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Violinist Soovin Kim will perform Antonin Dvorák’s Romance for Violin and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in a program celebrating music from the Romantic Era. Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m. At the Music Center at Strathmore. Soovin Kim will also conduct a master class for local high school students on Friday, May 29 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore. A free preconcert lecture will be offered at the Education Center at the Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. For tickets, go to www.nationalphilharmonic.org or call the Strathmore ticket office at 301-581-5100. Ticket prices are $29 - $79; kids 7-17 are free.

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>Friday/May 29

<cal2> Contra Dance. 7:30 p.m. at Bumper Car Pavillion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $9/person. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

<cal>Saturday/May 30

<cal2> Music Performance. Soovin Kim will perform on the violin at 8 p.m. at Music Center at Strathmore. $29-$79/adult; children free. Visit www.nationalphilharmonic.org or 301-581-5100.

Washington Folk Festival. Noon-7 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Enjoy performers, dance, stories and more. Free. Visit www.fsgw.org for more.

Art Exhibit. Noon-5 p.m. at Yellow Barn Studio, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See paintings by Ann Schaefer & Barb Mandel. Free. Visit www.yellowbarnstudio.com or 301-371-5593.

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. 10:30 a.m. 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. at Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $15/person. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

Concert. 1 p.m. at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. NIH Chamber Singers perform. Free. 240-777-0960.

Yard Sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Rockville Elks Lodge, 5 Taft Court, Rockville. Benefits victims of crime in Montgomery County. 240-773-5626.

Book Signing. 1 p.m. at Border’s, 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Authors of "School Success for Kids with ADHD" will sign copies. Free. 703-816-1067.

Rachmaninoff Vespers. 8 p.m. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil stands as the crowning achievement of the "Golden Age" of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music. Robert Baker, tenor. At Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 10620 River Road, Potomac. Tickets: $25 (General admission).

Big Train vs. Mid-Atlantic Rookies. 7:30 p.m. Fan Appreciation Night! Povich Field, Cabin John Park, Bethesda. Gates open at 6 p.m. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m. This game is a free pre-season scrimmage against a high school showcase team. The high-schoolers will be using metal bats. Ticket Prices: Adults, $7, Kids 6-12 $3, Kids 5 and under or in baseball uniforms, free.

The Washington Chorus. 8 p.m. Performs Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers), under the direction of Julian Wachner at Saint Peter and Paul Orthodox Church. Tickets for the concert at the Potomac church, located at 10620 River Road, are $25. Admission: $25-$40. Call 202-342-6221.

Carol Brown Goldberg: Recent Works. 5-8 p.m. opening reception. Osuna Art, 7200 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda.

<cal2>Rachmaninoff Vespers. 8 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 10620 River Road, Potomac. Tickets: $25

<cal1>May 30-31

<cal2>29th Annual Washington Folk Festival. Noon to 7 p.m. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.

<cal1>Sunday/May 31

<cal2> Music Performance. Soovin Kim will perform on the violin at 3 p.m. at Music Center at Strathmore. $29-$79/adult; children free. Visit www.nationalphilharmonic.org or 301-581-5100.

Washington Folk Festival. Noon-7 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Enjoy performers, dance, stories and more. Free. Visit www.fsgw.org for more.

Art Exhibit. Noon-5 p.m. at Yellow Barn Studio, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See paintings by Ann Schaefer & Barb Mandel. Free. Visit www.yellowbarnstudio.com or 301-371-5593.

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. 10:30 a.m. 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.

Contra and Square Dance. 7-10:30 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Enjoy live music to dance. $12/nonmember; $9 to member. Visit www.fsgw.org for more.

Sunday, May 31

Poetry Reading. 2 p.m. Poet Ann Knox reads from "Reading the Tao at 80" and poet Greg McBride reads from "Back of the Envelope," at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. This is a free event. Call 301-654-8664 or www.writer.org.

Sunday, May 31

"The Symphony of the Potomac." 3 p.m. Concert directed by Joel Lazar at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Soloists from the orchestra will be featured in works by Leopold Mozart, Krommer, Koussevitsky, Sibelius, and Elgar. Tickets are $10 (age 18 and under free). To purchase tickets, call 800-494-TIXS or visit the Web site at symphonypotomac.org. Call 301-984-6390.

Symphony of the Potomac. 3 p.m. Final concert of inaugural season, conducted by Music Director Joel Lazar. At Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Tickets are $10 (ages 18 and under free) and may be purchased at the door, online at symphonypotomac.org, or by phone at 800-494-TIXS (8497).

