Thursday 13

YOUTH WRITING CONTEST, for students in grades 6-12. Youths must submit an original short story or poem. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Friday, and Oct. 20 and 21; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 22; 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 23; and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; deadline, 5 p.m. Oct. 23, Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

INTERNET BASICS, for beginners. 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 301-840-2515.

TODDLER LIBRARY PROGRAM, for ages 3-5, stories and songs. 1:30 p.m., Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-774-5100.

CHILDREN'S STORIES, for ages 4-6. 1:30 p.m., Rockville Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 301-217-3800.

HAUNTED FOREST, a dimly lit forest trail with Chainsaw Man and 11 other frightful features; hayrides; a scary movie; a haunted bus; bonfires and food. Benefits Calleva, a nonprofit outdoor adventure program and camp. 6:30-9:30 p.m. today; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Also open Oct. 20-22, and Oct. 25-31, Markoff's Haunted Forest, 19200 Martinsburg Rd. (off Route 107), Dickerson. $20. 301-216-1248.

Friday 14

LIBRARY STORY TIME, for ages 1-3, rhymes, songs and stories. 10:15 a.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

LIBRARY KIDS PROGRAM, for ages 2 and younger, songs, puppets and rhymes. 10:15-10:45 a.m. and 11:15-11:45 a.m., Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free; registration required. 240-777-0678.

WIDOWED PERSONS SUPPORT GROUP, for those widowed less than two years. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration requested. 301-949-7398.

Saturday 15

FAIRLAND PC HINTS, program teaches how to find answers from the library's public computers. 9 a.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free; registration requested. 240-773-9460.

INTERNET CLASS, for beginners. Introduction to the Internet and the Web teaches how the Web works, what a Web browser and URL are, and how to use them. 9 a.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free; registration requested. 240-773-9444.

YOUTH BOOK CLUB, for students in grades 6-12, Kenneth Oppel's "Airborne"; Oppel will visit the library at 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Club, 9 a.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-4300.

MEDICAL SEMINAR, Mary Dupont, a urologist and a urogynecologist, discusses "New Treatments for Female and Male Urinary Incontinence." 10 a.m.-noon, Suburban Hospital Auditorium, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-896-3100.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Admission, free; most hardbacks, $1; most paperbacks, 50 cents. 240-773-9460.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE, "quality" used books, sponsored by the Friends of Takoma Park Library. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., on the library lawn, 101 Philadelphia Ave, Takoma Park. Admission, free; $1, hardbacks; 50 cents, trade paperbacks; 25 cents, other paperbacks. 301-891-7259.

HEALTH AND FASHION EVENT, "Survival Can Be Beautiful," a fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors; booths with breast cancer prevention information, giveaways and a raffle; sponsored by Montgomery General Hospital. Noon and 2:30 p.m., at the entrance, Lord & Taylor department store, Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-774-8969.

ASPEN HILL COMMUNITY FESTIVAL, face-painting, clowns and games; sponsored by the Friends of Aspen Hill Library. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-4410.

SIBLING FIGHTING FORUM, Emory Luce Baldwin, a marriage and family therapist, discusses sibling fighting and helps participants determine why children fight and what parents can do about it. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $10; couples, $15; registration required. 301-929-8824.

Sunday 16

HEALTH LECTURE, lunch, a fashion show and a breast cancer prevention lecture. Noon-3 p.m., Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Free; registration required. 301-774-8881.

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.

Monday 17

"LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER" LUNCH, for women undergoing cancer treatment. Speakers will discuss beauty tips and creative ways to deal with skin changes and hair loss; free cosmetic kit; lunch. Sponsored by the hospital, American Cancer Society, National Cosmetology Association, and Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. 11 a.m., Boyer Community Learning Center A, Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Free; registration required. 301-774-8775.

AUCTION ROAD SHOW, an appraiser with Quinn's Auction Galleries and Road Show, an auction house, discusses antiques' value and acquisition. For those who sign up, he will critique an item and say whether it is a treasure or junk; one item per person. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free; sign-up required for people bringing an item for appraisal. 301-468-4448.

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION SEMINAR, a center staff member discusses the adoption process and opportunities in Russia, China and Guatemala. 6:30 p.m., Cradle of Hope Adoption Center, Suite 310, 8630 Fenton St., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-587-4400.

ABUSE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP, for people abused by clergy and for their family members. 7-8:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

MUSIC IN THE LIBRARY, for ages 5 and older, big-band music with New Hot Jazz. 7:30 p.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

CHRYSANTHEMUM TALK, Kathy Stevens of Brookside Gardens discusses "The Versatile Chrysanthemum"; sponsored by the Silver Spring Garden Club. 8 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center/Education Building, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-649-4645.

Tuesday 18

BOOK TALK, J.M. Coetzee's novel "Disgrace." 11 a.m., Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

WILLS SEMINAR, Haig Ellian, a lawyer, discusses medical and financial powers of attorney, living wills and health care proxies; he will prepare living wills for free after the lecture. 1-2 p.m., Holy Cross Hospital Senior Source, 8580 Second Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-754-8510.

