Thursday 6

SILVER SPRING NUTRITION TALK, for seniors 55 and older, "Fiber: The Whole Story," presented by Fran Armstrong, a nutritionist with the Senior Nutrition Program. 12:15 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-681-1255.

BILINGUAL BOOK DISCUSSION, in Spanish and English, "The Feast of the Goat," a historical novel by Mario Vargas Llosa. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0026 (information in Spanish) or 240-777-0200.

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

Friday 7

SILVER SPRING MUSIC PROGRAM, for seniors 55 and older, "Fantastic Frank" Plumer will play the piano and sing songs from classical to jazz. 1-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-681-1255.

WHEATON TEA DANCE, for seniors 55 and older, keyboard vocalist Mike Surratt provides music; plus light refreshments. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $4. 301-468-4448.

KENSINGTON PARENTING PROGRAM, for parents, discussion and counseling with a moderator and a family on the topic, "Getting Out of the House in the Morning," sponsored by Parent Encouragement Program Inc. 7:30-9:30 p.m., 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $5; couples, $8; children 9 and older, $1; preregistration required. 301-929-8824 or www.ParentEncouragement.org.

ROCKVILLE PARENTING PROGRAM, for new mothers and their babies, "Discovering Motherhood," education and support. 9:30 a.m. Fridays, through April 11, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $65; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

Saturday 8

ROCKVILLE DRAWINGS AND SONGS, recommended for children in kindergarten and older, Mr. David performs with art, music, jokes, cartooning and puppets. 11 a.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

TAKOMA PARK HOME TOUR, for all ages, a 100 percent renewable-energy home, a hybrid car and innovative electric vehicles, a tofu-powered lawn mower and more, sponsored by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Institute for Policy Studies. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 7125 Willow Ave., Takoma Park. Admission, free. 301-920-1644.

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for all ages, stories on the theme of "March Winds." 11 a.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

CIVIL WAR GENEALOGY RESEARCH, learn how to find information on Confederate and Union veterans, where to locate records and more, sponsored by the Montgomery County Historical Society. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday or 7:30-9 p.m. March 19, Waters House, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. $15; preregistration and prepayment required. 301-340-2825.

SUGARLOAFERS VOLKSMARCH, a 10K or 5K walk at the Rio, one of Montgomery County's most recently developed areas, which includes an entertainment complex, shops, hotels, residences and medical and office buildings. The trail is suitable for strollers but not for wheelchairs. Sponsored by Seneca Valley Sugarloafers. Registration, 9 a.m., the lobby of the Rio Center/Lowe's Theater, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. Free; optional American Volkssport Association credit, $3. 301-926-2952 or 301-340-9418.

Sunday 9

CURRENT EVENTS TALK, for widowed persons, Christopher Van Hollen Sr., foreign service officer and former U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka (in the 1970s), discusses "The Role of the U.S. in the War Against Terrorism: Where Do We Go From Here?" sponsored by the AARP Widowed Persons Service. Refreshments and socializing, 2-2:45 p.m.; talk, 3 p.m., Bauer Drive Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-949-7396.

DIVORCE AND CUSTODY DISCUSSION, for singles 40 and older, led by Robert Seidenberg, author of "The Fathers' Emergency Guide to Divorce and Custody," and two other speakers. 10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-5826.

HEALTH-CARE PROVIDER CPR, for health-care providers who need certification to help victims of all ages. Noon-8 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, Lisner Building, Rooms 1 and 2, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $60; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

Monday 10

GEM SOCIETY MEETING, a presentation on stone-carving, a meeting of Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County. 7:30 p.m. Monday; club meets the second Monday of each month, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-299-8213.

ROCKVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, "Unless," by Carol Shields. 1 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-871-2094.

TAKOMA PARK FIRST AID, for new parents and child-care providers, learn how to respond to common medical emergencies and injuries. 7 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $35; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

MATHEMATICIAN DOCUMENTARY, for seniors 55 and older, "A Brilliant Madness," a documentary on mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John Nash. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

Tuesday 11

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for 2-year-olds; one adult per child. 10:30 a.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-871-2094.

CHILDREN'S BOOK CLUB, for students in grades 3, 4 and 5. "Double Fudge," by Judy Blume, available at the Children's Desk. 4:15 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free; preregistration required. 301-840-2515.

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS DISCUSSION, the basics of starting a small business, with a panel of entrepreneurs to discuss strategies and give advice. 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).

ART TALK AND DEMONSTRATION, for all ages, artist Kathy Kahn discusses and demonstrates the art of painting and illustration, with refreshments, sponsored by the library and Rockville Arts Place. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rockville Regional Library, 99 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0140.

DAMASCUS STORY TIME, "Wind" and other breezy stories, songs, rhymes and activities. For children 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Damascus Community Library, 9701 Main St. Free; preregistration requested. 301-253-5100.

