Thursday 17

UPCOUNTY SERVICES TALK, a Montgomery County representative answers questions about county services. 10 a.m., in the lobby, Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

SKIN CARE LECTURE, Ann Slattery, Holy Cross Hospital, discusses methods intended to make skin smoother and more youthful. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

MEDICAL FILMS FESTIVAL, "Treasures of the National Library of Medicine's Film Collection," featuring rarely seen films, from the silent era to the 1970s, dealing with infectious diseases, health and hygiene, cancer and more; plus refreshments; 6 p.m., Lister Hill Center Auditorium, first floor of Building 38A, National Institutes of Health, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-6308.

AUTHORS TALK ON PUBLISHING TIPS, Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, author of "The Parallel Universe of Liars," "Target," "A Fast and Brutal Wing" and "Dumb Love"; and Amy Stolls, author of "Palms to the Ground," discuss how to get published; sponsored by the Friends of the Rockville Library; free parking available at the Council Office Building garage (entrance off East Jefferson Street at the intersection with Monroe Street). 7 p.m., Executive Office Building Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. Free. Diane Monnier, 240-777-0158.

LITERATURE AND MUSIC, Nan Fry, poet, and Ron Tanner, fiction writer, read from their works, and Michael Davis plays classical guitar. 7 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

HOME HEATING WORKSHOP, Charles Garlow, board member of Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Bill DiEnna, member of Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium, discuss "Going Green at Home," how to make your home more energy efficient and cut down on costs; small steps to take and alternative energy systems to consider; sponsored by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the city of Gaithersburg. 7:30-9 p.m., Activities Center, Bohrer Park at the Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6310.

ROSE DISCUSSION, a panel discussion of rose-growing over the past year; sponsored by the Potomac Rose Society. 7:30-9:30 p.m., McLean Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Rd., McLean. Free. 301-869-4948.

Friday 18

MOTIVATION & TIME-MANAGEMENT TALK, learn how to process information and become energized, make decisions and schedule time; become aware of how these factors affect your career and personal life; one session. 9 a.m.-noon, Commission for Women's Counseling & Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $48; registration required. 240-777-8300.

VIBURNUMS GARDENING WORKSHOP, Phil Normandy, plant collections manager, discusses the best attributes of each species, culture requirements and proper planning of a garden site. 10-11:30 a.m., Visitors Center Auditorium, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $5; registration required. 301-962-1451.

DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, Candace Ridington, author and actress, performs her original monologue titled "My Dear Little Gravity: A Visit with Livy Twain," about Mark Twain as told through the words of his wife, Olivia. 2 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

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.

PARENTING FORUM, for adults. Barbara Fairfield, an Adlerian therapist, shows parents a method for putting parenting techniques into practice. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $10; couples $15; registration required. 301-929-8824.

Saturday 19

FALL BIRD WALK, Rick Sussman, a local birder, leads a bird-watching walk through an area populated by birds, sponsored by the Backyard Naturalist, a local bird supply store. 8 a.m., on the deck of the Visitor Center at Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. Free; registration requested. 301-924-0024.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP, Rob Guttenberg, a child-care trainer and clinical counselor, teaches "Communicating Success to Children." 9 a.m.-noon, Montgomery County Child Care Resource and Referral Center, 332 W. Edmonston Dr., Rockville. $40; registration required. 301-365-9156.

CLEAN-ENERGY OPEN HOUSE, tour a 100 percent renewable-energy home; see a corn-burning furnace, solar panels, hybrid cars, a tofu-powered lawn mower and more; sponsored by Chesapeake Climate Action Network. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 7125 Willow Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-891-6726.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, Diana Macklin, storyteller. 10 a.m., Noyes Library for Young Children, 10237 Carroll Pl., Kensington. Free. 301-929-5533.

CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN, for ages 4 and older, 4H Club volunteers help children to make crafts. 1-3 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

SHAKESPEARE SHOW, Round House Theatre's Middle School Traveling Theater Troupe performs scenes from Shakespeare's plays. 1:30 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free; registration required. 240-777-0690.

GREAT FALLS GEOLOGY WALK, Callan Bentley, a Volunteers-In-Parks geologist, leads a one- to two-mile walk over a rocky landscape to explore the geology of Great Falls and Mather Gorge; limited to 25 participants; wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and carry water. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 Macarthur Blvd., Potomac. Admission to the park, $5 per vehicle; walk, free; registration required. 301-767-3714.

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.

Sunday 20

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, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855.

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.

EAST INDIAN HISTORY LECTURE, Ravi S. Harapanhalli, amateur dramatist, poet and Indian cultural affairs civic leader, discusses "Memoirs of India's Road to Freedom," a skit he wrote to commemorate the 50th anniversary of India's independence; sponsored by the Montgomery Study Circle. 2 p.m., Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. 240-777-6960.

Monday 21

EYE HEALTH LECTURE, Neil Martin, ophthalmologist, discusses the latest advances in cataract surgery and other conditions and diseases relating to the front area of the eye. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

YOUTH BOOK TALK, Lee Weatherly's suspense novel "Missing Abby," about a 13-year-old missing person whose best friend was the last person to see her alive; copies available to participants. 7 p.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

CLERGY-ABUSE SURVIVORS SUPPORT. 7-8:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-460-5588.

AUTHOR'S TALK ON 1940 ELECTION, journalist Charles Peters discusses "Five Days in Philadelphia: Wendell Willkie, Franklin Roosevelt and the 1940 Election That Saved the Western World." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

GARDEN LECTURE, Angela Treadwell Palmer, horticulturist at the U.S. National Arboretum, discusses "Perennial Picks for 2005,"including new and under-used perennials to include in your garden borders; sponsored by the Silver Spring Garden Club. 8 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-585-9098.

Tuesday 22

BOOK DISCUSSION, Mary Lawson's debut novel "Crow Lake"; copies available at the information desk. 10:30-11:30 a.m., White Oak Branch Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-2492.

TAKOMA PARK KNITTING GROUP, for ages 10 and older of all experience levels. A group meets informally to knit and crochet. 7 p.m., Savory Cafe, 7071 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-587-7174.

FAIRLAND LITERARY SALON, bring two pages of your own work or the work of your favorite author to share. 7 p.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

Wednesday 23

UPCOUNTY SERVICES INFORMATION, a Montgomery County representative answers questions about county services. 2-4 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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