The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park will offer "Victorian Dreams," a program in which girls in fourth, fifth and sixth grades can dress in pinafores, make an authentic craft and play games and sports of the 1850s.
Participants will have a chance to experience a typical day for a young girl attending the Patapsco Female Institute, the once renowned girls school in Ellicott Mills - now Ellicott City.
The program will be offered at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 3.
The cost is $10 a person. Reservations are required.
Book clubs plan January meetings
Ellicott City Seniors will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday to discuss Challenger Park by Stephen Harrigan.
The group will meet at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Copies of the books are available at the Miller branch library, adjacent to the center. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month.
Tea and Tomes, a group that gathers on the third Thursday of each month, will meet at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Miller branch to discuss Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. Registration is not required.
Legal aid available at senior center
Attorney Valerie Rocco will be at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 for the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program.
Services offered include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents ages 60 and older. The cost is on a sliding scale.
The program, which is sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, is available on the fourth Wednesday of each month. An appointment is required. Appointments should be scheduled well in advance.
Art classes -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor drawing and painting classes for those ages 55 and older from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mondays, tomorrow through March 5. Participants will have a chance to try a variety of media and learn about the contributions and influence of artists in the past. The cost is $44 for the morning or afternoon class. Materials cost about $50. A supply list will be discussed at the first class. Registration is required. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.
Learning English -- The Miller branch library offers an English Conversation Club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays for people who speak English as a second language and would like to practice conversation in a group setting. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.
Elkridge library -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, offers Games Night for Teens, ages 11 to 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. A parent-child book club for ages 11 to 17 with a parent will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be held Jan. 16. The group will discuss Surviving Antartica: Reality TV 2083, by Andrea White. Registration is not required.
Chess clubs are available for ages 11 to 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all skill levels are welcome but must know how to play. Registration is not necessary.
Help with homework will be available for ages 11 to 14 at the library. Snacks will be provided, and registration is requested. 410-313-5077.
Moms to meet -- The MOMS Club of Elkridge, a support group for stay-at-home mothers, will meet at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Elkridge Baptist Church hall, 5929 Setter Drive, Elkridge. 410-799-5905, or www.momsclubofelkridge.org.