Thursday, May 2

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.

Kenwood cherry blossoms and spring flowers walk, daily, self-guided 10K and 5K along the Capital Crescent Trail. Map available at Starbucks, 4611 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda. 301-946-5496.

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

Foreign policy discussion, the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association of local groups gathers monthly to share ideas on foreign policy of the United States. 12:30 p.m., Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr. Free. 240-777-0690.

Fulks Corner farmers’ market, local produce, baked goods and more. 1-6 p.m. Gaithersburg farmers market, Fulks Corner Ave. at Route 355, Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350 or

“American Impressionists at Giverny,” art historian Joan Hart gives a talk on American painters of the late 19th and early 20th century, including John Singer Sargent, Theodore Robinson, Lilla Cabot Perry and others who went to Giverny. 1:15 p.m., Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.

Murder on the Orient Express,” a screening of the 1974 classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie, starring Lauren Bacall, Albert Finney and Ingrid Bergman. For moviegoers who are hard of hearing, the film also includes English subtitles. 2:30 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410.

Help with homework, students from Paint Branch High School’s Honor Society help students with homework. 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

Friday, May 3

60th annual Azalea Festival, azaleas, annuals, flowering shrubs, wildflowers and perennials. Plus, artwork for sale, live music, children’s area, food and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, The Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-320-1014.

“Great Reads” used book sales, 1-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. 240-777-0240.

Saturday, May 4

“Wings of Fancy,” the popular live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit is back. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Sept. 22. Brookside Gardens Conservatory, 1500 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $6; For ages 3 to 12, $4. 301-962-1400.

Pike Central farmers market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m, 11806 Rockville Pike (between Montrose and Old Georgetown roads), Rockville. 301-775-6402.

Plant clinics, Montgomery County Master Gardeners answer questions. Take plant specimens for identifying and diagnosing problems. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240. Also at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library in Fairland.

Garden show, sponsored by the Seedling Garden Club. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

Dahlia tuber sale, Sponsored by the National Capital Dahlia Society. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400.

Farmers and artists market, eggs, dog products, potted plants, cut flowers, local artists, acoustic performers and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Farmers market at the Kentlands, 301 Main St. (Kentlands Main Street Pavilion), Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350 or

“Kidville” open house, an indoor enrichment facility opens its second Maryland location with performances, balloon twisters, open gym, food and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fallsgrove Village Shopping Center, 14925-A Shady Grove Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-575-1777.

White Oak Middle School market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-989-5780.

A-RTS at Rockville Town Square, the weekend-long arts festival with family-friendly entertainment. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue. Free. 202-248-5843.

Children’s puppet theater, for children of all ages; Wit’s End Puppets presents “Anansi’s Appetite,” the folk tale about Anansi the Spider, who will go to any lengths to fill his hungry belly. 11 a.m., Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 240-773-9520.

Family Day Festival At Glen Echo, storyteller Diane Macklin and Taiko drummer Mark H. Rooney, a magic show, Irish dancing, open arts studios and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free; carousel rides, $1.25. 301-634-2222.

Rachel Carson House annual open house, speakers on environmental issues, where Rachel Carson, a biologist, naturalist and poet wrote the acclaimed book “Silent Spring,” which is credited with changing the way Americans think about the environment. Organic refreshments, door prizes and more. Sponsored by the Rachel Carson Council. Noon-3 p.m., Rachel Carson House, 11701 Berwick Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-593-7507 or

AARP driver refresher course, for age 50 and older; a workshop led by trainer Sandra Whitaker. 12:45-5 p.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St. $14; AARP members, $12. Materials included. Registration required. 240-773-9444.

Foreign film, for adults; a screening of director Mira Nair’s “Monsoon Wedding” (2001). The Indian film shows the Verma family as they gather from around the world during monsoon season to make preparations for an arranged marriage. 1 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free. 240-773-9590.

“An Evening with Strauss” Waltz Ball, at 8 p.m., a Viennese waltz lesson followed by dancing to live music by Olde Vienna until midnight. No partner required. Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $20 at the door. 202-238-0230 or

Sunday, May 5

Bethesda Central farmers market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Elm Street between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues.

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

Wheaton farmers market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., between Georgia Ave. and Veirs Mill Rd., 2425 Reedie Dr. 301-792-9448.

Burtonsville farmers market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2410 Spencerville Rd. 301-792-9448.

