Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Glaser will be at the east Columbia library at 7 p.m. July 11, as part of "Poetry's Here @ Your Maryland Library," a program of the Maryland Center of the Book.
Glaser has served as head of the division of arts and letters and chairmen of the English department at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
He will invite his audience to read new poems and old favorites, and he will talk about poetry, art and the natural world.
Glaser's works include A Lover's Eye, In the Men's Room and Other Poems and Being a Father. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Registration is to begin June 27.
The east Columbia branch is at 6600 Cradlerock Way.
At the library -- A reading program for children, "Reading Roadtrip," offers prizes for books children read during summer. Participants can register at the east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. A program is also available for babies and toddlers to age 3, in which parents can read books, magazines or newspapers to their children and earn prizes.
An adult summer reading club, sponsored by Friends of the Howard County Library, is offered through Aug. 31. Participants will be eligible for monthly prize drawings. Entry forms are available at the information desk in each library. www.hclibrary.org.
30th, 40th birthdays -- Residents of Kings Contrivance village are invited to celebrate the village's 30th birthday and Columbia's 40th birthday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today with a family picnic at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. Participants can take a picnic dinner and a blanket. Drinks, dessert, entertainment and crafts for children are planned. The event, which has a medieval theme, will feature medieval-style singers and an activity in which children can decorate crowns and coats of arms. Registration is requested. 410-381-9600.
Bridge, tai chi -- The east Columbia 50+ Center at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is offering a free Bridge Night for advanced players from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
"Simplified Yang's Tai Chi," 24 gentle moves taught by Ping Mao, will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. once or twice a week. The cost is $6 a class. A series of classes is to begin on a date to be determined.
A "Harmonize Your Body" exercise class featuring the 4-S method (Stamina-Strength-Stretch-Synergy) will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting June 19. The cost is $3 a class. 410-313-7680.
Benefit walk -- Columbia Association Middle School Advisory Committee will sponsor a Cancer Walk from noon to 2 p.m. June 24 on the two-mile path around Lake Elkhorn. Proceeds from the walk, which costs $20, will benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration can be completed in advance or at 11 a.m. on the day of the walk. 410-715-5523.
Baby-sitting -- Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, will offer its one-day "Baby-sitting Made Easy" workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30 and July 21. The program, for those ages 11 to 14, includes first aid, emergency procedures, safety precautions and other baby-sitting skills. The cost is $48 for Columbia residents; $58 for nonresidents. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $10. 410-992-3726.