Thursday 27

DRIVER SAFETY WORKSHOP, for seniors 55 and older, skills and techniques to drive safely and defensively, bring your lunch or order lunch at the center, sponsored by AARP. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Friday, Damascus Senior Center, 9701 Main St., Damascus. $10. 301-253-1801.

BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING. 11 a.m.-noon, Adventist Community Services, 501 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 800-542-5096.

WHEATON GARDENING DEMONSTRATION, learn about pruning azaleas, taught by Brookside Gardening staff member Stacy Parsons. 1 p.m., Brookside Gardens azalea garden, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

BASIC INTERNET CLASS, for beginners, learn how to search the Internet. 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Thursdays, Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 301-840-2515.

COLLEGE FUNDING SEMINAR, financial consultant Antwone Harris discusses "Section 529 College Savings Plan." 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

WIDOWED PERSONS SUPPORT, for persons widowed less than two years, sponsored by AARP. 2 p.m. Thursdays, Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton; 3 p.m. Thursdays, Leland Community Center, 4310 Willow Lane, Bethesda; 1 p.m. Fridays, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring; 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Holiday Park Senior Center, 390 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Bauer Drive Community Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville. Free; registration required. 301-949-7398.

HOME BUYER SEMINAR, topics include no-money-down programs, how to buy a home with bad credit, finding a loan, no-points and no-closing-cost mortgages and money saving tips, sponsored by Rockville's Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. 7-9 p.m., the department offices, 32 Courthouse Sq., Rockville. Free; registration required. 240-314-8319.

PLANNING FAMILIES' FUTURES, a three-part series, speakers from American Express Financial Advisors discuss planning for a child's future, personal budgeting, college expenses and other issues. 7-8 p.m. today and June 3, Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-8800.

CHEVY CHASE NEWS TALK, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd discusses current news. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration required. 301-656-2797.

YOUTH CENTERS SUMMER CAMPS, for ages 13-16, sports, games, art, music and more, sponsored by Montgomery County Department of Recreation. Four weekly sessions, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 6-30, Herbert Hoover Middle School, 8810 Post Oak Rd., Rockville, and Kingsview Middle School, 18909 Kingsview Rd., Germantown; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m. July 6-30, Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Dr., Wheaton. Full-day sessions, $40; half-day sessions, $20; first week, full-day session, $35; half-day, $15; registration required. 240-777-6961.

WRITER'S CENTER WORKSHOPS, for all ages and experience levels, workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting. Sessions start June 15, the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. For information and schedule of classes, 301-654-8664 or www.writer.org/workshop/index.htm.

NATURE SUMMER CAMPS, for ages 4 and older, hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments and explorations, taught by environmental educators. Full-day and half-day sessions and extended-day programs available from June 21 to Aug. 20, Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase or Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center, 5001 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. For information and to register, 301-652-9188, Ext. 14 or 16 or www.audubonnaturalist.org/2004camp.pdf.

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM, ongoing registration for safe-driving classes, held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14 and 16, sponsored by AARP. Registration, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. $10. 301-681-1255.

YMCA SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION, ongoing for coed programs from June 21 to Aug. 27, for ages 5-14, day camps on swimming, sports, singing, cooking dance, field trips, science and more; for ages 8-16, Camp Letts programs on sailing, boating, canoeing, horseback riding, high-ropes climbing, water skiing, wake boarding, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, dance and more. For more information and to register, Chevy Chase, 301-530-3725; Bethesda, 301-530-8500; Silver Spring, 301-585-2120; Montgomery Village, 301-948-9622. For Camp Letts information and to register, 410-919-1400 or www.ymcawashdc.org.

Friday 28

EARLY CHILDHOOD FAIR, for parents with children ages 5 and younger, information booths on early childhood school readiness programs, services available and family support systems, sponsored by the Silver Spring Judy Center. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Longbranch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-7696.

INDIA TRAVELOGUE, for seniors 55 and older, center member Savita Sharaf discusses people, government and customs of India. 11 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

EATING DISORDERS GROUP, for people recovering from body-image and eating disorders, Eating Addictions Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Holy Cross Hospital, second floor, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-526-6746.

Saturday 29

CHEVY CHASE BEGINNER'S BIRD WALK, for adults and older children, a guided walk less than a mile at the Woodend sanctuary to look for migrating and resident birds, wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars; terrain not suitable for strollers. 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, Woodend bookshop entrance, Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188, Ext. 30.

POTOMAC C&O FITNESS WALK, for people ages 50 and older of all ability levels, an hour-long walk along the C&O Canal; bring good walking shoes and water; coffee after the walk at a nearby restaurant, sponsored by the Fifty-Plus Fitness Association. Meeting, 8:45 a.m.; walk begins, 9 a.m. the last Saturday of each month, Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard, near the Old Angler's Inn. Free. 301-530-5991, 240-632-8355 or www.50plus.org.

WHEATON STORY TIME, for ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult, stories and a hands-on a craft workshop. 10-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, through June 12, Brookside Gardens Visitors Center children's classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

BROOKSIDE GARDEN WALKS, guided walks through specialty gardens, rain or shine. 2 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, a support group for drug abusers. 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 800-543-4670.

