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Potomac Calendar: Sept. 26, 2012

Ongoing

Third Tuesday Each Month

Mommy & Me (& Daddy, Too). 10 a.m. to noon. At Rockville Town Square. Meet for a morning out with active learning and creative play at all your favorite stores — lunch specials, story time, arts & crafts, sing-a-longs, prizes and more. Visit http://rockvilletownsquare.com/events/mommy-and-me. Sept. 18 and Oct. 16: located on The Plaza; Nov. 20 and Dec. 18: located in The Library, First Floor.

Thursdays through October

Potomac Farmers Market. 2-6:30 p.m. Organized by Montgomery County at Potomac United Methodist Church, 9908 South Glen Road, at the corner of Falls Road and Democracy Blvd. 301-792-6054.

Saturdays through Oct. 27

Bethesda Freshfarm Market. Every Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Will offer fresh fruits, vegetables, organic meats and artisan cheeses. In addition, the market will feature special events. On the first Saturday of each month, Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions. And on the last Saturday of each month a local chef will give cooking demonstrations at the market. At Norfolk Avenue, between Fairmont and St. Elmo Avenues in Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Through Oct. 21

Bone Builders. Every Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. Exercise class for adults led by trained volunteers. Incorporates balance and weight training proven to increase bone density. Must attend both classes each week. Wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Class size limited. Free. Potomac Library. 10101 Glenolden Dr. Call Shawn Brennan 240-777-1350.

Nov. 14 through Jan. 6

Musical. Seussical runs in Imagination Stage’s Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Best for ages 4-12. Tickets are $12-$25, and may be purchased online at www.imaginationstage.org, at the ImaginationStage box office or at 301‐280‐1660.

Nov. 17 through Dec. 29

Grayscale. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. The art

of Grayscale explores the connection of grayscale images to the past and their meaning in the present, and addresses viewers' ability to ascribe color to a black and white image by assessing the intensity of light that is different for every color. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Hundreds of works in a variety of media-sculptures, drawings and paintings-perfectly rendered in a tininess that tests the artists' talent and makes most viewers depend on a magnifying glass to see every amazing detail. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

First & Third Friday/Through Sept. 21

Event for Children. Free entertainment and crafts for children in the Atrium of Cabin John Mall. Intersection of Tuckerman Lane and Seven Locks Road. Visit www.shopcabinjohn.com, email info@shopcabinjohn.com or call 240-779-8000.

Thursdays through October

Potomac Farmers Market. 2-6:30 p.m. Organized by Montgomery County at Potomac United Methodist Church, 9908 South Glen Rd., at the corner of Falls Road and Democracy Boulevard. Call 301-792-6054.

Through Oct. 15

Exhibition. Saturdays 1-4 p.m. and Sundays 1-8 p.m. Photoworks Gallery in historic Glen Echo Park presents Neighborhoods: A Photography Exhibition. Neighborhoods features work from two distinct photography projects - "24 Hours East of the River," by members of The Exposure Group African American Photographers Association; and "Markets," by photographer Alec Dann. 7300 MacArthur Blvd. To check availability or make an appointment, call 301-634-2274 or visit www.glenechophotoworks.org.

Through 2013

The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park has announced its 2012-2013 season with a promise to have something for everyone. There are favorite fairytale princesses, an annual holiday tradition, and a special guest artist with a bilingual twist. Call 301-634-5380 or visit www.thepuppetco.org.

