To have community events listed in The Potomac Almanac, mail to 10220 River Road, Suite 303, Potomac, MD 20854, or e-mail to almanac@ or fax to 703-917-0991. Photos, especially color, are encouraged. Please send notice of events at least two weeks in advance.

Thursday/Dec. 5

Holiday Boutique and Greens Sale at Landon School, Dec. 5-6, from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Browse specialty vendors for holiday decorations who will offer Chanukah and Christmas gifts. The Greens Sale offers hand-made wreaths, swags, centerpieces and tabletop boxwood trees. Young Shoppers’ Booth and Bake Sale for children. See the historic farmhouse decorated for the holidays. Admission and parking are free. Landon School is located at 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-320-1066.

Herbal Cosmetics Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, presents a hands-on class for ages 8-adult about nature’s cosmetics, from 3:45-5 p.m. Cost is $16 and $13 for members. Call 301-299-1990.

The Round House Theatre has added four performances to its run of Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.” The additional performances are scheduled for Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 5-8. All performances are at 8 p.m. For tickets call the Round House Box office at 240-644-1100 or visit Round House Theatre is located on East-West Highway, one block east of Wisconsin Avenue in the heart of downtown Bethesda.

Friday/Dec. 6

“A Ceremony of Carols,” featuring the Women of Circle Singers, in concert, at 7:30 p.m. Contemporary choral music at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $12 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under. For tickets, call 202-882-3537 or email

Holiday Preview Party at Woodend The Audubon Naturalist Society’s holiday fair preview party will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, from 7-10 p.m. Gourmet food and music along with a private sale of arts and crafts. Admission is $30 in advance; $35 at the door; $10 for children under 12; and under 2 are free. Woodend is located at 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. RSVP by Dec. 4 to 301-652-9188.

Saturday/Dec. 7

Jewish Punk Rockers Australian group YIDcore claims they discovered “references to punk rock hidden in the Bible Code (the book, that is, not the code itself).” The “loud and snotty” act will bring its repertoire of everything from holy liturgy to “Fiddler on the Roof” to Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Bindeman Center, 11810 Falls Road, Potomac, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for members in advance and $10 on the day of the show; non-members by $10 in advance and $15 on the day of show. Call 301-354-3209.

Fashion and Talent Show The Heights School, 10400 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, sponsors this event, from 6-11 p.m. Tickets cost $50. Funds raised support the school’s youth. Call 301-949-9197.

¡Navidad! Carols and Parrandas will be presented by Coral Cantigas, accompanied by master musicians from the Latin American Folk Institute, Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. The musical event takes place at The Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Glen Echo. Tickets are $12-$15 in advance; $15-$18 at the door. Call 301-424-8296. Visit

Landscaping in Miniature Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children ages 8-adults will learn how to landscape all year long. Cost is $7 per person; $6 for members. Call 301-299-1990.

The Washington Swing Dance Committee and the National Park Service host Girls From Mars in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park. Free introductory workshop at 8 p.m.; Dancing from 9 p.m.-midnight. Fee: $10. Visit or call 301-340-9732.

Card Workshop The Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, 5801 Oxford Road, is hosting free Victorian holiday greeting card workshops, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also, on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations are required. Call Ranger Susan Finta at 301-492-6245.

Sights and Sounds of the Season Join volunteer naturalist Betty Bushell and friends to explore the late fall and early winter season near Great Falls. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for this two-hour nature walk. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 10 a.m.-noon. Not handicapped accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse and demonstrate tasks as they tell the story of a typical lockkeeper’s family, from 1-4 p.m. The lockhouse is located at the end of Rileys Lock Road (about 9 miles west of Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center), off Route 190 in Seneca. Not handicapped accessible. Also, on Sunday, Dec. 8. Call 301-767-3714.

Ranger’s Choice Join a park ranger for a demonstration, talk or walk. Program offering will be determined the week before the program, so call ahead if you’d like to know the topic. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, at 1:30 p.m. (ending time varies). Some programs handicapped accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

Winter Wonderland The Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. will showcase local elementary schools and children’s cultural groups at Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland, from 2-4 p.m. The event will take place at Bethesda’s Metro Center and the Newlands Building Plaza located at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue.

Holiday Sing-Along at Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., at 10 a.m. Pianist Myra Weinberg will be featured. Instruments, song sheets and refreshments. Call 301-320-4880.

Holiday Fair at Woodend The Audubon Naturalist Society’s holiday fair will be held Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gourmet food and music along with a private sale of arts and crafts. Admission is $7 for adults; $3 for children under 12; and under 2 are free. There is also a two-day admission ticket for $11. Gourmet food, beverages, birdseed, holiday greens, trees, “Scales n’ Tales,” hands-on nature crafts, raffle and library book sale. Rain or shine. Woodend is located at 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. RSVP by Dec. 4 to 301-652-9188.

