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ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUBS, for those interested in improving language skills in an informal setting with other people for whom English is a second language. Free.

* 7 p.m. today and July 7; 10 a.m. Friday and Tuesday, Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-840-2515.

* 10 a.m. today and July 7; 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 July 7; Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring, 240-777-0910.

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

* 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, 301-871-2094.

* 10 a.m. Tuesday, Rockville Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville, 240-777-0140.

UPCOUNTY SERVICES CENTER, a county representative answers questions about government services. 10 a.m.-noon, Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

OLNEY FILMS, for preschoolers, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Goldilocks Returns" and "Harold's Fairy Tale." 10:30 a.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd. Free. 301-570-1232.

BETHESDA BLOOD DRIVE, snacks, beverages, free T-shirt and entry in a drawing for a $25 gas card; photo ID required. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., conference rooms 6, 7 and 8, Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 301-896-3939.

OLNEY BRAIN GAMES, for ages 6 and older, the Maryland Science Center presents "Brain Benders." 2 p.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd. Free. 301-570-1232.

"HOLLYWOOD AND WOMEN DOCTORS," physician Peter Dans discusses screen portrayals of female doctors using clips from "Mary Stevens, M.D. " (1933) and "Blood Work" (2002). 6-7:30 p.m., Lisner Hill Auditorium, Lister Hill Center, Building 38A, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-5963.

ROCKVILLE BOOK TALK, Alexandra Fuller's memoir "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood," sponsored by the Rockville Branch Library. 7-8:30 p.m., Council Office Building cafeteria, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0166.

SEMINAR ON SUDAN, human rights specialists John Prendergast and Taylor Seybolt discuss the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration required. 301-656-2797.

Friday 1

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION, "Sundown at the Heartbreak Mine," a melodrama performed by seniors and a picnic. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; reservations required. 301-681-1255.

SILVER SPRING BOOK PICNIC, for ages 7-10, bring your lunch and a favorite book to share; gather on a picnic blanket, listen to a story read aloud, and hear about other books children like. 11:30 a.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

BURTONSVILLE BOOK PICNIC, for ages 7-10, bring your lunch and a favorite book to share; gather on a picnic blanket, listen to a story read aloud, and hear about other books children like. Noon, Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Rd., Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

MUSICAL VARIETY SHOW, Dale Jarrett sings show tunes, popular songs from the 1930s to the 1990s and patriotic songs. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

Saturday 2

YOUNG ADULT BOOK TALK, Vivian Vande Velde's fantasy novel "Heir Apparent." 10:30 a.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Rd., Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

BABY STORY TIME, for newborns to 24 months, songs, rhymes, stories and bounces. 11:15 a.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

ROCKVILLE ALS CAREGIVER SUPPORT, for Montgomery County caregivers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients, sponsored by the ALS Association, 1-3 p.m. Adventist HealthCare, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855.

ROCKVILLE CHILDREN'S THEATER, for ages 5 and older, Erika Thimey Dance & Theater Company perform fables through movement and dance. 2 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

ROCKVILLE READING PARTY, for grades K-3, stories, activities, ice cream, and "Froggy," sponsored by the Rockville Library and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. 3:30 p.m., 12089 Rockville Pike. Free. 301-881-0237 or 240-777-0140.

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.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 7:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 800-543-4670.

Sunday 3

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, 7:30 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 202-966-9115.

Tuesday 5

CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE , a four-part education series covering symptoms and disease, medication, nutrition, exercise and community resources. 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays through July 26, 7th-floor conference room, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. Free; registration requested. 301-754-8800.

PRESCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL, for ages 5 and younger accompanied by an adult during screening, films with an "Around the World" theme: "Strega Nona," "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat," "The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks" and more. 10:30 a.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

MEDICAL LECTURE, physician Andrew Barbash discusses the latest methods of caring for stroke survivors; sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital and the Montgomery County Stroke Association. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration requested. 301-681-1255.

JEFFERSON'S CAFE, Francine Jamin of Montgomery College's Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement facilitates a discussion about what is being celebrated on the Fourth of July; limited to 15 participants. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-431-5708.

