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.

Care for the Caregivers Group — Thursdays, through May 2. The group will meet at 11 a.m. weekly and provide information, support and counseling for anyone in contact with an adult with any kind of cognitive or communication disorder. The Loyola Clinical Centers in Columbia, 8890 McGaw Road. 410-617-1200. Free.

Caregiver's support group — First Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G010, Columbia. 410-740-5858.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder — March 2, 10 a.m. Free workshop. Demystifying Testing: Understanding and Making Use of Neuropsychological Testing. Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. http://www.chadd-mc.org/calendar.

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.

La Leche League of Columbia — First Friday, 10 a.m.; and third Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Breast-feeding information and mother-to-mother support. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. http://www.lllofmd-de-dc.org/columbiaii.shtml.

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.

MOPS-Mothers of Preschool Children (through age 5) — First Monday, Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, Marriottsville. Speakers, mentor support, playgroups and activities. Faye, mops@chapelgate.org.

National Federation of the Blind, Central Maryland Chapter  First Tuesday,  6:30-8:30 pm at the Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.
Does not meet in July or  August. Sharon Maneki, 410-715-9596.

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. 410-740-7810.

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 child care. 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.

 Chemically Dependent Anonymous — Fridays, 5 p.m. A fellowship of recovering addicts and alcoholics. Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. 1-888-232-4673. http://www.cdaweb.org.

HIV/AIDS — Monday evenings in Columbia. For meeting location, time and more information, 240-606-3093; or the Howard County 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.

Moms Group at MPB Group Inc. — Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Topics discussed will be parenting skills, stress reduction, self-care and more. This is also a time to socialize and get to know other mothers in the area. The Banneker Building, 5840 Banneker Road, Suite 270, Columbia. 410-730-2385. Maryland Medicaid accepted, all others $35.