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by Aaron Kraut — August 29, 2014 at 11:45 am 708 2 Comments

Town of Kensington Labor Day Parade

Monday will mark the 47th Annual Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of St. Paul Street and Plyers Mill Road and will include local school marching bands, equestrian show groups, floats, people from local religions and nonprofit organizations as well as a bevy of political officials reminding you to vote in November’s Gubernatorial election.

The event is more than just the parade — food and arts vendors will set up on Armory and Howard Avenues during and after the main festivities.

Northbound Connecticut Avenue traffic through Kensington will be diverted into southbound lanes during the parade.

by Aaron Kraut — August 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm 0

The Small Press Expo will be celebrating its 20th year next month at the Bethesda North Conference Center, via Small Press Expo The Small Press Expo will be celebrating its 20th year

The Small Press Expo, the annual gathering of independent comic artists, graphic novelists and web illustrators, will mark its 20th year next month in North Bethesda.

All 20 of the events have been held in Bethesda or North Bethesda. On Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14, it will be held for the eighth time at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Rd.). Before that, it was held each year at the then-Holiday Inn in downtown Bethesda (now the DoubleTree).

The event, organized by the nonprofit Small Press Expo, is a chance for artists of many comic-related and graphic design genres to sell their work, gain exposure and chat with fans and other artists in an informal setting.

A number of symposia are held during the two-day festival, where artists talk about their work.

And for comic and cartoon enthusiasts, the big-name artists slated for this year’s event are in good supply.

Jules Feiffer, a Pullitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and creator of the syndicated cartoon strip “Feiffer,” will be in attendance. So will Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New Yorker, cartoonist Lynda Barry, Charles Burns and Raina Telgemeier.

There will be about 700 artists at 280 tables selling their wares, plus about 20 different interviews and panel discussions.

Tickets are $15 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday and $20 for both days. For more info, visit the event website.

Photos via Small Press Expo

by Aaron Kraut — August 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm 160 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:


Bake Bethesda A Pie5th Annual Bake Bethesda A Pie Contest
Bethesda Elementary School 7600 Arlington Road
Time: 9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Join the fun for the 5th annual “Bake Bethesda a Pie” contest, a fundraiser for Manna Food Center at Bethesda Central Farm Market on Sunday, August 31! There are THREE categories for entrants this year: kids (7-17), adults and culinary students. There is a $5 registration fee per pie and all proceeds will help support Manna’s programs. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Registration is now open through August 27!

September 3

Zoe Friedman entry into Trawick PrizeThe 2014 Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards Exhibit
Gallery B 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E
Time: 12:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

The Trawick Prize is one of the first regional competitions and largest prizes to annually honor visual artists. To date, The Trawick Prize has awarded $154,000 in prize monies and has exhibited the work of more than 100 regional artists.

The public opening reception will be held Friday, September 12 from 6-9pm in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibit are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 – 6 p.m.

September 4

La Crema Wine Dinner
Grapeseed 4865 Cordell Avenue
Time: 6:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

Join Chef Heineman in a salute to “Pork and Pinot” with Marita Esteva, Brand Ambassador.

September 6

All Aboard KensingtonAll Aboard Kensington
Kensington Armory/Town Hall 3710 Mitchell Street
Time: 11:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Model trains will chug around the tracks at the family-friendly ALL ABOARD KENSINGTON weekend.

Special guest performances: Dixie Land Express Band will perform on Saturday from 11am-1pm; Matthew Dodd will present railroad songs and stories on Sunday from 1-4pm.

ALL ABOARD KENSINGTON is a benefit for the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation (www.noyeslibraryfoundation.org) and the Kensington Historical Society (www.kensingtonhistory.org), and is sponsored by Gary & Diana Ditto, the Town of Kensington, and the National Capital Trackers.

September 7

Heroes-Walk-to-Fly-with-sneaker-PNG-SiteLuke’s Wings Heroes Walk to Fly!
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart 9101 Rockville Pike
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Join Luke’s Wings for a 1.5 mile family-friendly walk past Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, through downtown Bethesda, followed by a Bethesda Community Block Party at the Finish Line at Euro Motorcars Bethesda, featuring food, music and activities!

Luke’s Wings is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to providing families with the means to visit during a Wounded Warrior’s hospitalization and rehabilitation.

by Aaron Kraut — August 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm 171 0

Image via Bethesda RowThere’s a proper way to hold a glass and swirl wine at a tasting. Employees at a local shop will show you before Bethesda Row’s annual Perfect Pairings event.

The tour of 10 Bethesda Row restaurants, set for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, will again include stops at American Tap Room, Cork & Fork, Jaleo Bethesda, Lebanese Taverna, Mamma Lucia, Mon Ami Gabi, Mussel Bar & Grille, Raku, Redwood Restaurant & Bar and Vino Volo.

