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Picks This Week From Our Bethesda-Chevy Chase Event Calendar

by Aaron Kraut | July 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm | 196 views | No Comments

For those sticking around town this week, there are a number of worthwhile events, including the start of this year’s Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series:

Tuesday

Outdoor Movie Series, via Bethesda Urban PartnershipBethesda Outdoor Movie Series
Woodmont Triangle: Corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues
Time: 9:00 p.m. — 11:30 p.m.

The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the ninth annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue from July 22-26, 2014. Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased, including new releases, action, comedy, musical and classic films. Admission is FREE and show times will begin at 9pm at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.

Schedule:
Tuesday, July 22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Wednesday, July 23: Moonrise Kingdom
Thursday, July 24: Citizen Kane
Friday, July 25: Pitch Perfect
Saturday, July 26: Top Gun

Residents, employees and visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs. A limited number of chairs will also be provided. Woodmont Triangle is home to numerous restaurants, ice cream and coffee shops and attendees are invited to enjoy dinner or a snack before the 9 p.m. movie start. Parking is available in the Auburn Avenue garage which is adjacent to the event site.

Wednesday

thumbnail22Bethesda Big Train Baseball
Shirley Povich Field 10600 Westlake Drive
Time: 7:30 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

Game: Baltimore Redbirds vs. Bethesda Big Train

Come out to Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Regional Park and enjoy a night full of baseball and fun and affordable family entertainment as you watch the Bethesda Big Train of the Cal Ripken League!

Thursday

Chamber logoBCC Chamber of Commerce – Monthly After Hours
Gallery Bethesda 4800 Auburn Avenue
Time: 5:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.

Join us after work for cocktails and networking at the newly opened Gallery Bethesda. Cost $10/Members Free.

Friday

Outside at the Bethesda Farm Women's Market, via Bethesda Farm Women's MarketNew Farm Women’s OUTDOOR Friday Market
Bethesda Farm Women’s Market 7155 Wisconsin aVENUE
Time: 11:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

The NEW Farm Women’s Outdoor FRIDAY Market starts July 18th! A handful of new food and craft vendors begin this Friday with more coming July 25th! Bethesda’s Top Deli Food Truck- Corned Beef King headlines the Farm Women’s new Outdoor Market. New vendors bring together cuisine from around the world to satisfy every palate.

Saturday

ZannieClusterOfSaguaro_resizedSummer Visions
Gallery B: 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E
Time: 12:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday

Summer Visions is a group exhibition featuring work by Shaune Bazner, Judy Gilbert Levey, Donna K. McGee, Patricia Zannie and Michele Zugrav.

Gallery hours: Wed. – Sat., 12-6 p.m.
Opening reception: Friday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

Check out the entire Event Calendar here and submit your organization’s events here.

Strathmore Announces New Food Festival In North Bethesda

by Aaron Kraut | July 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm | 1,700 views | 1 Comment

Food Network personality Giada De Laurentiis, via Strathmore "Bizzare Foods" host Andrew Zimmern, via Strathmore

Strathmore on Friday announced a two-day, “culinary and epicurean arts festival” packed with national TV personalities, local chefs, food trucks, tasting sessions and a craft beer garden.

“Appetite – A Gastronomic Experience,” will run Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2 on the grounds of the Strathmore facility (5301 Tuckerman Lane).

Food Network’s Giada de Laurentiis and “Bizzarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern will give talks and have meet and greets. The Music Center at Strathmore will have pairing workshops from J. Chocolatier, Righteous Cheese, MeatCrafters and others. Federal Realty will show off some of the restaurants coming to its Pike & Rose project this fall, including Summerhouse and M Street Kitchen.

There will be a pig roast, demonstration from local chef Robert Weidmaier of Mussel Bar & Grille and Wildwood Kitchen and specialty food vendors plus samples from a host of other local food retailers.

Outdoors will be a free Food Truck Court with Red Hook Lobster Pound, the Culinary Nomad, Dolci Gelati, Jose Andres’ Pepe, Corned Beef King and others.

And, of course, there will be live music to accompany it all.

Strathmore is offering a few levels of tickets, ranging from individual tickets to see either De Laurentiis or Zimmern ($44) or a VIP All-Access Weekend Pass ($225) that offers entry and premium seats to all events and meet and greets throughout the weekend.

Photos via Strathmore

Strathmore Hosting Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series

by Aaron Kraut | July 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm | 530 views | No Comments

Each Wednesday night through Aug. 20, Strathmore will host a free outdoor summer concert on the grounds of its historic mansion property in North Bethesda.

