Thursday, Aug. 14

Metropolitan Washington Ear needs volunteers, the radio-reading and dial-in newspaper service for the blind and visually impaired needs readers. Volunteers read newspapers daily, grocery ads, magazines, TV listings and audio-described theater listings. Volunteers give two hours a week. Call Rene Schecker. Metropolitan Washington Ear, 12061 Tech Rd., Silver Spring. 301-681-6636 or

Brookside “Summer Colors,” a lush tropical scene at both conservatories. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Sept. 21, Brookside Gardens Conservatory, 1500 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

Tai chi, for adults, an exercise class focusing on relaxation, balance and coordination. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-8085.

“Magic and Science and Stuff,” for children of all ages, Mike Rose performs science-themed magic tricks and comedy. 11 a.m., Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free. 240-777-0690.

“Hooks and Needles,” 12 and older, learn how to crochet and knit. Take a project or start a new one. 6 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

Project Natale concert, traditional jazz. Last in a series of outdoor summer concerts sponsored by Montgomery County Recreation. Take a picnic. 7-9 p.m., Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-6875.

Wheaton Wildlife Wanderings, for children 5-12 accompanied by an adult, walk through forest, meadow and along a stream or pond. 7-8 p.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $5; registration required. Course No. 286052. 301-962-1480, or

Parenting workshop, for parents with or without their child 14 and older, parent educators discuss “Planning for Safe Teen Driving.” Sponsored by the Parent Encouragement Program. 7:30-9:30 p.m., PEP, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30; teens, $15; registration required. 301-929-8824 or

2014 Miss Tanzania USA Pageant tickets, available for the Aug. 30 pageant. The Miss Tanzania USA Organization provides scholarship funds for Tanzanian women in the diaspora. Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring. $50, includes admission, dinner and parking. 240-393-3100, or

Baby Steps 5K run/walk registration for the Sept. 7 event. Proceeds of the 5K will benefit Baby’s Bounty, a nonprofit organization that provides supplies for babies born to victims of domestic abuse, teen mothers and those living in poverty, Washingtonian Center, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. $40; 12 and younger free; registration required. 301-461-6770 or

Friday, Aug. 15

Citizen police academy applications, for people 18 and older who live or work in Montgomery County. The application deadline is Friday to attend the next 18-week course held Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 16. Participants will learn about firearm safety, investigating major crimes, drug identification, scams, prostitution cases and forensics; plus an optional ride-along with a police officer. Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy, 9710 Great Seneca Hwy., Rockville. Free, registration required. 240-773-5030.

Splish-Splash, Drip, Plop, for children 3-12 accompanied by an adult, children wade in a stream and look for creatures. Wear shoes that can get wet; no flip-flops or backless sandals. 1-2 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. $5; registration required. Course No. 283704. 301-258-4030, or

Aspen Hill Knitting and Crocheting Club, for 13 and older, learn how to knit or take a current project and share ideas with knitters. 3 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410.

Rockville Back to School Jam, a DJ, food, drinks, prizes and more. Also Rockville students can get a backpack with school supplies for $2 while they last. 6-8:30 p.m., Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8780 or

Unity Reggae Band concert, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fountain Plaza Stage at Downtown Silver Spring, 916 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. Free. 301-587-0867.

Zumba in the Park, outdoor dance exercise. 7-8 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 5, Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350.

Saturday, Aug. 16

Cars ’N’ Coffee Bethesda, for car enthusiasts, a meet-up to discuss and show off cars. First coffee, free. 8-10 a.m., Corner Bakery Cafe Bethesda, 10327 Westlake Dr. Free. 301-217-0049 or

Kensington farmers market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Kensington train station parking lot (Howard Avenue). 301-949-2424 or

Montgomery Village Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, the market, 9801 Centerway Rd. 301-948-0110, Ext. 2331, or

Rockville Farmers Market, fruit, vegetables, bedding plants, cut flowers and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Route 28 and Monroe Street, Rockville. 240-314-8620 or

Examining flowers and butterflies, 4 and older, hand lenses will be provided for participants to identify native wildflowers and the stages of the butterfly life cycle. Meet at the gravel parking lot across from the public boat ramp on Black Hill Road. 9-11 a.m., Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. $10; registration required. Course No. 283050. 301-528-3492, or

Saturday story and hike, for children 2-5 accompanied by an adult, a naturalist reads a story and leads a hike. 10 a.m., Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Rd., Rockville. $6; residents, $4; registration required. Course No. 47842. 240-314-8770 or

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre open house, celebrating 25 years and a new location, free sample classes, details on auditions for “The Nutcracker,” refreshments and drawings for prizes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Pkwy., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-762-1757.

PAWS to Read, for children 5-9 accompanied by an adult, Natty, Reco and Kirby therapy animals from Pets on Wheels listen while children read to them, to help reinforce the pleasure of reading. 11 a.m.-noon, Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410 or

Citizenship Preparation Course, 14 and older, a class sponsored by the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity. 1-3 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-777-4960.

