Thursday 23

LIBRARY INTERNET CLASSES. 9 a.m., Kensington Park library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington, 301-897-2211; and 1 p.m., Gaithersburg library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-840-2515. Free; registration required.

BETHESDA COMPUTER CLASS, for beginners. 9 a.m., Little Falls library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUBS, 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., Quince Orchard library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., 240-777-0200; 10 a.m., Twinbrook Community library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, 240-777-0240; and 7 p.m., Gaithersburg library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-840-2515. Free.

DAMASCUS COUNTY SERVICES TALK, a representative of Montgomery County government discusses lesser-known county services and answers questions. 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Damascus library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

JOB INTERVIEWING WORKSHOP, for women, Rachel L. Manchester discusses interviewing techniques, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 10 a.m.-noon, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $15; Montgomery County residents, $10; registration required. 240-777-8300.

SENIORS DRIVER PROGRAM, for seniors, discussion of defensive driving techniques and age-related changes that affect driving and how to adjust driving in response to those changes, sponsored by Montgomery County Police Department. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Friday, Montgomery County Police Special Operations Division, 9125-A Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. Admission, free; materials fee, $10; registration required. 301-840-2771.

LIBRARY CHILDREN'S STORIES, free.

* For babies up to 12 months, 10:30 a.m., Potomac library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac, 301-983-4475;

* For toddlers, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., Chevy Chase library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-986-4313; 10:30 a.m., Germantown library, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, 301-217-3320;

* For ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m., Silver Spring library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, 301-565-7689;

* For ages 3-5, 10:15 a.m., Olney library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney, 301-774-5100; 10:30 a.m., Kensington Park library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington, 301-897-2211; and 1:30 p.m., Olney library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney, 301-774-5100;

* For ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Little Falls library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, 301-320-4880; 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Poolesville library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville, 301-972-7800.

GARDENING DEMONSTRATION, garden staff member Nicky Beadle demonstrates planting mums. 1 p.m., Brookside Gardens outside conservatories (rock garden), 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

COMMUNICATION LECTURE, Therese Walden, chief of the Army Audiology and Speech Center, discusses "Strategies to Improve Communication," sponsored by the Washington Area Group for the Hard of Hearing. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

INFANT CPR CLASSES, for couples, learn how to perform CPR and choking-rescue techniques on infants. 6:30-9:30 p.m. today, Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring; and 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Great Beginnings Store, 18501 N. Frederick Rd., Gaithersburg. $25. 301-754-8800.

ROCKVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECTS, information and question-and-answer period about development in Rockville, sponsored by Alliance of Rockville Neighborhood Associations and the city's Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. 7-9:30 p.m., F. Scott Fitzgerald Social Hall, Rockville Civic Center Park, Baltimore Road and Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Free. 301-294-9258.

FOUR CORNERS PARK HEARING, for park users, neighbors and others, testify and discuss proposed expansion of North Four Corners Local Park in Silver Spring, sponsored by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 7 p.m., at the commission's Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-495-2547 or 301-495-4600 or TTY 301-495-1331.

BETHESDA HOBBIT STORIES, for JRR Tolkien fans, readings from the Hobbit, a birthday cake for characters Bilbo Baggins and Frodo, and wear a costume. 7 p.m., Little Falls library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

ROCKVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, Jeffrey Eugenides's "Middlesex: A Novel," about a person who was born a hermaphrodite in 1960 in Detroit, 7-8:30 p.m., meet at the County Office Building cafeteria, across from the Rockville library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 301-217-3800 or 240-777-0166.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK DISCUSSION, Tim O'Brien's "In the Lake of the Woods," about a man whose political career is derailed by a landslide defeat, his retreat to a small cabin on the shores of a Minnesota lake and his wife's disappearance. 7:30 p.m., Quince Orchard library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

CHEVY CHASE AUTHOR TALK, James Mann's "The Rise of the Vulcans, the History of Bush's War Cabinet." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

Friday 24

NATIVE SEED COLLECTION, for all ages, hike and bike on trails and collect nuts from trees found in the park, sponsored by Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. Free. 301-984-1908, Ext. 103, or www.growingnative.org.

VERBAL-ABUSE RESPONSE WORKSHOP, Janet Akman discusses how to recognize verbal abuse and strategies for responding to verbal abuse, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 10 a.m.-noon, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $30; Montgomery County residents, $20; registration required. 240-777-8300.

EATING DISORDERS SUPPORT 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 25

CHEVY CHASE BEGINNER'S BIRD WALK, for adults and older children, a guided walk less than a mile around 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.

OVERWEIGHT PROGRAM, for children at risk of being overweight and of obesity, "Overweight Kids, What to Do and How to Do It," available in English and Spanish, with health screenings, child-oriented exhibits and activities, lectures by pediatricians and specialists in the field, and an exercise demonstration. 9 a.m.-noon, Hilton Hotel, 8727 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. For English, 301-754-8800 or Spanish, 301-754-7158.

