'Rhythm of Love' Tour
Listen to a blend of contemporary jazz, R&B, soul and funk music when the "Rhythm of Love" Tour stops at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre Saturday for two benefit concerts. The lineup features Will Downing, Gerald Albright, Vesta and Phil Perry. Show time is 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. The theater is at Hopkins Plaza. Tickets are $32.50-$42.50. The concert is a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter. Call 410-481-SEAT.
AROUND THE HARBOR
New Year's fun at Port Discovery
Count down to the new year at noon Sunday at Port Discovery, a children's museum at 35 Market Place. Make a noisemaker from everyday recycled materials at a "Funstruments" workshop; create a funky and fun "Time Cap" that will highlight your view of the new millennium; or help decorate the numbers for the noon countdown. After the countdown, toast the new year with a milkshake. Activities start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Museum admission is $10, $7.50 ages 3-12. Call 410-727-8120.
Kids day at Paca House
Children will make butter, write with quill pens and dress up in Colonial costumes during a "Kids & History Family Holiday Celebration" Saturday at Paca and Brice houses in Annapolis. Sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation, the hands-on event immerses children in the culture and customs of the 18th century from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities start at Paca House, 186 Prince George St. Admission is $7, $3.50 for children 12 and under. Call 410-267-7619.
Symphony of Lights walk
Worried about taking in too many calories during your New Year's Eve festivities? Why not start your celebration with a brisk walk on Sunday afternoon. Join the Freestate Happy Wanderers on their holiday walk through the Symphony of Lights display in Symphony Woods, Columbia, and you'll not only exercise your leg muscles, but you'll also be dazzled by a fantasy of color, design and animation. Sign up for a 5K or 10K walk -- both will go through the display. The start and finish line is at the main food court in the Mall in Columbia. For the 10K trail, start anytime between 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.; for the 5K trail, start between 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Directions will be provided. The cost is $3. Call 410-437-2164.
Holiday train garden
Enjoy a firehouse tradition Saturday and Sunday and Jan. 6-7 when the Fire Museum of Maryland operates its 1940s-style holiday train garden. Complete with a miniature town, mountains and, of course, a burning building, this year's layout features about 125 feet of O-gauge track. Visitors can also tour the museum and see 40 examples of firefighting apparatus. Children can tour the Discovery Room, where they'll get a chance to climb aboard a firetruck. The museum is at 1301 York Road, Lutherville. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday . Admission is $3 for ages 4 and up. Call 410-321-7500.
Tribute to Zappa
Enjoy a generous helping of the rock opera "Joe's Garage" when Frank Zappa's former lead vocalist-guitarist, Ike Willis, joins the Zappa tribute band Project / Object in a concert honoring the late rock icon at 10 p.m. Saturday at the 8 x 10 Club, 10 E. Cross St. Also, help celebrate the release of the group's first recording, "Absolutely Live: Project / Object With Special Guest Ike Willis." Baltimore is part of the band's nine-city tour, "Absolutely Live: In One Year and Out The Other." Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Call 410-625-2000.
STARS ON ICE
Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton bids farewell to full-time ice skating during a final national tour with Stars on Ice, the celebrity-studded figure-skating production he helped organize 15 years ago. Cheer him on during a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Joining Hamilton on the ice will be Olympic champions Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi and Ilia Kulik, as well as four-time World Champion Kurt Browning and other international skating stars. Tickets are $35-$55. Call 410-481-SEAT.
Celebrate family, community and the diverse art and culture of the African diaspora at Kwanzaa programs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st streets. Enjoy food, music, dance, arts and crafts and an African marketplace at the Eubie Blake Center. Activities at the BMA include puppet shows, storytelling, rhythmic sounds by Abu the drummer, traditional African music by Zanza and a dance performance by Flair. Also, poet Derek Chase will explore the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Admission is free to both events. Call 410-225-3130, Eubie Blake Center; 410-396-6320, BMA.