Thursday 28

CHILD CARE EDUCATION WORKSHOP, for parents, child-care providers and early childhood professionals. A chance to learn how to recognize the most common speech, language and listening problems; information will be provided about when to seek help and how such problems may affect children in academic and social settings. Sponsored by the Howard County Child Care Resource Center, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 3300 N. Ridge Rd., Suite 380, Ellicott City. $20; registration required. 410-313-1943.

Friday 29

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for ages 3-5 and age 2 accompanied by an adult. Stories about a little yellow dog named Biscuit; includes a visit from Biscuit, songs and other activities. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

RESPIRATORY HEALTH TALK, discussion by medical specialists about pulmonary wellness; light refreshments included. Sponsored by the Health and Wellness Center of Franklin Square Hospital Center, 1 p.m., second floor, 9000 Franklin Square Dr., Baltimore. Free; registration required. 443-777-8430.

Saturday 30

KIDS PAPER CAR WORKSHOP, for ages 3-12. Participants can create a custom paper car using a model of a 1914 moving van on the Kid's Motorworks Assembly Line. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy., Baltimore. Free, with museum admission of $10; students and seniors, $6; ages 4 and younger, free. 410-727-4808.

TIE-DYE CLASS, for ages 11 and older. Participants can create tie-dyed items; they are asked to bring five white cotton items, such as T-shirts and pillowcases, and to wear old clothes. 2-3:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. 410-313-5577.

Monday 1

BOOK DISCUSSION, "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency," by Alexander McCall Smith. Sponsored by the library's Contemporary Fiction Book Club, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PRACTICE PROGRAMS, for adults and teenagers with English as a second or third language. An opportunity to practice English skills in a group setting. Sponsored by the English Conversation Club, 7:45 p.m. Monday, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, 410-313-1950; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel, 410-880-5980. Free; registration required.

Tuesday 2

WILD WEST STORY TIME, for ages 6 and older. Western tales, songs and other activities, 1:30 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5978.

BEGINNING YOGA CLASS, a focus on basic yoga postures, breathing techniques, increased concentration and relaxation to promote self-awareness and increase sense of well-being. Sponsored by Howard County General Hospital's community health education program, 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 27, Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. $80; registration required. 410-740-7601 or

BOOK DISCUSSION, for ages 12 and older. "The Time Machine," by H.G. Wells; refreshments provided. Sponsored by the library's Classics for Teens book group, 7-8 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

Wednesday 3

BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Amateur Marriage," a novel by Anne Tyler. Sponsored by a group of retired women of the Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, 10 a.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.

CRIME NOVEL DISCUSSION, "Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle," by Gordon Korman. Sponsored by the library's Neverland Book Club for Adults, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

STAMP ART CLASS, for ages 11 and older. Taught by Kathy Bodine; materials provided. 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

Thursday 4

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, for pregnant women and mothers; infants and toddlers welcome. Topic of discussion is "Ready, Steady, Breast-Feed." Sponsored by the La Leche League of Columbia PM, 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-461-3423.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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