Wildlife Center fundraiser, donate a “baby shower gift” for orphaned wild animals. Build a birdhouse or feeder with your kids (kits $5), count arriving birds at the Wing Watch, plus a native plant sale, baked goods and more. Supplies and donations for baby animals are appreciated. Noon, Second Chance Wildlife Center, 7101 Barcellona Dr., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-926-9453 or

Shelter Walk ’n’ Roll community walk, live music, raffles, games and face painting. Proceeds will benefit Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. 1-3 p.m., Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Dr., Rockville. $30; age 25 and younger, $20; registration required. 301-917-6654 or

Takoma Park house and garden tour, the 40th annual self-guided tour showcases Victorians, bungalows, brick Colonials and modern homes homes east of Carroll Avenue. Tour departs from the Old Takoma Gazebo. 1-5 p.m., Old Town Takoma Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave. $20; in advance, $18. 204-393-6060 or

Maryland Encore Chorale spring concert, conducted by Jeanne Kelly. 3 p.m., Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 301-365-2850.

Monday, May 6

The Himalayas,” a documentary film about the highest mountain range in the world that spans five countries and its diverse flora and fauna. 1:15 p.m., Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.

Author talk, Mark Shriver will discuss his book, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver.” 7 p.m., Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr. Free. 240-777-0690.

Tuesday, May 7

“Look Good, Feel Better” registration, for women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment, advice on skin care, makeup, wigs, scarves and hats. 1-3 p.m., Hope Connections for Cancer Support, Beaumont House at FASEB 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Free, registration required. 301-493-5002.

Evening book discussion, for adults; a discussion of Helen Simonson’s debut novel, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” set in the English countryside about an English gentleman and widower and his relationship with the Pakistani widow of a local shop owner. 7-8:30 p.m., Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd. Free. 240-777-0110.

Foster parents information meeting, for county residents, foster parents are needed for children age13 and older, teenage mothers and their babies, sibling groups, and children with special needs. 7 p.m., Department of Health and Human Services, 1301 Piccard Dr., Rockville. 240-777-1664.

“Parenting an ADHD Child” workshop, parents will learn symptoms and coping strategies to support children with ADHD at home and in school. Sponsored by the library and by CHADD of Montgomery County. 7-8:30 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-0200.

Stroke support group meeting and talk, for stroke survivors and caregivers; support groups meet for one hour followed by a talk by Arlene Boman titled “Easier Healthy Living for Stroke Survivors.” 7 p.m., Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-530-3740.

Wednesday, May 8

Mule-drawn canal boat rides, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. C&O Canal National Park, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. $8; children 4 to 15, $5; age 62 and over, $6. 301-767-3714.

Shady Grove farmers market, noon -6 p.m., Johns Hopkins University, (corner of Key West Ave. and Broschart Rd.,) 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. 301-792-9448.

Veterans Fast Launch, for active-duty military, veterans and spouses or immediate family members; the second of five free workshops on starting and building a successful business. Visit the Web site to register. Veterans Fast Launch is sponsored by SCORE and the Wal-Mart Foundation. 6-8:30 p.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. Free, registration required. 240-777-0140 or

Floral design workshop, designer Karen Nelson Kent blends the Mother’s Day tradition of giving flowers with modern design. Take a box to take home your creation. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Brookside Gardens, Visitors center adult classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $49; FOBG $44. Registration required. 301-962-1400.

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

Thursday, May 9

Bike to Work Day registration, sign up now for the May 17 ride-to-work event. Food, drinks and giveaways. Visit the Web site for details and pit stops. Ride with a buddy. Sponsored by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. 800-745-7433 or

Boys Night Out, folk musicians Boys Night Out will play the music of Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Bob Dylan. 1:15 p.m., Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $1. at the door; With HPSI card, free. 240-777-4999.

Teen author appearance: Sara Zarr, a discussion about her book, “How to Save a Life,” about a teenage girl grieving the death of her father; her mother decides to adopt a baby and the pregnant teen who come into their lives. 5-7 p.m., Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. Free. 240-777-0970.

Foster parents information meeting, for county residents; foster parents are needed for children age 13 and older, teenage mothers and their babies, sibling groups, and children with special needs. 7 p.m., Department of Health and Human Services, Fourth Floor Conference Room, 1301 Piccard Dr., Rockville. 240-777-1664.

Historic Preservation Law training, sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg Historic District Commission. 7-10 p.m., Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Free, registration requested. 301-258-6330 or

“The Pirates of Penzance,” a production by sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic operetta. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Herbert Hoover Middle School, 6300 Tilden Lane, Rockville. $5 at the door. 301-469-1010 or

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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