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<cal1>Every Saturday Night

<cal2>Live Standup Comedy. 8 to 10 p.m. Five local comics. At the Laugh Riot at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda Hotel, 7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-657-1234 or visit www.Bethesda.Hyatt.com.

<cal1>Now through Aug. 16

<cal2>Lamaze Classes. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $25/members; $50/general public. L'Amazing Baby: Childbirth Preparation with a Jewish Twist. At the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. For more information and to register, visit www.jccgw.org or contact Julie Margel at jmargel@jccgw.org. 301-348-3837

<cal1>Aug. 11-Aug. 12

<cal2>Tribute to the British Invasion. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $19-$22 (Strathmore Stars $17.10-$19.80). Focusing on the years 1964-1966 and featuring well-loved songs by the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, The Who, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield, The Kinks, The Animals, The Zombies, Peter and Gordon, Tom Jones, The Yardbirds and many more, the concert brings together 60 of the areas finest performers to honor the music that changed a generation and dominated the pop charts in America and around the world. At Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 12

<cal2>Blues Dance. 8:15-11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Beginner workshop runs from 8:15 - 9 p.m. The lesson gives new dancers important partnering basics. No partner is necessary. The dance starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m. Music with tunes from a variety of DJs. Blues music from every corner of the genre. At the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email info@capitalblues.org

<cal1>Aug. 12 and 19

<cal2>Encore Chorale, the nation’s largest choral program for singers 55+, is calling all choristers, church and synagogue choir singers, to experience two free, rehearsals with Encore Chorale. They will be conducted by Jeanne Kelly, past conductor of the U.S. Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club, Georgetown University Concert Choir and Senior Singers’ Chorales of the Levine School of Music.

The Encore Chorale will meet two Thursdays, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19, at 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park, South Arcade, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Bethesda. For more information and reservation, call Jeanne Kelly at 301-261-5747 or Jeanne.kelly@encorecreativity.org Web site: HYPERLINK http://encorecreativity.org http://encorecreativity.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 13

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission $9. Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. This week we have the fabulous Friday Night Band. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Super Fiesta Latina Party. 8:15 p.m.-Midnight. Admission $15. The evening will include a lesson from 8:15 - 9:00 p.m. for Salsa beginners and up. The lesson is followed by dancing from 9:00 p.m. - Midnight with teacher and DJ Fabio Bonini playing the best of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha-Cha, Reggaeton and more. Admission includes the lesson, dancing, beverages and sweets. At the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com. Email Jennifer@ForeverDancing.com

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 14

<cal2>Cocker Spaniel Adoption Day. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Oldies But Goodies (OBG) Cocker Spaniel Rescue. At Westwood Pet Center in the Westbard Shopping Center, 5428 Westbard Ave., Bethesda. Visit www.cockerspanielrescue.com.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission $15. Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys. A beginning Swing dance lesson from 8 - 9 p.m. is followed by dancing until midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit americanswing.org

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 15

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 7-11 p.m. With the Jamie Lynch Band. Admission is $17/workshop and dance; $12/dance only. Slow Blues lesson 7-8:30 p.m.; dancing from 8:30-11 p.m. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacAthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, send e-mail to dbarker@glenechopark.org or visit www.DanceDC.com.

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

Waltz Dance. 3-6 p.m. Admission is $8. With the band Addison Bleufonte. Introductory workshop from 3-3:30 p.m.; followed by dancing 3:30-6 p.m. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. 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. Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Contra and Square Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members Traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by dances with the Contrarians from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit fsgw.org

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 18

<cal2>"Arctic Tale." At Dusk. Free summer family movie at Rockwood Manor, 11001 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. Call 301-299-5026 or visit www.rockwoodmanor.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 19

<cal2>Blues Dance. 8:15 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Admission $8. Beginner workshop runs from 8:15 - 9:00 p.m. followed by dance. Lesson gives new dancers important partnering basics. No partner is necessary. We'll have an action-packed night for music with tunes from a variety of DJs. Blues music from every corner of the genre. At the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email info@capitalblues.com

