Friday 3

BRIDGE AND PINOCHLE GAMES, for players ages 55 and older and their companions at least 18 years old. A drop-in program. Bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea available. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

Saturday 4

GOLF LESSONS, for adults and children ages 8-17 of beginner and advanced-beginner skills. No equipment necessary. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks; four- or five-session lessons offered weekdays and Saturdays, through July 2. Call for class schedules; program held at several golf courses in Howard County. $80; registration required. 410-313-7275.

ELLICOTT CITY GARDENING TALK, discussion by a master gardener about gardening concerns and problems. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, through Sept. 26, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Free. 410-313-1950.

COOKSVILLE BOOK BINGO, for ages 5-8. Playing boards based on popular book characters; includes book prizes. 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 15, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road). Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

NATIONAL AQUARIUM SHARK SHOW, for ages 10 and older. On "Sharks! Behind-the-Scenes Tour," see sharks close up with a shark specialist as your guide, learn how staff members care for the sharks and visit the food-preparation area. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, through June 25, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. Ages 12-59, $29; ages 60 and older, $25; ages 10-11, $19. 410-576-3833 or

Monday 6

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TRAUMA SUPPORT, for female victims of sexual assault or child abuse who are recovering from alcohol or drug abuse and live or work in Howard County. Emphasis is on staying sober while going through a trauma. Sponsored by the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center, noon-1 p.m., Mondays; call for program location. Free; registration required. 410-290-6432.

ELLICOTT CITY LANGUAGE PROGRAM, for those with English as a second or third language. Practice English skills in a group setting. Sponsored by the English Conversation Club, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Mondays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Free. 410-313-1950.

Tuesday 7

LUNCHEON, for spouses, widows and widowers of retired officers of all branches of the military services and their guests. Last luncheon of the season concludes with music by guitarist Jay Alan Thompson. Sponsored by Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wive's Club, 11 a.m., Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Rd., Fort George Meade. $10; registration required. 410-674-8289.

COLUMBIA PIZZA TASTING, for ages 11-17. Sample pizzas and vote to choose the best pizza in Howard County, 7-8 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.

Wednesday 8

SENIORS ICE CREAM SOCIAL, for ages 55 and older. A patriotic program and a salute to the American flag, with music and old-fashioned ice cream sundaes. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Owen Brown Senior Center, 7080 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. $3; registration required. 410-313-7218.

ELLICOTT CITY KNITTING GROUP, a drop-in program. Knit and crochet afghans, blankets and baby clothes 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. Free. 410-313-7279.

ELLICOTT CITY GENEALOGY TALK, discussion by Gail Reel titled "Sharing and Preserving Your Town and Family Histories -- Lasting Gift for Future Generations." Sponsored by the Howard County Genealogical Society, 7 p.m., Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd. Free. 410-465-8456.

COOKSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, for girls ages 11-17 accompanied by a female adult. Bring a favorite book to share and discuss; refreshments included. Sponsored by the library's Mother-Daughter Book Club, 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road). Free. 410-313-5577.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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