It’ll be a busy holiday-themed weekend around town with Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Winter Wonderland, Bethesda Row’s Santa Pet Photos, the ongoing Santa’s Village at Westfield Montgomery Mall and a visit from Santa at The Collection At Chevy Chase.
Winter Wonderland starts on Friday with a ticketed dance performance, then continues Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Park. Included will be the annual ice sculpting display and a chance to sit on Santa’s lap.
Over at Bethesda Lane, Bethesda Row is sponsoring Santa pet photos from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The photos cost $10, which will go to the Montgomery County Humane Society. The Humane Society is also accepting unopened pet food, treats, toys and lightly used bedding and towels to help shelter animals in need.
Westfield Montgomery will continue its Santa program until Christmas Eve with Santa’s Village from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Collection at Chevy Chase (5451 Wisconsin Ave.) will host its own Santa from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, then again on each Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas.
Look for Santa and his polaroid photo-taking elves next to the Cartier and Christian Dior. The event includes the free photo, a free gift wrap of up to three packages and light refreshments.
Photo via Bethesda Row
Adventure Theatre MTC, the musical theater company and training center, was helpless as 19 of its performances of “Goodnight Moon” were cancelled because the National Park Service closed Glen Echo Park during the shutdown.
A day before the end of the shutdown, the group predicted a loss of $3,000 per cancelled show. That’s more than $50,000 the company is looking to make up to proceed with programming at its Glen Echo Park performance space and facility in Rockville’s Wintergreen Plaza shopping center.
On Dec. 8, Adventure Theatre MTC will host singer Sandy Bainum for a one-night holiday benefit concert to help the recovery. Tickets are $35 each.
“Although the situation is temporarily resolved with the government and the national parks, without a full resolution we may have to shut our doors again so we need as much positivity and holiday cheer as possible,” producing artistic director Michael Bobbitt said.
For more information and for tickets, visit the Adventure Theatre website.
On Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m., the Chabad Center of Bethesda will host the 6th annual Chanukah Family Spectacular at Bethesda Row. Each year, the event has included a menorah — the candlestick holder used to commemorate the eight-day holiday — made of something unique.
Last year’s event featured an 18-foot wide, 10-foot tall menorah made of balloons. Others have been made of legos, ice and jelly beans.
Sunday’s lighting will feature a menorah filled with 1,000 toys, a nod to the toy drive for The Children’s Inn at NIH that will accompany the event.
State Sen. Brian Frosh will help light the menorah and the event will include ballons, live music, latkes and a gift for each child.
It starts at 5:30 p.m. on Bethesda Lane. Chanukah starts on Wednesday night.
The hotel is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive. It’s open to the public and set for 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
The event will be held on the Business meeting level of the Hyatt in its Old Georgetown Room.
All participants will get an American Red Cross “Thank You” shirt. Call 1-800-733-2767 or Elizabeth Gordon at 301-657-6473 to schedule a donation time.
Photo via Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Here are a few of the Bethesda events planned for the remainder of November and one in early December.
B-CC Chamber of Commerce Leadership Luncheon
Chamber of Commerce (7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1204)
Time: 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
Lunch a the B-CC Chamber. Enjoy a buffet lunch while hearing from and having conversation with a local leader. The series starts off with Guest Speaker, Rear Admiral Raquel C. Bono, Medical Corps, United States Navy Defense Health Agency, Director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate.
Members: $25 / Non-Members: $35 Time: 11:30 to 1:30pm
Dance Bethesda 2014 Application Deadline
Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District (7700 Old Georgetown Rd.)
Deadline: Nov. 22, 2013
The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is now accepting applications for Dance Bethesda 2014. Local dancers and choreographers from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are invited to apply. Applications must be received by Nov. 22, 2013.
A panel of judges will review the submissions and select the performers. The performance groups who are selected for the concert will receive a $600 honorarium. Applicants can apply online or mail their submission and must include one performance piece, the piece they wish to perform at the event, which is 8-10 minutes in length. There is a $15 non-refundable entry fee.
Auditions will be reviewed by the selection panel consisting of Susan Shields, Professor in the School of Dance at George Mason University; Christine Stone Martin, Manager of the Kennedy Center’s ballet company, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet; and Maida Withers, Founder and Artistic Director of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, and professor of dance at The George Washington University.
For more information, please call 301/215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.
Friday, Nov. 29
Get “Sprinkled With Cheer” at the Shops at Wisconsin Place
The Shops at Wisconsin Place (5310 Western Ave.)
Time: 12 p.m. — 4 p.m.
The Shops at Wisconsin Place will be “Sprinkled with Cheer” on Black Friday, November 29! From noon until 4 pm, the Snow Queen will sprinkle magic snowflakes granting holiday wishes, good old Ebenezer Scrooge will be up to his usual antics, a stilt-walker will entertain, children can get their faces painted, carolers will sing, and holiday jazz music will be playing. All are welcome, and it’s free. For more information, call 703.785.5634.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Ave.)
Time: 9:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.
