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

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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 187 4 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 550 7 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

by Aaron Kraut — March 24, 2015 at 3:25 pm 0

Photo via B-CC Rescue Squad

The 2nd annual race to benefit the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is set for May 3 and will lead runners through the heart of of the volunteer rescue squad’s service area.

All proceeds from the RES1CUE Run 8K will go to the Rescue Squad, the organization of volunteer emergency medical technicians and firefighters with its headquarters at 5020 Battery Lane.

The Rescue Squad doesn’t receive regular funding from Montgomery County or the state of Maryland. Instead, it raiess almost all of its $2 million annual operating budget from individual donors, foundations, businesses and some local, state and federal government grants.

The race will start at 8 a.m., head north along Old Georgetown Road, cut east along Beech Avenue, Linden Avenue and Pooks Hill Road, then head back south along the curb lane of Rockville Pike. Runners will turn onto Fairmont Avenue and Woodmont Avenue before heading back toward the finish line at the station on Battery Lane.

Registration is $35 until April 15 and $50 starting on April 16. Registration for kids will be $10 at any time and the event includes two kids’ ambulance chase fun runs. The Rescue Squad will host post-race festivities.

The event’s presenting sponsors are the Leonard A. and Linda K. Greenberg Charitable Foundation and Greenhill Capital.

by Aaron Kraut — March 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm 154 1 Comment

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artist reception & exhibit mare michael artistArtist Reception and Exhibit: Mare Michael
On The Purple Couch 4228 Howard Avenue, Kensington
Time: 6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

We are excited to welcome Mare Michael to On the Purple Couch.  Join us for a reception and check out her work. Check out some of here work HERE .

Mare specializes in handmade, one-of-a-kind, conversation pieces. Owner and artist, Mare, layers acrylic paint on canvas, covering every piece of white space so that each canvas is complete in and of itself, no frame required.

Bethesda Film FestBethesda Film Fest
Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue
Time: 7:00 p.m. — 10:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

The third annual Bethesda Film Fest will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers at screenings scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, 2015 with 7pm and 9pm screenings each night at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. in downtown Bethesda. Bethesda Film Fest is produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.

The evening will include a discussion with the filmmakers after the screenings. Tickets are available at www.bethesda.org for $10. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.


by Aaron Kraut — March 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Bike To Work Day 2013 in BethesdaRegistration opened today for Bike to Work Day, which on May 15 will come to six Bethesda-area “pit stops” with free t-shirts, refreshments and chances to win bicycles and other prizes.

The event, organized on a regional level by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), is to promote bicycle commuting throughout the D.C. area.

Local sponsors get involved at each pit stop, where bicycle commuters can stop on the way to work. Those who register get the free t-shirt and are entered into raffles and contests for the other prizes.

The Bethesda pit stop at Woodmont Avenue and Bethesda Avenue (near the Capital Crescent Trail tunnel) has traditionally been one of the area’s most well-attended.

This year’s Bethesda event will run from 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and includes a number of local business sponsors and giveaways.

Other pit stops are scheduled for Friendship Heights (5311 Friendship Boulevard), Naval Support Activity – Bethesda (South Gate near the helipad), across the street at NIH (in front of Building 1), Rock Springs Business Park (Marriott headquarters at 10400 Fernwood Road) and White Flint (at the Nuclear Regulator Commission at 11555 Rockville Pike).

by Aaron Kraut — March 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm 831 0

Bethesda Row, Flickr pool photo by AmyMarieMoore

A dozen restaurants will take part in Bethesda Row’s 2015 Restaurant Week, set for Monday, April 20-Sunday, April 26.

The restaurants will offer a three-course lunch option for $15 and a three-course dinner option for $30. Plus, Bethesda Row is giving away a year of free dinners to a lucky winner who signs up for its newsletter.

The participating restaurants and links to available special menus are below:

American Tap Room (7278 Woodmont Avenue)

Cafe Deluxe (4910 Elm Street)

Jaleo (7271 Woodmont Avenue)

Lebanese Taverna (7141 Arlington Road)

Luke’s Lobster (7129 Bethesda Lane)

Mamma Lucia (4916 Elm Street)

Mon Ami Gabi (7239 Woodmont Avenue)

Mussel Bar & Grille (7262 Woodmont Avenue)

Nando’s Peri-Peri (4839 Bethesda Avenue)

Raku (7240 Woodmont Avenue)

Redwood Restaurant and Bar (7121 Bethesda Lane)

Vino Volo (7243 Woodmont Avenue)

Flickr pool photo by AmyMarieMoore

by Aaron Kraut — March 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm 162 0

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The Writer's CenterWriting About Your Life
The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh Street
Time: 6:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

Memoir, whether short or long form, can be tricky. This workshop will offer tips on how to make stories about your own life interesting to readers. We will explore writing prompts and begin a 1000-word nonfiction piece; please bring pen and paper or other note-taking device.


