Friday 2

WOMEN'S NETWORKING SOCIAL, demonstrations of holiday craft-making, a raffle to benefit Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services; part of "For Women Only," a project led by Marilyn Johnson of MTM Design Studio, which provides networking, support and personal growth opportunities for women, 7 p.m., MTM Design Studio, 154 Lafayette Ave., Unit E, Laurel. $5. 301-604-4139.

Saturday 3

FIRST-AID PROGRAM, a hands-on program that teaches how to assess and treat a variety of emergency conditions; includes a lecture and materials. Participants will receive a three-year National Safety Council certification. Sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wellness Center, Columbia Medical Center, Suite L-9, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $60; registration required. 410-740-7601.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Queen of Harlem: A Novel," by Brian Keith Jackson, sponsored by the Black Fiction Book Club, 1 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7700.

Monday 5

HOLIDAY NATURAL DECORATING, a master gardener discusses how to use natural elements to decorate for the holidays, 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Birth of Venus," by Sarah Dunant, facilitated by Lucie Pettis, sponsored by the Contemporary Fiction Book Club, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.

LANGUAGE PROGRAM, for adults and teenagers with English as a second or third language. Participants practice English skills in a group setting. Sponsored by the library's English Conversation Club, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Mondays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

Tuesday 6

OFFICERS' WIVES CLUB LUNCHEON, for wives of active or retired military personnel of all branches, their families and guests, a buffet lunch and a holiday musical concert presented by the Annapolis Chorale, directed by J. Ernest Green, sponsored by the Fort George G. Meade Officers' Wives Club, 11 a.m., Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Rd., Fort George Meade. $15; registration required. 410-674-8289.

ELKRIDGE YOUTH PROGRAMS, for children ages 11 and older, parents welcome. Library youth specialist Amanda Gardner is seeking ideas for programs and how to create the right atmosphere for teenagers at the library. 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Free. 410-313-5077.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM, for adults and teenagers with English as a second or third language. Participants practice English skills in a group setting, sponsored by the library's English Conversation Club, 7-8 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.

Wednesday 7

CHILDREN'S PLAY TIMES, for ages 23 months and younger accompanied by an adult, stories, baby games and music activities, 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Dec. 14, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. 410-880-5978.

BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Notebook," a novel by Nicholas Sparks, sponsored by retired women of the Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, 10 a.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

COLUMBIA MOTHERS SUPPORT GROUP, for working mothers and at-home mothers, discussion of personal needs and interests of women during their active parenting years, sponsored by Mothers and More, Southwest Baltimore Chapter, 6:30-9 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 443-535-0592.

ELKRIDGE HOLIDAY COOKIE BAKE, for children ages 7 and older accompanied by an adult. Library branch manager Phil Lord teaches how to make holiday cookies, kitchen preparation, oven safety, and measuring and mixing ingredients; includes hands-on cookie-making. Bring an apron. 4:30 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Free, registration required. 410-313-5085.

HOLIDAY NATURAL DECORATING, a master gardener discusses how to use natural elements to decorate for the holidays, 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

Thursday 8

GIFT-WRAPPING CLASS, for ages 12 and older. Teaches how to wrap gifts; materials provided, 7-8 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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