December 2 - Book it with Baldacci
Best-selling author David Baldacci discusses his new book, "The Escape," at the Gaithersburg Public Library. Baldacci has published 28 books for adults and four for children; all have been best-sellers. The event is free, seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to bring books to donate to the Feeding Body & Mind Initiative. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
December 5 - Deadline Time
Songwriters and artists take note of this date.
The Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award is looking for the area's best songwriters to earn a performance before a live audience and win a grand prize of $10,000.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival isn't until May, but the deadline to enter is December 5.
December 5-21 - One for the Family
Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Goose is a holiday mystery for the entire family performed at the Arts on the Green. Detective Holmes and his sidekick Doctor Watson are once again on the trail of a crime involving "fowl" play.
December 6 - FREE Family Event
Glen Echo Park invites you to get into the holiday spirit with its annual Winter's Eve Celebration. Activities include holiday gift projects, music and holiday songs, hot chocolate and popcorn and storytelling.
December 6-7 - Breakfast with Santa
Start the holiday season right with breakfast with Santa Claus and holiday craft making at the Kentlands Mansion.
A buffet breakfast, music by the Pritchard Music Academy and a visit from the jolly old elf himself highlight the morning (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.).
Guests are then invited next door to the Arts Barn for the craft making.
Reservations are required. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger.
December 13-14 - The Mini-Nut
Geared toward children, The Mini-Nut is an abbreviated version of the classic favorite, The Nutcracker.
The show is less than an hour and features soaring music and a lively cast. Performances are at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus.
December 20-21, 23 and 26-28
A holiday tradition, The Nutcracker is in its 25th season of magical dolls, dancing snowflakes and enchanting music and thrilling choreography.
Performances are at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on the Montgomery College Rockville campus.
Through January 12 -
Holiday Art Show and Sale
The Popcorn Gallery and Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park will be full of items for your holiday shopping list and beyond - jewelry, art glass, photographs, paintings and more. Check for extended and winter hours.
January 12 - Deadline Time
The Bethesda Film Fest celebrates the work of area documentary filmmakers with screenings beginning in March of 2015, but entry deadline is January 12.