B-CC ChamberB-CC Chamber of Commerce After Hours
Courtyard By Marriott Chevy Chase 5520 Wisconsin Avenue
Time: 5:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 / Members: FREE

Join us for our monthly Networking After Hours. Bring your business cards!


Daffodils and Diamonds34th Annual Daffodils and Diamonds Luncheon
Columbia Country Club 7900 Connecticut Avenue
Time: 10:30 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

The Committee of Daffodils and Diamonds requests the pleasure of your company at their 34th Annual Daffodils and Diamonds Luncheon benefiting the National Foundation for Cancer Research

Fashion Provided By: Julia Farr Presents Spring 2015 from the Julia Farr Collection and Julia’s Curated Boutique Collections

Mistress of Ceremonies: Alison Starling, News Anchor, WJLA TV/ABC7

10:30 Champagne Reception, Silent Auction — Seasons Lounge
11:45 Runway Fashion Show — Living Room
12:30 Luncheon — Ball Room


by Aaron Kraut — March 4, 2015 at 9:10 am 0

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

Before he “made it,” legendary Broadway songwriter Fred Ebb was 40 and living with his mother.

That’s something that stuck with his niece and Bethesda arts booster Cathy Bernard. It’s also one of the reasons she devised a first-ever local songwriting competition that will debut Friday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club.

“Even with talent, it’s hard to get a break,” Bernard said. “I think it’s important to help people that are trying to fulfill their dreams.”

Starting last summer, Bernard and members of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District she chairs organized, promoted and recruited artists for the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards.

Bernard/Ebb Songwriting finalist and Bethesda resident Laura Baron, via BUPNine finalists were selected out of 258 entries to perform their songs in front of a live audience on Friday. The grand prize, to be awarded by a panel of musical theater professionals, is $10,000 with a $2,500 prize going to a young songwriter under 18.

“This fit because it was different than anything else we had done,” Bernard said. “It seems to have sparked people’s interest.”

The songwriting isn’t limited to theater tunes. The finalists who will perform Friday (starting at 8 p.m.) do musical theater, jazz, folk, country, contemporary and pop. The six adult finalists will perform two songs each. Bernard said some have described it as a local version of “American Idol,” though she’s not sure she’d agree.

Bethesda jazz and folk artist Laura Baron will perform two songs. The full-time musician and performer has put out three records, including one last year that got five Wammie nominations from the Washington Area Music Association.

“My career is having a lot of very nice things happening at the moment and to be able to perform at this wonderful venue will only help,” Baron said. “This is my town. To see a competition with a very big prize attached to it in Bethesda I thought was a great opportunity.”


by Aaron Kraut — March 3, 2015 at 9:10 am 424 6 Comments

Pike & Rose along Old Georgetown Road in White FlintA “red carpet” guest speaker, “best of” tastes from area restaurants and three hours of networking are set for the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce’s “The Big Event!” next month at Pike & Rose in the White Flint/Pike District.

The Chamber will take over an empty floor of the development’s new office building for the first annual event it’s billing as “an explosion of brainstorming to boost business through better ideas and bigger successes.”

Pre-registration costs $10 per person for groups of five or more and $12 for individuals. Registration at the door will be $15 per person. All food is included in the price and there will be a cash or credit bar.

Those who pre-register will get an advance list of the other pre-registered attendees, as well as they’re “Needs & Leads” list.

“This event will be an annual showcase that truly celebrates the best of The Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase region, the businesses and the business people who have chosen to work, play and live here: from musical groups to restaurants to banks to accounting firms,” said Chamber Chairman Clyde Garrett in a press release. “This event from speaker to sponsor is a showcase for why this region is bursting with business success and vitality.”

The Chamber won’t reveal the speaker until April 1. The event will run from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on April 22.

It will be another event Pike & Rose hosts at the office building (11810 Grand Park Avenue). Last month, a one-night audio and visual arts festival drew more than 3,000 to the space.

by Aaron Kraut — February 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm 0

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ArcadiaWhitman Drama Presents “Arcadia”
Walt Whitman High School 7100 Whittier Bouelvard
Time: 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Walt Whitman High School’s award-winning drama program presents “Arcadia,” the hilarious and heartbreaking play widely considered to be one of the most-influential shows of the 20th century. Exploring the complicated relationship between past and present, “Arcadia” follows the intertwined stories of two casts of characters in two time periods: a 19th century British family and the 20th century historians determined to discover their secrets.


