Friday 12

MIDDLETOWN FRENCH CLASS, a native French speaker teaches the language through stories, songs and other activities. 4-4:30 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

MYSTERY GAME NIGHT, for students in grades 6-12, follow clues and solve a mystery. 7-9 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free; registration required. 240-629-6329.

Saturday 13

THURMONT ARTIST DEMONSTRATION, for ages 8 and older, artist Roland Cooney makes "anime" figures, a Japanese style of cartoon drawing; materials provided. 1-3 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-7721.

Sunday 14

SINGLE PARENT ORIENTATION, information on discussion groups, socials, workshops, sports, children and adult activities and more; plus a dance; sponsored by Parents Without Partners, Chapter 60. 1:30-2:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Library, Business Conference Room, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-696-8660 or www.pwp60.org.

Monday 15

FREDERICK STORY TIME, for age 2 accompanied by an adult, "Time for Twos: Good Morning!" 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., C. Burr Arts Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-694-1630.

THURMONT MYSTERY BOOK TALK, R.A. McCall-Smith's mystery "The Number One Ladies Detective Agency." 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

AUTISM PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP, for parents of children with autism. 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month, the Arc of Frederick County, 620A Research Dr., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-682-8740.

Tuesday 16

DISABLED ADULTS SUPPORT GROUP, a discussion of parenting concerns, including discipline, nutrition and medical, schooling and neighborhood issues; meet other parents facing the same issues. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, the Arc of Frederick County, 620A Research Dr., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-663-0909 or 301-663-0936 (TDD).

THURMONT STORY TIME, for age 2 accompanied by an adult, "Stories Two-gether." 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-7721.

FREDERICK GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for people who have experienced the death of a loved one, Genesis Support Group, a self-help organization. 2-3:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., Frederick. Free. 301-698-3030.

Wednesday 17

FREDERICK PUPPET SHOW, for all ages, "Henny Penny and Friends." 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Wednesday and Nov. 18, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694-1630.

MIDDLETOWN PUPPET SHOW, for all ages, "The Three Bears." 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free; registration required. 301-371-7560.

THURMONT BEDTIME STORIES, for children of all ages accompanied by an adult, bring a pillow or a stuffed animal and wear pajamas. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 30, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St. Free. 301-271-7721.

EMMITSBURG SILLY STORY PROGRAM, for all ages, listen to silly stories and poems and create your own. 7 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

Thursday 18

FREDERICK PUPPET SHOW, for all ages, "Henny Penny and Friends." 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; tickets required. 301-694-1630.

MIDDLETOWN GENEALOGY CLUB, for adults and teenagers, trace ancestors using printed sources and AncestryPlus and HeritageQuest databases. 1 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

THORPEWOOD STORY TIME, for ages 3-5, nature stories and activities, sponsored by Thurmont and Emmitsburg branch libraries. 1-2:30 p.m., ThorpeWood Environmental Center, Old Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-2823 or www.thorpewood.org.

EMMITSBURG KNITTING CIRCLE, for adults and teenagers of all experience levels; make scarves, shawls; bring needles and yarn. 4 p.m. Nov. 18 and the third Thursday of each month, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

FREDERICK BUSINESS SEMINAR, Steven L. Tiedemann, a business professor, discusses "Shark Repellant: Keeping Hungry 'Sharks' From Consuming Your Entrepreneurial Dream," about pitfalls to avoid when hiring attorneys and other specialists for your small business. 7-8:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-694-1630.

WALKERSVILLE BOOK TALK, Kent Haruf's novel, "Plainsong." 7 p.m. Nov. 18; other discussions, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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