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by Aaron Kraut — April 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm 3 Comments

Westfield Montgomery is partnering with a national nonprofit that raises money for breast cancer prevention for a series of special events next week.

The mall (7101 Democracy Boulevard) and Bright Pink will host the 2nd annual VIPink Weekend, with ticket costs and donations going to support breast and ovarian health:

On Thursday, April 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m., Westfield Montgomery will host the VIPink Preview Party starting with a reception at Pink Central – a dedicated space in the lower level Nordstrom wing – where guests can learn about preventive measures against breast and ovarian cancer, while enjoying light food and beverages from CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, MET Bethesda Lobster ME and Cleo’s Oil Bar. Immediately following the reception at 8:15 p.m., guests will enjoy an opening night movie screening of the blockbuster movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at ArcLight Cinemas. Tickets for the reception and event are $35 and all proceeds benefit Bright Pink.

Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.: Exclusive Zengo cycling classes hosted in partnership with lululemon athletica

Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3: Hair blowouts and make-up consultations in partnership with Eric Alexander Salon and Nordstrom

Sunday, May 3 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.: A series of special yoga classes hosted in partnership with lululemon athletica

Each $10 event ticket purchased will mean automatic entry into an online sweepstakes contest featuring prizes from Under Armour, Nordstrom and a trip to London.

Video via WestfieldUS/YouTube

by Aaron Kraut — April 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

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

If you’d like to see your event featured, email your submission to news[at]bethesdanow[dot]com. Also, please check out the event calendar to see all that is going on:


unnamedVeterans Art Exhibition And Spoken Word Performance
Chevy Chase Cars 7725 Wisconsin Avenue
Time: 7 p.m. — 9 p.m.

Through writing and art workshops, participants narrate individual military experiences through original works of art to bridge the gap between the military and civilian communities.  The exhibition will feature the week’s artwork produced by approximately 20 United States veterans.


Central Farm Market, via RealTimeFarms.comPike Central Farm Market Re-Opening
Pike Central Farm Market 5992 Executive Boulevard
Time: 9 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Pike Central Farm Market is re-opening for the season on Saturday, April 25 with over 40 vendors! Come out for music, food, fun, shopping and more!


Washington ArtWorksWashington ArtWorks SPRING Open Studios Weekend
Washington ArtWorks 12276 Wilkins Avenue
Time: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Washington ArtWorks opens its’ expansive visual arts facility and Resident Artist studios to the public for a full weekend of art shopping, music, and food trucks.

Featured both days will be hundreds of pieces of art including photography, painting, pottery and glass as well as artist demonstrations, local food trucks La Strada, Holy Crepes, and Carmen’s, and live music.


by Aaron Kraut — April 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm 169 0

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

The 12th annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is set to take over Woodmont Triangle on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10.

The festival, featuring more than 120 artists from across the country, will happen rain or shine on Norfolk Avenue and Auburn Avenue.

Booths will be set up and open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 9 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 10.

There will also be live entertainment, children’s activities and food from Bethesda Curry Kitchen, Smoke BBQ, Hard Times Cafe and others.

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

by Aaron Kraut — April 23, 2015 at 10:05 am 168 0

Bicyclists in Chevy ChaseA bicyclist advocacy group wants to show people how and where to ride through downtown Bethesda.

WABA (the Washington Area Bicyclists Association) is hosting a “Choose Your Own Bethesda” guided bike tour along the Capital Crescent Trail, Bethesda Trolley Trail and other bicycle lanes throughout downtown on May 6, from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

The ride will start at the Bethesda Metro Station and end at Delicias Carry Out (4708 Highland Avenue).

The roughly six-mile journey is meant to show off the best ways to get to and from off-road bicycle paths such as the Capital Crescent Trail, which runs through the heart of downtown Bethesda.

Reserving a spot for the event costs $10 for non-WABA and non-Capital Bikeshare members. Those who wish to show up on the day of the event can do so for free, though there are limited spots.

WABA, in conjunction with Bethesda Transportation Solutions, is also hosting another of its Confident City Cycling classes on April 25, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (5020 Battery Lane).

