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

THURSDAY/SEPT. 12

Ted E. Bear Tea Will begin with a story and hike, and will end with high tea and crumpets in the parlor. For ages 2-4 with accompanying adult. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee is $3. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

County Council Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m. on Councilmember Nancy Dacek? Bill 26-02, which would prohibit pedestrians from standing in a travel lane, roadway median or intersection, or approaching a motor vehicle in a travel lane to solicit or sell anything to occupants of the vehicle. County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Call 240-777-7900 to testify.

?egotiating Salaries and Benefits?A workshop held by the Montgomery County Commission For Women teaches concepts and techniques to help gain higher income and better job benefits, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. One session. Registration required. Cost is $10; out-of-county, $15. Counseling and Career Center, 255 N. Washington St., 4th Floor in Rockville. Call 301-279-1800.

Grants Workshop A free, step-by-step workshop held by The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County will teach participants how to prepare an application for arts and humanities program funding, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the AHCMC, 4405 East West Highway in Bethesda. Grant application deadline is Oct. 22. Call 301-215-7227 or visit www.ahcmc.org.

Suburban Woman? Club of Montgomery County will have their first meeting of the year at 11:30 a.m. at Meadow Lark Inn, 19611 Fishers Lane in Poolesville. Call 301-365-0760 or 301-320-4889.

Mini Workshop in Murder ?ix Steps to Plot and Sell a Mystery?with author Noreen Wald at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Wald is the author of the Ghostwriter Mystery Series. She will also sign her new book, ?nter Dying.?Call 301-986-1761.

Free InfoExpo and Job Fair for those age 50+ at the University of Maryland? Shady Grove campus, 9630 Gudelsky Drive in Rockville, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Informative exhibits, employers, Internet training, seminars, giveaways and more. Presented by Senior Beacon and Montgomery County. Call to register for seminars at 301-949-9766.

Meditation ?ou Can Suffer or You Can Love,?at Adidam Revelation Bookstore, 7215 Arlington Road, from 7:30-9 p.m. Donations appreciated. Call 301-656-6277.

FRIDAY/SEPT. 13

Fraser Gallery will show ?n Orphan Driven Mad by Pastures and History,?the paintings and wood engravings of John Jacobsmeyer, through Oct. 9. The gallery is located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, in Bethesda. Free. Call 301-718-9651 or visit www.thefrasergallery.com.

Magic Show Potomac resident David London presents Cerebral Sorcery, an evening of magical performance and experimental theater, at the Writer? Center, 4508 Walsh St. in Bethesda, Sept. 13-14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 301-279-7454 or email cstickets@hotmail.com. Visit www.cerebralsorcery.com.

Bethesda Art Walk Galleries and art schools in Bethesda open their doors to the public and serve free refreshments, from 6-10 p.m. Call 301-215-6660.

?ack to School Jam?at Scotland Community Center, 7700 Scotland Drive in Potomac, from 5-7 p.m. Families are invited to a free concert featuring hip-hop artist Mic Muscle, and take home educational materials and free giveaways. Event seeks to raise awareness and stamp out illiteracy in Scotland, the first free black community in Maryland. Call 301-983-4455.

SATURDAY/SEPT. 14

Crab and Chicken Feast The village of Cabin John will hold its 33rd annual crab and chicken feast, from 2-6 p.m. at the Clara Barton Community Center, 75th Street and MacArthur Boulevard. Tickets are $9 at the door, and $8 if bought in advance. For advance tickets, call Clare Amoruso at 301-320-2685.

Zydeco dance music. Lesson at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. in the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Cost is $10. Call 301-492-6229 or visit www.nps.gov/glec/ge-tweek.html for more information.

Miller 5K Classic to benefit Children? Hospital, sponsored by the W.C. & A.N. Miller Companies, will be held at The Shops at Sumner Place, 4701 Sangamore Road in Bethesda. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. Call 301-229-1935.

Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Potomac Library, will be held at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Most hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks will be 50 cents. Call 301-983-4475.

?omato Plant Girl?at Imagination Stage, White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, through Nov. 3. Show times are Saturdays, at 3 p.m., Sundays at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Suitable for the entire family. Tickets are $7.50. Call 301-881-5106.

Dog Adoption Day at Three Dog Bakery, 4924 Elm St., from 1-4 p.m. Free. Call 301-654-1540.

Art Exhibit The works of Lee Klopp will be on exhibit at Yellow Barn Gallery at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., on Saturday, Sept. 14 (noon-6 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 15 (noon-5 p.m.). Meet the artist both days. Odette paints in the tradition of the great Mexican muralists. A formal reception will be held on Saturday, from 4-6 p.m.

Piano Recital Series hosted by the National Chamber Orchestra. Brian Ganz performs works by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin, at 8 p.m. at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville. Tickets are $11-$21; children 6-17 are free. Call 240-314-8690.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, will lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse and demonstrate tasks as they tell the story of a typical lockkeeper? family, from 1-4 p.m. The lockhouse is located at the end of Rileys Lock Road, off Route 190 in Seneca. Not handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

SUNDAY/SEPT. 15

Open Reading at The Writer? Center, 4508 Walsh St. Sign-up at 1:30 p.m.; reading at 2 p.m. Cost is $5. Call 301-654-8664.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse. See Sept. 14 listing above. Call 301-767-3714.

TUESDAY/SEPT. 17

Music and Tea Victor Dyni plays the piano and tea is served, at 1 p.m., at Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Pre-paid reservations required. Cost is $17 per person. Call 301-530-0540.

Author Discussion at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., with Jeffrey Ian Ross, at 7:30 p.m. He will talk about ?ehind Bars: Surviving Prison.?Call 301-986-1761.

