Meet the author

John Elder Robison, author of two books about his life with Asperger syndrome, will speak at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane. A book-signing precedes his talk at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. Registration and information: 301-431-5675 or go to tinyurl.com/robison2012.

Youth dance

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters sponsor a Spring Fling youth dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14, for ages 9-15 at the firehouse, 6275 Old Washington Road. Tickets are $10. Food and beverages, which include pizza, hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, candy, water and sodas, will be for sale. Information: 410-761-6633 or go to elkridgevfd.org.

The 1940 census

A genealogy class with Bill Amos will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 11, at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. After a 72-year wait, the 1940 U.S. census will be unveiled Monday, April 2. Information: 410-313-1400.

Meet the author

Dorothy Bailey will discuss and sign "In a Different Light" at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Information: 410-313-1400.

Brain fitness

Registered Nurse Robin Zahor presents "Healthy Sleeping Habits" at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Learn how sleep can affect brain performance. She will also offer tips to keep the mind sharp with diet, exercise, nutrition, sleep and stress management. Information: 410-313-1400.

Summer camps

Glen Mar United Methodist Church will hold one-week summer camp sessions June 18 through July 27 at the church, 4701 New Cut Road. Sessions are for children who will be 4 years old by June 1 through children now in fifth grade. Registration and information: 410-465-4995, ext. 212 or go to glenmarumc.org.

Around town

Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Driver safety program The Ellicott City Senior Center presents the American Association of Retired Persons' driver safety program from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 16. The class covers rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to adjust to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. The cost is $14, $12 for AARP members. Registration and information: 410-313-1400.

Kiwanis meets The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at 3300 Norberts Way. Information: 410-418-8218 or ellicottcitykiwanis.com.

Also at the Ellicott City Senior Center in April:

•Pinochle, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Mah-jongg, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.

•Billiards, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

•Needlework Club, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

•Painting Together, 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays.

•Bridge, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.

•Movies and documentaries, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.

•Computer Seniors of America, call for class information and offerings.