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<cal1>Ongoing

<cal2>Senior Tech. Computer and exercise classes for basic to advanced computer skills. At the Jewish Council for the Aging, Bethesda Vital Living Center, 4805 Edgmoor Lane, 2nd floor. For ages 65-plus. Cost is $10 to $65. Call 240-395-0915.

Montgomery County is recruiting talented adults 55-plus for its Montgomery’s Got Talent! competition. Singers, comedians, dancers, musicians, actors, and storytellers welcome. Preliminary competitions will take place at community and senior centers throughout the County in April and May. Winners will advance to the Montgomery's Got Talent! finals at an area performing arts venue on May 22. Proceeds from the contest and finals will benefit Haitian seniors. For a registration form, call 240-777-4925. Registration deadline is March 31.

<cal1>Now Through May 11

<cal2>Free Chinese Language Classes. Eight-week series of free Chinese (Mandarin) language classes will be offered in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland (CIM), at the Potomac Library each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to Noon. The series is limited to 15 participants, first-come first-served. The library is located at 10101 Glenolden Dr. Contact Ritchie Kwan or Rebecca McGinnis at CIM, 301-405-0213, or email r.k.kwan@gmail.com, or rmcginni@umd.edu.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 7

<cal2>Open Rehearsals. 7:15-9 p.m. Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras is holding a free, open rehearsal with special guest conductor and prodigy, Ilyich Rivas, age 17. At the Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5108.

<cal1>Thursday/April 8

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. Admission is $8. Slow Blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m. Dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests will play a variety of styles including traditional and contemporary blues music, and classic cover tunes going back through the history of blues music. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org or www.CapitalBlues.org. At 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

<cal1>April 8-11

<cal2>Spring Scholars Weekend. The 2010 Scholars’ Weekend, entitled Dig It!: Archaeology, History & the Bible, runs Thursday, April 8 through Sunday, April 11 and will feature lectures, in-depth discussions, receptions, and a brunch. Features presentations from renowned Israeli archaeologist Dr. Doron Ben-Ami. Sponsored by Congregation Har Shalom. Most events are free to the public. Friday night dinner tickets are $18/adult; $12/youth; or $40/family. Visit www.harshalom.org or call 301-299-7087.

<cal1>Friday/April 9

<cal2>Wine Class. 7:30 p.m. Cost is $30/person; $50/couple. Potomac resident Dick Rosano, author of Wine Heritage: The Story of Italian-American Vintners, will host a wine class. This fund-raiser benefits the St. James' Youth Group Summer Workcamp in Buffalo, NY. At St. James' Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. Call 301-762-8040. Visit www.stjamespotomac.org.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. With the Boilermaker Jazz Band. A beginning swing dance lesson from 8-9 p.m. followed by dancing until midnight. At the Bumper Car Pavilion of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email: info@dclx.org.

Late Night Swing Dance. 1-5 a.m. Cost is $15. With the band Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five. This event is part of the annual Washington, DC Lindy Exchange (DCLX) weekend and open to all. At the Chevy Chase Ballroom, 5207 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Go to www.DCLX.org, email info@DCLX.org, or call Tom O’Brien at 301-466-8671.

Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission is $9. Contra Dance lesson from 7:30-8:15 p.m., followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30-11:30 p.m. This week, Louie Cromartie calls to the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email: fndcontra@yahoo.com

Bethesda Art Walk. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Bethesda galleries showcase artwork created locally, nationally and internationally including painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Enjoy several galleries by walking throughout downtown Bethesda. The free Bethesda Circulator stops within a few blocks of each Bethesda Art Walk gallery, and runs continuously throughout the duration of the Art Walk.

<cal1>April 9-10

<cal2>2010 DC Lindy Exchange Weekend. D.C. Lindy Exchange returns in its 9th year with a full weekend of swing and lindy dancing at Glen Echo Park, featuring live music and late-night dances with renowned DJs. Open to all dancers, beginners to advanced. Visit dclx.org.

<cal1>April 9-11

<cal2>Used Book Sale and Bake Sale. Thousands of used, new and out of print books. Sponsored by the Arc of Montgomery County. Friday 5-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. At 11600 Nebel Street, Rockville.

