Thursday 10

ROCK CREEK PLAN HEARING, a public hearing on land use recommendations in the Upper Rock Creek Area Master Plan. Government representatives have seven minutes to speak, organizations have five minutes and individuals have three minutes. 7:30 p.m., Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission auditorium, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free; preregistration required to speak. 301-495-4600.

KENSINGTON STORY TIME, for children 3-5, stories, flannel boards, songs and finger plays. 10:30 a.m. today and Monday, Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

EARTH MONTH WATER TIPS, "Managing Your Well and Septic," presented by Tom Miller, of Maryland Cooperative Extension, including tips to save money and protect water quality, sponsored by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and Patuxent Reservoirs Watershed Protection Group. 7-9 p.m., Woodfield Elementary School, 24200 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg. $10 per household; call to confirm event location. 301-206-8240.

CANCER FUNDRAISER INFORMATION, learn about the American Cancer Society event "Relay For Life," scheduled for May 30-31 at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. Informational meeting, 7 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-933-9350, Ext. 205, or www.rockvillerelay.org.

ROCKVILLE POLITICS DISCUSSION, state Sen. Ida G. Ruben (D) and Del. Charles E. Barkley (D) will give an "Annapolis Roundup," sponsored by the Seniors Organized for Change political advocacy group. 10:40-11:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-3751.

Friday 11

AFRICAN TEXTILES TALK, for seniors 55 and older, "African Art: The Fabric of Life." Learn about textile techniques and the roles textiles play in African societies, presented by Peter Pipim, Education Specialist, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

AUTO MAINTENANCE FOR WOMEN, learn about fundamental car maintenance, including a hands-on demonstration, led by Steve Brown of the American Automobile Association. 1-4 p.m., Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $15; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $22.50; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

NATURE TRAIL HIKE, for adults, cover one to two miles on easy, lightly traveled paths along the high bluffs of Blockhouse Point Park, view the Potomac River or look for birds or plants. Bring lunch and water; transportation provided from Locust Grove Nature Center. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. Meet at Locust Grove Nature Center, Cabin John Regional Park, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. $5; Friends of Locust Grove Nature Center, $4; preregistration required. 301-299-1990.

WHEATON TEA DANCE, for seniors 55 and older, keyboard vocalist Mike Surratt plays music for dancing. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $4. 301-468-4448.

STONE RIDGE USED BOOK SALE, 100,000 books in 80 categories, including first editions, collectible titles and foreign language books; proceeds to benefit the school's financial aid program. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday (half-price day) and 5-8 p.m. Monday ($8 per bag of books), Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 9101 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Admission is free. 301-657-4322, Ext. 372, or www.stoneridge.org.

SPRING WREATH WORKSHOP, for seniors 55 and older, create a wreath to take home, using materials provided or an old wreath you would like to freshen up. 10 a.m.-noon, Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. $10; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE YOUTH CLUB, for students in grades 6-9, watch a movie, play pool, table soccer, air hockey and video games; popcorn and drinks provided. 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.

Saturday 12

GREAT FALLS LOCKHOUSE TOURS, of Riley's Lockhouse, led by Girl Scouts dressed in period clothing; facility not handicapped accessible. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, April 19, 20, 26 and 27, Riley's Lockhouse, Riley's Lock Road, nine miles west of Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, off Route 190, Seneca. Tours, free; park admission, $5 per car; hikers and bicyclists, $3. 301-767-3714.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUPS, for people with diabetes and their family members. 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7448; 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Diabetes Center of Montgomery General Hospital, 18111 Prince Philip Dr., Suite 121, Olney. Free; preregistration recommended. 301-774-8727.

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK EVENTS, for all ages, storyteller Alice McGill presents songs and tales of African American folklore, followed by a related craft. 10:30 a.m., Silver Spring Community Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, 301-565-7689. Indian musician Debaki Chowdhury will play and sing Indian and Bhajan music accompanied on a keyboard. 2 p.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, 240-777-0240. Both events free.

CHEVY CHASE BEGINNERS BIRD WALK, for adults (older children welcome), a guided walk on the grounds of the 40-acre Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society to look for resident and arriving spring birds. Binoculars suggested; dress for the weather. 8-9 a.m. Saturdays through June, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.

WHEATON CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for all ages, volunteers read a garden or nature-related story, followed by a simple craft. 10-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m., Visitors Center Children's Classroom, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-949-1451.

