Thursday, Feb. 18

“Brushes With Nature” art exhibit Mixed-media art and photos on canvas by Sara Becker, Nancy Butler, Helen Gallagher, Caroline Orrick, Ann Rossilli, Penny Smith, Tricia Tucker, Maureen Ward, Judith Prevo, Lindan Silvers and Thomas Fischetti. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closes on Sunday. Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center/Education Building, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. Free.

Vision Support Lunch & Learn Ophthalmologist Aisha Macedo will discuss the dilated eye exam, and what the exam can reveal about a person’s health. Sponsored by Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. A light lunch will be served. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. Free; registration required.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance For low- to moderate-income taxpayers who live or work in Montgomery County. RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide provides free tax-preparation assistance during tax season at more than 20 sites countywide through April 18. Special attention given to those 60 and older. An appointment is required. 240-777-2577. Free; registration required.

Gallery B February exhibition Local artists Heather Jacks, Darlene Towson and Andrew Wohl display their photography. Through Feb. 27, Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. 301-215-7990. Free.

Wanted: Students as Election Judges The Montgomery County Board of Elections “Future Vote” Program seeks high school juniors and seniors to serve as paid election judges at polling places for the April 26 presidential primaries. Students must be registered to vote in Maryland. Students who will be 18 by Nov. 8 are eligible to register and vote. Bilingual language skills in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Amharic and French are also needed. Visit the website for application and training. Individuals can choose 25 Student Service Learning credits in lieu of a stipend. Montgomery County Board of Elections, 18753-210 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. 240-777-8532.

Rockville Skating at the Square Rockville’s outdoor public ice rink is open. Visit the website 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 open daily through March 25, including holidays. Call ahead or visit the website to confirm hours. Silver Spring Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, 8523 Fenton St., Silver Spring. 301-588-1221. For a two-hour session, $9; 12 and younger and 55 and older, $8. Skate rentals, $4.

Waverly Street Gallery 2016 Art Invitational Gallery artists and guest artists display paintings, sculpture, prints, ceramics, fiber art, glass, mixed media, photography and jewelry. Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through March 5, Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. 301-951-9441. Free.

Friday, Feb. 19

Lego: Drop in play For elementary-age students accompanied by an adult. An open session of play. Legos provided. at 3:30-5 p.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 240-773-9590. Free.

Takoma Park Middle School Used-Books Sales More than 4,000 books on all subjects and for all ages. Proceeds will benefit the PTA. Friday at 6-9 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.-noon, Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. 301-942-1621. All books $1-$2.

“A Grand Night for Singing”A tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein features 30 Broadway songs from “Oklahoma!,” “The Sound of Music” and “Cinderella.” Recommended for 12 and older. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 27, Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. $22; 14 and younger, $12.

“Almost Blue” Keith Reddin’s stage noir play. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 240-567-1387. $10; Montgomery College students, $5.

“Necessarily Invisible” Baltimore-based artist Rachel Hamel showcased her small sculptural paintings. Wednesday-Sunday through March 20. VisArts at Rockville, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. Free.

Saturday, Feb. 20

“Taking Nature Black” The full-day Black History month celebration includes a Green Jobs Fair for college students, retirees and professionals of color, an environmental advocacy panel discussion, breakout sessions, light breakfast, lunch and a closing cocktail reception. Sponsored by the Audubon Naturalist Society, Choose Clean Water Coalition, the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Diversity Action Team, and M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. 301-652-9188. Free; registration required.

Washington Revels’ Maritime Voices Lively songs and instrumental music celebrating the sea and other traditions of the 19th century. 11 a.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 240-773-9590. Free.

ACT-SO Workshop Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a high school artistic and academic program and competition for students to create projects in up to three of 30 categories including STEM, humanities, performing arts, visual arts and business. Noon-4 p.m. Plum Gar Neighborhood Recreation Center, 19561 Scenery Dr., Germantown. 240-777-4919. Free.

“Creative Crafts Council: On Tour” This exhibition features artists whose work received awards at last summer’s Creative Crafts Council 30th Biennial Exhibition. Saturday-Sunday noon-6 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Popcorn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. Free.

