The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

February 15, 2007|By Shanise Winters

Go with the flow

Treat yourself to one of nature's sweetest temptations with a lesson on maple sugar season this weekend and next at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville. Naturalists and volunteers will instruct visitors on making syrup and will lead activities such as hikes to the sugar bush, tree-tapping and sap-collecting.

The event takes place 10 a.m.--4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25 at Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road. Call 410-887-1815.

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Women's hearts

Learn about leading a healthier lifestyle and lowering your chances of becoming one of the women who will develop heart disease this year. The third Friday of February is National Woman's Heart Day, and tomorrow, the Sister to Sister: Everyone Has a Heart Foundation presents a National Woman's Heart Day Health Fair to educate women about heart disease. The event includes healthy-heart screenings with on-the-spot results, risk assessments, counseling and tips on simple heart-healthy lifestyle changes, as well as fitness and cooking demonstrations, free massages, prizes and giveaways.

The event will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Go to sistertosister.org to register.

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Get ready to `Take a Bow'

Want to make your stage debut Monday? The Music Center at Strathmore has teamed up with the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Fund to present the Discover Strathmore open house, complete with amateur and professional musical performances, classes, workshops, demonstrations and the annual "Take A Bow" in which all visitors are invited to make their Strathmore Music Center stage debut.

The open house will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or go to strathmore.org.

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Station North's Winterfest

Saturday, the Station North Arts and Entertainment District hosts Winterfest, a minifestival of the arts at Westnorth Studio and Load of Fun Studios. There will be performances by guitarists James Tart and Ron Williams, music from DJ Pierre Bennu, movie screenings, spoken-word performances and a potluck buffet. The multimedia exhibit Figment of Speech, opening today, will be on view through March 2. An opening reception runs 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. today.

The festival will be noon-10 p.m. Saturday at Westnorth Studio and Load of Fun Studios, 100 block of West North Avenue between Maryland Avenue and Howard Street. Call 410-962-1475 or go to westnorthstudio.com.

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Peabody Camerata

What --Contemporary music performed by the Peabody Camerata under the direction of conductor Gene Young

When --7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where --Peabody Institute, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place

Why --Because this volunteer student ensemble performs 20th century classics as well as new modern pieces.

Contact --410-659-8100, ext. 2

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Film and performance

What --Creative Alliance Residents' Open House

When --6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Where --Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.

Why --Because the open house includes the latest from independent filmmaker Dallas Shelby's Pasquinade Films, performances by resident aerialist Mara Neimanis, readings, visits to artists' studios and more.

Contact --410-276-1651 or go to creativealliance.org

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