Thursday 4

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. 11; 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. 11 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, 240-777-0240;

* 7 p.m. today and Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. Friday and 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.

SILVER SPRING BINGO SING-ALONG, bingo and music by pianist Helen Day. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. 301-431-5708.

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

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

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

COOKING WITH GRAINS AND LEGUMES, a discussion of varieties, plus a demonstration and recipes. 7:30 p.m. today and Nov. 11 , Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $40; registration required. 800-542-5096.

CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP, "Acknowledging and Respecting Your Limitations," sponsored by Pain Connection, the Chronic Pain Outreach Center. 1:30-3 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. 301-309-2444 or www.pain-connection.org.

AUTHOR'S BREAD-MAKING CLASS, Maggie Glezer, author of "A Blessing of Bread: Recipes and Rituals, Memories and Mitzvahs," demonstrates Jewish bread making and discusses anecdotes, aphorisms and folktales from a 5,000 year history. 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6100 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $45; registration required. 301-881-0100.

Friday 5

WHEATON WINTER GARDENING CLASS, container gardening using evergreens in different sizes, shapes and textures and seasonal flowers; admission covers all materials, including a 14-inch container, or bring your favorite. 9:30-11:30 a.m. today or Saturday, Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $55; registration required. 301-962-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

SILVER SPRING GENERAL DISCUSSION, Anya Hoffman hosts "Our World Today," an open-topic discussion. 10 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Pine Branch Rd., Silver Spring. 301-431-5708.

ROCKVILLE LOCAL COMPOSERS CONCERT, music of five local female composers, Jo Lombard, Winifred Hyson, Carrie Rose, An-Ming Wang and Ruth Norman, sponsored by D.C. Federation of Music Clubs. 11 a.m., Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Free. 301-762-8334.

DIABETES PREVENTION TALK, physician Ernesto Africano discusses ways to reduce the risk of diabetes and improve your health. 12:15 p.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. 301-431-5708.

SILVER SPRING MUSIC AND BINGO, singer Dolly Bennof accompanied on piano by Ray Greene; followed by bingo. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

WOMEN'S MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP, "Loss, Change and Renewal," a discussion of how to cope with the sense of loss caused by change. 1-3 p.m. Fridays, through Nov. 19, Montgomery County Commission for Women, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $30; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $45; registration required. 240-777-8300.

ROCKVILLE 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 6

ASPEN HILL BOOK AND BAKE SALE, sponsored by Aspen Hill Friends of the Library. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-2094.

BLACKSMITH CHRISTMAS SHOW, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Agricultural History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. Free. 301-670-4661.

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TALK, Alan Spears discusses "National Underground Network to Freedom," in recognition of Maryland Emancipation Day. 10 a.m., Woodlawn Manor, 16501 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring. Free. 301-563-3405.

SILVER SPRING WALKING TOUR, Jerry A. McCoy, president of the Silver Spring Historical Society, leads a walking tour of downtown Silver Spring. 10 a.m.-noon, Silver Spring Shopping Center, in front of Romano's Macaroni Grill, Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10; reservation required. 301-565-2519.

SOUTH SILVER SPRING WALKING TOUR, Karen Khan, a member of the Silver Spring Historical Society, leads a walking tour of south Silver Spring. 10 a.m.-noon, B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $10; reservation required. 301-565-2519.

SILVER SPRING MODEL RAILROAD EXHIBIT, sponsored by Montgomery Preservation Inc. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-589-6362.

SLAVE MUSEUM AND AFRICAN ART GALLERY, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery, 18524 Brooke Rd., Sandy Spring. Free. Lunch for sale. 301-563-3405 or 301-405-4938.

EMANCIPATION DAY CELEBRATION, reenactors from the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, music, speakers, hot cider and corn bread, sponsored by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Noon-4 p.m., Oakley Cabin, 3610 Brookeville Rd., Brookeville; parking available at Longwood Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Ave., Brookeville. Free. 301-563-3405.

ROCKVILLE ALS CAREGIVER SUPPORT, for Montgomery County caregivers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS] 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.

KENSINGTON COMMUNITY SING-ALONG, for all ages, with musician Phil Fox. 1:30 p.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

ROCKVILLE SOCRATES CAFE TALK, discussion based loosely on the Socratic method of teaching. 7-9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-762-7666.

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 7

BETHESDA CRAFTS AND ART SALE, local artisans sell jewelry, photography, pottery, scarves and more to benefit Bannockburn Club House a historic meeting place used by West Bethesda residents. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 6314 Bannockburn Dr., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-9649.

