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Join song leader Elise Kress and guitarist Lawrence Brand for a fun evening of singing popular songs from the 1950’s to the present on Saturday, June 19 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Other performances are on July 11 and 25th, both Saturdays. See the Web site for schedule, directions and tickets. General admission tickets are $20. Call 301-639-7608 or go to www.SingAlongCelebration.com.

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.

<cal1>Ongoing

<cal2> The Bethesda Farmers Market will be open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Veterans Park, corner of Norfold and Woodmont Avenues, through Oct. 31. Visit www.bethesda.org or 301-215-6660.

GlasScene, An Exhibition of Fine Art Glass, June 6 to July 5. Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo, 7300 Mac Arthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Maryland. Opening Reception: June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. Gallery Hours: 12 to 6 PM Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment - 301-634-2273.

<cal1>Thursday/June 11

<cal2>Teacher’s Thursday. 7-8 p.m. In-depth exploration of topics relevant to science and outdoor education. At Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Register for programs at www.ParkPASS.org or call 301-299-1990.

<cal1>Friday/June 12

<cal2>NCCF Art & Soul Charity Auction. 7-10 p.m. Hosted by JC Hayward of WUSA-TV (Channel 9). Enjoy an evening of fine art, food and company. Artwork from local artists will be auctioned off, along with vacation packages, jewelry and other rare finds. RSVP to Darnell John, Development Assistant, at djohn@nccf-cares.org or 301-365-4480, ext. 164. At the Music Center at Strathmore. Tickets are $150/person. Go to www.nccf-cares.org

<cal2>Campfire Stories. 7-8 p.m. Old-fashioned fun around the campfire. At Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Register for programs at www.ParkPASS.org or call 301-299-1990.

Bethesda Art Walk & Tour. 6-9 p.m. Features 13 galleries and studios that open their doors from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. Free guided tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and meet at the Bethesda Metro. . Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

7th Annual Art and Soul Charity Auction. 7-10 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of the Freddie Mac Foundation Youth Activities Center (YAC), NCCF’s sole cultural arts and recreational facility on the center’s Bethesda campus. Sponsored by the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) in Bethesda. At the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda. Tickets are $150 per person. Contact Heidi Coons at 301-365-4480, ext. 114.

Bethesda Big Train vs. Alexandria Aces. 7:30 p.m. Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive, Cabin John Park, Bethesda. Gates open at 6. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults, $7, Kids 6-12 $3, Kids 5 and under or in baseball uniforms, free. Go to www.bigtrain.org or call 301-983-1006.

"Swingin' the Blues" - Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9 p.m. to midnight dancing; 8-9 p.m. two workshops: Slow Blues or West Coast Swing. Instructors: Donna Barker, Mike Marcotte and Ken Roesel. Admission: $14. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, or go to dbarker@glenechopark.org or www.DanceDC.com. The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Henry Mills and Tala Rahmeh. 7 p.m. Performance poet Henry Mills appears in Helicopters and Vultures, an exploration of what it means to be a product of refugees, a survivor of their history and the fallout of the 20th Century. Free. At The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. Call 301-654-8664.

<cal1>Saturday/June 13

<cal2>Used Book Sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most hardback books are $1, large paperbacks are $1 and regular sized paperbacks are $.50. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Call 240-777-0690.

<cal2>Doggie Birthday. 1-3 p.m. Gucci the Chihuahua's 5th birthday celebration. Pin the Tail on the Chihuahua, dog-treat filled pinatas, treats for pets and people. At MacArthur Pet Shop, 4611-N Sangamore Road, Bethesda. Call 301-320-3998

<cal2>Philharmonic Chorale. 8 p.m. With pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. The National Philharmonic Chorale presents an entire a cappella program, featuring one of the great masterpieces of Russian Orthodox music — Rachmaninoff's Vespers. Written in 1915 for the All-Night Easter Vigil ceremony for the Russian Orthodox Church, it is considered a jewel of the choral repertoire. At the Music Center at Strathmore. Tickets from $29; Kids 7-17 are free.

Tot Time: Creek Crawl. 11:15-12 p.m. Toddlers will explore the delights of running water in a shallow section of Cabin John Creek. At Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Register for programs at www.ParkPASS.org or call 301-299-1990.

Health Freedom Walk. 9:45 a.m. At Woodlawn Cultural Park in Sandy Spring. Three-mile walk begins at Rural Legacy Trail. $5 registration. Age 10 and under free. At 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring. Call 301-421-5445 or go to www.onehealthylife.org.

Bethesda Artist Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bethesda Place Plaza - corner of Old Georgetown Rd. & Woodmont Ave.

