Thursday 2 BALTIMORE INFANT CARE CLASS, basic care of infants and basic safety measures, sponsored by Franklin Square Hospital, 7-9:30 p.m., 9000 Franklin Square Dr., Baltimore. $28; preregistration required. 888-746-2852.

Friday 3 ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP, for family members and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, hosted by Somerford Place, which provides 24-hour resident care and temporary respite care to Alzheimer's patients, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Caregiver Resource Center of Howard County, Parkridge Plaza Building, 8950 Route 108, Suite 115, Columbia. Free. 410-313-9744.

Saturday 4 ELLICOTT CITY STORY TIME, for preschoolers to second-graders, a discussion of "Witzy's Winter Wonderland," by Suzy Spafford; "Snowmen at Night," by Caralyn Buehner; and "All You Need for a Snowman," by Barbara Lavalle, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-203-9001.

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

BABY-SITTING CLASSES, a two-session program for ages 11-15, safety, first aid, bedtime routine and more, led by 4-H extension educator Hope Jackson, participants will receive a certificate of attendance, 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 11, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Glenwood. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5577. 4-6 p.m. Jan. 9 and Jan. 16, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-1950.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime," by J. California Cooper, 1 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

ELLICOTT CITY CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for children 2-4 accompanied by an adult, "Frosty Twist & Shout," music, movement and stories, 11 a.m. Saturday, Monday and Jan. 9, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-1950.

Sunday 5 LAUREL BIRD TOUR, for ages 16 and older, a guided short walk to identify birds in several refuge habitats, field guides and binoculars recommended, sponsored by Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 6 ELLICOTT CITY SAFETY COURSE, for parents and child care professionals, learn 10 top issues for health, safety and supervision, sponsored by the Howard County Child Care Resource Center, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 3300 North Ridge Rd., Suite 360, Ellicott City. $18; preregistration required. 410-313-1940.

COLUMBIA CHESS CLUB, for players with at least a basic understanding of chess, lecture and games for ages 9-17, 5-7 p.m.; open play for all ages, 7-9 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7715.

SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM, an eight-week session with support and strategies to help you stop smoking and improve your health, sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $60; preregistration required. 410-740-7601.

PLANT-A-READER SERIES, a four-week program, for 4- and 5-year-olds accompanied by an adult, to help prepare children for reading, 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Feb. 3 (no program Jan. 20), Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5085. For 2- and 3-year-olds accompanied by an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Jan. 28, Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy. (at South Entrance Road), Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7880.

GLENWOOD BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Hero's Walk," by Anita Badami, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Glenwood. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5577.

COLUMBIA LATIN DANCE CLASS, for beginners ages 16 and older, a six-week program taught by Heather Charles, a focus on the basic skills to dance the modern Latin club dances, sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 10, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $65, exact cash or check only; preregistration required. 410-730-3987.

Tuesday 7 COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, a two-session workshop led by retired governmental social work administrator and educator John R. Forrest on Richard N. Boles's "Three Boxes of Life and How to Get Out of Them," sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 14, Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. $10 for both sessions; preregistration required. 410-313-7213.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for adults dealing with the loss of a parent, sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-730-5072.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK DISCUSSION, for ages 11-13 and their mothers, "The Tiger Is Rising," by Kate DiCamillo, 7-8:30 p.m., Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy. (at South Entrance Road), Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7860.

ELLICOTT CITY PICTURE BOOK CLUB, for ages 5-8, a small-group discussion of the work of author and illustrator Kevin Henkes ("Owen," "Lily's Purple Plastic Purse," "Wemberly Worried," "Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick"), participants are asked to read or listen to a reading of a book by Henkes before the program, 7-8 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-1955.

Wednesday 8 ELLICOTT CITY MAHJONG, a drop-in program for ages 55 and older, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

LAUREL TOTS NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 3 and 4, games, stories and crafts relating to animals who make their homes in trees, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free. 301-497-5887.

SENIORS BRIDGE AND PINOCHLE, a drop-in program for ages 55 and older and their family and friends ages 18 and older, play bridge and pinochle, or bring your favorite table game; bring a bag lunch, coffee and tea available, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB, discussion of "Regina's Song," by David and Leigh Eddings, 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman Road at Knightsbridge Road, Savage. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5980.

Thursday 9 GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for those who have suffered the loss of a spouse, family member or special friend, facilitated by Jim Easley and Carolyn Luken, sponsored by the SPRING Pretenders of the Howard County Office on Aging, 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1400

ELLICOTT CITY STORY TIME, for preschoolers, a discussion of "It's Winter," by Jimmy Pickering; "Snowy Rolie," by William Joyce; and "Snow Day," by Patricia Lakin, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-203-9001.

COLUMBIA WOMEN'S BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Heart of the West," by Penelope Williamson, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

-- Compiled by Linda James

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