Duff Goldman, the co-author of "Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes," will appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble, Long Gate Shopping Center, 4300 Montgomery Road, for a discussion and signing. To reserve a space in line, pick up a wristband at the store after 9 a.m. Tuesday.
For more information, call 410-203-9001.
Family movie night
Howard County Library presents "Hotel for Dogs" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Free.
Exhibit at Still Life Gallery
Exhibition of photographs titled "Nostalgia: The Past is the Present" will be on display through Dec. 31 at Still Life Gallery, 8173 Main St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Information: 410-461-1616.
The Robinson Foundation sponsors a performance of the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at 2 p.m. Saturday at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Call 443-733-1203 or 410-313-1950 for tickets and more information.
The Horizon Councils and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will host a mother-daughter workshop, "Mean Girls: Queen Bees, Gamma Girls and Surviving the Female Hierarchy," at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Workshop will give mothers and daughters the opportunity to discuss the social issues and peer pressures on girls. Free. Information: 410-313-1950.
Music Matters Showcase
J7B Blue, Bob Brill and Steve Lanocha perform 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Java Grande Cafe, 9050 Baltimore National Pike. Free.
Master gardeners will answer questions about plants and gardening 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Miller branch of the Howard County Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-1950.
Chess : The Elkridge branch of the Howard County Library, 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. Call 410-313-5077.
English conversation : The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club." It's a chance for those whose second - or third - language is English to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Those interested in attending should register with the library before attending their first meeting. Information: 410-313-1950.
Kiwanis meets Mondays: The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at 3300 Norberts Way. All are welcome. Call 410-418-8218 or go to ellicottcitykiwanis.com for more information.