Thursday, March 15

Tax-return assistance, for seniors and those meeting low- and middle-income requirements, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) and AARP volunteers will help with the filing of basic income tax returns. Call for an appointment. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free. 240-777-2577.

Jewish Film Festival, through March 24. For details, visit Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $8-$11 per screening. 301-348-3805.

“Shrimp and Oyster Feast” benefit, tickets available for the March 25 all-you-can-eat steamed shrimp and fried oyster fundraiser for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda. $40; advance only. 301-977-6634.

Child safety-seat inspection, checkups on the installation of seats and boosters required for age 7 or younger (unless they weigh more than 65 pounds or are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall). Sponsored by the Montgomery County Police Department. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fitzgerald Auto Mall, 5501 Nicholson Lane, Rockville. Free. 301-770-3300.

eBooks and audio books workshop, learn how to use electronic reading devices to access library books. Bring your tablet PC or laptop. 10:15 a.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main St. Free; registration required. 240-773-9444.

Penny Theatre performances, for age 6 or younger accompanied by an adult, productions of “Sam Who Never Forgets” and “Gilberto and the Wind” in the miniature puppet theater. 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free; registration required. 240-777-0200.

Hooks & Needles crafts class, for age 12 or older, crochet and knit. Bring your own supplies and a current project. 6 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.

YMCA parenting workshop, a presentation on using family traditions to improve communication. Sponsored by YMCA Youth and Family Services. 7-9 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Free; registration required. 301-229-1347 or

Board of Education candidates’ forum, sponsored by the Montgomery County Civic Federation. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza.

Nature photography lecture, a professional from Tamron Lenses will offer tips on equipment selection for use in capturing landscapes, reflection, waterways, animals and macro images. 7:30-9 p.m., Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church, 33 E. University Blvd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-593-5100 or

Early-voting centers schedule, five polling places will be open March 24-29 for voting in the April 3 Maryland primary. For hours and locations, visit Montgomery County Board of Elections. 240-777-8683.

Friday, March 16

Bingo, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Two cards, $1. 240-777-8086.

Computer basics, for adults, volunteers help with word processing and e-mail. Appointments start at 2 p.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0140.

Bingo at the firehouse, be eligible for cash prizes, Vera Bradley bags and filled Longaberger baskets. Doors open 5:30 p.m.; games start 7 p.m., Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department, 19801 Beallsville Rd., Beallsville. $20. 301-349-5719.

Saturday, March 17

Used-books sale fundraiser, a two-day sale sponsored by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School PTSA. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, the high school, 4301 East West Hwy. Most books less than $3. 240-472-1635.

Year-round Kensington Farmers Market, produce, seafood, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. 8 a.m.-noon., Kensington train station parking lot (Howard Avenue). 301-949-2424 or

St. Patrick’s Day parade, bagpipe bands, Celtic dancers, clowns, fire trucks and more. Sponsored by the Harp and Shamrock Society and the City of Gaithersburg. Grand Marshals are singer Cathy Ponton King and radio personality Robert Carson. 10 a.m.-noon (live entertainment at Lakefront Plaza until 1 p.m.), Washingtonian Center, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350 or

Teen book club, for age 12 or older, a discussion of Paul Zindel’s “The Pigman,” a novel about two high school students who play a practical joke on a stranger. Pizza will be served. Noon-1 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free; registration required. 240-773-9590.

Senior motorist safety course, a four-hour AARP class. 1 p.m., Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. $14; registration required. 240-773-9460.

“Living Roots of Music” presentation, Lauren Pelon demonstrates ancient musical instruments such as the bone flute and the gemshorn, with historical background and comparisons with modern instruments. 4 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Free. 240-773-9590.