WEDNESDAY/SEPT. 18

Discovery Hike Search for plants and animals that use colors and/or shapes to hide, warn or be seen. For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and from 1-2 p.m. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

Junior Naturalists ?t? About Time?What exactly is time? How have people throughout history perceived it, tracked it and used it? For ages 6-9; under 8 with accompanying adult. Fee is $3. From 4-5 p.m. at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

Music and Tea Carol Rose Duane plays the harp and tea is served at 1 p.m. at Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Pre-paid reservations required; $17 per person. Call 301-530-0540.

?ranes of China?Speaker Bob Ringler, Carroll County Chapter, Maryland Ornithological Society. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Chapter, at 7:30 p.m. at Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road. Visit http://www.mdkinc.com/mccbird/index.html.

?ove and Anger?by George F. Walker opens a the Round House Theater in Bethesda. Single tickets go on sale on Aug. 15. Subscription tickets are available now. The play runs through Oct. 13. For tickets call 240-644-1100 visit www.roundhousetheatre.org.

?ecrets of the Tomb?author, Alexandra Robbins, will discuss Yale? Skull and Bones society at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Concert Series Rear View Mirror at Willow Garden Theatre, 7201 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda, noon-2 p.m. Free. Call 301-352-5387.

THURSDAY/SEPT. 19

Nature Tots Discovery Hike ?ature? Trick Shapes and Colors? invites children to search for plants and animals that use colors and/or shapes to hide, warn or be seen. For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

?ob Search That Works?presented by the Montgomery County Commission for Women, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Teaches ways to market oneself effectively through presentation strategies, networking and interviewing. Learn how to develop resources and techniques to locate job opportunities. First of three sessions includes Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. Registration required. Fee is $30, $45 for out-of-county. Counseling & Career Center, 255 N. Washington St., 4th Floor in Rockville. Call 301-279-1800.

Arts Funding Workshop ?isiting Artists and Scholars?is a free, step-by-step workshop held by The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County to learn how to prepare an application for funding. Grants of $250-$2,000 are available to community organizations with or without nonprofit status. Funds may be used for such programs as performances, visual arts presentations, heritage events, literary festivals and other arts and humanities events. The workshop is from 7-8:30 p.m. at the AHCMC, 4405 East West Highway in Bethesda. Grant application deadline is March 19. Call 301-215-7227 or visit www.ahcmc.org.

Glass Gallery Exhibits ?arine Magic,?an exhibition of blown glass shell forms by Australian artist, Jack Ink; and ?agic in the Air,?a collection of necklaces featuring moths and butterflies of glass beads by Karin Houben. Exhibits continue through Nov. 2. Glass Gallery, 4720 Hampden Lane in Bethesda. Call 301-657-3478.

The Montgomery County Green Party? monthly meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring library, 8901 Colesville Road. Contact Kennethingham@comcast.net or visit www.mdgreens.org

Author Discussion at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Join Chip Kidd who will discuss his new book ?he Cheese Monkeys,?a comic coming-of-age novel about a young graphic designer.

Call 301-986-1761.

FRIDAY/SEPT. 20

End of Summer Sundown Hike Prowl around the park and observe the secrets of nature at sunset. For all ages, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

Fall Extravaganza at La Petite Classique, 4844 Bethesda Ave., Sept. 20 & 21. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Event is designed for ages 21+. Free. Call 301-986-1990.

SATURDAY/SEPT. 21

Art Exhibit at Yellow Barn Gallery at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., featuring the work of Mara Odette. ?mpressions?is a collection of figurative oil paintings which reflects the artist? interpretation of DNA. Show runs Sept. 21-22, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Opening reception on Saturday, from 6-8 p.m.

The Eric Felton Jazz Orchestra offers swing dance music in the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Lesson at 8 p.m.; dance at 9 p.m. Cost is $10. Call 301-492-6229 or visit www.nps.gov/glec/ge-tweek.html.

Botany 101 for Adults Learn basic terminology of the plant world and take a careful look at its variety and complexity, from 1-2:30 p.m., at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Program is designed for ages 16 and up. Fee is $4. Call 301-299-1990.

Nature Walk at Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. Explore the nature trails of Woodend in early autumn, led by an experienced naturalist, at 10 a.m. Free. Call 301-652-9188.

Swing Dance ?. St. Jumpers?in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park. Free introductory workshop at 8 p.m.; dancing from 9 p.m.-midnight. Fee is $10. Visit www.wsdc.org or call 301-340-9732.

Poetry Reading Henry Taylor, Vladimir Levchev & Ronny Somek, at The Writer? Center, 4508 Walsh St., at 2 p.m. Cost is $5. Call 301-654-8664.

Dog Adoption Day at Three Dog Bakery, 4924 Elm St., from noon-3 p.m. Free. Call 301-654-1540.

Lock Around the Falls Join a park ranger for a two-mile roundtrip walk along the towpath through ?ix Locks.?Learn how canal engineers and laborers dealt with the challenge of constructing the C&O Canal. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., noon-1:30 p.m. Limited handicapped accessibility. Call 301-767-3714.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, will lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse and demonstrate tasks as they tell the story of a typical lockkeeper? family, from 1-4 p.m. The lockhouse is located at the end of Rileys Lock Road, off Route 190 in Seneca. Not handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

?ids Day America/International?will be held from noon-3 p.m. at Health and Fitness Chiropractic Clinic at The Executive Office Park, 6137 Executive Blvd. in Rockville. Dr. Mariella M. Young will sponsor the event locally with over 1,300 chiropractic offices participating worldwide. Information on crime prevention, child safety and environmental awareness. ?cGruff the Crime Dog?will appear. Free spinal exams and scoliosis screenings. Face paintings, moon bounce, a magic show, raffles and more. Call 301-770-9601.

