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Wednesday, March 6

Sights and Sounds of the Season

Join volunteer naturalists in an exploration of the end of the winter season and search for signs of spring near

Great Falls. There is a brief slide presentation followed by a nature walk. Wear sturdy shoes. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd. 10 a.m.-noon. Not handicapped accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

Thursday, March 7

Beginning Birdwalk

Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. at Cabin John Regional Park, will guide adults in discovering white-throated sparrows, nesting sites and perhaps some surprises. From 8-10 a.m. Call 301-299-1990.

Music Makers

Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. at Cabin John Regional Park, will explore birds that warble, crickets that chirp, frogs that croak and woodchucks that whistle, from 1-2 p.m. For ages 3-5 with an adult. Cost is $2. Call 301-299-1990.

Meditation

"What Makes Art a Sacred Act?" will be presented at Adidam Revelation Bookstore, 7215 Arlington Road, Suite 202, at 7:30 p.m. Donations Appreciated. Call 301-656-6277.

Friday, March 8

Photo Exhibit

"Available Light" is currently on exhibition at Creative Partners, 4600 East West Highway in Bethesda, March 5-30. Opening reception is tonight, from 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Above, Ted Raper's "School Bus."

Holy Child Play

The musical "Into the Woods" will be presented by Connelly School of the Holy Child, 9029 Bradley Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets sold at the door. Call 301-365-0955.

Minority Procurement Fair

Montgomery County's fifth annual minority procurement fair. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.. $25 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. University of Maryland, Shady Grove Center, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, near intersection of Shady Grove and Darnestown roads. Call Ronnita Collier at 240-777-9915.

Nature's Music Makers

Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. at Cabin John Regional Park, will explore birds that warble, crickets that chirp, frogs that croak and woodchucks that whistle, at 10 a.m., 1 and 3:45 p.m. For ages 3-5 with an adult. Cost is $2. Call 301-299-1990.

Children's Stories & Crafts

Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 7 p.m. Designed for ages 3-5. Free. Call 301-986-1761.

Dinner & Auction

Auction to support The Woods Academy, Bethesda Country Club. 6:30 p.m. Adults. Tickets are $75. Call 301-365-3080.

Meditation

The Bodhi Path Buddhist Center, 12540 Falls Road in Potomac, will present "Shamatha and Vipashyana Meditation," at 7:30 p.m. Call 240-453-9200 or visit www.bodhipath.org.

Saturday, March 9

Art Exhibit

Jenny Sage, a senior at Poolesville High School, will exhibit her paintings and drawings at Yellow Barn Gallery at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., March 9-10, from noon-6 p.m. Opening reception today from 6-9 p.m. for "Self-Analysis." Refreshments. Call 301-492-6229.

Quilt Workshop

Glenview Mansion will host this daylong event featuring the Full Deck artists Jeanne Benson and Diane Herbort. Call 301-309-3354.

Spiritual Discussion

The Bodhi Path Buddhist Center, 12540 Falls Road in Potomac, will present "On Karma," from 10 a.m.-noon. Call 240-453-9200 or visit www.bodhipath.org.

Family Nature Walk

“Maples and Mourning Cloaks” explores scarlet flowers on maple trees, butterflies and cardinals as warm weather approaches, from 2-3 p.m. For all ages. Call 301-299-1990.

River Channel or Canal?

The original canal builders had a choice: Blast out thousands of tons of rock, at great expense of time and money, or use an existing river channel. Learn how the builders of the C&O Canal overcame tremendous natural obstacles and how nature often gets the last laugh. This walk is limited to 25 people and requires a reservation. Call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center before 4 p.m. on

Friday, March 8, to sign up. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Limited handicapped accessibility. Call 301-767-3714.

Urban Safari

Discovery Creek at The Stable at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Explores the beauty of nature in the city, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet live opossum, pigeons, insects and other animals. $4 for nonmembers; $3 for members and seniors; under 2, free. Also, on Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 202-364-3111.

Easter Cooks

A bunny rabbit cake and a praline basket filled with painted coconut macaroons? Surprise family members with a personalized shortbread chocolate covered bunny by attending Janet Gaffney's The Art of Cooking, at 10 a.m. Class and buffet costs $58. Call 301-951-3719.

All-Bach Orchestral Celebration

The Bach Sinfonia will present a program featuring the music of Bach at 8 p.m. at The Washington Conservatory of Music, 5144 Massachusetts Ave. in Bethesda. Tickets are $12-$20; children 14 and under free with an adult. Call 301-933-5866.

