Bethesda “Text/Message,” exhibit by Kanika Sircar features ceramic vessels and wall pieces that focus on the aesthetic and visual impact of writing. 12-6 p.m. through Saturday, Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. Free. 301-951-9441.
Wheaton private group horticultural tours, private horticultural tours can be accommodated throughout the year for clubs and other organizations. Call for details or to schedule a tour. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $5 for each participant, minimum $25. 301-962-1407.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase shrimp and oyster feast fundraiser tickets are available for the Oct. 13 all-you-can-eat steamed shrimp and fried oysters fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. 5020 Battery Lane. $45 per person. 301-977-6634.
Fulks Corner farmers market, locally grown produce, baked goods and more. 1-6 p.m., Fulks Corner Avenue at Route 355, Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350 or www.gaithersburgmd.gov/markets.
Gaithersburg “Evenings in Olde Towne,” the Olney Big Band will play final concert in the outdoor series. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Visit theWeb site for a list of performances. 5 p.m., City Hall, Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350 or www.gaithersburgmd.gov/onstage.
Growing native plants, tips on buying plants and planning a native-plant garden. 6-7 p.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. $5, online registration required. Course No. 246349. 301-765-8660 or parkpass.org.
Rockville Chamber Player Series, an evening of music for solo percussion by the U.S. Air Force Band. 7:30 p.m., Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Free.
Kensington parenting workshop, for parents, caregivers and educators of children ages 5 to 12, a three-session presentation titled “Limit Setting.” Sponsored by the Parent Encouragement Program, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Kensington Baptist Church, 10100 Connecticut Ave. $90 per person for three sessions, registration required. 301-929-8824 or www.pepparent.org.
Glen Echo blues dance, beginner’s dance workshop, 8:15 p.m., followed by dancing until 11 p.m. Sponsored by Capital Blues. 8:15-11:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Ballroom Annex, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2222 or www.capitalblues.org.
Autumn tour of McCrillis Gardens, a Brookside Gardens staff member leads a guided tour. Meet at McCrillis Gardens. 1-2:30 p.m., McCrillis Gardens and Gallery, 6910 Greentree Rd., Bethesda. $6; FOBH, $5. Registration required. Course No. 248551. 301-962-1455 for directions or www.parkpass.org.
“Form & Figure: Fine Art Nudes” reception and opening of gallery exhibit, photographers Herb Perone, Erin Merritt and others display and discuss their figure photography. 6-9 p.m. Exhibit open through Oct. 29. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Washington School of Photography, 12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville. Free. 301-654-1998, or www.washingtonschoolofphotography.
Gaithersburg domestic violence luncheon, the seventh annual “Restore the Joy” luncheon features keynote address by Kendyl Lovelace, panel discussions on domestic violence, inspirational performances, a resource fair and vendors. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. $35, seniors and children, $15. Contact Judith Clark of Women Who Care Ministries. 301-963-8588, www.womenwhocareministries.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kensington farmers market, 8 a.m.-noon. Kensington Farmers Market, Kensington train station parking lot (Howard Avenue). Contact Shirley Watson, 301-949-2424.
Pike Central farmers market, a special Caribbean-themed festival includes live reggae music, island cuisine, games, contests and giveaways. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., between Montrose and Old Georgetown Rds., Rockville. 301-440-8496.
Rockville farmers market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Route 28 and Monroe Street, Rockville. www.rockvillemd.gov .
Kentlands farmers and artists market, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Kentlands Main Street Pavilion, 301 Main St., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350 or www.gaithersburgmd.gov/markets.
Silver Spring GreenFest, vendors of green products and services, environmental groups, speakers, hybrids and electric cars, demonstrations, food, music and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place. Free. 240-328-8180 or mygreenmontgomery.org .
White Oak Middle School market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-989-5780.
Derwood Harvest Festival, for all ages, a taste of farm life from the 1850s to today, farm machinery demonstrations, live music, food, storytelling, pumpkin painting, chestnut roasting, a corn maze and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Agricultural History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. $10 per car. 301-528-3492 or www.AgHistoryFarm.org.
Sandy Spring Museum open house, resident artisans at work, live music and refreshments. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd. Free. 301-774-0022.
Taste of Bethesda, highlights of the 24th annual food and music event include five stages of music and cultural performances, baked goods, a children’s area and local food vendors. Produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk and Auburn avenues. $5 for four taste tickets (a serving costs one to four tickets). 301-215-6660 or www.bethesda.org.
Bannockburn music festival, folk, country, jazz, rock and world music, food vendors, arts and crafts and more. Proceeds support the clubhouse maintenance fund. Noon, Bannockburn Clubhouse, 6314 Bannockburn Dr., Bethesda. $10; children, $5. 301-229-9200 or www.bannockburncommunity.org.
Glen Echo Cajun and zydeco music and dance festival, live music by Rusty Metoyerand the Zydeco Krush, Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws, Jessie Lege and Bayou Brew, Louisiana and Texas bands and more. Noon-midnight, Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $50. 301-634-2222 or www.dancingbythebayou.com.
Foreign film “My Brilliant Career,” a screening of director Gillian Armstrong’s 1979 romance-drama set in 20th century Australia about a headstrong girl’s struggle with ambition, love and guilt. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Chevy Chase Chapter. 1 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free. 240-773-9590.
Kensington “Fluttering Flutes,” a professional flute ensemble plays music inspired by nature. 3 p.m., Kensington Baptist Church, 10100 Connecticut Ave. $10 suggested donation. 301-320-0832.
