by Aaron Kraut — September 30, 2014 at 9:20 am 0

Armed Forces Appreciation DayFlanagan’s Harp & Fiddle and a housing nonprofit for veterans and military families will put on the first Armed Forces Appreciation Day on Saturday along Cordell Avenue.

Flanagan’s, the bar and restaurant at 4844 Cordell Ave., is hosting the event to benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free and low cost housing to family members of combat veterans receiving treatment at military medical centers.

The event will also benefit the Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial assistance to wounded and critically ill combat veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The outdoor street festival will take over Cordell Avenue from noon to 7 p.m., with a silent auction, live bands, bag pipers irish dancers, food and more.

At 11:30 a.m., Rep. Chris Van Hollen will be an attendance for a 21 gun salute from the American Legion Post 86 Color Guard.

To sign up as a sponsor or make a donation, contact Christina Zeender at christinazeender[at]gmail[dot]com.

by Aaron Kraut — September 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm 323 0

Lenny Robinson, the Lamborghini Batman, will appear at this year's Come Back to Bethesda eventThe so-called “Lamborghini Batman” will be on hand at the Come Back to Bethesda festival soon to pose for photos and raise money for The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

Lamborghini Batman, aka Lenny Robinson, made international headlines in 2012 when police pulled him over in his black Batmobile-like Lamborghini in Silver Spring. Robinson, a Baltimore County resident, was photographed in his full Batman suit chatting with police on the sidewalk.

His reason for wearing the Batman gear and driving the Lamborghini (he also has a 1966 replica Batmobile) soon became apparent; he regularly visits sick children in hospitals and attends fundraising events in costume.

Come Back To Bethesda will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 on Cheltenham Road near the Chevy Chase Acura dealership (7725 Wisconsin Ave.).

Robinson will attend with his Batmobile from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival will include a vintage, classic and custom car show, plus games, activities and performances.

Photo via Lenny Robinson/Facebook

by Aaron Kraut — September 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm 0

2012 Taste of Bethesda set up

The Bethesda Urban Partnership puts on the Taste of Bethesda with the help of 100 volunteers, and a few weeks before this year’s event it’s still in need of some folks to help out.

There are five teams — set-up, ticket booth, drink tent, roving and parking — that work in shifts throughout the day. Set-up for the Taste starts at 7 a.m. by placing tablecloths, hanging signs and helping restaurants gear up.

The event last year brought between 38,000 and 40,000 people to Norfolk, Fairmont, St Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray Avenues.

Set-up and afternoon slots in all areas are in need of the most assistance. The afternoon shifts go from 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteers must be at least 16, and volunteers younger than 18 require a permission form. Each team will have a captain to lead the way. For more information, visit the BUP site.

You can find the volunteer form here.

by Aaron Kraut — September 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm 365 1 Comment

Tesla retail store in Westfield Montgomery, Flickr photo by ehpien

Don’t be alarmed by the fleet of high-end cars stacked up on Rosedale Avenue on Saturday.

A local home theater and audio system company is hosting an all-day meet-up of Tesla drivers that will also include free rides in electric vehicles from BMW, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz.

Bethesda Systems (4712 Rosedale Ave.) will put on the event, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., offering free hand car washes, audio system installations, a continental breakfast and sushi, pizza and wine.

Tesla, the electronic car company with a signature model starting at $69,900, is making in-roads in Bethesda with a retail store in Westfield Montgomery Mall and Mobile Supercharging Station that opened at the mall earlier this year.

There will be at least 25 of Tesla’s Model S at the event and, of course, Tesla drivers will be able to charge up. A 30-minute charge at a typical 7kW public charging station provides for about 10 miles of range, according to Tesla.

Flickr photo by ehpien

by Aaron Kraut — September 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm 315 1 Comment

Photo via Black's Restaurant Group

A Garrett Park restaurant from a well-known local restaurant group is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a special throwback menu featuring the most popular dishes served over the last decade.

