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To have community events listed free in The Potomac Almanac, send mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, Va. 22102, 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 Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 18

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. Enjoy afternoon tea and live music from local artists at the Mansion at Strathmore, 1 p.m. Cost is $18. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Literary Salon. The Friends of the Library Little Falls Chapter present a literary salon led by Dr. Karen Arnold. The book will be "Murder in Jerusalem" by Batya Gur. Refreshments served. The library is located at 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Call 240-773-9520.

Music. Caldwell Gray will perform at the Mansion at Strathmore, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. . Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/April 19

<cal2>Stormy Weather. Learn about stormy weather and make a tornado bottle or thunder stick at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-10. Cost $7. Visit www.parkpass.org or call 301-299-1990.

Earth Day Fair. Stop by Whole Foods Market, 1649 Rockville Pike, Rockville, and learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint, 4-8 p.m. Check out booths hosted by Local non-profits, government agencies, and vendors who will be teaching simple ways to tread more lightly on the earth. Call 301-984-4880.

Media Festival. The 2007 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Media Festival showcase will be held this month at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Institute in Silver Spring. The elementary school showcase will start at 10 a.m. Visit http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/mediafestival/.

Classical Music. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Music Center at Strathmore, 8 p.m. Tickets are $43. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Literary Luncheon Series. Marie Arana of the Washington Post will discuss her first novel "Cellophane" at the Mansion at Strathmore, 11:30 a.m. Call 240-777-0020 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Friday/April 20

<cal2>Pig Tales. Enjoy a puppet production by the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at Cabin John Mall Atrium, 11325 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, 9:30 a.m.

Swing Dance. The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents a Swing Dance with the Blue Crescent Quintet. An introductory Swing lesson with Donna Barker and Mike Marcotte from 8-9 p.m. is followed by dancing until midnight in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Admission is $13. All proceeds benefit Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture Inc. Contact dbarker@glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2231.

Contra Dance. The Friday Night Dancers presents traditional American dancing including contra dances, square dances, and several waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30-8:15 p.m. Dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m. to the Glen Echo Open Band, $8, in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Contact info@fridaynightdance.org, or visit www.fridaynightdance.org.

Media Festival. The 2007 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Media Festival showcase will be held this month at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Institute in Silver Spring. The middle and high school showcase will start at 10 a.m. Visit http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/mediafestival/.

Author Talk. To culminate Holy Child’s diversity program this year, South African writer Mark Mathabane, author of the best-selling autobiography "Kaffir Boy," will speak at Connelly School of the Holy at 9:30 a.m. The lecture will take place in the gymnasium, is free and open to the public. Visit www.holychild.org.

Canadian Brass. Canadian Brass will perform popular favorites at the Music Center at Strathmore, 8 p.m. Tickets are $28-$60. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/April 21

<cal2>Art Show. Free exhibits of emerging artist work and art sales at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery in Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., featuring Justin Pyles, 12-5 p.m. The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery is on the 3rd floor of the Arcade building. Call 301-371-5593 or visit www.yellowbarnstudio.com.

Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition at the Stable Glen Echo Park. Spend time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. April is Earth Appreciation month, come and give Mother Nature a hug. Members and children under 2: free, nonmembers: $5. Call 202-337-5111 or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Teddy Bear Tea. A Special "Teddy Bear" Tea for girls/boys at Amada Amante, 9755 Traville Gateway Drive, Rockville, 1-3 p.m. Tea, food, crafts and the girls get their nails polished and boys get tattoos. Call 240-461-8361 or visit www.amadaamante.com.Carousel Tours. 12 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo. Admission is free and the tour is also offered by appointment at 301-492-6229. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Park Tours. Walking tours of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo begin at 2 p.m. A 60-minute film documentary is shown at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the tour is also offered by appointment at 301-492-6229. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Salsa Dance. High Energy Productions presents the first D.C. Regional Salsa Rueda Festival with live music by the band Sin Miedo. The event will include several workshops, a live salsa band, Salsa and Rueda performance dance shows, as well as open dancing. Tentatively the event will be extended to run from 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. $17 for all night. Visit www.oohsalsa.com.

