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Community Guide Calendar

July 22, 2002

<cal1>July

<cal2>Fireworks are an annual Fourth of July tradition at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive in Rockville. Call 301-309-3330. Visit www.ci.rockville.md.us.

Cure Autism Now annual 5K run and one-mile walk to benefit research on autism takes place in Potomac Village on July 4 every year. Call 301-419-8198. See www.cureautismnow.org or e-mail sdpereles@erols.com.

Summer Sounds in the Parks, Cabin John Regional Park, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Music and entertainment for the whole family on Tuesdays July 16-Aug. 27. Free. Call 240-777-6821.

Summer Outdoor Concerts at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda, are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., July-August. Enjoy music and nature free of charge. Call 301-530-0540.

Rockville Twilighter Runfest 8k and 1k fun run. July 20, 8:45 p.m. at the Rockville Town Center at North Washington Street and Middle Lane. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

<cal1>August

<cal2>Montgomery County Agricultural Fair is held each year at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. This year the fair is scheduled for Aug. 9-17. Activities include a cattle show, rodeo, demolition derby, antiques and more. Call 301-926-3100.

Scotland Community Day is Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1-7 p.m. at the Scotland Community Center, 7700 Scotland Drive, Potomac. Games, moonbounce, clown, DJ, prizes and basketball tournament. Call 301-983-4455.

Riley's Rumble Half Marathon held Aug. 4 at 7:30 a.m at Poolesville High School, 17501 Willard Road. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

Inter-chamber Softball Tournament is an opportunity for residents to watch Potomac Chamber of Commerce officials get down and dirty at the Smokey Glen Farm in Darnestown. Call 301-299-2170 or visit www.potomacchamber.org.

Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., in the Bumper Car Pavilion on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, from noon-6 p.m. Opening reception on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. The works of more than 150 artists will be on display, featuring paintings, drawings, pottery, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry and more. Most items are for sale. Call 301-492-6229.

<cal1>September

<cal2>Family Fun Night will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. Craft projects, carnival games, entertainment, face painting, bingo and more. Call 301-983-4471.

Tour De Canal, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, is a bicycle tour spanning 184 miles of towpath riding from Cumberland to Georgetown. Benefits the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Washington Chapter. Riders must qualify through a mandatory training ride. Call 1-866-259-0042, email tourdecanal@together.net or visit www.alz-nca.org.

The Canal Clipper, a mule-drawn barge and historic tour, operates from the Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center from March 31-Oct. 28. Call 301-767-3714 or 301-299-3613 or visit www.nps.gov for days and times. The Visitors Center is open all year from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. except on Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving.

<cal1>October

<cal2>Halloween Happening at Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, will be held Sunday, Oct. 27. Costume parade, prizes, games and arts and crafts. Call 301-983-4471.

Best of Bethesda Day takes place Saturday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and includes the Taste of Bethesda, a street festival featuring food from over fifty diverse restaurants. Event is held along Fairmont, Norfolk, St. Elmo and Cordell streets in downtown Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Bethesda Row Arts Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20. Fine arts, craft dealers, food vendors and strolling musicians along Bethesda Row. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Firehouse Open House at the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department hosts its annual Open House at Station 10, 8001 River Road, on the first Sunday in October. Activities include live action demonstrations, including "stop, drop and roll, stove-fire demonstration and automobile extrication. Other features include a moon bounce and food. Call 301-365-2255.

Potomac Day in the Village, the 19th annual community festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 26. Arts and entertainment for all ages, ranging from rides for children to an antique show for adults. The highlight is the Potomac Day Parade, featuring hundreds of entrants, including bands, horses, antique cars, school groups, scouting organizations, candidates for elected office and more. Potomac Day 5K run raises funds for local charities. Call the Potomac Chamber of Commerce at 301-299-2170. Visit www.potomacchamber.org.

Montgomery County Annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair will be held at Potomac Elementary, 10311 River Road, on Saturday, Oct. 26 to benefit the Montgomery County SPCA. Registration for pets begins at 9 a.m. and activities include walks, pet contests, silent auction and lunch. Call 301-299-3748.

Rockville 5K/10K, Montgomery County's oldest race, returns for its 26th run on Sunday, Oct. 20. There is an entry fee. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

Life and Death of the C&O Canal is an annual event hosted by The Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern. This year's event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers dressed in period costume take participants to various stations for a fun, educational look at canal history. Refreshments will be available. Call Elie Pisarra-Cain at 301-983-1537.

