Thursday 20

AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOK GROUP, the inaugural gathering of the group, bring a favorite book to recommend for the inaugural 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.

MID-COUNTY ACTION GROUP MEETING, for Montgomery County residents, ask questions and discuss government agency traffic review procedures and more, meet with Al Genetti, director of the Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation and Doug Wren, of the Wheaton Redevelopment Office, and representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 7:30 p.m., Mid-County Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Dr., Room 223, Wheaton. Free. 240-777-7150.

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.

GAITHERSBURG STORYTELLER, for a preschool audience but all ages are welcome, Charley Montroll tells traditional and original stories, sings songs and more. 10:30 a.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free. 301-840-2515.

WHEATON HOUSING SEMINAR, discussion of a reduced-rate mortgage program for first-time buyers, 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.

GLAUCOMA UPDATE, for seniors 55 and older, learn about risk, surgical procedures, eye-care, support groups and research, presented by Howard Kane, a physician with Prevention of Blindness Society of the Metropolitan Area. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

Friday 21

GHANA TRAVELOGUE, for seniors 55 and older, a "Journey Through Africa," including information about Ghana, West Africa, in a brief historical and geographical overview followed by a media presentation. 1-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE TEEN CLUB, for students in grades 6-9, a movie, pocket billiards, table soccer, air hockey and video games; plus popcorn and drinks; adult supervision provided, sponsored by the Montgomery Village Foundation. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Stedwick Community Center, 10401 Stedwick Rd., Montgomery Village. $3. 301-948-0110, Ext. 367.

TAKOMA PARK DINNER AND DANCE, the Mexican film, "Danzon" (in Spanish, with English subtitles), a Mexican dinner and a dance presentation by the college's Latino Students Union. 6:30 p.m., Montgomery College Takoma Park Campus, 7600 Takoma Ave., Campus Commons building, lower level. $15; preregistration required. 301-251-7443.

WHEATON TEA DANCE, for seniors 55 and older, music by Dolly Bennof and the JC Combo; plus light refreshments. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $4. 301-468-4448.

BOYDS AUTHOR TALK, C.R. Gibbs will discuss his recently published book, "Black, Copper and Bright: The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment," a Black History Month event. 7 p.m., Boyds Negro School, 19510 White Ground Rd., Boyds. Free. 301-495-4600, 301-495-1331 (TTY) or 800-735-2258 (Maryland Relay Service).

Saturday 22

CHEVY CHASE BEGINNER'S BIRD WALK, for adults and children 8 or 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 a.m., Woodend Bookshop entrance, Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.

POTOMAC C&O CANAL WALK, for those 50 and older, a one-hour walk along the C&O Canal, bring good walking shoes and water, all levels of ability welcome, coffee after the walk at a nearby restaurant, sponsored by the Fifty-Plus Fitness Association. Meeting at 8:45 a.m., walk at 9 a.m., the last Saturday of each month, Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard, near the Old Angler's Inn, Potomac. Free. 301-570-3263, 240-632-8355, 301-251-1165 or 301-570-3263.

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP, "Organizing Records," including filing and indexing systems, research, recording results and organizational tips, sponsored by the Genealogy Club of the Montgomery County Historical Society. 9 a.m.-noon, Waters House, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. $15; preregistration required. 301-340-2825.

CLARA BARTON VIDEO AND EXHIBIT, "Clara Barton and the Sea Islands Hurricane," a video on American Red Cross founder Barton's relief work in African-American communities of the Sea Islands, S.C., following the hurricane of 1893; plus house tours with information about the influences of African Americans in Barton's life and work. Videos, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. shown on the hour; followed by the tours, Clara Barton National Historic Site, 5801 Oxford Rd., Glen Echo. Free. 301-492-6245.

KENSINGTON CLOWN PROGRAM, a demonstration of transforming a person into a clown, presented by Bubbles the Klown, who will discuss clowning traditions and demonstrate clowning. 10:30 a.m., Noyes Library for Young Children, 10237 Carroll Pl., Kensington. Free. 301-929-5533.

