The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

June 01, 2006|By LORI SEARS

'KIDS 2 KIDS CARNIVAL'

Chances are your kid loves rides, games, craft activities and carnival foods. So, chances are your kid will have a ball at the "Kids 2 Kids Carnival" at the Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills Sunday. The sixth annual carnival offers kids an afternoon of riding down a giant slide, jumping around a moon bounce, riding a carousel, playing bean-bag toss, taking aim at the dunk tank, running an obstacle course, laying it down for the bowling challenge, creating a sand-art masterpiece and crafting other works of art. All foods will be kosher and will include hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, snacks and drinks.

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The carnival is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center, Plant / Davison lower ball fields, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Admission is free; cost for rides, games and food (25 cents per ticket). Proceeds benefit the Teen Campaign of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Call 410-369-9311.

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IMAGINATION BETHESDA

They'll be taking it to the streets in Bethesda Saturday. The 12th annual Imagination Bethesda, a kids' street festival, salutes the arts through live musical and dance performances, hands-on arts and crafts, roving entertainment and more. Performers will include the Maryland Youth Ballet, members of the Iran Cultural and Educational Center and dancers from the Joy of Motion Dance Center. There will be costumed characters, face painting, balloon art, food vendors and educational information.

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The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Bethesda, along Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street. Call 301-215-6660 or visit bethesda.org.

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THE WHOLE 'KIDS 'N' KABOODLE'

WHAT / / "Kids 'n' Kaboodle Annapolis Free Children's Fair"

WHEN / / Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Weems-Whalen Memorial Athletic Fields, Spa Road (behind Maryland Hall), Annapolis

WHY / / Because free food, free pony rides, free games and crafts, free books and free entertainment are quite cool. And Maryland Public Television's Bob the Vid Tech, who will host the live entertainment, is pretty cool, too. Staff from several area workplaces (including NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center) will talk about their cool jobs.

CONTACT / / 410-990-1993

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GREYHOUND CELEBRATION

How big was your last family reunion? Pretty big, you say. Well, planners of the 16th annual Greyhound Reunion Picnic are anticipating more than 350 greyhounds. Now, that's a reunion. True, the dogs are not all related by birth, but they are related in breed and spirit. The annual picnic, presented by Greyhound Pets of America-Maryland Inc., brings together adopted greyhounds, retired racing greyhounds and their owners for an afternoon of games, food, raffles, music and door prizes Sunday at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville. There will be a talk by veterinarian and greyhound expert Bill Benson, a nondenominational pet blessing, nail-clipping, auctions and items for sale from vendors. And those wishing to adopt a greyhound can probably find one at the picnic.

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The Greyhound Reunion Picnic is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine, at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. The planners are asking for a $2 donation for parking. Call 800-600-8607 or visit gpa-md.com.

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'QUADROPHENIA'

The mods and the rockers are bringing their rivalry to the big screen today and June 9. The concert film The Who: Quadrophenia Live will be shown at Easton's Avalon Theatre tonight and again at the University of Baltimore's Student Center June 9. Maryland Public Television presents the film version of the band's "Quadrophenia" concert tour in 1996 and 1997. The film stars lead singer Roger Daltry, guitarist and singer Peter Townshend and bassist John Entwistle, as well as guest performers playing roles from the original 1979 movie Quadrophenia.

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The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. today at the Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton, and at 8 p.m. June 9 at the University of Baltimore, Student Center, Performing Arts Center, 1420 N. Charles St. To reserve tickets, call 410-581-4265 or e-mail thewho@mpt.org.

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DANCE COMPETITION

WHAT / / Starquest Regional International Performing Arts Competition

WHEN / / 5 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow, 7 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / University of Maryland, College Park, Tawes Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park

WHY / / Because this is even better than watching So You Think You Can Dance on TV. You'll watch dancers compete for cash prizes, trophies and plaques. You'll see solo, duet, trio and group dancing competitions, including ballet, hip-hop, modern, jazz and musical theater.

CONTACT / / 301-405-1000, 919-363-2900 or visit starquest dance.com / cities / collegepark.html

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