Poet Sue Ellen Thompson will lead a workshop that examines approaches to writing free verse at 1 p.m. May 16 at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.
Those who attend the workshop "How 'Free' is Your Free Verse?" will have an opportunity to experiment with creating a free verse poem from a prose paragraph.
Miller branch offers Teen 'Zine
The Miller branch library's Teen 'Zine program, in which youths ages 13-17 can contribute to a new online newsletter written by teens for teens, invites participants to meet at the library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 12.
To start, attend a meeting or make an appointment with the library's teen specialist. Registration is not needed.
Information: www. hclibrary.org/teenzine.
Cheerleading, football sign-up set
The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registration for Elkridge Hurricanes Flag and Tackle football and cheerleading.
Practice begins in August at Elkridge Landing Middle School. The season runs through mid-November.
Flag football for ages 5-6 costs $85; tackle football for ages 7-14 costs $160. Cheerleading for ages 5-14 costs $125. Tackle football participants are placed on teams based on age and weight.
Early registration is advised. Information: Jean Shea, 410-313-4626; text telephone, 410-313-4665. To register: 410-313-PARK. Or visit www.hcrpsports.com.
Kiwanis Club -- Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a volunteer service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis-Wallas Building, 3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City. Everyone is welcome. 410-418-8218, or www.ellicottcitykiwanis.com.
Free bridge, other games -- The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center sponsors a bridge group from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; pinochle meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Those who attend are invited to bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. Donations are accepted for the snack fund.
Duplicate bridge is available from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Mah-jongg is played at the center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free.
A community service group meets to knit and crochet blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis Wallas center. The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center is at 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.
A Bunco program for ages 55 and older, sponsored by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 23, July 28 and Aug. 25. A $1 donation is requested. 410-313-7279.
Chess -- The county library's Elkridge branch, 6540 Washington Blvd., sponsors a chess club for ages 13 and older from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all abilities are welcome, but they must know how to play chess. Snacks will be provided. Registration not required. 410-313-5077.
Learning English -- The county library's Miller branch library offers an English conversation club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays for people who speak English as a second language and would like to practice conversation in a group setting. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.
Basket bingo -- The Elkridge Hurricanes Football and Cheer organization will hold a basket bingo at 7 p.m. Friday at Veterans Elementary School, 4355 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. The fundraiser features Longaberger baskets and Southern Living products. Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 410-382-9881 or visit www.elk ridgehurricanes.com.