The Strathmore Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series started up in the last week of June and will continue at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. No tickets are required. The shows take place at the Gudelsky Concert Pavilion.

Wednesday’s show is the the Martha Redbone Roots Project. Performances for the rest of summer include the Chuck Brown All Star Go-Go Band (July 30), blues singer and guitarist Cathy Ponton King (Aug. 6) and the always popular Uke Fest (Aug. 13), the annual event during which Strathmore briefly set the Guiness World Record for Largest Ukulele Ensemble.

In case of bad weather, Strathmore typically announces any performance changes by 4 p.m. the day of the performance. A barbecue shack will be open to serve food and concert-goers are encouraged to park in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station garage on Tuckerman Lane.

Video via Cathy Fink Marcy Marxer

Bethesda Beer Garden Offers Free Pretzels For World Cup Game

by Aaron Kraut | July 8, 2014 at 11:00 am | 252 views | 1 Comment

La Piazza Beer Garden at 7401 Woodmont Ave. (file photo)Piazza Beer Garden (7401 Woodmont Ave.) is turning up the intensity for the last week of the World Cup.

The outdoor beer garden part of Cesco Osteria will be showing Tuesday’s 4 p.m. semifinal match between Germany and Brazil. In honor of Germany, the restaurant is offering free homemade soft pretzels to anybody who buys a beer or caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) during the game.

On Saturday, Piazza will also host the “World Cup of Beer Pong Tournament,” with participants able to pick which nation they’d like to represent.

The top 16 teams will play again Sunday as Piazza airs the World Cup final on its 10-foot screen. Top prize is a $100 gift certificate and a large trophy beer mug for each member of the winning team.

Restaurant Looking For 2014 Miss Bethesda With Bikini Contest

by Aaron Kraut | July 3, 2014 at 11:35 am | 834 views | No Comments

Photo via Hanaro Restaurant and LoungeA Woodmont Triangle restaurant is partnering with a liquor company to give $1,000 to one contestant willing to strut around in a bikini.

Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge (7820 Norfolk Ave.) along with sponsor Ciroc is hosting the 2014 Miss Bethesda Bikini Contest, a three-round competition starting on July 11.

Olga Lavinchy, director of sales and marketing at Hanaro, said the restaurant already has about 15 contestants signed up with the hope of getting 50 contestants by the day of the event. Winners of the first round will advance to the “semifinals” on July 18 before finalists are selected for the final round on July 25.

The winner will get $1,000. Ciroc will offer vodka and drink specials during all three nights and the lounge will be open until 2 a.m. The contest starts at 11 p.m. on July 11.

More info is here.

Photo via Hanaro Restaurant and Lounge

Picks From Our Bethesda-Chevy Chase Event Calendar

by Aaron Kraut | July 1, 2014 at 11:15 am | 202 views | No Comments

July will bring a new batch of summer events to our area. Here are a few selections from the BethesdaNow.com event calendar.

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form. Also, please check out the event calendar to see all that is going on.

Wednesday

ZannieClusterOfSaguaro_resizedSummer Visions
Gallery B: 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E
Time: 12:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday

Summer Visions is a group exhibition featuring work by Shaune Bazner, Judy Gilbert Levey, Donna K. McGee, Patricia Zannie and Michele Zugrav.

Gallery hours: Wed. – Sat., 12-6 p.m.
Opening reception: Friday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

Thursday

KING-SOUL-2014Bethesda Summer Concert Series
Veterans Park: Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues
Time: 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

With warm summer weather approaching, patrons will be able to delight in weekly outdoor concerts in downtown Bethesda. This series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will feature free Thursday evening concerts during May, June, and July. The concerts offer a diverse range of music including rock, funk, jazz, swing, and reggae.

The concerts begin on May 8 and take place on Thursday evenings, from 6 – 8pm in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues.

July 3: I and I Riddim (Reggae)
July 10: King Soul (Soul)
July 17: Speakers of the House (Variety Dance)
July 24: Texas Chainsaw Horns (Classic R&B/Soul)

Saturday

thumbnail22Bethesda Big Train Baseball
Shirley Povich Field 10600 Westlake Drive
Time: 7:30 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

Game: Gaithersburg Giants vs. Bethesda Big Train

Come out to Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Regional Park and enjoy a night full of baseball and fun and affordable family entertainment as you watch the Bethesda Big Train of the Cal Ripken League!

