Thursday 1COLORECTAL CANCER TELECONFERENCE,a presentation by Fernando Velayos, associate director of Translational Research at the University of California San Francisco Center for Crohn's and Colitis; topics include screening, preventions and treatment. Sponsored by the Maryland Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. 12:30-3 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 443-276-0861 or GRIEF WORKSHOP, for people grieving the loss of a loved one, "Understanding Grief," 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,a discussion on acupuncture and herbal remedies., 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

REAL ESTATE INVESTING SEMINAR,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

"THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON,"2006 movie about former Beatle's political activism during the years of the Richard Nixon administration. 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

Friday 2DUPLICATE BRIDGE,bring a partner, drop-in games; coffee, tea and treats provided. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 3000 Norberts Way, Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

Saturday 3BIRD-WATCHING,for ages 12 and older, tips on bird identification; binoculars and field guides available to borrow. 8-11 a.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee, $3; children and seniors, $2; reservations required. 410-741-9330 or LOCAL LEGACY PROJECT,the Howard County Conservancy seeks friends and former students of Ruth and Frances Brown to share memories and memorabilia of the school teachers whose farm is now the home of the conservancy. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and Wednesday , the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. Those unable to attend but wishing to share information, may call 410-465-8877 or e-mail

DISABLED STUDENTS COLLEGE FAIR,assistive technology demonstrations and workshops on topics including Howard Community College's Project Access, federal legislation affecting postsecondary education, financial aid, postsecondary disability support service programs, career development and strategies for academic success. Noon-3 p.m., Howard Community College, Burrill Galleria, Science and Technology Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4625.

BLACK FICTION BOOK CLUB,discussion of Colson Whitehead's novel "The Intuitionist." 1 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

ALS RESOURCE SUPPORT GROUP,for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and their families and friends; sponsored by the ALS Association. 1-3 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, Clark House, 9120 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 301-978-9855 or

LUNAR ECLIPSE VIEWING,astronomy professors from Howard Community College and amateur astronomers from the Howard Astronomical League will answer questions. Bring binoculars and small telescopes, if possible; dress for the outdoors. 6-8 p.m., Howard Community College parking garage, upper level, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4891 or

Sunday 4BIRD CLUB FIELD TRIP,for beginners and experienced bird-watchers, a walk around Centennial Lake in search of early migrating birds, sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club. 8 a.m., meet at west end parking lot off Centennial Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-461-3361 or

RECRUITMENT INFORMATION,"Military Recruitment in Our Schools: What Students (and Parents) Need to Know Before Enlisting," a presentation on military contracts and other information, sponsored by the Columbia United Christian Church, the Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice, the Howard County Friends of Latin America, and Maryland Grandmothers and Others for Peace. 3-5 p.m., Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. Free. 301-776-0208.

Monday 5DROP-IN MAH-JONGG,1-3:30 p.m., Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 3000 Norberts Way, Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279. KIWANIS CLUB MEETING,for members and prospective members interested in community service to benefit children. 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, 3300 Norberts Way, Ellicott City. Free. 410-418-8218.

WRITERS' CIRCLE,bring original writing for support and feedback. 7 p.m. Mondays, Savage Branch Library, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel. Free. 410-880-5980.

CONTEMPORARY FICTION BOOK CLUB, discussion of Edward P. Jones's novel, "The Known World." 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Glenwood. Free. 410-313-5577.

Tuesday 6 FIRST-NOVEL PUBLICATION TALK,Maryland author and college sophomore Drew Bowling talks about the process of getting his first novel, "The Tower of Shadows," published; books available for purchase. 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

SPELLING BEE FILM SCREENING,for ages 11 and older, "Akeelah and the Bee" (2006), about an underprivileged 11-year-old girl with a gift for spelling. 7-9 p.m., Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

Wednesday 7SENIORS BOOK CLUB, for ages 50 and older, discussion of Markus Zusak's novel "The Book Thief;" a meeting of the Western Howard County Seniors Book Club. 10 a.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577. HEARING LOSS SERIES,a six-week program on communication issues and treatment options; presented by the University of Maryland Department of Speech and Hearing, sponsored by Senior Peer Resources: Individuals, Networks and Groups (SPRING). 1-2:30 p.m., the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. First session, free; six-week program, $30; registration required by March 2. 410-313-7466.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUB,for non-native speakers, practice speaking English in a group setting. 7:45-8:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

Thursday 8GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP,for adults 49 and younger mourning the loss of a spouse or life partner, a six-week support group. 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, through April 12, Hospice of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-5072.

BASKETBALL DOCUMENTARY,a screening of "The Heart of the Game" (2005), about the Roosevelt Roughriders, a Seattle high school girls' basketball team. 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

BIRD IDENTIFICATION DISCUSSION, a presentation on identifying birds in early migration at a meeting of the Howard County Bird Club; hospitality and club bookstore open, 7:30 p.m.; program, 8 p.m., Howard County Recreation and Parks office, 7210 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-418-8731.

-- Compiled by CARRIE DONOVAN

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