On May 3, WABA and Montgomery County Commuter Services will host a Confidence City Cycling class in Friendship Heights, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot of the GEICO headquarters (5312 Friendship Boulevard).

by Aaron Kraut — April 20, 2015 at 11:15 am 410 2 Comments

Bethesda Summer Concert Series, photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

An annual series of outdoor concerts in Woodmont Triangle is set to return next month.

The Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Bethesda Summer Concert Series will start on May 14 with “Chuggalug,” a rock and pop cover band.

The concerts are free and will take place each Thursday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Veterans Park is located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues.

The full schedule follows:

May 14            Chuggalug (Rock/Top 40)

May 21            Kings of Crownsville (Blues/Swing)

May 28            King Soul (Southern Soul)

June 4             Adrian Duke (New Orleans Funk)

June 11           Los Caribbeat (Caribbean)

June 18           Built 4 Comfort (Blues/Classic Rock)

June 25           Urban Funk (70’s Funk/R&B) 

July 2              Oasis Island Sounds (Caribbean/Reggae)

July 9              The Sidleys (Rock)

July 16            The Crimestoppers (Blues/Classic Rock)

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

by Aaron Kraut — April 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm 257 0

The 2013 Annual Pike's Peek 10K (file photo)An annual 10K race on Rockville Pike will shut down two lanes of the road for much of the morning of Sunday, April 26.

The Pike’s Peek 10K takes runners from the Shady Grove Metro station to Marinelli Road. It’s set to start at 7:50 a.m. and will include post-race festivities at the finish line near the White Flint Metro station.

From 6:30 a.m. until after the last runner passes, the two center lanes of Rockville Pike from Gude Drive in Rockville to Marinelli Drive will be closed to traffic.

Traffic will be allowed in the right lanes at all times, though drivers won’t be able to cross to the other side of the Pike when runners are on the course. Each intersection will be staffed with county or City of Rockville police officers.

From 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m., northbound traffic on Rockville Pike will be diverted to eastbound Nicholson Lane to accommodate the post-race festival. Drivers can go east on Nicholson Lane, make a left on Nebel Street and then a left onto westbound Old Georgetown Road to return to the Pike.

The finish area will be stocked with food, family activities and music.

Registration is still open for the event.

by Aaron Kraut — April 13, 2015 at 11:15 am 511 0

Pike & Rose pig roast, via Pike & RosePike & Rose will host a barbecue and block party next month featuring a pig roast, bites from neighborhood restaurants and live music from AMP by Strathmore.

The half-finished development in White Flint/the Pike District is calling the event a “Meat & Greet,” and it’s set for 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.

It’ll happen on Grand Park Avenue, the new street off of Old Georgetown Road just west of Rockville Pike.

There will also be sidewalk sales, giveaways, beer and wine for sale and kids’ activities, plus the music provided by AMP, the Strathmore-operated concert venue that opened in March.

The event is free, though tickets for the pig roast cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and younger. Pig roast tickets include the neighborhood tastings.

Via Pike & Rose

by Aaron Kraut — April 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm 155 0

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

If you’d like to see your event featured, email your submission to news[at]bethesdanow[dot]comAlso, please check out the event calendar to see all that is going on:


The Writer's CenterHow To Create Compelling, Believable Characters
The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh Street
Time: 11 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.

We create characters in our fiction by drawing on our emotional experiences, and basing them on people we know. Sometimes we start with ‘stock’ characters: the crooked cop, the femme fatale, the middle-aged spouse. Yet characters have to do more than convey information and move the plot forward. They have to be unique, compelling individuals. How do we create them on the page? We’ll work on ways to deepen and enrich your characters using personal history, conflict, dialogue, and interiority.

Thursday, April 16

Walt Whitman High School, via MCPSStress, Motivation And The Adolescent Brain
Walt Whitman High School auditorium 7100 Whittier Boulevard
Time: 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson will speak Thursday, April 16th, 7 pm, at Whitman High School on “STRESS, SELF-PROPELLED MOTIVATION & THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN.”

The lecture is open to the public and is free with donations accepted for Whitman Speech & Debate and CollegeTracks. Suggested is $10-$30 for adults and $5 for students and teachers. (Adults are the target audience, but mature students are welcome.)