<cal1>November

<cal2>Community Food Drive takes donations of clothing and food at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, on Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 20-21, and distributes them to local homeless shelters. Call 301-983-4471.

Jewish Book Festival will be held Nov. 3-11 at the Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville. Books, CDs and tapes on Judaism and Jewish life are available for sale. Author appearances are also scheduled. Call 301-230-3773.

Potomac Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner is a chamber event held at the Avenel Tournament Players Club honoring Potomac's citizens of the year. Call 301-299-2170.

Marathon in the Parks will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17. Participants will complete a 26-mile run through Montgomery County. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Potomac Theatre Company presents "Guys and Dolls" at the Blair Family Center for the Arts, Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road in Potomac. Show times are Nov. 22-23 at 8 p.m., Nov. 24 at 2 p.m., Nov. 30 at 8 p.m., Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., Dec. 6-7 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Call 301-299-8571 for dates and times and ticket information.

Halloween Young Run (ages 12 and under) .25, .5 and 1 mile. Nov. 3 Sun, 9 a.m. Rockville. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

Turkey Chase 10K run that benefits the YMCA and Rotary Clubs of Washington. Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving) at 8:45 a.m. at Old Georgetown Rd. and Spruce St. 2 mile walk/run for children, wheelchairs welcome. Call 301-530-3725.

Potomac Clean and Green organizes a Potomac Village clean up on Saturday, Nov. 2. Meet at the gazebo in front of Safeway at 9 a.m. Call chairperson Peggy Dennis at 301-983-9738.

<cal1>December

<cal2>Bethesda's Winter Wonderland will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7. Celebrate the season with local children's groups and schools performing holiday music. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Glen Echo Potters Sale showcases over 3,000 pots with prices ranging from $5-$200 at the Palisades Community Church, on Dec. 14, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The sale includes works done by hand, by pottery wheel, high-fired and low-fired. Call 301-229-5585.

Winter Lights is a 3.5-mile drive through a holiday light show at Seneca Creek Park including Twilight Traditions and a tree-lighting ceremony. There are over 300 illuminated displays, 60 of which are animated. Call 301-258-6350 or visit www.ci.gaithersburg.md.us. Open Sunday-Thursday from 6-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 6-10 p.m., from Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Closed Dec. 25. The cost is $10/car, $25/15 passenger van or $50/bus.

Holiday Sing is an event sponsored by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce. Residents will serenade in Potomac Village. Tentative. Call 301-299-2170.

Christmas Tree Sale sponsored by the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department at Station 10, 8001 River Road is an annual tradition to benefit the fire department. Held at the beginning of December. Call 301-365-2255 for exact dates.

Jingle Bell Jog 8k; 1M Fun Run. Dec. 15, 9 a.m., at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

<cal1>January

<cal2>Wintry Rock Creek Run, four miles with a one-mile Fun Run. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

Potomac Frosty Six Mile run and fun run. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

<cal1>February

<cal2>Thanksgiving in February. Area restaurants will help fight hunger in our area by donating 10 percent of their receipts to area non-profit organizations like Rockville HELP and Bethesda Cares. Participating restaurants include Hunter's Inn, 10123 River Road in Potomac, and BD's Mongolian BBQ, 7201 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda. Call 301-762-8682.

Jazz Festival is a five-day event held from Feb. 12-16 at The Doubletree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike. The festival provides live musical performances, workshops and seminars. Call 301-933-1822.

Clothing Drive at The Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. All donations help interfaith needy families in Montgomery County. Call 301-983-4471.

Potomac Area Newcomers Club holds annual meeting. Call 301-869-7836 for reservations or Sue Bigler at 301-610-5056 for membership, or visit www.geocities.com.potomacnc.

<cal1>March

<cal2>The Children's Book Festival is an opportunity for children to become more involved in reading. In addition to the sale, book characters dress in costume to perform for the children. Event will be held March 16-21. Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville. Call 301-230-3773.

The Canal Clipper, a mule-drawn barge and historic tour, operates from the Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center from March 31-Oct. 28. Call 301-767-3714 or 301-299-3613 or visit www.nps.gov for days and times. The Visitors Center is open all year from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. except on Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving.

Carderock Towpath Run 12k. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

Potomac Theatre Company presents "Amadeus" with music at Blair Family Center for the Arts, Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road in Potomac. Show times are March 21-22 at 8 p.m., March 23 at 2 p.m., March 28-29 at 8 p.m. and March 30 at 2 p.m. Call 301-299-8571 for dates and times and ticket information.

