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September 02, 2004

Free First Thursday

Can't wait for next month's Free First Thursday when the Baltimore Museum of Art celebrates 10 years of the fun event? Then come by today. This month's event features tours of the museum's sculpture gardens, including a look at Rodin's Balzac and Calder's 100 Yard Dash, tours of indoor exhibits, musical and dance performances in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, hands-on workshops and more.

The Free First Thursday event runs 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. Call 410-396-6314.

Stamp show

For many people, stamps are more than functional. They're collectible. If you're among the collectors or among those who appreciate a cool or unusual stamp, stop by the annual Baltimore Philatelic Exhibition, running tomorrow through Sunday at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn.

BALPEX '04, as it's fondly called by show-goers, features more than 150 stamp frames of rare philatelic items from more than 50 dealers from around the world. Visitors can learn about the hobby, as well as buy, sell or trade stamps and stamp items. Appraisals will be available. And young collectors can learn about the hobby in a children's room.

Also, several stamp organizations will convene at the show, including the British North America Philatelic Society and the British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group. Other philatelic clubs attending include the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, Society of Israel Philatelists and the Eire Philatelic Association.

The U.S. Postal Service will be on hand selling stamps and postmarking mail.

BALPEX '04 runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road. $4 admission is good for three days. Free for ages under 18. Free admission Sunday for seniors over 65 and disabled people over 60. Call 410-252-1551.

`A Movie in the Park'

Enjoy A Movie in the Park Sunday outside the Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills. Bring a blanket and a picnic and catch the fun flick Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Enjoy juggling and comedy by Michael Rosman after the gates open. Film begins at dusk. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. The Associated's Connections division presents the event.

The event takes place Sunday at the Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. $4 per person; $20 maximum per family. Children under 3 are free. Call 410-369-9205 for reservations or information. - Lori Sears

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