The “Perfect Pairings Passport” ($44 in advance and $49 day of) will get you in to the progressive wine tasting tour, which includes tapas-style dishes at each stop.

Before the tour starts, the experts at Cork & Fork (7110 Bethesda Lane) will offer a $10 Wine Etiquette Experience to teach participants how to get the most out of the event. The $10 admission fee will be donated to the ALS Foundation and reservations are required.

Tickets to the main event will include a 10 percent off at new boutique Calypso St. Barth on the same day and 10 percent off a Vino Teano Infuster Bottle at Capital Teas.

For more information, visit the event site.

Image via Bethesda Row

by Aaron Kraut — August 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm 488 1 Comment

Image via Bethesda RowFederal Realty is bringing its outdoor movie series back to Bethesda Lane, starting Tuesday with a showing of the 2013 version of “The Great Gatsby.”

The “movies under the stars” series will consist of a movie each Tuesday from Aug. 19 to Sept. 30 on Bethesda Lane. The property owner will announce other films in the line up closer to those dates.

If you don’t want to watch in the outdoor dining area at Redwood (7121 Bethesda Lane) you’ll need to bring your own chair. If the weather looks problematic, check Bethesda Row’s Facebook page for updates.

All rain dates will be the next day.

Image via Bethesda Row

by Aaron Kraut — August 15, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

Davis Library, Democracy Boulevard via Montgomery County Public LibrariesMontgomery County Public Libraries is partnering with a test prep company to bring a free college prep workshop to Bethesda’s Davis Library.

The workshop, “How to Write a College Application Essay” is set for Davis Library (6400 Democracy Blvd.) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

A presenter from Kaplan Test Prep will talk about what colleges want to see in applicant essays, how to write a winning essay and how the essay factors into a college application.

The workshop is open to all rising high school sophomore, juniors and seniors.

Registration is required.

Photo via Montgomery County Public Libraries

by Aaron Kraut — August 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm 167 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:


Chamber logoB-CC Chamber of Commerce — NextExec’s Lunch & Learn Series
B-CC Chamber of Commerce Office 7910 Woodmont Avenue
Time: 11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Topic: Create An Image That Lasts!
Join us for an engaging program on networking; how to do it, why you do it and how it drives your business.
Speaker: Susan I. Wrankik. Cost: $18 / Members $12


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 Farm Women’s Market adds Food Trucks and international cuisine to its Frday Outdoor Market. Local favorites Corned Beef King, Hardy’s BBQ, Holy Crepes, Great American Hot Dogs and Go Fish Seafood line the Market parking lot across from Panera. Included in the mix are Kiwi Kuisine (Savory Meat Pies), El Tenedor De Nacho (Empanadas), Borek G (Turkish cuisine) and India Garden (Curry and Samosas) among others. After lunch, cool down with Yeti’s Shaved Ice and DT Sugarcane’s Iced Coffee. Music provided by American Idol participant, Luke Shaffer. Every Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. til’ November 28.


Glen Echo Park Glass show at the Popcorn GalleryGlass: Visions & Voices
Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Time: 12:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

The art exhibit Glass: Visions & Voices opens in the Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park, MD on Aug. 16. The show features innovative glass art and jewelry that reflect the diverse visions and voices of Glen Echo artists. Come visit, explore, and enjoy work that ranges from sculptures to wall hangings, and vessels to jewelry using contemporary kiln-forming, casting and lampworking techniques.

August 28

2013PowerConfgrowyourbusinessThe Power Conference: Women Doing Business
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 5701 Marinelli Road
Time: 8:30 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Business Development Conference and Expo for MD-DC-Va women August 28, 2014 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Montgomery County Conference Center North Bethesda Marriott. Over 30 business workshops, round tables and master classes. Keynote Speaker Katty Kay, anchor BBC World News tonight on her new book with Claire Shipman, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self Assurance. Over 800 regional business people, 80 exhibitors, StartRight! Business Plan competition winners announced and over $20,000 in prize money awarded. Conference registration, sponsorship, exhibiting and marketing opportunities at www.ThePowerConference.com.

by Aaron Kraut — August 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm 281 0

4800 Hampden Lane courtyard, image via Google Maps

A Bethesda real estate agency will fill up an office courtyard on Thursday with its own version of summer outdoor movie night.

Beasley Real Estate, based in the office complex at 4800 Hampden Lane, will host a screening of “Transformers” at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The event will happen in the courtyard space between Elm Street and Hampden Lane, just up the street from Bethesda Row.

Chairs will be available but will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. People are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets. Kori Kamradt Bathurst, the social media director at Beasley Real Estate, said gourmet popcorn and bottled water will be provided.

