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Potomac Calendar

Feb. 22-28

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Zumba at Village Yoga. Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. Come join the fun at Village Yoga! Classes are held on Tuesday nights, 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m., and Saturday mornings 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Village Yoga, 10154 River Road, Potomac. Call 301-299-1948.

Beginner’s Yoga Classes at Village Yoga. Village Yoga is adding a new Beginner’s Yoga Class on Mondays, 8-9 p.m. Continues our Thursday, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Beginner’s Gentle Flow class as well. For all new local students - $10 for the entire first week. Must be used on your first visit to the studio. Special for all yogis this month – 4-pack of classes for $48. Village Yoga, 10154 River Road, Potomac. 301-299-1948. www.villageyogayogi.com .

Now Through March 2

The Last Jews of Yemen Photography Exhibit & Lecture Series. Free. Photos depicting Jewish life in Yemen. Lecture series on their history, society and prospects for their future. Photos: Feb. 8 – March 2. Lecture Series, Tuesdays, Feb. 14, 21 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to rsvp@bnaitzedek.org. At Congregation B’nai Tzedek

10621 South Glen Rd., Potomac. Call 301-299-0225 www.bnaitzedek.org.

Wednesday/Feb. 22

Ellen Cherry. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. The performances will feature songs from her album (New) Years, as well as tracks from her upcoming spring 2012 release, Please Don’t Sell the Piano, featuring the debut of her upcoming Strathmore-commissioned work, "Pickett’s Charge." At the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Thursday/Feb. 23

Seniors Organized for Change. 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Dr. Murray Feshbach presents an Update on Russia. Lectures free, then lunch, $5 reservations required. At Ring House, 1801 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. Call Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9 to 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 to 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 or www.CapitalBlues.org.

Design Seminar. 6 to 8 p.m. How to Fall In Love With Your House Again. All seminars include either lunch or supper. You will learn the basics on how to successfully remodel, an enterprise which can appear to be both nerve-rattling and mind-boggling. Bring your questions and plans for your own house, and share a meal on us where the experts will personally address your particular design concerns. At the Offices of Hopkins & Porter Inc., 12944-C Travilah Rd., Suite 204, Potomac. Call Debbie Ciardo at 301-840-9121, #27.

Preschool Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs and rhymes for children ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers. At Potomac Library in Potomac.

Friday/Feb. 24

Junkyard Saints Mardi Gras Party. 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10/advance; $12/door. The seven-piece band Junkyard Saints commingles New Orleans-style party music with funk, swing, Latin, R&B, jump blues, ska and a splash of zydeco. Part of Strathmore's Friday Night Eclectic. At the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Feb. 24 to March 4

"Die Fledermaus." The Victorian Lyric Opera Company continues its run with the light-hearted and comic "Die Fledermaus." Shows are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 24 and 25, and March 2 and 3, at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Feb. 26 and March 4, at 2 p.m. At the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at the Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. For tickets, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre or by phone 240-314-8690.

Saturday/Feb. 25

Violinist Nurit Bar-Josef. 8 p.m. Will perform with the National Philharmonic, under the direction of Conductor Piotr Gajewski. A free pre-concert lecture will be offered at 6:45 p.m. At the Music Center at Strathmore. To purchase tickets to the All Bach concerts, visit www.nationalphilharmonic.org or call the Strathmore box office at 301-581-5100. Tickets are $28-$81.

Poetry Event: "Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom." 3 to 4 p.m. At the Josiah Henson Special Park, 11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. Visit www.JosiahHensonSite.org.

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. til midnight. Admission is $15. One-hour lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. With the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.

Monday/Feb. 27

Women of St. Francis Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend the Women of St. Francis meeting celebrating Women's Heart Month. At the St. Francis Hall.

Cardiologist Dr. Richard Rubin will give a lecture and answer questions relating to women's heart issues. Dr. Rubin is a cardiologist at Suburban Hospital.

Feb. 29 to March 3

"Curtains." 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, Feb. 29 to March 3 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10/regular; $8/seniors and students. At the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Call the Box Office at 240-567-5301.

Feb. 29

Black History Month Author Event. 7 p.m. Free. Joe Torres, co-author of "News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media," will be the guest speaker at a special event presented by Montgomery County Public Libraries in observance of Black History Month. At Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library

Thursday, March 1

Max Raabe und das Palast Orchester. 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 to $58. Guests are encouraged to dress in their Prohibition-era best. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit

www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

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

Friday/March 2

Dance Bethesda: Free Lessons and Parties. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Bethesda dance studios open their doors for free open houses and dance lessons as part of Dance Bethesda 2012, a weekend celebrating dance, produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and Bethesda Urban Partnership. Participating studios include:

Dance Bethesda Dance Studio, 8227 Woodmont Ave: Salsa, Rumba, Social Dancing, Ballroom, Latin

