Thursday 3

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP, for caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer's disease. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Frederick County Department of Aging, 520 N. Market St. (please use back entrance, accessible from Sixth Street), Frederick. Free. 301-696-0315.

AUTHORS' BOOK PRESENTATIONS, Bruce R. Waldron ("A Year in the Belly of the Tiger") and Elizabeth Petty Bentley ("The Fly on the Rose") will discuss and read from their new novels. 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free admission; preregistration required. 301-845-8880.

Friday 4

LENTEN FISH FRY, dinner of baked or fried fish, coleslaw, french fries, a roll and coffee or tea; a la carte, fish sandwiches, pizza, scrambled eggs with cheese, dessert and sodas. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Bishop McNamara Council 1622. 5-8 p.m. Friday and 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.

FICTION BOOK GROUP, discussion of "Paula," by Isabel Allende. 10 a.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free; preregistration required. 301-845-8880.

LIBRARY MYSTERY PROGRAM, for children 11-15, "Rock-and-Roll Over Dead," a fiction presentation about a rock band and the death of a music librarian. 7-9:30 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free; preregistration required. 301-371-7560.

Saturday 5

CHILDHOOD IN THE 19TH CENTURY, learn about the life of a 19th-century child; crafts include making mini sugar loaves and hand-dipped candles; blacksmithing demonstrations; and more. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Rose Hill Manor Children's Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. $4. 301-694-1650,

CIVIL WAR MEDICINE PROGRAM, historians Glenn and Gloria Baugher portray a hospital steward and a civilian caregiver in "Medicine for the Soldier" and discuss Confederate medicine and civilian contributions; plus a demonstration of medicine preparation. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $6.50; 60 and older, $6; 10-16, $4.50; 9 and younger, free. 301-695-1864.

FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOPS, four workshops in genealogy and family-history research, sponsored by the Historical Society of Frederick County: "Getting Started," 8-10 a.m.; "Continuing Your Research," 10 a.m.-noon; "Organizing Your Research," 1-3 p.m.; "Evaluating Records," 3-5 p.m., Frederick Historical Society, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. $12 a workshop; society members, $10; preregistration required; space limited; no registrations by phone or e-mail; visit for registration form.

FREDERICK CIVIL WAR CAMP, a cooking demonstration by costumed reenactors and trail hikes, weather permitting (Brooks Hill trail on Saturday; Worthington-McKinney trail on Sunday). Dress for the weather; hiking shoes and water recommended. Sponsored by the Frederick Historic Sites consortium. 8:30-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; hikes, 1 p.m. each day, Monocacy National Battlefield, Gambrill's Mill Visitors Center, Route 355, three miles south of Frederick. Free. 301-662-3515.

BRUNSWICK RAILROAD HISTORY DAYS, baseball exhibits, a baseball historian, former baseball coaches, a railroad watch repairman, a reenactment ensemble telling stories about life from 1865 through 1910, a large HO-scale interactive model train layout and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Brunswick Railroad Museum, 40 W. Potomac St., Brunswick. $5; 60 and older, $4; 6-12, $2.50; 5 and younger, free. 301-834-7100.

HOLISTIC HEALTH EXPOSITION, the third annual Holistic Expo, seated massages, entertainment, workshops on holistic health-related topics, approximately 50 vendors and food sales; some proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, Western Maryland Chapter. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., William Talley Recreation Center at Baker Park, West Second and North Bentz streets, Frederick. $3. 301-471-1182 or 410-775-2053.

FREDERICK BIRD CLUB, show-and-tell discussions, lectures, slide shows and more; a meeting of the Purple Martin Society. 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month, Village Green Restaurant, 1275 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-371-7149.

CAMPING AND BACKPACKING EXPOSITION, a display of camping and backpacking equipment and questions answered by Clyde Hicks of the Trail House, sponsored by the National Park Service. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Rd., Thurmont. Free. 301-663-9388.

LEARN HISTORY THROUGH GAMES, for all ages, use board games and miniature games to explore the past, sponsored by the Monocacy Association of Historical Games and Frederick County Public Libraries. 1 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. 301-834-9065.

EMMITSBURG BUGS PROGRAM, for all ages, learn how bugs use disguises to stay alive and see some insects that use mimicry for self-defense, presented by Mike Turell, research entomologist at Fort Detrick. 10-11 a.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 101 Silo Hill Rd. Free; preregistration required. 301-447-2682.