For more information visit the event page on Facebook.

Image via Google Maps

by Aaron Kraut — August 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm 0

Entry from Trawick Prize finalist Jonathan Monaghan, via BUP

The Bethesda Urban Partnership this week announced the nine finalists for the $10,000 Trawick Prize, an annual event for local artists at downtown Bethesda’s Gallery B.

The finalists will have their works on display at the gallery (7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E) from Sept. 3 to Sept. 27 and the first, second and third place winners will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 4. A “young” artist prize will also be anounced.

The finalists are Larry Cook, of Landover Hills, Lisa Dillin, Neil Feather, Zoe Friedman and Nicole Lenzi of Baltimore and Kim Llerena, Jonathan Monaghan, Martine Workman and Naoko Wosugi of Washington, D.C.

The event is organized by BUP and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. It’s namesake, Carol Trawick, is a Bethesda philanthropist and longtime booster of the local arts scene.

BUP said it got more than 400 entries for this year’s award.

For more information on the Trawick Prize, click here.

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

by Aaron Kraut — August 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm 370 0

A combat veteran undergoing treatment at Walter Reed participates in Luke's Wings annual Fashion Takes Flight Hero Gala, via Luke's Wings A combat vet at the annual Luke's Wings annual Fashion Takes Flight Hero Gala, via Luke's Wings

It’s not often that the Bethesda community interacts with the injured combat veterans behind the gates at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, despite the facility’s move to Bethesda three years ago.

A D.C.-based wounded warrior nonprofit wants to help change that with the help of a group of local businesses and the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.

Luke’s Wings (a BethesdaNow.com advertiser) is planning its first-ever Heroes Walk To Fly fundraiser for Sunday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will feature a family friendly 1.5-mile walk from the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, past Naval Support Activity Bethesda (where Walter Reed is located), through downtown Bethesda and ending at a community block party at Euro Motorcars Bethesda (7020 Arlington Rd.).

Luke’s Wings raises money for plane tickets and travel expenses for relatives of wounded warriors, many who must come long distances to visit loved ones requiring medical attention at Walter Reed.

“I feel like the number one goal is to get people out and to have families that live in Bethesda walk next to wounded warriors who live at Walter Reed,” said Emily Neufeld, director of corporate sponsorship for Luke’s Wings. “Next to that, we really want to rally these businesses around Walter Reed and get more people in Bethesda involved with the wounded warrior community that also calls Bethesda home.”

Registration costs $15 for children and $30 for adults. Jen Magerer, who communicates with families and helps books plane tickets with a travel agent, said Luke’s Wings has provided almost 2,000 flights since its inception in 2008 and 1,400 flights over the past two years.

The U.S. military provides just three flights at the inception of someone’s stay at Walter Reed, which proves difficult for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have been in Bethesda for three years or longer — dating back to Walter Reed’s previous location.

The average cost of a flight is $500. Luke’s Wings can also accept Delta SkyMiles donations of 1,000 miles or more.

Magerer and a small staff at the nonprofit work to set up flights for loved ones to visit on birthdays or major events. The group doesn’t limit the number of passengers and strives to meet all requests. Luke’s Wings also provides travel expenses for wounded warriors to visit family and in 2011 expanded to provide transportation for relatives of veterans in hospice care. Most are veterans from World War II the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

The group was founded by Fletcher Gill and Sarah Wingfield, a former Washington Redskins cheerleader who met Luke Shirley while visiting troops in 2007. Shirley, an Iraq veteran who lost his arm and his leg from an IED explosion, was having difficulty getting his family into town for visits.

The nonprofit is expecting about 300 people to participate in the walk, followed by the block party at Arlington Road and Bethesda Row.

Photo via Luke’s Wings

by Aaron Kraut — July 31, 2014 at 1:15 pm 397 3 Comments

Westbard, along River Road and Westbard Avenue via Equity OneThe prospective developer of the Westbard section of Bethesda is hoping to enliven the area’s flagship shopping center with a series of community events over the next two months.

Equity One bought Westwood Towers, Springhouse by Manor Care, Bowlmor Lanes and two Citgo stations last year and finalized the acquisition of Westwood Shopping Center and Westwood Center II early this year. The company almost immediately began a series of open-to-public meetings with residents in the area to explain the broad strokes of their redevelopment plans, which will require new zoning through an updated area master plan.

On Saturday, Equity One will hold a summer sidewalk sale at Westwood Shopping Center, now anchored by a Giant grocery store and a mix of national and local retailers.

