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LIBRARY DANCE CLASS, for ages 6 and older. Learn how to do the limbo, the chicken dance, the electric slide and other dances. 2 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7730.

BASKET BINGO, 20 games, door prizes and two jackpot games. Food available for purchase; benefits the Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Company. Doors open at 5 p.m.; games start at 7 p.m., 8925 Lincoln St., Savage. $17; in advance, $15. 301-725-6409.

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ELKRIDGE BIRDING, look for early migrants on a moderate walk through woods and fields of Rockburn Branch Park. Paths may be muddy. 8 a.m., 6200 block of Montgomery Rd., meet at parking lot, just past a restored schoolhouse on the left. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

BREAKFAST WITH DOLPHINS, for ages 3 and older. Have breakfast with dolphins. Then join dolphin and marine mammal trainers to learn about dolphins and how you can help protect their habitat; program followed by a dolphin show. 9-10:30 a.m., National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. $30; members, $15; registration required. 410-727-3474 or www.aqua.org.

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COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint: A Novel," by Brady Udall Sponsored by the Morning Books With Coffee club; 10:30 a.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.

COLUMBIA CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for ages 6-8. Learn to identify animal tracks through stories, games and other activities. 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

ELLICOTT CITY LANGUAGE PROGRAM, for adults and teenagers with English as a second or third language. Practice English skills in a group setting. Sponsored by the English Conversation Club; 7:45-8:45 p.m. Mondays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Free. 410-313-1950.

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SENIORS HEALTH BENEFIT MUSIC CLASS, for ages 55 and older. Group drumming and music appreciation based on American popular music, intended to help participants express themselves musically and enhance their ability to cope with challenges and reduce stress. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks; 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, April 26-June 14, the Bain Center, formerly Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7279.

COLUMBIA SCRABBLE GAME, for ages 18 and older. A drop-in program; coffee included. Scrabble boards provided or people can bring their own. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association; 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday and the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd. Free; game donations welcome. 410-730-3987.

SENIORS POSITIVE OUTLOOK SUPPORT, discussion of relationships with a focus on being more positive with family and friends. Sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging; 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through June 28, the Bain Center, formerly Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free; registration suggested. 410-313-7213.

COLUMBIA BELLY-DANCE CLASS, for people at least 14 years old. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association; beginners, 6:15-7:15 p.m.; advance beginners, 7:15-8:15 p.m.; intermediates, 8:15-9:15 p.m., Tuesdays, April 26-May 31, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd. $54; exact cash or check only; registration required. 410-730-3987.

SAFE SURFING ONLINE DISCUSSION, for ages 11-17; parents encouraged to attend. Maryland State Police investigator Elliot Cohen discusses Internet messages in "Hidden IMs, Chat Choices and Safe Surfing," 7-8:30 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free. 410-313-5077.

LIBRARY SIGNED STORY TIME, for ages 2 and older. Stories and other activities about spring in sign language by Kathy Pongor of Gallaudet University. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5978.

COOKSVILLE WELL AND SEPTIC SYSTEM TALK, representatives of the Howard County Health Department discuss how to manage wells and septic systems. 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road). Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

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