Friday 12

ELLICOTT CITY BRIDGE PROGRAM, play and improve your skills, bring a bag lunch, coffee, tea and treats 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.

COLUMBIA DANCE WORKSHOPS, for dances of all experience levels and abilities, previous dance experience not required, "Latin Dance," including salsa, cha-cha, and the Argentine tango, sponsored by Student-Alumni Arts, noon-2:30 p.m., Howard Community College, Dance Studio (A020), 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4587 or www.howardcc.edu/studentarts.

Saturday 13

GLENELG PRESERVATION SEMINAR, for land owners and financial advisers interested in conservation and historic and forest conservation easements, "Preservation Matters," panelist includes an easement attorney, an easement specialist and trustee, representatives of the Howard County Conservancy, Preservation Maryland, Howard County government and Maryland Environmental Trust; continental breakfast included, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Glenelg Country School, Manor House, 12793 Folly Quarter Rd., Glenelg. $15; registration required. 410-465-8877.

ELLICOTT CITY CHILD CARE TALK, "Nutrition Planning for All Ages," ideas and advice on how to serve nutritious meals and snacks, sponsored by the Howard County Child Care Resource Center, 9 a.m.-noon, 3300 N. Ridge Rd., Suite 380, Ellicott City. $20; registration required. 410-313-1940.

STEVENSON NIGHT WALK, for adults and ages 8 and older, a search in the woods at night, learn how to call for owls, plus other night activities and a treat, 7-8:30 p.m., Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $8; members, $5; registration required. 410-484-2413.

Sunday 14

COLUMBIA BIRD WALK, a search 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 near Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD MEETING, for ages 11-18, discuss ideas on books, music, computer games and programs you would like to see at the Howard County Library, refreshments provided, 1:30-3:30 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.

Monday 15

ELKRIDGE LIBRARY PROGRAM, for ages 2 accompanied by an adult and ages 3 and older, meet Spot, the dog, a character from Eric Hill's books, includes stories, music and other activities, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Nov. 19, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

ELLICOTT CITY STORY TIME, for ages 3-6, stories about the sense of taste, 10:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday; 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1955.

SEXUAL ASSAULT EDUCATION CLASS, for parents and family members who have children or teenagers who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, discussion of "Who Abuses Children? What We Know About Sex Offenders," sponsored by the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center, 5-6 p.m.; a free parents support group follows the class, 6-7 p.m., 9810 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite C, Columbia. $25; registration required. 410-290-6432, Ext. 212.

BATTERED WOMEN SUPPORT GROUP, for those troubled by a current or past abusive relationship, a confidential drop-in program, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays; program for Latina women also available, emphasizing furthering education and forming a supportive community, English and Spanish spoken, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 8950 Route 108, Suite 116, Columbia. Free. 410-997-0304.

COLUMBIA STARGAZING, for ages 11-18, a look at the stars and planets through telescopes provided by the Howard Astronomical League, 7-9 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.

COOKSVILLE BOOK BINGO, for ages 5-8, bingo boards based on popular characters from books, includes book prizes, 7 p.m. Monday and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5579.

Tuesday 16

COOKSVILLE BOOK WEEK CELEBRATION, for adults and children, stories and other activities, to recognize Children's Book Week, Nov. 15-21, celebrated by libraries and schools since 1919, 10 a.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5579.

COOKSVILLE BOOK CLUB, for ages 13-19, discusses "Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel," by Avi, 3-4:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

ELLICOTT CITY CHESS TOURNAMENT, for players ages 9-17 of all levels, some basic understanding of chess a prerequisite, 5-7:30 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

CLARKSVILLE CREATIVE SOCCER CLINICS, for ages 5-11, former college and professional players will teach fundamentals of soccer in a non-competitive environment, sponsored by the Columbia Association; ages 5-6, 5:30-6:25 p.m.; ages 7-11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, through Dec. 14, Columbia Gym, 6151 Daylong Lane, Clarksville. $65; members, $55-$60; registration required. 410-531-8984.

ELKRIDGE LOCAL HISTORY LECTURE, preservation advocate and author Joetta Cramm discusses Howard County history and the Ellicott City area, 7 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5077.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, for ages 9-12 accompanied by an adult, "The View From the Cherry Tree," by Willo Davis Roberts, 7-8 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7730.

ACUPUNCTURE AND STRESS DISCUSSION, Nancy Thompson of Tai Sophia Institute discusses "Acupuncture Applications for Stress Reduction and Anxiety," sponsored by NAMI-Howard County, doors open, 7:30 p.m., Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-772-9300.

Wednesday 17

COLUMBIA SEASONAL STORY TIME, for adults with children ages 5 and older, seasonal tales and stories from different times and places, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7730.

COLUMBIA PRESCRIPTION DRUG TALK, a pharmacist will discuss prescriptions, bring in your prescription drugs for an evaluation, sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 2-4 p.m., hospital lobby, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Free; registration requested. 410-740-7601.

BOOKMAKING AND STORY TIME, for ages 8 and older, stories and activities about bookmaking and how to get published, participants can make a book, 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

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

FEMINISM BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Power of Beauty: Men, Women and Sex Appeal Since Feminism," by Nancy Friday, sponsored by the Third Wednesdays Book Club, 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.

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

Thursday 18

COLUMBIA LIBRARY NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 8-11, a master gardener will show how to create gifts and table decorations using acorns, leaves and pine cones, 4:30 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

COOKSVILLE CHESS CLUB, for players ages 9-17 of all levels, some basic knowledge of the game required, 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.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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