Thursday 14

MEDICARE DRUG DISCUSSIONS, "Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage." A chance to learn about choices and a discussion on extra help benefits for eligible people. Sponsored by the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program and the Howard County Office on Aging, 10:30 a.m. today, Elkridge Senior Center, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge; 10:30 a.m. Monday, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7391.

BOOK BINGO, for ages 5-8. Game boards based on popular book characters; includes book prizes. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5579.

Friday 15

AQUARIUM SLEEPOVER, for ages 8 and older. Crafts and other hands-on activities, after-hours tours and a session with divers who will interpret the behaviors of the residents of the Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit. Breakfast in the morning, followed by a tour of the Upland Rain Forest. Take sleeping gear and snacks; breakfast provided. 5 p.m. Friday-9 a.m. Saturday, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $67; ages 8-11, $50; registration required. 410-727-3474 or

Saturday 16

BABY-SITTING PROGRAM, for ages 11-14. Learn about first aid skills, emergency procedures and age-appropriate activities. Includes hands-on activities; participants receive certificates. Sponsored by the Columbia Teen Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. $48; Columbia residents, $40; registration required. 410-992-3726.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for adults who have recently experienced the death of one or both parents. Sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 20, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-5072.

GARDENING TALK, discussion by a master gardener about concerns and problems. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, through Sept. 26, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, 410-313-1950; 10 a.m.-noon the third Saturday of each month, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville, 410-313-5577. Free.

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY, for ages 3-12. In the "Kid's Motorworks Assembly Line" exhibit learn how Henry Ford used the assembly line idea for automobiles and create a cardboard model 1914 moving van. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 1415 Key Hwy. $10; students and seniors, $6; ages 4 and younger, free. 410-727-4808.

Tuesday 19

CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES STORY TIME, for all ages. Stories and other activities about construction vehicles; see a truck involved in the Glenwood Community Center construction project. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. Wednesday, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5579.

PET AND HORSE CARE TALK, discussions by members of the Animal Medical Hospital at Glenwood. "Dental Care for Dogs and Cats," 6 p.m. Tuesday; "Colic in the Horse," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

Wednesday 20

SENIORS TRIP TO PEN MAR COUNTY PARK, for ages 55 and older and their children and grandchildren. A trip to Washington County, Md., to visit the park; includes a buffet lunch at the Mountain Gate Family Restaurant in Thurmont. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for departure points in Howard County. $28; registration required. 410-313-7279.

SENIORS LIVING WILL DISCUSSION, "Advance Directives -- the Living Will and the Appointment of a Health-Care Agent," by a lawyer of Legal Services for Seniors from the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland. Sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging. 10:30 a.m., Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-5980.

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, for pregnant women and mothers; infants and toddlers welcome. Topic of discussion is "Dealing With Criticism." Sponsored by the La Leche League of Columbia PM, 7 p.m., Grace Community Church, 9180 Rumsey Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-461-3423.

CRAFTS AND JEWELRY WORKSHOP, for all ages. Create bracelets, bookmarks, necklaces, shoelaces and other items using beads; take shoelaces. 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

Thursday 21

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; registration required. 410-313-1950.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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