The Week Ahead

Baltimore & Region

November 28, 2005

TODAY

TOWSON TREE LIGHTING -- The annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Towson will be at 6 p.m. at Towson Commons, Pennsylvania Avenue and York Road. Metered parking and parking in county Revenue Authority garages will be free after 5 p.m. 410-825-1144.

ANNAPOLIS COUNCIL TO MEET -- The Annapolis city council will meet at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed lease of Market House along with an annexation moratorium and zoning restrictions along West Street. The meeting will be at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St. 410-263-1184.

TOMORROW

GAMES AND CHINESE ART -- McDaniel College departments of history and art will present a lecture, "Let's Play: Games and Sports in Chinese Art," at 7 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge at the college in Westminster. Virginia Bower, a specialist on ancient Chinese ceramics, will discuss carvings on tomb walls dating from the Han Dynasty that depict everyday life and sports. 410-857-2294.

WEDNESDAY

POETRY LECTURE -- St. John's College will present poet Samuel Hazo at 3:45 p.m. in the Hodson Room in Mellon Hall at the college in Annapolis. Hazo, founder and director of the International Poetry Forum, will read from his new book, Just Once. 410-626-2539.

THURSDAY

WORLD AIDS DAY -- Howard County Health Department and AIDS Alliance of Howard County will sponsor an interfaith observance of World AIDS Day from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. 410-313-6266.

MONUMENT LIGHTING -- The annual holiday lighting ceremony at Baltimore's Washington Monument will begin at 6 p.m. at Mount Vernon Place in the 600 block of N. Charles St. The event will conclude with fireworks.

FRIDAY

MEDICARE FORUM -- A forum on Medicare's new prescription drug benefit program will be held at 10 a.m. atEdgewood Senior Center, 1000 Gateway Road, Edgewood. The program, which will include Medicare specialists, is sponsored by Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

SATURDAY

LIGHTED BOATS -- The 18th annual Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats, featuring more than 40 decorated boats off the Inner Harbor and Fells Point, will take place at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Fells Point Yacht Club. www.fpyc.net.

SUNDAY

CHRISTMAS PARADE -- Bel Air's 16th annual Christmas parade will step off at Main Street and Churchville Road at 3:30 p.m., proceed north on Main, turn onto Lee Street and end at Hickory Avenue. There will be a tree-lighting ceremony and bonfire at the Armory on Main Street afterward. 410-879-9500 or 410-638-4540.

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