The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department Junior Firefighters will sponsor a Winter Carnival youth dance for ages 9-15, Saturday, Jan. 19, 7 to 10 p.m., at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road.

Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person with a maximum of 200 tickets sold. Food and beverages, which include pizza, corn dogs, pretzels, nachos, candy, water and sodas, will also be for sale at the dance.

The department does have a "no exceptions" policy on appropriate behavior and dress code for its youth dances, and also enforces a strict adult sign-in/sign-out procedure for attendance.

For more information on the dance, call 410-761-6633 (and select option 5), or go to http://www.ElkridgeVFD.org.

The SPRING (Senior Peer Resources: Individuals, Networks & Groups) bereavement group will meet for seven weeks beginning Thursday, Jan. 24, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 21044.

This program, offered by the Howard County Office on Aging, is geared toward adults mourning the loss of a loved one. It is essential to commit to the full seven-week program; cost is $15 and registration is required. For information on the bereavement group, or any of the mental health programs offered by the Office on Aging, contact Karen Hull at 410.313.7466 or khull@howardcountymd.gov.

Don't miss the Howard County Office of Children's Services annual Children on Board Child Care and Preschool Information Fair, Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. Admission is free; however, attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable donation for the Howard County Food Bank.

Get the latest information on family child care, child care centers, infant programs, summer camps, play groups, school-age programs, co-op nursery schools, preschools and more. For more information, call 410-313-1940 or email childcare@howardcountymd.gov.

Mary Holland, chairwoman of the Howard County Mission Council and volunteer with the American Cancer Society (ACS), wants to remind folks about the ACS Road to Recovery Program, which provides free transportation to treatment facilities for patients with cancer living in Howard County.

Patients must be ambulatory; rides are provided by volunteer drivers who donate their time and personal vehicles. For more information, call ACS at 1-800-227-2345.

That's all for this week, but please keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space.