Thursday 6

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB, discussion of "The Honk and Holler Opening Soon," by Billie Letts, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

SPINAL PAIN SEMINAR, "Treating Spinal Pain: A Comprehensive Approach," physical therapist Arlene Ross talks about exercise, therapies and postural issues related to spinal pain prevention, 7-8 p.m., Columbia Association Athletic Club, 5435 Beaverkill Rd., Columbia. $10; Columbia Association members, $5; preregistration required. 410-730-6744.

COLUMBIA VALENTINE'S CRAFT, for ages 8 and older, make an origami valentine, instruction and supplies provided, 4 p.m., Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy. at South Entrance Road, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7860.

LIBRARY MATH PROGRAMS, for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult, develop early math skills through children's literature and activities, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays for four weeks, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, 410-313-5085; and 1:30 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knightsbridge roads, Savage. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5978.

Friday 7

COLUMBIA LINE DANCING, for singles or couples, instructors Mo and Barbara Dutterer teach new country line dances and other steps, sponsored by the Town Center Community Association, 8-11 p.m., Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $6; preregistration recommended; limited space. 410-730-4744.

Saturday 8

PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK HIKE, a moderate six-to-seven-mile hike; bring lunch and water; sponsored by the Sierra Club, Howard County Group; carpool departure, 10 a.m., west side Park and Ride lot, Route 32 and Broken Land Parkway, Columbia. Free. 301-725-3306.

LAUREL CHILDREN'S NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 5-7, a hands-on, interactive program with games, poems and a craft, learn how the wind works and its effect on people and wildlife, 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.

VALENTINE CRAFT PROGRAM, for ages 11 and older, create a handmade valentine gift, taught by stamp artist Terri Hesse, 2 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knightsbridge roads, Savage. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5975.

BASEBALL BOOK DISCUSSION, Neal Conan of National Public Radio discusses his book, "Play by Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League," sponsored by the Talkin' Baseball group, 9 a.m., Borders Books and Music, 6151 Columbia Crossing Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-290-0062.

Sunday 9

LAUREL REFUGE WALKING TOURS, for ages 12 and older, a 45-minute guided hike, learn how the refuge provides habitat and manages wildlife, 1:30 p.m. Sunday; 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23, Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, off Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free. 301-497-5887.

ELLICOTT CITY POETRY READING, read your own work or listen to others, bring extra copies of your poems, sponsored by the Wine Glass Poets group, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-203-9001.

Monday 10

GLENWOOD QUILTING CLASS, for ages 8 and older, quilting specialist and appraiser Rosemary Clark teaches how to make or finish a quilt, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Glenwood. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5577.

WEIGHT LIFTING AND OSTEOPOROSIS, for women who want to help prevent osteoporosis by lifting weights, a beginner class that includes a presentation on osteoporosis by a nurse practitioner, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks, Columbia Association Athletic Club, 5435 Beaverkill Rd., Columbia. $96; Columbia Association members, $48; preregistration required. 410-730-6744.

Tuesday 11

NEW PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP, for first-time mothers or fathers, talk with other new parents, bring your baby, sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free; donation requested; preregistration required. 410-730-3987.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT, for spouses of those with Alzheimer's disease, an open forum on basic caregivers issues, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Somerford Place -- Alzheimer's Assisted Living, 8220 Snowden River Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-9744.

ELLICOTT CITY AUTHOR TALK, Robyn Rhudy discusses her book,"Robyn's Pond Book how to develop a pond and more, 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-1950.

COLUMBIA MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION, "Brat Farrar," by Josephine Tey, 7 p.m., Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., at South Entrance Road, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7800.

GLENWOOD NONFICTION BOOK CLUB, discussion of "A Beautiful Mind," by Sylvia Nasar, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Glenwood. 410-313-5577.

ELLICOTT CITY BOARD GAMES, for ages 11-17, play games including Jenga, Scrabble, Life, Yahtzee, Catch Phrase, checkers and others or bring a favorite, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

Wednesday 12

CATONSVILLE MOTHERS SUPPORT, for working and at-home mothers, discussion of needs and interests of women during their parenting years and acknowledgment of the work of mothers, sponsored by Mothers and More, Southwest Baltimore Chapter, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1905 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville. Free. 410-455-0498.

ELLICOTT CITY GENEALOGICAL TALK, "If This Place Could Talk: Researching the History of an Old House," led by Michael Dixon, sponsored by the Howard County Genealogical Society and Maryland Humanities Council, 7 p.m., Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd. Free. 410-465-6696.

COMMUNITY 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.

COLUMBIA LIBRARY JOB SEARCH TOOLS, learn about print and online resources available at the Howard County Library to aid in a job search, 7 p.m., Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, at South Entrance Road, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7860.

ELLICOTT CITY LANGUAGE PROGRAM, for those with English as a second or third language, practice English skills in a group setting, sponsored by the English Language Conversation Club, 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

Thursday 13

WASHINGTON BUS TRIP, for ages 55 and older, celebrate Presidents' Day with a visit to prominent presidential monuments and other sights with tour guide Ann Dyer, lunch on your own, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., call for departure points in Howard County. $25; preregistration required. 410-313-7279.

COLUMBIA CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT, local physician and Civil War hobbyist Anita Henderson reenacts the role of African American Maria Lewis, who disguised herself as a cavalryman and rode with the Union Army, 7 p.m., Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, at South Entrance Road, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.

VALENTINE'S STORY TIME, for children, discussion of "Guess How Much I Love You," by Sam McBratney; "I Love You the Purplest," by Barbara M. Joosse; and "Hugs and Kisses," by Eve Tharlet, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-203-9001.

-- Compiled by Linda James

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