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Action and Reaction by Mark Goldman @ Sandy Spring Museum
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm
Action and Reaction by Mark Goldman @ Sandy Spring Museum |  |  |

On exhibit January 9 – March 1, 2020

Action and Reaction by Mark Goldman is an exhibit centered on the two most important parts of sports photojournalism: action and reaction. It captures the instantaneous intensity, athleticism, and success created through highlighting game action of area professional and collegiate level sports teams, while also revealing the competitiveness, heart and emotion behind each player’s reaction. An accomplished photographer Mark utilizes his skills in photography, to reveal the in depth knowledge of sports it takes to photograph picture-perfect moments in such a fast-paced, competitive environment. He demonstrates his knowledge of a variety of sports by being one step ahead of the game action by carefully selecting proper placement, studying each sport, and watching the important interactions between players and coaches. The exhibit draws parallels and displays the equal level of importance between action and reaction to convey the complete story of the game.

Mark will share more about his experience in sports journalism at History Happy Hour: Wire Guys and Shooters on January 17th.

Art Dolls: Figurative Sculptures That Tell a Story @ Sandy Spring Museum
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm
Art Dolls: Figurative Sculptures That Tell a Story @ Sandy Spring Museum |  |  |

On exhibit January 9 – March 1, 2020
Reception: Sunday, January 12, 1 pm – 3 pm

This exhibit features the work of students enrolled in doll making classes at Montgomery College taught by Wendelin Daniels. The students explore mixed media art and the human form through the design and creation of original art dolls. The technique taught in the class generally involves making the head, hands, and feet out of air dried clay. The body of the doll is soft-sculpted over a wire armature. The dolls span a wide range of persona, from portrait dolls of historical figures to fantasy dolls, and everything in between. Adorned with their distinctive costumes, accessories, and props, art dolls convey their own individual personality and story. Unlike dolls that are manufactured as children’s toys, art dolls are unique, one-of-a-kind figurative sculptures.

Medical Museum Science Café: Clinical Knowledge Development – Medical and Transport Lessons Learned From the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan @ National Museum of Health and Medicine
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Medical Museum Science Café: Clinical Knowledge Development - Medical and Transport Lessons Learned From the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan @ National Museum of Health and Medicine |  |  |

Join CAPT (ret.) Patricia Kelley, Ph.D., as we explore the journey of injured service members, while discussing nursing lessons learned from those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those who cared for returning wounded, ill, or injured service members in U.S. military medical treatment facilities and the Veterans Health Administration. The presentation will feature highlights of a study funded by the TriService Nursing Research Program. For more information call (301) 319-3303 or visit

Unwrapping Chocolate’s Secrets @ Riversdale House Museum
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm
Unwrapping Chocolate's Secrets @ Riversdale House Museum |  |  |

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!

Medical Illustration: Hearts @ National Museum of Health and Medicine
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Medical Illustration: Hearts @ National Museum of Health and Medicine

Join museum staff for an introduction to historic medical illustrations from the museum’s Otis Historical Archives. Then try your hand at making illustrations of heart specimens in honor of Heart Health Month and Valentine’s Day. Supplies will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own materials. This event is recommended for ages 14 and up. Reservations are required. Call (301) 319-3312 to register or learn more here:

Japan Day @KID Museum, Bethesda @ KID Museum
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Japan Day @KID Museum, Bethesda @ KID Museum |  |  |

Japan Day – Sunday, February 9, 2020, 10:00am – 5:00pm

In partnership with the Japan Information & Culture Center, the Embassy of Japan, and Table for Two, KID Museum presents “Ume Matsuri,” the plum blossom festival that marks the end of wintertime.

Bring your family and enjoy hands-on, maker activities all day long. Build a communal Zen garden, create a Kendama toy, take part in interactive performances, make your own Japanese rice balls, and much more!

Come hungry and taste an array selection of Japanese food sold by the popular Fuji Japan food truck!

ASL interpretation will be available from 11am to 2pm.

Purchase day-of tickets at the front desk:
General Admission: $12 (includes 1 child and 2 adults)
KID Museum Members: FREE

Woo at the Zoo @ Smithsonian's National Zoo
Feb 14 all-day
Woo at the Zoo @ Smithsonian's National Zoo |  |  |

Still waiting on that sex talk? Come to Woo at the Zoo on Valentine’s Day for a primer on exactly how all that stuff works—in the animal kingdom, at least. Choose between two presentation times: 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. For each presentation, two Zoo professionals will give hilariously informative presentations on animal mating, dating and reproductive habits. Bring a special someone and grab a specialty cocktail, then dance the night away at a throwback ‘80s prom!

Popurri de Cultura – Culture class for Hispanic heritage students @ Sandy Spring Museum
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

$15 per person, per class

Immerse your children ages 6 – 12 in the cultural arts of Puerto Rico through storytelling, hands-on arts projects, and simple bilingual games. Each class offers a variety of projects to choose from and parent resource guides to take home. Class leaders are professional artists and educators, all members of Cultura Plenera, who are dedicated to sharing the arts of their native island. Additional sessions will be held in March, April and May.

Happy Birthday, Rosalie! @ Riversdale House Museum
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm
Happy Birthday, Rosalie! @ Riversdale House Museum |  |  |

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
The Plummers' Kitchen @ Riversdale House Museum |  |  |

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

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