<cal1>Saturday/April 10

<cal2>Swing Dance. 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $18. With the band Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five. Beginner swing dance lesson from 8-9 p.m. followed by dancing until midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email: info@dclx.org

Potomac River Watershed Clean-up. 9 a.m. to noon. Join the Potomac Conservancy. Volunteers will be supplied with trash bags and gloves. At River Center at Lockhouse 8, C&O Canal National Historical Park, 7906 Riverside Ave., Cabin John. Visit www.PotomacCleanup.org or contact Becky Horner at 202-518-7415 or email bhorner@fergusonfoundation.org or contact Deanna Tricarico at tricarico@potomac.org, or 301- 608-1188 x204.

Late Night Swing Dance. 1-5 a.m. Cost is $15. With the Red Hot Rhythm Chiefs. This event is part of the annual Washington, DC Lindy Exchange (DCLX) weekend and open to all. At the Chevy Chase Ballroom, 5207 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Go to www.DCLX.org, email info@DCLX.org, or call Tom O’Brien at 301-466-8671.

Used Book Sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most hardback books and large paperback books are $1 and all regular size paperbacks are only $.50. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenholden Drive, Potomac.

<cal1>April 10-11

<cal2>"Spring Fever" Fund-raiser. Hosted by the American Dance Institute. The highlight is two debut performances by the Institute’s new resident ballet company, ADI Chamber Ballet, and guest artists from the Washington Ballet. Preferred Patron Tickets — $85 per person or $150 per couple includes: 6:30 p.m. Preferred Patron’s Reception; 8 p.m. Preferred seating at ADI Chamber Ballet performance; 9:30 p.m. Après Ballet Artists Reception. Patron Tickets - $55 per person or $95 per couple includes: 8 p.m. ADI Chamber Ballet performance; 9:30 p.m. Après Ballet Artists Reception.

The ADI Chamber Ballet’s encore performance on Sunday, April 11 is at 2 p.m. with tickets priced at $20 for advanced sale and $22.50 at the door. Tickets are offered to seniors 65 and older and students for $10. Sunday’s

performance does not include a reception. To purchase tickets, call 301-984-3003.

American Dance Institute is located at 1570 East Jefferson Street in Rockville. Call 301-984-3303 or visit www.americandance.org.

<cal1>Sunday/April 11

<cal2>Concert at Strathmore. 4 p.m. Eight members of the school’s faculty and two students will take part in the concert, featuring music of Mozart, Ullmann, Schumann, Schubert and Verdi. At the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 202-319-5416

Contra and Square Dance. 7-10:30 p.m. Admission is $12/nonmembers, $9/FSGW members. Traditional American contra dancing presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. There is a lesson at 7 p.m. followed by dancing with the Moving Violations from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo., 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Milonga. 1-6 p.m. Admission is $15 from 3-6 p.m.; each workshop is $10. Flying Feet Enterprises presents a special day of Tango at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. The day will start with optional tango workshops from 1-3 p.m. with Argentine Tango Instructors Sharna Fabiano and Korey Ireland. At 3 p.m. there will be a half hour beginning tango lesson, followed by dancing from 3:30 - 6 p.m. featuring a full set of live music by the Community Tango Orchestra led by Korey Ireland, and then followed by recorded music with DJ Korey Ireland. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email: dance@flyingfeet.org.

Zydeco Dance Party. 3-6 p.m. Admission is $18. Introductory Zydeco Lesson at 3 p.m.; dancing from 3:30-6 p.m. With the band, Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Road Runners. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Michael Hart at 301-762-6730 or go to www.DancingbytheBayou.com.

<cal1>April 12 to May 24

<cal2>Encore Chorale. 1-2:30 p.m. Encore Creativity for Older Adults and Washington Conservatory of Music are joining to bring the 10th area Encore Chorale to Glen Echo Park. Seven-week session for adults age 55 or older, Mondays, April 12 to May 24. No audition required. Tuition is $80/singer. At The Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo Park, South Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Contact Jeanne Kelly at 301-261-5747; or email Jeanne.kelly@encorecreativity.org (www. encorecreativity.org).

<cal1>Tuesday/April 13

<cal2>Angelo M. with Guest Sol Creech. 8 p.m. Toby Walker and Pat Wictor will share the stage. Tickets are $18/door, $15/advance at FocusMusic.org. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net or 301-275-7459.

