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<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 21

<cal2>“White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America." An intercongregation event takes place at 8 p.m., at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Meet and hear Rabbi Malka Drucker speak about her new book, “White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America,” the stories of 31 women of all faiths including celebrities, intellectuals and pioneers. The book attempts to answer the question of how the religious landscape in America would be different if women held more spiritual roles, and what can be learned from the women who have served as spiritual leaders. This event is free and open to the public. Call 301-365-2850.

United We Stand: Parenting as a Team. Most couples find that raising children brings up areas of conflict. This workshop addresses recognizing these differences, looking at the roots of these different viewpoints, and coming up with a cooperative plan so that a united front can be presented when the children are hoping to divide and conquer. 7:30-9 p.m., at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Call 301-229-1347 to register, or e-mail parenting@ymcadc.org.

History and Biography Book Group. Join for a history/biography book discussion, at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. All are welcome, 7:30 p.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Book Signing and Discussion with Ann Gerhart. “The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of Laura Bush,” tells the story from Bush’s upbringing in Texas, her whirlwind three-month courtship by George W. Bush, her role as a mother and a wife, and the compromises and challenges that she faces as a public figure. Meet Gerhart for a revealing discussion and signing of her book. 7:30 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-986-1761.

Potomac Book Club. Adult book discussion of “Life of Pi." Ask for the book at the circulation desk. No registration required. 1-3 p.m. Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Call 301-229-1347.

Washington Area Music Timeline Concert. Strathmore and Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) present the Washington area music timeline series featuring the music of Tim Buckley with Cletus Kennelly and Mary Battiata. Tickets $10. At Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 301-530-0540 or visit wamadc.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 22

<cal2>Book Signing and Discussion with Gail Perry Mason and Glinda Bridgeforth. Glinda Bridgeforth teams up with investment expert and stockbroker Gail Perry-Mason to deliver sister-to-sister advice on how to master the stock market and start investing in your biggest asset—you. Join for a discussion and book signing with Bridgeforth and Perry-Mason. 7:30 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-986-1761.

"Come with Me." 10:30 a.m., at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. This program is designed primarily for children 3 to 5 years old. No younger siblings. The program lasts 30 minutes. Call 301-229-1347 to register.

English Language Club. Join in practicing and improving spoken English with the help of volunteers leading discussion. 3-5 p.m., at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Call 301-229-1347 for more information.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 23

<cal2>Folk Dance. Traditional American dancing including contra dances, square dances, country mixers and an occasional waltz. Free contra dance lesson from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m. $7. In the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call 301-926-9142.

Book Signing and Discussion with Brad Meltzer. Brad Meltzer is back to discuss and sign his latest book, “The Zero Game." 7:30 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-986-1761.

“42nd Street." The Musical Theater Center presents “42nd Street,” performed at The Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Starring Daniella Kalmeyer of Potomac. 7:30 p.m., tickets are $16.50 for adults, $14.50 for children/students/seniors. Call 301-924-3400.

Power Interview Techniques. Learn how to develop a new interview strategy, "ask for the job," and negotiate compensation and benefits. Presented by Patricia Dorch, M.S. Registration required. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. Fee is $20; $30 for out-of-county participants. For more information about the Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling & Career Center, visit www.montogmerycountymd.gov/cfw . To register, call 240-777-8300.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 24

<cal2>Swing Dance. A workshop geared toward beginning dancers takes place from 8-9 p.m. Dancing takes place from 9 to midnight to the sounds of the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, featuring classic Big Band swing music. $12. In the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Visit www.tomcunningham.com for more information.

The Last Samurai In Potomac. Kacem Zoughari, a doctor of Japanese history and culture, offers his perspective into the methods of the famous Bujinkan Dojo, a traditional training school for the Japanese fighting arts. At the Kenshin Karate School, 12944 Travilah Road, Potomac, Zoughari presents a teaching seminar titled “Bujinkan Jissen Waza and Arresting Methods of the Edo Jidai Police." 12-6 p.m., $85 pre-registered, $100 at the door. Call 301-926-8339.