WALK-INS ARE WELCOME. Pre-registration and prepayment are recommended, but not required. Optional online prepayment by credit card is also possible, using Paypal redirect in registration link above. Payments at door must be cash/check only.


by Aaron Kraut — April 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm 0

Earth Day Art ContestA County Council member is sponsoring a first-ever Earth Day Art Contest for local students.

Councilmember Roger Berliner will announce contest winners on April 22 — Earth Day. Winners will be invited to a reception with Berliner and be awarded prizes. All who participate will get a letter of recognition.

The contest is open to students in grades 3-8 and will include six winners, one from each grade.

Pieces must be two-dimensional and on paper no bigger than 17 inches by 24 inches and no smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

The winners will be judged on originality, creativity, connection to the community and artistry.

PDF: Earth Day Art Contest Rules and Directions

by Aaron Kraut — April 3, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett make guacamole last August at Boloco Bethesda as part of a minimum wage eventU.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and recently retired state senator Jennie Forehand are among those who will be honored later this month in Bethesda at the annual Montgomery Serves Awards.

Perez and Forehand are two of the winners of the Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award, established in 2012 as Montgomery County’s equivalent to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Nix was the second black member of the county’s Board of Education and served as president of the county branch of the NAACP.

County Executive Isiah Leggett will present the awards at the event, set for 6:30 p.m. on April 27 at Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Avenue).

Perez, a former Montgomery County Council member, is being honored for being “a champion of access and opportunity for all.” Forehand retired from the state senate last year after 36 years representing county residents in Annapolis.

The third Roscoe R. Nix award will go posthumously to Inez Zeigler McAbee, a “mover and shaker” in Damascus who fought against segregation in that community.

Other award winners include senior housing advocate Jean Brady and adult support center volunteer Karin Wilson. Yidong Hu will receive the Youth award for leading the effort to create the Children’s Corner Club, which raised thousands of dollars for the Children’s Inn at NIH.

Washington Gas will be presented the Business award for its volunteer projects and Darren Duvall, a formerly homeless man who has volunteered at a homeless lunch program for 18 years, will get the Community Service award for an individual.

The county’s Volunteer Center hosts the event in partnership with the Fund for Montgomery. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the public, but reservations are required as seating is limited.

by Aaron Kraut — April 2, 2015 at 10:00 am 199 0

Bethesda Literary Festival

Some big-name authors will take part in the annual Bethesda Literary Festival when it returns on Friday, April 17.

The 16th annual event from the Bethesda Urban Partnership will feature Mark Leibovich, national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and author of “This Town” and “Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion.”

Valerie Tripp, author of the American Girl books will talk about her newest, “Full Speed Ahead: My Journey with Kit.” Rounding out the featured authors will be Jonathan Allen, the Washington political reporter, Walter Johnson High School graduate and co-author of “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.”

All events part of the festival will take place at locations throughout downtown Bethesda and are free.

Other authors include Eric Cline (“1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed”), Susan Coll (“The Stager: A Novel”) and Sarah Pekkanen (“Catching Air”). Award-winning Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten and illustrator Eric Shansby will appear at one of six author events for children or teens.

The festival will include award ceremonies for an annual Essay & Short Story Contest, Youth Writing Contest and Bethesda Poetry Contest.

For more information, visit the event site.

PDF: Bethesda Literary Festival Schedule

by Aaron Kraut — April 1, 2015 at 10:15 am 389 0

Touch a Truck at Wall Park event, via Montgomery ParksMontgomery Parks’ effort to enliven a lightly used White Flint park will begin next week with an event designed for kids on spring break.

Touch a Truck at Wall Park,” set for 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, April 10, will let kids touch, climb and explore Parks equipment including a backhoe loader, dump truck, fork lift and police cruiser.

It’s set for the parking lot of the 12-acre park and Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center (5900 Executive Boulevard).

Councilmember Roger Berliner and local civic leaders have asked Montgomery Parks to provide some interim and immediate uses to make Wall Park more inviting.

Eventually, the plan is to expand the park over the surface parking lot for the swim center. Wall Park would then become the central civic green for a redeveloping White Flint/Pike District area.

But that is dependent on a lengthy process that includes the county and a neighboring developer to agree on how to divide up the costs of a planned parking garage.

