Sunday 27

BIRD WALK, beginners are welcome. Walkers 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

Monday 28

PARENTS AND TODDLERS PLAY GROUPS, coloring, playing with toys, listening to children's tapes and other activities; play groups to include about 15 children. Sponsored by the Town Center Community Association; 10 a.m.-noon through Dec. 21; ages 6 months-4 years, Mondays; ages 24 months-4 years, Tuesdays; ages 6-24 months, Wednesdays; Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $11; Columbia residents, $10; registration required. 410-730-4744.

HOWARD COUNTY ART GUILD MEETING, painter, art conservationist and curator Michael Skalka of the National Gallery of Art presents a program on composition in two-dimensional art; Howard County teachers in attendance will receive a free one-year membership. Sponsored by the Howard County Art Guild, 7:30 p.m., Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787.

Tuesday 29

BOARD GAMES, a chance to play Scrabble, Life, Monopoly, Clue and other games, or participants can bring a favorite board game, 4 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

COLUMBIA LIBRARY JAZZ CLUB, for ages 11-15, participants learn how to play easy jazz arrangements and should bring their own instruments (All instruments welcome.). Includes a jam session with musicians from the Council of Elders. Permission slips required of students from parents. 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7704.

Wednesday 30

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

SENIOR CHOIR SEARCH, for ages 65 and older. The 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 area senior residential facilities. 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

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.

COMIC BOOK CLUB, for ages 11-17. Participants discuss their favorite graphic novel and drawing styles. Sponsored by the Graphic Novel Club, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. 410-313-5577.

ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT, for parents and caregivers of children with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder or 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

Thursday 1

NEWCOMERS CLUB COFFEE, for Howard County residents, a social club, chance to 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.

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, for pregnant women and mothers; infants and toddlers welcome. Discussion topic: "Breast-Feeding and Technology." Sponsored by the La Leche League of Columbia AM, 10 a.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-461-3423.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE, Maryland Youth Orchestra brass players perform seasonal favorites. 7:30 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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