Gaithersburg Holiday Giving program, individuals, businesses, congregations, and other groups are needed to “adopt” local families by providing food baskets and gifts, such as gift cards. 301-258-6395, Ext. 4, www.gaithersburgmd.gov or email@example.com.
Homeless Resource Day, health-care screenings, legal services, financial counseling, employment services and social-services counseling. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Bohrer Park Activity Center, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. Call 240-777-4565 for information on transportation. www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HRD.
Child safety-seat inspection, a check on the installation and condition of seats and boosters required for children age 7 and younger, regardless of their size. 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.
“The Netherlands: Beyond the Tulips,” a presentation on canals and history by Jim Heins. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.
War veterans program, a presentation by Jane McCarthy, a founding commissioner of the Montgomery County Veterans Commission, on her experiences in Vietnam in 1971 and during the 1991 Gulf War. 4 p.m., Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-777-0240.
Teen writers club, for age 12 and older. Sponsored by the Maryland Writers’ Association. 6:15 p.m., Marilyn J. Praisner Branch Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free. 240-773-9460.
Community meeting on public transportation, Montgomery County planners will discuss bus service proposals. Public input encouraged. 6:30-9 p.m., Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. 240-777-0678 or www.montgomeryplanning.org.
Theater: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” for all ages; a musical comedy based on the comic strip. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Northwood High School, 919 W. University Blvd., Silver Spring. $10; students, $8; seniors, $5. 301-649-8088 or www.showtix4u.com.
ClancyWorks Dance Company fundraiser, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dance performances and a silent auction. A benefit for the nonprofit arts organization. 7 p.m., Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place. $25. 301-717-9271, www.clancyworks.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community forum: Potomac Roller Rink, the Montgomery County Recreation Department seeks public input on plans to improve the skate center. 7 p.m., Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd. 240-777-6800.
Author appearance, Washington Post music critic Cecelia Hopkins Porter will talk about her book, “Five Lives in Music: Women Performers, Composers, and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present.” 7:30 p.m., Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797.
Short-story writing contest, for high school students: a feature of the 2013 Gaithersburg Book Festival. Visit www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. $10 for all three days; age 11 and younger, free. 800-210-
9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com or www.facebook.com/sugarloafcrafts.
Historic home tour, a guided visit to the Mansion at Strathmore. 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free; tickets required. 301-581-5100 or email@example.com.
Dance Club Friday, Mark Hanak hosts a dance to the records of the ’50s and ’60s. Light refreshments served. 1:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. $3. 240-777-4999.
War veterans program, a presentation by Jane McCarthy, a founding commissioner of the Montgomery County Veterans Commission, on her experiences in Vietnam in 1971 and during the 1991 Gulf War. 4 p.m., Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. Free. 240-777-0140.
Artist talk, a presentation by Rahraw Omarzad on contemporary art in Afghanistan. 7-8:30 p.m., VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. Free. 301-315-8200.
Parenting workshop, for parents of children ages 4 to 12, a presentation titled “No More Morning Mayhem.” Sponsored by the Parent Encouragement Program. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Kensington Baptist Church, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30; registration required. 301-929-8824 or www.pepparent.org.
Concert: The Apollo Chamber Orchestra, featuring selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess, ” Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5.” 7:30 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church, 9601 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-530-1550.
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 www.tok.md.gov.
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. www.rockvillemd.gov.
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.
Nature center park walk event Two 10K trail walks and a 5K option. Sponsored by Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club. Registration, 9 a.m.-noon; walks must be completed by 3 p.m. Free. Black Hill Regional Park, 20930 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. 301-540-5943, 301-385-0054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NovemberFest, a holiday and seasonal craft festival featuring a raffle for a handmade quilt. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-762-7666 or www.uucr.org.
Mayfield Market holiday bazaar, dozens of vendors, an upscale yard sale, baked goods and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Connelly School of the Holy Child, 9029 Bradley Blvd., Potomac. 301-365-0955.
Thanksgiving parade, floats, the Washington Redskins Marching Band, dancing groups, clowns, fire engines and more. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, and proceeds along Georgia Avenue to Silver Spring Avenue.
“The Eye-Brain Connection” panel discussion A presentation by the NIH’s National Eye Institute and the Retina Group of Washington. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free; registration requested. 301-656-2797. www.friendshipheightsmd.gov.
Holiday bazaar, children’s games and crafts, pony rides, gingerbread houses, baked goods, a book fair and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Washington Christian Academy, 16227 Batchellors Forest Rd., Olney. 240-390-0429.
Main Street farmers market,10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Kentlands Pavilion, 301 Main St., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350.
“Run Under The Lights,” a 5K run or walk through the illuminated displays and animated vignettes of the City of Gaithersburg’s Winter Lights Festival in Seneca Creek State Park. 6:15 p.m., $35; in advance, $30. 301-924-2127, www.mcrrc.org or email@example.com.
A capella concert, Russian spiritual music and folk songs performed by the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble (Vadim Smantser, Andrey Volikov, Kirill Sokolov and Sergey Shapinskiy). 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 13925 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. $15. 301-384-6264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday fair, silver, pearl and beaded jewelry, birdhouses, scarves, prints, carved bowls and vases and more. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Rd., Chevy Chase. 301-587-2273.
Books and Fellowship club event, a discussion of the 2012 elections hosted by Books and Fellowship, a group for singles age 45 and older. 10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-881-0100 or email@example.com.
“Home Sweet Home” healthy aging workshop, a presentation by Charles E. Smith of the Department of Health and Social Service’s Division of Aging and Disability. Hosted by the Montgomery County Widowed Persons Service. 2 p.m., Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave. $4, suggested donation. 301-949-7398.
Washington Balalaika Society concert, featuring Russian classics. 3 p.m., Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $25; age 11 and younger free with paid adult. 240-567-5775. www.balalaika.org.
Brass concert, magic show and reception, a performance by the Silver Spring Brass Quintet, with an appearance by magician Mark Philips. Part of the Living Arts Concert Series. 7 p.m., followed by reception. Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Rd., Burtonsville. 301-520-8921. www.resurrectionadw.org. $20, suggested donation.
Bingo, fun and prizes. 10:30 a.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. $1 for two cards. 240-777-8086.
Film: “The Iron Lady,” a screening of the 2011 movie starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. 1-3 p.m., Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-8086.
“Advanced Directives: The Better End” A presentation by Dan K. Morhaim, an internist and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from Baltimore County. 1:15-2:15 p.m. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.
Author appearance, Carole Ottesen, a gardener and author, will speak about her book, “A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens.” Sponsored by the Silver Spring Garden Club. 7:30 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-588-6894.
Thanksgiving centerpiece-making workshops, led by Karen Nelson Kent; the craft utilizes colorful flowers and other seasonal materials. 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Brookside Gardens, Auditorium, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $49; registration required at www.ParkPASS.org (1:30 p.m., no. 213201; 6:30 p.m., no. 214600). 301-962-1400.
Concert: Choochoo the Jazzman, a singalong performance led by trumpeter Ted Jacobson. 1:15-2:15 p.m., Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Free. 240-777-4999.
Capital Accord Chorus rehearsal, the women’s a capella group seeks singers for its holiday performances. Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring. 301-392-7664 or www.capitalaccord.org.
Ballroom dance, starting with lessons led by Bill Goldberg and Ellen Moran. Noon, Wednesdays, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 240-777-8086.
Square dancing and lessons, new dancers are welcome. 7-10 p.m., North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy., Chevy Chase. $6. 301-587-5861 or www.gerrymanders.net.
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