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

BLACK HISTORY FASHION SHOW, "Threads of Time: The Fabric of History," a contemporary and informal fashion show and book discussion about the accomplishments of African American women designers from 1860 to the present, led by author Rosemary Reed Miller and sponsored by Montgomery County Friends of the Library and the library system's Office of Multicultural Services. 1 p.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

TRADITIONAL AFRICAN DRUMMING, for all ages, the Sogo African Rhythm Ensemble, a troupe of students in grades 3-9, perform traditional drumming, dancing and singing of the people of Ghana, West Africa. 2 p.m., Silver Spring Community Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

POTTERY DEMONSTRATION, for all ages, potter Jacob Raeder will create and demonstrate his craft using the potter's wheel; plus refreshments, sponsored by Rockville Arts Place and Friends of the Rockville Library. 1-4 p.m., Rockville Regional Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0140.

Sunday 23

OLNEY ONES AND TWOS, for children 12-36 months old accompanied by an adult, rhymes, songs and stories. 3:30 p.m., Olney Community Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd. Free; preregistration requested. 301-570-1232.

CHEVY CHASE BIRD HIKE, for children 4-5 accompanied by an adult, decorate homemade binoculars and take a hike to try and spy on resident birds at the Woodend sanctuary, then make a treat for the birds at home. 9-10 a.m., Woodend Bookshop entrance, Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Fee range, $5-10; preregistration required. 301-652-9188.

JEWISH SINGLES BOOK DISCUSSION, for ages 45 and older, "The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner City Neighborhood," by David Simon and Edward Burns, sponsored by the center's Books and Fellowship group. 10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-5826.

Monday 24

SILVER SPRING ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES, for seniors 55 and older, bring items to discuss or observe the discussion, on the themes of unusual pictures, transportation and travel. 10 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

WHEATON HISTORY DISCUSSION, for seniors 55 and older, "Globalization(s): Leaving Africa Behind," a discussion of ways the international community can include Africa and deal with world unrest, presented by Morgan State University professor and author Zekeh Gbotokuma. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

GAITHERSBURG HISTORY OF QUILTING, a discussion of the history of quilts, featuring the Baltimore Album of quilts of 1840-1850, including quilting techniques, sponsored by the Asbury Methodist Village resident-run Keese School of Continuing Education. 7:30 p.m., Asbury Methodist Village, 417 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. $1. 301-216-4475.

DERWOOD INSURANCE SEMINAR, the consumer perspective on long-term care insurance for seniors, led by Leta Blank, program director of Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program, a Maryland Cooperative Extension Services counseling and advocacy program. 1-3 p.m., Maryland Cooperative Extension Services, Agricultural History Farm Park, 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. Free. 301-590-9638 or www.medicarehelp.org.

Tuesday 25

MARKETING FOR NONPROFITS, "Marketing 101 for Nonprofit Programs and Services," for organizations new to marketing or developing their first marketing plan, sponsored by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Maryland Association of Nonprofits, 8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 303, Silver Spring. $90; members, $45; preregistration required. 301-565-0505 or www.mdnonprofit.org.

WHEATON HEALTH TALK, for seniors 55 and older, "Fiber, Fiber, Fiber & Why," presented by Fran Armstrong, a nutritionist with the Montgomery County Department of Nutrition. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

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.

NEGOTIATING SALARIES AND BENEFITS, a workshop, information on concepts and techniques that may lead to an improved compensation package in a current or new job. 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).

ROCKVILLE POETRY READING, and discussion by poet and Montgomery College English professor Natasha Saje. 2:30 p.m., Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Room 136, Technical Center, Rockville. Free. 301-251-7443.

CHEVY CHASE PIZZA AND BOOKS, for readers in grades 6-9, a discussion of "Tangerine," by Edward Bloor; plus pizza and drinks. 6:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Community Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free; preregistration required. 301-986-4313.

WOMEN'S HEART DISEASE TALK, for seniors 55 and older, bring questions about heart disease, presented by representatives from Adventist HealthCare. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

CHEVY CHASE STORY TIME, for children 18-36 months old and adults, explore the library, plus a brief rhyme and story program. 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Feb. 27, Chevy Chase Community Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free; seating limited; free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before each program. 301-986-4313.