SUNDAY/SEPT. 22

Constitution Week Event Rev. William Munro Shand III, Rector, will be the featured speaker at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10033 River Road in Potomac. Commemorative event is organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution of the National Capitol Area, at 2:30 p.m. Call 301-365-2055.

Exhibit Jane Seymour at Margaret Smith Gallery, 7247 Woodmont Ave., from noon-4 p.m. Free. Call 301-657-1200.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse. See Sept. 21 listing above. Call 301-767-3714.

ONGOING

?ales of Beatrix Potter?at The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., through Oct. 13. Wednesday-Friday, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Sept. 22, at 1 p.m., features an American Sign Language interpretation. Cost is $5. Call 301-320-6668.

Strathmore Hall Art ?merican Western Landscape?and ?red Folsom: Landscapes?at Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Exhibitions continue through Nov. 2. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Rockville Arts Place, 100 E. Middle Lane in Rockville. The new exhibit features the works of R.L. Croft, Ming-Yi Sung, Steve A. Prince and the watercolor students of Donna Baron, through Sept. 28. Regular hours: Monday-Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday until 9 p.m. Call 301-309-6900.

Capricorn Galleries, 10236 River Road in Potomac, is showing the landscapes of artist John T. Eiseman through September. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 301-765-5900.

Beginners Bird Walks Stroll the grounds of the 40-acre Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. Look for resident and migrating birds. Guided walks take place every Saturday in September and October, from 8-9 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for the weather. Older children welcome. Free. Call 301-652-9188.

Gems and Minerals The Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County meets regularly at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.. Visitors welcome. Free. Call 301-299-8213.

Perfect Ending and New Beginning, an art exhibition in Glen Echo? Stone Tower Gallery, celebrates and documents 50 years of Adventure Theatre. The exhibition runs through Sept. 29, Saturdays and Sundays, from noon-5 p.m., and Thursdays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Performance Lectures, sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences graduate school at NIH, features all sixteen Beethoven String Quartets performed live with lectures and outlines of each quartet. For music lovers, as well as trained musicians. Program runs from Sept. 17-Jan. 14 on Monday evenings, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. on the NIH campus in Bethesda. To register, call 301-496-7976, or visit www.faes.org.

Canal Odyssey: A Personal Adventure Park enthusiast and volunteer Janice Zimmerman? exhibit of personal reflections, photographs, and watercolors will continue on display in the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center through the month of September. Call 301-767-3714.

?ings of Fancy?Live Butterfly Show featuring butterflies native to Maryland and North America. Be surrounded by butterflies flying freely among a colorful garden of host and nectar plants, through Sept. 22, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily, at Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, 1800 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for ages 3-12. No Strollers. Call 301-962-1400 or visit www. brooksidegardens.org. Groups must register by calling 301-962-1401.

It? Tea Time Afternoon tea at Normandie Farms, 10710 Falls Road in Potomac, the first and third Wednesdays of every month, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $18 per person. Call 301-983-8838.

The Scottish Country Dance Society Of Washington invites beginners and experienced dancers to join the dance group. Instruction and social dances are offered throughout the year. Meetings are Mondays starting on Sept 9 at 8 p.m in the NIH Fitness Center, Building 39 in Bethesda. Cost is $3 per session. Call Betty Lee Barnes at 202-966-3595 or Belinda Acre at 703-528-5628.

Mule-Drawn Canal Boat Rides offer the feel of historic travel on the C&O Canal as a two-mule team, led by park staff dressed in period clothing, pulls the replica canal boat ?anal Clipper?through historic Lock 20 and onward. During this one-hour round trip, hear the story of the ?reat National Project?on what life was like for those who built and operated the canal. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $5 for children 4-14; and children 3 and under are free. Group rates available. Entrance fees to the park are $4 per car or $2 for hikers and bicyclists. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday at 3 p.m. Not handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

The Potomac Area Newcomers Club welcomes new residents to the community, with monthly meetings. Call for locations and reservations at 301-365-7572. For membership, call Sue Bigler at 301-610-5056. Visit www.geocities.com/potomacnc/.

MOMS Club of Potomac offers activities for stay-at-home moms and their children. New calendar and newsletter given out the third Monday of the month. Meets at 10:30 a.m. at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. Call 301-983-5225.

Mystery Night for children at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, at 7 p.m. for ages 7-11. A weekly series on Thursdays for children who love mystery books and solving mysteries. Weekly clues provided. Free. Call 301-986-1761.

Potomac Seniors gather at Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, during the week for a variety of activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program includes Tai Chi, entertainment, health screenings and education, chair exercises, crafts, speakers, counseling, theme parties, monthly mini-trips and intergenerational activities. Visit http://www.co.mo.md.us/rec/Seniors/ptmsr.html, or call 301-983-4471.

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

Storytime for children at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Sundays at 3 p.m., Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. Free. Call 301-986-1761.

Afternoon Tea is served at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. Prepaid reservations required. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Swing Classes are sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. Swing and Lindy classes for all levels, including ?wo Left Feet,?beginner and novice, and advanced. Call 301-946-3473 for times.

?ext Step?is sponsored by The Jewish Social Service Agency, a free support and activities group for widowed men and women 50-65 who are beyond initial bereavement. The nonsectarian group meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m. in the board room of the Hebrew Home Wasserman Building, 6121 Montrose Road in Rockville. Call Mary Hull Levyne at 301-816-2680.

Ice Skating at the Cabin John Ice Rink, 10610 Westlake Drive, is open all week, with early-bird specials on Tuesday and Friday, 7:30-9 a.m., and pickup hockey from 10:15-11:45 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 301-365-2246.

