HANDEL'S "MESSIAH" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. The Cantate Chamber Singers of the National Chamber Orchestra present "A Holiday Tradition," featuring the baroque oratorio from Handel's "Messiah." F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Call for prices. 301-762-8580.

LANDON SYMPHONETTE -- 5 p.m. Saturday. The Landon Symphonette, conducted by Richard Weilenmann, presents Handel's "Messiah" with the Washington Civic Opera Chorus. Mondzac Performing Arts Center, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. $12; $8, seniors; $6, students. 301-320-1090.

HOMETOWN CHORUS -- 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Hometowne USA, a barbershop chorus, performs at the Washington Temple's Festival of Lights. Washington Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

FREDERICK CARILLON RECITALS -- Noon. Sundays. Live music. Joseph Dill Baker Carillon, Baker Park, Second Street and Carroll Parkway, Frederick. Free. 301-846-4781.

ROCKVILLE CONCERT BAND -- 3 p.m. Sunday. A holiday concert by the Rockville Concert Band. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8682.

MANSION MUSIC -- 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Strathmore's Music in the Mansion Series presents the Celtic music ensemble MoonFire. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $24; $21, ages 60 and older; $12, 18 and younger. 301-530-0540.

FLANAGAN'S -- 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Acoustic and folk music in a pub setting. 7637 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. No cover charge. 301-986-1007.


SPANISH BALLROOM -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. Fridays, an hour of lessons followed by contradancing with live callers; 8 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, an hour of lessons followed by a live swing band (zydeco on the second Saturday of every month); 3-6 p.m. Sundays, a half-hour lesson followed by waltzing (only on the first and third Sundays); 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sundays, contra, square and folk dancing for more experienced dancers by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Fridays, $6; Saturdays, $8-$10; Sunday afternoons, $5; Sunday nights, $10. 301-492-6282 or


"BLACK AND WHITE" -- Noon-5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. "Art in Living Black & White," a photographic exhibition about the Philippines by photographer and painter Douglas Goodhill. The Frederick Artists Gallery, 4 E. Church St., Frederick. Free. 301-766-7165.

PASTELS -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. An exhibition by the Maryland Pastel Society. The Friendship Gallery, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

GLENVIEW MANSION -- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. A winter art exhibition by juried members of the Rockville Art League. Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8660.

1930S LIFE -- Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The Montgomery County Historical Society presents "Montgomery County Modern: Everyday Life in the 1930s," featuring period clothing, jewelry, toys, magazines and much more. Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. $3; $2, seniors and students; free, children 6 and younger. 301-762-1492 or

BLACKROCK ARTS -- 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The BlackRock Center for the Arts presents "Watercolor: Capturing Light," part of the center's grand opening, featuring works by Margaret Kranking about the effects of light on daily life. The BlackRock Center for the Arts Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. Free. 301-528-2260.

FRASER GALLERY -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. "American Ruins: Ghosts on the Landscape," a photographic exhibit by Maxwell MacKenzie of abandoned ruins of schoolhouses, barns and farmsteads. Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-718-9651 or

ART LEAGUE -- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The Rockville Art League presents a juried members show. Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8682.

FACULTY SHOW -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The Rockville Campus Art Gallery presents the 36th annual faculty exhibition. Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Free. 301-279-5115.

ARTS BARN -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Works by artist Mamani Mamani,including paintings and sculptures about his native Bolivia. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350.

ARTS PLACE -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Sculptures by Herb Witenstein. Rockville Arts Place, 100 E. Middle Lane, Rockville. Free. 301-309-6900 or

CREATIVE PARTNERS -- Noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Creative Partners Gallery presents its Members Holiday Show, which features paintings in various media by 19 artists. Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy., Bethesda. Free. 301-951-9441.

STRATHMORE ART -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Strathmore Hall Arts Center presents the 69th annual International Fine Arts Miniatures Exhibition, featuring more than 800 works of watercolors, calligraphy, paintings, drawings, sculptures and more, by members of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 301-530-0540.

For Children

IMAGINATION STAGE -- 12:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. BAPA's Imagination Stage presents "Amelia Bedelia," about the queen of housekeeping's misadventures. BAPA's Imagination Stage, 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Call for prices. 301-881-5106.

THE PUPPET CO. -- 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. "The Nutcracker." The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $6. 301-320-6668.


ROUND HOUSE -- 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," set in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, is about an upper-class family and their servants as they face the impending loss of the family estate. Round House Theatre, 7501 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Call for ticket prices. 240-644-1100 or

OLNEY THEATRE -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. "The Secret Garden," based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $15-$35. 301-924-3400 or

BLACKROCK CENTER -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. "Danny & Sylvia," a musical love story. BlackRock Center for the Arts. Middlebrook Road and Route 118, Germantown. 240-912-1054 or


GARDEN OF LIGHTS -- 5:30-9 p.m. today-Sunday. Throughout Brookside Gardens, displays of plants, animals and fountains contain more than 500,000 lights. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $10, cars; $120, buses. Cash only. Buses must be registered in advance. 301-962-1453.

HOLIDAY CANDLE RING -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Learn how to design a Williamsburg-style candle ring of evergreens, boxwood, pears, nuts, cones, magnolia pods, berries and cinnamon sticks. Visitors Center Adult Workshop, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $40; registration required. 301-949-8230.

KENSINGTON FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS -- 6-9 p.m. daily, more than 300,000 colored lights illuminate the grounds of the Washington Temple. 6-9 p.m. daily, live outdoor Nativity scenes. 7-8 p.m. daily, regional music groups perform holiday music. Washington Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

"TWILIGHT TRADITION" -- 6-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 31. Gaithersburg's free "Twilight Tradition" event includes singers, musicians, and puppet and magic shows. Also, the Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park features 3.5 miles of more than 300 light displays. Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg (closed Wednesday). Cars, $10; 15-passenger vans, $25; buses, $50. 301-258-6350.

CLARA BARTON HOUSE -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Guided tours of the building are given on the hour. The building was the first permanent headquarters of the American Red Cross, as well as the last home of its founder, Clara Barton. Groups of 10 or more should make reservations. Clara Barton National Historic Site, MacArthur Boulevard and Goldsboro Road, Glen Echo. Free. 301-492-6245.

Plan Ahead

WORSHIP HOUSES -- 4-9 p.m. next Thursday. Fifteen of Frederick City's Worship Houses present the 16th annual "Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship," featuring tours, interpretations and seasonal music. Site brochures are available at the Frederick Visitors Center, 19 E. Church St. Free. 301-228-2888 or

-- Compiled by Mark Jones

The Montgomery Extra entertainment calendar lists events as space permits. Mail announcements and photos -- noting date, time, address, cost and phone number -- to Mark Jones, Montgomery Extra, The Washington Post, 51 Monroe St., Suite 500, Rockville, Md. 20850. You may also e-mail announcements to or fax them to 301-279-5665. Deadline is 14 days before publication.