St. Patrick's Day Dance

The Catholic Alumni Club of Washington will hold a St. Patrick's Day singles dance at the Hyatt Regency, 7400 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda, from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Admission is $12. Dancing to a DJ. Call Don at 301-498-3269 or visit www.caci.org/cac/cacw.html.

Book Sale

Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, will hold a book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Potomac Library, at 9 a.m. Most hardbacks are a dollar and paperbacks are 50 cents. Call 301-983-4475.

Latin American Chamber Chorus

Coral Cantigas will celebrate Women's History Month will present a bilingual performance at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 8300 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, at 7:30 p.m. Selections will be by famous Latin American women. TIckets are $10-$15. Call 301-816-2314 or visit www.cantigas.org.

Rockville at 200 Years

Peerless Rockville presents "Montgomery County: Living Through Time," at Croydon Creek Nature Center on Horners Mill Road, from 1-3 p.m. Archeologist Wayne Clark will discuss the attributes that make the area habitable. Call 301-762-0096 or visit www.peerlessrockville.org.

Dinner and Auction

School fund-raiser dinner and auction at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, 7500 Pearl St., at 6:30 p.m. Adults. Dinner is $50; raffle tickets $100. Call 301-654-5376, Ext. 350.

Children's Theatre

"Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy" will be presented by Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., through April 14. Designed for ages 5 and older. Tickets are $6. Call 301-320-5331.

Piano Recital

Pianist Marilyn Neeley will perform the second recital in the National Chamber Orchestra Piano Recital Series, at 8 p.m. at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville. Works include Mozart, Brahms, Seymour Bernstein and Liszt. Tickets are $11-$21. Children ages 6-17 are free. Call 301-545-5660.

Holy Child Play

The musical "Into the Woods" will be presented by Connelly School of the Holy Child, 9029 Bradley Blvd., at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets sold at the door. Call 301-365-0955.

Sunday, March 10

'Remembering Bunny' Art Show

The Aldeth Spence Christy Foundation will be spotlighted in this show at McCrillis Gardens Gallery, 6910 Greentree Road in Bethesda, through April 12. Aldeth, "Bunny," was born on Easter and was a big proponent of fabric art. Reception today at 3 p.m. Exhibit hours are Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Call 301-365-1657.

Dance Orchestra

The La Salle Dance Orchestra will play for dancers at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., from 3:30-6 p.m. Free dance lesson at 3 p.m. Cost is $5. Call 703-425-7926.

Eagle Watch

Join park ranger Rod Sauter at 1:30 p.m. for a brief interpretive talk about this living national symbol, its demise and its recovery in the Chesapeake Bay region. Ranger Sauter will remain on site until 2:30 p.m. so people can view a bald eagles' nest with a spotting scope and share in the annual "eagle watch." Bring binoculars or spotting scope. Washington Aqueduct Observation Deck, across the canal from The Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd. Handicapped accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

JCC Building Dedication

The Jewish Community Center will hold a rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, at 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville, at 10:30 a.m. The facility has undergone extensive renovations. Preschool children will perform, and refreshments will be served. Call 301-881-0100.

Evensong at St. Francis

The Men of the St. Francis Choir parish supper and entertainment night begins at 5 p.m. "The Golden Age of American Song," featuring the music of Gershwin, Porter and Berlin and Co. The church is located at 10033 River Road in Potomac. Call 301-365-2055.

Children's Story Time

Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 3 p.m. For ages 3-5. Free. Call 301-986-1761.

Movie Show

"David Copperfield" will be presented at The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., at 10:30 a.m. Members $3, nonmembers $5. Call 301-654-8664.

Author Readings

Daniel Mont, author of "A Different Kind of Boy: A Father's Memoir on Raising a Gifted Child with Autism," and William Woodwell Jr., author of "Coming to Term: A Father's Story of Birth, Loss and Survival." The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., at 2 p.m. Members $3, nonmembers $5. Call 301-654-8664.

Public Forum on Aging

Ira Shapiro will host a public forum, "The Challenges of an Aging Society to our Health Care System," from 1-3 p.m. at Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Lane. Call 301-838-1947.

Song of Spring

A children's concert presented by the National Chamber Orchestra, at 3 p.m. Encourages interaction between musicians and audience. Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike. Refreshments. Tickets are $12 for students. Call 301-530-0540.

