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Calendar, June 18-24

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/June 18

<cal2>Olney Big Band. Return to the Swing and Big Band era with the melodies of Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and more when the Olney Big Band performs Outside at Strathmore in North Bethesda, 7 p.m. Food from Bruce’s BBQ Shack will be available for purchase. Free. Visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/June 19

<cal2>Classical Music. The BSO will perform Beethoven’s Ninth at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 8 p.m. Party on the Patio begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $21-$84. Visit www.strathmore.org.

Evening Concert. Thursday Night concerts will take place from 6-8 p.m. in Veterans Park located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues in Bethesda. This week’s performer will be GHz (Classic Rock). Contact 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Banding at Adventure. Half day. Join the Audubon Naturalist Society and MBC for this trip. Licensed Bander Gemma Radko will demonstrate the techniques of netting and banding birds at Adventure Banding Station on Glen Road. A great opportunity to see familiar birds up close and personal. Reservations needed. For reservations, directions and starting time call the leader, Gemma Radko, 301-514-2894.

Magic. Joe Romano will use sleight of hand to unveil the magic in books at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, 7 p.m. call 240-777-0970.

Blanket Making. For those who want to make a difference in the life of a sick or frightened child, Har Shalom offers an opportunity to make a blanket or two, or more for local youngsters who are patients in local hospitals at a Project Linus blanket-making session from 7 to 10 p.m. Call 301-299-7087, Ext. 314. Congregation Har Shalom is at 11510 Falls Road, Potomac.

<cal1>Friday/June 20

<cal2>Designers Tent Sale. Top D.C. Designers offer 100's of bargains at first annual Designers Tent Sale. Shop for furniture, accessories, lamps, window treatments, "designers' mistakes." and more from 8-3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Center for Family Development, 7007 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Visit www.designerstentsale.com.

Jazz Guitar. Earl Klugh will perform at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $45. Visit www.strathmore.org.

Contra Dance. The Friday Night Dancers presents Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. There is a Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. This week George Marshall calls to Wild Asparagus. Admission: $9. Contact Email: info@fridaynightdance.org.

Salsa Social. High Energy Productions presents a Salsa Dance with a Salsa lesson from 8 - 9 p.m., taught by Keith Givens, followed by dancing to live music until midnight in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.oohsalsa.com.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the Orioles at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive in Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 adults and $3 for kids. Call 301-983-1006 or visit www.bigtrain.org.

<cal1>Saturday/June 21

<cal2>Storytime. Kat Tales featuring Kat Aerobics will be at Barnes and Noble Bookseelers, Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 11 a.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Swing Dance. Flying Feet Enterprises presents a Swing dance with Lush Life in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. A beginning Swing lesson from 8-9 p.m. with Marc Shepanek and Ellen Engle is followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission: $13. Contact Email: dance@flyingfeet.org.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the Express at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive in Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 adults and $3 for children. Call 301-983-1006 or visit www.bigtrain.org.

Meet the Players. Meet the players from Bethesda's own summer league and make friends with mascots, Homer and Bunt at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 12 p.m. No registration necessary. Call 240-777-0690.

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

Designers Tent Sale. Top D.C. Designers offer 100's of bargains at first annual Designers Tent Sale. Shop for furniture, accessories, lamps, window treatments, "designers' mistakes," and more from 8-3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Center for Family Development, 7007 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Visit www.designerstentsale.com.

Laugh Riot. Enjoy five local comics and have a chance to tell jokes yourself at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 8-10 p.m. Cost $10. Call 301-657-1234.

Carousel Tours. Carousel tours start at 12 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, and give visitors a closer look at the 1921 Dentzel carousel. Find out how it was made, how it works, and about the rest of the amusement park attractions that were built around it. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Park Tour. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, tours begin at 2 p.m. and lead visitors through a walking tour of the Park to learn about its history and the current programs in arts, dance and children’s activities. Admission is free. Tours begin at the visitor's desk in the Arcade Building..Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Spend time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities. In the former Glen Echo Park stable building, near the park entrance. Open 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.

<cal1>Monday/June 22

<cal2>Storytime. Monday morning storytime at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 11 a.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Ballroom Tea Dance. Join New HOTS Jazz Orchestra for an afternoon featuring the music of the 1920s Hot Dance and 1930s-40s Swing eras in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. The dance class from 3 to 3:30 p.m. is for all levels and is included in the cost of admission. Dancing runs until 6 p.m. Admission: $10. Contact Phone: 703-860-4142.

Blues Dance. The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents a Blues Dance with ACME Blues Company in the Bumper Car Pavilion at 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 to 8:30 p.m. Dancing runs until 11:30 p.m. Admission: $12 dance only/$17 lesson & dance. Contact Email: dbarker@glenechopark.org.

Contra and Square Dance. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American dancing with a focus on New England style contra dances, including square dances, country mixers, waltzes and other couple dances in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. All dances are taught, and no partner is necessary. The newcomers' welcome lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by called dances with Wild Asparagus from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission: $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Contact Phone: 202-518-1299.

Solstice Stroll on the Canal. Enjoy a slow sunset stroll through the wetland habitats along the C&O Canal near Violettes Lock with the Audubon Society, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Look and listen for owls, frogs, foxes, beavers, bats, and insects, discussing the adaptations of these crepuscular and nocturnal animals. Members: $16.50; Nonmembers: $23. Registration required. Visit www.audubonnaturlists.org.

Little Patuxent Review. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, presents a reading featuring authors published in "The Little Patuxent Review," at 2 p.m. Free admission. Call 301-654-8664 or visit www.writer.org.

Photography along the Canal. Join photographer Joanne Miller for some one-on-one pointers as participants capture the sights along the C&O Canal from 8-10 a.m. at the River Center at Lockhouse 8 in Cabin John. Contact Potomac Conservancy's River Center Coordinator, Bridget Chapin, at chapin@potomac.org or 301-608-1188, x213, or go to www.potomac.org.

Carousel Tours. Carousel tours start at 12 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, and give visitors a closer look at the 1921 Dentzel carousel. Find out how it was made, how it works, and about the rest of the amusement park attractions that were built around it. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Park Tour. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, tours begin at 2 p.m. and lead visitors through a walking tour of the Park to learn about its history and the current programs in arts, dance and children’s activities. Admission is free. Tours begin at the visitor's desk in the Arcade Building..Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Spend time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities. In the former Glen Echo Park stable building, near the park entrance. Open 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.

<cal1>Monday/June 23

<cal2>Duplicate Bridge. 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. The fee is $4 for members or $6 for the general public. Contact Selma Sweetbaum at 301-348-3860 or ssweetbaum@jccgw.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/June 24

<cal2>Little Bugs Story Hour. Summer story times on the Summer Reading Club theme: Catch the Reading Bug at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, 10:30 a.m. Stories, music, and DVDs. Call 240-777-0970.

<cal1>Wednesday/June 25

<cal2>Tea Pot & Tea Cup Tea. Featuring hand-crafted tea ware and demonstrations by the fabulous artists who create these pieces at the Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 1 p.m. Tea is $26 per person. Call 301-581-5108 for availability.

Outdoor Concert. Hot Peas ‘N Butter will perform outdoors at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 7 p.m. Free. Visit www.strathmore.org.

Focus Music. Politics and Humor: Tom Neilson and Carla Ulbrich will be at O’Brien’s BBQ East Gude Drive, Rockville at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 general, $12 members. Visit www.focusmusic.com.

Lunchtime Concert. Wednesday lunchtime concerts will take place from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Bethesda Place Plaza located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. This week’s performer is The Reasons (Oldies). Free. Contact 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the Redbirds at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive in Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 adults and $3 for children. Call 301-983-1006 or visit www.bigtrain.org.

Light Fantastic. Explore the history of light and observe its ability to bend and bounce in this interactive science program at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 7 p.m. Pre-register at 240-777-0690.

Meet the Players. Team members of Big Train Baseball, our local team named after Walter "Big Train" Johnson, visit the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, to share books and conversation at 12 p.m. Call 240-777-0970.

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

Afternoon Tea. Enjoy the sounds of local musicians while enjoying afternoon tea in the Shapiro Music Room at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 1 p.m. Tea is $21. Call 301-581-5108.

<cal1>Thursday/June 26

<cal2>Evening Concert. Thursday Night concerts will take place from 6-8 p.m. in Veterans Park located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues in Bethesda. This week’s performer will be Patty Reese (original alternative rock and blues). Contact 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

<cal1>Friday/June 27

<cal2>Contra Dances. The Friday Night Dancers presents Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. There is a Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners are always welcome. This week Cis Hinkle calls to Hotpoint. Admission: $9. Contact Email: info@fridaynightdance.org.

Swing Dance. The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents a Swing Dance with the Boilermaker Jazz Band from Pennsylvania in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. An introductory Swing lesson with Donna Barker and Mike Marcotte from 8 - 9 p.m. is followed by dancing until Midnight. Admission: $13. Contact Email: dbarker@glenechopark.org.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Train take on the Orioles at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive in Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 adults and $3 for children. Call 301-983-1006 or visit www.bigtrain.org.

<cal1>Saturday/June 28

<cal2>Swing Dance. The Tom Cunningham Orchestra will perform at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo in the Spanish Ballroom. Beginning swing lesson at 8 p.m. is followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission: $15.

Little Hunters. Delve into the micro world of predatory invertebrates such as praying mantids, dragonflies and spiders at the Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, 10-11 a.m. Fees: Members: $12 per child; nonmembers $14 per child. $8 for each additional member sibling; $10 for each nonmember sibling. Adults are free. Registration required. Call 301-652-9188 x26. Ages 3-5, with an adult.

Creek ‘n Seek. Join the Audubon Society as they head down to Rock Creek for an afternoon of stream exploration from 1-3 p.m. Fees: Members: $12 per child; nonmembers $14 per child. $8 for each additional member sibling; $10 for each nonmember sibling. Adults are free. Registration required. Call 301-652-9188 x26. Ages 6 and up, with an adult.

Butterfly County. Join the Audubon Society for the 19th annual Western Montgomery County Butterfly Count. Count participants will be teamed up and sent into the field to count butterfly species in a given area. No experience is necessary. This annual mid-summer count, modeled after the Christmas Bird Counts, is organized by ANS and sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association and Xerces Society. Call Stephanie Mason at 301-652-9188 x 37 for a participant's information letter.

English 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.

Picnic and Canoe Clean-up. Help protect local waterways by taking a short canoe trip to Minnie’s island from the River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, Cabin John, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. After an island/river clean-up enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch on the island, dessert will be provided. Contact Potomac Conservancy’s River Center Coordinator, Bridget Chapin, at chapin@potomac.org or 301-608-1188, x213, or go to www.potomac.org.

Storytime. Kat Tales featuring Kat Aerobics will be at Barnes and Noble Bookseelers, Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 11 a.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Laugh Riot. Enjoy five local comics and have a chance to tell jokes yourself at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 8-10 p.m. Cost $10. Call 301-657-1234.

Carousel Tours. Carousel tours start at 12 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, and give visitors a closer look at the 1921 Dentzel carousel. Find out how it was made, how it works, and about the rest of the amusement park attractions that were built around it. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Park Tour. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, tours begin at 2 p.m. and lead visitors through a walking tour of the Park to learn about its history and the current programs in arts, dance and children’s activities. Admission is free. Tours begin at the visitor's desk in the Arcade Building..Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Nature Program. Come visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Spend time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities. In the former Glen Echo Park stable building, near the park entrance. Open 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.

<cal1>Sunday/June 29

<cal2>Waltz Dance. Waltz Time presents a beginning waltz lesson from 3 to 3:30 p.m., followed by an afternoon of waltzes and other couples dances. Dancing from 3:30 to 6 p.m. to the music of the Waltztrons. No partner is required for this dance in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, and the cost is $8, including lesson. Contact Email: 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, including square dances, country mixers, waltzes and other couple dances in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. All dances are taught, and no partner is necessary. The newcomers' welcome lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by called dances with Cis Hinkle calling to the HotPoint String Band from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission: $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Contact Phone: 202-518-1299.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the Bombers at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive in Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 adults and $3 for children. Call 301-983-1006 or visit www.bigtrain.org.

