Thursday 8

POOLESVILLE STORY TIME, for children ages 24 months and younger accompanied by an adult, stories, finger plays and music. 10:30 a.m., Poolesville Branch Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. Free. 301-972-7800.

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE FORUM, "Changes in the Supreme Court -- Justice for Women," discussion of the implications for women if President Bush's nominee, Judge John G. Roberts Jr., is appointed; panel members are Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and past president of the National Organization for Women; Martha Burk, chairman of the National Council of Women's Organizations; and Mary Jean Collins, national political director of People for the American Way; sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the Older Women's League (OWL). 1 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW. Free. 301-951-3920.

ROCKVILLE PIANO CONCERT, for adults and children ages 5 and older, Bob Rosen plays solo pieces on the piano. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

Friday 9

SILVER SPRING VOCALS, for seniors, singer and guitarist Liz Kruger performs songs about going back to school. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

WHEATON DANCING FOR SENIORS, music by Mike Surratt, light refreshments served. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $4. 301-468-4448.

SILVER SPRING BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT, for those who have lost a spouse in the past two years, sponsored by the Widowed Persons Service of Montgomery County. 1-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-949-7398.

BOYS EDUCATION LECTURE, Michael Gurian, educator, family therapist and author of "The Minds of Boys" discusses the requirements for the successful education of boys.; sponsored by the Washington Ethical Society. 7:30 p.m., Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Rd., NW. $15; students, $5; reservations required. 202-882-6650.

Saturday 10

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION, Roy Sewall, photographer and author of "Our Potomac: From Great Falls to Washington, D.C.," leads a walk along the Potomac and discusses elements of photographing nature, what to look for and how to compose images; novices and early intermediate photographers are welcome; bring a camera. 8-11 a.m., in front of the Great Falls Tavern, Great Falls National Park, Potomac. Free. 301-608-1188, Ext. 208.

NEIGHBORHOOD FAIR AND YARD SALE, a cookout, a bake sale, face-painting and games. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tibetan Buddhist Studies Center, 608 Ray Dr., northwest of Piney Branch Road and Philadelphia Avenue, Takoma Park. 301-906-3378.

DAMASCUS HEALTH AND SAFETY DAY, for all ages, hearing and eyesight screenings, child passenger car seat checks, health and wellness literature and answers to questions; provided by Damascus Lions Club staff members, healthcare providers, members of the Montgomery County police and volunteer fire departments; sponsored by the Damascus Lions Club and American Legion Post 171 in conjunction with the Damascus Community Fair. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Damascus American Legion, 10201 Lewis Dr., Damascus. Free. 301-947-8719.

POTOMAC USED BOOK SALE. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Most hardbacks, $1; paperbacks, 50 cents; admission, free. 40-777-0690.

MENTAL ILLNESS CARE CLASS, for family members who have an adult relative with a mental illness, classes cover understanding the illness and medications, problem solving, communication skills and crisis management. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 26, Ashbury Methodist Village, 401 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 301-949-5852, Ext. 4.

TEENAGERS BOOK TALK, James Patterson's "Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment"; copies available for checkout. 10:30 a.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

DRAGONFLY WALK, an Audubon naturalist leads a walk along the C&O Canal and the Potomac River to see and discuss dragonflies and damselflies; plus, identifying butterflies and birds; bring water and a hat, and, if you have them, binoculars. 1-3 p.m., River Center at Lockhouse 8, Lock 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park. Free. 301-608-1188, Ext. 208.

RETIREMENT PLANNING SEMINAR, Jan Cullinane, author of "The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life," discusses psychological, biological, geographical and financial aspects of retirement. 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, at the LiveSouth Real Estate Show, Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents St., Reston. Free; reservations required. 888-248-3252.

AVIATOR LECTURE, "Remembering Philip Klass," aviation journalist and UFO skeptic, sponsored by the National Capital Area Skeptics. 2 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-587-3827.

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. Saturdays, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 800-543-4670.

Sunday 11

TIBETAN FOLK FESTIVAL, chanting by Tibetan monks and nuns, Tibetan folk music and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Medication, 354 Prelude Dr., Silver Spring. Free. 301-906-3378.

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

Monday 12

KENSINGTON STORIES AND FUN, for children ages 2-6 accompanied by an adult, librarians read new and favorite pictures books, show a short film and make a craft. 10:30 a.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

ROCKVILLE BOOK TALK, Sue Monk Kidd's novel "The Secret Life of Bees." 1 p.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-4410.

GAITHERSBURG READING FRIENDS, for preschool age children and elementary school students, stories read by students from the Gaithersburg Youth Center. 4-4:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

SILVER SPRING AGING PARENTS SUPPORT, for children of aging parents. 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7152.

GAITHERSBURG CAMERA CLUB, David Johanson discusses "Digital Images for Print and Presentation," followed by slide, print and digital image competition. 7 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-921-9323.

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 13

BETHESDA BOOK TALK, Jane Austen's novel "Emma." 10:30 a.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-4300.

HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING, for seniors, counselors work with individuals and their families, helping to answer questions about claims, supplemental insurance and Medicare. 11 a.m., Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

WHITE OAK BOOK TALK, Marita Golden's memoir, "Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex." 7 p.m., White Oak Branch Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-2492.

Wednesday 14

CANCER CARE SEMINAR, Rebecca Price, the patient navigator for Suburban Hospital's Cancer Program, discusses how to prioritize care, what questions to ask a doctor, how to find good information on the Internet and whether a support group is appropriate. 1-2 p.m., Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

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

PARENTS WORKSHOP, staff members of the YMCA Youth and Family Services discuss how to help kids appreciate fashion without being influenced by status labels, inappropriate styles and expensive trends. 7 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-773-9420.

JEWISH LITERATURE COURSE, Faye Moskowitz, author and professor at George Washington University, leads a five-part book discussion, beginning with Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Satan in Goray"; copies available for checkout at the circulation desk; sponsored by the American Library Association, Nextbook, and the Friends of the Library, Bethesda Chapter. 7:30 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 301-986-4300.

Thursday 15

NATIONAL PARKS LECTURE, Bob Karotko, education specialist, explores the system of parks nationally and in Washington. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center at 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-681-1255.

CHILDREN'S THEATER, for ages 3-6, volunteers present "Penny Theater Shows," folk and fairy tales with puppets, music and stage. 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

BLOOD PRESSURE AND GLUCOSE CLINIC, a nurse will read and record blood pressure and administer a blood monitoring test for glucose; sponsored by Arden Courts Assisted Living. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

ROCKVILLE BOOK TALK, Lalita Tademy's novel "Cane River"; sponsored by the library's African American book discussion group. 6-8 p.m., second-floor board room, Rockville Branch Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0078 or 240-777-0166.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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