Thursday 6 CHEVY CHASE WOMEN'S CAREERS TALK, "Women in the Professional and Political Arena," presented by author and Georgetown University professor Deborah Tannen. 7:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Town Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. $25; preregistration required. 202-246-4409.

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for children 4-6 to attend without an adult, stories and activities. 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Rockville Regional Library, 99 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0140.

ROCKVILLE U.S. IMAGE LECTURE, for seniors, Nicole Speulda, project director for Pew Research Center, discusses "Worldwide Attitudes Toward the United States," sponsored by Seniors Organized for Change, a political advocacy group. 10:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-881-0100, Ext. 6749.

GAITHERSBURG HISTORY LECTURE, "The Open World Program and the 'Rule of Law,' " Natalie von Meyer Clarkson, a former chief of programs for the Russian Service of the Voice of America, discusses her recent experiences as an interpreter for Russian officials in her work with the Open World Program, sponsored by the Asbury Methodist Village's resident-run Keese School of Continuing Education. 7:30 p.m., Asbury Methodist Village, 417 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. $1. 301-216-4475.

ADOPTIVE PARENTS INFORMATION, for Montgomery County residents, an information meeting for prospective foster and adoptive parents with Montgomery County Foster and Adoptive Parents Services. 7:30 p.m., Woodside Room, Montgomery County Health and Human Services, 401 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-1664.

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.

Friday 7 SILVER SPRING SENIORS CONCERT, for ages 55 and older, Liz Kruger sings and plays guitar. 1-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE, for middle- and low-income senior residents of Montgomery County, sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Montgomery County, American Association of Retired Persons and the Internal Revenue Service's Maryland Income Tax Division. By appointment Mondays and Fridays, through April 14, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

BURTONSVILLE STORY TIME, for children 3-6. Stories, songs and other activities. 10:30 a.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

ROCKVILLE HISTORY TALK, author John Gourdin discusses his work, "The Book of First, Last and Etcetera: Black Civil War Soldiers," a Black History Month event, sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning. 7-9 p.m., Norbeck Recreation Center, 4101 Muncaster Mill Rd., Rockville. Free; refreshments will be served. 301-258-4044.

GAITHERSBURG VALENTINES, crafts for all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Paper, scissors, glue, doilies and more provided. 7-8:30 p.m., Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. $2; ages 2 and younger, free. Preregistration requested; space is limited. 301-258-6350.

Saturday 8 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 and bring binoculars. Terrain not suitable for strollers. 8-9:30 a.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 22, Woodend Bookshop entrance, Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.

BETHESDA LIBRARY CELEBRATION, for all ages, "I Love the Library," valentine arts and crafts, a raffle, an ice cream party and a performance by comedian Paul Hadfield, sponsored by Friends of the Little Falls Library. 10 a.m.-noon, Little Falls Community Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

POTOMAC LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE, most hardbacks, $1; most paperbacks, 50 cents. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr. Free admission. 240-777-0690.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, for all ages, a Lion Dance, Chinese art and more, presented by the Li-Ming Chinese Academy to celebrate the Year of the Ram. 2-4 p.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

AFRICAN AMERICAN STORYTELLING, for children 4-12, stories from the African American tradition by Nanna the Storyteller, with drumming and audience participation. 2 p.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

GENEALOGY LECTURES, presented by the Montgomery County Historical Society: "A Step-by-Step Guide to Research," 9 a.m.-noon, Waters House, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown; "Researching Slave Ancestors," 9 a.m.-noon, LDS Family History Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. $15 for either class; preregistration required. 301-340-2825.

SINGLE PARENT ADOPTION WORKSHOP, "From Soup to Nuts," an interactive workshop about the adoption process, including discussion of issues that may arise after an child is taken home. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Center for Adoptive Families, 10230 New Hampshire Ave., No. 200, Silver Spring. $35; preregistration required. 301-439-2900.

ROCKVILLE NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, a support group for drug abusers. 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 800-543-4670.

SICKLE CELL ANEMIA SUPPORT, for those with sickle cell anemia, their families and friends. 12:30 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-972-2442.

Sunday 9 AUTHOR LECTURE AND SLIDE SHOW, Scott Weidensaul discusses his new book, "The Ghost With Trembling Wings," about the need to save species from extinction. 2-4 p.m., Woodend Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free; 301-652-9188, Ext. 10.

SILVER SPRING BAND CONCERT, for all ages, the Montgomery Village Community Band performs a concert in anticipation of Valentine's Day. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; donations accepted. 301-681-1255.

ITALIAN HERITAGE MEMORABILIA, a show-and-tell program by members of Sons of Italy Lodge, following a lodge meeting. 7 p.m., St. Patrick's Social Hall, 4101 Norbeck Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-593-7724.

RED CROSS HISTORY TALK, for widowed persons, Vickie Osmond, manager of community for the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area, discusses "Heroes and History of the American Red Cross"; plus refreshments and socializing, sponsored by AARP Widowed Persons Service. 2-2:45 p.m.; talk, 3 p.m., Bauer Drive Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-949-7396.

ROCKVILLE PAIN SUPPORT GROUP, for those with chronic pain, share pain-management ideas and emotional support. 2 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-670-0134.

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 10 PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS TALK, for ages 55 and older, information on the most commonly prescribed medications for hypertension, arthritis, hormone replacement therapy, indigestion and depression, discussion led by Deborah Norris. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane. Free; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES TALK, for ages 55 and older, be a spectator or bring items to discuss, especially those related to Presidents' Day and Valentine's Day. 10 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

ROCKVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, "Back When We Were Grownups," by Anne Tyler, copies of the book available at the library information desk. 1 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-2094.

