Thursday 27

MEDICARE LECTURE, Leta S. Blank, program coordinator for the Maryland Department of Aging's Senior Health Insurance Program, discusses Medicare Part D, new rules covering prescription drugs and the enrollment process, which begins Nov. 15. 10 a.m.-noon, Leland Community Center (left entrance), 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase. Free. 301-530-6458.

OLNEY BLOOD DRIVE, administered by Inova Blood Services; donors receive a T-shirt and a gift from Caribou Coffee. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Free. To schedule an appointment (walk-ins are welcome), call 301-774-8969.

HALLOWEEN CREATURE-FEATURE, "Island of Lost Souls" (1933), starring Charles Laughton and featuring Bela Lugosi, a classic horror film set on a tiny tropical island with Dr. Moreau and a population of gruesome human-animal hybrids; plus a doctor-led discussion about medical hubris and the distinction between humans and animals; refreshments; 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.

DICKERSON HAUNTED FOREST, a dimly lighted forest trail and encounters with Chainsaw Man and 11 other frightful features; plus hayrides, fortune-telling, a spider climb, a haunted bus, bonfires and food; proceeds benefit Calleva, an outdoor adventure program and camp. 6:30-9:30 p.m. today; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday through Monday, Markoff's Haunted Forest, 19120 Martinsburg Rd. (off Route 107), Dickerson. Admission today, $15; Friday through Monday, $20. 301-216-1248 or

ROCKVILLE AUTHOR LECTURE, Susan Coll discusses "Rockville Pike: A Suburban Comedy of Manners," sponsored by Rockville Friends of the Library. 7 p.m., Executive Office Building Auditorium (use cafeteria entrance), 101 Monroe St., Rockville. Parking is available in the bank lot adjacent to the building. Free. 240-777-0158.

PARENTING LECTURE, "Motivate vs. Intimidate," Robert Roth, adolescent behavior coordinator at Montgomery General Hospital, discusses how to use motivational techniques to communicate effectively with teenagers. 7 p.m., Boyer Community Learning Center, Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Free. 301-774-8969.

Friday 28

WHEATON STORY TIME, for children 2 and younger accompanied by an adult; songs, puppets and rhymes. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton; registration required. Free. 240-777-0678.

ASPEN HILL STORY TIME, for children 2 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.

FOOT HEALTH CONSULTATION, Holly Beck, a podiatrist, offers consultation on foot pain, circulation or deformities. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Holy Cross Hospital Senior Source, 8580 Second Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-754-3404.

EMOTIONAL WELLNESS CLASS, Eliane Herdani teaches "Getting in Touch With Your Feelings," on learning to identify and express feelings and understanding how they affect emotional and physical health. 1-3 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

Saturday 29

BIRD-WATCHING WALK, for birders of all levels, led by local birder Rick Sussman. 8 a.m., meet at the parking lot, the Backyard Naturalist, 17910 Georgia Ave., Olney. Free; registration requested. 301-924-0024.

HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE, simple crafts, rhymes, games and other activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Noyes Library for Young Children, 10237 Carroll Pl., Kensington. Free. 301-929-5533.

SEA STORIES, for children of all ages, stories, songs and rhymes about life under the ocean. 10:30 a.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free; registration required. 240-777-0690.

PUPPET SHOW, for children of all ages accompanied by an adult, KayDee Puppets presents "Bunny Tales" and "The Ugly Duckling"; sponsored by the Potomac Friends of the Library. 12:30 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free. 240-777-0690.

GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH LECTURE, Judith Mostyn White discusses "Ten Best Places to Do Genealogical Research in the Washington, D.C., Area." 1:15 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

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.

Monday 31

OPERA AND FOLK MUSIC CONCERT, singers Donato Soranno, Ilona Dulaski and Michael Consoli perform songs from the Verdi opera "Rigoletto" and other works, and folk songs, including "Volare" in Italian. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $1. 301-468-4448.

Tuesday 1

FLU SHOT CLINIC, flu and pneumonia shots administered by Adventist Health Care; bring your Medicare card, if applicable. 10 a.m.-noon, Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Pneumonia shots, $30; flu shots, $25; credit cards not accepted; registration requested (but walk-ins will be accommodated). 301-431-5708.

HEALTHFUL COOKING, an interactive presentation demonstrating healthful meal solutions, with tips on preparing low-carbohydrate, low-fat dishes. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Holy Cross Hospital Senior Source, 8580 Second Ave., Silver Spring. $10; registration required. 301-754-3403.

KENSINGTON STORYTELLER, for children 5 and older, Eva Shankman shares stories, rhymes and songs; sponsored by the George Washington University Center on Aging, Health and Humanities. 3 p.m., Noyes Library for Young Children, 10237 Carroll Pl., Kensington. Free. 301-929-5533.

FAIRLAND BOOK TALK, Mamie Till-Mobley's memoir "Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America," sponsored by the Fairland African American Book Group. 7 p.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

LECTURE ON GROWING OLDER, Richard J. Hodes, a physician and director of the National Institute on Aging, discusses "Growing Older: Challenges and Opportunities in Aging," including research on effects of age on health and well-being. 7 p.m., Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center (Building 10), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-2563.

Wednesday 2

WHEATON IMMIGRATION CLINIC, for immigrants and refugees, lawyers and trained volunteers provide assistance on immigration issues. 6-8 p.m., Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4940.

SILVER SPRING BOOK TALK, Marita Golden's memoir "Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex," 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.

DEPRESSION-RELATED SUPPORT, for families and friends of those with depression or bipolar illness, sponsored by Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, Potomac Chapter. 7:30 p.m., St. Raphael's Church parish hall, 1513 Dunster Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-299-4255 or 301-570-9065.

PARENTING COURSE, for parents of children ages 5-12, staff members teach how to establish clear boundaries for your children, set and uphold limits and balance freedom and control. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 16, the Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $80; registration required. 301-929-8824.

Thursday 3

GAITHERSBURG BOOK TALK, Yvonne Latty's "We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, From World War II to the War in Iraq"; sponsored by the African American Book Group. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

DIABETES HEALTH FAIR, information on insulin pumps, monitors, medication and health concerns affecting those with diabetes. 5-8 p.m., Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Free. 301-774-8881.

CHEVY CHASE POLITICAL AUTHOR TALK, Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners Magazine, discusses his book "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It." 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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