"OUT TO LUNCH WEDNESDAYS" -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. Bayou rhythms with Rita Clarke and the Naturals. Rockville Town Center, East Montgomery Avenue, Rockville. Free. 240-314-5000.

WILLOW GARDEN THEATER -- Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday. Classical jazz with Susan Jones and String Shift. Bethesda Gateway Building, 7201 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 301-352-5387.

MUSIC TIMELINE -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A performance by the Keter Betts Trio that celebrates Betts's collaborations with Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Byrd, part of the Strathmore Hall and Washington Area Music Association concert series. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $10. For reservations, call 301-530-0540 or

VETERANS PARK -- 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Rock and soul with Annie Sidley. Veterans Park, Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda. Free. 301-215-6660.

BETHESDA PLACE PLAZA -- Noon-2 p.m. Friday. Oldies with the Rockin' Reasons. Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda. Free. 301-215-6660 or


SPECTRUM CENTER -- 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today-Saturday. "New Limited Edition Prints" by Sara Steele. Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine, 8830 Cameron St., Suite 501, Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-2700.

"1944" -- 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 10-4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. An exhibition that showcases how Montgomery County residents lived in 1944. The History Resource Center at the Waters House, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. Free. 301-515-2887 or

CITY HALL GALLERY -- Call for viewing hours. Oil paintings with an Asian influence by Christopher Nelson. City Hall Gallery, second floor, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6310.

STRATHMORE GALLERIES -- 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. Paintings and silk-screen prints by A. Brockie Stevenson and Lou Stovall in Strathmore's first-floor galleries and an exhibition by the Washington Water Color Association in the Invitation Gallery. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 301-530-0540.

"PAST AND PRESENT" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Paintings by Linda Kervan and Carol Vorosmarti. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

GLENVIEW MANSION -- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. "Works by 17 Artists," a fiber exhibition juried by Sue Pierce; "Ribbons of Wood," sculpture by Len Harris; and "Journeys," polymer clay by Carol S. Zilliacus. Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8660.

FINE ARTS -- 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. More than 150 works in all media, including drawing, paintings and sculpture in the annual student art show. Pavilion of Fine Arts, Montgomery College, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-650-1368.

CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Immersion exhibition illustrating the medical story of the Civil War. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $6.50; $6, seniors; $4.50, ages 10-16; free, 9 and younger. 301-695-1864.

INTEGRATION REVISITED -- Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. "Brown v. Board of Education: Integration in Montgomery County," an exhibition that explores the Montgomery County public schools on the eve of integration and what followed. Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. Free. 301-762-1492 or


"MOTHER BICKERDYKE: CYCLONE IN CALICO" -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A living history presentation on Mary Ann Ball (Mother) Bickerdyke, who made sure sick and wounded soldiers got the food and supplies they needed. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $6.50; $6, seniors; $4.50, ages 10-16; free, 9 and younger. 301-695-1864.


THE PUPPET CO. -- 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. today and tomorrow. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. "Dreamosaurus" is a musical that begins in the bedroom of Nelson, a little boy who is afraid to go to sleep. The Dream Weavers troupe and baby dinosaurs sing songs that help Nelson conquer his fears and sleep well. Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-6668.

Theater and Dance

"VENUS" -- A play by Suzan-Lori Parks that focuses on a 19th-century South African woman who becomes a circus freak in England. Through Sept. 26 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. Call for times and prices. 301-924-3400 or


CLIMBING EVENTS -- 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Participants can scale a 20-foot wall, trying different routes. Instructors are available. Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. $10 per climber. 240-314-8643.

ROCKVILLE SKATE PARK -- Noon-8 p.m. daily. A 10,300-square-foot area for inline skaters, skateboarders and freestyle bikers. Welsh Park, Martins Lane and Mannakee Street, Rockville. Call for prices. 240-314-8625.

Plan Ahead

TAKOMA PARK FOLK FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Enjoy music and dance from around the world on seven stages. Some performances are designed for audience participation. Free. Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Pkwy. 301-589-3817.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTGOMERY COUNTY! -- Noon-4:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Celebrate Montgomery County's 228th birthday with history and fun for all ages at a free community event featuring crafts, talks, living history, exhibits, activities and more. Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. 301-762-1492 or

SPIRIT OF ROCKVILLE/TASTE OF ROCKVILLE -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 18. Celebrate Rockville with music, dancers, children's activities and a farmers market. Sample food from various restaurants. Rockville Town Center, Middle Lane and Maryland Avenue. 240-314-5022.

OLDE TOWNE GAITHERSBURG DAY -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19. Entertainment on six stages, children's activities, food and select offerings from artists, craftspeople and local merchants. East Diamond and Summit avenues. 301-258-6350, or

-- Compiled by MARK JONES

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