<cal1>April 14-18

<cal2>"Midsummer Night's Dream." Show times are Wednesday-Saturday, April 14-17 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. At the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. Tickets are $10/regular; $8/seniors and students. Call 240-567-5301

<cal1>Thursday/April 15

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. Admission is $8. Slow Blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m. Dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests will play a variety of styles including traditional and contemporary blues music, and classic cover tunes going back through the history of blues music. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org or www.CapitalBlues.org. At 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Martyn Wyndham-Read Performs. 8 p.m. $15 donation. A FSGW Special Event. At Glen Echo Town Hall, Glen Echo, Md.

<cal1>April 16

<cal2>Jamie McLean Band. At the Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5108.

<cal1>April 16-18

<cal2>Bethesda Literary Festival. Novelists, poets, journalist, non-fiction writers and children's authors are invited to share their creative processes and published works. Sponsored by the Bethesda Urban Partnership Inc. and Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District.

<cal1>April 16, 17, 23, 24

<cal2>BLAST Rock 'n' Broadway. Friday, April 16 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Presented by over 200 Churchill singers, dancers and musicians. Reserved orchestra tickets are $20; open seating is $14. To purchase tickets, go to www.wchsmusic.com to download a mail-in ticket form. Or, purchase tickets April 13-16 and April 20-23, 10:45-11:45 a.m. and Wednesday evenings, April 7, 14, and 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bish Auditorium Box Office, Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac. Box Office also open one hour before every performance. Call Sandy Bonner, 301-299-6486.

<cal1>April 17-18

<cal2>Blood Drive. Sponsored by Girl Scouts from Troops 1424 and 1169 from Potomac Elementary and Bullis School, with the American Red Cross. Saturday, April 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are necessary, and can be made by emailing adembrey@msn.com. To be held at Potomac United Methodist Church.

Mozart to Mahler Concert. Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski will lead the National Philharmonic in a program with works by Mozart, Bruch and Mahler. With violinist Soovin Kim and Soprano Arianna Zukerman. Tickets are $29-$79. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit nationalphilharmonic.org or call the box office at 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Saturday/April 17

<cal2>Ken Burns and the National Parks: America's Best Idea. 10 a.m. Taped Simulcast of a recent Fall Author Event Series featuring Ken Burns. 10 a.m. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call 301-320-1400.

<cal1>Sunday/April 18

<cal2>Waltz Dance. 3-6 p.m. Admission is $8. Beginner Waltz workshop from 3-3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30-6 p.m. With the band, Cabaret Sauvignon. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 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.

Washington Conservatory of Music Concert. 3 p.m. Free. Nancy Almquist, soprano and Jeffery Watson, piano — American songs. At Glen Echo Park, South Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. In Glen Echo. Call 301-320-2770 or visit www.washingtonconservatory.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/April 20

<cal2>Author Howard Norman. Cost is $10. Norman, author of The Bird Artist and many other novels, entertains with folktales of the Cree, Inuit and Eskimo peoples of North America. Addresses the annual meeting of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference Inc. At Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville.

<cal1>Thursday/April 22

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. Admission is $8. Slow Blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m. Dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests will play a variety of styles including traditional and contemporary blues music, and classic cover tunes going back through the history of blues music. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org or www.CapitalBlues.org. At 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

<cal1>Friday/April 23

<cal2>Black & White Gala. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation Inc. The event will feature special presentations, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a silent auction, and live entertainment by Sax Appeal/Saxophone Quartet. At the Doubletree Hotel, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Order tickets at www.mcpsfoundation.org. Contact Aruna Miller at 301-963-9474.

<cal1>April 23-25

<cal2>Spring Dance Concert. 8 p.m. on April 23-24; 2 p.m. on April 25. At the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. Tickets are $10 Regular, $8 Seniors and Students. Call 240-567-5301

<cal1>Saturday/April 24

<cal2>Gan Shabbatt. 11 a.m. An interactive Saturday morning service for young children and their families. Members and non-members welcome. At Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac.

<cal1>Sunday/April 25

<cal2>Kensington Day of the Book Festival. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outdoor street festival has 100 local authors, poets, book artists, small publishers and literary groups set up along Howard Avenue (3786 Howard Ave. to 3716 Howard Ave.) in the historic Old Town Kensington. Visit www.dayofthebook.com or call 301-949-9416

Police Explorers Silent Auction. 4-7 p.m. Police Explorer Post 1986 is hosting a silent auction in an effort to raise $25,000 to travel to Atlanta this July to participate in the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference and Competition. At Dave & Buster's, White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Contact Officer Charles Carpenter at 301-840-2697.

