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Bethesda will host outdoor movies from July 29 – Aug. 2

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The Potomac Hunt Club leads the 27th annual Potomac Day Parade.

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Dance Bethesda will take place in early March.

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The Potomac Hunt Races take place every year in May.

<b>August 2008</b>

Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Ave. from July 29-Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. Enjoy films at downtown Bethesda's outdoor movie series at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues. Admission is free. Contact 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org for movie schedule.

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair takes place each year at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. This year the fair is scheduled from Aug. 8-16. Call 301-926-3100 or visit www.mcagfair.com. Scotland Community Day is Aug. 9 from 1-6 p.m. at the Scotland Community Center, 7700 Scotland Drive, Potomac. Arts and crafts, moon bounce, clown, DJ, public health service booths and entertainment stage. Call 301-983-4455 for more information.

Backyard BBQ is Aug. 12 from 4-7 p.m. with grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, games, and music at Holiday Park Senior Park, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Admission is $10. Call 240-777-4999.

The Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival, Aug. 16-24 at 8:30 p.m., Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike. Restaurants and grounds open at 6:30 p.m. Call 301-816-6958 or visit www.filmfestnih.org.

The Historic Glen Echo Park Dentzel Carousel will be open Wednesday through Sunday, through Sept. 28. Call 301-634-2222 or visit www.glenechopark.org.

Concerts on the Square. Enjoy a concert from local and national bands every Thursday night at the Rockville Town Square off of Maryland Ave. in Rockville. Concerts run from 6-8 p.m. and are free. Visit www.rocvilletownsquare.com.

<b>September 2008</b>

The 38th Annual Labor Day Art Show, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, features different types of artwork, ranging from painting to pottery. Call 301-634-2222 or visit www.glenechopark.org for more information.

Wine, Women, and Song celebrates the culture and food of Spain at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6. Tickets are $125 per person. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Tour De Canal, Sept. 6-7, is a bicycle tour where riders can choose either 184, 100 or 20 miles of towpath riding from Cumberland to Georgetown. The ride benefits the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area. Riders must qualify through a mandatory training ride. Call 703-359-4440, e-mail tourdecanalnca@alz.org or visit www.alz-nca.org/development/tour.php.

Cabin John Kids Run. Join in a fun run for children ages 18 and under at Cabin John Park on Sept. 7. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or visit www.mcrrc.org.

Bethesda Artist Market, Sept. 13 at the Bethesda Place Plaza from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Ave. Delight in fine art and fine craft at the Bethesda Artist Market, an outdoor market featuring 30 local and regional artists plus continuous live entertainment. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org for more information.

Marathon in the Parks goes from Rockville to Bethesda on Sept. 14. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or visit www.mcrrc.org.

Family Fun Fest, Sept. 26 at the Potomac Community Center at 11315 Falls Road, Potomac, is an annual festival for children and families, featuring carnival games, moon bounces, and clowns. Call 240-777-6960 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov.

Family Bingo Night, Sept. 26 at the Potomac Community Center at 11315 Falls Road, Potomac, is an annual family bingo night with prizes and gift certificates. $5 plays all games. Call 240-777-6960 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov.

The Historic Glen Echo Park Dentzel Carousel will be open Wednesday through Sunday, through Sept. 28. Call 301-634-2222 or visit www.glenechopark.org.

Concerts on the Square. Enjoy a concert from local and national bands every Thursday night through Sept. 11 at the Rockville Town Square off of Maryland Ave. in Rockville. Concerts run from 6-8 p.m. and are free. Visit www.rocvilletownsquare.com.

<b>October 2008</b>

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents "The Music of Billy Joel" on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. and "Mendelssohn Italian Symphony" on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8000 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

18th Annual Taste of Bethesda, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Taste of Bethesda in the Woodmont Triangle area of downtown Bethesda. Enjoy "tastes" from nearly 50 participating restaurants. Four stages of entertainment will be featured as well as a children's activities area. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

The Potomac Country House Tour, Oct. 4-5, with St. Francis Episcopal Church at 10033 River Road. Call 301-365-2055 or visit www.stfrancispotomac.org.

Bethesda Artist Market, Oct. 11 at the Bethesda Place Plaza from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Ave. Delight in fine art and fine craft at the Bethesda Artist Market, an outdoor market featuring 30 local and regional artists plus continuous live entertainment. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org for more information.

Annual Middle Eastern Bazaar, from Oct. 17-19, featuring homemade Arabic food, crafts and items for Christmas gifts. There is also an Arabic Music concert. Both events at the Sts. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 10620 River Road, Potomac. Call 301-765-9188 or visit www.peterpaul.net.

Darcars Young Run with .25, .5 and 1 mile fun runs on Oct. 19. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or visit www.mcrrc.org.

Fall Festival at Wayside Elementary School, 10011 Glen Road. Features a Haunted House, face painting, and food. Call 301-279-8484.

Potomac Day in Potomac Village, the annual community festival, will be held on Oct. 18. Arts and entertainment for all ages, ranging from rides for children to an antique show for adults. The highlight is the Potomac Day Parade, featuring hundreds of entrants, including bands, horses, antique cars, school groups, scouting organizations, and candidates for elected office. The Potomac 5K run raises money for local charities. Call the Potomac Chamber of Commerce at 301-299-2170 or visit www.potomacchamber.org.

Montgomery County Annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair, at Potomac Elementary, 10311 River Road, and benefits the Montgomery County SPCA. Activities include walks, pet contests, silent auction and lunch. Call 301-469-1042.

Life and Death on the C&O Canal, an annual event hosted by the Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern, takes place Oct. 18. Groups are taken every 15 minutes. Volunteers and National Park staff dressed in period costume take participants for a fun and educational look at the darker side of canal history. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Call 301-767-3714 or visit www.nps.gov/choh.

Annual Walkathon for the homeless with Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road. Call 301-299-7087 or visit www.harshalom.org for date and more information.

Halloween Happening at Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Oct. 26 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call 240-777-6960 for details.

Fire Station Open House at the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department Station 10, 8001 River Road. Activities include live action demonstrations, including stop, drop and roll, stove fire demonstrations and automobile extrication. Call 301-365-2255 or visit www.cjpvfd.org.

<b>November 2008</b>

Rockville 10K/5K, Montgomery County's oldest race, returns on Nov. 2. There is an entry fee. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or visit www.mcrrc.org.

International Fair at Beverly Farms Elementary School, 8501 Post Oak Road. More than 20 countries will be represented serving food. Entertainment includes music and dancing. Call 301-469-1050.

Table Tennis Tournament in early November at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. All levels are welcome. Applications are available in October. Call 240-777-6960 for more information.

39th Annual Book Festival in early November at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. The JCC Book Festival features over 30 newly-published and nationally recognized authors, including lectures, luncheons, breakfasts, cooking demonstrations and extensive children's and family programs. Call the Literary Arts Director Barbara Winnik at 301-348-3778 or visit www.jccgw.org.

Potomac Community Open Flea Market, Nov. 8, at the Potomac Community Center, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Buy tables at $25 each to sell goods. Take home all profits. Open to all. Call 240-777-6960.

Annual German School Choir Concert takes place in mid-November at the Sts. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 10620 River Road, Potomac. Call 301-765-9188 or visit www.peterpaul.net.

Dinner of Champions, mid-November at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. The 16th annual Greater Washington DC Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Dinner of Champions will honor local Jewish sports figures. Event proceeds help support JCC programs for children and adults with special needs. Call Eva Cowen at 301-348-3881 or visit www.jccgw.org for more information.

Turkey Chase 10K Run benefits charities supported by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, at 8:30 a.m., at 9401 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, The 2-mile walk/run for children is at about 8:40 a.m.; wheelchairs welcome. Visit www.turkeychase.com or call John Sissala at 301-340-8107.

Scrooge the Musical by the Potomac Theatre Company Nov. 21-23, 28-30 and Dec. 5-7. The PTC performs at the Blair Family Center for the Arts at The Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road, Potomac. Visit www.potomactheatreco.org or call 301-299-8571.

<b>December 2008</b>

3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar at Beverly Farms Elementary School, 8501 Postoak Road. Designated booths for scrap books, jewelry, baskets and a book sale. A special section for children will have arts and crafts. Call 301-469-1050.

Bethesda's Winter Wonderland takes place in early December. The event features caroling, ice sculpting, storytelling, holiday performances and hands-on craft activities for kids. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Winter Lights is a 3.5 mile drive through a holiday light show at Seneca Creek Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg. There are more than 380 illuminated displays and 60 animated ones. Open for a sneak preview on Nov. 23-24 and then nightly from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30. Closed Dec. 25. Admission is $10 per car on Sunday through Thursday and $12 per car on Friday and Saturday. Proceeds from the Festival benefit local charities. Call 301-258-6350 or visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov.

Jingle Bell Jog 8K championship series on Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile Fun Run at 9:10 a.m., at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

Drug Awareness Open House/Carnival at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. The carnival features games, moon bounces, a DJ, laser tag for a charge of $5, and a snack bar. Ages 7-13 welcome. Call 240-777-6960 for more information.

Chanukah Festival in late December at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Play games, create beautiful decorations, listen to music, enjoy family entertainment and snack on holiday treats. Come celebrate Chanukah with other families at the JCC. Call 301-248-3760 or visit www.jccgw.org for more information.

<b>January 2009</b>

Shooting Starr 5-mile run. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or visit www.mcrrc.org.

Martin Luther King, Jr., 80th Birthday Celebration presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

Classical Saturdays with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

Classical Thursdays with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents Slavonic Dances Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

<b>February 2009</b>

Jazz Festival is a five-day event, held over President’s Day weekend, at the Doubletree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike. The festival provides live musical performances, workshops and seminars. Call 301-468-1100.

Superpops Series: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents "Cirque de la Symphonie" Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

Symphony with a Twist Series: Marin Alsop and Savion Glover with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

The Ahn Trio performs Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<b>March 2009</b>

Superpops Series: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents "Patti Austin: An Ella Fitzgerald Tribute" March 12 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

Classical Thursdays with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra March 26 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

Academic Arts Fair at Robert Frost Middle School, 9201 Scott Drive. Student presentations of art, theater reenactments, science experiments, and math competitions. Call 301-279-3949.

Dance Bethesda is a weekend of dance festivities in early March including a formal dance concert at Round House Theatre at 7502 Wisconsin Ave., free lessons and parties at downtown Bethesda's dance studios and master classes. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Purim Carnival, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Pick Haman's pocket, snack on delicious holiday treats, play games, enjoy entertainment and make Purim decorations. Don't forget to come in costume! Call 301-348-3760 or visit www.jccgw.org for more information.

Children's Book Fair and Character Dinner, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Don't miss this opportunity to read and buy the best of children's literature, both Judaic and secular. The fair's outstanding selection includes a wide variety of Judaic titles, books by award-winning authors and illustrators, fiction and nonfiction, and the newest releases. Call 301-348-3837 or visit www.jccgw.org for more information.

12th Annual CollegeQuest College Fair, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. This is a great opportunity for students in grades 9 to 11 to meet with representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities. In addition, professional counselors conduct informative workshops and seminars on relevant topics, such as financial aid and life on campus. High school students are encouraged to attend with their parents. Call Joy Rosenthal at 301-348-3889 or visit www.jccgw.org for more information.

The Potomac Theatre Company will present a fun children's show in late March and early April that will be announced later in the year. The PTC performs at the Blair Family Center for the Arts at The Bullis School, 10601 Falls Road, Potomac. Visit www.potomactheatreco.org or call 301-299-8571.

<b>April 2009</b>

Pike's Peek 10K run along Rockville Pike. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or visit www.mcrrc.org.

"Blast from the Past" at Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, an annual rock and roll musical revue featuring student cast members, musicians and stage crew under the direction of area professionals. The show will take place in late April and early May. Call 301-469-1200 or visit www.churchillhs.org for dates and more information.

Classical Saturdays with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents Mahler’s Sixth Symphony April 4 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

The Annual Bethesda Literary Festival features poets, authors, journalists, novelists, poetry slams, essay contests and youth book parties. Literary events take place the third weekend in April in downtown Bethesda's bookstores, galleries and retail businesses, as well as the library and elementary school. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Symphony with a Twist Series: Romeo and Juliet with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra April 24 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

American Odyssey Relay Run Adventure, a 24 hour, 200 mile race from Gettysburg, Pa. to Washington, D.C. that will pass through Potomac on the C&O canal, will be April 24-25. See www.americanodysseyrelay.com for more information and to register for the race.

<b>May 2009</b>

Classical Saturdays with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 May 2 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

The Audubon Nature Fair takes place May 3 at the 40-acre Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. Call 301-652-9188 ext. 10 or visit www.audubonnaturalist.org.

Superpops Series: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents "Leading Men of Broadway" May 7 at 8 p.m. and "Disco Days and Boogie Nights" May 28 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

The Community Service Fair at Beverly Farms Elementary School is a fundraiser for Mary Vale Elementary School and Steppingtone Shelter. There will be a clothing drive and collections. Featuring a dunk tank, moon bounce and carnival atmosphere. Call 301-469-1050.

Earth Day Celebration at Rockville Quarry, 13900 Piney Meetinghouse Road, Rockville. Quarry tours and hands-on exhibits help guests understand the safe, efficient process of producing crushed stone products at the nearly 50-year-old quarry. The annual event is traditionally held in early May. Call 301-294-6404 or visit www.quarryearthday.com.

