Linda Colsh’s layered and stitched art including “The Long Run,” is part of three solo exhibits at BlackRock Center for the Arts through Feb. 4. While Colsh’s textile art focuses on issues of aging, Julia Dzikiewicz exhibits encaustic paintings of women protesting, and Michael Fischerkeller’s acrylic paintings cover political and social issues. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. blackrockcenter.org. Free. (Linda Colsh/BlackRock Center for the Arts)
Thursday, Jan. 19

BlackRock three solo exhibitions: Julia Dzikiewicz’s encaustic paintings of women protesting, Linda Colsh’s textile art about issues of aging; and Michael Fischerkeller’s political and social issue acrylic paintings continue through Feb. 4. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.

Rockville Town Square ice skating At 7,200 square feet, it is the county’s largest ice rink. Open daily through mid-March, including holidays. Call ahead or visit the website to confirm hours or inquire about lessons. Hours: noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Extended hours on holidays. Rockville Town Square, 131 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-545-1999. rockvilletownsquare.com. $9; age 12 and younger $8. Skate rental $4.

Silver Spring ice skating Public ice skating is open daily through mid-March, including holidays. Call ahead or visit the website to confirm hours or inquire about lessons. Hours: noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Silver Spring Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, 8523 Fenton St., Silver Spring. 301-588-1221. silverspringiceskating.com. $9; seniors and age 12 and younger $8. Skate rental $4.

Play date at the library For preschool-age children accompanied by an adult. STEM/STEAM activities, fun with Duplos, blocks, and matching and sorting games. 10:30 a.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 240-773-9590. Free.

Friday Morning Music Club concert Between November and May, the Friday Morning Music Club performs classical music by various composers. Thursdays at 11 a.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. fmmc.org. Free.

“Two For the Road” exhibit Color photos by Kate Stillwell and black-and-white photos by Wil Scott offer artistic interpretations of people, places and events. Through Feb. 4. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. 301-951-9441. waverlystreetgallery.com. Free.

Widowed Persons support group For anyone who has lost a spouse in the past two years. A meeting of the Widowed Persons Service. Thursdays at 2-3:30 p.m. Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. 301-949-7398. Free; registration required.

Bo Dacious & Liz Russo The comedians perform stand-up. 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com. $15-$25.

“Dreams and Recollections” Works by Alexandria artists Jenny Davis, Tanya Davis, Rachel Kerwin and Marilynn Spindler feature fluid textures, rich colors and dreamlike qualities. Through Jan. 25, Artists & Makers Studios, 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville. 240-437-9573. artistsandmakersstudios.com. Free.

“La Vie en Bleu” and “Crossfade” A blue-themed juried exhibition and an abstract group show of emerging Baltimore artists. Through Feb. 19. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. Free.

“State of the Union” exhibit Pop art painter Michael Fischerkeller creates scenes using acrylic spray paint on canvas to emphasize climate change, gun violence and criminal-justice reform. Through Feb. 4. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Terrace Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. blackrockcenter.org. Free.

“Two For the Road” Color photos by Kate Stillwell and black-and-white photos by Wil Scott offer artistic interpretations of people, places and events. Through Feb. 4. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. 301-951-9441. waverlystreetgallery.com. Free.

“VisAbility” exhibit Selections from the VisAbility Art Lab from artists James Billian, Mara Clawson, Max DeMulder, Carlin Jones and Lindsey Schaufelberger. Though Feb. 12. VisArts at Rockville, Concourse Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. visartsatrockville.org. Free.

“Artful Attire” The exhibition features wearable art and sculptural jewelry. Saturdays and Sundays from noon-6 p.m. Through Feb. 5. Glen Echo Park, Popcorn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. glenechopark.org. Free.

“Bethesda Restaurant Week” last chance Last weekend to take advantage of the two-course lunch menus for $16 and three-course dinner menus for $36 at some of downtown Bethesda’s top restaurants. Sponsored by Bethesda Magazine. Through Sunday. Visit the website for participating restaurants. 301-718-7787. bethesdamagazine.com.