The 2012-13 season schedule is as follows:

Carnival of the Animals, Sept. 21 – Oct. 7, 2012

Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast, Oct. 12 – Nov. 16, 2012

Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Nutcracker, Nov. 23 – Dec. 30, 2012

Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Toyland, Jan. 18 – Feb. 10, 2013

Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Alice in Wonderland, Feb. 14 – March. 10, 2013

Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Jack and the Beanstalk, March. 14 – Apr. 21, 2013

Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Cinderella, Apr. 25 – June 9, 2013

Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Through Nov. 3

Skin. Strathmore showcases six artists' "body of work," exploring

the transformative properties, cultural significance and artistry of

body modification through tattoo, henna, bodypainting, hair and

makeup. The exhibition features Alex Reinke, with fellow ink authorities Robby Latos and Paul Roe, as well as body painter Craig Tracy, photographers John Borstel and Glenford Nunez, and henna artist Bhavna Naik. An opening reception with nosh and henna art stations will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7-9 p.m. at Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Thursday/Sept. 27

Frédéric Yonnet, Urban Jazz Harmonicist. 7:30 p.m. Ticket $30. French-born Yonnet adapts the harmonica to gospel, R&B and jazz with nuances of hip-hop. At Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. Capital Blues hosts the popular Slow Blues and Swing Dance in the Back Room at Glen Echo Park Thursdays from 9 – 11:30 p.m., with a 45-minute beginner lesson at 8:15 p.m. DJ Mike Marcotte & Guests will play a variety of blues style music. $8. 301-634-2231 or www.CapitalBlues.org.

Through Sept. 28

Friday Night Live Concert Series. 6:30-9 p.m. Activities: Live music, food, and beverages. Bands include Joker’s Wild (Swing), Junkyard Saints (New Orleans/Zydeco), Gonzo’s Nose (‘80s and ‘90s cover band), Darryl Davis Band (Blues) and more. At Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Ln. Visit www.rockvilletownsquare.com.

Family Fun Fest. 4 p.m., Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd.. Sponsored by Montgomery County Recreation and Friends of Potomac Community Center, don’t miss the ‘Who’s Got Talent?’ contest, carnival rides and games, prizes, petting zoo and DJ. $5 for unlimited rides and games. Visit www.potomacsgottalent.com.

Craig Sparks Swingtet. Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., 8:30-9 p.m. Drop-in beginner swing lesson; band plays two extended sets 9-11:30 p.m. $15. Visit http://dc.gottaswing.com.

Through Sept. 29

Art Exhibition. The Trawick Prize, downtown Bethesda's annual juried arts competition awards: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. The exhibition featuring The Trawick Prize finalists will be held from at Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Sept. 29 through Oct. 18

Musical. P. Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical runs in Imagination Stage’s Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Appropriate for ages 5-12, tickets are $12-$25, and may be purchased online at www.imaginationstage.org, or at the Imagination Stage box office, or via phone at 301-280-1660.

Through Oct. 21

Bone Builders. Every Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. Exercise class for adults led by trained volunteers. Incorporates balance and weight training proven to increase bone density. Must attend both classes each week. Wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Class size limited. Free. Potomac Library. 10101 Glenolden Dr. Call Shawn Brennan 240-777-1350.

Through Oct. 27

Bethesda Freshfarm Market. Every Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Will offer fresh fruits, vegetables, organic meats and artisan cheeses. In addition, the market will feature special events. On the first Saturday of each month, Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions. And on the last Saturday of each month a local chef will give cooking demonstrations at the market. At Norfolk Avenue, between Fairmont and St. Elmo Avenues in Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Nov. 17 through Dec. 29

Grayscale. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. The art

of Grayscale explores the connection of grayscale images to the past

and their meaning in the present, and addresses viewers' ability to

ascribe color to a black and white image by assessing the intensity of

light that is different for every color. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Hundreds of works in a variety of

media-sculptures, drawings and paintings-perfectly rendered in a

tininess that tests the artists' talent and makes most viewers depend

on a magnifying glass to see every amazing detail. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Thursday/Sept. 27

Frédéric Yonnet, Urban Jazz Harmonicist. 7:30 p.m. Ticket $30. French-born Yonnet takes the harmonica in unexpected directions, adapting it to gospel, R&B and jazz with nuances of hip-hop. At Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. Capital Blues hosts the popular Slow Blues and Swing Dance in the Back Room at Glen Echo Park Thursdays from 9 – 11:30 p.m., with a 45-minute beginner lesson at 8:15 p.m. DJ Mike Marcotte & Guests will play a variety of blues style music. $8. 301-634-2231 or www.CapitalBlues.org.

