Saturday 13

COLUMBIA BABY-SITTING PROGRAM, teaches how to safely and effectively manage children and about emergency techniques. Participants will receive a certificate. Sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy. $46; registration required. 410-740-7601.

CHILDREN'S COUNTRY FAIR, for ages 4-12 accompanied by an adult. Games, a moon bounce, a ball crawl and "Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush," a new movie in the VeggieTales video series. Children will be provided five tickets to use at game booths. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Harvester Baptist Church, 9605 Old Annapolis Rd., Columbia. Admission, free; hot dog lunch, $1. 410-997-4992.

FAMILY NATURE WALK, at the 232-acre Mount Pleasant Farm. Sponsored by the Howard County Conservancy. Participants will meet at the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center at the farm, 10 a.m., 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. Free; registration required. 410-465-8877.

GARDENING TALKS, discussion of gardening concerns and problems by a master gardener. 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 second Saturday of each month, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, 410-313-7800; 10 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of each month, Catonsville Branch Library, 1100 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, 410-887-3100. Free.

Monday 15

SAVAGE LIBRARY WRITERS PROGRAM, people can share their original works with other aspiring authors. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

LANGUAGE PROGRAM, for adults and teenagers with English as a second or third language; participants can practice English skills in a group setting. Sponsored by the English Conversation Club, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Mondays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Free. Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.

Tuesday 16

COLUMBIA BRIDGE LESSON, for beginners and intermediates. Lesson followed by supervised bridge games; a drop-in program. Noon-3 p.m. Tuesdays, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. $6, suggested donation. 410-313-7680.

KINDERGARTEN PREVIEW, for ages 4-5, an introduction to kindergarten with stories and other activities. 7 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5579.

Wednesday 17

KINDERGARTEN PREVIEWS, for ages 4-5; an introduction to kindergarten with stories and other activities. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, 410-313-7730; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel, 410-880-5978; 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 23, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Aug. 18 and 22, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, 410-313-1950. Free.

LIBRARY MAGAZINE MEETING, for ages 13-18. Seeking editorial members to write and collect articles and stories for a quarterly print and online magazine; other responsibilities include editing, proofreading and artistic design. 3-4 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

CRAFTS PROGRAM, for ages 11 and older. Participants can make desk caddies and magazine files and decorate shoes or a bag. A canvas bag, shoestrings or white canvas sneakers should be brought to decorate. 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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