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Big Sonia

05/08/2019 to 05/08/2019

15 Lloyd St, Baltimore, MD 21202

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love. Cost: 10. For more information and to register, visit

Plant Sale

05/10/2019 to 05/11/2019

Chatham and Frederick Rds, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Friday, May 10- 8-6 & Sat, May 11- 8-4. Ellicott City’s only public garden-park, run entirely by volunteers—the Whipps Garden Cemetery—will hold its annual fund-raiser Plant Sale at the First Lutheran Church at corner of Chatham and Frederick Road in Dunloggin. The Whipps plant sale will feature many native perennial flowers, including many butterfly, rain garden, shade-loving, and deer-resistant plants. Many of the plants, including natives so favored in today’s landscape, are donated from the gardens of Master Gardeners. The sale is a favorite of Ellicott City gardeners because it features many unusual and hard-to-find varieties. Free compost bins will be available on Saturday morning. All proceeds from the annual plant sale go for the up-keep of the one-acre Whipps garden-park, and fund such projects as keeping fresh wood chips on all of the pathways, signage for trees, shrubs, and selected perennials. Weeding, mulching, planting, and general nurturing of the garden is done by Master Gardeners and other community volunteers, including two garden clubs—Cross Country and Branch and Twig. Those who maintain the park welcome additional volunteers, including student groups and families, who would like to “adopt” a small area to care for. Volunteers work every Thursday from 9 until Noon, weather permitting, March through October. For more information about the Whipps Garden Cemetery, volunteer opportunities there, or the upcoming Plant Sale, call, email or text Aleta Gravelle at 410-274-7795,

2019 Washington Writers Conference

05/11/2019 to 05/11/2019

5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852

The 2019 Washington Writers Conference on May 10 & 11 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center--16 literary agents, 15 panels, 2 cocktail networking parties and keynote luncheon speaker and bestselling author JEFFERY DEAVER. All organized by writer-volunteers and the nonprofit Washington Independent Review of Books-- join us! $249 to attend D.C. premier writer's conference without pitching a literary agent. Complete schedule/registration at A must for writers at any stage of their writing life to learn, network, and be inspired.

Cabin John’s Annual “Grateful Shred” Party

05/11/2019 to 05/11/2019

7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, MD 20818

On Saturday, May 11, between 9:00 a.m. and noon bring your unwanted documents to the “Grateful Shred,” where you can watch an industrial-size shredder reduce your papers to confetti, safe from fraud and identity theft. The Shred occurs at the Clara Barton Community Center (CBCC), 7425 MacArthur Blvd. in Cabin John. Admission is free, but for each of your one-cubic-foot parcels of paper consider making a $5.00 tax-deductible donation to the Friends of Clara Barton Community Center—sponsors of the event. ($3.00 for half a cubic foot, $2.00 for a quarter). Proceeds help support events and programs at CBCC. For more information call the CBCC office at 240-777-4910 or visit the FCBCC website:

Mount Vernon Virtuosi: Spring is in the Air

05/12/2019 to 05/12/2019

6125 Montrose Road, Rockville , MD 20852

The Mount Vernon Virtuosi, a new chamber orchestra established by Peabody Conservatory cello faculty artist Amit Peled, is dedicated to nurturing and training local graduate music students. In their final concert of the season, the Virtuosi will present familiar works by Haydn and Vivaldi along with a scintillating piece by 20th century Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze. Reserve a FREE ticket:

The Unwanted

05/15/2019 to 05/15/2019

15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Please join us as we welcome Michael Dobbs, author of The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between. He will speak on his powerful book which tells the story of a group of German Jews desperately seeking American visas to escape Nazi Germany, and is an illuminating account of America’s response to the refugee crisis of the 1930’s and 40’s. Talk followed by book signing – copies will be available at Esther’s Place, the JMM Shop. The program is free, but please register at