These groups meet regularly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 Cancer Resource Center, Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-740-5858 to register.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.orghttp://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.
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,email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.