Classes and Events to Make You Well & Wise!

2012 CalendarNov 19- January 6. 6:00- 10:00 p.m. Symphony of Lights Drive Through. Cars, vans and busses can take a 20-30 minute drive-through a display of more than 70 larger-than-life, light creations illuminated by a fantasy of color, design, and animation. This holiday tradition is delightful for all ages.

November 26, 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. Twist & Shout. Music and movement for little ones at the Elkridge Branch. Ages infant – 5; 30 min. No registration required.

November 27, 10:30 a.m. Just For Me. A class at the Glenwood Branch for children ages 3-5 who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. 30 min. Register online or by calling 410.313.5579.

November 27, 7:00 p.m. Distracted Driving. Join high school students from Voices for Change at the Glenwood Branch to learn about the dangers of distracted driving. Play Distracted Driving Jeopardy, Text & Drive (with a remote-controlled car) and watch an award-winning video. Take the 3D pledge and promise to concentrate when you’re in the car. Ages 11-17. Register online or by calling 410.313.5577.

November 29, 6:30 p.m. Mean Girls. Come to the Central Branch to learn how to negotiate the social world of female friendships with expert Deborah West. Ages 11-17. Sponsored by the Horizon Foundation and the Women’s Giving Circle Register online or by calling 410.313.7800.

November 29, 7:00 p.m. Meet The Author: William Kamkwamba. When William Kamkwamba was 14 years old, his native country of Malawi was stricken by a terrible famine. Using his curiosity and ingenuity, he cobbled together a working windmill to provide crucial electricity to his family’s farm. In his New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Kamkwamba tells the story of how he achieved his dream of bringing electricity, light, and the promise of a better life to his home and community. Now Mr. Kamkwamba is bring his inspiring story and insight to the Miller Branch. In partnership with Howard Community College (HCC). Cosponsored by Friends of Howard County Library and HCC’s Offices of Student Life and International Education, Diversity Committee, and the academic divisions of Science and Technology, English, and Mathematics. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

November 29, 7:00 p.m. Masala Bhangra Workout®. Burn off some holiday calories. The Masala Bhangra Workout® is an exercise dance routine that modernizes the high-energy folk dance of Bhangra by blending traditional Bhangra dance steps and the exhilaration of Bollywood (Hindi film) moves, seen in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. This unique dance mixes cardiovascular with fun, and is suitable for participants of all ages and fitness levels. Join us at the East Columbia Branch to give it a try. Columbia Association instructors teach this new hit workout. Registration and signed release form required to attend. Click here to download the release form for a child or teen under 18 years old. Click here to download the release form for adults 18 or older. Register online or by calling 410.313.7700

Nov 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Smoke Free Lungs. Learn tips for quitting your tobacco habit and mastering long term success. This program provides support and education for those wanting to quit as well as support for those who have already quit. The Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center. 10710 Charter Drive.

Dec 1, 8:30 a.m. Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Centennial Park 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Dec 2, 4:30-5:45 p.m. 6th Annual Celebration of Hope. Set aside time to celebrate the season of hope with family, friends and fellow cancer survivors. Stroll through the Symphony of Lights and take in the wonder of this animated light display. Call 410 740-5858 for more information.

Dec 4, 3:30 p.m. Care Givers Support Group. This support group is designed for people who are caring for a loved one with a chronic illness. The group offers a safe place to air concerns and receive support. Call 410 740-5858 for more information

Dec 6, 4:30-5:15 p.m. Blinkin’ Binkies. Families can celebrate the season with a leisurely walk through the dazzling Symphony of lights displays. Children in strollers and wagons are welcome!

Dec 9, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Second Sunday Market. Fresh produce, baked breads and cheeses and much more at the Courtyards at Tonge Row in Historic Ellicott City.

Dec 11, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Tail Lights. Back by popular demand! Treat yourself and your dog to a walk through the 1.4 mile Symphony of Lights displays.  It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday season and to make this dog-friendly walk your family’s new holiday tradition.

Dec 13, 9:30 p.m.- 2:00 a.m. Geminid Meteor Showers with Dr. Alex Storrs, Towson University & Dr. Joel Goodman. Watch the skies with Stardoc Dr Joel Goodman and Towson University Astrophysicist Alex Storrs. Considered by many to be the best meteor shower in the heavens, Geminids are known for producing up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour at their peak! This year the new moon will guarantee perfect “dark” conditions to view meteors and other wonders in the skies. Wear WARM clothing. Bring beach chairs and blankets, thermal cups. We’ll have the hot chocolate! If raining or snowing, the program is cancelled. FREE. The Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.