“Bollywood” concert and dinner fundraiser, featuring singers Samir Date and Deepali Somaiya. A benefit for Ekal Vidyalaya. 6 p.m. (concert starts 7 p.m.), Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr. $30-$45. 301-424-0747 or

Documentary: “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” a screening of a short film about some of the survivors of the March 11, 2011, earthquake in Japan. Sponsored by the Environmental Film Festival and the Embassy of Japan, with welcoming remarks from Ambassador H.E. Ichiro Fujisaki, and a post-screening discussion with director Lucy Walker. 7:45 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $11.50; seniors, students and military, $9; age 12 or younger, $7. 301-495-6700.

Sunday, March 18

Israeli dance festival, for all ages, performances include dance troupes HoraDC, Yesodot, Kessem, Kinor, JPDS 5-6th Graders and the Nirkoda Israeli Dancers of Toronto. 3 p.m., Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, 13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville. Tickets, $10-$15. 301-633-5593 or

Rockville Concert Band, a performance of “Composer Spotlight: In Memoriam of Gordon W. Bowie.” 3 p.m., Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr. 240-314-8681.

Argentine tango event, at 6:30 p.m., a beginners lesson hosted by Tango Brillante DC; at 7:15 p.m., an intermediate lesson, followed by a milonga (tango dancing). No partner necessary. Glen Echo Park, Ballroom Annex, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $15; dance only, $10.

Living Arts Center concert, a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ one-act opera “Riders to the Sea,” followed by a 30-minute concert by the Voix de Femmes community choir. A reception will follow. 7 p.m., Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Rd., Burtonsville. $10, suggested donation. 301-520-8921.

Monday, March 19

Tax-return preparation help, for those with incomes of less than $49,000 per year, free services in English and Spanish through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Appointments in Gaithersburg, Rockville, Silver Spring and Takoma Park, 2 to 9 p.m. Mondays, through April 9. Family Services, 301-258-6395,
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One-day book sale, sponsored by Friends of the Library. 5-7 p.m., Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. 240-773-9460.

“The UN in Society: A Personal View,” a presentation by Marybeth Morsink on how women are key to social and economic development. A meeting of the American Association of University Women. 7 p.m., Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-717-1040.

Home food-preservation workshop, “Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too,” a presentation by Daniel Gasteiger. A meeting of the Silver Spring Garden Club. 7:30 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

Tuesday, March 20

Morning Book Club, a librarian leads a discussion of “Out Stealing Horses,” Per Petterson’s novel about a man living in self-imposed exile in remote Norway. 11 a.m., Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. Free. 240-777-0678.

Chess club, for age 8 or older, learn to play or improve your skills. 6:30-8 p.m., Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

Public meeting on arts-district designation, public comments sought on the re-designation of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. 7 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane. To speak at the session, contact Stephanie Coppula, 301-215-6660, Ext. 120, or

Wednesday, March 21

Silent-film seminar registration, a six-session course featuring screenings and lectures on the making of silent films; with musical accompaniment. 7-9 p.m., Wednesdays, to April 25. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. $68; registration required. 240-777-8086.

Square Dance lessons and dancing, no partner necessary and new dancers are welcome. At 7 p.m., a beginner’s lesson, followed by dancing until 10 p.m. North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy., Chevy Chase. $6. 301-587-5861.

Talking Books group, for readers who like audio-books, a discussion of Catherine Allgor’s “A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation.” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0140.

Evening book discussion, for adults, a librarian leads a discussion of “The Robber Bride,” Margaret Atwood’s novel about a close-knit group of friends, each of whom has been betrayed by the same college acquaintance. 7 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.

“Vermicomposting at Home,” Mark Richardson of Brookside Gardens demonstrates how to start an efficient earthworms-and-kitchen-scraps composting system. 7:30 p.m., Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. Free; snacks to share are welcome. 301-891-7100.

Thursday, March 22

Fresh produce distribution, for anyone who is in need of food. Bring your own bag. Sponsored by the Capital Area Food Bank. Noon, New Creation Church, 11005 Dayton St., Wheaton. Free. 301-649-6000.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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