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Gallery B To Feature Fine Arts Photography In May Exhibit

by Aaron Kraut | April 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm | 133 views | 1 Comment

In this one-minute time exposure looking west from Kepler Peak, a turbulent cloud hurtles lightning into Mt. Hamilton foothills. Photo by Laurie Hatch via Bethesda Urban Partnership

Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Gallery B will feature work from seven fine art photographers in its upcoming May exhibition.

The show, called 72 Grams per Pixel, is curated by the company behind the FolioLink website popular with artists and photographers.

Artists include award-winning New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley and Laurie Hatch, the photographer behind the above photo and other photos of astronomical observatories around the world.

The exhibition will be on display from May 1-May 24 from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday.

The opening reception is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 9, the same night as BUP’s monthly Bethesda Art Walk. Gallery B is at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, with access from the courtyard. Check out the exhibit website here.

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

Organizers Hope Happy Hour Exposes Bethesda Plan To Younger Audience

by Aaron Kraut | April 17, 2014 at 11:50 am | 370 views | 1 Comment

Downtown Bethesda (file photo)Planners searching for more millennial participation in the Bethesda Downtown Plan have found a big opportunity.

A group of young professional planners and those interested in the future of Bethesda will gather at Tommy Joe’s on Wednesday, April 30 to learn about the plan and discuss ways to make Bethesda a better place.

The Congress for New Urbanism D.C. Chapter, Greater Greater Washington, county planners and YIPPS (Young, Innovative, Professional Planning Superstars) teamed up to put together the “Make Your Mark happy hour” at the 4714 Montgomery Lane bar and restaurant.

The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. One feature will be a Pecha Kucha/20×20-style presentation, meaning organizers will show 20 images of downtown Bethesda for 20 seconds each.

The goal is to get ideas about the future look and feel of downtown Bethesda in an informal, and perhaps more relaxed setting, according to event organizer Dan Reed.

Of the 130 people who showed up for a Planning Department workshop in March on downtown priorities, only six were 20- to 34-years old. That concerned county planners, who say 20- to 34-year-olds make up 40 percent of the downtown area’s population.

For more info on the event, go to the Facebook page or check out the PDF of the event flyer below.

PDF: Make Your Mark Bethesda

Honest Tea To Reward Recyclers With Goods For Empty Bottles

by Aaron Kraut | April 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm | 422 views | No Comments

Look for one of these giant recycling bins Friday at the Westbard Giant, via Honest Tea

Bethesda-based Honest Tea will be at the Giant Food store in Westbard on Friday to exchange free gifts for your empty recyclable containers.

As part of its Great Recycle Tour, the company will set up a 12-foot-tall blue recycling bin Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 5400 Westbard Ave. Depending on how many empty glass, plastic or aluminum bottles you exchange, Honest Tea will award items such as iPad minis, Go Pro cameras, signed sports memorabilia, bikes, skateboards and reusable bags.

An iPad Mini will require 600 bottles contributed to the big blue recycling bin. One bottle will get you a CD, bracelet, stickers or a button. Two bottles will get you a snack, “Plant a Tree,” or bottle of Honest Tea. Recycle 20 bottles, and you’ll get a t-shirt.

The company launched the event in April 2012 in Times Square, part of its effort to boost recycling rates. Honest Tea says that since the launch, The Great Recycle Tour has visited 13 states and recycled more than 170,000 empty beverage containers.

The tour will come to the Giant location near Bethesda Row (7142 Arlington Rd.) next week, on Friday, April 18.

