Thursday 29

CHILDREN'S FARM-STORY TIME, for ages 2-6, farm stories and songs. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5978.

FAMILY HISTORY PRESERVATION, Anita Carrico of the Enoch Pratt Free Library special collections section and quilt expert Rosemary Clark teach how to save photographs, heirloom fabrics and special documents. Sponsored by the Howard County Farm-City Celebration. 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

Friday 30

DUPLICATE BRIDGE PROGRAM, offers a chance to play and improve skills. Bringing bag lunch suggested; coffee, tea and treats will be 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.

Saturday 1

"MOMMIES IN MOTION," a "stroller exercise" program for new and expectant mothers that helps them increase energy, tone muscles and make new friends while walking their babies. 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 29; 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 25, Franklin Square Hospital Center's Health Education Center, 9000 Franklin Square Dr., Baltimore. Free. 888-746-2852.

BLACK FICTION BOOK CLUB, a discussion of "The Salt Roads," by Nalo Hopkinson. 1 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PICNIC, open to all. The picnic provides an opportunity to learn about the group's work and local chapter. Program includes entertainment and a barbecue; a dish to share will be welcomed. Sponsored by Columbia/Laurel Chapter 228 of Amnesty International. 1-4 p.m., Centennial Park, Pavilion C, Route 108, Ellicott City. Free. 410-730-6610.

CHEMISTRY PROGRAM, for children ages 9 and older, and ages 7 and 8 accompanied by an adult. Rose Pesce-Rodriguez and Sandra Young of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory discuss how to grow crystals, manufacture slime and create glowing solutions. 2 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. 410-313-5579.

Sunday 2

SUSQUEHANNA STATE PARK HIKE, an eight-mile hike starting at the Rock Run Grist Mill by the Susquehanna River. Walk through tall stands of pine and stop at one of Maryland's oldest white oak trees. Participants should bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Howard County Group. 8:30 a.m. carpool departure from the Long Gate Parkway park-and-ride lot, off Route 100, east of Route 29. Free. 410-767-0106.

Monday 3

MOSAIC WORKSHOP, teaches how to create a mosaic mirror in a two-part program covering the basics of mosaic design, cutting and adhering tile, and grouting. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Oct. 17, Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. $55; Columbia residents, $65; registration required. 410-730-0075.

FICTION DISCUSSION, "Ashes of Aries," by Martha C. Lawrence, sponsored by the Contemporary Fiction Book Club. 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

Tuesday 4

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for ages 4-6, storybook activities. 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays, through Nov. 8. Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. 410-880-5978.

BOARD GAMES, for ages 11-17. Youths can play Scrabble, Life, Monopoly, Clue and other games or bring a favorite. 4 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 18, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

LIBRARY JAZZ CLUB, for ages 11-15. Youths should bring an instrument (all instruments welcome). They can learn easy jazz arrangements and jam with musicians from the Council of Elders. Parental permission slips required. 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7704.

GARDENING WORKSHOP, in "The Rotten Truth: Composting," a master gardener disccuses the best ways to recycle items from the yard and kitchen. 7 p.m. East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.

FURNITURE-PAINTING TECHNIQUES, eight sessions of "hand-painting." Participants should bring a small piece such as a stool, chair, cradle, toy chest, birdhouse, mailbox or lamp. No experience necessary, sponsored by the Columbia Association Art Center. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 22, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. $125; Columbia residents, $115; registration required. 410-730-0075.

Wednesday 5

FICTION DISCUSSION, "Atonement: A Novel," by Ian McEwan, sponsored by the Western Howard County Seniors Book Club. 10 a.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.

COMPUTER CLASS, for adults, an introduction to Windows XP, e-mail and the Internet as well as guidance in purchasing and setting up a first computer. Sponsored by the River Hill Community Association. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 9, Claret Hall, River Hill Village Center, 6020 Daybreak Cir., Clarksville. $70; registration required. 410-531-1749.

CHESS CLUB, for players ages 9-17 who have at least a basic understanding of the game. 4 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 19, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

GARDEN TALK, "Put your Garden to Bed for the Winter." 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

FICTION DISCUSSION, "Double Helix," by Nancy Werlin, sponsored by the Neverland Book Club for Adults. 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

PERSONAL FINANCE PROGRAM, "Credit Repair," a Small Business Administration presentation on improving consumers' "credit scores." Sponsored by the Libraries Mean Business program. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.

Thursday 6

NEWCOMERS CLUB COFFEE, for those new to the area, an opportunity to meet neighbors and take part in arts and crafts activities, book clubs and trips. Sponsored by the Newcomers Club of Howard County. 10 a.m., Panera Bread, Dobbin Center, 6345 Dobbin Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-740-1004.

CHESS CLUB, for players ages 9-17 who have at least a basic understanding of the game. 3 p.m. Oct. 6 and 20, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

LIBRARY BUSINESS SERIES, Washington Post business reporter Dina ElBoghdady discusses how the newspaper covers local financial stories. Refreshments served, sponsored by the Libraries Mean Business program. 6 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

MASTER GARDENER TALK, "Fresh Fall Decorating." 7 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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