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Thursday, September 8, 2005

Wynton Marsalis Headlines Jazz Festival

The Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning musician Wynton Marsalis will headline the Silver Spring Jazz Festival, which will be held from 2 to 10:45 p.m. Saturday. Marsalis will perform at 8:30 p.m. The event will feature local professional and youth jazz artists. Representatives from the American Red Cross will collect donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina during the festival. Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, downtown Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7300 or .

World Cultures and Art Take Center Stage

The annual Takoma Park Folk Festival will showcase music, dance and storytelling by more than 40 performers from around the world on eight stages, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Music includes Afro-funk, country, blues, salsa, bluegrass and reggae. The Rhythm Workers Union and the DC Labor Chorus will perform traditional Latvian and Lithuanian music. The Silk Road Dance Ensemble and Nana Malaya & the Nubian Dance Theatre also perform. Artists will exhibit clay works, photography, jewelry, paintings and fiber works. Free. Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Takoma Park. 301-589-0202.

A Birthday Celebration

Montgomery County pays tribute to its 229th anniversary from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Beall-Dawson Historical Park. The Montgomery County Historical Society and Historic Preservation Commission are sponsors of the event, which includes a history hunt, displays by historical groups, living-history presentations, lectures, videos, music and birthday cake. Free. 103 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville. 301-762-1492.

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