Children's Events/Classes

- : The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams's classic toy story gets a vibrant retelling in this new adaptation. Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Saturdays & Sundays; 11am & 2pm. All ages. $20.50. 301/634-2270.

- : Italian Classes

Italian Language, Culture, Art, Latin and Cooking classes. Italian Cultural Society, 4833 Rugby Ave., #201. Call for times and prices. Ages 14+. 301/215-7885.

- : The Nutcracker

The Puppet Co.'s Annual Holiday Treat. Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Ages 4+. Call for times & prices. 202/234-6666.

: Batman’s Biggest Secret

Author Marc Tyler Nobleman discusses his quest to uncover the true story of Batman’s creation. Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7pm. Ages 8+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

: Open House

Students take classes while parents meet community members and learn about WES. Washington Episcopal School, 5600 Little Falls Pkwy. 9:30-11:30am. Parents & children ages 3-12. FREE. 301/652-7878.

: Read to a Dog

Children are invited to practice reading aloud with certified therapy dogs. Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 4-5pm. Elementary age. FREE. 240/777-0970.

: Open House

Explore Montessori education for your child. Oneness-Family School, 6701 Wisconsin Ave. 9:30-11am. Ages 2-18. FREE. 301-652-7751.

: Read to a Dog

Children are invited to practice reading aloud with certified therapy dogs. Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 4-5pm. Elementary age. FREE. 240/777-0970.

: Open House

Explore Montessori education for your child. Oneness-Family School, 6701 Wisconsin Ave. 9:30-11am. Ages 2-18. FREE. 301-652-7751.

: Harry Potter Movie Bingo

Play Bingo to the first Harry Potter movie and maybe win a prize! Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 2pm. All ages. FREE.  240/777-0970.

: Happy Noon Year!

Ring in the New Year early with a party at the library! Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 11:30am-12:15pm. All ages. FREE. 240/777-0970.

Classes/Workshops

- : Italian Classes

Italian Language, Culture, Art, Latin and Cooking classes. Italian Cultural Society, 4833 Rugby Ave., #201. Call for times and prices. Ages 14+. 301/215-7885.

: Tri-Weekly Tai Chi Classes

Improve posture, balance, flexibility and strength. Coles Martial Arts Academy, 4916 Fairmont Ave. 10am. Ages 10+. Call for pricing. 301/512-5071.

- : Advanced Short Story Workshop

The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 10am-2pm. $215. 301/654-8664. 

- : December 4, 11, 18 – BCC English Conversation Club

English conversation practice for non-native English speakers. BCC Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln. Wednesdays, 11am-12:30pm. Ages 16+. FREE.

- : Ongoing – English Conversation Club

 

English conversation practice in informal, small groups. Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. Wednesdays & Thursdays. 1-3pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/237-5578.

: Yoga Therapy

Low back, hip & knee pain. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Suite 100. 11am-12:30pm. Ages 18+. $20. 301/986-1090.

: How to Revise a Poem Workshop

The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 1pm. $50. 301/654-8664.

: Tai Chi Open House

No prior experience necessary. RSVP required. Coles Martial Arts Academy, 4916 Fairmont Ave. 7:45-8:45am. Ages 10+. FREE. 301/512-5071.

- : Meditation Retreat

Reconnect with yourself to restore balance, calm and well-being. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Suite 100. Friday 6:30-9:30pm; Saturday 12-5pm.

: Meditation Class

Class will introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness meditation. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Suite 100. 10:15-11:15am. Ages 18+. $20. 301/986-1090.

Concerts/Music

: Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats

Kids tunes with ’20s flair. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 5:30pm. Ages 3-8. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. 301/581-5100.

: Holiday Singin’ Pops

National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 7:30pm. All ages. $29-$69. 301/637-2608.

: December 7 – Choral Concert

Choral concert to benefit the poor. St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church, 6900 River Rd. 7:30-9pm. All ages. FREE, donations welcome. 301/229-7933.

: A Winter Concert

A choral/orchestra holiday concert. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln. 4pm. All ages. FREE. 301/496-7533.

: Kenny Lattimore & Regina Belle

Christmas & Love Tour. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 5pm & 9pm. $59.50-$79.50. 240/330-4500.

: Christmas with Maggie Rose

American Rock N’ Soul. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $20-$50. 240/330-4500.

Discussions/Readings

: Open Mic

Prose, poetry, and spoken word Open Mic. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2-4pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 301/654-8664.

: Strong Female Protagonists Panel

Authors Solveig Eggerz, Melanie Hatter, Leslie M. Rollins, Alice Stephens and Bethanne Patrick. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/654-8664.

: Classics in Context Book Group

Discussion of The Aspern Papers, by Henry James. Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7-8:30pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

Live Performance/Exhibit

- : The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Hwy. Call for times & pricing. All ages. 240/644-1100.

- : Art Exhibit

The Allure of Color by Grace E. Peterson. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy. All ages. FREE. 301/951-9441.

- : Art Exhibit

Group exhibit with artists Sheila Cahill, Robert O’Brien, Marian Osher and Emily Strulson. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm. Opening Reception: Dec. 13 6-8pm. All ages. FREE. 301/215-6660.

- : Saturday Laugh Riot

Live standup comedy show. Positano, 4948 Fairmont Ave. 7-10pm. Ages 18+. $15 cash at door. 301/946-1102.

- : Holiday Show

Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy. Wed. – Sun. 12-6pm. All ages. FREE. 301/951-9441.

: Art Openings

Friday Art Opening. Studio B, 7475 Wisconsin Ave., lower level. Triangle Art Studios, 7711 Old Georgetown Rd. 6-8pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

- : The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Join Maria-Clara & the Nutcracker Prince on a magical adventure. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 8pm. All ages. $33-$68. 301/581-5100.

: New Year’s Eve Comedy

Live standup comedy show, DJ & dancing! Positano, 4948 Fairmont Ave. 7pm. Ages 21+. $30 cash at door. 301/946-1102.

Special Events

- : Bethesda Central Farm Market

7600 Arlington Rd. Sundays, 9am-1:30pm. All ages. FREE. 301/775-6402.

: Winter Wonderland

Celebrate the holiday season with a variety of performances, live ice sculpting, a visit from Santa Claus and more! Veterans Park, downtown Bethesda. 1-4pm. All ages. FREE. 301/215-6660.

: Christmas Party

Get into the holiday spirit. Strosniders Hardware, 6930 Arlington Rd. 11am-2pm. All ages. FREE. 301/654-5688.

: Customer Appreciation Night

Enjoy vendor demos, food & refreshments, get a free goodie bag, and more! Strosniders Hardware, 6930 Arlington Rd. 6:30-8:30pm. All ages. FREE. 301/654-5688.

- : Holiday Boutique

Guest artists, holiday gifts & craft-making. Triangle Art Studios, 7711 Old Georgetown Rd. Fri., 12-9pm; Sat., 12-6pm; Sun., 12-5pm. All ages. FREE. 301/215-6660.

: Holiday Book Fair

Find gifts for the whole family and celebrate the holidays at TWC's annual book fair! The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 12-3pm. All ages. FREE. 301-654-8664.

: Cinema Art Bethesda

Screening of the Croatian film, The Constitution. The film is in Croatian with English subtitles. Bethesda Row Landmark, 7235 Woodmont Ave. 10am-12:30pm. All ages. $15. 240/395-0042.