Thursday 14

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. 21, 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. 21 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, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Oct. 21, 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 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 ANTI-BULLYING MEETING, for parents from Rockville cluster schools, community professionals and officials discuss bullying and answer questions, sponsored by the Rockville Cluster of the Anti-Bullying Coalition. 7-9 p.m., Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-924-0815.

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.

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

ROCKVILLE JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES, for women, Dana Pauli discusses strategies for marketing yourself, networking and interviewing, 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, discuss feelings and thoughts about having siblings with special needs, sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency. 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 cooking 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, 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.

WHEATON LANDSCAPE GARDENING TALK, landscape architect Sandy Clinton discusses tips to change your garden, and a wine reception will be held. 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. 301-348-3888.

Friday 15

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.

WHEATON TEA DANCE, for seniors 55 and older, Mark Hanak sings and plays dance tunes on the piano and electronic keyboard, sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Admission, $3. 301-468-4448.

ROCKVILLE FLU SHOTS, administered by Adventist Health System. 1:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $20; Medicare B accepted. 301-348-3860.

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.

SILVER SPRING JAZZ CONCERT, "Last Chance Jazz Band." 7:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $10; students with an ID, $5. 301-589-4041.

DEPRESSION-RELATED 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 16

SENECA CREEK PARK WALK OR BIKE RIDE, a 5K, 10K and 12K walk or bike ride on paved and unpaved trails in Seneca Creek State Park, sponsored by Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club. 8 a.m.-noon, Watkins Mill High School parking lot, 10301 Apple Ridge Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-340-9418 or 301-530-8173.

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.

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.

BETHESDA POLICE STATION OPEN HOUSE, tours; SWAT, motorcycle and K-9 demonstrations; plus child safety seat inspection and bicycle registration. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Second District Station, 7359 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda.

DAMASCUS MENTAL HEALTH OPEN HOUSE, 30-minute talks on the connection between humans, horses and mental health, "Spotlight on Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy"; equine demonstrations; tours of the farm; food and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Farm, 26771 Howard Chapel Rd., Damascus. Free. 301-253-1166 or www.greatstrides.org.

CHEVY CHASE FOLK DANCE, Esma Redzepova and Ansambl Teodosievski perform Romani (Gypsy) and Macedonian folk music, sponsored by the Embassy of Macedonia to benefit Voice of Roma. 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. $30. 301-565-0539.

Sunday 17

ROCKVILLE CANCER SCREENINGS, including bladder, colorectal, oral, prostate and skin cancer screenings. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Fees vary. 800-542-5096.

ROCKVILLE 10K/5K RUN, races in all divisions: open, men's, women's, wheelchair; plus 11 age categories, including Kid's Fun Run and Over 80; all entrants receive a long-sleeve T-shirt and a post-race brunch, sponsored by Rockville Department of Recreation and Parks to benefit Rockville Youth Recreation Fund; 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 702 King Farm Blvd. Registration, 7:30-8:15 a.m., $30; before Sunday, $25. 301-460-8888 or 240-314-5055.

ROCKVILLE BABY-SITTING CLASS, for ages 11-15, learn about basic care, accident prevention, first aid and more. 10 a.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $30. 800-542-5096.

INDIAN LITERACY LECTURE, Mitvin Shah discusses "Pratham: An Innovative Approach to Literacy in India," sponsored by Montgomery Study Circle, an organization that conducts discussions on social, cultural and philosophical subjects. 2 p.m., Potomac Community Center, 13115 Falls Rd., Potomac. Free. 301-983-4471.

CHEVY CHASE STORY TIME, for ages 5-10; children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult; folklore and nature tales from Ellouise Schoettler. 2-3 p.m., Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-3606.

RUSSIAN FOLK MUSIC CONCERT, sponsored by Washington Balalaika Society. 3 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $20; seniors and students, $18; groups of 10 or more, $15. 703-644-9151.

GLEN ECHO VIENNESE WALTZ, the Gigmeisters Band plays waltzes, swing, tango and polka. Lessons, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; dance, 3:30-6 p.m., Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 703-978-0375.

ATTACHMENT PARENTING SUPPORT, for all ages. 4-6 p.m., Heffmer Recreation Center, 42 Oswego Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-920-2696.

IRAQ AUTHOR TALK, Edwin Black discusses his latest book "Banking on Baghdad: Inside Iraq's 7,000-Year History of War, Profit and Conflict." 7:30 p.m., Congregation B'nai Tzedek, 10621 South Glen Rd., Potomac. Free. 301-299-0225.

Monday 18

WHEATON HEALTH LECTURE, Guy McKhann of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine discusses maintaining memory, managing stress and age-related sleeping problems, sponsored by Brookside Gardens and the Vital Living Steering Committee of Montgomery County. 10 a.m., Brookside Gardens Education Building Auditorium, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-1132.

