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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.

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!

DesiGrooves Dance Workshop Vol. 6 – Bollywood Fusion @ Zind Performing Academy
Feb 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
DesiGrooves Dance Workshop Vol. 6 - Bollywood Fusion @ Zind Performing Academy |  |  |

We are back with DesiGrooves, a monthly pop-up dance workshop for all ages and levels.

For our first meet-up of 2020, our theme will be Bollywood Fusion and our instructor will be Chitra Subramanian.

Chitra Subramanian is a dance artist based in Washington, DC and focused on blending her foundation in Indian Classical dance with Hip Hop dance and culture.

A Pittsburgh native, and originally from South India, Chitra has trained, taught, and performed for over 12 years in the cities she has resided in, including DC, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. She danced with the award-winning Culture Shock DC Dance Troupe, and has served on faculty at City Dance Center, Sitar Arts Center, The Movement Factory and has shared/taught at various community-based, studio, and University spaces.

Chitra’s dance foundation began with her training in Bharathanatyam, an Indian Classical Dance form, and studied this art under the nationally and internationally renowned Pittsburgh-based teacher, Jaya Mani. Chitra began immersing herself in Hip Hop culture after graduating from college, falling in love with all of its art forms and especially urban dance styles through all of the extensive time she spent in DC clubs. She continues to train and participate in the culture as much as possible and deeply believes in the power of Hip Hop to transform, unleash, and highlight unrecognized and untapped talent and potential.

Chitra’s style explores how the basic foundations of Indian dance infuses new possibility, awareness, and energy into urban dance forms. Her goal is to elevate Indian dance fusion styles by being intentional, authentic, and deeply respectful of these dance foundations that have inspired her. Her classes typically focus on fundamentals in Indian classical movements, exercises in grooves, footwork, and individual freestyle concepts, and demonstration through choreography.

In 2018, Chitra founded TRIBE (now chitra.MOVES), a group of diverse, female artists from different cities, coming together to share and perform the fusion of Hip Hop and Indian dance styles. Most recently, TRIBE competed in the second season of DanceUSADance, a global dance competition and platform, and advanced to the finals in New Jersey and New York City and aired on India’s ZeeTV network. Chitra has also performed with the DC-based Hip Hop collective, Project Charma, at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and recently participated as a guest performer and teacher at pearlPresents Dance Festival in Pittsburgh. This year, Chitra secured a residency to develop new work through NextLOOK, in partnership with University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith for the Performing Arts and Joe’s Movement Emporium for their 2019-2020 season.

You can find her dance videos on YouTube:


Prepaid – $20 for 1.5 hours of group dance instruction; payable via Venmo – @dcwaledesi

Day of event – $25; payable cash or Venmo at the door

Please note that we only have the capacity of up to 30 dance enthusiasts for this edition of DESIGROOVES.

There will be an opportunity to network and connect with like-minded South Asians and other attendees at the dance workshop.

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.

Ethiopia Day at KID Museum, Bethesda @ KID Museum
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ethiopia Day at KID Museum, Bethesda @ KID Museum |  |  |

Come celebrate the culture, crafts, and flavors of Ethiopia at KID Museum’s first-ever Ethiopia Day! KID Museum and Ethiopian Community Center DC are proud to present a hands-on celebration of Ethiopian culture, food, art, games, and making. Featuring maker activities, crafts, music, food and performances.

Bring the entire family, activities suitable for ages 4-11. Drop in any time 10am-5pm and stay as long as you like!

Ethiopian food treats available for purchase courtesy of Bete Ethiopian Cuisine and Cafe, Silver Spring.

Performances throughout the day, schedule to be announced.
See website for complete details.

Presented at KID Museum, 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817

Brain Awareness Day at the Medical Museum @ National Museum of Health and Medicine
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Brain Awareness Day at the Medical Museum @ National Museum of Health and Medicine |  |  |

Explore the exciting world of neuroscience! Learn about prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury. Discover how your brain works. Explore STEM career paths. Join brain scientists, researchers, clinicians, and museum educators and enjoy interactive demonstrations and exhibits about the brain. This event is free! All ages welcomes. For more information call (301) 319-3303 or visit

Real Food for Kids 2020 Culinary Challenge @ Hayfield Seconday School
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Real Food for Kids 2020 Culinary Challenge @ Hayfield Seconday School |  |  |

And this is the only event where you can see how they do it!

Exhibits open at 10:45 AM
Public Tasting of Student Dishes 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Awards Ceremony 12:15 PM

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge is the only event in the country that gives students a platform to influence and change what is served in their school cafeterias. Throughout the National Capital Region, dishes created by middle and high school students for this event are being served to thousands of their peers.

Every day, school food professionals face an array of federal requirements to put school meals in our cafeterias that meet strict nutritional guidelines while adhering to restrictive per-meal budgets. The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge gives students the chance to overcome these challenges to tell us what they’d like to see in their school cafeterias. Their success is changing what’s being served in our schools.

21 teams from 7 school districts in the National Capital Region will participate. It’s a taste sensation you won’t want to miss.

FREE – Registration Required.

Let’s Go to the Carnival!: A Family Chamber Music Concert @ Riversdale House Museum
Mar 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Let's Go to the Carnival!: A Family Chamber Music Concert @ Riversdale House Museum |  |  |

The fun of the big top comes to the museum! Enjoy an instrument show-and-tell, listen to carnival tunes, and chat with the musicians over juice and cookies.

Capacity limited; advance registration encouraged by March 18. FREE!

USG Undergraduate Expo @ The Universities at Shady Grove
Mar 28 all-day
USG Undergraduate Expo @ The Universities at Shady Grove

This event is beneficial for students who are currently in high school or community college, or those considering transferring from another four-year institution to complete their bachelor’s degree.

At the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), nine Maryland universities offer their most in-demand degree programs on one convenient campus in Montgomery County. Apply to and earn your bachelor’s degree from the university offering your major, but save time and money by taking your classes close to work or home. USG is designed for student success — with support services, smaller class sizes, and a personalized learning environment, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

Visit us throughout the morning on Saturday, March 28th to:

• Meet with representatives from all undergraduate majors
• Receive scholarship and financial aid advice
• Get tips for writing a winning application essay
• Have your unofficial transcripts evaluated
• Engage with current students on campus tours

*Registration is FREE*

Parking and Directions

Parking is available free of charge in the Shady Grove Garage, located at the corner of Shady Grove Road and Darnestown Road. Student Ambassadors will direct you from the garage to the event, about a five minute walk.

Disability parking is available in the Traville Gateway Garage on level 2 or above. Please take a ticket at the gate, and you will be provided with a voucher to exit free of charge when you check in.

Wish Hero 5K @ West Potomac Park
Apr 11 @ 6:30 am – 10:00 am
Wish Hero 5K @ West Potomac Park

Sign up to run in the Wish Hero 5K and make your miles count for wishes! Whether you are an avid runner or just enjoy a jog with friends, we want you to join us and support local wishes. In addition, family fun activities and pop up fitness classes will be offered during this community day in support of local wish kids.

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