Thursday 14

HEALTHY HEART WORKSHOP, for all ages; drop in, learn about nutrition, health and exercise through crafts and other activities; sponsored by the Rockville Library and the Montgomery County Recreation Department. 1-4 p.m., Rockville Branch Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 240-777-6821.

COMPUTER CLASSES, learn to use the Internet. 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Thursdays, Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 301-840-2515.

COPING WITH GRIEF, for people who have lost spouses or significant others to death, divorce or other relationship transitions, three speakers from the AARP discuss the emotional and social challenges of loss and building new associations. 1:15-2:15 p.m. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

RAIN FOREST ANIMALS, staff members of Reptiles Alive discuss animals of the rain forest and exhibit a reptile. 2 p.m., Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free; tickets required and available at the children's desk. 240-777-0678.

AGRICULTURAL FAIR PREVIEW, representatives from the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair visit and exhibit familiar animals from the fair, scheduled for Aug. 12-20 in Gaithersburg. 2 p.m., Poolesville Branch Library, 19633 Fisher Ave. Poolesville. Free. 301-972-7800.

OLNEY MAGIC SHOW, for ages 6 and older, magician Mike Rose demonstrates tricks. 2 p.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free; tickets required; available at the library. 301-570-1232.

OPERA MUSIC CONCERT, Operatunities Singers perform solo and duet arias from Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto," George Bizet's "Carmen" and Giacoma Puccini's "Tosca"; plus Broadway tunes, spirituals and an Italian folksong. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

AUTHOR LECTURE, Linda Greenhouse, U.S. Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, discusses "Becoming Justice Blackmun." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

BETHESDA CLOWN APPEARANCE, a fast-food personality visits the library. 8 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0970.

Friday 15

LIRARY BOOK PICNICS, for ages 7-12, bring a snack and your favorite book to discuss. 11:30 a.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, registration required, 301-565-7689; noon, Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Rd., Burtonsville, 301-421-5400. Free.

VAUDEVILLE SHOW, Anna Pappas and the Class Act dance troupe perform song and dance in costume. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

WRITERS READING, members of Frank Jose's weekly writing class read from their works. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

Saturday 16

FAIRLAND LIBRARY COMPUTER CLASS, a staff member teaches "PC Hints." 9 a.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free; registration required. 301-421-5400.

FAIRLAND LIBRARY BOOK SALE, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Admission free; most hardbacks $1; paperbacks 50 cents. 301-421-5400.

POTTERY CLASS, for ages 10 and older, master potters from Glen Echo Pottery demonstrate the potter's wheel; then students make pottery on the wheel. 1:30 p.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-565-7689.

FLIGHT CLASS, for ages 5 and older. Staff members from the Maryland Science Center present "The Wright Stuff," a program about the Wright Brothers. 2 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

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.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS. 7:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 800-543-4670.

Sunday 17

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. 7:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 202-966-9115.

Monday 18

COOKING CLASS, a chef demonstrates the preparation of classic Italian dishes; free samples included; sponsored by American Express Financial Advisors. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free; reservations required. 301-431-5708.

SILVER SPRING ACTION VIDEO, "National Treasure" (2004), starring Nicholas Cage, Jon Voight and others, part of the senior center's Monday Night at the Movies program. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

FLIGHT CLASS, for ages 5 and older, staff members from the Maryland Science Center present "The Wright Stuff," a program about the Wright Brothers. 7 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-986-4313.

SPANISH CONVERSATION CLUB, for English-speakers, practice Spanish in casual conversation led by native Spanish speakers. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

Tuesday 19

MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR PROGRAMS, for ages 3-9, learn about the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, scheduled for Aug. 12-20 in Gaithersburg, and meet a farm animal. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus, 240-773-9444; and 7-8 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, registration required, 240-777-0922. Free.

