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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 November 29 - Metalwork
Gallery B in Bethesda is hosting Metalwork 2014, a juried show by members of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths that features jewelry, sculpture and art. Check for gallery hours.   
Information: www.bethesda.org

 December 1,3,5 & 9 - For Parents
The Parent Encouragement Program in Kensington is hosting a series of workshops for parents with kids age 4-14. Topics include how to solve sibling problems, disciplining without punishment, setting limits and developing grit with a growth mindset. Registration is required and the cost is $33 per session.  
Information: www.pepparent.org

 December 2 - January 4
Three Dimensional Art

Gordon Lyon is December's featured artist at the Montgomery Art Association Gallery in Wheaton Plaza. A sculptor who explores abstraction in three dimensions, Lyon offers a full range of representations.
 Information: www.montgomeryart.org

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.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

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.
Information: bethesda.org

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.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

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.
Information: www.glenechopark.org

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.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

 December 7 - January 2
Variety is the Spice

The Glenview Mansion Art Gallery hosts the Rockville Art League's juried members' exhibit featuring oil, watercolor, sculpture and more. There is a free reception when the exhibit opens on December with musical performances by the Rockville Singers, Victoria Lyric Opera Company and Capital Accord Chorus.
Information: www.rockvillemd.gov

 December 9 - Topical Tuesday
The Gaithersburg Community Museum features "A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History" by speaker Tim Grove of the National Air and Space Museum. The cost is $5 per session.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.org

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.
Information: www.marylandyouthballet.org

 December 14 - Santa Claus
Kids can enjoy a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Glenview Mansion in Rockville, participate in arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt while local groups - Heavenly Handbells of Trinity Lutheran Church, Heart of Maryland Chorus and Watkins Mill High School Chamber Singers - provide the music.
Information: www.rockvillemd.gov

 December 14 - Christmas with Seamus
Arts on the Green presents Celtic Christmas with Seamus Kennedy at the Kentlands Mansion to the celebrate the holiday season with contemporary and traditional songs of Ireland and Scotland.
Information: www:gaihersburgmd.org

December 20-21, 23 and 26-28
The Nutcracker

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.
Information: www.marylandyouthballet.org

 December 21 - Music and Merriment
The Glenview Mansion in Rockville will host performances by the Richard Montgomery High School Madrigals, The Encore Singers and the Harmony Express.  
Information: www.rockvillemd.org

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.
Information: www.glenechopark.org

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.
Information: www.bethesda.org

 January 13 - Topical Tuesday
The Gaithersburg Community Museum features "Differing Historical Perspectives on Slavery in Maryland and the District of Columbia" by speaker James H. Johnston, historian and author on slavery. The cost is $5 per session.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.org

 January 31 - Sign Up
Glen Echo Park begins registration for its popular spring and summer classes and camps. There is always something for everyone.
Information: www.glenechopark.org

 February 10 - Topical Tuesday
The Gaithersburg Community Museum features "Maryland's Wild Acres" by speaker Kerrry Wixted of the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. The cost is $5 per session.
 Information: www.gaithersburgmd.org


CURRENT ISSUE // December/January 2015

This footbridge takes you to one of Montgomery County’s most historic spots and its most precious national park. But maybe we’ve said too much already. Deadline for entry, January 15.
CONTEST WINNER Josephine Samuel of North Bethesda identified the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department as the site of the twisted steel beam from the World Trade Center site.