Thursday 23 ROCKVILLE HISTORY DISCUSSION, for seniors, "History of Georgetown Road," presented by the center's This 'N' That club. 1 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-881-0100.

BETHESDA STORY TIME, for children 3-6, stories, songs and activities for preschoolers. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Little Falls Community Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

GERMANTOWN FOSTER PARENTING, for Montgomery County residents only, an information meeting for prospective foster and adoptive parents, sponsored by Montgomery County Foster and Adoptive Parents Services. 7:30 p.m., Upcounty Regional Services Center, Sugarloaf Room, second floor, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. Free. 240-777-1664.

ROCKVILLE GENETICS TALK, "What Is Pharmacogenetics?" physician Jesse Blankenship, a lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, discusses the possibility that genetic tests will be used in the future to select medications. Noon-1:15 p.m., Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-294-7102.

GAITHERSBURG COMMUNITY MEETING, conducted in English and Spanish, a public hearing about community development projects and planned improvements in Gaithersburg neighborhoods, sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg. Refreshments will be served. 6:30 p.m., Ed Bohrer Parent Resource Center at Gaithersburg Elementary School, 35 N. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6310; to request sign-language interpreters, call 301-258-6430 (TTY).

SOUTH AMERICA TRAVELOGUE, for seniors 55 and older, "Vignettes of South America," including Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

MONTGOMERY HISTORY EXHIBIT, "Everyday Life in the 1930s" an exhibit showing how New Deal programs instituted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt increased the number of federal employees living in Montgomery County, changed the county's economy and began a shift from an agricultural to a suburban community; the exhibit includes clothing, jewelry, toys and magazines, sponsored by the Montgomery County Historical Society. Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through March 2 (closed Mondays and holidays); last tour of the day at 3:30 p.m. 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 www.montgomeryhistory.org.

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

Friday 24 JUGGLING AND COMEDY SHOW, the slapstick team of Jessie & James juggle rides unicycles and does rope tricks. 7:30 p.m., Summit Hall Elementary School, 101 W. Deer Park Rd., Gaithersburg. $2; children 2 and younger, free. 301-258-6350.

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

SILVER SPRING FOLK CONCERT, for seniors 55 and older, "Amazing" Amy Lemich sings folk music and plays guitar. 1-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

ROCKVILLE HEALTH SCREENINGS, includes screenings for lipid, glucose, prostate, osteoporosis, body fat and blood pressure, sponsored by the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 10-11:30 a.m., Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville. Fees vary per screening; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

Saturday 25 POTOMAC FITNESS WALK, a member of the Fifty-Plus Association leads a hike along the C&O Canal Historic Park with a stop for coffee at a restaurant. Hikers meet, 8:45 a.m.; leave, 9 a.m., across from the Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. Free. 301-570-3263 or 240-632-8355.

CHEVY CHASE BEGINNERS BIRD WALK, a guided walk on the grounds of the 40-acre Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society to look for resident and arriving spring birds. Binoculars suggested; dress for the weather. Older children welcome. 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, through February, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.

BETHESDA PUPPET SHOW, for all ages, Stevens' Puppets present "Rumpelstiltskin." 1:30 p.m., Little Falls Community Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

GERMANTOWN STORY TIME, a story time for preschool children and their families. 9:30 a.m., Germantown Community Library, 12900 Middlebrook Rd. (in the Upcounty Regional Services Center). 240-777-0110.

SILVER SPRING STORY TIME, for children 3-6 and parents, stories, rhymes and songs. 11 a.m., Silver Spring Community Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for all ages, a "Moon Songs" theme. 11 a.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, the Deh-Ming Chinese School presents a program including music on the Chinese zither; plus demonstrations of tai chi, Chinese painting, paper-cutting and origami. 11 a.m.-noon, Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

CHINESE NEW YEAR PROGRAMS, for children 3-8 and parents of younger children, stories, a craft, a Chinese New Year Dance and more, noon-1 p.m.; for elementary school children, a Chinese New Year Program paper-cutting demonstration and hands-on activity, held in the large meeting room, 12:01-1:01 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 240-777-0922.

