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<lst>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>Thursday/Aug. 9

<cal2>Family Films. Come watch films based on popular picture books at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 10:30 a.m. A librarian will read a story and do stretches with the children. No registration required. Call 240-777-0690.

Meet the Author. Meet Katherine C. Grier author of "Pets in America: A History" at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Double Bassist. Double Bassist Francois Rabbath will perform repertoire for solo bass which reflects influences from Bach to jazz by way of the Middle East at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda, 8 p.m. Free. Call 301-588-9275 or visit www.slavapub.net.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 10

<cal2>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.

Salsa Dance. High Energy Productions presents a Salsa Dance with a Salsa lesson from 8-9 p.m., taught by Keith Givens, followed by dancing to incredible live music until midnight by a Salsa band in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park. Cost is $12. Visit www.oohsalsa.com. Contact Keith Givens at searchernet@comcast.net.

Bethesda Art Walk. The Art Walk runs from 6-9 p.m. in downtown Bethesda and features 13 galleries and studios open late. Free. Call 301-215-6660.

Dance Concerts. Enjoy swing, oldies and more in the outdoor plaza at 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, 6-9 p.m. Free. Call 301-652-4988.

Summer Bass Finale Concert. The Summer Bass Workshop Finale Concert will feature thirty bassists playing en masse at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda, 7 p.m. Free.

Outdoor Film. Watch "Night at the Museum" outdoors at Strathmore at the 11th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefitting NIH Charities. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Various foods available. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. Visit www.strathmore.org.

Old Angler’s Music. The Angler’s Garden at Old Angler’s Inn, 10801 Macarthur Blvd., Potomac will present the Second Sun Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 301-365-2425.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 11

<cal2> 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.

Weekend Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition. Spend quality time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities at the Stable at Glen Echo Park, located near the park entrance, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free for members and children under 2, $5 for nonmembers. Call 202-337-5111 to make arrangements or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

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

Swing Dance. The Blasters will perform with a special guest in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Beginner swing lesson, 8-9 p.m.; dance, 9 p.m. - midnight. Cost is $18.

Book Sale. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Potomac Chapter. Most hardbacks $1 and paperbacks $.50, at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 9 a.m. Four hours. Call 240-777-0690.

Toddler Time. It's a jungle out there — especially if you're only 2 feet tall. Explore the marvels of Locust Grove Nature Center’s, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, mysterious meadow with insect net and bug box while trailing the intrepid toddler naturalists, 11-11:45 a.m. Ages 1-2. Cost is $3. Register at www.parkpass.org.

Old Angler’s Music. The Angler’s Garden at Old Angler’s Inn, 10801 Macarthur Blvd., Potomac will present Bud Wilkinson, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 301-365-2425.

Dragonfly and Damselfly Walk. Volunteer naturalist Kevin Munroe will take participants on a walk along the C&O Canal and the river, to learn the difference between dragonflies and damselflies and everything from how they begin their lives underwater to their predatory eating habits, 3 p.m. Program starts at the River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historicl Park, Cabin John. To RSVP, contact Heather Montgomery at montgomery@potomac.org.

Outdoor Film. Watch "Casino Royale" outdoors at Strathmore at the 11th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefitting NIH Charities. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Various foods available. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 12

<cal2>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.

Weekend Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition. Spend quality time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities at the Stable at Glen Echo Park, located near the park entrance, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free for members and children under 2, $5 for nonmembers. Call 202-337-5111 to make arrangements or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

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 and other couple dances. All dances are taught, and no partner is necessary. The newcomers' welcome lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by called dances from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Cost is $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Contact 202-518-1299 or www.fsgw.org.

Ballroom Tea Dance. The La Salle Dance Orchestra invites the public to enjoy an afternoon of dancing to the popular music of the 1920s and ’30s in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Marc and Ellen are always on hand to teach a class at 3 p.m. and downbeat for the orchestra is 3:30 p.m. Cost is $8. They play three sets of music until 6 p.m. Contact 703-425-7926.

Sunday Blues. The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents a mostly Blues Dance with ACME Blues Company, playing a mix of traditional and contemporary blues music in Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. For dancers who want to learn more about slow blues dancing, there are blues lesson from 7-8:30 p.m. Dancing runs until 11:30 p.m. Cost is $12 dance only/$17 lesson and dance. Contact Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or dbarker@glenechopark.org.

