Thursday 11

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.

TAKOMA PARK AUTHOR'S TALK, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction for "The Known World," Edward P. Jones reads and discusses his work and life as a writer. 7 p.m., Montgomery College, Student Lounge of the Commons Building, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma. Free. 301-650-1379.

Friday 12

SILVER SPRING ANTHROPOLOGY LECTURE, specialist discusses "Life on a Whaling Ship Through the Eyes of a Sailor and His Wife," sponsored by Himmelfarb Mobile University. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-681-1255.

ROCKVILLE DIVORCE LEGAL SEMINAR, Vance Redmond, a family law attorney, discusses child-related issues, including custody, visitation, support and health insurance benefits, sponsored by Montgomery County Commission for Women. 10 a.m.-noon, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $10; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $15; registration required. 240-777-8300.

CHEVY CHASE CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT, Sheila Grimes performs on piano. 1 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

SILVER SPRING MUSIC AND BINGO, Brian Rudolph sings along with Big-Band era recordings; followed by bingo. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

BETHESDA VERMEER FILM, "Vermeer, Master of Light" (2001), a PBS documentary about artist Johannes Vermeer, narrated by actress Meryl Streep, sponsored by Washington Studio School. 6 p.m., 4505 Stanford St., second floor, Bethesda. Free. 301-718-7210.

Saturday 13

WHEATON CIVIL WAR SYMPOSIUM, "Archaeology and the Civil War," an artillery demonstration, a band concert with lunch and lectures: "Antietam, the Archaeology of America's Bloodiest Day," by Stephen Potter; "Unearthing the Underground Railroad Through Landscape and Artifacts," by Tony Cohen; "Montgomery County's Civil War Fords and Ferries," by Charles Jacobs; and more, sponsored by Montgomery County Historic Preservation's Office of History and Archaeology and the Archaeological Society of Maryland. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton. $6; optional lunch, $5. 301-840-5848.

POTOMAC USED BOOK SALE. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Hardbacks, $1; paperbacks, 50 cents; admission, free. 240-777-0690.

SILVER SPRING HOLIDAY BAZAAR, baked goods, books, crafts, clothes, jewelry, housewares, plants, toys, sponsored by the Ladies League for Centers for Handicapped (CHI) Centers. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., CHI Centers, Multi-Purpose Room, 10501 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-445-3350.

CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK, for ages 4 and older, Barbara Yoffee, children's book specialist, discusses Dayal Kaur Khalsa, the picture book author of "How Pizza Came to Queens," plus photographs and stories. 10:30 a.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

BETHESDA TURKISH BAZAAR, sponsored by Washington Turkish Women's Association for the welfare of Turkish children. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr., Bethesda. $1. 301-530-3654.

COLESVILLE CELEBRATION, "Welcome to Colesville" signs dedication, sponsored by the Greater Colesville Citizens Association. 10:30 a.m., First Alliance Church, in the parking lot, 14500 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-0686.

POOLESVILLE PIE TALK, Ken Haedrich, cookbook author, discusses apple pie recipes and baking tips, plus samples. 11 a.m., Poolesville Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. Free. 301-972-7800.

ROCKVILLE CRAFTS FOR KIDS, for children in preschool and elementary school, volunteers lead activities at the Dogwood Dogs 4H Club. 1 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

WHEATON AUTUMN WALK, guides discuss late summer flowers and grasses; wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather; rain or shine. 2 p.m., Visitors Center, enter at the back, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

SALEM WITCHCRAFT LECTURE, Walter Rowe, professor of forensic science, critiques modern explanations for witchlike behavior in light of the historical record, sponsored by National Capital Area Skeptics. 2 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-587-3827.

SILVER SPRING SONGWRITER CONCERT, for adults and older children, Rob Guttenberg, singer and songwriter, performs "Living Every Day Concert," a program inspired by his recovery from a 1983 brain hemorrhage; concert sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. 2-3 p.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

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.

TAKOMA PARK PLANETARIUM SHOW, Harold Williams, astrophysicist, discusses "Astrolabes," ancient and modern calculators used to find the position of heavenly bodies and to solve related problems. 7 p.m., Montgomery College Planetarium, ground level of the Science South Bldg., 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-650-1463.

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. 8:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. Free, registration required. 301-469-6645 or www.pwp60.org.

Sunday 14

BABY-SITTING CLASS, for ages 11-15, learn about basic care of infants and children, accident prevention, simple first aid and more. 10 a.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $30; registration required. 800-542-5096.

WIDOWED PERSONS SERVICE MEETING, refreshments, socializing, followed by Thomas Pogue, community outreach manager of the Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation, discussing "How to Get From Here to There," about traveling by bus, Metro and car; sponsored by AARP and local community organizations. 2-4 p.m., Bauer Drive Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-949-7398.

ROCKVILLE YOUTH CPR CLASS, a two-session course, learn about safety issues for babies and children, rescue breathing, choking and more. 2 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $45; registration required. 800-542-5096.

ATTACHMENT PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP, "The Importance of Touch." 4-6 p.m., Heffner Recreation Center, 42 Oswego Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-920-2696.

Monday 15

FEDERAL WORKERS HEALTHCARE FORUMS, specialists discuss federal health insurance plans, and answer questions, sponsored by the office of U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Rd., Silver Spring; and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, the Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-424-3501.

SENIORS DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM, for ages 55 and older, a two-day program sponsored by the AARP. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Victory Terrace Senior Apartments, 9440 Newbridge Dr., Potomac. Free; registration required. 301-983-9600.

ROCKVILLE WEIGHT LOSS LECTURE, Sharon Speigel, a personal trainer and a psychologist, discusses "Permanent Weight Loss: Following Through on Your Good Intentions." 7-8 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $8. 301-348-3891.