Author Reading. Judy Neri reads from "Always the Trains," her new collection of poems, and novelist Robert Friedman reads from "Shadow of the Fathers" at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, 2 p.m. Free admission. Visit www.writer.org.

Carousel Tours. Carousel tours start at 12 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, and give visitors a closer look at the 1921 Dentzel carousel. Find out how it was made, how it works, and about the rest of the amusement park attractions that were built around it. Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Park Tour. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, tours begin at 2 p.m. and lead visitors through a walking tour of the Park to learn about its history and the current programs in arts, dance and children’s activities. Admission is free. Tours begin at the visitor's desk in the Arcade Building..Visit www.nps.gov/glec.

Nature Program. Visit Discovery Creek Children's Museum Forest Tales exhibition at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Spend time with the entire family while participating in engaging science and nature activities. In the former Glen Echo Park stable building, near the park entrance. Open 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.

Dance Recital. 6 and 8 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Students from the JCC School of Dance will perform. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for the general public. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 301-348-3872.

<cal1>Monday/June 30

<cal2>Duplicate Bridge. 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. The fee is $4 for members or $6 for the general public. Contact Selma Sweetbaum at 301-348-3860 or ssweetbaum@jccgw.org.

Storytime. Monday morning storytime at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 11 a.m. Call 301-986-1761.

<cal1>Tuesday/July 1

<cal2>Chinese Book Discussion. Chinese book discussion in Chinese language at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Ask for the book at the Circulation Desk. 2 hours. Call 240-777-0690.

Little Bugs Story Hours. Summer story times on the Summer Reading Club theme: Catch the Reading Bug at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, 10:30 a.m. Stories, music, and DVDs. Call 240-777-0970.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 2

<cal2>Lunchtime Concert. Wednesday lunchtime concerts will take place from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Bethesda Place Plaza located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. This weeks performer is James Bazen Project (Contemporary Jazz). Free. Contact 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Meet Yardley. Learn about the Guiding Eye Dog program and meet a dog-in-training at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 7 p.m. Pre-register at 240-777-0690.

Bug Crafts. Drop in to the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, between 1 and 3 p.m. to make a variety of buggy crafts. Call 240-777-0970.

<cal1>Thursday/July 3

<cal2>Evening Concert. Thursday Night concerts will take place from 6-8 p.m. in Veterans Park located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues in Bethesda. This week’s performer will be Talawa (Reggae). Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the Redbirds at Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive in Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 adults and $3 for children. Call 301-983-1006 or visit www.bigtrain.org.

<cal1>Friday/July 4

<cal2>5K Run/1 Mile Walk. Autism Speaks' Potomac 5K Run/1 mile walk will take place at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac at the intersection of River and Falls Road starting at 7:30 a.m. Professional and novice runners, families and children, are all welcome to participate in this annual event and show support for the autism community. Entry fee for 5K run or 1 mile walk is $25 (until June 15) and $30 (June 16-July 1). On site registration is $35 on July 3 and $40 on July 4. Fee for children ages 14 and under: $15. Visit www.autismspeaks.org/potomac5k to register.

<cal1>Tuesday/July 22

<cal2>Healthful Shopping. The Wellness Community - Greater Washington, D.C. presents a free, guided health shopping tour at Whole Foods Bethesda for people with cancer and their loved ones, 2-3 p.m. Participants will learn how to make the most of their food dollars when shopping organically. The first 15 individuals to sign up will receive a $25 gift card from Whole Foods. Participants can meet at The Wellness Community, 5430 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 100, Bethesda, at 1:30 p.m. to carpool or meet the group at Whole Foods Bethesda at 2 p.m. Call 301-493-5002 or twcdc@thewellnesscommunity.org.