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 Aug. 4, 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 Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m. Friday and Tuesday, Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-840-2515;

* 7 p.m. today and Aug. 4, Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, 240-777-0678.

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

* 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; and

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

BETHESDA INTERNET CLASS, a chance to learn how to find information on the Internet. 10 a.m., Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 301-320-4880.

COUNTY FAIR STORIES AND ANIMALS, teenage volunteers bring fair stories and farm animals in anticipation of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, scheduled for Aug. 12-20 in Gaithersburg. 10:30 a.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

FAIRLAND BOOK TALK, Gish Jen's novel "The Love Wife." 10:30 a.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

ROCKVILLE SPINAL DISORDERS, Suburban Hospital physician Ali Moshirfar discusses spinal maladies, symptoms and treatment. 1-2 p.m., Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8810.

BETHESDA HEALTH FAIR, for cancer and diabetes patients, educational sessions on cancer-pain management, coping with chronic back pain and diabetic foot care; plus health screenings and a facility tour. 1:30-5:30 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue Surgery Center, 6400 Goldsboro Rd., Suite 400, Bethesda. Free. 202-339-0111.

COUNTY FAIR ANIMAL CARE TALK, learn about the care and feeding of a farm animal, in anticipation of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, scheduled for Aug. 12-20 in Gaithersburg. 2 p.m., Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

ROCKVILLE DINOSAUR SHOW, for ages 6 and older, staff members of the Maryland Science Center use puppets and fossils to show how scientists know that dinosaurs once roamed the Earth. 2 p.m., Rockville Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 301-217-3800.

OLNEY CHILDREN'S STORIES, for ages 6 and older, Tracey Eldridge tells safari tales and sings songs. 2 p.m., Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

JOURNALIST-AUTHOR LECTURE, Katherine M. Skiba, Washington correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has reported from Iraq, discusses her book "Sister in the Band of Brothers: Embedded With the 101st Airborne in Iraq." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

Friday 29

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP, for people providing care to a spouse, a group discussion of medical and social issues. 9:30-11 a.m. Fridays, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration requested. 301-754-7152.

LIBRARY BOOK PICNICS, for ages 7-12, bring a snack and your favorite book to discuss. 11:30 a.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, registration required, 301-565-7689; noon, Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Rd., Burtonsville, 301-421-5400. Free.

DANCE CLUB SOCIAL, keyboard and vocalist Mark Hanak performs dance music. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $4. 301-468-4448.

Saturday 30

FAIRLAND BOOK TALK, Eleanor Updale's Victorian spy novel "Montmorency on the Rocks." 10:30 p.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

FLIGHT CLASS, for ages 6 and older, staff members from the Maryland Science Center present "The Wright Stuff," a program about the Wright Brothers. 2 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

BOTANICAL ART, Margaret Saul, director of Brookside Garden's School of Botanical Art and Illustration, demonstrates botanical art technique in watercolor; plus an exhibit of original art and prints by Saul and her students. 2-4 p.m., in the lobby, Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0970.

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

Sunday 31

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

Monday 1

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP, for adult children of aging parents, group discussion of medical and social issues. 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration requested. 301-754-7152.

ECOLOGICAL PROGRAM, for ages 5-12, members of Reptiles Alive discuss "Rainforests Alive" and introduce live animals. 7 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-986-4313.

SPANISH CONVERSATION CLUB, for English-speakers, practice Spanish in casual conversation led by native Spanish speakers. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

BASIC BABY CARE, a two-session course on caring for an infant, including bathing, safety, feeding, supplies, and signs and symptoms of illness. 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays, through Aug. 8, Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Couples, $55; registration required. 301-754-8800.

Tuesday 2

HEART HEALTH CLASS, a four-part course on congestive heart failure, including information on symptoms, medication, diet, exercise and community resources. 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 23, Holy Cross Hospital, seventh-floor conference room, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration requested. 301-754-8800.

SPANISH CLASS, for adults, teacher Elsa Rivera-Sinclair leads a 10-week conversational Spanish class. 10:30 a.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-565-7689.

