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October 31, 2002|By Helen B. Jones

Choral Arts Society begins season

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society opens its 2002-2003 season Sunday with A Choral Feast, a reprise of director Tom Hall's 1982 debut concert. The program, in honor of St. Cecilia, features the Full Chorus and Orchestra and four guest soloists performing George Frederick Handel's Alexander Feast and Benjamin Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia." The concert takes place at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Show time is 3 p.m. Tickets are $16-$27. Call 410-523-7070.

Music, dance for troubled times

From the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Tibet to the stage at Towson University comes a group of monks with a dream to heal the world. Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing is what the monks call their effort, which showcases Tibetan music, dance and history. See them, hear them at 8 p.m. Saturday in Towson's Stephens Hall Theatre, 8000 York Road. The event, sponsored by the college's Asian Arts & Culture Center, features masked dancing, instrumental music and multi-phonic singing, in which the monks simultaneously intone three notes in a chord. Tickets are $7-$15. Call 410-704-2787.

India.Arie at Morgan State

If you didn't catch her performance at this past summer's Artscape, you can melt down before red-hot, Grammy-nominated singer India.Arie at Morgan State University on Wednesday. The soul diva is touring in support of her new album, Voyage to India. The show takes place at 8 p.m. in the Murphy Fine Arts Building, Argonne and McCallum drives. Tickets are $48. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Annapolis by Candlelight

Here's a treat for fans of the annual Annapolis by Candlelight event: This year it's been expanded to two weekends in honor of the Historic Annapolis Foundation's 50th anniversary. The self-guided walking tour features more than 20 of the estimated 400 private homes and public buildings that the foundation has helped to save or preserve over the years. Tours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and Nov. 8-9. For the first time, the foundation will offer guided tours each day, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sites to visit include the homes of William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Commodore James Iredell Waddell, a Confederate naval commander; and Charles Zimmerman, a Naval Academy bandmaster and composer of the tune "Anchors Aweigh." Tickets are $30 ($25 extra for guided tours). Call 410-267-7619 for brochures and maps.

Kennedy Krieger Toy Ride

More than 1,000 motorcyclists are expected to turn out Sunday for the fourth annual Toy Ride to benefit the patients of Kennedy Krieger Institute. The police-escorted caravan begins at 10 a.m. at the Harley-Davidson store at 8845 Pulaski Highway in Rosedale and ends at Kennedy Krieger, 3825 Greenspring Ave. in Baltimore. A sleigh full of toys will be delivered to the institute, which is dedicated to helping children with brain disorders. Nonriders are invited to participate by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at either location (no stuffed animals). Call 410-477-2097.

10th annual Book Bash

Literary Works Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes adult and family literacy in Baltimore County, holds its 10th annual Book Bash Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Drive in Towson. Meet more than 40 authors and dine on fare provided by 20 area restaurants and caterers. Also, take part in live and silent auctions, and enjoy poetry readings and author readings. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Call 410-887-2001.

Concord Point Lighthouse turns 175

On Saturday, celebrate the 175th anniversary of Havre de Grace's Concord Point Lighthouse with a couple of guys who were around at the beginning: President John Quincy Adams and the first lighthouse keeper, John O'Neill. Re-enactors will portray the two men as Adams appoints O'Neill to his job as keeper in 1827. The daylong celebration begins with a parade that steps off from Washington and Green streets at 10 a.m. It continues with activities at the lighthouse, Concord and Lafayette streets, and on grounds nearby. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can enjoy historical role-playing, 19th-century trade and craft demonstrations, storytelling, a vintage-toy display, musical entertainment and a re-enactment of the first illumination of the lighthouse. If you really want to make a day of it, stay around for dinner in a heated tent at 7 p.m. The dinner is $20 per person; everything else is free. Call 800-851-7756.

OysterFest in St. Michaels

Celebrate the history and lore of the oyster and its importance to the Chesapeake Bay -- and slurp down a couple dozen of the darn things, as well -- at the 15th annual OysterFest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. The event features oysters on the half shell, roasted, fried and in soup, as well as such nongustatory activities as visits with skipjack captains and oyster shuckers, a cruise on the Miles River, oyster-shucking demonstrations, musical entertainment and more. The festival is free with admission to the museum: $8.50 for adults, $4 for ages 6-17. Boat rides and food are extra. The museum is at Talbot Street and Museum Entrance. Call 410-745-2916.

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