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Family: events, activities

December 11, 2003

Ukrainian Hanukkah

The Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is offering "An International Chanukah Experience" tonight. The Migdal Or Jewish Community Theatre Troupe of Odessa performs traditional Hanukkah songs in Yiddish, English and Russian. The night will also offer contemporary Israeli music and dance. Artists will share Southern Ukrainian Jewish culture through crafts and paintings. Visitors can learn about the heritage of Odessa, Ukraine, at a photo and art exhibit. A kosher dessert reception follows the performance.

The Hanukkah celebration is today from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Tickets are $18 and are available by calling the Gordon box office at 410-356-7469.

Santa's trolley

Hop onboard for Santa's Tinsel Trolley at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. Children young and old can enjoy a streetcar ride with everyone's favorite gift-bearing man, who will distribute a present to each child under age 12 on board. The museum is decorated with a 16-foot-tall Christmas tree and operating train and streetcar layouts.

Visitors can get in the celebratory mood with live holiday music, toy train videos, readings of The Night Before Christmas and holiday refreshments.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The streetcar museum is at 1901 Falls Road. For more information, call 410-547-0264 or visit www.baltimoremd.com/streetcar.--Meredith James

$1 admission

As a part of the Downtown Partnership's Downtown for the Holidays, folks can enjoy area attractions this weekend with "Downtown Dollar or Less Days."

Most participating attractions have $1 admission Saturday and Sunday, including the American Visionary Art Museum, Babe Ruth Museum, Baltimore Civil War Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Fells Point Maritime Museum, the Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum, the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Maryland Historical Society, Maryland Science Center, Mount Clare Museum House, National Aquarium in Baltimore, National Museum of Dentistry, Port Discovery and Top of the World.

The Baltimore Public Works Museum offers $1 admission on Saturday. The "Holiday Sing! Concerts" at the Mechanic are free on Saturday. The Walters Art Museum is free on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Baltimore Maritime Museum, Carroll Mansion, Homewood House Museum, Phoenix Shot Tower and the Constellation are $1 on Sunday. The Washington Monument and Museum is free to visitors both days.

Tuba Christmas

If tubas and euphoniums are your instruments of choice, don't miss Merry Tuba Christmas at Harborplace Amphitheatre Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. More than 200 musicians are expected to be in attendance to play holiday favorites. The event is free and open to the public.

The Harborplace Amphitheatre is between the Light Street and Pratt Street pavilions. The rain location is the Gallery at Harborplace. Call 800-HARBOR-1.

For more information, call 410-244-1030 or visit online at www.godowntownbalti more.com.-- Julia Furlong

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