July 12

C&O Towpath and Greenway Trail
Parking lot on Seneca Creek Landing: Rileys Lock Road (Poolesville)
Time: 8:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

10 km walk with 5 km and 15 km options mostly in the shade. The trails can be combined for longer distances. The 5 km and 10 km take a detour off the Towpath round the old turning basin to view the remains of the Seneca Stone-cutting Mill. The 5 km loop on the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail starts and returns to the Mill. This section of the Towpath views the retaining wall built for loading the milled stones onto barges, then proceeds downstream past Violette’s Lock to just south of Blockhouse Point and returns. Walkers should carry water. Port-a-johns are available at the start/finish point and on the Towpath. Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times during the walk and you must clean up after them. Walkers with strollers can access the Towpath trails but wheelchairs can only access the Towpath at Violette’s Lock NOT from the start point at Riley’s Lock.

July 22

Pitch-Perfect_resizedBethesda Outdoor Movie Series
Woodmont Triangle: Corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues
Time: 9:00 p.m. — 11:30 p.m.

The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the ninth annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue from July 22-26, 2014. Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased, including new releases, action, comedy, musical and classic films. Admission is FREE and show times will begin at 9pm at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.

Schedule:
Tuesday, July 22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Wednesday, July 23: Moonrise Kingdom
Thursday, July 24: Citizen Kane
Friday, July 25: Pitch Perfect
Saturday, July 26: Top Gun

Residents, employees and visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs. A limited number of chairs will also be provided. Woodmont Triangle is home to numerous restaurants, ice cream and coffee shops and attendees are invited to enjoy dinner or a snack before the 9 p.m. movie start. Parking is available in the Auburn Avenue garage which is adjacent to the event site.

July 4 Fireworks Displays, Events, Closings

by Aaron Kraut | June 25, 2014 at 3:10 pm | 1,766 views | No Comments

Photo via Wikipedia user Chandana12

July 4 is just around the corner.

To celebrate next Friday, there will be a number of Independence Day fireworks displays and family-oriented events nearby and elsewhere around Montgomery County:

Chevy Chase Village will host its annual Parade to the Park starting at 10:15 a.m. at the Village Hall (5906 Connecticut Ave.). The parade will leave Village Hall at 10:30 a.m. and there will be refreshments until about 12:30 p.m.

The Town of Chevy Chase will again put on a parade and picnic and host music and games, this time outside of the Jane Lawton Community Center (4301 Willow Lane.) The events will lead up to the traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence. RSVPs are encouraged.

The 18th Annual Bike Parade in the Town of Kensington will start at 10 a.m., though participants are encouraged to start lining up at 9:45 a.m. The parade is open to “all those young at heart,” and typically includes participants who decorate their bikes, scooters, wagons or strollers before following a Kensington Volunteer Fire Department truck through the streets of Kensington.

Montgomery County will put on two fireworks displays — one at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown (18041 Central Park Circle) and one at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington (11135 Newport Rd.). Both shows will start at about 9:15 p.m. with concerts starting at 7 p.m. in Germantown and 7:30 p.m. in Kensington. More information on parking and what’s allowed is here.

The City of Rockville will also hold its annual Independence Day Celebration starting at 7 p.m. at the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College (51 Mannakee St.). Fireworks get started at 9:15 p.m. in the Montgomery College football stadium and music starts at 7 p.m. on two stages.

As for county government, most of it will be closed:

County Offices – Closed

Libraries – Closed (also closed on July 5 and July 6)

County liquor stores – Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Recreation – All indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities will be open; Germantown Indoor Swim Center will close at 3 p.m., all other aquatic facilities will close at 6 p.m.; swim lessons will meet in morning – afternoon/evening lessons and classes cancelled; administrative offices, senior centers and community recreation centers will be closed

Montgomery Parks – For operating schedules, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks, tennis centers, trains and carousels, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

Ride On – Saturday schedule

Metrobus – Saturday schedule

Metrorail – Holiday special service

TRiPS Commuter Stores (Silver Spring and Friendship Heights) – Closed

Refuse/recycling pickup – No collection. Regular Friday collections will be provided Saturday.

Transfer Station – Closed

Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – Free

MCPS Administrative Offices – Closed

State offices & courts – Closed

Photo via Wikipedia user Chandana12

Streetsense Hosting Event To Get Millennial Feedback On Downtown Bethesda

by Aaron Kraut | June 20, 2014 at 11:10 am | 428 views | 2 Comments

Image via StreetsenseThere are some reinforcments coming in the effort to get millennials more involved with the planning process for downtown Bethesda.

