Children's Events/Classes

- : A Very Hungry Caterpillar

Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. All ages. Call for times and prices. 301-280-1660.

- : Family Story Sessions

Enjoy diverse and dynamic programs from some of the best storytellers in our area. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. Oct. 5, 19 & 26.  11:30am. Call for prices. Ages 4-8. 301/581-5100.

- : Elephant & Piggie's "We Are In A Play!"

The award-winning, best-selling children's books jumps from page to stage as a musical experience. Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for times. All ages. $25. 301/634-2270.

- : Read to a Dog

Practice reading aloud in short semi-private sessions with certified therapy dogs. Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. Oct. 7 & 10. 4pm. Elementary Age. FREE. 240/777-0970.

: Author Event: Meet Marla the Dog

Meet local author Carol Shelton and her dog Marla, star of the book Marla Wears a Halo. Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 4pm. Ages 5+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

: Science & Stories: Playing with Polymers

Explore the properties of polymers through chemical reactions. Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 11am. Ages 6+. FREE, registration required. 240/777-0970.

- : SPOOK-tacular Storytime

Celebrate Halloween with stories, songs, and rhymes to scare your socks off! Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30pm; Thursday, Oct. 31, 10:30am. Ages 3+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

Classes/Workshops

- : English Conversation Club

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

- : Italian Classes

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

- : ongoing - Tri-Weekly Tai Chi Classes

Improve posture, balance, flexibility, and strength through Tai Chi, a form of moving meditation and martial art. Coles Martial Arts Academy, 4916 Fairmont Ave. 7:45pm. Ages 10+. Call for prices. 301/512-5071.

- : Language Classes

Language classes for both adults and children. ISL International School of Language, 7906 Woodmont Ave. All ages. Call for times and prices. 301/312-8847.

- : BCC English Conversation Club

English conversation practice for non-native English speakers. BCC Regional Services Center, 48005 Edgemoor Ln. Wednesdays, 11am-12:30pm. Ages 16+. FREE.

: Five Steps Towards Successful Meditation

Getting started with meditation and stillness. Sahaja Yoga Meditation Center, 4915 St. Elmo Ave. 2:30pm-4pm. 202/306-6072.

Concerts/Music

: Storm Large

Musician, actor, playwright and author. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 8pm.  Ages 18+. $35-$55. 301/581-5100.

- : Brian McKnight

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $89.50-$109.50. 240/330-4500.

: Sergio Mendes & Bebel Gilberto

Celebrate 60 years of Bossa Nova. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 8pm. Ages 18+. 301/581-5100.

: Josanne Francis & Chao Tian

The tropical steelpan punctuates the bold, ethereal lilt of the Chinese dulcimer, creating a transcendent soundscape. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 8pm. Ages 14+. $24. 301/581-5100.

: Art Sherrod Jr.

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $59.50. 240/330-4500.

Discussions/Readings

: Open Mic Night

Prose, poetry and spoken word open mic. The Writer’s center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm-4pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

: Classics in Context Book Group

Discussion of Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham. Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7-8:30pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

: Author Talk

New York Times best-selling author Joelle Charbonneau will discuss Verify, her newest book for teens. Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7pm. Teens & adults. FREE. 240/777-0970.

Live Performance/Exhibit

- : Play

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy. Call for times and prices. 240/644-1100.

- : Laugh Riot at Positano

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

- : Art Exhibit

The Abstraction of Words. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm. Opening reception October 11, 6-8pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

- : Art Exhibit

Earthly Elements. Paintings: Pat Silbert; Ceramics: Thein Nguyen. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy., Wed. – Sun. 12-6pm. Opening Reception October 11, 6-9pm. 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.

: Cinema Art Bethesda

Capernaum, in Lebanese with English subtitles. Light breakfast and post-film discussion. Bethesda Row Landmark, 7235 Woodmont Ave. 10am-12:30pm. All ages. $15. 240/395-0042.

Special Events

: BCCRS "Rescue Day" Open House

Bethesda-Chevy-Chase Rescue Squad’s free annual “Rescue Day” Open House rain or shine. 5020 Battery Ln. 11am-4pm. All ages. FREE. 301/652-0077.

: Taste of Bethesda Food & Music Festival

45 restaurants, live music & more.  Woodmont Triangle. 11am-4pm. All ages. FREE admission; 4 tasting tickets for $5. 301/215-6660.

- : Bethesda Central Farm Market

Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Rd. Sundays, 9am-1:30pm. FREE. 301/775-6402.

: Smokeout

Annual grilling celebration: enjoy BBQ demonstrations from the best vendors. Strosniders Hardware, 6390 Arlington Rd. 10am - 3pm. All ages. FREE. 301/654-5688.

- : Bethesda Row Arts Festival

An outdoor art gallery, featuring more than 200 juried fine arts and crafts. Bethesda Row, 4800 Bethesda Ave. Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. All ages. FREE. 301/637-5684.

- : Bethesda Fitness Week

Discounted or complimentary classes at Zengo, Barre3, Next Phase, Pure Fire Yoga, Sculpt Studio, F45 & Urban Boxing. 240/423-5984.

: Bethesda Cares Golf Tournament

Golf tournament to benefit Bethesda Cares' efforts to end homelessness in Montgomery County. Bretton Woods Recreation Center, 15700 River Rd. 10:30am-7pm. All ages. $225. 202/731-1764.

: 95th Birthday Party

Join us for a party to celebrate Ace Hardware's 95th Anniversary! Strosniders Hardware, 6930 Arlington Rd. 11am - 2pm. All ages. FREE. 301/654-5688.

: Glen Echo Fire Department Open House

Fire trucks, moon bounce and Junior firefighter training! Glen Echo Fire Department, 5920 MacArthur Blvd. 11am-2pm. All ages. FREE. 240/938-1445.