Thursday 28

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 Nov. 4, 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 Nov. 4, 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 7 p.m. Nov. 4, and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 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, 240-777-0690;

* 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;

* 2 p.m. Wednesday, Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, 240-777-0970; and

* 7 p.m. Wednesday, Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, 301-565-7689.

CONSUMER PROTECTION SYMPOSIUM, discussion of consumer protection issues and fraud schemes aimed at Latino consumers and consumers ages 50 and older; preventing personal and residential consumer fraud; sponsored by Montgomery County Division of Consumer Affairs and AARP; speakers include Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National 4-H Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration required. 240-777-3627.

BETHESDA BOOK FAIR, books for children in second grade and younger. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Harbor School, 7701 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 301-365-1100.

BURTONSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Jane Austen Book Club," a novel by Karen Joy Fowler; copies of the book are available to check out at the information desk. 10:30 a.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

GAITHERSBURG INTERNET CLASSES. For beginners, 1-2 p.m.; for more advanced Internet users, one-on-one lessons, 2-3 p.m.; registration required for advanced lessons, Gaithersburg Library, 1880 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

TWINBROOK POETRY CLUB, for ages 8-14, bring a favorite poem; write your own with librarian's help. 4:30 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

WHEATON HEALTH FAIR, health screenings and information in English, Spanish and Chinese. 5-7 p.m., Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4940.

CHEVY CHASE AUTHOR TALK, Matthew Brzezinski presents his book "Fortress America: On the Frontlines of Homeland Security -- An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

Friday 29

TRAVELOGUE OF AUSTRALIA, video of the Outback, Australian Alps, reefs and rain forests. 11 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1269.

SILVER SPRING MUSICAL AND BINGO, "Anna Pappas and the Class Act!" followed by bingo. Show begins, 1 p.m.; bingo, 2:15 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring, Free. 301-681-1255.

GAITHERSBURG WINE TASTING, wine, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction; "Paws for Wine" to benefit Roxie's Fund, a charity for abused and homeless dogs. 7-9 p.m., Flower Hill Community Center, 8100 Mountain Laurel Lane, Gaithersburg. $40; two people, $65; three, $90; four, $100; registration required. 301-962-7509 or

Saturday 30

OLNEY FALL BIRD WALK, led by birdwatcher Rick Sussman. 8 a.m., the Backyard Naturalist, in the parking lot, 17910 Georgia Ave., Olney. Free; reservation required.

LEARNING DISABILITIES WORKSHOP, for students with a learning disability or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and their families and supporters, "Oh, the Places You'll Go: Preparing for Life After High School"; keynote speaker, Russell Cosby of the Ennis William Cosby Foundation; sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Associations of Montgomery and Howard County. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., University of Maryland at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. $45; parent with student, $65; scholarships available. 301-933-1076 or

KENSINGTON HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE, for children ages 2 and older, crafts, rhymes and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Noyes Library for Young Children, 10237 Carroll Pl., Kensington. Free. 301-929-5533.

WHEATON KIDS STORY TIME AND CRAFTS, for ages 3-6, a story and hands-on crafts. 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 or

WILDLIFE CENTER OPEN HOUSE, tour a rehabilitation facility, meet staff and volunteers, displays, music and more. Noon-5 p.m., Second Chance Wildlife Center, 7101 Barcelona Dr., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-926-9453 or

LINE DANCING CLASS, Geraldine Doswell leads class; no partner required. 10 a.m.-noon, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

GLEN ECHO CLARA BARTON AUTHOR TALK, Elizabeth Brown Pryor discusses her biography "Clara Barton Professional Angel," sponsored by the National Park Service. 2 p.m., Clara Barton National Historic Site, 5801 Oxford Rd., Glen Echo. Free. 301-492-6245.

ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS, learn about techniques to handle anger and reduce stress. 7 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free; registration required. 800-542-5096.

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. Saturdays, Holy Cross Hospital, second floor, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-526-6746.

Sunday 31

ROCKVILLE COLLEGE FAIR, for students grades 9-12 and their parents, representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities; workshops and seminars. 2 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $20; $18, in advance; center members with photo ID, $15; family members of paying attendee, free. 301-348-3888.