<cal1>April

<cal2>Friends of the Library Family Fun Day is a fun fair for the whole family. Activities such as a used book sale, face painting and bookmark making appeal to all ages. Call 301-983-4475 or visit www.montgomerylibrary.org for the exact date.

Rockville Crushed Stone operation will hold the 11th annual Earth Day celebration at its Rockville Quarry, 13900 Piney Meetinghouse Road. The event, co-sponsored by the North Potomac Citizens Association, drew more than 4,000 people last year. Call 301-982-1400 or visit www.aggregate.com.

Bethesda Literary Festival will be held Thursday-Sunday, April 24-27 throughout downtown Bethesda's venues. Panel discussions, a variety of literary guests, book signings and children's authors and activities. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

"Blast from the Past" at Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road in Potomac, presents its annual rock and roll musical revue featuring student cast members, musicians and stage crew under the direction of area professionals. A community favorite. Call 301-469-7676.

Pike's Peek 10k run along Rockville Pike. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

Potomac Clean and Green organizes a Potomac Village spring clean up on Saturday, April 26. Meet at the gazebo in front of Safeway at 9 a.m. Call chairperson Peggy Dennis at 301-983-9738.

<cal1>May

<cal2>The Potomac Hunt Races feature steeplechase racing, thoroughbreds and festive tailgate parties. All proceeds benefit Suburban Hospital's trauma center. Call 301-896-3971 or visit www.potomachuntraces.com.

The Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park operates May 1-Sept. 29, weekends 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo. Call 301-492-6229 or the events hotline at 301-492-6282. See www.nps.gov/glec.

The Audubon Nature Fair will be held Sunday, May 4 at the Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. This family event will include children's events, environmental games, nature exhibits, and arts and crafts. Call 301-652-9188.

Strawberry Festival at Potomac United Methodist Church, 9908 S. Glen Road in Potomac, will be held May 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Berries, a silent auction, bake sale, rummage sale, craft fair, dollar items, games and activities for children, pie-eating contests, food and door prizes. Proceeds benefit charitable programs for women and children in need. Call the church at 301-299-9383.

Hometown Holidays is a three-day Memorial Day festival with concerts, children's crafts and games, carnival rides, fireworks and a parade at Rockville Town Center at Route 355 and Middle Lane. Call 240-314-8605 or visit www.ci.rockville.md.us.

The 2003 Landon Azalea Festival will be held May 2-4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Perkins Garden and throughout the entire Landon 75-acre wooded campus and gardens. Attend the Maryland Craft Show, purchase many varieties of plants and flowers as well as items from the festival boutiques. 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-320-3200 or visit www.landon.net.

Cabin John Cross Country 5k run, with 1k, .25 and .5 mile Young Runs. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

The Flower Tub Garden Project in Potomac Village adds a festive color to downtown activities. Volunteers will meet on Friday, May 9 in front of Hunter's Inn at 9 a.m. Call Elie Pisarra-Cain at 301-983-1537.

<cal1>June

<cal2>Kemper Open. June is the month to welcome professional golfers to the Potomac Area. The Kemper Open takes place at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel, 10000 Oaklyn Dr. Call 301-469-3774 or 301-469-3737 or visit www.kemperopen.pgatour.com.

Imagination Bethesda is a free festival featuring hands-on activities for children, two stages of entertainment and roving performers. The event takes place in Bethesda on Saturday, June 7. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Kiddush Cup Golf Tournament is an annual Jewish Community Center golf tournament to benefit senior programs at the Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville. Call 301-230-3773.

Capital Crescent 5k run. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

Dancing and Music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, June-August. Admission varies. Call 301-492-6229 or visit www.nps.gov/glec/ge-tweek.html.

Summer Reading Programs for elementary school age children and ages 3-5 at Potomac Community Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, June-August. Space is limited. Call 301-983-4475.

Potomac Theatre Company presents "Chain Links 2003," its annual performance of one-act plays by local playwrights. Blair Family Center for the Arts, Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road in Potomac. Show times are June 13-14 at 8 p.m., June 15 at 2 p.m., June 20-21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m. Call 301-299-8571 for ticket information.

The Canal Clipper, a mule-drawn barge and historic tour, operates from the Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center from March 31-Oct. 28. Call 301-767-3714 or 301-299-3613 or visit www.nps.gov for days and times. The Visitors Center is open all year from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. except on Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving.