These groups meet regularly.
Chavurah — Second Sunday and fourth Friday. A secular-humanist Jewish group. 410-337-0100.
Columbia Ski Club — Second Monday, 7:30 p.m. Skiing, biking, hiking and community service. Columbia Hilton, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia. 410-715-4564 or http://www.columbiaskiclub.org.
Columbia Fiction Critique Group — Now open to new applications. The group is interested in fiction in all genres except: young adult, middle grade or kid literature, fan-fiction and poetry. Everyone is welcome to apply, whether you've been published before or not. Second and fourth Wednesdays in or around Columbia. All applicants must be willing to read up to 40 pages beforehand, attend meetings in person, and give serious and constructive critiques. email@example.com.
Columbia Volksmarch Club — Second Monday, 7:30 p.m. Fun, fitness, fresh air and fellowship in noncompetitive walking program. Meets at member homes. 410-313-8499.
Community Knitting & Crocheting Group — Second and fourth Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Volunteers ages 55 and older create heirloom memories while knitting and crocheting afghans, blankets, baby wear and more for local charities, hospitals and senior centers. Cedar Lane Recreation Center, 5081 Cedar Lane Road, Columbia. Acrylic yarn donations appreciated. Shawnté Berry, 410-313-4704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FreeState Arrow Modelers — Second Friday, 7:30 p.m. Owen Brown Village Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-715-0566.
Howard County Genealogical Society — Second Wednesday. Informal workshop with help table, browsing table and surname file table; 7:30 p.m. Miller Branch Library, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Sign language interpretation available upon advance request. 410-381-6797. Meeting is canceled when Howard County schools are closed.
Howard County Order Sons of Italy, Lodge 2364 — Second Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Turf Valley Country Club, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City. 410-465-0073 or 410-379-0431.
Howard County Republican Central Committee — Second Wednesday, 7 p.m. http://hocogop.org or 410-997-8683.
The Laurel Lions Club — Second and fourth Tuesday. Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, 7411 Cherry Lane, Laurel. 301-483-9807 or http://www.laurelions.org.
LAVA Writer's Group — Second Thursday. 410-507-2373 or email@example.com.
MOMS Club of Clarksville — Second Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Social and support group for stay-at-home moms of Clarksville, Columbia-west, Highland, Fulton, Dayton, Glenwood and Glenelg offers activities and playgroups. firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.momsclubofclarksvillemd.org.
MOMS Club of Ellicott City North/Woodstock — Second Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Activities for stay-at-home moms and their children. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Route 144/Chatham Road. 410-795-7758 or email@example.com.
Patapsco Valley Republican Club — Second Wednesday, 7 p.m. A membership organization promoting conservative values and supporting Republican candidates in southwest Baltimore County and eastern Howard County. Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville. http://www.patapscovalleygop.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patuxent Toastmasters Club — Holiday schedule Dec. 12 and 19, 7:30 p.m. Conquer your fear of public speaking. Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia. http://www.patuxenttoastmasters.org or meetup.com.
Photo Organizing — Second Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon. Learn the tricks of sorting and organizing old photos, and then transforming them into meaningful albums. Nancy Apted, 410-480-1811. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, in the Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia.
Quilting Support Group — Second and fourth Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. Quilting and hand-piecing class for beginners and advanced stitchers. Free. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-740-5858.
Speak Always With Confidence Toastmasters — Second and fourth Wednesdays, 5:10 p.m. Come develop your speaking and leadership skills in a fun, supportive environment. Leidos/SAIC building, 6841 Benjamin Franklin Drive, in Columbia Gateway. http://saic.toastmastersclubs.org.
Sunday Singles — Second Saturday. Dennis, 301-916-0275.
Western Howard County Cattail River Garden Club — Second Tuesday, 10 a.m. 410-489-5636 for location and directions.
Wh'Y' Not Toastmasters Club — Second and fourth Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Guests are invited to attend and learn more about the club. Audrey McLendon, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. http://1542797.toastmastersclubs.org. Glen Mar Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City.
XY professionals group — Second Wednesday. Networking for young professionals ages 21-40. For time and location, 443-677-8870.
Yingling-Ridgely Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary No. 7472 — Second Thursday, 8 p.m. A community service organization. VFW, 4225 VFW Lane, Ellicott City. 410-242-4036.
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