American Antique Arts Association meets the third Monday of the month at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, at 1 p.m., September-June. Meetings include speakers, demonstrations and information. New members are welcome. Call Mary Lennon at 301-299-5030.

Bethesda Art Walk Galleries and art schools in Bethesda open their doors to the public and serve free refreshments. This event will continue on the second Friday of every month until the end of 2002 on Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. Call 301-215-6660.

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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 non-members; $3 for members and seniors; under 2 free. Climb the new climb wall for an additional $1. Call 202-364-3111 or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Discovery Creek Children? Museum at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., presents a workshop, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is $4 per person. Call 202-364-3111, or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Traveling Along the Towpath at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11701 MacArthur Blvd., from 10-11 a.m. Join a park ranger for a change explore various historical structures and sights along the towpath. Easy hiking. Limited to 25 people. Call to reserve a space at 301-767-3714.

Do You Remember When? is a program at Great Falls Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 10-11 a.m. Learn how to spin wool and other crafts that mothers mastered during the canal era. Handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

Lockolympics Do you have what it takes to be a boatman or locktender? Join a park ranger in a variety of activities and learn about the skills and ability once required to make a living on the C&O Canal. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Limited handicapped accessibility. Call 301-767-3714.

Canal Construction 101 Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11701 MacArthur Blvd., will offer a chance to learn more about the problems that faced workers in the construction of the canal, from 10-11:30 a.m. Limited space. Call for reservation at 301-767-3714.

Sights and Sounds of the Season Join volunteer naturalists in exploring the season near Great Falls, Md. There is a brief slide presentation followed by a nature walk. Wear sturdy shoes. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 10 a.m.-noon. Not handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

The Potomac Landscape: Shaping Our Heritage Join a park ranger for an easy one-mile roundtrip hike to the Great Falls Overlook, from noon-1:30 p.m. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. The walk is limited to 25 people and requires a reservation. Handicapped accessible. Call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11701 MacArthur Blvd., at 301-767-3714.

Canal Kids Day Work and play were all part of the day in the life of an 1870s canal child. Children of all ages can learn how to groom a mule and play period games. Girl Scouts dressed in the styles of the 1870s will portray canal children and assist park rangers with interpreting the life of children along the C&O Canal. Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.. Limited handicapped accessibility. Call 301-767-3714.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, will lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse and demonstrate tasks as they tell the story of a typical lockkeeper? family. The lockhouse is located at the end of Rileys Lock Road, off Route 190 in Seneca. Rileys Lockhouse from 1-4 p.m., not handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

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WEDNESDAY/SEPT. 25

?e Felt Good!?Learn how to make felt from unprocessed sheep wool. For ages 7-10, under 8 with accompanying adult. 4-5:30 p.m. Fee is $5. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

Music and Tea Charles Durfor plays the acoustic guitar and tea is served. 1 p.m. Pre-paid reservations required, $17 per person. Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call 301-530-0540.

WAMU-Live at Strathmore WAMU radio presents a program of live performances recorded with a live audience for airing at a later date. 7 p.m. Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call 301-530-0540.

?he Verbally Abusive Relationship?A workshop held by the Montgomery County Commission For Women. Teaches how to recognize different types of verbal abuse and develops methods of response. The first of two sessions, the second on Oct. 2. Both are from 7-8:45 p.m. Registration Required. Fee: $20.00, Out Of County: $30.00. Held in Counseling & Career Center, 255 N. Washington St., 4th Floor in Rockville. Call 301-279-1800.

Brown Bag Daytimers at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, at noon. Guest speaker will be Ambassador Dennis Ross, director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and special Middle East coordinator. His topic will be ?he Middle East Conflict.?Free. Call 301-299-7087.

THURSDAY/SEPT. 26

Mouse Reading Parties at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 3 and 7 p.m. Children will enjoy reading with ?ouse?and read ?f You Take a Mouse to School,?by Laura Numeroff. Free cookies from Fresh Fields. A percentage of book sales from Sept 26-28 will benefit First Book, a county program which donates books to low-income families.

SATURDAY/SEPT. 28

Peaches ODell and her He-Man Orchestra offer swing dance music. Lesson at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. in the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Cost is $10. Call 301-492-6229 or visit www.nps.gov/glec/getweek.html for more information.

Looking at Art with David Tannous Art critic and independent curator David Tannous provides a talk and tour on the American Western Landscape exhibition. 1 p.m. Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call 301-530-0540.

SUNDAY/SEPT. 29

Music in the Mansion Series, National Chamber Orchestra Led by Piotr Gajewski. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24. Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call 301-530-0540.

TUESDAY/OCT. 1

?extures and Patinas?opens at Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East West Highway in Bethesda, through Nov. 2, features the functional and fanciful wood art of Ted Kobrin. Opening reception on Oct. 11, from 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 951-9441.

Holiday Senior Lunch Program at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, at noon. Lunch will be prepared and served by the Sisterhood. Musical entertainment. Cost is $2 per person. Call for reservations at 301-299-7087, Ext. 2412.

THURSDAY/OCT. 10

Art for Parks Exhibition at Rockville Arts Place, 100 E. Middle Lane, through Oct. 26. Featuring paintings of county parks in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the M-NCPPC. Call 301-309-6900 or visit www.mongomeryparksfnd.org and www.rockvilleartsplace.org.

FRIDAY/OCT. 18

Fall Bazaar at Saints Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 10620 River Road, Oct. 18-20. Mediterranean food including shish kabob, gyros, tabooley salad, falafel, spinach pies, baklava and more. Live music, dancing, arts and crafts, raffles and tours of the new church. Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, from noon-7 p.m. Call 301-765-9188.

