Thursday 8

PRESCHOOL FILMS, for ages 2-5, films include "The Mysterious Tadpole," "The Caterpillar and the Polliwog," "The Most Wonderful Egg in the World" and "Swimmy." 10:30 a.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-986-4313.

PRESCHOOL STORIES AND FILM, for ages 3-6, stories, stretching exercises and a film, "Ferdinand the Bull," based on the book "The Story of Ferdinand," by Munro Leaf. 10:30 a.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

YOUTH THERAPY TALK, for boys ages 7-8, social worker discusses social behavior, sharing, problem solving, self-control, teasing and making friends, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 11 a.m.-noon Thursdays, through Aug. 19, at the agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Each session, $55. 301-816-2633.

HAND AND WRIST HEALTH LECTURE, hand surgeon Harrison Solomon discusses hand and wrist problems, including arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

WIDOWED PERSONS SUPPORT, for persons widowed less than two years, sponsored by the AARP. 2 p.m. Thursdays, Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton; 3 p.m. Thursdays, Leland Community Center, 4310 Willow Lane, Bethesda; 1 p.m. Fridays, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring; 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Holiday Park Senior Center, 390 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Bauer Drive Community Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville. Free; registration required. 301-949-7398.

YOUTH THERAPY TALK, for boys ages 13-16, a social worker discusses relationships with peers, friends and family, depression and anger, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 6-6:50 p.m. Thursdays, at the agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Each session, $55. 301-816-2633.

YOUTH BAND CONCERTS, for adults with children ages 11 and older. 7 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 5, Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. For more information and schedule of performers, 301-871-2094.

SUMMER READING CLUB, for children of all ages, ongoing registration through July 31, program ends Aug. 14, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County. For more information, contact the nearest Montgomery County public library.

Friday 9

HEART HEALTH PROGRAM, for seniors, a nurse discusses blood pressure and heart-condition symptoms. 9-11 a.m. Fridays, Mondays and Wednesdays, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8800.

WHEATON STEPPING STONE WORKSHOP, design stepping stones and decorate stones, tiles and stained glass with Brookside Gardens staff member Lynn Richard; bring trinkets. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center adult workshop, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $45; registration required. 301-962-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

FOLK AND GUITAR MUSIC, Liz Kruger performs American, ethnic and international folk music. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

EATING DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP, for people recovering from body-image and eating disorders, Eating Addictions Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Holy Cross Hospital, second floor, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-526-6746.

YOUTH SWIMMING POOL SOCIALS, for middle- and high-school students, water sports, sand volleyball, music and prizes; refreshments for sale, sponsored by the Youth Advisory Committee of the Montgomery County Department of Recreation, 8:30-11 p.m.:

* Wheaton-Glenmont Pool, 12621 Dalewood Dr., Wheaton, Friday;

* Germantown Pool, 18905 Kingsview Dr. (off Clopper Road), Germantown, July 16;

* Martin Luther King Jr. Pool, 1201 Jackson Rd., Silver Spring, July 23; and

* Western County Pool, 20151 Fisher Ave., Poolesville, July 30.

Admission, $3; students must show school ID or be accompanied by a parent. 240-777-6961.

Saturday 10

CHEVY CHASE BEGINNER'S BIRD WALK, for adults and older children, a guided walk less than a mile at the Woodend sanctuary to look for migrating and resident birds, wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars; terrain not suitable for strollers. 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, Woodend bookshop entrance, Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188, Ext. 30.

YOUTH BOOK TALK, for students in grades 6-12, discuss and act out scenes from Terry Pratchett's comic fantasy novel, "The Wee Free Men." 10:30 a.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

ROCKVILLE NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, for drug abusers, a support group. 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 800-543-4670.

Sunday 11

BOOK TALK AND FELLOWSHIP, for singles ages 45 and older, Robert D. Putnam's sociological book "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community." 10 a.m.-noon, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-5826.

Monday 12

RED CROSS CLASSES, learn about adult CPR, automated external defibrillators and standard first aid. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, American Red Cross Montgomery County Office, 2020 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring. Two sessions, $55. 301-628-0074 or www.redcrossnca.org.

AUTHORS SYMPOSIUM SERIES, a six-week series, "A Jewish Writer's View," Mondays, through Aug. 2, sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

* Tova Mirvis's "The Ladies Auxiliary" and "The Outside World," Monday;

* Michael Shapiro's "The Last Good Season: Brooklyn, the Dodgers, and Their Final Pennant Race Together," July 19;

* Sol Wachtler and David Gould's "Blood Brothers," July 26; and

* Leslie Epstein's "San Remo Drive: A Novel From Memory," Aug. 2.

Each lecture, 10 a.m.-noon, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy's Sylvia Ely auditorium, 13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville. $40; members, $30; per lecture, $10; registration required. 301-230-3747.

EMPLOYMENT SEEKERS SUPPORT, for people who are unemployed and seeking employment. 11 a.m.-noon through Aug. 2, Jewish Vocational Services, 9900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $5. 301-587-9666.

DISTRICT TRAVELOGUE, for seniors 55 and older, a talk and photo slide show on Embassy Row, National Airport and the Kennedy Center, presented by photographer Roger Langsdorf. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

CHEVY CHASE SCIENCE PROGRAM, for ages 5-12, learn about the scientific method to create a dynamic invention, presented by the Maryland Science Center. 7 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; tickets required. 301-986-4313.