SILVER SPRING PRESCHOOL FAIR, "How to Choose a Preschool" in Langley Park, Takoma Park, Silver Spring and Wheaton, sponsored by Takoma Park Family Resource Center. 2-5 p.m., Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. $5. 877-400-9326 or www.tpfrc.org.

GAITHERSBURG THEATRE, "Hope, Faith and Mangoes," a play sponsored by and written about the Montgomery Avenue Women's Center, a daytime shelter for homeless women. 2-4 p.m., in the theater at Asbury Methodist Village's Rosborough Cultural Arts and Wellness Center, 409 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-216-5011.

MONTGOMERY COLLEGE COLLOQUIUM, scientists, theologians, mathematicians, a philosopher and a political scientist discuss "Faith in Science." 2:30 p.m., Montgomery College, Health Sciences Center, Room 122, 7977 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-279-5000.

Monday 8

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TALK, journalist Chris Matthews, sponsored by Macklin Business Institute of Montgomery College. 10 a.m., Montgomery College, Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Free. 301-251-7970 or 301-251-7952.

MEDICARE INFORMATION CLASS, Chris DeYoung of Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program shows how to get answers for your Medicare questions. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-681-1255.

SILVER SPRING BABIES AND BOOKS, for ages 23 months and younger, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, songs in English and Spanish, and books. 11 a.m., Long Branch Public Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

WHEATON PERSONAL WELLNESS TALK, Susan Morris discusses "Trash or Treasure," the costs of clutter and the benefits of a clutter-free life. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

DISABLED CHILDREN'S CARE WORKSHOP, Sandy Spring Bank Vice President Philip Fish discusses "Financial Issues and Trust Management," a workshop on planning for the future for children with disabilities. 6:30-8 p.m., Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-881-3700.

Tuesday 9

SILVER SPRING VEGETARIAN DIET TALK, Kathy Bradley of Adventist Health Care explains how to eat a balanced, nutritious meat-free diet. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

WHEATON ATOMIC BOMB LECTURE, Milton Weidler discusses origins of the Manhattan Project, which developed nuclear explosives during World War II. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

WHITE OAK BOOK TALK, Antwone Fisher's memoir "Finding Fish" and poetry book "Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?" sponsored by the White Oak African American Book Group. 7 p.m., White Oak Branch Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-2492.

BETHESDA ADDICTION LECTURE, Nora Volkow of National Institute on Drug Abuse discusses "Addiction to Medications: What Are the Risks and Who Is Vulnerable?" 7 p.m., Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 10, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-2563.

WOMEN'S THERAPY GROUP, "Women Surviving Transitions," support and skills to move forward, sponsored by National Family Resiliency Center. 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Dec. 28, at the center's offices, 932 Hungerford Dr. Suite 9B, Rockville. Fee, sliding scale; registration required. 301-384-0079.

Wednesday 10

WOMEN'S MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP, "Women and Shame," understand how shame generates low self-esteem and unhealthy relationships and how to deal with it. 10 a.m.-noon, Montgomery County Commission for Women, Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $10; nonresidents of Montgomery County, $15. 240-777-8300.

BETHESDA BOOK LECTURE, Karen Arnold leads a discussion of Kate Moses' "Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath," copies of the book available to borrow. 10:30-noon, Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0937.

SILVER SPRING VETERANS DAY SALUTE, Montgomery Blair High School concert band, color guard, guest speaker and special guests: active-duty veterans; sponsored by World War II/Korean War Veterans' Discussion Group. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center. 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-593-4591 or 301-681-1255.

WHEATON CHOLESTEROL TALK, physician Lynne Diggs of Suburban Hospital talks about new information, diet, exercise, medications and more. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

WHEATON WINE-TASTING WORKSHOP, sample wines accompanied by gourmet snacks. 7-8:30 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $42; registration required. 301-962-1451 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

STROKE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP, for survivors, their caregivers and families, sponsored by the Montgomery County Stroke Club. 7 p.m., Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-869-1580.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS OUTREACH, education and support for persons with multiple sclerosis. 7:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-680-3576.

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.

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-At Large) discusses how to create an environment that helps children stay healthy and fit, sponsored by Montgomery County Council of PTAs and the Montgomery County Council Health and Human Services Committee. 7-9 p.m., Roberto Clemente Middle School, 18808 Waring Station Rd., Germantown. Free. 240-777-7811.

Thursday 11

TAKOMA PARK AUTHOR'S TALK, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction for "The Known World," Edward P. Jones reads and discusses his work and life as a writer. 7 p.m., Montgomery College, Student Lounge of the Commons Building, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma. Free. 301-650-1379.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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