The following events, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, are open for registration.
BRIDGE CLASS, for ages 55 and older, 9-10:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28. "Sharpen Your Defense" teaches about opening leads, defensive signaling and continuing the hand and can help improve skills. Taught by an American Contract Bridge League-certified director. Class held at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. $35; registration required. 410-313-7279.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS BASEBALL TRIP, for seniors ages 55 and older and children ages 5 and older, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Participants take a bus to RFK Stadium to watch the Nationals play the Atlanta Braves; seats are infield, upper reserve (behind home plate area) and under cover; meal on participants' own. Call for departure points in Howard County. $30; registration required. 410-313-7279.
FRIENDLY FARM RESTAURANT TRIP, for ages 55 and older, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16. Participants can spend the day on a 200-acre farm in Upperco, Md.; lunch on people's own at the Friendly Farm Family Style Restaurant. People can stroll around the farm and shop at the country store and gift shop. Walking shoes recommended. Call for departure points in Howard County. $17; registration required. 410-313-7279.
SENIORS HOWARD COUNTY FARM TRIP, for ages 55 and older, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 20. A van trip to Maple Lawn Farm, a turkey and dairy cattle farm in Fulton, followed by a stop at Ledo's Pizza for lunch on people's own. Call for departure points in Howard County. $15; registration required. 410-313-7279.
FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE CRAB FEAST TRIP, for ages 55 and older, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Bus trip to to Fisherman's Inn restaurant in Grasonville, Md., for an all-you-can-eat steamed crab feast on a deck on the water's edge, overlooking Kent Narrows. Menu includes chicken tenders, coleslaw, corn on the cob, dessert and beverage; bus will stop at a seafood market and fresh produce stand on return trip. Call for departure points in Howard County. $42; registration required. 410-313-7279.
-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES