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July 08, 2004|By Sarah Breitenbach

For 5 and younger

Families with children 5 and under are invited to the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center Sunday for the Fabulous Family Funfest. The event includes crafts, "moving and grooving" and a mitzvah project. Families are asked to bring a gently used toy or book for donation.

The Fabulous Family Funfest costs $10 per family. The Owings Mills Jewish Community Center is at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. For more information or to register, call 410-356-5200 or visit http://planitjewish.com.

Summer Fun Day

Children and families are invited to Summer Fun Day at Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace Sunday for an ice-cream-eating contest, turtle races, a frog-jumping competition, sack races, lawnmower races, face painting and food.

Admission is $3. The Steppingstone Museum is at 461 Quaker Bottom Road. Call 410-939-2299 or visit http://steppingstonemuseum.org.

Famous naturalists

Travel to Catonsville Community College this weekend to catch up on your knowledge about the environment. As part of the Chautauqua humanities program, scholar-actors will portray environmentalists from the past and give speeches and answer questions in character. Presenters will also discuss the significance of these figures in today's environment.

Tomorrow Doris Dwyer of Western Nevada Community College will portray Rachel Carson, the writer, scientist and ecologist whose book Silent Spring exposed the dangers of pesticides. On Saturday, Henry David Thoreau will take the stage. The essayist, famous for his 1854 work Walden, will be portrayed by Kevin Radaker of Anderson University in Indiana. Sunday, Theodore Roosevelt will come alive as Doug A. Mishler portrays the president who also led the nation as a naturalist, hunter and explorer. Mishler, a former faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Western Washington University, will examine Roosevelt's contributions to the American environmental movement.

The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville is at 800 South Rolling Road. All performances are free. Call 410-455-4508.

John Paul Jones Day

Head to the Naval Academy in Annapolis Saturday for exhibits and events on the life of the naval hero John Paul Jones. The day's activities include a wreath laying, a historical presentation in the crypt beneath the academy chapel, children's activities, lectures on Jones, cannon-loading demonstrations and warrant signings. John Paul Jones Day tours are also available.

John Paul Jones Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. Naval Academy at 52 King George St. in Annapolis. John Paul Jones Day events are free, but tours are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children in first through 12th grade. Call 410-263-6933 or visit www.navyonline.com.

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