Entertainment Calendar: Potomac
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Entertainment Calendar: Potomac

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Holidays and Christmas

Now thru Dec. 31

Garden of Lights. At Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Sunday - Thursday: 5:30- 9 p.m.; Friday - Saturday: 5:30 - 10 p.m.; Closed December 24-25. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. To avoid long lines, consider visiting on a weeknight, when Garden of Lights is less crowded. Admission: $25-$30 per car/van.

Dec. 20-26

”The Nutcracker.” At the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. Presented by the Maryland Youth Ballet, this year’s production will be new staging and choreography by Artistic Director Olivier Muñoz, newly appointed in 2019. Show times are Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Advance tickets Online - $27 Children/Seniors (12 & under or 65+), $34 Adults, $27 Groups 10+. At-the-Door tickets - $32 Children/Seniors (12 & under or 65+), $38 Adults. Visit www.marylandyouthballet.org.

Events in Alexandria

Tuesday/Dec. 31

First Night Alexandria. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. At venues throughout Old Town Alexandria. This 25th Anniversary Celebration is the largest New Year’s Eve party in the D.C. region that is safe and fun for the entire family and culminates with a fantastic fireworks finale over the Potomac River at midnight. Kids Karnivals: 6 to 9 p.m. at four warm indoor venues in Old Town, Del Ray and the West End. Live Entertainment: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at warm indoor venues throughout Old Town Alexandria. Rockin’ on the River: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Waterfront Park, 1 King St., Alexandria. Midnight fireworks: Potomac River at the foot of King St., Alexandria. All Access Admission: $25 through November 30, 2019; $30 December 1-30, 2019; $35 December 31, 2019; Kids Karnival is $5 for children ages 2-12 and free for parents and infants. Call 703-963-3755 or visit firstnightalexandria.org.

Event in Tysons Corner

Now thru Dec. 24

HGTV's Santa HQ. At Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Kids can explore the wonder of Santa in the digital age with HGTV's Santa HQ at Tysons Corner Center! This holiday, check out the interactive Elf Academy at Santa HQ. You can try on the latest elf looks with Santa’s Magic Mirror, create your very own Elf-ID Card and scan yourself on the Naughty or Nice O'Meter. Plus, new this year, spend less time in line and more time on holiday fun with a Fast Pass. Prices and times vary. Visit the website: www.tysonscornercenter.com/SantaHQ

Potomac Calendar

Now thru Jan. 5, 2020

Glen Echo Park Holiday Art Show and Sale. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. At Glen Echo Park, Popcorn Gallery and Stone Tower Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Browse and buy fine artworks for everyone on your holiday shopping list, including glass, ceramics, photography, painting, jewelry, holiday ornaments and more. The Shop Arts will be held Saturday Nov. 30 from 12-5 p.m. The Winter’s Eve will be held Dec. 14 from 4-7 p.m. Visit the website: glenechopark.org.

Now thru Dec. 24

Photos with Santa. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. At Westfield Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Bring the kids to meet with jolly old St. Nick at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Santa heads back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Now thru Dec. 24

Santa Toy Drive. Every December, the Cabin John VFD Fire Station decorates its Reserve Engine, loads Santa and a few additional volunteers, and heads out into the community to collect unwrapped holiday gifts for children up to the age of 14. Unopened presents can be brought out to Santa as he passes by, or dropped off at either Cabin John Park VFD Fire Station, 9404 Falls Road, Potomac. The toy drive supports the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda and the Scotland Drive Community Association in conjunction with Montgomery County Police. The week before Christmas, volunteers begin wrapping and labeling all of the gifts and on Christmas Eve they are delivered to children who otherwise may not have a joyous Holiday. The 2019 Cabin John Park VFD Santa Runs are scheduled by neighborhood.

Schedule

Monday, Dec. 16: Alvermar Woods, Potomac Hunt Acres, Merry-Go-Round Farms, Beallmount, Lake Potomac, Stoney Creek Farms and Saddle Ridge

Tuesday, Dec. 17: Potomac Village, Camotop, Falconhurst, Bradley Farms, McAuley Park, Kentdale Estates, Bradley Blvd. Estates, Congressional Forest Estates

Wednesday, Dec. 18: Bannockburn, Bannockburn Estates, Al Marah and Wilson Knolls (first due only)

Makeup nights: Dec. 19-24.

Tuesday, Dec. 24: Toy delivery

Monday/Dec. 16

DIY 3D Holiday Cards. 4:30 p.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Make your holiday greeting "pop" with your very own 3D pop-up card. Recommended for children ages 8 and up. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday/Dec. 17

Read to a Dog. 4:30 p.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. School-age children, especially beginners learning to read and those who want to improve their confidence in reading skills, are invited to practice reading aloud in short (10-15 minute) semi-private sessions with a certified therapy dog.