Meet the Author. Meet Peter Yarrow author of "Puff the Magic Dragon" at Barnes & Noble Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda, Ave., Bethesda, 7 p.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Outdoor Film. Watch "Over the Hedge" outdoors at Strathmore at the 11th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefitting NIH Charities. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Various foods available. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 13

<cal2>Storytime. Enjoy Monday morning story time at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 11 a.m. For toddlers ages 3 and under. Call 301-986-1761.

Outdoor Film. Watch "Wizard of Oz" outdoors at Strathmore at the 11th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefitting NIH Charities. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Various foods available. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 14

<cal2>Wee Travellers. Stories, songs, Games, and DVDs for the youngest travelers on the Reading Road Trip at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, 10:30 a.m. Call 240-777-0970.

Outdoor Film. Watch "North by Northwest" outdoors at Strathmore at the 11th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefitting NIH Charities. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Various foods available. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 15

<cal2>Outdoor Film. Watch "The Devil Wears Prada" outdoors at Strathmore at the 11th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefitting NIH Charities. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Various foods available. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 16

<cal2>Family Films. Come watch films based on popular picture books at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 10:30 a.m. A librarian will read a story and do stretches with the children. No registration required. Call 240-777-0690.

Old Angler’s Music. The Angler’s Garden at Old Angler’s Inn, 10801 Macarthur Blvd., Potomac will present the Bud Wilkinson, 3-6:30 p.m. Call 301-365-2425.

Outdoor Film. Watch "Resurrecting the Champ" outdoors at Strathmore at the 11th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefitting NIH Charities. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Various foods available. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 17

<cal2>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.

Teddy Bear Picnic. Enjoy a musical variety show by Carousel Puppets at the Cabin John Mall Atrium, 11325, Seven Locks Road, Potomac, 9:30 a.m.

Friday Night in the Park. Join the Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, for another nighttime adventure in the woods and meadows of Locust Grove, 7-8:30 p.m. Late summer evenings are wonderful for watching wildlife as they avoid the heat of the day. No younger siblings. Ages 5 and up. Free. Register at www.parkpass.org.

Old Angler’s Music. The Angler’s Garden at Old Angler’s Inn, 10801 Macarthur Blvd., Potomac will present the Sherwood Blues Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 301-365-2425.

Outdoor Film. Watch "Dreamgirls" outdoors at Strathmore at the 11th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefitting NIH Charities. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Various foods available. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 18

<cal2>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.

Weekend Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition. Spend quality time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities at the Stable at Glen Echo Park, located near the park entrance, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free for members and children under 2, $5 for nonmembers. Call 202-337-5111 to make arrangements or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

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

Swing Dance. Flying Feet Enterprises presents Deep Sea Ball with the Boilermaker Jazz Band in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo 8 p.m. – midnight. A swing dance lesson by Marc and Ellen is followed by dancing from 9 – midnight. Contact 301-299-8728 or 202-244-2787 or dance@flyingfeet.org. Cost is $13.

Finders Keepers. Find it and Keep it scavenger hunt at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 1-2 p.m. Take a hike through the park hunting for items that are labeled ‘locust Grove Nature Center." Register by Aug. 14. Ages 2-8. Cost $4. Register at www.parkpass.org.

Old Angler’s Music. The Angler’s Garden at Old Angler’s Inn, 10801 Macarthur Blvd., Potomac will present Ester Haynes with Phil Mathieu, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 301-365-2425.

Outdoor Film. Watch "Da Vinci Code" outdoors at Strathmore at the 11th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefitting NIH Charities. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Various foods available. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 19

<cal2>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.

Weekend Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition. Spend quality time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities at the Stable at Glen Echo Park, located near the park entrance, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free for members and children under 2, $5 for nonmembers. Call 202-337-5111 to make arrangements or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

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 and other couple dances. All dances are taught, and no partner is necessary. The newcomers' welcome lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by called dances from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Cost is $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Contact 202-518-1299 or www.fsgw.org.

