Thursday 22

CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK; vehicle seat inspectors will check safety seats for proper use and installation. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Fitzgerald Lakeforest Chrysler, Jeep, Hyundai, 905 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-548-4847.

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.

IDENTITY-THEFT SEMINAR; Jerome Leonard discusses what identity theft is, who needs to be concerned about it and how to minimize one's risk; sponsored by the Montgomery Village Foundation's Department of Recreation and Parks. 7:30-9 p.m., Whetstone Community Center, 19140 Brooke Grove Ct., Montgomery Village. $8; Montgomery Village residents, $3. 301-948-0110.

Friday 23

KATRINA DISASTER BLOOD DRIVE, in response to the need for blood after Hurricane Katrina; service provided by the Inova Bloodmobile, sponsored by the Montgomery County Police Department and the Citizen Academy Alumni Association. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Public Safety Training Academy, 9710 Great Seneca Hwy., Rockville. Free; appointment required. Contact Officer Melissa Parlon, 301-840-2771.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for children 2 and younger accompanied by an adult; the children's siblings are welcome; program includes stories, songs and rhymes. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

WORLD WAR II MEMORIES PROGRAM; Woody Seybert presents a collage, "Music and Memories of World War II," including songs, recorded voices of world leaders and announcements. 11 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

GUITAR MUSIC; Joseph Jones, aka Nightbird, sings and plays guitar. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

Saturday 24

CANINE COMPANIONS OPEN HOUSE, learn about the Canine Companions for Independence, which provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities; see a demonstration of what service dogs can do; meet the dogs and the people who train them; refreshments. 9:30-11:30 a.m., AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 703-938-1733.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for ages 21/2-5; any child younger than 3 must be accompanied by an adult; stories, songs and rhymes. 10:15 a.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

POTOMAC LIBRARY TRAINS PROGRAM, for all ages; train stories, songs and a large wooden train mock-up for children to explore. 10:30 a.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free. 240-777-0690.

BORN TO READ, for children ages 24 months and younger accompanied by an adult; rhymes, songs and other activities. 10:30 a.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-4410.

MUSIC IN THE LIBRARY, for ages 5 and older, pianists from the Adult Student Music Forum present a recital of works from the Classical and Romantic periods. 11 a.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for children ages 21/2 and younger accompanied by an adult; songs, rhymes and stories. 11:15 a.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

KIDS CRAFTS PROGRAM; for ages 4 and older, presented by volunteers from the Montgomery County 4-H Club. 1-3 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

HISTORIC DISTRICT TOUR, a guided walking tour of the National Park Seminary Historic District (formerly the Walter Reed-Forest Glen Annex; now the property of Forest Glen Venture); sponsored by Save Our Seminary at Forest Glen. 1 p.m., the parking lot, Linden Lane and Woodstock Avenue, Silver Spring. $5. 301-654-3924 or 301-589-1715.

ROMANCE WRITERS WORKSHOP-MEETING; Washington Romance Writers group opens its fall-winter season; the workshop, "Tips from Madison Avenue: The Selling Synopsis," will be led by writer and instructor Laurie Campbell. Meeting, 10 a.m.-noon; workshop, 1:30-4 p.m., Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Free. 240-777-8200.

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 25

ROCKVILLE ALS CAREGIVER SUPPORT, for Montgomery County caregivers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients; sponsored by the ALS Association. 2-4 p.m., Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855.

"BORN TO READ" PROGRAM, for children ages 1-3 accompanied by an adult; rhymes, songs and stories. 3:30 p.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

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

Monday 26

TRAFFIC LECTURE; Ron Shaffer, aka Dr. Gridlock, Washington Post columnist, discusses traffic; sponsored by the Silver Spring chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

CHRONIC-PAIN SUPPORT GROUP; Linda Kuserk, a physical therapist, discusses "Ergonomics," sponsored by Pain Connection, the Chronic Pain Outreach Center. 1-2:30 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-309-2444 or www.pain-connection.org.

