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.

February March

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

February 9 - March 5 - Art Exhibit

2016 Art Invitational; A gathering of the gallery artists and their guest artists. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy. Tues.–Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: February 12, 6-9pm. FREE. 301/951-9441.

Children's Events/Classes

February 1 - February 29 - 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.

February 3 - February 28 - Puppet Performance

Winter Wonderland – Feb. 3 & 7; Medieval Magic – Feb. 13 & 14; Mother Goose Caboose – Feb. 20; Doggie Doodles – Feb. 27 & 28. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-4. $6. 301/634-5380.

February 3 - March 13 - Theatre Performance

Jack and Phil, Giant-Slayers, INC. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Sat. & Sun., 1:30pm & 4pm. Ages 5+. $10-$25. 301/280-1660.

February 4 - February 21 - Puppet Performance

Len Piper’s Pinocchio. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for times. Ages 5+. $12; group rates available. 301/634-5380.

February 5 - 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.

February 6 - Music Lessons

Music making through song, movement, games & more. International School of Music, 10450 Auto Park Ave. 9am, 10am, 11am. Ages 3-5. $27/class. 301/365-5888.

February 8 - Read to a Dog

Children practice reading aloud in short semi-private sessions with certified therapy dogs. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 4-5pm. Ages 6+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

February 15 - Frigid Foods

Discover what animals eat in the winter & make a toasted oat cereal bird feeder. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 4-8; pre-register. $6. 301/765-8660.

February 25 - April 10 - Puppet Performance

Beauty and the Beast. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for times. Ages 5+. $12; group rates available. 301/634-5380.

February 27 - Theatre Performance

James and the Giant Peach. Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 2pm. All Ages. $19.50. 301/634-2270.

Classes/Workshops

February 1 - Adoption Through a Jewish Lens

Session explores the joys and journeys of adopting older children through the foster care system; led by a Beth El member who adopted, Rabbi Greg Harris & a representative of the Barker Adoption Foundation. Congregation Beth El, 8215 Old Georgetown Rd. 7:30pm-9pm. Ages 18+. 301/652-8569 x352. 

February 1 - February 29 - Yoga for Metabolism & Strength

An energetic routine stimulating major organs & glands, increases upper body strength. Shanti Yoga Ashram, 4217 East-West Hwy. Sat., 9:30-10:30am. $15/class. 301/654-4899.

February 1 - February 29 - 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.

February 3 - February 24 - English Conversation Club

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

February 3 - Book Discussion

Photojournalist & White House news photographer Dennis Brack discusses his book Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7-9pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

February 5 - February 7 - Sahaj Samadhi Meditation Course

Learn an ancient practice that allows the conscious mind to settle deeply into itself in a natural, effortless way. The Art of Living, 6112 River Rd. 6:30-8:30pm. $395. 240/899-7099.

February 5 - February 26 - Community Yoga Class

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

February 6 - American Sign Language Made Easy

Learn how to sign  a song. Davis Community Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., downstairs meeting room.  3-4PM.  Ages 8+.  $20. 301/530-0339.  

February 6 - February 7 - Reiki 1 Certificate Training

Become Reiki I certified in two days. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm Street, Suite 100. Feb. 6, 12-4:30pm; Feb. 7, 11:30-4pm. Ages 16+. $200. 301/986-1090.

February 7 - Yoga Class

Introduction to Yoga Breath Work. Unity Woods Yoga Center, 4853 Cordell Ave., 16th Fl, Suite PH7. 12:30-2pm. Ages 16+. $25/advance registration; $28/at the door. 301/656-8992.

February 19 - February 20 - Weekend Meditation Retreat

Advanced meditation seminar. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm Street, Suite 100. Feb. 19, 6:30-9:30; Feb. 20, 12-5pm. Ages 12+. $149. 301/986-1090.

February 21 - Yoga Nidra

The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm Street, Suite 100. 12:30-2pm. Ages 12+. $40. 301/986-1090.

February 27 - Writing Workshop

Write Tight!; learn how to improve clarity, pacing & readability using fewer words. The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh St. 2-4:30pm. Ages 18+. $43.50/member, $50/non-member. 301/654-8664.

February 27 - Writing Workshop

Write Tight!; learn how to improve clarity, pacing & readability using fewer words. The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh St. 2-4:30pm. Ages 18+. $43.50/member, $50/non-member. 301/654-8664.

Concerts/Music

February 20 - Concert

Featuring Senegalese kora artist, Amadou Kouyate, Palestinian qanoun artist, Huda Asfour & steel pan artist, Victor Provost, of the Virgin Islands. Cedar Lane UU Church, 9601 Cedar Ln. 7:30pm. Ages 3+. FREE. 301/493-8300.

February 20 - Concert

Classical Guitarist, Xuefei Yang, performs Albeniz, Granados, Debussy & Chinese compositions. Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 8pm. All Ages. Ages 22+: $33.50; Students Ages 18-22: $16.75; Under 18: FREE. 301/654-6403.

February 26 - Concert

International School of Music Faculty Concert. International School of Music, 10450 Auto Park Ave. 7pm. FREE. 301/365-5888.

Discussions/Readings

February 3 - Book Discussion

Mystery Book Club will discuss The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 1-3pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

February 7 - Author Reading

Terese Svoboda reads from When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems and Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Bridge, Radical Poet.  Morowa Yejide reads from Time of the Locust; reception and book signing to follow. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

February 9 - Book Discussion

Discussion of An American Childhood by Annie Dillard. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

February 28 - Author Reading

Karen Branan reads from The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for The Truth & Susan Tichy reads from Trafficke; reception & book signing to follow. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/654-8664.

Live Performance/Exhibit

February 3 - February 21 - Theatre Performance

Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3). Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy. Tues. – Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sat. & Sun., 2pm. Ages 18+. $30+. 240/644-1100. 

February 3 - February 27 - Art Exhibit

Photography by Heather Jacks, Darlene Towson & Andrew Wohl. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: February 12, 6-9pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

February 6 - February 27 - Laugh Riot

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

February 12 - February Art Walk

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

February 14 - Cinema Art Bethesda

Film screening of “The Mystery of Happiness” (Argentina). Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave. 10am, doors open at 9:30am. $15, includes snacks & post film discussion. 240/395-0042.

February 18 - Art & Poetry

"Ekphrasis," a collaboration with the Corcoran School of Art & The Writer's Center featuring artwork by advanced painters who worked with advanced poets and instructors; reception to meet the artists & writers. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. 6:30-8:30 pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/654-8664.

Special Events

February 6 - Fields of Green Internship Fair

Bethesda Green, 4825 Cordell Ave. 10am-2pm. FREE. bit.ly/1NL2LyW

February 7 - February 28 - Bethesda Central Farm Market

Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Rd. Sun., 10am-1:30pm. FREE. 

February 9 - Admissions Open House

Grades Pre-School – 8. The Woods Academy, 6801 Greentree Rd. 9am-10:30am. FREE. 301/222-0776.

February 20 - 2016 Play In A Day

Professional theatre companies write, direct & perform original plays in just 24 hrs. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. 8pm. $15; tickets sold in advance. 301/215-6660.

February 20 - 5th Annual WINNter Affair

Benefit for The Children’s Inn at NIH; cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes & dancing. $100+. Call for more information. 301/594-1625.

February 21 - 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.

February 24 - American Red Cross Blood Drive

Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd. 10am-4pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 301/896-2244.