Teen Writers’ Club. 6:30 p.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Teens ages 13-18 with a passion for writing are invited to join our Teen Writers' Club. You'll learn new writing techniques, get practice in different writing exercises, share your work, and learn how to critique the work of others. Author Neal Gillen leads the club, which meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. This program is made possible through the collaboration and support of the Maryland Writers' Association.

Wednesday/Dec. 18

Potomac Adult Book Discussion. 1 p.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Adult book discussion. House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea. Ask for the book at the Circulation Desk. No registration needed. New members welcome.

Beaded Snowflakes. 4 p.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Brrr! It's the season for snowflakes! Come to the Potomac Library and create your own beaded snowflakes. All supplies will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday/Dec. 19

Family Storytime. 10:30 a.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Family Storytime (All Ages) - These 25-30 minute programs are designed to delight children of all ages. Filled with diverse stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination. These programs encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning and introduce them to the culture of reading.

Playdate at the Library. 11 a.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. This is a drop-in social playtime for toddlers/preschoolers/Kindergarten and their caregivers. Come meet new friends and enjoy blocks and educational toys. No registration required.

Saturday/Dec. 21

Potomac Conversation Club. 11 a.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Practice English conversation in a friendly and relaxed setting. New members are always welcome. No registration. Join us at any time! For more information call 240-777-0690.

Dec. 21-22

Neil Simon’s “45 Seconds from Broadway.” At Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Road, Rockville. The Jewish Community Theater of Montgomery County, in cooperation with the TBA Players, presents Neil Simon’s “45 Seconds from Broadway.” Show times are Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. ($18) and Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. ($15). This funny, warm-hearted comedy takes place at a New York City café nicknamed the “Polish Tea Room,” where a famous comedian, an aspiring playwright, a jaded actress, and others swap life stories and cope with life’s trials. Tickets at the door or at Eventbrite.com. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Production. For tickets, visit https://allevents.in/rockville/neil-simons-45-seconds-from-broadway/1000075741134773

Sunday/Dec. 22

Normandie Jazz Jam. 2:30-5:30 p.m. At Normandie Farms Restaurant, 1070 Falls Road, Potomac. The seven-piece Conservatory Classic Jazz Band opens and closes with music with a jam session in between. All are welcome to sit back and enjoy. Free for students and jammers/$10 for others.

Concert Four: Mystic. 5 p.m. At Bradley Hills Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Presented by The Thirteen which explores humanity’s search for the divine across time and space with German composer Hildegard von Bingen, Spanish composers Victoria and Lobo, Estonian minimalist Arvo Pärt, and contemporary American composer Mason Bates.

Night of Caroling in River Falls. 5:30 p.m. Meets at 7705 Hackamore Drive (Kemp’s driveway), Potomac. Join in a night of family fun as the group carols its way through River Falls. Carolers should gather between 5:30-6 p.m. for a 6 p.m. departure. Come enjoy a toasty fire, S’mores, cocoa, and festive fun. Carolers will carol at the intersections below following the route indicated and share Holiday Cheer with the neighborhood. The community can join in at any time. Here’s the itinerary:

Hackamore and Masters

Masters Drive and Horseshoe Lane

Coach Street and the Path

RF Drive and the Path

Hackamore and the Path

Hackamore and RF Drive

Hackamore and Horseshoe

If you haven't already, sign up so they have a good headcount. Website: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0445ABAC29A7F94-holiday

Monday/Dec. 23

Family Movie: “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.” 1 p.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. A film that brings a heartwarming message as the curmudgeonly Grinch learns the true spirit of Christmas isn’t gifts and candy canes but rather community, connection, kindness, and love.

Saturday/Dec. 28

Potomac Conversation Club. 11 a.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Practice English conversation in a friendly and relaxed setting. New members are always welcome. No registration. Join us at any time! For more information call 240-777-0690.

Sunday/Dec. 29

Waltz Dance. 3:30-6 p.m. At Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo. Join in a Waltz Dance in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park featuring the ensemble Dance du Jour. This versatile band will provide a lively mix of folk waltzes with a few other couple dances, including Hambo, Schottische, Swing, Tango, and Polka. The 45-minute dance lesson begins at 2:45 p.m. with a half-hour introductory Waltz workshop and a more advanced move presented the last 15 minutes. Social dancing follows until 6 pm. Admission is $13. No partner required. Call Joan Koury at 202-238-0230 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, go to www.WaltzTimeDances.org or e-mail info@WaltzTimeDances.org. The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Monday/Dec. 30

Learn Basic Knitting. 4:30 p.m. At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Knitting is a great way to relax and spend your time. Bring your own needlecrafts or use our limited supplies. For ages 8 and up. All skill levels welcome! Meets once a month (EXCEPT DECEMBER) No registration required.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library-Potomac Chapter.

Saturday/Jan. 11

Pianist Alexander Paley. 8 p.m. At Westmoreland Church, One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. The Conservatory Concert Series presents Pianist Alexander Paley: Debussy, Scriabin, and Ravel. Guests are invited to attend Wine & Words after the concert for complimentary beverages and an informal Q & A with the performer. For more information: 301-320-2770 or washingtonconservatory.org.

