For the next two months, performers representing diverse cultural backgrounds will entertain families as part of Gaithersburg's International Children's Series.

The free series, sponsored by the city, began earlier this month with a show about the food and traditions of Chinese New Year by storyteller Linda Fang.

At 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15, "Sign Me a Story," an interactive performance with sign language interpretation, with performer Fred Michael Beam, will bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities. The performance will be at the Gaithersburg Library, 13880 Montgomery Village Ave.

"These are family entertainment events that bring families together to enjoy some cultural diversity," said Andi Rosati, cultural arts program coordinator for the City of Gaithersburg.

The following performances in March will be at the Quince Orchard Library, 13581 Quince Orchard Rd. Both will be from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

* March 1: "Tales From the Amazon and Beyond," with Antonio Rocha, bringing to life the sights and sounds of Brazil's rain forest using physical theater, storytelling, masks and sound effects.

* March 8: "Drawings and Songs," with David Perry, a presentation involving cartoons, puppets, art and music designed to capture the imagination of children.

For more information, call 301-258-6394.

Fred Michael Beam will perform in the interactive "Sign Me a Story."