Thursday 13

FREDERICK MEDICINE MUSEUM, exhibits illustrating the medical story of the Civil War. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $6.50; seniors 60 and older, $6; children 10-16, $4.50; 9 and younger, free. 301-695-1864.

KNITTING AND CROCHETING GROUP, for those interested in helping the community through knitting and crocheting, the kidKnits charitable group makes items including hats, mittens, blankets, dishcloths and other items for children and families, members are now working on baby and children's items for donation to Care Wear recipients at Frederick Memorial Hospital, members provide their own materials. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, the Book Center Cafe, Frederick Shopping Center, W. Seventh Street, Frederick. Free. 301-620-2328.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES, at the following times and locations:

8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. today, Evangelical Lutheran Church, 35 E. Church St., Frederick;

8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, St. John's at Prospect Hall, 889 Butterfly Lane, Frederick;

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Walkersville United Methodist Church, 22 Main St., Walkersville;

2-8 p.m. Tuesday, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 901-A Church St., Libertytown;

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Farmers & Mechanics Bank, 110 Thomas Johnson Dr., Frederick;

2-8 p.m. Wednesday, St. Timothy Catholic Church, 8651 Biggs Ford Rd., Walkersville.

2 p.m.- 8 p.m. March 20, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1415 W. 7th St., Frederick

Donors must be in good health, be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds; schedule subject to change. To schedule a donation, call 800-448-3543.

Friday 14

LENTEN FISH FRY, dinner of baked or fried fish, coleslaw, french fries, a roll and coffee or tea; a la carte items, fish sandwich, pizza, scrambled eggs with cheese, dessert and sodas. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Bishop McNamara Council 1622. 5-8 p.m. Fridays, through April 11, St. John's Literary Institute at Prospect Hall, Route 180 and Butterfly Lane, Frederick. Dinner, $7; carryout, 50 cents extra per order. 301-695-9633.

INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE, for seniors with an income of $55,000 or less, AARP personnel will be available, by appointment only, at the Mount Airy Senior Center. Bring tax-related documents. 9 a.m.-noon Mondays and Fridays, through April 11, Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy. Free; preregistration required; donations to the center requested. 301-829-2407 or 410-795-1017.

SENIORS EXERCISE CLASSES, for Frederick County residents 50 and older, increase strength, flexibility, range of motion and sense of balance. 9:05-10:05 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (except for city holidays), William R. Talley Recreation Center, Second and Bentz streets, Frederick. $1. 301-695-2633.

MIDDLETOWN MEDITATION, for teenagers, an explanation of the various forms of meditation and relaxation. 7-8:30 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free; preregistration required. 301-371-7560.

Saturday 15

THURMONT MAPLE SYRUP FEST, the 33rd annual Maple Syrup Heritage Festival, including demonstrations by Maryland State Park Rangers of tree-tapping and sap-boiling; talks on the history and current status of maple syrup production; children's activities; sales of maple syrup and maple products. No pets allowed; rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks and the Catoctin Mountain Tourist Council. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, William Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park, three miles west of Thurmont, off Route 77 on Catoctin Hollow Road. $1; youth group rate, 50 cents per person. 301-271-7574.

KINDNESS-TO-ANIMALS CLUB, for children 6-12, representatives of Guiding Eyes for the Blind will discuss how seeing-eye dogs are raised, and will bring puppies. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Frederick County Humane Society, 5712-D Industry Lane, Frederick. Free. 301-694-8300.

THURMONT GPS TRAINING, for those who have access to a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. Test skills or learn about terminology and receive help getting started. Participants are encouraged to attend a basic orienteering class beforehand to gain knowledge of map and compass reading. Bring a GPS receiver; space limited. 1 p.m., Catoctin Mountain Park Visitors Center, 6602 Foxville Rd., Thurmont. Free; preregistration required. 301-663-9388.

BULL AND OYSTER ROAST, for adults, all you can eat; plus dancing to music by Allen Brown and the Wishing Well Band. Proceeds benefit the Sons of the American Legion Gold Star Squadron's community programs. Dinner, 6-8 p.m.; dancing, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Sons of the American Legion Gold Star Squadron 191, 801 Prospect Rd., Mount Airy. $24; for tickets and reservations, call 301-829-9161 after 3 p.m.

MYERSVILLE COUNTRY BREAKFAST, all-you-can-eat buffet, with eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, potatoes, fruit, French toast, coffee and juice. 6-11 a.m. the third Saturday of each month, sponsored by the Myersville Volunteer Fire Company, 301 Main St., Myersville. $7; children 6-12, $3.50; 5 and younger, free. 301-293-9817.

FREDERICK BUSINESS SEMINAR, "How to Start Your Own Consulting Business," sponsored by the Women's Business Institute. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. $69; preregistration required. 410-756-2334.

Sunday 16

RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC, for dogs and cats only, pets must be on leashes or in carriers. 1-3:30 p.m., Frederick County Humane Society, 5712-D Industry Lane, Frederick. Rabies shots, $6 (cash only); registration and microchip ID, $20. 301-694-8300.

