The Mount Hebron Viking Backers will sponsor preparatory courses for the October PSAT and SAT, taught by Marian McCain, a former mathematics teacher at Centennial High School.
Classes, which will be held Wednesdays in Room 121 at Mount Hebron High School, are scheduled from this week through Oct. 11, with additional classes Oct. 2, 9 and 16. Sessions are offered from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The cost is $395. Information: 410-461-9057.
The Stressless Tests program will present a new four-part study skills course for middle-schoolers from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 9 at Burleigh Manor Middle School. A second session runs from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13.
High school classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4 at Centennial High School. A second session runs from Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
The cost is $165 per course. Classes are limited to 15 students.
The courses are taught by Betty Caldwell, adjunct faculty member at Howard Community College, who has a private counseling practice specializing in stress management.
Information: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or www.stressless tests.org.
Learning English -- The Miller library branch offers an English Conversation Club, for people who speak English as a second language, from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.
Chess club -- Elkridge Young Adult Chess Club for ages 11 to 17 will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Players of all skill levels are welcome. 410-313-5077.
For girls -- The Elkridge library is offering Girls Group, a chance for girls ages 12 to 15 to meet and talk about favorite books, movies and music and make crafts. The group meets from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays. Registration is requested. 410-313-5088.
China during the war -- The Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will sponsor a talk by Susan V. Lawrence, granddaughter of Michael Lindsay, a teacher at Yenching University in China. Lindsay fled the city of Yenching during World War II, barely escaping the occupying Japanese forces, and worked as a technical adviser to the Chinese army under Mao Tse-tung. Lawrence, a journalist who is writing a book about her grandfather, will recount some of his adventures at 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Registration is required. 410-313- 1950.
Wire jewelry -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a beginning class in wire jewelry-making for ages 55 and older, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Ellicott City Senior Center. Participants will learn to make two pairs of earrings and practice techniques for making wire and beaded projects. The cost is $22, including the use of equipment. Take a lunch or snack. 410-313-7279.
Decorator show house -- Ellicott City Inc. will present its 22nd decorator show house, the Lawn at Lawyers Hill in Elkridge. The 19th-century home, once a summer country retreat, was the first house built in the historic district of Lawyers Hill. A preview party will be held Sept. 14. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $75. The house will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 16 to Oct. 15. The last admission is one hour before closing. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. There is no on-site parking; a shuttle service will be provided from Rockburn Park on Montgomery Road. 410-461-6908 or www.historic ec.com.
Drawing, painting -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor drawing and painting classes for ages 55 and older from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 25 through Nov. 27 and 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sept. 25 through Nov. 27 at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center in Ellicott City. The cost is $44; materials, which must be purchased separately, will be discussed at the first class. Registration: 410-313-7279.