There’s Lots of Recreational Facilities and Activities at Bykota
At Bykota Center we have facilities accomodate many activities as part of membership. Join a club or sign up for an activity of your interest. With the exception of the fitness center they are free of charge to Bykota membership.
We have three regulation pool tables available during the day. No sign-up is necessary. Enjoy a game with friends!
Our basketball court is open to all registered members.We have recreational basketball which must be scheduled at the front desk in advance, and/or team basketball which is scheduled for Monday,Wednesday and Friday of each week. Ask the Front Desk for information.
Play Card and Board Games
In addition to the regularly-scheduled classes of bridge, you can form or join a group for Canasta, Hand & Foot, Mahjongg, Hearts, Scrabble, Chess etc. See the “classes” section of the Bykota Buzz for times and locations of regularly scheduled games.
Join us at the Fitness Center. We have treadmills, weight machines and more! You will need a doctor’s authorization and you must attend our Fitness Center Orientation before you are eligible for membership.The Front Desk has membership forms and sign-up schedule for orientation. Fee is $25/quarter. See the Fitness Center page for more info.
Our lounge has a large TV, comfortable couches chairs and tables. Great for casual meeting with friends or relaxing.
The Cafe’ hosts the Eating Together program for lunches , McDonoughs Cafe’ for morning coffee and donuts, and Bingo on Wednesday afternoons. Enjoy a tasty lunch sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Aging ( reservation only) Monday, Wednesday, Friday starting at 12:00 noon. See Eating Together Page for detailed information. On Wednesdays, immediately after lunch, join us in Bingo starting about 12:30.
McDonoghs Cafe’ has coffee and donuts 8:30-10:00. M-F for a small fee . No reservations needed. A self serve morning coffee and hot water urn is also available M-F for small change. The Cafe’ area is open during the entire day during center hours for members’ use.
Arts and Crafts Rooms
As part of membership benefits you can use our facilities for sawing, sanding, carving. We have a wood shop with the latest power tools. The wood shop manager is usually in. There is no fee.
You may also join our craft groups lead by volunteers that meet in the arts and crafts rooms including: wood carving group, knitting and crochet group, quilting , and stained glass. See the “classes” section of the Bykota Buzz for regularly scheduled groups.
Buy/Borrow Books/ Book Club
You can borrow a book from the second floor library, located ahead just as you get off the elevator. There is also a book sales table on the first floor where you can make a purchase for a small amount of money. You can join the book club which meets on Tuesdays. The BCPL also comes on Tuesdays where you can borrow a book with a library card. See details in the Bykota Buzz.
Grab a sweet or salty snack or just look around for an interesting purchase. The shop has nearly new items such as handbags, cards, jewelry or home decor items for a reasonable price.
Check your email, a website or type some documents. We have quite a few computers loaded with the latest software. Check at front desk for computer room hours.
Gym/ Stage/Participate in Stage Productions
Do you have some talent? Join Bykota on Stage and sing, dance and act a little. Bykota On Stage is a drama group sponsored by the Senior Center Council. They are a non profit organization. They give performances at Bykota several times a year. Visit the website BykotaOnStage.org For more information.
Dances in the Gym
Ballroom, Be-bop, Line Dancing take your pick. Dances are held several times a month in the gym. Check the Bykota Buzz for more information.