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Family: events, activities

February 05, 2004|By Lori Sears

World of Pets Expo

Animal lovers, this is your weekend. The World of Pets Expo is taking place at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Visitors can catch seminars, demonstrations and presentations relating to dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, snakes and ferrets. Nearly 200 vendors will sell pet products and services, including puppy-training tools, pet-themed home decor and pet foods, beds, toys and more.

There will be a "Just Cattin' Around" cat show, an AKC dog-agility trial, a parade of breeds, pet yoga, a pet communicator, a petting zoo, demonstrations by pet organizations, interactive activities in which children can handle live animals and more.

The World of Pets Expo will be held 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. $8; $4 ages 10-14; free for ages under 10. Call 800-882-9894 or visit www.worldofpets.org.

Grand illusions

We know that magic is just an illusion, but we're still fascinated. Illusionist Lyn Dillies presents "The Magic of Lyn" Sunday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills.

Dillies made magic history in 2000 when she became the first illusionist to make two live Asian elephants appear in an open pasture in New Bedford, Mass. This unprecedented feat earned her recognition from the Society of American Magicians.

The Gordon Center show is not recommended for children ages 6 and under.

"The Magic of Lyn" is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. $18. Call 410-356-SHOW or visit www.gordoncenter.com.

Pets and comedy

Animals swinging on bars and pushing each other in carriages may seem more like something you'd see on a TV commercial than on a stage in Annapolis. But maybe you've never seen the "Comedy and Pet Theatre" show by Gregory Popovich and his cast of dogs and cats.

Popovich, a former circus performer and juggler, presents a family show of comedy, juggling and vaudeville Saturday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. Popovich, a former member of the Great Moscow Circus Group and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has been performing since he was 14 years old.

Popovich began incorporating his kitten into his stage act in the mid-1990s, and soon was rescuing animals from shelters and putting them in his show. At the Maryland Hall shows, $2 of each ticket will be donated to the Anne Arundel County SPCA.

The show is at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Saturday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $20; $15 children, seniors and Maryland Hall members. Call 410-263-5544 or visit www .marylandhall.org.

`Bugs Circus'

Kids love to examine and play with creepy, crawly insects. And now, at the new family show "The Bugs Circus!" a group of kids gets to play a group of bugs. The show is tomorrow and Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church.

"The Bugs Circus!" stars 40 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from the Living Classrooms Foundation's after-school "Bugs" program. The young "Bugs" were trained for three months in circus feats with clown Greg May and in tomfoolery with the performance group Fluid Movement.

The show features juggling fireflies, stilt-walking praying mantises, flipping caterpillars, dung beetles on a rolling globe, jump-roping flies, a bumble bee clown troupe and more.

"The Bugs Circus!" show will be at 7 p.m. tomorrow and 4 p.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St. $7; $5 ages under 12. Call 410-685-0295, Ext. 202 or visit www.fluidmovement.org.

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