Silver Spring singles dinner and movie night, for separated and divorced men and women, a fixed-price dinner beginning at 5 p.m. followed by movie of your choice at Regal Majestic Stadium 20. Sponsored by the support group New Beginnings. 5 p.m., Eggspectation, 923 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. $30 at door includes dinner, soda, tip and movie ticket, registration required. 301-924-4101 or www.newbeginningsusa.org.
Chevy Chase Sadie Hawkins-style barn dance, for adult singles and couples, highlights of the fundraiser include country line dance lessons, dancing to country and top 40s music, food and more. Proceeds benefit A Wider Circle, a nonprofit organization that provides items to families in need. No parking available at the barn. Meet at Alfio’s Restaurant for charter bus transportation to the horse barn hoedown in Clarksburg. Sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase. 7-11 p.m., Alfio’s La Trattoria Restaurant, the Willoughby Building, 4515 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase. $25. Cash bar. www.JWCCC.org or Tammymcornett@hotmail.com.
Pianist Haskell Small, performs Mompou’s “Musica Callada.” 8 p.m., Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-2770 or www.washingtonconservatory.org.
Bethesda farmers market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 7600 Arlington Rd. at Old Georgetown Rd., 301-440-8496 or www.centralfarmmarkets.com.
Olney farmers and artists market, local produce and vegetables, art on display. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2801 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (at Prince Philip Drive). 202-257-5326.
Wheaton farmers market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., between Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road, 2425 Reedie Dr., Wheaton. 301-792-9448.
32nd annual Takoma Park Street Festival, live music, local artists, community groups, children’s activities, food vendors and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Takoma, Carroll Ave. to Carroll Street NW. Free. 301-891-6789 or www.takomafestival.com.
Burtonsville farmers market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2410 Spencerville Rd. 301-792-9448.
Mushroom Fair, sponsored by the Mycological Association of Washington. Noon-5 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.
Affordable Care Act community forum, County Executive Isiah Leggett and a staff member from the Senior Health Insurance Program discuss the effects of the health-care act on seniors. 11 a.m., Gaithersburg Upcounty Senior Center, 80A Bureau Dr., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-6534 or www.capitalhealthconnection.org.
Alcohol and drug abuse prevention, for residents and parents, a forum on youth substance abuse in Montgomery County and promoting wellness in the community. 7-9 p.m., Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville. Free, registration required. 301-279-3100 or www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org .
Post-treatment breast cancer support group, Stephanie Stern, an oncology social worker, leads a six-week support group for womenwho have completed treatment within the past year. 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 11, Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, 6420 Rockledge Dr., Bethesda. Free, registration required. 301-896-6837.
Chevy Chase Cafe Muse poetry series, a reading by poets Barbara Goldberg and Will Schutt. 7 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.
“Mindfulness training,” Tara Brach and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) give a presentation, “Cultivating Resilience: How Mindfulness Training can Benefit Students and the Adults Who Nurture Them.” 7:30 p.m., Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda. $10 donation suggested. 301-675-3177.
Affordable Care Act open forum, County Executive Isiah Leggett and a staff member from the Senior Health Insurance Program discuss the effects of the Affordable Care Act on seniors. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-6534 or www.capitalhealthconnection.org.
SCORE small-business counseling, volunteers from the Service Corps of Retired Executives offer advice on starting a small business, developing a business plan, securing financing and researching the market. Call for an appointment. Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. Free, registration required. 240-777-0678.
Silver Spring meditation club, for adults, explore meditation to improve emotional and physical health. 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Holy Cross Hospital Senior Source, 8580 Second Ave., Silver Spring. $10 per month, registration required. 301-754-8800 or holycrosshealth.org .
Affordable Care Act open forum, County Executive Isiah Leggett and a staff member from the Senior Health Insurance Program discuss the effects of the Affordable Care Act on seniors. 1:30 p.m., Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-6534 or www.capitalhealthconnection.org. The next talk will be next Thursday at the Long Branch Senior Center, Silver Spring.
Nonfiction book discussion, of Bruno Bettelheim’s, “The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales,” about the psychology behind fairy tales. 2 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 240-773-9590.
Raddy and the Cats, jazz concert featuring John “Raddy” Lowery. 7:30 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-1113 or email@example.com .
Chevy Chase square dancing and lessons, new dancers welcome; come in casual dress. North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy. $6. 301-587-5861 or www.gerrymanders.net.
Affordable Care Act open forum, County Executive Isiah Leggett and a staff member from the Senior Health Insurance Program discuss the effects of the Affordable Care Act on seniors. 11 a.m., Long Branch Senior Center, Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-6534 or www.capitalhealthconnection.org. A second talk will be at 1 p.m. at the White Oak Senior Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring.
Art history lecture, Judy Scott Feldman will give a lecture, “The Louvre Museum: Art of Kings and Revolutionaries,” 1-2:30 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. $12, registration required. 301-740-6150 or www.liveandlearnbethesda.org.
Making the Most of Your iPhone, Adam Kirshon, a cellular wireless professional, demonstrates features of the iPhone. Bring your phone. 3-4:30 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Live & Learn Bethesda, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. $15, registration required. 301-740-6150 or www.liveandlearnbethesda.org.
Advancements in science lecture, Marc Desrosiers, a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology gives a presentation on human exposure to radiation. 4:30 p.m., Montgomery College, Germantown Campus, High Technology and Science Center, Globe Hall, 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown. Free. 301-279-5000.
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