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

November 10 - December 3 : Theatre Performance

Cajas! Cajas! Cajas!; bilingual, interactive, live show. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Sat. & Sun., 10am & 11:15am. Ages 3-5. $14. 301/280-1660.

November 17 - December 31 : Theatre Performance

Frosty the Snowman. Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for times and prices. 301/634-2268. 

November 18 - January 7 : Theatre Performance

Charlotte’s Web. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Sat. & Sun., 1:30pm & 4pm. Ages 3-11. $10+. 301/280-1660.

November 24 - December 31 : Puppet Performance

The Nutcracker. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for times. Ages 5+. $12; group rates available. 301/634-5380.

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.

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

September 6 - December 13 : Divorce Care Support Group

Hosted by Fourth Presbyterian Church. Emmaus House, 5515 Ridgefield Road. Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm. Ages 21+. FREE. 301/320-3600.

September 7 - December 7 : Grief Share Support Group

Small group setting; based on a Christian video curriculum. Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Rd. Thursdays, 1pm-3pm. Ages 21+. $15. 301/320-3600.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

November 8 - December 2 : Art Exhibit

Photography & digital art by Bob Bradford, Bob Elliott, Allen Hirsh & Sam Shin. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: Nov. 10, 6-8pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

November 18 - December 6 : Art Exhibit

Artwork by Roxie Munro from her children’s book, “Masterpiece Mix;” Exhibit of Modernism & Abstraction by William Woodward, Steven Glucksberg, Jamie Marin-Price & Madelaine Finley. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10:30am - 7pm, Sun., 12-5pm. FREE. 301/718-0622.

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.

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

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.

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.