These groups meet regularly.

ALS Resource support group — First Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Educational support for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) patients, family members and friends. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Conference Room 116B, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 301-978-9855 or http://www.ALSinfo.org.


HIV support group for men and women — First Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Howard County Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-313-6267.

I Can Cope — First Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. A free educational series presented in association with the American Cancer Society. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Registration is required. 410-740-5858.

La Leche League of Columbia — First Friday, 10 a.m. Breastfeeding information and mother-to-mother support. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Ann, 410-309-4940; Bernadette, 301-421-1177; or Katie, 410-461-3423. http://www.lllofmd-de-dc.org/columbiaii.shtml.

The Lupus Foundation of America DC/MD/VA Chapter — First Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive No. 100, Columbia. 888-349-1167 or info@lupusdmv.org.

MOMS Club of Ellicott City-Central — First Wednesday, 10 a.m. Support and social group for at-home moms serving the areas west of New Cut Road, 104 and 108, but south of Route 40 (generally the 21042 and 21043 ZIP codes). First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, near Miller Branch library. http://www.geocities.com/momsclubofec_central or momsclubofec_central@yahoo.com.

Near Death Experience — First Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m. Main cafeteria, building No.1, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. 410-531-3330 or http://www.marylandiands.org.

Young Widows and Widowers group — First Tuesday, 6:30-9 p.m. A social and support group. Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. 410-740-5858.

These groups meet regularly.

Abusive relationships — Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310, Columbia. Free childcare. 410-997-0304.

Alcoholics Anonymous — Sundays, 7 p.m. Share experience, strength and hope with each other to solve this common problem and help others to recover. Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Bereaved Parents of Baltimore — Monthly sharing groups in Lutherville, Westminster and Columbia. Self-help grief support for parents, grandparents and siblings mourning the loss of a child. Monthly newsletter. 410-321-7053.

Better BedRest Inc. — Resource and referral service for women on bedrest during pregnancy. 410-740-7662.

Cancer group for young adults — Mondays. Free professionally-led support groups for young adults affected by cancer in Columbia. 410-964-0202.

Cancer Treatment Transportation Assistance —The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program can provide transportation assistance to and from treatment facilities for individuals with cancer who do not have transportation, who are too ill to drive, and whose family members, friends and neighbors are unable to provide transportation. Volunteer drivers who donate their time and the use of their personal vehicles provide this service. Patients requesting this free transportation must be ambulatory. 1-800-ACS(227)-2345 for more information.


Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance — Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., in Ellicott City. Those living with depression and bipolar disorder, as well as their family and friends are invited. Penny, 410-242-5683; or Dave, 410-465-3486.

Eating disorders — Mondays, 6 p.m., Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia; Fridays, 10:30 a.m., Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. No weigh-ins. http://www.oabaltimore.org.

Emotions Anonymous — Sundays, 4 p.m., at the Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. The group is for women only. Vicky, 301-384-7594.

Fathers — Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. MENS (Men Encouraging Nurturing and Supporting), a life skills parenting program and support group for fathers. Department of Social Service, 7121 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-872-8777.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous — No weigh-ins. Sundays, 8:30-10 a.m. Columbia Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. 781-321-9118.

HIV/AIDS — Monday evenings in Columbia. For meeting location, time and more information, 240-606-3093; or the health department, 410-313-2333 or 1-866-313-6300.

Knitting and Crocheting group — Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Instruction and directions for the beginner and advanced needler. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. Free. 410-740-5858.

Link at Christ Church — Information and referral service. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- noon.

Mocha Moms of Howard County — Every other Friday, 10:30 a.m. A support group for stay-at-home mothers. Locations vary. To attend or for more information, hocomochas@gmail.com or 301-367-4650 or 240-308-2218.

Narcotics Anonymous — Mondays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. A fellowship of men and women for who drugs had become a major problem. For recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

The National Family Resiliency Center — For children and teens, ages 5-18, whose parents have separated, divorced or remarried. Each age group meets for one 90-minute session per week. Limited sliding fees available. Registration required. Lauren Woodfork or Kathy Helt, 410-740-9553, ext. 200 or sales@divorceabc.com.

Nicotine Anonymous — Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at the Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia; Sundays, 5:30 p.m. Medical Pavilion at the Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. A 12-step fellowship for the smoker who desires to quit and stay free from nicotine. Meetings for individuals who have stopped or have a desire to stop one day. There is no pressure to quit. 410-964-2180 or http://www.nicamar.homestead.com.

Parkinson support group — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-776-3426.

Postpartum Support Group — Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m. Held at Montgomery General Hospital, in Olney. Free, drop-in, but must register before attending, 301-774-8881.


Rebuilders separation and divorce — Mondays, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Find help and experience healing while going through separation or divorce. DivorceCare for Kids (ages 5-12) will meet at the same time. Childcare is provided for children 5 and younger. Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Ellicott City. 410-442-5800 or http://www.chapelgate.org.

Recovery from Abusive or Destructive Relationships (RADAR) — Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. A 12-step support group for women who have been damaged either physically, psychologically or emotionally due to a dangerous relationship. The Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. Kel, 443-758-5957, or Kelly, 410-747-2142.

Recovery from food addiction — Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Twelve-step program. Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. Dede, 410-379-8092.

Separated/Divorced Persons — Mondays, new members 6:30 p.m.; existing members 7 p.m. Education and support for adults going through marital separation or divorce. First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. 410-721-0992.

Single Again Support Group — Mondays, 7 p.m. For adults who are experiencing the loss of a spouse or significant other through separation or divorce. Non-denominational, professionally-led. First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. 410-721-0992 or http://www.changingfocus.org.

Smart Recovery — Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Free meetings focused on how to abstain from any type of addictive behavior. Kolmac Clinic, Century Plaza, Bldg. 2000, Suite 410, 10632 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia.

The Serenity Center — Improve the quality of your life through a variety of 12-step fellowship groups that meet weekly. 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. http://serenitycenter.homestead.com or 410-884-6088 for meeting schedules.

Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Groups must be open to the public, and priority will be given to those that meet in Howard County. Send information to: Support groups, Patuxent Publishing Co., 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-332-6495; or email hccalendar@patuxent.com.