Black Market Bistro (4600 Waverly Ave.) is one of a number of local spots from the Black Restaurant Group, helmed by operator Jeff Black and his wife Barbara and Jon Linck. The group also owns Black’s Bar & Kitchen (7750 Woodmont Ave.) and owned Addie’s on Rockville Pike before closing last year. Black Restaurant Group opened Republic in Takoma Park late last year.

Black Market Bistro will celebrate the anniversary on Sept. 24. The three-course special menu ($55 with an optional $20 wine pairing) will include butternut squash, tomato lemongrass, fried calamari, pan-seared rainbow trout and grilled strip steak.

Chefs and managers who helped open the place in 2004 will be back for the evening. Guests get goodie bags (with some free menu items for future visits).

For more info, visit the restaurant website.

Photo via Black’s Restaurant Group

by Aaron Kraut — September 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm 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:


Denizen-TasteDenizens Brewing Co. at Farm Women’s Market
Bethesda Farm Women’s Market 7155 Wisconsin Ave.
Time: 12:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

The Bethesda Farm Women’s Market starts its “Taste of Fall” series bringing the best beers in Maryland this Friday to their wonderfully popular Food Truck Friday. The Farm Women’s Market will host a number of local artisans and craftspeople in coming weeks culminating on Saturday, October 18th with their 1st Annual “Taste of Fall” Crafts Event coinciding with the Bethesda Row Arts Festival and Friendship Heights’ Boo4 Halloween show next door to Clyde’s restaurant. Come sample locally brewed beer from Denizens Brewing Co. alongside Hardy’s BBQ and take home a growler for the weekend!


PAD-2013-groupPark After Dark
Great Falls Tavern 11710 MacArthur Boulevard
Time: 6:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

The C&O Canal Trust will be hosting the Fourth Annual Park After Dark Fundraiser on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to benefit the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP). This unique event is held under the stars in the C&O Canal NHP at the beautiful Historic Great Falls Tavern. Attendees will kick back and enjoy live music, great food, libations, unique auction items, a campfire, and much more!

Saturday, Sept. 27

Music-Box5Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents Music Box: All Aboard!
The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.

BSO Music Box is a new concert series created for babies and toddlers 6 months to 3 years and their families. Hosted by acclaimed actress, dancer and storyteller Maria Broom, the Music Box Series gives your budding music-lover the chance to explore music through highly engaging and interactive performances. Each half-hour concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing classical and children’s songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy.

Bethesda Fire Department Station #6 at Wisconsin Avenue and Bradley LaneBethesda Fire Department Open House
Fire Station 6 6600 Wisconsin Avenue
Time: 11:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

The Bethesda Fire Department Open House will be held on September 27 from 11 am to 3 pm. Fun for the whole family with a chance to see the fire equipment up close and say thank you to the firefighter. You can have your picture taken riding a fire truck. There will be games, free food, a visit from Ronald McDonald and lots of fire safety info for you and children. The fire station is located on the corner of Bradley Blvd and Wisconsin Avenue.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

DoubleTree BethesdaMaryland Canna-Business Seminar
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 8120 Wisconsin Ave.
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

As you’ve probably heard, Maryland recently became the 21st medical marijuana state, and the program is already in the early stages of implementation. Interested in breaking into a brand new industry predicted to be worth more than $10 billion within five years? MPP’s Maryland Canna-Business Seminar will give you the information you need to become a successful dispensary operator or cultivator. With a limited number of licenses available, Maryland’s application process will be competitive. MPP is here to help you stay ahead of the curve!

by Aaron Kraut — September 17, 2014 at 11:05 am 701 0

Jeff Van Grack ,photo via Lerch, Early & BrewerFriends and family members of the late Jeff Van Grack will be at Friday’s Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School football home opener to help honor the man and raise awareness about the disease that took his life.

Van Grack, who died last month of bladder cancer at the age of 60, led Lerch, Early & Brewer’s Community Association law practice. But his true passion was coaching football, which he did for many years around Montgomery County.

