• Farmers Fresh Farmers Fresh There is a long list of benefits that make Montgomery County one of the most desirable places to live in the country.
  • Shape Up, Summer Fitness Shape Up, Summer Fitness The days are longer, the weather is warmer and beach season is coming up.
  • Pondering This Year’s Project? Pondering This Year’s Project?
  • Upcounty/Downcounty… Upcounty/Downcounty… … for long-time Montgomery County residents, the nomenclature is as distinctive and meaningful as Manhattan and Brooklyn would be to a New Yorker. Two words, two worlds.

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Ongoing - Class Registration
The BlackRock Center for the Arts is accepting registration for a variety of expanded winter classes including dance, music, theater and visual arts. Classes are for youths and adults.
 Information: www.blackrockcenter.org

Through - April 12 - My Little Town
Photoworks at Glen Echo Park is presenting a juried show, My Little Town: A Juried Photography Exhibition About Washington, D.C, juried by local award-winning photographer Peter Garfield. His exhibition showcases the neighborhoods and local stomping grounds of the nation's capital. Information: www.glenechopark.org

March 19 to May 3 - Jack and the Beanstalk
The Puppet Co. presents Jack and the Beanstalk, the wonderful, classic tale of a young lad and a giant. Information: www.thepuppetco.org

 April 10-26 - Almost Normal
Arts on the Green presents Next to Normal, the Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical. Brian Yorkey provides the book and lyrics and Tom Kitt the music as they tell the story of how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. It is appropriate for ages 15 and up. Admission is $22. Information: www:gaithersburgmd.gov

 April 11 - National Philharmonic
The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda will host the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale led by conductor Victoria Gau. A free pre-concert lecture will be offered in the Concert Hall at 6:45 p.m. Information: www.nationalphilharmonic.org

 April 11 - Be a Hero
The Montgomery College Department of Visual and Performing Act - Takoma/Silver Spring - will present The Hero of Everything at the Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and $5 for students. Information: www.interactstory.com/plays

 April 12 - To Kill a Mockingbird
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville will present Harper Lee's famous classic of racial injustice in small town Deep South.
Information: www.rockvillemd.gov

 Through April 12 - Sculptures and Paintings
VisArts in Rockville is presenting a survey of Joel D'Orazio's sculptures and paintings from 1992 to today. It showcases his proclivity for inventive manipulations of materials. Information: www.visartscenter.org

 April 16 - Peter Mulvey
Singer and songwriter Peter Mulvey will be performing his indie folk/rock songs at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. He will lead a workshop at 3:00 p.m., then perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the concert only and $45 for both events.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

 April 17-19 - Literary Festival
The 19th annual Bethesda Literary Festival will celebrate the diversity of modern literature by featuring a variety of local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as writing contests and children's events. Events are free and throughout downtown Bethesda.
Information: www.bethesda.org

 April 19 - Cave Dwellers
In partnership with Montgomery Playhouse, Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents a staged reading of The Cave Dwellers by William Saroyan. Admission is $10. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

 Through April 19 - Paintings and Ceramics
The paintings of Lawrence Charity, Nina Graybill and Linda Orenstein and the ceramics of Sherine Emanuele and Jennifer Hamilton are on display at the Arts Barn Main Gallery while the Invitational Gallery features artwork by students of Natalya Parris.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

 April 20 - Jubilee Association Toast
The Jubilee Association of Maryland, which provides community living support for adults with developmental disabilities, will be hosting and toasting Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center. The annual event is the group's primary fundraiser.
Information: www.jubileemd.org

 Through April 21 - Pennies a Page
Noyes Children's Library in Kensington is holding its annual read-a-thon and fundraiser, followed by a dance party on April 25.
Information: www.noyeslibraryfoundation.org

 April 24 - Arts Gala
BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown is holding its annual gala - KALEIDOSCOPE: Bringing Art and Community Together - to highlight center's mission to bring a wide variety of arts programming and arts education to upper Montgomery County. Tickets cost $250 and sponsorships range from $325 to $10,000.
Information: www.blackrockcenter.org

 Through April 24 - Jazz and Oil
The Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville will open its April exhibition with a free reception to meet the artists on March 29 to include a jazz concert by Barbara Martin and Robert Redd. Artwork includes work Jorge Berbal (encaustic monotypes) and Alexey Zoob (oil paintings on linen).Information: www.rockvillemd.gov

 April 25 - National Philharmonic Singers
The singers will conduct a free spring concert at 8:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville. They will present a wide variety of choral music featuring traditional favorites by Brahms.
Information: www.nationalphilharmonic.org

 Through April 25 - Sea Paintings
The BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown is presenting an exhibition of oil paintings by Stephen Estrada. His Sea Paintings will be on view in the Kay Gallery. There is also a free reception to meet the artist on April 19. Information: www.blackrockcenter.org

 April 26 - Paws in the Park
One of the area's biggest dog walking events - Paws in the Park - is back for its 17th year at Bohrer Park at Summit Farm in Gaithersburg. A signature special event of the Montgomery County Humane Society, the event helps raise money for the rescue, care and adoption of  homeless and abandoned animals. The one-mile dog walk includes pet contests and games, demonstrations, children's activities, a pet-oriented market  featuring more than 50 vendors, food, music and more. Information: www.mchumane.org/paws

 Through April 26 - Orange All Around
VisArts in Rockville is presenting All Appears Orange, a multi-media installation by Krista Caballero in the Common Ground Gallery. Caballero will give a talk on April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Information: www.rockvillemd.gov

 Through April 26 - Wood Sculptures
VisArts in Rockville presents a solo exhibition of recent wood sculptures by Jeffery Cooper in the Concourse Gallery. Cooper, a former mathematician for 40 years, will give a talk on Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Information:www.visartscenter.org

 May 1 - Magic and Mayhem
Magic and Mayhem Magician David London brings his popular combination of storytelling, comedy, puppetry, surrealism, philosophy and "that which cannot be defined" to the Arts Barn in The Kentlands. It promises to be an evening of laughs, mystery and the unexpected. Tickets are $18 and $12 for those 14 and under.
Information: www:gaithersburgmd.gov

 Through May 3 - James Vissari
The Montgomery Art Association MAA Gallery in Wheaton presents local artist James Vissari of Rockville as its featured artist of the month. An opening reception is April 12 at 1:00 p.m.
Information: www.montgomeryart.org

 Through May 10 - Evolution
An exhibit featuring the artwork of John Arnold, Howard Clark, Bonnie Fields, Amy Jackson, Christine Medley, and Kate Nagle will on display at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

 May 16 - Books for All
The Gaithersburg Book Festival will have award-winning and best-selling authors and illustrators on hand to help bring literature to life for readers of all ages on the ground of City Hall.
Information: www:gaithersburgbookfestival.org

 June 14 - Reluctant Dragon
In partnership with Montgomery Playhouse, Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg presents a staged reading of The Reluctant Dragon by Ed Monk. Admission is $10.
Information: www:gaithersburgmd.gov


CURRENT ISSUE // April/May 2015

Montgomery Writes

Montgomery Writes

Along side one of the county’s busiest cross-county arteries, the foundation and chimney of what was likely once a simple log cabin remain perfectly tended, but unmarked and without a history attached to them. Deadline for entry, May 10.
Melanie Alexion of North Potomac identified the Dickerson train station, built by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1891 and now a stop on the MARC train line.