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To have community events listed free in The Potomac Almanac, send mail to 10220 River Road, Suite 303, Potomac, MD 20854, e-mail to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com, or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. Unless otherwise noted, all events are in Potomac. If you have any questions, call Miguel Koropecky at 703-917-6407.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 20

<cal2>"The Laramie Project" will be performed at 8 p.m. (preview); at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. The show chronicles the life of the town of Laramie, Wyo., in the year after the death of Matthew Shepard. $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others, but preview tickets are two for the price of one. A discussion about the play will immediately following the performance. Call 301-279-5301, or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

Washington International String Competition Winner: Art After Hours Concert at the Mansion of Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. $10. For tickets, call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Concert: Blue Ribbon Bluegrass with The Seldom Scene, Natalie MacMaster and Sam Bush at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. $20-45. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Afternoon Tea at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 1 p.m. Reservation is required. Cost: $17. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Art After Hours: Washington International Competition Winners at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Concert: Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Cost: $20-45. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Free Health Forum for Women: “Eat Well, Live Well,” the sixth annual Health Empowerment Forum for Women sponsored by the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Free; open to the public. 6:30 p.m. Call Aileen Worrell at 301-367-8826.

Film Screening: "Mixed Blessings." This documentary focuses on the personal stories of intermarried couples, the testimony of children and the advice of experts. 7:30-9 p.m. at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. $5. Contact Tracey Dorfmann at 301-348-3845.

Support Group-- for survivors of abuse by clergy or religious and anyone affected by the abuse will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. The group is co-sponsored by Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) of Montgomery County and SNAP (Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests). Call 301-460-5588.

The Montgomery County Public Schools College Fair will be held at the Montgomery County Fair Grounds Wednesday and Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. There will be an evening session Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a financial aid workshop for parents on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. Visit http://www.ncac.com/fairs.html.

<cal1>Thursday/April 21

<cal2>"The Laramie Project" at 8 p.m. at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. The show chronicles the life of the town of Laramie, Wyo., in the year after the death of Matthew Shepard. $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others. Call 301-279-5301, or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

Concert: Dee Dee Bridgewater playing songs from the new album “J’ai Deux Amours” at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. $20-45. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Book Discussion. 2-3:30 p.m. at Bethesda Library Meeting Room, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Dr. Karen Arnold leads a discussion of "Winesburg Ohio" by Sherwood Anderson, as part of a discussion series on “America Voices.” Free. Register by leaving a message at 240-777-0937. Copies of the book will be available at the library 3 weeks before the session.

The Montgomery County Public Schools College Fair will be held at the Montgomery County Fair Grounds, from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. There will be a financial aid workshop for parents at 7:15 p.m. Visit http://www.ncac.com/fairs.html.

Montgomery College's annual Holocaust Commemoration, in the Theatre Arts Arena located in the Theatre Arts Building of the Rockville Campus, pays tribute to Holocaust survivors who live in the area with a photography exhibit, "Portraits of Life." Starts at 6:45 p.m. Call the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 301-251-7417 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/Orgs/humanities.

Friendship Dine Out Day to help local children with cancer to attend Camp Friendship. Over 80 restaurants throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia will donate a part of the day’s total sales to benefit the Carol Jean Foundation’s premier program Camp Friendship. Call 301-774-0130 or visit www.justbekids.org.

Holocaust Commemoration in the Theatre Arts Building on the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College, 51 Mannekee St. Name reading at 6:45 p.m., formal program at 7 p.m. Free. Call 301-251-7417 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/Orgs/humanities/.

<cal1>Friday/April 22

<cal2>"The Laramie Project" at 8 p.m. at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. The show chronicles the life of the town of Laramie, Wyo., in the year after the death of Matthew Shepard. $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others. Call 301-279-5301, or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

Poetry Slam 2005 at the Washington School of Photography, 4850 Rugby Ave., Bethesda. 8-10 p.m. This is a part of the 6th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival. Participants must be 18 years or older. Call 202-885-2973, e-mail nmiller@american.edu or visit www.bethesda.org.

<cal1>Saturday/April 23

<cal2>"The Laramie Project" at 8 p.m. at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. The show chronicles the life of the town of Laramie, Wyo., in the year after the death of Matthew Shepard. $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others. Call 301-279-5301, or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

Celebrate Earth Day 2005. 10 a.m.-noon at Lockhouse, Lock 8. The Potomac Conservancy will host this program with hands-on activity and music. The Lockhouse at Lock 8 is accessible from the Lock 8 parking lot along the inbound lane of the Clara Barton Parkway. Contact Jen Schill at schill@potomac.org.

Breadth & Power: Symphonic Blockbusters Series. 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Ticket prices are $65, $45, $40, $35, and $25. Kids 7-17 are free. Call 301-581-5100.

Potomac Clean & Green roadside clean up. Volunteers are needed to help from 9-11 a.m. Families welcome. Meet in the parking lot near the Safeway bus stop for assignments. Wear boots or sturdy shoes, long sleeves and gloves. Litter bags will be provided. For information, location details or to sign up in advance, call Peggy Dennis at 301-983-9738.

Friday Morning Music Club Composers Series at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 11 a.m. Free. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Concert: National Philharmonic Symphonic Blockbusters at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Cost: $25-65. Free for children 7-17. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Concert: Santiago Rodriguez plays Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 paired with Brahm's Symphony No. 1. 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Ticket prices are $65, $45, $40, $35, and $25. Youths 7-17 are free. Call 301-581-5100.

Play In A Day at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, at 4301 East-West Hwy. This is part of the Bethesda Literary Festival. Eight professional Washington, D.C. area theaters come together to write, direct, rehearse and perform, in 24 hours, eight original short plays based on similar themes. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Workshop: Historic Cemeteries at Glenview Mansion and Rockville Cemetery. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Speakers, lunch, tour of historic cemetery and tombstone conservation demo. Cost: $20. Registration is required, registration form can be found at www.cpmbs.org. Call 301-762-0096.

Kayak Swap & River Fundraiser at Rockwood Manor in Potomac. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Potomac Conservancy. Cost: $10 entry fee, $15 for sellers. Registration is required for sellers. Call 301-608-1188, e-mail potomac@potomacpaddlesports.com or visit www.potomac.org.

The Musical Theater Center will perform "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" at 7 p.m. at the Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Road in Silver Spring. Tickets prices are $16 for Adults and $13 for children/students/senior citizens. Call 301-251-5766 or visit www.musicaltheatercenter.org .

The ASCE Toastmaster Club will meet at Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd at 9:20 a.m. Learn to become a better public speaker, newcomers always welcome. Call 301-299-2826.

Carl Sandburg Middle School Car Wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, to support the choral programs. Donations graciously accepted. Call (703) 660-1208.

Small Press Fair at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Literary blogs, readings, writing programs for children, used book appraisal and more. 50-cents-per-pound used book sale all afternoon. Call 301-654-8664 or visit www.writer.org.

Bikes for the World, in conjunction with Girl Scout Troop 5978, will collect used adult and children's bicycles to donate overseas, in this case Sri Lanka. The collection will be at the Stone Ridge School parking lot, 9101 Rockville Pike (Wisconsin Avenue) at Cedar Lane, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. A $10 dollar donation is encouraged to defray the cost of shipping. Call 301-299-1780 or visit www.bikesfortheworld.org

<cal1>Sunday/April 24

<cal2>"The Laramie Project" at 2 p.m.; at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. The show chronicles the life of the town of Laramie, Wyo., in the year after the death of Matthew Shepard. $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others. Call 301-279-5301, or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

Family Fun with Sol y Canto & Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer with the Voices of University Park Children’s Chorus at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 2 p.m. $10-32. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Concert: Sol y Canto & Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 2 p.m. Cost: $10-32. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Arts After Hours: Commitment at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Bel Cantanti Opera presents Gioacchino Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia; a comic opera performed in Italian with English supertitles at the Christ Lutheran Church, located at 8011 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Tickets are $20, call 301-438-8682 or visit www.belcantanti.com

“The Barber of Seville” with the Bel Cantanti Opera Group at the Christ Lutheran Church 8011 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20. Call 301-438-8682 or visit www.belcantanti.com.

The Musical Theater Center will perform "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Road in Silver Spring. Tickets prices are $16 for adults and $13 for children/students/senior citizens. Call 301-251-5766 or visit www.musicaltheatercenter.org .

<cal1>Monday/April 25

<cal2>Early Childhood Education Series. 7:30–9 p.m. “The Effects of TV on Your Child's Developing Brain.” Free. A presentation for parents sponsored by the Washington Waldorf School, 4800 Sangamore Road, Bethesda. Call 301-229-6107; www.washingtonwaldorf.org <http://www.washingtonwaldorf.org/>

Celebrity Challenge at the Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square, Rockville. 7:30 p.m. Learn about some of people who have lived in Rockville now and over the years. Call 301-762-0096 or visit www.peerlessrockville.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/April 26

<cal2> The Arab American Association at Montgomery College-Rockville will host “A Taste of Arabian Culture,” a celebration in honor of Arab American Heritage Month, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, this event will be held in the Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee Street. Call 301-738-1759 or visit www.montogmerycollege.edu.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 27

<cal2>Commitment: Art After Hours Concert at the Mansion of Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. $10. For tickets, call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Political columnist and author Jack Germond, will share his observations about “How the Press Covers the Presidency” at 7 p.m., at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus. Free and open to the public, the event will be held in the Recital Hall, located in the Music Building, 51 Mannakee Street. Call 301-251-7281 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu.

