Thursday, April 4

Arab American Heritage Month reception, registration required by Monday to attend the April 15 celebration at City Hall; sponsored by the Gaithersburg Multicultural Affairs Committee. 301-258-6350 or

Ben’s Run, register for the annual 5K run and one-mile run/walk in memory of Ben Goldfogle, an 11-year-old who lost his life to leukemia in 2009. Proceeds from the April 20 event will benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center. Stonegate Elementary School, 14811 Notley Rd., Silver Spring. $25; registration required. Age 4 and younger, free.

“Eliminating Hunger” food drive needs volunteers, adults and students (student service learning hours can be earned) are needed to work two-hour shifts this month collecting canned and other nonperishable food items. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation. 301-760-7447, or

Conservatory spring-flowers display,10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through April 14. Brookside Gardens Conservatory, 1500 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

Free tax-return assistance programs, Thursday and next Thursday, for seniors and low-income households. RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide: By appointment, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free. 240-777-2577 or AARP volunteers: By appointment, starting at 11 a.m. Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): First-come, first-served, starting at 3 p.m. Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. 240-777-0678. Assistance with returns also will be available Saturday and April 13 at the Rockville Memorial Library (240-777-0140) and Wednesday at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library in Burtonsville (240-777-2577).

Gaithersburg Meals on Wheels volunteers needed, deliveries in the Gaithersburg area take place during late morning/early afternoon. Pick-ups are at Asbury Methodist Village, Kindley Center, 333 Russell Ave. 301-216-4200 or 301-253-4626.

“Ride the Riverside” bicycling fundraiser, registration is open for the June 8-9 bike ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Routes of 30 miles to more than 100 miles over one or two days. Visit for details and registration information.

Workforce Ready Skills Training, high school students are invited to register for the April 13 workshop at the Silver Spring Civic Building, featuring Jose Vargas, a youth employment consultant; Amy Owusu, a recruiter and job-seeker consultant; and a variety of career counselors. Sponsored by the International Minority Affairs Cooperative (IMAC). $45, includes lunch and materials. Registration required. A limited number of scholarships are available. 301-890-1857 or

Friday Morning Music Club concert, chamber music featuring Holst’s “Lyric Movement,” Ravel’s “Pavane Pour une Infante Défunte” and “Mother Goose Suite,” Brahms’s “Three Quartets, Op. 64,” and Schubert’s “The Shepherd on the Rock.” 11 a.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 202-333-2075 or

Afternoon book talk, volunteer Anne Grau leads a discussion of Willa Cather’s 1927 novel “Death Comes for the Archbishop,” set in New Mexico in 1851. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.

Papercrete troughs gardening workshop, a presentation by Brookside staff member Ellen Hartranft on rustic, lightweight yet durable planters created out of cement, paper and perlite. Take home your creation. 1:30-4 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $55, covers all materials. Registration required. 301-962-1400 or

Environmental Film Night, a screening of Joel Heath’s documentary “People of a Feather” (2011), set among the Inuit culture on the isolated Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg Environmental Affairs Committee. 7 p.m., Kentlands Stadium 10, 629 Centerpoint Way, Gaithersburg. Free. 301-519-6868.

Friday, April 5

Volunteer opportunity with children’s blankets project, volunteers are still needed to knit, crochet and quilt blankets for local needy children. Yarn and fabric provided. For time, location and other information, call 301-460-5451 (ask for Pat). Sponsored by the Montgomery County Association for Family and Community Education.

Chevy Chase art show and sale, a mixed-media art show featuring works by more than 100 local artists. Proceeds will benefit an art scholarships fund. 2-5 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-652-8480.

Used books sale, proceeds from the two-day sale will benefit the PTA. 6-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. 301-270-2839.

Chamber music performances, amateur musicians (intermediate to advanced levels) are invited to play music in small ensembles. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Chamber Music Society. Please call or e-mail before noon if you wish to play that night. 7:15-9:45 p.m. Fridays, Living Faith Lutheran Church, 1605 Veirs Mill Rd., Rockville. 301-770-0041, or

Saturday, April 6

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, 9 a.m.-noon. For information on how to volunteer or to lead a cleanup, call 202-973-8203 or visit Student service learning hours can be earned.

Kenwood Cherry Blossom Festival, for all ages; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chevy Chase’s Kenwood neighborhood in Chevy Chase at the Circle on Brookside Drive.

“Flying Jewels” hummingbirds workshop, for all ages; presentations on the tiny, brightly colored birds. Each family will make a hummingbird feeder to take home. 11 a.m.-noon, Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. $6; registration required. 301-528-3492 or

Camellia Society show and sale, sponsored by the Camellia Society of Potomac Valley. 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday; 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday. Brookside Gardens, visitors center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400.

Glen Echo pottery exhibit opening, a reception (5-7 p.m.) for the opening of “2013: From the Fire,” featuring works by gallery instructors and their students. Gallery open noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through May 5. Glen Echo Park, Popcorn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free. 301-229-5585 or

National Philharmonic, the orchestra performs Bach, including selections from the “Brandenburg Concertos.” The National Philharmonic Chorale is joined by soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, tenor Matthew Smith and bass Kevin Deas. 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $37-$84. 301-581-5100 or

Washington Conservatory of Music program, guitarist Orlando Roman will perform works by Albéniz, Turina, Ponce, Barrios, Mertz and Brouwer. 8 p.m., Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington Conservatory of Music, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free-will donation. 301-320-2770.

Sunday, April 7

Olney farmers and artists market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd. 202-257-5326 or

Birds and Afternoon Tea, for all ages; visit the “Birdseed Cafe” for bird watching on the deck. 1-3 p.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 301-765-8660 or

Monday, April 8

Holocaust Remembrance Day, a presentation by Gerald Schneider and a special guest. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.

Civic Federation public meeting, a presentation by Montgomery County planner Larry Cole on transportation challenges. A question-and-answer period will follow. 7:45-10 p.m., County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. 301-365-2347 or

Tuesday, April 9

“Business Networking Before Nine,” hosted by the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. 7:30-9 a.m., Kaplan University, 1390 Piccard Dr., Rockville. Free for GGCC members and first-time non-members. Registration required. 301-840-1400, Ext. 14, or

Japanese tea, the Washington Toho Koto Society performs traditional music while traditional hot beverages are served. 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $28; registration required. 301-581-5108.

“Boom in Bicycling” talk, a presentation by Ralph Buehler, an assistant professor of urban affairs and planning at the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, on “Making Cycling Irresistible: Lessons from Europe and North America.” 7 p.m., Montgomery County Department of Planning, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-495-4602 or

Author appearance: Mark Shriver, the former Maryland state delegate, will discuss “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father,” a book based on the letters of statesman Sargent Shriver. Part of the Paul Peck Institute for American Studies and Civil Engagement. 7 p.m., Montgomery College High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Dr., Germantown. Free. 240-567-7281 or

Wednesday, April 10

Low-vision services workshop, a presentation by Sharon Salus, a volunteer with Washington Ear, on services for visually impaired and physically disabled people. 1:15 p.m., Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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