Monday, March 11

Book Discussion

Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave. in Bethesda, will hold a literary salon at 1 p.m. Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Marble Faun" will be discussed. Free. Refreshments. Call 301-320-4880.

Chamber Music

The National Symphony Orchestra will present a musical program including Debussy's "Sonata No. 2" at 8 p.m. at The Jewish Community Center (JCC), 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville. Tickets are $20-$30. Call 301-230-3775.

Tuesday, March 12

Writing Lecture

Children's book author Judy Morris will discuss her book "Writing Fiction for Children," at 7:30 p.m. at Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave. in Bethesda. Free. Refreshments served. Call 301-320-4880.

Tea and a Concert

Pianist Blanche Shaffer and harpist Helen Ryan provide the music for tea at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, at 1 p.m. Prepaid reservations. Costs $17. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Wednesday, March 13

Art Talk

"The Art of the Haggadah: A Journey Through Time," will be presented at the next ArtSites meeting. The free program will be held at The Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum, Carriage House Galleries, 10001 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. Call 301-8871-3133.

Junior Naturalists

"Rainforest Reptiles and Amphibians" is the subject of this nature program for children 10-12 at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. in Bethesda, from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Cost is $4. Call 301-299-1990.

Oscar Night Dinner

Janet Gaffney's The Art of Cooking presents a meal "fit for the stars," at 6:30 p.m. Fish canapés, pork and cider ragout and more. Food and class costs $58. Call 301-951-3719.

A Fox's Tale

Learn all about these dashing animals with their luxurious tails, at Locust Grove Nature, 7777 Democracy Blvd., from 10-11 a.m. Search for their habitat along the trail and make a foxy craft. Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult. Younger siblings welcome. Cost is $2 per child 2 and up. Call 301-299-1990.

Tea and Celtic Harp

Gail McDermott provides the music for tea at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, at 1 p.m. Prepaid reservations. Costs $17. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Thursday, March 14

Cuddle Ups

Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, will present "Spring Fling" for children 12-24 months, at 10:15 and 11 a.m. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Call 301-983-4475.

Newcomers Club

The Potomac Area Newcomers Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Event includes a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Stepping Stones Shelter of Rockville. For location and reservations, 301-983-3191. For membership information, call 301-216-1315.

Suburban Woman's Club

Meet at North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway, at 10 a.m., for a talk by Guy Fringer on genealogy. Refreshments. Call 301-365-0760.

Meditation

"Recognizing the Divine" will be presented at Adidam Revelation Bookstore, 7215 Arlington Road, Suite 202, at 7:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. Call 301-656-6277.

Friday, March 15

Potomac Theatre

'Chain Links,' original one-act plays by local playwrights, will be presented by Potomac Theatre Company at Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Call 301-299-8571.

Dance Concert

'Spotlight on Broadway,' presented by The Musical Theatre Center, opens tonight at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive at the Rockville Civic Center, through March 24. Show features Young Americans of Washington and Upbeat Unlimited performing a mix of classic Broadway favorites. Show times are March 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23, at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on March 16, 23 and 24. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13.50 for seniors, students and children. For group sales, call 301-251-5766. All other tickets, call 301-545-5660.

Chocolate Tasting Gala

Carnival of Chocolates will be held at Glenview Mansion in Rockville, from 7-9:30 p.m. Chocolate desserts from area restaurants and caterers, music, champagne, magician and silent auction. Event will benefit The Dwelling Place, a transitional housing program for homeless families. Tickets are $30. Call Genevieve LaClair at 301-916-4675.

Mountain Biking

Locust Grove Nature Center will host a 4- to 6-mile trip through Schaeffer Farm in south Germantown through wooded tracts and farmland., from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring lunch and water and meet at Schaeffer Farm Road, Grey Rock Ranch, in Germantown. For adults. Call 301-299-1990.

Book Signing and Discussion

Joel Lerner, author of "Anyone Can Landscape," will be at American Plant Food Company, 5258 River Road in Bethesda, at 1 p.m. Adults. Free. Call 301-469-7690.

Free Concert

Michael & Matthew Polochak will perform at Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., 3 p.m. All ages. Free. Call 301-986-1761.

Seniors Social

Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda, at 12:30 p.m. Free. Call 301-951-1990.

Anniversary Celebration

The 12th year anniversary celebration extravaganza at La Petite Classique, 4884 Bethesda Ave. Today, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Adults 21 and older. Free. Call 301-564-9323.

