Thursday 17

THORPEWOOD THURSDAY, for ages 3-5, a nature-oriented story program, including a craft, activity and snack; sponsored by Emmitsburg and Thurmont branch libraries and the ThorpeWood Nature Retreat. 1 p.m., ThorpeWood, 12805-A Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-2823.

MIDDLETOWN GENEALOGY CLUB, club members trace ancestors using the Internet and printed sources; beginners welcome. 1 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

EMMITSBURG KNITTING CIRCLE, for adults and teenagers of all skill levels; opportunity to make scarves and shawls; bring needles and yarn. 4 p.m. today and the third Thursday of each month, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

MOVIE MAKERS CLUB, for students in grades 6-12 interested in making movies; a chance to learn the basics and share experiences and resources to make films; the goal is to host a fair and show movies produced by the club. 7-8 p.m. today and the third Thursday of each month, Emmitsburg Branch Library 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free; registration required. 240-629-6329.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR BOOK DISCUSSION, Jeff Shaara's "Rise to Rebellion: A Novel of the American Revolution." 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

SPORTS MEMOIR DISCUSSION, Pat Conroy's memoir "My Losing Season." 7:30 p.m. today; other discussions, the third Thursday of each month, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

Friday 18

THURMONT LIBRARY E-MAIL CLASS, for ages 55 and older, teaches how to set up an e-mail account to use at the library or home; experience with a computer mouse and keyboard required. 10 a.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

EMMITSBURG LIBRARY CHESS CLUB, for ages 6 and older; children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult a chance to exercise the mind and practice concentration, patience, logic and mental calculations. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

BRUNSWICK ANIME-MANGA CLUB, for students in grades 6-12, view anime, practice manga art and discuss these comic art forms popularized in Japan. 5:30 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

CHILDREN'S KNITTING CLASS, for ages 6-11, teaches how to use a variety of knitting machines and tools; knitting needles unnecessary. 7 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

Saturday 19

EXCEL COMPUTER CLASS, teaches the basics of Excel or using spreadsheet software; prerequisite: "Introduction to Computers." 8:55 a.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

FREDERICK CHESS GAMES, chance to learn tricks or how to play from an experienced player. 10:30 a.m.-noon, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

BRUNSWICK STORY TIME, for ages 3 and older, a librarian reads silly stories. 10:30 a.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC, ages 2 and older can bring a bag lunch and listen to stories about bears. 11 a.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

CHEMISTRY 101 WORKSHOP, the Walkersville Chemistry Club leads a hands-on chemistry workshop; materials provided; participants take home the results. 11 a.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE WORKSHOP, Mariellen Krivos, a wedding florist, demonstrates how to create a holiday centerpiece. 2 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

AUTHOR LECTURE, David Morris Denton, former superintendent of the Maryland School for the Deaf, discusses his 30-year career as a deaf educator and presents his book, "Listening to Deafness: An Old Song Sung Differently." 2 p.m., Border's Bookstore, 5533 Urbana Pike, Frederick. Admission, free. 301-624-1577.

CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT, Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra presents "Falling for the Music," an evening of classical selections from Beethoven, Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Gustav Holst; tickets available at the door. 7:30 p.m., Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. $8; students and seniors, $4; ages 4 and younger, free. 301-695-1187.

Sunday 20

FREDERICK SINGLES DANCE, music by a disc jockey, snacks and a cash bar. 6:30-10 p.m., Holiday Inn, Francis Scott Key Mall, routes 85 and 355, Frederick. $7. 301-682-6174, or www.fredericksingles.org.

Monday 21

THURMONT BOOK DISCUSSION, Christopher Bohjalian's novel "Midwives." 7 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

BRUNSWICK BOOK DISCUSSION, John McPhee's account of Alaska, "Coming Into the Country." 7:30 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

Tuesday 22

FREDERICK DISABLED ADULTS SUPPORT, a discussion of parenting concerns, including discipline, nutrition and medical, schooling and neighborhood issues; a chance to meet other parents facing the same issues. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, the Arc of Frederick County, 620A Research Dr., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-663-0909.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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