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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/July 18

<cal2>Summer Concert. The Bethesda summer concert series will take place noon-2 p.m., in Bethesda Place Plaza, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660.

English Conversation Club. The English Conversation Club is for people who want to practice speaking English in a friendly setting at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, at 2 p.m. Call 240-777-0970.

Afternoon Tea. The soothing sounds of local musicians fill the room, as you enjoy Afternoon Tea in the cozy atmosphere of The Shapiro Music Room at the Mansion at Strathmore, 1 p.m. Strathmore Blend Tea is specially made for us by Master Tea Blender John Harney of Connecticut, and is served with a light lunch of delectable tea savories by Restaurant Associates. A nonrefundable prepayment of $18 (plus tax) is required. Call 301-581-5108 for availability.

Science to Amaze. Fun with chemistry, biology, and physics, with the Maryland Science Center, 2 p.m., at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda. Call 240-777-0970.

Wright Stuff. Learn about the scientific principles that enable flight, such as air, lift, thrust, and drag with the Maryland Science Center at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 7 p.m. Register by calling 240-777-0690.

Hungry for Music’s Diamond Cuts. The second concert to benefit the instrument donation program will feature baseball-themed music outdoors at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 7 p.m. Louie the Bowie Baysox mascot will make an appearance. Free. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/July 19

<cal2>Summer Concert. The Bethesda summer concert series will take place 6-8 p.m., Veterans Park at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Aves., Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660.

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.

Family Splash. The Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, will head down to the stream, net in hand, to explore and learn about some of Cabin John's underwater residents, 1:30-3 p.m. An adult, especially in the creek, must accompany all children. For ages 5 and up. Cost $2. Register at www.parkpass.org.

Backyard Theater. The Backyard Theater Stage at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda will present "A Perfect Balance – Sculptures with Kevin Reese," 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $6. Bring a blanket. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

BSO Summer MusicFest. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, presents Paquito D’Riveria Jazz, 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Friday/July 20

<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.

Family Moonlight Swim. Pool party, music, snacks and games at the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 9401 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 9:30-11 p.m. Free for members; $10/non-members. Call 301-530-3725.

Tribute to Ronnie Wells. Ronnie Wells, who passed away March 2007 at the age of 64 after a battle with lung cancer, was a widely acclaimed jazz singer, professor and mentor. This tribute concert will feature Friends of Ronnie Wells — people who have performed or recorded with her, or were featured at the East Coast Jazz Festival over the past 15 years at the Music Center at Strathmore, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/July 21

<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.

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

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.

Baseball. Bethesda Big Train Baseball will play Thunderbolts at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. The nights theme will be Multicultural Night, Dockdogs and D-Bat night. Visit www.bigtrain.org.

Swing Dance. Join Gottaswing.com for another swing dance with San Francisco's Stompy Jones. Beginner swing lesson with Tom and Debra 8–9 p.m., dance 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. $15, in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park.

Canal Work Party. Join C&O Canal Association volunteers to help the C&O Canal National Historical Park by painting and other outside work at Rileys Lock (Lock 24) near Seneca, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Contact Jim Heins at 301-949-3518 or vip@candocanal.org.

1964…The Tribute. "1964" …The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey as a Beatles tribute band. Choosing songs from the pre-Sgt.-Pepper era, "1964" recreates an early-60s live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter at the Music Center at Strathmore, 8 p.m. Tickets $40-$50. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Sunday/July 22

<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.

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

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.

Critiques and Coffee. A photo jam session at Photoworks. Bring photos to a morning critique led by a Photoworks faculty member, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Arcade Building at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call 301-229-7930 or visit www.glenechophotoworks.org.

Contra & 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. The newcomers' welcome lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by called dances from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. In the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park. Contact 202-518-1299 or visit www.fsgw.org.

Baseball. Bethesda Big Train Baseball will play the Redbirds at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Visit www.bigtrain.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/July 24

<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.

Cartooning Workshop. Cartoonist, Jim Sizemore, teaches basic cartooning techniques and offers hands-on tips at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 7 p.m. Register by calling 240-777-0690.

Afternoon Tea. The soothing sounds of local musicians fill the room, as you enjoy Afternoon Tea in the cozy atmosphere of The Shapiro Music Room at the Mansion at Strathmore, 1 p.m. Strathmore Blend Tea is specially made for us by Master Tea Blender John Harney of Connecticut, and is served with a light lunch of delectable tea savories by Restaurant Associates. A nonrefundable prepayment of $18 (plus tax) is required. Call 301-581-5108 for availability.

Summer Sounds in the Park. The Backroads Band will perform at Cabin John Regional Park, 7400 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, 7 p.m. Free. Call 301-299-0024.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 25

<cal2>Summer Concert. The Bethesda summer concert series will take place noon-2 p.m., in Bethesda Place Plaza, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660.

