Thursday 7

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. Free.

* 10 a.m. today, Friday and Oct. 14, 9 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, 240-777-0200;

* 10 a.m. today and Oct. 14, 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, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-840-2515;

* 10 a.m. Saturday, Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, 301-421-5400;

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

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

* 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.

ROCKVILLE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS TALK, for women, Eliane Herdani discusses seven steps to building a loving and lasting relationship, sponsored by 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.

SILVER SPRING DEPRESSION SCREENING, for seniors, learn about depression and how to overcome it, plus 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.

WHEATON GARDEN DEMONSTRATION, staff gardener 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.

LATINO 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.

BETHESDA 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.

TWINBROOK MOVIE "FRIDA," the 2002 film based on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, starring Salma Hayek. 6 p.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

QUINCE ORCHARD BOOK TALK, Antwone Fisher's "Finding Fish" and "Who Will Cry," sponsored by African American Book Group. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

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.

Friday 8

ROCKVILLE BUSINESS WORKSHOP, for women, learn about skills and resources to develop a successful business, sponsored by Montgomery County Commission for Women. 9 a.m.-noon, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $22.50; Montgomery county residents, $15. registration required. 240-777-8300.

NEW MOTHERS SUPPORT GROUP, babies welcome. 10-11:30 a.m. Fridays, through Nov. 12, Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. $20. 301-754-8800.

ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING WORKSHOPS, for women, learn to develop confidence interacting with others, sponsored by Montgomery County Commission for Women. 1-3 p.m. Fridays, through Oct. 22, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $45; Montgomery County residents, $30; registration required. 240-777-8300.

EATING DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP, for people recovering from body-image and eating disorders, sponsored by 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 9

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.

POTOMAC BOOK SALE, sponsored by the Friends of the Potomac Library. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. 301-983-4475.

LONG BRANCH VOTER REGISTRATION, plus demonstrations of new touch-screen voting machines, sponsored by League of Women Voters. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

WHEATON STORY TIME, for children 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.

SILVER SPRING GAMES WORKSHOP, for toddlers accompanied by an adult, fingerplays and lullabies in Spanish and English. 11 a.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

BURTONSVILLE SIDEWALK BOOK SALE, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. 301-421-5400.

ROCKVILLE VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE, includes demonstrations on how to use recently developed electronic voting machines, sponsored by Montgomery County Board of Elections. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Friends of the Library Bookstore, 4886 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville. Free. 301-984-3300.

BETHESDA DANCE PERFORMANCE, Tayrona Colombian Folkloric Group performs dances of Colombia. 11:30 a.m., Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, 240-777-0970.

CHEVY CHASE RABBIT CARE TALK, members of RabbitWise teach proper rabbit care, including diet, housing and health, plus live rabbits. 1-4 p.m., Leland Community Center, Art Room, 4901 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase. Free. 301-530-1252.

OLNEY TAI CHI WORKSHOP, David Chen teaches the fundamentals of Tai Chi. 2 p.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

ROCKVILLE CHILDREN'S CHOIR CONCERT, performers from Levine School of Music directed by Aniko Debreceni. 2 p.m., Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

BETHESDA SINGLE PARENT ORIENTATION, information on discussion groups, socials, workshops, sports, children's activities and more, sponsored by Parents Without Partners, Chapter 60, a dance follows meeting. 2:30-3:30 p.m., 8704 Melwood Rd., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 301-588-9354.

CHILDREN'S WALK FOR THE HOMELESS, make posters about homelessness, a walk around neighborhood and an ice cream social, sponsored by Fannie Mae Foundation to benefit Housing Unlimited Inc. 5-6 p.m., Brookmont Church, 4000 Virginia Pl., Bethesda. $25; per child, $15. 301-320-3498.

Sunday 10

COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIR, for high school students, representatives from colleges, universities and businesses answer questions and provide information about education and careers. Noon-6 p.m., White Flint Mall, Rockville Pike and Nicholson Lane, Rockville. Free. 301-468-5777.

Monday 11

CHILDREN'S FLU SHOT CLINIC, for ages 6-23 months, medically high-risk children ages 24 months-18 years and 18-year-old and younger siblings of infants younger than 6 months. 9-11:30 a.m., Dennis Avenue Health Center, 2000 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-1050.

ASPEN HILL BOOK TALK, Karen Joy Fowler's novel "The Jane Austen Book Club," sponsored by Aspen Hill Friends of the Library. 1 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-2094.

GAITHERSBURG AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP, for middle school youths with Asperger's syndrome or similar problems, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 4-5 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 20., at the agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-816-2633.

