Thursday 23

COLUMBIA FINANCIAL SEMINARS, "Financial Mistakes Smart People Make," discussion of how to save money and behaviors to avoid, 7-8:30 p.m. today; "Do You Want to Work Forever?" learn how to plan for retirement, 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20; sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $5 per seminar; exact cash or check only; preregistration required. 410-730-3987.

Friday 24

COLUMBIA BINGO NIGHT, for all ages, refreshments and prizes, sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 7 p.m., Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Admission, free; game cards, 25 cents or five for $1. 410-730-3987.

WIDOWERS AND WIDOWS GAME NIGHT, socializing and board games, sponsored by Widowers and Widows of Howard County, 7 p.m. the third and fourth Fridays of each month, Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Free. 301-490-3157.

SENIORS BRIDGE CLASSES, for ages 55 and older, eight-week programs taught by Sue Johnston, director of American-Contract Bridge League; "Bridge Clinic," learn about illustrative hands and problem-solving, intermediate class or instructor's approval a prerequisite, 10:30 a.m. Fridays; "Bridge for Intermediates," improve hand-playing strategies, a brush-up course or an instructor's approval are prerequisites, 1:30 p.m. Fridays; Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. $25 per program; preregistration required. 410-313-7279.

Saturday 25

COLUMBIA PARENTING SEMINAR, "Discipline: Natural and Logical Consequences," led by Eva Skrenta of the Adler-Dreikurs Parenting Program, sponsored by 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.

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK HIKE, a strenuous, nine-mile hike in the White Oak Canyon area; bring lunch, water and sturdy hiking boots; sponsored by the Sierra Club, Howard County Group, carpool departure, 7:30 a.m., west Park-and-Ride lot, Route 32 and Broken Land Parkway, Columbia. Free. 301-854-0299.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, an introduction to Chinese classical and folk dance presented by Xiao Fang Xu, director of the Columbia-based Hua Sha Chinese Dance Center, 10 a.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knightsbridge roads, Savage. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5980.

WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS SUPPORT, give and receive support and learn about the meaning and process of grief, sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, through March 1, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-730-5072.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, stories about babies, "Gingerbread Baby," by Jan Brett; "My Last Chance Brother," by Amy Axelrod; and "Sophie & the New Baby," by Catherine Anholt, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-203-9001.

Sunday 26

LAUREL WILDLIFE TALK, for ages 8-12, "Wildlife for Sale," learn about legal and illegal wildlife trade and what to do to protect endangered species, 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.

Monday 27

COLUMBIA BOOK TALK, "Fiction Favorites," Howard County librarians will help select a book to discuss for the day, books available to borrow, 10 a.m., Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7750.

ELLICOTT CITY LITERARY READINGS, discuss the last novel of Fydor Dostoevski, "The Brothers Karamazov," 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City. 410-203-9001.

CHINESE NEW YEAR STORY TIME, for ages 5 and older, stories and songs in Chinese and English, and a paper lantern craft, 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

COLUMBIA ENCORE BOOK CLUB, discussion of "White Teeth," by Zadie Smith, 10:30 a.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

ART FRAMING DEMONSTRATION, by artist and teacher Cher Compton, a meeting of the Howard County Art Guild, 7:30 p.m., Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Court, Ellicott City. Free. 410-730-6275.

Tuesday 28

ELLICOTT CITY PICTURE BOOK CLUB, for ages 5-8, learn about children's author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, hear a story and participate in a small group discussion; participants should read or listen to a book by Wells before to the program, 7-8 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-1955.

COLUMBIA GARDENING SEMINAR, gardening basics with shortcuts taught by master gardener Carol Fox, discussion of planning, preparing, planting and maintaining beds, making compost and dealing with diseases and pests, sponsored by Howard County Cooperative Extension, 7:30 p.m., Amherst House, Kings Contrivance Village Center, 7251 Eden Brook Dr., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-381-9600.

GLENWOOD BOARD GAMES, for ages 11-17, play board games, including Jenga, Scrabble, Life, Yahtzee, Catch Phrase and checkers, or bring a favorite, 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Glenwood. 410-313-5577.

BOOKS DISCUSSION, "The Johnstown Flood," by David McCullough, and "In Sunlight in a Beautiful Garden," by Kathleen Cambor, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

Wednesday 29

NATIVE AMERICAN TALK, musician Eagle Warrior, a member of the Eastern Lenape Nation, will discuss Native American culture, history, myths and stereotypes, 7 p.m., Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., at South Entrance Road, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7860.

ELLICOTT CITY KNITTING GROUP, a drop-in program, knit and crochet afghans, blankets, baby clothes and more for local charities, hospitals and senior centers, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

Thursday 30

WOODSTOCK EXPLORERS PROGRAM, for children ages 3-4 accompanied by an adult, a story, craftmaking and nature walk, plus discussion of how plants and animals survive during the winter, sponsored by the Howard County Conservancy, 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 13 and 27, Mount Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. Donation, $5; preregistration required; limited seating. 410-465-8877.

-- Compiled by Linda James

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