YOUNG READERS GROUP, for elementary-school ages and younger; students from the Gaithersburg Youth Center read stories in the Children's Room. 4-4:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

MEDICAL CAREER OPEN HOUSE; "Medical Venturing Crew No. 1984," a program open to all high school boys and girls who may be interested in pursuing medical professions; hospital medical staff and other personnel volunteer their time to inform students about different facets of the medical workforce; sponsored by Suburban Hospital and the Boy Scouts of America. 6:30 p.m., Suburban Hospital Auditorium, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-896-3939.

PARENT WORKSHOP; staff members of YMCA Youth and Family Services and the library teach "The Art of Encouragement," including specific strategies; Spanish translation available. 7-9 p.m., Davis Branch Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 301-229-1347.

BEDTIME STORY TIME, for ages 3-5, stories, songs and rhymes; pajamas may be worn. 7:15 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-4300.

PHYSICIST MAX BORN LECTURE; Nancy Thorndike Greenspan discusses her book "The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born," a biography of a teacher of nine Nobel physicists, who also won the Nobel Prize, in 1954. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

Tuesday 27

SENIORS HEALTH WORKSHOP; Ann November Moss, coordinator for Inpatient Senior Services, discusses "Getting Better With Age: Things to Do to Live Longer." 10-11 a.m., Holy Cross Hospital Senior Source Center, 8580 Second Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration requested. 301-754-3404.

ASPEN HILL TUESDAY TALES, for ages 2-5; stories, songs and other activities. 10:30 a.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-4410.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME, for ages 3-5; "Here Comes the Cat" and other stories, songs and rhymes featuring the letter C. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

KENSINGTON BOOK TALK; Philip Roth's novel "The Plot Against America." 11 a.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

STATE LECTURE ON SENIORS ISSUES; Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. discusses "Information the Attorney General Wants You to Know," about issues facing seniors and about pending attorney general initiatives; a luncheon lecture sponsored by the Rockville Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Montgomery Country Club, 6550 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Laytonsville. $16, includes tax and tip; registration requested. For more information, call Ruby Lang, 301-762-6178.

W.E.B. DUBOIS VIDEO; Louis Massiah's film "W.E.B. Dubois: A Biography in Four Voices," sponsored by the Silver Spring African American Book Group. 7 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-773-9420.

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.

BEDTIME STORY TIME, for ages 2-5, gentle stories, flannel boards and music; wear pajamas and bring a teddy bear. 7 p.m., White Oak Branch Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-2492.

POOLESVILLE STORY TIME, for children 6 and younger accompanied by an adult; stories, rhymes and music. 7 p.m., Poolesville Branch Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. Free. 301-972-7800.

NEW-BOOKS DISCUSSION, Marilyn Goldstein, a Montgomery County librarian, of the Aspen Hill branch, discusses "What to Read Next? A Book Talk of Current Great Books"; or more than a dozen of her favorite recently published books. 7:30 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

DEAF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TALK, for people who are deaf or hearing-impaired; Lise Hamlin, regional emergency preparedness specialist for the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, discusses "Emergency Preparedness for People With Hearing Loss." 7:30-9 p.m., Special Needs Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; registration requested. 240-777-0960.

Wednesday 28

LONG BRANCH CHESS CLUB, for players of all skill levels, play a game or learn new strategies. 3:30 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

ANIMAL-SAVING CAMPAIGN TALK; veterinarian and conservationist Sheri Speede discusses the illegal multibillion-dollar international trade in ape meat, known as "bushmeat," that is leading to the extinction of Africa's great apes. 7-10 p.m., 9747 Avenel Farm Dr., Potomac. $65; advance, $60; purchase tickets at www.ida-africa.org. 503-643-8302.

GAITHERSBURG GUITAR CONCERT, for those 5 and older; guitarist Andrew Waldron performs popular music for the guitar. 7:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

Thursday 29

TALK ON LATE-BLOOMING WRITERS; Jeanne Ray, who wrote the first of four novels at age 62 and presents her most recent -- "Julie and Romeo Get Lucky" -- and Prill Boyle, author of "Defying Gravity," discuss striving for success later in life. 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-1761.

POTOMAC RIVER SLIDE SHOW LECTURE; photographer Roy Sewall presents a slide-illustrated discussion of his book "Our Potomac: From Great Falls Through Washington, D.C." 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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