Montgomery County community calendar, March 10-17, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011; T24

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.

"Point and Shoot" photography class, for seniors, presented in partnership with Montgomery College Lifelong Learning Institute. 1 p.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. $60 includes materials. 240-567-5188 or

Saturday, March 12

St. Patrick's Day parade, bagpipe bands, school groups, clowns, firetrucks, equestrian units and more. Sponsored by the Harp & Shamrock Society, the City of Gaithersburg and the Peterson Cos. 10 a.m.-noon, Washingtonian Center, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350 or 301-208-8833.

Trout Unlimited angling show, casting clinics and demonstrations, fly-tying workshops, children's activities, raffles and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $10; age 16 and younger, free. 202-966-5923 or

Local history presentation, a presentation on creating photographic records of Ellicott City, Silver Spring, Lakeland, the C&O Canal and Wheaton. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. Free. 301-774-0022.

4-H Reading Buddies, for ages 5 to 11 accompanied by an adult, members of the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club read and lead a craft. 1 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410.

Music and magic show, for all ages, cellist Drew Owen appears as Musico the Magnificent. Sponsored by the Washington Conservatory of Music. 3 p.m., Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $10. 301-320-2770 or

Classical concert, Haydn, Schumann and Bach performed by Trio Romantica: Brenda Anna, violin; Jason Love, cello; and Li-Ly Chang, piano. 8 p.m., Latvian Lutheran Church of Washington D.C., 400 Hurley Ave., Rockville. $20; seniors and students, $10. 301-933-3715.

Sunday, March 13

History lecture, "Scandals and Mysteries of Chevy Chase," a presentation by Bill Offutt at the meeting of the Widowed Persons Service. 2:30 p.m., Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville. $4 (donation). 301-949-7398.

Culinary history, a presentation on "The Almighty Oyster: Food, Fighting, and Sensibility," by John Wennersten, a former professor at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. 301-320-6979 or

Grace Episcopal Church choir, a Lenten concert featuring the junior and senior choirs. 4 p.m., the church, 1607 Grace Church Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-585-3515.

"Prelude to Spring" concert, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Scriabina presented by the Piano Society of Greater Washington. 4 p.m., a reception will follow. Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-793-1863 or

Capitol Steps, the political satire group performs, sponsored by the Walt Whitman High School prom committee. 7-8:30 p.m., the school, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda. $30; students and teachers, $25. 301-642-0368 or

Monday, March 14

Children's gardening program, for age 5 and younger, stories, crafts, and garden walks. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $5 (adults, free). Online registration required, (Course No. 135078). 301-962-1400

Tax preparation help, for people with annual income of less than $49,000 who are filing the standard 1040 form. 1 to 8 p.m., various locations, through April 18. Services offered in English and Spanish. Family Services, 610 E. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6395, Option 6.

Film: "Cemetery Club," for adults, a screening of the 1993 comedy starring Ellen Burstyn, Olympia Dukakis and Diane Ladd. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-8085.

College search workshop, for parents, Marty O'Connell, executive director of Colleges That Change Lives, talks about helping students find the right fit. 7:30 p.m., Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 301-767-9733.

Tuesday, March 15

Philosophy discussion, for adults, retired professor Roberta Boss leads a discussion on how philosophy relates to "Big Government" 11 a.m.-noon, White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-773-9555.

Music history lecture, Irv Chamberlain gives the second part of his presentation on female singers, including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.

Mind-body healing course registration, for cancer survivors and their family members, a five-week series, "Relax, Restore, Rejuvenate: Mind-Body Techniques for Stress Reduction and Healing after a Cancer Diagnosis." 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Suburban Outpatient Medical Center, Suite 1200, 6420 Rockledge Dr., Bethesda. $30; series registration required. (Scholarships available.) 301-896-3939.

Finger-knitting workshop, learn how to make a scarf or an I-cord hat. Take yarn or purchase onsite. 6:30-8:30 p.m., VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. $35, registration required. 301-315-8200.

Wednesday, March 16

Tax preparation, for seniors, help from AARP volunteers. Wednesdays, through March 30. National Lutheran Home, 9701 Veirs Dr., Rockville. Free. Call for appointment. 301-354-8447.

Opera lecture, Irv Nurik talks about what it takes to become a great tenor. 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-8085.

Civil War documentary, a screening of "Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War." Part of the Heritage Montgomery series. 7 p.m., the Universities at Shady Grove, Building 1, Conference Center Auditorium , 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. Free, registration required. 301-515-0753 or

Rockville Public Hearing, a presentation by the city planning commission on "Rockville's Pike: Envision a Great Place." 7 p.m., Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave. 240-314-8214 or

Army history lecture, a presentation by Col. Donald Hall on "The Army Years at National Park Seminary," with a focus on the Walter Reed medical center during World War II. 7:30 p.m., seminary ballroom, 9610 Dewitt Dr., Silver Spring. Free, registration required. 301-589-1715 or

Rockville jazz concert, a performance by Anita's Jazz Hat. Part of the Aspen Hill Jazz Concert series, sponsored by Friends of the Library. 7:30 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-871-1113.

Takoma Horticultural Club, a screening of "Corner Plot," a short documentary featuring local urban farmer Charlie Koiner. Followed by a Parks Department presentation on Montgomery County community garden programs. Take a name tag and snacks to share. 7:30-9 p.m., Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. Free. 301-891-7100 or

Thursday, March 17

Preschool story time, for age 6 and younger accompanied by an adult, stories, finger plays, songs, and stretches. 10:15 a.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0140.

Federal jobs workshop, for job seekers with basic knowledge of the Internet, sponsored by Montgomery Works; participants must pre-register. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0196.

Seniors Organized for Change "Lunch and Learn" series, Attorney General Doug Gansler talks about the legislative session. 10:45 a.m., Ring House, 1801 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. $5; lecture, free. Reservations required. 301-348-3760 or

St. Patrick's Day music, Steve Gellman performs the music and poetry of Ireland. Refreshments. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.

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