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Calendary, May 28-June 3

<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/May 28

<cal2>Focus Music. Focus music will present Randall Williams and other performers as part of the Falcon Ridge Preview Tour at O’Briens BBQ, 387 East Gude Drive, Rockville, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general and $12 members. Visit www.focus.org.

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 Oasis (Reggae). Free. Contact 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

<cal1>Thursday/May 29

<cal2>Square Dance. Join Hot Squares in the Olde Town Tonight for an evening of rocking traditional American square dancing in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 8 – 10:30 p.m. Admission: $8. Contact Phone: 301-651-8971 or 410-268-0231.

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.

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 8 Ohms Band (Funk). Contact 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

<cal1>Friday/May 30

<cal2>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 7:30-8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Beginners are always welcome. This week Swallowtail performs. Admission: $9. Contact email: info@fridaynightdance.org.

Swingin’ the Blues. The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents another Friday night Swingin' the. Included in the cost of the dance is your choice of either a West Coast Swing lesson with Ken Roesel, or a Slow Blues lesson with Mike & Donna from 8 - 9 p.m. The lesson is followed by music from The Idle Americans. Admission: $13. Contact Email: dbarker@glenechopark.org.

Author Event. Award-winning author Ann Hagedorn reads from and discusses "Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919," her account of a dramatic post-war year in American life, at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. Call 301-654-8664.

<cal1>Saturday/May 31

<cal2>Piano Concert. At 8 p.m., pianist Joseph Schwartz will perform a free concert, sponsored by the Washington Conservatory of Music at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Information: 301-320-2770 and www.washingtonconservatory.org.

Swing Dance. Join Marc and Ellen for a night of dancing with George Gee & the Jump, Jivin' Wailers from NYC in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. The evening will kick off with a beginning swing lesson taught by Marc Shepanek & Ellen Engle at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., George Gee & the Jump, Jivin' Wailers will take the stage until Midnight. $15 including lesson; no partner required. Contact Phone: 301-299-8728.

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.

Focus Music. Focus music will present Randall Williams and other performers as part of the Falcon Ridge Preview Tour at O’Briens BBQ, 387 East Gude Drive, Rockville, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general and $12 members. Visit www.focus.org.

Storytime. Kat Tales featuring Kat and aerobics at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 11 a.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Yard Sale. Members of the Montgomery County Police Victims Assistance Unit are holding a yard sale to include: clothing (children and adult), household items, small furniture, and toys at Rockvile Elks Lodge #15, 5 Taft Court, Rockville, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. All of the proceeds from the sale will be used to provide emergency and holiday assistance to needy crime victims and their families. Call: 240-773-5626.

Rummage/Bake Sale to benefit Bannockburn Nursery School will be held from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Bannockburn Clubhouse, 6314 Bannockburn Drive, Bethesda. Free admission. Clothes, household items, and furniture for all ages will be sold. Call 301-320-4252.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the Mid-Atlantic Rookies 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>Sunday/June 1

<cal2>Opera Night Live. Entertainment and four-course Italian meal at Trattoria Sorrento, 4930 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 5:30 p.m. Cost is $50. Call 301-718-0344.

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.

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 Happy Foot from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Admission: $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Call 202-518-1299.

Voices of the River. Come listen to the Glen Echoers "ring a chord" as this barbershop quartet sings at the River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, Cabin John, 2-3 p.m. Contact Potomac Conservancy's River Center Coordinator, Bridget Chapin, at chapin@potomac.org or 301-608-1188, x213, or go to www.potomac.org.

Choral Music. At 3 p.m. the Baltimore Men's Chorus is coming to Rockville to perform their spring concert, entitled "Hide and Seek" at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive. The program, a benefit concert, will be a mix of Broadway and popular music. The proceeds will go to the Rainbow Youth Alliance. Suggested donation is $10. Contact the church office at 301-762-7666.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the Bethesda Blue Caps at 5 p.m. and the Senators at 7:30 p.m. 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>Monday/June 2

<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.

Author Event. Rick Bragg, author of "The Prince of Frogtown," will be at the Bethesda Library, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda at 7:30 p.m. Call 301-986-1761.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the Faris Braves at 5 p.m. 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>Tuesday/June 3

<cal2>Percussion Concert. 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. For details, contact Janet Getz at 301-348-3779 or jgetz@jccgw.org.

