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Saturday/Oct. 10 Travilah Oak Celebration. Noon to 4 p.m. Celebrate the Travilah Oak's birthday with fun and festivities. Music, hayrides, pony rides, vaulting demos on horseback, antique fire engine and vintage autos, alpacas, baby turkeys and guinea hens, the C&O Park Mounted Police, karate exhibition, Indian dancing, pumpkin decorating contest, and more. The great white oak tree is estimated to be over 300 years old. At the Potomac Oak Center, intersection of Glen and Travilah Roads in Potomac.

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. Call 703-778-9412.

<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.

<cal1>Now through Nov. 8

<cal2>Go, Dog. Go! The production brings to life the delightful, colorful world of dogs through juggling, rhythmic music, and dance. Tickets can be purchased through the box office by calling 301-634-2270 or online at http://www.adventuretheatre.org. Tickets are $12 for children 12 and under and $15 for adults. Children under the age of 1 are free. At Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, in the historic Glen Echo Park.

<cal1>Now through Oct. 11

<cal2>"Hansel and Gretel". 40 minutes. A marionette adaptation of Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. Recommended for grades K-6. Thursdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. At the Puppet Co. Theater. Tickets are $10. Call 301-634-5380.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 25

<cal2>Family Fun Fest. 4-7 p.m. Followed by a Family Bingo Night from 7:30-9 p.m. $5 per bingo booklet will let you play all night (15-20 games). Attractions include carnival games and prizes, a moon bounce, giant slide, moon bounce and face painting. DJ music and games and Popcorn the Clown. At the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. Call 240-777-6960.

Swing Dance. Beginner lesson 8-9 p.m. $14 admission. Dancing 9 p.m. to midnight. With the Boilermaker Jazz Band. This high-energy band performs authentic hot jazz, ragtime, & swing with an infectious beat & an enthusiasm that thrills dancers and makes an audience swing to classic jazz standards, ballads & blues. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, Md. Contact dbarker@glenechopark.org, call 301-634-2231, or go to www.DanceDC.com. The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 26

<cal2>Zydeco Dance Party. Introductory Zydeco Dance lesson from 8-9 p.m. Dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. With the band, the Junkyard Saints and instructors Michael Hart and Sharon Schiliro. Admission is $15. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Michael Hart at 301-762-6730 or 301-634-2222, or go to www.DancingbytheBayou.com.

Novelist James Ellroy. 7 p.m. James Ellroy, author of L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia, will read from his most recent novel, Blood’s a Rover. This event is part of George Mason University’s Fall for the Book Festival. Free and Open to the public. At The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. Call 301-654-8664 or visit www.writer.org.

Evening Open House. At Clara Barton National Historic Site. With the lights turned down low for period ambiance, visitors may explore the home’s open hallways, hidden closets, and "bandage material" construction. Learn how Miss Barton used this structure as her home, warehouse, and the first permanent headquarters of the American Red Cross. Free. Call 301-320-1410 or visit www.nps.gov/clba

"A Woman’s Perspective of Our Courts." 1 p.m. Ann Sundt, retired judge of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, will talk about "A Woman's Perspective of Our Courts." At Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave. Call 240-773-9515.

Playhouse Puppetry Slam. 8 p.m. A "Slam" is a showcase of 3- to 10-minute vignettes aimed at mature audiences. Like a Poetry Slam, audiences at the "Playhouse Puppetry Slam" will see both amateurs and professionals alike performing edgy and provocative works that might not be seen in any other venue. Content ranges from the raunchy and risqué to the tender and tear-jerking, in a fast moving succession of both rough and polished acts. Every slam is different and lasts 2- to 2-and-a-half hours. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Tickets $10 at the door. Call 301-634-5380 or visit www.thepuppetco.org.

<cal1>Sept. 26-Nov. 1

<cal2>Ferdinand the Bull. Performances are 1:30 and 4 p.m. Cost: $10-$21. Charming musical based on the book and lyrics by Karen Zacarias, music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, based on the story by Munro Leaf. At Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Go to www.imaginationstage.org or call 301-280-1660 for complete schedule and to purchase tickets.

<cal1>Sunday, Sept. 27

<cal2>Poetry and Prose Open Mic. 2 p.m. Open Mic. Sign-up begins at 1:30 p.m. Free and Open to the public. At The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. Call 301-654-8664 or visit www.writer.org.

Family Arts Day. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Exciting performances, interactive classes and demos, a book signing, live music and more. Enjoy readings, book signings, and craft-making throughout the day with Irene Zevgolis, author of the new children’s book, "The Dreamer and the Moon." Guests will also have the opportunity to experience a series of authentic Chinese dragon performances by Ken Pham and students of Dark Lotus Combat Martial Arts. Sponsored by the American Dance Institute. American Dance Institute is at 1570 East Jefferson Street in Rockville. Call 301-984-3003 or visit www.americandance.org.

