Home and Flower Show Lush ferns, perennials, waterfalls...

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March 02, 2000|By Karin Remesch

Home and Flower Show

Lush ferns, perennials, waterfalls and ponds, arched trellises and meandering brick pathways -- the Maryland Home & Flower Show will bloom with design ideas and signs of spring for the next two weekends at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Following this year's theme, "International Garden Rhythms," landscape professionals will design 21 gardens, depicting more than a dozen countries from around the world. You can also have a blooming good time at craft and cooking shows and at seminars on such topics as floral design, garden care and home improvement. The show runs in conjunction with the Maryland Spring Craft Show, which features items ranging from ceramic arts to woodwork. Hours are 4 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 10-11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 12. The craft show closes at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $8.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $2 ages 6-12, free under 6. Admission to the craft show only is $4 adults, $2.50 ages 6-12, free under 6. Call 410-863-1180.

Krall, Coulter at Meyerhoff

When Grammy Award winner Diana Krall steps onto the stage at 8 p.m. Monday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., expect to hear excerpts from her nominated album, "When I Look in Your Eyes." The jazz pianist-vocalist's concert benefits the Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter. Tickets are $19.50-$45. Call 410-481-SEAT. Return to the Meyerhoff at 8 p.m. Tuesday for an evening of Celtic music with Irish songwriter, composer and pianist Phil Coulter. Tickets are $23-$38. Call 410-783-8000.

Chamber Music from Lincoln Center

Enjoy an evening listening to music by Beethoven, Wheeler and Brahms when Candlelight Concerts present the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at 8 p.m. Saturday at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, in Columbia. Featured artists include violinist Hilary Hahn, a Baltimore native, pictured. A pre-concert lecture by cellist Fred Sherry starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $24, $18 seniors and $9 students. Call 410-715-0034 or 301-596-6203.

Monster Jam roars into town

Big, bad monster trucks invade the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Defying gravity, these motorized metal warriors will crunch everything in sight. In addition, freestyle motor cross, cycle jumps and a human bomb will keep you on the edge of your seat. Advance tickets are $16, $8 for children 12 and under. Be prepared to pay $2 more the day of the show. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'Gold of the Nomads'

For a rare look at some ancient gold objects, plan to attend "Gold of the Nomads: Scythian Treasures From Ancient Ukraine," a major exhibition opening Tuesday and running through May 28 at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. Discover the story of the Scythians, fierce nomadic horsemen of the European steppe, through the show's more than 170 works of gold art -- many of them only recently unearthed and shown for the first time outside Ukraine. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, until 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission, by timed, dated tickets, is $6.50-$10 during the week, $8.50-$12 weekends. Call 410-547-9000.

AROUND THE HARBOR

'Amazon River Forest'

Beginning tomorrow, trek to the heart of the jungle -- the mysterious lowland rain forest -- without leaving town. "Amazon River Forest," the first permanent exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore in nine years, gives visitors an extraordinary view of the highly specialized and critically endangered habitat of South America. While traveling along a 57-foot stretch of a re-created Amazon tributary, you'll discover the diversity of wildlife and learn about the human activities that threaten the ecosystem. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. Admission is $7.50-$10.50. Call 410-576-3800 or 410-727-FISH.

Our 'Raging Sun'

Delve into the sun's super-hot interior and investigate sunspots, flares and prominences of the sun's surface when the Maryland Science Center presents "Raging Sun," a new planetarium show opening Saturday and running through Oct. 1. Patrons also can explore the sun's activity cycles and learn how they influence the Earth's environment. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5.50 to $8.50 (does not include admission to IMAX theater). Call 410-685-5225.

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