Montgomery community calendar, March 21-28

March 20, 2013
Thursday, March 21

Conservatory spring-flowers display, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through April 14. Brookside Gardens Conservatory, 1500 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

Downloading e-books and audiobooks, guidance in downloading from the library’s digital collection to your WiFi-enabled device. 10:15 a.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St. Free; registration required. 240-773-9444.

Free tax-return assistance programs, Thursdays, for seniors and low-income households. RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide: By appointment, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free. 240-777-2577 or www.montgomeryserves.org. AARP volunteers: By appointment, starting at 11 a.m. Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): First-come, first-served, starting at 3 p.m. Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. 240-777-0678. Assistance with returns also will be available Saturdays at the Rockville Memorial Library (240-777-0140) and Wednesdays at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library in Burtonsville (240-777-2577).

Environmental Film Festival, six feature-film premieres through Sunday. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 202-342-2564 or www.afi.com.

“Eliminating Hunger” food drive needs volunteers, adults and students (student service learning hours can be earned) are needed to work two-hour shifts next month collecting canned and other nonperishable food items. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation. 301-760-7447, www.mcmfusa.org or mcmfusa@gmail.com.

Ben’s Run, register for the annual 5K run and one-mile run/walk in memory of Ben Goldfogle, an 11-year-old who lost his life to complications related to leukemia in 2009. Proceeds from the April 20 event will benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center. Stonegate Elementary School, 14811 Notley Rd., Silver Spring. $25, registration required. Age 4 and younger, free. www.bensrun.org.

Meals on Wheels volunteers needed, deliveries in the Gaithersburg area take place during late morning/early afternoon. Pick-ups are at Asbury Methodist Village, Kindley Center, 333 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-216-4200, or 301-253-4626.

Cherry blossoms and spring flowers walk, the self-guided 10K trail and 5K option can be walked daily along the Capital Crescent Trail, through a Kenwood neighborhood and on city streets. Sponsored by Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club. Map available at Starbucks at the Shops at Sumner Place, 4611 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda. 301-946-5496 or gammie0612@verizon.net.

Friday, March 22

Folk music, a performance by the Brothers Four, sponsored by the World Folk Music Association. 8 p.m., Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. $40; in advance, $35. 866-412-5943 or www.wfma.net.

Saturday, March 23

“Prism” glass-art show, an exhibit featuring the work of nine studio artists working in kiln-formed glass. Open weekends and by appointment through April 14. Glen Echo Park, Photoworks Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free. 301-634-2273.

Ikenobo and Ikebana exhibit, Japanese flower arrangements. Sponsored by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400.

Migratory-birds birdwalk, for age 6 and older; listen and watch for birds flying back north. Take binoculars or borrow from the host. 9-10 a.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $5; registration required. 301-962-1480 or parkpass.org.

Fine Journal Design workshop, a presentation on bookbinding fundamentals by Sarah McDermott; participants will create a custom personal journal. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. $80; registration required. 301-774-0022 or www.sandyspringmuseum.org.

Twinbrook History talk, a presentation by Richard Longstreth on “Building Houses, Creating Community: Joseph Geeraert and Twinbrook.” First in a series of lectures on Rockville’s modern planned communities; hosted by Peerless Rockville. 10 a.m., Twinbrook Community Recreation Center Annex, 12920 Twinbrook Pkwy. Free. 301-762-0096.

Nature walk for children, for age 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult, “Outdoor Discoveries: Amphibians,” includes a hike to a pond to search for frogs and toads. 1-2 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. $5; registration required. 301-924-4141 or parkpass.org.

Theater: “Bhopal,” Natya Bharati presents a staging of Rahul Varma’s “Bhopal,” about the 1984 chemical-plant tragedy. 3 p.m., Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr. $20-$30. 240-252-4542 or www.natyabharati.org.

Documentary Filmfest, screening of five short films made locally: “Baffle Their Minds With Bullsh*t, Kerry Leigh,” “Into the Lime Light, “The Plan,” “Porchfest,” and “The Rights of Butterflies.” A discussion with filmmakers will follow. Sponsored by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. 8 p.m., Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. $10. 301-280-1660 or www.bethesda.org.

Sunday, March 24

“Better Treasures” art sale and silent auction, fine art, folk art, modern and traditional pieces and limited editions. 9 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-348-3770 or www.jccgw.org.

Spring bridal show, wedding vendors and the latest fashions. Door prizes and more. Noon-4 p.m., Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. $5. 301-258-6425 or www.gaithersburgmd.gov.

Nature center open house, for all ages; an “outdoor classroom” featuring plants and animals in their natural environments. 1-4 p.m., Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. Free. 301-528-3492 or www.BlackHillNature.org.

The Oratorio Choir and Orchestra, a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” to benefit MobileMed, a local organization that provides health services to low-income and uninsured people in Montgomery County. 5 p.m., St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9100 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-588-4363. Free-will offering.

Monday, March 25

Nursing-home Medicaid talk, a presentation by staff from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services on the differences between Medicaid and Medicare; with a question-and-answer session. 2 p.m. Monday, Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. 240-773-9410; 4 p.m. Tuesday, Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. 240-777-0240.

English-courses homework help, for ages 5 to 18; guidance from Paint Branch High School English Honor Society students. 4-6 p.m. Mondays, Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

Tuesday, March 26

Downloading e-books, first-come, first served, one-on-one instruction on using your e-reader to download library books and audiobooks. Take a WiFi-enabled device. 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

Morning book discussion, a talk about “The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story,” Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction work about the sheltering of Jews at the Warsaw Zoo during the German invasion of Poland. 10:15 a.m., White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-773-9555.

Friday Morning Music Club, the chamber music concert will feature works for clarinet, cello and piano; violin and cello; and piano for four hands. Noon, Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave. Free. 202-333-2075 or www.fmmc.org.

Chess Club, for age 8 and older; learn to play or improve your skills. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

Wednesday, March 27

Family Geocaching Adventure, for age 8 and older; learn how to use a Global Positioning System unit to seek out local caches during a scenic hike. Take a snack and water. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. $10; registration required. 301-924-4141 or parkpass.org.

Thursday, March 28

Children’s blankets project volunteers needed, the April 5 event will feature volunteers knitting, crocheting and quilting blankets for local needy children. Yarn and fabric provided. For time, location and other information, call 301-460-5451 (ask for Pat). Sponsored by the Montgomery County Association for Family and Community Education.

“Otus the Owl” storytime, for ages 2 to 10 accompanied by an adult; hear a story about owls, acquire hooting skills and meet Otus the Owl. Take a camera. 10 a.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. $3; registration required. 301-258-4030 or parkpass.org.

Historic home tour, for adults; a guided tour spotlighting the mansion’s architecture. 11 a.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free; tickets required. 301-581-5100 or www.strathmore.org.

Turtle Trail, for age 5 and older; a naturalist leads a walk to look for newly emerged turtles. 11:30 a.m., Black Hill Regional Park, Visitors Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. $5; registration required. 301-528-
3492 or parkpass.org.

Nursing-home Medicaid talk, a presentation by staff from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services on the differences between Medicaid and Medicare; with a question-and-answer session. 1 p.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St. Free. 240-773-9444.

School Break Film Festival, for ages 3 to 7, accompanied by an adult; a selection of short movies. 2-3 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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