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by Aaron Kraut — October 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm 0

Sara Sulzbach, right, with family members at last year's Candy Cane City 5K, Photo via Hope Connections For Cancer SupportNine months after her breast cancer was determined to be in remission, Sara Sulzbach will be surrounded by 40 family members and close friends when she races in next month’s Candy Cane City 5K in Chevy Chase.

Sulzbach was diagnosed with an advanced stage of breast cancer in the fall of 2012 — at the age of 43. The Silver Spring resident underwent 130 medical procedures and, perhaps just as important, hooked up with the team at Hope Connections for Cancer Support in Bethesda.

The nonprofit, which moved to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) campus at 9650 Rockville Pike last year, provides weekly and monthly support groups, gentle yoga courses, knitting, stich, chat sessions and other free programming meant to provide emotional help for cancer patients.

Sulzbach took part in the nonprofit’s Pink Ribbon Pilates class and attended group meetings for a year-and-a-half.

Now, she’s training for the 5K, set for Saturday, Nov. 9. She also ran in last year’s event, while still undergoing cancer treatment.

The race will mark her one-year point as a cancer survivor and she’ll have that group of family and friends with her as part of the “Sara’s New & Improved Rack Pack” team.

Hope Connections will also have a team in the 5K. For more information, visit the group’s website.

All donations will help people affected by cancer through the nonprofit, which provides its programming free of charge.

Photo via Hope Connections For Cancer Support

by Aaron Kraut — October 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm 498 2 Comments

Pedestrian plaza at Gallery Bethesda, via Gallery Bethesda

One of Woodmont Triangle’s new apartment buildings will turn its pedestrian plaza into an outdoor beer garden on Saturday.

The Gallery Bethesda, which opened earlier this year at 4800 Auburn Ave., is hosting an Oktoberfest Biergarten celebration from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., with music, food, prizes, cornhole and, of course, beer. Attendees must be 21 or older.

The 17-story, 234-unit apartment building from developer Donohoe hopes to show off its plaza, which features permanent outdoor sculptures and an expansive wall mural by a local artist. The apartment is also hoping to sell some units. The free event will include building tours and waived application fees.

Bratwursts, potato latkes and pretzels will be provided by nearby restaurant 4935 Bar & Kitchen. The Aria, the combination deli, convenience store and dry cleaner that opened on the ground floor of The Gallery, will provide beers and ciders.

For more information, visit the building’s Facebook page.

Photo via Gallery Bethesda

by Aaron Kraut — October 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm 247 1 Comment

Bethesda Row trick-or-treat, via Bethesda RowAbout 40 businesses and restaurants will offer a Bethesda Row version of trick-or-treating next week.

From 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, the stores will offer deals, live entertainment and trick-or-treating for the kids. There will also be a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to the Paper Source.

American Tap Room, 100 Montaditos, Aveda, Bethesda Bagels, Bluemercury, Bonobos, Calypso St. Barth, Capital Teas, Cava Grill, City Sports, Cork & Fork, Dolcezza, Equinox, Ginger, Haagen-Dazs, Icebreaker, J.McLaughlin, Jaleo, Kidville, Le Creuset, Lebanese Taverna, Lucy, Luke’s Lobster, Lululemon Athletica, Make Meaning, Mamma Lucia, Mon Ami Gabi, mussel Bar, Paper Source, Pink Palm, Quartermaine, Raku, Redwood, Roosters, Sassanova, Secolari, ShopHouse, Upstairs at Bethesda Row, Vino Volo and Wear it Well will all take part.

by Aaron Kraut — October 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm 3 Comments

Western Avenue in Friendship Heights, Flickr photo by ehpienMonday’s monthly meeting of a local citizens advisory board will feature a special round-table discussion with neighbors on the other side of the District line.

The county-led Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board will meet with three D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (3D, 3E and 3G) to talk about “topics of common interest,” hear from Montgomery and D.C. planners on transportation links across Western Avenue and get an update from police commanders.

Members of the Montgomery group, made up of residents and business owners from Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac and Rockville, must be confirmed by the county executive. The group regularly gets updates from county and other agency officials on local issues, then typically weighs in in the form of a letter or Council testimony.

D.C.’s ANCs largely play the same role, though ANC commissioners hold sway on the approval or disapproval of liquor licenses.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday at the Village of Friendship Heights (4433 South Park Ave.).

Among the D.C. neighborhoods represented by the ANCs taking part are Chevy Chase D.C., the Palisades, Spring Valley, Wesley Heights, Friendship Heights and Tenleytown.

