Thursday 3

TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS TALK, Francine Waters, director of Bethesda Transportation Solutions, discusses "Getting Around in Montgomery County." Sponsored by the Seniors Organized for Change political advocacy group. 10:45-11:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-3754.

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT, for type 1 and type 2 diabetics. 9 a.m.-noon today, April 10 and April 17, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7448.

WOMEN'S STUDIES EVENT, "But Some of Us Are Brave: Women, Race and Gender in the 21st Century," presented by Judith Winston, a former undersecretary and general counsel of the U.S. Department of Education. 1:30 p.m., Montgomery College Takoma Park Campus, Science North, Room 100, 7600 Takoma Ave. Free. 301-650-1662.

BETHESDA THRIFT SHOP SALE, all merchandise except consignment items on sale, to benefit community services in Montgomery County. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Montgomery County Thrift Shop, 7125-27 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Admission, free; merchandise, $3 per bag (bag provided by the shop). 301-654-0063.

Friday 4

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for children 24 months and younger, with one adult for each child, Born to Read, a program of rhymes, stories and other activities. 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-871-2094.

WHEATON GARDENING LECTURE, "Successful Pruning," presented by Eugene Rose, arborist with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 10-11 a.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; preregistration required. 301-949-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS' GROUPS, support for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders, presented by the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter. 10 a.m. the first Friday of each month, Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda; 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 299 Hurley Ave., Rockville. Free; call to verify time and location. 866-259-0042.

NATURE TIME FOR BABIES, for infants and non-walkers with a parent or guardian, a spring celebration and a walk in the woods. 10-10:45 a.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, Cabin John Regional Park, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-299-1990.

Saturday 5

RAILROAD STATION OPEN HOUSE, visit the recently restored Silver Spring Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station, sponsored by Montgomery Preservation Inc., the Silver Spring Historical Society and the Potomac Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society; registration is open for two-hour walking tours of South Silver Spring, led by a member of the Silver Spring Historical Society. Open house, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; walking tours, 10 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of each month (this Saturday's tour is filled), 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Open house, free; walking tour, $10; society members, free; preregistration required for the tour. 301-565-2519 or sshistory@yahoo.com.

BOOK DISCUSSION AND FASHION SHOW, "Threads of Time: The Fabric of History," a book discussion about the accomplishments of black women designers from 1860 to the present, led by author Rosemary Reed Miller, and a contemporary and informal fashion show, sponsored by Montgomery County Friends of the Library and the library system's Office of Multicultural Services. 1 p.m., Wheaton Regional Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free admission. 240-777-0678.

WHEATON GARDEN WALK, for adults. Amble through blooming gardens as guides discuss specialty gardens. Rain or shine. 2 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-949-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

WHEATON CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for all ages. Volunteers read a garden or nature-related story, followed by a simple craft. 10-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m., Visitors Center Children's Classroom, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-949-1451.

EGG-DECORATING WORKSHOP, for ages 14 and older, learn about pysanky, a centuries-old wax-resistant method of egg decoration traditionally practiced by Ukrainian women. Locust Grove Nature Center, Cabin John Regional Park, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. $20; preregistration and advance payment required. 301-299-1990.

BETHESDA 5K/10K WALK, Cherry Blossoms Walk, along the Capital Crescent Trail and through residential streets of the Kenwood community; trail suitable for strollers but not for wheelchairs. Sponsored by the Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at the Shops at Sumner Place, lower parking lot, 4701 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda. Free; optional American Volkssport Association credit, $3. 301-229-1356.

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE YOUTH PROGRAM, for students in grades 6-9 with student ID, "Late Night Hoops," pizza and soda provided. Sponsored by the Montgomery Village Foundation Recreation and Parks Department. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Ave., Gaithersburg. $5. 301-948-0110, Ext. 367.

C&O CANAL NATURE WALK, for children 6 and older accompanied by an adult. Search for wildflowers, tracks, seeds, birds and other signs of spring. Sponsored by the Audubon Naturalist Society. 10-11:30 a.m., meet at the C&O Canal Pennyfield Lock, 12420 Pennyfield Lock Rd., Tobytown (near Route 190, off Travilah Road). $8-$10; preregistration required.

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 6

PLANNING FOR TEEN DRIVING, for teens 14 and older and their parents, learn how and why accidents happen and how to plan for a safe start to driving, sponsored by the Parent Encouragement Program. 4-6 p.m., 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Adults, $27; teenagers, $13.50; preregistration required. 301-929-8824 or www.ParentEncouragement.org.