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

THURSDAY/SEPT. 12

Ted E. Bear Tea Will begin with a story and hike, and will end with high tea and crumpets in the parlor. For ages 2-4 with accompanying adult. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee is $3. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

County Council Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m. on Councilmember Nancy Dacek? Bill 26-02, which would prohibit pedestrians from standing in a travel lane, roadway median or intersection, or approaching a motor vehicle in a travel lane to solicit or sell anything to occupants of the vehicle. County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Call 240-777-7900 to testify.

?egotiating Salaries and Benefits?A workshop held by the Montgomery County Commission For Women teaches concepts and techniques to help gain higher income and better job benefits, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. One session. Registration required. Cost is $10; out-of-county, $15. Counseling and Career Center, 255 N. Washington St., 4th Floor in Rockville. Call 301-279-1800.

Grants Workshop A free, step-by-step workshop held by The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County will teach participants how to prepare an application for arts and humanities program funding, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the AHCMC, 4405 East West Highway in Bethesda. Grant application deadline is Oct. 22. Call 301-215-7227 or visit www.ahcmc.org.

Suburban Woman? Club of Montgomery County will have their first meeting of the year at 11:30 a.m. at Meadow Lark Inn, 19611 Fishers Lane in Poolesville. Call 301-365-0760 or 301-320-4889.

Mini Workshop in Murder ?ix Steps to Plot and Sell a Mystery?with author Noreen Wald at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Wald is the author of the Ghostwriter Mystery Series. She will also sign her new book, ?nter Dying.?Call 301-986-1761.

Free InfoExpo and Job Fair for those age 50+ at the University of Maryland? Shady Grove campus, 9630 Gudelsky Drive in Rockville, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Informative exhibits, employers, Internet training, seminars, giveaways and more. Presented by Senior Beacon and Montgomery County. Call to register for seminars at 301-949-9766.

Meditation ?ou Can Suffer or You Can Love,?at Adidam Revelation Bookstore, 7215 Arlington Road, from 7:30-9 p.m. Donations appreciated. Call 301-656-6277.

FRIDAY/SEPT. 13

Fraser Gallery will show ?n Orphan Driven Mad by Pastures and History,?the paintings and wood engravings of John Jacobsmeyer, through Oct. 9. The gallery is located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, in Bethesda. Free. Call 301-718-9651 or visit www.thefrasergallery.com.

Magic Show Potomac resident David London presents Cerebral Sorcery, an evening of magical performance and experimental theater, at the Writer? Center, 4508 Walsh St. in Bethesda, Sept. 13-14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 301-279-7454 or email cstickets@hotmail.com. Visit www.cerebralsorcery.com.

Bethesda Art Walk Galleries and art schools in Bethesda open their doors to the public and serve free refreshments, from 6-10 p.m. Call 301-215-6660.

?ack to School Jam?at Scotland Community Center, 7700 Scotland Drive in Potomac, from 5-7 p.m. Families are invited to a free concert featuring hip-hop artist Mic Muscle, and take home educational materials and free giveaways. Event seeks to raise awareness and stamp out illiteracy in Scotland, the first free black community in Maryland. Call 301-983-4455.

SATURDAY/SEPT. 14

Crab and Chicken Feast The village of Cabin John will hold its 33rd annual crab and chicken feast, from 2-6 p.m. at the Clara Barton Community Center, 75th Street and MacArthur Boulevard. Tickets are $9 at the door, and $8 if bought in advance. For advance tickets, call Clare Amoruso at 301-320-2685.

Zydeco dance music. Lesson at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. in the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Cost is $10. Call 301-492-6229 or visit www.nps.gov/glec/ge-tweek.html for more information.

Miller 5K Classic to benefit Children? Hospital, sponsored by the W.C. & A.N. Miller Companies, will be held at The Shops at Sumner Place, 4701 Sangamore Road in Bethesda. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. Call 301-229-1935.

Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Potomac Library, will be held at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Most hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks will be 50 cents. Call 301-983-4475.

?omato Plant Girl?at Imagination Stage, White Flint, 11301 Rockville Pike, through Nov. 3. Show times are Saturdays, at 3 p.m., Sundays at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Suitable for the entire family. Tickets are $7.50. Call 301-881-5106.

Dog Adoption Day at Three Dog Bakery, 4924 Elm St., from 1-4 p.m. Free. Call 301-654-1540.

Art Exhibit The works of Lee Klopp will be on exhibit at Yellow Barn Gallery at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., on Saturday, Sept. 14 (noon-6 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 15 (noon-5 p.m.). Meet the artist both days. Odette paints in the tradition of the great Mexican muralists. A formal reception will be held on Saturday, from 4-6 p.m.

Piano Recital Series hosted by the National Chamber Orchestra. Brian Ganz performs works by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin, at 8 p.m. at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville. Tickets are $11-$21; children 6-17 are free. Call 240-314-8690.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, will lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse and demonstrate tasks as they tell the story of a typical lockkeeper? family, from 1-4 p.m. The lockhouse is located at the end of Rileys Lock Road, off Route 190 in Seneca. Not handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

SUNDAY/SEPT. 15

Open Reading at The Writer? Center, 4508 Walsh St. Sign-up at 1:30 p.m.; reading at 2 p.m. Cost is $5. Call 301-654-8664.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse. See Sept. 14 listing above. Call 301-767-3714.

TUESDAY/SEPT. 17

Music and Tea Victor Dyni plays the piano and tea is served, at 1 p.m., at Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Pre-paid reservations required. Cost is $17 per person. Call 301-530-0540.

Author Discussion at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., with Jeffrey Ian Ross, at 7:30 p.m. He will talk about ?ehind Bars: Surviving Prison.?Call 301-986-1761.