Friday/Sept. 28

Pat McGee. 8 p.m. $38 (Stars Price $34.20). Presented by Strathmore, at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

Family Fun Fest. 4 p.m., Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd.. Sponsored by Montgomery County Recreation and Friends of Potomac Community Center, don’t miss the ‘Who’s Got Talent?’ contest, carnival rides and games, prizes, petting zoo and DJ. $5 for unlimited rides and games. Visit www.potomacsgottalent.com.

Craig Sparks Swingtet. Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., 8:30-9 p.m. Drop-in beginner swing lesson; band plays two extended sets 9-11:30 p.m. $15. Visit http://dc.gottaswing.com.

Saturday/Sept. 29

Raising a Racquet for the Troops. 7-11 p.m. Fund raising to benefit the Yellow Ribbon Fund. Highlights include a tennis exhibition with seven-time Grand Slam Champion Mats Wilander, NBC News’ Meet the Press host David Gregory and other special guests. Auction, food and beverages from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Bethesda. At Georgetown Prep Tennis Club, 10900 Rockille Pike. $200 per person or $300 per couple. Call 240-223-1180.

Roomful of Blues. Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 8-9 p.m. Drop-in beginner swing lesson; 9 p.m.-12 a.m. dance. $18. Visit http://dc.gottaswing.com.

Free Workshop. 1: 30-3:30 p.m. Listen to your dog’s body language. At Bethesda. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Ln. This workshop will teach how dogs communicate with people and each other. Please leave dogs at home. Visit www.yourdogsfriend.info or call 301-983-5913 to register.

Playhouse Puppetry Slam. 7 and 9 p.m. This Slam is featuring Puppet Pandemic, an organization that fundraises for National Puppetry Conference Alumni Scholarships. Tickets are $15. There will be a live jazz band. The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call 301-634-5380 or Visit thepuppetco.org.

Sept. 29 & 30

The North American Police Equestrian Championships. More than 100 officers and their horses will compete at the two-day event. The competition includes three traditional divisions: Uniform, Equitation and the Obstacle Division. Sunday is also “Families and Horses Day.” There will be free pony rides, chances to win prizes and coloring contests for children. Also, on Sunday from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., the Maryland-National Capital Park Police will be hosting a Police Awareness Day. The public is invited to the event. Admission and parking are free. At the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Visit www.NAPECinc.org.

Sunday/Sept. 30

Shrimp and Oyster Feast. 1-5 p.m. Held by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Alumni Association at the B-CC Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Ln. Only 300 tickets being sold, advance purchase of $40 per person or $45 at the door. Call 301-977-6634. Funds go to the operation of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.

Tuesday/Oct. 2

Chinese Language Book Club. 6-8 p.m. Potomac Library. 10101 Glenolden Dr. Chinese book discussion in Chinese language. "Divorce" by Lao She. Ask for the books at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.

Wednesday/Oct. 3

Loide. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets: $15. Loide's African roots and her deep love for jazz come together to create a mix of contemporary vocals and warm afro-lusophone rhythms reflective of her own eclectic roots. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Ballet Folklórico de México. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $28-$48. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Oct. 5-6

Patti Lupone: Matters of the Heart. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $45-$85. Chris Fenwick, musical director with the Four Play String Quartet. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org

Saturday/Oct. 6

Taste of Bethesda. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The 23rd Annual Taste of Bethesda, a food and music festival in the Woodmont Triangle area of downtown Bethesda. Enjoy tastes from more than 55 participating restaurants, along with live entertainment, a children's activities area and classic car show. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Montgomery County Out of the Darkness Community Walk. 9 a.m.- noon. Carderock Park Pavilion. Check-in at 9-10 a.m. This 3-5 mile walk, in conjunction with 200 communities across the country this fall, benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Visit www.afsp.org or e-mail ncacchapter.afsp@gmail.com.

