Thursday 28

LAUREL NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 8-12, an interactive program, learn about animals in danger of becoming extinct, 1:30-3 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

LIBRARY GARDEN TALK, for ages 8 and older, a University of Maryland master gardener discusses secrets about herbs, 4:30 p.m. today, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, 410-313-7880; 2 p.m. Saturday, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville, 410-313-5579. Free; registration required.

GLENWOOD HALLOWEEN CRAFT DAY, for adults and children, make crafts in celebration of Halloween, 6-8 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Friday, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5579.

COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL SCARY TALES, for adults and children ages 5 and older, mildly scary tales from different times and places, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7730.

Friday 29

LIBRARY COSTUME PARTY, for ages 11-14, games, movies and food, wear a costume, 6 p.m.-midnight, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5975.

COLUMBIA HALLOWEEN STORY TIME, for ages 3-5, tell stories and make a Halloween craft, attend in costume for a parade, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7730.

Saturday 30

COLUMBIA YOGA CLASSES, for ages 3-5, learn about breathing exercises and yoga poses through storytelling, plus songs and games, sponsored by the Long Reach Community Association, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia. $12, per class. 410-730-8113.

GHOSTLY STORIES PROGRAM, for adults and small groups of children preschool through early elementary ages, ghostly stories and songs, 1:30 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5978.

Sunday 31

LAUREL HALLOWEEN PLANT WALK, for ages 16 and older, a guided walk, learn about plants and flowers in the ecosystem, and how to identify common species, 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; registration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 1

ELLICOTT CITY STORY TIME, for ages 3-6, stories about the sense of sight, 10:30 a.m. Monday; 6:45 p.m. Wednesday; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 4, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

COLUMBIA ARTHRITIS EXERCISE SESSIONS, exercises and activities designed 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. Per session, $3; club members, free. 410-730-6744.

SEXUAL ASSAULT EDUCATION CLASS, for parents and family members of children or teenagers who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, discussion of "Helping Your Child Recover From Sexual Abuse or Assault," and a parents support group, sponsored by the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center; class, 5-6 p.m.; support group, 6-7 p.m., 9810 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite C, Columbia. $25; registration required. 410-290-6432, Ext. 212.

GLENWOOD BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Probable Future," by Alice Hoffman, 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.

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., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

Tuesday 2

ARTHRITIS AQUATIC EXERCISES, gentle exercises in warm water intended to decrease 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. $4; center members, free. 410-313-7000.

OFFICERS' WIVES CLUB LUNCHEON, for wives of active or retired military personnel of all branches, their families and guests, a presentation on holiday and winter fashions, vendors will display holiday gift items, sponsored by Fort Meade Officers' Wives' Club, 11 a.m., Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Rd., Fort George Meade. $10; registration required by Oct. 28. 410-674-8289.

Wednesday 3

MARRIOTTSVILLE BIRD WALK, search for migrant birds in mature woodlands, moderate walking along wood edges and fields on the grounds of Bon Secours Spiritual Center, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 9 a.m., meet at the center's visitor parking lot, 1525 Marriottsville Rd., Marriottsville. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

COOKSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, "Lucia, Lucia," a novel by Adriana Trigiani, sponsored by a group of retired women of the Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, 10 a.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

HOLLYWOOD BOOKS DISCUSSION, topic will be "The Golden Age of Hollywood," facilitated by Howard County Library staff, books available for borrowing, 11 a.m., Savage Senior Center, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5975.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "Fat Kid Rules the World," a novel by K.L. Going, sponsored by the Never Never Land Book Club for Adults, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.

ELLICOTT CITY HOLIDAY CRAFT PROGRAM, a master gardener teaches how to make a Thanksgiving holiday centerpiece for a table, 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

COLUMBIA KIDS ADOPTION STORIES, for ages 3-6, stories, songs and activities to celebrate National Adoption Month, 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

Thursday 4

NEWCOMERS CLUB COFFEE, for all Howard County residents, meet other residents, club offers arts and crafts, a book club, games, trips and more, sponsored by the Newcomers Club of Howard County, 10 a.m., New Hope Lutheran Church, 8575 Guilford Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-961-3545.

ELLICOTT CITY BOOK TALK, a discussion of "Ellicott City, Maryland, Mill Town U.S.A." by Celia M. Holland, led by Janet P. Kusterer and Holland's daughter Charlotte T. Holland, who updated the book with new photos, books available for purchase, 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

ELLICOTT CITY SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS, for adults, learn how to use American Sign Language, includes discussions about the culture of the hearing impaired, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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