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Family: events, activities

November 20, 2003|By Meredith James

Museum shops

Short on time? The Evergreen Carriage House is opening its doors to 20 museum shop vendors for its annual holiday sale tomorrow through Sunday. Holiday shoppers can browse through their favorite museums in one place. Participants, both local and regional, include several historical societies, art museums, the Babe Ruth Birthplace, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and the B&O Railroad Museum.

The shopping showcase also includes three book signings: noon-2 p.m. Friday with Herbert H. Harwood, author of Royal Blue Line and Baltimore Streetcars; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday with Tristan Davis, author of Cake; and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday with Elsie Hancock, author of Ideas Into Words.

The holiday sale runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call 410-516-0341. Evergreen House is at 4545 N. Charles St.

How to find Santa

Santa Claus is an elusive figure. This Saturday, the Constellation Group helps with this search as Coast Guard Lt. Rick Gay teaches kids to make a compass of their own. With this tool, kids will be able to find the North Pole and help in the search for Santa.

This program runs noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the Constellation is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 6-14, free for children 5 and under and $5 for ages 60 and older. There is no additional cost for this activity. The Constellation is at Pier One between the Light Street and Pratt Street pavilions of Harborplace. For more information, visit www.constellation .org or call 410-539-1797.

Amelia Bedilia

Everyone's favorite literal-minded maid has decided to run for office in Amelia Bedilia 4 Mayor! showing tomorrow night at Harford Community College. Join Amelia on a comic adventure as she debunks the misconception that politicians never keep their promises. In addition to Amelia's antics, this family presentation will also include Uncle Nacho's Hat, Rowdy Rooster, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock and Jackie and the Beansprout.

The production is aimed at kids ages 8-12 and is showing at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night. The Amoss Center of HCC is at 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. Premier tickets are $9 for adults and youth, and orchestra/terrace tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 17 and younger. For more information or tickets, call 410-836-4211.

Children's books

What do you get when you combine authors, illustrators, books and kids? You get Baltimore's largest African-American Children's Book Festival, taking place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grove Park Elementary School No. 224. More than 300 book titles will be on sale, aimed at everyone from toddlers to teens, and free posters and bookmarks will be given out while supplies last. Authors and illustrators will be on hand to sign books and read to patrons. Guest readers will be from the Black Professional Men, the Young Lawyer's Crunk Production and the Ebony Eyes Book Club, and a violinist will accompany the reading of The Batboy and his Violin.

The event is sponsored by the Ripe Harvest Foundation, an African-American arts and letters organization to develop literary and artistic appreciation in communities. Grove Park Elementary School is at 5545 Kennison Ave. There is no cost for admission. For more information, call 410-318-8604.

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