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.

December January

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

Children's Events/Classes

December 1 - December 31 - Playseum Storytime

Fun & creative thematic stories, followed by a free fruit or veggie snack with matching art activities. Playseum, 7000 Wisconsin Ave. Mon.-Fri., 11am, 2pm; Sat., 11am, 2pm, 5pm. $9/admission. 301/807-8028.

December 1 - January 31 - Italian Classes

Italian culture & language classes; all levels. Italian Cultural Society, 4833 Rugby Ave., Ste. 201. Call for times & prices. Ages 2-18. 301/215-7885.

December 2 - December 31 - Puppet Performance

Nutcracker Fantasy; call for show dates. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-4. $6. 301/634-5380.

December 6 - December 27 - Storytime

Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave. Wednesdays, 10am. FREE. 301/986-1761.

December 9 - Early Childhood Music Classes

Singing, dancing, playing instruments & more. International School of Music, 10450 Auto Park Ave. 9am, 10am & 11am. Ages 3-5. FREE; reservations required. 301/365-5888.

December 9 - Tea With Mrs. C

A tea party with Mrs. Claus; seasonal music, kid-friendly menu, story time with Mrs. Claus & more. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 10:30am & 1pm. $28; pre-paid, non-refundable reservations required. 301/581-5108.

December 16 - Saturday Song Circle

Frosty the Snowman; explore the story through song, instruments & movement. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. 10:30-11:15am. Ages 1-5. $8/person. 301/280-1660.

Classes/Workshops

December 1 - December 2 - Weekend Meditation Retreat

Restore balance, calm and well-being. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Ste 100. Dec.1, 6:30pm-9:30pm & Dec.2, 12pm-5pm. Ages 12+. $149. 301/986-1090.

December 1 - January 31 - Foreign Language Lessons

Group classes & private lessons offered. International School of Languages, 7906 Woodmont Ave. Call for times & prices. All Ages. 301/312-8847.

December 1 - January 31 - Italian Classes

Italian language, culture, art & cooking classes. Italian Cultural Society, 4833 Rugby Ave., Ste 201. Call for times & prices. Ages 12+. 301/215-7885.

December 1 - January 31 - English Classes

All classes six or fewer students. English Now!, 4630 Montgomery Ave., Ste. 300. Call for times & prices. All Ages. 301/718-3575.

December 1 - January 31 - Tai Chi Class

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

December 2 - Intro to Flash Fiction

Introduction to the genre, techniques & tips for writing flash fiction. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 10am. All Ages. $50. 301/654-8664.

December 3 - Breathe & Move

Gentle yoga followed by deep, full breathing session. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Ste. 100. 2-4:30pm. Ages 12+. $55. 301/986-1090.

December 6 - How to Write a Novel

From the idea, through the creative process, learn the 16-point plan. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 10am. Ages 16+. $50. 301/654-8664.

December 6 - Write Like the News

Learn key journalistic writing skills. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 7-9pm. Ages 16+. $50. 301/654-8664.

December 6 - December 20 - English Conversation Club

English conversation practice for non-native English speakers. BCC Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, 2nd Fl., Room C. Wednesday (6th,13th, 20th),11am-12:30pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 

December 7 - December 10 - Yoga Teacher Training

Become a certified instructor; 200hr training. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Ste. 100. Ages 12+. Call for times & prices. 301/986-1090.

December 8 - December 22 - Community Yoga Class

Mix-level yoga class. Unity Woods Yoga Center, 4853 Cordell Ave., 16th Fl, Suite PH7. Dec. 8, 15, 22, 6-7pm. Ages 14+. $10 cash. 301/656-8992.

December 9 - Adoption Information Meeting

International & domestic policy informational meeting. The Barker Adoption Foundation, 7979 Old Georgetown Rd., 1st Fl. 9:30am-12pm. Ages 25+. FREE. 301/664-9664.

December 12 - You are the Help Until Help Arrives

Presentation designed to educate attendees how to provide potentially life-saving interventions prior to the arrival of emergency services; discussion includes communicating with 9-1-1 operators effectively, acting to protect the injured from further harm, positioning the injured & more. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd. 1-2pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 240/777-0916.

December 12 - The “I” in the Midst of a Storm

Review some of the more challenging natural and man-made threats in the world today & learn what it means to be prepared; discussion topics include types of disasters, ways to protect yourself; medical preparedness & more. Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd. 2-3pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 240/777-0916.

Concerts/Music

December 4 - Concert

Larry Carlton. Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $40-$79. 240/330-4500.

December 4 - Concert

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour with special guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, Peter White & introducing Selina Albright. Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 8pm. $48-$88. 301/581-5100.

December 5 - Concert

Sons of Serendip put a soul-stirring spin on Christmas classics. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 8pm. $30-$35. 301/581-5100.

December 8 - Concert

Jessica Stecklein sings opera, accompanied by Frank Conlon, piano; Karla Chisholm sings jazz standards & holiday tunes, accompanied by Steve Hom, guitar. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 11am. All Ages. FREE. 301/365-3479. 

