Thursday 20

COLUMBIA HALLOWEEN PARTY, for teenagers and their younger siblings. A disc jockey, door prizes, arts and crafts, and pizza, in anticipation of the Oct. 31 observance. Sponsored by the Columbia Association Teen Center, 4-6 p.m., the Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl. Free. 410-992-3726.

SAVAGE LIBRARY CRAFT PROGRAM, for ages 3 and older, led by master gardeners. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5978.

Friday 21

FORT MEADE GARDEN CLUB TALK, for those interested in indoor and outdoor gardening and flower-arranging. Gene Sumi of a Davidsonville-based gardening store discusses "Planting and Dividing Bulbs." The club offers programs on gardening, plants, landscaping and trips. Sponsored by the Meade Area Garden Club, 10 a.m. Friday; meetings, the third Saturday of each month, September-May, Jessup Community Hall, Route 175 and Wiggly Avenue, Jessup. Talk, free; annual dues, $20; registration required. 410-519-6443.

HAWAIIAN STORY TIME, for ages 4 and older, stories and other activities. 11 a.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5579.

LIBRARY HALLOWEEN PROGRAMS, a drop-in activity. Participants can make crafts for Halloween, which is Oct. 31; for children and adults. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, 410-313-7880; for ages 6 and older, 1-3 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, 410-313-7730. Free.

"NIGHTMARE THEATRE" WORKSHOP, for ages 6-9. Children can make a shadow theater and scary puppets. 11 a.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

UNITED NATIONS CELEBRATION, for ages 7 and older. Stories, songs and other activities about the United Nations in anticipation of United Nations Day, which is Monday. 2 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

Saturday 22

ELKRIDGE LIBRARY CHEMISTRY PROGRAM, for ages 7 and older; ages 7 and 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Scientists Rose Pesce-Rodriguez and Sandra Young of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory teach how to make toys, including slime, super balls and growing-crystals. 2 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

Sunday 23

WEST FRIENDSHIP PARK BIRD WALK, a search for sparrows in the more-than-200-acre park. Easy to moderate walking along a road and mown grassy areas. Sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 7:45 a.m., meet at the West Friendship Neighborhood Shopping Center parking lot, near routes 32 and 144, West Friendship. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

Monday 24

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "Sexy," by Joyce Carol Oates Sponsored by the library's Morning Books With Coffee book club, 10:30 a.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7700.

HALLOWEEN PARTY, for ages 3-6 in costume, stories and activities. 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Monday; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1955.

SEXUAL ABUSE DISCUSSION, for parents of a child or adolescent who has been sexually abused by a sibling, "A Family Divided: When Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused by a Sibling." Sponsored by the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center, 5-6:45 p.m., 9810 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite C, Columbia. $25; preregistration required. 410-290-6432.

UNDERSTANDING GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for those suffering from the death of a loved one, an opportunity to learn about the grieving process. Sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 6-7 p.m., 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Suite 433, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-5072.

HYPNOBIRTHING CLASS, for expectant mothers. The class teaches about relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques intended to eliminate fear and tension that can lead to long labor and pain. Sponsored by Franklin Square Hospital Center's Health Education Center, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday; and Nov. 7, 14 and 21, 9000 Franklin Square Dr., Baltimore. Free; registration required. 888-746-2852.

Tuesday 25

MORNING SCRABBLE, for ages 18 and older. Scrabble games and coffee. Scrabble boards provided or bring one. 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.

OWL STORY TIME, for ages 7 and older, stories and facts about owls. 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1955.

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 Dec. 6; no class Nov. 22. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $54; registration required. 410-730-3987.

HALLOWEEN SIGNING PROGRAM, for ages 2-6, children age 2 must be accompanied by an adult. Stories and other activities in sign language by Kathy Pongor of Gallaudet University in anticipation of the Oct. 31 observance. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5978.

ESTATE PLANNING PROGRAM, trust attorney Jamie Waldren of a prominent brokerage and investment firm talks about tax-efficient wealth preservation and charitable-planning strategies. Sponsored by the Candlelight Concert Society and the Howard County Library, 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

Wednesday 26

BRIDGE AND PINOCHLE, for ages 18 and older, a drop-in program. Bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea available. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks; bridge group meets, 9:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Fridays; pinochle group meets, 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. 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.

GRAPHIC NOVELS PROGRAM, for ages 11-17, a discussion and examination of comic books. Sponsored by the library's Graphic Novel Club, 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

PAJAMA STORY TIME, for all ages, children ages 2 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Stories and songs; pajamas, stuffed animals and blankets are optional. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 9, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5579.

LEGAL WILLS DISCUSSION, "Seniors' Legal and Financial Issues: Living Wills and Advance Directives," led by staff attorney Johanna Klema of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, a member of the Civil Justice Network. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5980.

ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT, for parents and caregivers of children with mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness-Howard County, 7:30-9 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month, Harmony Hall Retirement Community, Day Room, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-772-9300 or www.namihcmd.org.

Thursday 27

GENEALOGY PROGRAM, "Exploring Your Roots," the Howard County Genealogical Society provides individual assistance to those tracing their family histories, 4 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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