Friday 5

DUPLICATE BRIDGE, for ages 55 and older. Bringing bag lunch recommended; coffee and tea available. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

Saturday 6

ADOPTION INFORMATION MEETING, discussion by adoptive parents of Children's Hope International about the process and possibilities of adopting children from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam and Colombia. 10-11:30 a.m., Howard County Library, Center Branch, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 301-829-8532 or www.childrenshope.com/infomeeting.

GARDENING TALKS, discussion by a master gardener about gardening concerns and problems. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, through Sept. 26, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

BASKET BINGO, 20 games, door prizes and consolation prizes. Sponsored by the Elkridge Hurricanes Football and Cheer Boosters, 1 p.m., Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. $15; in advance, $13. 443-864-7146.

BOOK DISCUSSION, discussion by Black Fiction Book Club of "The White Boy Shuffle," by Paul Beatty. 1 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7700.

Monday 8

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TRAUMA SUPPORT, for female sexual-assault or child-abuse victims recovering from alcohol or drug abuse and 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, Ext. 119.

PARENTS OF ABUSE-VICTIMS SEMINAR, for parents of children or teenagers who have been sexually assaulted or abused. Discussion of the effect abuse has on children and their families; parents can ask questions and receive advice on helping their child recover. 5-7 p.m., Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center, 10015 Old Columbia Rd., Suite G-118, Columbia. Free. 410-290-6432 or sttarcenter.org.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, helps participants learn how to cope with long-lasting feelings and learn what to expect after a loved one dies. Sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 6-7 p.m., 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Suite 433, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-5072.

HOME-SCHOOLING MEETING, an information and support meeting sponsored by the Columbia Home-School Community. 7-8:30 p.m., Bryant Woods Neighborhood Center, 10449 Green Mountain Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-6688.

KIDS BOOK CLUB, for ages 8 and older. Children are asked to bring favorite book to share; the evening includes other activities and a snack. 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7730.

Tuesday 9

INTERNET BASICS CLASS, for seniors, instruction and hands-on practice, 11 a.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free, registration required. 410-313-7860.

KINDERGARTEN PREVIEW, for ages 4-5. Stories and other activities in anticipation of the first day of school. 11 a.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free. 410-313-5085.

"INCREDIBLE INSECTS" PROGRAM, for ages 6-9. A chance to learn about bugs through stories, songs and crafts with a naturalist from the Patuxent Research Refuge. 2 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7780.

WILD HABITATS PROGRAM, for ages 6 and older. Children can discover native wildlife through stories, facts, activities and a craft. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7768.

CARE OF THE OLDER DOG, CAT AND HORSE, discussion by staff members of the Animal Medical Hospital at Glenwood about pet care; talk on dogs and cats, 6 p.m.; horses, 7:30 p.m. Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Free. 410-313-7768.

PARENT-CHILD BOOK CLUB, parents and their children ages 9-12. Discussion of "Airborn," by Kenneth Oppel. 7-8 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7704.

Wednesday 10

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS PROGRAM, for ages 4-8. Children can learn about amphibians and reptiles through stories and songs with a naturalist from the Patuxent Research Refuge and meet live animals. 2 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5579.

SAVAGE LIBRARY CHESS CLUB, for players of all levels with knowledge of basic rules. 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Savage Branch Library, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

Thursday 11

COLUMBIA LIBRARY CHESS CLUB, for players of all levels with knowledge of basic rules. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7704.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON

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