Thursday 21

PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAYAL, "Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking." Actors William and Sue Wills portray President John Quincy Adams and first lady Louisa Adams. Sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging; doors open, 10:30 a.m.; program begins, 10:45 a.m., Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. $3. 410-313-7213.

PET DISCUSSION, for adults and children ages 8 and older. Veterinarians from the Animal Medical Hospital in Glenwood discuss pets and careers. 1:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5579.

Friday 22

HEALTH AND WELLNESS TALKS, discussion of cardiac wellness by medical specialists, 1 p.m. Friday; weight management, 6 p.m. Tuesday; and pulmonary wellness, 1 p.m. July 29. Light refreshments provided. Franklin Square Hospital Center, Health and Wellness Center, Second Floor, 9000 Franklin Square Dr., Baltimore. Free; registration required. 443-777-8430.

Saturday 23

GARDENING TALK, discussion by a master gardener of gardening 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. Free. 410-313-1950.

KIDS CANNERY HISTORY PROGRAM, for ages 3-12. Learn about late 19th-century canneries, make cans to bring home and shuck oysters with marbles inside. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy., Baltimore. $10; students and seniors, $6; ages 4 and younger, free; registration required. 410-727-4808.

GERMS AND BACTERIA CHEMISTRY TALK, for children ages 7-8 accompanied by an adult and ages 9 and older. Scientists Rose Pesce-Rodriguez and Sandra Young from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory discuss the chemistry of germs and bacteria 2 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

Sunday 24

LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP, for patients and family members and friends of those with Lou Gehrig's disease. 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 or

Monday 25

DOLPHIN PROGRAM, a chance to see and smell what dolphins eat, tour the life support room, join a trainer on deck and meet dolphins. No physical contact with dolphins by guests. 8:30-10:30 a.m., National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $58; ages 60 and older, $54; ages 8-11, $49. 410-576-3833 or

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for age 2 accompanied by an adult and ages 3-5. Stories about a little yellow dog named Biscuit; includes a visit from Biscuit, songs and other activities. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel, 410-880-5978; 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, 410-313-1955; 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-7880. Free; registration required.

HOMEOWNERS' RIGHTS WORKSHOP, "Understanding Your Rights in a Condo/Homeowners' Association." Discussion of problems and concerns of condominium and homeowners associations. Sponsored by the East Columbia 50-Plus Center and the Maryland Homeowners' Association, 11 a.m., 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 301-596-1097.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TRAUMA SUPPORT, for female sexual assault or child abuse victims recovering from alcohol or drug abuse who live or work in Howard County. Emphasis 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.

WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAM, "Body for Life," an introductory program of weight training, exercises, strength and toning. Sponsored by the Long Reach Community Association, 7-8 p.m. Mondays, through Aug. 15, Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia. $55; registration required. 410-730-8113.

BELLY-DANCING CLASS, for adults. Sponsored by the Long Reach Community Association; advanced level, 7-8 p.m.; beginners, 8-9 p.m. Mondays, through Sept. 19. Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia. $64; registration required. 410-730-8113.

KIDS BOOK DISCUSSION, for ages 9-11. "Al Capone Does My Shirts," by Gennifer Choldenko. Sponsored by the library's We're Bookin' book club, 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

ART GUILD PROGRAM, a presentation by Reservoir High School senior Josh Rosenbaum, the recipient of this year's annual Howard County Art Guild's Art Scholarship. Also includes a mini-workshop on drawing, titled "Seeing the Whole Composition," taught by artist Cher Compton. 7:30 p.m., Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787.

Tuesday 26

BRIDGE LESSON, for beginners and intermediates. A lesson and supervised bridge games in a drop-in program. Noon-3 p.m. Tuesdays, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Requested donation, $6. 410-313-7680.

MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG TALKS, a chance to learn about choices and how the benefit will work beginning in November. A representative from the U.S. Social Security Administration discusses extra benefits for eligible people. Sponsored by the county's Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program and Howard County Office on Aging, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Savage Senior Center, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-7391.

Wednesday 27

ART AND READING PROGRAM, for ages 3-12. A hands-on educational format; stories based on a related gallery or collection. 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.

BOOK SALE, a variety of new books and gifts available for sale to benefit the expansion program at Howard County General Hospital. Sponsored by the hospital's Volunteer Auxiliary, 7-5 p.m. Wednesday and July 28, Howard County General Hospital, main lobby, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Admission, free. 410-312-9140.

Thursday 28

MARYLAND WILD PONIES STORY TIME, for ages 5 and older. Learn about the wild ponies of Assateague Island through stories, songs and other activities. 11 a.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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