Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Events must be open to the public, and priority will be given to those in Howard County. Items typically appear two weeks prior to the date included in the listing if sent far enough in advance. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday prior to date of publication at the latest. To submit calendar items, mail to Up & Coming, Patuxent Publishing Co. Editorial, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; email email@example.com; fax 410-332-6336; or call 410-332-6497.
Life is a Highway — Presented by Howard County Police and AAA Mid-Atlantic's Foundation for Safety and Education. Offering an educational seminar for mature drivers on Maryland's new traffic laws. Refreshments served. Thu., June 9, 10 a.m.-noon, Glenwood 50+ Center, 2398 Route 97, Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5440.
Considering Divorce: Your Legal Options in Maryland — Presented by attorney and certified mediator Linda Sorg Ostovitz, Silverstein & Ostovitz. An overview of the Maryland family law system and areas of consideration for individuals thinking about divorce. Thu., June 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Hebron House, 2331 Calvin Circle, Ellicott City. Free. Registration required. 410-461-4200 or http://www.mddivorce.com/rsvp.html.
Composting Demonstration: Free Bins — Presented by Howard County Master Gardeners. Learn to recycle kitchen and yard waste into natural fertilizer for gardens, along with a worm composting demonstration. Thu., June 9, 7 p.m., and Sat., June 25, 10 a.m., Schooley Mill Park, near the horse ring, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland. Free.
Essentials in Babysitting — Offered by Howard County General Hospital. Learn how to effectively manage children, create a safe environment and apply emergency techniques. Sat., June 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. $50; price includes lunch and certificate of attendance. 410-740-7601 or http://www.hcgh.org to reserve a seat.
Father Loss Workshop — Hosted by Gilchrist Hospice Care-Howard County. A workshop for adults who have experienced the death of a father, grandfather or guardian that will provide participants an opportunity to explore the meaning of their loss and to express their thoughts and feelings. Mon., June 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Gilchrist Hospice Care, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Site 433, Columbia. Free. Registration required. 443-539-4086 to reserve a seat.
Student Life Expo — Hosted by River Hill High School and the PTSA. Offering families a preview of the upcoming extracurricular activities that River Hill has to offer and ways to become actively involved in the school community. Mon., June 13, 7 p.m., River Hill High School auditorium, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. 410-313-7120.
Health Care Reform for Businesses — Sponsored by the Howard County Health Dept. Featuring County Executive Ken Ulman and keynote speaker Howard County Health Officer, Dr. Peter Beilenson, as he discusses key factors Howard County businesses should know regarding the new Health Care Reform Act and the impact it will have on employees and businesses as a whole. Tue., June 14, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Howard County Health Dept, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-988-3737, ext. 40 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland Basic Boating Class — Course satisfies Maryland's safe boating education requirement and is approved by the MD Department of Natural Resources. US Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors. Tue., June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sat., June 18, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Laurel Branch, PG Memorial Library, 507 7th St., Laurel. $20; price includes textbook. 703-690-8341 or email@example.com to reserve a seat.
Lunch and Learn — Hosted by Gilchrist Hospice Care-Howard County. A group that brings together individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one and provides them the opportunity to hear a speaker talk about moving through grief and loss. Tue., June 14, noon-1:30 p.m., Gilchrist Hospice Care, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Site 433, Columbia. $10. Registration required. Lois Fitzgerald, 443-539-4086 to reserve a seat.
Parenting Workshops — Hosted by the Howard County Office of Children's Services. Present a series of workshops for parents and guardians raising children from birth to age 8. Topics include child development, encouraging self-esteem and good behavior, positive guidance and discipline, and how to keep children safe and healthy. Classes offered in an interactive group format and will include practical tips and advice for common situations, as well as hands-on activities. Participants may take just one class or the entire series of six. Meet every other Tuesday, June 14-Aug. 23, 6-8 p.m., North Laurel-Savage MultiService Center, 9900 Washington Blvd., Laure. $5 per class. 410-313-1940 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.