These groups meet regularly.

Alzheimer's Support Group — Second Saturday, 10 a.m. Caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia are invited to attend. Bethany United Methodist Church,  2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City. 410-465-8985.


Asperger's Syndrome — Second Thursday, 7:30-9 p.m. Support and education. Howard County Autism Society Resource Center, 10280 Old Columbia Road, Suite 215, Columbia. Elaine McAuliffe, 410-730-0068 or elainemcauliffe@yahoo.com.

Autism Biomedical Support Group — Every other month, second Wednesday, 7 p.m. Nourishing Journey, 10440 Shaker Drive, Suite 105, Columbia. Jennifer Palmer, 410-992-3001 or jenn_palmer@comcast.net.

Care Giver's Support Group — Second Saturday, 10 a.m. For people who are caring for a loved one with chronic illness and need a place to air concerns and receive support. Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center, Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-740-5858 to register.

Camp Love — Two-hour sessions in July for ladies only. Focus sessions include: Surviving Abusive Relationships; Focusing on Your Nutritional Value; Developing Dynamic Health Regimens; Building Healthy Matters: Stress Management; Empowering Self and Building High Self Esteem; Choosing You Even When it Hurts; and Overcoming Grief and Depression. Enjoy organic tea and homemade cake while working together. MPB Group Inc., 5840 Banneker Road, Suite 270, Columbia. For details, 260-226-7192 or info@inspirationalphoenix.com. $80 per person.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance — Second Friday, 7-9 p.m. For ages 18 and older. Howard County General Hospital, Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia; and third Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Youth group for ages 13-17. Sheppard Pratt at Ellicott City, the Rotunda, 4100 College Ave., Ellicott City. Vanessa, 443-995-8351 or DBSAhowardcounty@yahoo.com.

Family Support Group — Second Monday, 7 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, music room, 7607 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel; second Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Day room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Provides support and education to the family and friends of adults with a mental illness. 410-772-9300 or http://www.nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.

Howard County General Hospital Parkinson's group — Second Tuesday, noon-1 p.m. In the hospital's outpatient center. 443-718-3135 or cklein@hcgh.org.

Individual Differences In Learning — Second Monday, 7 p.m. Information and support for parents and teachers of highly able children with learning disabilities. Linden-Linthicum Church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane, Clarksville. 410-531-0764 or http://www.gifteddifferentlearners.org.

Insulin Dependent/Type 1 Adult Diabetes — Second Monday, 7 p.m. Howard County Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. Judy Haxton, 301-490-0029, or Lisa Hoffmeyer, 410-788-8720.

Marriage: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. A five-week couple's group therapy seminar to improve communication, connection, intimacy and understanding in the relationship. Couples seeking additional help may choose to be placed with a therapist for individual couples counseling upon completion of the group. Rolling group; $250 per couple. 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Suite 209, Columbia. 410-740-8067. http://www.integrative-counseling.com.

Men's Grief Support Group — Second Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Ongoing monthly group for men who have lost their spouse or life partner. Gilchrist Hospice Care-Howard County Office, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia. Program is free, but registration is required. 410-730-5072.

Moms Club of Woodbine — Second Monday, 10 a.m. Social and support group for mothers in the Woodbine, Cooksville and Glenwood areas. 443-812-2655 or WoodbineMOMSclub@yahoogroups.com.

Moms Inc. — Second Tuesday, 10 a.m. Support and networking group for moms who run a home-based business (or those who would like to start one). Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane. 410-795-8390 or http://www.momsinc.org.

Parent Support Group — Second Monday, noon-1:30 p.m. Support for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues. First Presbyterian Church, Room 204, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. 410-772-9300 or http://www.nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) — Second and fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Rainbow Youth and Allies (RYA) social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, ages 12-22. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.pflagmd.org,pflagmd@gmail.com or 443-280-9047.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group for Caregivers/Care Partners — Second Tuesday, 10 a.m. Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, arts and crafts room, 5400 Vantage House Road, Columbia. Lynada Johnson, 410-992-1120.

Polio Group — Second Saturday, 10 a.m. For anyone who has had polio. Ruth Keeton House, 5466 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Jean, 410-312-0606.

Rise and Grow Women's Support Group — Second and fourth Fridays, 7 p.m. Are you a woman who is transitioning through the end of a marriage or long-term relationship? No matter where you are in the process, you are welcome to join the group of women who share common experiences and feelings. Meetings are safe and confidential. Howard County Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. 301-332-2432.

Spouse Caregivers — Second Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Somerford Place Alzheimer's Assisted Living, 8220 Snowden River Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-9744.

Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Groups must be open to the public; priority will be given to those that meet in Howard County. Send information to: Support groups, Baltimore Sun Media Group, Targeted Media, 501 N. Calvert St., Third Floor, Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-332-6495; or email hccalendar@patuxent.com.