Italian Wine Tasting. Wine and appetizers sponsored by Centro Restaurant, B-CC Beer & Wine and Bella Italia at Bella Italia, 4844 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 6-8 p.m. Ages 21 and up. Call 301-654-2667.

Dance Auditions. Auditions for the youth dance ensemble, junior and senior companies at Joy of Motion Dance Center, 7315 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 180E, 4-6 p.m. Cost is $20. Call 301-986-0016.

Independent Book Fair. Meet and talk with publishers and editors plus reading events at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, 12-4 p.m. Call 301-654-8664.

Big Easy Ball. Concert to celebrate New Orleans heritage; black tie annual gala in support of artistic and educational programming at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, 6:30 p.m. Cost is $65-$1,000. Call 301-581-5100.

Opera. Washington National Opera's teaching docents will introduce children ages 6-12 and their families to the story and music of Rossini's "La Cenerentola" ("Cinderella") with craft activities to follow at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Blvd., Bethesda, 2 p.m. Call 240-777-0970 to register.

Storytime and Films. Join the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, and watch films of popular picture books, do a stretch with a librarian, and hear a story, 10:30 a.m. For children of all ages. Call 240-777-0690.

English Language Conversation Club. Join in practicing and improving your spoken English with the help of volunteers leading discussions at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 3 p.m. Call 240-777-0690.

Birding Walk. Enjoy a walk while looking for birds at Violette’s Lock, C&O Canal National Historical Park. Contact C&O Canal Association’s Jack Devine, jack@artcfa.com or 301-947-7400.

Author Talk. Dian Belanger, author and historian will be the guest speaker at the spring author series to be held at the Rockville Library. Visit http://montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/press/PR_details.asp?PrID=3435.

<cal1>Sunday/April 22

<cal2>Art Show. Free exhibits of emerging artist work and art sales at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery in Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., featuring Justin Pyles, 12-5 p.m. The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery is on the 3rd floor of the Arcade building. Call 301-371-5593 or visit www.yellowbarnstudio.com.

Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition at the Stable Glen Echo Park. Spend time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. April is Earth Appreciation month, come and give Mother Nature a hug. Members and children under 2: free, nonmembers: $5. Call 202-337-5111 or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Carousel Tours. 12 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo. Admission is free and the tour is also offered by appointment at 301-492-6229. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Park Tours. Walking tours of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo begin at 2 p.m. A 60-minute film documentary is shown at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the tour is also offered by appointment at 301-492-6229. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Contra and Square Dance. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American dancing with a focus on New England style contra dances, and including square dances, country mixers, waltzes. Lessons 7 p.m., followed by called dances from 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10 nonmembers/$8 FSGW members, in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Call 202-518-1299 or visit www.fsgw.org.

Opera. The American Center for Puccini Studies presents "Le Villi" at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, 4 p.m. All tickets $15. Call 301-528-4305 or visit pucciniamerica.org.

<cal1>Monday/April 23

<cal2>Marine Chamber Ensembles. The special gala concert will feature the world première of Serebrier’s "Night Cry," as well as his arrangement of Georges Bizet’s Carmen Symphony. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 8 p.m. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Art Class. Join in the fun with art classes presented by at Whole Foods Market, 1649 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 4-5 p.m. Children will enjoy making a creative and original craft. Each child will leave with a completed art project and a goody bag of treats from Whole Foods Market. Call 301-984-4880.

French Literature. Join the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Blvd., Bethesda, for discussions about French books in French with Madeleine Cottenet-Hage, 7:30 p.m. This month read Maryse Conde’s "Le Coeur a Rire et a Pleurer." Call 240-777-0970 to register.