This event is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe as part of TED’s “Women’s Event” day on December 5, 2013! Twelve riveting speakers will elaborate on our theme of “Sassy: Lively and Spirited” from a variety of perspectives and experiences, at this Bethesda-based program. Attendees will enjoy up close and personal access to our impressive VIPs and there will be opportunities to mingle with the crowd and our valuable partners/sponsors, too.
TEDxBethesdaWomen’s event ticket price includes refreshments and lunch, attendance at all presentations, networking opportunities…and a few surprises. Any proceeds that exceed our costs will be donated to Imagination Stage’s scholarship program. The intent of TED and TEDx gatherings is to provide a community-based experience at a grassroots level. Now in its 30th year, TED is celebrating its billionth download of Technology, Entertainment and Design talks this year!
Some of the area’s best young singers, musical theater actors and musicians will take to the stage at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Sunday for a unique performance of the seminal musical “Show Boat.”
The Young Artists of America, founded in 2011 by brothers Rolando and Kristofer Sanz, took 40 musicians and 41 singers from 30 different area schools for a few weeks of practice and training before the rare opportunity to perform musical selections with the help of a full orchestra.
“Ever since the beginning, we’ve been attracting a certain type of musician. No other organizations really do a full orchestra and full chorus and it creates some electricity,” Kristofer Sanz said. “We’ve really found ourselves a nice niche.”
The group rehearsed at Churchill High School, where Sanz is the school’s music director. He said the vocal component of the group is also rare in that it looks for more classically trained singers, as opposed to the Broadway-oriented programs that are more common.
“All those guys who have been hiding in the closet and just in their school choruses have been coming out with their beautiful voices that have had no outlet before,” Sanz said.
One of those voices is George B. Perry, a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School who hopes to one day get a masters degree in music at a conservatory.
For Perry, who is in the Young Artists program for the second year, finding outlets to practice classical or opera music are few and far between. Over the summer, he went to the Washington National Opera Summer Institute and saw firsthand the talent and experience many kids his own age have with music theory schooling at arts schools.
“There’s a lot of competition out there. It’s going to be a challenge because I don’t come from that place,” Perry said. “I have to find that in myself, and I think that’s part of the allure.”
The Young Artists program claims it’s the first program of its kind to specialize in performing opera with high school students and a full orchestra. It provides after-school training and rehearsals that Perry said are invaluable, even if it comes in addition to a full day of school and private voice lessons.
“It’s like if you’re doing sports. You can instantly tell the people who practice a certain way or if they don’t practice enough. You can definitely tell in their performance,” Perry said. “You can see the gears working.”
It’s an admittedly time-compressed process. The performance will be more “musical in concert,” than musical, meaning there won’t be sets or big costumes.
The Bethesda Urban Partnership’s annual Winter Wonderland event is set for Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday Dec. 7, with a special Winter Concert on Dec. 6 before Santa and an ice sculpting demonstration hit Veterans Park the next day.
The concert will start at 8 p.m. at Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Ave.) with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Choir, the GW Troubadors (a co-ed a cappella group), Capital Blend and Vox Pop, two other local a cappella groups. Tickets, $10 for adults and $12 for children under 12, are available here.
On Saturday, the ice sculpting demonstration — chainsaws and ice picks included — will return from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a student concert and visit from Santa.
For more information, visit the event website.
Photo via BUP
From Thursday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 17, 20 Washington area museums will come to the Mansion at Strathmore (10701 Rockville Pike) with jewelry, art, crafts and other holiday gift-appropriate goods such as ornaments, ties, scarves, soaps and home accessories.
Free parking will be available in the Mansion parking lot. More parking is available at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station garage.
The Museum Shop Around at Strathmore will include gifts from the Audubon Naturalist Society, Hillwood Estate, Montgomery County Historical Society, National Building Museum, National Geographic Store, The Phillips Collection, The Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park and more.
Admission is $9 and the event will rom from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15. The shop around will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 17.
For more information, visit the event website.
Photo via Strathmore
County Executive Isiah Leggett, a Vietnam veteran, will join the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda, Councilmember Roger Berliner, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, military officials and area veterans for a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Park on Norfolk Avenue.
MCPS will have school, though Monday and Tuesday are early release days. County officies and libraries will be closed and parking at county garages, lots and curbside meters will be free.
Ride On, Metrobus and Metrorail will go to weekend schedules and trash and recycling pickup will be pushed back one day for the rest of the week.
The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, a division of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, announced on Monday that it will host the second annual Bethesda Film Fest over two days next March at Imagination Stage.
Last year’s event was held on a Saturday night and featured five short documentaries with a question-and-answer period. Organizers said the 150-seat theater at Imagination Stage was sold out and a number of people were shut out.
The Film Fest is now accepting entries from filmmakers. Documentaries must be between five and 20 minutes long, completed within the last two years and from a filmmaker from Maryland, D.C. or Virginia.
The selection panel might also take a documentary from a filmmaker younger than 18. Filmmakers selected will get a $250 honorarium.
