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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>Thursday/May 19

<cal2>The Walt Whitman High School Festival of the Arts from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. will feature visual arts, photography, and ceramics; performances by award-winning jazz ensemble, orchestra, band, choral, and drama groups, a silent auction and student art sale. Admission is free. Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Boulevard. Call 301-320-6600.

Montgomery College’s Advertising Art students will display their own artwork in an exhibit on the first floor of the Technical Center Building, located on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street. It will feature logo design, package design, illustration and image editing projects created in both traditional and digital media. The exhibit is open 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; Call Professor Martha Vaughan at 301-251-7521.

The Post-Classical Ensemble under the direction of Angel Gil-Orodóñez at the Mansion of Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. 7:30. $26 for general admission, $23 for seniors and $15 for students. For tickets, call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Festival of the Arts at Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd., from 7-10 p.m. Visual Arts, photography, ceramics, performances by the orchestra, band, chorus, dance, drama, and poetry groups. A silent auction and student art sale will also be held. Free. Call 301-320-6600.

Concert: SuperPops: Swing! 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.

Challah-Baking Workshop from 7-10 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Learn the art of challah-baking from master baker and television personality Manfred Loeb. $25 for members and $38 for the general public. Call 301-348-3840.

Area Study Group- Teaching of Adi Da Samraj, Video footage, and guided meditation. 7:30-9 p.m. Call 301-656-6277.

Ozmosis Gallery presents its one year anniversary exhibit, "Voluptuous Life." The exhibit will showcase photography by artist Amy Jackson with a springtime celebration of large colorful flower close ups and the lush imaged landscape paintings by artist Kimberly Thorpe. The exhibit is free and open to the public at 7908 Woodmont Ave. 11:30 a.m.--7:30 p.m. Visit www.ozmosisgallery.com or call 301-664-9662.

Seminar: Identity Theft: Dangers and Remedies at the Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. With Sue Roden from Montgomery County Department of Consumer Affairs. Cost: $10 for residents of Montgomery County, $15 for non-residents. Registration is required. Call 240777-8300 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.

Book Discussion: “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson, led by Dr. Karen Arnold at the Bethesda Library Meeting Room, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda. 2-3:30 p.m. The book will be available at the library three weeks earlier. Registration is required. Call 240-777-0937.

<cal1>Friday/May 20

<cal2>Montgomery College’s Advertising Art students will display their own artwork in an exhibit on the first floor of the Technical Center Building, located on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street. It will feature logo design, package design, illustration and image editing projects created in both traditional and digital media. The exhibit is open 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.; Call Professor Martha Vaughan at 301-251-7521.

Contra Dance presented by the Friday Night Dancers. Lesson from 7:30-8:15 p.m.; dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m. $8; in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Contact fnd@folkdancer.com or visit www.fnd.folkdancer.com.

Facing East Concert- Ecstatic Indian and Indian Jazz/Fusion performed by John Wubbenhorst and Facing East. 7:30 p.m., $15. 7215 Arlington Rd., Ste 202. Bethesda.

Call (301) 656-6277.

Kensington Arts Theatre presents Kander and Ebb's "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Kensington Town Center, 3710 Mitchell St, Kensington at 8 p.m. Tickets: $17, $15 for Seniors/Students/Kensington residents. Visit www.katonline.org

Ozmosis Gallery presents its one year anniversary exhibit, "Voluptuous Life." The exhibit will showcase photography by artist Amy Jackson with a springtime celebration of large colorful flower close ups and the lush imaged landscape paintings by artist Kimberly Thorpe. The exhibit is free and open to the public at 7908 Woodmont Ave. 11:30 a.m.--7:30 p.m. Visit www.ozmosisgallery.com or call 301-664-9662.

Divorce Legal Seminar - Part II: Child-Related Issues at the Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cost: $10 for Montgomery County residents, $15 for non-residents. Registration is required. Call 240-777-8300 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.

