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Maryland

December 31, 2006

Christmas exhibit -- Frederick. The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 7 in the National Museum of Civil War Medicine's conference room at 48 E. Patrick St., shows how Christmas was celebrated by soldiers in the field and their families at home. Also included are 19th-century toys and ornaments, songs and early images of Santa Claus created by Thomas Nast. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. $4.50-$6.50. 301-695-1864.

Garden of Lights -- Wheaton. More than 600,000 tiny colored twinkle lights make up this Brookside Garden exhibit that shines in the form of plants, animals and fountains during the holiday season. Through Jan. 7. Hours are 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; last car admitted at 8:30 p.m. Brookside Gardens is at 1800 Glenallan Ave. Admission is $15. 301- 962-1453.

"Making Marks: Paper and Clay" -- Laurel. An exhibit of prints and ceramic artworks by local artist Ebby Malmgren will be on display through Feb. 24 in the Himmelfarb Gallery at Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free. 410-888-9048.

D.C.

"The Artistry of African Currency" -- This permanent exhibit at the IMF Center, 720 19th St. N.W., shows handcrafted metal currencies from highly valued, complex designs to more conventional forms, and a series of panels combining text, photographs and objects used as currency. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Admission fee. 202-623-6869.

"Cartoonists Take Up Smoking" -- Exhibit retraces the 40-year battle over the use and promotion of cigarettes since the publication of the landmark surgeon general's report on smoking and health in 1964. It also addresses complacency on the part of organized medicine, politicians and the mass media in ending the tobacco pandemic. Through March 31 at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, 6900 Georgia Ave. N.W. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Free admission and parking. 202-782-2200.

The Shakespeare Gallery -- Visitors can view more than 230 of the Folger Shakespeare Library's works pertaining to Shakespeare and his time, accompanied by Sir Derek Jacobi and other noted Shakespearean actors reciting the Bard's verse, in a multimedia computer installation. Continuing exhibit is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays in the Folger Great Hall, 201 E. Capitol St. S.E. Free admission. 202-544-7077.

DELAWARE

"Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay" -- Wilmington. A collection of the author and illustrator's original drawings and paintings. Through Jan. 7 at the Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $3-$10; free for members. 302-571-9590.

"From Raku to Ray Guns: Ceramics since 1960" -- Wilmington. Exhibition explores the variety of ceramic art produced since the '60s, sampling the work of internationally recognized artists, including Thomas Hoadley, Toshiko Takaezu, Rudolf Staffel and Marilyn Levine. Through Feb. 11 at the Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $3-$10; free for members. 302-571-9590.

NEW JERSEY

"The Fires Burn On: 200 Years of Glassmaking in Millville, New Jersey" -- Millville. Exhibit, which ends today, is divided into three sections at the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, 1501 Glasstown Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7-$10. 800-998-4552.

PENNSYLVANIA

"The Bizarre and the Beautiful: Silks of the 18th Century" -- Philadelphia. Exhibit features 15 works, including French and English patterned silk dresses worn by some of Philadelphia's most fashionable women. Through October at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Admission is $7-$10. Call 215-763-8100, or go to philamuseum. org.

"A Brandywine Christmas" -- Chadds Ford. The Brandywine Museum celebrates the holiday season with various displays, including an O-gauge model railroad, Victorian dollhouse and thousands of whimsical "critter" ornaments on trees. Through Jan. 7 at the Brandywine River Museum on U.S. 1. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5-$8. 610-388-2700 or brandy winemuseum.org.

VIRGINIA

House tours -- Alexandria. Visitors can take a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at 9000 Richmond Highway, three miles west of Mount Vernon. Admission is $6. 703-780- 4000.

Restoration -- Montpelier Station. See the restoration of Montpelier Mansion, 11407 Constitution Highway near Orange, to the early 19th-century period of owners James and Dolley Madison. All floors are open during the project, which aims to reverse structural changes made after the Madisons' deaths. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $6-$11. 540-672-2728.

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