WEDNESDAY/SEPT. 18

Discovery Hike Search for plants and animals that use colors and/or shapes to hide, warn or be seen. For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and from 1-2 p.m. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

Junior Naturalists ?t? About Time?What exactly is time? How have people throughout history perceived it, tracked it and used it? For ages 6-9; under 8 with accompanying adult. Fee is $3. From 4-5 p.m. at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

Music and Tea Carol Rose Duane plays the harp and tea is served at 1 p.m. at Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Pre-paid reservations required; $17 per person. Call 301-530-0540.

?ranes of China?Speaker Bob Ringler, Carroll County Chapter, Maryland Ornithological Society. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Chapter, at 7:30 p.m. at Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road. Visit http://www.mdkinc.com/mccbird/index.html.

?ove and Anger?by George F. Walker opens a the Round House Theater in Bethesda. Single tickets go on sale on Aug. 15. Subscription tickets are available now. The play runs through Oct. 13. For tickets call 240-644-1100 visit www.roundhousetheatre.org.

?ecrets of the Tomb?author, Alexandra Robbins, will discuss Yale? Skull and Bones society at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Concert Series Rear View Mirror at Willow Garden Theatre, 7201 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda, noon-2 p.m. Free. Call 301-352-5387.

THURSDAY/SEPT. 19

Nature Tots Discovery Hike ?ature? Trick Shapes and Colors? invites children to search for plants and animals that use colors and/or shapes to hide, warn or be seen. For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

?ob Search That Works?presented by the Montgomery County Commission for Women, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Teaches ways to market oneself effectively through presentation strategies, networking and interviewing. Learn how to develop resources and techniques to locate job opportunities. First of three sessions includes Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. Registration required. Fee is $30, $45 for out-of-county. Counseling & Career Center, 255 N. Washington St., 4th Floor in Rockville. Call 301-279-1800.

Arts Funding Workshop ?isiting Artists and Scholars?is a free, step-by-step workshop held by The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County to learn how to prepare an application for funding. Grants of $250-$2,000 are available to community organizations with or without nonprofit status. Funds may be used for such programs as performances, visual arts presentations, heritage events, literary festivals and other arts and humanities events. The workshop is from 7-8:30 p.m. at the AHCMC, 4405 East West Highway in Bethesda. Grant application deadline is March 19. Call 301-215-7227 or visit www.ahcmc.org.

Glass Gallery Exhibits ?arine Magic,?an exhibition of blown glass shell forms by Australian artist, Jack Ink; and ?agic in the Air,?a collection of necklaces featuring moths and butterflies of glass beads by Karin Houben. Exhibits continue through Nov. 2. Glass Gallery, 4720 Hampden Lane in Bethesda. Call 301-657-3478.

The Montgomery County Green Party? monthly meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring library, 8901 Colesville Road. Contact Kennethingham@comcast.net or visit www.mdgreens.org

Author Discussion at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Join Chip Kidd who will discuss his new book ?he Cheese Monkeys,?a comic coming-of-age novel about a young graphic designer.

Call 301-986-1761.

FRIDAY/SEPT. 20

End of Summer Sundown Hike Prowl around the park and observe the secrets of nature at sunset. For all ages, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

Fall Extravaganza at La Petite Classique, 4844 Bethesda Ave., Sept. 20 & 21. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Event is designed for ages 21+. Free. Call 301-986-1990.

SATURDAY/SEPT. 21

Art Exhibit at Yellow Barn Gallery at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., featuring the work of Mara Odette. ?mpressions?is a collection of figurative oil paintings which reflects the artist? interpretation of DNA. Show runs Sept. 21-22, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Opening reception on Saturday, from 6-8 p.m.

The Eric Felton Jazz Orchestra offers swing dance music in the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Lesson at 8 p.m.; dance at 9 p.m. Cost is $10. Call 301-492-6229 or visit www.nps.gov/glec/ge-tweek.html.

Botany 101 for Adults Learn basic terminology of the plant world and take a careful look at its variety and complexity, from 1-2:30 p.m., at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Program is designed for ages 16 and up. Fee is $4. Call 301-299-1990.

Nature Walk at Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. Explore the nature trails of Woodend in early autumn, led by an experienced naturalist, at 10 a.m. Free. Call 301-652-9188.

Swing Dance ?. St. Jumpers?in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park. Free introductory workshop at 8 p.m.; dancing from 9 p.m.-midnight. Fee is $10. Visit www.wsdc.org or call 301-340-9732.

Poetry Reading Henry Taylor, Vladimir Levchev & Ronny Somek, at The Writer? Center, 4508 Walsh St., at 2 p.m. Cost is $5. Call 301-654-8664.

Dog Adoption Day at Three Dog Bakery, 4924 Elm St., from noon-3 p.m. Free. Call 301-654-1540.

Lock Around the Falls Join a park ranger for a two-mile roundtrip walk along the towpath through ?ix Locks.?Learn how canal engineers and laborers dealt with the challenge of constructing the C&O Canal. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., noon-1:30 p.m. Limited handicapped accessibility. Call 301-767-3714.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, will lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse and demonstrate tasks as they tell the story of a typical lockkeeper? family, from 1-4 p.m. The lockhouse is located at the end of Rileys Lock Road, off Route 190 in Seneca. Not handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

?ids Day America/International?will be held from noon-3 p.m. at Health and Fitness Chiropractic Clinic at The Executive Office Park, 6137 Executive Blvd. in Rockville. Dr. Mariella M. Young will sponsor the event locally with over 1,300 chiropractic offices participating worldwide. Information on crime prevention, child safety and environmental awareness. ?cGruff the Crime Dog?will appear. Free spinal exams and scoliosis screenings. Face paintings, moon bounce, a magic show, raffles and more. Call 301-770-9601.

