Thursday, March 17

Shamrock & Roll Bash, the Reagan Years and Dublin 5 2 p.m. Union Jack’s, 9811 Washington Blvd., Gaithersburg. 240-780-7139. $10.

“The Pillowman” Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s dark drama about a writer who is investigated after a series of child murders that bears a resemblance to his published works. Through April 2, Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $1-$35, pay-what-you-want tickets available at every performance. 301-588-8279.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Led by Yuri Temirkanov, the BSO presents a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with pianist Denis Matsuev. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 410-783-8000. $35-$99.

“City Scapes” photo exhibit The North Bethesda Camera Club presents a juried exhibition. Through April 2, Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. 301-951-9441. Free.

“Fields of Inquiry” This group show of sculptures by Mei Mei Chang and paintings by Pat Goslee and Kathryn McDonnell explores the concept of imagination. Through March 27, Glen Echo Park, Popcorn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. Free.

“Necessarily Invisible” Baltimore-based artist Rachel Hamel showcases small sculptural paintings. Closes on Sunday, VisArts at Rockville, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. Free.

Peter Wuttke The Montgomery Art Association’s artist of the month specializes in natural scenes, mainly in watercolor and acrylic. Through April 3, Montgomery Art Association MAA Gallery, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton. 301-622-0546. Free.

Volunteers needed: Long Term Care Ombudsman Program The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services seeks volunteers to serve as advocates of nursing home residents and make regular visits to residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and work to resolve complaints. Training and on-going assistance are provided. The next orientation will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 28-April 1. Call or e-mail for details. Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. 240-777-3369.

Wanted: Election Workers for 2016 Presidential Election The Board of Elections needs registered voters to serve as election workers at polling places for the presidential primary election on April 26 in Rockville, Potomac, Bethesda, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, Darnestown and Boyds. Bilingual volunteers are needed throughout the county. Required training includes an online quiz and hands-on training. Volunteers will be compensated for completing training and working the election. Montgomery County Board of Elections, 18753-210 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. 240-777-VOTE.

Friday, March 18

Jefferson Cafe Retired naval Lt. Cmdr. E.S. Maloney Jr. will discuss the article, “A Roadmap for U. S. Nuclear Energy Innovation” by Richard K. Lester, Issues in Science and Technology, Winter 2016. 10:30 a.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 240-773-9590. Free.

Bethesda Film Fest The fourth annual festival features five short documentaries made by local filmmakers. The same five films will be shown at each screening. Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-215-6660. $10.

Chris Conz & Luca Sestak 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. Free.

Jane Comfort and Company: “New Work” A work-in-progress by Jane Comfort and Company with support by the American Dance Institute. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. American Dance Institute, 1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. 301-984-3003. $30; seniors, $20; students with ID, $15.

Saturday, March 19

Low Vision Town Hall 2016 “Overcoming Barriers to Vision Rehabilitation,” includes technology and resource exhibits and presentations by low vision professionals. Sponsored by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, Sibley Senior Association and the Village of Friendship Heights. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. Free; registration required.

“Little Red Hen” For 3 and older. A conniving fox and a hen’s common sense create an adventurous, feel-good story and foot-stompin’ country musical. Saturday at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. $15, Olney Theatre Center members $10.

11th Annual “Let’s Get It Started” Youth Job Fair For ages 16 to 24. On-site interviews, information about jobs, career tips and more. Sponsored by the LAYC/Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, WorkSource Montgomery, and the Department of Recreation. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring. 301-495-0441, Ext. 245. Free; registration required.

52nd annual Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show More than 40 exhibits, gems, demonstrations, specimens and a mini mine for children. Raffle, fossils, jewelry, beads, minerals, geodes, shells, meteorites and more. Presented by the Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of Montgomery County. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. 301-299-8213. $6; 11 and younger, free.

Alzheimer’s Association talk A lecture, “Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters.” Sponsored by Silver Spring Village and Easter Seals. 10-11:30 a.m. Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Intergenerational Center, 1420 Spring St., Silver Spring. 301-503-7401. Free; registration required.

Orchid Show and Sale Exotic orchids from four of the area’s top growers. Members of the Rock Creek Orchid Club discuss growing orchids. Take orchids to be potted by an expert, raffles and more. Proceeds benefit Brookside Gardens. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1435. Admission, free.

“Fiddler on the Roof Junior” A one-hour adaptation of the classic Broadway musical. Recommended for 7 and older. Saturday-Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Closes on Sunday, Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. $15; 14 and younger, $12.

Discovery Day at the Museum Demonstrations and experimentation with a telegraph and Morse code. Make your own telegraph sounder for a nominal fee. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6160. Admission, free.

National Capital Area Skeptics lecture April Clyburne-Sherin of the Center for Open Science will talk about “Reproducibility of Scientific Findings: Barriers and Solutions.” 1:30 p.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 240-670-6227. 240-773-9590. Free.

“Good Work! Raising Responsible, Contributing, Cooperative Kids” workshop For parents of children ages 2 to 18. Sponsored by the Parent Encouragement Program. 2-4 p.m. PEP, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. 301-929-8824. 301-942-4400. $35; registration required.