Saturday and Sunday/Oct. 6-7

Art Exhibit. noon-7 p.m. Native Washingtonian Artist Jim Cobren will present recent paintings at the Glen Echo Park Yellow Barn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. A reception for the artist will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday. The Gallery will be open until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Open to the public. Contact the Yellow Barn Gallery at 301-371-5593 or the National Park Service, Glen Echo, at 301-492-6229.

Wednesday/Oct. 10

The ABC’s of CBT. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is an evidence based therapeutic approach. Come learn the basic principles of CBT. Leave the workshop with skills to help children become more positive thinkers. Call Early Intervention Therapy at 301-468-9343.

Samis Ahmad. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets: $15. North Indian classical vocalist Samia Ahmad branches out from her classical base to incorporate Nazrul Sangeet (referring to the works of Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam), Bhajans and global fusion, melding Hindustani classical sounds with the rhythms of South Africa and the West. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Friday/Oct. 12

Duo Amaral. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets $30. Jerusalem-born Mia Pomerantz-Amaral and husband Jorge Amaral are winning international acclaim for their performances. Pomerantz-Amaral is a top prizewinner of several international guitar competitions. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Saturday/Oct. 13

Book Sale. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Potomac Library. 10101 Glenolden Dr. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Potomac Chapter. Most hardbacks $1 and paperbacks $.50.

Meet Eleanor Roosevelt. 7:30 p.m. The Friends of the Clara Barton Community Center presents performance about roles Eleanor Roosevelt played in her lifetime. The Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd. $20. Call 301- 229-0010 or visit www.friendsofclarabartoncommunitycenter.org.

Free 50+Expos. noon-4 p.m. Attend the 13th annual 50+ Expos featuring expert speakers, a variety of informative exhibitors and excellent entertainment. Free. At White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike. Call 301-949-9766.

Waltz Dance. 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. In the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, featuring the ensemble Gigmeisters. Admission for the lesson and dance is $15. No partner required. Call Joan Koury at 202-238-0230 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, or visit http://www.waltztimedances.org/ or e-mail info@WaltzTimeDances.org. The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd.

Saturday and Sunday/Oct. 13-14

Potomac Country House Tour is an annual Potomac tradition organized by Saint Francis Episcopal Church. The Tour, in its 57th year, gives a glimpse inside some of Potomac’s most interesting homes while raising funds for dozens of local charities. The owners of Glenstone, an art museum in Potomac, will be offering a private tour for 20 participants selected by drawing from those who make a separate donation to House Tour Charities. Visit www.potomaccountryhousetour.org.

2nd Annual Maryland Festival of the Arts. National and international artists will offer residents and visitors a visually-stunning palette of original, hand-crafted artwork. Downtown Silver Spring on Ellsworth Dr. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Visit http://www.paragonartevents.com/maryland/.

Sunday/Oct. 14

Free Benefit Concert. 4 p.m. The second annual “Faiths-In-Action” Concert will feature music by the Washington Vocal Artists and Cantor Mikhail Manevich of Washington Hebrew Congregation. Isiah Leggett will be the keynote speaker. Proceeds will go to Mobile Medical Care, Inc., a nonprofit providing healthcare to uninsured persons in Montgomery County. The concert is free and will be held at Potomac United Methodist Church, 10300 Falls Rd. Followed by a reception in the church parlor. Call 301-299-9383.

Wednesday/Oct. 17

Book Club. 1 p.m. Adult book discussion. "The Cellist of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway. The 2012 "One Maryland, One Book" selection. The book will be available at the Circulation Desk on Sept. 19. No registration required. New members welcome.