GAITHERSBURG CHINESE NEW YEAR, for all ages, the Li-Ming Chinese School presents demonstrations of the Lion Dance, martial arts, folk dancing, paper-cutting and Chinese yo-yo, sponsored by the school and Montgomery County Friends of the Library. 2 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free. 301-840-2515.

RAP DEMONSTRATION, for adults, children ages 6 and older, Lance "ClaySmile" Smith, an actor and motivational speaker, presents a program of rap singing, hip-hop dancing and dynamic speaking. 2 p.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

Sunday 26 ROCKVILLE ALS SUPPORT GROUP, for caregivers and friends of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients, sponsored by the ALS Association. 2-4 p.m., Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855.

Monday 27 WHEATON TRUMAN PORTRAYAL, Barry Abrams portrays Harry S. Truman's life as a two-term president and as an ordinary citizen. 1:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $1. 301-468-4448.

MIDDLE EAST BOOK TALK, former Middle East correspondent Milton Viorst discusses his work, "What Shall I Do With This People?: Jews and the Fractious Politics of Judaism." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

CHILDREN OF SEPARATED PARENTS, for children 4-6, a workshop to help them discuss and understand feelings about separation and divorce. 4-5 p.m. Mondays, through March 3, Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Series fee, $120. 301-816-2633.

TAKOMA PARK BLOOD DRIVE, for healthy donors 17 and older who weigh 110 pounds or more and who have not donated within the past two months, sponsored by the American Red Cross, Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department and Takoma Park Lions Club. 3-8 p.m., Takoma Park Municipal Building, 7500 Maple Ave. Free. 301-598-7736 or, in Spanish, 301-270-8209.

CPR AND FIRST-AID CLASSES, for adults, learn how to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, perform rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and care for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness and injuries, a 12-hour course. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, American Red Cross, 2020 East West Hwy., Silver Spring. $63; preregistration required. 301-628-0074.

INFANT AND CHILD CPR CLASS, sponsored by Bender-Dosik Parenting Center, and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Community Health Education Department. 6-10 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $40. 301-881-0100.

ROCKVILLE DROP-IN MEETING, Rockville Mayor Larry Giammo and City Council member Susan Hoffman will meet with residents on a drop-in basis. 5:30-7 p.m. Rockville City Hall (front door), 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. Drop-in times subject to change; call the city clerk's office, 240-314-8280, to confirm.

POOLESVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World," by Michael Pollan. Ask at the checkout desk for a copy. New members welcome. 7:30 p.m., Poolesville Community Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. Free. 301-972-7800.

Tuesday 28 MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAY DAY, for students in grades 6-9, pizza, soda and snacks, games, table football and movies, sponsored by the Montgomery Village Foundation Recreation and Parks Department. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Stedwick Community Center, 10401 Stedwick Rd., Montgomery Village. Residents, $10; nonresidents, $15; preregistration required by Jan. 24 at the Montgomery Village Foundation administrative office, 10120 Apple Ridge Rd. 301-948-0110, Ext. 367.

RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP, "Deaf Way, Hearing Way or Our Way," information about couples with hearing-loss issues. 7:30-9 p.m., Jewish Social Service Agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-990-7215 (TTY) or 301-990-6880 (voice).

ROCKVILLE RETIREES TAX TALK, income-tax specialist Frank Vrataric discusses tax code changes for 2002; plus a luncheon, sponsored by the Rockville chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Best Western Hotel, Route 28 and Interstate 270, Rockville. $16; preregistration required by Jan. 24. 301-762-6178.

SILVER SPRING SENIORS FITNESS TALK, for ages 55 and older, a presentation on how to get more exercise, presented by Adventist HealthCare. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

CHILDREN'S BOOK CLUB, for children in grades 6-8, register at the children's desk and pick up a copy of the book "Things Not Seen," by Andrew Clements. 4:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free. 301-840-2515.

