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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 Marguerite Rogers at 703-917-6407.

<cal1>Thursday/Feb. 24

<cal2>"Oliver," a musical, is performed Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. (preview); Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 24-26, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m.; at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others. Preview tickets are two for the price of one. Thursday evening performances feature Afterwards, a discussion about the play immediately following the performance. Call 301-279-5301, or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

“Gypsy.” The Bullis School performs the Tony Award-winning musical about vaudeville entertainer turned stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her overbearing mother, Rose, at Blair Family Center for the Arts, The Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. For information and reservations call Blair Family Center for the Arts at 301-634-3631.

A documentary film on Adi Da Samraj, "The Outpouring of Divine Brightness," is screened Thursday, Feb. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. At Adidam Revelation Bookstore & Dharma Arts Center, 7215 Arlington Road, Suite 202, Bethesda.

Parenting Workshop. 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. The JCC’s Bender-Dosik Parenting Center presents this workshop on parenting differences between mothers and fathers. The fee is $10 for JCC members and $12 for the general public. For more information, call Robin at 301-348-3837.

Memory Workshop. 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Instructor “Memory Mike” Druckman will teach techniques to improve reading recall. The fee for this workshop is $8 for JCC members and $10 for the general public. For more information, call Rita Cohen at 301-348-3866.

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 25

<cal2>"Oliver," a musical, is performed Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. (preview); Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 24-26, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m.; at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others. Preview tickets are two for the price of one. Thursday evening performances feature Afterwards, a discussion about the play immediately following the performance. Call 301-279-5301, or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

“Gypsy.” The Bullis School performs the Tony Award-winning musical about vaudeville entertainer turned stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her overbearing mother, Rose, at Blair Family Center for the Arts, The Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. For information and reservations call Blair Family Center for the Arts at 301-634-3631.

Young Readers Club at Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave. 7 p.m. Ages 6-14. Free. 301-986-1761.

Animal Kingdom. YMCA Ayrlawn Program Center, 5650 Oakmont Ave. 6:30-10 p.m. Ages 6-11. $30; $10 for each additional sibling. 301-530-8500, ext. 20.

Seussical at Connelly School of the Holy Child, 9029 Bradley Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. 301-365-0955 or visit http://www.holychild.org .

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 26

<cal2>"Oliver," a musical, is performed Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. (preview); Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 24-26, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m.; at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others. Preview tickets are two for the price of one. Thursday evening performances feature Afterwards, a discussion about the play immediately following the performance. Call 301-279-5301 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

“Gypsy.” The Bullis School performs the Tony Award-winning musical about vaudeville entertainer turned stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her overbearing mother, Rose, at Blair Family Center for the Arts, The Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. For information and reservations call Blair Family Center for the Arts at 301-634-3631.

Symphonic Blockbusters Series. Grammy nominee Cho-Liang Lin plays Tchaikovsky's violin concerto on a program with Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique." Saturday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m., at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets may be purchased through the Strathmore Ticket Office by calling 301-581-5100. Ticket prices are $65, $45, $40, $35, and $25. Children 7-17 are free.

English Language Conversation Club. 3 p.m., at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 240-777-0690, 301-765-4083 TTY. Practice and improve English with the help of volunteers leading discussions. Two hours.

District 15 Town Hall Meeting. Sen. Rob Garagiola (D-15), Del. Kathleen Dumais (D-15) and Del. Brian Feldman (D-15) host a town hall meeting, 11 a.m.-noon, at Potomac Community Library, in the meeting room. All are invited to attend and discuss issues pertinent to Montgomery County and Maryland as well as the 2005 Maryland General Assembly Session. For more information, contact Diane Yaeger at 301-858-3169.

The ASCE Toastmaster Club meets at 9:20 a.m. at Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd. Become a better public speaker. Newcomers welcome. Call 301-299-2826 for more information.

Peter and the Wolf Concert, performed by the Levine School of Music. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane. Noon. Call 301-581-5100.

Seussical at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Connelly School of the Holy Child, 9029 Bradley Blvd. 301-365-0955 or visit http://www.holychild.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Feb. 27

<cal2>Cinema Art Bethesda presents "The Son's Room" 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 $14. For more information, visit www.CinemaArtBethesda.org or call 301-365-3679.

Yiddish Films. 3:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. The Center’s Café Kasrilevke, co-sponsored by Yiddish of Greater Washington and Workmen’s Circle, presents two Yiddish-themed films, "Pripetshik Sings Yiddish" and "Grine Felder." Admission is free. For more information, call Lynn Gittleson at 301-348-3840.

"Planning a Trip to Israel." 7 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. An Israeli tour guide visits the Center to present a free workshop on how to plan the perfect trip to Israel for a family or organization. For more information, call Lynn at 301-348-3840.

<cal1>Monday/Feb. 28

<cal2>“The Healing Properties of Fairy Tales,” a presentation for mothers and fathers, sponsored by the Washington Waldorf School, 4800 Sangamore Road, Bethesda, is presented as part of the free Early Childhood Education Series. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Call 301-229-6107; visit www.washingtonwaldorf.org.