Until then, Friends of White Flint Executive Director Amy Ginsburg and others in the group have suggested weekly grill nights, improved exercise facilities, a walking trail around the perimeter of the park, a new interactive art piece, temporary skateboard ramps or even pop-up dog parks.

At a Friends of White Flint meeting last week, Parks officials said they are on board when it comes to low-cost interim options that might be of use when the park expands.

by Aaron Kraut — March 31, 2015 at 4:05 pm 0

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

If you’d like to see your event featured, email your submission to news[at]bethesdanow[dot]comAlso, please check out the event calendar to see all that is going on:


Make More NoyesKids’ Read-a-thon To Support Noyes Library
Noyes Library 10237 Carroll Place
Time: All through the month of April, with a dance party at April 25

A kid-fueled fundraiser to support the Noyes Children’s Library in Kensington, Md., begins April 1 as readers and pre-readers (parents read to children) pore through books with a purpose. Pledges per page from adult sponsors will go towards renovations to Noyes to create a library that is a model of universal accessibility and a center for early literacy and children’s literature.


All-Ages Family Easter Egg Hunt
Church in Bethesda 5033 Wilson Lane
Time: 12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Remember the childhood days of hunting for Easter Eggs? Whether you’re young or old at heart, the Church in Bethesda welcomes you to our all-ages Easter Egg Hunt. We’ll place eggs at various levels of difficulty so that everyone can have a challenge and a great time. We’ll also be serving lunch, so be sure to bring an appetite.

Sunday, April 12

The Writer's CenterPoetry & Prose Open Mic
The Writer’s Center — 4508 Walsh Street
Time: 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Sign-up for readers begins at 1:30, and the reading starts at 2:00. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Saturday, April 18

Canal Pride DaysC&O Canal Pride Days
Historic Great Falls Tavern — 11710 MacArthur Bouelvard
Time: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Canal Pride Days are coming! Come join the largest volunteer event in the C&O Canal National Historical Park! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help clean up the C&O Canal for Spring! As the warm weather approaches, the C&O Canal Trust is hitting the towpath for some spring cleaning and they need your help! Help clear debris, paint shelters, exhibits, and benches, help maintain trails, and more. Grab your family and friends and come help out – show your Canal Pride! Students can also earn SSL hours! Choose from one of these three Canal Pride events and sign up today (preregistration required).

by Aaron Kraut — March 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm 376 12 Comments

Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail President Ajay Bhatt

Locals on opposite ends of the Purple Line debate will make their arguments tonight at an event at the University of Maryland.

Bethesda’s Ben Ross, the outspoken former president of the Action Committee for Transit, will be one of three experts and stakeholders arguing for the 16-mile, estimated $2.45 billion light rail that would run from Bethesda to New Carrollton and through Maryland’s College Park campus.

Ben Ross, via TwitterChevy Chase residents John Fitzgerald, an environmental lawyer who last year sued the federal government over the project, and Ajay Bhatt, president of the Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail, will argue against the project.

The debate, “Should We Build the Purple Line,” is being organized by the university’s Student Government Association and is set for 7 p.m. in the Prince George’s Room of the Stamp Student Union.

Maryland Transit Administration Purple Line Manager Mike Madden was also supposed to take part in the event. But an organizer said the MTA has advised Madden not to attend because of outstanding legal challenges to the Purple Line.

One of those legal challenges is a lawsuit against the state from Fitzgerald and Bhatt’s group.

Photo via Twitter

by Aaron Kraut — March 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm 628 8 Comments

Bethesda Metro Center 3, photo via Boris Feldblyum

A handmade vintage crafts market is coming in July to the Bethesda Metro Plaza.

URBNmarket, founded by a pair of Bethesda women last year, will host its next market on July 17 and July 18 on the plaza next to the Bethesda Metro station entrance.

Julie Greenstein and Debbie Sonnenreich started URBNmarket Bethesda to tap into local crafts makers who sell jewelry, houseware, clothes and other types of handmade items.

The first two markets were at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (5020 Battery Lane).

The outdoor market will take advantage of a largely unused space in the center of downtown Bethesda. Neighboring property owners are at odds about whether to build a new structure on the property and create a park farther from the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue.

Photo via Boris Feldblyum


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