What exactly will recycled bottles get you?:

iPad Min i= 600 bottles redeemed
Go Pro Camera = 500 bottles redeemed
Goal Zero Solar Cell Phone Recharging Kit = 450 bottles redeemed
Redskins, Nationals, Ravens & Orioles Signed Items = 400 bottles redeemed
Sole Bike = 325 bottles redeemed
Skate Board = 250 bottles redeemed
Patagonia Backpack = 150 bottles redeemed
$25 Gift Card = 50 bottles redeemed
Recycooler = 45 bottles redeemed
T-Shirt = 20 bottles redeemed
TerraCycle Items = 10 bottles redeemed
Reusable Bags or Sunglasses = 5 bottles redeemed
Home Planter/Bird Feeder = 4 bottles redeemed
Puravida Bracelet or Honest Kids Lip Balm = 3 bottles redeemed
Plant a Tree, Snacks, or Bottle of Honest Tea = 2 bottles redeemed
Family Friendly CD, or Honest Tea bracelet, stickers or button = 1 bottle redeemed

Photo via Honest Tea

URBNmarket Releases Vendor List

by Aaron Kraut | April 9, 2014 at 10:35 am | 411 views | No Comments

Photo via URBNmarket Photo via URBNmarket

URBNmarket, a new crafts market coming to Bethesda, released a list of 50 vendors that will take part in its first event on May 18.

Julie Greenstein and Debbie Sonnenreich started the market to tap into a largely unknown group of local jewelry, houseware, clothes and other types of crafts makers and sellers.

They hope to make the market a regular event, with gatherings every few months.

The vendors in the inaugural market are below:

Arelle Hughes Designs
Arielle Nicole Jewelry
Auburn Textiles
Bella Knots Boutique
Creative Glass Design
Dancing Dresses
Elephantastic Designs
Eye Spy Vintage Shop
Gibson Glassworks
Gifts 2 Go Go
Gilded Trees
Hand Knit Purses and Precious Gems
Hanna’s Handmade


County Accepting Nominations For Small Business Awards

by Aaron Kraut | April 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm | No Comments

Montgomery County seal on bus stopMontgomery County’s Department of Economic Development is accepting nominations for its 2nd annual Small Business Awards ceremony until 3 p.m. on Wednesday (tomorrow).

The DED on Tuesday announced its main speaker at the May 9 ceremony will be Karen Zuckerman, chief creative director and president of the Rockville-based marketing agency HZDG.

The event, set for 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Rd.) is meant to highlight successful and homegrown small businesses.

The DED estimates the county is home to 33,000 small businesses. This year’s award offerings have been expanded to include a Nonprofit of the Year Award. Nonprofits employ almost 10 percent of the county’s workers.

Awards are up for grabs in 11 categories: Nonprofit of the Year, Bioscience Company of the Year, Hospitality Company of the Year, Information Technology Company of the Year, Start Up Business of the Year, Veteran-Owned Company of the Year, Workforce Development Company of the Year, Montgomery County Innovation Network Company of the Year, Small Business (1-10 Employees) of the Year, Small Business (11-50 Employees) of the Year and Small Business (51-200 Employees) of the Year.

Nominations can be submitted here.

Council Race Starts Off Chevy Chase Candidate Forums

by Aaron Kraut | April 8, 2014 at 8:25 am | 75 views | No Comments

Roger Berliner (file photo) Duchy Trachtenberg talking to supporters at her campaign kickoff event on Thursday at the Strathmore Mansion

The towns and villages of Chevy Chase will host one of the first candidates forums featuring the two competitors for what’s expected to be the County Council’s fiercely contested District 1 seat.

On Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m., incumbent Councilmember Roger Berliner and challenger Duchy Trachtenberg will take part in a forum at the Town of Chevy Chase Town Hall (4301 Willow Lane).

Berliner and Trachtenberg, who served as an at-large council member from 2006-2010, are former allies. On filing deadline day for the June 24 primary, Trachtenberg surprised many by choosing to run against Berliner and not for one of her former at-large seats or a position in the state legislature.

The race has already touched off a break with Berliner in a portion of the development community, as a number of developers unhappy with Berliner’s work on the Clarksburg Ten Mile Creek decision will host a fundraiser for Trachtenberg this week at the Congressional Country Club.

Berliner must also make up a significant fundraising gap. The two term council member wasn’t expecting such an established Democratic primary opponent. Trachtenberg has tried to mend rough relations with labor by promising to restore effects bargaining rights for police.

Also taking part in the April 30 forum will be Republican Jim Kirkland, who was nominated by the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee to run in District 1. He’ll be on the general election ballot.

Other Chevy Chase forums will include one for all the Council at-large candidates on Wednesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the 4H Center (7100 Connecticut Ave.).

All four incumbents — Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal and Hans Riemer — are in the race and will be challenged by Dickerson resident Beth Daly and Olney resident Vivian Malloy. The Republican side has four candidates that will all make the general election ballot, including Bethesda resident and blogger Robert Dyer.

Finally, the county executive candidates will get together on Sunday, June 8 from 2 p.m. at the 4H Center for yet another county executive forum. That forum will be hosted by Charles Duffy, the host of a show on Montgomery Municipal Cable and a familiar face to the candidates. He hosted the Women’s Democratic Club county executive forum Sunday in Silver Spring.

Historic Dentzel Carousel Turns 94 This May

by Aaron Kraut | April 7, 2014 at 11:30 am | 206 views | No Comments

Flickr photo by John Weiss

The 40 horses, four rabbits, four ostriches, giraffe, deer, lion and tiger of the historic Dentzel Carousel will be back in action starting May 3 in Glen Echo Park.

The 12-sided building that houses the carousel was brought to Glen Echo — then an amusement park — in 1921 and quickly became the facility’s centerpiece.

It still is. Its May 3 opening for 2014 will be the main feature of the Glen Echo Park Partnership’s annual Family Day, which will also include magic shows, art displays, dance and ballet performances and a sing-along.

The cost to ride the carousel is $1.25. The canopy and carved animal figures were made by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Pennsylvania, one of many hand wood carved carousels of the early 1900s.

When the amusement park closed in 1968, the rides were sold. Glen Echo Town Councilmember Nancy Long successfully raised $80,000 to buy back the carousel for use by the National Park Service, which runs Glen Echo Park. The town also raised $10,000 for the return of the Wurlitzer organ that provides the soundtrack for carousel rides.

Flickr photo by John Weiss

Events This Month In Bethesda, Chevy Chase

by Aaron Kraut | April 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm | 327 views | No Comments

A busy first weekend of April is on tap for what’s looking like a busy month.

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.


IMG_3418Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup
Rock Creek Watershed (See website for map of locations)
Time: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 a.m.

On April 5th, we will celebrate the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup with events at 70+ sites all over the Rock Creek Watershed. Our goal is a total stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates.

This will be the sixth annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, and we need your help to make it the best ever. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, we want you alongside us this April. We are still looking for volunteers for this spectacular day so check out our Extreme Cleanup map to find a volunteer site near you!

For more information, visit

MusicBox-RESIZED_credit-Kenneth-AdamBaltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box: BUGS!
The Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane)
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

The music of Debussy and Mendelssohn will soar like the bees, butterflies and ladybugs when performed by a piano trio; 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.

Free Book Talk: “The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory”
Bethesda Library (7400 Arlington Road)
Time: 1:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

The National Capital Area Skeptics ( will host a free event with author Jesse Walker discussing his book “The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory”. This will take place on Saturday, April 5 at 1:30 pm at the Bethesda Library.


2013 Trawick Prize first place winner, via BUPThe Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards
Bethesda Urban Partnership (7700 Old Georgetown Road)
(Ongoing contest)

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites local artists to submit work to the Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. The deadline is April 7 and you must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C., to apply. All original 2-D and 3-D fine art including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video will be accepted. The jury will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in Bethesda in September 2014. Awards: $10,000 – Best in Show, $2,000 – Second Prize, $1,000 – Third Prize, $1,000 – Young Artist. Entry Fee: $25.


Schedule For Summer Concert Series

by Aaron Kraut | April 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm | 285 views | 1 Comment

Summer Concert Series, via Bethesda Urban Partnership

The Bethesda Urban Partnership is bringing back its annual summer concert series next month, with a weekly Thursday evening concert in Woodmont Triangle.

