, afternoon snacks, live 1940s big-band music, entertainment by FDR and Abbott and Costello impressionists, military reenactors, barbershop music and fly-bys of vintage World War II aircraft. Photo ID required; no fragile footwear permitted, including heels, clogs, flip flops or sandals. Call for departure points in Howard County. $150; registration required. 410-313-7279.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES