The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

November 09, 2006|By LORI SEARS

AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY

Catch the PBS series In Search of Family History: African American Lives and then listen in on a panel discussion with a historian and genealogist at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture Wednesday. The free screening and panel discussion are presented by Maryland Public Television and the museum, as part of Free Fall Baltimore. The documentary, hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, explores the genealogical histories of several notable African-Americans, including Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Ben Carson, Whoopi Goldberg and Quincy Jones. Those attending the screening and talk will receive information on how to research their own family history.

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The museum will be open to visitors at 6 p.m., with the screening and discussion running from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture is at 830 E. Pratt St. Reservations required; call 443-263-1801.

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VETERANS DAY

WHAT / / Veterans Day ceremony

WHEN / / 11 a.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Wayside Cross, York Road at Shealey Avenue, Towson, and the American Legion Hall, 125 York Road, Towson

WHY / / Because it's a day to honor U.S. veterans. There will be a patriotic service, a flag-disposal ceremony and light refreshments for visitors.

CONTACT / / 410-823-8030

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'ZOO SALUTE!'

In celebration of Veterans Day, all visitors to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Saturday will be admitted free of charge as part of Free Fall Baltimore. At the "Zoo Salute!" visitors will be greeted by the U.S.O., hear live music from military and school bands in Schaefer Plaza and Flockers Field and meet animal ambassadors throughout the day.

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The Veterans Day celebration at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-396-7102 or visit www.marylandzoo.org.

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ARTSY SHOPPING

Get a jump on holiday shopping at Artfully Wilde at Slayton House Gallery in Columbia Saturday. The one-day sale of traditional and contemporary artsy gift items includes pottery, glassworks, wood pieces, photography, home accessories, dolls and jewelry from area crafters and artists.

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Artfully Wilde runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Call 410-730-3987.

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A BUMP ON THE HEAD

In 1835, phrenologist Orson Squire Fowler caused quite a stir in Baltimore when he shared his unusual views on love, sex and marriage with the city folks. Most fascinating were his views on phrenology, the study of the protuberances, bumps and shape of the skull and how they reveal mental capacity and character traits. Phrenology has long since been discredited, but in the Victorian Age, these views sparked controversy and excitement.

On Sunday, living-history actor David Keltz portrays Fowler in two 30-minute lectures at Hampton National Historic Site in Towson. Visitors can watch a demonstration of the practice of phrenology after each lecture.

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The lectures will be at 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson. Call 410-828-0157.

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GOT JAZZ?

WHAT / / Pre-Cool Jazz Family Concert

WHEN / / 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St.

WHY / / Because visitors will hear a family-friendly introduction to jazz with a five-piece jazz band, as part of Free Fall Baltimore.

CONTACT / / 410-225-3130; reservations required

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