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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 March 15- Out of Nothing
Glen Echo Park Partnership is presenting Out Of Nothing, an exhibit by Blair Anderson and Michael Edwards. The exhibition at the Popcorn Gallery highlights the exciting new is emerging from The Bahamas.
Information: www.glenechopark.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 5 - Help the Homeless
The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless is holding its 25th anniversary fundraising gala to benefit its programs to end homelessness in MoCo. Information: www.mcch.net

March 7 - House Tour
You can support the arts at Glen Echo Park while walking through some of the area's most beautiful homes on the park's house tour fundraiser. It runs from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and tour includes two restored castles and two remarkable contemporary homes. A donation of $75 covers your ticket. Information: www.glenechopark.org

March 7 to 29 - Down the River
Glen Echo Park Partnership is presenting a solo exhibition of work by Jonathan Weiner at the Park View Gallery. The photographic narrative takes you down the Potomac River.
Information: www.glenechopark.org

March 7 - Solo Concert
Singer songwriter Jon Langford will lead a workshop and then perform in concert at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. The workshop begins at 3:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The Welsh-born Langford is best known for his work with The Mekons and The Waco Brothers. Tickets are $45 for both events and $25 for the concert only.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

March 8 - Discovery Days
The secrets of rocks and minerals found in Montgomery County are unlocked at the Gaithersburg Community Museum starting at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

March 14 - Trios and Sonatas
Arts on the Green in The Kentlands presents the third of the three-part Shostakovich Project. It is performed by Jennifer Kim on violin, Danielle Cho on cello and Wenyin Chan on piano. Tickets are $25 and $12 those 18 and under. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

March 14-29 - Willy Wonka Jr.
In partnership with Kensington Arts Theatre - 2nd Stage, the Arts on the Green presents "Willy Wonka, Jr.," a wonderful children's musical. Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley provide the lyrics and music while the play was adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald. Tickets for the play at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg are $20 and $12 for children 14 and under. The show is appropriate for ages 4 and up. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.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

 March 20 - 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

March 20 - Dolley Madison
"Dolley Madison, Presidentress"  is an original, one-woman play about Dolley Madison, the wife of James Madison, the fourth president of the U.S. Award-winning actress Mara Bayewitz is a one-woman show. The play is presented in partnership with Sandy Spring Theatre Group at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

 March 21 - 25 Years of Care
Hospice Caring, Inc., a volunteer-based, non-medical hospice and grief support nonprofit in Gaithersburg, will celebrate its 25th anniversary of providing care by holding its "Concert for Caring" with live music by the Bobby Lewis Blues Band. The concert will be held at the Rockville Elks Lodge starting at 8:00 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, door prizes, dancing and refreshments. Tickets are $20 in advance. Information: www.hospicecaring.org

 March 21 - Def Leppard Drummer
Drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard will be exhibiting works from his latest collection, "Angels and Icons," at the Wentworth Gallery in Bethesda from noon to 3:00 p.m. Admission for all registered guests is complimentary and a RSVP is recommended.
Information: www.wentworth-art.com

 March 21-22 - Gems and Rocks
The Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County will host its 51st annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. More than 20 dealers will have gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites and crystals for sale. Tickets are $6 and free for those age 12 and under. Information: www.glmsmc.com

 Through - March 22 - Shadow Echos
The Common Ground Gallery in Rockville is featuring Nicole Lenzi and her site-specific drawings that utilizes both two and three dimensions. The result is an expanded notion of drawing as a relationship between time, thought, mark and space.
Information: www.visartcenter.org

Through March 22 - Three Times Art
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton is featuring a three-person show of artwork - nature scene, florals and animals - by Cathy Hirsh, Elizabeth Stecher and Vicky Surles. Information: www.brooksidegardens.org

 March 28 - Aztec Two-Step
The popular folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step will perform at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The concert will feature classic Aztec Two-Step songs as well as tributes to Simon & Garfunkel and the Everly Brothers. The pair has been recording songs and performing concerts almost continuously since its first big hit in 1972. Tickets range between $15 and $32.
Information: www.blackrockcenter.org

Through April 1 - Tax Help
The city of Rockville is hosting free sessions to help low and moderate-income families with their tax preparation. Families who earned less than $53,000 in 2014 can receive free tax advice from IRS-certified professionals and volunteers. Appointments are available on the first and third Wednesday until April 1 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Rockville City Hall.
Information: www.rockvillemd.gov

April 4 - Baby Bazaar
The Gaithersburg Indoor Baby Bazaar will feature deals on gently-used or new baby and children's merchandise, including clothes, shoes, toys, games, strollers, furniture, and bedding. Some general flea market items will also be available.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov

April 26 - Science Day
The Rockville Consortium for Science invites organizations and individuals to bring a hands-on exhibit to the 26th Annual Rockville Science Day. Exhibit spaces are all around the campus at the Universities at Shady Grove.
Information: www.rockvillesciencecenter.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

 May 1 - Magic and Mayhem
May 1 - 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


CURRENT ISSUE // February/March 2015

You’re obviously waiting for a train on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad line. This station was built in 1891. It was designed by E. Francis Baldwin, whose unique trackside central bay window offered the practicality of a V-shape, allowing the station master to see in both directions on what was then a single-line track. This original building is one of the county’s historic sites. Deadline for entry, March 15.
CONTEST WINNERJudith Teich of North Bethesda
identified the footbridge near Cabin John that leads to the C&O Canal.