Brenda Kidera’s “Pink Fluff” oil painting is part of the “NatureWorks” exhibit opening at BlackRock Center for the Arts through June 4. The artist will discuss her work at a Meet-the-Artist reception Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (Brenda Kidera/Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts)
Thursday, May 12

Montgomery County Civil War Roundtable “Songs and Stories From the Blue and Gray,” from Civil War balladeer Patrick Lacefield. 8 p.m. Hilton Hotel, 620 Perry Pwky., Gaithersburg. 301-253-3485. $5 donation requested.

“Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Show” The seasonal display features hundreds of butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Sept. 25 , Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. $8; ages 3-12, $5; 2 and younger, free.

American Heart Association seeks volunteers Volunteer event staff members are needed for the “Lawyers Have Heart 10K Race, 5K Run and Walk” on June 11 at Washington Harbour in Georgetown. 703-248-1784.

Bike to Work Day registration Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association encourage area commuters to ride their bicycles to work May 20. More than 80 pit stops will offer refreshments, entertainment and raffles throughout the Washington area. Visit the website to register, locate pit stops or find a ride buddy. Free T-shirts for the first 15,000 registrants who pick up at the pit stop in which they register. Free; registration required.

Friday, May 13

Drop in Lego Play Students 5-11 accompanied by an adult. Legos and space to build provided. at 3:30-5 p.m. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 240-773-9590. Free.

Brenda Kidera’s Pink Fluff oil painting is part of the “NatureWorks” exhibit opening at the BlackRock Center for the Arts through June 4. The artist will discuss her work at a Meet-the-Artist reception Sunday at 5:30 p.m. (Brenda Kidera/Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts)

Gonzo’s Nose The Pop rock performance is a part of the free outdoor Friday Night Live summer concert series at Rockville Town Square through Sept. 30. 6:30-9 p.m. Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Lane, Rockville. Free.

Encore Chorale Spring Concert With 140 singers on stage, the Encore Chorales of Schweinhaut and the Washington Conservatory of Music will combine for this Spring Choral Concert that includes romantic Rodgers and Hart pieces, blues favorites by Hoagy Carmichael, and songs from the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.” 7:30 p.m. Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-261-5747. Free.

David Kane Jazz in the Round The composer and jazz pianist performs at the Sandy Spring Museum’s Jazz in the Round program, which explores community history through the visual, literary and performing arts. 8 p.m. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. $25.

Smooth Jazz Concert: “Sax and Strings” Jazz saxophonist Phillip Doc Martin will perform songs from his new CD, “Pocket Love,” joined by renowned guitarist and radio show host, Blake Aaron. 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. $40; in advance, $35.

“The Foreigner” A fishing lodge in rural Georgia provides a needed holiday for Charlie, a painfully shy British gentleman. But his plan for solitude goes hilariously awry when his friend introduces him as an exotic foreigner who doesn’t understand any English. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Fridays-Saturdays 8 p.m. Sundays 2 p.m. through May 29, Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. $20 (general), $12 (14 and under).

Saturday, May 14

Cars ’N Coffee Bethesda For car enthusiasts, a weekly meetup to discuss and show off your cars. First coffee free. Saturdays at 8-10 a.m. Corner Bakery Cafe Bethesda, 10327 Westlake Dr., Bethesda. 301-217-0049. Free.

“Second Saturday Farmer” During the “Learn to be a Farmer” program, participants will take part in a relaxed two hours of animal feeding and farm chores, and they will learn about gardening, Ag history, old tools and ecology. 9-11 a.m. Sharp’s at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville. 410-489-2572. $8. Note: Online registration is required by Friday.

Brenda Kidera’s Pink Fluff oil painting is part of the “NatureWorks” exhibit opening at the BlackRock Center for the Arts through June 4. The artist will discuss her work at a Meet-the-Artist reception Sunday at 5:30 p.m. (Brenda Kidera/Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts)

Student-Run Refurbished Car, Computer Sale The Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades Foundation and Montgomery County Students Information Technology Foundation have reconditioned vehicles and computers for sale to the public at competitive prices. 9-11 a.m. Thomas Edison High School of Technology, 12501 Dalewood Dr., Silver Spring. 301-929-2197.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival More than 100 contemporary artists sell their fine art and crafts at this two-day festival. Plus, live entertainment, children’s activities and local restaurants. The festival is produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership for the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk and Auburn avenues, Bethesda. 301-215-6660. Free.

