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Potomac Almanac Calendar Jan. 7-13

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.

Thursday/Jan. 8

MLK Celebration. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 8 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.BSOmusic.org for tickets.

Alaska Movie Night. 7 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Watch “The Heart of Alaska.” Free, but reservations required, movienight@cruiseweb.com.

Friday/Jan. 9

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.

Opening Reception. 6-9 p.m., see “Figurative Work” by Drew Parris from Jan. 6 through Feb. 7 at Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda. See drawings and more. Free. 301-951-9441.

Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $9/person. Beginners welcome. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

Saturday/Jan. 10

Children’s Tour. Children ages 5 and older, accompanied by an adult, go on a guided tour and do an art activity from 10:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Reservations required; call 301-581-5100.

Live Music. Pianist Pallavi Mahidhara performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets $25; call 202-342-6221.

Maestro’s Birthday. The Symphonic Blockbusters performs at 8 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda in honor of Maestro Piotr Gajewski’s 50th birthday. Tickets from $29, children 7-17 free; call 301-581-5100.

Park Movie. 4 p.m. at Arcade Building at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit www.nps.gov/glec or 301-320-1400.

Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how it was made, how it works and more. Free. Visit www.nps.gov/glec or 301-320-1400.

Nature Programs. Enjoy activities, stories, animals, hikes and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free for members and children under 2, $5/non member. Visit www.discoverycreek.org or 202-488-0627.

Swing Dance. . 8 p.m.- midnight in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Admission to be determined. Beginners welcome. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

Book Sale. 9 a.m. at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. Browse paperbacks, hardcovers and more. Free. 240-777-0690.

Art Talk for Adults. 1 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane. Learn about the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. Free. Visit www.strathmore.org for more.

Sunday/Jan. 11

Maestro’s Birthday. The Symphonic Blockbusters performs at 3 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda in honor of Maestro Piotr Gajewski’s 50th birthday. Tickets from $29, children 7-17 free; call 301-581-5100.

Cold Weather Activities for Dog. 2-4 p.m. at Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. Free, but register at www.yourdogsfriend.info or 301-983-5913.

Critiques and Coffee. 10 a.m.-noon at Photoworks studio at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Bring a photo and enjoy coffee, bagels and discussion. Visit www.glenechophotoworks.org or 301-229-7930.

Park Movie. 4 p.m. at Arcade Building at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit www.nps.gov/glec or 301-320-1400.

Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how it was made, how it works and more. Free. Visit www.nps.gov/glec or 301-320-1400.

Nature Programs. Enjoy activities, stories, animals, hikes and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free for members and children under 2, $5/non member. Visit www.discoverycreek.org or 202-488-0627.

Blues Dance. 7-11 p.m. at Town Hall in Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $15/lesson and dance or $8/dance only. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

Opening Reception. 1:30-3:30 p.m., see “Maryland Pastel Society” through Jan. 27 at the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Free. 301-897-1518.

Slide Show. 7:30 p.m. at Clara Barton Community Center in Cabin John, 7425 MacArthur Blvd. Roy Sewall will give a slide show from his book on the Potomac River. Free. 301-229-0010.

Poetry and Prose Reading. 2 p.m. at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. Free. 301-654-8664.

Zydeco Dance Party. 3-6 p.m. at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $15/person. Visit www.dancingbythebayou.com or 301-634-2222.

Monday/Jan. 12

Time for 2s and 3s. 10:25 a.m. at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. Children ages 3-6 can enjoy stories, songs and more. Register at the library or 240-777-0690.

Tuesday/Jan. 13

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.

Mother’s Circle. 9:30 a.m. at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Mothers can learn about Jewish rituals, ethics and more. Free with free babysitting. 202-362-7100.

Wednesday/Jan. 14

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.

Author Reading. 6:30 p.m. at The Harbor School, 7701 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Daniel H. Pink will discuss “A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future.” $10/person. Registration required, info@theharborschool.org or 301-365-1100.

Music Performance. Artist in Residence Tosin Aribisala and his group the Hallelujazz Project will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $10/person. Visit www.strathmore.org or 301-581-5100.

Friday/Jan. 16

Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $9/person. Beginners welcome. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

Saturday/Jan. 17

Choral Reading. Learn how to read choral music at 1 p.m. in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets: $30; call 301-581-5100.

Performance Workshop. Violinist Ivan Stefanovic coaches select students from the Levine School at 3 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Free. Reservations required; call 202-686-8000, ext. 1599.

La Valse. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs “La Valse” at 8 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.BSOmusic.org for tickets.

A Way to Help Fearful Dogs. 2-4 p.m. at Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. Free, but register at www.yourdogsfriend.info or 301-983-5913.

Park Movie. 4 p.m. at Arcade Building at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit www.nps.gov/glec or 301-320-1400.

Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how it was made, how it works and more. Free. Visit www.nps.gov/glec or 301-320-1400.

Nature Programs. Enjoy activities, stories, animals, hikes and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free for members and children under 2, $5/non member. Visit www.discoverycreek.org or 202-488-0627.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m.- midnight in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Admission to be determined. Beginners welcome. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

Art Class. Noon-2 p.m. at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. His-Mei Yates will present a watercolor painting workshop for all above age 10. Free. Registration required, 240-777-0690.

Art Exhibit. Noon-6 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See “Common Ground: Robert Bilek & Colin Campbell.” Free. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

Sunday/Jan. 18

Guitar Quartet. The Potomac Guitar Quartet performs at 3 p.m. in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets: $25; call 301-581-5100.

Park Movie. 4 p.m. at Arcade Building at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit www.nps.gov/glec or 301-320-1400.

Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how it was made, how it works and more. Free. Visit www.nps.gov/glec or 301-320-1400.

Nature Programs. Enjoy activities, stories, animals, hikes and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free for members and children under 2, $5/non member. Visit www.discoverycreek.org or 202-488-0627.

Music Performance. Pianist Jeffery Watson and Potomac Guitar Quartet will perform at 3 p.m. at Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $25/person. Visit www.strathmore.org or 301-581-5100.

Art Exhibit. Noon-6 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See “Common Ground: Robert Bilek & Colin Campbell.” Free. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

Monday/Jan. 19

Mondays at the Mansion. Listen to Renaissance and Baroque music with Aniko Debreceny 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets: $15; call 301-581-5100.

Musical Celebration. 4 p.m. at Music Center at Strathmore, 5703 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit the box office for tickets. Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit www.strathmore.org for more.

Tuesday/Jan. 20

Afternoon Tea. Harpist Sally Nystrom 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.

Tiny Tot Tuesday. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Children up to age 4 will enjoy “Winter Wonderland.” $5/person. Reservations recommended. Visit www.thepuppetco.org or 301-320-6668.

Glen Echo Park Inaugural Ball. 7:30-11 p.m. at Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. All ages encouraged. Hear music by two bands. $20/person. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

Wednesday/Jan. 21

Afternoon Tea. Pianist Alan Krupnick and Bassist Roger Cooke 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.

Storytime. 10:30 a.m. at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. Children ages 2 and under enjoy stories, fingerplays and more. Register at the library or 240-777-0690.

Book Club. 1 p.m. at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. Adults can discuss a book, ask for it at circulation desk. Free. 240-777-0690.

Thursday/Jan 22

Slavonic Dances. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Slavonic dances at 8 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.BSOmusic.org for tickets.

Friday/Jan. 23

Live Music. Tommy Tune and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings perform at 8 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets: $25-65; call 301-581-5100.

Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $9/person. Beginners welcome. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.