COMEDIANS LECTURE SERIES, Milton Weidler discusses "The First Generation of Funny Folk: The Comedians Who Made Us Laugh"; a nostalgic look at the Jewish comedians who helped the country laugh through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression and World War II. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

MEDICAL LECTURE, David Henderson, physician and deputy director for clinical care, discusses "Avian Influenza: Preparing for the Pandemic," including what it is, how it spreads, and where to look for possible treatment and prevention. 7 p.m., Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center (Building 10), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-2563.

HANDS-ON READING: HAPPY HARVEST, for children ages 5-7 and their relatives. Kit Bloom, children's librarian for the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, tells a story using a new program of print and Braille books for sighted and blind children; after story time, children can learn about Braille and participate in a craft activity; refreshments available. 7:15 p.m., Special Needs Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 240-777-0960 or TTY: 301-897-2217.

BOOK TALK, Karen Joy Fowler's novel "The Jane Austen Book Club." 7:30 p.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

BOATING COURSE, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary-led course in boating skills and seamanship, designed for novice and experienced boaters. Covers types of boats, equipment and "highway" signs on the water and provides introduction to navigation, lines and knots, radio and weather. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Dec. 6. Gaithersburg Middle School, Two Teachers Way, Gaithersburg. $70; includes instruction and materials. 301-926-1054.

Wednesday 19

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

LITTLE FALLS LITERARY SALON, Karen Arnold leads discussion about Jerome Lawrence's play "Inherit the Wind" as part of "The Twenties and Thirties: Era of Changing American Perspectives" series. 1 p.m., Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

BOOK TALK, Ian McEwan's novel "Saturday." 1 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free. 240-777-0690.

HEALTH TALK, Amy Harris of Suburban Hospital's Physical Medicine Department discusses arthritis, symptoms and treatments, including treatment for minor discomfort and joint-replacement surgery and rehabilitation. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

UPCOUNTY REGIONAL SERVICES TALK, a county representative will answer questions about county services. 2-4 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

LIBRARY CHESS CLUB, all skill levels, offers chance to learn how to play chess or to play with others. 3:30 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

IMMIGRATION CLINIC, for immigrants and refugees. Lawyers and volunteers assist with immigration issues. 6-8 p.m., Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4940.

WHITE OAK BOOK TALK, Audrey Niffenegger's science fiction novel "The Time Traveler's Wife." 7:30 p.m., White Oak Branch Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-2492.

TEEN DRIVING COURSE, for parents and teenagers. A staff member discusses "Planning for Teen Driving," including how and why teen driving accidents happen and how families can work to avoid them; includes a CD for customizing a family driving agreement. 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 26, Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $45; couples, $70; couples with one teenager, $80; additional teenager, $10; registration required. 301-929-8824.

LIBRARY BOOK TALK, Jerome D. Watson's "The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of DNA." 7:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-986-4313.

BOOK TALK, Connie Briscoe's novel "A Long Way From Home"; sponsored by the Gaithersburg African American book group. 7:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

WIDOWED PERSONS SUPPORT, for those widowed less than two years. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Bauer Drive Community Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville. Free; registration requested. 301-949-7398.

Thursday 20

UPCOUNTY REGIONAL SERVICES TALK, a county representative will answer questions about county services. 10 a.m.-noon, Damascus Branch 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 Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-4410.

CHILDREN'S PENNY THEATER, for ages 3-6. Volunteers present a Halloween tale with puppets and music. 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 240-777-0200.

TODDLERS AUTUMN STORY TIME, for ages 18-24 months, stories, songs and rhymes about autumn. 10:30 a.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free; registration required. 240-777-0690.

WIDOWED PERSONS SUPPORT, for those widowed less than two years. 2 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton; 3 p.m., Leland Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Bethesda. Free; registration requested. 301-949-7398.

AUTHOR LECTURE, for ages 11 and older. Kenneth Oppel discusses writing high school adventure fantasy and the experience of becoming a published author at the age of 18; sponsored by the library in celebration of "Teen Reading Week." 4 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-4300.

TWINBROOK POETRY CLUB, for ages 6-14. Youths can read, write and listen to poems with the help of children's librarian Eve Burton. 4:30 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

MEDICAL FILM DRAMA AND TALK, "Safe" (1995), starring Julianne Moore as a housewife stricken with a mysterious illness. Doctors believe her condition is psychosomatic, but she believes it is "environmental" or caused by "multiple chemical sensitivities." A doctor-led discussion follows the film; refreshments available. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. 6 p.m., Lister Hill Center Auditorium, first floor of Building 38A, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-6308.

BOOK TALK, Octavia E. Butler's novel "Kindred"; sponsored by the Rockville African American book group. 6-8 p.m., second-floor board room, Rockville Branch Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. For more information, call 240-777-0078 or 240-777-0166.

TWINBROOK BRASS CONCERT, for all ages, the Rockville Brass Band plays marches, patriotic songs, popular music and Broadway show tunes. 7:30 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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