Thursday 2 GAITHERSBURG BOOK GROUPS, for adults, the African American Book Group's first meeting of the year; the Spanish/English Book Discussion Group's book for January is "Fiesta del Chivo" by Mario Vargas Llosa. Both meetings 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

SILVER SPRING CONTRACT BRIDGE, for new players, beginners and social bridge players, a half-hour lesson followed by a game. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays. Christ the King Church, 2301 Colston Dr., Silver Spring. $5. 301-592-9177.

SILVER SPRING MUSIC PROGRAM, for ages 55 and older, celebrate the new year with Seymour Greene on trombone, Andy Zatman on piano, Brian Choper on drums, and Seth Keibel on clarinet and saxophone. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $1. 301-468-4448.

WIDOWED PERSONS' SUPPORT GROUP, Next Step, a nonsectarian support and activities group for men and women ages 50-65 who have been widowed for more than one year, sponsored by the Jewish Social Services Agency. 7-9 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month, Hebrew Home Wasserman Building, 6121 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-816-2680.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HISTORY EXHIBIT, "Everyday Life in the 1930s," an exhibit on the New Deal's impact on Federal employment and the economy of Montgomery County, presented by the Montgomery County Historical Society. Noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through March 2 (closed holidays), Montgomery County Historical Society's Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. $3; seniors and students, $2; ages 5 and younger, free. 301-762-1492 or www.montgomeryhistory.org.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUBS, a regular meeting for those interested in improving English language skills in an informal setting with other people for whom English is a second language. 10 a.m. Thursdays and 7 p.m. Mondays, Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, 240-777-0240; 10:15 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays, and 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, 240-777-0200; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays, White Oak Community Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, 301-622-2492. All classes are free; no registration necessary.

ROCKVILLE DISCUSSION GROUP, for ages 55 and older, nuclear engineer David Reiff will discuss "Malta: The Unpolished Gem." 1 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-881-0100.

Friday 3 SINGLE PARENTS GROUP GALA, a semi-formal New Year's Gala, with a deluxe buffet dinner, a champagne toast and a continental breakfast. Singles and couples welcome. Sponsored by Parents Without Partners. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Knights of Columbus, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. Guests, $40; members, $30. 301-454-0863.

SILVER SPRING BLOOD DRIVE, donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and must not have donated blood within the past two months. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., ground-level auditorium, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; appointments recommended. 301-754-7347.

SILVER SPRING MUSIC, for ages 55 and older, "Joyous June" Stark will sing and play the keyboard. 1-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

SILVER SPRING TRAVELOGUE TIME, for ages 55 and older, a new program spotlights places you've always wanted to visit, beginning with the countryside and towns in Tuscany. 11 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS' GROUP, support for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's and related memory disorders. 10 a.m. the first Friday of each month, Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free; please call to verify time and location. 866-259-0042.

Saturday 4 GERMANTOWN TOY EXHIBIT, a dollhouse, paper dolls, tractors, miniatures, teddy bears, educational toys and a "hands-on corner" featuring reproduction toys. Exhibit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays; make a Jacob's Ladder on Saturday, noon-3 p.m. only. The Waters House at Pleasant Fields, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. Free admission to exhibit; $2 fee for Jacob's Ladder craft. 301-340-2825 or www.montgomeryhistory.org.

WINTER PASTIMES AFTERNOON, for all ages, make a cup-and-ball toy and explore 19th-century children's pastimes during an afternoon of crafts and games. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Montgomery County Historical Society's Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. $3; $2, seniors and students; free, ages 5 and younger. 301-762-1492 or www.montgomeryhistory.org.

SICKLE CELL ANEMIA SUPPORT, for those with sickle cell anemia, their families and friends. 12:30 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-972-2442.

ROCKVILLE ALS SUPPORT GROUP, for caregivers and friends of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients, sponsored by the ALS Association. 1-3 p.m., Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855.

Sunday 5 OPEN HOUSE AND JOB FAIR, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington offers an opportunity for prospective campers and their families to learn about "Camp JCC" for all children, including those with special needs. Meet camp staff and obtain camp application forms. There also is a job fair for prospective camp staffers. 1-3 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-3733.

Monday 6 ROCKVILLE WIDOWED PERSONS SUPPORT, the "New Friends" support and activities group, for those ages 65 and older who have been widowed for more than one year. 1-2:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month, Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-816-2680.

GAITHERSBURG AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP, for parents of children with Asperger's syndrome, high functioning autism or PDD (pervasive developmental disorder), sponsored by the nonsectarian Jewish Social Service Agency. 7-8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, Jewish Social Service Agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; preregistration required. 301-990-6880, Ext. 321.

