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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>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.

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Enjoy the yearly fair with food, rides, and all sorts of fun. Tickets are $7/adults and $3/children 2-7. Call 301-926-3100 or visit http://www.mcagfair.com/.

<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.

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Enjoy the yearly fair with food, rides, and all sorts of fun. Tickets are $7/adults and $3/children 2-7. Call 301-926-3100 or visit http://www.mcagfair.com/.

<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.

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Enjoy the yearly fair with food, rides, and all sorts of fun. Tickets are $7/adults and $3/children 2-7. Call 301-926-3100 or visit http://www.mcagfair.com/.

<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.

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Enjoy the yearly fair with food, rides, and all sorts of fun. Tickets are $7/adults and $3/children 2-7. Call 301-926-3100 or visit http://www.mcagfair.com/.

<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.

Family Music. Speed and Thro will perform at Cabin John Regional Park, 7400 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville. Musical entertainment for the whole family. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, maybe a picnic and enjoy one of summer's great joys. Call 240-777-6820 for information or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

<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.

Tribute to Bob Dylan. Strathmore’s annual tribute concert moves inside this year in the Music Center, 7 p.m.. This acoustic and electric concert salutes the music of Bob Dylan, with performances of songs that span all five decades of his career. Tickets are $7. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<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.

Artful Nature. Explore the wild side at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Use what nature gives us to build sculptures, to paint, to create. Ages 6-12. Cost $8. Register at www.parkpass.org.

Jazz Music. The Potomac Jazz Project will perform at 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.

Naturalist at the Park. Stop by the playground area of Cabin John Regional Park, off Tuckerman Lane to say hello to a Locust Grove naturalist and find out what is happening outside today, 11-11:30 a.m.. No reservations required. Ages 1 month and up.

Movie Night. Community Movie Night at North Bethesda United Methodist Church, 10100 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Free dinner will be served starting at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free. All films rated PG or lower. Contact the church office at 301-530-4342.

<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.

50 Plus Canal Walk. The Fifty Plus Lifelong Fitness Association, a non-profit fitness club, will host a walk, along the C&O Canal. Walkers meet at 7:45 a.m. at the parking lot on MacArthur Blvd., across the street from the Old Angler’s Inn, located at 10801, MacArthur Blvd. There is no cost to join. Call 240-632-8355.

<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.

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.

Blues Dance. The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents a mostly Blues Dance with live music in the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. For dancers who want to learn more about slow blues dancing, Mike Marcotte and Donna Barker offer a blues lesson from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $12 dance only/$17 lesson & dance. No partner required. Contact Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or dbarker@glenechopark.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 29

<cal2>Ice Adventures. Chill, chip, and drip your way through this cool program at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Bethesda, 10-11 a.m. Ages 3-6. Cost $5. Register at www.parkpass.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.

Tom and Huck’s Rafting Adventure. Make a miniature raft and see how far it withstands the treacherous journey downstream at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 4-5 p.m. Ages 7-11. Cost $4. Register at www.parkpass.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 31

<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.

End of Sumer Stroll. Steal one more moment of vacation leisure while meandering through the forests and meadow, listening to crickets chirp and soaking up the last rays of a wonderful summer at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, 7-8 p.m. All attendees must register and pay. Ages 1 month and up. Cost $2. Register at www.parkpass.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 1

<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.

Swing Dance. Jam Cellar presents the Solomon Douglas Big Band in the Bumper Car Pavilion in Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echol. Beginner lesson free with admission starts at 8 p.m., followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Bumper Car Pavilion. Admission is $13. Contact huh@thejamcellar.com or visit www.thejamcellar.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 2

<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.

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.

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.

Birding Trip. Join the Audubon Naturalist Society to watch birds at Sycamore Landing and Hughes Hallow. Early migrant songbirds in woodlands and fields; some raptors, waterfowl, and migrating butterflies. Meet at 7:15 a.m. on front steps of Lord & Taylor, Western Ave. in D.C., or at 8 a.m. at the Sycamore Landing parking lot by the C&O Canal. Easy trail walking. Leaders: Tony Fucher, 301-422-3927; Floyd Murdoch, 301-937-2362. Call for directions.