The concerts will start May 8 and run each week until July 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Veterans Park:

May 8 Soul Crackers (Rocking Soul & Blues)
May 15 Gary and the Groove (Rock & Oldies)
May 22 Squeeze Bayou (Cajun)
May 29 Flo Anito (Rock/Pop/Originals)
June 5 Armand Ntep (African)
June 12 Levi Stephens (Country Crossover)
June 19 Built 4 Comfort (Blues/Classic Rock)
June 26 Natty Beaux (Swing)
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)

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

Filmfest DC Coming To Bethesda For What’s Likely Its Final Year

by Aaron Kraut | April 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm | 301 views | No Comments

For the first (and probably the last) time, a 10-day international film festival will make its way out of D.C. and into Bethesda.

Filmfest DC, the 28-year-old event featuring international films from all genres, will host 12 showings at Landmark Theatres Bethesda Row (7235 Woodmont Ave.). The film festival is set for April 17-27. Films will be shown at Bethesda Row from Monday, April 21 to Thursday, April 24.

“We thought it’d be interesting to extend out a bit, make it easier on the people we have who do come from Montgomery County,” said festival director Tony Gittens.

Screen capture of "Le Chef" playing April 22 at Bethesda Row as part of Filmfest DC, via Filmfest DCGittens said surveying shows a number of people from Bethesda regularly attended the event, which includes about 70 foreign films and half a dozen U.S. premieres.

“There’s a very strong film community here. Our festival draws upon that but also it’s a very diverse community,” Gittens said. “It’s a city where there’s tolerance. People are used to being around different kinds of people, so it makes it special.”

This will likely be the final year of the festival, unless Gittens and company can raise about $250,000 to make next year’s event possible.

“I personally don’t know anyone who has that kind of money,” Gitten said. “It would be great, but I try to live in the real world, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Films are $12 each and tickets can be purchased on the event website. Films at Bethesda Row include “The German Doctor,” “When Jews Were Funny” and “Le Chef.” The film schedule is here.

Video, photo via Filmfest DC

Bethesda Row Restaurant Week Starts April 21

by Aaron Kraut | April 2, 2014 at 10:15 am | 381 views | No Comments

Bethesda Row streetscape

Bethesda Row is set for its own version of Restaurant Week with 16 participating eateries, most of which will offer two-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $30:

100 Montaditos (4922 Elm St.) 
American Tap Room (7278 Woodmont Ave.)
Assaggi Mozzarella Bar (4838 Bethesda Ave.): Menu here.
Cafe Deluxe (4910 Elm St.)
Jaleo (7271 Woodmont Ave.): Menu here.
Lebanese Taverna (7141 Arlington Rd.): Menu here.
Luke’s Lobster (7129 Bethesda Lane): Menu here.
Mamma Lucia (4916 Elm St.): Menu here.
Mon Ami Gabi (7239 Woodmont Ave.): Menu here.
Mussel Bar & Grille — Lunch only (7262 Woodmont Ave.): Menu here.
Nando’s Peri Peri (4839 Bethesda Ave.): Menu here.
Parker’s American Bistro (4824 Bethesda Ave.)
Raku — Dinner only (7240 Woodmont Ave.): Menu here.
Redwood (7121 Bethesda Lane): Menu here.
Vapiano (4900 Hampden Lane): Menu here.
Vino Volo (7243 Woodmont Ave.): Menu here.

Bethesda Row Restaurant Week runs from Monday, April 21 to Sunday, April 27.

As part of the event, Bethesda Row is offering somebody who signs up for its newsletter a $200 dining certificate at Vino Volo.

3-Day Bethesda Literary Festival Set For April

by Aaron Kraut | March 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm | 181 views | No Comments

"Company Man," by John RizzoThe former chief legal officer at the CIA, a Fox News host and the author of a book on the Lululemon store murder will highlight the 15th annual Bethesda Literary Festival, set for April 11-13.

The event will take place over an entire weekend at locations across downtown Bethesda.

On Friday, April 11, former Acting General Counsel of the CIA John Rizzo will talk about his book, “Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA.” Rizzo was the agency’s foremost legal authority during much of the War on Terror and approved drone strikes and controversial interrogation techniques.

“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade will be in town on Saturday to talk about his book, “George Washington’s Secret Six,” a ring of six spies who helped George Washington during the height of the Revolutionary War.

Also on Saturday, author Peter Ross Range will talk his book “Murder In The Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killings.”

The full schedule is after the jump.


Next Bethesda Downtown Plan Meeting Is April 10

by Aaron Kraut | March 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm | 140 views | 1 Comment

Planners will present “alternative concepts” to comments at a March 1 Design Workshop during their next community meeting as part of the Bethesda Downtown Plan.

The meeting is set for Thursday, April 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane).

The Planning Department also put out a new, one-minute video describing why residents should take part in the process.

“What do you want Downtown Bethesda to look like for the next twenty years and beyond,” asks the video, which points to transportation, green space, arts, entertainment and development as areas where feedback could help create a better Downtown Bethesda Sector Plan.

The Department is looking to get more participation out of millennials, who make up 40 percent of the downtown area’s population but have been mostly absent from previous community events.

Video via Montgomery County Planning Department

Pair Hopes Handmade Crafts Market Becomes Big Hit

by Aaron Kraut | March 26, 2014 at 2:20 pm | 685 views | 1 Comment

URBNmarket Bethesda logoA pair of Bethesda women are starting what they hope becomes a regular market dedicated to local vendors of handmade and vintage crafts.

Julie Greenstein and Debbie Sonnenreich started URBNmarket Bethesda to tap into a largely unknown group of of local jewelry, houseware, clothes and other types of crafts makers and sellers.

Sonnenreich said she saw the potential for a homegrown crafts market through her confection and cookie business, which put her in contact with a number of vendors.

“I do quite a lot of business on Etsy and most people have been in the area. But this is realizing that there’s a need for people working out of small offices or their homes to get themselves out there and in front of shoppers,” Sonnenreich said. “Shoppers want to feel and touch these products.”

The first URBNmarket is set for Sunday, May 18 and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at in a banquet room of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (5020 Battery Lane).

Grenstein said the idea is to run a market every few months.

“There’s so much local talent and we’ve gotten an amazing response so far,” said Greenstein, who expects about 50 vendors at the May 18 market.

The weekend before, the Bethesda Urban Partnership will put on its annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, an event featuring more upscale products from artists spread around the country.

Greenstein and Sonnenreich, two New York natives, met as college roommates at the University of Maryland and have lived in the area ever since.

“In my initial search for a retail location for my business, I realized that for a small business owner such as myself, it’s very difficult to find affordable retail space in Bethesda,” Sonnenreich said. “This brought me to the idea that there’s definitely a need for a market like this.”

The two are still accepting vendor applications. A spot in the market will cost vendors $125 for one table and $250 for two tables.

It is a juried event and the market will have vendors selling items including clothing, bath and beauty products, toys, decor and pet accessories. Check out the website for more information.

Great MoCo Bicycle Summit Set For April

by Aaron Kraut | March 26, 2014 at 9:45 am | 185 views | No Comments

Great MoCo Bicycle Summit

Councilmember Hans Riemer and local bicycle advocates will host a family bike ride from Silver Spring to Bethesda that will end with a discussion on the future of biking in Montgomery County.

The Great MoCo Bicycle Summit is set for Saturday, April 5 from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Participants can start the day with a group bike ride starting at the Silver Spring Metro at 9:15 a.m. The ride will wind through D.C., Rock Creek Park and up Grubb Road before connecting with the Georgetown Branch Trail and ending at the Jane Lawton Recreation Center (4301 Willow Lane) in Chevy Chase.

At the Lawton Center, Riemer, Montgomery County, the Washington Area Bicyclists Association and MoBike will have a discussion on general bicycle issues from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Following will be a panel specifically geared at Capital Bikeshare from 11 a.m. to noon.

Last September, Montgomery County debuted its Capital Bikeshare system, including a set of stations in Bethesda and Chevy Chase.

Early ridership numbers for the county were relatively small, but bike advocates and county government officials predicted that will change once the weather starts warming up.

The push has also been on to improve bike facilities in the county and encourage people to use Bikeshare. WABA and Bethesda Transportation Solutions are hosting a Confident City Cycling Class on April 12 that is free to Bikeshare members. Bikeshare will waive any ride costs for participants who use a red Bikeshare bike during the class.

Those interested in attending the Summit can register online here.


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