Thursday 21

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES FORUM, Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) and challenger John McKinnis (R), sponsored by Seniors Organized for Change. 10-11:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-348-3860.

ROCKVILLE BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS, provided by American Red Cross. 10-11:45 a.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-2094.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SERVICES TALK, a county government representative will answer questions about services available to residents in Montgomery County. 10 a.m.-noon, lobby, Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

POOLESVILLE STORY TIME, for age 2 accompanied by an adult, stories, fingerplays and music. Free. 10:30 a.m., Poolesville Branch Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. Free. 301-972-7800.

ROCKVILLE LUNCH AND AUTHOR TALK, Margit Meissner, a Holocaust survivor, discusses, "Margit's Story: An Autobiography of Margit Meissner." Noon, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $12, includes lunch; reservations required. 301-348-3837.

FOSTER PARENTING PROGRAM, for Montgomery County prospective foster and adoptive parents, sponsored by Montgomery County Foster and Adoptive Parents Services. 7:30 p.m., Green Room, Montgomery County Health and Human Services, 401 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-3943.

CHEVY CHASE POETRY AND MUSIC, poets C.M. Mayo and Elizabeth Rees and classical guitarist Michael Davis perform. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

Friday 22

DAMASCUS STORY TIME, for ages 24 months and younger accompanied by an adult, rhymes, songs, fingerplays and more. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

SILVER SPRING ELEANOR ROOSEVELT PLAY, Seniors Theatre presents a one-woman show, "A Life of My Own: Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt." 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

WHEATON INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING, Sharon Katz leads participants in dances from around the world, no partner necessary. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

Saturday 23

WHEATON PANCAKE BREAKFAST, sponsored by Kiwanis Club to benefit the Wheaton High School Scholarship Program. 8-11 a.m., Wheaton High School Cafeteria, 12601 Dalewood Dr., Wheaton. $6.50; $5.50 in advance. 301-929-2060 or 301-461-3894.

MONTGOMERY COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE, for students, parents and working adults, learn about academic programs, special admissions and student services. 9 a.m.-noon, Health Sciences Center, 7977 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-650-1583.

CHILD-SAFETY AND CPR CLASS, for caregivers of ages 1-8. 9:30 a.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $25; couples, $40; registration required. 800-542-5096.

SILVER SPRING INTERACTIVE THEATER, for children, "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble," presented by the Rainbow Entertainment Company. 11 a.m., White Oak Branch Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-2492.

BETHESDA AUTHOR TALK, Dan Falk discusses "Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything," sponsored by National Capital Area Skeptics. 2 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. 240-777-0970 or 301-587-3827.

C&O CANAL HALLOWEEN WALKING TOUR, park rangers and volunteers guide visitors along the towpath where tragedies that befell people living on the canal are portrayed; wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight; scenes may be too intense for young children. Hour-long tours, 6:30-9 p.m., starting every 15 minutes, Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. $6; ages 62 and older and ages 4-14, $4; ages 4 and younger, free; reservations required. 301-767-3714 or 301-299-3613.

SILVER SPRING NEW FATHERS CLASS, learn about basic baby care, nurturing your baby's brain and postpartum blues for fathers and mothers; babies welcome. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. $25. 301-754-8800.

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

Sunday 24

WHEATON BONSAI SHOW, an exhibit and a demonstration on creating bonsai from nursery stock. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rose Garden, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

ROCKVILLE ALS CAREGIVER SUPPORT, for Montgomery County caregivers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS] patients, sponsored by the ALS Association. 2-4 p.m., Adventist HealthCare, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855.

SILVER SPRING CONCERT BAND, former members of U.S. military bands perform. 2:30 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; donations requested. 301-681-1255.

Monday 25

SILVER SPRING MOVIE, "Miracle" (2004), starring Kurt Russell, the story of the American ice hockey team's 1980 long-shot challenge of the formidable Soviet team and the amateur American team's improbable bid for the gold medal in the winter Olympics. 12:45 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

DISABLED CHILDREN'S CARE WORKSHOP, Barry Fierst will discuss "Legal Issues and Special Needs Trusts," a workshop on planning for the future for children with disabilities. 6:30-8 p.m., Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-881-3700.

DAMASCUS AUTHOR'S TALK, Lila Oliver Asher discusses her book, "Men I Have Met in Bed," about hospitalized servicemen she met during World War II and later as a volunteer on tour with the USO. 7:30 p.m., Damascus Public Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

BETHESDA CREEPY STORY TIME, for ages 6 and older, "Night of the Librarian Dead." 7:30 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0970.

POOLESVILLE BOOK TALK, Sue Monk Kidd's novel "The Secret Life of Bees." 7:30 p.m., Poolesville Branch Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. Free. 301-972-7800.