RED CROSS CLASS, learn about infant and child CPR. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., American Red Cross Montgomery County Office, 2020 East West Hwy., Silver Spring, 301-628-0074 or www.redcrossnca.org.

VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES, include demonstrations on how to use recently developed electronic voting machines, sponsored by Montgomery County Board of Elections, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Kensington Park library, 4201 Knowles Ave., 301-897-2211 or TTY 301-897-2250; and Potomac library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac, 240-777-0690 or TTY 301-765-4083. Free.

OLNEY CORN MAZE, weather permitting, sponsored by Hospice Caring Inc. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 31, Arora Hills, Route 27, north of Brink Road and across from Potomac Valley Academy, Germantown. $5; adult-children groups, $10. 301-869-4673.

WHEATON LATINO MUSIC, by Calelazo, a Latino folk group with African roots, part of "Celebrate! US Series" and the Hispanic Heritage Month series. 11:30 a.m., Wheaton library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-929-5520.

Sunday 26

MEDITATION TALK AND DEMONSTRATION, for singles 45 and older, learn why we meditate and how to meditate. 10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-3751.

ROCKVILLE ALS CAREGIVER SUPPORT, for Montgomery County caregivers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS] patients, sponsored by the ALS Association. 2-4 p.m., Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855.

AUTISM LECTURE, Eric London of the National Alliance for Autism Research discusses "Autism, the State of the Science." 7:30 p.m., Montgomery College, Germantown Campus Globe Hall, 2100 Observatory Lane, Germantown. Free; registration required. 301-519-0770 or www.autismwalk.org/wdc.

Monday 27

TAI CHI FOR SENIORS, for ages 50 and older. Beginners, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; advanced, 11 a.m.-noon Mondays, through Dec. 6, Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. $50. 301-754-8800.

RETIRED FEDERAL WORKERS MEETING, for seniors, with guest speaker Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler, a meeting of National Association of Retired Federal Employees. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

NUTRITION AND HEART LECTURE, Jill Johnson of Suburban Hospital discusses weight and health management through good eating habits. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

BOYS SOCIAL SKILLS TALKS, a social worker discusses how to make friends, express feelings, solve problems, handle conflicts, teasing, frustration and anger, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. For ages 10-11, 5-5:50 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 13; and for ages 12-13, 6-6:50 p.m. Wednesdays, through Dec. 15, at the agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Each session, $55. 301-816-2633.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, stories, rhymes and other activities. For ages 3-6, 7 p.m. Monday; for ages 18-36 months, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Sept. 30, Chevy Chase library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-986-4313.

Tuesday 28

LIBRARY CHILDREN'S STORIES. For ages 18-36 months, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., Chevy Chase library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-986-4313; for ages 24-36 months, 10:30 a.m., Little Falls library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, 301-320-4880. Free.

FATIGUE DISORDER LECTURE, staff from Adventist HealthCare discusses fibromyalgia syndrome, a disorder related to chronic fatigue syndrome and fatigue disorder. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

DIABETES TALK, Jack Merendino of Suburban Hospital discusses diabetes, its complications and treatment. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448 or 301-896-3939.

GIRLS WORKSHOP, social workers discuss issues encountered by girls in middle and high school, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. For grades 6-8, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays; and for high school students, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Each session, $55; registration required. 301-816-2633.

SILVER SPRING FILM AND TALK, Richard Wright's "Black Boy," sponsored by Silver Spring African American Film Circle. 7 p.m., Silver Spring library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

TAKOMA PARK KNITTING GROUP, for ages 10 and older of all experience levels, an informal group meets to knit and crochet. 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Savory Cafe, 7071 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-587-7174.

Wednesday 29

CHILDREN'S STORIES, for babies and toddlers, 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., Little Falls library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

ASSISTED TECHNOLOGY TALK, for those with disabilities, Susan Levi of the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services presents an overview of technologies. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION, by garden and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and caterer Danielle Navidi. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center adult workshop, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $20; registration required. 301-962-1401 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

DIGESTIVE HEALTH LECTURE, gastroenterologist Gary M. Roggin discusses diagnosis and treatments for irritable bowel syndrome, light refreshments. 6:30-8 p.m., Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-896-3939.

RUNAWAYS SUPPORT GROUP, for runaway youths, their parents or their guardians, sponsored by Montgomery County Police Department Youth Family Services Division. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Center, 14901 Broschart Rd., Rockville. Free. 800-204-8600 or www.potomacridge.org.

TIME-MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP, Eliane Herdani discusses "How to Control Time and Not Let It Control You," 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.

YOUTH GRIEF SUPPORT, 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.

Thursday 30

HOME-BUYING SEMINAR, learn how to buy a home using free gift money, sponsored by Nehemiah Corp. of America, a community development group. 7-8 p.m., Upcounty Regional Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. Free; registration required. 800-523-1069, Code 325.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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