Where/When: Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852, 8 p.m., Friday.
Why to go: Co-Presented with Blues Alley The best of the legendary Smooth Jazz Cruise stars, together on stage at Strathmore! Baltimore-born-and-raised soul singer extraordinaire, Maysa has a passionate following here, and no wonder: her ebony contralto is sensuously joyful (Kickmag.com). South African guitarist and singer Jonathan Butler exploded onto the American music scene in 1987, opening for Whitney Houston. Since then, this masterful musician has grooved new ground in R&B, jazz and soul with his soaring vocals and masterful guitar style (AllAboutJazz.com). Canadian saxophonist Warren Hill has topped the Smooth Jazz, Adult Contemporary and Top 40 charts.
Where/When: Concert Pavilion, 31 S Summit Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friday.
Why to go: Bring the whole family out for Friday Night fun.
Where/When: Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, MD 20852, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Why to go: Come watch the Bethesda Big Train, the number one ranked Summer Collegiate Baseball team in the Nation! The Big Train are coming off their third consecutive Cal Ripken League Championship. Exciting baseball and family friendly entertainment for the entire family!
Where/When: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814, July 19-July 29, various times. See Web site for times.
Why to go: Told through a dazzling fusion of dance, acting and singing, Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter discover fantastical world of Narnia. There, the four become embroiled in an epic battle between good and evil! Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Where/When: Bethesda Row Boutiques, July 20-22, 2012.
Why to go: Check out sales from: Amethyst, Capital Teas, City Sports, Equinox, Ginger, Jaleo, J. McLaughlin, Le Creuset, Luna, MyEyeDr., Pink Palm, Pirjo, Sassanova, Secolari, Urban Chic, Urban Country, Vapiano and Wear it Well.
Where/When: Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Why to go: Attention Junior Detectives: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to participate in training sessions to receive your Junior Detective Badge. Put your skills to the test when you visit a variety of stations located on the grounds of Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg.
Gaithersburg Police Officers will be on hand to help participants make I.D. badges and get fingerprinted, to learn about neighborhood safety, to witness K9 demonstrations, and to explore an actual police car and motorcycle to see all the high tech equipment police officers use. After completing all training sessions, new recruits will be sworn in as “Junior Detectives” by Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka.
This program is best suited for 5 to 12-year-olds and parental guidance is required. Reservations are required, and may be made with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card.