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POTOMAC COMMUNITY CENTER. 11315 Falls Road. The Potomac Community Center has reopened. Table tennis, volleyball, badminton, basketball, pickleball, open gym and more https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/Resources/Files/potomac-2021schedule.pdf for details and hours.
POTOMAC VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET. Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Potomac United Methodist Church, 9908 South Glen Road. Potomac Village Farmers Market operates all Thursdays, May through November.
PARK RANGERS AVAILABLE. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park at Great Falls, 11710 MacArthur Blvd. Park rangers are available to provide maps and information. See https://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm
LOCK DEMONSTRATIONS. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (30 minutes long). Saturdays and Sundays. Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park at Great Falls, 11710 MacArthur Blvd. Join park staff as they operate Lock 20 and demonstrate how it works. Lock 20 is next to the Visitors Center at the park.
RIDE THE CAROUSEL. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. The 1921 Dentzel Carousel was installed in 1921 and celebrates its 100th Anniversary all season long. Purchase tickets at https://glenechopark.simpletix.com/. $5 per person for a four-hour time slot. See https://glenechopark.org/carousel/ for additional information regarding covid protocols.
CABIN JOHN PARK MINIATURE TRAIN RIDE. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 7410 Tuckerman Lane. Scenic two-mile, 15-minute train ride through Cabin John Regional Park. Tickets are limited and can be pre-purchased online at ActiveMontgomery.org -- $2.50.(Children two and younger ride for free with an adult.) See https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/cabin-john-regional-park/miniature-train/
BETHESDA CENTRAL FARM MARKET, Sundays, Open year round,
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., March-December. (9:30am-1:30pm, January-February, closed Thanksgiving weekend) in the lot of Bethesda Elementary School. One of the largest farmers markets in the region, with more than 100 vendors and artisan food producers year-round. The market features table seating, music, local Maryland winery and farm brewery tastings, kids club activities, chef demos, and more. https://bethesda.centralfarmmarkets.com/
OUTDOOR SWIM HOURS. Bethesda Outdoor Pool, 6300 Hillandale Road, Bethesda. 301-652-1598. For more pools including upcounty in Poolesville and Gaithersburg, and for summer hours see www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/facilities/aquaticcenters/outdoorpools.html
INDOOR SWIM HOURS. Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd, 240-777-8070 See. https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/Resources/Files/aquatics/KSAC.pdf
ICE SKATING. Cabin John Ice Rink, 10610 Westlake Drive. Cabin John Ice Rain has numerous public skate sessions every day of the week. See cabinjohnice.org for details.
BETHESDA STREETERY: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. To create additional seating outdoors, the Bethesda Streetery, is set-up as open seating with all tables placed at least six feet apart and a limit of four people permitted per table. Restaurant patrons are invited to dine within this open-air area after picking up food and beverages from local Bethesda restaurants. Tables will be cleaned after each use.
Norfolk Avenue, between St. Elmo Avenue and Cordell Avenue
Norfolk Avenue, between Cordell Avenue and Del Ray Avenue
Woodmont Avenue, between Elm Street and Bethesda Avenue
Veterans Park, corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues
LOCUST GROVE NATURE CENTER, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Outdoor exhibits, natural features, and trails are open every day from dawn to dusk. In the Upper Meadow, look for Monarch butterflies, caterpillars and eggs on the milkweed in summer. Check out the dogbane for iridescent dogbane beetles. Listen for wrens and bluebirds near the bluebird nest boxes. Watch for box turtles crossing the path in the early morning. In Locust Grove’s Lower Meadow, watch for bats hunting in late afternoon or early evening. Sit under the shade of the 200-year-old sycamore, and imagine what the park looked like when it was part of a large farm. Watch as Cabin John Creek flows briskly by. https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/cabin-john-regional-park/locust-grove-nature-center/ for planned activities.
JOSIAH HENSON MUSEUM AND PARK. Park is open from sunrise to sunset. Museum hours are Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 11410 Old Georgetown Road. The life and challenges of Reverend Josiah Henson, enslavement in Maryland, and the ongoing struggles of racial equality and justice on the former plantation property of Isaac Riley where Henson was enslaved. Henson, whose 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. $5 adults, $4 youth, $4 seniors. See https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/josiah-henson-park/
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Thursday, Aug. 12
TAX FREE WEEK. All shopping hours through Saturday, Aug. 14. Westfield Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Boulevard. See https://www.westfield.com/montgomery/events for details.
MARYLAND TAX FREE WEEK through Saturday, Aug. 14, qualifying clothing and footwear priced $100 or less will be exempt from Maryland’s six percent sales tax. The first $40 of back/bookbag sales also qualify. A list of exempt and taxable items is available on the Comptroller’s Website at www.marylandtaxes.gov, or by calling the Taxpayer Service Section at 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or toll-free 1-800-MD TAXES from elsewhere. https://marylandtaxes.gov/divisions/comp/Shop_Maryland_Tax-free_Week/Tax_Free_Week_Facts.pdf
LIVE CONCERTS, BUMPER CAR PAVILION. 7:30 p.m. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. (Also streaming on YouTube.) Free. Registration preferred, but not required. Concerts repeat every Thursday through Sept. 9, 2021. United States Marine Band on Aug. 12; King Street Blue Grass on Aug. 19; Patrick Alban & Noche Latina (Latin) on Aug. 26; James Bazen Big Band (Big Band Jazz) on Sept. 2 and The Lovejoy Group (Swing/Standard) on Sept. 9. See https://glenechopark.org/summerconcerts
POTOMAC VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET. Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Potomac United Methodist Church, 9908 South Glen Road. Potomac Village Farmers Market operates all Thursdays, May through November. https://www.potomacumc.org/potomac-village-farmers-market/
GLEN ECHO FOLK DANCERS. Virtual. Thursday 7:30 - 9 p.m. lesson, followed by dancing from 9-10:15 p.m. See https://glenechopark.org/events-calendar. Repeats weekly on Thursdays.