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for children age 2, with one adult for each child, stories, songs and other activities. 10:30 a.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-871-2094.

BETHESDA SAFE BOATING, Coast Guard Auxiliary courses: "Boating Skills and Seamanship" (power boating) and "Let's Go Sailing." 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; "Coastal Navigation," 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays; classes run either 13 sessions (Feb. 25 through April 8) or 6 sessions (through March 6, plus a final exam on April 8), Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr., Bethesda. Course materials fees, $35-$45. 301-942-2468.

BEGINNING BEEKEEPING CLASS, for novice beekeepers, sponsored by the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association. Classroom sessions, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 25; outdoor sessions with live honey bees, 1-4 p.m. April 5 and April 12, Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Tuition free; recommended text, $30; preregistration recommended. 301-414-2317, 301-947-4652 or 301-424-5709.

ROCKVILLE RETIREE LUNCHEON, U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-8th) speaks at a meeting of the Rockville chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Best Western Hotel, Route 28 and Interstate-270, Rockville. $16; preregistration required by Feb. 21. 301-762-6178.

Wednesday 26

ROCKVILLE RETIREMENT STRATEGIES, "Creative Retirement," includes interactive skill-building and strategies to help meet the challenges of retirement. 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).

SILVER SPRING HISTORY VIDEO, for seniors 55 and older, about Paul Robeson, part of a film series, "Biographies of Famous African Americans." 10 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

"MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING," for seniors 55 and older, a video of the popular movie. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

BLACK HISTORY PERFORMANCE, for adults and children 6 and older, contemporary gospel songs performed by the First Baptist Choir Of Ken-Gar, a Black History Month event. 7:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free; preregistration required. 301-840-2515.

TALK FOR GRANDPARENTS-TO-BE, a discussion about caring for new grandchildren, plus a hospital tour. 7-9 p.m., Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. $10; couple, $18; preregistration required. 301-754-8800.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY GENEALOGY TALK, "The Importance of Oral Histories in the Resurrection of Forgotten Stories," presented by documentary writer and photographer Kit Alexander, sponsored by the Montgomery County Historical Society. 7:30 p.m., Montgomery College, Campus Center Building faculty-staff dining room, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Free. 301-762-1492.

CRIME PREVENTION FORUM, for parents and students in middle school through high school, information about gang awareness and substance-abuse and date-rape prevention, presentations from members of Montgomery County Police Department and Montgomery County state's attorney's office. 7 p.m., Watkins Mill High School, 10301 Apple Ridge Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; times and locations subject to change; call to confirm before attending. 240-773-5030.

FUEL CELL RESEARCH TALK, a discussion of fuel cells for transportation and stationary power applications; plus comparisons of what other countries are doing. Presented by Sunita Satyapal, a research chemist at United Technologies Corp., and sponsored by the Montgomery County Chapter of the Sierra Club. 7:30-9 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-946-5599.

ROCKVILLE HISTORY LECTURE, "Dining Out in Pompeii," by University of Maryland professor R. Lindley Vann, sponsored by American Friends of the Israel Exploration Society and the center. 8 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $7; members, $5. 301-881-3756.

Thursday 27

ROCKVILLE COVER LETTER WORKSHOP, learn how to write an effective cover letter to capture an employer's attention by matching your skills to a particular job. Bring a cover letter for a review. 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).

FAIRLAND BOOK DISCUSSION, "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress," by Dai Sijie. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free; preregistration required. 301-421-5400.

ROCKVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Corrections," by Jonathan Franzen. 7-8:30 p.m., County Office Building cafeteria, across the street from Rockville Regional Library, 99 Maryland Ave. Free; preregistration required. 240-777-0166.

QUINCE ORCHARD BOOK DISCUSSION, "House of Mirth," by Edith Wharton. 7:30 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; preregistration required. 240-777-0200.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY BUDGET TALK, for seniors, "Local Budget Challenges for the Future," a discussion with Montgomery County Council members Steven Silverman and Howard Denis, sponsored by the Seniors Organized for Change advocacy group. 10:40-11:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-3751.

-- Christine Swerda

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