Thursday 15

BALTIMORE LIBRARY STORY TIME, stories from "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," with songs and audience participation, 11 a.m., Enoch Pratt Free Roland Park Branch Library, 5108 Roland Ave., Baltimore. 410-396-6099.

COLUMBIA SENIORS MASSAGE PROGRAM, for ages 60 and older, a therapeutic massage to relieve stress, by appointment, 30-minute or one-hour massages Thursdays and Fridays, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. One hour, $40; 30 minutes, $20; preregistration required. 410-313-7680.

Friday 16

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, for ages 55 and older and their friends ages 18 and older, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and Howard County General Hospital, 9:15-10:45 a.m. the first Wednesday and third Friday of each month, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

ELLICOTT CITY BRIDGE PROGRAM, play 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 17

LAUREL BUTTERFLIES PROGRAM, for ages 10 and older, learn about butterflies, the ecosystem and more on a three-mile guided hike, a field guide is recommended, bring water, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday and July 25, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

COLUMBIA BABY-SITTING CLASS, for current or prospective babysitters ages 11-14, learn first aid, emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities and other baby-sitting skills, participants will receive a certificate of attendance, sponsored by the Columbia Association Teen Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, the Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5800 Robert Oliver Pl. $48; Columbia residents, $40; preregistration required. 410-992-3726.

COLUMBIA GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for adults suffering the loss of one or both parents, sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 21, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-730-5072.

COOKSVILLE CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for small groups and children preschool through early elementary ages accompanied by an adult, market day stories, songs and more, 10 a.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 7, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5579.

STEVENSON GARDENING PROGRAM, for ages 14 and older, learn how to maintain a garden through the summer and how to rid your garden of unwanted pests, 10 a.m.-noon, Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $8; members, $5; preregistration required. 410-484-2413.

MARATHON TRAINING INFORMATION SESSION, for those interested in training to walk or run a marathon or half-marathon in Phoenix or Orlando in January 2005 for the American Stroke Association's Train to End Stroke fundraising programs, 11 a.m., Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., N-220 Nursing Lecture Hall, Columbia. Admission, free; preregistration required. 703-914-3783 or strokeassociation.org.

Monday 19

COLUMBIA ARTHRITIS EXERCISE CLASS, ongoing, exercises and activities to increase mobility and function and decrease pain and stiffness, taught by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors, sponsored by the Columbia Association Athletic Club, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 5435 Beaverkill Rd., Columbia. $3; members, free. 410-730-6744. MIDDLE AGES STORY TIME, for ages 7 and older, "Unicorns, Dragons and More," learn about mythical creatures through facts, stories and activities, 3 and 7 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. July 22, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-1955.

SUMMER OLYMPICS STORY TIME, for ages 6 and older, in recognition of the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, stories, a "Silly Olympics" competition and other activities, 1:30 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5978.

FOOD AND CONVERSATION FOR SENIORS, "The Kitchen Table," a light gourmet dinner and conversation, 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. $2.75; preregistration required. 410-313-7680.

Tuesday 20

ARTHRITIS AQUATIC CLASS, ongoing, gentle exercises in warm water to aid in decreasing pain and stiffness, taught by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors, sponsored by the Columbia Association Swim Center, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. $3; members, free. 410-313-7000.

WOODSTOCK KIDS NATURE PROGRAM, for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult, "Wiggly Worms," stories, activities and a nature walk, if weather permits, sponsored by the Howard County Conservancy, 10-11:30 a.m., Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. $5 per child; preregistration required. 410-465-8877.

STEVENSON NATURE STORY TIME, for children ages 2 and older accompanied by an adult, listen to nature stories by a pond, 1:15-2 p.m., Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. Children, $2; members, $1; accompanying adults, free; preregistration required. 410-484-2413.

COOKSVILLE TEEN BOOK CLUB, for students ages 13 and older, discussion of "Losing Joe's Place," a novel by Gordon Korman, 3-4:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5577.

COLUMBIA GARDENING DISCUSSION, learn about ticks and Lyme disease from a gardener's perspective in relationship to the white-footed mouse and deer, discussion led by a master gardener, 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7860.

LIBRARY SIGNING STORY TIME, for children age 2 accompanied by an adult, and children ages 3 and older, summer tales and more interpreted in sign language, 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5978.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, for children ages 9-12 accompanied by an adult, "The Monument," a novel by Gary Paulsen, sponsored by the library's Parent-Child Book Club, 7-8 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7730.

Wednesday 21

BALTIMORE BOOKWORMS PROGRAM, for children ages 3-12 accompanied by an adult, a story reading and a tour of a gallery or collection of artifacts in the Museum of Industry that relates to the story read; plus an optional project to take home, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 25, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy., Inner Harbor South, Baltimore. Free with museum admission of $10; seniors and students, $5; ages three and younger, free. 410-727-4808 or www.thebmi.org.

LAUREL REFUGE TRAM TOUR, for all ages, a 40-minute guided tour on an electric, open-air tram to look for wildlife and their habitats and learn about managing habitats, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, off Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. $3; ages 55 and older, $2; ages 12 and younger, $1; exact change only; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

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

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, for pregnant women and mothers, infants and toddlers welcome, discussion of "Challenges to Breastfeeding," sponsored by the La Leche League of Columbia PM, 7 p.m., Grace Community Church, 9180 Rumsey Rd., Columbia. Free. 443-857-3738.

Thursday 22

PARENTS GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for parents who are grieving the death of a child, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 19, Hospice of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-730-5072.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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