Jan 1 - Feb 28
Sanathana: Beginningless and Endless
Sandy Spring Museum celebrates Southern Indian heritage in Montgomery County with two months of exhibit and programs. The exhibit features work by local artists Shanthi Chandra Sekar and her daughter Aishwaria Chandra Sekar and includes paintings, drawings, mixed media installations. Other programs to highlight the rich cultural traditions include series of films, live musical performances, dance and drumming lessons, kolam painting workshop, and a panel discussion to explore and promote this artistry. 
January 11: Children's Storytelling Festival about traditional Indian festivals ($)
January 17: Introduction to Mridangam Drum with BalajeeShanmugam. ($)
January 24: Bharatanatyam Dance and Music with Natybhoomi and Balajee Shanmugam ($)
January 29: Indian Film Festival of Gandhi with guest moderator ($)

Jan 21 - Feb 8
Washington Revels
Washington Revels present:
Carpe Diem Community Sing on January 21: Liberty and Justice themed evening begins at 6:30 pm with a Community Sing for the whole family. Social time starts at 7:45 pm with refreshments and from 8pm to 8:30 is the Music Jam session.
Pub Sing at McGinty's on January 25: A pub Sing at McGinty's Public House, a traditional Irish pub and restaurant. Singing begins at 7pm on the second floor bar area. Purchase tickets in advance. ($)
Jubilee Voices House Concert on February 8: Hear the songs and stories that helped lead a people from enslavement to freedom at 4 pm at Washington Revels Studio Space. Jubilee Voices will sing a program of traditional African American spirituals, punctuated with spoken word from historical figures such as Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Paul Lawrence Dunbar and more. ($)

Feb 1 - Feb 28
National Capital Trolley Museum
In recognition of Black History Month, the National Capital Trolley Museum presents a special exhibit "Jim Crow on the Streetcars." Learn about the nature of segregation aboard the cars in 19th century New York, efforts to block the practice as it developed across the South, and eventual success in opening employment opportunities.
Special program on Saturday, February 21: Eric Madison presents "Jim Crow Practices on Streetcars," a story of the varied regulations of and opposition efforts to racial segregation on transit at 1:30pm.

Feb 1 - Feb 28
Black History Month Celebration at the Public Libraries
In observance of Black History Month, Montgomery County Libraries offer two special programs. 
Germantown Library - Making a Difference: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement exhibit showcases photographic images and sotries of African American women who were instrumental in shaping the modern Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s - 1960s. From February 1 - 28.
Quince Orchard Library - Storyteller Diane Macklin will be presenting tales involving rhythm, music, songs, chants and movement. 

Feb 4
Ukrainian and Russian Relations

Sandy Spring Museum's February Salon Lunch features historian Andrew Sorokowski for a discussion and historical overview of Ukrainian-Russian relations and the war that began with the Annexation of the Crimea. Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided. From 12noon to 1pm.

Feb 4
Growing Legacy film

Montgomery Countryside Alliance's documentary "Growing Legacy" will be screened at Montgomery County Planning Department at noon. Public is invited to attend and participate in the question and answer session following the screening. The documentary, partially funded by a Heritage Montgomery Mini-Grant, tells the story of the County's Agricultural Reserve and profiles the challenges of growing food and cities in harmony. 

Feb 7 - Feb 28
Celebrate Black History Month 2015
Montgomery Parks offers special programs at the Josiah Henson Park every Saturday in February during Black History month. The park is on the historic Isaac Riley Farm in North Bethesda where the Reverend Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slve from 1795 to 1830. Reverend Henson's 1849 autobiography, inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's landmark novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Free guided tours will be offered and Time Team America's documentary, The Search for Josiah Henson will be shown. 
On Saturday, 28th February, join Spoken Word Poetry Event - Lyrical Rhythms: The Sound of Freedom - a special event to close out the month. Create and share your own "sounds of freedom" in the form of original poetry. The event will take place from 3-4 pm ending with a light refreshment. Free to all.
Parking: No parking on site. Park at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center at 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda.

Feb 7 - Feb 28
Year of the Sheep: Chinese New Year Celebration
Montgomery County Public Library celebrates the Chinese New Year at multiple locations over the month of February! 
Lots of activities including the traditional Lion/Dragon Dance, puppet show, Chinese Yo-Yo demonstrations, songs, storytelling, information about the Chinese Zodiac and Chinese customs, arts and crafts and more. Check website to see specific dates and activities at each site.

Feb 7
The History of Valentines

Gaithersburg Community Museum invites families to learn about the history and tradition of exchanging valentines. Part of Discovery Days at the museum you learn about Valentines Day and get to make your own. Suitable for ages 3 plus. Drop-in activity runs from 11 am to 2 pm.

Feb 7
Community Cornerstones on MPT
Heritage Montgomery's video documentary Community Cornerstones: African American Communities in Montgomery County, Maryland will air on Maryland Public Television at 6pm. The documentary presents reminiscences by elders from five historic African American churches and illustrates life in segregated times. 
To purchase a copy of this documentary and the accompanying musical CD, Songs of Praise: The Choirs of Community Cornerstones click here

Feb 8
Bring Back the Butterflies

Sandy Spring Museum's Garden Club offers an in-depth presentation on Creating Monarch Waystations from renowned naturalist and conservation specialist, Denise Gibbs. Learn about the state of various species of butterflies and the basics of butterfly gardening. From 3-5pm at the Sandy Spring Museum.

Feb 10
Maryland's Wild Acres

Gaithersburg Community Museum's Tuesday Topics series features speaker Kerry Wixted of the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Services, Department of Natural Resources will explain how to create backyard habitats across the State that maximize wildlife benefits and highlight conservation stewardship.

Feb 13 - Mar 13
The Oyster Wars of the Chesapeake Bay

March History Happy Hour at the Sandy Spring Museum features talk by professor emeritus at the Universtiy of Maryland and winner of the Maryland Writers Prize in nonfiction. Program from 6:30 - 8:00 pm includes happy hour food and beverages. ($)

Feb 14
District Comedy

Black Rock Center for the Arts brings back Comedy Night on Valentine's Day! DC's District Comedy brings a laugh-filled night of the unexpected and hilarious with urban edginess. At 8:30pm. ($)

Feb 21
Community Cornerstones at Aspen Hill Library

In commemoration of Black History Month, Heritage Montgomery's Community Cornerstones will be Aspen Hill Library at 1:00pm.

Feb 27
Green Matters Symposium

Montgomery Parks presents Protecting our Pollinators: We cannot survive without pollinators. An astonishing 80% of the world's plant species require a pollinator to reproduce: plants that will not only feed and shelter us, but are absolutely essential within Earth's ecosystems. This relationship between flora and fauna is being challenged on all sides by habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species, and more. Come together with the experts at this year's Green Matters to learn what you can do - at work or at home - to protect our pollinators! This year's event will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Feb 28
The Science of Art and the Art of Science

Sandy Spring Museum presents a panel discussion to explore the religous significance, philosophy, and mathematics behind Indian kolam painting. Indian women often begin their day and sometimes also end it by drawing kolams on the ground just outside the front door. These repeating patterns, a type of Tantric Art, have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries, and symbolize the scientific  and philosophical patterns innate to and infinite throughout the cosmos. ($)

Feb 28
Lunar New Year Celebration

City of Rockville celebrates the Lunar New Year with multi-generational performances, colorful and traditional displays, activities, and samples of Asian cuisine.  Activities start at 10am at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at Rockville Center Park..