Thursday 10

BALTIMORE LIBRARY PROGRAM, for children age 2 accompanied by an adult, "Terrific Twos," stories and activities, 11:15 a.m., Enoch Pratt Free Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-396-5402.

COLUMBIA PICNIC STORY TIME, for children age 2 accompanied by an adult and ages 3-5, stories and children will make a picnic snack, 1:30 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7880.

Friday 11

ELLICOTT CITY BRIDGE PROGRAM, play duplicate bridge and improve your skills, bring a bag lunch, coffee and tea are available, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

Saturday 12

BALTIMORE COUNTY HIKE, a six-mile hike along the headwaters of Gunpowder River near Prettyboy Reservoir in the Hemlock Gorge area, sponsored by the Sierra Club, Howard County Group, carpool departure, 8 a.m. from Route 32 and Broken Land Parkway, west side Park and Ride lot, Columbia. Free. 410-439-4964.

LAUREL NIGHT HIKE, for all ages, look and listen for owls, bugs, bats, frogs and other creatures, 8-9:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

ELKRIDGE LIBRARY FESTIVAL, orientation for a fairy-tale-theme summer reading program, stories for ages 2 and older with Rosemary Wells's "Max the Rabbit" character, a karate demonstration for ages 4 and older, a castle-shaped cake and more; story time, 10 and 11 a.m.; karate demonstration, 2 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free. 410-313-5085.

KIDS LIBRARY PROGRAM, for preschool children through early elementary age and adults, "Super Saturdays," stories, songs and a visit to a nearby farmers market, 10 a.m. Saturdays, through July 3, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville, 410-313-5577; 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 28, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, 410-313-7730. Free; preregistration required.

COLUMBIA "BAY WISE" GARDEN TOUR, for residents interested in how to plan and maintain an environmentally friendly residential landscape, a visit to a hillside residence and a townhouse community, followed by refreshments at East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, sponsored by the Maryland Cooperative Extension statewide Bay Wise program, which benefits the Chesapeake Bay, 1 p.m., call for location of and directions to the residences in Columbia. Free; preregistration required by June 10. 410-313-2707.

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL PROGRAM, for adults and children ages 10 and older, build a temporary shelter, make a fire and search for food and water; dress for outdoor activities, 1-4 p.m., Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $10; center members, $8; preregistration required. 410-484-2413, Ext. 10.

Sunday 13

LAUREL NATURE ACTIVITIES, for all ages, "Bird Walk," a guided hike in search of birds in refuge habitats, bring field guides and binoculars, 8-10 a.m.; for ages 16 and older, "Wildflower Wander," a guided walk, learn how to identify common species of wildflowers and the role they play in the ecosystem; bring a field guide, water and a magnifying glass, 9-11 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 14

SOUL LINE-DANCE CLASS, ongoing, for seniors, 7 p.m. Mondays, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Each class, $3; four classes, $10; preregistration required. 410-313-7680.

COLUMBIA VISION SCREENINGS, for adults and children, basic vision screenings; for adults, screenings and glaucoma tests, sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 1-3:30 p.m., Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Free; preregistration required. 410-740-7601.

BALTIMORE LIBRARY PROGRAM, for children, sidewalk stories and art activities, 3:45 p.m., Enoch Pratt Free Roland Park Branch Library, 5108 Roland Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

FATHER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP, for adults who have experienced the death of a father, sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 6:30-8 p.m., 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-730-5072.

Tuesday 15

SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME SYMPOSIUM, "Collaboration for Prevention," learn how to define and identify ways to help prevent the syndrome, includes a continental breakfast, lunch and parking, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Franklin Square Hospital Center, Crawford Conference Center, 9000 Franklin Square Dr., Baltimore. $10; preregistration required. 443-777-7900.

COLUMBIA DIABETES SCREENING, for teenagers and adults, sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 9-11 a.m., Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Free; preregistration required. 410-740-7601.

LAUREL CHILDREN'S CRAFT PROGRAM, for ages 6 and older, make crafts and more, 2 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5978.

COOKSVILLE TEEN BOOK CLUB, for ages 13 and older, discussion of "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes," a novel by Chris Crutcher, 3-4:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5577.

COLUMBIA SHADE GARDENING TALK, learn which plants work best in the shady areas of a lawn, led by a master gardener, 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7860.

COLUMBIA PARENT-CHILD BOOK CLUB, for children ages 9-12 accompanied by an adult, "Fig Pudding," a novel by Ralph Fletcher, 7-8 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7730.

Wednesday 16

BRIDGE AND PINOCHLE GAMES, a drop-in program, play bridge and pinochle or bring a favorite table game; bring a bag lunch, coffee and tea available, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays; 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD MEETING, for ages 11-17, share ideas on books, music and programs to be considered by the Howard County Library, refreshments provided, 3-4 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7704.

ELLICOTT CITY LIONS CLUB MEETING, for those interested in joining the Columbia Lions Club, discussion of group activities and fundraising events, sponsored by the club, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month, Tiber River Tavern, 3733 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City. Meeting, free; annual membership dues, $80. 410-964-8685.

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, for pregnant women; infants and toddlers welcome; discussion of "Sleepless Nights," and a question-and-answer session on breast-feeding, sponsored by the La Leche League of Columbia, 7 p.m., Grace Community Church, 9180 Rumsey Rd., Columbia. Free. 443-857-3738.

HARRY POTTER TRIVIA CHALLENGE, for ages 8 and older, a trivia contest on Harry Potter stories, refreshments provided, 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5577.

Thursday 17

COLUMBIA SENIORS SELF-CARE TALK, a discussion of self-care techniques, including keeping journals, visualization and meditation, sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging, 10:30 a.m., Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7213.

COLUMBIA HEALTH PROGRAM, "Maybe Baby: Health Issues to Consider Before Pregnancy," sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 7-8:30 p.m., Sheraton Columbia Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Cir. Free; preregistration required. 410-740-7601.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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