POOLESVILLE FLU SHOTS, for ages 18 and older, sponsored by MedStar Health Visiting Nurse Association. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Poolesville Branch Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. $26. 301-972-7800.

ROCKVILLE AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP, for high school youth with Asperger's syndrome or similar problems, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, at the agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-816-2633.

SILVER SPRING BOOK TALK, Beppe Severgnini's "Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.S.," comments about American culture from an Italian writer, sponsored by Friends of the Silver Spring Library Book Discussion Group. 7:30 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

Tuesday 12

BETHESDA BOOK DISCUSSION, Zadie Smith's "White Teeth: A Novel," sponsored by the Second Tuesday Book Group. 10:30 a.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0970.

WHEATON GARDEN LECTURE, staff gardener Stacy Parsons discusses "Trees and Shrubs for Shade." 10-11:30 a.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11; registration required. 301-962-1451.

SENIORS HEALTH INSURANCE TALK, counselors answer questions about claims, supplemental insurance, Medicare and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

WHEATON CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES, "Discovery Benches," an ongoing program providing locations in a visitors center with 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.

ROCKVILLE 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.

DISABLED ADOLESCENTS SUPPORT, discussion of body-image issues and self-care skills, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct 26, at the agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. $150. 301-990-6880, Ext. 321.

GIRLS SOCIALIZATION WORKSHOP, social workers discuss issues encountered by girls in middle and high school, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. For students in 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.

OLNEY BOOK TALK, Dai Sijie's novel "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress," sponsored by Friends of the Olney Library. 7 p.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

BETHESDA MEDICAL RESEARCH LECTURE, John I. Gallin of the National Institutes of Health and architect Robert Frasca discuss "Through the Looking Glass: the Future of Medicine and the Building of the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center." 7 p.m., Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 10, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-2563.

Wednesday 13

WHEATON FLU SHOTS, sponsored by Adventist Health Care. 11:30 a.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $20; pneumonia shot, $25. 301-468-4448.

SENIORS EMPLOYMENT TALK, Joyce Weaver discusses a federal Labor Department program that helps seniors revitalize job skills and make money while working for local non-profit and governmental agencies. 12:45 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

CHEVY CHASE INCONTINENCE TALK, Mary Dupont discusses procedures and technological advances for bladder problems. 1 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT, for ages 7-16, social and informal support groups, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 17, at the agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. $210. 301-990-6880, Ext. 321.

ROCKVILLE 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.

MID-LIFE FINANCIAL PLANNING, for women, Jamie S. Lapin discusses financial strategies for economic security, 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.

GAITHERSBURG 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.

CHEVY CHASE BOOK TALK, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract." 7:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Branch Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-986-4313.

Thursday 14

ROCKVILLE INFANT MASSAGE, learn how to nurture, relax and soothe your baby. 9:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd,. Rockville. $30; center members, $24. 301-348-3855.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FORUM, Republican and Democratic National Committee members Dan Willard and Don Mooers representing President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry, respectively, present the candidates' stands on issues and take questions. 10-11:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Free. 301-348-3860.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION, a vehicle check on the condition and installation of child safety seats, sponsored by Montgomery County Police Department. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Fitzgerald's Auto Mall, 5501 Nicolson Lane. Free. 240-773-5030.

ROCKVILLE JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES, for women, learn about networking and interviewing techniques, sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays, through Oct. 28, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $45; Montgomery County residents, $30; registration required. 240-777-8300.

WHEATON GARDEN DEMONSTRATION, staff gardener Phil Normandy demonstrates fall pruning. 1 p.m., Viburnum Garden at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION TALK, staff members of Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office discuss legislation and the investigation of individual federal retirees complaints, sponsored by the Wheaton-Glenmont area chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. 1-3 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-593-6127.

WHEATON MACULAR DEGENERATION TALK, ophthalmologist Daniel Berinstein discusses visual impairment. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

DISABLED CHILDREN'S SIBLINGS SUPPORT, meet to share feelings and thoughts about having siblings with special needs. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 18., Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $180. 301-816-2633.

ROCKVILLE COOKING CLASS, chef David Dahan demonstrates the cooking of a White House dinner. 6:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $48; members, $35. 301-348-3840.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FORUM, an opportunity for residents to express health and human services needs, sponsored by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. 7-9 p.m., White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration to speak, required by Oct. 11. 240-777-1211.

LANDSCAPE GARDENING LECTURE, landscape architect Sandy Clinton discusses tips to change your garden, plus a wine reception. 7-8:30 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Auditorium, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $18; registration required. 301-962-1451.

COLLEGE PLANNING WORKSHOP, Shirley Levin discusses early college planning. 7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Admission, $48; center members, $35; relatives of paying participant, free. 201-348-3888.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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