Kevin Dudley with Ralph Gordon & Rickie Simpkins. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets: $15. The art of songwriting and the raw, roots beauty of Americana music come together in the rocking trio of Kevin Dudley, Ralph Gordon and Ricki Simpkins. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Thursday/Oct. 18

Guido’s Ear. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets $30. By exploring early forays into purely instrumental music and the vocal and dance tradition from which it emerged, Guido's Ear features Claudio Monteverdi: Prologue from Orfeo, Dario Castello: Sonata Quarta a 2 Soprani and more. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Lecture Series. 11:30 a.m. Donna Britt, a "Washington Post" columnist and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, will kick off the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County's (FOLMC) annual Literary Luncheon Lecture Series at Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. Britt will discuss her most recent work, "Brothers (& Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving." Book signing and luncheon follow at 12:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase. Tickets range from $10 to $21. Call 240-777-0020 or visit www.folmc.org.

Friday/Oct. 19

A State of The Union Conversation: Fran Lebowitz and Frank Rich. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $45-$70. "Feisty, funny" cultural satirist Fran Lebowitz and "impressive writer and thinker" Frank Rich engage in a lively onstage conversation centered around current themes as the presidential election race roars on-stoking and stimulating the audience with discussion of what is at stake, timely issues and more. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Saturday/Oct. 20

Potomac Day. 30th Anniversary Celebration. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Parade, 10:30 a.m., Potomac Village. Arrive before 10 a.m. to avoid road closures. Free children’s rides and more, sponsored by Potomac Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.potomacchamber.org

Potomac Day with the Kaydee Puppets. 2:30 p.m. Participate in this interactive, current retelling double-feature of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." This family program is geared for children of three years old and up and their families. No registration required but seating is limited.

Free Workshop: Learning about Your New Dog. Your Dog's Friend Training Center, 12221 Parklawn Drive, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. An expert trainer will discuss common issues that new dog adopters face. Please leave your dog at home. To register, visit www.yourdogsfriend.info or call 301-983-5913.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. 2 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $18-$48. Anarchic, funny and mind-bogglingly versatile, this virtuosic "orchestra" takes on and transforms iconic works from Beethoven to The Who and Isaac Hayes in a collision of post-punk performance, toe-tapping oldies and classical canon. Concert-goers can bring a uke and join a strum-along with the artists during the concert. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Sunday/Oct. 21

Cabin John Shopping Center Fall Festival. 1-3 p.m. Intersection of Tuckerman Lane and Seven Locks Road in Potomac. Visit www.shopcabinjohn.com, email info@shopcabinjohn.com or call 240- 779-8000.

Waltz Dance. 2:45-6 p.m. Join for a Waltz Dance at Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park, featuring the ensemble Cabaret Sauvignon playing a mix of folk waltzes. Admission for the lesson and dance is $10. No partner required. Call Joan Koury at 202-238-0230 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, or visit http://www.waltztimedances.org/ or e-mail info@WaltzTimeDances.org. The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd.

Tuesday/Oct. 23

Preschool Fair. 10 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Moms Club of Potomac. Approximately 40 preschools from the Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and surrounding areas will be represented. At the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd. Free. Children are welcome. Contact Rori Grabel at esinks@yahoo.com.

An Evening With David Sedaris. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $48-$58. A master of satire David Sedaris wittily skewers social mores, serving up delicious commentary on NPR will read some of his favorite works and takes questions from the audience. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Wednesday/Oct. 24

Songwriters Association of Washington: Best of SAW Showcase. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets: $15. The SAW Showcase supports the tradition of songwriting and the diverse talents contributing to the region's aural landscape-from emerging artists to veterans of the road. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Wednesday/Oct. 24

Songwriters Association of Washington: Best of SAW Showcase. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets: $15. The SAW Showcase supports the tradition of songwriting and the diverse talents contributing to the region's aural landscape-from emerging artists to veterans of the road. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Friday/Oct. 26

Strathmore Cabaret: Favorites with a Twist from Cole Porter to Harry Connick, Jr. 6:30 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Lockheed Martin Lobby. Tickets: $150 per person ($90 tax-deductible). Crooners from Cole Porter to contemporary Harry Connick, Jr. and everywhere in between, Strathmore Cabaret celebrates the ambiance of cabaret with an evening of music, fine dining and fun. RSVP is requested by Friday, Oct. 19. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Casey Driessen: the Singularity Tour. 8 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets $15. Fiddler Casey Driessen makes the Washington, D.C. debut of his new Singularity project at Strathmore. This performance is part of Strathmore's series Storied Strings: The Violin in America. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Saturday/Oct. 27

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m.-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. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.