Saturday, March 16

All-Beethoven Program

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) Symphony Orchestra will perform the music of Beethoven in the Kreeger Auditorium, 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and students and $15 for JCC members. Call 301-230-3775.

How Could They Overlook That?

Learn how the Great Falls were formed and how history could have destroyed this magnificent view forever. Accompany a park ranger to the overlook, meet at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd. at 1 p.m., or simply meet the ranger at the overlook at 1:30 p.m. Handicapped accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

Gem and Mineral Show

The 38th Annual Gem and Mineral Show will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, 16 Chestnut St., from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $4, and children under 12 and parking are free. Scouts and youth groups also admitted free. Call Wendell Mohr at 301-926-7190.

'The Firebird'

The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre will present "The Firebird" at 1 and 5 p.m. at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, 51 Manakee St. in Rockville. Tickets are $12-$16. Discounts for groups available. Call 301-762-1757. Charge by phone at 301-279-5301.

Windy Weather

Ever wonder where all that weather comes from? Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., presents a program for children 6-10 with an adult at 10:30 a.m. Participants will make a kite and take it out for a test fly. Cost is $4 per child. Call 301-299-1990.

Women's Fair

Attend the 2002 Montgomery County Women's Fair, a full day's activities at Montgomery Blair High School, 51 E. University Blvd. in Silver Spring. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Event includes workshops, exhibits and networking. Newsweek contributing editor Eleanor Clift will speak at 10:30 a.m. Call 301-949-2055 or visit www.mcwomensfair.org.

'Insect-a-Mania'

Discovery Creek presents a science program from noon-3 p.m. Investigate live and mounted specimens on a "Bug Safari" at The Stable at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Cost is $4 Call 202-364-3111 or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Swing Dance

Blue Sky 5 will perform for dancers in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., from 8 p.m.-midnight. Dance lesson from 8-9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 301-340-9732 or visit www.wsdc.org.

Potomac Theatre

'Chain Links,' original one-act plays by local playwrights, will be presented by Potomac Theatre Company at Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Call 301-299-8571.

Dancing Down the Light

Eastern and Western spirituality at Adidam Revelation Bookstore, 7215 Arlington Road, Suite 202, in Bethesda, at 7:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. Call 301-656-6277.

Spaghetti Dinner

Boy Scout Troop 773 is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, salad, fresh Italian bread, dessert and a beverage, from 5-8 p.m. at Potomac United Methodist Parish House, Falls Road and South Glen Road, in Potomac. Tickets are $6 per person and available at the door. Proceeds from this event are used to purchase

camping equipment and fund outings for the troop.

Sunday, March 17

Urban Safari

Discovery Creek at The Stable at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Explores the beauty of nature in the city, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet live opossum, pigeons, insects and other animals. $4 for nonmembers; $3 for members and seniors; under 2, free. Call 202-364-3111.

Cinema Art Bethesda

"Aberdeen" will be presented at 10:30 a.m. at Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. Directed by Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland, this award-winning film takes a humorous look at evolving relationships and addiction. Tickets are $12 at the door. Call 301-365-3679.

Appraisal Afternoon

Summerville Assisted Living, 11215 Seven Locks Road, will present a fundraising event for the Washington Area Alzheimer's Association. For a $10 tax deductible donation, a Sloan's representative will appraise any item. Call 301-765-9198.

Children's Storytime

Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 3 p.m. Ages 3-5. Free. Call 301-986-1761.

Open Reading

The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. in Bethesda. Sign-up for readers is at 1:30 p.m.; reading at 2 p.m. Cost is $3; non-members, $5. Call 301-654-8664.

Ranger's Choice

Join a park ranger for an interpretive program, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Topics and types of programs will vary according to ranger availability each week. Length will be anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center at 301-767-3714 or 301-299-3613 during the week of the program for details. Great Falls is located at 11710 MacArthur Blvd. Limited handicapped accessibility. Call 301-767-3714.

Afternoon Concert

The Swanns, a jazz and R&B group, will perform concerts at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive in Rockville, in the conservatory. Free. Call 301-309-3057.

Potomac Theatre

'Chain Links,' original one-act plays by local playwrights, will be presented by Potomac Theatre Company at Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Call 301-299-8571.

Claremont Piano Trio

The Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville, presents this American group in the Kreeger Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m. The trio will perform Mozart, Mendelssohn and a work commissioned for the trio by Hilary Zipper. Young Concert Artists Series. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 301-230-3775.