Author Discussion. Lisa Couturier will discuss her book "The Hopes of Snakes" at Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free. 301-986-1761.

<cal1>Wednesday/March 2

<cal2>Art After Hours: NIH Community Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. This all-volunteer orchestra is supported by the National Institute of Health's Recreation and Welfare Association. The orchestra's concert repertoire spans six centuries and allows area musicians to acquaint themselves with standard orchestral works. Free, no tickets required. At the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100, or visit www.strathmore.org.

Support Group. DRADA (Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association), Potomac Chapter will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the parish hall, St. Raphael’s Church, 1513 Dunster Road, Rockville. The meeting is for the families and friends of people who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar illness. Free. Call 301-299-4255.

<cal1>Thursday/March 3

<cal2>Music in the Mansion: Imani Winds. 7:30 p.m. Featuring musicians of African-American and Latino heritage, Imani Winds, is a woodwind quintet of high caliber and innovation. $26 adults, $23 seniors, $15 students. 7:30 p.m., at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100, or visit www.strathmore.org.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concert. 8 p.m. $21-78. At the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. For further information, call 301-581-5100, or visit www.strathmore.org.

Imani Winds, a traditional wind quintet, plays at the Mansion of Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Featuring African, Latin and American composers. $26 for general admission, $23 for seniors and $15 for students. For tickets call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Red Hat Society Game Day. Bethesda Living Vital Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, 2nd floor. 1 p.m. Age 50 and over are welcome. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. 301-255-4217.

<cal1>Friday/March 4

<cal2>An Exploring Remarriage Group begins on Friday, March 4, with orientation, 7:45-9:45 p.m., at Georgetown Prep. The group is for couples comtemplating remarriage. Presenters Carrie Hansen, a marriage and family therapist, and Fr. Vince O'Brien, S.J. are certified by The Step Family Foundation, Inc. For information and registration call Carrie Hansen at 301-622-4711 or Father O'Brien at 610-660-1406.

Amazing Acrobat Troupe with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane. 8p.m. $25-47. 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Saturday/March 5

<cal2>"A Salute to Youth." 8 p.m. Guest Conductor Dr. Will Kesling and the Classic Concerts International Chorus, on their fifth visit to the Washington area, join the National Philharmonic at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets may be purchased through the Strathmore Ticket Office at 301-581-5100. Ticket prices are $32, $22, $20, $17 and $12. Children 7-17 are free.

Job Fair. Various positions available. American Plant Food Company, 5258 River Road, 9 a.m.-noon. Age 16 and over. Free. 301-656-3311.

<cal1>Sunday/March 6

<cal2>Teha Musical Theater Center brings the talents of its young singers and dancers for performances of American musical numbers at 1:30-2 p.m. and 2-2:30 p.m., at Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, in the conservatory on the first floor. Free, no tickets required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Rockville Arts Hotline, 240-314-5006.

Waltz Dance for Everyone. Introductory Waltz Workshop, 3-3:30 p.m., followed by waltzing, 3:30-6 p.m. The band Honeysuckle Rose performs. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is $7 per person. For more information, call Donna Barker at 703-978-0375 or Glen Echo Park at 301-320-2330. In the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd.

Jazz and classical woodwind artist Chris Vadala performs in a gala concert at Montgomery College on Sunday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., at Montgomery COllege's Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Tickets cost $25 with proceeds going to the Montgomery College Music Department’s scholarship fund to help music students. For information about the Montgomery College Music Department, call 301-279-5209 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/departments/musicrv.

Gershwin by Levine School of Music faculty. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, room 402. 4 p.m. Free. 301-581-5100.

Mark O'Conner's Hot Swing Trio. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane. 7 p.m. $25-50. 301-581-5100.

Lecture. Theosophical lecture and Q & A. United Lodge of Theosophists, 4865 Cordell Ave., 2nd floor. 11a.m.-Noon. Free. 301-656-3566.

Hawaii Luau Yoga. Music & crafts. Yoga Tales, 8020 Norfolk Ave. 10 a.m.-noon. Ages 4-8. $25. 301-951-9642.

Job Fair. Various positions available. American Plant Food Company, 5258 River Road. 9 a.m.-noon. Age 16 and over. Free. 301-656-3311.

<cal1>Monday/March 7

<cal2>Literacy Tutor Orientation at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. 7:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to teach adults to read, write and speak English. No foreign language skills are necessary. Flexible hours. To register, call 301-942-9292 or e-mail info@literacycouncilmcmd.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/March 8

<cal2>Specialty Tea — Handbags and Hats. 1 p.m. Join Strathmore for tea and a show of handbags and hats for springtime. Music by Becky Dukes, piano. Pre-paid reservations required, $22 (plus tax). At the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. For further information, call 301-581-5100, or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/March 9

<cal2>Celtic Celebration of Music with Bonnie Rideout, three-time U.S.-Scottish fiddle champion, and the City of Washington Pipe Band. At the new Music Center of Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda. Fiddlers, bagpipers and more. 8 p.m. $18-32. For tickets, call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.com.

