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Holidays Observed on December 25 and January 1

The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular schedule to learn when to set out materials during weeks that contain a collection holiday. Schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000. Additionally, schedules are available on the County’s BaltCoGo mobile app, which is available free of charge on the Google Play and Apple app stores. 

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the last week of December and the first week of January because more material must be collected in fewer collection days. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, the materials should be left out until collection occurs.

Trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 and Wednesday, January 1.

All three drop-off facilities will be open with regular operating hours on December 24 and 31.


"Journey Into Space" and "Get Your Feet Wet with Technology" Named 2018 NISC Programs of Excellence

Every day across the country, older adults visit their local senior center to connect with friends, learn something new, discover how to stay healthy, give back to their community and more.

This year, Catonsville and Parkville Senior Centers have been recognized by the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) with a 2018 Programs of Excellence Award honorable mention prize for their innovative programming. Catonsville and Parkville were two of only 15 programs honored with the annual recognition for innovative, creative and replicable programs for older adults, out of a field of more than 100 submissions from across the United States.

Program Details

Get Your Feet Wet with Technology

Older adults learning about technology.

Catonsville Senior Center was recognized for its “Get Your Feet Wet with Technology” program that they conducted in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Library Catonsville Branch. The four-week program taught participants how to use technology to gain information about fitness and nutrition, music and movies, photo editing, instant messaging and online shopping. The program was conducted on tablets that were purchased through a grant from the Catonsville Women’s Giving Circle.

Journey Into Space

Older adults crafting.

Parkville Senior Center’s “Journey Into Space” intergenerational program was also a four-part series that brought seniors and students together to learn about space and space exploration. During the first class, senior center members and their grandchildren watched a distance learning program by NASA where they were on a virtual spaceship. In subsequent classes, the participants built rockets, learned about the International Space Station and Newton’s Laws of Motion, and watched "Star Wars."

About the NISC Awards

The NISC Programs of Excellence winners are picked by a committee of senior center professionals. Certificates and cash awards are given to programs in seven categories and in one highlighted area related to preventing social isolation. The categories include:

  • Community Development, Leadership and Intergenerational
  • Cultural Programs
  • Fundraising
  • Health and Wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Technology
  • Special Events
  • Social Isolation Prevention (Highlighted Area)

Congratulations

“Our 20 senior centers in Baltimore County are important destinations for older adults to live longer and live well, and our staff works hard to keep our programs fun and educational for our members,” said Laura Riley, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Aging. “We are honored to have two of our centers receive a NISC Programs of Excellence award, and hope that other senior centers across the country will be able to replicate these programs to benefit their members.”  

“I’m proud of the great work our Department of Aging team does with our older residents,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. “This is a great recognition of the work that is being done to keep our older adults healthy, active and informed.”

Learn More

Learn more about Baltimore County senior centers and their various programs for older adults, or view the full list of 2018 NISC Program of Excellence Award winners.

The mission of the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) is to strengthen lives by providing services, programs and connections to resources. Throughout the County, BCDA operates 20 senior centers and the Maryland Access Point for Baltimore County (MAP). 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017