Thursday, Nov. 1

Book festival, children’s programs and appearances by best-selling authors. Visit for schedule of events through Nov. 11. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-0100.

Medicare workshop, registration is open for a Nov. 13 presentation by Jack Davidson, community liaison from Home Physicians. Moskowitz Social Hall, B’nai B’rith Homecrest House, 14508 Homecrest Rd., Silver Spring. 301-598-4000.

“Run Under The Lights” registration, for a 5K run or walk on Nov. 17 through the illuminated displays and animated vignettes of the City of Gaithersburg’s Winter Lights Festival in Seneca Creek State Park. $35; in advance, $30. 301-924-2127, or

Friendly Visitor training, volunteers are needed to visit with senior citizens, either in their own homes or in assisted-living facilities. The next orientation session is Nov. 13. Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, 1000 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville. Carolyn Wanner, 301-424-0656, Ext. 507, or

Friday Morning Music Club concert, the ensemble presents a selection of chamber music. 11 a.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 301-581-5100.

Travelogue of Vietnam and Cambodia, a presentation by photographer Jim Auerback. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. 240-777-4999.

Teen Writers Club, for age 12 and older; meet with others eager to improve their skills. Sponsored by the Maryland Writers’ Association. 6:15 p.m., Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.

Friday, Nov. 2

Turkish-Jewish Cultural Fest, a highlight of the three-day event is a panel discussion on Sephardic heritage. Sunday will feature a Turkish bazaar and live music. Visit for schedule. Tikvat Israel Synagogue, 2200 Baltimore Rd., Rockville. 301-762-7338 or

Ayurvedic cooking for self-healing, a presentation by Liz Chabra, a chef and yoga instructor. 10-11:30 a.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. Registration required at (Course 213000). 301-962-1400.

Family Fun Night, a pizza party. 6-9 p.m., White Oak Active Adults, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring. $10 per family; registration requested. 240-777-6940.

“Voices of the Underground Railroad” hike, a two-mile night hike on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Living-history actors will portray fugitives, a state governor, a freedman and a minister. Take a flashlight. 7-9:30 p.m., Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, 16501 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring. $5. 301-570-5722.

Saturday, Nov. 3

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

Rockville farmers market, fruits and vegetables, bedding plants, preserves, honey, herbs and baked goods. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Rockville Town Center, Route 28 and Monroe Street.

Silver Spring farmers market, cheeses, fruits and vegetables, honey, eggs, meat, baked goods and cut flowers. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Ellsworth Drive, between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue. 202-362-8889.

5K Race and Family Fun Fest, a 5K and a half-mile fun run for kids and beginners, a wacky-run obstacle course and children’s activities. Cash prizes. Proceeds will benefit Montgomery Child Care Association. Registration, 8 to 9 a.m.; kids’ run, 9:15 a.m.; 5K, 9:30 a.m. Lake Needwood, Rock Creek Regional Park, 6700 Needwood Rd., Derwood. $30; 12 and younger, $10. Registration required. 301-984-7680 or

Cooking for Healing: demonstration and tasting, a presentation by Liz Chabra on the preparation of Ayurvedic foods. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $40; registration required. (Course 213001). 301-962-1400

Main Street farmers market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Market at the Kentlands Pavilion, 301 Main St., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350.

Bannockburn craft show, jewelry, clothes, accessories, pottery, handbags, glass, photography and more. Proceeds will help with renovations of the historic clubhouse. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bannockburn Clubhouse, 6314 Bannockburn Dr., Bethesda. 301-320-4427.

Pleiades jewelry exhibition and sale, a two-day show and sale of jewelry and metalwork pieces by 20 area artists. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Woman’s Club of Bethesda, 5500 Sonoma Rd. 703-719-0092.

Slave Museum and African Art Gallery open house, exhibits on the trans-Atlantic passage, the Underground Railroad and 2oth-century civil rights struggles. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery, 18524 Brooke Rd., Sandy Spring. Free.