JEWISH SINGLES BOOK DISCUSSION, for ages 45 and older, "Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh," edited by Irving Stone, sponsored by the center's Books and Fellowship group. 10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-5826.

WHEATON CHILDREN'S PROGRAM, for children 4-10, a Garden Tea Party, fancifully decorated tables, tea and treats; plus tea etiquette instructions and "flamingo croquet" (weather permitting) and other activities; dress-up encouraged; to be moved indoors to the children's classroom in the case of inclement weather. 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, May 4 and May 18, Brookside Gardens, the Anderson Island Pavilion, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $10; preregistration required. 301-962-1451.

ACCESSORIES CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP, for all ages, in conjunction with the exhibition "Frippery" (finery in dress), make decorative shoe clips or a collage purse; materials provided. 12:30-3:30 p.m., Montgomery County Historical Society's Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. Materials fee, $3; admission, $3; $2, seniors and students; free, children 5 or younger and society members. 301-762-1492 or www.montgomeryhistory.org.

Monday 7

LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE TALK, for seniors 55 and older, led by Leta Blank, program director of Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program of Maryland Cooperative Extension Services. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton, 301-468-4448; and 10:30-11:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring, 301-681-1255. Free.

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK CELEBRATION, with door prizes, giveaways and a book sale. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Rockville Regional Library, 99 Maryland Ave. Admission is free. 240-777-0140.

SENIORS EXERCISE CLASS, increase flexibility, improve cardiovascular conditioning and ease pain caused by arthritis, sponsored by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 10 a.m. Mondays, through June 9, Temple Emanuel, 10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $35; preregistration required. 301-649-1606.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING FOLLOW-UP, for those with high cholesterol level or who have been told to lower triglycerides, a class to explain the terms and their effect on health; bring lab results. 7-9 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Weinschel Health Education Center, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $15; preregistration required. 800-542-5096.

ENERGIZING EXERCISE CLASSES, for beginners 55 and older, chair exercises on a drop-in basis; "Session I," 11:30 a.m.-noon Mondays, beginning April 7, $1 per class; "Session II," 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning April 9, $2 per class; and low-to-moderate intensity aerobic exercises, bring mats and hand weights (2-5 pounds), 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, through June 9, or Wednesdays, through June 11; $28; center card-holders, $24; preregistration required. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. 301-468-4448.

Tuesday 8

LEGAL DISPUTE MEDIATION TALK, for seniors 55 and older, a discussion about settling disputes with legal mediation, including complaints concerning doctors, dentists, insurance companies, home repair companies and family disputes, presented by Jeanette Twomey of Mediation Works. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

DEAF AND HEARING COUPLES WORKSHOP, "Deaf Way, Hearing Way or Our Way," learn about dynamics of deaf and hearing couples and ways to create healthy and happy lives together. 7-9 p.m., Jewish Social Service Agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-990-7215 (TTY) or 301-990-6880 (voice).

ROCKVILLE STORY TIME, for 2-year-olds, with one adult for each child, stories, songs and activities. 10:30 a.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free; preregistration required. 301-871-2094.

FRANZ SCHUBERT DISCUSSION, for seniors 55 and older, learn about why many music specialists believe composer Schubert was an unappreciated genius, led by National Symphony docent Fred Blachly. 1-2:30 p.m., Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT PLANNING, a meeting of the steering committee for the "J.E.B. Stuart Comes to Rockville" reenactment, scheduled for June 13-15. New steering committee members welcome. Sponsored by Peerless Rockville Inc. 7:15 p.m., Peerless Rockville Inc., 29 Courthouse Sq., Suite 110, Rockville. Free. 301-762-0096.

CHILDREN'S BOOK CLUB, a book discussion for children in grades 3, 4 and 5. Preregister at the children's desk and borrow a copy of the book "The Thieves of Ostia," by Caroline Lawrence. 4:15 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave. Free; preregistration required. 301-840-2515.

WHEATON SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR, discussion of starting a small business, financing options (with emphasis on minorities and women), business plan development, health insurance plans, accounting, tax planning and more, sponsored by the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, the Maryland Small Business Development Center, Montgomery County Small Business Resource Center, Enterprise Development Group, U.S. Small Business Administration, National Association of the Self-Employed and Mendoza Tax and Accounting Services. 6-8 p.m., Gilchrist Center, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free; space is limited; preregistration encouraged. 240-777-4940.

