MOUNT AIRY LEGAL WILLS SCREENING, for ages 60 and older. In "Sixty-Plus Wills/Legal Screening," a lawyer discusses simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. Call for an appointment for legal document preparation for a fee. Sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging, 1-4 p.m., Western Howard County Senior Center, 2398 Route 97, Cooksville. Lecture, free. 410-313-5440.
DANCE CLASSES, for ages 6 and 7, "Ballet Prep" introduces classroom etiquette and basic floor and free-standing exercises. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Dec. 15. For age 3, "First Steps," an introductory fitness and creative movement program with bright visuals and lively music, 9:30-10 a.m. Fridays, through Dec. 9. For ages 4-5, "Pre Ballet" teaches classroom etiquette, basic floor and free-standing exercises, and geometric shapes, 10-11 a.m. Fridays, through Dec. 9. Sponsored by the River Hill Community Association, Claret Hall, River Hill Village Center, 6030 Daybreak Cir., Clarksville. Ages 4-7, $162; age 3, $132; registration required. 410-531-1749 or www.cindeevelleballet.com.
LIBRARY SCIENCE PROGRAMS, for children ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. Simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature. 10:15 a.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 6, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel, 410-880-5978; and 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 11, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, 410-313-7730. Free; registration required.
COLUMBIA NEW CINEMA PROGRAM, for ages 18 and older. Program shows new release DVDs on a large screen. This month's program features the R-rated movie "Crash" (2005), starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle and Matt Dillon; refreshments available. 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.
CLASSICAL MUSIC DISCUSSION, for all ages. In "Sonatas, Scherzos and More," classical music forms are explained and performed by the Raphael Trio. 7:30 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.
BRIDGE PROGRAM, Participants can play and improve skills; bring a partner and a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and refreshments available. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.
FORT MEADE GARDEN CLUB TEA, for those interested in indoor and outdoor gardening and flower arranging. Program includes a segment on flower arranging; refreshments served. The club offers programs on gardening, plants and landscaping as well as trips. Open to military personnel and the public. Sponsored by the Meade Area Garden Club; tea, 10 a.m.; group meets 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month, September-May. Jessup Community Hall, Route 175 and Wiggly Avenue, Jessup. Tea, free; annual dues, $20; registration required. 410-519-6443.
MATH PROGRAM, for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Discussion of early math concepts through children's literature and activities. 11 a.m. Fridays, through Oct. 7, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5579.
BODY ANALYSIS, a computerized presentation of lean body mass-to-fat ratio and estimated basal metabolism; includes exercise guidelines and suggested weight loss. Sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, by appointment only, Wellness Center, 1105 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $15; registration required. 410-740-7601 or www.hcgh.org.
SHENANDOAH VALLEY HIKE, a moderate 7.5-mile-circuit hike on wilderness trails and road-walking on the Little North Mountain Trail in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia, with views of the Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain available. Wear long pants; bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Howard County Group, 8 a.m. carpool departure from the Broken Land Parkway Park and Ride, west lot, at Route 32, Columbia. Free. 410-439-4964.
BABY-SITTING PROGRAM, for ages 11-14. Teaches first aid skills, emergency procedures and age-appropriate activities; includes hands-on activities. Participants will receive certificates. Sponsored by the Columbia Teen Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. $48; Columbia residents, $40; registration required. 410-992-3726.
PLANT CLINIC, a master gardener discusses gardening concerns; bring problem plants. 10 a.m.-noon, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.
COLUMBIA DRAWING CLASS, for ages 16 and older. "Introduction to Pen and Ink Drawings" teaches how to use hatching, cross-hatching and stippling pen strokes to create value and texture in drawings. Sponsored by the Columbia Association Art Center, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 19, 6100 Foreland Garth. $145; Columbia residents, $135; registration required. 410-730-0075.
BAYSCAPES SEMINAR, an illustrated discussion about low-maintenance bayscapes and rain gardens and their benefits for the community and local wildlife; includes refreshments and a discussion of a bayscape shade garden installed last spring outside the library. Sponsored by the Little Patuxent Watershed Association and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 1-3 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-377-6270.
BASKET BINGO, 20 games, door prizes and two jackpot games; food available for purchase. Benefits the Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Company. Doors open, 5 p.m.; games start, 7 p.m., 8925 Lincoln St., Savage. $17; in advance, $15. 301-725-6409.
SENIORS LAUGHTER THERAPY PROGRAM, for ages 55 and older. In "Laughter -- The Best Medicine," a therapy and exercise program, seniors can strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure and work on emotional healing. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 11 a.m.-noon, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. $5; registration required. 410-313-7279.
COUNTRY LINE DANCING CLASSES, for ages 55 and older. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. "Country Line Dancing II," for advanced beginners, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Mondays, through Nov. 28; "Country Line Dancing I," for beginners, 4:45-5:45 p.m. Mondays, through Nov. 28 Registration required; both courses, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Advanced beginners, $37; beginners, $30. 410-313-7279.
COLUMBIA NIGHT GALAXY VIEW, for adults and children accompanied by an adult. A look at the night sky through high-powered telescopes. Presented by the Howard Astronomical League. 7 p.m. (rain or clouds date, Sept. 21), East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.
SAVAGE LIBRARY WRITING GROUP, share original work with other aspiring authors for feedback. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.
INTERNET SELLING TALK, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration discuss the basics of using the Web as a marketplace. Sponsored by the Libraries Mean Business program, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.
SENIORS HERBAL WREATH CLASS, for ages 55 and older. Students learn how to create a fresh herbal wreath using Spanish moss, mint, rosemary, sage, hops and dried flowers. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 10 a.m.-noon, Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. $23; registration required. 410-313-7279.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, for those coping with cancer or caring for loved ones with cancer. Guest speaker includes a community specialist with the American Cancer Society. 12:30 p.m.; group meets 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Western Howard County Senior Center, 2398 Route 97, Cooksville. Free; registration requested. 410-313-5440.
COLUMBIA LIBRARY JAZZ CLUB, for ages 11-15. Youths can learn how to play easy jazz arrangements; bring instrument (all instruments welcome). Includes a jam session with musicians from the Council of Elders; permission slips required of students from parents, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7704.
COLUMBIA PAPER COLLAGE CLASSES, for beginners and intermediate students. Classes teach a color gradation collage technique; students will create a collage, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, through Nov. 22. For students with some experience, an advanced paper collage class teaches advanced techniques, 7-9 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 30. Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. $145; Columbia residents, $135; registration required. 410-730-0075.
SWING-LINDY HOP CLASS, for beginners, no partner necessary. Taught by Ariston and Monica De Leon. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 25, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $66; registration required. 410-730-3987.
RETIREES GROUP WOMEN'S HISTORY TALK, a discussion about 4,000 years of women in science, technology and other creative fields at a meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Coffee and doughnuts, 9:30 a.m.; discussion, 10 a.m., East Columbia 50 Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-381-7140.
IDENTITY THEFT TALK, specialists from the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division discuss how to avoid or cope with identity theft. 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.
COLUMBIA SPELLING BEE, representatives from the Scripps National Spelling Bee and fifth-grader Priyanka Chavan, Howard County Spelling Bee champion, discuss participation of schools in the program. 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.
ELKRIDGE FARM STORY TIME, for children age 2 accompanied by an adult and children ages 3 and older. Stories and music about barnyard animals. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.
-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES
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