Art For Paws. 7-10 p.m. Huckleberry Fine Art Gallery, 12051 Nebel St. Art reception, sale, and raffle to benefit Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being. Light refreshments and snacks are served. Free. Email mcpawrsvp@gmail.com to register.

Truck Touch. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Suburban Nursery School has assembled a ton of trucks for kids (and adults) to explore and touch. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Suburban Nursery School. The event will be held at 7210 Hidden Creek Rd. $5 per person; children under 2 free. Rain or shine. Visit www.suburbannurseryschool.org.

Sunday/Oct. 28

Billy Collins & Mary Oliver. 3 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $45-$75. Luminaries Billy Collins and Mary Oliver will share personal favorites and iconic writings from their notebooks. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Dalí Quartet (family performance). 3 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets $18. Families will learn various rhythmic patterns, dance steps and the origin of many of these genres and how they relate to and influence Western classical music. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Dalí Quartet (general performance). 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, , 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets $32. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Haunted House. 4-6 p.m. The Clara Barton Community Center will hold its sixth annual Haunted House at Cabin John, 7425 MacArthur Blvd. Appropriate for 12 and under. Parents should accompany young ones. No charge for entry. Refreshments will be served, and small gift items will be handed out to kids. For adults, a small, separate section will feature frightening things. Call 240-777-4910 or visit www.friendsofclarabartoncommunitycenter.org.

Wednesday/Oct. 31

Family Halloween Party. 4 p.m. A "slightly spooky" storytime for preschoolers and their families. Wear costumes as there will be a costume parade. No registration required.

Saturday/Nov. 3

Keb' Mo.' 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $28-$58. Guitarist/singer/songwriter Keb' Mo' returns to Strathmore in 2012 by popular demand after kicking off the Music Center's 2011 season. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Nov. 3 & 4

Art Exhibition. noon-5 p.m. Lynn Mehta, an Alexandria-based artist, will present her most recent oil paintings produced “on location and from life” at the Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery in Glen Echo Park. There will be a reception for the artist from 5 –7 p.m. on Nov. 3. This event is open to the public. Contact the Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery at 301-371-5592 or the National Park Service at 301-492-6229.

Tuesday/Nov. 6

Chinese Language Book Club. 6-8 p.m. Potomac Library. 10101 Glenolden Dr. Chinese book discussion in Chinese language. "Essays of Chen Eshan" by Chen Eshan. Ask for the books at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.

Sunday/Nov. 11

Nathan Pacheco. 4 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $18-$48. The Virginia-born Pacheco's rich operatic tenor first gained fame as part of the Yanni Voices project and recently wrapped his first album in London. He'll share selections from his debut release Introducing Nathan Pacheco at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Tuesday/Nov. 13

Rita: My Joys. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $40-$75. The Iranian-born pop singer and actress will perform the inspiring, hopeful music that's made her an icon in the Middle East, including selections from her new 2012 release, My Joys. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Wednesday/Nov. 14

Violin Concert. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets $30 (per concert). Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Thursday/Nov. 15

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner, honors Potomac’s citizen, businessperson and youth of the year. Normandie Farm, 10710 Falls Rd. Visit www.potomacchamber.org.

Tia Fuller Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets $35. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Lecture Series. 11:30 a.m. David Maraniss, a "Washington Post" assistant editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will discuss his book, "Barack Obama: The Story" at Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. Book signing and luncheon follow at 12:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase. Tickets range from $10 to $21. Call 240-777-0020 or visit www.folmc.org.

Saturday/Nov. 17

Free Workshop: Learning about Your New Dog. Your Dog's Friend Training Center, 12221 Parklawn Drive, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. An expert trainer will discuss common issues that new dog adopters face. Please leave your dog at home. To register, visit www.yourdogsfriend.info or call 301-983-5913.