Four Skills That Every Dog Should Know. 2-4 p.m. Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. Speaker: Michelle Mange, Right Start Maryland (www.rightstartmaryland.com) FREE, but register at www.yourdogsfriend.info or 301-983-5913.

Big Train vs. Youse's Orioles. 7:30 p.m. Povich Field, Cabin John Park, Bethesda. Gates open at 6 p.m. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m. This game is a free pre-season scrimmage. Ticket Prices: Adults, $7, Kids 6-12 $3, Kids 5 and under or in baseball uniforms, free.

<cal1>Monday, June 1

<cal2>Big Train vs. Rockville Express. 5 p.m. Povich Field, Cabin John Park, Bethesda. Gates open at 4 p.m. First pitch is at 5 p.m. This game is a free pre-season scrimmage. Ticket Prices: Adults, $7, Kids 6-12 $3, Kids 5 and under or in baseball uniforms, free.

<cal1>Tuesday, June 2

<cal2>Big Train vs. Alexandria Aces. 5 p.m. Povich Field, Cabin John Park, Bethesda. Gates open at 4 p.m. First pitch is at 5 p.m. This game is a free pre-season scrimmage. Ticket Prices: Adults, $7, Kids 6-12 $3, Kids 5 and under or in baseball uniforms, free.

<cal1>Wednesday, June 3

<cal2>Big Train vs. TBA. 5 p.m. Povich Field, Cabin John Park, Bethesda. Gates open at 4 p.m. First pitch is at 5 p.m. This game is a free pre-season scrimmage. Ticket Prices: Adults, $7, Kids 6-12 $3, Kids 5 and under or in baseball uniforms, free.

<cal1>Thursday/June 4

<cal2>Love Songs. 8 p.m. Zemer Chai, Washington’s Premier Jewish Choir, presents Love Songs. Features songs of love in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. At Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase. Tickets: $40 preferred seating; $20 general seating in advance ($25 at the door). Tickets can be purchased at www.zemerchai.org or by calling 301-963-3462.

<cal1>Friday, June 5

<cal2>Big Train vs. Youse's Orioles. 7:30 p.m. Povich Field, Cabin John Park, Bethesda. Gates open at 6 p.m. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m. Opening Night! Ticket Prices: Adults, $7, Kids 6-12 $3, Kids 5 and under or in baseball uniforms, free.

<cal1>Saturday, June 6

<cal2>Bethesda Big Train vs. College Park Bombers. 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.

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.

Six Things Parents Need to Know . . . That Only You Can Teach. 2-4 p.m. This is a seminar for dog trainers, shelter and rescue staff and volunteers, veterinary staff and other dog-related professionals. Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. Speaker: Colleen Pelar, CPDT, CDBC, All About Dogs (www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com). FREE, but register at www.yourdogsfriend.info or 301-983-5913.

<cal1>Sunday/June 7

<cal2> Geology of the C&O Canal. 10 a.m.-noon at C&O Historical Park, 7906 Riverside Ave. Callan Bentley will use rock evidence to deduce geologic history of the region. Free. Visit www.potomac.org for more.

Voices of the River. 12:30 p.m. at C&O Historical Park, 7906 Riverside Ave. Hear music by Reed Martin. Free. Visit www.potomac.org for more.

The Visions of Six. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Meet the Artists reception for Jane McElvany Coonce, Gertrud Mohr-Freidrich, Carol Higgs, Pauline D. Lorfano, Concetto C. Scott and Marie K. Shaughnessy. At the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Call 301-897-1518.

<cal2>Strings and Friends. 6 p.m. A concert for works for soprano, clarinet and string quartet. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. At the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Call 202-316-1646.

Waltz Dance. 3:30-6 p.m. Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. 3 - 3:30 p.m.: Introductory Waltz Workshop. Waverly Station Band. Admission is $8. Call Joan Koury at 202-238-0230 or Glen Echo Park at

301-634-2222, go to www.WaltzTimeDances.org or e-mail info@WaltzTimeDances.org. The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

<cal1>Wednesday/June 10

<cal2>Walk Season Kickoff. 2009 National Walk Now for Autism and Studio Tour of WUSA-9. 7-9 p.m. Complimentary buffet and soft drinks.

<cal1>Friday/June 12

<cal2>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.

<cal2>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.

<cal1>Saturday/June 13

<cal2>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>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.

<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>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>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.

<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>Saturday/July 11

<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>Saturday/July 25

<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.