Friday 29 EATING DISORDERS GROUP, Eating Addictions Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship of people recovering from eating and body-image disorders. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Holy Cross Hospital, second floor, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-526-6746 or www.eaadc@aol.com.

WHEATON CLASSIC MOVIE, for ages 55 and older, "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" (1936), starring Henry Fonda as a young engineer planning to build a railroad through undeveloped coal lands in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 1:15-2:55 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

Saturday 30 POTOMAC C&O CANAL WALK, for ages 50 and older, a one-hour walk along the C&O Canal. Bring good walking shoes and water. All levels of ability welcome. Coffee after the walk at a nearby restaurant. Sponsored by the Fifty-Plus Fitness Association. Meeting at 8:45 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m. the last Saturday of each month, Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard, near the Old Angler's Inn, Potomac. Free. 301-570-3263 or 240-632-8355.

WHEATON GARDEN STORY TIME, for children 2-6, listen to a garden or nature-related story and make a craft. 10-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 14. Visitors Center Children's Classroom, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

ROCKVILLE NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, a support group for drug abusers. 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-254-0111.

GREETING CARD WORKSHOPS, for adults and children accompanied by adults, be photographed and use the picture to make a Victorian holiday card, similar to those sent by Red Cross founder Clara Barton; plus guided tours of Barton's home. Workshops, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; tours begin on the hour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Clara Barton National Historic Site, 5801 Oxford Rd., Glen Echo. Free; preregistration required for workshops. 301-492-6245.

GERMANTOWN CARD WORKSHOP, for all ages, make holiday cards and decorations in the style of those sent to one of Montgomery County's earliest families, the Waters family, from the beginning of the 19th century through the 1920s, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Historical Society's "Best Wishes: Holiday Greeting Cards" exhibit, sponsored by the Montgomery County Historical Society. Noon-3 p.m., Waters House at Pleasant Fields, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. $2. 301-515-2887, 301-762-1492 or www.montgomeryhistory.org.

Sunday 1 ROCKVILLE ALATEEN, for younger family members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking, sponsored by Al-Anon. 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 202-882-1334.

ROCKVILLE AA/AL-ANON, Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon group meetings. 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. For more information or other locations, call 202-966-9115.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, newcomers, 9:15 a.m.; regular meeting, 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Holy Cross Hospital, second-floor dining room, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-231-3821 or www.oa-dcmetro.org.

GERMANTOWN HOLIDAY EVENT, a holiday tree-lighting, the arrival of Santa in a horse-drawn wagon, carolers, hot chocolate and cider, and tours of the historic farmhouse. Also see "Adventures With Ted and Betsy Lewin," a history exhibit. Presented by the Montgomery County Historical Society, with refreshments provided by the Gaithersburg/Germantown Jaycees. 4:30-6 p.m., Waters House at Pleasant Fields, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. Free. 301-762-1492 or www.montgomeryhistory.org.

Monday 2 QUITTING SMOKING SUPPORT, Nicotine Anonymous, a support group and fellowship for those who want to stop using nicotine. 7 p.m. Mondays, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 9801 Centerway Rd., Montgomery Village. Free. 240-632-2495 or larrabeedv@aol.com.

GAITHERSBURG AUTISM SUPPORT, for parents of children with Asperger's syndrome, high functioning autism or PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), sponsored by the nonsectarian Jewish Social Service Agency. 7-8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, Jewish Social Service Agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; preregistration required. 301-990-6880, Ext. 321.

SILVER SPRING LAMAZE, for couples who have taken child-birth classes within the past three years, a child-birth refresher course using the Lamaze method. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 16. Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. $60 per couple; preregistration required. 301-754-8800.

CHEVY CHASE AUTHORS APPEARANCE, Washington Post columnist Bob Levey and Jane Freundel Levey will discuss their book, "Washington Album: A Pictorial History of the Nation's Capital," and show slides of historical photographs, sponsored by the Village of Friendship Heights. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Admission is free; preregistration requested. 301-656-2797.

KENSINGTON VACCINATION TALK, a lecture about public vaccinations, sponsored by Vaccine Information and Action in Maryland. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave. Free. 301-897-8962.

SILVER SPRING HOLIDAY MUSIC, for ages 55 and older and their family and friends, pianist and vocalist Dale Jarrett performs holiday songs. 1-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

TAKOMA PARK FIRST AID, learn how to respond to common medical emergencies and injuries. 5:30 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $45; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

WHEATON AUSTRALIA TRAVELOGUE, for ages 55 and older, "The Natural History of Eastern and Southern Australia," a photographic natural history lecture on distinctive plant and animal life specific to Australia and Tasmania, presented by naturalist Donald Messersmith. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

Tuesday 3 EMOTIONAL SUPPORT GROUP, a meeting of Emotions Anonymous, a support group for those seeking to be well emotionally and to learn to live with unsolved problems. 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Woodside United Methodist Church (in the library), 8900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 202-364-9448.

HOLIDAY TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY, and memorial service, the 12th annual Montgomery Hospice Tree of Lights Ceremony. 7-8:30 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free; memorial donations accepted. 301-279-2566.

TAKOMA PARK SIMPLIFYING TALK, learn how to create more time for yourself. 7 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $15; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

ROCKVILLE HEPATITIS SUPPORT, for persons diagnosed with hepatitis. 7-8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 410-489-4876.

WHEATON IMMIGRATION SEMINAR, for those interested in immigration issues; topics include nonimmigrant visas, employment- and family-based immigration, asylum, deportation and more, sponsored by the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity and the Bar Association of Montgomery County (Immigration Section). 6-8 p.m., Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free; preregistration encouraged; space limited. 240-777-4940.

