SILVER SPRING SWINGS -- 7-9 p.m. today. The Fabulous Bel-Airs, a '50s and '60s oldies band, performs as part of the city's summer concert series. Silver Plaza, Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-5864 or

OUTDOORS AT STRATHMORE -- 7 p.m. today. SteveSongs with the Oxymorons performs as part of Strathmore's summer concert series. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Free. 202-686-8000 or

BLUE SKY 5 -- 9 p.m. today (dance lesson begins at 8:15 p.m.); 9 p.m. Saturday (dance lesson begins at 8 p.m.). The swinging jazz band performs in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $12. 301-634-2231 or

HOLIDAY PARK SENIOR CENTER -- 1:15-2:15 p.m. tomorrow. Pianist Dale Jarrett performs a variety of American favorites, including show tunes, hits from the '30s to the '90s and patriotic songs. 950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 301-468-4448.

STARLIGHT CONCERTS -- 7 p.m. tomorrow. Bad Dog, a classic rock/oldies band, performs as part of the Gaithersburg summer concert series. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350 or

JAZZ CONCERT -- 10 a.m. Sunday. The Capital Focus Jazz Band presents its seventh annual jazz service, featuring a mix of covers by American greats such as Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-588-1488.


TEXTILE ART -- 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. today-Saturday. "The Magic of Fabric," an exhibition of Indian tapestries by Leela Cherian. Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. Free. 301-951-9441 or

SALON 100 -- Noon-5 p.m. tomorrow-Sunday. The Artists' Gallery welcomes the first 100 artists to exhibit work in its unjuried art show. 4 E. Church St., Frederick. Free. 301-371-4635 or

CREATIVE CRAFTS -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays, through July 9. The Creative Crafts Council presents its 25th biennial exhibition, with 160 displays of ceramics, glass, metal, wood and textiles. The Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Call for prices. 301-581-5200 or

"FINDING YOUR WAY" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, through July 16. Rockville Arts Place presents an exhibition of photography, sculpture and other works by six artists. 9300 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-869-8623.

PYRAMID ATLANTIC ART CENTER -- 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, tomorrow-Aug. 30. "Expressing Our Identity," an exhibition of works by area youths. 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free, but reservations required. 301-608-9101.

PAINTING AWARDS -- 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through July 6. The Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District presents its inaugural painting exhibition awards. Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. Free. 301-215-6660.

INTO ARCADIA -- Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Creative Partners Gallery presents "Into Arcadia: Rural Scenes from a Heartland" by Lauren Cook featuring canvas and paper works and a set of hinged triptychs in the tradition of Western religious pieces. 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Free. 301-951-9441 or

BEALL-DAWSON HOUSE -- Noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. The Montgomery County Historical Society presents "Among My Souvenirs," an exhibition of souvenirs as decorative art, through July 31. "Braddock's March, 1755," an exhibition through July 3, by James Sorensen of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, explores the march of British Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock through Montgomery County to Fort Duquesne in Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War. 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. $3; seniors and students, $2. 301-762-1492.

CIVIL WAR MEDICINE -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Immersion exhibition illustrates the medical story of the Civil War; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Historian James W. Lowry makes a presentation on the practice of mortuary science and the art of embalming during the war. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $6.50; seniors, $6; ages 10-16, $4.50; 9 and younger free. 301-695-1864 or


CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY BENCHES -- 2-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. The Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Children's Classroom hosts hands-on activities, games, books and puzzles of the benches within the classroom. 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400 or

PUPPET CO. PLAYHOUSE -- 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through July 17. The Puppet Co. Playhouse presents "Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs." 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-6668 or

Theater and Dance

"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" -- 8 p.m. today-Sunday. The Olney Theatre Center presents Shakespeare's play outside in the amphitheatre. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. Free. 301-924-3400 or

"ALL MY SONS" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and Fridays through July 10 (Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. July 9). Quotidian Theatre Company presents Arthur Miller's first Broadway play, "All My Sons." Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $18; $15, students and seniors. 301-816-1023.

"ANNIE GET YOUR GUN" -- 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Montgomery College presents the Irving Berlin musical. Montgomery College, Theatre Arts Building, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $33.95; $24.50, children. 301-251-7676,


"WINGS OF FANCY" -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Brookside Gardens presents its show of live butterflies. 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $4.50; ages 3-12, $3.50. 301-962-1453 or

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

SILVER SPRING FARMERS MARKET -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 29. The market features fruit, vegetables, organic meats, artisanal cheeses, breads, pastries, eggs, plants, flowers, herbs, fish and more. Ellsworth Drive between Fenton and Cedar Streets, Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-7300.

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

"OUT TO LUNCH WEDNESDAYS" -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 28. Fresh food, a farmers market and live music will be presented at Rockville Town Center. East Montgomery Avenue, in front of Regal Cinemas. Free. 240-314-8115.

CHAUTAUQUA -- 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Montgomery County presents "War and Democracy: Personal Journeys," a series of short programs recalling the history of America. 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown. Free. 301-353-7746 or

DRUM CIRCLES -- 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Wheaton Urban District and Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center sponsor a drum jam for drummers of all levels. Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive. Free. 301-946-8808.

Plan Ahead

"BRUSH STROKES TO STITCHES" -- Noon-5 p.m. July 8-10. The Yellow Barn Gallery at Glen Echo Park presents a watercolor and stitch exhibit by member Bobbie Ostar. 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. 301-951-5170 or

"HANSEL AND GRETEL" -- 7:30 p.m. July 9, 2 p.m. July 10. The Gaithersburg Art Barn presents an operatic version of the Brothers Grimm's tale of two enterprising children lost in the woods. 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. $8; nonresidents $10. 301-258-6394 or

OPERATIC VOCAL CONCERT -- 4 p.m. July 10. Music Center at Strathmore presents its 12th annual operatic vocal gala concert featuring singers from Opera International. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $20-$40. 301-365-3479.

-- Compiled by KATHRYN LYNCH

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