Thursday 29

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

* 10 a.m. today, 6:30 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Oct. 6, Twinbrook Community Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. 240-777-0240.

* 7 p.m. today, Tuesday and Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. Friday and Tuesday, Gaithersburg Library, 18830 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-840-2515.

* 7 p.m. today and Oct. 6, Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. 240-777-0678.

* 10 a.m. today, Friday and Oct. 6, 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. 240-777-0200.

* 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.

* 7 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

MEDICAL FILM SERIES, "The Elephant Man," sponsored by the National Library of Medicine; refreshments available. 6 p.m., Lister Hill Center Auditorium, first floor of Building 38A, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-6308.

LATE-BLOOMING WRITERS TALK, Jeanne Ray, who wrote her first novel at age 62, presents "Julie and Romeo Get Lucky," her fourth and most recent work of fiction; and she and Prill Boyle, author of "Defying Gravity," talk about striving for success later in life. 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-1761.

POTOMAC RIVER SLIDE SHOW, photographer Roy Sewall presents a slide-illustrated discussion of his book "Our Potomac: From Great Falls Through Washington, D.C." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

Friday 30

SINGING IN SILVER SPRING, mezzo-soprano Cathleen Kenny sings jazz, opera, big-band tunes, and more. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

ALASKA TRAVELOGUE, "Great Parks of Alaska" presented on DVD. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

POETRY LECTURE, Heidi Mordhorst discusses "Squeeze: Poems from a Juicy Universe," her views on how to squeeze what you experience into a few tart or sweet poetic words. 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-1761.

Saturday 1

BIKE AND GEAR SWAPS, bring extra bikes and cycling gear to trade; sponsored by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bicycle Place, 8313 Grubb Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 202-628-2500.

SAFETY EXHIBIT, for children and adults, "The Great Safety Adventure," a guided tour of a 1,000-square-foot house with animated displays about hazards and home safety. The program, a creation of the Home Safety Council, is sponsored by Lowe's. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lowe's store parking lot, 205 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-208-0400.

GERMANTOWN BOOK SALE, most hardbacks $1; most paperbacks 50 cents. 9 a.m.-noon, Germantown Branch Library, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. Free. 240-777-0110.

GAITHERSBURG BOOK SALE, most hardbacks $1; most paperbacks 50 cents. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

DIGITAL-PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS, volunteer Dave Hillman discusses digital cameras and answers beginners' questions. 10 a.m., Damascus Branch Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

RESCUE SQUAD OPEN HOUSE, fire-and-rescue activities, tours of the station, demonstrations of medical and rescue equipment, firefighter hats for kids, moon bounce, and KidCare photo identification kits. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-652-0077.

DERWOOOD HARVEST FESTIVAL, farm life from the 1850s to present; craft demonstrations, a farm history hunt, working sheepdogs, live farm animals and more; food available for purchase. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Agricultural History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. $10 per vehicle. 301-924-4141.

CLEAN ENERGY OPEN HOUSE, visit Maryland's only 100-percent renewable-energy home: corn-burning furnace, solar panels, low-energy refrigerator, solar oven-baked cookies and more, sponsored by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 7125 Willow Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-891-6726 or www.chesapeakeclimate.org.

ROCKVILLE ALS CAREGIVER SUPPORT, for Montgomery County caregivers of people with Lou Gehrig's disease, sponsored by the ALS Association, 1-3 p.m. Adventist HealthCare, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-978-9855.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, the Folkloric Group of Panama performs a fusion of rhythms from African, Spanish and indigenous roots. 2-3 p.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-4410.

EATING-DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP, for people recovering from body-image and eating disorders, sponsored by Eating Addictions Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship program. 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 2

SCLERODERMA WALK-A-THON, third annual "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma" 5K walk to benefit the Scleroderma Foundation. 9 a.m., Rock Creek Stream Valley Park, Lake Needwood, 6700 Needwood Rd., Rockville. $50 for family; $25 for individual; $10 for 12 and younger; registration required. 703-938-2191.

