<lst>To have community events listed free in The Potomac Almanac, send mail to 10220 River Road, Suite 303, Potomac, MD 20854, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457.
Downtown Bethesda will host the seventh annual Bethesda Literary Festival from Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30. Produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP), the festival will feature local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as poetry slams, a comedy night and youth and adult writing contests. The seventh annual Bethesda Literary Festival will also showcase novelists, journalists, poets and children's authors throughout downtown Bethesda's bookstores, arts organizations and community centers. Featured authors include: Fred Barnes, "Rebel in Chief: How George W. Bush is Redefining the Conservative Movement and Transforming America"; Barbara Kline, "White House Nannies: True Tales from the Other Department of Homeland Security"; Andrea Mitchell, "Talking Back to Presidents, Dictators and Assorted Scoundrels" and Bob Schieffer, "Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast". Call 301-215-6660 or www.bethesda.org.
“The Horse, A Mirror of Man: Parallels in Early Human and Horse Medicine,” a new exhibition at the National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda will run through April 28. Open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Meet the Arab Culture Exhibit is at Rockville Library, From April 1-29, 99 Maryland Ave. Available for viewing during library hours. Call 240-777-0140.
To highlight the importance of detecting hearing, speech or language disorders at their earliest stage, TLC-The Treatment and Learning Centers today announced a series of community education events in connection with Better Hearing and Speech Month, celebrated in May. Call 301-424-5200.
Weekend Nature Programs at Glen Echo Saturdays and Sundays, May 6–21. Grab a hand lens, pack a field guide, and jump into the world of insects at Discovery Creek's Six-legged Sensations exhibition. Meet live animals, play in an oversized sandpit, take a hike to explore the creek, create crafts, and more. At the Stable at Glen Echo Park 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Members and children under 2: free, non members: $5. Call 202-337-5111 to make arrangements or visit www.discoverycreek.org.
JSSA Social Skills summer programs. Led by clinical social workers for small groups of children ages 7-10 who have difficulty making and keeping friends. Children learn more positive ways to express their needs, get along with peers, work cooperatively, carry on social conversation, deal with teasing, and boost their self-expression and self-esteem skills. July 11-August 3, 9 a.m.-noon, 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville. Call 301-816-2633 to register.
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center and the Little Falls Library join efforts to help residents access County services and learn about County programs. A representative from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center will visit Little Falls library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave. in Bethesda every 4th Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/bcc
Seniors can exercise almost everyday of the week free of charge with Potomac Seniors. Tai Chi, Suburban Hospital's Senior Shape or Chair Exercise all offered. Call 240-777-6960.
30-Plus Happy Hour hosted by the Young Professionals group from the Jewish Community Center for ages 30 and above at different clubs in Bethesda, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For dates, call 301-881-0100. Meet new people and see old friends. For more information, visit www.jccgw.org.
Hospice Caring has recently launched a new support group specifically designed for those age 50 or under who lost their spouse or significant other more than a year ago. The support group meets every Thursday evening from 7–8:30 p.m. in Rockville. Group members are encouraged to participate regularly but weekly attendance is not required. For more information about the group and to register, contact Toby Rabbin, 301-990-0854.
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 240-777-6960.
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.