Family Arts Day. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Action-packed afternoon with exciting performances, interactive classes and demos, a book signing, live music and more. At the American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson Street, Rockville. Call 301-984-3003 or visit www.americandance.org.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 28

<cal2>Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa. 7:30 p.m. $20/advance, $25/door. Traditional African instruments – koras, kalimbas, adungus, endongos, ngonis, drums – blend with guitars and keyboards, drawing on influences from around the globe. Part of the Institute of Musical Traditions. At Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Call 301-754-3611 and visit www.imtfolk.org

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 1

<cal2>Blues Dance. Cost is $8. Beginner workshop from 8:15-9 p.m. Dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. With rotating DJs and instructors. At the Ballroom Annex of Glen Echo Park. Email: info@capitalblues.org.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 2

<cal2>Contra Dance. $9 admission. Lesson from 7:30-8:15 p.m. Dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Anna Rain calls to The Serpentine Band with Andrea Hoag on fiddle; Charlie Pilzer on piano and button accordion, Leigh Pilzer on saxophone and clarinet, and Will Morrison on drums and percussion. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park. Email: fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Blues Dance. Swing lesson from 8-9 p.m. Dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. With the Clarence Turner Band and instructors Tina Davis & Don West and Michelle Richter & Dexter Santos. At the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park. Go to www.CapitalBlues.org or call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231.

Wootton Inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony. 4 p.m. Wootton High School will conduct its inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Game and Alumni Reunion in conjunction with that evening’s varsity football game against Bethesda-Chevy Chase. An on-field party honoring the inductees and open to fellow alumni is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., one hour before kickoff. Contact Jim Bradley at (301) 424-6307 or at jim.bradley@earthlink.net.

Read, Eat & Give Event. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $25/individuals, $45/couples. This year’s theme of beer tasting and food pairing features the brews of Dogfish Head Alehouse, Gaithersburg; Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick; and Hook & Ladder Brewing Company, Silver Spring. Attendees can taste sample of the microbrews on hand and learn how to pair them with food. Hosted by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County. At VisArts, 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, around the corner from Rockville Library. Visit www.folmc.org or call 240-777-0020.

Story/Stereo with Alexander Chee, Srikanth Reddy, and Musical Guest Bluebrain. 7:30 p.m. Free. Join Alexander Chee as he reads from his novel, Edinburgh. He is joined by Srikanth Reddy, author of Facts for Visitors. Special musical guest Bluebrain. Call 301-654-8664 or visit www.writer.org.

Bob Brown Puppets. 10:30 a.m. The "World on a String" program will take audiences on a rollicking trip to Australia, China, Ireland, the Congo, England, France, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and back to the U.S.A. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 3

<cal2>20th Annual Taste of Bethesda. 11-4 p.m. Free admission. There are 50 restaurants and four stages of entertainment at Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Taste tickets will be sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost one to four tickets. The event is held along Norfolk, Fairmont, St. Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray Avenues in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle.

Swing Dance. $20. Swing lesson from 8-9 p.m. Dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. With the Barbara Morrison band and instructors Donna Barker and Mike Marcotte. At the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo park. Go to www.CapitalBlues.org or call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231

<cal1>Oct. 3-4

<cal2>CorbinDances. Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. Potomac native Patrick Corbin returns to Potomac to perform with the company he created, CorbinDances. After years of studying and performing with Joffrey Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company, he launched CorbinDances. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. At the American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson Street in Rockville. Call 301-984-3003 or visit www.americandance.org.

Homes tour. Potomac Country House Tour & Vendor Boutiques will be held Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10033 River Road, Potomac. This 54th annual event benefits local and national charities. Tour four spectacular homes, shop with 20 fabulous vendors, and enjoy a delicious lunch and dessert cafe. Free admission to the Boutiques and ala carte lunch. Home Tour tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 301-365-2055 or visit www.potomaccountryhousetour.org

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 4

<cal2>Potomac Horse Center Open House. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free horse and pony rides, tractor-drawn hay rides, riding demos and stable tours, moon bounce and face painting, and more. Potomac Horse Center is located in North Potomac near Dufief Mill and Travilah Roads, at 14211 Quincy Orchard Road. Call 301-208-0200 or go to www.PotomacHorse.com.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. Slow Blues lesson from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m. With the Kim Massie and Daryl Davis Band and instructors Donna Barker and Mike Marcotte. At the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park. The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo. Go to www.CapitalBlues.org or call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231.

Contra and Square Dance. Lesson at 7 p.m. Dancing from 7:30-10:30 p.m. $12/nonmembers, $9 members. Focus on New England style contra dances, including square dances, country mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. At the Bumper Car Pavilion. Dances called by Michael Baraclaugh to Floorplay.

