The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

July 20, 2006|By SARAH MARSTON

TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA

WHAT / / The Grammy-nominated band Trout Fishing in America will play as part of Strathmore's Free Outdoor Concert Series.

WHEN / / 7 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE / / Gudelsky Concert Pavilion at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda

WHY / / Because the band, composed of bassist Keith Grimwood and guitarist Ezra Idlet, offers creative kids' music that also keeps the adults entertained.

CONTACT / / 301-581-5100 or strathmore.org.

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PERCUSSIONIST'S RECITAL

Raise your tempo Wednesday night at the University of Maryland, College Park, with the Summer Percussion Workshop's free recital. Set in the university's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the recital will feature Gregory Zuber, principal percussionist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Other free recitals will be available throughout the week, so call the center or visit its Web site for more information.

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The recital is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Gildenhorn Recital Hall of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, corner of Route 193 (University Boulevard) and Stadium Drive in College Park. Call 301-405-ARTS or visit clarice smithcenter.umd.edu.

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ERECTOR SETS AND MORE

WHAT / / The A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society's 15th annual Convention, with lots of classic Gilbert toys -- like Erector sets -- on display and for sale

WHEN / / 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Columbia Hilton, 5485 Twin Knolls Road

WHY / / Because the convention gives you a chance to reminisce about the classic toys, or see them for the first time, as nationwide collectors gather to display Erector building sets, cranes, Ferris wheels, racing sets and more toys dating from 1913 to the 1960s.

CONTACT / / 410-707-3243 or acgilbertheritagesociety.com.

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LIFE ON THE FARM

Join the Montgomery County Farm Tour this weekend for plenty of hay-riding, pony-riding and finger-licking fun. With 13 participating farms, guests can farm-hop and see what county agriculture has to offer. There will be petting zoos, farm-life demonstrations, music and much more. Fruits and veggies also will be for sale. Check out the full brochure online or pick one up at any Montgomery County library or recreation center.

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The Farm Tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with some farms participating only Saturday. You must provide your own transportation to each farm. For addresses, call 301-590-2823 or visit montgomerycoun tymd.gov / farmtour.

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BOOKS IN BEL AIR

Bookworms, rejoice! The Bel Air Book Festival returns Saturday, complete with celebrity readers, music and books galore. Best-selling romance author Mary Jo Putney (The Marriage Spell), Olympic figure skater Kimmie Meissner and National Public Radio's "The Book Guys" will all be on hand, among other authors, illustrators and storytellers at the tented and open-air event. The full schedule is available by phone or on the festival's Web site.

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The Bel Air Book Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Shamrock Park, Lee Way and Hickory Avenue in Bel Air. Call 443-512-8200 or visit belairbookfestival.org.

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CLASSICAL CONCERT

Come to Roland Park Sunday for "Musical Journeys," a free classical music concert courtesy of Bolton Street Synagogue. Featuring vocalist Alan Rubinstein and pianist Wen-chun Ku, the concert will cover the works of George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Franz Schubert, among others. A short discussion and reception will follow.

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The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane in Roland Park. Call 410-235-5354 or visit boltonstreet.org.

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