Thursday 30

PURPLE LINE PLANNING HEARING, public testimony will be heard about proposed rail alignments for the planned Purple Line commuter train, the Bi-County Transitway by the state of Maryland connecting Bethesda to New Carrollton via Silver Spring; hearing sponsored by Montgomery County Planning Board. 1:45 p.m., at the board's office, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUBS, for those interested in improving English skills in an informal setting with other people for whom English is a second language. Free.

* 10 a.m. today and Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Quince Orchard library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., 240-777-0200;

* 10 a.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Twinbrook Community library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, 240-777-0240;

* 7 p.m. today, 10:30 a.m. Friday and Tuesday, Gaithersburg library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-840-2515;

* 11 a.m. Saturday, Long Branch library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring, 240-777-0910;

* 3 p.m. Saturday, Potomac Branch library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac, 301-983-4475;

* 7:15 p.m. Monday, Olney library, 3500 Olney Laytonsville Rd., Olney, 301-570-1232;

* 10 a.m. Tuesday, Rockville library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville, 240-777-0140;

* 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aspen Hill library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, 301-871-2094; and

* 2 p.m. Wednesday, Bethesda library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, 240-777-0970.

SENIORS PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE, for ages 50 and older, learn how to increase physical activity; a textbook, a step counter and a T-shirt are provided; sponsored by the Cooper Institute, a Dallas-based research and education center. 1 p.m. Thursdays, for 21 weeks, Asbury Methodist Village, Conley Hall, 400 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg; and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, for 21 weeks, Suburban Hospital Outpatient Medical Center, 6420 Rockledge Dr., Bethesda. Free. 301-255-4205.

INFANT CPR CLASSES, for couples, learn how to perform CPR and choking-rescue techniques on infants. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Great Beginnings Store, 18501 N. Frederick Rd., Gaithersburg. $25. 301-754-8800.

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.

Friday 1

CHILDREN'S TRIKE-A-THON, children learn about bike safety and bike on a closed course, sponsored by Colesville Learning Center to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. 10:30 a.m., Colesville Baptist Church, 13100 Andrew Dr., Silver Spring. Pledges requested. 301-989-1179.

NATURAL SITES TRAVEL VIDEO, "Scenic Wonders of Nature," view the Grand Canyon, the Serengeti, Sahara Desert, Amazon River and the Himalayas. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

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.

KIDS RECREATION CLUB REGISTRATION, for students in grades 3-6, register for membership in a recreation group, Club Friday; activities include basketball, billiards, bingo, dances with music by a disc jockey, games, movies and crafts, sponsored by Montgomery County Department of Recreation. 7-9 p.m., Leland Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase. Fee per child, $25. 301-652-2249.

DEPRESSION SUPPORT, for families and friends of those with depression or bipolar illness, sponsored by Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, Potomac Chapter. 7:30 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month, St. Raphael's Church, parish hall, 1513 Dunster Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-299-4255.

Saturday 2

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.

GERMANTOWN BOOK SALE, sponsored by Germantown Book Sale Committee. 9 a.m.-noon, Germantown library, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. Free. 240-777-0110.

CAREGIVERS OF MENTALLY ILL WORKSHOP, a discussion on how adult caregivers can provide for the future of mentally ill adult children; led by Agnes Hatfield, author and University of Maryland professor emerita; W.M. Gatesman, lawyer; Glenn Flittner of Planned Lifetime Assistance Network; and Ken Weston of Montgomery County Health and Human Services ; includes lunch, sponsored by National Alliance for Mentally Ill. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Rockville. $10; registration required. 301-949-5852.

FERTILITY PROGRAM, a panel discussion on acupuncture, reiki and yoga; a hands-on mind-body program by fertility specialist Alice Domar; plus a box lunch; sponsored by Resolve of the Washington Metropolitan Area as part of National Infertility Awareness Week. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Suburban Hospital Conference Center, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. $55; couples, $75; registration deadline, Oct. 1. 202-395-3101.

U.S. CITIZEN TEST PREPARATION CLASSES, for those who have been a permanent resident for four years and nine months and for students with a Resident Alien Card, sponsored by Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, through Nov. 27, at the center, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. 240-777-4940.

WHEATON AZALEA AUCTION, unusual azaleas and woody plants, sponsored by the Brookside Chapter of the Azalea Society. Plant viewing, 10:30 a.m.; auction, 11 a.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Admission, free. 301-962-1400 or www.brooksidegardens.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 Dec. 11, Brookside Gardens Visitors Center children's classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

SOLAR HOME TOURS, homes with photovoltaic panels, solar thermal hot water systems, energy efficient appliances and insulation, and more, sponsored by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Tours, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, throughout the area; purchase tour booklets listing location of homes at Olsson's Books and Records, 7647 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, 301-652-3336 or Summer Delights, 6939 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, 301-891-2880. Adults, $10; couples, $15; teachers and college students, $5; and ages 17 and younger, free. 202-564-1088 or www.solartour.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:

* Davis library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 240-777-0922 or TTY 301-897-2203;

* Olney library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., 301-570-1232 or TTY 301-570-1221; and

* Wheaton library, 11701 Georgia Ave., 240-777-0678 or TTY 301-929-5524.

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.

ROCKVILLE ALS CAREGIVER SUPPORT, for Montgomery County caregivers 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.

LATIN FOLK MUSIC, for all ages, by Lilo Gonzalez. 2 p.m., Long Branch library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

Sunday 3

ROCKVILLE WALK, 5K for all ages and 1K for ages 12 and younger, a walk through Rock Creek Park, "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma," sponsored by the Scleroderma Foundation. Late registration, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 2, Safeway in Rock Creek Village Center, Norbeck Road and Bauer Drive, Rockville. Walk, 9 a.m. Sunday, Rock Creek Stream Valley Park, 6700 Needwood Rd., Rockville. $25; ages 12 and younger, $15. 301-776-5645 or 703-938-2191.

