Thursday 14

ELLICOTT CITY STORY TIME, "The Bye Bye Pie," by Sharon Jennings; "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie," by Alison Jackson; and "Piggie Pie!," by Margie Palatini, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-203-9001.

SENIORS CRAFT CLASS, for ages 55 and older, "Pressed Flower Box," learn how to design a pressed flower top for a six-inch round rosewood box, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 1-3 p.m., Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. $28; preregistration required. 410-313-7279.

COLUMBIA AUTHOR TALK, for ages 9 and older, Deborah Wiles, writer of books for children and teenagers, discusses "Love, Ruby Lavender" and "Freedom Summer," 7 p.m., Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., at South Entrance Road, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7880.

CLOTHES PRESERVATION TALK, "Genealogy: Clothing and Textile Preservation," led by DAR Museum curator Alden O'Brien, learn how to identify and preserve heirloom garments with simple techniques, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

Friday 15

COLUMBIA FAMILY BINGO, including snacks, sponsored by the Kings Contrivance Community Association, 7:30-9 p.m., Amherst House, Kings Contrivance Village Center, 7251 Eden Brook Dr., Columbia. Eight cards, $1; soda, 50 cents. 410-381-9600.

ELKRIDGE STORY TIME, for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult, a drop-in program with songs, games and craftmaking, 10 and 11 a.m. Friday and Nov. 22, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free. 410-313-5085.

STAYING YOUNG DISCUSSION, "Looking Younger . . . Longer: The Secret to Being Ageless," speakers include Courtney Carpenter of David's Natural Market, dentist Damian Blum and cosmetician Liz Evans, box lunch available, sponsored by East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 10:30 a.m., East Columbia Library, 6000 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Admission, free; box lunch, $8; preregistration required. 410-313-7680.

Saturday 16

BENEFIT BINGO, 20 games and door prizes and two jackpot games with baskets as prizes, to benefit the Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Company, doors open 5 p.m.; games start 7 p.m., Savage Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 8925 Lincoln St.. $17; in advance, $15. 301-725-6409.

COLUMBIA BABY-SITTING CLASS, for ages 11-14, learn about first aid, emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities and other baby-sitting skills, a certificate awarded to participants, sponsored by the Columbia Association Teen Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5800 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. $48; Columbia residents, $40; preregistration required. 410-992-3726.

CHILDRENS NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 5-7, an interactive presentation, learn why some animals are certain colors and how color helps them survive, 2-3 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, off Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

STEVENSON WREATH WORKSHOP, for adults, weave autumn's natural elements to form a fall wreath decoration, taught by naturalist Monica Wiedel, materials and refreshments provided, 10 a.m.-noon, Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $20; members, $15; preregistration required. 410-484-2413.

PARENT-CHILD BOOK CLUB, for children ages 9-12 accompanied by a parent, discussion of "Be First in the Universe," by Stephanie Spinner, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knightsbridge roads, Savage. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5978.

COMETS PROGRAM, for ages 8 and older, volunteers from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory will discuss the Stardust and Contour missions involved in the study of comets; bring a glue stick, scissors and a straight edge to make a model of the Contour spacecraft, 2 p.m., Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., at South Entrance Road, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7800.

Sunday 17

ELLICOTT CITY BIRD WALK, search for migrating waterfowl and other species during a walk on a paved path around Centennial Lake, beginners welcome, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 8 a.m., meet at Centennial Lake, far end of west end parking lot, Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. Free. 410-461-3361.

LAUREL NATURE PROGRAMS, for ages 16 and older, "Bird Tour," identify birds in refuge habitats on a guided tour with short walks, field guides and binoculars recommended, 6:30-9:30 a.m.; for all ages, "Bird Walk," search for birds in refuge habitats on a guided hike, field guides and binoculars recommended, 8-10 a.m.; for all ages, "Night Hike," look and listen for nocturnal animals on a guided walk, 5-6:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 18

HOLIDAY COPING, for anyone who needs help and support in preparing for and coping with the holidays, share information and suggestions on planning for the holidays, sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 6:30-8 p.m., 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-730-5072.

INTERNET SEARCH CLASS, learn advanced Internet searching techniques for use in a variety of search engines, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

Tuesday 19

ELLICOTT CITY MYSTERY BOOK GROUP, discussion of "Thanksgiving Day Murder," by Lee Harris, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-203-9001.

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL PROGRAM, for ages 12-14, naturalists Jason McCauley and David Pragoff teaches skills that will enable participants to search for and find food and water, sponsored by Irvine Nature Center, 4-5:30 p.m., 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $8; members, $5; preregistration required. 410-484-2413.

CHILD CARE PROGRAM, "Home Safe Home," for parents and child care professionals, learn about home safety practices and solutions for making safety changes, sponsored by the Howard County Child Care Resource Center, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 3300 N. Ridge Rd., Suite 360, Ellicott City. $18; preregistration required. 410-313-1940.

ELLICOTT CITY GENEALOGY WORKSHOP, for beginners, led by Lorna Duane Smith, followed by a meeting of the Howard County Genealogical Society, 6:30-8 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Howard County Historical Society Library, 8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City. Requested donation, $5; preregistration required. 410-465-6696.

Wednesday 20

WOMEN'S FINANCIAL SEMINAR, "Survival Skills for the Almost and Already Retired," presented by financial commentator and author Deborah Owens, financial advice relevant to women's needs, learn how to determine risk tolerance, how to maintain defensive investment strategies and ideas for creating a permanent income stream, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

COLUMBIA ASTRONOMY DISCUSSION, "The Night Sky for Naturalists," Jerry Persall of the Howard Astronomical League discusses connections between natural history and astronomy, why the night sky is endangered, astronomy without a telescope and more, sponsored by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, 7:30 p.m., Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. 410-833-5155.

ELKRIDGE BOARD GAMES, for ages 11-17, a drop-in program, play games including Clue, Monopoly, Life, Battleship, Yahtzee, checkers, backgammon and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" or bring a favorite board game, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 4 and 18, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free. 410-313-5087.

COMPUTER TECH DISCUSSION, occupational therapist Clayton Engler of the Community School of Maryland discusses assistive and adaptive technology used in schools to help kids with special needs; includes a demonstration; sponsored by the Central Maryland Microcomputer Users Group, 7:30 p.m., Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. 410-992-1280.

THANKSGIVING STORY TIME, for ages 3-5, stories, songs and a craft, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Nov. 22, Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., at South Entrance Road, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7800.

Thursday 21

COLUMBIA CHESS CLUB, for players of all levels with some basic understanding of the game, lecture and games for ages 9-17 begins 5 p.m.; open play for all ages, 7-9 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

COLUMBIA BOOK CLUB, discussion of "Atonement," by Ian McEwan, noon, Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., at South Entrance Road, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7800.

-- Compiled by Linda James

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