Dansez! Dansez!, 4909 Fairmont Ave.: Hip-hop, jazz, folklore, Latin

Du-Shor Dance Studio, 7800 Wisconsin Ave.: Salsa, Swing, Tango

Joy of Motion Dance Studio, 7315 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 180E: Intro to Ballroom, Jazz, Hip-hop 6:30-9:30pm

Visit www.bethesda.org/bethesda/dance-bethesda

Saturday/March 3

How To Train Your Dog When You Don't Have Time. 1:30-3:30 p.m. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda. Every time you and your dog are together, one of you is training the other! That means that training is going on all day, whether or not you're aware of it. Why not make your daily routine an opportunity to teach your dog the behavior you want? You can train manners and improve behavior without taking extra time out of your day, and, at the same time, increase your dog's focus on you anytime and anywhere. Laura Luck, CPDT-DA, will show you just how easy it can be. Workshop sponsored by Your Dog's Friend. To register, go to www.yourdogsfriend.info or call 301-983-5913.

West Shore Piano Trio. 7 p.m. Free. At Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 9200 Kentsdale Dr., Potomac. Visit www.olom.org

Dance Bethesda 2012. 8-9:30 p.m. Six regional dance groups take the stage for Dance Bethesda 2012, a weekend celebrating dance, presented by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and Bethesda Urban Partnership. Featured dance companies and choreographers include: Alexandra May Ballance/Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Youth Dance Ensemble (youth/modern), Culture Shock DC (hip-hop), Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance (contemporary),

Furia Flamenca (flamenco), Soul In Motion (West African) and Tzveta Kassabova (contemporary).

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 & under.

Visit www.bethesda.org/bethesda/dance-bethesda

BSO Classical Concert. 8 p.m. Voices of Light — The Passion of Joan of Arc. With Marin Alsop, conductor, and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Tickets are $28 to $88. At the Music Center at Strathmore. Call 410-783-8000 or BSOmusic.org.

Sunday/March 4

"Reaching Consensus in a Polarized Nation." 10:25 a.m. Diane Hibino of the League of Women Voters will discuss "Reaching Consensus in a Polarized Nation" at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation (RRUUC). Hibino will explain how the League of Women Voters selects issues, studies, and reaches a consensus. She will talk about how the League then advocates to elected officials, other government officials, and offices to let them know the League's position. Hibino was president of the group from 2007 through 2011. At River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, Bethesda. Visit www.rruuc.org, 301-229-0400.

The Ganga in Myth, Poetry and Dance. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. A dance by Nilim a Devi and a poetry reading by Professor Nishi Chawla. At the Golden Lotus temple, 4748 Western Ave., Bethesda.

Waltz Dance. 3:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is $10. With the Waltz Irregulars. Introductory 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 or e-mail info@WaltzTimeDances.org.

Monday/March 5

The Hot Seats. 7:30 p.m. Admission is $16/advance; $19/door. At St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Visit www.imtfolk.org.

Wednesday, March 7

Musician Nate Foley. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. At the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Thursday, March 8

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

Saturday/March 10

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Potomac Chapter. Most hardbacks $1 and paperbacks $.50. At the Potomac Library.

March 10 and 11

"The Odyssey." Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16/adults; $12/seniors. Presented by the Rockville Civic Ballet. At the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at the Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. For tickets, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre or by phone 240-314-8690.

Sunday/March 11

Cajun and Zydeco Dance Party. 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $15. With the band, Squeeze Bayou. Introductory Cajun Lesson from 3 to 3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3 to 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 Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, or go to www.DancingByTheBayou.com.

Potluck Lunch. 11:30 p.m. Free. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. At Geneva Presbyterian Church, 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac.

Tuesday/March 13

Troubadour/Storyteller Mike Agranoff. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Visit www.focusmusic.org. Contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net or 301-275-7459.

Thursday, March 15

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

March 16 and 17

"The Phantom of the Opera." Performances are Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. (Black-tie performance with 6 p.m. Silent Auction.) Presented with a full 90-piece Churchill Orchestra. Young Artists of America in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools, Winston Churchill High School and CityDance at Strathmore. Held at Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Rd., Potomac. Visit http://www.youngartistsamerica.org

Sunday/March 18

In Memoriam of Gordon W. Bowie. 3 p.m. The Rockville Concert Band will perform "A Composer Spotlight: In Memoriam of Gordon W. Bowie." The song selections will highlight the career of Bowie, a composer and conductor of the Montgomery Village Community Band and a friend of many Rockville Concert Band members. Tickets are not required; a $5 donation is suggested. At the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at the Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. For tickets, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre or by phone 240-314-8690.