SILVER SPRING AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Malcolm Lawrence discusses his book "Something Will Come Along: Witty Memoirs of a Foreign Service Officer With Nine Children." 1-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Gld Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

CHEVY CHASE AUTHOR TALK, Lila Snow discusses her memoir, "With a Name Like Tuchmacher." 1 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP, for seniors 55 and older, sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

SILVER SPRING HORROR STORIES, for students in grades 5 and higher. 4 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. 240-777-0910.

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.

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.

TAKOMA PARK FIRST AID CLASS, learn how to respond to common medical emergencies and injuries. 5:30 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $40. 800-542-5096.

WHEATON GARDEN LECTURE, staff horticulturalist Kathryn Stevens, "Creating a Fragrant Garden." 8 p.m., Brookside Gardens Education Building, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-649-4645.

Tuesday 19

BETHESDA SKIN CANCER SCREENING, by dermatologists, sponsored by the Sidney J. Malawer Memorial Foundation. 8-10 a.m. and 6-8 p.m., Suburban Outpatient Medical Center, 6420 Rockledge Dr., Bethesda. Free. 301-896-3254.

ROCKVILLE SIMPLIFYING LIFE WORKSHOP, Beverly Coggins discusses clutter, streamlining meals, time, energy, focus and priorities, 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.

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION MEETING, for people dealing with a recent diagnosis in their families of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Noon-1:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Alzheimer's Association Office, 2730 University Blvd. W., Suite 808, Wheaton. Free. 866-259-0042, Ext. 105, or www.alz-nca.org.

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.

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; 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.

JOB INTERVIEW SKILLS WORKSHOP, Marilyn R. Block discusses interview styles, questions you may be asked and how to prepare for them, 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.

BETHESDA READING PROFICIENCY TALK, G. Reid Lyon of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development discusses, "Evidence-Based Education: Preventing Reading Failure in America." 7 p.m., Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 10, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-2563.

SILVER SPRING HEART HEALTH TALK, Irwin Feuerstein discusses heart scans. 7-8 p.m., Riderwood, Catering Room, 3140 Gracefield Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-495-5700.

SINGLE PARENT ORIENTATION, information on discussion groups, socials, workshops, sports, children and adult activities and more; plus a dance; sponsored by Parents Without Partners, Chapter 60. 7:30-8:15 p.m., 613 Coral Reef Dr., Gaithersburg. Free, registration required. 240-632-9122.

Wednesday 20

ROCKVILLE BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING. 11 a.m.-noon, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 800-542-5096.

YOU AND YOUR INTERNIST WORKSHOP, for seniors 55 and older, Allan Morrison, a physician, discusses how to find the right doctor and make the most of your appointment time, sponsored by Surburban Hospital. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

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.

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.

WHEATON IMMIGRATION CLINIC, attorneys and trained volunteers assist immigrants and refugees on immigration issues. 6-8 p.m., the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4940.

SILVER SPRING LIBRARY AUTHOR READING, Kenji Jasper reads from his novel "Seeking Salamanca Mitchell." 7 p.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK TALK, Stephen L. Carter's novel "The Emperor of Ocean Park," sponsored by the library's African American Book Discussion Group. 7:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, meeting room A, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

Thursday 21

TAKOMA PARK HEALTH SCREENINGS, including vertical auto profiles, checks of homocysteine, glucose, prostate specific antigen and body fat, and more. 7:30-9:30 a.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Fees vary; registration required. 800-542-5096.

CHEVY CHASE AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Malcolm Lawrence discusses his book, "Something Will Come Along: Witty Memoirs of a Foreign Service Officer With Nine Children." 10 a.m.-noon, Chevy Chase Women's Club, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-8480.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES FORUM, candidate John McKinnis (R) and incumbent Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) discuss District 4 issues, and challenger Chuck Floyd (R) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) discuss District 8 issues, sponsored by Seniors Organized for Change. 10-11:45 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-348-3860.

OPERA AND FOLK MUSIC, Donato Soranno and the Cantari Singers perform light opera with an international folk music style, sponsored by Maryland Humanities Council. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Admission, $1. 301-468-4448.

POE NOVELIST, ARTIST APPEARANCE, author Jonathon Scott Fuqua and digital artist Steven Parke discuss their novel "In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe." 3:30 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, 301-871-2094, and 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Qunice Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, 240-777-0200. Free.

ROCKVILLE RELAXATION CLASS, learn about ways to reduce stress. 7 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $15; registration required. 800-542-5096.

ROCKVILLE BOOK TALK, Travis Hunter's novel "The Hearts of Men," sponsored by the library's African American Book Discussion Group. 6-8 p.m., second floor, Rockville Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free; registration required. 240-777-0078.

ROCKVILLE ALLERGIES SEMINAR, discussion of diagnosis and treatment of seasonal allergies. 7:15 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free; registration required. 800-542-5096.

FOSTER PARENTING PROGRAM, for Montgomery County prospective foster and adoptive parents, sponsored by Montgomery County Foster and Adoptive Parents Services. 7:30 p.m., Green Room, Montgomery County Health and Human Services, 401 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-1664.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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