It’s time for Spring Festivals, celebrations and honoring our Moms on Mother’s Day. Patch knows you are more than ready for warm weather and getting out of work for the week to relax, regroup and regale in the beautiful days of spring. Time’s a wastin’, so hurry outside, enjoy the longer days, take your family to some of the outdoor festivals and enjoy and appreciate Sunday with your Mom.
1. TREAT YOUR PRESCHOOLERS TO A MORNING WITH STREAMER THE CLOWN
WHEN/WHERE: Cabin John Mall on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
WHY GO: Auntie Streamer performs with very little make-up (for children who are afraid of clowns) but is delightful, colorful and fun for your preschooler. Need more information? Call 240-779-6000.
2. DINE ON EXQUISITE GREEK FOOD AND MORE AT THE ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH SPRING FESTIVAL
WHEN/WHERE: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 7701 Bradley Blvd. in Bethesda. The festival is on Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHY GO: Enjoy Greek food, pastries and lamb grilling over a flame. Greek dance troup performances will entertain you while you feast. Enjoy Greek wine and beer, shopping the Agora (Greek marketplace) for art, jewelry and more, and listening to the live Greek music. Take a guided tour of the church – or raid Yaiyai’s Attic for nearly new items. For Friday lunch pick-up or fax your order to 301-469-5945. Friday Lunch deliveries are available for large orders to 20817 and 20854 zip codes. Please complete the Fax Transmittal Form and the Take Out Order Form and return to the Church no later than 8:30 a.m. on Friday. These forms are available at www.stgeorge.org.
PRICING: Festival is free to attend. Menu items cost from $1.75 to $14.
3. FIND HIDDEN TREASURES OR SELL YOUR OWN AT THE FLEA MARKET & COMMUNITY YARD SALE
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHY GO: A chance to find unique items and to empty your own homes of unwanted things. Proceeds benefit the Potomac Community Center. Also, there will be a FREE petting zoo for children from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
PRICING: $30 for a table to display your goods. Entrance is free.
4. SHRED YOUR UNWANTED DOCUMENTS
WHEN/WHERE: on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHY GO: Bring boxes of papers you want to shred. Shredding will be completed immediately before your eyes. Call 240-777-6960 for information.
PRICING: $5 donation requested.
5. HEAD OUT FOR A FAMILY HIKE TO CELEBRATE NATURE
WHEN/WHERE: Locust Grove Nature Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHY GO: To celebrate springtime, flowers, bubbling brooks and all that nature provides us. The hike is for families with children from 3 to 12 years old. For information call 301-765-8660.
PRICING: $5 per person.
6. GO BIRDING WITH A LOCUST GROVE NATURALIST
WHEN/WHERE: Locust Grove Nature Center on Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHY GO: Take a van to birding spots that the naturalist has scoped out. Bring along your binoculars, camera, tripod, spotting scopes, snack and water for a delightful morning of viewing birds in their natural environment. The event is for individuals 18 years old and up. Call to register, 301-765-8660.
7. TAKE YOUR MOM TO AN OUTDOOR LUNCH, BRUNCH OR DINNER.
WHY GO: To enjoy sitting outside and soaking up the rays or relaxing in the moonlight, honoring Mom and spending quality time. delights with a gorgeous patio decked with flowers and a waterfall. features a large outdoor patio where you can relax and enjoy an exquisite brunch, lunch or dinner. and both have small patios – but you are still outdoors. For a more casual snack or meal, head to , Chicken Out Rotisserie, or , select your food and sit outside in the busy patio. Another great place to celebrate the day outside is in the Potomac Woods Shopping Center.
PRICING: $10 and up, depending on the restaurant and type of snack/meal you choose.
8. ATTEND “2 VISIONS” BY LOCAL ARTISTS AT THE OPENING RECEPTION
WHERE/WHEN: The Art Gallery of Potomac, 10107 River Rd., Potomac Village Opening Reception is Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery hours from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
WHY GO: Enjoy the fine art by local artists Millie S. Shott and Liz Gerstein.
9. LEARN ABOUT “THE SAFE LAWN” FROM ENVIRONMENTALIST PAUL TUKEY
WHERE/WHEN: Howard Auditorium on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHY GO: Find out how and why to create a beautiful, natural landscape. First 50 registrants receive Paul Tukey’s Book: The Organic Lawn Care Manual. Additional prizes will be given away. Registration is encouraged at 301-424-4141.