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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

Ongoing - Volunteers Needed
Senior Connection is looking for more volunteers to help senior neighbors get around town for a variety of needs.
Information: www:seniorconnectionmc.org

Every Saturday - Kensington Farmers Market
Nearly 20 vendors provide fresh seafood, meats, waffles, pies, coffees, baked goods, cheeses, eggs and more every Saturday at the Kensington Train Station from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Information: shirley.watson@tok.md.gov


Through February 21 - Heritage
In honor of African American History Month, the city of Gaithersburg presents "Heritage," an exhibit featuring the artwork of Dorothy Brooks, James E. Murphy Jr. and Rodney Sikdar at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. Viewing hours are seven days a week. Information: gaithersburgmd.gov


Through March 20 - Necessarily Invisible
Rachel Hamel's small sculptural paintings that encourage visual and tactile encounters with distance, home, place, displacement, and landscape are on display in the Common Ground Gallery at VisArts in Rockville. Information: www.visartscenter.org


February 12 - Little Hearts Valentine's
Children aged 2 to 5 can make Valentine's cards, read books and decorate cookies at the Lincoln Park Community Center in Rockville from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A small snack will be provided and adult participation is required. A small registration fee is required.
Information: www.rockvillemd.gov


February 12 - Family Valentine's Dance
Families and friends can spend time together making Valentine's crafts and dancing to a DJ spinning great tunes at the Twinbrook Recreation Center in Rockville. Refreshments will be sold. Admission is $3 per person at the door. Information: www.rockvillemd.gov


February 12 - Late Night Teen Valentine's Party Teens in grades 6 to 9 will have the Thomas Farm Community Center in Rockville to hang out with friends, enjoy basketball, dancing, video games and more. Refreshments will be sold. A small registration fee is required. Information: www.rockvillemd.gov


February 13 - Book Sale
The Rockville Friends of the Library (FOL) is holding a used book sale at the Rockville Memorial Library from 10:00 a.m. to noon and from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., featuring Chinese books, CD's and DVD's, how-to books, and children's books for all ages. Most are $1 or less.
Information: rockvillefol@gmail.com


February 14 - Singing the Blues
Ruthie Foster brings her powerhouse voice to the BlackRock Center for the Arts where she will meld together a combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel for a one-night-only performance on Valentine's Day at 5:00 p.m. Information: www.blackrockcenter.org


February 14 - April 4 - James and the Giant Peach Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park presents "James and the Giant Peach," a play for all ages and based on a book by Timothy Allen McDonald. Information: www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org


February 19 - Painting Deadline
Artists 18-years-old and older who are full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., are encouraged to make their submissions for the Bethesda Painting Awards by February 19. Each artist must submit five images, an application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25. Cash awards reach $10,000.
Information: bethesda.org


February 20 - Brahms and Bunch
Arts on the Green invites you to experience the music of Brahms and Bunch at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is part of the sfz salon series. It also features lively conversation with wine for purchase. Information: gaithersburgmd.gov


February 20 - Play in a Day
The 12th annual Play In A Day is a one-of-a-kind theatrical event at Imagination Stage in Bethesda when six local professional theater companies write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays in just 24 hours. Playwrights and directors receive their assigned themes and props the day before their performances, then work through the night to prepare their 10-minute plays. Tickets are $15. Information: bethesda.org


February 20 - Brahms and Bunch
The Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg is hosting its "sfz salon series" with Karin Brown of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra violist performing music of Johannes Brahms and Kenji Bunch. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and each performance includes lively conversation and highlighted wines for purchase. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


February 21 - Rockstravaganza
Eleven bands perform in a back-to-back, rock concert-style format as they compete for top honors in the annual Rockstravaganza at the Olney Theatre Center. The live performances are an opportunity for select jam groups, teachers and staff to show off their musical skills and talents. The event is also a fundraiser with proceeds going towards funding the annual Olney Days Rock The Lot Block Party on May 22. Information: www.rocketeria.biz


February 21 - Pianist Thomas Pandolfi
BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown presents American pianist virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi in a 4:00 p.m. performance called "The Piano, Spanish Romance and the Movies." A graduate of The Juilliard School, Pandolfi will feature pieces by Richard Addinsell, Manuel Ponce, Enrique Granados, rnesto Lecuona, Frederic Chopin, and Manuel de Falla. Information: www.blackrockcenter.org


