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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:

Sept. 3 to Sept. 27:The Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards finalists for the 2014 Trawick Prize have been selected and the artwork of the nine finalists will be on display at Gallery B in Bethesda. The finalists were selected from more than 400 applicants. Information:

Through Oct. 10: Gaithersburg's Arts on the Green presents an exhibit of acrylics and pastels featuring the works of three local artists: Donna Baron, Peggy Dunn and Marlene Sapperstein. The exhibit at the Kentlands Mansion features acrylics and pastels. Viewing hours are by appointment. Information:

Sept. 3-Oct. 5: Julius Kassovic has a passion for photography and his magical ability to capture the transient beauty in the waters of a small creek. His work is being exhibited at VisArts in Rockville. Admission is free. Information:

September 4-7, September 11-14, September 18-21, September 25-28: Glen Echo Park is offering a variety of dance classes through the month of September: blues, contra, swing, waltz, Argentine tango, contra and square, salsa, ballroom, family, zydeco and Balboa DJ. Times, presenters and admission prices vary.

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.

September 6: The Montgomery College Department of Visual and Performing Arts (Takoma/Silver Spring campus) presents an evening of laughter with Drew the Dramatic Fool. The show is family-friendly and promises good times for all as it reinvents the timeless art of comedy. Information:

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. 9-10, 13: The city of Rockville is looking for volunteers to help count bicyclists and pedestrians at several intersections in town. It will use the information to help assess if certain projects are meeting their goals of increasing bicycle and pedestrian activity. The two-hour shifts on September 9-10 run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the September 13 shift is from noon to 2:00 p.m. Information: Email Kevin Belanger at

Sept. 12: The popular Bethesda Art Walk returns for another Friday night walk about town from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Participating galleries include Bethesda Fine Art, Consider It Done, Gallery B, Studio B, Waverly Street Gallery and the "Tunnel Vision" public art exhibition in the Bethesda Metro station tunnel. The galleries showcase local, national and international artists. Information:

Sept. 16 to Oct. 14: The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture presents an exhibition in its Stone Tower Gallery featuring a variety of adornments, including fiber  art, clothing, and sculptural jewelry. Information:

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.

Sept. 20 to Oct. 26: The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture presents an exhibition in its Popcorn Gallery celebrating work by metal artists Blair Anderson and Mawadda Alaswadi. The techniques used by the two artists amount to a tour of silversmithing history.

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.