ROCKVILLE STRESS MANAGEMENT, learn about medical techniques to control reactions to stress, sponsored by the hospital. 7 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $35; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

SILVER SPRING NUTRITION PROGRAM, "Water -- the Neglected Nutrient," learn about the preventive and healing properties of water, sponsored by Washington Adventist Hospital. 11 a.m., Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS GLAUCOMA CHECKS, screenings conducted by the Society for the Prevention of Blindness. 2-4 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; preregistration required. 301-656-2797.

WHEATON HEALTH TALK, for seniors 55 and older, "What Is Interactive Medicine?" presented by physician Norton Fishman of Suburban Hospital. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

WHEATON SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR, focusing on starting a small business, financing options (focusing on minorities and women), business plan development, health insurance plans, accounting and tax planning, more, sponsored by the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, the Maryland Small Business Development Center and others. 6-8 p.m., Gilchrist Center, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free; space limited; preregistration encouraged. 240-777-4940.

Wednesday 12

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME, for children 3-5, "What We Wear," stories and activities; caregivers and younger siblings may read together in the Children's Room during the program. 10:30-11:05 a.m. and 2-2:35 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.

HOME-SCHOOLERS BOOK TALK, for ages 13-19 who are home-schooled, review and discuss recently acquired books from the library's Young Adult collection. 1:30 p.m., Rockville Regional Library, 99 Maryland Ave. Free. For more information, call Diane Monnier, 240-777-0158.

ROCKVILLE MS SUPPORT GROUP, for those with multiple sclerosis, the MS Outreach group provides information and support, sponsored by the hospital. 7:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-680-3576.

PARENTING WORKSHOP, "Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?" sponsored by the Early Childhood Consultation Center Inc. of Silver Spring. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. $25. 301-593-5992.

ROCKVILLE SENIORS SEMINARS, Gerber Adult Seminars, most classes start in the afternoon. Science and technology, Shakespeare's "Othello," economics, advanced computer-writing, 20th-century stage and more, Wednesdays through May 14 (no classes April 16 or April 23); creative writing, opera, personal finances, photography (traditional and digital), biographies of eminent people and more, Mondays, March 17-May 12 (no class April 21). Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Tuition per class, $38; center members, $28; some classes may have additional materials fees; classes may be joined in progress. 301-230-3747.

ROCKVILLE STORYTELLING CLUB, for children 8-14, learn how to tell stories from children's librarian and storyteller Eve Burton. 4:30 p.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

BLACK CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS TALK, for ages 5 and older, historian C.R. Gibbs discusses 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.

JACQUELINE KENNEDY TALK, Jann Pottker, author of "Janet and Jackie: The Story of a Mother and Her Daughter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," will present a slide show and discuss her book. 8 p.m., Silver Spring Community Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

PAIN MANAGEMENT TALK, physician Charles Harrison, of Palliative Medicine Consultants, discusses "Chronic Pain Management in Advanced Illness," sponsored by Suburban Hospital. 1 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; preregistration requested. 301-656-2797.

Thursday 13

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.

ROCKVILLE BLUEGRASS CONCERT, for adults and children 4 and older, "BanjerDan" Mazer performs "From Bluegrass and Beyond," on the guitar, banjo, mandolin and dobro. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

GAITHERSBURG STORY TIME, for children 23 months and younger with an adult, rhymes, stories, songs and other activities. 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; preregistration required. 240-777-0200.

POTOMAC STORY TIME, for children 24-36 months, with an adult for each child, "Signs of Spring." 10:30 a.m., Potomac Community Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free; preregistration requested. 240-777-0690.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK DISCUSSION, "Empire Falls," by Richard Russo. 7 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free; preregistration required. 301-840-2515.

UNIVERSITY PUBLIC HEALTH COURSES, an information and registration session for classes offered by Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus, Bloomberg School of Public Health; advisers will answer questions about graduate degrees in public health. 5-7 p.m., the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-294-7060.

INFANT SAFETY AND CPR, for caregivers of children 1-8, learn how to child-proof a home and how to respond in situations involving infant airway-obstruction and cardiac or respiratory arrest. 6:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $25; couples, $40; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

TAKOMA PARK WORRIES DISCUSSION, "How to Handle Everyday Worries," learn about techniques to identify worries and make positive changes. 7-8:30 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $15; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS AUTHOR TALK, Gilbert Hahn Jr. will discuss his book, "The Notebook of an Amateur Politician (and How He Began the D.C. Subway)." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; preregistration requested. 301-656-2797.

KENSINGTON PARENTING PROGRAM, for parents, "Raising Unspoiled Children in an Affluent Family," sponsored by Parent Encouragement Program Inc. 7:30-9:30 p.m., 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $25; couples, $46; preregistration required. 301-929-8824; www.ParentEncouragement.org.

ROCKVILLE CAREER WORKSHOP, "Succeeding at Work: 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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