February 21 - After Hours Series
As part of African American History Month, the Gaithersburg Community Museum continues its monthly
After Hours speaker series with a presentation on Pleasant View and  the Quince Orchard Colored School. Jason Green, a descendant of 19th century families from the Quince Orchard African American community, will be the speaker. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


February 21 - Pleasant View/Quince Orchard Colored School
The Gaithersburg Community Museum invites you to "grow your mind" its after hours speakers series that feature insightful and lively discussions with local historians, curators, authors and cartographers. The cost is $5 and features Jason Green, a descendant of 19th century families from the Quince Orchard African American community.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


February 22 - Cokie Roberts
The Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring is hosting author, journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts for a talk and book signing at 7:30 p.m. She will discuss her newest publication, "Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868." Information: sandyspringmuseum.org


February 24 to March 27 -
You and Me, You and I

Artist Calla Thompson examines our culture and investigates the ways in which power is exchanged, for good and for bad. Her photographic tableaus consider the roles of dissent and scrutiny and can be found at the Gibbs Street Gallery at VisArts in Rockville.
Information: www.visartscenter.org


February 25 - Book Sale
The Rockville Friends of the Library (FOL) is holding a used book sale at the Rockville Memorial Library from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., featuring fiction, media, and children's books for all ages. Most are $1 or less. Information: rockvillefol@gmail.com


February 25 - Screening of HBO's "Caregivers"
Hospice Caring Inc. in Gaithersburg presents a free screening of HBO's Alzheimer's Project film "Caregivers." The 7:00 p.m. screening will be followed discussion and sharing of experiences around caring for people with dementia and fears around the topic. Check-in and refreshments start at 6:30 p.m. Information: Anne Baker at 301.990.0854 or anneb@hospicecaring.org


Through February 26 - Paintings and Illustrations Glenview Gallery in Rockville is exhibiting paintings by oil painter Christopher Mangan and illustrator and graphic designer Michael Auger. Information: www.rockvillemd.gov/glenviewgallery


February 27 - Swordswallowers Day
Presented by the Circus of Wonders, one-of-a-kind performance artist Harley Newman will be in Bethesda to celebrate World Swordswallowers Day by walking barefoot on sharp swords, swallowing swords, escaping from a straitjacket and other amazing feats. Information: www.circusofwonders.com


Through February 27 - A Grand Night for Singing Arts on the Green presents A Grand Night for Singing, a Broadway tribute showcasing the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


Through February 27 - Traces of Catherine
BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown hosts Catherine Day's solo exhibition Traces, a unique series of 26 unstaged digital images captured with her current camera of choice, the iPhone. Information: www.blackrockcenter.org


February 27 - Flea Market
Discover bargains at Gaithersburg's indoor flea market from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center. Vendor space is available and admission for the public is free. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


Through mid-March - Volunteers Needed
The city of Rockville is seeking volunteers to shovel snow for seniors in the Rockville area. Information: seniorcenter@rockvillemd.gov


March 5 - 20 - Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
In partnership with Kensington Arts Theatre 2nd Stage, Arts on the Green presents Fiddler on the Roof Jr., a special one-hour adaptation of the classic Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


Through March 6 - Debbie Miller
The Montgomery Art Association presents Debbie Miller as its featured artist of the month at the MAA Gallery in Westfield Wheaton Mall.
Information: www.montgomeryart.org


March 6 - Documentary Film
BlackRock Center for the Arts presents the fifth of its series of six documentary films - "REBEL" directed Maria Agui Carter. The film starts at 4:00 p.m. and tickets are $5.
Information: www.blackrockcenter.org


March 7 - Look Good, Feel Better
Hope Connections for Cancer Support presents a free, hands-on workshop for women with cancer from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Beaumont House in Bethesda. Conducted by volunteer cosmetologist Erika Manso, the workshop includes skin care, makeup application and a demonstration on how to use wigs, scarves and hats to help a woman cope with the side effects of cancer treatment. Patients must be undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment and RSVP is required. Information: info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org or 301.634.7500

March 8 - Flashes on the Map
The Gaithersburg Community Museum invites you to "grow your mind" its after hours speakers series that feature insightful and lively discussions with local historians, curators, authors and cartographers. The cost is $5 and features Leo Dillon, a U.S. Department of State cartographer.Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


