10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 410-313-7800.
•All Together Now. Saturdays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes.
•Eclectic Evenings. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
•English Conversation Club. Mondays, 10 a.m. and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. Register before attending.
•Invitation to the Ballet. May 27, 6:30 p.m. Students of Misako Ballet perform classical ballet and contemporary dances.
•Mystery. Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
•Mythology Mania. May 16, 2 p.m. Activities about Greek and Roman mythology. Costumes optional. Ages 7-11. Registration required.
•Noontime. Third Thursdays, noon.
•Pages from the Past. First Mondays, 7 p.m.
6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7700.
•All Together Now. Wednesdays, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes.
•Black Fiction. First Saturdays, 1 p.m.
•Fantastic Quartet: Four Writers on Creating Strange New Worlds. Thu., May 8, 7 p.m. Local authors Dave Galanter, Robert Greenberger, Howard Weinstein, and Steven H. Wilson grew up as Star Trek and science fiction fans. They have written dozens of Star Trek novels, comic books, television scripts, nonfiction books, articles, and original tales set in worlds of their own creation. Learn about their experiences and newest stories. A "Meet the Author" event.
•Good Reads. First Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
•Morning Books with Coffee. Third Mondays, 10 a.m.
•S.O.S. School's Out Surprise: Draw and Paint. May 16, 2 p.m. Ages 6-9. Ticket required.
•Teen Investor. Wednesdays, May 14, 21 and 28, 7 p.m. Learn to pick stocks and maximize returns. Ages 13-17.
6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5077.
•Ecosystem Science: Learning Tree Networks. May 16, 2 p.m. Learn to recognize and identify trees. Registration required.
•Elks Excellent Reads. Second Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.
•Introduction to Baby Signing Time. May 15, 10:30 a.m. Danielle Ortiz, certified Signing Time Academy instructor, discusses the benefits of signing with little ones. Ages up to 2 years old. Registration required.
2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5577
•Contemporary Literature. First Monday, 7 p.m.
•Journey Cover to Cover. Third Thursdays, 10 a.m.
9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.
•Asian American Literature. Third Mondays, 7 p.m.
•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
•Culture Fest: North Africa and the Middle East. May 18, 1:30 p.m. Learn what makes each culture unique with entertaining performances, music, educational displays, and food. In partnership with Columbia Association's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs.
•Dudes on Books. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
•English Conversation Class. Wednesdays, 7:45 p.m.
•Fact Check Book Club. Second Mondays, 7 p.m.
•The Job Hunter's Guide to the Internet. May 28, 7 p.m. Learn to coordinate an effective job search.
•Let's Plant a Rainbow. May 15, 4:30 p.m. Discover the vegetables that make a rainbow and keep you healthy. Ages 6-8. Registration required.
•Notable Author: Dr. Pam Peeke. June 9, 7 p.m. Learn about the importance of proper nutrition and good choices with Dr. Pam Peeke as she discusses how to optimize your mental and physical performance at any age. In her latest New York Times bestseller, "The Hunger Fix," Peeke reveals that many people struggle to achieve their wellness goals because they have trouble changing their current lifestyles. Peeke provides simple tips, tools, and techniques for everyone.
•Save Your Knees: You'll (k)Need Them for a Long Time. May 20, 7 p.m. Learn how to reduce the risk of knee injury and what you can do now if you're experience knee pain. Presented by Christy Edwards, ACE personal trainer and owner of Aurora Fitness, and Leigh A. Roberts, DPT, OCS, and owner of L A R Physical Therapy.
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•Split Rail Garden Club Presents...Butterflies. May 16, 2 p.m. Ages 5-8. Registration required.
•Tea and Tomes. Third Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
8360 Court Ave., Ellicott City. 410-313-2135.
•Law Advice. First three Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Attorney available to give free legal advice to self-represented litigants in civil, non family matters. No appointment necessary.
•Legal Advice in Family Law Matters. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Free.
The Columbia Maryland Family History Center
4251 Columbia Road, Ellicott City. 410-465-1642.
•Free access to several subscription genealogy websites such as Ancestry.com, Fold3 and Find My Past. There are over 1,500 U.S. and world genealogy books and several thousand permanent microfiche and microfilm records. The staff are all volunteers with genealogy research experience in a variety of countries. Monday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7- 9 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.