Thursday 18

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 and Friday; 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 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 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.

CHILDREN'S THEATER, for ages 3-6, "The Gingerbread Boy" and "Little Red Hen." 1:15 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 240-777-0200.

TWINBROOK POETRY CLUB, for ages 6-12, recite and listen to poems under direction of Eve Burton, librarian. 4:30 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

POETRY AND CLASSICAL GUITAR, Jody Bolz and Gary Stein, poets, and Michael Davis, classical guitarist, perform. 7 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

FOSTER PARENTING PROGRAM, for Montgomery County prospective foster and adoptive parents, sponsored by Montgomery County Health and Foster Adoptive Parents Services. 7:30 p.m., Green Room, Montgomery County Health and Human Services, 401 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-3943.

Friday 19

ROCKVILLE HEALTH SCREENINGS, for seniors, measurements of cholesterol, homocysteine, glucose, body fat and other properties; 12-hour fasting recommended; sponsored by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 10-11:30 a.m., Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville. $21; registration required. 800-542-5096.

DAMASCUS BABIES STORY TIME, for ages 24 months and younger accompanied by an adult, rhymes, songs, fingerplays, stories and more. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

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 20

STUDENT SUCCESS SEMINAR, for high school students, "Preparing for Success," learn about resume writing, interview skills, college admission processes and more, sponsored by Montgomery College, Montgomery County Chapter of the Women's Bar Foundation, Montgomery County public schools and others. Free bus service with pickup at 8:30 a.m. from Gaithersburg, Watkins Mill, Montgomery Blair, Quince Orchard and Walt Whitman high schools. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Montgomery College, Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Free. 301-251-8500 or

CHEVY CHASE NATURE WALK, led by a staff naturalist leads trail walk. 10 a.m., Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.

FAIRLAND BOOK SALE, new and used books, records, videos and cassettes, sponsored by Friends of the Library. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Admission, free; most hardbacks, $1; most paperbacks, 50 cents. 301-421-5400.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP, for those with lupus, sponsored by the Lupus Foundation and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 10 a.m., Weinschel Education Center at Shady Grove Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 703-684-2925.

KENSINGTON BABIES STORY TIME, for ages 12-24 months accompanied by an adult, flannel board stories, rhymes and music. 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Monday, Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free; registration required. 301-897-2211.

ROCKVILLE FATHERHOOD WORKSHOP, for expectant and new fathers; learn tips from experienced fathers. 1 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. 800-542-5096.

CHEVY CHASE SHAKESPEARE THEATER, Round House Theatre Student Touring Company presents "Let's Share Shakespeare." 1:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Branch Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration required.

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.

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. 8:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. Free, registration required. 301-469-6645 or

Sunday 21

JEWISH SINGLES BOOK AND SOCIAL CLUB, for Jewish singles ages 45 and older, "Relationships: Why Do Our Young People Marry Out of Their Religion?" 10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-230-5826.

ROCKVILLE ALS CAREGIVER SUPPORT, for Montgomery County caregivers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS] patients, sponsored by the ALS Association. 2-4 p.m., Adventist HealthCare, Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855.

Monday 22

DEMOCRACY LECTURE, James Browning, director of Common Cause of Maryland, discusses "Taking Back Our Democracy," sponsored by the Wheaton-Glenmont area chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-593-6127.

BABY CARE CLASS, for expecting and adopting parents; learn about diapering, bathing, cord care and circumcision care, and learn when to call the doctor. 7-9:30 p.m., Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Couples, $35; registration required. 800-542-5096.

Tuesday 23

CENTERPIECE CRAFT WORKSHOP, Karen Nelson Kent, learn about floral diversity and how to make centerpieces mixing fruit, flowers and seasonal materials with more trendy items; materials included. 10 a.m.-noon, Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Workshop, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $42; registration required. 301-962-1451.

SLEEP SEMINAR, staff member discusses the importance of sleep to overall health, safety and performance. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTARY, "A History of Native Americans," from Schlessinger Video Production's series "Indians of North America." 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

OPERA AND SHAKESPEARE CLASS, Carol Sokolski, a teacher specializing in Shakespeare, and Irv Nurik, an opera specialist, present a video of Guiseppe Verdi's "Macbeth" and offer commentary and discussion. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING, sponsored by Washington Adventist Hospital. 1-3 p.m., Adventist Community Services, 501 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 800-542-5096.

ATOMIC BOMB LECTURE, Milton Weidler discusses J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist, and Army Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves, the secret World War II project's military commander. Free. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

LONG BRANCH CRAFTS, for elementary school students, create a holiday craft; materials provided. 4 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

CENTERPIECE CRAFT WORKSHOP, for ages 5-10, Brookside Gardens volunteer Ruth Bortz, demonstrates making a centerpiece out of a hollowed-out pumpkin, late summer flowers and fall grasses; materials provided. 4-5:30 p.m., Visitors Center, Children's Classroom, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $5; registration required. 301-962-1451.

TAKOMA PARK KNITTING GROUP, for ages 10 and older of all experience levels, an informal group meets to knit and crochet. 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Savory Cafe, 7071 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-587-7174.

DISABLED CHILDREN'S FAMILIES SUPPORT, for parents and family members of children with disabilities. 7:30-8:45 p.m., Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-990-6880, Ext. 316.

FOSTER PARENTING PROGRAM, for Montgomery County prospective foster and adoptive parents, sponsored by Montgomery County Health and Foster Adoptive Parents Services. 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Seneca Room, second floor, Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd. Germantown. Free. 240-777-1664.

Wednesday 24

UPCOUNTY REGIONAL SERVICES TALK, a representative of Montgomery County government answers questions about county services. 2-4 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

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.

WIDOWED PERSONS SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by the AARP. 7:30 p.m., Bauer Drive Community Center, 14624 Bauer Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-949-7398.

Thursday 25

THANKSGIVING AEROBIC CLASS, a workout and step aerobics class; bring a step if you have one; all proceeds benefit Gaithersburg HELP, which provides emergency service to those in need. 9-10:30 a.m., Lake Marion Community Center Gym, 8821 E. Village Ave., Montgomery Village. Admission, $7; with a can of food, $5. 301-948-8082.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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