PRESENTER'S SHOWCASE -- 7:30 p.m. today. A showcase of new artists from the Washington region's arts-presenting organizations, including Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston, Jessi Canning, Nick Annis, Siobhan Quinn, Don Conoscenti and the Luis Garay Percussion World Ensemble. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $23. 301-528-2260.

"OUT TO LUNCH WEDNESDAYS" -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. Original rock with the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. Rockville Town Center, East Montgomery Avenue, Rockville. Free. 240-314-5000.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. A tribute concert to honor the 11 Montgomery County residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the Pentagon. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 301-530-0540 or

MUSIC TIMELINE -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A performance by the Junkyard Saints that celebrates the 1986 opening of Bethesda's Twist & Shout Club, 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

BETHESDA PLACE PLAZA -- Noon-2 p.m. Friday. Reggae with Peace of Mind. 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

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. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. Call for times and prices. 301-924-3400 or

SWING DANCE -- 9 p.m. today. Swing dance show with music by Blue Sky 5. Dance lessons start at 8 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-320-2330.

TEA DANCE -- 130-4:30 p.m. Sunday. "Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance" with DJ Jack Scates. Hollywood Ballroom, 2126-38 Industrial Pkwy., Silver Spring. $12. 301-622-5494.

BROADWAY'S BEST -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Riderwood presents "The Best of Broadway Fourth Annual Benevolent Care Gala," featuring stage star Susan Denny and music from Broadway musicals "Guys and Dolls," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "Phantom of the Opera." Riderwood Village, 3120 Gracefield Rd., Silver Spring. $150. 301-572-8377.


MARY TODD LINCOLN -- 1-4 p.m. Sunday. A lecture and slide-show presentation on Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln. 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.

SIMPLE LIVING -- 8 p.m. Sunday. A discussion with Wanda Urbanska, host of the PBS television show "Simple Living With Wanda Urbanska." Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-652-9188.


WHITEWATER SLALOM -- 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Some of the country's finest whitewater paddlers vie for national titles at the U.S. Whitewater Slalom National Championships. Mirant power plant in Dickerson. $5. 240-777-6821.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Vendors will sell crafts, jewelry, baked goods, decorations and more. Proceeds benefit the Montgomery Avenue Women's Center. Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 12801 Darnestown Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-972-1145.

CORN MAZE -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. Visitors find their way through a house-shaped corn maze by solving a puzzle. Proceeds benefit Hospice Caring Inc. Arora Hills, Route 27 north of Brink Road, Clarksburg. $10, families; $5, individuals. 301-469-4673 or

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

TASTE OF BETHESDA -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 2. Events include live entertainment on four stages, taste samples from 50 area restaurants and children's activities. Norfolk and Woodmont avenues, Bethesda. 301-215-6660 or

GERMANTOWN OKTOBERFEST -- 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Oct. 2. German and American food, live entertainment and fireworks. Enjoy activities and entertainment for all ages, arts and crafts vendors, food and scarecrow making. Ridge Road Park, 21155 Frederick Rd., Germantown. Free. 240-777-8003 or

MAGICAL MONTGOMERY CULTURAL FESTIVAL -- Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 9. A showcase of Montgomery County's arts, humanities and cultural organizations through music, arts, crafts, demonstrations, dance and theatrical performances. Fenton and Ellsworth streets, Silver Spring. Free. 301-215-7227.

KENTLANDS OKTOBERFEST -- Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 10. German music, arts and crafts, and German food. Kentlands Village Green, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350.

FAMILY TOON DAY -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10. The 13th annual family festival features live music, costumed cartoon characters, art activities, rides and games. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-530-0540.

ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW -- 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 16. More than 400 antique and classic automobiles will be on display. Registration and fee required for show cars. Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-5022.

BETHESDA ROW ARTS FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17. More than 180 artists and artisans will display their creations. One block west of Wisconsin Avenue in the area formed by Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street, Bethesda. Free. 301-816-6958.

-- Compiled by MARK JONES

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