“42nd Street." The Musical Theater Center presents “42nd Street,” performed at The Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Starring Daniella Kalmeyer of Potomac. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., tickets are $16.50 for adults, $14.50 for children/students/seniors. Call 301-924-3400.

Children’s Talk and Tour. 10:15 a.m. Specifically designed for the “young at art." Children experience Strathmore’s current Spectrum Seven exhibition through a tour, discussion, storytelling and hands-on activities led by director of fine arts Millie S. Shott. The program is open to children ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult. Call 301-530-0540 for reservations.

The Mobile Adoption Unit of the Montgomery County Humane Society stops, 1-4:30 p.m., at PetCo, located at 1570 Rockville Pike, Rockville.

The JCC's Orchestra's All-Beethoven Program. Russian pianist Vassily Primakov is the soloist for Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor." The orchestra also presents Symphony No. 8 and the overture to "King Stephen." 8 p.m., in the Kreeger Auditorium, located in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Tickets are $27 for adults, $22 for seniors and JCC members. To purchase tickets, call 301-230-3775.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 25

<cal2>Dance Potpourri. A beginning lesson takes place from 3-3:30 p.m., followed by social dancing with waltz, polka, hambo, tango and more to live music. $7. In the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call 301-320-7099.

Folk Dance. Traditional American contra, squares and folk dances from 7:30-10:30 p.m. $9, in the Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call 301-926-9142.

The Last Samurai In Potomac. Kacem Zoughari, a doctor of Japanese history and culture, offers his perspective into the methods of the famous Bujinkan Dojo, a traditional training school for the Japanese fighting arts. At the Kenshin Karate School, 12944 Travilah Road, Potomac, Zoughari presents a teaching seminar titled “Bujinkan Jissen Waza and Arresting Methods of the Edo Jidai Police." 12-6 p.m., $85 pre-registered, $100 at the door. Call 301-926-8339.

“42nd Street." The Musical Theater Center presents “42nd Street,” performed at The Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Starring Daniella Kalmeyer of Potomac. 2 p.m., tickets are $16.50 for adults, $14.50 for children/students/seniors. Call 301-924-3400.

The Mobile Adoption Unit of the Montgomery County Humane Society stops, 1-4:30 p.m., at the MCHS Animal Shelter, Rockville.

"Common Sense" Science Lecture. 11 a.m. Ever wondered about black holes, the time-space continuum or string theory? The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, located at 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville, presents Dr. Gary T. Horowitz, professor of physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, to talk in basic terms about the strange properties that space and time seem to have. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Young Concert Artists Series. Russian pianist Vassily Primakov performs Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons," Op. 37a, Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 39 in D, Hob. XVI/24 and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23 in F, Op. 57, "Apassionata." 7:30 p.m., in the Kreeger Auditorium, located in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Tickets are $27 for adults, $22 for seniors and JCC members. To purchase tickets, call 301-230-3775.

"Inspired by Words." A new exhibit showcasing the work of members of the Rockville Arts Place, opens on Jan. 25, at the Rockville Arts place, 100 East Middle Lane, Rockville, and continues through Feb. 14. Opening reception takes place 3 to 5 p.m. This 2004 member's exhibition showcases work for which words are the inspiration for artistic expression. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 301-309-6900 or visit www.rockvilleartsplace.org.

Music in the Mansion. 3 p.m. Quink, a group of Dutch a cappella singers, creates an orchestra of sound with its blended voices. Its repertoire spins from English madrigals to Fats Waller. Tickets are $25, seniors $22, students 18 and under $12. As part of the Sunday Sweets series, enjoy coffee and pastries before the show, free with the ticket. At Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Monday/Jan. 26

<cal2>NSO/JCC Chamber Music Series. Works by Ravel, Shostakovich, Mozart and Victor Herbert are performed at this concert, at 8 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, located at 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville. Featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra, this series showcases the talents of the individual musicians. Each performance is planned by the performing musicians and is supported by NSO's music director Leonard Slatkin. Tickets are $35, discounted to $30 for seniors and students and $25 for JCC members. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 301-230-3775.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 27