Irish Dancing Presented by the Culkin School of Irish Dancing. 3 p.m. Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. 240-773-9460. Free.

National Christian Choir Benefit Concert Silent auction followed by a 6 p.m. concert. All proceeds will benefit Gaithersburg HELP for basic needs assistance to local families in need. Take canned food items for the food pantry. Visit the website for ticket information and details. 5 p.m. First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg, 200 W. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-977-9007. $15.

Discussion: God, Science & the Universe Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist, Stephen Meyer, intelligent design, and Denis Lamoureux, professorial chair of science and religion at the University of Alberta will explore whether scientific explanations of the universe’s origin has replaced the need for God as its creator. Live-stream hosted by Washington-area section of the American Scientific Affiliation. 6:30-9 p.m. Rockville United Methodist Church, 112 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. 301-762-2288.

National String Symphonia Music director David A. Fanning leads the symphonia. The program features dance suites of J.S. Bach and British composer John Rutter. 7 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, MainStage theater, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. $25; 17 and younger, free with paid adult ticket.

Irish music duo: Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill In Honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, the duo will perform unique interpretations of traditional Irish music. 8 p.m. Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 240-567-5794. $35; for Montgomery College students and employees, $25; in advance, $15.

My Brightest Diamond The band combines elements of chamber music, and rock. 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $25-$35.

Environmental Film Festival at AFI Part of a larger festival of more than 140 film screenings across the Washington region through March 26, the Environmental Film Festival at the AFI Silver Theatre includes a Saturday screening of director Ella Raidel’s 2014 documentary, “Double Happiness,” about China’s fast urbanization. Visit the website for film schedule and tickets. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 202-342-2564. 301-495-6700. $13.

Sunday, March 20

“Goodnight Moon” and “Runaway Bunny” Hour-long stage adaptations of the classic children’s books by Margaret Wise Brown. 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 240-912-1058. $15-$21.

Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition 3 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $15-$25.

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra The program will include “West Side Story” medley, Grieg’s Norwegian Dances, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” overture and a waltz by local composer Nikita Wells. 3 p.m. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. 301-385-6438. Free.

Rockville Concert Band In their spring concert, the band will perform a varied repertoire led by guest conductor Douglas L. Pierce. 3 p.m. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8681. Free.

Monday, March 21

Kenwood Cherry Blossoms and Spring Flowers Walk Seasonal 10K (rated 2A) and 5K (rated 1A) self-guided daily walks on the Capitol Crescent Trail and on streets through the Kenwood neighborhood. The 10K trail is suitable for strollers but not for wheelchairs. The 5K is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. Sponsored by the Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club. You must register for the walk in the “Start Box” at Starbucks. Starbucks Bethesda, Shops at Sumner Place, 4611-E Sangamore Rd., Bethesda. 301-946-5496. Free; Volksmarch credit, $3.

“The Best of Flavor and Fragrance” Horticulturist Holly Shimizu will give a lecture on selecting the best plants and herbs, such as mint, oregano, thyme, lavender or basil. She will and tips on how to grow them, parts to use, season of interest and where to place them in the garden. A meeting of the Silver Spring Garden Club. Refreshments will follow. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center/Education Building, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. Free.

Tuesday, March 22

How-to Clinic for iPad/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.

Health talk: “Creating Your Diabetic Plate” For anyone living with or affected by diabetes. Wendy Weisblatt, a dietitian from Suburban Hospital, will discuss how to balance meals and make healthy food choices. 1-2 p.m. Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. 240-777-4999. Free.

Young Professionals Group happy hour and talk Pascale Brady, president of Global Life Coaching, will give a talk 4-4:45 p.m. about the importance of work/life balance, followed by a happy hour and networking. A meeting of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. 4-6 p.m. Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-948-8900. Members and first-time nonmembers, free. Returning nonmembers, $40. Advance registration requested.

“Searching for an Elusive Cure to Brain Diseases” talk Neuroscientist James L. Olds, assistant director at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences, discusses Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, treatments and healthy brain function. 6-7 p.m. National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring. 301-319-3303. Free.

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, March 23

Fiction Memoir and Biography Book Group A discussion of Tan Twan Eng’s debut novel, “The Gift of Rain,” set during World War II on the island of Penang, about a young man of mixed Chinese-English heritage and his relationship with a Japanese diplomat. 2 p.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 240-773-9590. Free.

Square-dancing lessons and dancing Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Casual dress. 7-10 p.m. North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy., Chevy Chase. 301-598-2574. $7.

Thursday, March 24

Fairy and Gnome Container Gardens For ages 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult. Participants use their imagination and seasonal materials to turn an upcycled wooden box into a landscaped mini-container garden. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center Children's Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. $22; registration required. Course no. 14846. The course will be repeated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 29. Tuesday’s course no. is 14849.

“Vegan Living” talk and tasting Food tasting, meal-planning tips, do’s and don’t’s of veganism, preparing balanced and nutritional meals without animal meat or by-products, benefits of raw foods and “going” organic. 1-2 p.m. White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane, White Oak. 240-777-6944. $2.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton


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