Thursday 3

NEWCOMERS CLUB COFFEE, for Howard County residents, a social club, meet other residents and learn about club activities, including arts and crafts, a book club, games and trips, sponsored by the Newcomers Club of Howard County; coffee, 10 a.m. the first Thursday of each month, Panera Bread, Dobbin Center, 6435 Dobbin Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-461-6556.

CHILDREN'S LIBRARY PROGRAM, "Picture Book Parade," for children ages 2 accompanied by an adult and ages 3-5, tales, tunes and more, 10:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. today and Nov. 10, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5978.

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

Friday 4

COLUMBIA SCRAPBOOK PROGRAM, for students in grades 2-5, "All About Me," bring favorite photos and create a scrapbook, public schools will be closed for staff professional development, sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $18; preregistration required. 410-730-3987.

LIBRARY "STAR WARS" PROGRAM, for ages 8 and older, dress up as your favorite "Star Wars" character, stories and more, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5978.

COLUMBIA LIBRARY FLIGHT STORY TIME, for ages 5-7, stories about flight and a workshop to make a plane to launch, 10:30 a.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7880.

COLUMBIA BREAD-MAKING TALK, for ages 6-9, learn what makes bread rise and get tips for making bread, 1:30 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7730.

THREE-DIMENSIONAL STORY TIME, for ages 7 and older, learn how illustrators draw three-dimensional pictures for stories, create your own 3-D picture, 2 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5085.

BOOK ILLUSTRATORS WORKSHOP, for ages 6-9, learn about the styles of famous illustrators and incorporate their styles into your own artwork; featuring the work of illustrators Eric Carle, 2 p.m. Friday, and Nina Crews, 2 p.m. Nov. 12, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7880.

CLARKSVILLE BULL AND SHRIMP DINNER, pit beef and steamed shrimp, door prizes, auctions and more, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, an organization for preservation and conservation of wetland habitats; fee includes dinner and one-year membership in the organization, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. $65; couples, $95. 410-313-9450.

Saturday 5

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK HIKE, an eight-mile hike, rough and steep at times, on the Little Devils Stairs trail in Virginia, bring lunch and water, sponsored by the Sierra Club, Howard County Group; carpool departure, 7:30 a.m., from the Route 32 and Broken Land Parkway west-side Park and Ride lot, Columbia. Free. 301-725-3306.

MARRIOTTSVILLE BIRDING, beginners welcome, search for sparrows and early winter arrivals in the Alpha Ridge Park and Landfill, moderate-to-difficult walking through fields of possible tall wet grasses; boots recommended, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 8 a.m., meet at the park, on Route 99, off Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

COLUMBIA SELF-DEFENSE CLASS, for girls ages 12-14, learn to perform physical and psychological strategies of self-defense. The class includes a discussion on concepts of self-image, self-esteem and assertive behavior. Sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 9-11 a.m., Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $30; preregistration required. 410-740-7601.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS CPR CLASS, for adults and teens 14 and older, sponsored by the Long Reach Community Association, 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia. $50; preregistration required. 410-730-8113.

ELLICOTT CITY WALKING TOUR, for ages 18 and older, author Joetta Cramm leads a tour of the historic area, includes a walk on Main Street to Missionary Bottom and on to Mount Misery. Cramm also describes early Ellicott Mills and its growth and changes. Wear comfortable shoes. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks; tour begins, 10 a.m., east of the Patapsco River bridge at Parking Lot A, next to the Trolley Stop Restaurant, Ellicott City. $12; preregistration required. 410-313-7275 or www.co.ho.md.us/RAP/rap_homepage.htm.

VETERANS APPRECIATION BRUNCH, for military personnel, veterans and their families and friends. Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy, installation commander of Fort George G. Meade, will deliver the keynote address; a musical salute by the Never Say Never Again Quartet; military and civilian dress, sponsored by the Retired Officers' Wives' Club, the Association of the U.S. Army Enlisted Spouses' Club, the Military Officers' Association of America, the Military Order of World Wars, the Officers' Wives' Club and the Retired Enlisted Association; social hour, 10:30 a.m.; brunch, 11 a.m., Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Rd., Fort George Meade. $20; preregistration required. 410-451-9709.

Sunday 6

ELLICOTT CITY BIRD WALK, beginners welcome, look for migrating waterfowl and other species on a paved path around Centennial Lake, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, 8 a.m., meet at Centennial Park west end parking lot, Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

Monday 7

COLUMBIA GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for those grieving the loss of spouses, other family members or friends; the group will cover holiday grief. Sponsored by the SPRING Pretenders of the Howard County Office on Aging, 10-11:30 a.m., Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7213.

SEXUAL ABUSE OR ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUP, for parents of children and teenagers, "Helping Your Child Recover From Sexual Abuse," topics include common symptoms, risk-taking behavior, the role of psychotherapy and recovery, 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.

COLUMBIA TELESCOPE NIGHT, for all ages, view the night sky through high-power telescopes, sponsored by the Howard Astronomical League, 7:30 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

ELLICOTT CITY LANGUAGE PROGRAM, for adults and teenagers with English as a second or third language, practice English skills in a group setting, sponsored by the English Conversation Club, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Mondays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required for first-time participants. 410-313-1950.

Tuesday 8

COLUMBIA SCRABBLE GAMES, for ages 18 and older, a drop-in program, coffee included; Scrabble boards provided or bring your own; sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free; donations of game sets welcome. 410-730-3987.

HOLIDAY GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, a workshop for those who need extra support preparing for and coping with the holidays, sponsored by Hospice of Howard County, 6:30-8 p.m., 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-730-5072.

MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP, for families and friends of those with mental illnesses, sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 7:30 p.m., Harmony Hall Retirement Community, Day Room, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-772-9300 or www.namihcmd.org.

Wednesday 9

ELLICOTT CITY KNITTING GROUP, a drop-in program, 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.

COOKSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, for girls ages 11 and older with an adult, "Skellig," by David Almond, sponsored by the Mother and Daughter Book Club, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.

DISASTER PREPARATION DISCUSSION, learn how to prepare for a disaster, natural or man-made, how to assemble a disaster kit, and how to care for pets, sponsored by the American Red Cross, 7-8 p.m., Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia. Free. 410-730-8113.

GENEALOGY DISCUSSION MEETING, "Point Lookout POW Camp -- History of the Southern Maryland Prison for Confederate Captives," sponsored by the Howard County Genealogical Society, 7:30 p.m., Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required. 410-465-8456.

Thursday 10

CANCER WELLNESS DISCUSSION, "Re-Connecting to Your Well-Being: New Choices for People Diagnosed With Cancer." Learn about bringing more balance into your life and promoting your well-being through making conscious choices; sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 7-9 p.m., Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-740-7601.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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