Festival of trains

The B&O Railroad Station Museum's annual Holiday Festival of Trains is on view through Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2711 Maryland Ave. The exhibit includes a multilevel LEGO layout with interactive lights, motors and sounds, a Thomas the Tank G-scale layout, children's push-button layout and an N-scale layout. For hours and information, call 410-461-1945.

Genealogical help desk

The Howard County Genealogical Society offers a free help desk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Help is available for researching all areas of the U.S., Europe and other countries. Information: 410-480-3250.

Around town

English conversation The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club," a chance for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 410-313-1950.

Soccer registration

The coed Elkridge Youth Organization spring soccer program is accepting registrations for ages 4-18. No tryouts are required, and all players receive substantial playing time. Games are played at Rockburn Park. Registration ends Feb. 28. For more information, go to eyosoccer.org or send an email with "EYO" in the subject field to eyosoccer@verizon.net.

Ellicott City Senior Center

These events take place at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, 410-313-1421:

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

Holiday party Enjoy lunch, a musical show and cookie sale at the center's holiday party from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. Cost is $15.

Concert The Marriott's Ridge Women's Ensemble performs its holiday concert at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

Brain Fitness Instructor Robin Zahor leads a class on how to keep the mind sharp and improve cognitive performance at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

Fabulous 50 + Players The group presents "Our Hit Parade," favorite songs through the decades, at noon Friday, Dec. 20. $5 admission includes a pizza lunch.

Qi Gong Jessica Koch leads students in a class that consists of a series of gentle movements synchronized with breathing that promotes energy movement through the body. Classes will be held Jan. 10 through March 14. Cost is $58.

Gentle Beginning Yoga Classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Gold Strength Move through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength and range of movement and improve balance at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Zumba Gold Classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Also at the center:

•Billiards, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

•Pingpong, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Pinochle, noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Mah-jongg, 9 a.m. Tuesdays.

•Spring Insighters, 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

•Needlework Club, 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

•Canasta, 1 p.m. Thursdays.

•Spring Men's Forum, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

•Movies/documentaries, 1 p.m. Fridays.