Thursday 9

COLUMBIA KARATE CLASSES, for children ages 6 and older, and adults, sponsored by the Long Reach Community Association, one-hour classes meet Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays, today-Nov. 1, call for class schedules, Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia. One class per week, $98; two classes per week, $139; registration required. 410-730-8113.

COLUMBIA YOGA CLASSES, for ages 16 and older, sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 10-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 28, Bryant Woods Neighborhood Center, 10449 Green Mountain Cir., Columbia. $120; daily drop-in rate, $17 per class; registration required. 410-730-3987.

SENIOR MEN'S SUPPORT GROUP, a new weekly social group, share humor and discuss stories from the past, sponsored by the SPRING Buds group of the Howard County Office on Aging, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7466.

LIBRARY HOMEWORK RESOURCES TALK, for students and adults, learn about library resources available for homework and research projects, 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

Friday 10

LIBRARY DROP-IN STORY TIMES, songs, games and other activities; for age 2 accompanied by an adult and ages 3-5, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Fridays, through Nov. 12, Elkridge branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, free, tickets required, 410-313-5085; for ages 1-6 accompanied by an adult, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Fridays, through Nov. 26, Savage branch library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel, free, 410-880-5978.

PYLESVILLE NIGHT CANOE TRIP, for ages 6 and older accompanied by an adult, a flat-water trip along Deer Creek in Harford County, sponsored by the Irvine Nature Center, 6-8 p.m., meet at the Eden Mill Nature Center, 1617 Eden Mill Rd., Pylesville. $18; members, $12; registration required. 410-484-2413.

"GRANDPARENTS AND ME" PROGRAM, for grandparents and their grandchildren, games, music and snacks, sponsored by the Columbia Association, 7-8:30 p.m., Supreme Sports Club, 7080 Deepage Dr., Columbia. $12; club members, $8; registration required. 410-381-5355, Ext. 2024.

Saturday 11

WOODSTOCK HAWK WATCH, beginners welcome, watch hawks fly during "Celebration of Nature Day," bring a chair and food, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 9 a.m., meet at the shed of Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

C&O CANAL HIKE, a moderate, seven-mile hike near Pennyfield Lock on the C&O Canal, flat and hilly terrain with views of the Potomac River from cliffs over the canal; bring lunch and water, sponsored by the Sierra Club, Howard County Group, 9 a.m., carpool departure from Route 32 and Broken Land Parkway, west side Park and Ride lot, Columbia. Free. 301-725-3306.

COLUMBIA YOGA CLASS, a stress-management class, bring a yoga mat, blanket or towel, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 13, no classes Sept. 25 or Oct. 2, Amherst House, Kings Contrivance Village Center, 7251 Eden Brook Dr., Columbia. Free. 410-381-9600.

LAUREL OWLS PROGRAM, for ages 8-10, learn about owls through crafts, games and more, 1-2 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Sunday 12

ELLICOTT CITY BIRD WALK, for beginners, learn about bird identification and how to use binoculars and field guides during an easy walk around Centennial Lake in search of birds in fall migration, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 8:30 a.m., meet at the west end parking lot, Centennial Park, off Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

LAUREL BUTTERFLIES WALK, for ages 10 and older, a guided three-mile hike, identify butterflies common to Maryland and the role they play in the ecosystem, field guides recommended, bring water and dress for the outdoors, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday and Sept. 26, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198 between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 13

COLUMBIA CARD GAMES, for ages 11-17, play favorite games and learn new ones, decks and refreshments provided, 3-5 p.m., East Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7700.

ELLICOTT CITY BOOK BINGO, for ages 5-8, bingo based on characters from books, win book prizes, 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Sept. 16, Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1955.

COLUMBIA 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. $2.75; registration required. 410-313-7680.

COOKSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, "Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel," by Jonathan Safran Foer, sponsored by the Contemporary Fiction Book Club, 7 p.m., Glenwood branch library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

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

Tuesday 14

MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION, "Murder in the Blue Room," by Elliott Roosevelt, bring a sandwich, drinks and dessert provided, sponsored by the Mystery Book Club, noon, Elkridge branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5077.

STEVENSON JUNIOR NATURALIST COURSE, for ages 6 and 7, a three-session course, hiking and exploring trails, art projects, stories and puppet shows, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 and Nov. 9, Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $35; members, $25; registration required. 410-484-2413.

SPANISH STORY TIME, for children ages 2 accompanied by an adult and ages 3-5, stories, songs and other activities in Spanish and English, 3 p.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 28, and 3 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 30, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

LAUREL CHECKERS GAME, for players ages 11 and older of all levels, learn how to play checkers or sharpen your skills, 4-5 p.m., Savage branch library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5975.

COLUMBIA IDOL COMPETITION AUDITION, for teenagers to audition for a Sept. 26 singing competition at the "Hear My Voice" youth program; use of profanity, sexual innuendo, and drugs or alcohol prohibited during the audition and competition, sponsored by the Columbia Association Teen Center, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 20, the Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5800 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. Free. 410-715-3102.

COOKSVILLE GARDENING TALK, a master gardener will discuss ticks and Lyme disease, particularly in relationship with the white-footed mouse and deer, 7 p.m., Glenwood branch library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS SUPPORT, for those who have experienced the death of a spouse, sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, through Oct. 19, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-5072.

Wednesday 15

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

ELLICOTT CITY 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.

LAUREL BOOK DISCUSSION, "Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull," by Barbara Goldsmith, sponsored by the Third Wednesday Book Club, 7 p.m., Savage branch library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.

Thursday 16

COLUMBIA CHESS CLUB, for players ages 9-17 of all skill levels, some basic knowledge is a prerequisite, sponsored by the Howard County Chess Club, 3-5 p.m. Thursdays, East Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7700.

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., Columbia. Free. 410-730-5372.

COLUMBIA FIRESIDE CHAT, "Healing Laughter," learn how laughter affects the immune system and blood pressure and facilitates emotional healing, sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7213.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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