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Aug. 16 to Sept. 14: The Art Glass Center at Glen Echo will present a show featuring innovative art and jewelry. "Glass: Visions & Voices" will showcase how artists move from vision to voice in creating their art. Dates and times vary. Information:

Glen Echo Park/Bumper Car Pavilion Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy a weekend of Irish music and dancing featuring a wide variety of the area's top performers. Aug. 30 - Noon to 4:00 p.m. – Throughout the Park Glen Echo Park's open house features free classes, demonstrations, and  open studios. Drop in on one. Information:

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1: The Paint the Town Art Show and Plein Air Event in Kensington will display the works of local artists over Labor Day Weekend. Works in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, mixed media and sculpture will be on display and for sale at the Kensington Armory/Town Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on August 30-31 and from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 1. The show is in connection with the Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival on Sept. 1. Admission is free. Information:

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1: Glen Echo Park invites you to submit an application for the park's 44th Annual Labor Day Art Show. Along with other Labor Day weekend programs, the exhibition is a park tradition that draws more than 9,000 students, teachers, and art enthusiasts. More than 250 area artists will display their works that include sculpture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Applications are due by August 3 at 5:00 p.m. The exhibition will be held in the Spanish Ballroom from August 30-September 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sept. 5 – The Sweater Set will kick off the city of Gaithersburg's annual Backyard Concerts with a free performance at Diamond Farms Park. The duo of Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin play contemporary folk music with a variety of instruments, from the banjo to accordion. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair. Donations of nonperishable food items to be given to area food banks are welcome.

Sept. 6-7: All aboard! Train enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy All Aboard Kensington, a benefit for the Noyes Childrens Library Foundation and the Kensington Historical Society. Model trains will chug around the tracks in the Kensington Armory/Town Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. On September 6, the Dixie Land Express Band will perform at 11:00 a.m. and on September 7 Matthew Dodd will present stories and songs about the railroad starting at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Sept. 19: Come see the stars at Observatory Park in Gaithersburg. Experience music, magic and stargazing as part of the city of Gaithersburg's annual Backyard Concerts. Magic man Benjamin Corey defies gravity with interactive comedy and magic while The Chromatics will be present its high-energy vocals about science, technology and life. Bring your own telescope as a stargazing guide will be on hand to present celestial assistance.

September 20 - 8:00 p.m. - Black Rock Center
Feeling like the blues? Deanna Bogart is an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist and multifaceted musician known for her genre-free zone. Recognized for her dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals and cut-above songwriting, she combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion."

September 27 - 8:30 p.m - Black Rock Center
Want to laugh it up? District Comedy is back for another laugh-riot performance. The DC-based group brings its urban edginess back to the suburbans. Come enjoy some local humor, some beer and wine, and laugh up a storm in Black Rock's dance theatre that’ll be set up with special café club

October 3 - 7:30 p.m. - Black Rock Center
Time to dance up a storm. This 45-minute, Latin and dance lesson followed by a dance party will have learning new moves, getting some exercise, listening to live music and socializing.

October 4 - 7:30 p.m. - Black Rock Center
Looking for some family fun? The Spencers’ Theatre of Illusion is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality that’s presented with theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production and the high energy of a rock concert. They have even been described as “modern day Houdinis."

Annual Taste of Bethesda
Oct. 10: The annual Taste of Bethesda is back for another year of fine food and music. More than 50 restaurants will be providing delicious samples while five stages of entertainment will fill the air with the sounds of live music. The Taste of Bethesda is also seeking volunteers to help with set-up, ticket and drink sales and other areas.



You’re standing in the middle of 25 acres of sunflowers, planted not for their beauty or for public enjoyment but, to attract wildlife, specifically doves, for the hunt. The fields are in full bloom mid- to late-summer. But they seem to attract more photographers than hunters. Many a wedding or engagement photo has been staged here. A beautiful summer sunrise makes an ideal image, although sunflowers seem to make a good picture anytime.

CONTEST WINNER Barbara Hightower of Potomac identifed the stone building at the corner of River Road and Seven Locks and from a random drawing wins a framed print. The building is one of the oldest standing structures in Montgomery County, built in the mid-18th century, originally as a blacksmith shop.