SILVER SPRING BRAIN BENDERS, for ages 5 and older, the Maryland Science Center presents puzzling and magical science. 2 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

BOOK AND MOVIE TALK, for teenagers, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"; read the book (copies available for loan), watch the movie (popcorn and other refreshments provided) and join Tim Brennan, Northwood High School media specialist, in a discussion. 2 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 240-777-0910.

AGRICULTURAL FAIR NIGHT, for all ages, volunteers from the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair introduce a live farm animal and discuss the fair. 7 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

ROCKVILLE READING BUDDIES, bring a buddy and a sleeping bag or pillow, and read together; a buddy will be provided to read with you if you don't bring your own. 7 p.m., Rockville Branch Library, 99 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0140.

CHRONIC-PAIN SUPPORT, a forum for people hindered by pain, 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.

Wednesday 6

KENSINGTON MAGIC SHOW, for ages 3 and older, Wendy Siegelman performs magic illusions in this interactive program. 10 a.m., Noyes Branch Library, 10237 Carroll Pl., Kensington. Free; tickets available at the library. 301-929-5533.

PRESCHOOL PUPPET SHOW, for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 a.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free; tickets available at the library. 240-777-0910.

GARDEN SLIDE SHOW, master gardener and rose expert Bob Alde presents a slideshow presentation of "Roses, Roses, and More Roses." 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

INTERGENERATIONAL ACTIVITY, Julia Burger and John Sausser from Arts for the Aging lead seniors and children in music and movement activities. 10:30 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

MEDICAL LECTURE, Mary Frances Butler of Holy Cross Hospital discusses "Understanding Blood Work," the analysis of blood components, and how blood is associated with health, disease and much besides. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

RAIN FOREST ANIMALS, for ages 5 and older, "Reptiles Alive." 1:30 and 3 p.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free; tickets available at the library. 301-253-5100.

UPCOUNTY SERVICES CENTER, a county representative answers questions about government services. 2-4 p.m., in the lobby, Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

SCIENCE SHOW, for grades K-8, the Maryland Science Center presents "What's the Matter: Chemistry with Fizz, Foam and Flash," an interactive exploration of physical changes and chemical reactions. 2 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

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

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 Department. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 14901 Broschart Rd., Rockville. Free; registration required. 800-204-8600.

LIVE-ANIMAL STORY TIME, for ages 5 and older, volunteers from the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair present live animals and tell related tales. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

ANIMAL TALES, for ages 6 and older, with storyteller Diane Macklin. 7 p.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410.

DANCE PROGRAM, for all ages, the Erika Thimey Dance and Theatre Group performs "Fables and Fun." 7 p.m., Kensington Park Branch Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

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.

DEPRESSION-RELATED SUPPORT, for families and friends of those suffering with depression or bipolar illness, sponsored by Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association. 7:30 p.m., St. Raphael's Church, parish hall, 1513 Dunster Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-299-4255.

Thursday 7

SENIORS SELF-DEFENSE CLASS, martial arts expert Clifford Thomas discusses "Street Smarts: Saving the Seniors," with self-defense tips and advice on how to avoid becoming a target of violence. 10 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

RESUME WORKSHOP, for women, the basics in resume development. 10 a.m.-noon, Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

UPCOUNTY SERVICES CENTER, a county representative answers questions about government services. 10 a.m.-noon, in the lobby, Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-5100.

OLNEY BLOOD DRIVE, because supplies run low in the summer. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Inova Blood Services Bloodmobile at Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Free; appointment required. 301-774-8881.

OLNEY BASKETBALL SHOW, for ages 6 and older, Harlem Globetrotter Spinny Johnson demonstrates basketball tricks; space limited. 2 p.m., Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd. Free; tickets available at the library. 301-570-1232.

BREASTFEEDING CLASS, for new mothers and fathers, "Getting Started with Breastfeeding." 6:30-9:30 p.m., Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. $30 per couple; registration required. 301-754-8800.

KENSINGTON PARENTING CLASS, "Emotion Coaching," for parents of children younger than 6; how to help children to calm themselves, solve their own problems and reduce stress. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $28; couples, $53; registration required. 301-929-8824.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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