35th Annual Bach Marathon. 2 to 6 p.m. Part of the Chevy Chase Concert Series. A Washington institution, ten organists again will feature the music of J.S.Bach in half-hour programs. Organists playing this year are: Julie Evans, Russell Weismann, Jeremy Filsell, Joy Leilani, Chris Gage, Mark Willey, Tracy Richardson, Tyler Canonico, Janet Yieh, and Ken Lowenberg, At the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle, NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-363-2202.

March 19

"The Seventh Seal" Film. 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. At the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville.

March 21

Adult Book Club Book Discussion. 1 p.m. Will be discussing "Beatrice and Virgil" by Yann Martel. No registration required. Meets at the Potomac Library. New members welcome.

Thursday, March 22

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

Preschool Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs and rhymes for 3-to-6 year olds and their caregivers. No registration required. Meets at Potomac Library.

Friday/March 23

Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine. 8 p.m.Tickets: $18-$38 (Stars Price $16.20-$34.20). At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

March 23 to March 25

"Spotlight on Broadway." The Musical Theater Center will present a "Spotlight on Broadway" Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Tickets will go on sale, Tuesday, Feb 21. At the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at the Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. For tickets, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre or by phone 240-314-8690.

Saturday/March 24

Horn Player William VerMeulen. 8 p.m. Will perform Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major. At the Music Center at Strathmore. A free pre-concert lecture by National Philharmonic Music Director & Conductor Piotr Gajewski will be offered at 6:45 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the Music Center at Strathmore. To purchase tickets to the All Mozart concert, visit nationalphilharmonic.org or call the Strathmore box office at (301) 581-5100. Tickets are $28-$81.

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. til midnight. Admission is $15. One-hour lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. With the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.

Sunday/March 25

Shrimp and Oyster Feast. 1 to 5 p.m. The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Alumni Association will hold a shrimp and oyster feast fundraiser in the Anastasi Room at the Rescue Squad. Tickets cost $40 per person for all-you-can-eat steamed shrimp, fresh shucked and fried oysters, potato salad, apple sauce, sliced ham, baked beans, rolls, beer, and soft drinks. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 301-977-6634. At 5020 Battery Lane (at Old Georgetown Road), Bethesda. Visit www.bccrs.org

Tuesday/March 27

Roots/Americana Artist Greg Trooper. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Visit www.focusmusic.org. Contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net or 301-275-7459.

Wednesday/March 28

Musician Nate Foley. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. At the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Thursday/March 29

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

Saturday/March 31

One Piano, Four Hands Concert. 8 p.m. Free-will donation. With Michael Adcock and Jose Ramos-Santana. At Westmoreland Congregational Church, One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Presented by the Washington Conservatory of Music. Visit www.washingtonconservatory.org.

Saturday/April 7

Crossing the Color Line: From Rhythm 'n Blues to Rock 'n Roll. Julian Bond performs 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $25/adults; $10/students. . At River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, RRUUC, 6301 River Road, Bethesda. Call 301-229-0400 or visit www.rruuc.org.

Friday/April 13

Churchill Booster Club Gala/Fundraiser. 8 to 11 p.m. At Bowlmor Lanes in Bethesda. All proceeds go towards supporting the school's student athletes and sports. Tickets are $55/person; $100/couple, which includes dinner, unlimited bowling, prizes, music, videos and more. Sponsored by the Churchill High School Booster's Club.

Saturday/April 14

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Thousands of volunteers of all ages will pick up trash from different cleanup sites around the region. To find a cleanup site near you, go to www.PotomacCleanup.org or call 202-973-8203.

Sunday/April 15

Holy Child Tiger Trot. 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk for all ages. Proceeds will support the Health and Wellness programs at The Connelly School of the Holy Child, and the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department. The race is a chip/electronic timed 5K run/walk. To be held at the campus of The Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac (http://www.holychild.org). Contact Bunny Lamb at bunny@5lambs.com or 301-365-3790.

Saturday/April 28

Thérèse Fahy, piano. 8 p.m. Debussy Preludes. Pay-as-you-can donation. At Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. For more information: 301-320-2770 and www.washingtonconservatory.org.

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. til midnight. Admission is $15. One-hour lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. With the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.

Saturday/May 12

Haskell Small, piano. 8 p.m. Bach, Small, Ordonez, Schubert. At Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. For more information: 301-320-2770 and www.washingtonconservatory.org.

June 30

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. til midnight. Admission is $15. One-hour lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. With the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.

July 28

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. til midnight. Admission is $15. One-hour lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. With the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.

Aug. 25

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. til midnight. Admission is $15. One-hour lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. With the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.

Sept. 22

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. til midnight. Admission is $15. One-hour lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. With the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.

Oct. 27

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. til midnight. Admission is $15. One-hour lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. With the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.

Dec. 22

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. til midnight. Admission is $15. One-hour lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. With the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.