SIBLINGS PRENATAL HOSPITAL TOUR, for ages 3-8, tour and a T-shirt for children of expectant parents. Ages 3-4, 2-3 p.m.; ages 5-8, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glenn Rd., Silver Spring. $15; each additional child, $10. 301-754-8800.

Monday 1

WOMEN'S RIGHTS HISTORY VIDEO, "Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony," by Ken Burns, about the friendship between the 19th-century U.S. women's rights advocates. 1:15-2:15 p.m.; Part One, Monday; Part Two, Tuesday, Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

GAITHERSBURG AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP, for parents of children with asperger's syndrome or similar problems. 7-8:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 and Jan. 10, Jewish Social Service Agency, 11B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-990-6880, Ext. 321.

SILVER SPRING CHILDBIRTH CLASS, for expecting couples, learn about the Lamaze method of labor and delivery, relaxation and breathing, the role of the partner and more. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 6, Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Couples, $110. 301-754-8800.

POTOMAC TOASTMASTERS CLUB, meeting, learn about public speaking and communication skills, sponsored by TallyHo Toastmasters Club. 8-9 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month, Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. Free. 301-530-5574.

Tuesday 2

WHEATON KIDS CRAFTS CLASS, for ages 5-10, make pomander balls with oranges, cloves, spices and ribbon. 1-3 p.m., Visitors Center Children's Classroom, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $8; registration required. 301-962-1451.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SUPPORT, for girls in grades 6-8, discuss peer difficulties, pressures, family, self-esteem and decision-making. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $55 per session. 301-816-2633.

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

CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE SERIES, learn about symptoms and disease, medication, diet, nutrition and more. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, through Nov. 23, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-8800.

BURTONSVILLE BOOK TALK, discussion of Antonia Belix's biography "Condi: the Condoleezza Rice Story," sponsored by the African American Book Group. 7 p.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. 301-421-5400.

CHINESE BOOK CLUB, "Xiao Shuo Jiamo Shi," discussed in Chinese. 7 p.m., Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free. 240-777-0690.

Wednesday 3

WHEATON COOKING DEMONSTRATION, gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and caterer Danielle Navidi make tapas. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Visitors Center Adult Workshop, Brookside Gardens Conservatories, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $20; registration required. 301-962-1451 or

ROCKVILLE SIBLINGS TALK, for ages 5-9, "Hey, What About Me?", discussion, video and tour of the nursery, designed to help children cope with the birth of their new brother or sister. 5:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. $12; registration required. 800-542-5096.

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

HOME SELLING SEMINAR, learn about preparing your home for sale, establishing a sale price, negotiating and writing the contract, making sure the buyer is qualified presented by Carol Tillson, a loan officer with a lending company. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $10; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $15; registration required. 240-777-8300.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, for women with breast cancer. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 24, Holy Cross Hospital, fifth floor, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7158.

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

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.

FORUM ON CHILDREN'S FITNESS, Montgomery County Council member George L. Leventhal (D) discusses how to create an environment that helps children stay healthy and fit, sponsored by Montgomery County Council of PTAs. 7-9 p.m., the People's Community Baptist Church, 31 Norwood Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-7811.

KENSINGTON LIMIT-SETTING SEMINAR, for parents of children ages 5-12, learn about establishing boundaries, setting and upholding limits, and balancing freedom and control. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 17, Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $80; couples, $135; registration required. 301-929-8824.

GAITHERSBURG CHILDBIRTH CLASS, for expecting couples, learn about the Lamaze method of labor and delivery, relaxation and breathing, the role of the partner and more. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Dec. 15, Great Beginnings Baby Store, 18501 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Couples, $110. 301-754-8800.

Thursday 4

TAKOMA PARK BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING, 11 a.m.-noon, Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 800-542-5096.

FALL GARDEN SLIDE SHOW, learn about colorful pods, fruits and berries, striking foliage. 1-2:30 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, $11; registration required. 301-962-1451.

MONTGOMERY COLLEGE AUTHORS TALK, journalist and syndicated columnist Tom Philpott discusses "Glory Denied: The Crafting of an Oral History," sponsored the Paul Peck Humanities Institute of Montgomery College. 7 p.m., Campus Center Building, Student Lounge, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Free. 301-251-7417.

GRAINS AND LEGUMES COOKING CLASS, learn about varieties and preparation; plus demonstrations, hands-on-experience and recipe handouts. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 11, Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $40; registration required. 800-542-5096.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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