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Montgomery County community calendar, March 10-17, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday, March 10

Conservatory "tropical spring" display, bird-of-paradise, powderpuff tree, angel's trumpet and others at their peak. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily through April 10, Brookside Gardens Conservatory, 1500 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

"Swing Into Spring" dinner dance registration, purchase tickets for the March 19 fundraiser at Springbrook High School, featuring a candlelight dinner and music by the Springbrook Jazz Band and the Springbrook String Ensemble; with a free dance lesson, a silent auction and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the instrumental music program. $25; seniors, students and county school staff members, $20; age 10 and younger, $12.50. 301-537-4639 or

"De-Clutter! Get Organized!" workshop registration, for seniors, register for the March 24 event, the first in a series of three talks. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. $10 for the March 24, 31 and April 7 workshops; individual workshops, $5. 240-777-8085.

Shrimp and oyster feast tickets, advance purchase required for the March 27 all-you-can-eat fundraiser to benefit the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Lane. $40. 301- 977-6634 or

Marriage-minded singles group, casual setting hosted by Amy Schoen, a dating consultant and life coach. 6-9 p.m., BlackFinn American Saloon, 4901 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda. $5. 240-498-7803 or

Rockville public meeting, a presentation by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection on watershed strategy. 6-9 p.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. 240-777-7711 or

Parent-loss support group, for anyone grieving the death of a loved one, a six-week group. Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Dr., Rockville. Free, registration required. 301-921-4400.

Baritone vocalist, a concert of popular songs and Broadway tunes by Paul Forbes, with Elizabeth White on piano. 7 p.m., Lakeside Commons Encore Theater, 3140 Gracefield Rd., Silver Spring. Free, reservations required. 301-495-5700 or or

Irish dancing, by the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dancing. 7-8 p.m., Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

Boy Scout troop open house, for prospective Scouts ages 11 to 18, a presentation on Scouting and a chili cookoff. 7:30 p.m., Woodside United Methodist Church, 8900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free, registration required. 301-593-2353 or or

Film and discussion, a screening of the 2008 documentary, "American Feud: a History of Conservatives and Liberals," followed by a discussion with the filmmakers . 7:30-10 p.m., Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. Free. 301-891-7224 or

Friday, March 11

Rain-garden workshops, Department of Environmental Protection instruction in ways to use native plants and enhance soils to facilitate water conservation. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Take a lunch or snack. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $10; registration required, (No. 130103 or No. 130104). 301-962-1400.

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