Art After Hours Concert: Alexandria Kleztet at the Mansion of Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Klezmer, jazz and blues. $10. For tickets, call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Brown-Bag Daytimers Forum will be held at noon at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road. Guest speaker Steve Coll, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and associate editor of The Washington Post, will discuss his book "Ghost Wars -The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001." Call 301-299-7087. Free.

Job Fair. Various positions available. American Plant Food Company, 5258 River Road. 4-7 p.m. Age 16 and over. Free. 301-656-3311.

<cal1>Thursday/March 10

<cal2>Montgomery Hospice Gala: A Celebration of Life. Thursday, March 10, 6:30-11 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency, 7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Features dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit nonprofit Montgomery Hospice at Home and Casey House. In cooperation with the Royal Thai Embassy, designated auction items raise funds to benefit tsunami relief. For information on sponsorships and tickets, call Montgomery Hospice at 301-921-4400 or visit montgomeryhospice.org.

<cal1>Friday/March 11

<cal2>China Philharmonic Orchestra in the new Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda. 8 p.m. The China Philharmonic is a group of 120 musicians formed in 2000. The performance will include traditional classical music as well as works by local Chinese composers. $20-45. For tickets, call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/March 12

<cal2>"Men! Men? Men ... ," a special performance of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s spring concert, is performed at 8 p.m., at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Tickets are $23 for students and seniors and $25 for others. Call the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center Box Office at 301-279-5301, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC.

Violinist Timothy Fain appears in an all-Beethoven JCC Symphony Orchestra concert at 8 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. Tickets are $23 for students and senior adults and $28 for the general public. To purchase tickets, call the JCC Box Office at 301-348-3872. The JCC is located at 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville.

Tot Shabbat Morning Service. 11-11:45 a.m., at Congregation B'nai Tzedek, 10621 South Glen Road, Potomac. Shabbat morning service led by Carol Boyd Leon. Participate in this interactive service with music and singing of favorite Shabbat melodies. Shabbat especially for preschool children, ages 2-5 years old. Separate kiddush for parents and children follows service.

Art Talk at the Mansion of Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Lecture and tour with Frank Wright, Professor of Art at the George Washington University. The lecture will be on the ongoing exhibit “Symphony of Art.” 1 p.m. Adults. The lecture is free. Call 301-581-5200 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Children’s Talk and Tour at the Mansion of Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Arts-related story with storyteller Ellouise Schoettler, discussion of the ongoing exhibition “Symphony of Art” and hands-on art activities. 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up with an adult. Free. Reservations required; call 301-581-5109. Call 301-581-5200 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Restoring Spring Gardens. Identifying Invasive Plants.10 a.m.-noon at Lockhouse, Lock 8. Join the Potomac Conservancy to learn how to identify invasive plants that can wreak havoc on your spring garden and the natural environment. The Lockhouse at Lock 8 is accessible from the Lock 8 parking lot along the inbound lane of the Clara Barton Parkway. Contact Bryan Seipp at seipp@potomac.org for more information.

Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane. 8 p.m. $10-20; free admission for children. 301-581-5100.

Kid’s Club. Fun games, pottery painting and more. Color Me Mine, 4829 Fairmont Ave. 7-9 p.m. K-6th. $34, two for $60. 301-461-5761.

Musical. "What's a Wolf to Do? The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs," a musical for the whole family by Marilyn Shockey. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at Bullis School, Blair Family Center for the Arts,10601 Falls Road. $10. For reservations leave a message at 301-299-8571.

<cal1>Sunday/March 13

<cal2>Violinist Timothy Fain performs a solo recital as part of the Young Concert Artists series at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. Tickets are $22 for students and senior adults, $27 for the general public. To purchase tickets, call the JCC Box Office at 301-348-3872. The JCC is located at 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville.

Simcha Showcase at the Congregation B’nai Tzedek, 10621 S. Glen Road. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to plan the perfect bar/bat mitzvah, wedding or special party. Meet the area’s finest photographers, videographers, caterers, florists, entertainers, bands, DJs and party planners. Big selection of gifts, stationery and invitations. Free; open to the public. Call 301-299-0225.

Voices for Peace: An Evening of Poetry and Music at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane in Bethesda. 7 p.m. Featured speaker will be the Rev. Paul Abernathy, rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at Capitol Hill. The program will include readings of poetry and prose from the Bible. Leaders of the program will be the Rev. Dr. Stephanie Nagley, rector of St. Luke’s parish and Dr. Geoffrey Simon, organist-choirmaster. Visit www.stlukesbethesda.org.

Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane. 8 p.m. $10-20; free admission for children. 301-581-5100.

Lecture. Theosophical lecture and Q & A. United Lodge of Theosophists, 4865 Cordell Ave., 2nd floor. 11a.m.-noon. Free. 301-656-3566.

Musical. "What's a Wolf to Do? The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs," a musical for the whole family by Marilyn Shockey. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at Bullis School, Blair Family Center for the Arts,10601 Falls Road. $10. For reservations leave a message at 301-299-8571.