<cal1>Tuesday/April 24

<cal2>Puppet Show. The Puppet Co. presents Tiny Tot Tuesdays. This Tuesday's show ill be "Second-Hand Stars," at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. in Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Ages 0-4. Tickets are $5. Call 301-320-6668.

Work-Out for a Cure. Fitness Express in partnership with the Beverly Farms PTA offers a dynamic, feel the burn work-out, 4:15-5:15 p.m., the Beverly Farms gym. Tax deductible donations to Breast Cancer Research, in lieu of a class fee appreciated. All fitness levels welcome. Call Marilyn at 301-523-1900.

Children's Theater. Adventure Theatre and the Clara Barton House present "Clara Barton: The Courage Within." Clara's life is portrayed on stage at Adventure Theatre at Glen Echo Park, followed by a National Park Service tour of her historic home. Performances at 11 a.m. Cost is $8 for children and adults, grade three through six. Call 301-320-5331 or visit www.adventuretheatre.org.

Afternoon Tea. Enjoy afternoon tea and live music from local artists at the Mansion at Strathmore, 1 p.m. Cost is $18. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Time for Two's. Stories, songs, rhymes, and activities for two- to three-year-olds at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, 10:30 a.m. Call 240-777-0970.

Afterschool Storytime. Join the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, for an after school storytime for children in kindergarten through second grade, 4 p.m. Librarians will read stories, lead rhymes, and do a craft with children. A light snack will be served. Call 240-777-0690.

<cal1>Friday/April 25

<cal2>Art Show. The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) presents the Fifth Annual Art & Soul: Artists and Art Lovers Supporting Children and Families. Guests will mingle to the sounds of Broadway star, Julia Nixon, as they enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and bid on original artwork, fine jewelry, and unique dining and travel experiences. All proceeds will benefit area charities. Contact Heather Buckman at 301-365-4480 ext. 266 or hbuckman@nccf-cares.org.

Afternoon Tea. Enjoy afternoon tea and live music from local artists at the Mansion at Strathmore, 1 p.m. Cost is $18. Call 301-581-5108 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Focus Music. Maria Dunn will play at O’Brien’s BBQ, 387 East Gude Drive, Rockville, 8 p.m. Tickets $15 general, $12 memebers. Call 301-275-7459.

Time for Two's. Stories, songs, rhymes, and activities for two- to three-year-olds at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, 10:30 a.m. Call 240-777-0970.

Conversation Club. This English language conversation club is conducted by an ESOL teacher and will run from 2-4 p.m. in the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, meeting room. It is designed for non-native speakers of English at every skill level. This is a drop-in program, pre-registration is not required. Call 240-777-0970.

Storytelling. Ellouise Schoettler will entertain with stories and fun at the Mansion at Strathmore, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/April 26

<cal2>Storytime for Twos. Join the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, for a storytime perfect for active 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. A librarian will lead the children through rhymes, fingerplays, and other activities suited for 24-36 month old children. Come prepared to sing and play. Call 240-777-0690.

Strathmore Block Party. Strathmore and its founding partner and resident orchestra, the BSO at Strathmore, are teaming up to throw the first Strathmore Block Party beginning at 6 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore. The Strathmore Block Party is open to the public for a special "thank you" price of $10. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Friday/April 27

<cal2>Spring Auction in the Park. Food, raffle and photos in the park; proceeds go to visual education and outreach. At Photoworks, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., 7:30 p.m. Cost is $100. Call 301-229-4313.

Contra Dance. The Friday Night Dancers presents traditional American dancing including contra dances, square dances, and several waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30-8:15 p.m. Dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m. to the Glen Echo Open Band, $8, in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Contact info@fridaynightdance.org, or visit www.fridaynightdance.org.

Spring Dance Concert. The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville presents the Montgomery College Rockville Dance Company with a program of exciting and original dance, 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 regular, $8 seniors and students. Call 301-279-5301.