Streetsense, the brokerage, design and development company with a sprawling office at Bethesda Metro Center, will host an event on July 16 focused on drawing out those age 21-35 and their opinions on what the downtown Bethesda of tomorrow should look like.

Streetsense marketing manager Raleigh Vos said the event, titled “Untapped Perspective,” came about after the Planning Department approached the company and developer JBG about more age-targeted outreach.

Planners putting together a new master plan for downtown Bethesda have had trouble getting the millenialls who live and work in Bethesda to provide their input during an extensive series of community events.

About 130 people showed up to a Saturday morning “Design Workshop” in March. Planners counted six people between the age of 21 and 34 at the meeting. Millenialls make up 40 percent of the roughly 10,610 residents of the 450-acre downtown Bethesda area.

“They told us we don’t necessarily need to be affiliated but if you want to put something together, we feel like you guys could really do an event that kind of speaks to that generation,” Vos said.

Planners partnered with a young professional planners group in April for a happy hour at Tommy Joe’s, but the Streetsense event will be quite a bit larger.

The Streetsense office (3 Bethesda Metro Center, #140) will be made into a party space with bars, generous gift card giveaways from local retailers, local food vendors and cornhole boards branded by co-hosts JBG and Clark Construction.

There won’t be any formal discussion or workshop on the Bethesda Downtown Plan, but there will be a wheel with planning topics to get feedback from attendees. Facilitators will administer short surveys on iPads and Vos said Streetsense will compile a report and share it with the Planning Department.

A number of people in the real estate industry have expressed interest in the event, Vos said. The Bethesda Downtown Plan would essentially rewrite the zoning guidelines and priorities for transportation, development and public space for the next 20-25 years in a downtown Bethesda area that is projected to double in population by 2040.

The younger generation already here provides a big opportunity for property owners, retailers and others who hope to be part of that development.

“They want to know not just what millennials feel, but what they want as they grow older and live here in the future,” Vos said. “They want to know what would attract them to stick around and to make their next step of life here, what makes this place viable in the long term to you as a person.”

The event is free and set for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Streetsense office on Wednesday, July 16. Streetsense is asking for RSVPs by July 14 to untappedrsvp[at]streetsense[dot]org.

Image via Streetsense

Quicken Loans National Guide

by Aaron Kraut | June 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm | 741 views | No Comments

The 2013 AT&T National at Congressional Country Club

(Updated June 20) The PGA Tour event hosted by Tigers Woods is back with a new title sponsor next week at Congressional Country Club — and Tiger Woods will be back on the course.

Woods was recovering from back surgery with no timetable for a return, though reports indicated he was trying to make it back for the British Open in July. It seemed Woods would be out of the event for the second straight year. Then on the Friday before the event, he announced via Facebook that he does plan to return in time to take on Congressional:

After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National. I’ve just started to hit full shots but it’s time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty but I want to play myself back into competitive shape. Excited for the challenge ahead

It’s likely to mean a lot of walk-up sales at Congressional (8500 River Rd.), which makes it all the more important to plan where you’re going and what’s allowed.

The tournament runs from June 23-June 29, with exhibitions and practice rounds leading up to the first round of the tournament on Thursday, June 26. Here are the important things to know, courtesy of the tournament and Montgomery County:

Where Do I Park?

Those driving to the event and daring enough can seek out private parking on the front lawns of nearby homeowners (that will typically run you $10-$20). Or, you can play it safe and use one of the official tournament parking and shuttle lots, which are unchanged from last year:

Rock Spring Lot, 6720 Rockledge Dr., Bethesda (seven miles from Congressional at I-270 and Democracy Blvd.) This is the best location for those coming from Virginia and other areas south of Congressional Country Club. Operating:  Tuesday, June 24-Friday, June 27, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 28-Sunday, June 29, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.  Single-day  and weekly passes available.

Montgomery County Fairgrounds16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg. Operating: Thursday and Friday only, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. A single-day pass (Thursday or Friday only) is $7. Cost includes one-day parking and shuttle pass from the Fairgrounds to Congressional Country Club (less than 15 miles). Get single-day pass for Fairgrounds.

VIP Preferred Parking Lot F, 7727 Persimmon Tree La., adjacent to tournament main entrance, providing walking access to tournament.   Operating: Tuesday, June 24-Friday, June 27: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.  Single-day passes are available for specific days, ranging from $30 to $50, depending on the day of the week.

