Thursday 18

LIBRARY STORY TIMES. Free.

* For ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. 10:30 a.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont, registration required, 301-271-7721; 10:30 a.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library community center, 300 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, 240-629-6329.

* For all ages. 7 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick, registration required, 301-834-9065.

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

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 and shawls; bring needles and yarn. 4 p.m. today 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. today; other discussions, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

GERMANTOWN HOME BUYING SEMINAR, how to buy a house using free gift money for closing costs and down payment; sponsored by Nehemiah Corp. of America, an affordable-housing group. 7-8 p.m., Upcounty Regional Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. Free; registration required. 800-523-1069.

Saturday 20

EMMITSBURG COMPUTER CLASS, for ages 6-11, librarian Lesa Zuke shows how to send e-mails, do research and use computer programs; class size limited to 15. 9 a.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

BRUNSWICK SEWING CLASS, for ages 7-12, learn how to use basic sewing stitches making a felt, rolled brim hat. 10:30 a.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free; registration required. 301-834-9065.

BRUNSWICK LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Used hardback books, $1; paperbacks, 50 cents; CDs and videotapes, $2; admission, free. 301-834-9065.

Sunday 21

MOUNT AIRY BREAKFAST BUFFET, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, eggs, hot apples, mixed fruit, coffee, tea, juice and milk; all you can eat; sponsored by the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company. 7-11 a.m., fire company Activities Building, Twin Arch Road and Route 27, Mount Airy. $6; for ages 6-10, $3. 301-829-0100.

FREDERICK SINGLES DANCE, music by a disc jockey, snacks and a cash bar. 6:30-11 p.m., Holiday Inn, Francis Scott Key Mall, Routes 85 and 355, Frederick. $6. 301-682-6174.

Monday 22

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.

Tuesday 23

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).

WALKERSVILLE STORY TIME, all ages, "Stone Soup" storytelling, soup-making (a fruit version) and canned food collection; each family is asked to bring a can of food for donation to a local food bank. 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free; registration required. 301-845-8880.

BRUNSWICK KNITTING WORKSHOP, for ages 10 and older. 7 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free; registration required. 301-834-9065.

Wednesday 24

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

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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