AARP INFORMATION SESSION, learn how the AARP works on behalf of older Marylanders. 7-8:30 p.m., Clarion Hotel Bethesda Park, 8400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 877-926-8300.

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

Monday 3

WHEATON HOMEWORK HELP, one-on-one assistance with assignments; sign-up required upon arrival. 4-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

SPANISH CONVERSATION CLUB, participate in casual Spanish conversation led by people whose native language is Spanish. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

Tuesday 4

FLU SHOT CLINIC, Maxim Health Systems provides flu and pneumonia shots (Medicare Part B pays for shots, but pneumonia shots are covered only once every 5 years), bring Medicare card. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. $25 for flu shot; $35 for pneumonia shot; registration requested; walk-ins may not be accommodated.

BREAST CANCER LECTURE, led by a staff member of the Health Department of Holy Cross Hospital, presentation includes guidance on self-examination. 10-11 a.m. Tuesday (in English) and Wednesday (in Spanish), Holy Cross Hospital Senior Source, 8580 Second Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration requested. 301-754-3404.

OLNEY COMPUTER TUTORING, for beginners, one-on-one help; learn to create documents, send e-mail, use the library catalog and search the Web. 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free; registration required. 301-570-1232.

FOLK-JAZZ CONCERT, the W.E.S. Group, a quartet led by sax player William E. Smith, assistant professor of music at American University. 7 p.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410.

Wednesday 5

BIBLE POETRY, Julia Burger of Arts for the Aging discusses the verses of the "Song of Solomon." 10:30 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

AMERICAN CULTURE DISCUSSION, Gerald Schneider reads from conservative columnist David Brooks's "On Paradise Drive" and leads a discussion about whether anything can unite Americans across the divides of politics, race, class and geography. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

WHEATON IMMIGRATION CLINIC, for immigrants and refugees. Attorneys and trained 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.

DIVORCE SEMINAR IN SPANISH, lawyer Nelson Garcia discusses the process of separation and divorce and how to find a lawyer; conducted entirely in Spanish. 7-8:45 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required.

ENVIRONMENTAL MEETING, monthly meeting of Neighbors of Northwest Branch. 7:30 p.m., White Oak Branch Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-946-5599.

JEWISH LITERATURE LECTURE, Faye Moskowitz, author and professor at George Washington University, discusses demons, golems and dybbuks in Jewish literature; copies of S. Ansky's "The Dybbuk" available for registered participants. 7:30 p.m., Bethesda Branch Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free; registration required. 301-986-4300.

Thursday 6

WRITING TO WORK THROUGH GRIEF, a staff member of Hospice Caring, Inc., leads the first in a series of six Thursday workshops in creative writing as a way to engage grief; supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere; no previous writing experience necessary; bring pen and paper. 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 6, 20 and 27, and Nov. 3, 10 and 17. Free; registration required. For information on Gaithersburg area locations and to register, call Toby at 301-990-0854.

MENTORING BREAKFAST, Robert Green, warden of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility at Clarksburg, and Candace Kattar, director of Identity, a nonprofit organization that helps Latino youth to achieve more in school and at home, lead a conference, "Saving Our Children -- Compassionate Mentoring"; sponsored by the Task Force on Mentoring of Montgomery County. 8-11 a.m., John Hopkins University, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville. Free. 301-330-0330.

MEDICAL FILM SERIES, "The Band Played On," a film about the AIDS epidemic during the early 198s when the disease was first becoming widespread. Anthony Fauci, physician and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provides introductory remarks and facilitates post-film discussion; refreshments; sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. 6 p.m., Lister Hill Center Auditorium, first floor of Building 38A, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Free. 301-594-5983

GAITHERSBURG BOOK TALK, a discussion of Barack Obama's "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," sponsored by the African American Book Group. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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