YOUTH MYSTERY THEATER, for grades 7 and older, act out mystery scripts. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 240-777-0200.

Tuesday 13

COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP, Fran Berger discusses assertive communication skills, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 10 a.m.-noon, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. Three sessions, $45; Montgomery County residents, $30; registration required. 240-777-8300 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.

WEST NILE VIRUS LECTURE, Marilyn Piety of Holy Cross Hospital discusses symptoms and ways to protect against the virus. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

WHEATON GARDEN STROLL, Brookside Gardens staff member Kathy Stevens leads a stroll through the site's fragrance garden. 1-1:45 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; registration required. 301-962-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

WEATHER FORECASTING HISTORY, meteorologist Austin Conaty of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center discusses "The Face of Weather Analysis and Forecasting, Yesterday and Today," about the history of weather forecasting. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

FOLK TALES PROGRAM, for ages 5 and older, storyteller Diane Y. Macklin tells folk tales from other cultures; plus chants, songs, music and movement. 2 p.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

GAITHERSBURG STORY TIME, for all ages. 2 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP, learn about lenders, loans and financing for a small business, sponsored by the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity. 6:30-8 p.m., at the center, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4940.

OFFICE POLITICS WORKSHOP, Marilyn R. Block discusses ways to cope with situations on the job, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $15; Montgomery County residents, $10; registration required. 240-777-8300 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION, Patricia Seaver discusses goals and priorities, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $15; Montgomery County residents, $10; registration required. 240-777-8300 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.

SILVER SPRING SIBLING CONFLICTS, learn how to reduce rivalry and competition among your children, sponsored by Parent Encouragement Program. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Good Hope Union United Methodist Church, 14680 Good Hope Rd., Silver Spring. $28; couples, $53; discount for program members; registration required. 301-929-8824 or www.ParentEncouragement.org.

Wednesday 14

BEREAVED SPOUSES SUPPORT GROUP, for spouses bereaved in the past year, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 9:30-11 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, at the agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-816-2658.

PUBLIC POLICY SYMPOSIUM SERIES, "Public Policy Watch," Wednesdays, through July 28, sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

* William Bennett, former director of national drug control policy, and columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Washington Post discuss "A PBS Policy Watch Program," Wednesday;

* Hugh Price of the national Urban League and Michael Barone of U.S. News and World Report discuss "A PBS Policy Watch Program," July 21; and

* Aimee Breslow of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies discusses "Non-Governmental Organizations," July 28.

Each lecture, 10 a.m.-noon, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy's Sylvia Ely auditorium, 13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville. $40; members, $30; per lecture, $10; registration required. 301-230-3747.

DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY DISORDER TALK, for seniors 55 and older, a video and talk by representatives from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

CHOLESTEROL LECTURE, Lynne Diggs of Suburban Hospital discusses "What Do the New Cholesterol Numbers Mean?" 1 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration required. 301-656-2797.

YOUTH THERAPY TALK, a social worker discusses how to handle anger and ways to keep self-control, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. For ages 10-11, 4-5 p.m., Wednesday; and for ages 8-9, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, at the agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Each session, $90. 301-816-2633.

YOUTH SOCIAL SKILLS TALK, for boys ages 9-11, learn about social behavior including listening, sharing and problem solving, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 4-5 p.m., at the agency, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Each session, $55; registration required. 301-816-2633.

WORKSHOP, for girls in grades 6-8, social workers discuss issues encountered by girls in middle school, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Each session, $55; registration required. 301-816-2633.

RUNAWAYS SUPPORT GROUP, for runaway youths, their parents or guardians, sponsored by the Montgomery County Police Department's Youth Family Services Division. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Center, 14901 Broschart Rd., Rockville. Free. 800-204-8600 or www.potomacridge.org.

ROCKVILLE AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP, for ages 21 and older with Asperger's syndrome or similar problems, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through July 28, the agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $45; registration required. 301-816-2633.

YOUTH HOSPICE CARING, for students in grades 9-12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one, sponsored by Hospice Caring. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Cottage of Hospice Caring, 502 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 301-990-8904.

Thursday 15

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, by volunteer nurses and Montgomery General Hospital. 9:30-11 a.m., Damascus Senior Center, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-1801.

PRESCHOOL FILMS, for ages 2-5, films include "Stone Soup," "Happy Birthday Moon" and "Owl Moon." 10:30 a.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-986-4313.

SENIOR TRAVEL PROGRAMS, Elderhostel specialist Thelma Loret de Mola discusses educational and learning travel programs. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM, registered nurse Shirley Fortson of the Montgomery County Health Department's Biodefense Team discusses types of emergencies; plus a question-and-answer session. 1 p.m., Damascus Senior Center, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-1801.

CHEVY CHASE GUITAR MUSIC AND POETRY, sponsored by the Village of Friendship Heights. Classical guitarist Michael Davis, 7 p.m.; and poets W. Perry Epes, Ann Harding Woodworth and Brian Gilmore, 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration required. 301-656-2797.

WHEATON PARENTING WORKSHOP, for parents of children ages 4-12, learn ways to work with challenging children, sponsored by Parent Encouragement Program. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. $28; couples, $53; discount for program members; registration required. 301-929-8824 or www.ParentEncouragement.org.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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