Don't Miss

DON'T MISS

November 10, 2005

Native American for a day

The lowdown -- Try something new this weekend by learning about America's oldest civilizations. As part of Oregon Ridge Nature Center's family-oriented programming, "Be a Native American for a Day" offers visitors the chance to learn to use bows and arrows and rabbit sticks, visit and learn about wigwams, and watch a blowgun demonstration.

If you go -- "Be a Native American for a Day" runs Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. Free, no reservations required. All ages welcome, but young children should be accompanied by parents. For more, call 410-887-1815 or visit www.oregonridge.org.

Tennis tournament

The lowdown -- The Mercantile Tennis Challenge, a charitable sporting event, celebrates its 20th anniversary Monday night at 1st Mariner Arena with some of the biggest names in tennis. Holding nearly 100 Grand Slam titles between them, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Martina Hingis and Jim Courier will headline the event, taking part in a variety of singles and doubles matches. The challenge culminates with players from the Orioles and Ravens taking the court to make it an intersport affair. True fans won't want to miss a single (or double) event.

If you go -- The Mercantile Tennis Challenge is Monday night at 7. Tickets are $20-$100 and can be purchased at 1st Mariner Arena box office at 201 W. Baltimore St., by phone at 410-347-2010, or through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT. For more on the tournament, call 410-296-2929 or visit tennischallenge.org or www.1stmarinerarena.org.

House tour

The lowdown -- Here's your chance to get up close and personal with one of Baltimore's many historical landmarks. The Cylburn Mansion, erected in 1864 and purchased by the state in 1942, is on display this weekend. Members of the Cylburn Arboretum Association will lead guests through the rooms, offering historical notes and many photos along the way. Afterward, take a tour of the surrounding garden, where some of the trees are as old as the house.

If you go -- Cylburn Mansion is at 4915 Greenspring Ave. Tours run Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, with Guided Garden Walks beginning at 12:15 p.m. Tours and garden walks continue Sunday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more, call 410-367-2217.

NICK BROWN

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