<cal1>Monday/April 26, 2010

<cal2>KEEN Golf & Tennis Classic. At Woodmont Country Club in Rockville. Enjoy a day of golf and tennis at a premiere venue while raising funds for KEEN’s exercise and recreation programs for children and young adults with significant physical and developmental disabilities. Advance registration required. Visit KEEN Greater D.C.’s website at www.keengreaterdc.org or call 301-775-7572.

<cal1>Thursday/April 29

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. Admission is $8. Slow Blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m. Dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests will play a variety of styles including traditional and contemporary blues music, and classic cover tunes going back through the history of blues music. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org or www.CapitalBlues.org. At 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

<cal1>Saturday/May 1

<cal2>Jigsaw Jones — The Case of the Class Clown. 11 a.m. At the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. Tickets are $7 Regular, $6 Seniors and Students. Call 240-567-5301

Vivaldi's Gloria. 8 p.m. National Philharmonic Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski and Chorale Artistic Director Stan Engbretson will lead the Philharmonic in works by Vivaldi, Barber and Andreas Makris. At the Music Center at Strathmore. A free pre-concert lecture will be offered at 7 p.m. in the Education Center at the Music Center. To purchase tickets to National Philharmonic’s concert on May 1, 2010 at 8 p.m., visit www.nationalphilharmonic.org or call the box office at 301-581-5100. Tickets are $29-$79; kids 7-17 are free.

Vintage Fashion Show. 2-4 p.m. Presented by the Art Deco Society of Washington. Cost is $30/members and students; $45/nonmembers. At Positano Ristorante Italiano, 4940 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda. Reservations are required at www.adsw.org.

Kentlands Day. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Parade starts at 10 a.m.) A free festival and car show led by The Kentlands Market Square merchants to benefit the Kentlands Community Foundation, Rachel Carson Elementary PTA, and the Greater Kentlands community. More than 100 businesses exhibiting. At the Potomac Pizza/My Gym parking lots. Parade will run from the Main Street Farmers Market, through Market Square, and across Centerpoint Way to Heathwalk Street.

<cal1>Friday/May 7

<cal2>Leadercast Symposium. Live via satellite. Leaders from many areas will come together to share their personal leadership experiences. At Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd. Tickets are regularly $99, with breakfast and lunch. A $20 early bird savings is available for those who purchase tickets by April 25. Contact Katherine Burrell at 301-365-5733.

<cal1>May 8-9

<cal2>Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features fine art and craft for sale from 150 national artists plus live entertainment on Norfolk and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Sponsored by the Bethesda Urban Partnership Inc. and Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District.

<cal1>Monday/May 10

<cal2>Washington Open Golf Tournament. Shotgun Start at 11 a.m. 15th Annual Rebuilding Together Washington Open. To help rebuild the Gulf Coast. Sponsorship opportunities are available for $3,000 (two players) and $6,000 (four players). For more information, contact Jennifer Shreve at (202) 518-3121 or jshreve@rebuildingtogether.org, or visit www.rebuildingtogether.org. At TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

<cal1>Saturday/May 22

<cal2>Gan Shabbatt. 11 a.m. An interactive Saturday morning service for young children and their families. Members and non-members welcome. At Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac.

Washington Conservatory of Music Concert. 7 p.m. Free. Joshua Bayer Jazz Ensemble. At Glen Echo Park, South Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. In Glen Echo. Call 301-320-2770 or visit www.washingtonconservatory.org.

<cal1>Saturday/June 5

<cal2>Grateful Shred II. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $5/box of paper. Sponsored by the Friends of the Clara Barton Community Center. At Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John. Call 301-229-0010.

Imagination Bethesda. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features hands-on craft activities, international dance troupes, theatre performances, costume characters, face painters and balloon artists for children 12 and under to enjoy. At Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in downtown Bethesda.

<cal1>June 23-Aug. 15, 2010

<cal2>"How I Became a Pirate." At Imagination Stage. Performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances as well. Tickets from $10-$21. Visit http://www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 2

<cal2>Taste of Bethesda. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food and music festival featuring 50 restaurants and four stages of entertainment, as well as a children's area. Sponsored by the Bethesda Urban Partnership Inc. and Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District.