Glenview Mansion exhibit Landscape prints, colored-pencil abstracts, paintings and more from Eric Westbrook, Dustine Hayes, Leela Payne, David Brosch and Heidi Sheppard. Through Feb. 10. Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8682. rockvillemd.gov. Free.

“Love & Harmony” The mixed-media exhibition features bright and vivid work that captures love and harmony interpretations in nature, relationships, spirituality, hope and transformation. Through Feb. 20. Bohrer Park Activity Center, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. gaithersburgmd.gov. Free.

Overeaters Anonymous Meeting Meets weekly at 7:15-8:30 p.m. Call Linda for details. Rockville Church of Christ, 1450 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. 301-641-9508. oa-dcmetro.org/. Free.

Friday, Jan. 20

Jefferson Café A discussion of the article “Birth of the Moralizing GODS” by Lizzie Wade. Copies of the article will be available on the holds shelf at the library. 10:30 a.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 240-773-9590. Free.

“Captain America: Civil War” free screening Watch directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo’s 2016 sci-fi adventure film about a political issue that divides Avengers superheroes into Team Iron Man and Team Captain America. Bring your own snacks. 3-5 p.m. Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. 240-777-0910. Free.

Aspen Hill Knitting and Crocheting Club Skilled longtime knitters help others knit and crochet for fun. Bring current projects or start something new. Beginning crocheters should bring a crochet needle and yarn, to learn the basics. Take worsted weight yarn and size 8 knitting needles if you have them. Note to readers : The meeting is held at Olney Library. Fridays 3-4:30 p.m. Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. 240-773-9545. Free.

Lost Lagers: The Case for Hard Cider, an Evening of Experts and Rare Vintages A presentation and panel discussion featuring Mike Stein and Pete Jones, co-founders of Lost Lagers, and Tim Prendergast, of ANXO Cidery and Pintxos Bar. The cider experts will discuss the fine qualities of hard cider through tasting rare vintages. 6:30-8 p.m. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. eventbrite.com. $20; members $15. Advance ticket purchase required.

Saturday, Jan. 21

“MoComCon” Montgomery County Public Libraries’ first comic convention will feature panel discussions, workshops for adults, teens and children, displays, exhibitors, and cosplay contest. Noon-4 p.m. Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring. 240-773-9420. montgomerycountymd.gov. Free.

“The Odyssey: A Mixed Media Epic” The kid-friendly production of Homer’s epic Greek poem presented by Pocket Change Theater Co. features live painting, movement-based storytelling and a focus on Homer’s use of color. 2 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. $10.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Books and Fellowship discussion A discussion of Dinaw Mengestu’s novel “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears,” about an Ethiopian refugee struggling to make a new life in a poor section of Washington. Books and Fellowship is a Jewish singles group for ages 45 and up. All are welcome. 10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-0100. jccgw.org. Free.

“Preparing for the Solar Eclipse” Sue Bassett, treasurer of the Astronomical Society of Greenbelt, will discuss the August 2017 eclipse, its path, and how to plan for best viewing. Part of the Museum After Hours Speaker Series. 3 p.m. Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6160. gaithersburgmd.gov. $5.

Rockville Concert Band In the “Swinging Sunday” annual jazz concert, the band is joined by Douglas Pierce, associate music director and professor of jazz trumpet at University of the District of Columbia, and guest ensemble Rockville Swing Band. 3 p.m. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. rockvillemd.gov. $5 donation suggested.

“The Wild Rumpus” Dance Party This benefit for the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation’s “Make MORE Noyes” campaign features “Where the Wild Things Are,” a Penny Theater show, a display of author Maurice Sendak memorabilia, “monstrous” crafts, dancing your claws off with Aaron Anderson of A-Squad Entertainment and a raffle. 3-5 p.m. Kensington Town Center, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. facebook.com/makemorenoyes. $5, max. per family $20. Reservations requested.