Shuttles will take off from the Rock Spring and Fairgrounds lots about every 15 minutes.

What Can I Bring In?

Security checks will be conducted on all passengers prior to boarding shuttles from the designated public parking lots. No bags larger than 6″x 6″x 6″ will be allowed.

You can bring cellphones into PGA Tour events, just make sure to turn those off or risk the ire of a nearby course marshall.

Here’s what you cannot bring in:

• NO cameras nor video cameras (nor other devices capable of taking a photograph) permitted after Wednesday.

• NO radios (XM portable radios ARE allowed), TVs, signs or banners.

• NO coolers nor beverages.

• NO alcoholic beverages may enter or leave the tournament grounds.

• NO large camera-carrying cases, chair carry bags, backpacks, packages and other carry items larger than a small purse (6″ x 6″ x 6″). Any of these will be confiscated, so please leave them in your car. This includes diaper/baby bags.

• NO firearms nor weapons of any kind.

• NO lawn chairs (no matter what height). Portable folding stools and chairs with OUT bags are allowed.

• NO ladders.

• NO periscopes.

Strollers are allowed all days. Point-and-shoot style cameras are allowed only for the practice rounds on Tuesday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 25. If you want to bring in “professional-looking” long-range lenses, tripods and other equipment, you better have a media credential.

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Learn About Potential Bethesda Ecodistrict

by Aaron Kraut | June 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm | 259 views | No Comments

People walking down the sidewalk at Bethesda Row (file photo)County planners might recommend making part of downtown Bethesda an ecodistrict.

What does that mean?

Find out Wednesday, June 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., when the Planning Department hosts a community workshop on the ecodistrict concept as part of its Bethesda Downtown Plan outreach.

Ecodistricts are an emerging planning concept that involve reusing water, capturing waste and prioritizing sustainable building design. The idea is that planning more sustainable and more environmentally friendly development at a neighborhood scale — rather than project-by-project — will net better results.

What precisely that will bring to downtown Bethesda isn’t yet clear. You can learn more about the broad strokes with this presentation from county planners.

Ecodistricts take on a variety of characteristics.

In January 2013, the National Capital Planning Commission approved a plan that provides the framework for an ecodistrict in the 15-block area of mostly federal office buildings located just south of the National Mall.

Over a 20-year period, the NCPC hopes the plan will result in most  of the area’s energy, water, and waste being captured, managed, and then reused. Greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by 51 percent, even with the potential addition of four million square feet of development.

Potable water consumption would be reduced by 70 percent, all stormwater will be managed and 80 percent of waste could be diverted from landfills.

Portland, Ore. has five designated ecodistricts that were initially cared for and maintained by a city-created nonprofit, before control was ceded back to the city.

The workshop is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane).

Montgomery’s International Flavor Comes To Bethesda

by Aaron Kraut | June 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm | 478 views | No Comments

Photo by Carly Glazier, via World of Montgomery FestivalMontgomery County’s annual World of Montgomery Festival in Wheaton is coming to Bethesda, for a night.

Bruce Adams, who runs the county’s Office of Community Partnerships and who founded the Bethesda Big Train, decided to mesh both organizations together in an International Night set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Shirley Povich Field (10600 Westlake Dr.)

The event will basically be a smaller version of the annual performance and food tasting festival that drew 8,000 people to Wheaton last fall. There will be $10 tickets for tasting a large selection of ethnic foods, a Chinese Lion Dance, mariachi band, tai chi demonstration and Ethiopian shoulder dancing.

Adams said Karla Silvestre, the former Latino Liason for county government, came up with the idea of expanding the World of Montgomery to other audiences. Adams’ Office of Community Partnerships is meant to “empower our ethnic communities.”

“We need to branch out and educate the broader public about the value of diversity,” Adams said. “So we thought, what could be a more standard, old-line Montgomery County group than the fans at the Big Train.”

The Fund for Montgomery, created by the county in 2011 to elicit private help in funding the event, is sponsoring the event.

For more information, visit the Big Train website.

Photo by Carly Glazier, via World of Montgomery Festival

Picks From Our Bethesda-Chevy Chase Event Calendar

by Aaron Kraut | June 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm | 130 views | No Comments

Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures are expected this weekend, so check out some of the events happening in the next few days and weeks in our area.

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form. Also, please check out the event calendar to see all that is going on.

