Thursday, Dec. 3

Nora Pouillon book talk The chef and owner of Restaurant Nora, who opened the first certified organic restaurant in the country, will discuss her new book, “My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today.” 7:30 p.m. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. Free; registration required.

“Garden of Lights” holiday lights and trains displays Now in its 18th year, the “Garden of Lights” winter garden walk features more than one million twinkling lights shaped into flowers, animals, snowflakes and other natural elements. Afterward, hot cocoa is served in the visitors center, and live musical performances. Winter Garden Walk hours are Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 5:30-10 p.m. Visit the Conservatory to see the G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape, open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Entry to the conservatory and train display is free. Both exhibits are open through Jan. 3. Closed on Dec. 24 and 25. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1451. $25 per car/van Monday-Thursday; $30 per car/van Friday-Sunday. Cash only. Advance tickets may be bought for $25 at Brookside Gardens’ Gift Shop.

“Gloria Monteiro Rall: A Retrospective” Rall’s paintings from 1955 to 2000 are influenced by the Washington Color School. Reception 6-8 p.m., Art gallery. Montgomery College, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Open Gallery, 930 King St., Silver Spring. 240-567-5821. Free.

“Rise + Fall” New mixed-media works and installations by Adjoa Burrowes and Lendeh Sherman address current social and environmental issues. Through Friday, Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring. 240-777 -5300. Free.

“Sacred Space: Landscapes With Buddha for Protection” An exhibition of meditative surrealist landscape paintings by Pat Silbert. Through Saturday, Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. 301-652-6794. Free.

5K Run/Walk for the Homeless registration Registration is open for the Dec. 13 walk/run (with 100 percent of registration proceeds benefiting the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless). Start and finish line at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville. 240-750-3499. $20; for youth, $15. T-shirts, $20. Registration required.

Holiday art show and sale Glen Echo Park resident artists, instructors and guest artists display works that include glass, ceramics, photography, painting, jewelry and holiday ornaments. Through Jan. 10, Glen Echo Park, Popcorn Gallery & Stone Tower Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. Free.

MAA Gallery show featuring artist Roxana Rojas The Montgomery Art Association showcases the Peruvian artist’s collages made from magazines, fabric, her children’s paintings and photographs. Through Sunday, Montgomery Art Association MAA Gallery, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton. 301-622-0546. Free.

“Object Oriented: Possessions of a Randomly Acquired Mind” reception Maryland artist Eric Smallwood uses video, animation and installation to create works that explore our perceptions of reality. Smallwood’s creative work focuses on algorithmic memory, experience and consciousness. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 19, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Terrace Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 240-912-1058. Free.

Exhibit: DAEDAL Adj. rich, intricate, adorned A solo exhibition by ceramic artist Kate Westfall of her intricately-decorated, earthy-colored ceramic vessels designed for daily and ceremonial use. Through Dec. 13. VisArts at Rockville, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. Free.

Rockville Skating at the Square Rockville’s outdoor public ice rink is open. Visit the Web site for hourly schedule, information on skate school and youth hockey lessons. Open daily through mid-March. Rockville Town Square, 131 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-545-1999. $9 for up to two hours; seniors and children, $8. Skate rental, $4.

Silver Spring outdoor ice skating Public ice skating now open daily through March 25, including holidays. Call ahead or visit the Web site to confirm hours. Silver Spring Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, 8523 Fenton St., Silver Spring. 301-588-1221. For a two-hour session: $9; for children 12 and younger and those 55 and older, $8. Skate rentals, $4.

Friday, Dec. 4

Countryside Artisans Holiday Gallery and Studio Tours Self-guided driving tours of 12 art galleries and studios representing more than 40 artists in Montgomery, Frederick, and Howard counties. Artists exhibit and sell oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil, photography, ceramics, porcelain, glass, stone, wood, yarn and textiles. Sponsored by Countryside Artisans of Maryland. Visit the Web site for details. Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Dec. 13. Free.

Tax-Aide Volunteer Orientation Volunteer opportunities with the RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program include tax counselors, facilitators, and schedulers. Volunteers help with tax preparations for low- to moderate-income taxpayers (special attention to those 60 and older). Training provided. 1-3 p.m. Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring. 240-777-2610. Free.

46th annual Montgomery Potters’ show In this three-day winter show, Montgomery Potters show and sell their creations. Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Garrett Park Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Ave., Garrett Park. Admission, free.

18th annual Winterfest and Crafts Fair The two-day fair features more than 75 crafters and vendors, a silent auction table, Santa’s Treasure Chest, food, raffles and more. Friday 3-9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Rd., Burtonsville. 301-236-5200. Admission, free.

Arts Barn Artisan Sales Holiday shopping and artist demonstrations from artists-in-residence Tony Glander, Jaree and Jack Donnelly, and others. Friday 6-9:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. Admission, free.

“Entertaining Mr. Sloane” Landlord Kath and brother Ed compete for the attention of a handsome new lodger who comes to board at their father’s house in Joe Orton’s play, set in 1960s London. Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays 2 p.m., through Dec. 13, The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 202-355-6330. $25; seniors, military and students, $22.

A Charlie Brown Christmas The beloved animated TV special comes to life as Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. There will be bonus holiday surprises and treats for kids of all ages. Recommended for those ages 7 and up. Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 20, Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. $20 (general), $12 (14 and under).