The Writer's Center logoLizzie Stark and Christopher Goodrich
The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh Street
Time: 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Lizzie Stark reads from “Pandora’s DNA.” She is joined by poet Christopher Goodrich, author of “No Texting at the Dinner Table.” The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.


B-CC ChamberBCC Chamber of Commerce March Networking Breakfast
California Tortilla 4871 Cordell Avenue
Time: 7:45 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.

Join us for our monthly Networking Breakfast. It’s a perfect way for newcomers to make lasting connections with established business contacts from across the B-CC community.


by Aaron Kraut — February 26, 2015 at 11:05 am 258 1 Comment

An environmental advocate who lives on an island in the Potomac River, a failing longtime business in a gentrifying part of D.C. and a high school percussion section will be three of the subjects featured in next month’s Bethesda Film Fest.

The third annual event, organized by the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District, is set for March 20 and March 21 at Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Avenue).

Screenings on both nights will start at 7 p.m. and include discussions with the filmmakers. Tickets are available for $10.

This year’s five selected films include “Towpath Joe,” from filmmakers Susanne Coates and Emily Wathen. The pair followed around Joe Hage, who lives on an island next to the C&O Canal.

The screening will also include “Fate of A Salesman,” a look at the Men’s Fashion Center on H Street. After 60 years in business, the suit and dress clothes store closed in 2012 thanks to declining sales and a changing neighborhood.

All five of the films and short descriptions follow:


by Aaron Kraut — February 19, 2015 at 1:15 pm 0

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Play In A DayPlay In A Day
Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue
Time: 8:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

Six professional Washington, D.C. area theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours. Play In A Day kicks off on Friday night when playwrights and directors come together to receive their assigned themes and props. Playwrights then work through the night to create their ten-minute masterpieces. As the sun comes up, rehearsals begin as teams of directors and actors prepare anxiously to make the 8 p.m. performance deadline on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The result is a one-of-a-kind theatre experience! Some material may not be suitable for children.


Be The MatchDance For a Cure — Be the Match!
Next phase Bethesda 7610 Old Georgetown Road (Skywalk Level)
Time: 2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

We are helping our friend and community member, Lori Nam, who is 34 years-old and is fighting her third reoccurrence with blood cancer. She needs a match for a marrow transplant and Be The Match is working to find her unrelated donor because there are no current matches for her in her family. We are helping her by hosting a two-hour Zumba/ dance fitness master class with multiple instructors. There will also be lots of snacks and activities out in the lobby area so people can come to support/donate/ learn about the registry without having to dance. Participate in our fun raffle and help raise much needed dollars for the Be The Match mission to support Lori finding a MATCH. A minimum $25 donation is required to participate in the master class. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Be The Match Foundation, which covers all financial costs for donors to join the registry, as well as pay bills for patients who cannot afford their transplants.


by Aaron Kraut — February 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

MCPSA group of civic activists and volunteers will pore over the county school system’s $2.39 billion budget request next week in Bethesda.

The Montgomery County Civic Federation, Montgomery County Taxpayers League and the Parents’ Coalition of Montgomery County are hosting the third annual “Budgetpalooza” on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane). The event is set for 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Participants will go chapter-by-chapter while analyzing the FY16 budget request finalized last week by the Board of Education. The effort is meant to provide an outside review. The MCPS budget traditionally makes up almost half of the county’s entire annual operating budget.

Because of anticipated state education cuts, the Board of Education shaved $10.2 million off of the budget proposed in December by then-Superintendent Joshua Starr. School officials have said more cuts are possible.

The County Council must approve the budget this spring.

The Civic Federation describes itself as a group of volunteers who “have committed themselves to providing an effective citizen voice to government policy makers, both elected and appointed.”

by Aaron Kraut — February 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm 422 5 Comments

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High SchoolHardly a plan for new development in Bethesda goes by without community concerns over school overcrowding or traffic congestion.

With those issues central to ongoing master plan revisions in downtown Bethesda and Westbard, Councilmember Roger Berliner is holding a one-day summit in which he hopes a group of government officials can educate the public and get resident input.

The event, “Infrastructure and Growth: Are We Keeping Pace?” is set for Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the cafeteria at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (4301 East-West Highway). It will include MCPS planner Bruce Crispell, Planning Department Director Gwen Wright and Glenn Orlin, the County Council’s chief transportation analyst.

“It has just been the undercurrent of conversations for years,” Berliner said. “I just felt like it was time to have an honest dialog with our public as well as our county leaders to see whether we are doing the best we can.”

The setting for the forum will also serve as a good example of the area’s infrastructure challenges.



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