The event, from noon to 4 p.m., will be run in partnership with the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and include a DJ, face painter, ice cream truck, games and raffle prizes. On Saturday, Sept. 20, Equity One has set up a Food Truck Rally for the shopping center, then an E-Recycling Day on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Equity One hired a Rockville-based public relations firm to help it create a website and foster communication with residents, many who are wary of increased commercial and residential density in the area of strip shopping centers just west of River Road.

Equity One successfully lobbied the County Council to move the Westbard Sector Plan Update to this year.

At a public meeting on March 18, Equity One presented its idea for a  a “signature” main street on Westbard Avenue with pedestrian crossings and upscale retailers to replace loading docks and driveways. It plans to tab developer EYA to design the residential component of the project.

It would mean big changes for the Westwood Shopping Center, though it’s unknown at this point what precise changes are might be in store.

Michael Berfield, executive vice president of development for Equity One, said in March that the company held a breakfast meeting with about 50 of the existing businesses and promised to “make it economically reasonable for them to stay,” through any redevelopment.

Photo via Equity One

by Aaron Kraut — July 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm 0

Glen Echo Park's Annual Labor Day Art Show. (Courtesy Daniel Schreiber)The 44th annual Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo Park is looking for entries.

The event typically draws more than 250 artists with works in a wide range of artistic media, including, sculpture, painting, glass, jewelry, photography and furniture.

From noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, the works will be on display and for sale in Glen Echo Park’s historic Spanish Ballroom (7300 MacArthur Blvd.).

It’s one of the Glen Echo Park Partnership’s biggest yearly events, drawing around 9,000 visitors over the weekend.

The deadline for artists who hope to take part is Sunday, Aug. 3.

Photo via Glen Echo Park Partnership

by Aaron Kraut — July 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm 1,033 0

2013 Taste of Bethesda, Cordell Avenue

Downtown Bethesda’s signature event is officially set for Oct. 11 and will include dishes from at least 47 Bethesda restaurants and live music.

The 2014 Taste of Bethesda will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Norfolk, Fairmont, St Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray Avenues in Woodmont Triangle. The Bethesda Urban Partnership-run event attracted between 38,000 and 40,000 people in 2013, thanks largely to some good weather.

Taste tickets are sold at the event in bundles of four tickets for $5. Drinks and smaller food items generally cost one ticket each, while more substantial dishes can range from two to four tickets.

Some restaurants that have opened since last year’s event, including Tyber Bierhaus, Bethesda Curry Kitchen, PizzaPass and Heckman’s Delicatessen, will take part. The full food lineup is after the jump.


by Aaron Kraut — July 28, 2014 at 3:25 pm 0

The Montgomery Cup, via Bethesda Big TrainWith their sixth regular season championship in the 10-year history of the Cal Ripken League, members of the Bethesda Big Train are guaranteed home playoff games on at least Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Big Train, a team of college baseball players who make their home in Bethesda for part of the summer, is traditionally one of the strongest teams in the league, despite a new cast of players each year.

A 31-9 regular season record over the last two months gave them a six-game advantage on the second-place Baltimore Redbirds. All of the league’s 11 teams are based in the Baltimore and Washington metro areas.

The Big Train will host a yet-to-be-determined opponent on Tuesday night and host another playoff game on Wednesday (win or lose Tuesday’s game) at Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Regional Park (10600 Westlake Dr.).

The Big Train are also the winners of the Montgomery Cup, a trophy given out annually to the Montgomery County Cal Ripken League squad that has the best head-to-head record agains the three other county-based teams.

For more information, visit the Big Train’s official website.

Photo via Bethesda Big Train

by Aaron Kraut — July 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm 0

Bake Bethesda A Pie 2013Central Farm Markets’ annual Labor Day weekend pie-baking contest is returning for a fifth year.

The Bake Bethesda a Pike Contest matches up some of the D.C. area’s best amateur bakers in a competition that has featured more than 200 pie creations of very different types.

Pies in this year’s contest will be judged in a sweet and savory category. There will also be a kids division for bakers age 7-17 and for the first time, a division specifically for culinary students.

The event is set for Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Bethesda Central Farm Market, held at Bethesda Elementary School (7600 Arlington Rd.). A $5 registration fee per pie submission will go to the Manna Food Center.

This year’s three judges will be pastry chef and writer Lisa Cherkasky, Black Restaurant Group pastry chef Susan Wallace and Stratford University School of Baking and Pastry Arts professor Peter Brett.

After the judges taste and rate the pies will be what’s probably the audience’s favorite part of the event — the cutting of the pies. For a small donation to Manna, anybody can taste the pies.

Market chef Lynn Foster, market owner Debra Moser and market blogger Diana Ash will bake another 25 peach and berry pies in honor of the contest’s fifth year. Those pies will be for sale and all proceeds donated to Manna.

Registration for the contest is open through Aug. 27.


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