<cal2>Children's Teddy Bear Tea. 1 p.m. Music by Sligo Creek. Children are invited to bring a favorite teddy bear and an adult for a tea party. Mr. Teddy Bear is coming out of hibernation for this special event. The menu includes finger sandwiches, scones and sweets. The program is recommended for children ages 4-9. Pre-paid reservations required, $22. At Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 28

<cal2>"No Backup: A Female Agent's Life in the FBI." Rosemary Dew discusses her memoir of life as supervisor at FBI headquarters. A signing of her book follows. 7:30 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-986-1761.

Targeting the Job. In a job search, the cover letter introduces an applicant to an employer and targets experience to the employer's needs. Learn to write effective cover letters that will be key elements in getting job interviews. Bring a cover letter for review. Led by Lois Morris, M.A. One session. Registration required. 7-8:45 a.m., at 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. Fee is $20; $30 for out-of-county participants. For more information about the Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling & Career Center, visit www.montogmerycountymd.gov/cfw. To register, call 240-777-8300.

Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. Music by Carol Rose Duane, harp. Pre-paid reservations required, $17. At Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Art after Hours. All galleries are open late, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., at Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Washington Area Music Timeline Concert. 7:30 p.m. Strathmore and Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) features the music of The Legendary Orioles, featuring the Legendary Orioles. Tickets $10. For reservations, call 301-530-0540 or visit wamadc.com. At Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda.

"Raising a Morally Courageous Child." Rosalind Wiseman, author of New York Times Best Seller "Queen Bees and WannaBees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence," is a co-founder of the Empower Program, a nonprofit organization that empowers youth to stop the culture of violence. 7 p.m., at McLean School of Maryland, 8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac. For more information, call 301-299-8277 or visit www.mcleanschool.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 29

<cal2>Lynne Cherry, local author of over 30 award-winning books, shares her new book, "How Groundhog's Garden Grew." Little Groundhog just may make a surprise visit. 6 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-986-1761.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 30

<cal2>Traditional American Dancing. Participate in contra dances, square dances, country mixers and an occasional waltz. Free contra lesson from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dance from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. $7. Dance takes place in Glen Echo Park's ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Contact fnd@folkdancer.com or visit www.fnd.folkdancer.com for more information.

Resume Writing 101: A Basic Guide. This workshop, designed for the inexperienced resume writer, covers all the basics in one session. Registration required. 10 a.m.-noon, at 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. Fee is $10; $15 for out-of-county participants. For more information about the Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling & Career Center, visit www.montogmerycountymd.gov/cfw. To register, call 240-777-8300.

Marketing My Business: Practical Guidelines and Tips. Learn to creatively and effectively market a business within a budget. Be able to easily track marketing efforts. Dialogue with an established guest entrepreneur as she shares her marketing successes. Facilitated by Michele Joseph, president of klick consultants, LLC. One session. Registration required. 10 a.m.-noon, at 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. Fee is $10; $15 for out-of-county participants. For more information about the Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling & Career Center, visit www.montogmerycountymd.gov/cfw. To register, call 240-777-8300.

National Philharmonic Concert. 8 p.m., at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Selections include Mozart's Symphony No. 38, Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 1, and Prokiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. The pre-concert lecture takes place at 7 p.m. For tickets call 240-314-8690. Tickets are $39, $29 and $19. Children 7 to 17 are free.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 31

<cal2>English Language Club. Join in practicing and improving spoken English with the help of volunteers leading discussion. 3-5 p.m., at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Call 301-229-1347 for more information.

Swing Dance. A workshop geared toward beginning dancers takes place 8-9 p.m. Dancing takes place 9-midnight to live swing music. $12. Dance takes place in Glen Echo Park's ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.gottaswing.com for more information.

