Thursday 9

ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP, for those with arthritis or other problems related to pain. An occupational therapist discusses how to maintain independence. Sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging SPRING Acres support group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7213.

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

Friday 10

CHILDREN'S LIBRARY PROGRAM, for ages 2-5; children age 2 must be accompanied by an adult. Animal tales and songs. 10:30 a.m. Friday, 2 p.m. June 24 and 10:30 a.m. June 27, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

SENIORS CRAFT PROGRAM, for ages 55 and older. In Stepping Stone of Glass, create an art piece using tiles, stained glass, mosaic pieces and grout. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 1-5 p.m., Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. $22; registration required. 410-313-7279.

Saturday 11

FATHER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP, for adults who have experienced the death of a father. Sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 9:30-11 a.m., 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-5072.

GARDENING TALK, discussion about gardening concerns and problems by a master gardener. 10 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of each month, Catonsville Branch Library, 1100 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, 410-887-3100; Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, 410-313-7800. Free; registration required.

SAVAGE LIBRARY TALENT SHOW, for ages 11 and older. Perform or watch dancing, singing and acting; performers have the opportunity to win a prize. Refreshments included. 2-4 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.

BALTIMORE DOLPHIN PROGRAM, for ages 8 and older. Visit the marine mammal kitchen, the life support room, watch aquarium staff members take care of dolphins and meet dolphins up close with a trainer on deck. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26 and 30, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. $58; ages 60 and older, $54; ages 8-11, $49. 410-576-3833 or

Monday 13

COLUMBIA BALLET CLASSES, for ages 3 and older. Classes include pre-ballet, ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance; take up to six classes. Sponsored by the Long Reach Community Association. Call for class hours; weekdays, evenings and Saturday mornings, through July 30, Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct. Price range, $72 per class to $396 per six classes; registration requested. 410-730-8113.

PARENTS AND TOTS PLAY GROUPS, for ages 6 months-4 years. Groups limited to about 15 children. Activities include coloring, playing with toys and reading; juice provided. Sponsored by the Town Center Community Association; ages 24 months and older, Mondays; ages 6-24 months, Tuesdays; ages 6 months-4 years, Wednesdays; all sessions held 10 a.m.-noon, through Aug. 16, Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $27.50; Columbia residents, $25; registration required. 410-730-4744.

SAVAGE LIBRARY ANIMALS STORY TIME, for ages 2-5. Stories, songs and activities. 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, through Aug. 9; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 16-Aug. 11; and 10:30 a.m. Fridays, June 17-Aug. 12, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5978.

Tuesday 14

SENIORS DRAW AND PAINT CLASS, for beginners and experienced artists ages 55 and older. Work with a variety of media. An instructor will provide direction; bring watercolors, acrylics, oils or pastels. Sponsored by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks; 9:15-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 16, Cedar Lane Recreation Center, 5081 Cedar Lane, Columbia, $55; 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 16-Aug. 18, Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, $44; 9-11:30 a.m., June 17-Aug. 19, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, $55; registration required. 410-313-7279.

COLUMBIA SCRABBLE GAME, for ages 18 and older. A drop-in program; coffee included. Scrabble boards provided, or bring your own. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 10-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd. Free; game donations welcome. 410-730-3987.

CONTAINER GARDENING, demonstration by a master gardener of how to plant in containers and how to maintain the plants through the season. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration encouraged. 410-880-5980.

BOOK DISCUSSION, for children ages 10-13 accompanied by an adult. "Millions," by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Sponsored by the Parent-Child Book Club, 7-8 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7730.

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

Wednesday 15

FEDERAL RETIREES LUNCHEON MEETING, a discussion of retirement issues. Choice from three selections for lunch. Sponsored by National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, 11:30 a.m., Peking Chef Restaurant, 6420 Freetown Rd., Columbia. Lunch selections, $5.40, $7.13 and $7.50; registration required. 410-964-1894.

COOKSVILLE PET-CARE PROGRAM, led by staff members of the Animal Medical Hospital at Glenwood. "Choosing a Pet -- Raising Puppies and Kittens," 6 p.m.; "Buying a Horse," 7:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road). Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, for pregnant women and mothers; infants and toddlers welcome. Discussion of "There's a New Baby in Your Life." Sponsored by the La Leche League of Columbia PM, 7 p.m., Grace Community Church, 9180 Rumsey Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-461-3423.

COLUMBIA FLOWER-ARRANGING CLASS, demonstrations and highlights of the history of Japanese flower-arranging, 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

OAKLAND MILLS WALK, a 1.5-mile walk on a path that crosses Route 29 and connects east and west Columbia. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by Oakland Mills Community Association and the Columbia Association's Get Active Columbia program, 7 p.m., meet at the Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-4610.

Thursday 16

C&O CANAL TRIP, for ages 55 and older. On a ranger-guided tour of Lock 20 of the Maryland-side of Great Falls learn the history of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal system. Lunch at Normandie Farm in Potomac; wear proper shoes. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., call for departure points in Howard County. $50; registration required. 410-313-7279.

WRITING PROGRAM, a chance to share your original works with other authors for support and feedback. Sponsored by the Writers' Circle, 7 p.m. June 16, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville, 410-313-5577; 7 p.m. June 20, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel, 410-880-5980. Free; registration required.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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