Friday 1

LAUREL ZOO STORY TIME, for 2-year-olds accompanied by an adult, and ages 3-5, learn about the first American zoo, hear zoo stories, sing zoo songs, 10:30 a.m. Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5978.

COLLEGE PARK AVIATION MUSEUM, open to all ages, decorate your own Styrofoam "Zing Wing Flyer," noon-4 p.m. July 1, 15 and 29, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with museum admission of $4; seniors, $3; children ages 3 and older, $2; free, ages 2 and younger; preregistration required. 301-864-6029.

Saturday 2

BALTIMORE INDEPENDENCE DAY ACTIVITIES, for ages 3-12, create colorful drawings of fireworks shows, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Industry, Inner Harbor South, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore. Free with museum admission of $10; seniors and students, $6; ages 4 and younger, free. 410-727-4808.

Tuesday 5

COLUMBIA BEDTIME STORY TIME, for preschoolers and early-elementary school students accompanied by an adult, stories and songs, 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays through July 26; and 7 p.m. July 11 and 18, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7880.

COLLEGE PARK AVIATION MUSEUM, open to all ages, aviation arts and crafts workshop, noon-4 p.m. July 5, 12, 19 and 26, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $2, plus museum admission of $4; seniors, $3; children ages 3 and older, $2; free, ages 2 and younger; preregistration required. 301-864-6029.

Wednesday 6

COLUMBIA ANIMALS STORY TIME, for ages 6-9, learn about animal behavior, make an animal puppet. "Jungle Animals," 9:45 and 11 a.m. Wednesday; "Polar Animals," 9:45 and 11 a.m. July 13, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7730.

COOKSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, "Killer Smile," by Lisa Scottoline, sponsored by the Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, 10 a.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5577.

SAFARI ADVENTURE STORY TIME, for 2-year-olds accompanied by an adult and ages 3-5, "Dora the Explorer" stories, games and activities, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. 410-880-5978; 10 and 11:15 a.m. July 7, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5085. Free; preregistration required.

LAUREL COMMUNITY BOOK TALK, library staff members discuss good reads in some favorite genres; books available for borrowing, 11 a.m., Savage Senior Center, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5975.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism," by Georgia Byng, sponsored by the Never Never Land Book Club, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

BALTIMORE READING PROGRAM, for ages 3-12, a hands-on educational format, stories based on related galleries or collection exhibits, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy., Baltimore. Free with museum admission of $10; seniors and students, $6; ages 4 and younger, free. 410-727-4808.

Thursday 7

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, for pregnant women and mothers, infants and toddlers welcome. Discuss "Fitting Breastfeeding Into Your Daily Life," sponsored by the La Leche League of Columbia PM, 10 a.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-461-3423.

COLUMBIA SPONTANEOUS PAINTING CLASS, for ages 18 and older, no painting experience required. Artist Beckie Laughlin shows how to break through creative blocks and release self-expression, 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 11, Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. $100; Columbia residents, $90; preregistration required. 410-730-0075.

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., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-1950.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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