Thursday 8

RETIREMENT PLANNING WORKSHOP, financial planner Jamie S. Lapin discusses ways to ensure financial comfort in retirement, including how to reallocate investments before retirement, safety nets to protect your savings and health care options. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC CONCERT, guitarist Rodrigo Garcia and his violinist daughter Giliana Garcia, 9, perform music from Colombia, Mexico and other countries. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

JULIAN BOND CIVIL RIGHTS LECTURE, the NAACP chairman and civil rights activist discusses "Crossing the Color Line: From Rhythm and Blues to Rock and Roll" and shows slides accompanied by music. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

LIBRARY DEDICATION, Yuval Rabin, son of slain Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, speaks at the dedication of the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Library at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital four days after the 10th anniversary of Rabin's assassination; sponsored by the school and the Rabin Center for Israel Studies. 8 p.m., 6045 16th St., NW, Washington. Free; reservations required. 202-291-5737.

Friday 9

POET LECTURE AND SLIDES, poet Nancy Arbuthnot and illustrator Cathy Abramson discuss "Wild Washington: Animal Sculptures From A to Z." 1 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

Saturday 10

USED BOOK SALE, sponsored by the Friends of the Potomac Library. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Admission, free; most hardcovers, $1; paperbacks, 50 cents. 240-777-0690.

HOLIDAY SINGALONG, with pianist Myra Weinberg; instruments, song sheets and refreshments provided. 10 a.m., Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

MEDICARE INFORMATION FAIR, representatives of designated providers under Medicare, Part D, with plans in Maryland will answer questions and distribute information. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, 12-step program. Noon, Northwood Church, 1200 University Blvd. W., Silver Spring. Free. 202-882-1334.

GUITAR CONCERT, for 4 and older, Stancill Guitar Studio students and teachers perform seasonal music. 2 p.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

HOLIDAY MUSIC CONCERT, National Institutes of Health's Chamber Singers perform. 2 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

"MOON HOAX" LECTURE, Richard Dengrove of the U.S. Department of Agriculture discusses "The Great Moon Hoax of 1835: Why People Believed in Intelligent Life on the Moon"; sponsored by the National Capital Area Skeptics. 2 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-587-3827.

ROUND HOUSE TOURING TROUPE, Round House Theatre's Youth Onstage Touring Troupe performs an original production. 3:30 p.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

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.

SPACE LECTURE, John Wood of NASA Goddard discusses "Fifteen Years With the Hubble Telescope"; sponsored by the National Capital Astronomers and the University of Maryland Observatory. 7:30 p.m., University of Maryland Astronomy Observatory, Metzerott Road between University Boulevard and Adelphi Road, College Park. Free. 301-217-0771 or www.astro.umd.edu.

Sunday 11

VICTORIAN GREETING CARDS, for children 5 and older accompanied by an adult, make a Victorian-style holiday card; participants will be photographed, with the photograph used to make a card. 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Clara Barton National Historic Site, 5801 Oxford Rd., Glen Echo. Free; reservations required. Susan Finta, 301-492-6245.

TURKEY'S TEA CULTURE LECTURE, Pelin Aylangan, president of the American-Turkish Association, discusses the cultural history of tea in Turkey; sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Meeting Room A, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-320-6979.

Monday 12

OLNEY COMPUTER TUTORING, a volunteer teaches how to create documents, send e-mail, use the library catalog and search the Web. 10 a.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free; registration required. 301-570-1232.

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM, for seniors, staff members of AARP conduct a two-day classroom course, concentrating on defensive driving techniques. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. $10; registration required. 301-681-1255.

BABIES STORY TIME, for children 23 months and younger and caregivers, nursery rhymes, songs and books; toys and books provided; sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Washington Adventist Hospital. 10:30 a.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Andrea Levy's novel "Small Island." 1 p.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410.

SILVER SPRING BOOK DISCUSSION, Larry Brown's novel "Fay." 7 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-773-9420.

Tuesday 13

BETHESDA BOOK DISCUSSION, E.M. Forster's novel "Howards End." 10:30 a.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0970.

HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING, for seniors, counselors answer questions about claims, supplemental insurance, Medicare and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

OLNEY BOOK DISCUSSION, Stephen L. Carter's novel "The Emperor of Ocean Park." 7 p.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

WHITE OAK BOOK DISCUSSION, the memoir of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance"; sponsored by the library's African American Book Group. 7 p.m., White Oak Branch Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-2492.

DIVORCE SEMINAR, lawyer Ellen L. Lee discusses child-related aspects of divorce, including legal and physical custody, visitation, child support and health insurance benefits. 7-8:45 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

Wednesday 14

BARBERSHOP QUARTET CONCERT, women's voices blended in four-part harmony. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

INTERMEDIATE WORD PROCESSING, learn how to make lists, columns and tables, create borders and shading, insert pictures and use templates. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

HEART HEALTH LECTURE, cardiologist Getu Assefa discusses risk factors for heart disease and new methods for diagnosing and treating heart problems. 1 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

BETHESDA BOOK DISCUSSION, Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking." 7 p.m., Davis Branch Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.

MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION, Colin Dexter's novels "Service of All the Dead" and "The Remorseful Day." 7 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

Thursday 15

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING, provided by the Red Cross. 10-11:45 a.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410.

HERBAL REMEDIES TALK, Julia Mutter, a dietitian with Holy Cross Hospital, discusses health-enhancing herbal remedies. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

BLOOD PRESSURE AND GLUCOSE CLINIC, blood pressure readings and glucose tests, provided by the Visiting Nurse Association of Arden Courts Assisted Living. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

HEALTH WORKSHOP, social worker Fran Berger discusses shyness, social anxiety and techniques for overcoming social discomfort. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

POETRY AND MUSIC, Robert Giron, editor, and poets Piotr Gwiazda, Kim Roberts and J.D. Smith read from "Poetic Voices Without Borders," an anthology in English, French and Spanish; Michael Davis plays classical guitar. 7 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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