Summer Wine and Peach Fest, sample local wine, peach-flavored drinks and food, art, poetry slam, DJ, live music, raffles, and more. 2-7 p.m. Sponsored by Milk Lady Markets. Proceeds benefit the WIC and Seniors Matching Dollars Food Buying Programs. B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $39; $29 if bought online by 8 p.m. Friday (use discount code “milkladywashpost”). 301-792-9448 or

Wire Wrapping I, for beginners, learn metalwork techniques. 6:30-9:30 p.m., S&A Beads, 6929 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park. $50; registration required. 301-891-2323 or

Sunday, Aug. 17

Bethesda Central Farm Market, more than 60 vendors sell food. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 7600 Arlington Blvd., at Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Free. 301-775-6402 or

Exploring Little Bennett Regional Park, 18 and older, a guided hike at one of Montgomery County’s largest parks. Meet at the Wilson Mill parking area at Clarksburg Road (Route 121). 9-11 a.m., Black Hill Regional Park, Black Hill Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. Free; registration required. Course No. 281450. 301-528-3492, or

Carl Henn Millennium Trail bike ride, for adults and children, on a 10-foot wide path that loops about 10.6 miles around Rockville. No rider will be left behind. Sponsored by Rockville Bike Advisory Committee. Group rides on third Sundays. 10 a.m., Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave. Free. 240-314-8780 or

Monday, Aug. 18

Volunteer drivers for seniors needed, for the Senior Connection of Montgomery County, to help transport the elderly to medical appointments or help with monthly grocery shopping. Contact Mary Murphy. 301-942-1049 or

Widowed Persons Support Group, for anyone who has lost a spouse in the past two years. Sponsored by the AARP Widowed Persons Service. 1-2 p.m. Mondays, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-949-7398.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” a screening of director Mark Waters’s 2011 comedy starring Jim Carrey, about a workaholic whose father sends him an unusual gift. 6 p.m., Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9410.

Gaithersburg Teen Movie Night, a screening of the fantasy adventure, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” about a teen demigod on an epic journey to fulfill his destiny. 6:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 240-773-9490.

Tuesday, Aug. 19

Square Kids — Mommy and Me (and Daddy Too), children 2 and older accompanied by an adult; craft activities and stories in at Rockville Town Square. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., sponsored by Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0140.

Wednesday, Aug. 20

Small Business Counseling, volunteers from the Service Corps of Retired Executives offer advice to on how to start or expand a business, how to write a business plan and how to secure financing. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton. Free, registration required. 240-777-0678.

Dawson’s farmers market, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, through Sept. 24, 225 N. Washington St., Rockville. 240-428-1452, or

Ballroom dance lessons, instructors Bill Goldberg and Ellen Moran teach dance lessons at noon, followed by dancing at 1 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-8086.

Olney Library “Crafternoon,” for students 5-8 accompanied by an adult, make a decorative pencil case for school. Pencil cases available while they last. 1 p.m., Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd. Free. 240-773-9545.

Wireless Wednesdays, for adults, a library staff member offers 30-minute one-on-one help using e-readers and mobile apps available through the Montgomery County libraries. 1-3 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free; registration required. 240-777-0240.

Basic computer assistance, a volunteer helps visitors with browsing the Internet, accessing e-mail and more. 7 p.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. Free. 240-773-9444.

Silver Spring mystery book discussion, Walter Mosley’s thriller, “All I Did Was Shoot My Man,” part of the Leonid McGill mystery series. 7 p.m., White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 240-773-9555.

Thursday, Aug. 21

Library invitation for teens, for students 14-18 to join the teen advisory group for Montgomery County public libraries. Participants will help with social media, YouTube and video productions, set up teen events, interview authors and more. Application deadline is Sept. 5. Free. 240-777-0637 or

Storytime on a pontoon boat, for children 3-6 accompanied by an adult, listening to dragonfly stories aboard a pontoon as it floats on Little Seneca Lake. Meet at the pontoon boat dock by the rental area. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. $5; registration required. Course No. 281557. 301-528-3492, or

Zoomobile visit in Gaithersburg, “Living Places, Living Planet With the Zoomobile,” a Maryland Zoo representative presents animals and discusses how they adapt to different environments. 2-2:50 p.m., Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave. Free tickets available at 1 p.m. 240-773-9490.

Retired STEM professionals sought, science, technology, engineering and mathematics specialists sought to assist Montgomery County K-12 public school teachers. Part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s collaboration with local schools. Many volunteer opportunities are available. 301-570-2811 or

Ursula Ricks Project concert, blues and soul. Part of the Glen Echo summer concert series. Food sold; plus park activities and a ride on the historic 1921 Dentzel carousel. 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free admission. Carousel, $1.25 per ride. 301-634-2222.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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