SUNDAY/SEPT. 22

Constitution Week Event Rev. William Munro Shand III, Rector, will be the featured speaker at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10033 River Road in Potomac. Commemorative event is organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution of the National Capitol Area, at 2:30 p.m. Call 301-365-2055.

Exhibit Jane Seymour at Margaret Smith Gallery, 7247 Woodmont Ave., from noon-4 p.m. Free. Call 301-657-1200.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse. See Sept. 21 listing above. Call 301-767-3714.

ONGOING

?ales of Beatrix Potter?at The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., through Oct. 13. Wednesday-Friday, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Sept. 22, at 1 p.m., features an American Sign Language interpretation. Cost is $5. Call 301-320-6668.

Strathmore Hall Art ?merican Western Landscape?and ?red Folsom: Landscapes?at Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Exhibitions continue through Nov. 2. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Rockville Arts Place, 100 E. Middle Lane in Rockville. The new exhibit features the works of R.L. Croft, Ming-Yi Sung, Steve A. Prince and the watercolor students of Donna Baron, through Sept. 28. Regular hours: Monday-Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday until 9 p.m. Call 301-309-6900.

Capricorn Galleries, 10236 River Road in Potomac, is showing the landscapes of artist John T. Eiseman through September. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 301-765-5900.

Beginners Bird Walks Stroll the grounds of the 40-acre Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. Look for resident and migrating birds. Guided walks take place every Saturday in September and October, from 8-9 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for the weather. Older children welcome. Free. Call 301-652-9188.

Gems and Minerals The Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County meets regularly at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.. Visitors welcome. Free. Call 301-299-8213.

Perfect Ending and New Beginning, an art exhibition in Glen Echo? Stone Tower Gallery, celebrates and documents 50 years of Adventure Theatre. The exhibition runs through Sept. 29, Saturdays and Sundays, from noon-5 p.m., and Thursdays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Performance Lectures, sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences graduate school at NIH, features all sixteen Beethoven String Quartets performed live with lectures and outlines of each quartet. For music lovers, as well as trained musicians. Program runs from Sept. 17-Jan. 14 on Monday evenings, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. on the NIH campus in Bethesda. To register, call 301-496-7976, or visit www.faes.org.

Canal Odyssey: A Personal Adventure Park enthusiast and volunteer Janice Zimmerman? exhibit of personal reflections, photographs, and watercolors will continue on display in the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center through the month of September. Call 301-767-3714.

?ings of Fancy?Live Butterfly Show featuring butterflies native to Maryland and North America. Be surrounded by butterflies flying freely among a colorful garden of host and nectar plants, through Sept. 22, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily, at Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, 1800 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for ages 3-12. No Strollers. Call 301-962-1400 or visit www. brooksidegardens.org. Groups must register by calling 301-962-1401.

It? Tea Time Afternoon tea at Normandie Farms, 10710 Falls Road in Potomac, the first and third Wednesdays of every month, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $18 per person. Call 301-983-8838.

The Scottish Country Dance Society Of Washington invites beginners and experienced dancers to join the dance group. Instruction and social dances are offered throughout the year. Meetings are Mondays starting on Sept 9 at 8 p.m in the NIH Fitness Center, Building 39 in Bethesda. Cost is $3 per session. Call Betty Lee Barnes at 202-966-3595 or Belinda Acre at 703-528-5628.

Mule-Drawn Canal Boat Rides offer the feel of historic travel on the C&O Canal as a two-mule team, led by park staff dressed in period clothing, pulls the replica canal boat ?anal Clipper?through historic Lock 20 and onward. During this one-hour round trip, hear the story of the ?reat National Project?on what life was like for those who built and operated the canal. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $5 for children 4-14; and children 3 and under are free. Group rates available. Entrance fees to the park are $4 per car or $2 for hikers and bicyclists. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday at 3 p.m. Not handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

The Potomac Area Newcomers Club welcomes new residents to the community, with monthly meetings. Call for locations and reservations at 301-365-7572. For membership, call Sue Bigler at 301-610-5056. Visit www.geocities.com/potomacnc/.

MOMS Club of Potomac offers activities for stay-at-home moms and their children. New calendar and newsletter given out the third Monday of the month. Meets at 10:30 a.m. at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. Call 301-983-5225.

Mystery Night for children at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, at 7 p.m. for ages 7-11. A weekly series on Thursdays for children who love mystery books and solving mysteries. Weekly clues provided. Free. Call 301-986-1761.

Potomac Seniors gather at Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, during the week for a variety of activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program includes Tai Chi, entertainment, health screenings and education, chair exercises, crafts, speakers, counseling, theme parties, monthly mini-trips and intergenerational activities. Visit http://www.co.mo.md.us/rec/Seniors/ptmsr.html, or call 301-983-4471.

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

Storytime for children at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Sundays at 3 p.m., Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. Free. Call 301-986-1761.

Afternoon Tea is served at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. Prepaid reservations required. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Swing Classes are sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. Swing and Lindy classes for all levels, including ?wo Left Feet,?beginner and novice, and advanced. Call 301-946-3473 for times.

?ext Step?is sponsored by The Jewish Social Service Agency, a free support and activities group for widowed men and women 50-65 who are beyond initial bereavement. The nonsectarian group meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m. in the board room of the Hebrew Home Wasserman Building, 6121 Montrose Road in Rockville. Call Mary Hull Levyne at 301-816-2680.

Ice Skating at the Cabin John Ice Rink, 10610 Westlake Drive, is open all week, with early-bird specials on Tuesday and Friday, 7:30-9 a.m., and pickup hockey from 10:15-11:45 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 301-365-2246.

American Antique Arts Association meets the third Monday of the month at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, at 1 p.m., September-June. Meetings include speakers, demonstrations and information. New members are welcome. Call Mary Lennon at 301-299-5030.

