Thursday, Feb. 14

“Green Matters” symposium registration, topics of the Feb. 22 symposium include sustainability, storm-water management and environmentally sensitive residential landscaping. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $89; registration required. 301-962-1400 or

Master Gardeners conference registration, the Feb. 23 event will feature home-landscaping workshops and question-and-answer sessions on trees, edibles, water features, roses and more. University of Maryland Extension Office, Agricultural History Farm Park, 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. $50; registration required. or

Hospice Caring volunteer training, for information or to register for March training, contact Penny Gladhill, 301-990-8904, or Hospice Caring, 518 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg.

Bethesda poetry contest, for age 18 and older; part of the Bethesda Literary Festival in April. For details and deadline, visit 301-215-6660, Ext. 142, or

Free tax-return assistance programs, Thursdays, 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. 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 Saturdays at the Rockville Memorial Library (240-777-0140) and Wednesdays at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library in Burtonsville (240-777-2577).

“Spring Forward” garden-conservatory display, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through April 14. Brookside Gardens Conservatory, 1500 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

Rockville Town Square ice rink, noon-10 p.m. weekdays (to 11 p.m. Friday); 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. 131 Gibbs St. $8; age 12 and younger, $7. Skate rental, $3. 301-545-1999.

“Music and Chocolate Hearts” Steffi Offutt and Bernie Kellett sing duets; with special candy delights while they last. Sponsored by Asbury Kindley Assisted Living. 1:15-2:15 p.m. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.

XOXO After-school Valentine’s Day Dance, a DJ plays dance music. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave, Rockville. $3. 240-314-8780.

Friday, Feb. 15

Author appearance, Mark Katz will read from his book, “Leaving Without Losing: The War on Terror After Iraq and Afghanistan.” A program of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration required. 301-654-5330 or

Musical theater: “Next to Normal,” a rock musical about a mother with bipolar disorder, and the effect of the illness on her family. 8:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23; 3 p.m. Sunday. Kensington Arts Theater at Kensington Town Center, 3710 Mitchell St. $13-$20. 206-888-6642 or

Chamber music performances, amateur musicians (intermediate to advanced levels) are invited to play music in small ensembles. Music is provided or take your own. Meets Fridays. Sponsored by Montgomery County Chamber Music Society. Please call or e-mail before noon on Friday if you wish to play that night. Living Faith Lutheran Church, 1605 Veirs Mill Rd., Rockville. 301-770-0041, or

Saturday, Feb. 16

Tablet computer workshop, instruction in downloading library materials to WiFi-enabled devices such as Kindle. Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. Call 240-773-9410 for an appointment.

Lunar New Year celebrations, a parade through Rockville Town Square will feature dragon and lion dancers, live music and finalists from the Miss Vietnam DC pageant and Miss Chinese America. There will also be an Asian street market. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 301-315-8200 or From 3 to 5 p.m., there will be free cultural performances and light refreshments sponsored by the City of Rockville and the Asian Pacific American Task Force. 240-777-2500 or

Musical theater: “Green Golly and Her Golden Flute,” for ages 4 to 12 accompanied by an adult. 11 a.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free. 240-773-9590.

Maryland Young Voices Festival, a concert featuring Glorystar Children’s Chorus (directed by Cherie Jeng), Frederick Children’s Chorus (Judith DuBose), the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis (Julie Culotta), Handel Children’s Choir of Baltimore (Joe Shorall) and the Walter Johnson High School Choir (Kelly Butler). 7:30 p.m., Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr., Bethesda. 240-277-7629, or

Classical guitar concert, Brazilian musician Joao Figueiroa performs Legnani, Bach, Gismonti, Asencio and Assad; part of the Marlow Guitar Series. 8 p.m., Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. $25. 301-654-6403 or

Sunday, Feb. 17

Bethesda central winter market, produce, specialty meats, dairy and baked goods. 10 a.m. Sundays. 7600 Arlington Blvd. (at Old Georgetown Road), Bethesda. 301-775-6402 or

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

Ensemble concert: “Mélomanie’s Musical Tour,” Baroque and contemporary works performed by flute, violin, viola da gamba, cello and harpsichord. 4 p.m., Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Donations welcome. 202-363-2202 or

InterAct Story Theatre and dinner, for age 7 and older; a performance of “Voytto Tech: A Sci-Fi Fable on Bullying,” an interactive play that combines a science theme with a strong anti-bullying message. 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 13925 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Donations welcome for the play; dinner cost is $5, with reservations required. 301-384-6264 or

Monday, Feb. 18

Family Fun Day, for children of all ages; a blacksmith demonstration, games, story time, a “wacky weaving” activity, a bookmaking workshop, a scavenger hunt and musical performances. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. $3 per child (adults, free). 301-774-0022 or

“Discover Strathmore,” a hip-hop performance by Christylez Bacon, the art of clowning demonstrated by Happenstance Theater’s Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, and free looks at classes being offered at the music center. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

Gardening talk, a presentation by Elin Haaga on “Finding Your Own Gardening Style” through the use of symmetry and asymmetry, focal points, edges and other features. A meeting of the Silver Spring Garden Club. 8 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Chess club, for age 8 and older; learn to play or improve your skills. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Travelogue: Ethiopia, a presentation by “Sandy and Gail” on the language, diet and culture of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. 1-2 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-8086.

“After Hours” business networking, build new relationships and generate opportunities. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. 5:30-7 p.m., Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 200 E. Middle Lane, Rockville. $40; registration required. 301-738-0015 or

Parenting workshop, for parents of ages 1 to 5; a presentation titled “Challenging Behaviors of Toddlers and Preschoolers.” Sponsored by the Parent Encouragement Program. 7-9 p.m., Saint Rose of Lima Parish, 11701 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. $30; registration required. 301-929-8824 or

Square dancing and lessons, new dancers are welcome. 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays, North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy., Chevy Chase. $6. 301-587-5861 or

“State of the County” address, a presentation by County Executive Isiah Leggett. 7 p.m., Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza.

“Trees for the Urban Garden” talk, a presentation by Kevin Conrad, a curator at the Woody Landscape Plant Germplasm Repository at the U.S. National Arboretum. A meeting of the Takoma Horticultural Club. 7:30-9 p.m., Historic Takoma, Inc., 7328 Carroll Ave. Free. 301-588-6894 or

Thursday, Feb. 21

Irish dance, take part in a “mini-ceili” of dancing to live music. Sponsored by the Greater Washington Ceili Club. 8-10 p.m. Thursdays, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, 13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville. $5. 301-649-6410, or

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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