Saturday, Dec. 5

Bazaar and Silent Auction Seasonal items, toys, books, clothes, sports equipment, linens, jewelry, household items, art, CDs/DVDs and more. Lunch and snacks will be available to buy. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-0400.

Weisser Glass Studio holiday fair and open house The fifth annual holiday event features seasonal decor, music, local glass artists and craftspeople selling unique and seasonal creations. Meet the artists, refreshments and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weisser Glass Studio and Gallery, 4080-B Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-571-8966. Free.

Armenian Dessert Festival Holiday gifts, baked goods, hot drinks and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church, 4906 Flint Dr., Bethesda. 301-229-8742. Free.

Craft Artist Exhibition & Sale More than 35 artists in jewelry, glass, ceramics, textiles, wood, photography, paper and mixed media. Sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 703-768-6987. Admission, free.

Resident Artists Open House and sales Sales and demos by up to nine working artists in paint, clay, silver, enamels and fabric, many using materials and inspiration from the museum’s collections. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $3, children ages 3-17.

Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair Gifts this year include a school kit for an indigenous Guatemalan child, a week of fresh local veggies for a low-income family, or a college visit trip for a struggling student, and many more. Staff members and volunteers from various charities will answer questions. Gifts are tax-deductible. Children’s Corner, cookie decorating with Girl Scouts for Meals on Wheels, a raffle and live music and free seated shoulder/back massage in the Serenity Corner. Sponsored by the nonprofit group, Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington, and the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church. Noon-4 p.m. Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, 310 Tulip Ave., Takoma Park. 301-270-5550. Gift prices are $5 to $100. All money donated for gifts goes to the charities at the fair.

Chocolate factory tours Take a 15-30 minute tour of the factory, taste samples and learn about the history of chocolate and the manufacturing process involving beans, including roasting, winnowing, pre-grinding and refining. Visit the Web site for tour times and availability. Saturdays-Sundays 2-6 p.m. SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier Factory, 360 Main St., Gaithersburg. 240-631-1933. Free; reservation required.

Holiday concert program Music director Rosemary Dyer leads the Chancel Choir and Orchestra with classical and popular holiday music. A reception will follow. 5 p.m. Potomac United Methodist Church, 9908 S. Glen Rd., Potomac. 301-505-DIVA. Donations welcome.

Gaithersburg Jingle Jubilee Tree-lighting ceremony, giveaways, a visit from Santa, a sing-along featuring Clear Harmonies Carolers, Prichard Music Honors Brass Quintet, the Gaithersburg High School Band, photo booth and more. Take a camera for photos with Santa, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 6-7:30 p.m. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. Free.

Coral Cantigas Presents A Christmas festival of Latin songs and Beltway brass. 7 p.m. Bethesda United Methodist Church, 8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. 301-230-1361. $15-$30.

Bel Cantanti Opera Company performance “Amahl and the Night Visitors” Saturdays 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 19, Concord-St. Andrews Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda. 240-230-7372. $40; seniors, $35; students, $15.

Exhibit: The Wonderful World of Miniatures Viewing hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays noon-4 p.m. through Jan. 27. Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. 240-773-9444. Free.

Sunday, Dec. 6

Holiday Craft Show Local artists, authors and crafters. 1-5 p.m. Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John. 301-365-1311. Admission, free.

“The Pursuit of Harmony Tour” An afternoon of song and conversation with Jewish-American songwriter and producer Michael Hunter Ochs and Palestinian songwriter, recording artist and peace activist Alaa Alshaham. 3 p.m. Colesville United Methodist Church, 52 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring. 301-384-1941. 301-502-3247. Free.

Voices XXI: Christmas Concert Voices 21 kicks off its 16th season with Renaissance motets: “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” “Gaudeteomnes,” three settings of “Silent Night” and more. 3 p.m. Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-643-6563. Freewill donations accepted.

“Christmas in the Southwest” Spanish carols choral concert “Carols and Lullabies,” by Conrad Susa, features the choir singing traditional Spanish carols accompanied by marimba, xylophone, harp and guitar. Additional seasonal music with handbells and community carol singing. 4 p.m. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. 202-363-2202. Free.

MCYO “Winter Soundscapes” concert MCYO’s Philharmonic, Symphony and Chamber Ensemble perform a holiday repertoire, including Shostakovich and Mendelssohn. 4 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $15-$25.

Monday, Dec. 7

Beer tasting and talk: Alcohol in American History For adults. At 6:30 p.m., a beer flight tasting by Baying Hound Alehouse followed by a 7 p.m. talk by Bruce Bustard, curator of the National Archives exhibit, “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History.” Part of the monthly “After Hours” speaker series sponsored by the Gaithersburg Community Museum. 6:30 p.m. Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6160. $10; reservations required.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Heart failure: Management and support Learn about heart-healthy nutrition, medication, weight management, and early signs and symptoms of heart failure. 10 a.m.-noon, Holy Cross Hospital Senior Source, 8580 Second Ave., Silver Spring. 301-754-8800. Free; registration required.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Hanukkah Hodgepodge Seth Kibel performs jazz, swing and klezmer music. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $25.

“Let Freedom Sing” The Zemer Chai Jewish Choir performs songs of justice and celebration, with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Chamber Singers. 8 p.m. Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase. 301-963-3462. $10.

Thursday, Dec. 10

“Courtesies Toward People Who Are Vision Impaired” Staff members of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will give a talk. Light lunch will be served. 12:30-1:45 p.m. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. Free; registration required.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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