Waltz Dance. Waltz Time presents a beginning waltz lesson from 3-3:30 p.m., followed by an afternoon of waltzes and other couples dances in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Dancing from 3:30-6 p.m. to the music of Amber Night: with Mary Lea, Anna Patton, Karen Axelrod and Ralph Gordon. Cost is $8. Contact 202-238-0230 or info@waltztimedances.org.

Old Angler’s Music. The Angler’s Garden at Old Angler’s Inn, 10801 Macarthur Blvd., Potomac will present Ester Bud Wilkinson, 3-6:30 p.m. Call 301-365-2425.

Outdoor Film. Watch "Happy Feet" outdoors at Strathmore at the 11th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefitting NIH Charities. Grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. Various foods available. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 20

<cal2>Storytime. Enjoy Monday morning story time at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 11 a.m. For toddlers ages 3 and under. Call 301-986-1761.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 21

<cal2>Bustle and Beaux: Reading Classics in Context. Join Michael Bevel at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, for a lively discussion of George Eliot's novel, "Silas Marner," 7:15 p.m. Visit www.bustlesandbeaux.blogspot.com or call 240-777-0970.

Book Group. A science and technology book group will meet at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Bug Art. Learn to use bugs to enhance children’s artistic ability at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 10-11 a.m. Who knew beetles could finger paint? Ages 3 and up. Cost is $5. Register at www.parkpass.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 22

<cal2>Focus Music. Dave Nachmanoff will perform at O’Brien’s BBQ, 387 East Gude Drive, Rockville, 8 p.m. Tickets $15/general, $12/member. Call 703-380-3151.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 23

<cal2>Family Films. Come watch films based on popular picture books at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 10:30 a.m. A librarian will read a story and do stretches with the children. No registration required. Call 240-777-0690.

Explore Neal’s Yard Diary. Learn about this team leader’s trip from London, England and sample cheeses at the Whole Foods Market, 5269 River Road, Bethesda, 7 p.m. Cost is $10. RSVP to 301-984-4860.

Jazz. The Potomac Jazz Project will perform a Sala Thai, 4828 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 7-10 p.m. Call 301-654-4676.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 24

<cal2>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.

Meet the Author. Author Dana Thomas signs and discusses her new book, "Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster" at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Free. Call 301-986-1761.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 25

<cal2>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.

Weekend Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition. Spend quality time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities at the Stable at Glen Echo Park, located near the park entrance, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free for members and children under 2, $5 for nonmembers. Call 202-337-5111 to make arrangements or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

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

Swing Dance. The Tom Cunningham Orchestra will perform in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Beginning swing lesson at 8 p.m. is followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $15. Contact www.tomcunningham.com.

Geology of the Billy Goat Trail. Explore the Billy Goat Trail on a hike with a geologist, 1:30-4 p.m. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear suitable hiking shoes or boots, and bring water. This program is limited to 15 participants. Call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center 301-767-3714 to reserve space.

C&O Canal Work Party. Join C&O Canal Association volunteers to help improve the Park with a general spruce-up at Swains Lock, Lock 21, C&O Canal National Historical Park, near Potomac, 9 a.m. – noon. Contact Jim Heins at vip@candocanal.org or 301-949-3518.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 26

<cal2>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.

Weekend Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition. Spend quality time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities at the Stable at Glen Echo Park, located near the park entrance, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free for members and children under 2, $5 for nonmembers. Call 202-337-5111 to make arrangements or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Summer Sounds in the Park. Speed and Thro will perform at Cabin John Regional Park, 7400 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, 7 p.m. Free. Call 301-777-6820.

Open House Party. The International School of Music is hosting an Open House and Anniversary Party from 1-4 p.m. at the International School of Music, 5110 Ridgefield Road, Bethesda. It is free and it will have a lot of fun activities for the whole family: live music, refreshments, "petting zoo" (trying music instruments), magic, free raffle, caricature artist, seated massage, hair braids, jewelry making, and much more. Call 301-657-0763 or visit www.ismw.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 30

<cal2>Half Pint Kid’s Club. Make healthy snacks for back to school at the Whole Foods Market, 5269 River Road, Bethesda, 4-5 p.m. Ages 3-11. Free. RSVP to 301-984-4860.