CPR AND FIRST-AID CLASSES, for adults, recognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies, performing rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and caring for life-threatening bleeding and sudden illnesses and injuries. The three-day course is offered 6:30-10:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 13-15; and 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Jan. 14-16, American Red Cross, 2020 East West Hwy., Silver Spring. $63; preregistration required. 301-628-0074.

BETHESDA SPANISH CLASSES, for ages 55 and older, all class materials provided. "Beginner's," 2-3:30 p.m. Mondays through April 7; "Intermediate," 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 25; "Continuing," 2-3:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 10-March 28. Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. $40; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

Tuesday 7 WHEATON HISTORY PROGRAM, for ages 55 and older, a profile of Lou Henry Hoover, part of the American First Ladies slide-show series, presented by lecturer and photographer Milton Weidler. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

ROCKVILLE WIDOWED PERSONS SUPPORT, for those who have suffered a loss during the past year. 9:30-11 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-816-2680.

WHEATON IMMIGRATION SEMINAR, topics include non-immigrant visas, employment- and family-based immigration, asylum and deportation, presented by the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity and the Bar Association of Montgomery County. 6-8 p.m., Gilchrist Center, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free; preregistration encouraged. 240-777-4940.

ROCKVILLE PERSONAL GROWTH, "Coping With Change and Transition," a four-part interactive workshop for those experiencing major life changes. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, through Jan. 28, Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $40; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $60; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

GAITHERSBURG CAREER COUNSELING, "Career Counseling Coffee Chat," an informal discussion with certified counselor Lisa Torvik, presented in partnership with Bagel Capitol & Deli. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Bagel Capitol & Deli, Kentlands Square Shopping Center, 255 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-990-6880.

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for children 3-5, stories, songs and other activities. 10:30 a.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-2094.

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for children 2-5, "Winter Magic" stories, songs, finger plays and rhymes. 10:30 a.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

BETHESDA STORY TIME, for 2-year-olds accompanied by an adult. "Mitten Weather" stories and activities. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK CLUB, for first- and second-graders, sign in at the Children's Desk and get a copy of "Just A Dream" by Chris Van Allsburg. 4:15 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free; preregistration required. 301-840-2515.

Wednesday 8 WHEATON AERONAUTICS HISTORY LECTURE, for ages 55 and older, the principles of flight from World War II to today's jets, a presentation by Howard Roseman, formerly of NASA. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

BETHESDA STORY TIME, for children ages 12-24 months accompanied by an adult, "Born to Read," a program of bounces, songs and books. 10:15 and 10:45 a.m., Little Falls Community Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

DISABLED ADULTS' SUPPORT, support for parents and adult family members of adults with disabilities or chronic illnesses. 7:15-8:30 the second Wednesday of each month, through May 14, Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-990-6880, Ext. 316.

TRAVEL CONSUMER SEMINAR, for ages 55 and older, tips on choosing travel agents and tour packages and how to avoid fraud, presented by Montgomery County Division of Consumer Affairs Investigator Sue Rogan. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

INFANT AND CHILD CPR, instruction for adults. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 2020 East West Hwy., Silver Spring. $40; preregistration required. 301-628-0074.

CAREER PLANNING WORKSHOP, three-session workshop to develop a plan to fit personal skills and goals. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $30; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $45; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP, for stroke survivors, caregivers and their families. 7-9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-869-1580, 301-216-4681.

KENSINGTON PARENTING SEMINAR, "Planning Your Child's Summer . . . or Not?" sponsored by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP). 7:30-9 p.m., 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $20; couples, $30; preregistration required. 301-929-8824 or www.ParentEncouragement.org.

CHEVY CHASE BOOK DISCUSSION, for adults, the Great Books group will read "King Lear," by William Shakespeare. 7:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Community Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free. 301-986-4313.

ROCKVILLE BOOK CLUB, the No-Pressure Book-Discussion Group, for those who love books but not necessarily a specific book each month. Bring a book to discuss. Sponsored by the Rockville Regional Library. Noon-1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0166.

BURTONSVILLE BOOK CLUBS, for adults: a discussion of "Atonement" by Ian McEwan; for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, a discussion of "The Fighting Ground" by Avi, and of "Lily's Crossing," by Patricia Reilly Giff. Both book clubs meet at 7 p.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free; preregistration required. 301-421-5400.

Thursday 9 WHEATON OPERA VIDEO, for ages 55 and older, a video of "Gianni Schicci" on a large screen, presented by opera enthusiast and volunteer Irving Nurik. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

ROCKVILLE DISCUSSION GROUP, for ages 55 and older, Michael Ledeen, American Enterprise Institute resident scholar, presents "Is the U.S. Losing Its Influence in Europe?" 1 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-881-0100.

BETHESDA STORY TIME, for children 3-6, stories, songs and activities. Little Falls Community Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

-- Christine Swerda

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