Thursday 6

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

GRIEF WRITING-THERAPY WORKSHOPS, the first in a series of six Thursday workshops in creative writing as a way to engage grief, lead by a staff member of Hospice Caring; a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere; no previous writing experience necessary; bring pen and paper. 10 a.m.-noon today, Oct. 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.

TALK ON SENIORS CHANGING HOMES, for seniors, a three-part presentation to help seniors thinking about selling, downsizing or resettling their homes. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Holy Cross Resource Institute, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7152.

MEDICAL FILM SERIES, "The Band Played On," a film about the AIDS epidemic during the early 1980s 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 a 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 library's African American Book Group. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

Friday 7

COMPUTER TUTORING, a skilled volunteer offers computer assistance, one on one to beginners; teaches how to create documents, send e-mail and search the Web; sign up at the information desk. 1 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays, Olney Branch Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-570-1232.

Saturday 8

LIBRARY COMPUTER-USERS TIPS, instructor teaches how to find answers to questions using the public computers at the library. 9 a.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

INTERNET AND COMPUTER CLASS, for beginners; bring your library card. 9:15-10 a.m., Davis Branch Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.

GLEN ECHO WALKING TOUR, Carlotta Anderson, author of "A Walking Tour of Glen Echo With Tales and Pictures," leads a walking tour through the town; comfortable shoes recommended; sponsored by the Montgomery County Historical Society. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., meet at Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Ave., Glen Echo. $6; registration required.

KENSINGTON OPEN HOUSE, demonstrations of fire and rescue equipment, a tour, fire prevention literature and music, sponsored by the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department. Noon-4 p.m., Kensington Firehouse, 10620 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Free. 301-929-8000.

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 9

ROCKVILLE SINGLE PARENT ORIENTATION, information on discussion groups, socials, workshops, sports, and child and adult activities, sponsored by Parents Without Partners, Chapter 60; lunch to follow. 11 a.m., CiCi's Pizza, 12111 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Free; with buffet lunch, $6; children, $4.50; registration required. 301-469-6645.

DERWOOD HIKE, a walk through the Agricultural History Farm Park; mostly natural terrain and rough paths; wear sturdy shoes and long pants, and bring a walking stick; the trail is not suited for wheels; sponsored by Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club. 9-11 a.m., at the park, 18400 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. Free. 301-926-4985.

PAPER-CUTTING WORKSHOP, for ages 8 and older; Naomi Hordes, a local artist, leads a hands-on demonstration of Judaic paper-cutting; her work is on display at the library through this month. 2 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-773-9420.

BETHESDA CULINARY LECTURE, Sandra Sherman, author, lawyer and culinary historian, discusses her book "Fresh From the Past: Recipes and Revelations From Moll Flanders' Kitchen," about 18th-century cultural traditions, including politics, etiquette and social climbing; sponsored by Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Meeting Room A, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-320-6979.

Monday 10

BOOK TALK, Beppe Severgnini's "Ciao, America: An Italian Discovers the U.S." 1-2 p.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-4410.

ZOO PHOTOS TALK AND CLUB CONTEST, "Tips for Successful Zoo Photography," discussed by photographer Don Johnson; followed by a slide, print and digital image competition; sponsored by Gaithersburg Camera Club. 7 p.m., Gaithersburg Branch Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-840-2515.

SPOUSAL BEREAVEMENT GROUP, for widows and widowers, a counselor facilitates a 10-week support group to offer emotional and practical support for those who have recently lost a spouse. 7-8:30 p.m., Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Free; registration required. 301-990-0854.

TEENAGERS BOOK TALK, for students in grades 7-12, Steven Gould's fantasy novel "Jumper," about a teenager who can teleport himself. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 240-777-0200.

BOOK TALK, Iain Pears's historical novel "The Dream of Scipio"; copies available for checkout. 7:30 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-773-9420.

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.

Tuesday 11

HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING, for seniors, counselors work with individual seniors and their family members to help answer questions about policies, including claims, supplemental insurance and Medicare. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

FIRST-AID BASICS, for seniors, an instructor from Adventist Health Care discusses incidents older adults are most likely to encounter and what to do until help arrives. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

DISCUSSION ABOUT MEMORY, for seniors, Lauren Hild of Holy Cross Hospital discusses activities and techniques to aid memory and the ability to learn things; handouts provided. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

APHASIA THERAPY, computer-aided speech-language therapy for stroke survivors with aphasia; administered by staff members of the Montgomery County Stroke Association. 1-2:30 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; requested donation, $15; registration required. Call Janet Gritz, 301-622-2282.

LUNG CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, for lung cancer patients and their families, facilitated by a social worker and a nurse. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 25, Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7149.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISCUSSION, Marilyn R. Block discusses issues that affect benefits and how to estimate what you will receive when you begin to draw benefits. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, Room 100, 401 N. Washington St., Rockville. $16; registration requested. 240-777-8311.

DIVORCE LEGAL SEMINAR, a family law attorney discusses non-child-related aspects of divorce, including grounds for divorce, spousal support, property distribution and settlement agreements. 7-8:45 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, Room 100, 401 N. Washington St., Rockville. $16; registration requested. 240-777-8311.

DISCUSSING SEXUALITY, for parents, discussion of "Becoming an 'Askable' Parent: How to Talk With Your Child About Sexuality," including practical information and tools needed to talk comfortably with children and enable them to filter society's messages about sex, to teach them how to protect themselves and to help them understand their family's values. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Nov. 1, Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $95; couples, $160; registration required. 301-929-8824.

Wednesday 12

HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION, "Dia de la Raza," a parade of nations, cultural displays, and actress and singer Miriam Colon performing songs from a variety of Latin American countries. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, for women with recent diagnoses of breast cancer. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 26, Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. Free. 301-754-7149.

STROKE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, a physical therapist and a Pilates instructor discuss "Pilates and Group Exercises for Stroke Survivors"; sponsored by the Upper County Chapter of the Montgomery County Stroke Association. 7-9 p.m., Shady Grove Adventist Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 9701 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-681-6272.

Thursday 13

BINGO AND DEPRESSION SCREENING, participants play "Feel Good Bingo" and learn about depression; followed by screenings for depression by mental health counselors from Affiliated Sante Group. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5708.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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