Print Fair at the BMA A selection of original prints...

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March 21, 2002

Print Fair at the BMA

A selection of original prints and photographs at all price levels will be available at the annual "Baltimore Fair for Contemporary Prints and New Editions," which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles Street. Twenty dealers will offer works created by established and emerging artists. Also featured are a lecture by artist Willie Cole and a reception at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12, including museum admission; $20 for a weekend pass; $5 for the lecture and reception. Call 410-396-6345.

'March for the Animals'

Take Pooch for a walk Sunday and help raise money for homeless and unwanted pets. Don't have a pet to walk? Take along a substitute -- a stuffed animal. The Maryland SPCA's seventh annual 1.5-mile "March for the Animals" walk-a-thon is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- even if it's raining cats and dogs -- at the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Participants will also have the opportunity to play "Canine Musical Chairs," enter "Celebrity Pet Look-a-Like" and "Smart Pet Tricks" contests, and watch police-dog demonstrations. Prizes will be awarded to the top money raisers. Call 410-243-7692, Ext. 1.

'A Native American Arts Celebration'

Discover the arts of Maryland's Native Americans -- past and present -- at "Family Festival: A Native American Arts Celebration" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. The program includes drumming, tribal dancing, storytelling and crafts. You can also take part in hands-on demonstrations of basket-making, bead-working, cooking and other traditional arts of the Piscataway, Nanticoke, Pocomoke, Accohannock and Lumbee. Admission is $5. To register, call 410-685-3750, Ext. 321.

'Women on the Railroad'

From passengers to porters to today's leaders of rail companies, women have played a major role in the history of the railroad since the 19th century. This weekend, the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., will salute "Women on the Railroad" in celebration of Women's History Month. During programs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Kathryn Waters, CEO of the MARC train service, will share her experience as a woman business leader in today's rail industry, and historian Jennifer Legates will talk about what it was like to be a woman working and traveling on the railroad in the 19th century. Artifacts relating to women on the railroad will also be on display. Admission is $5-$8. Call 410-752-2490.

'Peter and the Wolf'

The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra will combine storytelling and music at its annual family concert at 11 a.m. Saturday at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. The program features the story of Peter and the Wolf, set to music by Serge Prokofiev. Other selections to be performed include Gliere's Russian Sailor's Dance and excerpts from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. The concert will be narrated by the Brothers Godunov (Tim Marrone and Mark Lohr, pictured). Tickets are $8 and $12. Call 410-308-0402.

Easter egg hunt, flower show

It's time to spruce up your basket for the fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday at the Baltimore Conservatory in Druid Hill Park, McCulloh Street and Gwynns Falls Parkway. Open to children ages 10 and under, the egg hunt offers prizes and candy to those finding specially numbered eggs. Registration is required and takes place from noon to 2:15 p.m.; the first of four hunts begins at 2:30 p.m. Face-painting, music, children's entertainment and a visit from the Easter bunny are also on the afternoon's agenda, with activities continuing until 4 p.m. For adults, there's the conservatory's Spring Flower Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring daffodils, tulips and Easter lilies arranged in a tropical setting. The flower show starts Saturday and continues Thursdays-Sundays through April 7. Admission is free. Call 410-396-6694.

Kite and cherry blossom festivals

Go fly a kite and celebrate the blossoming of more than 3,000 cherry trees in the nation's capital. On Saturday (rain date Sunday), the 36th annual Smithsonian Kite Festival kicks off the two-week National Cherry Blossom Festival with events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington. The kite festival features kite displays, flying demonstrations and competitions. Entries must be handmade and will be judged on appearance, design, construction and performance. An award will be given for the kite that best interprets the theme of this year's event -- "Let Freedom Fly." Registration takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The National Cherry Blossom Festival continues through April 8 and features numerous cultural, community and sporting events. Admission is free. Call 202-357-2700 for kite festival, 202-547-1500 for Cherry Blossom Festival events.

'Pictures at an Exhibition'

Yuri Temirkanov will lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition at 8 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Composed to commemorate the art of a deceased friend of Mussorgsky, the Russian masterpiece boasts orchestration by Maurice Ravel. The program also includes Respighi's tone poem Pines of Rome and Sviridov's folk-inspired Small Triptych. Tickets are $26-$68. Call 410-783-8000.

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