Thursday 20

ELLICOTT CITY BIRD WALK, on paved paths in search of birds, dragonflies and butterflies in Font Hill Park, beginners welcome, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 8-10 a.m., meet at the sign for the park, 3520 Font Hill Dr., Ellicott City. Free. 410-461-3361

COLUMBIA BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Howard County General Hospital, Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Free. 410-730-5372.

PARENT-CHILD BOOK DISCUSSION, for children ages 7-9 accompanied by an adult, "Will's Choice (Orphan Train Children, No. 2)," by Joan Lowery Nixon, 7-8 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5085.

LIBRARY SPORTS TALK, for ages 11-18, representatives from local college and professional sports teams will discuss life at the top in major sports, representatives will sign autographs before the discussion, 7-8:30 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

Friday 21

LAUREL NATURE PROGRAM, for all ages, look for owls, bats, frogs and more at night, sponsored by the Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 7:30-9 p.m., off Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

HARFORD COUNTY TWILIGHT CANOE TRIP, for children ages 6 and older accompanied by an adult, a flat-water trip on Deer Creek; look for beavers, frogs and wildflowers, no experience necessary, equipment and directions provided, sponsored by Irvine Nature Center, 6-8 p.m., meet at Eden Mill Nature Center, 1617 Eden Mill Rd., Pylesville, Md. $18; Irvine center members, $12; preregistration required. 410-484-2413, Ext. 10.

COLUMBIA ROLLER- AND IN-LINE SKATING, sponsored by the Columbia Association, 7-10 p.m. Fridays, through June 11; 1-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Fridays, June 18-Aug. 20, Supreme Sports Club, 7080 Deepage Dr. $6; Columbia residents, free; roller-skate rental, $2.50; in-line skate rental, $5. 410-381-3619.

Saturday 22

ELKRIDGE BIRD WALK, search for a variety of habitats in Rockburn Branch Park; paths may be muddy; beginners welcome, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 7:30 a.m., meet at the park office, 5400 Landing Rd., Elkridge. Free. 410-461-3361.

COLUMBIA HOME SAFETY PROGRAM, for children ages 9-12 accompanied by an adult, learn about safe and fun ways for children to stay at home alone, sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 9-11 a.m., Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy. $10; preregistration required. 410-740-7601.

BASKET BINGO, 20 games and door prizes and two jackpot games, food available for purchase, to benefit the Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Co., doors open, 5 p.m.; games start, 7 p.m., 8925 Lincoln St., Savage. $17; in advance, $15. 301-725-6409.

Sunday 23

LAUREL BIRD SEARCH, for ages 16 and older, a guided hike in search of birds in several refuge habitats, bring field guides and binoculars, sponsored by Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 8:15-10:30 a.m., off Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 24

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, coffee and discussion of "Almost: A Novel," by Elizabeth Benedict, sponsored by the Morning Books With Coffee book club, 10:30 a.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

ARTS AUCTION AND DRAWING WORKSHOP, a general meeting of the Howard County Art Guild, includes a silent auction of artists' materials donated to the guild from the estate of Bob Robbins, and a one-hour drawing workshop with a still life and a volunteer model or models for portraits; workshop participants should bring a drawing pad of at least 11-by-14 inches and drawing supplies of charcoal sticks, graphite or charcoal pencils and an eraser (kneaded or gum); volunteer models encouraged to attend, 7:30 p.m., Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787.

Wednesday 26

ELLICOTT CITY KNITTING GROUP, a drop-in program, knit and crochet afghans, blankets, baby clothes and more for local charities, hospitals and senior centers; donation of yarn welcome, 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 FILM AND BOOK DISCUSSION, Anne Tyler's novel "The Accidental Tourist," a discussion of the movie and the book that inspired the movie, 6-9 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

CATONSVILLE MOTHERS SUPPORT GROUP, for working and at-home mothers, discussion of personal needs and interests of women during their active 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. Admission, free. 410-455-0498.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK DISCUSSION, for girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult, "Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson," by Louise Rennison, refreshments provided, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP, for men who are contemplating or experiencing separation or divorce, led by a therapist, sponsored by the National Family Resiliency Center, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 10632 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Suite 121, Columbia. Sliding-scale fee, $10-$50; preregistration required. 410-740-9553.

COLUMBIA SUPPORT GROUP, for friends and family members of people with a mental illness, sponsored by National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -- Howard County, 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday and last Wednesday of each month, Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-772-9300.

Thursday 27

COLUMBIA AFTERNOON TEA, teas accompanied by scones, sandwiches, dessert and fresh fruit, 4:30-6 p.m. the last Thursday of each month, Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $18.90; preregistration required. 410-730-4801 or www.historic-oakland.com.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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