Thursday 11

UPCOUNTY SERVICES CENTER TALK, a county representative answers questions about county services. 10 a.m.- noon, in the lobby, Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

COUNTY FAIR ANIMAL VISIT, for ages 3-6, members of the 4-H club host a surprise animal visit in anticipation of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, scheduled for Saturday-Aug. 20 in Gaithersburg. 10:30 a.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Pain Connection, the Chronic Pain Outreach Center. 1:30-3 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. 301-309-2444.

OLNEY REPTILE PROGRAM, for ages 6 and older, park naturalist Melanie Marshall exhibits live reptiles and discusses "It's a Reptile's Life." 2 p.m., Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

MULTICULTURAL MUSIC PROGRAM, performance artist Tracey Eldridge presents "Wild for Sounds: A Multicultural Musical Safari." 2 p.m., Poolesville Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. Free. 301-972-7800.

QUINCE ORCHARD BOOK TALK, discussion of Valerie Boyd's biography "Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston"; sponsored by the Quince Orchard African-American Book Group; copies of the book available for checkout. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

Friday 12

LIBRARY BOOK PICNICS, for ages 7-12, children can bring a snack and favorite book to discuss. Ages 7-10, 11:30 a.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, 301-565-7689; ages 7-12, noon, Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Rd., Burtonsville, 301-421-5400. Free.

CHEVY CHASE PIANO CONCERT, Sheila Grimes performs. 1 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

SPORTS SCIENCE CLASS, for ages 5 and older, staff members of the Maryland Science Center present "Play Ball," the science behind athletics. 2 p.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

Saturday 13

INTERNET CLASS, learn how to use the Internet and practice in the library's computer lab. 9 a.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 240-777-0910.

POTOMAC BOOK SALE, sponsored by Friends of the Potomac Library. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Most hardbacks, $1; paperbacks, 50 cents; admission, free. 301-983-4475.

EQUESTRIAN SUPPLY BAZAAR, a sale of tack, including almost-new blankets and sheets, horse boots, halters and riding apparel; plus jewelry, purses, home decor and more to benefit Great Strides Therapeutic Riding, a mental health organization dedicated to emotional healing in partnership with horses. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Center, 26771 Howard Chapel Dr., Damascus. Free. 301-253-1166.

BABY-SITTING COURSE, for ages 11-15, youths can learn about the basic care of infants and children, accident-prevention, simple first aid, baby-sitting responsibilities and characteristics of children. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and Aug. 20, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $30; registration required. 800-542-5096.

GARDEN SHOP, master gardeners answer gardening questions. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

ICE CREAM PARTY, for ages 5 and older, ice cream, Peppy the Clown and face-painting; part of the library's summer reading program. 2 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

HUMMINGBIRD RESEARCH TRAINING, for older children, teachers and adults, naturalist and scientist Bill Hilton Jr. presents a two-day session in which participants learn to collaborate in the study of the behavior of ruby-throated hummingbirds, including collecting and distributing them; sponsored by Operation RubyThroat and the GLOBE Program. Lecture, 5-9 p.m. Saturday; field study, showing how to live-trap, band and release hummingbirds, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Black Hill Regional Park Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. $18. For more information, call Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning naturalist Fawn Foerster at 301-444-3144, or www.hiltonpond.org.

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

Sunday 14

BABY-SITTING COURSE, for ages 11-15, learn about the basic care of infants and children, accident-prevention, simple first aid, baby-sitting responsibilities and characteristics of children. 10 a.m.-noon Sunday and Aug. 21, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $30; registration required. 800-542-5096.

PARENTING PHILOSOPHY DISCUSSION, an introduction to attachment parenting, a technique intended to create strong emotional bonds between parents and children, and a discussion about "Family Balance: Ideal to Reality"; sponsored by Takoma Attachment Parenting. 3:30 p.m., Heffner Recreation Center, 42 Oswego Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-526-8986.

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

Monday 15

GLUTEN-FREE DIET TALK, a hospital staff member discusses gluten and menu ideas, recipes and baking tips for a gluten-free diet. 7:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $20; registration required. 800-542-5096.

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 16

PRESCHOOL MOVIES, for ages 2-6, films based on picture books. 10:30 a.m., Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, 301-986-4300; Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac, 301-983-4475; Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus, 240-773-9444; and Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, 240-773-4410. Free.

BLOOD PRESSURE SEMINAR, Betty Timer, director of Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, discusses the dangers of uncontrolled blood pressure, risk factors and treatment options; screenings provided by a health care professional. 10:30 a.m., the center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

SILVER SPRING KIDS CLOWN SHOW, for ages 5 and older, a fast-food clown, shares jokes and tricks. 2 p.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

LONG BRANCH LIBRARY BOOK TALK, Eric Larson's novel "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America." 2 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

OFFICE POLITICS DISCUSSION, Marilyn R. Block discusses workplace politics and ways to cope with negative situations. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

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

DAMASCUS BOOK DISCUSSION, Michael Chabon's novel "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay"; copies available to check out. 7:30 p.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

Wednesday 17

CHILDREN'S MUSIC PROGRAM, for ages 4 and younger, Terri Winkler, a children-parents music specialist, leads music and movement. 10:30 a.m., Rockville Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 301-217-3800.

UPCOUNTY SERVICES CENTER TALK, a county representative answers questions about county services. 2-4 p.m., in the lobby, Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

BROTHERS AND SISTERS CLASS, for children ages 3-6 expecting a new brother or sister, storytelling, a tour of the nursery and the post-delivery room. $12; registration required. 800-542-5096.

WHEATON IMMIGRATION CLINIC, for immigrants and refugees, lawyers 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.

CREDIT WORKSHOP, Carol Tillson discusses establishing, maintaining and repairing credit. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

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

STORYTELLING PROGRAM, local storyteller Sharon Saluzzo tells international folk and fairy tales. 7 p.m., Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-4300.

WHITE OAK LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION, Penelope Lively's novel "The Photograph"; copies available at the information desk. 7:30 p.m., White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-2492.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK DISCUSSION, Anika Nailah's short story collection "Free and Other Stories"; sponsored by the library's African American Book Group; copies available for checkout. 7:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

Thursday 18

UPCOUNTY SERVICES CENTER TALK, a county representative answers questions about county services. 10 a.m.- noon, in the lobby, Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

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

OLNEY CHILDREN'S MUSIC PROGRAM, for ages 4 and younger, Nancy Nuttle leads music and movement activities. 10:30 a.m., Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

KIDS MUSIC DEMONSTRATIONS, for ages 2-4, members of the Levine School of Music lead children's music demonstration classes. Ages 2-31/2, "Singing Games," 10:30 a.m.; for ages 31/2-4, "Exploring Music," 11:15 a.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free; registration required. 301-897-2211.

NUTRITION LECTURE, Kathleen Toepfer, a Suburban Hospital dietician, discusses new federal nutritional guidelines and recommended eating amounts for age and activity levels. 1-2 p.m., Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8810.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, a registered nurse will read and record blood pressures, sponsored by the Arden Courts Assisted Living. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

ECOLOGICAL PROGRAM, members of Reptiles Alive discuss "Rainforests Alive" and introduce live animals. 2 p.m., Poolesville Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. Free. 301-972-7800.

LIBRARY CLOWN SHOW, for ages 5 and older, clowns Pepe and Speck help celebrate the end of summer, part of the library's summer reading program. 2 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-4410.

POETRY AND MUSIC, poets Grace Cavalieri and Darcy Shargo 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.

HEART AILMENTS SUPPORT GROUP, for people with heart disease and their spouses, "Heart-to-Heart." 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Adventist Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, 9715 Medical Center Dr., No. 130, Rockville. Free. 800-542-5096.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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