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.

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

PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP, for parents of newborns or expectant parents, babies welcome, "Babies Don't Come With Owner's Manuals," discussion of parenting skills, infant development and more. 6-7 p.m., Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $15. 301-816-2633.

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.

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS AUTHOR TALK, Gilbert Hahn Jr. discusses 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.

BETHESDA INFANT STORY TIME, for children 12 months and younger accompanied by an adult, "Tales From the Crib," a Born-to-Read program of songs, bounces and books for babies. 10:30 a.m., Little Falls Community Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

MONTGOMERY RECREATION LECTURE, "Recreation Opportunities in Montgomery County," presented by Theresa Cameron of the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council, part of the "Living It Up in Montgomery County" lecture series sponsored by Seniors Organized for Change. 10:45-11:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-3754.

Friday 14

ROCKVILLE COUNSELING SYMPOSIUM, for mental health professionals and those pursuing a degree in this field, topics include working with children who have experienced trauma and grief and other challenges of community health professionals; plus a continental breakfast, lunch, three sessions and a keynote address; sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and Washington Assessment and Therapy Services, a private, outpatient mental health organization. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $70; students with a valid student ID, $15; preregistration recommended. 301-990-0085.

SILVER SPRING PIANO JAZZ, for seniors 55 and older, "Jazzy Jeri" Friedin sings and plays the piano. 1-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

WHEATON TRAVEL VIDEO, for seniors 55 and older, "Over Ireland, A Video Visit." 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

CHEVY CHASE BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Potomac, and Potomac-Bethesda. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chevy Chase Cars, 7725 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Free; preregistration recommended. 301-657-4000.

C&O CANAL MOONLIGHT HIKE, for children 8 and older, hike three to four miles on the C&O Canal towpath, from the Old Angler's Inn to Great Falls and back. 7:30-9:30 p.m., meet in the parking lot across from the Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. Free; preregistration required. 301-299-1990.

INFANT STORY TIME, for children 24 months and younger with one adult per child, a Born-to-Read program of simple songs, stories and activities. 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-871-2094.

Saturday 15

DULCIMER CONCERT AND SHOW, for children 3 and older, Malcolm Dalglish will play a hammered dulcimer, recite poems, tell stories and sing songs, followed by a related craft. Part of the library's Family Series programs; others scheduled for March 22 and 29. Sponsored by the Silver Spring Regional Center. 10:30 a.m., Silver Spring Community Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

WHEATON ROSE CARE, a lecture and a pruning demonstration presented by Bob Alde, of the Potomac Rose Society. 1-3 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-949-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

ORCHID FESTIVAL WEEKEND, orchids on display and for sale, with programs on orchids throughout the day, presented by Friends of Brookside Gardens. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Admission, free. 301-949-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

Sunday 16

ROCKVILLE ALATEEN, for teenagers and younger people, whose lives have been affected by another person'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 17

SILVER SPRING BOOK DISCUSSION, discussion of "Mason & Dixon," by Thomas Pynchon (copies available at the circulation desk), sponsored by the Friends of the Silver Spring Library. 7:30 p.m., Silver Spring Community Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY SOCIAL HOUR, for seniors 55 and older, music, refreshments and more. 2-3:30 p.m., Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. $4; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

LIBRARY FILMS AND COMEDY, for ages 10 and older, entertainer Gary Roma presents "Library Cats, Doorstops, Puns and a Strand of Floss." 7 p.m., Chevy Chase Community Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-986-4313.

KENSINGTON CLASSICAL AND JAZZ, for ages 4 and older, the Dufief Trio of piano, clarinet and violin performs classical music and jazz, including works by Mozart and Gershwin. 7 p.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

ALMOST-FULL MOON WALK, for all ages, a night walk through woods and a close look at the moon's craters through a Nature Center spotting scope. Canceled if overcast. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, Cabin John Regional Park, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-299-1990.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CONCERT, for seniors 55 and older, "Happy St. Patrick's Day," with music by pianist and singer Deena Javor. Refreshments served. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $1; preregistration requested. 301-468-4448.

WHEATON WATER GARDEN TALK, water garden specialist John Gordon discusses installing, planting and maintaining water gardens, sponsored by Silver Spring Garden Club. 8 p.m., Brookside Gardens Education Building, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-585-4038.

PRESCHOOL FUN WALK, for preschool children, a St. Patrick's Day Hearts 'N' Park Fun Walk, with activity stations along the way and more, sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. 10-11:30 a.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free; preregistration required. 240-777-6820.

COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER MEETING, Montgomery County Council member Marilyn Praisner (District 4) will meet with constituents on a drop-in basis to discuss community issues. 7:30-9 p.m., Wheaton Regional Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-7953.

Tuesday 18

CAREERS IN WRITING AND EDITING, a panel of writers discusses tactics for writing for local organizations, joining writers' groups and getting published. 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).

ROCKVILLE RESUME WRITING, learn about resume formats, cover letters and how to write a resume suited to skills and experience. 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).

DISABLED CHILDREN'S FAMILIES, a support group for parents and adult family members of children with disabilities or serious illness. 7:15-8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-9906-880, Ext. 316.

WHEATON HEALTH TALK, for seniors 55 and older, "Breathing Better: Making Your Lungs Work Better for You," with a demonstration of exercises for better breathing and lung-clearing, and discussions on nutrition and preventing infection. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

SILVER SPRING HEALTH TALK, for seniors 55 and older, "Lab Tests and What They Mean," presented by Mary Butler, director of Laboratory Services, Holy Cross Hospital. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for children 3-5, stories, songs and activities. 10:30 a.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-2094.

BETHESDA STORY TIME, for children age 2 accompanied by an adult, stories, songs and a craft. 10:30 a.m., Little Falls Community Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

HEALTH SERVICES BUDGET TALK, a briefing on Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's recommended fiscal 2004 operating budget for the county Department of Health and Human Services. 7 p.m., Children's Resource Center auditorium, 332 W. Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-6534 (voice) or 240-777-1245 (TTY).

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.

Wednesday 19

WHEATON BUTTERFLIES LECTURE, "Waiting for a North Wind," Denise Gibbs, a Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission park naturalist, presents observations and data collected on the monarch butterfly's fall migration along the Virginia coast. 10-11:30 a.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; preregistration required. 301-949-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

WHEATON SPRING LAWN CARE, a talk on lawn maintenance and a schedule for future lawn care, presented by Michael Jajic, of the Brookside Gardens staff. 1-2 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; preregistration required. 301-949-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

DISABILITY CAREGIVERS SEMINARS, for people caring for child and adult family members with disabilities, sponsored by Jewish Social Service Agency and Montgomery County Aging and Disabilities Services. "Guardianship," 7- 9 p.m. Wednesday; "Future and Estate Planning," 7-9 p.m. March 26. Department of Health and Human Services, 401 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-990-6880 or 240-777-1216.

PRENATAL YOGA CLASS, learn about breathing and relaxation techniques for strengthening muscles used during labor and delivery. 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 30, Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. $70; preregistration required. 301-754-8800.

GAITHERSBURG WORKSHOP, learn how the nonprofit Nehemiah Gift Program can help home buyers with their down payment. Limited seating. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gaithersburg High School, 314 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free; canned food donations requested; preregistration required. 800-362-3878.

SINGLE PARENTS GROUP, an orientation meeting for Parents Without Partners Chapter 60, including a discussion about the welfare and interests of single parents and their children. 7:30 p.m., 8609 Welbeck Way, Montgomery Village, Gaithersburg. Orientation meeting, free; annual dues, $35; preregistration required. 301-977-1767 or www.pwp60.org.

ANNUAL REPORTS PREPARATION, for nonprofit organizations, learn about elements of a well-prepared annual report. Bring copies of a current annual report to share. Sponsored by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. 1-3 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. $90; members, $45; preregistration required. 301-565-0505 or www.mdnonprofit.org.

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

Thursday 20

WORLD WAR II HISTORY TALK, for seniors, John L. Withers II and his father, John Withers, tell how a segregated, all-black World War II quartermaster company (commanded by the senior Withers) adopted two Jewish boys who survived the death camp at Dachau. Sponsored by the Prime Time Couples Perspectives group. 2:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-3751.

WHEATON TOMATOES TALK, Melodie Likel, of the Brookside Gardens staff, gives advice on tomato-growing and selection, and reveals her top 10 favorite types. 1-2 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; preregistration required. 301-949-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

ROCKVILLE CAREER WORKSHOP, "Marketing Yourself," learn how to match job skills to jobs, how to find industries and companies with available jobs and how to network. Two sessions, 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 20 and 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).

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, for seniors 55 and older, the March selection is "The End of the Affair," by Graham Greene. 10-11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

POSTNATAL YOGA AND MASSAGE, for mothers and babies 6 weeks to 6 months old, including postures, massage, relaxation and more. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, through May 1, Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. $70; preregistration required. 301-754-8800.

NATURE CENTER HIKE, for infants and other non-walking children with a parent or guardian, "Nature Time for Baby and Me." 10-10:45 a.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, Cabin John Regional Park, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-299-1990.

ROCKVILLE TRAVEL SLIDE SHOW, for all ages, traveler Leonard Libster presents a slide show on Hungary. Attendees are invited to bring personal artifacts to enhance the discussion. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Home Learning Network and Montgomery County Public Libraries. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-2094.

SILVER SPRING CAREGIVER OVERVIEW, a discussion and video on caregiving issues. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7152.

BETHESDA STORY TIME, for children 3-6, stories, music and activities. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Little Falls Community Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

EATING DISORDERS SEMINAR, for parents, faculty, students and other community members, a 13th annual educational seminar on anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder, sponsored by the Family Resources for Education on Eating Disorders, the Walter Johnson School Community Action Team, and the Montgomery County school system's Safe and Drug Free Schools program. 7:30 p.m., Cafeteria A, Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr., Bethesda. Free. 301-493-4568 or http://cpcug.org/user/rpike/freed.html.

ROCKVILLE HEALTH SCREENINGS, screenings for lipid, glucose, prostate, osteoporosis, body fat and blood pressure, sponsored by the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 10-11:30 a.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Fees vary per screening; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

TAKOMA PARK HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS, "What Works, What Doesn't," sponsored by Washington Adventist Hospital. 7:30 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $20; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

TAKOMA PARK STRESS REDUCTION, "Learning to Relax," sponsored by the hospital. 7 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $15; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

-- Christine Swerda

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