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Last fall, Hurricane Fran dumped 15 inches of rain in three hours on the Blue Ridge, and many mountain people have yet to recover from the devastating flash floods that followed. The painfully slow recovery is due, at least in part, to the locals’ fiercely independent ways: Some simply remain too proud to ask for help. “An Afternoon in the Blue Ridge” is a benefit program for the mountaineers in dire need; the event features performances by D.C. music great Thomas Gray (an original member of the Country Gentleman and the Seldom Scene) and Cross Creek, a bluegrass band hailing from the Shenandoah Valley. Mountain residents will provide narration and conduct crafts demonstrations throughout the afternoon activities. At 3 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. $12.50 (benefits Shenandoah Friends). (301) 229-6468. (Eddie Dean)