A ROUNDUP OF REGIONAL FREEBIES
Kwanzaa at the BMA
Celebrate Kwanzaa with the family at the Baltimore Museum of Art on Sunday. Admission is free to the exhibit Henry Ossawa Tanner and the Lure of Paris and a variety of activities. Watch a belly-dancing performance by Moor Hips (pictured) then join the dancers for a workshop on this rhythmic dance form. Visitors can also see the Griot Circle of Maryland's portrayal of traditional and modern African folktales on stage and learn about the heritage of African masks and other artistic objects in the "African Heritage, American Expression" tour.
The Kwanzaa Family Day Celebration is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. The folk-tale performance is at 2 p.m. and the belly-dancing is at 4 p.m. Tours are at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Call 410-396-6314.
`Sock Monkey Saturday'
The American Visionary Art Museum offers a free escape from the stress of the holiday season with "Sock Monkey Saturday." Visitors can make their own sock monkey with provided materials or bring their own. Relax and drink tea while the sock monkeys play together.
This event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Highway. Call 410-244-1900 for details.
Santa on the air
The Radio and Television Museum presents "Santa's Big Broadcast" on Saturday with holiday television programs from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Visitors can also tour the interactive museum, which features radios, televisions and broadcast memorabilia.
"Santa's Big Broadcast" is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Radio and Television Museum, 2608 Mitchellville Road in Bowie. Call 301-390-1020 or visit radiohistory.org for more information.
The Festival of Lights begins at sundown Dec. 25, so get ready by making personal Hanukkah greeting cards out of magazines, tissue paper and other media Sunday at the Owings Mills JCC. The workshop provides all materials, and cards can be taken home to send to family and friends.
This event is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. For details, call 410-356-5200, ext. 385.
What --"Ringing in the Holidays" concert
When --Today at noon
Where --The University of Maryland School of Law's Westminster Hall, Fayette and Greene streets
Why --Part of the Lunch Under the Pipes Music Recital Series, "Ringing in the Holidays" presents a musical performance by the Carillons Bell Choir.
What --Holiday Sing!
When --Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
Where --The Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St.
Why --Choirs and singing groups will be performing popular holiday tunes. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served free of charge.