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 Laura Foit at lfoit@bethesda.org.

 

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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 - 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.

January 1 - January 31 : Italian Classes for Youth

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

January 13 - February 11 : Theatre Performance

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

January 19 - February 11 : Puppet Performance

Tales of Beatrix Potter. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for times. Ages 3-9. $12; group rates available. 301/634-5380.

January 20 - January 31 : Puppet Performance

Winter Wonderland – Jan. 20, 21; Magic Toyshop – Jan. 27, 28, 31. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-4. $6. 301/634-5380.

January 27 : Art Talk & Tour

Young art lovers discuss & tour the exhibit; includes hands-on art activity. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 10:15am. Ages 7+. $5; reservations required. 301/581-5108.

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

January 1 - January 31 : English Classes

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

January 1 - January 31 : Italian Classes

Italian language, culture, art & cooking classes. Italian Cultural Society, 4833 Rugby Ave., Ste 201. Call for times & prices. Ages 14+. 301/215-7885.

January 3 - March 28 : Senior Shape: Weight Training

Certified instructor teaches exercises to increase strength, endurance & improve range of motion; bring hand-held weights & mat. Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln. 2nd Fl. Wed., 11:15am-12pm. Ages 55+. $40/3 months. 301/896-3939.

January 3 - January 31 : English Conversation Club

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

January 5 - January 30 : Aerobics, Strength, Stretching

Certified instructor leads low impact aerobic exercises; band and/or light weights required. Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln. 2nd Fl. Fri., 11:15am-12pm. Ages 55+. $40/3 months. 301/896-3939.

January 7 : Tai Chi Open House

Trial Tai Chi Class. Sun & Moon Taiji One, 4916 Fairmont Ave. 10am. All Ages. FREE; RSVP required. 301/512-5071.

January 12 - January 13 : Mind Body Therapies

Scientific method & research findings on the clinical applications of meditation & mindfulness practices. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Ste 100. Jan.12, 6:30pm-9:30pm & Jan.13, 12pm-5pm. Ages 12+. $160. 301/986-1090.

January 20 : Sustainable Resolutions Workshop

How to develop exercise & healthy eating habits, strategies to stay fit & injury-free & more. Training Ground, 4940 Hampden Ln. 10-11am. FREE. hello@traininggroundbethesda.com 

January 20 : Mindfulness for Stress Management

Mindfulness practices for stress management, health & relaxation. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Ste 100. 12-2pm. Ages 12+. $40. 301/986-1090.

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.

January 5 : Concert

Catherine Russell & John Pizzarelli; A Salute to Billie Holiday & Frank Sinatra. Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 8pm. $40-$95. 301/581-5100.

January 12 : Concert

76 Degrees West Band. Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $30. 240/330-4500.

January 15 : Concert

NOW Family Concert by New Orchestra of Washington; followed by instrument petting zoo & pizza lunch. Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Cir. 11am. All Ages. $10; free for children 3 & under. 240/235-5088.

January 17 : Concert

Gina Sobel; multi-instrumentalist. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. $17. 301/581-5100.

January 20 : Concert

Benefit concert for Shepherd’s Table; Cedar Lane Chamber Orchestra performs Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” Cedar Lane UU Church, 9601 Cedar Ln. 7:30pm. All Ages. 301/493-8300. 

January 20 : Concert

Croatian classical guitarist, Ana Vidovic. Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 8pm. All ages. Adults: $22.50-$55; Students (18-22): ½ price of adult tickets; Youth (7-17): one free youth ticket available w/each adult ticket. 301/990-3031.

January 25 : Concert

Joel Fan, piano. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. $30. 301/581-5100.

January 31 : Concert

Gina Sobel; multi-instrumentalist. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. $17. 301/581-5100.

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.

January 3 : Book Discussion

Discussion of The English Teacher by Yiftach Reicher Atir. Hosted by Bethesda Library at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., Room C. 1pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

January 9 : Book Discussion

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

January 10 : 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.

Live Performance/Exhibit

March 6 - April 8 : Art Exhibit

Somerset Artists; A group show by artists living & working in the town of Somerset. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy. Tues.–Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: March 10, 5-9pm; FREE. 301/951-9441.

March 29 - April 29 : Art Exhibit

Maryland Federation of Art. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: April 14, 6-8pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

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.

January 6 - January 27 : Comedy Show

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

January 10 - February 3 : Art Exhibit

Artwork by Sara Becker, Nancy Butler, Helen Gallagher, Caroline Orrick, Maureen Ward, Ann Rossilli & Penny Smith. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. E. Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: Jan. 12, 6-8pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

January 14 : Cinema Art Bethesda

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

January 21 : Step Afrika! Step Xplosion

Percussive dance styles integrated with Isongs, storytelling & humor. Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 5pm. $35-$75. 301/581-5100.

January 26 : Comedy Show

The Newly Dead Game; murder mystery comedy show, part scripted, part improv & with audience participation. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 8pm. $20-$30. 301/581-5100.

Special Events

March 31 - April 2 : Community Art Show & Sale

150+ local artists exhibit work including painting, photography, sculpture & more. The Women’s Club, 7931 Connecticut Ave. Fri., 2-5pm; Sat. 11am-5pm; Sun. 1-5pm. All ages. FREE. 301/652-8480.

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.

January 6 : Used Book Donation

Donate books to the B-CC High School upcoming used book sale. B-CC High School, 4301 East-West Hwy. 10am-2pm. http://www.bccptsa.net/used-book-sale 

January 18 : The Woods Academy Open House

Visit classrooms, speak with our faculty & more. The Woods Academy, 6801 Greentree Rd. 9-10:30am. FREE. 301/222-0076.

January 18 : 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.

January 19 : Musical Improv: Tara & Rance HERE in DC

HERE is an improvised musical performed by veteran Chicago improv duo Tara & Rance. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. 8 – 10pm. $15. Tickets: http://TaraAndRance.eventbrite.com

January 21 : Italian Movies & Cultural Events

Social meeting & Italian movies. 4833 Rugby Ave., Ste.201. 1-5:30pm. Donations accepted. 301/215-7885.