Gardens tour in historic Chevy Chase Village A self-guided walking tour hosted by the Garden Club of Chevy Chase features seven unique and beautiful gardens, including a recently designed garden by architect Chip Calloway, a garden with features originally designed in 1929 by Rose Greely, the first female licensed landscape architect in Washington and a garden at one of Chevy Chase’s most historic properties. Garden club members will answer questions. Proceeds from the tour support the restoration of Chevy Chase Circle and the development of Western Grove Park. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-657-1278. $25.

“Inspiration to Completion: 2016” ceramics exhibit opening Masterworks of form, function and sculpture from Glen Echo Pottery advanced students and instructors. Saturdays and Sundays noon-6 p.m. Through June 12. Glen Echo Park, Popcorn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-229-5585. Free.

UTSAV: A Celebration of India An afternoon of Indian music and colorful dances, traditional crafts and a Penny Theatre puppet show of “Where the Wild Things Are.” Performances at 1 and 2 p.m. of “Navras-Nine Essences of Emotion.” 1 p.m. Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. 240-777-0200. Free; registration required.

“Looking for Roberto Clemente” A rock-and-baseball-themed children’s musical set in Pittsburgh in 1972. Saturdays-Sundays 1:30 and 4 p.m. through May 22, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. $12-$35.

National Capital Area Skeptics book talk Author Bruce J. Hillman will discuss his book, “The Man Who Stalked Einstein: A Tale of Scientific Differences, Envy, and Ethnic Prejudice.” A meeting of the National Capital Area Skeptics. 1:30 p.m. Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. 240-670-6227. Free.

Destination College: Understanding Admissions For parents and their students in seventh through 11th grades. Learn how to navigate the admissions process, what children should focus on in high school and what admissions personnel consider when reviewing applications. 3-4:30 p.m. Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown. 240-777-0110. Free; registration required.

Tai chi demonstration and workshop For 14 and older. Tai chi master Chung-Jen Chang will demonstrate the unique chen style of small and big forms, tai chi push-hands applications, tai chi sword and Yang-style tai chi, as well as flexibility training and stretching. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave. , Silver Spring. 240-773-9420. Free.

“Brenda Kidera: NatureWorks” Through detailed oil paintings, the classic realist artist Brenda Kidera explores her passion for nature and the flora and fauna living within it. The artist will discuss challenges and inspirations of her work Sunday at a Meet the Artist reception. Through June 4. 5:30-7:30 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Terrace Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown.

“Figs That Grew Out of Sawdust” Baltimore artist Bobby Coleman’s abstract paintings and constructions each represent a recalled visual memory, simplified into line, color or form. Meet the Artist reception on Saturday, 5:50-7:30 p.m. Through June 4. 5:30 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, The Kay Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. Free.

Bel Cantanti Opera: “Ruslan and Lyudmila” Two performances of composer Mikhail Glinka’s, “Ruslan and Lyudmila” by Bel Cantanti Opera, featuring dancers from the Olney Ballet and Four Seasons Dancers. Sung in Russian with English supertitles. 7:30 p.m. Randolph Road Theatre, 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring. 240-230-7372. $40; seniors, $35; students with ID, $15.

Dorrance Dance The boundary pushing tap troupe — led by Michelle Dorrance, a MacArthur Genius grant recipient — fuses tap and experimental dance forms with dynamic rhythms. Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 240-912-1058. $18-$32.

The Zombies, with original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent The legendary British Invasion pop group returns to the Parilla Performing Arts Center to perform popular hits: “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No,” “Time of the Season” and more. 8 p.m. Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $37; seniors, $32; and students, $16.

Sunday, May 15

McCrillis Gardens Sunday Walks A guided horticultural tour through a naturalistic strolling garden with shady woodland walks. Meet at McCrillis House. 2-3 p.m. McCrillis Gardens and Gallery, 6910 Greentree Rd., Bethesda. 301-962-1455. Free; registration required. Course no. 14903.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Led by John Adams, the BSO presents a program featuring the conductor-composer’s “Harmonielehre” and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto with pianist Jeremy Denk. 3 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 410-783-8000. $35-$99.