<cal1>Thursday/April 28

<cal2>Concert: Doo Wop! at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Cost: $21-78. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Identity Theft Seminar at the Potomac Financial Center, 9812 Falls Road, Potomac. 12-1 p.m. The seminar will feature guests from the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office and the Police Department. Space is limited; RSVP to Aisha Lawrence, 301-365-6151, aisha.lawrence@citigroup.com.

Swing Dance the night away to live bands at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park from 9- 11:30 p.m. Beginner lessons will be offered from 8:15- 9 p.m. and included in the $12 admission. Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call 301-634-2222 or visit www.dancedc.com.

“45 Seconds From Broadway” by Neil Simon in the auditorium of the Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $8 for students and $10 for adults. Call 301-320-6569.

“Navigating Uncertainties,” a discussion featuring scientists, a philosopher, a theologian, and educators will examine the topic from a variety of perspectives. The colloquium will take place at 7 p.m at Montgomery College in Room 122 of the College’s Health Sciences Center, 7977 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. Free and open to the public. Call 301-650-1463 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu.

<cal1>Friday/April 29

<cal2>Spring Dance Concert. A concert by the Montgomery College Rockville Dance Company will be performed at 8 p.m. at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. The show features original dance works by Montgomery College students and faculty, as well as Washington, D.C.-area choreographers. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others. Preview tickets are two for the price of one. Call 301-279-5301, or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

“45 Seconds From Broadway” by Neil Simon in the auditorium of the Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $8 for students and $10 for adults. Call 301-320-6569.

The 52nd Annual Landon Azalea Garden Festival will take place at the Landon School campus, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Landon’s historic Perkins Garden will serve as the centerpiece with its azaleas and array of plantings. Activities include: The Shoppes at Landon will feature clothing, gourmet foods, jewelry, house and garden items, sports equipment and more for shoppers of all ages. Landon FunLand will offer activities for all ages with games, prizes, crafts and rides. Call 301-320-1061 or visit www.landon.net. Proceeds benefit the Landon Scholarship Fund.

<cal1>Saturday/April 30

<cal2>Spring Dance Concert. A concert by the Montgomery College Rockville Dance Company will be performed at 8 p.m. at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. The show features original dance works by Montgomery College students and faculty, as well as Washington, D.C.-area choreographers. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others. Preview tickets are two for the price of one. Call 301-279-5301, or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

Family Day at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., will highlight the full range of activities offered at the Park. Call 301-634-2222.

Spring Lamplight Open House and Dramatic Presentation at Clara Barton National Historic Site, 5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo. Open house from 7-9 p.m.; dramatic presentation at 7:30 p.m. Free; open to all ages. Call 301-492-6245 or visit www.nps.gov/clba.

“45 Seconds From Broadway” by Neil Simon in the auditorium of the Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $8 for students and $10 for adults. Call 301-320-6569.

Spring Lamplight Open House and Dramatic Presentation at the Clara Barton National Historic Site, 5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo. 7-9 p.m. Dramatic presentation with actress Carrie Bauer at 7:30 p.m. Free. Call 301-492-6245 or visit www.nps.gov.clba.

The 52nd Annual Landon Azalea Garden Festival will take place at the Landon School campus, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Landon’s historic Perkins Garden will serve as the centerpiece with its azaleas and array of plantings. Activities include: The Shoppes at Landon will feature clothing, gourmet foods, jewelry, house and garden items, sports equipment and more for shoppers of all ages. Landon FunLand will offer activities for all ages with games, prizes, crafts and rides. The Landon Azalea Garden Festival Antiques Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, $8 admission at the door of the Barton Alumni Sports Center. The Landon Symphonette will perform, "Azalea Goes Pops" in the Mondzac Performing Arts Center. Call ahead to reserve tickets or plan to buy them at the door. Tickets: $7, $15, $18. The Classic Car Show will bring an array of vintage automobiles. Call 301-320-1061 or visit www.landon.net. Proceeds benefit the Landon Scholarship Fund.

“Evening with Strauss” in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Waltz lesson 8-9 p.m., waltz to midnight. Cost: $15. Call 301-634-2222 or visit www.glenechopark.org.

The Musical Theater Center will perform "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Road in Silver Spring. Tickets prices are $16 for Adults and $13 for children/students/senior citizens. Call 301-251-5766 or visit www.musicaltheatercenter.org .