Barynya - February 4, 1:00 p.m.
Cirque Zuma Zuma - February 12, 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m;
February 13, 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Montgomery College's Cultural Arts Center comes alive with the rich traditions and culture of Russia in Barynya. A troupe of three classically trained musicians and dancers perform an entertaining mix of music, dance, comedy and interactive storytelling. If you feel like enjoying the culture of another continent, Cirque Zuma Zuma is described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil thanks to perpetual action by African acrobats, jugglers, vocalists, dancers - even some comedy. All performances are at the arts center in Silver Spring. Click here for more info

(See below for details to free tickets to another interesting concert.)

The Nuances of a Simultaneous Business and Real Property Sale
It’s a situation that might not have as much visibility or notoriety in the real estate world, however, it is a scenario that is becoming increasingly more common: a client who owns a business and the property it occupies makes the decision to sell both – at the same time. More Info

    Digging into your family's past has never been more popular and now the Montgomery County Historical Society makes genealogical research easier and fun. The historical society's Montgomery County Genealogy Club is designed to promote interest and proficiency in exploring family roots and to help its members develop skills and learn about historical resources. Even if your family isn't from Montgomery County, you can certainly benefit from becoming a member of the genealogy club. The club meets eight times a year at the Rockville Senior Center and includes expert speakers. More Info

    Just because it's the dead of winter doesn't mean you can't get fresh produce. There are a number of farmers market across the county that are open on the shortest and coldest days of the year and sell a variety of produce. According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the markets are "public spaces where agricultural products from a defined local area are sold by the people who have grown, gathered, raised, caught or produced them."
    Winter farmers markets can be found at: Bethesda Central Farmers Market, Bethesda; Bethesda Farm Women's Market, Bethesda; Brookeville Beer Farmers Market, Brookeville; Kensington Farmers Market, Kensington; Main Street Farmers and Artists Market, Gaithersburg; Olney Farmers and Artists Market, Olney; Silver Spring Downtown FarmFresh Farmers Market, Silver Spring; and Takoma Park Farmers Market, Takoma Park. Winter Market Info

    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is inviting artists to submit their original works for the annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation and Migratory Game Bird stamp design contests. Works must be submitted by April 21 with judging to begin on April 28. The bear portion of the contest is open to residents and non-residents of Maryland while the duck stamp contest is only a competition among state residents. More Info
    Artistic fifth-graders can participate in the annual 2017 Maryland State Arbor Day poster contest. This year's theme is "Trees are Terrific...and Energy Wise!" The contest is open to public and private school students in the fifth grade and all entries must be delivered to a state forest service office by February 24. 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.

ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND - The seven-acre playground on the grounds of the South Germantown Recreational Park has five theme areas, including a climbing wall, castles, a ship and many more entertaining and stimulating play areas. Adventure Playground

BROOKSIDE GARDENS - Much more than 50 acres of award-winning display gardens, Brookside Gardens offers fun and educational programs for the whole family throughout the year. There are special children's programs and workshops that also run year round, including summer camps situated within Wheaton Regional Park. Brookside Gardens

GLEN ECHO PARK AQUARIUM - A Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center, the aquarium is designed to promote awareness about the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Located in Glen Echo Park, it provides a fun educational experience with live animal displays, exhibits, a submarine and a playtime pirate ship in a tree. Glen Echo Park Aquarium

For the Foodies in Montgomery County

FIREBIRDS - The new wood-fired grill in Gaithersburg is the national chain's first entry in Maryland. Firebirds is an American restaurant and steakhouse specializing in wood-fired steaks, seafood, specialty cocktails and select wines. Come spring, the patio will be an ideal happy hour location; until then the Firebar is a great meeting spot. Firebird Website

LITTLE DIPPER HOT POT - The newest eatery to Rockville Town Center is expected to open next month. Modeled after its successful location in Falls Church, Virginia, Little Dipper offers a casual Asian hot pot cuisine with fresh ingredients, unique broths and tasty meats all cooked tableside. https://www.facebook.com/littledipperhotpot 

OWEN'S ORDINARY - The beer selection is anything but ordinary at Owen's with 50 craft draft beers and even more bottled brands to taste. The vibrant 170-seat restaurant and festive 60-seat beer garden at Pike & Rose in Rockville has a menu that is seasonal, simple and quite pleasurable. owensordinarymd.com 

SMASHBURGER - The Bethesda location of the popular burger chain has closed after a little more than three years. Smashburger locations in Rockville, Gaithersburg and Germantown are alive, well and ready to serve you classic burgers, fries and milk shakes. smashburger.com 

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 the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF). The Bethesda charity is dedicated to creating a complete and healthy living environment for vulnerable children and families. NCCF has more than 20 programs that operate under the service divisions of adolescent services, community based services, family services and foster care and adoption services. nccf-cares.org
This pretty young lady is Bristol. Bristol was found as a stray and was not reclaimed. We are estimating her age to be between 12 and 24 months. Bristol is friendly and outgoing, and loves attention. She is good with other dogs and seems to ignore cats. She does have some mild resource guarding of high value treats so we are recommending a home without small children. This lovely pooch is hoping to find her new home soon. www.roxiesfund.org

Plan to spend the next two weekends at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg where park rangers will be holding free seminars as well as a hike with dogs.

ANIMAL SURVIVORS - January 21 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bluejay/Nuthatch Pavilions. Join park volunteers to learn about animals that can be seen during the cold winter months, including to search for animal tracks and a visit to an active beaver lodge.

GRUSENDORF CABIN OPEN HOUSE - January 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Meet at the park office to learn about the log cabin that sits next to the office to discover its history as well as other inhabitants of the area.

HIKING WITH DOGS - January 28 at 10:30 a.m. Meet at the park office. Bring your leashed furry friend and join park staff for a two-mile hike along parts of the Old Pond, Great Seneca and Lakeshore trails.

REPTILE ENCOUNTER - January 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Meet at the park office for a 30-minute program on reptiles. Meet a living snake that makes his home in the park office. Website 

Win four tickets to the Takoma Ensemble, a classical string orchestra, as it delves into the issue of immigration. Co-sponsored by CASA de Maryland, the concert is entitled "The Golden Door: Music Without Borders" and will include a piece by Hungarian immigrant Bela Bartok. The concert is Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring. Just emaill your name, address and telephone number to doug@montgomerymag.com by noon on January 19. Put Tickets in the subject line. One winner from a random drawing ofentries will be announced that day.

Forget online deal-based sites like Groupon and LivingSocial 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, beer and wine shops, frame shops, home improvement companies and more. premiervaluesonline.com 


Quote of the Day
"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you."
Ralph Waldo Emerson