Holiday Wreaths B-CC Crew Wreath and B-CC Sports Booster’s Poinsettia Sale in the B-CC cafeteria, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Each Vermont wreath is a 22-inch, double-sided balsam fir and is priced at $18. Poinsettias are also available in a variety of sizes, prices and colors. Holiday purchases support B-CC’s athletes and sports teams.

Sunday/Dec. 8

Advent Event The Chancel Choir of Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ will present the annual service of Lessons and Carols for Advent at 7 p.m. The service will take place at Westmoreland Church, One Westmoreland Circle, in Bethesda. Contributions will be collected to benefit Christ Church Episcopal School in Nazareth, Israel. Call 301-229-7768.

Spiritual Discussion The Baha’i Faith in Potomac is sponsoring the talk “Improving Race Relations in American Society” by David Douglas, educator and co-author of “Marriage Beyond Black and White: An Interracial Family Portrait.” Border’s Book and Music, 3rd Floor, White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike, 2:00 p.m. Call 301-762-6977.

Winter Waterfowl The Potomac River serves as a winter stopover or home for numerous species of waterfowl. Join Ranger Rod Sauter to observe what has stopped by the Great Falls area this year. Bring binoculars or spotting scope or borrow the ranger’s. Washington Aqueduct Observation Deck near the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Handicapped accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

Chanukah Carnival The Children’s Learning Center, 4511 Bestor Drive, Rockville, will hold a Chanukah carnival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments and games. The event is free but tickets must be purchased to play the games. Call Jenny Silverman at 301-871-6600.

Winter Concert The Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (formerly the Montgomery County Youth Orchestras) will present a concert at 2:30 p.m. at Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac. Selections by Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Call 301-654-2018 or

Monday/Dec. 9

Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville. The annual Christmas party features refreshments, soft drinks and coffee. Visitors are welcome. Free. Call 301-299-8213.

Wednesday/Dec. 11

Discovery Hike Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., offers “Cones, Cradles for Conifers,” for ages 3-5 with an adult, at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Also on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Call 301-299-1990.

Adoptions Seminar at Adoptions Forever, Inc., 5830 Hubbard Drive, Rockville, from 7-9 p.m. All aspects of international adoption in El Salvador. Program repeated on Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon-2 p.m. Free. Call 301-468-1818. Visit

Friday/Dec. 13

Daytimers Forum at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac, at noon. Guest speaker will be Norman Ornstein, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Free. Call 301-299-7087.

Bethesda Art Walk Galleries and art schools in Bethesda open their doors to the public and serve free refreshments. Call 301-215-6660.

Marketing Seminar Real estate trainer and speaker Roger Butcher will conduct a three-hour training program on building referrals, at Four Points by Sheraton, 8400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. The doors open at 9:15 a.m.; seminar will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For details and complimentary tickets, call 1-800-422-1462.

Holiday Yappy Hour at Ana’s Ark Doggie Day Care, 601-5 Dover Road, Rockville, from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring a new wrapped dog gift ($10 value) to swap. Door prize drawings at 7:15 and 7:45 p.m. All dogs attending should be well socialized and current on vaccinations. Call 301-738-6781.

Saturday/Dec. 14

Used Book Sale at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Many books less than a dollar. Donations of books in good condition accepted. No out-dated text books or magazines. Call 240-777-0690.

“Geology and Our Changing Landscape” at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. A one- or two-mile hike over rocky landscape. Space limited. Reservations required. Call 301-767-3714.

Trail of the Month. Join a guided hike, “Maryland Heights,” beginning from Harpers Ferry to a view of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers merging. A 5.1-mille hike, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., for ages 14-adult. Bring snack and lunch and wear sturdy shoes. Transportation provided from Milestone Shopping Center in Germantown. Cost is $5. Call Locust Grove Nature Center at 301-299-1990.

Bluegrass Music The Original Seldom Scene with Larry Stephenson will appear at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors, students and children. Reserved seating. Call 301-279-5301.

“The Nightingale” A Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration on Tour production at Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. The children’s classic comes to life. Recommended for ages 5-adult. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students and children. Call 301-279-5301.

Sunday/Dec. 15

Holiday Sing-Along for the whole family at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., at 1 p.m. Carol songbooks will be passed out. Enjoy the season with cider and cookies. Call 301-767-3714.

Masterworks Chorus presents a holiday concert at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $24. Call 301-530-0540. Visit

Cinema Art Bethesda presents “Mile Zero,” at the Landmark Bethesda Row Theatre, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, at 10 a.m. A discussion with a film expert follows the show. Tickets are $12 at the door. Call 301-365-3679.