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 20

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission $9. Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. Band is Hu$hMoney with Heather Malyuk on fiddle and guitar; Tina Bergmann on hammered dulcimer, guitar, and dumbek; David Rice on harmonica, fiddle and guitar; and Bryan Thomas on upright bass and foot percussion. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission $9. Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. Band is Hu$hMoney with Heather Malyuk on fiddle and guitar; Tina Bergmann on hammered dulcimer, guitar, and dumbek; David Rice on harmonica, fiddle and guitar; and Bryan Thomas on upright bass and foot percussion. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 21

<cal2>Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission $15. J Street Jumpers. Passion for classic American music including Jump Blues, Swing era jazz and 1940’s Rhythm & Blues is what The J Street Jumpers are all about. Their horn driven sound, combined with the powerful vocals of Juanita Williams make this exciting band a favorite with listeners and dancers alike. They’ve won Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) Wammie Awards for six years in a row. Beginner swing dance lesson is offered from 8 to 9 p.m., followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Dress is casual and no partner or dance experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email wsdcvolunteer@hotmail.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 22

<cal2>Canoe Cleanup. 9 a.m. to noon. Protect our waterways by picking up trash from a canoe! Following the cleanup, enjoy a picnic on Minnie’s Island. Bring a lunch and they’ll provide dessert. Contact tricarico@potomac.org to register by Aug. 20, and let them know if you need a canoe. Admission is free. At River Center at Lock 8, 7906 Riverside Dr., Cabin John.

Ballroom Tea Dance. 3-6 p.m. Admission $12. Join the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington for an afternoon of dancing, featuring music and dances from the 20s, 30s and 40s. Dancers will enjoy foxtrot, two-step, waltz, cha-cha, rumba, swing and more in the Spanish Ballroom. A basic dance lesson at 3 p.m. for all levels is followed by dancing to wonderful live music from 3:30 - 6 p.m. Admission includes the lesson. No partner or prior experience needed. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email dave@hotsociety.net.

Contra and Square Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson is at 7:00 p.m., followed by dances to the Hu$hmoney from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit fsgw.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 24

<cal2>Book Signing. 7 p.m. Edward Ugel, author of "I’m With Fatty: Losing 50 Pounds in 50 Miserable Weeks." At the Bethesda Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda.

Soul Sister Month. August is soul sisters month as Focus presents R&B singer Treasa Levasseur and her band on Aug. 24. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Tickets are $18 at the door, $15 in advance at FocusMusic.org. Contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net or 301-275-7459.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 25

<cal2>Ukefest 2010: The Ladies of the Uke! Mini street festival 5:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. (features special 6 p.m. audience strum along). Free. This event highlights the ladies of the ukulele: The Sweater Set, Victoria Vox, The Hula Honeys, The Riders, D.C.’s own local ukulele orchestra, and Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. At Gudelsky Gazebo at the Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 26

<cal2>Intro to Hula Dancing with the Hula Honeys. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuition is $10 (Strathmore Stars $9) The Hula Honeys present an introductory hula dancing workshop for all ages. At Backyard Stage Theater at the Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

Intermediate/Advanced Ukulele Workshop with the Hula Honeys. 8-9:15 p.m. Tuition is $20 (Strathmore Stars $18). The Hula Honeys present a workshop for all age intermediate and advance players. At Music Center Room 402 at Strathmore, Education Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

Beginner Ukulele Workshop with Maureen Andary from The Sweater Set. 8-9:15 p.m. Tuition is $20 (Strathmore Stars $18). Maureen Andary from The Sweater Set teaches newcomers of all ages the basics of ukulele. At Music Center Room 405 at Strathmore, Education Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

Blues Dance. 8:15-11:30 p.m. Admission $8. The beginner workshop runs from 8:15 - 9:00 p.m. The lesson gives new dancers important partnering basics. No partner is necessary. The dance starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m. We'll have an action-packed night for music with tunes from a variety of DJs. You'll hear blues music from every corner of the genre. At the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email info@capitalblues.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 27

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission $9. Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. Greg Frock calls to the Avant Gardeners with Laura Light on fiddle; George Paul on piano and accordion; and Jubal Creech on percussion. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission $15. Swing dance with fabulous live music by JP McDermott and Western Pop.. Beginner Swing Dance lesson from 8 – 9 p.m. followed by dancing until midnight. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit americanswing.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 28

<cal2>Canoeing 101. 3-6 p.m. Have a great day on the waters of the Potomac River while learning the basics of canoeing. Outfitter Byron Bradley will give you a hands-on learning experience with some basic canoe skills needed to navigate the river. Participants must RSVP to tricarico@potomac.org by Aug. 26. Bring your own canoe or, if one is needed, reserve one when you send in your RSVP. Meets at the River Center at Lock 8, 7906 Riverside Dr., Cabin John.

