NOON TUNES -- Noon today. A cappella pop and rock group Almost Recess performs. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350 or

VETERANS PARK REGGAE MUSIC -- 6-8 p.m. today. Englishman performs. Veterans Park, Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda. Free. 301-215-6660.

SILVER SPRING SWINGS -- 7-9 p.m. today. Proyecto Varela, a salsa band, performs as part of the city's summer concert series. Silver Plaza, Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-5864 or

CLARINET CHOIR -- 7 p.m. today. The American Symphonic Clarinet Choir, a 12-member professional group, performs works by Bach, Paquito D'Rivera and others. The Music Center at Strathmore, Gudelsky Concert Pavilion lawn, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Free. 301-581-5100 or

BACKYARD CONCERTS -- 7 p.m. today. Guitarist Ray Kaminsky performs Piedmont- and Delta-style blues. Morris Park, 421 Summit Hall Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT -- 8 p.m. today. Douglas Boyd leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a performance of works by Elgar, Dvorak, Britten and Stravinsky. The Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $10. 301-581-5100 or

STARLIGHT CONCERTS -- 7 p.m. Friday. The Smokin' Polecats, a blues band, performs as part of the Gaithersburg summer concert series. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350 or

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

KALEIDOSCOPE CONCERT -- 10:30 a.m. Monday. The Dixie Power Trio performs jazz, Cajun, zydeco, blues, boogie-woogie and other musical styles associated with New Orleans. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350 or

BETHESDA FARMERS MARKET MUSIC -- Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday. Ron Warren and Janice Torres perform on the Native American flute. Bethesda Farmers Market, Veterans Park, Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda. Free. 301-215-6660 or

VIC'S MUSIC CORNER -- 8 p.m. Wednesday. Singer-songwriters Cliff Eberhardt and Jennifer Camp perform at O'Brien's Pit Barbecue, 387 E. Gude Dr., Rockville. $15, $12 members. 703-887-3756.

OUTDOORS AT STRATHMORE -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Doc Dikeman Big Band, a 1940s swing group, performs as part of Strathmore's summer concert series. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Free. 202-686-8000 or


GALLERY NEPTUNE -- Noon- 6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Aug. 6. "Through Rose Colored Glass," an exhibit of small assemblages created by George Rose using dime-store content. 4808 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-718-0809 or

BETHESDA ART WALK -- 6-9 p.m. Friday. A monthly guided tour of Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy.; Discovery Galleries Ltd., 4840 Bethesda Ave.; Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave.; Gallery Neptune, 4808 Auburn Ave.; Ozmosis Gallery, 7908 Woodmont Ave.; and the Washington School of Photography, 4850 Rugby Ave. Free. 301-215-6660 or

SALON 100 -- Noon-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through July 24. The Artists' Gallery presents the 100 artists in its unjuried art show. 4 E. Church St., Frederick. Free. 301-371-4635 or

CREATIVE CRAFTS -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 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.

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. 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. $3; $2, seniors and students. 301-762-1492.

TEMPE PROJECT -- 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. Artist Tom Block exhibits his work at Kefa Cafe. 903 Bonifant St., Silver Spring. Free. 301-589-9337.

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


CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY BENCHES -- 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, through July 31. The Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Children's Classroom hosts hands-on activities, games, books and puzzles. 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400 or

DISCOVERY CREEK CHILDREN'S MUSEUM -- 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Families can explore science and nature through scheduled activities including hikes, animal encounters and gardens at Glen Echo Park. 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free, members; $5, nonmembers. 202-337-5111.

Theater and Dance

"THE TRAGEDY OF CARMEN" -- 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. matinee July 14, through July 17. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $15-$39. 301-924-3400 or

SENIORS DANCING -- 1:15-3:15 p.m. Friday. Keyboardist and vocalist Mike Surratt provides music. Light refreshments will be served during a short break. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $4. 301-468-4449.

"THE SOUND OF MUSIC" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The Asian American Music Society presents "The Sound of Music." Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Rd., Bethesda. $20; $15, seniors and students. 301-986-1137.

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

"ALL MY SONS" -- 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.

SUNDAY DANCING -- 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday. Waltz, swing, tango or fox trot to the sound of the La Salle Dance Orchestra. Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 703-425-926 or 301-299-8728.


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

BRUSH STROKES TO STITCHES -- Noon-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 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

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. today and Friday. Montgomery College 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

Plan Ahead

DANCE ENSEMBLE -- 7 p.m. July 14. The Chris Norman Ensemble performs traditional dance music of Maritime Canada, Scotland and Ireland. The Music Center at Strathmore, Gudelsky Concert Pavilion lawn, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Free. 301-581-5100 or

ORCHESTRA CONCERT -- 8 p.m. today. Mark Wigglesworth leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a performance of works by Dvorak, Shostakovich and Wagner. The Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $10. 301-581-5100 or

TEEN SKATE NIGHT -- 8-10 p.m. July 15. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission hosts teen skate night at Wheaton Ice Arena in Wheaton Regional Park. 11717 Orebaugh Ave., Wheaton. $6 for admission and skate rental with identification or report card. 301-649-3640.

RETRO 1950s NIGHT -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 16. Look back to the 1950s with music, hula hoops and more in a nonsmoking and alcohol-free environment; '50s attire is optional. Ice cream sodas, root beer floats and pizza will be served. Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, 10620 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $10; reservations required by July 15. 410-526-7918 or

LINGANORE WINECELLARS -- Noon-6 p.m. July 16 and 17. The annual Reggae Wine Festival will feature the D.K.G.B. Band and the Image Band, wine tastings, guided tours, Caribbean and American food and refreshments, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and playground. 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., New Market. $10. 301-831-5889.

WALTZ DANCE -- 3:30-6 p.m. July 17. An introductory waltz workshop from 3 to 3:30 p.m. followed by tango, polka, swing and folk-waltz social dancing with the ensemble Addison Bleufonte. Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 703-978-0375 or

TEA DANCE -- 1:30-4:30 p.m. July 17. Dancing on 7,200 square feet of floating maple flooring. Lunch will be served. Hollywood Ballroom, 2126 Industrial Pkwy., Silver Spring. $12. 301-622-5494.

-- Compiled by KATHRYN LYNCH


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