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Trips: road trips, regional events

March 18, 2004|By Lori Sears

All-breed horse show

The all-breed, all-discipline horse show "Equine Event East" takes place all this weekend at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va.

Visitors can watch an array of demonstrations and sit in on clinics conducted by experts on everything from horse-loading and trailering to horse nutrition, breeding and dealing with aging horses. There will be a "Horse Ownership 101" program to help those interested in selecting a horse. And the expo will include a stallion row, a parade of breeds and thousands of products on display and for sale.

"Equine Event East" runs noon-9 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Place Center, Chantilly, Va. $12; $8 for ages under 8. Call 410-321-9559 or visit www. blueribbonshows.com.

Environmental films

Love nature films? The annual Environmental Film Festival in Washington takes place today through March 28 at more than 40 venues, including museums, libraries, universities and international institutions.

The 11-day festival offers 90 documentary, feature, archival, animated and children's films -- including 51 film premieres -- from 30 countries. Many screenings will feature discussions with filmmakers or environmental experts, such as scientists and educators, before or after the films. Film topics include fishermen, dams, windstorms, wolves, rivers, dolphins, deserts, the Arctic and the Anacostia.

The Environmental Film Festival runs today through March 28 at various venues in Washington. Most screenings and talks are free, but some require a fee and registration. For a complete schedule, call 202-342-2564 or visit www.dcenvironmentalfilm fest.org.

`Women by Women'

Women's History Month is generally celebrated in March, but at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, it's always Women's History Month. The museum is currently displaying Portraits of Women by Women: Photographs From the Permanent Collection, which has 24 works by 20th-century female photographers, as well as Edda Renouf: Revealed Structures, an exhibit of 30 paintings and oil pastels by Renouf. The latest exhibit, Book as Art XV, includes painted books, pop-up books and works on fabric by more than 20 artists, including Claire Van Vliet and Mirella Bentivoglio. Book as Art XV opens March 29 and runs through Nov. 28.

Throughout March, visitors can also enjoy films, family programs and literary events.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is at 1250 New York Ave. N.W., Washington. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $5; $3 students and ages 60 and over; free for ages 18 and under. Call 202-783-5000 or visit www.nmwa.org.

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