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.

May June

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

Children's Events/Classes

May 1 - May 22 - Collaging for Kids

Local artist and teacher Kim Herrera introduces children to collaging while you peruse the gallery. Drop in; parent attendance at the gallery required. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave. Sun., 10am-12pm. FREE. 

May 1 - May 29 - Sunday Fun Day Workshops

Favorite stories brought to life through dramatic play activities, music, art & more. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Sun., 10am. Ages 1-5. $10. 301/280-1660.

May 1 - May 28 - Puppet Performance

Doggy Doodle – May 1; Kooky Kritters – May 4 & 7; Animal Crackers – May 14 & 15; Panda-Monium – May 18, 21 & 22; Tiny Tots Sing-a-Long – May 25 & 28. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-4. $6. 301/634-5380.

May 1 - May 31 - Italian Classes

Italian language program; all levels. Italian Cultural Society, 4827 Rugby Ave., Suite 301. Call for times & prices. Ages 2-18. 301/215-7885.

May 7 - May 21 - Saturday Song Circle Workshops

Fun and interactive musical experience for parents and children. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Sat., 10:30am. Ages 1-5. $8. 301/280-1660.

May 9 - Buzzing Bees

Take a hike & make a craft while learning about different kinds of bees & how they help people. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 5-10. $6. 301/765-8660.

May 23 - Terrific Trees

Take a walk to learn about different trees and why they are important, followed by a leaf rubbing craft. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 5-10. $6. 301/765-8660. 

Classes/Workshops

May 1 - Pre-Diabetes Action Class

Ideal for anyone diagnosed with pre-diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes; registration required. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd. 6:30-8:30pm. Ages 18+. $20. 301/896-3939.

May 1 - May 31 - Italian Classes

Italian language, culture, travel, cooking, art and Latin classes. Italian Cultural Society, 4827 Rugby Ave., Suite 301. Call for times & prices. Ages 12+. 301/215-7885.

May 5 - June 9 - Tai Chi

Improve your memory, coordination, balance and more with Tai Chi. Bethesda Regional Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, 2nd Fl. Thurs., 10:30-11:30am. Ages 55+. $70. 301/896-3939.

May 6 - May 27 - Community Yoga Class

Mixed-levels yoga class. Unity Woods Yoga Center 4853 Cordell Ave. Suite PH7. Fridays, 6-7pm; no class May 27. Ages 14+. $8, cash. 301/656-8992.

May 17 - Pre-Diabetes Action Class II

Course provides the tools to make wise food choices to control pre-diabetes; registration required. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd. 6:30-8:30pm. Ages 18+. $20. 301/896-3939.

May 20 - May 21 - Weekend Meditation Retreat

The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St. Suite 100. Fri., 6:30-9:30pm & Sat., 12-5pm. Ages 18+. $149. 301/986-1090.

May 21 - Adult Printmaking & Collaging Workshop

Learn the techniques of relief printmaking and/or collaging. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave. 4-6pm. FREE. RSVP: Karen@Seibertgroup.com.

Concerts/Music

May 4 - May 25 - English Conversation Club

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

May 5 - July 29 - Bethesda Summer Concerts

Live music in Veterans Park. Corner of Norfolk & Woodmont Aves. Thurs., 6-8pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/215-6660.

May 8 - Concert

Cedar Lane Music Ministry Concert. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 9601 Cedar Ln. 4pm. All ages. FREE. 301/493-8300.

May 11 - May 25 - Concert

Kimberly Kong, classical piano. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. Wed., 7:30pm. $17. 301/581-5100.

May 19 - Concert

Todd Marcus Quintet featuring Don Byron. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. $30. 301/581-5100.

May 20 - Concert

Nate Foley, soul guitarist. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 11am. $17. 301/581-5100.

Discussions/Readings

May 5 - Evening with Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews, of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and the author of six best-selling books, will talk about his writing and his journalistic career. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. 8-10pm. Call for price. 301/654-8664.