Author Talk: Taiwo Koyejo The author discusses her book, “Redemption,” set in a rural village in Nigeria about an orphan girl that grew up in an abusive, polygamous household. 1 p.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 240-773-9590. Free.

“Jack and Phil, Slayers of Giants, Inc.” Sporty Jack needs nerdy Phil’s help to find a giant’s treasure in Imagination Stage’s play for children 5 and older. Saturday-Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Through March 13. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. $10-$30.

The Frederick Douglass Story: From Slavery to Freedom A one-man dramatic presentation of Frederick Douglass’s journey from slave to a social reformer and abolitionist . 2-3 p.m. Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. 240-777-0200. Free.

Music of Brahms and Bunch at Kentlands Mansion Featuring classical, contemporary and experimental chamber music and discussion led by pianist Alex Peh with violinist Karin Brown. Part of the SFZ salon series. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. $25; for 18 and younger, $12.

NIH Philharmonia Led by Nancia D’Alimonte, the ensemble program features Brahms’ “A German Requiem.” 7:30 p.m. St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 240-888-6781. Free.

“Play in a Day” Bethesda Urban Partnership’s 12th-annual show features six 10-minute plays written over the course of 24 hours by local theater companies. 8 p.m. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-215-6660. $15.

“The Music Man” The Har Shalom Players, featuring students from 15 area schools, perform the musical about a con man who organizes a children’s band in a small town. Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac. 301-299-7087. $20; 12 and younger, $15.

Xuefei Yang The Chinese guitarist performs Spanish compositions and Chinese folk music. 8 p.m. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. 301-654-6403. $33.50; students 18 to 22, $16.75; 18 and younger, free with ticket.

Sunday, Feb. 21

Fairyland Dress-Up Tea Party registration A dress-up “tea party” for children 3 to 7, accompanied by an adult. Wear a favorite fairy costume, meet the fairies from an upcoming original fairy tale ballet, “Becoming Sugar Plum!” and enjoy a sweet treat. Seatings at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Suite 8, 220 Perry Pkwy., Gaithersburg. 301-762-1757. $18; registration required.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

iPad How-to Clinic/Downloading e-Books One-on-one help with learning basic features of your iPad and how to download e-books and e-audiobooks on your mobile device, such as Kindle, Nook or Android. Sign-up at the information desk or call the library. For iPad users, take your Apple ID and password. For Kindle users, take your Amazon login and password. Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. 240-777-0200. Free; registration required.

Caregiver Support Group via Telephone A free phone-in support group for spouses and adult children. Call in advance to obtain the access number for the conference call. Tuesdays at 6-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital. 301-754-7152. Free; registration required. Visit the website for a complete list of caregiver support groups.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Kensington Poetry Readings Poets Maritza Rivera and David Martin will read from and discuss their work. Open readings will follow. 7 p.m. Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-949-9416. Free.

Montgomery County Food Council event A presentation, “Eat at Home: Why Buying Local Matters,” from the Montgomery County Food Council on the effects of local food businesses on the economy, the benefits of buying local and the State of the Montgomery County food economy report, the culinary incubator and food hub project updates. Plus, local product samples from Dress It Up Dressing, Chouquette, Baklava Couture, Chocolates & Tomatoes Farm, Denizens Brewing, Urban Winery, Cherry Glen Farm and Fresh Baguette. 7-9 p.m. Denizens Brewing, 1115 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring. 617-571-8840. Free; registration required.

Andras Schiff The pianist continues his “The Last Sonatas” project, performing the final sonatas of Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 202-785-9727. $40-$95.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Student production: Noises Off Walt Whitman High School drama students’ performance by English playwright Michael Frayn is a farce about a bumbling cast, an exhausted crew, an offstage love triangle and an excessive amount of sardines as the troupe attempts to perform an ill-fated play “Nothing On.” Next Thursday-Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. Walt Whitman High School, Daryl L. Shaw auditorium, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda. Reserved seating, $20; general admission, $15; students, $10.

Maryland Band Directors Band The classical band performs. Conducted by Vincent Patterson. 7:30 p.m. Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 240-567-5775. Free.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton


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