Drumline Live With lively choreography, explosive percussion and high-stepping style, DRUMLine Live is an entertaining, high-energy look at a uniquely American art form - the marching band experience as performed by historically black colleges and universities. The performance is March 6 in the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda at 7:30 p.m. strathmore.org

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    February is Maple Sugaring Month at Brookside Nature Center in Wheaton and for the next two weekends, the center is hosting 45-minute tours that explain the process of making sweet maple syrup. You can watch the process from start to finish, where sap drips from trees to where it's boiled down into maple syrup. Better yet, the program includes mini pancake tastings.
    There is a modest charge ($6 per person, but free to children 3 and under) and the tours start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. There are also limited tours on February 16 and 23. The maple syrup tours are popular and you will need to register in advance and dress accordingly since they are held outdoors. More Info

    County executive Isiah Leggett will participate in an online discussion February 21 from 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m. County residents can email questions directly to Leggett and they will be answered during the allotted discussion time. Questions can also be submitted in advance of the event. More Info

    If you are considering sending your kids to summer camp, now is the time to be looking for options to keep them active and engaged this summer. The current issue of Montgomery Magazine has a dozen great suggestions or you can attend the first Montgomery County Recreation Summer Camp Fair on March 12 at the North Potomac Community Recreation Center in Rockville to learn about summer programs offered by the county. The event is free and you can meet camp instructors and there will also be demonstrations, contests, prizes and snacks. More Info

    Documentaries by local filmmakers will dominate the screen at the 5th Annual Bethesda Film Fest. The screenings by local filmmakers will feature five short documentaries at Imagination Stage in Bethesda on March 17-18 and will be followed by a discussion with each filmmaker. More Info

   The local arts scene suffered a loss with last month's passing of Judith Frosh who helped found Adventure Theatre in 1951. Frosh believed that children should be exposed to arts and culture at an early age and she developed programs to help inspire children and teach them to learn and love theater. More Info

Need a birthday party idea, rainy day or everyday activity for the little tyke or teen in your family? Here are three great MoCo places and businesses that cater to kids and birthdays.

CONGRESSIONAL AQUARIUM - Although it's a privately-owned fish store that has been serving the area for more than 60 years, Congressional Aquarium in Rockville is a great place to decide whether your first pet should be a high maintenance puppy or a mellow freshwater or saltwater fish. Congressional Aquarium

LOCUST GROVE NATURE CENTER - It's never too early to get a jump on spring with a visit to the nature center in Bethesda. A natural sanctuary from urban sprawl, Locust Grove offers programs for all ages along with nature trails, an observation deck, exhibits, and a natural playground.   Locust Grove Nature Center

TOT SWAP - Maryland's leading kids consignment sale comes to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds February 28 to March 5 and features discounts on kids' toys, books, clothes, strollers, baby equipment, maternity clothes and more. There are major brands featured like GAP, OshKosh and Graco. Only high-quality items and new or like-new items are accepted. Tot Swap

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

DA MARCO THE ITALIAN PLACE - Building on its popular pizzeria in Bethesda, Da Marco's has opened another pizzeria in Germantown. Featuring its authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, pastas, soups and salads, Da Marco's also has a happy hour menu with a dozen tasty selections. For dessert, try the Nutella-filled donuts. damarcotheitalianplace.com

LINCOLN'S BBQ - Silver Spring will soon have a new barbecue restaurant once Lincoln's finishes its remodeling of the space formerly held by A.G. Kitchen. Lincoln's menu is expected to feature a variety of southern barbecue slow cooked in large smokers.

QUARRY HOUSE TAVERN - The friendly Silver Spring bar with live music is temporarily going silent while it moves back to the original Quarry House location across the street. Quarry House was forced from its location after a fire in 2015 damaged the venerable tavern as well as the Bombay Gaylord, an Indian restaurant above Quarry House. Quarry House

Montgomery County is one of the nation's wealthiest counties, yet there is need throughout our region. Support your neighbors by donating to a county-based charity. The issue's charity focus is Nourish Now, a Rockville organization that works to fight hunger and wasted food by collecting surplus fresh food from approximately 130 partners around the area. The recovered food, which is collected and transported under strict freshness requirements, is then donated to nearly 500 families and 60 local organizations each month. nourishnow.org
Mamba is an exotic snake, but he still needs a home. A beautiful ball python, Mamba is a little shy, but fine being held and would love to flourish in the right home. His diet is also exotic - frozen, then thawed rodents. for.roxiesfund@gmail.com  www.roxiesfund.org

Teen Bad Movie Friday is a fun event for teens in search of some good clean fun on March 10. Hosted by the city of Gaithersburg at the Community Museum, the movies are a double feature showing of the 1953 sci-fi "Cat-Women of the Moon" and the 1959 thriller "Attack of the Giant Leeches." The movies run from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited and advance reservation and a permission form are required. The movies are recommended for high school students. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Reservations: 301.258.6160 or e-mail museum@gaithersburgmd.gov

Montgomery County offers free adult English classes. An orientation and testing are required and space is limited. The next orientation and testing are February 28 and March 2 at White Oak Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring. If you are accepted, classes are Tuesdays and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. montgomerycountymd.gov

Forget online deal-based sites like LivingSocial and Groupon that clog your in box with endless emails and alerts and, worse, make you pay to get your discount. Try our sister publication Premier Values Magazine where consumers can easily redeem discounts at restaurants, frame shops, home improvement companies and more. For example, Samovar in Rockville, with its outstanding Russian and central Asian cuisine, is offering $15 off a dinner check of $60 while Trapezeria in Rockville, one of the area's best Greek restaurants, is offering $10 off a dinner check of $50 or $20 off a dinner check of $100. premiervaluesonline.com   


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