Thursday 1

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

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

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

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

* 10 a.m. Saturday, Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, 240-773-9460.

* 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, 240-773-9420.

UPCOUNTY SERVICES INFORMATION, 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.

FAIRLAND BOOK TALK, Khaled Hosseini's novel "The Kite Runner." 10:30 a.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

WIDOW AND WIDOWER SUPPORT GROUP, for those under 50 who lost their spouses more than a year ago, sponsored by Hospice Caring. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, in the Rockville area. Free; registration required. Toby Rabbin, 301-990-0854.

Friday 2

MUSIC AND BINGO, Doug Cooke performs 1950s songs on the piano from the era of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis; bingo follows. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

LISTENING SKILLS WORKSHOP, Eliane Herdani teaches how to listen actively and overcome common barriers. 1-3 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

CHEVY CHASE PIANO CONCERT, Edita Vinnitskaya performs. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 34433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

Saturday 3

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE SYMPOSIUM, for patients, caregivers and friends, Noel Rose, a physician and director of Johns Hopkins Autoimmune Center, and George Tsokos, a physician and professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Walter Reed Institute of Research, discuss "Treatment Updates on Lupus, MS, Crohn's Disease, Juvenile Diabetes, Scleroderma and Other Autoimmune Diseases"; breakfast included; sponsored by the Autoimmune Disease Coalition of Maryland. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Auditorium 1 and 2 (ground floor), Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-775-5714.

USED BOOK SALE, sponsored by the Quince Orchard Friends of the Library. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Admission, free; most hardcovers, $1; paperbacks, 50 cents. 240-777-0200.

USED BOOK SALE, CDs, videos and tapes; all proceeds fund library programs and the purchase of materials for the library. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Admission, free; most hardcovers, $1; most paperbacks, 50 cents. 240-777-0910.

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.

EQUESTRIAN THERAPY OPEN HOUSE, staff members of Great Strides, a mental health organization, discuss a program of horse-assisted psychotherapy, meet people and their horses, hear stories about the horse-human therapeutic experience and more. 1:45-3 p.m., Great Strides, 26771 Howard Chapel Dr., Damascus. Free; registration requested. 301-253-1166.

WINTER MUSIC CONCERT, the National Institute of Health's Chamber Singers present a winter concert; sponsored by the Potomac Friends of the Library. 2-3 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free. 240-777-0690.

SILVER SPRING THEATER, for 5 and older, Round House Theatre's Youth on Stage, a youth performance group, presents an original work, "White Apple Virus: One Young Spy." 3:30 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-773-9420.

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 4

SINGLES DISCUSSION GROUP, Lisa Neuhold leads a discussion titled "The Stem Cell Debate"; sponsored by the Jewish Singles 45 and Older group. 10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 703-528-5738.

WIDOWED PERSONS HOLIDAY PARTY, refreshments, socializing and live music performed by the President's Men's Barbershop Quartet. 2-4 p.m., Bauer Drive Community Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-949-0006.

Monday 5

CANCER SUPPORT LUNCH, for women coping with the side effects of cancer treatment, staff members discuss beauty tips and creative ways to deal with hair loss; plus a free cosmetic bag and lunch. 11 a.m., Community Learning Center A, second floor, Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Free; registration requested. 301-774-8775.

JOURNALISM PANEL DISCUSSION, with Henry Allen, a Washington Post staff writer; Eric Bond, editor of the Takoma Voice; Elizabeth Homan of Montgomery College's media relations department and a former television news reporter; and Jan Schaffer, a former investigative reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer, on "The News We Want, The News We Need: Finding Balance in an Age of Spin," including an exploration of the rise of partisan news, the effects of technology and more. 1-2:30 p.m., second-floor auditorium, Health Sciences Center, Montgomery College, 7977 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-251-7970.

SCRABBLE CLUB, learn to play or perfect your skills. 3:30 p.m., Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

SPANISH CONVERSATION CLUB, for English speakers, practice 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 6

SILVER SPRING POET APPEARANCE, Olga B. Weston presents her newly published book of narrative poetry, "Lyrics to Life -- Vol. 1"; light refreshments. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Admission, free; the book is $15. 301-681-1255.

LEGAL TRUSTS DISCUSSION, Haig Ellian, lawyer, discusses "Trusts: The Basics," including trustees, beneficiaries and testamentary trusts. 1-2 p.m., Holy Cross Hospital Senior Source, 8580 Second Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-754-3404.

DIVORCE SEMINAR, Ellen L. Lee, lawyer, discusses non-child-related aspects of divorce, including grounds for divorce, spousal support, property distribution, settlement agreements and more. 7-8:45 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

POLITICAL AUTHOR'S LECTURE, Jules Witcover discusses his book "The Making of an Ink-Stained Wretch: Half a Century Pounding the Political Beat." 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

Wednesday 7

ASPEN HILL BOOK TALK, Andrea Levy's novel "Small Island." 1-2 p.m., Aspen Hill Branch Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410.

UPCOUNTY SERVICES INFORMATION, 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.

SILVER SPRING CHESS CLUB, for players of all skill levels. 3:30 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-0910.

WHEATON HOMEWORK HELP, volunteers help students with assignments; one-on-one sessions; must sign up when you arrive at the library. 4-7 p.m., Wheaton Branch Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-0678.

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.

BURTONSVILLE BOOK CLUB, for students in grades 4-6, discussion of books about sports and changing residences, plus a craft; sign up at the library and get the books. 7 p.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

BOOK DISCUSSION, David Haynes' novel "The Full Matilda"; sponsored by the Silver Spring African American book group. 7 p.m., Silver Spring Branch Library, 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-773-9420.

MYSTERY BOOK TALK, Dorothy Sayers's "The Nine Tailors." 7 p.m., Fairland Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL TALK, a meeting of the Neighbors of Northwest Branch. 7:30 p.m., White Oak Branch Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-622-2492.

Thursday 8

DIABETES TALK, Daniel DeBarros discusses care of the feet of people with diabetes; DeBarros takes measurements for diabetic shoes for those who qualify through Medicare. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-681-1255.

RETIREMENT PLANNING WORKSHOP, financial planner Jamie S. Lapin discusses how to reallocate investments before retirement, safety nets to protect your savings and health care options. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Commission for Women's Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. $16; registration required. 240-777-8300.

DISABILITY SERVICES WORKSHOP, a panel discussion of educational and neuropsychological testing and consultation, case management, life skills assessment and training, psychotherapy, support groups, home and personal care, and more. 6:30-8 p.m., boardroom, second floor, Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free; registration required. 301-816-2645.

LATIN-AMERICAN MUSIC CONCERT, Rodrigo Garcia on guitar and daughter Giliana Garcia, 9, on violin, perform music from Colombia, Mexico and other countries. 7 p.m., Twinbrook Branch Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Audrey Niffenegger's "The Time Traveler's Wife." 7:30 p.m., Quince Orchard Branch Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

JULIAN BOND CIVIL RIGHTS LECTURE, Julian Bond, NAACP chairman and civil rights activist, discusses "Crossing the Color Line: From Rhythm and Blues to Rock and Roll," and shows slides accompanied by music. 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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