Friday

Bethesda Big TrainBethesda Big Train Baseball
Shirley Povich Field 10600 Westlake Drive
Time: 7:30 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

The Big Train will face the Vienna River Dogs on Friday, June 6th at 7:30 at Povich Field and the stands are sure to be packed. The first 750 fans will receive FREE Opening Night T-shirts sponsored by Grossberg Company! Ronald McDonald will also be making his way to Povich Field on this night to throw out a first pitch.

Saturday

Imagination Bethesda, via Bethesda Urban PartnershipImagination Bethesda
Auburn and Norfolk Avenues in downtown Bethesda
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

The 20th annual Imagination Bethesda, a children’s street festival celebrating children and the arts, is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10am-3pm. Musical performances and professional children’s entertainers will light up the stage, while hands-on art & craft activities will line the streets along Auburn and Norfolk Avenues in downtown Bethesda.

Strathmore Music BoxBaltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box: Summertime Movin’ and Groovin’
The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

A brass quintet will perform the swinging tunes of Joplin and sparkling music by Handel to celebrate what makes summertime great: sunshine, the beach, ice cream, swimming and more; hosted by acclaimed actress, dancer and storyteller Maria Broom. The Music Box Series is a unique music program for young children ages 6 months to three years old and their families. Each performance features pre-concert activities hosted 30 minutes prior to the show by the BSO and partner organization Ready-at-Five, a non-profit that works to ensure that all Maryland children are ready to learn by age five. The wide range of pre-concert activities will encourage literacy, creative play and musical skills.

Tuesday

Chamber logoBCC Chamber of Commerce — NextExec Hosted Jedi Networking
Adventure Theater MTC 837-D Rockville Pike
Time: 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.

Networking in a galaxy far, far away… attendees will take part in a Light Saber Workshop with accredited stage combat instructor and engage in causal networking. Cost: $25/Members: $20

Annual Strut Your Mutt Dog Parade Set For Saturday

by Aaron Kraut | May 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm | 167 views | No Comments

2013 Strut Your Mutt on Norfolk AvenueThe annual dog parade, adoption show and doggie awards ceremony from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary will return Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Woodmont Triangle.

Strut Your Mutt, which raises money for the Montgomery County Humane Society, will also include a number of businesses catering to dogs and the always popular “Best Kisser” prize to a lucky dog and dog owner.

Registration is $25 per pet, but dogs aren’t required.

The event, which will be set up outside on Norfolk Avenue and Woodmont Avenue, will also include music, kids activities and dog talent contests. (Norfolk Avenue will be closed to traffic and St Elmo Avenue will be closed to thru traffic.)

Check out the website for more information.

Montgomery County Hopes To Bring Software Developers To The Farm

by Aaron Kraut | May 15, 2014 at 11:35 am | 61 views | No Comments

Food Data Jam 2014

Montgomery County is taking its National Day of Civic Hacking event to the farm.

The county is looking for computer programmers, students and food experts to take part in its Food Data Jam on May 31 and June 1 in Poolesville — the heart of the county’s Agricultural Reserve.

The hope is that the event will inspire new ideas about linking wasted food to homeless shelters and food pantries, provide small farmers access to customers and create apps on the school system’s food options.

The overnight event is free and Montgomery County is offering a bus that will leave from Bethesda to transport coders, developers, high school students and food system experts to Poolesville.

Farmers will talk about the realities of running a small farm in Montgomery County. MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr and MCPS food and nutrition director Marla Caplon will also speak.

For more information, visit the event sign-up page.

Imagination Bethesda Set For June 7

by Aaron Kraut | May 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm | 126 views | No Comments

Imagination Bethesda, via Bethesda Urban PartnershipBethesda’s street festival for children is set for its 20th year with the Saturday, June 7 celebration of Imagination Bethesda.

The event — organized by the Bethesda Urban Partnership — will bring 25 local businesses and arts organizations to Woodmont Triangle to provide children’s arts and crafts, music, face painters, balloonists, giveaways and an ever popular stilt-walker.

BGR The Burger Joint, Haagen-Daza, Hard Time Cafe, Naked Pizza and Smoothie King will also take part.

Activities include planting a flower pot, painting ceramic tile and making your own comic book from institutions such as Strathmore, Round House Theatre and Imagination Stage. There will also be six performances on a Woodmont Triangle stage, including from Bethesda’s Dansez!Dansez! studio.

Imagination Bethesda runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Auburn and Norfolk Avenues. For more information, visit the event page.

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

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