Thursday 17

EMMITSBURG BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the Emmitsburg Ambulance Company 26. 2-8 p.m. at the ambulance company, 300 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free; donation appointments recommended. 301-447-2465.

FREDERICK WRITERS' GROUP, for writers interested in sharing their work, a relaxed atmosphere, receive or give constructive criticism, or read from your poetry, book or article. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, the Mudd Puddle Coffee Cafe, 124 S. Carroll St., Frederick. Free admission. 301-620-4323.

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.

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

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

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 (closed this Sunday), National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $6.50; ages 60 and older, $6; ages 10-16, $4.50; ages 9 and younger, free. 301-695-1864.

Saturday 19

MYERSVILLE COUNTRY BREAKFAST, all-you-can-eat buffet, with eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, potatoes, fruit, French toast and more, plus 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.

PARENTS' DAY OUT, for children, games, crafts, songs and more, to give parents free time, sponsored by the Arc of Frederick County. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Arc of Frederick County, 620A Research Dr., Frederick. Free; preregistration required. 301-663-0909 or 301-663-0936 (TDD).

NATIONAL PARK TRAIL WORK, help repair and maintain National Park Service trails to ensure safety for hikers and to prevent erosion. Activities include clearing of debris and spreading trail-surface material. 9 a.m., Catoctin Mountain Park, Camp Round Meadow, 6602 Foxville Rd., Thurmont. Free; preregistration required. 301-663-9388.

Sunday 20

BUFFET-STYLE COUNTRY BREAKFAST, with the Easter Bunny. Menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, fried potatoes, apples, mixed fruit, coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. 7 -11:30 a.m., Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Co., Fire Company Activities Building, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy. $6; children 6-10, $3; 5 and younger, free. 301-829-0100.

Monday 21

EMMITSBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY, for those interested in Emmitsburg history, a wide range of subjects will be covered. 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church meeting room, West Main Street, 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 22

EMMITSBURG 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 fourth Tuesday of each month, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 101 Silo Hill Rd. Free. 301-447-2682.

WALKERSVILLE FAMILY STORY TIME, for children 2 and older accompanied by an adult. 7 p.m. Tuesday and April 29, Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. Free; preregistration required. 301-845-8880.

Wednesday 23

FREDERICK JAYCEES MEETING, for ages 21-39, meet people, develop skills and learn how to work for the community with the Frederick Jaycees, a leadership training organization. Orientation, 7 p.m.; membership meeting, 7:30 p.m.; business meeting, 8 p.m., Brewer's Alley, 124 N. Market St., second floor, Frederick. Free. 301-663-4432 or

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP, Connections, a Carroll County lupus support group, sponsored by the Maryland Lupus Foundation. 7 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy. Free. 800-777-0934.

BRUNSWICK BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, "Lost Nation," by Jeffrey Lent. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. Free; preregistration required. 301-834-9065.

WALKERSVILLE TODDLERS STORY TIME, for children age 2 accompanied by an adult, stories, flannel boards, finger plays and more. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and April 24, Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 301-845-8880.

-- Christine Swerda

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