ROCKVILLE GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for people who have lost a spouse within the past year, 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-816-2680.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS COURSES, "Anger Management Skills for Women," three sessions, learn how to recognize, understand and manage anger, 7-8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17; "Assertive Communication Skills," three sessions, learn to express your preferences, opinions, feelings and needs tactfully and effectively, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 5, 12 and 19; Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. For either workshop, $30; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $45; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

WOMEN'S A CAPPELLA CHORUS, for women of all levels of singing experience, the Capital Accord Chorus seeks people to sing with the chorus for the holiday season. 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-585-2422.

CHEVY CHASE STORY TIME, for children ages 18-36 months and adults, explore the library, plus a brief rhyme and story program. 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Dec. 5, Chevy Chase Community Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free; seating is limited, free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before each program. 301-986-4313.

BETHESDA INSURANCE SEMINAR, for ages 55 and older, the consumer perspective on long-term care insurance for seniors, including an update on Medicare in 2003 and information on prescription-drug payment assistance, led by a representative from Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program of the Maryland Cooperative Extension Services. 2-3:30 p.m., Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane. Free; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

HOLIDAY STRESS TALK, for ages 55 and older, a seminar identifying holiday stress and ways to control it, presented by Adventist HealthCare. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

WHEATON FIRST LADY LECTURE, for ages 55 and older, photographer and speaker Milton Weidler discusses First Lady Flossie Harding. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

BEALL-DAWSON HOUSE HOLIDAY TOURS, decorations illustrating the 1930s and the Colonial Revival Movement, in conjunction with the museum exhibit "Montgomery County Modern: Everyday Life in the 1930s," plus hot spiced cider and homemade cookies. Noon-4 p.m. (last tour starts, 3:15 p.m.) Tuesdays through Sundays, through Jan. 5 (closed Mondays and holidays), Montgomery County Historical Society's Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. $3; seniors and students, $2; ages 5 and younger and Historical Society members, free; call ahead for groups of 10 or more. 301-762-1492 or www.montgomeryhistory.org.

Wednesday 4 BIOTECHNOLOGY CAREERS WORKSHOP, speakers are Larry Tamarkin, president of Cytimmune Science Inc.; Collins Jones, biotech coordinator of Montgomery College; and a representative from the Institute for Genomic Research. Sponsored by the Jewish Vocational Services department of the Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $8; preregistration required. 301-587-9666.

SILVER SPRING BLOOD DRIVE, donors of all blood types needed; donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and not have donated within the past two months; sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital and District 22-C Lions Clubs in Brentwood, Hyattsville and Mount Rainier. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Holy Cross Hospital, ground-level auditorium, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; appointments recommended. 301-754-7347.

ROCKVILLE BOOK CLUB, for those who love books but hate reading a specific book each month, the No-Pressure Book-Discussion Group. Bring a book of your choice to discuss. Sponsored by the Rockville Regional Library. Noon-1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave. (across from the Rockville Library). Free. 240-777-0166.

PRENATAL YOGA CLASS, learn breathing and relaxation techniques for strengthening muscles used during labor and delivery. 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 22 (no classes Dec. 25 or Jan. 1), Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. $70; preregistration required. 301-754-8800.

WHEATON STANDARDS CONCERT, for ages 55 and older, singer Brian Rudolph performs songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin and others. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $1. 301-468-4448.

EATING DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUPS, a group for adults with anorexia or bulimia and a group for families and friends. Both groups, 7 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-977-7782.

HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION, for families of eighth-graders who are currently enrolled in private schools and reside in the Northeast Consortium attendance area, information on programs at James Hubert Blake, Paint Branch and Springbrook high schools; plus optional enrollment sessions for the 2003-2004 school year after the information meeting. 7 p.m., Spring Mill Field Office, 11721 Kemp Mill Rd., Silver Spring. Free; appointments required for enrollment. 301-649-8081 or www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/nec/.

Thursday 5 WIDOWED PERSONS' SUPPORT GROUP, Next Step, a nonsectarian support and activities group for men and women ages 50-65 who have been widowed for more than one year, sponsored by the Jewish Social Services Agency. 7-9 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month, Hebrew Home Wasserman Building, 6121 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-816-2680.

CAREER PLANNING WORKSHOP, three sessions. 7-8:45 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19. Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $30; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $45; preregistration required. 240-777-8300, 301-279-1034 (TTY).

POSTNATAL YOGA CLASS, for mothers and infants ages 6 weeks to 6 months, including low-impact aerobics, stretching, muscle-toning and relaxation. 7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, through Jan. 23, Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. $70; preregistration required. 301-754-8800.

CHEVY CHASE AUTHOR TALK, Biblical researcher and historical novelist Thomas Hargrave will discuss his book, "The Rape of Midian: The Saga of Zipporah and Moses," sponsored by the Village of Friendship Heights. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; preregistration requested. 301-656-2797.

OPERA VIDEO AND DISCUSSION, for ages 55 and older, center volunteer and opera lover Irving Nurik discusses "Gianni Schicchi," an opera by Giacomo Puccini. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

TREE ORNAMENTS WORKSHOP, for adults, make decorations constructed of fruits, nuts and seeds to attract songbirds to the garden, supplies provided, 2-3:30 p.m.; for children ages 7-12, a wildlife tree-ornaments workshop, 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 12; Brookside Gardens, Visitor Center Adult Workshop, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Adults workshop, $25; children's workshop, $15; preregistration required for both workshops. 301-962-1400, www.brooksidegardens.org.

COOKING FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES, learn about cooking with food recommended by the American Diabetes Association, taught by a dietitian. 7:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $40; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

-- Christine Swerda

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