Thursday 8

COLUMBIA CHESS CLUB, for players of all ages and skill levels with a basic understanding of the game. 3 p.m. today and Sept. 22, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7700.

Friday 9

SENIORS WIRE JEWELRY CLASS, for ages 55 and older. Participants can learn basic techniques and make two pairs of earrings; equipment and materials provided. Bring lunch or a snack. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. $20; registration required. 410-313-7279.

SENIORS BINGO, for ages 55 and older. Games and prizes; bring lunch for after the games. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-7279.

Saturday 10

BIRD WALK, for beginners. On an easy walk around Lake Elkhorn on a paved path, participants can learn tips on bird identification, which species are common to the area, and selection and use of binoculars and field guides. Sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 8:30 a.m. Meet in parking lot off Broken Land Parkway, near Snowden River Parkway, Columbia. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

ARTHRITIS TALK, "Managing Your Arthritis in 2005." An orthopedist and a rheumatologist discuss recently developed treatment options and how to take control of arthritis; a question-and-answer session included. A light lunch served at noon. Sponsored by the Franklin Square Hospital Center and the Arthritis Foundation, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Kotzen Auditorium, 9000 Franklin Square Dr., Baltimore. Free; registration required. 410-654-6570.

HUMAN RIGHTS FILM AND DISCUSSION, "We Cannot Remain Silent," a one-hour documentary featuring the first public testimony by survivors and witnesses of the massacre in San Jose de Apartado, Colombia. In Spanish with English subtitles; followed by discussion with film producer and journalist Hollman Morris. Sponsored by Howard County Friends of Latin America, 4-6 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-730-2358.

Monday 12

FAMILY SAFETY DISCUSSION GROUPS, private safety education sessions tailored to meet the needs of families and the age of the children. Topics include the danger of strangers, child abuse, safety rules, Internet safety, sexual harassment and safe dating. Sponsored by the Specialized Trauma Treatment Advocacy and Recovery Center; call for a one-hour appointment. Weekdays, 9810 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite C, Columbia. Family fee, $45; registration required. 410-290-6432.

PARENTS AND TOTS PLAY GROUPS, for children ages 6 months-4 years; groups limited to about 15. Coloring, playing with toys and reading. Juice provided, sponsored by the Town Center Community Association; ages 6 months to 4 years, Mondays; ages 24 months to 4 years, Tuesdays; ages 6-24 months, Wednesdays; all sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, through Nov. 16, Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $27.50; Columbia residents, $25; registration required. 410-730-4744.

COLUMBIA FOLK ART CLASS, students make and paint folk art objects; no experience necessary. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, through Nov. 7, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. $55; registration required. 410-313-7279.

LIBRARY PROGRAM, for ages 3-5. Children can learn about community helpers through stories and other activities. 10 a.m. Mondays, through Oct. 3; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 6, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. Free; registration required. 410-313-1955.

CHILDREN'S READING SERIES, for ages 3-4. In "Growing Toward Reading," kids can learn about techniques and activities to foster beginning literacy. 10:30 a.m. Mondays, through Oct. 3, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required for new participants only. 410-313-5085.

COLUMBIA DRAWING CLASS, for beginners ages 16 and older. Based on published research of art educator Betty Edwards titled, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." 7-9 p.m. Mondays, through Nov. 21, Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. $145; Columbia residents, $135; registration required. 410-730-0075.

Tuesday 13

MORNING SCRABBLE, for ages 18 and older, an opportunity to play the word game. Scrabble boards provided or bring your own; coffee available. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. 410-730-3987.

BRIDGE PARTY LUNCHEON, for ages 55 and older. Participants play duplicate bridge. Light morning buffet with breakfast buns, juice, coffee and tea; door prizes will be given. Must register as a foursome. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Four-person teams, $48; registration required. 410-313-7279.

PERFORMING ARTS CLASS, for children in kindergarten to eighth grade. Class combines drama, dance and music; students will perform scenes and musical numbers from Broadway shows. 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Dec. 21, sponsored by Musical Theatrix, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $300; registration required. 410-772-9448.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for those suffering the death of a spouse or a life partner. Participants can give or receive support. Sponsored by the Hospice of Howard County, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 18, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-5072.

BELLY-DANCE LESSONS, Egyptian cabaret style dancing taught by a professional dancer. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. Beginners, 6:30-7:30 p.m., advanced beginners, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 18; second session, Tuesdays, Oct. 25-Dec. 6. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $54; registration required. 410-730-3987.

JOB INTERVIEW PROGRAM, an opportunity to learn skills to present confidence during an interview. 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

CHORUS AUDITIONS, for all parts of the 29th season of the Columbia Pro Cantare. Performances include soloist and orchestra in Poulenc's "Gloria," Vivaldi's "Gloria," Handel's "Messiah," Mozart's Mass in C Minor and a selection of Celtic music. Call for an audition appointment, rehearsals scheduled 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Rd., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-8549 or www.cpcchorus.info.

Wednesday 14

COLUMBIA SPANISH STORY TIME, for children age 2 accompanied by an adult and ages 3-5. Stories, songs and other activities in Spanish. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 5, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7730.

SENIORS SOCK HOP PIZZA PARTIES, for ages 55 and older, 1950s music, pizza, beverages and entertainment. Poodle skirts, letter sweaters and dancing shoes welcome. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Savage Senior Center, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, 410-880-5915; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Western Howard County Senior Center, 2398 Route 97, Cooksville, 410-313-5440; noon-1 p.m. Sept. 21, Park View at Ellicott City, 8700 Ridge Rd., Ellicott City, 410-313-7218. $3; registration required.

CHILDREN'S ART CLASS, for ages 3 through grade 6. "Abrakadoodle" introduces art materials; the works of such artists as Georgia O'Keeffe, Jasper Johns and M.C. Escher; art vocabulary; and techniques. Sponsored by the Kings Contrivance Community Association; ages 3-kindergarten, 3:30 Wednesdays or 1:30 p.m. Fridays; grades 1-6, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays or 10:30 a.m. Saturdays; course runs through Nov. 5. Amherst House, Kings Contrivance Village Center, 7251 Eden Brook Dr., Columbia. $112; Columbia residents, $100; registration required. 410-381-9600.

COLUMBIA FOOD AND CONVERSATION, for seniors. "The Kitchen Table"; light refreshments. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. $3; registration required. 410-313-7680.

KNITTING GROUP, a drop-in program. Participants can knit and crochet afghans, blankets and baby clothes for local charities, hospitals and senior centers. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

BOOK DISCUSSION, for ages 11 and older. "The Egypt Game," by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. 410-313-5577.

GENEALOGY TALK AND MEETING, "Evaluating Genealogical Evidence Like a Judge." Sponsored by the Howard County Genealogical Society, 7:30 p.m., Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-465-8456.

Thursday 15

ELLICOTT CITY BIRD WALK, Participants search for migrants on an easy walk on a paved path around Centennial Lake led by a birding-by-ear specialist. The walk will include tips on bird-sound identification. Sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 8 a.m., meet at the park's west end parking lot, off Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

SENIORS SING-ALONG, an old-fashioned song fest with Brent and Ray. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Guilford Senior Center, Morningside Park, 9950 Guilford Rd., Jessup. $3; registration required. 410-880-5862.

KNITTING AND CROCHETING CLASS, for beginners. Students learn how to knit or crochet; materials not provided. Sponsored by the Harper's Choice Community Association, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 6, Kahler Hall, Harper's Choice Village Center, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia. $60; Columbia residents, $55; registration required. 410-730-0770.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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