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Family: events, activities

October 16, 2003

Home and garden

Whether it's painting, landscaping, weeding or building, the Fall Maryland Home and Garden Show provides a pleasant way to scope out trends in decorating, gardening and remodeling. More than 300 exhibitors will be at the show to offer home-improvement project ideas, help and innovations. Check out presentations by the Duct Tape Guys and mold-tracking dogs. Younger guests will enjoy a 20-foot-by-40-foot train garden, which has a hands-on exhibit, and the White House Nursery Pumpkin Patch, where kids can create their own pumpkin masterpieces while Mom and Dad shop.

Check out the Maryland Holiday Craft Show, taking place adjacent to the Home and Garden event. Highlights include 12 uniquely decorated Christmas trees and the Carroll Carvers Competition. This contest includes more than 100 carved wood enteries in 21 categories.

The shows run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds on York Road in Timonium. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $2.50 for children 6-12 and free for children under 6. Parking is free and admission to the Craft Show is free with paid admission to the Home and Garden Show. For more information and exhibit listings, call 410-863-1180 or visit www.mdhomeandgarden.com.

Bird's-eye Baltimore

Join Peter Dans and Kim Harrell, author and illustrator, respectively, of Perry's Baltimore Adventure: A Bird's-Eye View of Charm City at Enoch Pratt Free Library. On Tuesday, they will present their book at the Central Library's Meyerhoff Children's Garden. Perry's Baltimore Adventure is a picture book chronicling the trials of a peregrine falcon who is born on a Baltimore skyscraper. When he learns to fly, his father takes him around the city, teaching him about the history, sights and famous people of Charm City.

Programs begin at 10 a.m. and noon in the Meyerhoff Children's Garden at the Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. For more information, visit www.epfl.net or call 410-306-5430.

Russian festival

Russian culture takes center stage this weekend at the Russian Orthodox Festival. This colorful event celebrates the culture, from food to music to dance to drink. Musical guests include the Washington Balalaika Orchestra, a male a cappella chorus, the White Marsh Ballet performing portions of The Nutcracker and the Lyman Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. There will also be an abundance of food, tea from a samovar and Russian items for sale.

The festival runs tomorrow and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at 1723 E. Fairmont Ave. Admission is $2 on Saturday and Sunday and free on Friday. Parking is free throughout the weekend. For more information call 410-276-6171 or visit www.rus sianfestival.latest-info.com.

- Meredith James

Czech and Slovak

Czech and Slovak hospitality and fellowship are promised to all at the 17th Annual Czech and Slovak Festival this Sunday at Baltimore 45 Hall in Parkville, from noon to 6 p.m. The event, held by the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association of Maryland, will feature dance music by local group JOY, as well as traditional folk songs courtesy of the Czech and Slovak Heritage Singers. Enjoy the folk dancing of Baltimore's Beseda Dancers as you take advantage of the array of roast pork, dumplings, sauerkraut, gulas, genuine Czech and Slovak beers and delicious pastries. Also, don't forget to check out the many educational, cultural and genealogical exhibits, along with vendors of authentic Czech and Slovak products.

The 17th Annual Czech and Slovak Festival will be held Sunday at Baltimore 45 Hall at 2501 Putty Hill Ave., on the corner of Old Harford Road in Parkville. A $5 admittance donation is appreciated. Call Lois Hybl at 410-243-1710.

- Julia Furlong

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