Thursday 17

COOKSVILLE CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK, for all ages, "The Very Best of Eric Carle," 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. today; "Rhythms and Rhymes," 11 a.m. Friday; "Spotlight on Mick Inkpen," 11 a.m. Saturday, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5579.

ELLICOTT CITY TURKEY STORIES, for ages 3-7, prepare for Thanksgiving with music, stories and more, 2 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. Friday and Monday, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1955.

COLUMBIA CINEMA PROGRAM, view a DVD of the documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom" (2005) on a large screen, about a ballroom competition in New York among middle school ballroom dance students, popcorn and soda provided, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

COLUMBIA HAWAIIAN DANCE PROGRAM, students of Halau O 'Aulani, a Bowie-based school for preservation of Hawaiian culture, perform dances representing Hawaii's heritage, 7:30 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7860.

Friday 18

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, for pregnant women and new mothers, infants and toddlers are welcome, discussion of "Holiday and Vacations With Your Toddler," sponsored by the La Leche League of Columbia, 10 a.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-461-3423.

Saturday 19

BULL RUN MOUNTAINS HIKE, a 7.5-mile hike in the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy in Virginia, trail include a historic mill, graveyards and Civil War battle sites, bring a lunch and water, sponsored by the Sierra Club, Howard County Group, carpool departure at 8 a.m. from Route 32 and Broken Land Parkway, west side park and ride lot, Columbia. Free. 410-439-4964.

COLUMBIA BABY-SITTING PROGRAM, for prospective and current babysitters ages 11-14, learn about first-aid and emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities and more, participants will receive certificates, sponsored by Columbia Teen Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., third Saturday of each month, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Pl. $48; Columbia residents, $40; preregistration required. 410-992-3726.

COLUMBIA CRAFT FAIR, hand-crafted gift items, plus cookies and cider, sponsored by the Town Center Community Association, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free admission. 410-730-4744.

NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLING, stories, music and dances by Cherokee storyteller Joseph Stands With Many, assisted by his 10-year-old son Zachary; plus discussion of traditions passed down through the storyteller's family and clan, 2 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-7700.

BASKET BINGO, 20 games, door prizes and two jackpot games, food available for purchase, benefits the Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Co.; doors open, 5 p.m.; games start, 7 p.m., 8925 Lincoln St., Savage. $17; in advance, $15. 301-725-6409.

CLARKSVILLE POMPON CLINIC, for students in grades 2-8, learn dance and pompon skills from members of the nationally ranked River Hill High School Poms Squad, clinic includes a T-shirt, a snack, a performance at the clinic's end and a performance at a future River Hill High School Varsity Boys Basketball game; bring a bag lunch, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. $30; early registration suggested; walk-ins accepted provided space is available. 410-313-7120.

Sunday 20

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

BREAKFAST WITH DOLPHINS, have a continental breakfast with dolphins, then learn from marine mammal trainers about dolphin behavior and how to help protect their habitat; followed by a dolphin show, 9-10:30 a.m., National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $40; members, $20; preregistration required. 410-727-3474 or

LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP, an educational format for patients, 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

Monday 21

THANKSGIVING POWWOWS, for ages 2-6, Native American songs, stories and more, in anticipation of the Nov. 24 holiday; children age 2 accompanied by an adult and age 3, 10:15 a.m. Monday; ages 4-6, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday; children age 2 accompanied by an adult and ages 3-6, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5978.

SAVAGE LIBRARY WRITING PROGRAM, share your work with other aspiring authors, 7-9 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-880-5980.

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 22

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

COOKSVILLE "TURKEY TALES," for ages 3-7, prepare for Thanksgiving with music, stories and more, 6:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; preregistration required. 410-313-5579.

Wednesday 23

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.

SENIORS SING-ALONG, an old-fashioned song fest with Brent and Ray, refreshments provided, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 2-3 p.m., Brighton Gardens of Columbia, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. $3; preregistration required. 410-884-0773.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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