The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

April 27, 2006|By ANNA EISENBERG

TURTLE POWER

Head out to the home of the Terps on Saturday. The University of Maryland combines its 150th birthday and eighth annual Maryland Day into one big celebratory event. Enjoy activities at all six "neighborhoods" -- Sports and Rec Row, Terp Town Center, Arts Alley, Ag Day Avenue, Science and Tech Way, and Biz and Society Hill. Don't forget to taste a piece of the world's largest strawberry shortcake, which will be cut at 10 a.m. Tour the college campus and see the annual "Red and White" football scrimmage at 3 p.m. at Byrd Stadium.

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Maryland Day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the University of Maryland, College Park. For details, call 877-UMTERPS or visit maryland

day.umd.edu.

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PEABODY'S FINEST

Four student musicians -- guitarists Maud Laforest and Benjamin Beirs, cellist Go Eun Park and pianist Eun-Jung Shon -- will represent Peabody Conservatory at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Millennium Stage Conservatory Project. This project showcases the country's best student musicians from colleges, universities and conservatories. The performance Wednesday will feature pieces by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Isaac Albeniz, Pierre Petit, Robert Schumann and Bohuslav Martinu.

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The performance is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. N.W., in the Terrace Theatre. Call 800-444-1324 or visit kennedy-center.org for details.

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OUT OF THE PAST

WHAT / / HistoryQuest grand opening celebration

WHEN / / 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE / / St. Clair Wright Center, 99 Main St. in Annapolis

WHY / / Because visitors can explore Annapolis' 300-year history while enjoying live music, strolling entertainment and a variety of activities.

CONTACT / / 410-267-6656 or annapolis.org

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MOVE OVER R2-D2

WHAT / / Robot Festival

WHEN / / 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Historical Electronics Museum, 1745 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum

WHY / / Because visitors can get an up-close view of robots constructed by elementary, high school and college students, as well as engineers and other hobbyists.

CONTACT / / 410-419-8247 or visit robotfest.com

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SPRINGING INTO FUN

Tomorrow and Saturday, get outside and enjoy the spring weather at Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks' 2006 Recreation Explosion. The whole family can participate in cultural, environmental, fitness and educational programs. Other activities include dance, poetry and crafts. Don't forget the "Battle of the City All-Stars," where participants can compete against city officials in a variety of games, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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The 2006 Recreation Explosion is from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. It takes place in Druid Hill Park on the perimeter surrounding Swann Drive. For details, call 410-396-6694.

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BOOK 'EM

Meet authors and hear presentations about their latest novels at the seventh annual Bethesda Literary Festival this weekend. Featured guests include Bob Schieffer of the CBS Evening News and Face the Nation, Andrea Mitchell of NBC News and David Vise of The Washington Post. With a children's book party, comedy night and poetry slams and readings, it's a weekend full of literary fun.

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The festival begins at noon tomorrow, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and at noon Sunday. It takes place in downtown Bethesda at a variety of venues. For the schedule, visit bethesda.org. Call 301-215-6660.

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