The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

October 25, 2007|By AARON CHESTER

BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE

Celebrate the relationship between pet and owner and raise money for homeless animals at the third annual BARCStoberfest. Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter's festival will feature events for pets and people alike, including a low-cost microchip clinic, a scavenger hunt and silly agility course, children's activities, adoptable animals and pet contests. Also available will be animal health experts and food and pet-related vendors.

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The event is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in Patterson Park, 27 Patterson Park Ave., at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Linwood Street. Some activities require donations to participate. Call 410-396-4695 or go to baltimoreanimal shelter.org.

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ART AND FAMILY

Bring out your artistic side at Artreach Family Day on Sunday at the Baltimore School of the Arts. It will feature hands-on workshops for parents and children in music, theater, dance, visual arts and stage production. There will also be refreshments, face painting, musical bingo and a musical petting zoo.

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Artreach Family Day is 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St. The event is open to all families with children ages 5 to 12, but registration is required. Call 443-642-5167 or go to bsfa.org.

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT FOR BSO REVVED UP

WHAT / / Open rehearsal in which maestra Marin Alsop will lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in works by Tchaikovsky, Barber and Brahms. Question-and-answer session with Alsop will follow. WHEN / / Doors open at 9 a.m. today; the concert starts at 10 a.m. There will be no late seating. WHERE / / Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. WHY / / Because you can get a glimpse of the BSO, which will perform such works as Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Brahms' Tragic Overture and Barber's Piano Concerto. CONTACT / / Attendees must register in advance for a free voucher. Call 410-783-8044 or e-mail freefall@bsomusic.org.

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REVVED UP

The Harford Region Antique Automobile Club of America presents the Antique Auto Show, Flea Market and Craft Show on Saturday. There will be awards in 20 classes such as antique, classic and street rod, and the first 100 vehicles registered will receive dash plaques. Parking is free, and food will be available.

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The show is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Equestrian Center, 608 N. Tollgate Road, Bel Air. Call 410-877-2912 or go to aaca.org / harford.

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CLOSING OF 'DOOR'

WHAT / / This weekend is the last for the exhibit At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland, which has been at the Maryland Historical Society and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture since February. The closing weekend events include a community discussion titled "Slavery and Resistance: Yesterday and Today." WHEN / / At Freedom's Door is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at the historical society. At the Lewis Museum, it is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The community discussion is at 6 p.m. Saturday. WHERE / / The exhibit and discussion are at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St.; the exhibit is also at the Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. WHY / / Because the exhibit examines the legacy of slavery, comparing newer artworks on slavery and freedom with historical ones. The discussion will feature Danny Simmons, abstract-expressionist painter, owner of the Rush Arts Gallery and co-founder of Def Poetry Jam. A free shuttle bus will run Saturday and Sunday between the two locations. CONTACT / / Call 410-685-3750 or go to mdhs.org. ....................

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MAYORAL MEETING

Join residents and community leaders at the Mayor's Cultural Town Meeting on Monday to discuss the impact of the arts on the city. Speakers will include Mayor Sheila Dixon; Anne L'Ecuyer, associate vice president of field services for Americans for the Arts; and Zoltan J. Acs, author of Creativity and Industrial Cities: A Case Study of Baltimore.

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The meeting will be held 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Brown Center's Falvey Hall, 301 Mount Royal Ave. Call 410-752-8632 or go to promotion andarts.com.

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