May 6 - The Art of Collecting Art

Joan and Bruce Weber, local collectors, share their extensive experience of enriching life through art collecting. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave. 6-9pm. FREE. RSVP: Karen@Seibertgroup.com

May 9 - Fierce Reads by Teen Authors

Authors Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Cecilia Ahern, Marie Rutkoski & Kami Garcia discuss their latest works. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7pm. Ages 13+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

May 10 - Book Discussion

Discussion of Bless me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

May 15 - Frames by Rebecca

Kris Eshleman presents “Advice from a Framer.” Learn about preservation of your treasured artwork and photos and how to choose a reputable framer. Hands on demo. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave. 4-6pm. FREE. RSVP: Karen@Seibertgroup.com

May 19 - Evening with Martin Moran

Martin Moran is an American actor and writer who wrote and starred in his autobiographical solo show for which he won an Obie Award. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. 7:30-9:30pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

Live Performance/Exhibit

May 7 - May 28 - Laugh Riot

Live standup comedy show. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 7400 Wisconsin Ave. Sat., 8-10pm. Ages 18+. $10 (cash). 301/946-1102.

May 10 - June 4 - Art Exhibit

Solitudes; moody and evocative photographs of private moments within crowded urban settings by Sarah Hood Saloman. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy. Tues.-Sat., 12-6pm. All ages. FREE. 301/951-9441.

May 13 - May Art Walk

Galleries & studios open late. Downtown Bethesda, 6-9pm. FREE. 301/215-6660

Special Events

May 1 - 8K & Kids’ Ambulance Chase

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad hosts the 3rd annual Rescue 1 Run 8K road race and Kids’ Ambulance Chase fun run; includes food, music, rescue squad open house & more. Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Station,5020 Battery Lane. 8am. $50/8k; $10/Kids’ Ambulance Chase; proceeds benefit the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. www.rescue1run.com   

May 1 - Frames by Rebecca

Kris Eshleman presents “Advice from a Framer.” Learn about preservation of your treasured artwork and photos and how to choose a reputable framer. Hands on demo. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave. 4-6pm. FREE. RSVP: Karen@Seibertgroup.com

May 5 - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Awards Dinner

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) presents their 2016 awards at the annual black-tie dinner. Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave. 6:30-10pm. http://www.nfid.org/awards.aspx.  

May 8 - 5K/1-Mile Fun Run

Hope for Henry's annual 5K/1-Mile Fun Run;. Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd.; 5K begins at 8:30am & the Fun Run at 8:45am. MCPS can earn a SSL hour for walking or running in the 5K.  Register at: http://www.tinyurl.com/HFH5K

May 8 - 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run

Kick off Mother’s Day and support Hope for Henry to bring smiles to kids with cancer. Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd. 8:30am. All ages. 

May 12 - An Evening With Chef Nora Pouillon

Chef Nora Pouillon, of Restaurant Nora, will answer questions, provide a few bites & sell & sign copies of her memoir, “My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today,” and her cookbook, “Cooking With Nora.”  The Edgemoor Club, 7415 Exeter Rd. 7pm. $25; proceeds benefit Bethesda Cares. More info.

May 12 - Plant Sale

Annual sale by Bethesda Community Garden Club. Bethesda Farm Women’s Market, 7155 Wisconsin Ave. 7am-1pm. FREE; sales benefit community projects. 301/656-1893.

May 14 - May 15 - Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

120+ fine art & craft vendors & live entertainment. Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk & Auburn Aves. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. FREE. 301/215-6660. 

May 14 - Grateful Shred

Dispose personal files. Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John. 9am-12pm. FREE, donations accepted. 301/365-1311.

May 15 - Italian Cultural Society Meetings

Social meeting & Italian movies. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave. Third Sun. of each month; 1-5:30pm. Ages 4+. Donations accepted. 301/215-7885.

May 20 - Grand Finale with Creative Goldsmiths, Dealers in Dreams

Enrich your life with modern works of art. Learn about design and gems. Bring a special jewelry piece for a verbal appraisal. Serving samples of Chouquette Chocolates, wine, and other gourmet delights. Raffle! Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave. 6-9pm. FREE. RSVP: Karen@Seibertgroup.com.

May 21 - Santa Fe Writers Project Spring Launch

Featuring author Tara Laskowski, poet Elizabeth Hazen & other authors; refreshments & music. Waverly Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy. 7pm.