<cal2>NSO Decorators' Show House 2004. Tour the Chateau Peyrenc de Moras, a 13,000-square-foot, French-style residence, and view the work of 33 top interior and landscape designers. An outdoor cafe provides an opportunity for a light lunch with catering provided by Chef Francesco Ricchi. through Oct. 31, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m., at 9121 River Road, Potomac. Tickets are $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the educational and community outreach programs for the National Symphony Orchestra. Call 202-416-8149 or visit www.kennedy-center.org/showhouse.
"I Thought the Rain was Supposed to Stop." Show is performed by Imagination Stage's acclaimed Wings Company, a pre-professional performing arts ensemble made up of 19 actors with physical or developmental disabilities and five actors without disability. Nov. 4, 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m., at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the box office, or by phone at 301-280-1660. Visit www.ImaginationStage.org.
"Bunnicula," a musical about a vampire bunny, is performed Saturdays at 3:30 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., through-Nov. 7, at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Call the box office at 301-280-1660.
35th Annual Book Festival. Nov. 7-14, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, located at 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville. This year the festival celebrates its 35th year and there are 35 special events. All events are open to the public. Prices vary, but author lectures start at just $5. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, Nov. 7-11, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Saturday. To volunteer, call 301-348-3804. For ticket reservations or further information, call the JCC Box Office at 301-348-3805. Visit www.jccgw.org.
"Ragtime," a musical about turn-of-the-century America, is performed by the Rockville Musical Theatre (RMT), an all-volunteer local theater organization, Oct. 29 and 30, and Nov. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20, at 8 p.m., and Nov. 7, at 2 p.m., at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $8 youth ages up to 18. Call the box office at 240-314-8690.
"Galapagos George," performed by the Puppet Company, through Nov. 21, Fridays, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Recommended for children up to grade four. Tickets are $7 for adults and children. For more information, contact 301-320-6668 or www.thepuppetco.org.
The Bethesda Farmers Market, featuring fresh fruits, vegetables and breads, takes place Tuesdays through the end of the growing season, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Veterans Park located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk avenues.
Potomac Farmers Market. Thursdays, from 1-4:30 p.m., June-October, in the parking lot of the Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road. Call 301-590-2823.
Rockville Farmers Market. Wednesdays, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., June-October, at Rockville Town Center, Courthouse Square. Also, Saturdays, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Rockville Town Center in the upper middle lane parking lot, through Nov. 1.
"Toyland." The Puppet Theatre Company at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, presents an adaptation of Victor Herbert's musical fantasy, through Nov. 21. Performances are on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 and 1 p.m. Recommended for children up through fourth grade. $7; group rates available. For more information, contact 301-320-6668 or www.thepuppetco.org.
"The Weir," by Conor McPherson, is performed Oct. 29-Nov. 28, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., with a Saturday matinee on Nov. 27. All performances are at the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. Tickets are $18, with a $3 discount for seniors and students. Call 301-816-1023. Contains adult language.
Theatre Performances for Children. Through Dec. 5, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Adventure Theatre presents ÒMollyÕs PilgrimÓ at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Tickets are $7 for children and adults. For more information, contact 301-320-5331 or www.adventuretheatre.org.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), a support group, meets the third Sunday of each month at 2 p.m., at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, to discuss the issues that surround coming out. Free. Call 301-439-3524 or visit www.pflag.org.
Beginners Bird Walk. Stroll the grounds of the 40-acre Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society and look for resident and migrating birds. The guided walks take place every Saturday at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for the weather. Older children welcome. 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.
Afternoon Tea is served at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. Prepaid reservations required, $17. Call 301-530-0540, or visit www.strathmore.org.
The Way of Adidam - Introductory. Hear Avatar Adi Da's views on life, death, suffering, truth, reality and more. Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 301-656-6277, or visit www.adidam.org/dc. At Adidam Revelation Bookstore & Dharma Arts Center, 7215 Arlington Road, Suite 202, Bethesda.Ê
Adidam Study Group. Study of the Wisdom Teachings of Avatar Adi Da Samraj. Third Thursday of the month, 7:30-9 p.m. Donation $9. Call 301-656-6277 or visit www.adidam.org/dc. At Adidam Revelation Bookstore & Dharma Arts Center, 7215 Arlington Road, Suite 202, Bethesda.Ê
Sacred Chanting. Enjoy the balancing and healing effects of chanting. First and third Saturdays of the month and first Sunday of the month, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Call 301-656-6277 or visit www.adidam.org/dc. At Adidam Revelation Bookstore & Dharma Arts Center, 7215 Arlington Road, Suite 202, Bethesda.Ê
Potomac Area Newcomers Club. The Potomac Area Newcomers Club welcomes new residents to the community, with monthly meetings. Call for locations and reservations, to the membership chairman at 301-765-0066. 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 301-816-4920.
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.htm, or call 301-983-4471.
Folk Dancing. Every Thursday, Church of the Redeemer, Dunrobbin Drive and MacArthur Boulevard. Teaching at all levels, from 7:30-9 p.m., requests from 9-10:45 p.m. No partner or experience needed. Newcomers always welcome. Cost is $5. Call 301-320-7099, or visit www.dancingplanetproductions.com. Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.
ASCE Toastmaster Club meets at 9:20 a.m., at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac, on the second Saturday of each month and at Davis Library in Bethesda on the fourth Saturday of each month. Newcomers welcome. Call 301-299-2826 for more information.
Daily Tours of Clara Barton National Historic Site, 5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours begin on the hour. Call 301-492-6245.
English Language Conversation Club at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. Group practice in spoken English on timely and interesting topics taken from the news or daily life. Volunteer discussion leaders needed. Call Nancy Benner at 240-777-0690.
Birders. The Montgomery Bird Club, a chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society, sponsors bird field trips and holds monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Visit http://www.mdkinc.com/mccbird/.
30-Plus Happy Hour hosted by the Young Professionals group from the Jewish Community Center for age 30 and above at different clubs in Bethesda. First Tuesday of every month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Meet new people, and see old friends. Call 301-881-0100.
Teatime. 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. Meetings are Mondays at 8 p.m. at St. Alban's Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave.. Cost is $3 per session. Call Betty Lee Barne at 202-966-3595 or John MacLeod at 301-622-5945.
Lock Demonstrations. Wednesdays-Fridays, 3-3:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30-2 p.m. Observe the workings of historic Lock 20 and find out about the significance of the C&O Canal in the vision to develop a nation. Handicapped accessible.
Sights and Sounds of the Season. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., every first and last Wednesday and Saturday of each month. Join volunteer naturalists to explore the summer season near Great Falls, Md. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for this two-hour nature walk. Not handicapped accessible. 301-714-3714.
Nature Walk at Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society. Explore the trails, led by an experienced naturalist. Enjoy the search for signs of the season, glimpses of wildlife and other features of the historic grounds of Woodend. Walk takes place every third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Woodend is located at 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.