NATURE CENTER SPRING STROLL, for all ages, an early spring walk to sharpen your senses and take in natural sights. 11 a.m.-noon, Locust Grove Nature Center, Cabin John Regional Park, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-299-1990.

FIREFIGHTING HISTORY EXHIBIT, "A Tradition of Service: Firefighting in Montgomery County," a museum display; plus antique and modern fire engines on the lawn of the Waters House, sponsored by the Montgomery County Historical Society. Exhibit and fire-engine display, noon-4 p.m. Saturday; exhibit only continues, 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 13, Waters House at Pleasant Fields, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. Free. 301-762-1492 or www.montgomeryhistory.org.

POTOMAC LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr. Many paperbacks, 50 cents; large paperbacks and hardcover books, $1; plus some individually priced books. 240-777-0690.

KENSINGTON PARENTING FORUM, for parents and children 9 and older, "What to Do When Siblings Fight." 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $10; couples, $15; ages 9 and older, $5; maximum charge per family, $25; preregistration required. 301-929-8824 or www.ParentEncouragement.org.

SILVER SPRING SINGLES DANCE, for ages 21 and older, music played by a disc jockey, sponsored by the Catholic Alumni Club of Washington. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. $12. 301-498-3269.

GERMANTOWN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP, "Tracking the Elusive Female," learn about records available from a time when men had greater legal standing and women were not often part of the historical record. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Historical Society. 9 a.m.-noon, Waters House, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. $15; preregistration required. 301-340-2825.

Sunday 13

SINGLES CURRENT EVENTS GROUP, for singles 21-35, a monthly discussion group of current events and other topics. Coffee and other treats available for purchase from the store's cafe. 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Admission is free. 301-986-1761, for directions only.

AARP WIDOWED PERSONS SERVICE, "Is it Too Soon to Be Thinking About the Next Presidential Election?" presented by Paula Matuskey, dean of humanities, social science and business at Montgomery College. Refreshments and socializing, 2 p.m.; speech, 3 p.m., Bauer Drive Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-949-7398.

Monday 14

KENSINGTON SAXOPHONE CONCERT, Norman Lancaster solos on the saxophone. 7 p.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

TROUT SPINFISHING CLINIC, for children ages 6-16 with an adult, participants bring their own bait, lures and light fishing tackle (to learn where to purchase equipment, contact Glenn Cumings, park naturalist, at Glenn.Cumings@mncppc-mc.org and reference the program in the subject line, or call 301-916-0220); hot dogs and soft drinks provided for each registered participant; possession of trout by anyone older than 16 requires a Maryland fishing license and a trout stamp. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Olney Manor Recreational Park, Georgia Avenue and Emery Grove Road, Olney. Free; preregistration required. 301-916-0220.

ROCKVILLE DROP-IN VOLLEYBALL, for single adults. 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $5; center members, free. 301-230-3711.

CANCER AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE, for women undergoing cancer treatments, "Look Good . . . Feel Better." Learn tips from cosmetologists and beauticians. 10 a.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

MEN'S HEALTH DISCUSSION, for men ages 60 and older, Wheaton internist Barry Rosenbaum will discuss major health risks and make recommendations for men over age 60. 1:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

ALASKA LECTURE, for seniors 55 and older, "North to Alaska," a geographic tour with illustrations of its mountains, glaciers and wildlife. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, for adults, "Jane Eyre," by Charlotte Bronte, sponsored by the Aspen Hill Friends of the Library. 1 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-2094.

GAITHERSBURG CAMERA CLUB, monthly meetings include a speaker presentation and a club member slide and print competition; walk-in visitors welcome. 7 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Meeting, free; annual dues, $15-$30. 301-869-4575 or 301-871-2979.

RIDE-ON FARE CHANGES FORUM, presented by the Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation, Division of Transit Services, on proposed fare changes that will make Ride-On fares consistent with new bus fares proposed by the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Lobby Level Auditorium, Rockville. Free. 240-777-5800.

GEM SOCIETY MEETING, Rod Towers and Richard Long discuss "Electron Trap States in Manmade Products and in Minerals," a meeting of the 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.

