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Family: events, activities

January 01, 2004|By Julia Furlong

Cats of all stripes

The International Cat Association will be holding the "Hairy Petter and the Chamber of Cats" cat show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Baltimore. The show will feature all varieties of pedigreed, rare and household pet cats.

Professional judges hail from all across the country, and cats will be shown in six judging rings.

Kids can enjoy the Harry Potter theme when they get to vote for their favorite "Most Magical Creature." Healthy and socialized shelter/rescue cats will be available for adoption from local agencies, and pedigreed kittens and cats will be available for placement from breeders.

Cat products and gifts, from cat trees to cat toys, feline dental-care items to feline-decorated clothing, will also be on sale.

The event benefits local area feline shelters and rescue groups.

The Best Western Hotel and Conference Center is at 525 O'Donnell St. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 3-12 and free for children under 3. Call 703-243-5787 or visit

Wonders of wood

Looking for that perfect tool? Want to learn how to build a table? Take advantage of a one-stop shop for wood enthusiasts at the three-day Woodworking Shows tomorrow through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Both beginners and professionals can work their way through more than 100 manufacturers, all displaying woodworking, wood-turning, carving and finishing tools and supplies. The shows will feature "Action Areas" that highlight various aspects of woodworking, from cabinet-making to milling.

The Woodworking Shows will be held noon-7 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The fairgrounds are at 2200 York Road. Admission is $8 for adults, and children under 12 are free. Tickets are good for all three days.

For more information, visit the Web at www.thewood

Orioles photos sought

Starting today, the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore is inviting fans of all ages to submit photographs of the Orioles throughout the decades in commemoration of the Orioles' 50th anniversary. A panel will judge the entries, and the winners will appear in Bird Watchers: A Fan's Eye View, an exhibit opening in April at the start of the baseball season.

All types of photographs are encouraged, from snapshots taken at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards to pictures of spring training and away games in fields across the country. Photographs can also be of players off the field, whether at promotional appearances or the grocery store. The only key point is that they are taken by an amateur.

Photographs should be identified with the year taken, names of people in the photo and the name and address of the photographer. They will not be returned. Send your photo to the museum, attn: Bird Watchers, 216 Emory St., Baltimore, MD 21230. Digital images are also encouraged as long as they are at least 300 dpi and can be e-mailed to lauriew@baberuthmu Include "Bird Watchers" in the subject line. Photos will be accepted through Feb. 15.

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