Thursday 8

19TH-CENTURY CHRISTMAS, Civil War-era traditions at home and by soldiers on the field; trees, ornaments, stockings, gifts, songs and Santa Claus. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 6, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. New, reduced admission prices: adults, $5; ages 10-17, $3; 9 and younger, free. 301-695-1864.

Friday 9

MIDDLETOWN KNITTING LESSONS, Virginia Bidle teaches. 2-3:30 p.m. Fridays, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

CHILDREN'S CHESS CLUB, for all ages, children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, volunteers help you practice your moves. 3:15 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

ANIME-MANGA NIGHT, for students in grades 6-12, on the comics art forms popularized in Japan, a discussion and chance to create characters. 5:30 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville, 301-845-8880; 6 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, 240-629-6329. Free.

COMPUTER BASICS CLASS, for 55 and older, introduction to the parts of a computer and how to use a mouse. 6-7 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-7721.

Saturday 10

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, for adults and children, share wish lists with Santa; buffet breakfast served. 9-10:30 a.m., Brewer's Alley Restaurant, 124 N. Market St., Frederick. Adults, $9; children, $6; registration required. 301-631-0089.

KIDS HOLIDAY MARKET, children can shop for gifts for parents, siblings, teachers and friends; donate a new or nearly-new book for a needy child. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Literacy Council Lobby, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Admission, free; all gifts, $5 or less. 301-631-9300.

FREDERICK BELSNICKLING, for children with adults, meet a Belsnickler and learn about the German tradition of Belsnickling, or costume wearing; make a mask and sing songs through the streets of Frederick; hot refreshments; sponsored by Celebrate Frederick and the Holiday Committee of Historic Frederick. 10:30 a.m., C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

CHILDREN'S SIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM, Kathy MacMillan presents "Sign Language Is Yummy." 11 a.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOS PROGRAM, for 3 and older, Candy and her teddy bear Cupcake, present a musical program about transportation. 11 a.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY. 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Frederick County Society of Model Railroad Engineers, 423-A E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-228-2845.

Sunday 11

ORNAMENT MAKING WORKSHOP, for children, paint an ornament to take home. Noon-6 p.m., I Made This craft store, 10 East St., Everedy Square, Frederick. Free. 301-624-4030.

WINTER STORYTELLING, for all ages, a selection of stories with audience participation. 2:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

Tuesday 13

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

LIBRARY HOLIDAY DECORATING, for ages 14-18, help decorate Middletown Branch Library for the holidays. 2:45 p.m., 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

BRUNSWICK YOUTH BOOK DISCUSSION, for teenagers, Avi's "The Book Without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic." 7 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

EMMITSBURG BOOK DISCUSSION, Dai Sijie's novel "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress." 7:30 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

Wednesday 14

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM, "Endangered Species" (2004), a documentary about a group of D.C. young people who help clean up the Anacostia River; representatives of the Earth Conservation Corps lead discussion following the film; sponsored by the Peace Resource Center. 6:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

GERMAN STORY TIME, for all ages, German stories and songs, beginning German language lessons and German treats. 6:30 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

YOUTH BOOK DISCUSSION, for teenagers, Jeanne DuPrau's novel "The City of Ember." 6:30-8:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

POTTER TRIVIA TOURNAMENT, for ages 9-18, a contest about Harry Potter books and movies; everyone goes home with a prize. 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

Thursday 15

BRUNSWICK CRAFTS SHOP, make an ornament and take it home; supplies provided. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

MIDDLETOWN GENEALOGY CLUB, members trace ancestors using the Internet and print 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, make scarves and shawls; bring needles and yarn. 4 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

MINORITY BUSINESS RESOURCES, representatives of the Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Administration and the state of Maryland discuss resources and government contracting opportunities available to women- and minority-owned small businesses. 6:30-8:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

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

BOOK DISCUSSION, humorist and public radio commentator David Sedaris's collection of personal essays "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim." 7:30 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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