THURMONT ORIENTEERING CLASSES, learn about map- and compass-reading, an indoor slide program, followed by a short outdoor course requiring participants to go off-trail in varied terrain, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather, maps and compasses are provided for the day; class size limited. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22 or March 23, National Park Service Catoctin Mountain Park Visitors Center, 6602 Foxville Rd., Thurmont. Free; preregistration required. 301-663-9388 or www.nps.gov/cato.

FREDERICK BUFFET BREAKFAST, a country-style buffet, to benefit American Legion Post 11. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sundays, through March 30, American Legion Post 11, 1450 Taney Ave., Frederick. $7; children 6-12, $3.50; 5 and younger, free. 301-662-9345.

Monday 17

EMMITSBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY, for those interested in Emmitsburg history, including a discussion of the true origins of Emmitsburg. 7 p.m., St. Anthony Parish Hall, 6150 St. Anthony Rd. Emmitsburg. Free. 301-447-2682.

THURMONT INFANT STORY TIME, for children 24 months and younger accompanied by an adult, the "Babies With Books" program showing how to teach children the rhythms and meanings of speech and to make connections among words, pictures and objects. 10:30 a.m. the third Monday of each month, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St. Free. 301-271-7721.

Tuesday 18

FREDERICK PLANETARIUM SHOW, for all ages; eighth-graders and younger children must be accompanied by an adult. "Daughter of the Stars," legends about the sky from the earliest inhabitants of North America. First-come, first-served; doors open at 5:30 p.m. when tickets can be purchased for the 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. show, Earth and Space Science Laboratory, Frederick Elementary School (use the back entrance, School Building B), 250 Madison St., Frederick. $1 per person. 240-236-2694.

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT FORUM, for parents and guardians with children in Frederick-area high-school feeder schools; a meeting with Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale; feeder schools include Hillcrest, Parkway, South Frederick and Waverley elementary schools; West Frederick Middle School and Frederick High School; other school feeder-area conversations are scheduled for April 10 (Catoctin), May 20 (Brunswick) and May 29 (Tuscarora). All forums will begin at 7 p.m. in the media center at Frederick High School, 650 Carroll Pkwy., Frederick. Free. 301-696-6911.

FREDERICK STORY TIME, for all ages. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

EMMITSBURG STORY TIME, for 2-year-olds accompanied by an adult. 10:30 a.m. the first, second and third Tuesdays of each month, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 101 Silo Hill Rd. Free. 301-447-2682.

MIDDLETOWN ADVISORY GROUP, for middle school and high school students, meet after school to plan library programs with the Young Adult Advisory Group, plus socializing and snacks. 3:15-4:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St. Free. 301-371-7560.

WALKERSVILLE STORY TIME, for children 2 and older accompanied by an adult. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 25, Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. Free; preregistration required. 301-845-8880.

Wednesday 19

FREDERICK DIABETES SUPPORT, for parents of school-age children with diabetes, a discussion of diabetes-care management. 7 p.m., Frederick Memorial Hospital Wellness Center, Francis Scott Key Mall, 5500 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. Free. 240-379-6007.

FREDERICK PET BEREAVEMENT, counselors available to talk with people grieving the loss of a pet. 7-8 p.m., Frederick County Humane Society, 5712-D Industry Lane, Frederick. Free. 301-694-8300.

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS TALK, for adults, John Laughlin, president of Ridgecrest Investments, will discuss how to coordinate customers, vendors, employees and community leaders to enhance a business; part of the center's "Meet the Presidents" series. 7-8:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Business Resource Center, C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; preregistration required. 301-694-1367.

CAREER TRANSITION PANEL, "From At-Home Parenting to the Professional World," with a panel of college alumni and community members to discuss returning to paid employment. 7 p.m., Hood College, Multicultural Suite, Whitaker Campus Center, second floor, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. Free. 301-663-3131.

BRUNSWICK STORY TIME, for children 3-5. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, through April 9. Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

EMMITSBURG TEA PARTY, for preschool-age children accompanied by an adult, "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party," a theatrical presentation by Playtime Theatre. 7 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 101 Silo Hill Rd. Free. 301-447-2682.

MIDDLETOWN STORY TIME, for children 3-5. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, through April 10, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St. Free. 301-371-7560.

THURMONT STORY TIME, for all ages. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 9, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St. Free. 301-271-7721.

WALKERSVILLE STORY TIME, for children 3-5 accompanied by an adult. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, through March 27, Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. Free; preregistration required. 301-845-8880.

Thursday 20

OBESITY SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP, a forum to discuss experiences before, during or after weight-loss surgery. 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Frederick County Health Department, Entrance C, 350 Montevue Lane, Frederick. Free. 301-620-7811 or www.angelfire.com/journal2/ossg_frederick/.

BRUNSWICK STORY TIME, for all ages. 7 p.m. Thursdays, through April 10, Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. Free. 301-834-9065.

THORPE WOOD STORY PROGRAM, for children 3-5 accompanied by an adult, "Third Thursdays at Thorpe Wood," a monthly program of special nature-related stories, sponsored by Thurmont and Emmitsburg branch libraries. 1 p.m. March 20, April 17 and May 15, Thorpe Wood Nature Retreat, 12805 Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-2823, 301-271-7721 or www.thorpewood.org.

-- Christine Swerda

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