Hi Lameka. This comes quite late because I am new to this site. If interested in beading there is a group in Savage Mill, Savage, MD in Laurel off of Washington Blvd that gathers in Bead Soup. The store offers beading classes and some freebies. A very nice group of ladies. Also, you may find other crafters in your area on Meetup.com. I am also new to the beading scene; however, crochet and knit. I have many other interests too. Enjoy Columbia, I am sure that you have found it to be a very lovely area.