GAITHERSBURG STORY TIME, for all ages, members of the city of Gaithersburg Youth Center will read stories aloud in the library's Children's Room. 4-4:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free. 301-840-2515.

BEGINNING MASSAGE FOR COUPLES, learn how to massage hands, feet, back, neck, shoulders, scalp and face. 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and March 3, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $85 per couple; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

ROCKVILLE GOLD-MINING TALK, club member Juan Proano discusses "Gold Mining in Peru," a meeting of the Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County. 7:30 p.m. Monday; club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr. Free. 301-299-8213.

SILVER SPRING HISTORY TALK, "The Korean Air War, 1950-1953," presented by Richard P. Hallion, Air Force historian and director of Air Force History and Museums, presented by World War II and Korean War veterans. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

Tuesday 11 WHEATON SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR, information on starting a small business, financing options (particularly minorities and women), business-plan development, health insurance plans, accounting and tax planning, and more. Sponsored by the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, Maryland Small Business Development Center, Montgomery County Small Business Resource Center, Enterprise Development Group, U.S. Small Business Administration, National Association of the Self-Employed and Mendoza Tax and Accounting Services. 6-8 p.m., Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free; space is limited; preregistration encouraged. 240-777-4940.

PERSONAL GROWTH AND COPING, for women going through separation and divorce, "Moving Forward," a six-session workshop on subjects including anger, depression, stress-management, self-esteem and coping with loneliness. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and March 4, 11 and 18, Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $60; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $90; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

FINANCIAL PLANNING AT MID-LIFE, a discussion of financial strategies to prepare for retirement, led by a financial planner. 6:30-8:30 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).

COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SEXES, "Get Ready for Valentine's Day," a family mediator teaches skills to help women and men avoid miscommunication, resolve disputes and build relationships. 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, 301-279-1034 (TTY).

CHEVY CHASE STORY TIME, for children ages 18-36 months and adults, explore the library, plus a brief rhyme and story program. 10:15 and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Feb. 13, Chevy Chase Community Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Seating is limited; free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before each program. 301-986-4313.

SILVER SPRING HEALTH, for seniors 55 and older, "Dressing for Comfort and Safety," presented by Carroll Valle, a nurse with Montgomery General Hospital Community Health. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

DAMASCUS STORY TIME, for children 3-5, "The Remarkable Riderless Runaway" and other stories; plus songs, rhymes and activities about things that go. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Community Library, 9701 Main St. Free. 301-253-5100.

ROCKVILLE STORY TIMES, for children 3-5. "Froggies Everywhere," stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays and a craft-making. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday; for families with children 5 and younger, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

WHEATON HISTORY TALK, for seniors 55 and older, "The Harlem Renaissance Movement: Its Art and Politics," a slide presentation and a talk by guest speaker Priscilla Ramsey, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

Wednesday 12 CHEVY CHASE EURIPIDES DISCUSSION, discussion of "Trojan Women" and "Bacchae," by Euripides, sponsored by the library's Great Books group. 7:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Community Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free. 301-986-4313.

SILVER SPRING ONE-WOMAN SHOW, for seniors 55 and older, actress and storyteller Barbara Wilson presents "Sugarfootn' With Sugarfoots," a combination of storytelling and comedy, a Black History Month event. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK DISCUSSIONS, "Death Benefits," a mystery book by Thomas Perry, 7 p.m.; "Blue Popsicles," by NeAnni Y. Ife, local author, playwright, poet and professional actress, 7 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free. 301-840-2515.

ROCKVILLE MS SUPPORT GROUP, for those with multiple sclerosis, the MS Outreach group, sponsored by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 7:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 800-542-5096.

CHEVY CHASE HEALTH TALK, "Totally Hip (or Knee) Replacements," presented by representatives from the joint-replacement program at Suburban Hospital. A discussion on ways to return to an active lifestyle after joint replacement surgery and information on the UniSpacer, a new treatment for early osteoarthritis of the knee. 1 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave, Chevy Chase. Free; preregistration requested. 301-656-2797.

WHEATON HEALTH DISCUSSION, for seniors 55 and older, "Heart Disease: Controlling the Five Major Risk Factors," presented by Washington Hospital Center cardiologist Robert DiBianco. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

TAKOMA PARK CLASS, "From Resentments and Bitterness to Forgiveness: Letting Go of Past Hurts," practical ways to start the process of healing and recovery. 7:30 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

Thursday 13 BETHESDA FOREIGN FILM, for seniors 55 and older, "The Fencing Master" (1992), about a beautiful and mysterious woman who asks a renowned fencing master to take her on as his student, set in 1868 Madrid, in Spanish with English subtitles. 2-4 p.m., Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane. $5; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

ROCKVILLE PREFERENCES TESTING, learn about information-processing, decision-making and time-scheduling preferences by taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. 6-9 p.m., Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $45; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $67; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

KENSINGTON VALENTINE OPEN HOUSE, for ages 2 and older, come any time during the day for simple crafts, rhymes and other activities to celebrate Valentine's Day. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Noyes Library for Young Children, 10237 Carroll Pl., Kensington. Free. 301-929-5533.

DATE AND ACQUAINTANCE RAPE, a discussion for women, men and especially teenagers, with speakers discussing personal protection, help for victims and how to help friends who are victims. Sponsored by the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse. 7:30 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 8215 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-230-7221.

SILVER SPRING HEALTH LECTURE, "Update on Diabetes," presented by Sarah Borgman, diabetes nurse educator at Suburban Hospital, and sponsored by Wheaton-Glenmont Area Chapter of National Association of Retired Federal Employees. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-593-6127.

-- Christine Swerda

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