"Louis" — A Silent Film. 8 p.m. With live musical performances by Wynton Marsalis and Cecile Licad. At the Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda. Visit www.Strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

Cajun/Zydeco Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $15. Cajun/Zydeco dance featuring live music to Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew. Admission includes an introductory dance lesson at 8 p.m. followed by dancing from 9 p.m. - midnight. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Michael Hart at 301-762-6730 or visit www.DancingbytheBayou.com.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission $15. Hear for yourself why Frankie Manning, one of the original Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and an icon to the Swing World, called the Tom Cunningham Orchestra "the Swingin’est Band in the Land!" The 16-piece orchestra’s Spanish Ballroom dances are a Washington institution going back to 1983, and celebrated on TV and radio, in newspapers and books. Adding to the Orchestra’s luster is a fabulous troupe of vocalists who re-create the boy and girl singers, the "sisters" trios, and larger vocal groups of The Swing Era. Beginning swing lesson at 8 p.m. is followed by the band from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit tomcunningham.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 29

<cal2>Voices of the River: Scenes from the River. 4-7 p.m. Come to an art exhibit at the lockhouse, featuring the work of local artists Joanne Miller and Adnan Alsaffar. Enjoy Joanne Miller’s photographs of the Potomac (and beyond), and the vivid colors of Adnan Alsaffar’s paintings. At River Center at Lock 8, 7906 Riverside Dr., Cabin John.

Contra and Square Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by dances with the Avant Gardeners from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit fsgw.org.

GOP Picnic. Noon to 4 p.m. Montgomery County Republican party’s 8th Annual Grand Old Party Picnic. At Smokey Glen Farm, 16407 Riffleford Road, Gaithersburg. To purchase tickets visit: http://mcgop.net/event.aspx?uid=1016

<cal1>Thursdays, Sept. 2

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9-11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. With DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests. Slow Blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 4

<cal2>Children’s Historic Home Tour. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tailor-made for ages 5 and up. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 5

<cal2>Waltz Dance. 3:30-6 p.m. Admission is $8. With the Latter Day Lizards Band. Introductory Waltz Workshop from 3-3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30-6 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Joan Koury at 202-238-0230 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 8

<cal2>Chelsey Green and the Green Project. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Call 301-581-5100 or www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Thursdays, Sept. 9

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9-11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. With DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests. Slow Blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 10

<cal2>Season Preview Concert. 8 p.m. Tickets are $10/advance; $15/door. Join conductor Marin Alsop and the BSO for selections from this season’s repertoir and hear Maestra Alsop’s insights about the new season. Call 301-581-5109 or www.strathmore.org

Historic Home Tour. 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Free. Guided tour illuminating the history, architecture and stories of the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 11

<cal2>Help Rebuild Haiti Orphanages Benefit. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25/minimum. The Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti will appear at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Tickets are available at events@saintmarkpresby.org or 301-530-2613.

Artful Evening and Auction. 6:30 p.m. An evening of music, auctions, raffles, cocktails plus a live auction. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Tickets: $150 per person; $500 Patron level supporter (two tickets). Call 301-581-5135 or www.strathmore.org.