Filmmakers can apply by mailing a completed application and DVD including the documentary, 5-20 minutes in length, to Bethesda Film Fest c/o Bethesda Urban Partnership, 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814. Entries must be received by January 3, 2014.
For more information and applications, visit the BUP website.
Retailers in the glitzy shopping development will host a first-ever “beauty festival” called Glow On The Row. There will be more than 20 events in some of the stores, discounts, giveaways and a cocktail party at Redwood (7121 Bethesda Lane) feature The Newsbabes, the breast cancer charity from a group of Washington-area news anchors.
The event will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 2). The cocktail party is set for 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit breast cancer charities.
The first 100 guests to check in on Bethesda lane will get a free cosmetic bag. Retailers such as Aveda, Bubbles, Drybar, Pink Palm, Secolari and others will offer beauty events and samples.
Bethesda Row also puts on the annual Front Row fashion show event in May.
For more info, and for a rundown of special offers, visit the event website.
MoverMoms will be at Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Walt Whitman High Schools on Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., where you can drop off wrapped candy that will be packed into Christmas stockings and sent to troops.
The group will collect candy through Nov. 10 at the Bethesda Whole Foods Market (5629 River Rd.), Urban Country (7117 Arlington Rd.) and homes at 7101 Loch Lomond Dr., 5408 Huntington Pkwy., 8011 Whittier Blvd., 4900 Fort Sumner Dr.
Check out the website for more information.
Photo via MoverMoms
BlackFinn (4901 Fairmont Ave.): From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., $3 Oktoberfest drafts, $5 spooky cocktails, $6 pumpkin bombs, $6 boo berry shots and $300 cash prize for best costume.
Caddies on Cordell (4922 Cordell Ave.): Specials from 5 p.m. to close. From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., $5 Redds Apple Ale with the Redds girls, giveaways and free samples. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., $5 Malibu/Malibu Black drinks, giveaways and free samples. $2 Miller Lite Drafts, 50-cent wings, free Halloween shirts, beads and hats to those in costume.
Maggie’s (4914 Cordell Ave.): From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., $2 Miller Lite and Yuengling drafts and 75-cent wings and tenders. Any one with a costume will get 15 free wings.
Tommy Joe’s (4714 Montgomery Lane): The 15th Annual Tommy Joe’s Costume Contest starts around 10 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Washington’s Smokin’ Al Koken will again host.
Union Jack’s (4915 St Elmo Ave.): Union Jack’s will host two costume contests. One on Thursday and one on Friday with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes, plus a trip giveaway, DJ and dancing.
The 31st Annual Turkey Chase is coming.
The Thanksgiving 10K race and 2-mile fun run/walk through Bethesda is set for 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. As always, it will start at the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase (9401 Old Georgetown Rd.).
Almost 10,000 runners typically participate in the event, which has raised more than $1.5 million for charities of the YMCA and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club since 1992.
At stake is the Principal’s Prize, a contest for local public and private high schools to drum up interest in the event. The public school that has the most registrants identify it as a “favorite high school,” will receive a $1,000 check. The top vote-getting private school will get $500.
As of last weekend, Walter Johnson is in the lead with 247 registered runners, followed by Whitman (222), Bethesda-Chevy Chase (165) and Churchill (90.)
Long-lasting pain and a difficult rehab process can accompany many knee replacement operations, but the 58-year-old Pepco worker didn’t have much of a choice.
After years of climbing on steel transformers and lifting heavy objects, Van Wagner’s knees were shot. So he turned to Bethesda orthopedic surgeon Chris Cannova, who’s putting the relatively new technology of custom-fitted knee replacement to use.
“I can’t explain what a relief it was. There’s just no pain,” Van Wagner said. “I really put off the surgery, but I can’t say enough good things about the procedure. To me, it’s a phenomenal thing.”
On Tuesday (tomorrow), Suburban Hospital will host a free seminar about the procedure from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the hospital (8600 Old Georgetown Rd.). Cannova will discuss new technologies for reducing pain and restoring mobility in those with knee or hip pain.
The process uses CT scans of a patient’s knee, hip or ankle, which are uploaded to a software program that creates a 3D model.
Metal is poured into a mold to create a patient-specific knee implant that creates a nearly perfect fit. The process has been proven to cut recovery time and make the replacements more effective for controlling pain.
Conventional knee replacements use an approximate replacement knee.
Van Wagner’s operation took less than 70 minutes. He was in physical therapy the next day and mostly pain-free.
“I walked all the way down the hall back into the room, even to the bathroom. That was over 100 some feet,” Van Wagner said. “I can’t explain to you what a relief it was. My recovery time wasn’t anywhere near to as long as what I thought it would be.”
He is now able to walk along the C&O Canal, go fishing and go canoeing, some of his favorite activities he said he couldn’t do before the operation because of constant knee pain. He’s scheduled to get his other knee replaced via the same method in about three weeks.
For more info on Cannova’s seminar, visit the event website.