Bethesda Art Walk Galleries and art schools in Bethesda open their doors to the public and serve free refreshments. This event will continue on the second Friday of every month until the end of 2002 on Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. Call 301-215-6660.

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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 non-members; $3 for members and seniors; under 2 free. Climb the new climb wall for an additional $1. Call 202-364-3111 or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Discovery Creek Children? Museum at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., presents a workshop, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is $4 per person. Call 202-364-3111, or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Traveling Along the Towpath at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11701 MacArthur Blvd., from 10-11 a.m. Join a park ranger for a change explore various historical structures and sights along the towpath. Easy hiking. Limited to 25 people. Call to reserve a space at 301-767-3714.

Do You Remember When? is a program at Great Falls Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 10-11 a.m. Learn how to spin wool and other crafts that mothers mastered during the canal era. Handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

Lockolympics Do you have what it takes to be a boatman or locktender? Join a park ranger in a variety of activities and learn about the skills and ability once required to make a living on the C&O Canal. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Limited handicapped accessibility. Call 301-767-3714.

Canal Construction 101 Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11701 MacArthur Blvd., will offer a chance to learn more about the problems that faced workers in the construction of the canal, from 10-11:30 a.m. Limited space. Call for reservation at 301-767-3714.

Sights and Sounds of the Season Join volunteer naturalists in exploring the season near Great Falls, Md. There is a brief slide presentation followed by a nature walk. Wear sturdy shoes. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 10 a.m.-noon. Not handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

The Potomac Landscape: Shaping Our Heritage Join a park ranger for an easy one-mile roundtrip hike to the Great Falls Overlook, from noon-1:30 p.m. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. The walk is limited to 25 people and requires a reservation. Handicapped accessible. Call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11701 MacArthur Blvd., at 301-767-3714.

Canal Kids Day Work and play were all part of the day in the life of an 1870s canal child. Children of all ages can learn how to groom a mule and play period games. Girl Scouts dressed in the styles of the 1870s will portray canal children and assist park rangers with interpreting the life of children along the C&O Canal. Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.. Limited handicapped accessibility. Call 301-767-3714.

Rileys Lockhouse Tours Girl Scouts, dressed in period clothing, will lead tours of Rileys Lockhouse and demonstrate tasks as they tell the story of a typical lockkeeper? family. The lockhouse is located at the end of Rileys Lock Road, off Route 190 in Seneca. Rileys Lockhouse from 1-4 p.m., not handicapped-accessible. Call 301-767-3714.

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WEDNESDAY/SEPT. 25

?e Felt Good!?Learn how to make felt from unprocessed sheep wool. For ages 7-10, under 8 with accompanying adult. 4-5:30 p.m. Fee is $5. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Call 301-299-1990.

Music and Tea Charles Durfor plays the acoustic guitar and tea is served. 1 p.m. Pre-paid reservations required, $17 per person. Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call 301-530-0540.

WAMU-Live at Strathmore WAMU radio presents a program of live performances recorded with a live audience for airing at a later date. 7 p.m. Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call 301-530-0540.

?he Verbally Abusive Relationship?A workshop held by the Montgomery County Commission For Women. Teaches how to recognize different types of verbal abuse and develops methods of response. The first of two sessions, the second on Oct. 2. Both are from 7-8:45 p.m. Registration Required. Fee: $20.00, Out Of County: $30.00. Held in Counseling & Career Center, 255 N. Washington St., 4th Floor in Rockville. Call 301-279-1800.

Brown Bag Daytimers at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, at noon. Guest speaker will be Ambassador Dennis Ross, director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and special Middle East coordinator. His topic will be ?he Middle East Conflict.?Free. Call 301-299-7087.

THURSDAY/SEPT. 26

Mouse Reading Parties at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., at 3 and 7 p.m. Children will enjoy reading with ?ouse?and read ?f You Take a Mouse to School,?by Laura Numeroff. Free cookies from Fresh Fields. A percentage of book sales from Sept 26-28 will benefit First Book, a county program which donates books to low-income families.

SATURDAY/SEPT. 28

Peaches ODell and her He-Man Orchestra offer swing dance music. Lesson at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. in the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Cost is $10. Call 301-492-6229 or visit www.nps.gov/glec/getweek.html for more information.

Looking at Art with David Tannous Art critic and independent curator David Tannous provides a talk and tour on the American Western Landscape exhibition. 1 p.m. Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call 301-530-0540.

SUNDAY/SEPT. 29

Music in the Mansion Series, National Chamber Orchestra Led by Piotr Gajewski. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24. Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call 301-530-0540.

TUESDAY/OCT. 1

?extures and Patinas?opens at Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East West Highway in Bethesda, through Nov. 2, features the functional and fanciful wood art of Ted Kobrin. Opening reception on Oct. 11, from 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 951-9441.

Holiday Senior Lunch Program at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, at noon. Lunch will be prepared and served by the Sisterhood. Musical entertainment. Cost is $2 per person. Call for reservations at 301-299-7087, Ext. 2412.

THURSDAY/OCT. 10

Art for Parks Exhibition at Rockville Arts Place, 100 E. Middle Lane, through Oct. 26. Featuring paintings of county parks in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the M-NCPPC. Call 301-309-6900 or visit www.mongomeryparksfnd.org and www.rockvilleartsplace.org.

FRIDAY/OCT. 18

Fall Bazaar at Saints Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 10620 River Road, Oct. 18-20. Mediterranean food including shish kabob, gyros, tabooley salad, falafel, spinach pies, baklava and more. Live music, dancing, arts and crafts, raffles and tours of the new church. Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, from noon-7 p.m. Call 301-765-9188.