"In Her Image: Folktales of Mothers and Daughters and the Men Who Love Them." Storyteller Jeannine Pasini Beekman explores the connections between women sharing lives and laughter, homes and horrors. Included is her newest full-length piece, "In Her Image," a dark re-telling of Snow White. 8 p.m., at Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, students and Arts Club of Washington members, $9 for Washington Storytellers Theatre members. Tickets available at the door or by calling 301-891-1129.

Pianist Alexander Paley is featured in the Washington Conservatory Bluthner Piano Series performance at 8 p.m., at the Washington Conservatory, located in the Briggs Church building, 5144 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Paley performs an all-Russian program including Mussorgsky's "Pictures in an Exhibition," Stravinsky's "Three Movements" from "Petrouchka," and Rimsky-Korsokov's arrangement for four hands of his "Scheherezade," with Paley's wife and musical partner Pei-Wen Chen. For more information, call 301-320-2770.

National Philharmonic Concert. 8 p.m., at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Selections include Mozart's Symphony No. 38, Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 1, and Prokiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. The pre-concert lecture takes place at 7 p.m. For tickets call 240-314-8690. Tickets are $39, $29 and $19. Children 7 to 17 are free.

<cal1>Sunday/Feb. 1

<cal2>Theater Chamber Players Performance. Patricia Green, mezzo-soprano, sings a mix of works by Villa-Lobos, Caltabiano, Chen-Yi and Laitman; the Left Bank Quartet plays Bartok's "String Quartet No. 4"; Evelyn Elsing and Audrey Andrist perform "Five Pieces in Folk Style" for cello and piano by Schumann. The performance takes place at 3:30 p.m., at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. A pre-concert discussion takes place at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $5 for over-18 students with an ID. Tickets are free for children under 18. Special outreach opportunities are available to music teachers and their students.. Call 202-363-6700.

Waltz. A waltz dance takes place 3:30-6 p.m., in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., with an introductory lesson, 3- 3:30 p.m. The dance features the ensemble Contratopia. Cost is $7. Call 301-320-2330.

Folk Dance. Dance traditional American contra, square and folk dances, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $9. Dance takes place in Glen Echo Park's ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Contact 301-926-9142 or visit www.fsgw.org for more information.

Maggie Sanstone and Guests. Acclaimed hammer dulcimer player Maggie Sanstone and special guests perform Persian improvisations, ancient Gaelic airs and music from Celtic lands. In the Conservatory, first floor, Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive at Baltimore Road, Rockville. Seating on a first-come basis. Free, no tickets required. Call the Rockville Arts Hotline, 240-314-5006.

"Autumn Spring." Cinema Art Bethesda presents this Czech comedy at 10 a.m., at Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. A discussion led by a film expert follows the film. Tickets at the door at $13. For more information, visit www.CinemaArtBethesda.org or call 301-365-3679.

Prime Time Couples. 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Come for a current events discussion. For more information, call Selma Sweetbaum at 301-230-3751. Seniors.

<cal1>Monday/Feb. 2

<cal2>Discussion: Issues Facing Contemporary Teenagers. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Jewish Experiences Teens Division hosts a discussion for parents of adolescents led by Dr. Anthony Wolf, psychologist and author of best-seller "Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?" The discussion takes place at 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Tickets are $10 per family in advance, $15 at the door. For more information, call Fara Gold at 301-230-7268 or e-mail fara.gold@shalomdc.org. There will be a nominal registration feel.

<cal1>Tuesday/Feb. 3

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. Music by Gayl McDermott, harp. Pre-paid reservations required, $17. At Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 4

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. Music by Constance Bulawka, piano. Pre-paid reservations required, $17. At Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Art after Hours. All galleries are open late, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., at Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-530-0540 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Washington Area Music Timeline Concert. 7:30 p.m. Strathmore and Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) features the music of Hazel Dickens featuring The Hazel Dickens Band. Tickets $10. For reservations, call 301-530-0540 or visit wamadc.com. At Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda.

Prime Time Couples. 10:30 a.m. Visit the New Mammal Hall at the Museum of Natural History, with optional IMAX movie after lunch, with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington’s Prime Time Couples. For more information, call Selma Sweetbaum at 301-230-3751. Seniors.