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Potomac Calendar Nov. 25-Dec. 2

To have community events listed free in The Potomac Almanac, send e-mail to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. Unless otherwise noted, all events are in Potomac. For more information, call 703-917-6407.

Friday/Nov. 28

Contra Dance. The Friday Night Dancers presents traditional American dancing including contra dances, square dances, and waltzes at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park. Contra dance lesson from 7:30-8:15 p.m., dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m. to live music. $9/person. E-mail fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Saturday/Nov. 29

Conversation Club. Join in practicing and improving your spoken English with the help of volunteers leading discussions from 3-5 p.m. at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. Registration not required.

Greeting Cards. A workshop on how to make Victorian-era holiday greeting cards will be held at Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, 5801 Oxford Road at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required; call 301-320-1410.

Swing Dance. Enjoy a swing dance at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park. Beginner Swing lesson from 8-9 p.m. and dance from 9 p.m.- 12 a.m. to live music. $15/person. Visit www.GottaSwing.com.

Sunday/Nov. 30

Greeting Cards. A workshop on how to make Victorian-era holiday greeting cards will be held at Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, 5801 Oxford Road at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required; call 301-320-1410.

Contra and Square Dance. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American dancing including contra dances, square dances, and waltzes at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park. Dance lesson from 7-7:30 p.m., dance from 7:30-10:30 p.m. to live music. $12/non-members, $9/FSGW members.

Monday/Dec. 1

Afternoon Tea. Pianist Becky Dukes is performing at 1 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Prepaid reservations required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581-5108.

Tuesday/Dec.2

Chinese Book Club. Join in a Chinese book discussion in the Chinese language from 7-9 p.m. at the Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. Registration not required.

Afternoon Tea. Harpist Sue Richards is performing at 1 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Prepaid reservations required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581-5108.

Metropolitan Philharmonic. The Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra is performing at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $75 (includes drinks at after-party) and $45 (balcony seating, drinks not included). Call 301-581-5100.

Chinese Language Book Club. 7 p.m. at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. Ask for the book at the circulation desk. Free. 240-777-0690.

Wednesday/Dec. 3

Afternoon Tea. Pianist Rosalind Breslow is performing at 1 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Prepaid reservations required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581-5108.

Artist in Residence. Jennifer Cutting, artist in residence at Strathmore, is playing at 7:30 p.m. in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets: $15; call 301-581-5100.

Golden Boys. Dick Fox’s Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell is performing at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $38-127. Call 301-581-5100.

Thursday/Dec. 4

Music Club. The Friday Morning Music club is performing at 11 a.m. in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free; no tickets required. Call 301-581-5100.

Friday/Dec. 5

Holiday Time. Decorate a holiday treasure box, decorate a winter wreath and enjoy story time with Perfect Parties by Terrye at the Cabin John Mall Atrium, 11325 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, 9:30 a.m.

Geology Hike. Join National Park Service Volunteers for a geology hike of the Billy Goat Trail from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Visit www.nps.gov/choh/.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra performs “Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah” at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.BSOmusic.org for tickets.

Contra Dance. The Friday Night Dancers presents traditional American dancing including contra dances, square dances, and waltzes at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park. Contra dance lesson from 7:30-8:15 p.m., dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m. to live music. $9/person. E-mail fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Saturday/Dec. 6

Musical Tea. Enjoy complimentary tea and sweets in addition to free performances by the Levine School of Music’s faculty-artists and students at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda at 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Call 202-686-8000, ext. 1068.

Greeting Cards. A workshop on how to make Victorian-era holiday greeting cards will be held at Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, 5801 Oxford Road at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required; call 301-320-1410.

Specialty Tea. Harpist Carolyn Kemper is performing holiday music at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tea menu and holiday story telling for children. Prepaid reservations required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581-5108.

National Philharmonic. The National Philharmonic Orchestra is performing “Choral Masterworks: Handel’s Messiah” at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 8 p.m. Tickets from $29; children 7-17 free. Call 301-581-5100.

Swing Dance. Enjoy a swing dance at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park. Beginner Swing lesson from 8-9 p.m. and dance from 9 p.m.- 12 a.m. to live music. $12/person. Call 301-340-9732.

Waltz Dance. Enjoy a waltz dance at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park. Beginner Waltz lesson from 3-3:30 p.m. and dance from 3:30-6 p.m. to live music. $8/person. Call Joan Koury at 202-238-0230 or visit www.WaltzTimeDances.org.

Climb Wall Weekend. Scale a climbing wall at Discovery Creek Children’s Museumin Glen Echo Park from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free for members and children under 2; $5/non-members. Wall is located in the old stables building, near the Park entrance. Call 202-488-0627 or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Sunday/Dec. 7

Greeting Cards. A workshop on how to make Victorian-era holiday greeting cards will be held at Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, 5801 Oxford Road at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required; call 301-320-1410.

Holiday Craft Show. The Friends of the Clara Barton Community Center is sponsoring a free Holiday Craft Show at the center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring artists and crafters from the community. Call the Center at 301-229-0010.

National Philharmonic. The National Philharmonic Orchestra is performing “Choral Masterworks: Handel’s Messiah” at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 3 p.m. Tickets from $29; children 7-17 free. Call 301-581-5100.

Family Sing. Bring family and friends to explore the joy of singing in harmony at the Music Center at Strathmore, Education Center room 402, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 4-5:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets: $7; call 301-581-5100.

Contra and Square Dance. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American dancing including contra dances, square dances, and waltzes at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park. Dance lesson from 7-7:30 p.m., dance from 7:30-10:30 p.m. to live music. $12/non-members, $9/FSGW members.

Critiques and Coffee. Bring photos to a morning critique led by a Photoworks faculty member to the Photoworks studio in Glen Echo Park from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 301-229-7930 or visit www.glenechophotoworks.org.

Climb Wall Weekend. Scale a climbing wall at Discovery Creek Children’s Museumin Glen Echo Park from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free for members and children under 2; $5/non-members. Wall is located in the old stables building, near the Park entrance. Call 202-488-0627 or visit www.discoverycreek.org.

Monday/Dec. 8

Afternoon Tea. Pianist Meg Baker is performing at 1 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Prepaid reservations required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581-5108.

The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets: $35-102; call 301-581-5100.

Tuesday/Dec. 9

Afternoon Tea. Pianist John Dassoulas is performing at 1 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Prepaid reservations required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581-5108.

Rockapella Holiday. The five-man a capella ensemble performs at 8 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets: $21-55; call 301-581-5100.

Wednesday/Dec. 10

Afternoon Tea. Flutist Susan Bour and pianist Phil Bour are performing at 1 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Prepaid reservations required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581-5108.

After Hours. Jazz vocalist Sarah Jones performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets: $15; call 301-581-5100.

Friday/Dec. 12

Home Tours. Guided tours showing the history and personal stories of the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Call 301-581-5100.

Gospel Choir. The Soweto Gospel Choir performs at 8 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets: $25-48; call 301-581-5100.

Contra Dance. The Friday Night Dancers presents traditional American dancing including contra dances, square dances, and waltzes at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park. Contra dance lesson from 7:30-8:15 p.m., dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m. to live music. $9/person. E-mail fndcontra@yahoo.com.