The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will sponsor a meeting of its Writer's Circle at 7 p.m. Jan. 14.
Those who attend can share their original writing with other aspiring authors for support and feedback.
Registration is not required.
Artist's photographs -- Photographs by Columbia artist Chiyuki Tanaka will be on display until March 1 in the Himmelfarb Gallery at Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel. Harmonic Nature, an exhibition of black-and-white and color photographs, reflects the photographer's lifelong interest in nature and music. The show marks 20 years of employment at Tai Sophia Institute for Tanaka, who has designated proceeds from the sale of her work to benefit the student scholarship fund at Tai Sophia, a private nonprofit graduate institution for wellness-based education. Tanaka works in the school's business and finance division as controller. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. 410-888-9048.
Library classes -- Preschool children's classes at the Savage branch library this month are designed to foster language development and early literacy through stories, new vocabulary and print and letter recognition.
"Chill Out With Science," a class for ages 3 to 6 with an adult, explores simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature. The four-week series will be held at 10 a.m. Mondays (except Jan. 21) tomorrow through Feb. 4. Registration is required.
Gallaudet teacher Kathy Pongor will teach functional American Sign Language in a three-week series of classes for ages 4 and older at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, this week to Jan. 22. Registration is required.
"3, 2, Fun!" - for ages 2 and 3 with adult, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 15 through Feb. 26.
"Play Partners," for infants and toddlers to 23 months, features stories, baby games and musical activities. The 20- to 30-minute program is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30. 410-880-5978.
Refuge classes, walks -- Although Patuxent Research Refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center is temporarily closed for repairs through mid-March, outdoor programs are continuing, and the Visitor Center grounds and trails remain open from sunrise until 4:30 p.m. daily, except federal holidays and during severe weather. Prospective visitors can check the refuge's Web site, http:--patuxent.fws .gov or call 301-597-5763.
A Winter Bird Walk for ages 16 and older will be offered at the National Wildlife Visitor Center from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday. A walk for those ages 12 and older is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. A volunteer naturalist will lead the search for winter resident and migrant birds. Binoculars and field glasses are recommended. A workshop in nature journaling for ages 8 to 10 will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Participants will learn how journaling is used as an important tool for scientists in the field.
At the North Tract, children ages 8 to 10 can learn about Life Under Cover, that is, under leaves, logs and soil, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today. A Winter Trees and Weeds program for all ages will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 13. A field guide, water and magnifying lens are recommended.
The programs are free, although donations to Friends of Patuxent are welcome. Reservations are required. Information or to reserve a place: 301-497-5887. Inform the staff of special needs. The National Wildlife Visitor Center is on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197. The North Tract is on Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32.
Savage Bluegrass -- The musical group Savage Bluegrass will appear at Sam's Bar and Restaurant on U.S. 1 South in Laurel at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Jan. 22. There is no cover charge. 301-317-7796.
Laurel College -- Laurel College Center, a partnership between Howard Community College and Prince George's Community College, will hold a free, no-obligation information session from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Laurel College Center campus, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 205, Laurel. Those who attend will have a chance to learn about the college center's credit and noncredit courses, weekend classes and options for associate's and bachelor's degrees. 866-228-6110, or www.laurelcollegecen ter.org.
Helping -- North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, a cooperative center created by local nonprofit organizations for residents in the southeastern part of the county, has expanded to include counseling, legal assistance, information and referral, immigrant services and assistance with food, energy and housing. The center is in Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road. 301-498-7509.