The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

July 13, 2006|By SARAH MARSTON

NATURE'S PANTRY

Check out Mother Nature's food Saturday at Oregon Ridge Nature Center's "Food of the Forest and Field" program. Guests will learn about edible plants in the park and how to cook them. Come back Sunday to mix and mingle with butterflies at the center's "Butterflies: Nature's Festival of Color" program. Both days' events require reservations.

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Both events are from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. "Food of the Forest and Field" is Saturday, and the "Butterflies: Nature's Festival of Color" is Sunday at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. For reservations, call 410-887-1815.

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AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY

Go around the world Saturday at Columbia International Day and experience a variety of cultures. Hear international music, watch Irish and Korean dance troupes and check out worldwide foods and crafts. For kids, from 1 to 5 p.m. there will be a juggling workshop, a moon bounce, and a dragon maze. Also, don't miss the Decorated Umbrella Art Exhibition, themed "Places Around the World."

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The 12th annual Columbia International Day will be from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Town Center Lakefront, 10221 Wincopin Circle. Call 410-715-3161.

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4-H FUN

Check out animals, games, food, dance and more today through Sunday at the Baltimore County 4-H Fair. The fair boasts cat, dog, goat, horse, rabbit, sheep and other animal shows, and contests, food vendors, kids' games and line dancing, to boot. Check out the fair's Web site for more details, including the schedule.

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The fair runs today through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. Call 410-666-1025 or visit baltimorecounty4hfair.org.

FREE

COINS GALORE

Count on a good time at the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention, tomorrow through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center. With more than 1,000 coin dealers expected, the event includes auctions, meetings, gifts, lectures and exhibits covering everything from political memorabilia to ancient and foreign currency. A children's educational program will take place on Saturday, and kids ages 12 and younger are welcome to grab a handful of free money each day from a bucket full of coins, donated by convention dealers.

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The convention is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in halls A, B and C of the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Call 561-392-8551 or visit hometown.aol.com / BaltimoreCoinShw

FREE

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING

WHAT / / Havre de Grace Arts Commission's presentation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

WHEN / / 7:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Havre de Grace Maritime Museum and Havre de Grace Decoy Museum grounds, at the corner of Market and Lafayette streets

WHY / / Because far from being about nothing, this is a professional production of the Bard's comedic work, and you can see it at no cost. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket or chair.

CONTACT / / 410-939-5544

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SISTERS IN CRIME

WHAT / / "An Evening With Sisters in Crime," featuring a meeting with mystery writers Nora Charles and Donna Andrews

WHEN / / 7 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE / / The Catonsville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 1100 Frederick Road

WHY / / Because the authors will share what it takes to get published, discuss the life of a private investigator and read excerpts from their crime novels. Books will be available for sale and signing.

CONTACT / / 410-887-0951

FREE

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