Camps, Classes & Workshops

Art Explorers Open Studio. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Candy Corner Studio, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Art activities for parents and children. Activities change weekly and there is no pre-registration; $10 per child. Visit www.glenechopark.org/saturday-art-explorers for more.

Ceramic Classes. Various dates and times. VisArts, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. An opportunity to try the new ceramic workshops. Visit www.visartsatrockville.org/ceramics for a list of class dates, times.

Dancing

Weekly International Folkdancing. Thursdays, 7:30-11 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Bethesda. Circle and line dances from Eastern Europe. Lesson at 7:30, followed by requests. Glen Echo Folkdancers welcome beginners of all ages; no partner needed. Wear comfortable shoes. $7. Call 301-466-3018 or visit www.dancingplanetproductions.com.

Thang Ta. Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. at Sutradhar Institute of Dance and Related Arts, 1525 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. Learn the ancient art of the sword and spear. $25. Visit www.dancesidra.org.

Weekly Blues Dance. Thursdays 8:15-11:30 p.m. in the Back Room Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Capital Blues presents rotating DJs and instructors with beginner workshop 8:15-9 p.m., no partner necessary. $8 for all. capitalblues.org

Weekly Swing Dance. Saturdays, 8 p.m.-midnight. The DC Lindy Exchange presents a swing dance with live music in the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Beginner swing dance lesson at 8 p.m., followed by dancing. Admission $16-$18, age 17 and under $12. Visit www.glenechopark.org.

Argentine Tango with Lessons. Most Sundays, 6:30-11 p.m. in the Back Room Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Argentine Tango lessons followed by a Milonga most Sunday evenings. Beginner lesson 6:30-7:30 p.m. and intermediate lesson 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $15/lesson and includes the Milonga. For just the Milonga, cost is $10 and the open dance with DJ runs 8:30-11 p.m. No partner required. www.glenechopark.org, 301-634-2222.

Contra and Square Dance. Fridays and Sundays 7-10:30 p.m. in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contra and Square dances are taught, no partner necessary. Lessons at 7 p.m., followed by the called dance with live music at 7:30. $13 for nonmembers, $10 for FSGW members, $5 ages 17 and under. www.glenechopark.org, 301-634-2222.

Live Music & Dancing. Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11 p.m. in Margery’s Lounge, Normandie Farm Restaurant, 10710 Falls Road, Potomac. Dance to the music of Barry Gurley. Call 301-983-8838 or visit www.popovers.com.

More Ongoing

Pups on the Patio. 4-7 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 26 at Silver, 7150 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. Pups on the Patio provides happy hours with menu specials, bar specials including craft cocktails, “pup” associated drinks and pet-friendly giveaways and surprises. Guests can enjoy drinks, appetizers and dinner with their pets outside on Silver’s patio. Visit www.eatatsilver.com for more.

Children's Storytime. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda Listen to employees read children’s stories. Free. Visit www.store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4824850-21.

VisArts Cocktails and Canvas Class. at VisArts in the Painting & Drawing Studio, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. Price $40. Visit www.visartsatrockville.org/cocktails-and-canvas for more.

Drop in Art Activities. Every Saturday 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Candy Corner Studio at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., parents and children can explore a new art form or theme. $10/child, parent combo. Drop-in only. www.pgip.org.

Mommy & Me (& Daddy, Too). Third Tuesday each month. 10 a.m. at Rockville Town Square. Meet for a morning out with active learning and creative play with lunch specials, story time, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, prizes and more. rockvilletownsquare.com/events/mommy-and-me.

Chocolate Factory Tours. Fridays and Saturdays, 2-5:45 p.m. at SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier, 360 Main St., Gaithersburg. Take a short tour of The Truffle Factory facilities. Free. www.spagnvola.com.

Glen Echo Park Films. Saturdays and Sundays. Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Films about the Park’s history are shown on rotation in the lobby. Free. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

SilverWorks Studio & Gallery. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. SilverWorks Studio & Gallery is a working silversmith studio and includes an ongoing exhibition, as well as sales of the work of artist-in-residence Blair Anderson. Free. Visit www.silverworksglenechopark.com.

Art Glass Center at Glen Echo. All day Wednesdays; Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Art Glass Center, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Ongoing exhibitions feature work of resident artists. Sculpture, vessels, functional art and jewelry for sale. Classes are taught year-round for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Visit www.artglasscenteratglenecho.org for more.

Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery. Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. The Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery presents free exhibitions of emerging artists' work. Each weekend features the work of a different artist. Most artwork is also for sale. www.yellowbarnstudio.com.

Potomac Games Group. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Potomac Community Recreation Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. The world is in the midst of a Golden Age of new board and card games for players of all ages. Free. Contact event host Randy Hoffman at 412-983-5411 or wrandyhoffman@gmail.com.