<cal1>Saturday/April 28

<cal2>Family Day Festival. Come celebrate the annual opening of the carousel at Glen Echo Park’s Family Day from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy entertainment in the Park and learn more about the carousel through tours and photographs. Entrance to the Park and many activities are free. The carousel will operate from noon to 6 p.m., and will re-open that night for the Strauss Ball. Call 301-634-2222 or visit www.glenechopark.org.

Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition at the Stable Glen Echo Park. Spend time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. April is Earth Appreciation month, come and give Mother Nature a hug. Members and children under 2: free, nonmembers: $5. Call 202-337-5111 or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Carousel Tours. 12 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo. Admission is free and the tour is also offered by appointment at 301-492-6229. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Park Tours. Walking tours of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo begin at 2 p.m. A 60-minute film documentary is shown at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the tour is also offered by appointment at 301-492-6229. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Strauss Waltz Ball. Waltz Time presents the 24th Annual "Evening With Strauss Waltz Ball," an evening of Viennese Waltz in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. This special benefit dance for Glen Echo Park includes a Viennese Waltz lesson from 8-9 p.m., followed by a program of classical waltzes from 9 p.m. to midnight in the style of "Old Vienna." The restored Dentzel Carousel will be open for dancers to enjoy rides until 11 p.m. No partner required, Cost $15, all net proceeds benefit the Glen Echo Park Partnership. Visit www.waltztimedances.org, call 202.238.0230, or email info@waltztimedances.org.

AIDS Benefit Concert. Jazz and vocalists; co-sponsored by Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church and Bethesda Jewish Congregation, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Cost is $35. Call 301-365-2850, ext. 519.

Opera. Visit the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, for an opera workshop presented by the Washington National Opera. Opera highlights and a craft activity will be presented by a teaching artist. Best suited for 8-12 year olds. Call 240-777-0690 to register.

English Language Conversation Club. Join in practicing and improving your spoken English with the help of volunteers leading discussions at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 3 p.m. Call 240-777-0690.

AIDS Benefit Concert. A Musical Quilt: AIDS Benefit Concert with internationally acclaimed artists will be held at 6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Admission $35, Students $15. Call 301-365-2850 or see www.bradleyhillschurch.org www.bethesdajewish.com.

Hike. The Justice William O. Douglas Memorial Hike will begin at the Paw Paw Tunnel picnic area at mil 155.8 in C&O Canal National Historical Park, 10 a.m. Choice of 5 or 10 mile hike. Visit www.candocanal.org or contact Dorothea Malsbary at 301-942-2528 or dmusgrave@alumni.brown.edu.

Spring Dance Concert. The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville presents the Montgomery College Rockville Dance Company with a program of exciting and original dance, 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 regular, $8 seniors and students. Call 301-279-5301.

<cal1>Sunday/April 29

<cal2>Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition at the Stable Glen Echo Park. Spend time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. April is Earth Appreciation month, come and give Mother Nature a hug. Members and children under 2: free, nonmembers: $5. Call 202-337-5111 or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Dayhiking. Potomac Conservancy is partnering with the National Park Service to help raise awareness and use of the historic and natural regional treasure that is the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. They will be leading a day hike to explore different areas of the trail at the River Center at Lockhouse 8 on the C&O Canal. Contact Eliza at cava@potomac.org to RSVP or call 301-608-1188, x213.

Carousel Tours. 12 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo. Admission is free and the tour is also offered by appointment at 301-492-6229. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Park Tours. Walking tours of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo begin at 2 p.m. A 60-minute film documentary is shown at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the tour is also offered by appointment at 301-492-6229. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

ADI Open House. In honor of National Dance Week, American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson Street in Rockville, is hosting an Angelina Ballerina Open House, where children of all ages will enjoy a free afternoon of dance, crafts, performances and a ballet "petting zoo," from 12-2 p.m. The children will have the unique opportunity to meet and dance with Angelina, who is also the spokes character for National Dance Week. Call 301-984-3003 or visit www.americandance.org.