Waltz Dance. 2-6 p.m. $8. Texas 2-step Workshop with Mal and Linda Zerden from 2-2:30 p.m. Waltz Workshop from 3-3:30 p.m. Dance from 3:30-6 p.m. with the band, Oklahoma Twisters. At the Spanish ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Call Joan Koury at 202-238-0230 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, or go to www.WaltzTimeDances.org. The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. info@waltztimedances.org.

Voices of the River: Glen Echoes. 2:45-3:45 p.m. Come listen to the Glen Echoes "ring a chord" as this barbershop quartet sings in close harmony with the flow of the river on the porch of the River Center. The Glen Echoes are an a capella quartet with Charlie Sheridan, singing Bass, Richard Cook, singing Lead, Mike Holmes, singing Tenor, and Ken Sleeman, singing Baritone. At the River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, 7906 Riverside Ave., Cabin John, Md.

Mushrooms Along the Potomac. 1-2:30 p.m. Join the Conservancy for a walk along the C&O Canal to learn about mushrooms with mushroom enthusiast Buddy Kilpatrick. At River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, 7906 Riverside Ave., Cabin John, Md. Contact Bridget Chapin, chapin@potomac.org, 301-608-1188, x206, or visit www.potomac.org.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 5

<cal2>Scottish Fiddling With Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas. 8 p.m. At the IMT/Kroeger Theater Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville. Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 door. Call 301-754-3611 and visit www.imtfolk.org. Go to www.alasdairfraser.com, www.nataliehass.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 8

<cal2>Blues Dance. $8. Beginner workshop from 8:15-9 p.m. Dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. Rotating DJs and instructors. At the Ballroom Annex of Glen Echo Park. Email: info@capitalblues.org.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 9

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. $9 admission. Lesson from 7:30-8:15 p.m. dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Featuring the Glen Echo Open Band. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park. Email: fndcontra@yahoo.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 10

<cal2>Swing Dance. 8 p.m. - midnight. $15 admission. Lesson with Tom and Debra 8–9 p.m., dance 9 p.m. - 12 midnight. Dancing with Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys from Ohio. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park.

Travilah Oak Celebration. Noon to 4 p.m. Celebrate the Travilah Oak's birthday with fun and festivities. Music, hayrides, pony rides, vaulting demos on horseback, antique fire engine and vintage autos, alpacas, baby turkeys and guinea hens, the C&O Park Mounted Police, karate exhibition, Indian dancing, pumpkin decorating contest, and more. The great white oak tree is estimated to be over 300 years old. At the Potomac Oak Center, intersection of Glen and Travilah Roads in Potomac.

Mathemagical Design: Geometry in Textiles with Jennifer Moore. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Sponsored by the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild. At the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. Go to www.potomaccraftsmenguild.org.

Truck Touch. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring exciting vehicles of all shapes and sizes for kids to climb and touch. $3/person and under 2 free. At Suburban Nursery School, 7210 Hidden Creek Road, Bethesda. Call 301-263-9327.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 11

<cal2>Family Dance. 3-5 p.m. $5. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park. Spend the afternoon dancing with your children. Bring your entire family, neighbors, church or synagogue group, birthday party, and girl or boy scout troop.

Contra and Square Dance. Newcomer lesson at 7 p.m. Dancing 7:30-10:30 p.m. Focus on New England style contra dances, and including square dances, country mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. Dances called by Ron Bucanan to the Dead Sea Squirrels. At the Bumper Car Pavilion. Admission $12/non-members, $9 members.

The Hayman Celebration. 3-10 p.m. A mini-folk festival tribute to the late Vic Heyman and his wife Reba. To benefit the Heyman Folk Scholarship Fund. Dr. Vic Heyman, who died on Jan. 6, 2009, of Parkinson's, was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the 1960s who later started a direct-mail company in Rockville, Md., and became a noted figure in area folk music circles as a concert presenter. Tickets for the show range from $25 to $125. At the Historic Olney Theatre. Go to www.heymancelebration.org or call Sherry Panzer at 301-580-9401.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 12

<cal2>Solas on Tour with Bearfoot. 8 p.m. Tickets $25/advance, $28/door. At the IMT/Kroeger Theater Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville. Call 301-754-3611 and visit www.imtfolk.org

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 14

<cal2>Jim Photoglo Performs. 8 p.m. With special guests Ruthie Logsdon and Greg Hardin (of Ruthie and the Wranglers). At Branded '72 (formerly O'Brien's BBQ), 387 E. Gude Drive in Rockville. $18 general, $15 members. Contact: David at focusrockville@earthlink.net, 301-275-7459 or log onto www.focusmusic.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 15

<cal2>Blues Dance. Beginner workshop 8:15 - 9 p.m. $8 admission. Dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. $8 admission. With rotating DJs and instructors. At the Ballroom Annex of Glen Echo Park. Email: info@capitalblues.org.