The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

May 11, 2006|By ANNA EISENBERG AND LORI SEARS

CULTURE CLUB

Celebrate the diverse cultures of Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Expo at three Howard County Library branches this month. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, people from China, Korea and other Asian countries will present cultural exhibits, live music and dancing, games and various foods for all to enjoy, Saturday at the Savage branch, May 20 at the Miller branch and May 27 at the East Columbia branch. The event is co-sponsored by the Association of Chinese Americans, Howard County and the Korean American Association of Howard County.

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The Asian Expo takes place 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Savage Library, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel (410-880-5980); 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 20 at the Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City (410-313-1950); and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. May 27 at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia (410-313-7700).

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FINE ARTS FUN

Looking for a unique piece of handmade jewelry? A ceramic knickknack? A large landscape photo for your wall? You'll find them and lots more at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival this weekend. Admission to the third annual arts festival is free. Visitors can browse works by 130 contemporary artisans, who'll be selling their arts and crafts. There will also be live entertainment, a kids-activity area and food from area restaurants for sale.

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The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk and Auburn avenues in downtown Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660 or visit bethesda.org.

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WILDE TIME FOR MOMS

It's Mother's Day weekend, so bring Mom to the annual Taste of Wilde Lake celebration Saturday. A Mother's Day photo opportunity will allow Mom to have her picture taken with a giant red rose from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be many events and activities for adults and children, including a craft show, belly-dancing, fencing demonstrations, face-painting and a Jell-O-eating contest.

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The Taste of Wilde Lake celebration is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. It takes place at Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Call 410-730-3987.

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ORCHESTRAL MANEUVERS

WHAT / / Maryland Philharmonic Orchestra concert

WHEN / / 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road in Towson

WHY / / Because the Maryland Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a variety of pieces, including "Prelude and Liebestod" from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, as well as "Pines of Rome" by Respighi and Symphony No. 3 by Saint-Saens, all under the direction of Ronald J. Gretz.

CONTACT / / 410-383-8597

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STRING ALONG

Enjoy a classical guitar concert at Towson University tonight by the Towson Classical Guitar Ensembles. The performance of classical guitar works will include the Maryland premiere of the guitar-orchestra version of "The Rose Garden" by Turkish / British composer Gilbert Biberian.

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The concert is at 8:15 tonight at Towson University, Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, 8000 York Road, Towson. Call 410-704-2787.

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FEATHERED FRIENDS

WHAT / / Birding Basics program

WHEN / / 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Cromwell Valley Park, Willow Grove Farm, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville

WHY / / Because everything a birding beginner needs to know will be explained, from how to use binoculars to how to read field guides. Visitors will even learn bird songs.

CONTACT / / 410-887-2503; reservations are required.

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