Tuesday 26

ROCKVILLE CANDIDATES FORUM, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and her challenger, state Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-Queen Anne's), sponsored by Seniors for Change of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. 10-11:45 a.m., 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-348-3860.

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult, stories, songs and other activities. 10:30 a.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-2094.

SILVER SPRING DEPRESSION TALK, sponsored by Washington Adventist Hospital. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

KENSINGTON PARK BOOK TALK, Little Falls Branch Library Manager Keith Fleeman discusses "Out," a mystery by Natsuo Kirino. 11 a.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

ROCKVILLE LUNCH AND SPEAKER, Joe Eichenberry discusses "Health Benefits Open Season," sponsored by the National Association of Retired Employees. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Montgomery Country Club, 6550 Laytonsville Rd., Laytonsville. $16. 301-762-6178.

ROCKVILLE LUNCH AND LECTURE, Vivian Bass, a specialist in working with the disabled, discusses "Opening Doors of Dignity; Opening Doors of Independence." Noon, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Rockville. Lunch, $7 ; dessert only, $2; reservations required. 301-871-1169.

WHEATON ATOMIC BOMB VIDEO, "The Story of the Men and Women Who Made the Atomic Bomb." 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

SILVER SPRING BILINGUAL STORY TIME, for ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult, stories, songs and fingerplays in English and Spanish. 6 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

HALLOWEEN STORIES AND CRAFTS, for preschool and elementary school ages, crafts and "Scary Stories Told in the Dark"; costumes optional. 6:30 p.m., Little Falls Branch Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

TAKOMA PARK KNITTING GROUP, for knitters ages 10 and older of all experience levels, an informal group meets to knit and crochet. 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Savory Cafe, 7071 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-587-7174.

SILVER SPRING FILM AND DISCUSSION, "Trouble Behind" (1990), about a 1919 attack on black railroad workers in Kentucky, talk sponsored by African American Film Circle. 7 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

BETHESDA HUMAN BIOMECHANICS LECTURE, Steven Stanhope of National Institutes of Health discusses "The Biomechanics of Human Movement: Could Leonardo da Vinci Fly?" 7 p.m., Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 10, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-2563.

CHEVY CHASE AUTHOR'S TALK, Richard Rhodes discusses his book "John James Audubon: The Making of an American." 7:30 p.m., Woodend Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.

Wednesday 27

BETHESDA BOOK FAIR, books for children in second grade and younger. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Harbor School, 7701 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 301-365-1100.

DIVORCE AND THE FAMILY HOME TALK, for women, a lawyer, an accountant, a real estate broker and a mortgage loan officer discuss disposition of the marital home. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Montgomery County Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $15; Montgomery County residents, $10; registration required. 240-777-8300.

ROCKVILLE RUNAWAYS SUPPORT GROUP, for runaway youths, their parents or their guardians, sponsored by Montgomery County Police Department 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.

MARYLAND JUDICIARY PUBLIC FORUM, "Justice for All," appellate and trial court judges discuss domestic violence and the criminal justice system and immigrant-related issues and services and programs for domestic violence. Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and American Sign Language interpreters to assist. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Dr., Wheaton. Free. 410-260-1488.

KENSINGTON SCARY STORIES, for ages 4 and older, wear costumes if you wish. 7 p.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

TAKOMA PARK MENOPAUSE SEMINAR, learn ways to make healthy choices during this time of life, sponsored by Washington Adventist Hospital. 7 p.m., Sligo Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 7710 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free; registration required. 301-315-3136.

FORUM ON CHILDREN'S FITNESS, Montgomery County Council member George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) discusses how to create an environment that helps children stay healthy and fit, sponsored by Montgomery County Council of PTAs and the Montgomery County Council Health and Human Services Committee. 7-9 p.m., Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers' Way, Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-7811.

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

SMOKING-CESSATION CLINIC, "No Ifs, Ands or Butts: Smoking Cessation Through Hypnosis," sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Nov. 17, Holy Cross Resource Center, Room 7, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. $48. 301-754-8800.

Thursday 28

FAIRLAND BOOK TALK, for adults, Karen Joy Fowler's novel "The Jane Austen Book Club." 10:30 a.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

WHEATON FILM, for seniors, "Zorro: the Gay Blade" (1981), starring Peter Medak and George Hamilton, a slapstick comedy. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

WHEATON HEALTH FAIR, health screenings and information in English, Spanish and Chinese. 5-7 p.m., Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4940.

ROCKVILLE AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP, for amputees and caregivers. 6 p.m., Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, 9909 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-864-6200.

ROCKVILLE BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP, for survivors, caregivers and their families. 6:30 p.m., Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, 9909 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-294-9205.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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