Thursday 22 KNITTING CIRCLE,bring your own supplies for a casual knitting social group. 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577. SPEECH PRACTICE,techniques intended to improve communication and leadership skills, a meeting of Patuxent Toastmasters. 7:30 p.m., Oliver's Carriage House, Kittamaqundi Community Church, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-8915 or http://www.patuxenttoastmasters.org.

Friday 23CHILDREN'S MUSICAL PROGRAM,for ages 2-5, Tracey Eldridge presents her music and riddles and leads kids in rhyming and movement exercises, sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association. 10-10:45 a.m., the Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. $4.50. 410-730-4610 or 301-596-5237.

Saturday 24GREEN HOME RENOVATION SEMINAR,instruction on planning a successful environment-friendly renovation project, sponsored by the Green Building Institute. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., the Enviro-Center, 7761 Waterloo Rd., Jessup. $130; members, $99. 443-733-1234. BABYSITTING CLASS,for ages 11-14, hands-on activities and instruction, certificates awarded, sponsored by the Columbia Teen Center. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Columbia Teen Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. $48; Columbia residents, $40; registration required. 410-992-3726.

COASTAL EROSION PROGRAM,for age 10 and older, experiments and hands-on demonstrations. 10 a.m.-noon, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee, $3; children and seniors, $2; reservations required. 410-741-9330 or http://www.jugbay.org.

TAIJUTSU DEMONSTRATION,for ages 11-17, presented by Julie Elrod, instructor with the American Academy of Martial Arts. 2-2:45 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

BASKET BINGO, a raffle, door prizes and food available; proceeds benefit Elkridge Hurricanes baseball travel team. 6 p.m., Elkridge Volunteer Fire Hall, 6275 Old Washington Blvd., Elkridge. $20; in advance, $18. 410-744-9582.

Sunday 25 CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PRESENTATION,an overview of what the crime does to children, adults and society; talk by Pamela Pine, founder of Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse. 10 a.m., Oseh Shalom, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel. Free. 301-498-5151.

Monday 26HERB SEMINAR,basic techniques for growing, harvesting and preserving herbs; presented by master gardeners Donna White and Irish Shepherd. 7:30-9 p.m., Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Dr., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-381-9600. Tuesday 27MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP,for people who work, attend school or regularly interact with the community, sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness-Howard County. 6:30-8 p.m., Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-772-9300 or http://www.namihcmd.org.

WINDOWS COMPUTER CLUB,for all ages, tips on Windows operating systems, freeware and shareware, and Web topics; a meeting of the Windows Special Interest Group for Personal Computers. 7-9 p.m., Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-465-1131.

Wednesday 28BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP,for new and expecting mothers interested in breast-feeding, a meeting of La Leche League of Western Howard County. 10-11:30 a.m., Linden Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane, Clarksville. Free. 410-864-8080 or 401-905-5208. COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION,Lisa Carey's novel "Love in the Asylum." 10:30 a.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7700.

COMMUNITY SERVICE KNITTING,knit and crochet afghans, blankets and baby clothes for charities, hospitals and senior centers; donations of acrylic yarn requested. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

ALASKA TRAVEL TALK,photos and a narration of retired Savage Branch Library manager Karen Trennepohl's visit to Alaska. 2 p.m., Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP,for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues, sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness-Howard County. 7:30-9 p.m., Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Ct., Columbia. Free. 410-772-9300.

Thursday 1GRIEF WORKSHOP,"Understanding Grief," for people grieving loss of a loved one, sponsored by Hospice of Howard County. 6-7 p.m., hospice office, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Suite 433, Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-5072.

HOLISITIC CAREER ROUNDTABLE,for people interested in acupuncture and herbal medicine, a discussion with faculty members and alumni from Tai Sophia Institute. 7-8:30 p.m., Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-888-9048 or admissions@tai.edu.

REAL ESTATE SEMINAR,for people interested in real estate investing, a presentation by investor Peter Giardini on the current state of the local housing market and the economy. 7-10 p.m., Ramada Inn BWI Airport Hotel, near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, 7253 Parkway Dr., Hanover. Free; registration required. 410-247-8728 or http://www.faststartriches.com.

CALL FOR ART AND LITERATURE,for current and former Columbia residents, March 1 is the deadline for submitting poetry, prose and history detailing life in Columbia to the Little Patuxent Review, a biannual arts anthology; entries may include essays, fiction, social commentary and visual images. All written material should be typed; prose should be no longer than 3,000 words; a maximum of five poems per poet and six visual images under 300 pixels per artist. The magazine also seeks essays less than 1,000 words long from seniors imparting "elder wisdom" to pass on to younger generations, and anecdotes up to 250 words illustrating the impact of Columbia on the writer. Send submissions with a brief biography, a cover letter, contact information and a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Little Patuxent Review, 6012 Jamina Downs, Columbia, Md. 21045; or e-mail them to clarkmj@comcast.net with the words "Little Patuxent Review submission" in the subject field. Published authors will receive one copy of the review.

-- Compiled by CARRIE DONOVAN

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