Flickr photo by ehpien

by Aaron Kraut — October 17, 2014 at 12:35 pm 0

The Music Center at Strathmore, Flickr photo via Bill in DC

Before Strathmore’s brand new Music Center opened to the public, it opened to thousands of local elementary school students.

A decade later, the North Bethesda venue is celebrating 10 years of student concerts with a new music genre.

From Tuesday-Friday next week, Strathmore will shut down to make way for more than 11,000 MCPS 5th graders who will hear a new Blues concert thanks in part to nonprofit JazzReach. Until this year, the annual MCPS student concerts have exclusively featured classical music in partnership with the National Philharmonic:

The musicians onstage personify racial and gender diversity–Strathmore and MCPS were insistent that performers be inclusive and representative of the diversity in their community. The concerts were developed in close collaboration with MCPS music curriculum experts, addressing key concepts 5th graders will master during the school year. All elementary music teachers have pre-concert lessons to prepare students for their experience and strengthen their understanding of concepts contained in the program. The concerts will also illuminate for students how Blues is the foundation for genres more familiar to them, such as rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, and R&B.

The live multi-media educational program will fos­ter an appreciation of the great American Blues tradition. With the goal of teaching timely music curriculum concepts in a highly interactive and thrilling concert experience, the Strathmore Student Concerts include audience participation throughout, as well as supporting video content–live shots of musicians on stage and clips of famous Blues musicians performing.

Strathmore said the 5th grade student concerts require $124,000. Together with the 2nd grade concerts set for November, the total program costs $248,000 and is funded with help from the Strathmore Hall Foundation, GEICO, Jordan Kitt’s Muisc and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation .

The concerts next week are set for 10:35 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and just 10:35 a.m. on Friday. Expect some school bus traffic in the area of the Music Center on Tuckerman Lane.

Flickr photo via Bill in DC

by Aaron Kraut — October 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm 221 0

Here are a few upcoming events from the BethesdaNow.com 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:


Eye-Spy-Halloween-Train-2The Eye Spy Halloween Train
Cabin John Regional Park 7401 Tuckerman Lane
Time: 3:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. on weekends)

The Eye Spy Halloween Train is a perfect treat for kids eight years old and under. Passengers will spy toys and Halloween themed items in the woods journeying through the park on Montgomery Park’s miniature train. Halloween movies are shown at the park every night. More information here.


Flea marketFlea Market at Avenel Swim & Tennis Club
Avenel Swim & Tennis Club 10001 Oaklyn Drive
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Flea Market in Potomac/Bethesda: Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 am to 2 pm at Avenel Swim & Tennis Club, 10001 Oaklyn Drive, Potomac. Browse & buy antiques, jewelry, baked goods, & cool junk! Parking is free at Avenel Park, 10051 Oaklyn Drive. For more info, visit www.avenelswimandtennisclub.com.

Chevy Chase Center 2 Wisconsin Circle
Time: 12:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Come celebrate this Halloween season with Chevy Chase Center! Arts and crafts, a spooky train ride, free pumpkins, and more! (Located next to Clyde’s.)

Rush_hour-3Representing: New Paintings by Mark Giaimo and Eric Westbrook
The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh Street
Time: 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Experience the work of two representational painters who explore the world around them with great sensitivity. Meet Mark Giaimo and Eric Westbrook during this evening opening reception.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Conversation With Two Nobel Prize Winners
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Auditorium 4301 East-West Highway
Time: 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Join the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Scandinavian Club as they host an evening with Dr Phillips (1997 Nobel Prize in Physics) and Dr. Schelling (2005 Nobel Prize in Economics)s who will share their life stories to inspire and encourage student interest in the sciences and related fields.

by Aaron Kraut — October 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm 188 1 Comment

Bethesda Elementary Central Farm Market, via RealTimeFarms.comThe Bethesda Central Farm Market will be closed this Sunday as the Bethesda Elementary School parking lot is used as a staging ground.

Artists at this weekend’s Bethesda Row Arts Festival will use the space — usually home to the popular farmers market — to park trucks and other equipment before setting up on Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street in Bethesda Row.

Many of the regular Bethesda farmers market vendors will be at the regular Saturday Pike Central Farm Market (5992 Executive Blvd.) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and the Sunday Mosaic Central Farm Market in Fairfax.

The Bethesda market will return Sunday, Oct. 26 and run every week through December.

by Aaron Kraut — October 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm 0

Photo via B-CC Rescue Squad

The Taste of Bethesda isn’t the only game in town on Saturday.

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (5020 Battery Lane) will be holding its annual Rescue Day open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. just a few blocks away.

Tours of the station, firefighter hats for the kids, a moonbounce will all be part of the festivities. Rescue Squad volunteers will also do live demonstrations of emergency responses and show off a thermal imaging camera used to help locate fire victims in heavy smoke.

Unfortunately for residents of a Battery Lane apartment, last year’s Rescue Day was preceded by a real-life emergency in which 14 people had to be rushed to hospitals because of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Rescue Squad’s location — across the street from the apartment where the incident happened — was key in helping to prevent more victims.

For more information on this year’s event, visit the event website.

Photo via B-CC Rescue Squad

by Aaron Kraut — October 8, 2014 at 11:10 am 0

Wootton vs. Walter Johnson, Flickr photo by markxmas03

The rise in awareness of sports-related concussions has parents and athletes visiting hospitals at a record rate for concussion-related symptoms.

On Oct. 29, Suburban Hospital will gather a group of leading neurologists and neurological surgeons from the Johns Hopkins Medicine group and NIH to talk about how to prevent, diagnose and treat concussions and related brain injury:

With students across the nation resuming school sports and professional football season in full swing, the dangers of concussions associated with athletic activities are taking center stage once again. Prevention and management of concussion is a growing concern for parents and athletes. As science is discovering, ignoring concussive injuries can have devastating immediate and long-term effects. But what is a concussion? What are its symptoms? How do you treat it?

The free event is set for 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Suburban Hospital Auditorium (8600 Old Georgetown Rd.). Space is limited, so Suburban is asking those interested in attending register by emailing events[dot]suburbanhospital[dot]org or by calling 301-896-3939.

Dr. Gunjan Parikh, from the NIH Traumatic Brain Injury Program and Johns Hopkins Medicine Neurosurgeons Dr. Quoc-Anh Thai and Dr. David Lin will answer questions.

Before the fall 2013 school year, all MCPS high school fall sports athletes went through baseline concussion tests to establish their normal levels of balance and brain function in case of concussion-like symptoms.

After the first fall sports season in which the tests were mandatory, the school system said it had about 45 students take a follow-up test to check for concussions and ongoing symptoms after a concussion.

Students aren’t required to take the follow-up test in order to resume participation after a suspected concussion, but they are required to have approval from a doctor.

Flickr photo by markxmas03

by Aaron Kraut — October 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm 213 0

La Piazza Beer Garden at 7401 Woodmont Ave. (file photo)The Piazza Beer Garden (7401 Woodmont Ave.) is going for a slightly more analytical feel with its Oktoberfest events.

The outdoor patio restaurant and bar attached to Cesco Osteria will hold four “Beerology 101″ events over the four Wednesdays left in October.

This Wednesday, the topic will be lagers with “brewing connoisseur” Paul-Martin Foss. Foss will lead participants through tastings of Pilsners, American-style Lagers, Marzen/Oktoberfest brews, Bock/Doppelbock and Steam Beer, to name a few.

The cost for each event is $20. You can get access to all four for $60. Each event runs from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

The Oct. 15 tasting will look at wheat and rye beers, the Oct. 22 one will include English Ales and IPAs and the final event will feature dark, Belgian and sour beers.

Participate in all four, and you’ll get a Beerology Certificate of Completion from Piazza.

More info here.

by Aaron Kraut — October 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm 890 0

Photo via Capital Lacrosse Invitational

Six college lacrosse teams will come to the Landon School next weekend to benefit the foundation started in memory of one of the school’s all-time greats.

The 3rd Annual Capital Lacrosse Invitational is set for Sunday, Oct. 12 at Landon (6101 Wilson Lane) to raise money for the Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation. Boiardi was an All-Met in football and star in lacrosse at Landon, before going on to star for Cornell’s lacrosse team.

In the fourth quarter of a game in 2004, Boiardi was struck in the chest by a lacrosse ball. He collapsed, was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead.

The foundation raises money for grants to organizations such as Lacrosse for Life, which teaches and promotes the game in cities, and Teach for America, which Boiardi had planned to volunteer for after college graduation.

The lacrosse teams from Cornell, Georgetown, Lehigh, Penn State, Richmond and UMBC will compete in an all-day fall league tournament on two of Landon’s fields. The event also includes a free youth lacrosse clinic from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Tickets for the games are $15 for kids 12 and younger and $20 for adults.

For more information, visit the event website.

Photo via Capital Lacrosse Invitational

by Aaron Kraut — October 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm 0

Here are a few upcoming events from the BethesdaNow.com 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:


Moving Sale
6736 Newbold Drive
Time: 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Large furniture items, rugs, lamps, decorations, toys, tools, patio furniture and more all for sale this Saturday from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. No early sales please.


