Thursday 2

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 June 9, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville, 240-777-0240.

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

* 7 p.m. today and June 9, 10:30 a.m. Friday and Tuesday, Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-840-2515.

* 7 p.m. today and June 9, Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, 240-777-0678.

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

* 3 p.m. Saturday, Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac, 240-777-0690.

* 7:15 p.m. Monday, Olney Branch 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.

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

ART HISTORY LECTURE, Art historian Tim Marlow discusses the lives of Renaissance artists Giotto di Bondone and Leonardo da Vinci. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

BOOK TALK, Edwidge Danticat's novel "The Dew Breaker"; copies available for checkout at the library's information desk; sponsored by the library's African American Book Club. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

ROCKVILLE MUSICAL VARIETY CONCERT, for adults and children ages 5 and older, the National Institutes of Health's Chamber Singers perform a musical selection, including numbers from Broadway musicals and folk songs from around the world. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0204.

DERWOOD PLANT CLINIC, master gardeners from the University of Maryland Co-operative Extension answer garden questions; bring plant specimens for identification or problem-solving. Noon-2 p.m. Thursdays, Maryland Cooperative Extension Office of the University of Maryland, 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood, 301-590-2838.

JOURNALIST LECTURE, Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher discusses how the news media have changed in recent years. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

Friday 3

BOTANICAL ART EXHIBIT, a teacher and students of the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration exhibit their work. Through Aug. 4, Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0970.

WHEATON FLOWER WORKSHOP, Joan O'Rourke of the Friends of Brookside Gardens helps you select a plant from Brookside Gardens, dig it up and pot it to take home; both sun- and shade-loving plants available; take gloves and a trowel; a 14-inch container is provided. Sun plants, 10 a.m.-noon Friday; shade plants, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Adult Workshop, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $40; registration required. 301-962-1451.

Saturday 4

BOATING SAFETY COURSE, Ed Duffy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary teaches how to use a Global Positioning System, a navigation aid. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Cabin John Fire Station, 8101 River Rd., Bethesda; includes a course textbook. $25; registration requested. 301-816-0045, Ext. 109.

GERMANTOWN LIBRARY BOOK SALE, sponsored by the Germantown Book Sale Committee. 9 a.m.-noon, Germantown Branch Library, 2900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. Admission, free; most hardbacks, $1; and paperbacks, 50 cents. 240-777-0110.

CHILDREN'S OPERA PROGRAM, for children ages 6-12 and accompanying adults and teenagers, a teaching artist from the Washington National Opera discusses the music and characters in Mozart's fairy tale opera "The Magic Flute"; children will make a set of magic bells to take with them. 9:30 a.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-840-2472; and 2 p.m., Silver Spring, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, 301-565-7689. Free; registration required.

PLANT CLINICS, master gardeners from the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension answer garden questions; bring plant specimens for identification or problem-solving. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, 240-777-0200; Davis Branch Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 240-777-0922; and Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase, 301-652-1088. And 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, 301-949-8230. Free.

CLARKSBURG DAY, tours of an old two-room school, Civil War-era costumed reenactors, an antique car exhibition, and trolley tours of the town; plus live entertainment, children's games, crafts and more; sponsored by the Montgomery County Recreation Department and the Clarksburg Historical Society. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Clarksburg Elementary School, 13530 Redgrave Pl., Clarksburg. Free; free parking at area churches. 301-253-3807.

KENSINGTON CHILDREN'S PICNIC, for ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult, story-telling (11 a.m.), lunch (11:50 a.m.) and preschool films (12:30 p.m.) at the "Teddy Bear Picnic"; bring lunch, a blanket, and a teddy bear or a similar stuffed toy; punch and cookies provided. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Kensington Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

CHILDREN'S AUTHOR LECTURE, for ages 2-8, Anne-Marie Asner reads from her Yiddish-inspired children's picture book "Noshy Boy." 1:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Free. 301-881-0237.

POTOMAC A CAPPELLA CONCERT, for adults and children ages 5 and older, National Institutes of Health's Chamber Singers perform. 2-3 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free. 240-777-0690.

BETHESDA POETRY WORKSHOP, volunteer Robin Pachtman facilitates a workshop to critique poetry and prose of participants; critiques include suggestions for improvement and discussion of strengths; bring 10 copies of original works for distribution to other participants. 2-5 p.m., Little Falls Branch Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

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 5

SIBLING PREPARATION CLASS, prepare your children for the changes that come with a new baby; class includes practice holding and diapering a newborn and a tour of the hospital's maternity unit. 1:30 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $25; registration required. 800-542-5096.

TOASTMASTERS MEETING, Turning Point Toastmasters Club discusses improving communication skills and public speaking. 2-4 p.m., 1350 Picard Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-963-4053.

Tuesday 7

BLINDNESS DISCUSSION, Debbie Brown of the National Federation of the Blind discusses the etiquette of assisting a blind person. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

AUTHOR LECTURE, Michael Dirda, author and senior editor at The Washington Post, discusses his book "Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education"; plus light refreshments. 7 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

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

BURTONSVILLE BOOK TALK, the memoir of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) "Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance"; book available for checkout at the library desk; sponsored by the library's African American Book Group. 7 p.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

Wednesday 8

NUTRITION LECTURE, Suburban Hospital dietician Kathleen Toester discusses the new federal nutritional guidelines and food pyramid and what and how much you should eat based on your age and activity level. 1 p.m., Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-896-3939.

MEN'S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM, urologist Tom Kasper, cardiologist Edward Healy and gastroenterologist Gary M. Roggin discuss prostate-cancer prevention and screening priorities and heart disease and age-related intestinal problems; made possible by the Frederick J. Bowis Community Fund. 6:30 p.m., Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-896-3939.

RUNAWAYS SUPPORT GROUP, counseling for runaway youths and their parents or guardians, sponsored by Operation Runaway, a program of the Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Center and the Montgomery County police. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 14901 Broschart Rd., Rockville. Free; registration required. 800-204-8600.

ANGER-MANAGEMENT CLASS, learn positive coping techniques to handle anger and reduce stress. 7 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. $20; registration required. 800-542-5096.

BABY CARE CLASS, for new and expecting parents, learn how to care for your newborn. 7 p.m., Washington Adventist Hospital, 7600 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Couple, $35; registration required. 800-542-5096.

PLANT CLINIC, master gardeners from the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension answer garden questions; bring plant specimens for identification or problem-solving. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, 240-777-8000.

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. Call for location in Rockville. Free; registration required. 301-990-8904.

Thursday 9

FLOWER PRESSING CLASS, for ages 7-10, staff member Lynn Richard demonstrates how to collect and press flowers and make notecards; each child will take home a flower press and cards. 4-6 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, Children's Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $12; registration required. 301-962-1451.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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