Tuesday 15

GARDEN STEPPING STONE WORKSHOP, for children 3-10, select a shaped mold, prepare a stone mix and decorate the finished product with glass gems, stained-glass tiles and other trinkets. 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday or April 17, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $20; preregistration required. 301-949-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

LIBRARY PRESCHOOL CONCERT, for children 3-5, "Oh Susannah!" a performance by local recording artist Susan McNelis. 10:30 a.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-871-2094.

WHEATON KOFI ANNAN VIDEO, for seniors 55 and older, "Kofi Annan, Center of the Storm," a PBS behind-the-scenes documentary on the life, role and philosophies of the United Nations secretary general. 1:15-2:45 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

"ALIEN" PLANT DISCUSSION, for all ages; children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Learn about alien plants and help eradicate them. Long pants, sturdy shoes and work gloves recommended; refreshments provided. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Locust Grove Nature Center, Cabin John Regional Park, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-299-1990.

TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM DISCUSSION, for hearing-impaired people, information about the Maryland Technology Assistance and Maryland Accessible Telecommunications programs; free telephone assessments; state vocational rehabilitation services; and a display of technological aids. Sponsored by the Montgomery County chapter of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People. 7:30-9 p.m., Davis Library Special Needs Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda (lower level). Free; donations requested. 301-493-8343 (voice), e-mail joank@boo.net or http://members/tripod.com/~maf_/mcshhh/.

SKIN CARE SEMINAR, for seniors 55 and older, "All Spots Are Not Good Spots," learn about prevention and detection of skin cancer, presented by Max Cohen, a physician with Holy Cross Hospital Speakers Bureau. 10:30-11:30 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-681-1255.

SPINE CARE SEMINAR, for seniors 55 and older, a physical therapist from Holy Cross Hospital will discuss back care and prevention of future back problems. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

Wednesday 16

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP, for parents and caregivers of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a discussion of coping strategies, resources and more. 6:30-7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, Jewish Social Service Agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. $10. 301-990-6880, Ext. 315.

GEOGRAPHY DISCUSSION, for seniors 55 and older, Allison Tanya, Montgomery College associate professor of applied geography, discusses "Geography for the Geographically Challenged," light-hearted lessons on the new age of geography and geographic information systems. 1:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

ROCKVILLE PET BEREAVEMENT, for those grieving the loss of a pet, 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 April 11. 240-773-5973.

AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOK DISCUSSIONS, "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker," by A'Lelia Perry Bundles, a meeting of the Quince Orchard African American Book Group, 7:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., preregistration required, 301-840-2515; Jeffrey Lamar Coleman, an assistant professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland, will discuss "Pride and Protest: Poetry of the Civil Rights Movement," sponsored by the book group and Maryland Humanities Council, 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, 240-777-0200. Both programs free.

COMMUNITY SCREENING PROGRAMS, screenings for lipid, glucose, prostate, osteoporosis, body fat, blood pressure, homocysteine and more, sponsored by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 10-11:30 a.m., Gaithersburg Senior Center, 80A Bureau Dr., Gaithersburg; and 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 17, Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Fees vary per screening; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

Thursday 17

PERSONAL GROWTH SEMINAR, "To Stay or to Go," a workshop about options and goals in choosing to remain in or leave a difficult personal relationship. 7-8:45 p.m. April 17, April 24 and May 1, Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $30; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $45; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

WILDLIFE HABITAT GARDEN DESIGN, learn how to have your back yard certified as a wildlife habitat and how to encourage wildlife to feed and shelter in a garden, presented by Trish White, habitat steward at the National Wildlife Federation. 7-8:30 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; preregistration required. 301-949-1451, www.brooksidegardens.org.

CAREGIVER EDUCATION DISCUSSION, "When a Loved One Approaches Death," a discussion and video about dealing with difficult decisions. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7152.

GAITHERSBURG STORIES AND SONGS, for all ages, an interactive program of songs, stories and finger plays led by "Charley," who accompanies himself on the guitar, banjo and ukulele, a National Library Week event. 10:30 a.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free; preregistration required. 301-840-2515.

BIRD WALK AT THE MARSH, for adults, see migrant birds return to forest, field and marsh; resident hawks, ducks and wrens may already be on nests, sponsored by Locust Grove Nature Center. 8-10 a.m. (approximate), meet at Cabin John Regional Park Athletic Area, Ball Field No. 4 parking lot, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-299-1990.

-- Christine Swerda

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