Thursday 23

MOTHER GOOSE ACTIVITY, 2 and younger with adult, rhymes, songs and activities. 9:30 a.m. Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Free; registration required. 540-372-1144.

IRISH BRIGADE (SUVCW), 7 p.m., Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg. 540-785-9267.

EVA'S WINTER COOKING, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg. Residents, $16; nonresidents, $20; registration required. 540-372-1086.

STORY TIME, ages 3-5, and songs. 10 or 11 a.m., Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg. Free; sign-up requested. 540-785-9267.

LOBBY SCRAPPERS, bring scrapbook projects. 9:30 a.m., Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free. 540-659-4909.

SENIOR EXERCISE, 55 and older. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free. 540-659-4909.

LUNCH BUNCH, up to age 5, bring lunch and listen to stories, dessert provided. 12:30 p.m., Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg. 540-785-9267.

SENIOR BRUNCH, bring food to be prepared and join others for cards afterward. 11 a.m., Enon Community Center, 791 Truslow Rd., Falmouth. Free. 540-373-2229.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, taught by Stafford County Adult Education staff. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free. 540-659-4909. 540-898-8165 or 800-433-1520.

Friday 24

YOUNG WRITERS, ages 3-6. Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg. Free; registration required. 540-785-9267.

DOG TRAINING, "clicker training" method. 7:30-9 p.m., Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg. Residents, $12; registration required. 540-372-1086.

ALPHABET SOUP, preschoolers and day-care providers. 10:30 a.m., Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Free. 540-372-1144.

WIDOWED: THE NEXT STEP, a chance to share experiences and make friends. 7:30 p.m., Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg. Free. 540-372-1086.

ALPHABET SOUP, preschoolers and day-care providers. 11 a.m., Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg. 540-785-9267.

Saturday 25

INTERNET BASICS, introduction to the Internet. 2-3 p.m., Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg. 540-785-9267.

FIRST AID/CPR, 14 and older, certified through National Safety Council. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Courthouse Community Center, 29 Stafford Ave., Stafford. $60; registration required. 540-373-8192.

ART EXTRAVAGANZA, hands-on artistic activities. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Stafford Gym and Recreation Center, 500 Nelms Cir., Stafford. $7. 540-373-8192.

Monday 27

PIECEMAKERS QUILTERS, meet others interested in quilting. 7 p.m., Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free. 540-659-4909.

PHOTOGRAPHY, basics of photographing small animals and children. 7-8:30 p.m., Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg. Residents, $15; registration required. 540-372-1086.

BRAINSTORMERS, grades 5-6, book discussion and volunteer projects. 4:15 p.m. Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free; registration required. 540-659-4909.

RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE, grades 7 and higher and adults, learn how to fight back when safety is threatened.. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Free; registration required. 540-372-1144.

FAMILY STORY TIME, children of all ages. 7 p.m., Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free. 540-659-4909.

Tuesday 28

PRACTICAL THEATRICALS, grades 5-7, drama and interpretive reading troupe sessions. 4-5, Tuesdays through March 4, Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Free; registration required. 540-372-1144.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS), weight-loss support group, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. 540-659-5995.

SPOTSYLVANIA MOM'S CLUB, 10 a.m., Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg. Call Jennifer Pettitt, 540-786-7448.

STORY TIME, ages 6-10, celebrate 171st birthday of Lewis Carroll. 4 p.m., Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free; registration required. 540-659-4909.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, taught by Stafford County Adult Education staff. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free. 540-659-4909. Call 540-898-8165 or 800-433-1520.

STORY TIME, ages 4-5, and songs. 9:30 a.m. Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Free; registration required. 540-372-1144.

STORY TIME, ages 2-3 and adults. 10 a.m., Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free. 540-659-4909.

TODDLER TIME, ages 2-3, stories and activities. 10:30 a.m. today or 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Free; registration required. 540-372-1144.

Wednesday 29

RUBBER STAMPING, hands-on beginner class with demonstrations of simple techniques. 7 p.m., Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Free; registration required. 540-372-1144.

TEEN COUNCIL, grades 7-12, monthly meeting. 7-8 p.m., Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Free; sign-up requested. 540-372-1144.

STORY TIME, ages 2-3 and adults. 10 or 11 a.m., Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg. Free; registration required. 540-785-9267.

CERAMICS AND CRAFTS, senior citizens. A volunteer provides instruction, and others often share their crafts. 10 a.m., Enon Community Center, 791 Truslow Rd., Falmouth. Small supply fee. 540-373-2229.

STORY TIME, K-6 home-schooled and families. 2 p.m., Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Free; sign-up requested. 540-372-1144.

BRIDGE CLUB, experienced players welcome. 12:30-3:30 p.m., Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg. 540-785-9267.

FINANCIAL ORGANIZATION, 7-8 p.m., Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg. Residents, $5; registration required. 540-372-1086.

LOBBY STAMPERS, weekly demonstration of rubber-stamping techniques. 9 a.m.-noon, Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free. 540-659-4909.

GAMES CLUB FOR ADULTS, mah-jongg featured, card players welcome. 1 p.m., Porter Memorial Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Free. 540-659-4909.

WRITER'S CHOICE, local writers read from their work. 7-9 p.m., Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg. 540-785-9267.

-- Compiled by Camille Ross

Items are accepted on a space-available basis from public and nonprofit organizations only, and must be received at least 14 days before the Sunday publication date. Submit information to: This Week, The Washington Post, 9420 Battle St., Manassas, Va. 20110. Include event name, dates and times, exact address, cost and a publishable contact phone number. For more information, call 703-392-1303.