Children’s Talk and Tour. 10:15 a.m. Free. The talk and tour of the Abstraction exhibit includes a hands-on art project. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or www.strathmore.org

Seller Seminar. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Why Your House Will Sell When Others Don’t. At the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Station, 8001 River Road, Bethesda. For seminar outlines, see HYPERLINK http://www.HillSlowinski.com www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 12

<cal2>Cajun/Zydeco Dance Party. 3:30-6 p.m. Admission is $15. With the band Ryan Brunet and the Malfecteurs. Introductory dance lesson from 3-3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30-6 p.m. 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.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 8:30-11 p.m. Admission is $17/workshop and dance. With the Big Boy Little Band. Slow blues lesson from 8-8:30 p.m.; dancing from 8:30-11 p.m. At the Back Room at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 13

<cal2>The Claire Lynch Band. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18/advance; $22/door. At IMT at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Call 301-754-3611 and visit www.imtfolk.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 14

<cal2>David Roth. 8 p.m. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance at FocusMusic.org. Contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 15

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. Pre-paid reservations $21. With Susan Bour, flute, and Phil Bour, guitar. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5108

<cal1>Thursdays, Sept. 16

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9-11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. With DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests. Slow Blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 19

<cal2>Waltz Dance. 3:30-6 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, Blue bamboo. Waltz workshop from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30 to 6 p.m. 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

Homay & The Mastar Ensemble of Iran. 8 p.m. Traditional Persian music and poetry. Tickets are $35-$81. At the Music Center at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5100 or www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 20

<cal2>Sonic Circuits Festival. 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Call 301- 581-5194.

Ronny Cox with Jack Williams. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/advance; $20/door. At IMT at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Call 301-754-3611 and visit www.imtfolk.org.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 24

<cal2>Cajun/Zydeco Dance Party. 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. With the band, Magnolia Cajun Band. Introductory dance lesson from 8-9 p.m.; dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. 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>Sept. 24-26

<cal2>Middle Eastern Bazaar. Live Arabic music, arts and crafts, raffles, jewelry booths, international groceries, religious items and children’s activities. Middle Eastern delicacies on the menu will include kabobs, gyros, marinated baked chicken, hummus, tabooley salad, falafel, kibbee, spinach pies, baklava and a variety of other traditional dishes. At Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, 10620 River Road, Potomac. Friday and Saturday from11 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Call 301-765-9188 and the web site address is http://www.peterpaul.net.

<cal1>Thursdays, Sept. 25

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9-11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. With DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests. Slow Blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org.

Buyer Seminar. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. How to Prepare For, Find, and get the Home You Want. At the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Station, 8001 River Road, Bethesda. For seminar outlines, see HYPERLINK http://www.HillSlowinski.com www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

<cal1>Sept. 25-Oct. 31

<cal2>Bunnicula. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. It is a dark and stormy night at the Monroe house when family pets Harold the dog and Chester the cat are confronted by a mysterious new addition to the family: small, furry with long ears and fangs. Bunnicula! Soon the carrots in the kitchen are left drained of juice and with suspicious teeth-marks. First the veggies, next…the Monroes? Chester and Harold try to thwart the vampire bunny before it is too late! This musical adaptation of the book is a hugely imaginative tale full of belly laughs and suspense. At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 27

<cal2>The Celtic Fiddle Festival. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/advance; $25/door. At IMT at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Call 301-754-3611 and visit www.imtfolk.org.

Now Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28. This "smart young chamber group that straddles a line between contemporary classical music and indie rock." At the Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 28

<cal2>Greg Klyma. 8 p.m. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance at FocusMusic.org. Contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 29

<cal2>Chelsey Green and the Green Project. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Call 301-581-5100 or www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Thursdays, Sept. 30

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9-11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. With DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests. Slow Blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9-11:30 p.m. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 2

<cal2>Ledisi. 8 p.m. Ledisi delivers her elastic, Chaka Khan-influenced vocals in a let-it-all-go stage show. Co-presented with the Birchmere. Tickets are $29 to $69. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

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.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 3

<cal2>Gold Coast Relief Run 5K & Fun Run. 8:30 a.m. Fun Run; 9 a.m. for 5K. Fees: 5K is $30-$35 on race day; Fun Run is $15-$20 on race day. At Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac. Contact Jim Shovlin, the Winston Churchill Business Manager at James_Shovlin@mcpsmd.org or 301-469-1210.