Focus Music. Joe Jencks and Rachel Cross will perform at O’Brien’s BBQ, 387 East Gude Drive, Rockville, 8 p.m. Tickets $15/general, $12/member. Call 703-380-3151.

English Conversation Club. The English Conversation Club is for people who want to practice speaking English in a friendly setting at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, at 2 p.m. Call 240-777-0970.

Baseball. Bethesda Big Train Baseball will play the Bombers at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. The nights theme will be Homers Birthday Party and Chik-fil-Night. Visit www.bigtrain.org.

Agriculture Fair Talk. Learn about the fair and meet a guest animal or two, 2 p.m., at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda. Call 240-777-0970.

Costume Making. Learn how to make eye-catching costumes from basic materials with Holly Cleeland at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 7 p.m. Register by calling 240-777-0690.

Afternoon Tea. The soothing sounds of local musicians fill the room, as you enjoy Afternoon Tea in the cozy atmosphere of The Shapiro Music Room at the Mansion at Strathmore, 1 p.m. Strathmore Blend Tea is specially made for us by Master Tea Blender John Harney of Connecticut, and is served with a light lunch of delectable tea savories by Restaurant Associates. A nonrefundable prepayment of $18 (plus tax) is required. Call 301-581-5108 for availability.

Junkyard Saints. The Saints invite kids to join them in an exploration of the Louisiana musical styles of zydeco and "second line" drumming Outdoors at Strathmore, 7 p.m. BBQ ribs, pulled pork, veggie burgers, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts, soda, water, beer and wine are available for purchase at Bruce’s BBQ Shack during Strathmore’s Free Outdoor Concert Series. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/July 26

<cal2>Summer Concert. The Bethesda summer concert series will take place 6-8 p.m., Veterans Park at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Aves., Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660.

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.

Baseball. Bethesda Big Train Baseball will play the Herndon Braves at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. The nights theme will be Picture, Autograph and Hungry for Music night. Visit www.bigtrain.org.

Half Pint Kid’s Club. Make Mud Pies at the Whole Foods Market, 5269 River Road, Bethesda, 4-5 p.m. Ages 3-11. Free. Call 301-984-4860.

Music and Dance. Maggie’s Music, a Celtic celebration at the Strathmore Backyard Theater for Children, 10701 Rockville Pike 9:30 and 11:30 am. Adults and children 3 and up. Cost is $6. Call 301-581-5100.

Backyard Theater: Goombay. Performing music from Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba, Martinique, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas, Goombay also highlights the multi-lingual aspect of the islands, teaching musical phrases in Spanish, French, and Creole along the way at the Backyard Theater Stage at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Bring blankets. Cost is $6. Visit www.strathmore.org.

BSO Summer MusicFest: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The BSO at Strathmore concludes Summer MusicFest with Beethoven’s epic ninth symphony, complete with chorus and the beloved "Ode to Joy" at the Music Center at Strathmore, 8 p.m. All tickets $30. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Friday/July 27

<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.

Baseball. Bethesda Big Train Baseball will play Thunderbolts at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. The nights theme will be volunteer and host family appreciation night. Visit www.bigtrain.org.

Friday Night Bats. It's the height of bat season at Locust Grove, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Come learn about our nocturnal neighbors, eavesdrop on their ultrasonic calls, and marvel at their aerial maneuvers, 7:30-9 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Cost $2. Register at www.parkpass.org.

<cal1>Saturday/July 28

<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. The Tom Cunningham Orchestra with a special appearance by dance legend Jean Veloz, of "Groovie Movie" fame. Beginning swing lesson at 8 p.m. is followed by the band from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids 13 and under. In the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Contact tom@tomcunningham.com.

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

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.

<cal1>Sunday/July 29

<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.

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

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 & 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. The newcomers' welcome lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by called dances from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. In the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park. Contact 202-518-1299 or visit www.fsgw.org.

Sunday Blues. The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents a Blues Dance with live music playing a mix of traditional and contemporary blues music. 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. Dancing runs until 11:30 p.m. No partner required. $12, in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Contact dbarker@glenechopark.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/July 31

<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.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 3

<cal2>Fun in the Sun. Color a beach ball and create magic noodles at Cabin John Mall Atrium, 11325 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. Enjoy story time with finger puppets with Perfect Parties by Terrye.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 4

<cal2>Summer Celebration. Join the National Lutheran Home, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, for a celebration of summer including an Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, Red Cross blood drive, local police and fire departments, food and fun, 8 a .m. – 1 p.m. Call 301-424-9560, ext. 207.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 5

<cal2>Summer Sounds in the Park. The David Bach Consort will perform at Cabin John Regional Park, 7400 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, 7 p.m. Free. Call 301-777-6820.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 26

<cal2> 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.