Thursday 15

CHILDREN'S THEATER, for ages 3-6, volunteers present "Penny Theater Shows," folk and fairy tales with puppets, music and theater. 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 & GLUCOSE CLINIC, a nurse will read and record your blood pressure and administer a blood 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.

Friday 16

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for preschoolers, stories, songs and finger plays. 10:30 a.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

Saturday 17

COMPUTER CLASS, for beginners; bring your library card. 9:15-10 a.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for 2- and 3-year-olds, stories and activities. 9:30 a.m., Rockville Branch Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 301-217-3800.

GARDEN CLINIC, Master Gardeners of Montgomery County advise you about gardening problems; bring samples if you like. 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

CHEVY CHASE LIBRARY FEST, a day-long program to celebrate the library's 40th anniversary; Magpie, an interactive music group, 10 a.m.; crafts sponsored by the Chevy Chase Historical Society, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Nicolo Whimsey, a music, poetry, juggling and storytelling group; Stevens Puppets, a marionette production of "Aladdin," 1 p.m.; and New Hot Jazz Orchestra, 2:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-986-4313.

OLNEY STORY TIME, for children ages 12-36 months accompanied by an adult; rhymes, songs and stories. 10:15 a.m., Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

SILVER SPRING STORY TIME, for children ages 23 months and younger accompanied by an adult; songs, rhymes and stories. 10:30 a.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 240-773-9420.

DOWNLOADABLE BOOKS, George Guidall, an Obie award-winning actor and audio book narrator of more than 800 novels, discusses "The Art of Narration," the process of making a book on tape; followed by a demonstration of how to borrow a downloadable book, a service now available at the county's libraries. 10:30 a.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 240-777-0922; and 2 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, 240-777-0200. Free.

THYROID CANCER LECTURE, for those in treatment and their families and friends, physician Leonard Wartofsky, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center, discusses thyroid-cancer care and management. 10:30 a.m.-noon, in the Physician's Dining Room, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-493-8810.

FLOWER-ARRANGING CLASSES, learn about ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, 11 a.m.; workshop of five styles, 2 p.m., Johrei Center, 6 Grant Ave., Takoma Park. Class, $25; workshop, $70; reservations required. 301-441-3214.

EATING-DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP, for people recovering from body-image and eating disorders, a 12-step fellowship, sponsored by Eating Addictions Anonymous. 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 18

GAY-ISSUES DISCUSSION, a member of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays discusses issues involved with revealing one's sexual orientation. 2 p.m., Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-439-3524.

CHARITY BASKET BINGO, prizes include baskets and pottery; proceeds to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 3-5:30 p.m., in the ballroom, Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. $25; in advance, $20. Contact Carol Magee, 301-253-6201.

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

Monday 19

DEPRESSION WORKSHOP, for parents; Robert Roth, a marriage, family and child counselor and adolescent-services coordinator at Montgomery General Hospital, will discuss recognizing symptoms of depression, finding professional help, resources for making decisions about treatment and finding ways to help children understand their feelings; Spanish translation available; sponsored by the YMCA's Youth and Family Services. 7 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 301-229-1347.

SPANISH CONVERSATION CLUB, 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.

CLERGY-ABUSE SURVIVORS SUPPORT. 7-8:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

SILVER SPRING SYMPHONY JAM, for people who play musical instruments (strings and oboists especially welcome), sight-read and play music with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra under director A. Scott Wood; information on joining the orchestra will be available. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. E., Silver Spring. 301-385-6438.

GARDENING LECTURE, Sandy Flowers, an estate gardener, discusses "The Elements of Japanese Gardens"; sponsored by the Silver Spring Garden Club. 8 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, in the Education Building, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-649-4645.

Tuesday 20

CHEVY CHASE STORY TIME, for ages 18-36 months, stories, rhymes and activities. 10:15 a.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; with tickets, available before program. 301-986-4313.

DAMASCUS STORY TIME, for ages 3-5, stories, songs and rhymes. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

ESTATE-PLANNING LECTURE, attorney Lawrence Abrams discusses wills, trusts, living wills, health care directives and powers of attorney. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

WHEATON BOOK TALK, Asne Seierstad's "The Bookseller of Kabul," an account of life in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. 11 a.m., Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

CHILDREN'S BOOK CLUB, for fourth- and fifth-graders; reactivation of the Capitol Readers book club. 4:30 p.m., Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 301-320-4880.

THERAPEUTIC LISTENING WORKSHOP, for children, adolescents and adults with attention deficit disorders, auditory discrimination and comprehension problems, and other learning disabilities; Sheri Present of the Spectrum Center, an auditory therapies provider, will discuss listening stimulation and sensory integrative techniques to improve listening skills and functions; sponsored by the Montgomery County Public Library and the Learning Disabilities Association. 7:30 p.m., Special Need Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 240-777-0960; TTY: 301-897-2217; or e-mail: snlinfo@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Wednesday 21

POTOMAC BOOK TALK, Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies." 1 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free. 240-777-0690.

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

RUNAWAYS SUPPORT GROUP, counseling 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.

WHEATON IMMIGRATION CLINIC, for immigrants and refugees, attorneys and trained 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.

AUTISM SYMPOSIUM, "Autism, Asperger's and Pervasive Development Disorder: A Parent's Guide to Identification and Intervention"; specialists discuss the disorders' characteristics and treatment options, community resources, the value of social-skills groups and more. 7-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. $25; registration requested. 703-204-9100.

Thursday 22

LIBRARY ADVISORY VOLUNTEERS, for Montgomery County residents, the Office of the Multicultural Services of the Montgomery County Public Libraries is hosting an open house to recruit individuals to serve on its Library Advisory Committee. 7 p.m., Rockville Branch Library, 99 Maryland Ave, in the second-floor Board Room, Rockville. Free. 240-777-0024.

QUINCE ORCHARD BOOK TALK, Annie Dillard's memoir "An American Childhood." 7:30 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

CLINTON BOOK WRITER LECTURE, John F. Harris, Washington Post staff writer, discusses his book "The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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