Thursday 22

NUTRITION PROGRAM, dietitian Kathy Landers discusses recent research on heart-healthy nutrition and lifestyles. 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

KNITTING CIRCLE, a casual knitting group. Participants should bring supplies; no instructions provided. 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.

BUNKO CLASS, teaches the basics of the dice game; prizes will be awarded. Sponsored by the Harper's Choice Community Association, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia. $5; registration required. 410-730-0770.

FARM-CITY PROGRAM, for ages 2-5, stories, songs and other activities presented by librarians at a petting farm. Sponsored by the Farm-City Celebration and East Columbia Branch Library, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. today, Tuesday and Sept. 29, Clark's Elioak Farm, 10500 Route 108, Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7730.

CHILDREN'S FARM STORY TIME, for ages 3 and older and for age 2 accompanied by an adult. Dancing and stomping, stories, music and barnyard sounds, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

Saturday 24

PATAPSCO VALLEY BIRD WALK, walkers can search for fall migrants along Henryton Road and the Patapsco River in Patapsco Valley State Park. Moderate walking and possible muddy trails. Sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 8 a.m., meet at dead end, bottom of Henryton Road, off Route 99, Marriottsville. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

ELKRIDGE LIBRARY CHEMISTRY PROGRAM, for children ages 9 and older and for ages 7 and 8 accompanied by an adult. Rose Pesce-Rodriquez and Sandra Young of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory discuss simple reactions, hydrogen-peroxide reactions and color-changing reactions, 2-3 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

PLANT SALE, hundreds of African violets and exotic houseplants; includes leaves, cuttings and plant rings. Sponsored by the Baltimore African Violet Club, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Harford Mall, 696-A Bel Air Rd., Bel Air. $3-$25 per plant. 301-953-7554.

Sunday 25

LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE SUPPORT, an educational format for patients and family members and friends of those with Lou Gehrig's disease. Sponsored by the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, 2-4 p.m., Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855 or www.alsinfo.org.

Monday 26

BELLY-DANCING CLASS, for adults. Sponsored by the Long Reach Community Association. Advanced dancers, 7-8 p.m., and beginners, 8-9 p.m. Mondays, through Nov. 14, Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia. $64; registration required. 410-730-8113.

COLUMBIA FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP, "Preserving Family Folklore and Oral Histories" teaches how to collect family treasures and preserve them. Sponsored by the Howard County Farm-City Celebration, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. 410-313-7700.

ART GUILD MEETING, discussion of opportunities for Howard County visual artists to display their work and how to create effective show proposals. Sponsored by the Howard County Art Guild, 7:30 p.m., Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. 410-313-2787.

Tuesday 27

MORNING SCRABBLE, for ages 18 and older, a chance to play Scrabble with coffee. Game boards provided, or people can bring their own. 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.

HEARING SCREENINGS, sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 10 a.m.-noon, Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-740-7601.

SCRAPBOOK CLASS, teaches how to create an album page to preserve memories and photos. Sponsored by the Howard County Farm-City Celebration, 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.

COLUMBIA KNITTING CLASS, for ages 9-14. Teaches the basics of knitting; materials provided. 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7704.

AARP INFORMATION SESSIONS, for ages 50 and older. Chances to talk with representatives, to learn how the retirement association works on behalf of older Marylanders and their families, and to check out advocacy and volunteer efforts provided by the organization, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sheraton Columbia Hotel, 1027 Wincopin Cir., Columbia; 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 29, Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 877-926-8300.

Wednesday 28

BRIDGE AND PINOCHLE, for ages 18 and older. Participants should bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea available. Drop-in program sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Bridge group, 9:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Fridays; pinochle group, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; snack-fund donations accepted. 410-313-7279.

KNITTING GROUP, a drop-in program in which 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.

CULINARY PROGRAM, a seven-course meal prepared by Grand Chef Bakshi, a specialist in vegetarian and healthful cuisine who has prepared meals in more than 75 countries. Sponsored by the Western Howard County Senior Center, noon, St. Michaels Catholic Church, 1125 St. Michaels Rd., Mount Airy. $8; registration required. 410-313-5440.

HATHA YOGA CLASS, sponsored by the Kings Contrivance Community Association. Basics, 6-7:15 p.m.; continuing, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 26, Amherst House, Kings Contrivance Village Center, 7251 Eden Brook Dr., Columbia. $78; Columbia residents, $65; registration required. 410-381-9600.

SENIORS CREDIT DISCUSSION, Johanna Klema, a staff lawyer with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau and a member of the Civil Justice Network, discusses how to protect and manage credit problems for seniors. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.

HOME-SCHOOLING RESOURCE FAIR, a chance to learn about print and online library resources available for home-schoolers and parents. 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.

MENTAL HEALTH CAREGIVERS SUPPORT, for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Howard County chapter, 7:30-9 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month, Day Room, Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-772-9300 or www.namihcmd.org.

GRAPHIC NOVEL CLUB, for ages 11-17. An opportunity to discuss favorite comic books and their drawing styles; no advance reading required. 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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