Thursday 31

SENIORS COMPUTER CLASS, "Word Processing/Microsoft Word," a two-part class taught by Computer Seniors of America, sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging, 9-11 a.m. today and Friday, Savage Senior Center, 9525 Durness Lane, Savage. $16. 410-880-5915.

Friday 1

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP, for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease, facilitated by trained group leaders, share experiences and caregiving tips and learn coping skills, presented by the Alzheimer's Association, 11 a.m-12:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month, Jewish Family Services Center, 8950 Route 108, Suite 115, Columbia. Free. 410-313-9744.

Saturday 2

COLUMBIA PARENTING SEMINAR, "Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior," Eva Skrenta of the Adler-Dreikurs Parenting Program, discusses why children delay bedtime, pick at their food, throw tantrums and more, sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $15; couples, $22; preregistration required. 410-730-3987.

COLUMBIA CHARITY BINGO, for all ages, door prizes and more; transportation available for seniors; four early bird games, 7:30 p.m.; regular games, 8 p.m., sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Columbia Council, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd. Early-bird game packet, 75 cents; regular game packets, $5 and $10. 410-997-7691.

OLD RAG MOUNTAIN HIKE, a strenuous nine-mile hike in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains with some scrambling up steep trails and some easy rock-climbing, bring lunch, water and wear good hiking shoes, sponsored by the Sierra Club, Howard County Group, car-pool departure, 7:30 a.m., the west side of the Broken Land Parkway and Route 32 Park and Ride lot, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-964-1902.

WINCOPIN TRAIL HIKE, an easy walk with a few hills, including a stop at a restaurant in Savage Mills for lunch on your own, sponsored by the Sierra Club, Howard County Group, 10 a.m., Savage Park, meet in the park's parking lot, 9300 block of Vollmerhausen Road. Free. 301-725-3306.

Sunday 3

ELLICOTT CITY BIRDING, look for migrating waterfowl and other species on a wooded path along Centennial Lake, beginners are welcome, sponsored by Howard County Bird Club, 8 a.m., meet at west end of parking lot, Centennial Park, Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. Free. 410-461-3361.

VETERANS APPRECIATION BRUNCH, for all ranks of military personnel, veterans and their family and friends, speaker William P. Greene Jr., judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, sponsored by the Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wives' Club, noon, Officers Club, 6600 Mapes Rd., Fort George Meade. $20; preregistration required. 410-418-4934.

Monday 4

CANCER SUPPORT COURSE, for cancer patients, their family and friends, "I Can Cope," discussion of diagnosis and treatment, management of treatment side effects, nutrition, fitness, emotions, self-esteem and more, facilitated by Susan Mergenthaler, a Johns Hopkins Hospital oncology nurse, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, 7 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 18, Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 888-535-4555.

LATIN DANCE CLASS, for beginners ages 16 and older, a six-week program taught by Heather Charles focusing on the basic skills of Latin club dances, sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $65; exact cash or check only; preregistration required. 410-730-3987.

Tuesday 5

DIABETES SCREENINGS, sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 9-11 a.m., Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-740-7601.

WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS SUPPORT, a six-week program for those who have lost a spouse, participants can give and receive support and learn about the meaning and process of grief, sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 10, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-730-5072.

STEVENSON NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 12-14, "Wilderness Survival Nature Series: Fire Building," test your skill and outdoor know-how, and learn how to build an efficient, low-impact fire with naturalists Jason McCauley and David Pragoff, sponsored by the Irvine Nature Center, 4-5:30 p.m., 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $8; members, $5; preregistration required. 410-484-2413.

Wednesday 6

HEALING TECHNIQUES DISCUSSION, "Natural Healing 101: Acupuncture, Herbal Healing and Massage," learn about the power and possibilities of natural healing, presented by Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, 7-9 p.m., 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611.

COLUMBIA AUTHOR DISCUSSION, meet Jan Pottker, Washington author of "Janet and Jackie: the Story of a Mother and Her Daughter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," 7 p.m., Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., at South Entrance Road, Columbia. 410-313-7860.

Thursday 7

COLUMBIA AFTERNOON TEA, with scones, sandwiches, dessert and fruit, program occasionally accompanied by a fashion show, music or art displays, sponsored by Historic Oakland Manor, 4:30-6 p.m. the first and last Thursdays of each month, Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $12.60; preregistration required. 410-730-4801.

NEWCOMERS CLUB COFFEE, for new Howard County residents, club offers activities such as arts and crafts, a book club, games, trips and more, sponsored by the Newcomers Club of Howard County, 10 a.m., New Hope Lutheran Church, 8575 Guilford Rd., Columbia. Free. 443-535-0291.

-- Compiled by Linda James

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