<cal1>Saturday/May 21

<cal2>Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, will present "Perfectly Persephone: Little Greek Myth" by Kevin Kling, with performances at 3:30 p.m and 7 p.m. $15 (center orchestra), $12 (side orchestra) and $10 (balcony). The show is recommended for audiences age 4 and up. Visit www.ImaginationStage.org or call 301-280-1660

Concert: National Philharmonic Choral Masterworks at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Cost: 25-65, free for children 7-17. Call 301-581-5160 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Kensington Arts Theatre presents Kander and Ebb's "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Kensington Town Center, 3710 Mitchell St, Kensington at 8 p.m. Tickets: $17, $15 for Seniors/Students/Kensington residents. Visit www.katonline.org

The 15th annual Potomac Strawberry Festival will be held at the Potomac United Methodist Women from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at the intersection of Falls Road, Democracy Boulevard and South Glen Road in Potomac. The event will feature fresh berries, chocolate dipped berries and berry-theme items, a silent auction, a craft fair and games for children. Proceeds support charitable programs for women and children in need. Admission is free and the festival goes on rain or shine. Call 301-299-6877 or 301-301-983-5441

Ozmosis Gallery presents its one year anniversary exhibit, "Voluptuous Life." The exhibit will showcase photography by artist Amy Jackson with a springtime celebration of large colorful flower close ups and the lush imaged landscape paintings by artist Kimberly Thorpe. The exhibit is free and open to the public at 7908 Woodmont Ave. 11:30 a.m.--7:30 p.m. Visit www.ozmosisgallery.com or call 301-664-9662.

Homes & Hospitality Tour: A Progression Through Time in King Farm and East Rockville. 4-8 p.m. An evening featuring area restaurants, live music and a tour of the homes. Cost: $40 for the general public, $35 for Peerless Rockville members. Call 301-762-0096, e-mail manager@peerlessrockville.org or visit www.peerlessrockville.org.

Concert with the Children’s Chorus of Washington at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Cost: $25-65. Free for children ages 7-17. Call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Sunday/May 22

<cal2>Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 5450 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, will host Convivium, an a cappella choral group specializing in Renaissance and contemporary music at 5 p.m. There is no admission, but donations are accepted. Call 703- 855-8740.

The La Salle Dance Orchestra will play early swing, waltz, tango, foxtrot and latin music at the restored Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., from 3:30-6 p.m. $8/person. Free lessons at 3 p.m. Call 703-425-7926 or 301-299-8728.

Opening Reception: The Senior Artists Alliance at the Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 1-3 p.m. The exhibition will be open May 18-June 14. Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 12-4 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 301-251-4645.

Ballroom Tea Dance. Flying Feet Enterprises presents the music of roaring 1920s and sophisticated 1930s by the LaSalle Dance Orchestra. Beginning Dance lesson 3-3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30-6 p.m. $8, in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call 301-299-8728 or visit www.flyingfeet.org.

Cajun/Zydeco Dance. Beginner Cajun dance lesson from 3-3:30 p.m., dance 3:30-6:15 p.m. $10, in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call 301-309-0895.

Milonga/Argentine Tango. Flying Feet Enterprises presents a Milonga lesson 7-8 p.m.; dancing from 8-11 p.m. $10, in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call 301-299-8728 or visit www.flyingfeet.org.

Contra and Square Dance presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Lesson at 7 p.m.; dancing to live music from 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10 or $8 FSGW members, in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call 301-926-9142 or visit www.fsgw.org.

Concert: Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 2 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults, $5 for senior, free for children under 18. Call 301-581-5160 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Art After Hours: Maurice Lyle Trio at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Call 301-581-5160 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Children’s Dance Concert at 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. This show is presented by the JCC’s School of Dance. Call 301-348-3872.

28th Commemoration of the Yortsayt of Sholem Alechem at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Anita Norich, associate professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan, will present How Tevye Learned to Fiddle. Admission; $6 for members of the JCC, Yiddish of Greater Washington and Workmen’s Circle, and $9 for the general public. Call 301-348-3840.

Klezmer Concert and Party from 7-9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. $8 for members, $10 for the general public, and $5 for children under 12 years. Call 301-348-3840.

Composer's Society of Montgomery County 2005 Spring Concert will present Japanese, folk, electronic and classical music at the Montgomery College Music Building, Recital Hall, 51 Mannakee, Rockville. Free admission. There will also be a wine and cheese reception; Contact esaunders12@comcast.net.