Sunday 30

BIKE "RIDE FOR ROCKVILLE," for all ages, novice or experienced, riders younger than age 16 must be accompanied by an adult, a 6-mile or 20-mile tour through the city, snacks and drinks provided at rest stops along the route, participants must wear a certified helmet, sponsored by City of Rockville Department of Recreation and Parks. Start, 9 -- 11 a.m., tour begins and ends at Rockville Town Center, Middle Lane and Maryland Avenue, Rockville. $35; ages 12 and younger, $25; registration required. 240-314-8626 or www.rockvillemd.gov/recreation/bicycling.

MCCRILLIS GARDEN STROLLS, rain or shine, walk with a guide on paths along a five-acre garden. 2 p.m., McCrillis Gardens, 6910 Greentree Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-962-1455.

Tuesday 1

BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING, by volunteer nurses. 10 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday of each month, Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring, 301-431-5708; 12:15-1:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring, 301-681-1255; and 1-2:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-656-2797. Free.

WOMEN'S TRANSITION WORKSHOP, social worker Elaine Herdani discusses how change can be positive, productive and healthy, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, through June 29, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $75; Montgomery County residents, $50; registration required. 240-777-8300 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.

TALK FOR TEENAGERS, for girls in grades 9-11, social workers discuss competencies and skills for the transition to college, culture, peer relationships, depression, self-esteem and body language, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through June 15, at the agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Each session, $55. 301-816-2633.

HOME BUYING WORKSHOP, for first time home buyers, loan officer Carol Tillson discusses how much you can afford, locating a property, negotiating a contract and settlement, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $15; Montgomery County residents, $10; registration required. 240-777-8300.

WHEATON GARDEN LECTURE, horticulturist Dan Benarcik discusses soil preparation and care of tropical plants. 7-8:30 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center auditorium, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $18; registration required. 301-962-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

HEPATITIS SUPPORT GROUP, for people suffering from chronic hepatitis. 7 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free; registration required. 301-216-1367.

Wednesday 2

HEALTH SCREENINGS, for homocysteine, glucose, lipid, prostate specific antigen, body fat and more, sponsored by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 10-11:30 a.m., Gaithersburg Upcounty Senior Center, 80A Bureau Dr., Gaithersburg. Screening fee varies; registration required. 800-542-5096.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING, by volunteer nurses and Montgomery General Hospital. 10-11:30 a.m., Damascus Senior Center, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-1801.

WHEATON GARDEN LECTURE, illumination specialist, Mark Oxley discusses the do's and don'ts of landscape lighting. 10-11:30 a.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center adult classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; registration required. 301-962-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

ESTATE PLANNING PROGRAM, attorney James deBelius discusses wills and trusts, living wills, guardianships and powers of attorney. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKSHOP, for girls in grades 6-8, social workers discuss issues encountered by girls in middle school, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Each session, $55; registration required. 301-816-2633.

RED CROSS CLASSES, learn how to perform adult, child and infant CPR and learn about community first aid and safety. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 and 16, Upcounty Service Center, 200 Girard St., Suite 204, Gaithersburg. $63. 301-628-0074 or www.redcrossnca.org.

RUNAWAY YOUTH SUPPORT GROUP, for runaway youth, their parents or guardians. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Center, 14901 Broschart Rd., Rockville. Free. 800-204-8600.

ATTENTION-DEFICIT SUPPORT GROUP, for parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sponsored by Jewish Social Service Agency, 7-8:15 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, at the agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 301-816-2633.

YOUTH HOSPICE CARING, for students in grades 9-12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one, sponsored by Hospice Caring. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Cottage of Hospice Caring, 502 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 301-990-8904.

CAREER WORKSHOP, for women, four-sessions, social worker Rachel Manchester discusses career tips and techniques, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 7-8:45 p.m. Wednesdays, through June 23, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $60; Montgomery County residents, $40; registration required. 240-777-8300 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.

BACK CARE SEMINAR, for those suffering from back pain. 7:30 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free; registration required. 800-542-5096.

Thursday 3

MARKETING YOURSELF WORKSHOP, for women, two-sessions, social worker Rachel Manchester discusses how to evaluate yourself, develop sales tools, identify the market and advertise yourself, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 3 and 10, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $30; Montgomery County residents, $20; registration required. 240-777-8300 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.

TREE LECTURE, urban forester Brian Murphy discusses how to determine a tree's health, plus a tree-climbing demonstration. 10-11:30 a.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center adult classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; registration required. 301-962-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

PEDIATRIC CPR CLASS, for new parents, learn how to childproof your home and apply CPR to an infant. 6 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $25; couples, $40; registration required. 800-542-5096.

YOUTH THERAPY TALK, for boys ages 13-16, a social worker discusses relationships with peers, friends and family, and depression and anger, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 6-6:50 p.m. Thursdays, at the agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Each session, $55. 301-816-2633.

DIABETES INFORMATION FAIR, for children and families of children with type 1 diabetes, blood glucose monitors, insulin pumps, insulin delivery systems, education and information materials, plus children's activities and light refreshments, sponsored by Diabetes Center of Montgomery General Hospital. 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery General Hospital community learning center, 18110 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Free. 301-774-8727.

PARENTING CLASS, a four-week session, learn how to improve parent and teenager relationships, "Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens," sponsored by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Division of Youth and Family Services. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, through June 24, 32 Courthouse Sq., Rockville. $25; Rockville residents, $15; registration required. 240-314-8319.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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