Coworkers at the Bethesda law firm knew it was football season when Van Grack would begin showing up to the office at 5 a.m. He was getting work in before heading off in the early afternoon to coach special teams at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, where he and coach Josh Singer also established an offseason leadership seminar for players.

“Jeff was a great coach and a better man,” Singer said this week. “Jeff’s message to the players was you don’t have to do something special to be a leader. Anyone can develop those skills and he treated everybody on the team, from the guys who might not play as much to the two-year starters, the same way.”

Together with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, the B-CC football team will host the Battling Barons Conquering Bladder Cancer event on Friday, during the team’s game against rival Whitman.

Van Grack’s son Alan will speak at halftime. The event is open to the public, and tickets are $5. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.

Van Grack created a partnership between the football program, his law firm and the Advocacy Network, which happens to be located on St Elmo Avenue. He also served on BCAN’s Leadership Council, helping to increase awareness and raise money for educational programs and services. Bladder cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.

“Jeff’s commitment to serve on the BCAN Leadership Council was a true demonstration of his passion and dedication to support bladder cancer awareness,” said BCAN President Diane Zipursky Quale. “It is our hope that with this BCAN Awareness Night, we will honor Jeff’s vision and courage by spreading awareness within the Bethesda, and surrounding community.”

Photo via Lerch, Early & Brewer

by Aaron Kraut — September 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm 372 0

Westwood Food Truck Rally, Via Maier & WarnerThe new owner of the Westwood Shopping Center in the Westbard section of Bethesda will hold a food truck rally, sidewalk sale and school supply drive on Saturday.

Equity One, which completed the purchase of the shopping center earlier this year, will host food trucks including GoFish!, Linda’s Luncheonette, Holy Crepes!, CapMac and Carmen’s Italian Ice from noon to 6 p.m. during the event (5400 Westbard Ave.).

There will also be a DJ and chance to win a shopping spree at Westwood stores for those who donate school supplies.

For more information visit the the event’s Facebook page.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Planning Department will begin the public input portion of the Plan Westbard process. Equity One hopes to redevelop the Westwood shopping center and many surrounding properties into a mixed-use community using Westbard Avenue as a main street.

Via Maier & Warner

by Aaron Kraut — September 10, 2014 at 10:30 am 267 0

2012 Bethesda Row Arts Festival

One of Bethesda’s biggest annual street festivals will return next month with nearly 200 artists from across the country.

The Bethesda Row Arts Festival, which features artists and crafters of many types, is set for Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 on Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street.

Food vendors and musicians will also take part. The streets will be shut down as ceramic artists, painters, glass makers, graphic designers, photographers and more set up booths with works for sale.

It’s also a juried competition between artists in 14 different categories.

The event is free and set for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 19, rain or shine.

Festival artists will donate a proceed of their sales to the NIH Children’s Charities and small donations from the artists also allow for NIH to present children’s art activities at the event.

For more information, visit the event website.

by Aaron Kraut — September 4, 2014 at 1:45 pm 0

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

A Bethesda arts group is holding its first ever Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards and is offering a grand prize of $10,000 to the winner.

Cathy Bernard, president of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and niece of renowned Broadway songwriter Fred Ebb, founded the contest to find local, up and coming musicians.

The event will include multiple rounds with a judging panel of professional artists, venue operators, booking agents and music professors. The first round judging panel will select semifinalists, then a grand prize jury will pick finalists to perform two of their original songs for a live audience on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club.

The award winners will be announced at the end of the performance.

The Bethesda Urban Partnership, which oversees the Arts & Entertainment District, will help organize the contest and event.

Songwriters who are permanent residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. are eligible. All contestants can submit three original songs, which must include lyrics and can’t be more than four minutes long. All musical genres will be accepted.

Musicians can apply online or download a mail-in application. Entries must be received by December 5, 2014.

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

by Aaron Kraut — August 29, 2014 at 11:45 am 737 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 163 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 188 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


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