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February 17, 2005|By Ann McArthur

Discover Strathmore

Tour the new Music Center at Strathmore on Monday during its Discover Strathmore Festival. In addition to seeing the new venue, visitors can learn about traditional arts and arts rooted in cultural expression. The free event will offer hands-on art activities such as weaving and beading in addition to live performances and demonstrations.

Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will perform along with the Mariachi Los Amigos, the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, Smooth and Easy Hand Dance Company, Sean Culkin and Brendan Mulvihill. Food will be provided at the festival throughout the day.

The Discover Strathmore Festival runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Free admission. Call 301-581- 5100 or visit www.strathmore. org.

Musical for children

Want to know all the secrets of a first-grader? Take the kids to see the musical adaptation of the children's book Junie B. Jones tomorrow at the Amoss Center. Kids ages 5-10 will enjoy TheatreworksUSA's presentation of the adaptation of Barbara Parker's book series, which sets a first-grader's stories and secrets from her journal to silly songs.

Junie B. Jones runs at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Amoss Center at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. Tickets are $5-$9. Call 410-836-4211.

Black history month

Visit the Walters Art Museum Saturday and celebrate Black History Month with an array of African-American art forms. Families can see the puppet show Underground Railroad, Not a Subway along with Tewodross Melchishua's short films, the Wild Zappers Deaf Dance Theater Company, traditional African dancers and drummers and the Keter Betts Trio. Visitors can also explore the Beaded Prayer Project and learn doll making and quilting.

The African American Family Festival runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Admission is free. Call 410-547- 9000 or visit www.thewalters. org.

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