PARENT AND TOT SKATE. 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Cabin John Ice Rink, 10610 Westlake Drive. Try out ice skating with your preschool age skater. Fee of $5 includes admission for a child age 3-5 plus a parent and skate rental. Repeats on Fridays. See https://www.montgomeryparks.org/
LIVE MUSIC. 6-8 p.m. Downtown Bethesda at the corners of Norfolk and Del Ray avenues. Bethesda Urban Partnership has helped organize additional restaurant seating outdoors in downtown Bethesda. The Bethesda Streetery will be set-up as open seating. Live music each Friday to enjoy while also enjoying outdoor dining. See https://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/bethesda-streetery Repeats Friday evenings.
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCERS. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Virtual, Glen Echo Park. Join Friday Night Dancers for a virtual contra dance and live music. See https://glenechopark.org/events.
LOCK DEMONSTRATIONS. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (30 minutes long). Saturdays and Sundays. Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park at Great Falls, 11710 MacArthur Blvd. Join park staff as they operate Lock 20 and demonstrate how it works. Lock 20 is next to the Visitors Center at the park. Repeats on Saturdays and Sundays throughout August.
LIVE COMEDY. 8-10 p.m., Rock Bottom Restaurant, 7900 Norfolk Avenue. Live Standup Comedy Show with local DC-area standup comedians. Ongoing on Saturdays. $15. Call 301/946-1102 for more information.
CARS AND COFFEE. 9-11 a.m. Westfield Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Boulevard. Join the Capital Auto Club on the first and third Sunday of every month. Meet at the parking lot near The Cheesecake Factory. Food and beverage will be available at Starbucks, 7-11 and McDonalds. See https://www.westfield.com/montgomery/events
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
50TH ANNUAL ART SHOW. 12-6 p.m, Saturday Sept. 4, Sunday, Sept. 5, Monday, Sept. 6. Reception on Friday, Sept. 3 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Thursday, Sept. 9
THE TRAWICK PRIZE. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E. The Trawick Prize is an annual regional Contemporary Art Awards founded by Carol Trawick. This juried art competition and exhibition was established in 2003, with the top winners receiving a total of $14,000 in prize money: Exhibition runs through Oct. 3, 2021.7700
Friday, Sept. 10
CANSTRUCTION. Westfield Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Boulevard. International charity competition where teams compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food is donated to local food banks Canstruction has raised millions of pounds of food in 170 participating cities and is one of the largest drives for food bank donations in the world. Structures will be displayed through Sept. 22; an awards ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 20. See https://www.westfield.com/montgomery/events
Tuesday Sept 14
INOVA BLOOD DRIVE. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Westfield Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Boulevard. Donate blood via INOVA's "Bloodmobile" at Westside Montgomery, outside the Dining Terrace entrance near Urban Plates. Outside the Dining Terrace entrance near Urban Plates Additional blood drives are scheduled for Tuesdays, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. See https://www.westfield.com/montgomery/events to register.
Thursday, Sept. 16
SCHOOL’S OUT SKATE DAY. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cabin John Ice Rink, 10610 Westlake Drive. On many of the days Montgomery County Public Schools are off, School’s Out Skate Days are on. Bring youth (6-12) for a day full of supervised activities, including a group ice skating lesson, practice skating time, arts and crafts, and fun games. See https://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/schools-out-skate-day/
Saturday, Sept. 18
LOCUST GROVE NATIVE PLANT SALE. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., walk in. Also Sunday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Boulevard. Pre-order call in dates also available on Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/cabin-john-regional-park/locust-grove-nature-center/
Saturday, Sept. 25
KOR-US FEST. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Also, Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. Westfield Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Boulevard. The celebration of the Korean American way of life, Korean heritage & culture, and the beauty of America’s diversity. The event features modern and traditional music and cultural performances, demonstrations, Korean cuisine and more. This event will be held outside, in-between the Nordstrom Parking Garage and Former Sears Lot. See https://www.westfield.com/montgomery/events
Sunday, Sept. 26
SAVE THE TREES. 10 a.m. to noon. Cabin John Regional Park. 7400 Tuckerman Lane. Join Chuck Woolery and Steven Romanoff, Weed Warrior supervisors, for a Sunday morning non-native, invasive plant removal workday in the northern section of Cabin John Regional Park in Potomac. We will be focusing on non-native, invasive vines, including porcelainberry (Ampelopsis glandulosa var. brevipedunculata), wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei), and English ivy (Hedera helix). See https://www.montgomeryparks.org/events
PARKS HALF MARATHON. 6:45 - 10 a.m. Shady Grove Metro, 15903 Somerville Drive. Created by the Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC), the event showcases Montgomery County’s extensive metropolitan park systems while providing runners with a competitive, top-notch race. See https://mcrrc.org/calendar-event/
PUBLIC ART. Bethesda is filled with public art. Browse a portion of the collection of public art on https://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/public-art for descriptions of projects and locations. Includes “Tunnel Vision,” produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, which showcases the work of 12 selected artists inside the Metro Tunnel that runs under Wisconsin Avenue.