The Free Sheet

October 19, 2006|By KRISTIN GRAY

FOR THE BIRDS

WHAT / / "Pretty Birds" program

WHEN / / Today at 7 p.m.

WHERE / / Maryland City at Russett Branch Library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel

WHY / / Because seeing exotic birds and learning about macaws, conures, cockatoos and cockatiels can be an interesting educational experience for visitors age 5 to adult.

CONTACT / / 301-725-2390 or go to www.aacpl.net

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BALTOWEEN FESTIVAL

Combine food and games with the excitement of Halloween spirit, and you've got the Maryland School for the Blind's BaltOween festival. Described by promoters as "Halloween, Baltimore-Style," the annual event, taking place Saturday, benefits the Maryland School for the Blind's 800 students. Children can munch funnel cakes and Italian sausages while participating in scarecrow-making and pumpkin-decorating in the Kid's FunZone. There will also be one hour of supervised trick-or-treating. For adults, the festival offers shopping and a hot rod show of modified classic cars. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, the event chairman, will be on hand.

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The festival is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland School for the Blind, 3501 Taylor Ave. Rain date is Oct. 28. Admission is free; wristbands for the Kid's FunZone are $6. Call 410-444-5000 or 410-319-5743 or go to baltoween.com.

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IT'S BARCSTOBERFEST

Calling all animal lovers: The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter's BARCStoberfest takes place Saturday. The event, which serves as a fundraiser and community outreach day for the shelter's pets, presents activities for everyone from the family cat to kids and adults. Pups and cats will receive pampering with pet acupuncture. There will be K9 and agility demonstrations, plus costume and look-alike contests. And pet owners can browse arts and crafts, listen to live performances by local bands and eat food from area restaurants.

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The second annual BARCStoberfest runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Eastern and Linwood avenues in Patterson Park. Rain date is Sunday. Call 410-396-4688 or go to baltimoreanimal shelter.org.

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IT'S ABE, HONEST

WHAT / / Heritage Walk Living History Weekend

WHEN / / Noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE / / Historic Jonestown Visitor Center, 800 E. Lombard St.

WHY / / Because meeting Abraham Lincoln, Declaration of Independence-signer Charles Carroll and other re-enactors lets visitors to refresh their knowledge of American history

CONTACT / / 443-514-5900 or heritagewalk.org; reservations suggested

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MIND YOUR MANNERS

Being prim, proper and polite are the three main elements of Judith Martin's (Miss Manners) popular advice column. Miss Manners tackles issues of what she calls "heavy etiquette theory" with precision and humor in novels, lectures and radio shows. Head to Goucher College tonight to hear her discuss the ins and outs of social grace and to hear her explain the importance of civility, self-expression and personal freedom.

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The event is at 8 p.m. tonight in the Merrick Lecture Hall at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Call 410-337-6333 or go to goucher.edu.

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WELL SHUCKS!

Soak up the history of Maryland's maritime and seafood industries while celebrating National Seafood Month at the annual Pier 5 Oyster Festival on Sunday. The Mooks, the Hula Monsters and Crawdaddies will entertain, while vendor booths will be set up and educational tours offered. In addition to the oysters and other foods from area restaurants, the event includes the Oyster Shuck and Swallow Contest. The festival benefits the restoration of Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse on Pier 5.

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The festival takes place 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Pier 5, 711 Eastern Ave. Call 410-234-1300.

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