The Big Three

August 16, 2007|By MATT VENSEL

FAMILY CONCERT FOR CONSERVATION

Enjoy a night of music and family entertainment while assisting the conservation efforts of the National Aquarium in Baltimore at Disneymania -- Concerts for Conservation on Saturday. Actress Olesya Rulin, of High School Musical and High School Musical 2, hosts the benefit concert, while Disney Records' young hip-hop / pop group T-Squad provides the music. The aquarium is also announcing the first winner of its Muddy Feet Award, an award given to young conservationists. An autograph session with Rulin and T-Squad will be held after the concert.

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Doors open at 5 p.m. and the performance starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St. Tickets are $22 and benefit the aquarium's conservation efforts. Call 410-576-3800 or go to aqua.org.

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[MATT VENSEL]

READINGS

MEET THE WRITERS

Baltimore book lovers have a chance to check out six of the city's up-and-coming fiction writers Saturday at the Maryland Writers' Association's Baltimore Authors Showcase. Authors Eric D. Goodman, Angela Render, Mathew Lee Gill, Lalita Noronha, Paul Lagasse (right) and Caryn Coyle will be on hand at the Canton branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library to read selections from their latest works and to meet the audience. The authors will also sell and sign copies of their books. Friends of the Canton Library are providing food made from the recipes of the Canton Cooks cookbook.

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The Maryland Writers' Association's Baltimore Authors Showcase is 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Canton branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1030 S. Ellwood Ave. Admission is free. Call 410-534-6662 or go to mwabaltimore.org.

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[MATT VENSEL]

HANDS-ON

SCIENCE SURPRISES

Kids of all ages can learn about the science in their backyards Saturday and Sunday at Backyard Science Days at the Maryland Science Center. Attendees can meet backyard creatures such as bats, birds and beetles, use sunlight to make solar prints and get everything they need to grow a mealworm into a beetle in the backyard. Other activities include chalk-art, stomp rockets and the Mentos-and-Diet Coke experiment.

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Backyard Science Days are noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. All activities are free with paid admission, which is $5-$20. Call 410-685-5225 or go to mdsci.org.

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[MATT VENSEL]

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