Admission is $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for persons under 18. Events will be indoors and outdoors on the campus and, since April showers are a possibility, April 26 and May 2 are the designated rain dates. The campus, at Rte. 355 and Mannakee Street in Rockville, is accessible to the handicapped, and interpreters for the deaf will be provided for selected workshops and performances. Call 279-4235 for more information.

At a time of year when most hands are full with spring cleaning chores, the Montgomery College Office of Community Services and Montgomery County Arts Council have devised a way to put hands to more artistic use.

It is April 25, Arts Experience Day at the College, a "hands-on festival," with 120 activities, among them 30 workshops, 20 live performances, art and crafts sales, a German beer garden a French cafe. A booth will offer information on community arts organizations.

Beverly S. Farrand, program director for the college's Office of Community Services, said 7,500 to 10,000 persons are expected to attend the festival, which is patterned after a similar event in Aspen, Colo. Participating performers will be paid small fees, and workshop leaders are to receive a stipend or reimbursement of the cost of materials.

"Any profits will be split between the two sponsors," said Jessie MacKinnon of the county arts council.

The festival schedule has been designed to minimize the overlapping of events. Beginning at 10 a.m., the schedule is as follows (category of discipline, name of event, presenter(s), time and suggested age appeal when needed:

Dance performances and workshop:

"Contact Dance," (Glen Echo Dance Theatre, 10-11. "Children's Frolic," "Pieces for a Workshop," and "A Fifth of Beethoven," The Maryland Youth Ballet. 2-3, 4-5. Contact Dance Workshop. (GEDT) 2-4, 4-6. Student Jazz Company, Feet First, tap, jazz dance, 3-4.

Graphics Workshops:

Silkscreen Printing, graphics workshops, 10-10:45. Design a Cat: A Graphic Arts Experience, Women's Art Exchange, 10-11, 12-1. Silkscreen Workshop, Marianne Keffer, 10-12, 12-2.Monoprints, 11-11:45. Embossing, 12-12:45. Graphic Design and Production, Grande Graphics, 2-4, 4-6. Serendipity Serigraphy: Group Silkscreen Printmaking, WAE, 2-3, 4-5.

Hand Crafts:

Silver Weave, Jane Silver, 10-12 for pre-teens, 12-2. Instruction in Basic Woodcarving, Capital Area Woodcarvers, 10-11, 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, all ages. Braiding and Fingerweaving, Arlene M. Stein, 10-2, every half hour. Raku-Yaki, Jackie Greeves, ceramics, 11-1. 2-4. Quick and Simple Bookbinding, Women's Art Exchange, 3-4, 5-6.

Literary Workshops:

How to Write Humorous Verse and Light Poetry, Mollee Kruger, 10-12, 2-4. Building with Words/-Creative Writing, The Writer's Center, 12-1 for teens, 1-2 for children, 2-4 for adults. Best of the Workshop Anthology, The Writer's Center, 4-5.

Musical Performances:

Cabin John Junior High School Octet, program of Bach, Mozart, Telemann and Pachebel, 10-11. Traditional Irish Music, The Boiling Spuds, 10-11. Through the Listening Horn, 10-11. Sweet Adelines, Montgomery County Chapter, Barbershop Chorus, 11-12. Rockville Concert Band, 11-12. Canterbury Tales, Round House Theater, 12-1. Soprano and Piano Recital: "Art Song," Elizabeth Daniels, 12-1 adults. Metro-Larks, Barbershop Chorus, 1-2. Montgomery County Jazz Ensemble, 1-2. Musikanten, Renaissance Choral Group, 2-3. Flute, Anne MacMichael, cello, Diana Jones, and piano, Susan Stickler, recital, 2-3. The Musical Concoction, Renaissance Madrigals, a cappella, 3-4. Jazz Recital, Harvey Jocobson, 4-5. Rockville Brass Ensemble, 5-6.Rainbow, Broadway review, 5-6.

Musical workshops:

"Music as an Adventure," Robinson Music Studios, lecture and demonstration, 10-2, every half hour, Introduction to prebaroque music, Elizabeth Aubrey, 10-11 for adults, 11-12 for children, 12-1 for adults, 1-2 for children. Stringed instruments, Applied Music Institute, 10-10:30. Introduction to Cello, AMI, 10:30-11. Preparing for an Audition, AMI, 11-12. Selecting a Music Teacher: What you should expect, AMI, 11:30-12. Introduction to Playing the Flute, AMI, 12-12:30 for children, 12:30-1 for adults. How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons, AMI, 1-1:30. Developing Your Voice, AMI, 11:30-2. "What to Listen for in Jazz," Elements of Jazz, Charles R. Caputo, 2-4, 4-6, grades 10-adults. You Too Can Sing: Calling all Monotones, Josi Madigan, 2-3, 3-4. Fun in Four-Part Harmony: Barbershop Style, Josi Madigan, 4-5, 5-6. Medieval Music, Elizabeth Aubrey, 4-5.

Photography Workshops:

Photo Introduction, Silver Spring Camera Club (SSCC), 10-11. Introduction to Photo Processing, SSCC, 11-12. Primer on Photo Composition, SSCC, 12-1. Open Photo Panel-Q and A, SSCC, 1-2.

Theater Performances:

The War Between Men and Women, Reader's Theatre, Montgomery College Speech and Drama Department, 1-2. Camouflage, mime, 2-3. Kapitol Klowns, clown performance, 5-6.

Theater Workshops:

Creative Drama: Imagination Stretch, Imagination, 2-3, age 6 through adults. Stage Combat: Hand-to-Hand, Round House Theatre, 2-3:15, 3:30-4:45, age 13 and up. Creative Drama: Going Where the Wild Things Are, Imagination, 3-4, children 5 to 11. Creative Drama: The World of the Jabberwock, Imaginaction, 4-5, teens and seniors. Creative Drama: Growing Young, Imaginaction, 5-6. Stage Combat: Weapons, lecture and demonstration, Round House Theatre, 5-6.

Tour:

Tour of Art Building and Studios, Montgomery College Art Department, every hour beginning at 10.