The Free Sheet

THE FREE SHEET

May 03, 2007|By Gena R. Chattin

Afro dance

Celebrate Afro-Brazilian culture in Baltimore tonight at the Maryland Historical Society's Afro-Brazilian Dance Party. Learn new moves in a samba dance class just in time for the dance party and live music afterward. Watch the Baltimore Angola Society demonstrate capoeira, the martial art that slaves developed in Brazil during colonial times and disguised as dance.

The party runs 5 p.m.-8 p.m. today at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Call 410-685-3750, ext. 321, or go to www.mdhs.org.

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Meet a horse

The Kentucky Derby is this weekend, and the Preakness is around the corner. What better time to meet a racehorse? Stephanie Dahne will introduce her Thoroughbred, Wynter's Slew, to the public at the Hampton Farmhouse on Sunday. Wynter's Slew is a grandson of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. Dahne will demonstrate racehorse training and care, teach attendees about foxhunting and tell the story of how Hampton's Ridgely family was instrumental in founding the Maryland Jockey Club.

Stephanie Dahne will present at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hampton Farmhouse, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson. Call 410-823-1309 or go to nps.gov/hamp.

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Technology for girls

The Center for Women & Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County doesn't just want to change the face of technology. It wants to change its gender. That's why it's sponsoring "Computer Mania Day," an activities day aimed at girls interested in technology. Boys can come too, but middle school girls preparing for college and technical careers are the focus. This year features Jennifer Webb, a digitally animated keynote speaker, who will take questions from the crowd, and representatives from AT&T, Dell and Northrop Grumman. Animators will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to animate Jennifer Webb. Other featured activities include "Get Down With Robomaniacs," "Google's Googol of Opportunities" and "Great Pictures From Pixels." Parents can also attend workshops on college preparation, getting girls interested in technological careers and Internet safety.

Computer Mania Day is 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration is 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at the University Center (UC) Ballroom, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle. Online reservations are required in advance. Call 410-455-2822 or go to www.computer-mania.info.

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It's a day for comics

What --Free Comic Book Day

When --All day Saturday (hours vary by store)

Where --Shops across the region including Chuck's Comics, 530 Eastern Blvd., Essex; Comics Kingdom, 3998 A Roland Ave.; Geppi's Entertainment Museum, 301 W. Camden St., second floor; Shananigans Toy Shop, 5004-B Lawndale Ave.; and Super Villains, 4134 E. Joppa Road No. 103, Nottingham.

Why --Because comic stores are giving away free comics to anyone who comes to their store in this annual event. This year's free comics include Spider-Man, Justice League, the Simpsons and Mickey Mouse. Some stores also will have special sales and artist appearances.

Contact --410-574-1496 for Chuck's Comics, 410-889-6005 for Comics Kingdom, 410-625-7060 for Geppi's Entertainment Museum, 410-532-8384 for Shananigans Toy Shop and 410-256-3055 for Super Villains. Go to freecomicbookday.com. FREE

Discovering ballet

What --"The Roots of Ballet: Then and Now" ballet concert with Choregraphie Antique and the Towson Early Music Ensemble

When --3 p.m. Sunday

Where --Merrick Hall, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson

Why --Because the concert will present everything from the Renaissance and Baroque dance of the 17th century to today's ballet.

Contact --410-337-6391 or go to goucher.edu/choregraphieantique. FREE

Fallen Heroes

Honor fallen Maryland public safety officers tomorrow at the 22nd annual Fallen Heroes Day observance. This ceremony pays tribute to the correctional officers, emergency medical and rescue personnel, firefighters and police officers who protect and serve statewide. A procession of honor guard units, motorcycle and mounted units, bagpipers and drummers will open the ceremony. Governor Martin O'Malley, Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and Baltimore Sun columnist Jean Marbella will speak. ABC 2 News' Mary Beth Marsden will emcee.

The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium. Call 410-666-0490 or go to dulaneyvalley.com.

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