Thursday 4

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, for pregnant women, infants and toddlers welcome, discussion of "Weaning: Is It for You?," sponsored by the La Leche League of Columbia AM, 10 a.m. the first Thursday of each month, Grace Community Church, 9180 Rumsey Rd., Columbia. Free. 443-857-3738.

ELLICOTT CITY STORY TIME, for ages 3-6, stories about the sense of smell, 6:45 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Nov. 13, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

COOKSVILLE CHESS CLUB, for players ages 9-17 of all skill levels with some basic knowledge, sponsored by the Howard County Chess Club, 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.

COLUMBIA BIRDING DISCUSSION MEETING, beginners welcome, "The Broader View: What to Look for After You've Nailed the Family," by David Holmes, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, doors open, 7:30 p.m., Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-461-3361.

Friday 5

STEVENSON CAMPFIRE STORY TIME, for ages 4 and older, "Native American Myths," stories and legends and s'mores around a campfire to celebrate fall; bring a warm coat and a marshmallow-roasting stick, 7-8:30 p.m., Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $8; members, $5; registration required. 410-484-2413.

COLUMBIA BINGO GAME, for adults and children, free snacks, sponsored by the Kings Contrivance Community Association, 7:30-9 p.m., Amherst House, Kings Contrivance Village, 7251 Eden Brook Dr., Columbia. Eight cards, $1; sodas, 50 cents. 410-381-9600.

Saturday 6

STEVENSON BEGINNERS BIRD WALK, for adults, a walk through woods and fields identifying birds, learn about bird behavior and more, 8:30-10 a.m., Irvine Nature Center, Caves Valley, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $5; members, $3; registration required. 410-484-2413.

ELLICOTT CITY CHILD CARE WORKSHOP, "Transporting Kids Safely," learn about crash forces; selecting, properly installing and securing children in vehicle restraint systems; air bag dangers; and more, sponsored by the Howard County Child Care Resource Center, 9 a.m.-noon, 3300 N. Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. $10; registration required. 410-313-1940.

VETERANS APPRECIATION BRUNCH, a musical tribute to "Rosie the Riveter," who represented women who worked in factories and performed other jobs during World War II, attend in military or civilian dress, sponsored by the Retired Officers' Wives Club of Fort Meade, 10:30 a.m., Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Rd., Fort George Meade. $20; registration required. 410-451-9709.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere," stories by ZZ Packer, sponsored by the library's Black Fiction Book Club, 1 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required.

Sunday 7

COLUMBIA BIRD WALK, look for migrating waterfowl and other species on a paved path around a lake, beginners welcome, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 8 a.m., meet at Centennial Park, west end parking lot off of Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

STEVENSON NATURE STORY TIME, stories about the coming of winter, 10-10:45 a.m. Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $2; members, $1; registration required. 410-484-2413.

Monday 8

COLUMBIA LIBRARY MATH PROGRAM, for ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult, explore math concepts through children's literature and other activities, 10:30 a.m. Mondays, through Nov. 29, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7730.

SENIORS PILATES CLASS, total body conditioning, taught by a personal trainer, 11 a.m. Mondays, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Monthly fee, $20; registration required. 410-313-7680.

COLUMBIA CARD GAMES, for ages 11-17, dealer's choice, play your favorite card game or learn how to play new games; cards and refreshments provided, 3-5 p.m. East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7700.

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD MEETING, open to ages 11-18, discuss ideas on books, music and programs you would like to see at the Howard County Library; refreshments provided, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration encouraged. 410-313-1950.

Tuesday 9

INTERNET SEARCH PROGRAM, for seniors, learn how to use the Internet in small groups, includes hands-on practice, 11 a.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

ELKRIDGE BOOK DISCUSSION, "Flashback," a novel by Nevada Barr, bring a sandwich, drinks and dessert provided, sponsored by the Mystery Book Club, noon, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

SAVAGE LIBRARY CHECKERS CLUB, for players ages 11 and older of all skill levels, learn about the rules, sharpen skills, 4-5 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 23, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5975.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, of works by African American authors, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.

ELKRIDGE PARENT-YOUTH BOOK CLUB, for ages 10-13 accompanied by an adult, discussion of "Katie.Com: My Story" by Katherine Tarbox, 7-8:45 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP, for family and friends of those with a mental illness, sponsored by National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Howard County, 7:30 p.m., Harmony Hall Retirement Community, parlor, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-772-9300 or www.namihcmd.org.

COOKSVILLE STARGAZING PROGRAM, for children and adults, view the stars through powerful telescopes, weather permitting, sponsored by the Howard Astronomical League, 7:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

Wednesday 10

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

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.

ELLICOTT CITY SENIOR BOOK CLUB, discusses "The Kitchen God's Wife," by Amy Tan, 1 p.m., Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.

COLUMBIA SELF-DEFENSE CLASS, for women, an introductory class with role-playing and more, taught by a martial arts instructor, 7-8 p.m., Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia. $15; registration required. 410-730-8113.

COOKSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, for girls ages 11 and older accompanied by an adult, "All-American Girl," by Meg Cabot, sponsored by the Mother-Daughter Book Club, 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM, "Genealogical Variety Night," led by Bill Beck, sponsored by Howard County Genealogical Society, 7:30 p.m., Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-465-8456.

ELKRIDGE CHESS CLUB, for players ages 9-17 of all skill levels with some basic knowledge, sponsored by the Howard County Chess Club, 7-8:30 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5088.

Thursday 11

HOLIDAY GRIEF WORKSHOP, for those who need support coping with and preparing for the holidays, sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 6:30-8 p.m., 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-5072.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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