Thursday, Nov. 8

“Run Under The Lights” registration, for a 5K run or walk on Nov. 17 through the illuminated displays and animated vignettes of the City of Gaithersburg’s Winter Lights Festival in Seneca Creek State Park. $35; in advance, $30. 301-924-2127, or

Short-story writing contest, for high school students: a feature of the 2013 Gaithersburg Book Festival. Visit

Book Festival, children’s programs and appearances by best-selling authors. Visit for schedule of events through Sunday. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-0100.

Downloading e-books and audiobooks, learn how to download library materials to your personal database files. Take a WiFi-enabled device or laptop to the training. 10:15 a.m. Damascus Library, 9701 Main St. Free. 240-773-9444.

Teen writers club, for age 12 and older. Sponsored by the Maryland Writers’ Association. 6:15 p.m., Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

Café Muse, readings by poets James Arthur and Greg McBride. Grace Cavalieri will lead a tribute to Reed Whittemore. Open readings will follow the program. 7 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration required. 301-656-2797.

Parenting workshop, for parents of ages 2 to 12, a presentation by Carol Kranowitz on “Sensory Challenges and In-Sync Solutions.” 7:30-9:30 p.m., Kensington Baptist Church, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30; registration required. 301-929-8824 or

Friday, Nov. 9

“Medicare Part D” seminar Register by Friday for the Tuesday evening (6:15 p.m.) presentation by Jack Davidson, community liaison for Home Physicians Patient Care. B’nai B’rith Homecrest House, 14508 Homecrest Rd., Silver Spring. Free.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Kensington farmers market, produce, seafood, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Kensington train station parking lot (Howard Avenue). 301-949-2424 or

Rockville farmers market, fruits and vegetables, bedding plants, preserves, honey, herbs and baked goods. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Rockville Town Center, Route 28 and Monroe Street.

Silver Spring farmers market, cheeses, fruits and vegetables, honey, eggs, meat, baked goods and cut flowers. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Ellsworth Drive, between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue. 202-362-8889.

Holiday Fair, crafts and seasonal gift items, baked goods, jewelry, a silent auction, a raffle and a visit from Santa. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd., Derwood. 301-840-1407.

Fall Festival, jewelry, “grandma’s attic,” seasonal items and holiday decorations, baked goods, plants, a silent auction and more. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., The Village at Rockville, 9701 Veirs Dr. 301-949-4688.

Bead Bazaar, beads, finished jewelry, demonstrations and appraisals. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Bead Society of Greater Washington. Bohrer Park Activity Center, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. $7; age 11 and younger, free. 202-624-4500, or

Main Street farmers market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Market at the Kentlands Pavilion, 301 Main St., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350.

Used book sale, stock up on holiday gifts or winter reading, CDs, videos and DVDs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. 240-777-0020.

Czechoslovak holiday bazaar, crafts, seasonal items, baked goods and traditional Czechoslovak dishes and meals. Sponsored by the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences. Noon-4 p.m., River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-4064.

Exhibit opening and reception, for “tacticle and textural” sculptures by Jessica Drenk and Brie Husted. 6:30 p.m., with live music by Blackberry Blondes. Exhibit continues through Dec. 16. Village Green Restaurant, 120 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-948-0584.

Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation fundraiser, casino games, an open bar, a dinner buffet, a silent auction and a performance by the Moxie Blues Band. Cocktail attire. 7-11 p.m., Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Rd., Rockville. $100 per person. 877-217-4166 or

Sunday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day observance, a wreath-laying ceremony and remarks by retired Army Gen. Donald Whalen, followed by a reception. During the event, the VFW will coordinate the collection of donations of travel-size toiletries, lip balm, men’s underwear, flypaper, cans of salted nuts, powdered-drink mixes, disposable cameras and other items for troops stationed overseas. 11 a.m., Gaithersburg City Hall, Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave. 301-258-6350.

Zumbathon fundraiser, a dance-fitness program for all ages and fitness levels, with refreshments and raffles. A benefit for Montgomery County Police Olney satellite station. 1-3 p.m., Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, 17301 Old Vic Blvd., Olney. $20; in advance, $15. 240-413-0199, or

Blues, zydeco and Cajun dance, to the “New Orleans swamp pop” music of Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp. Beginners’ lesson, 3 p.m., followed by dancing until 6 p.m. Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $15. 301-762-6730.

Monday, Nov. 12

“Flower Buds” children’s gardening program, for ages 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Gardening activities, stories, crafts and garden walks. 10:30 a.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $5; adults, free. Online registration at (course 213501). 301-962-1400.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Friendly Visitor training orientation,volunteers are needed to visit with senior citizens, either in their own homes or in assisted-living facilities. Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, 1000 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville. Carolyn Wanner, 301-424-0656, Ext. 507, or

Winter container-gardening workshops, instructional presentations by Joan O’Rourke on potted plants that can withstand winter weather. 10 a.m. (course 211901) and 1:30 p.m. (course 211902), Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $75; includes materials. Registration required. or 301-962-1400.

Human Rights Commission “Immigration Issues” seminar, a follow-up to the commission’s “listening session” held in June. 7-9 p.m., Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza. 240-777-8450.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Help with homework, for ages 5 to 15; volunteers help with schoolwork. 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. 240-773-9410.

Cooking demonstration, Adrienne Cook and Danielle Navidi lead an all-pumpkin/winter squash cooking program. Noon, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $32. (course 211802) or 301-962-1400.

Square dancing and lessons, new dancers are welcome. 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays, North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy., Chevy Chase. $6. 301-587-5861 or

Gardening talk and bulb sale, a presentation on “Putting Your Garden to Bed for Winter” by Kathy Jentz, editor and publisher of Washington Gardener magazine. 7 p.m., Takoma Park Community Center, Azalea Room, 7500 Maple Ave. Free. 301-588-6894.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Meals on Wheels drivers needed, deliveries in the Gaithersburg area take place during late morning/early afternoon. Pick-ups are at Asbury Methodist Village, 333 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. Mary Casamento, 301-253-4626.

“Trees Matter” symposium, presentations on innovative techniques to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings by Paul Meyer of the Morris Arboretum and Eric T. Fleisher of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza. $59; registration required. (course 213051) or 301-962-1451.

Child safety-seat inspection, a check on the installation and condition of seats and boosters required for every child age 7 and younger, regardless of their size. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Police Department. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fitzgerald Auto Mall, 5501 Nicholson Lane, Rockville. Free. 301-770-3300.

Potomac Roller Rink community forum, the Montgomery County Recreation Department seeks input on plans to improve the skate center. 7 p.m., Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd. 240-777-6800.

Author appearance, Washington Post music critic Cecelia Hopkins Porter will talk about her book, “Five Lives in Music: Women Performers, Composers, and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present.” 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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