Events Calendar

The Bethesda Urban Partnership publishes a bi-monthly calendar of events and distributes it free of charge to area residents and businesses. To submit an event to be considered for the print or online calendar, please contact Valerie Hillman at vhillman@bethesda.org.

April May

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Concerts/Music | Classes/Workshop | Children's Events/Classes
Discussions/Readings | Live Performance/Exhibit | Special Events

Children's Events/Classes

April 1 - Celebration of Beauty and the Beast

Special reading of “Beauty and the Beast,” songs from the movie soundtrack & more. Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave. 11am. FREE. All ages. 301/986-1761. 

April 1 - May 22 - Family Jazz Session

Mornings of singing, playing & more with jazz musicians. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Fri., 11am. Ages 3-8. $10 in advance/$12 at the door. 301/581-5100.

April 1 - April 29 - Puppet Performance

Mother Goose Caboose – April 1; Imaginary Friends – April 8 & 9; Bunny Business – April 12 & 15; Baby Bear’s Birthday – April 23 & 29. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-4. $6. 301/634-5380.

April 1 - April 9 - Theatre Performance

Paper Dreams. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Sat. & Sun., 10am & 11:15am. Ages 1-5. $14. 301/280-1660.

April 1 - April 30 - Puppet Performance

The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for times. Ages 4-9. $12; group rates available. 301/634-5380.

April 2 - Poetry Reading

Debra Nystrom & Lisa Russ Spaar; reception & book signing to follow. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2-4pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/654–8664.

April 7 - May 21 - Theatre Performance

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for times. All Ages. $19.50. 301/634-2270.

April 10 - Read to a Dog

Children practice reading aloud in short semi-private sessions with certified therapy dogs. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 4pm. Ages 6+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

April 12 - Family Movie Night

Families are invited for a viewing of Puss in Boots (PG). Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 6:30pm. Elementary School Age. FREE. 240/777-0970.

April 14 - Born to Read Storytime

Stories, rhymes, songs & early literacy activities. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am & 11:15am. Ages 0-2, accompanied by adult. FREE; tickets distributed 30min beforehand. 240/777-0970.

April 20 - Preschool Storytime

Stories, rhymes, songs & early literacy activities. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Ages 3+, accompanied by adult. FREE; tickets distributed 30min beforehand. 240/777-0970.

April 22 - We Are the Dinosaurs Storytime

Special reading of Laurie Berkner's We Are the Dinosaurs. Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave. 11am. FREE. All ages. 301/986-1761. 

April 22 - May 28 - Theatre Performance

The Jungle Book. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Call for times. Ages 4+. $10+. 301/280-1660.

Classes/Workshops

April 1 - Adoption Information Meeting

International & domestic policy informational meeting. The Barker Adoption Foundation, 7979 Old Georgetown Rd., 1st Fl. 9:30am-12pm. Ages 21+. FREE. 301/664-9664.

April 1 - May 31 - Tai Chi Classes

Enhance balance, flexibility & strength through Tai Chi. Sun & Moon Taiji One, 4916 Fairmont Avenue.  Ages 8+.  Call for times & prices. 301/512-5071.   

April 2 - Tai Chi Open House

No experience necessary. Sun & Moon Taiji One, 4916 Fairmont Ave. 9:50-10:50am. Ages 8+. FREE; RSVP required. 301/512-5071.

April 5 - May 31 - English Conversation Club

English conversation practice for non-native English speakers. B-CC Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., 2nd Fl-Room C. Wed., 11am-12:30pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 

April 6 - April 7 - Yoga Teacher Training

Become a certified instructor; 200hr training. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Ste. 100. Call for the times & prices. 301/986-1090.

April 7 - April 8 - Mind-Body Therapies

Learn clinical applications of meditation, yoga & more. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm Street, Ste 100. Apr. 7, 6:30-9:30pm; Apr. 8, 12-5pm. Ages 12+. $160. 301/986-1090.

April 7 - June 20 - Senior Shape: Aerobics/Strength/Stretching

Learn low impact aerobic exercises. Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, 2nd Fl. Fridays, 11:15am-12pm. Ages 55+. $40 for 3 months. 301/896-3939.

April 19 - Parenting Workshop for Fathers

The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) presents an introductory workshop for fathers, "Why Don't My Kids Listen to Me?". Bangkok Garden, 4906 St Elmo Ave. 7-8:30pm. FREE. 301/929-8824 or PEPparent.org to register.

April 23 - Garden Photography Class

“The Play of Light and Shadow;” photographer Sarah Hood Salomon speaks about garden photography. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy. 2-4 pm. FREE. 301/951-9441.