Italian Wine Tasting. Wine and appetizers sponsored by Centro Restaurant, B-CC Beer & Wine and Bella Italia at Bella Italia, 4844 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 6-8 p.m. Ages 21 and up. Call 301-654-2667.

Contra and Square Dance. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American dancing with a focus on New England style contra dances, and including square dances, country mixers, waltzes. Lessons 7 p.m., followed by called dances from 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10 nonmembers/$8 FSGW members, in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Call 202-518-1299 or visit www.fsgw.org.

Family Hike. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda will probe Little Bennett's southern aspect and its rural history 1-4 p.m. Children must be able to walk approximately 3 miles or be carried in a backpack. Meet at the Hyattstown Mill Road parking lot off Clarksburg Road. Ages 1 and up. Cost $4. Call 301-299-1990.

ADI Open House. In honor of National Dance Week, American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, is hosting an Angelina Ballerina Open House, where children of all ages will enjoy a free afternoon of dance, crafts, performances and a ballet "petting zoo," from 12 -2 p.m. The children will have the opportunity to meet and dance with Angelina, who is also the spokescharacter for National Dance Week. Call 301-984-3003 or visit www.americandance.org.

Spring Dance Concert. The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville presents the Montgomery College Rockville Dance Company with a program of exciting and original dance, 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 regular, $8 seniors and students. Call 301-279-5301.

<cal1>Monday/April 30

<cal2>Bedtime Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, and activities for three to five-year-olds at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, 7:15 p.m. Come in pajamas if you like. Call 240-777-0970.

<cal1>Friday/May 4

<cal2>Mother’s Day Craft. Make a special gift for mom, decorate a planter and fill it with a special flower and create a personal Mother's Day Card with Perfect Parties by Terrye at Cabin John Mall Atrium, 11325 Seven Lock Road, Potomac, 9:30 a.m.

<cal1>Saturday/May 5

<cal2>Lockhouse 8 Opening. The River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, Cabin John, opens to the public for the 2007 visitor season with a new "Backyard to the Bay" exhibit. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the exhibit – with specials guests and refreshments – will take place at 10 a.m. To RSVP for the grand opening celebration, contact Potomac Conservancy at info@potomac.org or call 301-608-1188.

<cal1>Sunday/May 6

<cal2>Film Screening. Cinema Art Bethesda will show "Climates," the dissolution of a love affair saddled with chronic loneliness. The doors to the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, will open at 9:30 a.m. and the film will begin promptly at 10 a.m. A discussion led by a local film expert will follow the film. Tickets at the door are $14. Visit http://CinemaArtBethesda.org or call 301-365-3679.

Voices of the River. Join the Potomac Conservancy for its first Voices of the River of the 2007 River Center season at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, Cabin John, 3-4 p.m. This kick-off will feature old-time banjo with Reed Martin. To RSVP for this free event, contact Judy Welles at welles@potomac.org; 301-608-1188, ext. 212.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 9

Focus Music. Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen will play at O’Brien’s BBQ, 387 East Gude Drive, Rockville, 8 p.m. Tickets $15 general, $12 memebers. Call 301-275-7459.

<cal1>Wednesday/ May 16

<cal2>Walt Whitman High School Festival of the Arts. Annual showcase of award-winning visual arts, jazz ensemble, orchestra, band, choral, and drama groups. A silent auction is held both evenings at 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Call 301-320-6600.

<cal1>Thursday/May 17

<cal2>Walt Whitman High School Festival of the Arts. Annual showcase of award-winning visual arts, jazz ensemble, orchestra, band, choral, and drama groups. A silent auction is held both evenings at 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Call 301-320-6600.

<cal1>Friday/May 18

<cal2>Student Fashion Show. Annual show of student creations as part of the Festival of the Arts at Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, 7 p.m. Free. Call 301-320-6600.