These groups meet regularly.

ALS Resource support group — First Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Educational support for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) patients, family members and friends. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Conference Room 116B, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 301-978-9855 or http://www.ALSinfo.org.

HIV support group for men and women — First Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Howard County Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-313-6267.

I Can Cope — First Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. A free educational series presented in association with the American Cancer Society. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Registration is required. 410-740-5858.


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La Leche League of Columbia — First Friday, 10 a.m. Breastfeeding information and mother-to-mother support. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Ann, 410-309-4940; Bernadette, 301-421-1177; or Katie, 410-461-3423. http://www.lllofmd-de-dc.org/columbiaii.shtml.

The Lupus Foundation of America DC/MD/VA Chapter — First Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive No. 100, Columbia. 888-349-1167 or info@lupusdmv.org.

MOMS Club of Ellicott City-Central — First Wednesday, 10 a.m. Support and social group for at-home moms serving the areas west of New Cut Road, 104 and 108, but south of Route 40 (generally the 21042 and 21043 ZIP codes). First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, near Miller Branch library. http://www.geocities.com/momsclubofec_central or momsclubofec_central@yahoo.com.

Near Death Experience — First Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m. Main cafeteria, building No.1, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. 410-531-3330 or http://www.marylandiands.org.

Young Widows and Widowers group — First Tuesday, 6:30-9 p.m. A social and support group. Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. 410-740-5858.

These groups meet regularly.

Abusive relationships — Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310, Columbia. Free childcare. 410-997-0304.

Alcoholics Anonymous — Sundays, 7 p.m. Share experience, strength and hope with each other to solve this common problem and help others to recover. Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Bereaved Parents of Baltimore — Monthly sharing groups in Lutherville, Westminster and Columbia. Self-help grief support for parents, grandparents and siblings mourning the loss of a child. Monthly newsletter. 410-321-7053.

Better BedRest Inc. — Resource and referral service for women on bedrest during pregnancy. 410-740-7662.

Cancer group for young adults — Mondays. Free professionally-led support groups for young adults affected by cancer in Columbia. 410-964-0202.

Cancer Treatment Transportation Assistance —The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program can provide transportation assistance to and from treatment facilities for individuals with cancer who do not have transportation, who are too ill to drive, and whose family members, friends and neighbors are unable to provide transportation. Volunteer drivers who donate their time and the use of their personal vehicles provide this service. Patients requesting this free transportation must be ambulatory. 1-800-ACS(227)-2345 for more information.

Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance — Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., in Ellicott City. Those living with depression and bipolar disorder, as well as their family and friends are invited. Penny, 410-242-5683; or Dave, 410-465-3486.

Eating disorders — Mondays, 6 p.m., Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia; Fridays, 10:30 a.m., Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. No weigh-ins. http://www.oabaltimore.org.

Emotions Anonymous — Sundays, 4 p.m., at the Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. The group is for women only. Vicky, 301-384-7594.

Fathers — Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. MENS (Men Encouraging Nurturing and Supporting), a life skills parenting program and support group for fathers. Department of Social Service, 7121 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-872-8777.