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Learn About and Receive Free Glaucoma Screenings @ Village of Friendship Heights
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Learn all about the “sneaky thief of sight” – Glaucoma. Hear from a glaucoma expert and then receive FREE glaucoma screenings afterward by POB’s Adult Screening Team.

To register, please call (301) 656-2797.

The Great Zucchini @ Arts Barn
Jan 26 all-day
The Great Zucchini @ Arts Barn

The Great Zucchini! returns for a colorful, adventure-filled show filled with surprises, magic, silliness, and fun. Kids will be on the edge of their seats. Recommended for ages 3 – 7.

Two performances at 11 AM & 1 PM.

Unwrapping Chocolate’s Secrets @ Riversdale House Museum
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn about chocolate making in the American colonies and get hands-on with 18th century techniques! This presentation and workshop with A Taste of History with Joyce White will explore different types of cacao and the history of chocolate processing from the pre-industrial days to the modern-day.

Maryland was one of the only colonies south of the Mason-Dixon line to be home to a chocolate maker in the 18th century. Find out where he worked and more interesting chocolate facts to make you a true chocolate connoisseur.

Try your hand at cacao grinding and, of course, enjoy a decadent guided tasting along the way!

The Ultimate STEM Event @ The Primary Day School
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Ultimate STEM Event @ The Primary Day School

See what our budding scientists and mathematicians are up to at this hands-on afternoon of exploration. Please RSVP by November 4th to

I ❤ Nature @ Locust Grove Nature Center
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
I ❤ Nature @ Locust Grove Nature Center

Looking for a little adventure? Follow the clues as you hike around Cabin John Park to solve a new nature-themed puzzle each month.

This month work together with (or challenge!) your Valentine to nature trivia in a heart-themed scavenger hunt.

Check-in at the front desk any time between 2 pm and 5 pm for the clues. Then work together with your family to find hidden objects in the park along the trails.

$2 per person. Please register both adults and children over the age of 2. Natural surface trails are not stroller accessible. Severe weather cancels the program.

Register by Friday, February 7 to receive a prize for completing the hunt.
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Photo from Flickr Creative Commons, “nature love” by Jerald Jackson.

Thumbelina @ Imagination Stage
Feb 15 – Apr 5 all-day
Thumbelina @ Imagination Stage

Written and Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
Adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale
Best for ages 4+

What happens when a girl no bigger than a thumb finds herself lost in a great big world? She takes control of the story, of course! In this plucky retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, Thumbelina sets off to find her place in a world where she does not seem to “fit,” meeting a bashful toad, a bullying band of maybugs, a helpful field mouse, and many more friends along the way. But is her story written for her? OR can she control her destiny? Inspired by Kamishibai – a form of Japanese street theatre that uses illustrated boards to create the story-this production features live video projections, puppetry, dioramas, and other theatre magic. Thumbelina will dazzle audiences with an eye-catching celebration of individuality and friendship.

Happy Birthday, Rosalie! @ Riversdale House Museum
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm
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In honor of Rosalie Stier Calvert’s 242nd birthday, we are opening the house for free! Say hello to Mrs. Calvert as she greets visitors and enjoy cupcakes and hot chocolate while supplies last. Tour the rooms Mrs. Calvert designed in the early 19th century and cozy up by the open hearth for a celebratory baking demo from the Riversdale Kitchen Guild.

FREE; no registration required

The Plummers’ Kitchen @ Riversdale House Museum
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm
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Stop by Riversdale to check out the open hearth, where the Kitchen Guild will be demoing recipes from the 1920s and celebrating the life of Nellie Arnold Plummer (1860-1933).

Nellie was born enslaved to Adam Francis Plummer of Riversdale and Emily Saunders Plummer, and grew up to work as a school teacher for forty-five years, as well as serve as a church elder. In 1927 she published the book, Out of the Depths, or the Triumph of the Cross, a biography of her family, much of which is based on her father’s writings.

Discover more about this remarkable woman and learn about popular dishes from Nellie’s time during the program!

FREE; regular fee for house tours

Bingo Night in Cabin John @ Clara Barton Community Center
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cabin John’s annual Family Bingo Night. Bingo cards for all ages to play, $5.00 each. Pizza and drinks at bargain prices. Admission free.
Local celebrity callers. Prizes, prizes, prizes!

B-CC Used Book Sale @ B-CC High School
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm

B-CC Used Book Sale
Over 50,000 quality used books, most priced between $1 and $3
Hardcover, paperback and audiobooks, carefully sorted into over 60 different categories, including a huge children’s section
Saturday, March 7, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 8, 10 am – 3 pm. Sunday Special: Fill one of our bags for $10
Cash, checks or credit cards accepted ($20 min.)
Cafe and musical entertainment both days
Something for everyone at this well-organized sale! All funds raised support programs and clubs at B-CC High School.

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