April 27 - Parenting Class

Stop Fighting and Start Winning with Your Kids; led by Suzanne Ritter, ICF certified leadership coach & PEP Parent Educator. Fit Crush Studio, 5521-C Landy Lane. 11am-12:30pm. Call for price & learn about 5wk session. https://www.fitcrushdc.com/classes/ or 301/841-8008

Concerts/Music

April 1 - Concert

Tobias Werner, cello & Victor Asuncion, piano. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 8pm. All ages. FREE. 301/320-2770.

April 1 - Concert

Marion Meadows; smooth jazz saxophonist. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $30. 240/330-4500.

April 6 - Concert

Annie Wu; flute. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. All ages. $30. 301/581-5100.

April 9 - Concert

PUBLIQuartet; jazz-world-electro-acoustic-string ensemble. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 4pm. All ages. $30. 301/581-5100.

April 12 - April 26 - Concert

Artist in Residence, Patrick McAvinue; bluegrass. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Wed., 7:30pm. All ages. $17. 301/581-5100.

April 15 - Concert

Owen Danoff. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 8pm. All ages. $20-$30. 301/581-5100.

April 22 - Concert

Rock Creek Singers. Cedar Lane UU Church, 9601 Cedar Lane. 7:30pm. All ages. FREE. 301/493-8300.

April 22 - Concert

Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 8pm. All ages. Adults: $28; Students (18-22): $14; Under 18: FREE. 301/799-4028.

April 30 - Concert

Conya Doss. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 7:30pm. $35. 240/330-4500.

Discussions/Readings

April 4 - Author Reading

Author Brigid Kemmerer will discuss her newest book for teens, Letters to the Lost. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7pm. Ages 12+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

April 9 - Poetry Reading

Karren Alenier and Teresa Mei Chuc; reception and book signing to follow. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2-4pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/654–8664.

April 11 - Book Discussion

Discussion of My Antonia by Willa Cather. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

April 18 - Book Discussion

Discussion of Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

April 24 - Author Reading

Barry Lyga will discuss Bang, his newest book for teens. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7pm. Ages 12+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

Live Performance/Exhibit

April 1 - May 27 - Laugh Riot at Positano

Live standup comedy show. Positano, 4948 Fairmont Ave. Sat., 8-9:30pm. Ages 18+. $10 (cash). 301/946-1102. 

April 3 - April 27 - Art Exhibit

Archetypes of Femininity; sculpture by Cris Ianculescu. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy. Tues.–Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: April 14, 6-9pm; Meet the Artist: Sat., 1-3pm. FREE. 301/951-9441.

April 9 - Cinema Art Bethesda

Film screening of My Friend From the Park (Argentina); discussion to follow. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave. 10am; doors open 9:30am. $15; includes bagels & coffee. 240/395-0042.

April 12 - May 7 - Theatre Performance

Or, Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy. Ages 18+. Call for times & prices. 240/644-1100. 

April 29 - Live Performance

A play reading of William Goodman’s Seashell. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. FREE. 202/355-6330, 

April 30 - Cinema Art Bethesda

Film screening of Microbe and Gasoline (France); discussion to follow. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave. 10am; doors open 9:30am. $15; includes bagels & coffee. 240/395-0042.

Special Events

April 2 - May 28 - Bethesda Central Farm Market

Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Rd. Sun., 9am-1:30pm. FREE.

April 9 - Palm Sunday Walk

Multi-denominational worship service & palm walk. Church in Bethesda, 5033 Wilson Lane. 11am-12pm. All ages. FREE. 301/654-4159.

April 13 - Holy Week Dinner and Services

Fellowship Dinner and Holy Week worship service. Concord-St. Andrews UMC, 5910 Goldsboro Rd. 6:30-8:30pm. All ages. FREE. 301/299-3383.

April 21 - April 23 - 2017 Bethesda Literary Festival

Authors, poets & special literary events. Downtown Bethesda’s bookstores, retailers & galleries. All ages. FREE. 301/215-6660

April 24 - Senator Ben Cardin on Immigration & Refugees

Senator Ben Cardin on Immigration & Refugees. Congregation Beth El, 8215 Old Georgetown Rd. 7-9pm. FREE. 608/469-1154.

April 29 - 5K/1K Run

9th Annual Lions’ Roar Kate Truax 5K/1K Run; food, music & more. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, 7500 Pearl St. 9am. Prices through April 14: $50/5K Run; $40/1K Fun Run; Prices after April 14: $60/5K Run; $50/1K Fun Run; registration includes spaghetti dinner on April 28, t-shirt & race bag. 301/654-5376.