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary second annual 5K Run for the Animals and 1 Mile Walk will take place at 8:30 a.m. in Wheaton Regional Park. The USATF certified course starts near the miniature train station and winds through the scenic park over paved and natural trails. Registration $25. Visit www.animalsanctuary.org or www.signmeup.com/50786. All proceeds benefit the sanctuary.

Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, will present "Perfectly Persephone: Little Greek Myth" by Kevin Kling, with performances at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m $15 (center orchestra), $12 (side orchestra) and $10 (balcony). The show is recommended for audiences age 4 and up. Visit www.ImaginationStage.org or call 301-280-1660

Voices of the River is a series that explores the history, ecology, and diversity of the Potomac River at 4 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. National Park Service Ranger Rod Sauter will lead a one-mile walk and talk along the C&O Canal towpath’s Seven Locks. Located Lockhouse 8, Lock 8, C&O Canal, Cabin John. Free.

<cal1>Monday/May 23

<cal2>Breakfast and Film: "The Danish Solution: The Rescue of the Jews in Denmark" at 9:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. A breakfast buffet will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the film will be shown at 10:15 a.m. Call 301-649-4901.

Early Childhood Education: “Similarities and Differences between Montesorri and Waldorf Education” at the Washington Waldorf School, 4800 Sangamore Road, Bethesda. 7:30-9 p.m. Call 301-229-6107.

Jerusalem Stories Fundraiser, at Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, at 7:30 p.m. Carol Grosman will share her hopeful peace project, Jerusalem Stories, though storytelling. Carol and Sami al Jundi will explain its impact and how you can help this movement spread peace through mutual respect and understanding. Contact Carol Fried, csf@gnode.org or call 301-493-5525.

<cal1>Tuesday/ May 24

<cal2>Ozmosis Gallery presents its one year anniversary exhibit, "Voluptuous Life." The exhibit will showcase photography by artist Amy Jackson with a springtime celebration of large colorful flower close ups and the lush imaged landscape paintings by artist Kimberly Thorpe. The exhibit is free and open to the public at 7908 Woodmont Ave. 11:30 a.m.--7:30 p.m. Visit www.ozmosisgallery.com or call 301-664-9662.

Dress for Success: Building a Professional Image at the Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling and Career Center, 401 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Rockville. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn how to use clothing, speech and body language to present a powerful impression. With Marilyn R. Block, Ph.D. Cost: $10. Registration is required. Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.

Seminar: The Language of Love Cost: $45 for Montgomery County residents, $67 for non-residents. Registration is required. Call 240 -777-8300 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw. 6:30-8:30 p.m. With Victoria Carballo, LCSW-C. For couples and families. Cost: $10 for residents of Montgomery County, $16 for non-residents. Registration is required. Call 240-777-8300 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw.

<cal1>Wednesday, May 25

<cal2>Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Bethesda, will host an Interfaith Forum on different theological perspectives on peace (Christian, Jewish and Islamic) at 7:30-9 p.m. Virginia Theological Seminary assistant professor Jeff Hensley; Howard University African Studies professor Sulayman Nyang and Rabbi David Shneyer from Am Kolel are the speakers. Call 301-229-3770 or visit http://redeemer.edow.org.

The opera "Can You Keep a Secret?" will be preformed at the Farmland Elementary school, 7000 Old Gate Road Rockville, at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The theme of the student production is homelessness. Students are writing, designing, managing, and performing the original opera. Call Deb Scesa at 301-231-0766.

Free Film Screening. The JCC of Greater Washington’s Café Seret will present a screening of the film "James Journey to Jersusalem" at 7 p.m. at 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Film followed by coffee and discussion. Call Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760.

Rabbi Golinkin, president and professor of Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, will discuss "How Does the Conservative Responsa Work?" at Congregation B'nai Tzedek, 10621 South Glen Road, 5:45 - 7:15 p.m. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Brittany at 301-299-0225 ext. 301.

Ozmosis Gallery presents its one year anniversary exhibit, "Voluptuous Life." The exhibit will showcase photography by artist Amy Jackson with a springtime celebration of large colorful flower close ups and the lush imaged landscape paintings by artist Kimberly Thorpe. The exhibit is free and open to the public at 7908 Woodmont Ave. 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Visit www.ozmosisgallery.com or call 301-664-9662.