BETHESDA FILM AND TALK, William Gazecki's documentary, "Invisible Ballots," sponsored by TrueVote Maryland and Montgomery County Coalition for Alternatives to War. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-493-8300.

RUBBER DUCK RACE, for all ages, music, other entertainment, a rubber duck race on Clopper Lake and prizes, proceeds benefit the event sponsor, Montgomery Hospice Children's Cares. 3-5 p.m., Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg. Admission, free. 301-921-4400 or www.montgomeryhospice.org.

TAKOMA PARK MUSIC CLASS SIGN-UPS, for parents and toddlers, orientation and registration for classes scheduled 10-10:45 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 7-Dec. 2, and 11 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 14-Dec. 9 (no classes Nov. 25); learn about instruments from India, Africa, China, South America and more. Demonstration, 3:15 p.m. Sunday; registration, 3:45-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sligo Adventist School, 8300 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Tuition, $80 per child; materials, $25, one time registration fee is $15 per family. Admission, free. 301-593-7426.

Monday 4

COLE PORTER LECTURE, Irv Chamberlain talks about composer Porter's life and music. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK TALK, Monica Ali's novel "Brick Lane." 1:30-3 p.m., Quince Orchard library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

ROCKVILLE AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP, for parents of children with Asperger's syndrome or similar problems, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 7-8:15 p.m., the agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-990-6880, Ext. 321.

GARGOYLES TALK AND SLIDE SHOW, specialist Wendy True Gasch discusses gargoyles and grotesques at Washington National Cathedral. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

Tuesday 5

OSTEOARTHRITIS LECTURE, Henry Roth of Suburban Hospital discusses symptoms of and treatments for osteoarthritis. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

BOUNDARY-SETTING STRATEGIES, learn how to set boundaries, sponsored by Montgomery County Commission for Women. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Oct. 12, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $30; Montgomery County residents, $20; registration required. 240-777-8300.

BREAST CANCER LECTURE, Donna Appel of Holy Cross Hospital discusses mammography, treatments and breast cancer research updates. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY BENCHES, hands-on activities, games, books and puzzles. 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, Brookside Gardens Visitors Center children's classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT, for children and adolescents with substance abuse problems, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at the agency, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-816-2633.

PROFESSIONAL IMAGE WORKSHOP, Marilyn R. Block discusses how to create a professional image for the workplace, 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.

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, at the agency, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Each session, $55; registration required. 301-816-2633.

HOME-BUYING WORKSHOP, for first time buyers, Carol Tillson of Mason Dixon Funding discusses affordability, suitable properties and negotiation, sponsored by 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.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL WORKSHOP, Ivan Nalibotsky discusses how to send children to college without bankrupting retirement funds. 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $48; members, $35. 301-348-3855.

BURTONSVILLE BOOK TALK, Breena Clark's "River Cross My Heart," sponsored by Fairland African American Book Group. 7 p.m., Fairland library, 15713 Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

SIGN LANGUAGE FOR BABIES, class for expectant parents in the first six months of pregnancy, includes fetal growth and development, nutrition, exercise and more. 7-8 p.m., Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Per couple, $10. 301-754-8800.

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS LECTURE, Paul M. Coates of National Institutes of Health discusses "What Do You Know and What Should You Know About Dietary Supplements." 7 p.m., Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, building 10, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-2563.

Wednesday 6

BRAZIL TRAVELOGUE, for seniors 55 and older, a talk and photo slide show on Brazil's cities, art and cultural events, presented by photographer Roger Langsdorf. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

DECISION-MAKING WORKSHOP, Sandra Van Fossen discusses "How to Clarify and Ease Your Decision-Making Process," 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.

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.

BOOKS AND IDEAS READING SERIES, poet Jane Shore and novelist Howard Norman discuss "Our Writing Life," sponsored by Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College. 7 p.m., at the College's Rockville Campus, music building, recital hall, room 126, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Free. 301-251-7417.

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.

SILVER SPRING BOOK TALK, Toni Morrison's novel "Love," sponsored by Silver Spring African American Book Group. 7 p.m., Silver Spring library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-565-7689.

BURTONSVILLE BOOK TALK, Marcia Muller's, "A Wild and Lonely Place," sponsored by Fairland Mystery Book Club. 7 p.m., Fairland library, 15713 Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

Thursday 7

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS TALK, Eliane Herdani discusses seven steps to building a loving and lasting compatible relationship, 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.

DEPRESSION SCREENING, for seniors, learn about depression and how to overcome it, screening by mental health professionals from Affiliated Sante. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring, 301-431-5708; 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring, 301-681-1255. Free.

GARDEN DEMONSTRATION, garden staff member Stacy Parsons demonstrates fall garden cleanup. 1 p.m., Brookside Gardens trial garden, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

LATIN MUSIC DANCE, for seniors 55 and older, Latin music provided by disc jockey Rafael King, plus light refreshments. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $1; registration required. 301-468-4448.

CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT, for those suffering from chronic pain, "Exploring the Possible Possibilities When Living With Chronic Pain," bring a mat, a pillow and hot or ice packs, sponsored by Pain Connection. 1:30-3 p.m., Davis library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 301-309-2444 or www.pain-connection.org.

CHEVY CHASE AUTHOR TALK, Steve Coll, managing editor of The Washington Post, discusses his book "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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