Enjoy the original fine art and craft of 25 local artists along with live entertainment at the Bethesda Artist Market, located in the Bethesda Place Plaza. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

How to Have a Well-Behaved Dog. 1-3 p.m. Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. Improve your dog’s behavior by using simple management techniques coupled with rewards for good behavior. Speaker: Ann Melchior, Puppy and Basic class trainer. FREE, but register at www.yourdogsfriend.info or 301-983-5913.

Navigating over land. 1-4 p.m. Clint Cosner, an expert surveyor with 25 years of experience, will lead an orienteering workshop for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts ages 8 and up with Potomac Conservancy. River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, 7906 Riverside Ave., Cabin John. RSVP to chapin@potomac.org by June 10.

<cal1>Sunday/June 14

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Workshop and Dance. 7-8:30 p.m. Instructors Donna Barker and Mike Marcotte. $17 admission or $12 for the dance from 8:30-11 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park. Featuring Melanie Mason Band. Visit www.DanceDC.com, call or e-mail Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or dbarker@glenechopark.org. The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812.

Model Search. 1-3 p.m. For American Girl Fashion Show to benefit Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington children’s programs. At the Bolger Center, 9600 Newbridge Dr., Potomac. Call 202-234-1010 or visit www.youreyes.org.

The Shekhter-Tekhter and Binyumin in "Our Zeydes and Bubbes as Children." 4 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Tickets through box office at 301-348-3872, or at the door. $18 general public, $12 for members of JCC, YGW. Call 301-348-3864.

Thrift Shop Half Price Sales. Noon to 4 p.m. The Montgomery County Thrift Shop, 7125-27 Wisconsin Ave., in Bethesda, will hold two half price sale days on two Sundays – June 14 and June 28, from noon to 4 p.m. Everything in the shop, with the exception of consignment merchandise, will be half price. Go to www.MoCoThrift.org.

<cal2>Cajun and Zydeco Dance Party. 3-6 p.m. At Glen Echo park’s Spanish Ballroom. Feature band is Acadien Cajun Band. Half-hour Cajun lesson taught by Michael Hart and Sharon Schiliro at 3 p.m. Admission is $15. Call Michael Hart at 301-762-6730 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, or go to www.DancingByTheBayou.com. At 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

<cal1>Thursday/June 18

<cal2>Forum on the 2010 Census: Why Does It Matter? 7-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, representing Maryland's 4th Congressional District. At the William H. Farquhar Middle School, (Multipurpose Room), 16915 Batchellors Forest Rd., Olney, Md. RSVP to 301-516-7601.

13th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. 7 p.m. Performances by musical prodigy Joshua Sommerville; soloist Caelyn Sommerville; the Emory Grove United Methodist Church Youth Choir; The Finest! Youth Performance Troupe; Lincoln Park Historic Foundation; and storyteller Vernon Ricks. At the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Md. Call 240-777-5199.

<cal1>Friday/June 19

<cal2>Sing-Along Celebration. 8 p.m. Join song leader Elise Kress and guitarist Lawrence Brand for a fun evening singing along to your favorite songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, from pop, folk, country, and rock & roll classics. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Go to www.SingAlongCelebration.com Tickets: $20. Call 301-639-7608.

<cal1>June 19-21

<cal2>"Cabaret." June 19-21 and 25-28. At Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre. Tickets $37/adults and $27/ children 12 and under. Prices include the performance and a dinner buffet. At Friday and Saturday performances, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a show time of 8:15 p.m. On Sunday, the buffet will open at 12:30 p.m., with a 2:15 p.m. show time. At Theatre Arts Arena on the College’s Rockville Campus, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.

Go to www.montgomerycollege.edu/sdt or call 240-567-7676.

<cal1>Saturday/June 20.

<cal2>American Red Cross Pet First Aid Class. 1-5 p.m. Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. Learn how to give temporary emergency care to your dog or cat. Instructor: Lynne Bettinger, Sundown Ridge (www.sundownridge.com). $50 fee to cover materials. Register at www.yourdogsfriend.info or 301-983-5913.

Survivor: Potomac Islands. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Action-packed day of canoeing, orienteering, fire building and knot-tying with Potomac Conservancy. River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, 7906 Riverside Ave., Cabin John. RSVP to chapin@potomac.org by June 18.

<cal2>Community Day Fest. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Quince Orchard Library. A performance by the U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet, magic by Tom Lilly, a moon bounce, arts and crafts, a book sale, face and henna painting, and Dance Dance Revolution. At 15831 Quince Orchard Rd. in Gaithersburg, and at Quince Orchard High School across the street. Call 240-777-0200.