December 9 - Concert

Organ dedication concert with choir to benefit Mt. Carmel House for Homeless Women. St. Bartholomew Church, 6900 River Rd. 7:30pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/229-7933. 

December 10 - Concert

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra; A Bohemian Christmas. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 3pm & 7pm. $30. 301/581-5100.

December 16 - Concert

Music of the season; a cappella, carols & young violinists. Church in Bethesda, 5033 Wilson Ln. 7pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/654-4159. 

December 17 - Concert

Motown & More Holiday Show. Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $20. 240/330-4500.

December 20 - Concert

"A Redd Christmas!" featuring Chuck and Redd with Tommy Cecil & Tony Martucci. Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $25. 240/330-4500.

December 20 - Concert

World percussionist Tom Teasley & woodwind specialist Seth Kibel. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. $20. 301/581-5100.

Discussions/Readings

December 2 - Poetry & Prose Open Mic

Share poetry, fiction & nonfiction works. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm; sign-up begins at 1:30pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 301/654–8664.

December 6 - Book Discussion

Discussion of The Risen by Ron Rash. Hosted by Bethesda Library at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., Room C. 1pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

December 7 - December 14 - Teen Writers’ Club

Meet other teen writers, share your work & strengthen your writing. Hosted by Bethesda Library at The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. Dec. 7 & 14, 7:30pm. Ages 12-18. FREE. 240/777-0970.

December 9 - Poetry Reading

Jose Ballesteros & poets published in the bilingual anthology Knocking on the Door of the White House. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 301-654-8664.

December 12 - Book Discussion

Discussion of The Hours by Michael Cunningham. Hosted by Bethesda Library at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., Room C. 10:30am. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

December 13 - Storyfest Short Slam

Funny, short stories by ten storytellers who compete to win $100; audience votes. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 7:30pm. Ages 18+. $10. 301/452-4220.

December 16 - Author Reading

Readings by Lindsey Royce, James Mattson & Linda Schlossberg. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 1pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 301-654-8664.

December 19 - Book Discussion

Discussion of Eugenie Grandet by Honore Balzac. Hosted by Bethesda Library at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., Room B. 7pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

Live Performance/Exhibit

December 1 - December 24 - Theatre Performance

The Book of Will. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy. Tues. – Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sat. & Sun., 2pm. Ages 13+. Call for prices. 240/644-1100.

December 2 - December 30 - Comedy Show

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

December 6 - December 30 - Gallery B Art Exhibit - Loriann Signori

between silences; paintings by Loriann Signori. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: Dec.8, 6-8pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/215-6660.

December 6 - January 6 - Waverly Street Gallery Art Exhibit

Silver & Gold; Gallery artists present a group holiday show. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy. Tues.–Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: Dec.8, 6-9pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/951-9441.

December 12 - December 13 - The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Hip Hop Nutcracker; the classic score re-imagined through hip-hop choreography. Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Lane. 8pm. $28-$58. 301/581-5100.

December 14 - Best of the International SHORTS Film Festival (ISFF)

ISFF presents 10 Best of the Festival; featuring comedy, drama and animations films from France, Germany, Spain, Poland & Russia. Landmark Bethesda Row, 7235 Woodmont Ave. 7:30-9:30pm. $7.50. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/best-of-international-shorts-film-festival-2017-comedy-drama-and-animations-tickets-39715331626

 

December 17 - Cinema Art Bethesda

Film screening of I, Daniel Blake (U.K.); discussion to follow. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave. 10am; doors open at 9:30am. $15; includes bagels & coffee. 240/395-0042.

Special Events

December 2 - Annual Bethesda Winter Wonderland

Ice sculptures, school choral performances, treats & visit from Santa. Veterans Park, corner of Norfolk & Woodmont Aves. 1-4pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

December 2 - December 3 - Pleiades Jewelry Show & Sale

Handmade original jewelry by 30+ local artists. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 11am-5pm. FREE. 

December 3 - Holiday Craft Show

Local artists, crafters, authors & more. Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd. 1-5pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/365-1311.

December 3 - December 17 - Bethesda Central Farm Market

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

December 9 - Washington Episcopal School Open House

Learn about the nursery-8th grade programs. Washington Episcopal School, 5600 Little Falls Pkwy. 9:30-11:30am. Ages 3+. FREE. 301/652-7878.

December 9 - Grand Opening: Pet Parents

Celebrate the Pet Parents' Grand Opening. Pet Parents, 4913 Fairmont Ave. 10:30am. 301/718-8400. https://www.petparents.love/ 

December 10 - Finance Lecture

Janet Bodnar, former editor of “Kiplinger's Personal Finance,” speaks personal finance topics. Bethesda Jewish Congregation, 6601 Bradley Blvd. 3pm. Ages 25+. FREE; reservation encouraged. 301/469-8636. 

December 16 - Holiday Book Fair

Select gifts for the readers in your life. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 3-6pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/654-8664. 

December 21 - Historic Home Tour

Guided tour about the history, architecture & personal stories of the Mansion at Strathmore. 10701 Rockville Pike. 11am. Ages 18+. FREE; reservation required. 301/581-5102.