Ruthie and the Wranglers American roots rock band — Ruthie Logsdon on rhythm guitar, Greg Hardin on bass and Bill Starks on piano — has won 30 Washington Area Music Awards (or Wammies). 3 p.m. Am Kolel Sanctuary Retreat Center, 19520 Darnestown Rd., Beallsville. 301-461-3600. Donation suggested.

Spring Showcase featuring Silly Bus A performance by the children’s band, plus a science “bubbles” station, a magician, karate demonstrations, yoga and a fire truck. Food will be for sale. 3-5:30 p.m. B’nai Shalom of Olney, 18401 Burtfield Dr., Olney. 301-570-0699. $8.

Voices XXI Concert “Peace — Pax — Pace” The Washington-area chamber chorus Voices 21 closes its 16th season with musical from the Renaissance through the 21st century that explore inner and outer peace. 3 p.m. Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-643-6563. Free.

Monday, May 16

6th annual Montgomery County Spring Fair and Strawberry Festival Expanded to a full week of fun, the fair includes carnival rides, games, fireworks, food trucks and a beer garden. On Saturday, all things strawberry, a farmers and crafters market, and live music. Proceeds will help low-income Montgomery County residents to buy fresh produce from local farms at the Shady Grove Farmers Market. Visit the website for entertainment schedule or to buy wristbands. Closes May 21. Zimmerman-Ace Field, 4101 Sandy Spring Rd. (Route 198), Burtonsville. 301-792-9448. Admission, free. Wristbands for rides, $22 (good for any one day of unlimited rides).

Tuesday, May 17

Gaithersburg Police Foundation Fundraiser Meet members of the Gaithersburg Police Department and the Gaithersburg Police Foundation. Dogfish Head Alehouse will donate 15 percent of the day’s proceeds Tuesday to the foundation, which raises money for the city police. Contact Chris O’Brien, foundation chair, for details. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dogfish Head Alehouse, 800 W. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-963-4847.

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

“Court Watch Montgomery” talk At the May meeting of the American Association of University Women, Gaithersburg chapter, Laurie Duker, executive director of Court Watch Montgomery gives a talk. Court Watch Montgomery is a volunteer organization that monitors the treatment of domestic violence survivors in the courts. It is dedicated to improving the safety of vulnerable women and children. Light refreshments. 7 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, Meeting Room 1, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-840-5443. Free.

Yoga in the Park In this open level, outdoor yoga class, an instructor will teach strengthening and flexibility with synchronized breathing. Take a yoga mat, towel or blanket. Weekly class at 7 p.m. through July 26. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. Free.

Wednesday, May 18

“Kaleidoscopes: 200 Years”An exhibition of the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society celebrates the invention and artistry of the kaleidoscope and features more than 100 optical instruments made from glass, wood and metal by more than 50 artisans from around the world. One highlight of the exhibition includes Thomas Chouteau’s ornate, Old-World-style Gypsy Kart, so large it could only be displayed in the Mansion at Strathmore’s library. Through June 4. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. Free.

GERD: Serious Help for Serious but Treatable Indigestion MedStar Georgetown University Hospital professionals discuss causes and cures of gastroesophageal reflux disease, and offer tips on early detection to prevent a major health issue. Refreshments will be served. 7-8:30 p.m. Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, White Oak B Conference Room, 5701 Marinelli Rd., Bethesda. 202-342-2400. Free; registration required.

Square dance lessons and dancing Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Casual dress. Wednesdays 7:30-9:45 p.m. through May 25, North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy., Chevy Chase. 301-598-2574. $7.

Strawbs Progressive folk-rock. 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $30-$40.

Thursday, May 19

Bobby Jo Valentine The folk-pop music hopeful performs at the Transfiguration Parish Community Cafe. 6 p.m. Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 13925 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-384-6264. Dinner and concert, $15. Advance purchase recommended.

Moonshine Society Blues, roots rock and soul. Part of the outdoor free summer concert series in downtown Bethesda, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership during May, June, and July. 6-8 p.m. Veterans Park, Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton


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