Thursday 18

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKE-OUT DISPLAY, an educational table display of materials and information about the American Cancer Society's annual campaign to encourage people to quit smoking for at least one day (today), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Howard County General Hospital, lobby, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-740-7601.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel," by Margaret Atwood, sponsored by the library's Noontime Book Club, noon, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

TEENS THANKSGIVING PARTY, for teenagers and their younger siblings, includes music by a disc jockey, door prizes, arts and crafts and pizza, sponsored by the Columbia Association Teen Center, 4-6 p.m., Columbia Teen Center, the Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5800 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. Free. 410-992-3726.

ELLICOTT CITY TURKEY STORY TIME, for ages 5 and older, stories and activities about Thanksgiving, 4:30 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Monday, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1955.

ELKRIDGE KIDS BOOK DISCUSSION, for ages 7-9 accompanied by an adult, "Niagara Falls or Does It?," a comic novel in the Hank Zipzer series, by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, sponsored by the Elks Jr. Book Club, 7-8 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

Friday 19

CATONSVILLE BASKET BINGO, more than 20 games; food, drinks and snacks available for purchase, to benefit the PTA of Running Brook Elementary School; doors open, 6 p.m.; games begin, 7 p.m., the Lodge, 2832 Nine Mile Cir., Catonsville. $15; advance tickets, $12. 410-313-6893.

Saturday 20

SANDY POINT STATE PARK BIRDING, beginners welcome, a bay-side walk searching for winter water fowl and snow buntings, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, carpools depart, 7 a.m., from the Long Gate Parkway Park and Ride lot, east of Route 29, off Route 100, Ellicott City. Park entry fee, $2. 410-461-3361 or

COLUMBIA BABY-SITTING CLASS, for ages 11-14, learn about first aid, emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities and other baby-sitting skills, participants 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., Columbia. $48; Columbia residents, $40; registration required. 410-992-3726.

FIRE COMPANY BASKET BINGO, 20 games and door prizes and two jackpot games, food available for purchase, to benefit the Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Co.; doors open, 5 p.m.; games start, 7 p.m., 8925 Lincoln St., Savage. $17; advance ticket, $15. 301-725-6409.

Sunday 21

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

ROCKVILLE SUPPORT GROUP, an educational format for patients, family members and friends of those with Lou Gehrig's disease [ALS], sponsored by the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, 2-4 p.m., Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855.

Monday 22

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "Brick Lane," a novel by Monica Ali, sponsored by the library's Morning Books With Coffee group, 10:30 a.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.

KIDS LEWIS AND CLARK PROGRAM, for ages 6 and older, learn about the adventures of explorers Lewis and Clark and make a totem pole, 1:30 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5978.

Tuesday 23

LIBRARY AFTER-SCHOOL BOOK CLUB, for students ages 11 and older, discussion of "When My Name Was Keoko," a novel about Korea in World War II, by Linda Sue Park, bring a friend or an adult, 2-4 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.

COOKSVILLE TURKEY DAY STORY TIME, for ages 3-7, music, stories and other activities, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5579.

Wednesday 24

LIBRARY CHESS CLUB, for players ages 9-17 of all abilities with some knowledge of basic chess, 4-5:30 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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