Thursday 13 KENSINGTON VALENTINE OPEN HOUSE, for children 2 and older, come any time during the day for simple craft-making, 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.

DISCUSSION ON 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.

KENSINGTON VALENTINE OPEN HOUSE, for children 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.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, for adults, sponsored by the American Red Cross. 10 a.m.-noon today, Wheaton Regional Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, 240-777-0678; 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Feb. 20, Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, 301-871-2094; and 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 20, Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington, 301-897-2211. Free.

ROCKVILLE CELLO CONCERT, for adults and children 5 and older, classical compositions by cellist John Kaboff. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK, child passenger safety technicians will perform evaluations of conditions and installations of child safety seats, which are required for children younger than 4, weighing 40 pounds or less, sponsored by Fitzgerald Auto Mall and Montgomery County Department of Police. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Fitzgerald Auto Mall, 5501 Nicholson Lane, Rockville. Free. 301-548-4847.

Friday 14 DAMASCUS STORY TIME, for children 24 months and younger accompanied by an adult, rhymes, songs, stories and parent information, siblings welcome. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Community Library, 9701 Main St. Free. 301-253-5100.

BETHESDA STORY TIME, for children 12-23 months accompanied by an adult, "Friendly Hearts," stories and stretches. 10:30-11 a.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.

BETHESDA LOVE SONGS, for seniors 55 and older, in celebration of Valentine's Day, opera singer Donato Serrano will perform love songs; plus light refreshments. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane. $3; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

Saturday 15 SIGN-LANGUAGE PROGRAM, for all ages, "Sign Me a Story," a sign-interpreted, interactive performance for hearing and deaf audiences, combining storytelling, physical theater and sign language, sponsored by the city of Gaithersburg Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture. 10:30 a.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free. TTY, 301-840-2641; voice, 301-840-2515.

WHEATON FASHION SHOW, information about the history of various fabrics, an African American heritage event, sponsored by Friends of the Library. 1 p.m., Wheaton Regional Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

FAIRLAND STORY TIME, for all ages, storyteller Charles H. Clyburn tells African and African American folktales. 2 p.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, for all ages, Chinese music and other cultural activities, performed by the Kuang Chi Chinese School to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Ram. 2-3 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free. 240-777-0690.

CHEVY CHASE NATURE WALKS, 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, 8-9 a.m. Saturdays through February; and a Nature Walk led by a naturalist, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.

SINGLE PARENTS GROUPS, orientation meetings for Parents Without Partners Chapter 60, discuss the welfare and interests of single parents and their children, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring, 301-879-5015; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8609 Welbeck Way, Montgomery Village, Gaithersburg, 301-977-1767 or www.pwp60.org. Orientation meeting, free; annual dues, $35; preregistration required.

CLASS FOR SIBLINGS OF NEWBORNS, for children 3-9, practice holding and diapering a newborn and tour the hospital's maternity unit. 10 a.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Family with one sibling, $15; with two siblings, $25; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

OLNEY PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BUFFET, 27th annual all-you-can-eat event, proceeds benefit charitable activities of sponsoring organizations, sponsored by the Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus of Olney. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. John's Church Hall, Route 108, Olney (across from the Olney Library). $5; children 6-12, $3; 5 and younger, free. 301-598-8585.

Sunday 16 WHEATON BEEKEEPING OPEN HOUSE, learn about beekeeping from members of the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association. 2-4 p.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-414-2317, 301-947-4652, 301-424-5709.

GRANDPARENT-CHILDREN BOOK TALK, discussion of "The Iron Giant," by Ted Hughes, the story of a 50-foot-tall steel-eating giant robot and a boy who befriends him. 2 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free; preregistration required; books available to participants. 301-840-2515.

ROCKVILLE BABY-SITTING CLASS, for aspiring babysitters and mother's helpers 11 or older, learn about basic care of infants and children, accident-prevention, simple first aid, baby-sitting responsibilities and characteristics of children. 10 a.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $30; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

Monday 17 WHEATON WEATHER TALK, a discussion of "Weather and the Gardener," and how garden micro-climates affect seeding, watering and location of plants, presented by Bill Blackmore, meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sponsored by the Silver Spring Garden Club. 8 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-585-4038.

ROCKVILLE CHILD-CARE SEMINAR, "Meeting the Challenge," taught by a registered nurse who is also a child-care provider. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $20; couples, $30; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

GAITHERSBURG GENEALOGY TALK, for seniors 55 and older, "Genealogy -- What's It All About?" 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.

Tuesday 18 SILVER SPRING AFTER-SCHOOL CRAFTS, for elementary school students, crafts and more. 3:30 p.m., Long Branch Community Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

ROCKVILLE ARCHITECTURE LECTURE, "Art Deco Architecture," a lecture about art deco architecture found in Montgomery County, presented by architectural historian Linda Lyons, sponsored by the Montgomery County Historical and the Art Deco societies. 8 p.m., Montgomery County Historical Society's Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. $6; society members, $3; preregistration required. 301-762-1492.

GAITHERSBURG "6-7-8 BOOK CLUB," for children in grades 6, 7 and 8, "The Other Side of Truth," by Beverley Naidoo. Register at the Children's Desk and pick up a copy of the book. 4:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free; preregistration required. 301-840-2515.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT, for women with breast cancer. 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-279-6604.

