Thursday 26 WHEATON VIDEO, 55 and older, "Gosford Park," director Robert Altman's 2001 mystery about a murder at a weekend retreat with everyone a suspect, on TV-VCR. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

MONTGOMERY HISTORY EXHIBIT, "Everyday Life in the 1930s," an exhibit explaining how the New Deal programs instituted by President Roosevelt and the resulting increase in the number of federal employees living in Montgomery County changed the county's economy and began the shift from an agricultural to a suburban community. Includes displays of clothing, jewelry, toys and magazines, presented by the Montgomery County Historical Society. Noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, through March 2 (closed Mondays and holidays); holiday decorations will be up through Jan. 5, Montgomery County Historical Society's Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. $3; seniors and students, $2; 5 and younger and society members, free. 301-762-1492 or

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUBS, regular meeting for those interested in improving English language skills in an informal setting with other people for whom English is a second language. 10 a.m. Thursdays and 7 p.m. Mondays, Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, 240-777-0240; 10 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays, Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, 240-777-0200; 11 a.m. Saturdays, Long Branch Community Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring, 240-777-0910. Free.

Friday 27 BURTONSVILLE STORY TIME, for children 3-6, stories, songs and finger plays. 10:30 a.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

WHEATON TEA DANCE, for ages 55 and older, music by Dolly and the JC Combo. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $4. 301-468-4448.

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

Saturday 28 MUSEUM HOLLY TROLLEYFEST, all ages, sponsored by National Capital Trolley Museum; festive lighting and toy trains, dress to stay warm, attendees encouraged to arrive early in the evening. 5-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant St., in Layhill area of Silver Spring. Program and admission, free; Trolleyfest fare, $3; ages 2-17, $2; reservations requested for groups. 301-384-6088.

SINGLE PARENTS DANCE AND MEETING, an orientation meeting for Parents Without Partners Chapter 60, including a discussion about the welfare and interests of single parents and their children; plus a dance open to the public, sponsored by the group and several other local singles organization. Meeting, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Knights of Columbus, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. Orientation meeting, free; annual dues, $35; preregistration required; dance, $13; members, $10. 301-879-5015 or

CHEVY CHASE BEGINNER'S BIRD WALK, for adults and children 8 and older, a guided walk less than a mile around the Woodend sanctuary. Wear sturdy shoes, bring binoculars, dress for the weather; terrain not suitable for strollers. 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 22, Bookshop entrance, Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.

GERMANTOWN STORY TIME, for preschool children and their families. 9:30 a.m., Germantown Library, 12900 Middlebrook Rd. (in the Upcounty Regional Services Center). Free. 240-777-0100.

PICASSO PUPPET SHOW, for children 6-9, a program about the life and work of Pablo Picasso presented with puppets and other visual aids by sculptors Marcia Billig and Marilyn Heiman, sponsored by the Friends of the Silver Spring Library. 1:30 and 3 p.m., Silver Spring Community Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free; preregistration required. 301-565-7689.

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. Meet 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.

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.

Sunday 29 OVEREATERS SUPPORT GROUP, newcomers, 9:15 a.m.; meeting of Silver Spring Overeaters Anonymous, 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Holy Cross Hospital, second-floor dining room, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-231-3821 or

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.

Monday 30 ROCKVILLE KIDS BOOK GAMES, for children in grades 1 through 5, games about popular books, authors and book characters. 2 p.m., Rockville Regional Library, 99 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0140.

WHEATON SURVIVAL EXERCISE, for ages 55 and older, center program director Carol Fuentevilla conducts a chair-exercise class. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

Tuesday 31 WHEATON MOVIE, for ages 55 and older, "The Sandlot," a 1993 whimsical comedy of neighborhood kids playing sandlot baseball, set in the summer of 1962, presented on TV/VCR. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

LOW-VISION SUPPORT GROUP, for employable adults ages 25 to 60. 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-299-7077.

Thursday 2 BURTONSVILLE INFANT STORY TIME, for children ages 6-23 months with a caregiver, simple rhymes, songs and stories. 10:30 a.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free; preregistration required. 301-421-5400.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK GROUPS, for adults, open discussion, a meeting of the library's African American Book Group, 7 p.m.; discussion of "Fiesta del Chivo," by Mario Vargas Llosa, a meeting of the library's Spanish-English Book Discussion Group, 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

SILVER SPRING CONTRACT BRIDGE, for new players, beginners and social bridge players, a half-hour lesson followed by a game, sponsored by the American Contract Bridge League. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 2, Christ the King Church, 2301 Colston Dr., Silver Spring. $5. 301-592-9177.

SILVER SPRING MUSIC PROGRAM, for ages 55 and older, celebrate the new year with an eclectic music program by Seymour Greene, trombone; Andy Zatman, piano; Brian Choper, drums; and Seth Keibel, clarinet and saxophone. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $1. 301-468-4448.

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.

-- Christine Swerda

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