Friday/Nov. 23

Classic Albums Live. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $28-$38. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon will be recreated by top musicians live onstage. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Saturday/Nov. 24

Tag Dogs. 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $25-$52. Set on a construction site in a steelworks town, this high-energy, movement-driven theatrical work sends its performers tapping upside down, through water and jumping through scaffolding in a thrillingly fast-paced spectacle that's part theater, part rock concert. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Wednesday/Nov. 30

Julia Nixon: Songs of Burt Bacharach. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets $30. Hayes Award winner Julia Nixon performs the music of one of America's most successful composers. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2012. 8 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit as some of music’s big names jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites, led by multi-Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz. The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Visit www.strathmore.org.

Tuesday/Dec. 4

Chinese Language Book Club. 6-8 p.m. Potomac Library. 10101 Glenolden Dr. Chinese book discussion in Chinese language. "Return Home" by Yu Lihua. Ask for the books at the Circulation Desk. No registration required.

Birchmere Shows. The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Extravaganza 2012 US Tour. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets on sale through www.Strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

Wednesday/Dec. 5

George Winston. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $28-$55. Winston will perform selections

from his melodic piano recordings, as well as R&B piano, stride piano and more. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Thursday/Dec. 6

Natalie Macmaster: Christmas in Cape Breton. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $28-$58. Canadian fiddler Natalie MacMaster performs traditional Scottish and Irish holiday tunes. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Wednesday/Dec. 12

Charm City Klezmer Band. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets: $15. The family band Michael S. Raitzyk and Charm City Klezmer celebrate the Festival of Lights with a jubilant, jazzy twist in a special Hanukkah program featuring a variety of Yiddish theatre, klezmer and Jewish-themed music. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Thursday/Dec. 13

Violin Concert. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $25-$55. Mark O'Connor shares the holiday songs of his childhood-a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols and traditional American music that encompass the spirit of An Appalachian Christmas. Audience members can join a pre-concert lecture with Mark O'Connor at 6:30 p.m. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Saturday/Dec. 15

Christmas Music Event. 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets $25-$95. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Sunday/Dec. 16

Jazz Orchestra Holiday. 3:30, 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets $25. The 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra gathers some of Washington's best musicians to bring some swing to the holidays. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Wednesday/Dec. 19

18th Street Singers Christmas Concert. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Tickets: $15. The 18th Street Singers take Strathmore up a few blocks to 34th Street with a Christmas concert that brings over 50 members of this eclectic, D.C.-based choral group together to sing festive favorites of the season. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Saturday/Dec. 22

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m.-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. Visit www.tomcunningham.com/calendar.

Tuesday/Jan. 8

Social Thinking At Home. This workshop for parents will introduce the social thinking vocabulary and provide practical suggestions on how to incorporate it into the everyday life for your child.

Monday/Jan. 28

Raising Confident Kids. Parents often worry about children’s problems and misbehavior. In this talk Emory Luce Baldwin focuses on how parents can encourage children to develop what they need to feel confident and successful in life. Call 301-468-9343.

Wednesday/Feb. 20

Apps, Apps and More Apps. Join Joan Green, the founder of Innovative Speech and author of "The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education," as she explores the world of apps. Call 301-468-9343.

Monday/March 18

The Strengths of Autism. Learn about the latest research findings in non-social strengths (e.g., a detail-focused cognitive style) and difficulties (e.g., inflexibility/desire for sameness) in autism spectrum disorders. Call 301-468-9343.

Wednesday/May 8

Siblings — A Unique Perspective. Parenting a child with special needs can be challenging. The impact on the family, specifically the siblings, can be profound. Ms. White will share her knowledge and provide resources to help you support your children. Call 301-468-9343.

Wednesday/May 22

Social Behavior Mapping. At this workshop a variety of social mapping formats will be presented to use with children Pre-K through high school who exhibit social cognitive challenges. Call 301-468-9343.