PAST:Get down and dirty -- courtesy of the...

UNEARTH THE

November 05, 1993|By Karen Zeiler

UNEARTH THE PAST:

Get down and dirty -- courtesy of the Baltimore City Life Museums' Center for Urban Archaeology. Staffers will equip you with a mason's trowel to help sift through 5,000 square feet of soil behind the Carroll Mansion, 800 E. Lombard St. Volunteer "archaeologists" will know they've hit pay dirt when they find ceramic, glass and bottle fragments, which museum directors hope will shed light on early 19th-century life and offer evidence of uses of the property, which at various times accommodated a haber--ery, print shop and vocational-technical school. Volunteers -- who must be at least 13 years old -- should dress comfortably and wear gloves and sturdy shoes. If you'd rather not get all mussed up, the museum also needs help photographing, mapping and washing artifacts. If you don't want to work -- but do want to watch -- guided tours are offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily. To schedule a tour or to become a volunteer, call the center at 396-3277 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Excavations will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday through Nov. 20.

See an exhibit that's out of this world. "Art of the Cosmos," a collection of 61 paintings in styles that include expressionism, conceptual art and surrealism, is on display through March 13 on the third level of the Maryland Science Center. The works are creations of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, which has 150 members in 14 countries. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children 4 to 17, seniors and military. Children under 4 are admitted free. Information: 685-5225.

HIT THE SLOPES:

Grab your ski gear and go to Festival Hall this weekend, where you'll find a 65-foot long, 16-foot high indoor ski slope. Get free lessons from top ski instructors and fashion tips from ski-wear specialists. Watch a trampoline show and see film footage of alpine skiing and racing. Make plans for a wild, wintry getaway -- representatives from the nation's leading ski resorts will be on hand to assist you. Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. today 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Admission: $7 for adults, children under 12, free.

GOT A TREE?:

The city is seeking a 30- to 35-foot evergreen to be its official 1993 holiday tree. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will light the tree in a ceremony Dec. 3 at the Inner Harbor's McKeldin Square. If you have a tree, call the Baltimore Office of Promotion at 752-8632.

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