Wonders SomersetA Wonders Homecoming
5706 Warwick Place
Time: 3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Please join current and former teachers and families who have been a part of the Wonders at Somerset Community. Wonders has been proudly serving the Somerset community since 1986. Families depend upon Wonders to provide high quality, safe and fun learning environments for their children. One of the hallmarks of Wonders is providing financial assistance. This year the number of applications for financial assistance has increased over last year. We expect to provide $15,000 in financial assistance to the Wonders at Somerset Extended Day community. Join us in extending the Wonders family through your generous donations. Donations will be very much appreciated and accepted that evening.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Equinox BethesdaThe Power of Pink: Working Out to Stop Breast Cancer
Equinox Bethesda 4905 Elm Street
Time: 11:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Workout at Equinox Bethesda from 11:00am-12:30 pm. Luncheon at Redwood Restaurant and Bar in Bethesda from 1:00-2:00 pm. Working Out to Help Stop Breast Cancer will hold the 3rd Annual Event on October 9, 2014 at Equinox Fitness Club in Bethesda, MD. Over the past two years our event has raised over $60,000 to help women in need facing breast cancer. This year, our goal is to raise $100,000 to continue to provide women in need with essential services, including breast education, screenings and mammograms and if necessary, treatments for breast cancer.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Peacemaker of the Year Gala
VisArts of Rockville 115 Gibbs Street
Time: 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

The Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County will recognize Maryland State Senator Jennie M. Forehand as the 2014 Peacemaker of the Year in a ceremony on October 14 from 6-8p.m. at VisArt. Inc. located in the Rockville Town Center. A full buffet dinner will be served by Ridgewells Catering. CRCMC is one of the recepients of Ridgewells’ 85th Anniversary, #85 Daysof Giving celebration. Tim Stranges will be recognized as Volunteer of the Year for ten years of volunteer services to CRCMC. For ticket information, visit www.crcmc.org or call 301-652-0717.

by Aaron Kraut — September 30, 2014 at 9:20 am 0

Armed Forces Appreciation DayFlanagan’s Harp & Fiddle and a housing nonprofit for veterans and military families will put on the first Armed Forces Appreciation Day on Saturday along Cordell Avenue.

Flanagan’s, the bar and restaurant at 4844 Cordell Ave., is hosting the event to benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free and low cost housing to family members of combat veterans receiving treatment at military medical centers.

The event will also benefit the Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial assistance to wounded and critically ill combat veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The outdoor street festival will take over Cordell Avenue from noon to 7 p.m., with a silent auction, live bands, bag pipers irish dancers, food and more.

At 11:30 a.m., Rep. Chris Van Hollen will be an attendance for a 21 gun salute from the American Legion Post 86 Color Guard.

To sign up as a sponsor or make a donation, contact Christina Zeender at christinazeender[at]gmail[dot]com.

by Aaron Kraut — September 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm 348 0

Lenny Robinson, the Lamborghini Batman, will appear at this year's Come Back to Bethesda eventThe so-called “Lamborghini Batman” will be on hand at the Come Back to Bethesda festival soon to pose for photos and raise money for The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

Lamborghini Batman, aka Lenny Robinson, made international headlines in 2012 when police pulled him over in his black Batmobile-like Lamborghini in Silver Spring. Robinson, a Baltimore County resident, was photographed in his full Batman suit chatting with police on the sidewalk.

His reason for wearing the Batman gear and driving the Lamborghini (he also has a 1966 replica Batmobile) soon became apparent; he regularly visits sick children in hospitals and attends fundraising events in costume.

Come Back To Bethesda will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 on Cheltenham Road near the Chevy Chase Acura dealership (7725 Wisconsin Ave.).

Robinson will attend with his Batmobile from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival will include a vintage, classic and custom car show, plus games, activities and performances.

Photo via Lenny Robinson/Facebook

by Aaron Kraut — September 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm 0

2012 Taste of Bethesda set up

The Bethesda Urban Partnership puts on the Taste of Bethesda with the help of 100 volunteers, and a few weeks before this year’s event it’s still in need of some folks to help out.

There are five teams — set-up, ticket booth, drink tent, roving and parking — that work in shifts throughout the day. Set-up for the Taste starts at 7 a.m. by placing tablecloths, hanging signs and helping restaurants gear up.

The event last year brought between 38,000 and 40,000 people to Norfolk, Fairmont, St Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray Avenues.

Set-up and afternoon slots in all areas are in need of the most assistance. The afternoon shifts go from 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteers must be at least 16, and volunteers younger than 18 require a permission form. Each team will have a captain to lead the way. For more information, visit the BUP site.

You can find the volunteer form here.


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