Swedish bazaar, baked goods and other foods, music and gifts. Proceeds will benefit Swedish-American cultural groups and local needy families. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac. 240-912-7120 or

African American Museum tours and demonstrations, guided cabin tours, living-history demonstrations, crafts, games and an archaeology dig. Shuttle service provided from Longwood Recreation Center on Georgia Avenue. Noon-4 p.m., Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, 3610 Brookeville Rd., Olney. Free. 301-650-4373 or 301-258-4044.

African American walking tour and “An Emancipation Conversation,” Sponsored by the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation. Noon, Rockville Town Square Pavilion, 21 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0140 or

Jazz concert, for age 12 and older; vocalist Christiana Drapkin offers historical asides as she leads a jazz trio in “Brother Can You Spare a Dime: Songs of the Great Depression.” 2:30 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free. 240-777-0922.

Fall Harvest Fest, for all ages; autumn-celebration activities. 3-6 p.m., Wheaton Community Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Ave. $3; age 5 and younger, free. 240-777-6840 or

Singles Dinner & Movie Night, for separated or divorced men and women; a fixed-price dinner beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a movie at Bethesda Regal or Bethesda Row. Sponsored by New Beginnings. American Tap Room, 7278 Woodmont Ave. $30, includes dinner, soda, tip and movie ticket. Reservations required. 301-924-4101 or

Sunday, Nov. 4

Rockville 10K/5K, a benefit for the Rockville Youth Recreation Fund. “The oldest continuing race in Montgomery County” starts and ends at King Farm Village Center (King Farm Boulevard and Pleasant Drive). 7:30 a.m., registration opens; 8:30 a.m., race begins. $40. 301-651-3372 or

Olney farmers market, local produce, vegetables and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. 2801 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (at Prince Philip Drive). 202-257-5326.

“An Abstract Approach” exhibit opening and reception, paintings by Lesley Clarke, June Plotkin, and Edith Sievers; ceramics by Karin Abromaitis; mixed media by Jessica Beels. Reception, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; exhibit continues through Dec. 21. Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac. Free. 301-299-7087.

Josiah Henson Park guided tours, learn about the abolitionist minister. Join park archaeologists on a dig of the site. Noon-4 p.m., Josiah Henson Special Park, 11420 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-650-4373. Call for parking information.

Juried art show and reception, oil paintings, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, sculpture, pottery and photography. Reception, noon- 4 p.m.; exhibit continues through Nov. 11. Sponsored by the Olney Art Association. Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, Museum, 16501 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring. Free. 301-570-5722 or

Sandy Spring Museum open house, learn about the area’s early farm families and their trades and about the creation of one of the nation’s oldest sustained communities of African American landowners. Part of Montgomery Parks’ Emancipation Day programming. Noon-5 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd.

Help the Homeless Community Walk, with music, children’s activities, and more. Sponsored by Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. 1-3 p.m., Sligo-Dennis Avenue Local Park, 10200 Sligo Creek Pkwy., Silver Spring. $30; age 25 and younger, $20. Registration required. 301-917-6658, or

Waltz dance, the ensemble Rhapsody plays folk waltzes and other couple dances. Lessons at 2:45 p.m., followed by dancing. Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 202-238-0230.

Monday, Nov. 5

Origami workshop, for adults, the Japanese art of paperfolding. 1:15 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-8086.

“Coffee with a Cop,” City of Gaithersburg police officers will answer questions about crime and quality-of-life issues. 8-10 a.m., Village Green Restaurant, 120 N. Frederick Ave. 301-258-6400 or

Small-business counseling, weekday appointments with volunteer retired executives. Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0140.

Folk and bluegrass concert, a performance by the “Boys Night Out” band. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $1. 240-777-4999.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Help with homework, for ages 5 to 15, volunteers help with studies. 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. 240-773-9410.

Thursday, Nov. 8

Cafe Muse, readings by poets James Arthur and Greg McBride. Grace Cavalieri will lead a tribute to Reed Whittemore. Open readings will follow the program. 7 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration required. 301-656-2797.

Parenting workshop, for parents of ages 2 to 12, a presentation by Carol Kranowitz on “Sensory Challenges and In-Sync Solutions.” 7:30-9:30 p.m., Kensington Baptist Church, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30; registration required. 301-929-8824 or

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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