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Imagination Stage's Deaf Access Company performs “The Magical Pinata,” book and lyrics by Karen Zacarias, music by Deborah Wicks LaPuma, through Feb. 6, Saturdays and Sundays, at 1 and 3 p.m., at Imagination Stage Studio Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, 301-280-1660, TTY: 301-718-8813. This musical show, performed by a company of deaf and hearing teenagers, is intended to be enjoyed by deaf and hearing audiences, 4 and up. Go to www.ImaginationStage.org or call (voice) 301-280-1660 to purchase tickets. Purchase at the box office at 4908 Auburn Ave. in Bethesda. Tickets are $10. The theater is Metro accessible (Bethesda). A free trolley bus goes from the Metro stop to Imagination Stage. There is ample public parking adjacent to the theater, and it is free on Saturday and Sunday.

"Clowning Around." Bob Brown, one of America's most popular puppet masters, brings his merry marionettes to perform feats of skill and daring usually found only at the circus through Feb. 20, at the Puppet Company Playhouse, in the North Arcade Building of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. ASL interpretation on Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and children. Group rates available. 301-320-6668.

"The Witch and the Magic Mountain." through Feb. 20, at Adventure Theatre, in Historic Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Call 301-320-5331 for tickets. Visit www.adventuretheatre.org.

"Clara Barton and the Sea Island Hurricanes." During February, African-American History Month, Clara Barton National Historic Site presents a special interpretive program focusing on the events of 1893, when a hurricane devastated the African-American coastal community of Sea Islands, S.C. A photographic exhibit highlights Barton's relief efforts. On Saturdays and Sundays, a slide-show, "Clara Barton and the Sea Island Hurricanes," is shown every hour on the hour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., prior to house tours. The site is located at 5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo. Visit www.nps.gov/clba or call 301-492-6245.

"Callisto 5," a science fiction thriller, is especially for older children and teenagers, is performed, Saturdays, Feb. 26-April 2, at 3:30 and 7 p.m., at the Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. There will be weekday spring break matinees March 25, 28 and April 1 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Go to www.ImaginationStage.org or call 301-280-1660 for exact schedule and to purchase tickets.

"Peter and the Wolf." Performed Feb. 23-April 10, performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Puppet Company Playhouse, in the North Arcade Building of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. ASL interpretation on March 20, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and children. Group rates available. 301-320-6668.

“Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood,” book, music and lyrics by Joan Cushing, based on the book by Mike Artell, illustrations by Jim Harris, will be performed Feb. 5-April 3, at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Call the box office at 301-280-1660. Tickets are $15 (center orchestra), $12 (side orchestra) and $10 (balcony). On Saturday, Feb. 5, at 6:15 p.m., the Mardi Gras Party and Performance provides live music and free goodies for children attending the 7 p.m. performance. On Sunday, Feb. 13, 2:15-3:15 p.m., author Mike Artell will be on hand for a book signing.

The Montgomery County Thrift Shop, 7125-27 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, is open on the second Sunday of each month. These Sunday openings permit five nonprofit organizations — Suburban Hospital Auxiliary, Planned Parenthood, National Council of Jewish Women Montgomery County Section, Mental Health Association of Montgomery County and Montgomery County Federation of Women's Clubs — to increase their funding of community service projects. The groups work together to benefit the Montgomery County community. Sunday hours are noon-4 p.m. For information, call 301-654-0063.

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.

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.

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.

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 Gloria at 301-765-7635.

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 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.