Amelia Ensembles The program, “International Delights” features Amy Thomas, flute; Marion Baker, cello; and Virginia Lum, piano, performing works of Gaubert, Piazzolla, Martinu and others. 3 p.m. Kensington Baptist Church, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. 301-320-0832. Donations gratefully accepted.

Hot jazz jam session The Potomac River Jazz Club’s monthly traditional classic jazz, Dixieland and swing jam session. Bring your instrument and sit in with the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band during the first set. 3-6 p.m. Normandie Farms Restaurant, 10710 Falls Rd., Potomac. 301-762-3323. prjc.org. $10 admission; jammers and students free.

“Ambiguity of Light” The group exhibition, a visionary play with light, features photography from Photoworks’ Coffee and Critique members. Closes Sunday. Glen Echo Park, Photoworks Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2274. glenechophotoworks.org. Free.

Monday, Jan. 23

League of Women Voters talk Krista Rigalo, director of the U.S. Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn Program, will discuss opportunities for adolescent girls in the developing world to get an education, and Kimberly Weichel, chief executive of Peace X Peace, will talk about promoting leadership among women worldwide to advance world peace. Refreshments will be provided. 12:15-2 p.m. Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. 301-984-9585. lwvmc@erols.com. lwvmocomd.org. Free.

Plant Collecting: Keeping Ahead Of the Joneses Jim Dronenburg will give a lecture on sources for plants, and ideas for keeping several steps “ahead” of your gardening friends and neighbors. A meeting of the Silver Spring Garden Club. 8 p.m. Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center/Education Building, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. brooksidegardens.org. Free.

Afternoon Grief Support Group For anyone grieving the death of a loved one, a six-week group that meets Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. Sponsored by Montgomery Hospice. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6701 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-921-4400. montgomeryhospice.org. Free; registration required.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Meet the Author: David Winters The author speaks candidly about his successful Washington life that suddenly turned upside down in his debut book, “Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to Peace.” 6:30-8:15 p.m. Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. 240-773-9515. Free.

Black Arm Band: Digeridoo Workshop Didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins will teach a workshop for enthusiasts of the wind instrument at Takoma Park’s House of Musical Traditions. A limited number of instruments will be provided, so bring your own if you have one. All levels of playing welcome. 7:30-9 p.m. Roscoe’s Pizzeria, 7040 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. 301-405-2787. tickets.theclarice@umd.edu. theclarice.umd.edu. Free, registration required.

Open Mic Night Calling all musicians 18 and older. Come out and perform on the Villain & Saint music stage. Drink specials for performers. Tuesdays through Jan. 31, Villain & Saint, 7141 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-800-4700. villainandsaint.com. Free.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Fiction, Memoir and Biography Book Group A discussion of Margaret Atwood’s novel “Cat’s Eye,” about a Canadian artist who returns home for a retrospective show of her paintings that trigger emotions of her past. 2 p.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 240-773-9590. Free.

Kensington poetry readings Federal Poets John Monagle, Pat Jacobs and Donald Illich will read from and discuss their work. An open reading will follow. 7 p.m. Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-598-2211. kensingtonrowbookshop.com. Free.

Overeaters Anonymous meetings Meets weekly at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 7-8 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Room 1, 205 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-300-9325. 301-938-3109. Free.

Square dance lessons and dancing Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Casual dress. 7:30-9:45 p.m. North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy., Chevy Chase. 301-598-2574. $7.

Thursday, Jan. 26

Historical Home Tour For adults, a tour guide explains the history, architecture and personal stories of the mansion. Thursdays at 11 a.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda.

All For Aleppo: Comedy Benefit Improbable Comedy’s 90-minute stand-up show features comedians Rahmein Mostafavi, Baltimore native Jason Weems, Shahryar Rivzi and Franqi French. Proceeds will benefit Handicap International’s work in Syria and with Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m. Visit the website for details. 8 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring. 301-351-2096. improbablecomedy.com. $20. Advance purchase suggested.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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