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Gaithersburg Book Festival

Nationally acclaimed authors Jeffery Deaver and Meg Waite Clayton join Diane Rehm, celebrity Chef Eric Ripert and dozens more in presentations and book signings at the 7^th^ Annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. Visit the Washington Parent Children’s Village to see some of today’s top authors in children’s and young adult literature. Enjoy hands-on activities, performances and workshops. It’s all free, and takes place on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. To 6 p.m. at Gaithersburg City Hall. Explore it all at gaithersburgbookfestival.org.

Mommee Coffee

Mommee Coffee is the only company to offer a coffee specifically designed for moms who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive. Mommee Coffee uses high-quality organic beans and their proprietary roasting process results in a low acid coffee that retains all its flavor. (Low acid is gentler on a mom and baby's sensitive stomachs and bones.) They offer a range of caffeination levels (decaf, quarter caf, half caf and full caf) so that moms can tailor their caffeine consumption to meet their individual needs/desires at each stage of their Mommee journeys. Mommee Coffee embraces the fact that to be good you your babies you must be good to yourselves.

Norther Virginia Fine Arts Festival

On Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, experience the 25th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at the Reston Town Center. This eleven-block art walk consists of more than 200 artists from around the nation and features paintings, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, jewelry and fine craft. There is something for everyone. Interact with the artists and learn about their processes, enjoy acclaimed family art activities in the Pavilion and see innovative dance performances inspired by public art installations. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is an independent, juried art show, hosted by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) since 1992. For more information visit  restonarts.org.

Bethesda Literary Festival Youth Writing Contest

Kudos to the nearly 500 children, from Kindergarten to eighth grade, who entered this year's Bethesda Youth Writing Contest. The essays on “If I Were President,” were phenomenal and the winning entries can be viewed online at bethesda.org. Congratulations to the following winners, who were honored at the Bethesda Literary Festival on Sunday, April 17:

List of winners:

Jemmie Pollack

Bells Mill Elementary School

Grade 1

Roland Vaughan

Washington Episcopal School

Grade 2

Lauren Sheehan

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Grade 3

Clara Roberti

Carderock Springs Elementary School

Grade 4

Victor Thaxton

Ashburton Elementary School

Grade 5

Hallie Stallings

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Grade 6

Aneesha Mishra

Thomas W. Pyle Middle School

Grade 7

Emily Mayo

Thomas W. Pyle Middle School

Grade 8

Jake Waxman

McLean School

Kindergarten

Ria Kumar

Goddard School (Gaithersburg)

Kindergarten

Hometown Holidays Music Festival

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend in Rockville with food, fun and music as more than 30 bands and musicians perform in an exciting music festival that will span across four stages and six blocks. Headlining bands include the Kelly Bell Band, of Baltimore, and The Nighthawks, of Bethesda. Other performances will feature a wide variety of music – from alternative to soul to Americana Rock – so there's something for everyone to enjoy. Favorite local eateries, including Potomac Pizza and American Tap Room, will also be on full-display during the simultaneous Taste of Rockville event. To view the full list of performers and restaurants, visit rockvillemd.gov/hometownholidays.