Thursday 10

COLUMBIA BIRD GROUP MEETING, George Jett and Gwen Brewer discuss "Birds and Bats of Brazil" using photographs from a 500-mile trip down the Amazon River and its tributaries. Sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club, beginners welcome, bookstore opens 7:30 p.m., program begins 8 p.m., Howard County Recreation and Parks Department, 7120 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-461-3361 or www.howardbirds.org.

Friday 11

ELLICOTT CITY BRIDGE PROGRAM, an opportunity to improve duplicate bridge skills. Bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea 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 12

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for adults who have recently experienced the death of a parent. Sponsored by the Hospice of Howard County, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 17, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-730-5072.

LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP, an educational format for patients, family members and friends of those with Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS. Sponsored by the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, 1-3 p.m., Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Adult Day Care Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855 or www.ALSinfo.org.

ROOM DECORATIONS WORKSHOP, for ages 11-15. Participants will make door hangers or picture frames of foam rubber to decorate a room, 2 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5980.

BALTIMORE HYPNOBIRTHING CLASS, for expectant mothers, about relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques intended to eliminate fear and tension that can prolong labor and increase pain. Sponsored by Franklin Square Hospital Center's Health Education Center, 4-5 p.m., 9000 Franklin Square Dr., Baltimore. Free; preregistration required. 888-746-2852.

CATONSVILLE BASKET BINGO, includes door prizes, refreshments and more. Sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Howard County Chapter, doors open 6 p.m., games begin 7 p.m., the Lodge, 2832 Nine Mile Cir., Catonsville. $18; advance ticket, $15. 410-465-5757.

Sunday 13

ELLICOTT CITY BIRD WALK, a search for migrating waterfowl and other species on a paved path around Centennial Lake. Beginners welcome. 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 14

THANKSGIVING STORY TIME, for ages 2-6, Thanksgiving stories, music and more; for age 2 accompanied by an adult and age 3, 10:15 a.m. Monday; for ages 4-6, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday; for age 2 accompanied by an adult and ages 3-6, 10:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 17; for age 2 accompanied by an adult and ages 3-6, 10:15 and 11 a.m. Nov. 18, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5978.

Tuesday 15

WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP, for school-age children and adults, a dietitian provides individualized nutritional counseling. Sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $25; preregistration required. 410-740-7601.

SAVAGE LIBRARY BOARD GAMES, play Scrabble, Life, Monopoly, Clue and others, or bring a favorite board game, 4 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 29, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

COLUMBIA LIBRARY JAZZ CLUB, for ages 11-15, learn how to play easy jazz arrangements, bring your own instrument (all instruments welcome), includes a jam session with musicians from the Council of Elders, parental permission slips required, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7704.

ELLICOTT CITY NEEDLEWORK PROGRAM, tips for beginners or experienced needleworkers, bring your own supplies and current projects, 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Nov. 17, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

Wednesday 16

DIABETES SCREENING, for adults and teenagers. Sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 9-11 a.m., Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-740-7601.

COLUMBIA SENIOR CHOIR SEARCH, for ages 65 and older, Howard Community College Senior Choir is searching for new members to perform a repertoire of standards, show tunes and novelty songs at the Bain Center and senior residential facilities in the area. Sponsored by the college's music department and its Musical Arts Center; group meets 9:45-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7213 or www.howardcc.edu/music.

ELLICOTT CITY "TURKEY TALES," for ages 3-7, Thanksgiving stories, music and more, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, 2 and 6:45 p.m. Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18 and Nov. 21, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-1950.

SAVAGE LIBRARY CHESS CLUB, for players of all ages and skill levels with a basic understanding of the game, 4 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

COLUMBIA KNITTING AND BOOK CLUB, for children 9-14 accompanied by an adult, bring knitting and discuss "Bindi Babes" by Narinder Dhami; knitting help provided during the half-hour before the program. Sponsored by the Mother/Daughter Books and Knitting Club, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7700.

Thursday 17

COLUMBIA LIBRARY 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. Free. 410-313-7700.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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