The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

November 16, 2006|By LORI SEARS

ALL THINGS FINNISH

Looking for that unique holiday present? Consider stopping by the Finnish Christmas Bazaar Saturday in Bethesda. You'll find crafts, handmade goods, food and lots more at the event, which is presented by Finn Spark Inc. You can shop for Finnish cheeses, lingonberry and cloudberry jams and baked goods. Or browse the Iittala glass items, handmade clothing, books, jewelry and other Finnish gifts. Shoppers can also have a Finnish lunch, hear a Finnish folklore band and take part in a silent auction. The Finnish ambassador to the United States, Pekka Lintu, and his wife, Laurel Colless, will be at the opening.

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The bazaar takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at River Road Unitarian Church, 6301 River Road, Bethesda. Call 703-243-7169.

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LEONTYNE PRICE PROGRAM

WHAT / / The program "Leontyne Price: A Hope Fulfilled"

WHEN / / 3 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE / / Saturday at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601-03 E. North Ave., and Monday at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.

WHY / / Because the Baltimore Opera Company presents this multimedia program honoring the life of contemporary African-American soprano Leontyne Price. Visitors will hear live vocal performances and see archival video. The program is written and performed by Vikki Jones and Marvin Mills. Tickets are limited.

CONTACT / / 410-727-6000 FREE

WALK A LABYRINTH

Take a reflective walk on the outdoor labyrinth at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Saturday. The folks at Maryland Hall invite visitors to bring canned-good donations and take a "Thanksgiving Walk for Hunger" on their labyrinth. The single-pathway, 11-circuit labyrinth was constructed in 2002 and measures approximately one-half mile in length. The stone labyrinth is a replica of one of the first-known labyrinths at the Cathedral of Chartres.

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"Thanksgiving Walk for Hunger" runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Canned goods (including pet food) will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and at Saturday's walk. Donations will be given to Chrysalis House, Annapolis Lighthouse Shelter and the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. Call 410-263-5544.

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CONCERT AND BAZAAR

Enjoy sounds of the season at the Baltimore Masterworks Chorale concert Sunday. Director Mark Hardy leads the chorale in holiday carols and anthems at the "Praise and Magnify" concert. Works based on the Song of Mary (Magnificat) will be performed, as well as carols by Rutter, Higbee, Darke, Wilberg and Howells. After the show, concert-goers can attend a reception and bazaar and browse and purchase handcrafted gifts, holiday decorations, antiques, jewelry, gift baskets and other items.

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The concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St. Call 410-952-4234.

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KIDS' BOOKS AND CRAFTS

Children's Book Week at the Enoch Pratt Free Library wraps up with a grand celebration Saturday at the Central Library. All day, kids can participate in literary crafts and games, book-making, origami, magic shows, balloon art-making and other activities. Author and illustrator Marjorie Priceman, whose Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride was a Caldecott Honor Book this year, and science- and nature-book author and illustrator Judith Jango-Cohen will appear at the celebration and meet youngsters.

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The event runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, Central Hall, 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5494 or visit www.epfl.net.

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YOUNG REFUGEES' PHOTOS

WHAT / / Photography exhibit what makes me happy...

WHEN / / Exhibit runs Tuesday through Dec. 16. Reception 6 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE / / Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.

WHY / / Because students from the Refugee Youth Project in Highlandtown, including teens from Somalia, Sudan, the Congo and the former Soviet republics, will display their works. The reception offers live acoustic music from Sudanese Abdonidris and a talk with the young artists.

CONTACT / / 410-276-1651 FREE

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