GAITHERSBURG AUTHOR TALK, former Washington Post staff writer Linda Perlstein discusses her nonfiction book "Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers." 7:30 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS LECTURE, Lynn Johnson Langer, of Johns Hopkins University, discusses "The Venus Style: How Women Can Excel in Negotiation and Consensus Building," sponsored by Montgomery Women: A Leadership and Political Action Committee. 7:30-9 p.m., Rockville Economic Development, 95 Monroe St., Rockville. Free. 301-652-7425.

DISABLED CHILDREN'S CARE WORKSHOP, Kate Wissman, a disability services coordinator, discusses "Letter of Intent and Lifelong Advocacy," 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.

WHEATON PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE, Joshua Taylor, a professional photographer, discusses "Photographing Flowers and Gardens;" sponsored by the Silver Spring Garden Club. 8 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, Education Building, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free; registration required. 301-585-9098.

POTOMAC TOASTMASTERS CLUB, improve public speaking and communication skills, sponsored by TallyHo Toastmasters Club. 8-9 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month, Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. Free. 301-530-5574.

Tuesday 16

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION MEETING, for people dealing with a recent diagnosis in their families of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Noon-1:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Alzheimer's Association Office, 2730 University Blvd. W., Suite 808, Wheaton. Free. 866-259-0042, Ext. 105, or www.alz-nca.org.

SILVER SPRING GLAUCOMA SCREENING, sponsored by the Prevention of Blindness Society. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

ANGER MANAGEMENT TALK, Stephanie Svec of the Affiliated Sante Group discusses constructive anger. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

BETHESDA BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by Inova Blood Donor Services. 1:30-7 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda. Free; registration required. 866-256-6372.

CHEVY CHASE QUILTS SEMINAR, Rosa Weinstein, founder of the Himmelfarb Mobile University, discusses "The Culture in Quilts." 1:45-3 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

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

CHINESE BOOK TALK, Lu Hsun's "Scream." 7 p.m. Tuesday; other meetings, 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Rockville Branch Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 301-977-7515.

BETHESDA LETHAL VIRUSES LECTURE, Gary J. Nabel, director of the Vaccine Research Center of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses "Viruses, Vaccines and Emerging Health Threats." 7 p.m., Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 10, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-2563.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, for women. 7 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-279-6604.

GERMANTOWN SCIENCE LECTURE, Robert D. Shull, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, discusses "Nanotechnology: What Is It? Why Should You Care?" 7:30 p.m., Montgomery College, Science and Applied Studies Building, Room 104, 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown. Free. 301-353-7798.

Wednesday 17

WHEATON CRAFT WORKSHOP, construct a wreath out of wire, nuts, pine cones, seeds and ribbon. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Visitors Center Adult Workshop, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $35, includes materials. 301-962-1451.

SILVER SPRING BIRD MIGRATION SEMINAR, Jo Burman of the Friends of the National Zoo's outreach division, discusses routes, winter home destinations and more. 11 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glad Rd., Silver Spring. 301-681-1255.

LOW-VISION SUPPORT GROUP, Nina Glasner, a vision rehabilitation counselor and teacher, discusses "New Roads to Independence," sponsored by Vision Transitions and the Prevention of Blindness Society. 1:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

WHEATON IMMIGRATION CLINIC, for immigrants and refugees; attorneys and volunteers lend assistance on immigration issues. 6-8 p.m., Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4940.

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.

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., Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-7811.

YOUTH GRIEF SUPPORT, 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.

CLERGY ABUSE SURVIVORS SUPPORT, sponsored by Voice of the Faithful of Montgomery County and Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. 7-8:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-460-5588.

BETHESDA BOOK TALK, Erik Larson's true crime book "The Devil in the White City," an account of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago as a murderer stalked the city; copies available to borrow. 7 p.m., Davis Memorial Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 240-777-0922.

WHEATON SONGWRITER'S CONCERT, for adults and older children, Rob Guttenberg, singer and songwriter, performs "Living Every Day Concert," a program inspired by his recovery from a 1983 brain hemorrhage; concert sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678

GAITHERSBURG BOOK TALK, E. Lynn Harris's novel "Any Way the Wind Blows," sponsored by the African American Book Discussion Group. 7:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

GAITHERSBURG CONSUMER AFFAIRS TALK, Rick Titus, an investigator with Montgomery County's Department of Consumer Affairs, discusses consumer rights and responsibilities, protecting personal information, identity theft and common scams. 7:30 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

Thursday 18

SILVER SPRING ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, overview of care programs and community resources. 2:30-4:30 p.m. or 7-9 p.m., Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7152.

ROCKVILLE BOOK TALK, African American Book Discussion Group selects books for its 2005 reading list. 6-8 p.m., Rockville Branch Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0140.

SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE CLASS, learn how to create time for what you value most. 7 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $15; registration required. 800-542-5096.

FOSTER PARENTING CLASS, for Montgomery County residents, a prospective foster and adoptive parents information meeting, sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. 7:30 p.m., Upcounty Regional Services Center, Seneca Room, second floor, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. Free. 240-777-3943.

TEEN DRIVING CLASS, for parents with or without their teenage children ages 14 and older, learn how to reduce risk, when accidents happen, and more. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30; couples, $55; teenagers, $15; registration required. 301-929-8824.

CARING FOR AGING PARENTS, Howard Gleckman, a journalist specializing in elder care issues, discusses "How to Get Started"; medical, legal, financial and housing issues; sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 8-9:30 p.m., Kehilat Shalom, 9915 Apple Ridge Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-869-7699.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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