Superheroes 5k Walk/Run/Kids' Run. Sponsored by the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation to benefit pediatric brain tumor research; 9 a.m. race start; on-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; $25, $15 ages 14 and under. Meadowbrook Park/Candy Cane City, 7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase. Call 301-515-2900 or visit http://tinyurl.com/superherowalkrun.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>Seller Seminar. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Why Your House Will Sell When Others Don’t. At the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Station, 8001 River Road, Bethesda. For seminar outlines, see HYPERLINK http://www.HillSlowinski.com www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Chuck Berry with the Daryl Davis Band. 8 p.m. Tickets are $38 to $65. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 23

<cal2>Buyer Seminar. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. How to Prepare For, Find, and get the Home You Want. At the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Station, 8001 River Road, Bethesda. For seminar outlines, see HYPERLINK http://www.HillSlowinski.com www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 27

<cal2>Joan Baez with Steve Earle. 8 p.m. At the Music Center at Strathmore. For tickets, visit www.Strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 30

<cal2>Chuck Brown with Christylez Bacon. 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$38. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1> Nov. 14

<cal2> The Seasons Project. 7 p.m. At Strathmore’s Music Center. Tickets $25–$55 (Stars Price $22.50 - $49.50). Washington premiere of "The American Four Seasons," by Philip Glass, a piece The Guardian describes as "baroque in scale, and slyly using a synthesizer as continuo, it interweaves unaccompanied solos with formal movements of great melodic beauty." The new work is complemented on the program by its famous counterpart—Vivaldi’s "The Four Seasons.". For more information Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Nov. 24-Jan. 9

<cal2>Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. It’s holiday time in Room One and that means drama! Tattletale May keeps picking on Junie B., and things get even worse when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa. She hatches a plan to give May a lump of coal, while getting an awesome Squeeze-A-Burp for herself. Will Junie B. have a last-minute change of heart and show her true holiday spirit? Just like its heroine, the show has laughs, verve and energy to spare! At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>Feb. 6-Mar. 13

<cal2> Perseus Bayou. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. This award-winning musical sets the classic Greek myth of Perseus and his quest for the snake-headed Medusa in post-Civil War Louisiana. To save the bayou from the evil Polydectes, Percy must journey to the edge of the human world with the help of a conjure woman, Miss Athena, a spirit-cat, Panther Hermes, and a tomboy named Andromeda. Percy's coming-of-age is vividly told in this epic and magical theatrical work. Imagination Stage is delighted to welcome back Mary Hall Surface, whose The Hundred Dresses and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice played here in prior seasons. At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>April 9-May 29

<cal2> George & Martha: Tons of Fun! Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. The two endearing hippos from the James Marshall picture books stomp onto stage in this warm and funny musical adaptation. George and Martha are best friends. They play music together and share meals, presents, picnics, and exciting adventures like flying a balloon. Sometimes they have differences as all friends do. But it cannot last. Like all good friends, George and Martha just can’t stay angry for long! This simple story says much about our relationships at any age. Geared for our youngest theatre-goers but enjoyable for all, this new musical by Joan Cushing sparkles with clever lyrics and laughter. At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>Apr. 16-May 21

<cal2> The Day John Henry Came to School. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. Johnny is a typical 5th grader, way into video games and not especially motivated at school. Imagine his surprise one night when there’s a loud knock at the door and his ancestor John Henry bursts into his bedroom, wielding a 12 lb. hammer and insisting that he will visit Johnny’s class the next day for "Show & Tell." At first unimpressed by John Henry’s tragic tale about his race with the steam engine, the kids in Johnny’s class come to appreciate the importance of his ultimate sacrifice. The award-winning playwright of Lost & Foundling has created another witty and insightful contemporary comedy. At Imagination Stage in the Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre. At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>July 22-Aug. 14

<cal2> The Wind in the Willows. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. This musical retelling of the classic is faithful to the novel and features the beloved characters Mr. Toad, Mole, Ratty and Mr. Badger. It is early in the twentieth century and Mr. Toad falls hard for the charms of the motor car. His reckless driving results in his being thrown into prison, but, dressed as a laundry lady, he manages to escape. But will Mr. Toad be able to expel the Wild Wood squatters from Toad Hall and reclaim his home? Prepare to be enchanted by this irresistible mix of adventure and camaraderie. At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.