TAKOMA PARK KNITTING GROUP, for ages 10 and older of all experience levels, an informal group meets to knit and crochet. 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Savory Cafe, 7071 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 202-269-3247.

WHEATON CONSUMER PROTECTION, for ages 55 and older, Sue Rogan of the Montgomery County Division of Consumer Affairs will discuss federal, state and local protection laws, and will offer consumer purchasing strategies. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

PERSONAL GROWTH WORKSHOP, "Imagination, Resilience, Nurturing: The Fundamentals for Achieving Your Dreams," sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $10; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $15; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

DAMASCUS STORY TIME, for children 3-5, "Harold and the Purple Crayon" and other stories, plus songs, rhymes and activities. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Damascus Community Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

BURTONSVILLE LITERARY SALON, bring two pages of your own poetry or prose, or the work of a favorite author to read. 7 p.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free; preregistration required. 301-421-5400.

POOLESVILLE ACTIVITY NIGHT, for children 6 and younger and their families, "On the Move," films, stories and craft activities. 7:30 p.m., Poolesville Community Library, 19633 Fisher Ave. 301-972-7800.

Wednesday 29 COUNTRY & WESTERN LINE DANCING, for dancers of all experience levels, with disc jockey Frank Stanek; lesson, 7:45 p.m.; line dancing, 8:15 p.m.; couples dancing, 9-10 p.m. Wednesdays, through March 26, Casey Community Center, 810 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. $5. 301-258-6350.

FINANCIAL RECORD-KEEPING, Susan Morris of Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Service will show how to keep accurate, well-organized financial records and documents. 7-8:45 p.m., Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $10; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $15; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

KENSINGTON GARDENING TALK, for all ages, master gardener Pat Kenney of Kensington discusses "Gardens That Grow Kids," ideas and plans for springtime garden plots. 7 p.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

WHEATON PHOTOGRAPHY DISCUSSION, learn about skill and artistic expression; participants may bring questions and photos. Members of the Silver Spring Camera Club will answer questions, demonstrate PhotoShop software and present a photo exhibit. Sponsored by the club and Wheaton Regional Library. 7-9 p.m., Wheaton Regional Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. Free. 301-384-4911 or 240-777-0678.

Thursday 30 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, "Residential Architecture in Montgomery County, 1900-1945," an illustrated talk by Clare Lise Cavicchi, author of "Places From the Past: The Tradition of Gardez Bien in Montgomery County, Maryland"; plus comments on Rockville by Eileen McGuckian, author of "Rockville: Portrait of a City"; part of the Rockville at 200 Years series, sponsored by Peerless Rockville, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Maryland Humanities Council. 7:30 p.m., Historic Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Sq., Rockville. Free. 301-762-0096 or www.peerlessrockville.org.

SOCIAL ANXIETY WORKSHOP, for people 20 and older who experience persistent distress in social situations. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursdays, through May 8, Jewish Social Service Agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. $55 per session; preregistration required. 301-990-6880, Ext. 321.

BETHESDA INFANT STORY TIME, for children 12-24 months accompanied by an adult, "Tales From the Crib," a Born-to-Read program of songs, bounces and books. 10:30 a.m., Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

DAMASCUS STORY TIME, for children age 2 accompanied by an adult, no siblings. "Joey Runs Away" and more stories, plus songs, rhymes and a craft about things with pockets. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Community Library, 9701 Main St. 301-253-5100.

ROCKVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, "Bel Canto," by Ann Patchett; other books discussed the last Thursday of each month. 7-8:30 p.m., County Office Building cafeteria, across from the Rockville Regional Library, 99 Maryland Ave. Free. Lisa Navidi, 240-777-0166.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK DISCUSSION, "When I Lived in Modern Times," by Linda Grant. 7:30 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; preregistration recommended. 240-777-0200.

POLITICAL ADVOCACY GROUP LECTURE, Joshua Eisenman, assistant director of China studies at the Nixon Center, will discuss the status of U.S.-China relations, sponsored by the center's Seniors Organized for Change group. 10:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-881-0100, Ext. 6749.

-- Christine Swerda

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