March 9 - Lung Cancer
Hope Connections for Cancer Support presents a session by Dr. Stephen Liu of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on the impact of immunotherapy on the treatment of advanced lung cancer, along with the risks, management of toxicity and future treatments from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Beaumont House in Bethesda. RSVP is required. Information: info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org or 301.634.7500


March 12 - Flea Market
Discover bargains at Gaithersburg's indoor flea market from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center. Vendor space is available and admission for the public is free. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


March 12 to May 9
The Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club is sponsoring a seasonal, self-guided Kenwood Cherry Blossoms and Spring Flowers Walk in Bethesda. The 10 km walk, rated 2A, is on the Capitol Crescent Trail and on streets through the Kenwood neighborhood with beautiful cherry blossoms and spring flowers. You must register for the walk. Information: Maribeth Evans, 301.946.5496 or gammie0612@verizon.net


March 14 - Lymphedema
Hope Connections for Cancer Support presents a free session by physical therapist and lymphedema specialist Janet Sobel who will discuss myths and facts about lymphedema and how to go about returning to or embarking on an exercise for wellness lifestyle, including lymphoma protection, osteoporosis considerations and posture correction from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Beaumont House in Bethesda. RSVP is required. Information: info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org or 301.634.7500


March 16 - Celebration of Hope Gala
Hope Connections for Cancer Support presents its annual celebration of survivorship and those who support Hope Connections for Cancer Support's mission from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Information: info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org or 301.634.7500


Through March 18 - Germantown Art
Arts on the Green presents an exhibit featuring artwork by members of the Art League of Germantown at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg. The league was founded to further the careers of artists of all skill levels and to bring an appreciation of fine art and crafts to the community. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


March 16, 2016 - Redhot & Blue
The Weekday Cultural Arts Performance Series returns to Arts Barn in Gaithersburg with a concert by Redhot & Blue which features Yale University's oldest coed jazz and cappella group. The concert is at 1:00 p.m. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


March 19 - Morse Code & the Telegraph
The Discovery Days series at the Gaithersburg Community Museum continues with demonstrations and experimentations on the telegraph and Morse Code. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


March 19 - The Violin
The Arts on the Green in Gaithersburg is hosting its "sfz salon series" with Alex Shiozaki collaborating with his pianist wife Nana Shi performing music for the violin by Faure, Ives, Granados and Satoh. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and each performance includes lively conversation and highlighted wines for purchase.
Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov


March 20 - Bridal Showcase
The Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg is hosting its annual Spring Bridal Showcase from noon to 4:00 p.m. A variety of professional wedding vendors, including caterers, photographers, event planners, musicians, makeup artists, hotel representatives and more, will be available to meet one-on-one with brides-to-be. Admission is $5 and there will be door prizes throughout the day. Information: gaithersburgmd.gov


March 26 - Kites over Clarksburg
The eighth annual Kites over Clarksburg at Ovid Hazen Wells Park is a free and fun family event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring canned food and gently used eyeglasses and hearing aids to support local charities. There will be raffles, games and activities in addition to kite flying. Information: clarksburgkites@gmail.com


April 3 - Documentary Film
BlackRock Center for the Arts presents the last of its series of six documentary films - "Deaf Jam" directed by Judy Lieff. The film starts at 4:00 p.m. and tickets are $5. Information: www.blackrockcenter.org


April 15-17 - Literary Festival
The 16th annual Bethesda Literary Festival celebrates the diversity of modern literature by hosting a variety of local and national authors, journalists and poets that includes more than 20 free events throughout downtown Bethesda. Information: www.bethesda.org


April 17 - Trains
Celebrate Gaithersburg's long and storied history with the railroad by viewing old train displays and cabooses and locomotives on display as well as hands-on learning from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Information: gaithersburgmd.gov


April 24 - Kensington Book Festival
More than 100 authors, literary and community organizations will participate in the Kensington Book Festival in Old Town Kensington. To celebrate the International Day of the Book, there will be readings, children's stage, special guests, live music, food trucks, and much more. The family-friendly activities are free.  Information: www.dayofthebook.com or kensingtonbookfestival16@gmail.com


May 21 - Book Festival
Billed as a "celebration of books, writers, and literary excellence," the popular festival attracts hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country to the park-like grounds in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.
Information: www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org


June 25-26 - Montgomery County Heritage Days
Explore child-friendly, interactive exhibits and enjoy musical entertainment  and special activities at the Museum and Latitude Observatory in Gaithersburg. Information: www.gaithersburgmd.gov




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