<cal1>Sunday/June 21

<cal2>Father's Day Poetry and Prose Open Mic. 2-4 p.m. At The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, Md. Free. Sign-up for readers begins at 1:30 p.m. and the reading starts at 2 p.m. For details: www.writer.org or 301-654-8664.

<cal1>Tuesday, June 23

<cal2>"Second-Hand Stars." 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. At the Puppet Co. Playhouse. $5/adults and children. Running time is 30 minutes. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call 301-634-5380.

<cal1>Saturday/June 27

<cal2>Heritage Days Celebration. Noon to 4 p.m. As part of Montgomery County’s Heritage Days celebration, the Spanish Ballroom will feature a display of panels that tell the story of Glen Echo Park’s history from the late 1800s to 1960. Listen to a brief talk on the history of the ballroom, take a free dance lesson, and tour the entire park with a National Park Service ranger. The Park’s historic Dentzel carousel will be open. Call 301-634-2222 or visit www.glenechopark.org.

<cal1>Sunday/June 28

<cal2> Thrift Shop Half Price Sales. Noon to 4 p.m. The Montgomery County Thrift Shop, 7125-27 Wisconsin Ave., in Bethesda, will hold two half price sale days on two Sundays – June 14 and June 28, from noon to 4 p.m. Everything in the shop, with the exception of consignment merchandise, will be half price. Go to www.MoCoThrift.org.

<cal1>Saturday, July 4

<cal2>Potomac 5K Run. 8 a.m. The ninth annual autism speaks Potomac 5K run, 1K walk will benefit Autism Speaks. Go to potomac5k.org.

<cal2>Autism Speaks Potomac 5K. Registration is open for this community tradition on July 4 in Potomac. Online registration and fund-raising tools are available at: www.potomac5K.org. Last year, 104 teams helped raise $250,000.

<cal1>Sunday/July 5

<cal2>Medicinal Plant Walk. 10-11:30 a.m. At River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, 7906 Riverside Ave. Cabin John, Md.

<cal1>Tuesday, July 7

<cal2>"Magic Toy Shop." 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. At the Puppet Co. Playhouse. $5/adults and children. Running time is 30 minutes. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call 301-634-5380.

<cal1>Saturday/July 11

<cal2>Artist's Reception. 4-6 p.m. New Photographs and Paintings by Ruth Neubauer and Karen Van Allen. At the Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Show runs July 10-12, noon to 5 p.m.

<cal2>Sing-Along Celebration. 8 p.m. Join song leader Elise Kress and guitarist Lawrence Brand for a fun evening singing along to your favorite songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, from pop, folk, country, and rock & roll classics. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Go to www.SingAlongCelebration.com Tickets: $20. Call 301-639-7608.

Potomac Conservancy picnic. 4-7 p.m. At Carderock Pavilion, Carderock, Md . Admission is free, but please bring a potluck dish. If your last name ends in: A-E, bring an appetizer; F-J, bring a main dish; K-P, bring a dessert; Q-Z, bring an salad. The Potomac River Ramblers will fill the air with bluegrass and country music. Call Monica Lyman at lyman@potomac.org; 301-608-1188, x205.

<cal2>The Bethesda Artist Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature fine art and craft for sale by local and regional artists including painting, photography, jewelry, wood, glass and ceramics. Held in the Bethesda Place Plaza, at the elevated plaza at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue.

<cal2>Free Practice Tests. 9 a.m. For SAT and ACT. By Summit Educational Group. At Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg. Visit www.mytutor.com or call a Summit Program Director at 1-800-MYTUTOR (800-698-8867).

<cal1>July 11-12

<cal2>"All shook Up." July 11-12, 17-19 and 24-26. At Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre. Tickets $37/adults and $27/ children 12 and under. Prices include the performance and a dinner buffet. At Friday and Saturday performances, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a show time of 8:15 p.m. On Sunday, the buffet will open at 12:30 p.m., with a 2:15 p.m. show time. At Theatre Arts Arena on the College’s Rockville Campus, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. Go to www.montgomerycollege.edu/sdt or call 240-567-7676.

<cal1> Saturday, July 18

<cal2>Canoe Clean-up. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Help protect the waterway by taking a short canoe trip to Minnie’s island. After an island/river clean-up, enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch on the island, dessert will be provided. RSVP to chapin@potomac.org by July 16. Bring your own canoe or, if one is needed, reserve one when you send in your RSVP. River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, 7906 Riverside Ave. Cabin John, Md.