Spring Festival in early May at The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George 7701 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. The festival includes traditional Greek cuisine, outdoor/indoor dining, Greek dancing, church tours and Greek pastries. Admission and parking are free. Call 301-469-7990 or visit www.stgeorge.org.

Hills Cabin John Cross Country 5K Run, with 1k, .25 and .5 mile young runs. Call Montgomery County Road Runners at 301-353-0200 or visit www.mcrrc.org.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival in mid-May on Norfolk and Auburn Ave.s features 130 booths of contemporary fine arts and crafts, jewelry, furniture and live entertainment. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

The Potomac Hunt Races feature steeplechase racing, thoroughbreds and festival tailgate parties. Contact Shady Grove Adventist Hospital or visit www.potomachuntraces.com for more information.

Strawberry Festival at Potomac United Methodist Church, 10300 Falls Road in Potomac, takes place in May. Berries, a silent auction, bake sale, rummage sale, craft fair, dollar items and games and activities for children. Proceeds benefit charitable programs for women and children in need. Call the church at 301-299-9383 or visit www.potomac-umc.org.

Hometown Holidays is a three-day Memorial Day festival with concerts, children's crafts and games. Call 240-314-5000 or visit www.rockvillemd.gov.

The Landon Azalea Festival takes place in the Perkins Garden and throughout the entire Landon 75-acre wooded campus and gardens. Attend the Maryland Craft Show, purchase many varieties of plants and flowers as well as items from the festival boutiques. 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-320-3200 or visit www.landon.net.

Spring Fling at Wayside Elementary School, 10011 Glen Road, featuring rides, dunk booths, a moon bounce, mountain wall and raffles. Call 301-279-8484.

Summer Concert Series, runs May-July on Wednesday afternoons from 12-2 p.m. at the Bethesda Place Plaza and Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at Veterans Park in Bethesda. Enjoy free summer concerts featuring the best in local rock, swing, jazz and international music. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org for more information.

Bethesda Art Walk, second Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m. at the Bethesda Metro Center. The Bethesda Art walk features unique local galleries and studios that open their doors to showcase work created locally, nationally and internationally. Art Walk attendees are invited to walk the fun-filled streets of Bethesda to each gallery or joint he free guided tours. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org for more information.

Bethesda Farmers Market, every Tuesday, May through Oct. from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Veterans Park. Employees, residents and visitors can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and plants at this weekly market. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org for more information.

<b>June 2009</b>

Capital Crescent 5K Run. Call Montgomery County Road Runners at 301-353-0200 or visit www.mcrrc.org.

The 15th Annual Imagination Bethesda is a children's street festival celebrating the arts in early June. The festival will feature costumed characters, face painters, international dance troupes, theater performances, a moon bounce and a variety of hands-on arts activities. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Summer Music Festival, at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda. The festival is open to the public and is the culmination of music camps put on by a church member. Call 301-986-1137 or visit www.bethesdapresbyterian.org.

Bethesda Painting Awards at the Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave. Suite E, is an annual juried art competition that exclusively honors painters. Four selected artists are awarded $14,000 including a $10,000 prize for Best in Show. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Classical Saturdays with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents Marin Alsop and Hilary Hahn June 6 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

Classical Thursdays with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents Marin Alsop and Yefim Bronfman June 11 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8100 or visit www.bsomusic.org.

<b>July 2009</b>

Cure Autism Now 9th Annual 5K Run and 1-mile Walk to benefit research on autism takes place July 4 at the Potomac Library at the intersection of River and Falls Roads at 8 a.m. Call 301-419-8198. See www.canrun.org to register.

Montgomery County Fairgrounds 4th of July Fireworks, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. Activities include live music, games and food. Call 301-258-6350.

Montgomery College Rockville Campus 4th of July Fireworks, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Activities include live music and food. Call 240-314-5022 for more information.

Germantown Glory. Celebrate 4th of July in Germantown. Includes family activities and music at South Germantown Recreational Park, 18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds. Call 240-777-6820.

Gaithersburg Independence Day. Bring a blanket for a picnic and fireworks. Call 301-258-6350 or visit parksrec@gaithersburgmd.gov.

22nd Annual Rockville Rotary Twilighter Runfest 8K and 1K Fun Run, at the Rockville Town Center at North Washington Street and Middle Lane. There is an entry fee. Stay for the post-race party. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or visit www.mcrrc.org.

Riley’s Rumble Half Marathon. at 13015 Riley’s Lock Road. Race day registration or on-line. Free for members and $7 for non-members. Call Montgomery County Road Runners Club at 301-353-0200 or see www.mcrrc.org.

Outdoor Concerts at Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda, take place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.