MEDICATIONS AND MEMORY TALK, Gary G. Kay, a physician with the Washington Neuropsychological Institute, discusses the effects of medications on everyday memory and attention. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

PAPERCUTTING ART CLASS, members of Chinese-American Parents and Students Association teach how to cut animals from paper; sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County. 2 p.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

FAIRLAND BOOK TALK, Diane McKinney-Whetstone's novel "Leaving Cecil Street"; sponsored by the Fairland African-American Book Group. 7 p.m., Fairland Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 301-421-5400.

CHILDREN'S THEATER, the Stevens Puppets present "The Wizard of Oz." 7 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION, local historian Clarence Hickey portrays a 19th-century physician and discusses health care in the 1800s; sponsored by the Col. William Norris Camp of the Maryland Sons of Confederate Veterans. 7:30 p.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

ROCKVILLE SUMMER MUSICAL, "Honk!" a fully-staged production based on "The Ugly Duckling," by Hans Christian Andersen; sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington's Summer Theatre of the Arts for Youth. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Aug. 4, at the center, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $10. 301-348-3872.

Wednesday 3

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP, for people providing care to a spouse, a group discussion of medical and social issues. 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration requested. 301-754-7152.

SILVER SPRING PUPPET SHOW, for ages 3-5, Penny Theater presents a puppet show and more. 10:30 a.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

MEDICARE LECTURE, a discussion of the Medicare Prescription Part D plan. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 100- Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

SCIENCE PRESENTATION, members of the Maryland Science Center present "Brain Benders," looking at everyday objects through scientific eyes; sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Damascus Chapter. 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

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

CHINESE FOLK TALES, for ages 6 and older, storyteller Linda Fang tells stories about ancient China, including emperors and lords, common folk, heroes, villains and more. 2 p.m., Rockville Library, 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville, 301-217-3800; and 2 p.m. Aug. 4, Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, 301-986-4300. Free.

GAITHERSBURG PUPPET SHOW, for all ages, Blue Sky Puppets perform a story about Rufus, a lost and lonely dog who finds friendship and learns about individuality. 2 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

WHEATON IMMIGRATION CLINIC, for immigrants and refugees, lawyers and 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.

ROCKVILLE YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONCERT, for ages 5 and older, talented local teenage musicians present "Young Musicians Showcase," including Steve Hung performing a suite for cello by J.S. Bach. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

SILVER SPRING BOOK TALK, Dorothy Height's memoir "Open Wide the Freedom Gates"; sponsored by the Silver Spring African-American Book Group. 7 p.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

CHILDREN'S THEATER, the Stevens Puppets present "The Wizard of Oz"; sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 7 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.

INDONESIAN FOLK TALES, storyteller Arianna Ross presents "The Magic of the Sea," stories from Indonesia. 7 p.m., Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free; registration required. 301-983-4475.

SCIENCE PROGRAM, for ages 5 and older, members of the Maryland Science Center present a program of fact, fizzing chemicals and hard-to-believe demonstrations. 7 p.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

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., St. Raphael's Church, parish hall, 1513 Dunster Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-299-4255.

Thursday 4

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

KENSINGTON CLOWN APPEARANCE, a fast-food personality visits the library. 10:30 a.m., Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-897-2211.

COUNTY FAIR ANIMAL VISIT, for ages 3-6, members of the 4H Club host a surprise animal visit, in anticipation of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, scheduled for Aug. 12-20 in Gaithersburg. 10:30 a.m., Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7689.

REPTILE PROGRAM, for ages 6 and older, join park naturalist Melanie Marshall and her reptile friends for "It's a Reptile's Life." 2 p.m., Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

MULTICULTURAL MUSIC PROGRAM, performance artist Tracey Eldridge presents "Wild for Sounds: A Multicultural Musical Safari." 2 p.m., Poolesville Library, 19633 Fisher Ave., Poolesville. Free. 301-972-7800.

QUINCE ORCHARD BOOK TALK, Valerie Boyd's biography "Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston"; sponsored by the Quince Orchard African-American Book Group; copies of the book available for checkout. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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