The Free Sheet

THE FREE SHEET

January 04, 2007|By Lori Sears

A ROUNDUP OF REGIONAL FREEBIES

Model engineers

As the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers celebrates its 75th year, visitors young and old can attend a series of model-train open houses presented by the group. On display Sundays through Feb. 11 will be two operating model railroads (an O-scale and an HO-scale) with steam and diesel trains and trolleys, as well as static models, railroad artifacts, 1950s railroad heralds, photos from the club's history and more. Young visitors can watch the HO- and O-scale Thomas the Tank Engine models run. And all are invited to learn about joining the club.

The open houses run 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4 and 11 at 225 W. Saratoga St. Not handicapped accessible. Call 410-837-BSME or go to www.modelengineers.com.

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Pet exhibit

Animal lovers are sure to appreciate the new exhibit at the Homewood House Museum. Running today through March 31, Feathers, Fins and Fur: The Pet in Early Maryland explores the role that pets and livestock had in early Maryland, including their importance on the Carroll family's Homewood property. On display will be an array of early-American pet-related items, such as spike-studded dog collars, bird cages, classified newspaper ads on animals, recipes for pet food and more.

Tonight, the public can browse the exhibit for free. This opening reception offers tours and the opportunity to adopt one (or more) of the pets that will be on hand in Homewood's wine cellar. The Maryland SPCA, a co-sponsor of the exhibit, is bringing various adoptable pets this evening only. Also, visitors to the exhibit throughout its run will be admitted free if they bring along an item from the Maryland SPCA's Animal Wish List, such as pet food, toys and cleaning products.

The exhibit-opening runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Homewood House Museum, 3400 N. Charles St. Call 410-516-0341 or 410-516-5589 or go to www.jhu.edu/historichouses. Or go to mdspca.org for adoption information.

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See the `Truth'

Didn't see An Inconvenient Truth in the theaters? Catch a free showing of Al Gore's alarming documentary on the issue of global warming Wednesday at Eden Mill Nature Center's Piedmont Learning Center. Viewers can enjoy light refreshments and take part in a lively discussion after the showing.

The film-showing and talk will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Eden Mill Nature Center, Piedmont Learning Center, 1617 Eden Mill Road, Pylesville. Registration required. Call 410-836-3050.

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Cylburn Mansion tour

Tour the renovated Cylburn Mansion on Saturday, then take a free, guided garden walk. Tour guides will offer information on the history of the 19th-century mansion and the people who have dwelled there through the years. The open house will continue Sunday.

The open house runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The guided garden walk will take place at 12:15 p.m. Saturday. Cylburn Mansion is at 4915 Greenspring Ave. Call 410-367-2217 or go to cylburnassociation.org.

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Learn about wine

What -- The talk "From Vines to Wines: The Art of Growing, Making and Enjoying Wine"

When -- 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday

Where -- Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St.

Why -- Because you love wine, and you'd love to learn more about wine-making at this program.

Contact -- 410-235-2210 FREE

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