GERIATRIC MEDICINE DISCUSSION, for ages 55 and older, gerontologist Michael Westerman will discuss screenings and preventive behavior that help improve the quality of life. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

ANSWERS ABOUT PACEMAKERS, for seniors 55 and older, presented by physician Michael Lincoln of Holy Cross Hospital Speakers Bureau. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

Wednesday 19 SILVER SPRING BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Souls of Black Folk," by W.E.B. DuBois. The book will be available at the circulation desk. 7:30 p.m., Silver Spring Community Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

POTOMAC BOOK CLUB, "John Adams," by David G. McCullough. Ask for the book at the circulation desk. 1-3 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr. Free. 240-777-0690.

WHEATON TRAVELOGUE, for seniors 55 and older, "Russia by Water," a slide presentation of the area from Moscow to St. Petersburg. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

BLACK CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS TALK, for ages 4 and older, C.R. Gibbs, author and exhibitor of historical artifacts, will discuss his recently published book, "Black, Copper and Bright: the District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment." 7 p.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

BURTONSVILLE YOUNG READERS, for children in grades 1-3, a discussion of poetry and a craft. 7 p.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

BLACK HISTORY VIDEO, for ages 55 and older, a video on Charles Drew, native Washingtonian, educator and researcher, who pioneered discoveries in blood transfusions; a program to honor people who have changed the course of history for black Americans and improved the lives of all Americans. 10 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-681-1255.

SCIENCE FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION, "To Say Nothing of the Dog," by Connie Willis. Copies of the book are available to participants. 7 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free; preregistration required. 301-840-2515.

DAMASCUS STORY TIME, for children younger than 6 and their families, "Strega Nona" and other stories, songs, rhymes and activities. 7 p.m., Damascus Community Library, 9701 Main St. Free. 301-253-5100.

ROCKVILLE BACK CARE SEMINAR, learn about the anatomy of the back, causes of pain, ways to prevent injuries and when to seek professional help. Sponsored by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 7:30 p.m., hospital's Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $10; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

ROCKVILLE SIBLINGS CLASS, for children 3-6 with newborn siblings, hear a story about a new baby and tour the nursery. 4 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Families with one sibling, $12; each additional sibling, $8; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT, for breast-fed newborns and their mothers, an information, education and support group. 2 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free; Shady Grove Hospital delivery not required; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

KENSINGTON PARENTING CLASS, "Managing Anger: A User's Guide," learn about constructive options leading to more positive relationships. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 and March 5, Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $65; couples, $115; preregistration required. 301-929-8824.

ROCKVILLE PET BEREAVEMENT, for those grieving the loss of a pet, a discussion group led by a grief counselor, Montgomery County Humane Society education room. 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, 14645 Rothgeb Dr., Rockville. Free; reservations required by Feb. 14; no walk-ins. 240-773-5973.

VISION PROBLEM WORKSHOP, for seniors 55 and older, sponsored by the center's Hurwitz Internal Light Program, which provides education and information to the visually impaired. 10 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-881-0100, Ext. 6748.

Thursday 20 CHINESE BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Biography of Zeng Guofan," by Conglin Dong, about the life of General Zeng Guofan (1811-1872) and the strict rules that he and his family followed. 10 a.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free; preregistration required. 301-840-2515.

DAMASCUS STORY TIME, for children age 2 accompanied by an adult, "Time for Twos," presenting "Charlie Needs a Cloak" and other stories, songs, rhymes and a craft; no siblings allowed. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Community Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free; preregistration requested. 301-253-5100.

BLACK LITERATURE GROUP, inaugural gathering, bring a favorite book to recommend for the group's reading list, which will be compiled at this meeting. 6-7:30 p.m., Rockville Regional Library Board Room, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0001.

GERMANTOWN WORKSHOP, learn how the nonprofit Nehemiah Gift Program can help home buyers with their down payment. Limited seating. Bring a canned food item for hungry families in the community. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Germantown Upper Regional Community Building, 12900 Middlebrook Rd. Free; preregistration required. 800-362-3878.

TAKOMA PARK HEALTH SCREENINGS, includes screenings for lipid, glucose, prostate, osteoporosis, body fat and blood pressure, sponsored by the hospital. 7:30-9:30 a.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Fees vary per screening; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

HEARING ON BELTWAY HOV LANES, public comment on proposed amendments to the Montgomery County highway master plan, which recommends the addition of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to the Capital Beltway between the American Legion Bridge and the west spur of Interstate 270, and modifications to an interchange at Randolph and Veirs Mill roads. Held by the Montgomery County Planning Board. Agenda item discussion times are posted on the commission Web site, www.mc-mncppc.org, a few days before the meeting. Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m., no precise time set for the hearing, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission auditorium, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free; preregistration required to speak. 301-495-4600.

WHEATON HOUSING SEMINAR, discussion of a reduced-rate mortgage program for first-time buyers; neighborhood initiative program, closing cost assistance loan program, the Montgomery County Moderately Priced Housing Program, housing for seniors and the disabled and more. 6-8 p.m., Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free; space is limited, so preregistration is encouraged. 240-777-4940.

FEDERAL JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP, a two-part workshop to find out how to locate federal jobs and how to apply for those jobs. 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 20 and Feb. 27. Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $20; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $30; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

WORKPLACE SUCCESS CLASS, "Ten Strategies for a More Effective Work Life." 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).

-- Christine Swerda

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