Thursday 8

COLUMBIA CHESS PROGRAM, for all ages and skill levels, 6-8 p.m. Thursday and July 22, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

ELLICOTT CITY CHILD-CARE WORKSHOP, for parents and providers of child care, "Toilet Learning for Toddlers and Young Children," sponsored by the Howard County Child Care Resource Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3300 N. Ridge Rd., Room 360, Ellicott City. $10; preregistration required. 410-313-1940.

Friday 9

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.-3 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

COLUMBIA BASEBALL STORY TIME, for ages 5-8, learn about the history of baseball and more, includes a ballpark snack, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday and July 23, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7730

Saturday 10

BALTIMORE AQUARIUM PROGRAM, for ages 8 and older, children ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, learn about the rescue of animals through the aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Program, learn about careers in the marine animals field, participate in a mock rescue, tour the animal rescue facility behind the scenes, and more; wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $45; ages 60 and older, $39; ages 8-11, $35; preregistration required. 410-576-3833 or www.aqua.org.

ELKRIDGE LIBRARY PROGRAM, for ages 7 and older, children ages 7-8 must be accompanied by an adult, scientists demonstrate experiments and more, 2 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5085.

BINGO, for ages 11 and older, includes prizes and refreshments, 2-3 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5975.

Sunday 11

LAUREL NATURE PROGRAMS, for ages 16 and older, "Bird Walk," a guided hike in search of birds in refuge habitats, field guides and binoculars are recommended, 7-8:30 a.m.; for ages 3-4, "Leapin' Lilypads," an introduction to frogs through songs, stories and other activities, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 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 12

ELLICOTT CITY CAMPING STORY TIME, for ages 6 and older, a make-believe camping trip, sing campfire songs, listen to stories and more, 3 and 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free, preregistration required. 410-313-1955.

COOKSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, "Atonement: A Novel," by Ian McEwan, sponsored by the Contemporary Fiction Book Club, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5577.

BATTERED WOMEN SUPPORT GROUP, a drop-in program, 7 p.m. Mondays, Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 8950 Route 108, Suite 116, Columbia. Free. 410-997-0304

ELLICOTT CITY LANGUAGE PROGRAM, for those with English as a second or third language, practice English skills in a group setting, presented by the English Conversation Club, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Mondays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free, preregistration required. 410-313-1950.

Tuesday 13

COOKSVILLE BASEBALL STORY TIME, for all ages, children ages 2 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, the Frederick Keys mascot, Keyote, and others will tell baseball stories, sing songs and sign autographs, 10:30 a.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP, for friends and family members of those 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.

Wednesday 14

COLUMBIA SPANISH STORY TIME, stories, songs and activities in Spanish; ages 2-3, 10 a.m.; ages 4-6, 11 a.m. Wednesday and July 21, Aug. 4 and 11, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7730.

ELLICOTT CITY SENIORS INTERNET CLASS, learn how to use the Internet in hands-on small group sessions, 11 a.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-1950.

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.

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

SAVAGE LIBRARY CHESS CLUB, for players ages 9-17 of all abilities and with some knowledge of basic chess, 5-7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

COLUMBIA TIE-DYE CLASS, for ages 11 and older, bring one to four pre-washed, 100 percent cotton items such as T-shirts, pillowcases or socks, 7-8:30 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7704.

Thursday 15

CHILDREN'S LIBRARY PROGRAM, "Music and Motion," for all ages, children ages 2 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, a guitarist will perform children's songs, 10:30 a.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5978.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, meets 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., Columbia. Free. 410-730-5372.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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