Sunday 6

ANTIETAM BATTLEFIELD HIKE, a U.S. Parks ranger will lead a 2.5-mile hike and discuss Union and Confederate actions that led to the "Massacre in the West Woods." The hike will follow the route of the Union advance, go to the Confederate high ground and show why the Union advance was abruptly halted. 10:30 a.m., meet the ranger at the Visitor Center, Antietam National Battlefield, Route 65, one mile north of Sharpsburg. $3; children 16 and younger, free. All programs subject to change; check before attending any special events. 301-432-5124.

Monday 7

TERRORISM PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP, advice for individuals, families and businesses to help prepare for man-made and natural disasters. 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month, American Red Cross, 2 E. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free; preregistration required. 301-662-5131.

BRUNSWICK ATHLETIC BOOSTERS, the monthly meeting of the Brunswick High School Athletic Boosters. 7 p.m. in the school library, 101 Cummings Dr., Brunswick. Free. 301-428-6224.

MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC, for those uninsured or underinsured, basic medical care and prescriptions, the Mission of Mercy Mobile Health Clinic, staffed by volunteer doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, technicians and nonmedical people from the community; walk-ins welcome. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and April 21, Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy. Free. Call 301-829-0358, Ext. 202 (leave message) to make an appointment; to volunteer, call Brenda McNeely, 301-631-2673 or e-mail

SPRING BULK TRASH COLLECTION, acceptable materials include washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, TVs, steel pipe, furniture, dishwashers, mattresses and small amounts of building materials from home repairs; unacceptable materials include paint, pesticides, solvents, used motor oil, tires, batteries, building materials left by private contractors and metal fence posts with concrete attached. Place acceptable materials curbside, 7 a.m. or earlier on the day of collection; call for the date of your collection area (collections taken Monday through April 10; next collection, August). For additional information on bulk trash pickup, contact the City of Frederick Department of Public Works, 301-694-1173.

Tuesday 8

FREDERICK HISTORICAL SOCIETY TALK, discussion about Braddock Heights as a resort community in the early 20th century, presented by Anne B. Hooper, author of "Braddock Heights: A Glance Backward," part of the Historical Society of Frederick County's lecture series. 7:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-663-1188.

EMMITSBURG BOOK DISCUSSION, "Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West," by Stephen E. Ambrose. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; other discussions, the second Tuesday of each month, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 101 Silo Hill Rd. Free; preregistration required. 301-447-2682.

WALKERSVILLE SPRING ACTIVITIES, for children 2 and older with an adult, celebrate early spring with stories, songs, crafts and more. 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and April 10, Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free; preregistration required. 301-845-8880.

Wednesday 9

INSULIN SUPPORT GROUP, for patients on insulin pumps. 7 p.m., Frederick Memorial Hospital Wellness Center at Francis Scott Key Mall, 5500 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. 240-379-6007.

FREDERICK POETRY CAFE, for students in grades 6-12, music and poetry, bring poetry to read or read from a selection. 7 p.m., C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694-1630.

MIDDLETOWN PRESCHOOL STORY TIME, for children 3-5. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St. Free. 301-371-7560.

LIBRARY SCAVENGER HUNT, for children 8-14, test your "castaway" skills and those of your "tribe" in a scavenger hunt to see who will be a "Library Survivor." 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free; preregistration required. 301-845-8880.

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

EMMITSBURG YOUTH PROGRAM, for students in grades 6-12, plan library programs, music, crafts and activities. 5:30 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 101 Silo Hill Rd. Free. 301-447-2682.

MIDDLETOWN PUPPET SHOW, for all ages, "The Three Little Pigs." 7 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St. Free. 301-371-7560.

THURMONT BALLOON WORKSHOP, for all ages, "Balloon Lady" Carol Waple will teach how to sculpt palm trees, airplanes and more; a National Library Week event. 7 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St. Free; preregistration required. 301-271-7721.

Thursday 10

FREDERICK SPIRITUAL HOPE TALK, "Restoring Hope," presented by Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Part of Hood College's lecture series "The Poetics of Hope," sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 8 p.m., Hood College, Rosenstock Hall Auditorium, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. Free. 301-696-3569.

MOUNT AIRY COUNCIL FORUM, Mount Airy Town Council member Frank Johnson hosts a community forum. 7-8:30 p.m. April 10 and the third Thursday of each month, Mount Airy Town Hall, 110 S. Main St. Free. 301-829-1424, 410-795-6012 or 301-831-5768.

BRUNSWICK STORY TIME, for all ages, listen to puppets tell nursery rhymes and write one of your own. 7 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. Free. 301-834-9065.

EGG-DECORATING WORKSHOP, for adults, learn about pysanky, a centuries-old method of Ukrainian folk art egg decoration and create a pysanky egg to take home; materials provided. 7 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free; preregistration required. 301-271-7721.

-- Christine Swerda

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