ROCKVILLE TECHNOLOGY DISCUSSION, "Surviving the Telecom Fallout," a panel of industry specialists discuss the technology industry and market opportunities, sponsored by the Department of Information Technology of the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Division of Business and Management and the Technology Council of Maryland's (TCM) IT Network. 7:30-10 a.m., the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $30; TCM members and guests, $15; preregistration recommended. 240-453- 6239 or www.mdhitech.org/Calendar.

LOW-IMPACT COED EXERCISE, for those who are out of shape, overweight or having arthritis or back problems; bring a towel or mat to class. Sponsored by Washington Adventist Hospital. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through June 19, Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Course, $88; drop-ins per class, $6. 800-542-5096.

SILVER SPRING HEALTH TALK, "What Is the Difference Between Asthma and Allergies?" Sponsored by Washington Adventist Hospital. 11 a.m., Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

CANCER PREVENTION DISCUSSION, for seniors 55 and older, presented by Ellen Farrell, a nurse with Montgomery General Hospital Community Health. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

Wednesday 9

WHEATON HEALTH TALK, for seniors 55 and older, "These Feet Were Made For Walking." Podiatrist Mark Levy of Suburban Hospital discusses the most common foot problems and the latest treatment options. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

WHEATON GARDEN TOUR, of the renovated garden surrounding the Conservatory at Brookside Gardens, led by Roger Galvin of the Brookside Gardens staff. 1-2:30 p.m., Brookside Gardens, Conservatory entrance, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; preregistration required. 301-949-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

DAMASCUS STORY TIME, for families with children 5 and younger, "Frog Goes to Dinner" and other stories, plus songs, rhymes and other activities. A National Library Week event. 7 p.m., Damascus Community Library, 9701 Main St. Free. 301-253-5100.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP, "Fitness as a Cure or Prevention." 2-3 p.m., Diabetes Center, Montgomery General Hospital, 18111 Prince Philip Dr., Suite 121, Olney. Free; preregistration recommended. 301-774-8727.

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.

ROCKVILLE MS SUPPORT GROUP, for those with multiple sclerosis, the MS Outreach group, sponsored by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 7:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-680-3576.

DAMASCUS HEALTH SCREENINGS, for lipid, glucose, prostate, osteoporosis, body fat and blood pressure, sponsored by the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 10-11:30 a.m., Damascus Senior Center, 9701 Main St. Fees vary per screening; preregistration suggested. 301-253-1801.

GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION, "Novum Organum," Preface and Book I, by Francis Bacon. 7:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Community Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-986-4313.

OPERA MADE EASY, for seniors 55 and older, "coOPERAtion," Peter Burroughs, of Arts for the Aging, discusses opera voice, characters and body movements. 11 a.m.-noon, Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

TALKING WITH TEENAGERS, "Opening the Door to Understanding and Communication," by family mediator John Spiegel. 7-8:45 p.m., Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $10; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $15; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

Thursday 10

ROCKVILLE POLITICS DISCUSSION, state Sen. Ida Ruben (D) and Del. Charles Barkley (D) will give an "Annapolis Roundup," sponsored by the Seniors Organized for Change political advocacy group. 10:40-11:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-3751.

CANCER FUNDRAISER INFORMATION, learn about the American Cancer Society event "Relay For Life," scheduled for May 30-31. 7 p.m., Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free; preregistration required. 301-933-9350, Ext. 205, or www.rockvillerelay.org.

GARDEN SLIDE LECTURE, "The Cutting Garden," learn about creating a cutting area in large or small gardens, presented by Suzanne McIntire, author of "An American Cutting Garden." Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; preregistration required. 301-949-1451, www.brooksidegardens.org.

ROCKVILLE FOLK CONCERT, for adults and children 5 and older, folk singer and guitarist Ren Rick will perform popular and folk songs. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

BETHESDA FOREIGN FILM, for seniors 55 and older, "Three Brothers" (1981), about three grown brothers reuniting in their childhood village following their mother's death, in Italian with English subtitles. Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane. $5; preregistration required. 301-951-1990.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER EDUCATION, "Pieces of the Puzzle," a discussion and overview of Alzheimer's disease and coping with problem behaviors. 7-9 p.m., Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7152.

PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING WORKSHOP, learn to network effectively and politely for job searching and career development and planning. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $10; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $15; preregistration required. 240-777-8300 or 301-279-1034 (TTY).

-- Christine Swerda

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