NETWORKING WORKSHOP, Rachel L. Manchester hosts "Network Building: The Key to Personal and Career Success." 10 a.m.-noon, Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

WHEATON BOOK TALK, Shirley Hazzard's novel "The Great Fire." 11 a.m., study room No. 3, Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

STORIES AND ACROBATICS, for ages 5 and older. Storyteller Ariana Ross presents "Monkey Tales," Asian fables with acrobatics and more. 2 p.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

BOOK AND MOVIE TALK, for teenagers, Gary Paulsen's novel "Nightjohn" and its 1996 TV adaptation, about slavery in the pre-Civil War South; read the book (copies available for loan), watch the movie (popcorn and refreshments provided). 2 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 240-777-0910.

DAMASCUS BOOK TALK, Azar Nafisi's memoir "Reading Lolita in Tehran." 7:30 p.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

PARENTING CLASS, for those with children ages 13-18, "Improving Communication With Your Teen." 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $28; couples, $53; registration required. 301-929-8824.

Wednesday 20

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, provided by the American Red Cross. 10 a.m.-noon, Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

WELLNESS LECTURE, Kathy Ward, a recreation therapy consultant, discusses ways to improve cognitive and motor skills, reduce depression, adapt to changes brought on by illness and improve relationships with friends and family. 3 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

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

RUNAWAYS SUPPORT GROUP, for runaway youths and their parents or guardians, sponsored by Operation Runaway, a program of the Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Center and the Montgomery County Police Department. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 14901 Broschart Rd., Rockville. Free; registration required. 800-204-8600.

KEEPSAKES WORKSHOP, Don Williams, a senior conservator at the Smithsonian Institution, and writer Louisa Jaggar present "Saving Stuff: A Workshop on Preserving Your Family Treasures"; learn how to take care of things that matter to you; participants may bring items for which they would like specific advice; sponsored by the Montgomery County Historical Society. 7-9:30 p.m., Waters House, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. $30; reservations required. 301-340-2825 or 301-515-2887.

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. Call for location in Rockville. Free; registration required. 301-990-8904.

GAITHERSBURG MAGIC SHOW, for ages 5 and older. Magician Wendy Wand performs tricks. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

BETHESDA SCIENCE SHOW, for ages 5 and older. The Maryland Science Center presents "Science to Amaze and Intrigue." 7 p.m., Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free; tickets available after 6:30 p.m. 301-320-4880.

JUGGLING STORYTELLER, for ages 5 and older. Renee Brachfeld tells stories from around the world and juggles. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

ROCKVILLE MAGIC SHOW, magician John Andrews presents "Summer Fun." 7 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK TALK, Pearl Cleage's novel "I Wish I Had a Red Dress"; sponsored by the library's African American book group. 7:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

Thursday 21

UPCOUNTY SERVICES CENTER TALK, a county representative answers questions about government services. 10 a.m.-noon, in the lobby, Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, provided by the American Red Cross. 10-11:45 a.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-4410.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR PROGRAMS, learn about the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, scheduled for Aug. 12-20 in Gaithersburg and meet a farm animal. 10:30 a.m., Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney, 301-570-1232; and 2 p.m., White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, 301-622-2492. Free.

GERMANTOWN PUPPET THEATER, Stevens Puppets presents "The Wizard of Oz." 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Germantown Library, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, 240-777-0110; 2 p.m., Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Tickets required and available at the library, 301-570-1232. Free.

MAGICAL BOOKS, Professor Mervyn Mugwump (a.k.a. Jeb Brack) performs magic and comedy and introduces wizards, monsters and other treasures of books. 2 p.m., Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free; tickets required and available at the children's desk. 240-777-0678.

BETHESDA PUPPET SHOW, Joe Pipik performs with his backpack puppets. 2 p.m., Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-4300.

TAKOMA PARK KNITTING GROUP, for 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.

POETRY AND MUSIC, poets Naomi Ayala of Puerto Rico and James Deahl of Canada read from their works, and Michael Davis plays classical guitar. 7 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

PARENTING CLASS, for those with children ages 1-16. "Screen Issues: Taming the Electronic Monsters in Your Home." 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $28; couples, $53; registration required. 301-929-8824.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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