Author Event. Bill Eppridge, author of "A Time It Was: Bobby Kennedy in the Sixties," will be at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-986-1761.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the Rockville Express at 5 p.m. 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.

Chinese Book Discussion. A Chinese book discussion in Chinese language at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, 7 p.m. Ask for the book at the Circulation Desk. Call 240-777-0690.

<cal1>Wednesday/June 4

<cal2>Archaeology Lecture. 8 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Dr. Billie Jean Collins of Emory University will present, "The Hittites in the Bible: New Light on an Old Problem." For fees and other information, contact Lynn Gittleson at 301-348-3840 or lgittleson@jccgw.org.

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 Level 3 (Variety Rock and Pop). Free. Contact 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the U.S. Military All Starts at 7:30 p.m. 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.

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.

<cal1>Thursday/June 5

<cal2>Symphony Orchestra Concert. 8 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. To celebrate Israel’s 60th birthday, the JCC Symphony Orchestra Endowment Fund Orchestra will repeat the program of the Palestine Symphony originally played on March 8, 1948, conducted by Jascha Horenstein. Free.

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 8 Jumptown (Swing, Rock and Blues). Contact 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Author Event. Michael Sokolove, author of "Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters against the Injury Epidemic in Women's Sports," will be at Barnes and Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 7:30 p.m. Call 301-986-1761.

<cal1>Friday/June 6

<cal2>Rock Music. T.V. John and the Legendary Band will perform from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Dietle’s Tavern, 11010 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Call 301-8818-8711. $6 cover charge.

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 7:30-8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Beginners are always welcome. This week Swallowtail performs. Admission: $9. Contact email: info@fridaynightdance.org.

>Swing Dance. The Jam Cellar presents a Friday night Swing dance in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, featuring the Solomon Douglas Orchestra. This evening kicks off their Big Big Event weekend that includes workshops on Saturday and Sunday and another battle of the bands Swing Dance on Saturday in the Spanish Ballroom. The beginner Swing dance lesson starts at 8 p.m., and the dance follows until midnight. Admission: $13. Contact Email: huh@thejamcellar.com.

<cal1>Satuday/June 7

<cal2>Swing Dance. The Jam Cellar will present two swing bands in a double-bill extravaganza in the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. The Boilermaker Jazz Band and Russ Wilson's Swingtet North Carolina will perform. This evening continues the excitement of the Big Big Event weekend that includes dance workshops on Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $16. Contact Email: huh@thejamcellar.com.

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.

Baseball. Watch the Bethesda Big Trains take on the Thunderbirds at 7:30 p.m. 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.

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.

Children’s Bug Walk. Volunteer naturalist Deborah Landau will lead families on a walking journey along the C&O Canal to discover the creepy crawlies that children love and can find in their own backyard and along the Potomac River, 1-2 p.m. Before the walk Potomac Conservancy docents will be on hand to lead groups through the restored lockhouse and interactive exhibits that show the connection between the Canal, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. Start at the River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, 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.

Children and the Arts Fest. The 14th annual Imagination Bethesda, a children’s street festival celebrating children and the arts, is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Musical and theatrical performances, and dance troupes will light up the stage, while hands-on art & craft activities and roving entertainment line the streets along Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in downtown Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Cat Adoption Festival. The Montgomery County Humane Society will hold its 2nd Annual Cat Adoption Festival at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, 14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville from noon to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Activities include informational sessions on cat care and behavior, exhibitors, drawings and giveaways, silent auction, pizza, bake sale, and a book signing by local cat wellness author and homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau. Visit www.mchumane.org/2008catfestivalsponsors.shtml or email your questions to secondcatadoptionfestival@yahoo.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>Sunday/June 8

<cal2>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 caller Kathy Anderson and the band Glickman, Hickman & Devine from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission: $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Contact Phone: 202-518-1299.

Breeding Bird Walk. At the Montgomery County Agricultural History Park near Rockville, join the Audubon Society and walk fields and woods to search out some common and uncommon breeders of our area, 7-11 a.m. Walk around 2 miles at a leisurely pace on natural surface paths which may be uneven. Members: $22; Nonmembers: $30.50. Visit www.audobonnaturalist.org.

Paint Your Own Pottery. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Drop in and choose from a variety of fun ceramic pieces. Price ranges from $5 to $12. For all ages. Contact Julie Grimley at 301-348-3772 or jgrimley@jccgw.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.