The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

November 29, 2007|By BRAD SCHLEICHER

HAMPDEN HOLIDAYS

Catch the mayor's 35th annual Christmas parade Sunday. The parade will feature more than 15 high school, local and regional bands, including the Mummers string band from Philadelphia. There will be floats, including a steam calliope from Pennsylvania, local TV and radio personalities, and Santa Claus. A large group of riders on Harley-Davidson motorcycles will precede the parade.

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The Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, beginning at the Poly / Western Complex at Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane. The parade will proceed south on Falls Road to 36th Street, continue east to Chestnut Avenue and end at 37th Street. Go to mayorschristmas parade.com.

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INDIE CRAFTS

Discover what "alternative" crafts are all about Saturday at the Charm City Craft Mafia's "Holiday Heap" craft fair. In addition to a variety of crafts, there will be numerous vendors, including Bake Sale Designs by Rebecca McCoy, Kiss My Crafts by Sara Allred, Pink Kiss Pottery by Shawna Pincus, Fort Cloudy, Imogene and Spaghetti Kiss Productions.

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Charm City Craft Mafia's "Holiday Heap" will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Church, 2640 St. Paul St. Information: e-mail charmcitycraftmafia@gmail.com.

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BRASS CONCERT

WHAT / / The Mainstreet Brass Quintet WHEN / / 3 p.m. Sunday WHERE / / Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road WHY / / As part of the Catonsville Presbyterian Concert Series, the band will play a variety of seasonal classical, jazz and blues music. CONTACT / / Call 410-747-6180 or 410-737-0496 or go to catonsvilleconcerts.org.

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FIBER FANS

Head to the JCC of Greater Baltimore to meet 20 local and national artists who are exhibiting their work at the Fiber Fever exhibit, which showcases functional or conceptual works of art that have been created by interlacing natural and artificial fibers. The artists have made textiles for fashion and decorating, tapestries, lace, embroidery, sculpture, designing on cloth and more.

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Meet the artists who have submitted works to the "Fiber Fever" exhibit at 5 p.m. Monday at the Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center in the Norman and Sarah Brown Art Gallery, 5700 Park Heights Ave. The exhibit runs until Jan. 6. Call 410-542-4900.

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FESTIVAL OF WREATHS

Check out a collection of 230 uniquely decorated holiday wreaths this weekend at the 10th annual Festival of Wreaths. Guests can vote for their favorites and participate in a silent auction to win the right to "adopt" the wreath for a year. Some of the wreaths in previous years have been decorated with $50 bills, peacock feathers, "Live Strong" bracelets, thumbtacks and eyeglasses.

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The 10th annual Festival of Wreaths will take place 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today through Saturday and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 Main St. in Westminster. Call 410-848-7272 or go to carr.org / arts.

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PIRATES IN HIGHLANDTOWN

WHAT / / The Holiday Pirate of Highlandtown WHEN / / Noon-3 p.m. Saturday WHERE / / Southeast Community Development Corp., 3700 Eastern Ave., Highlandtown. WHY / / Kids younger than 13 can meet the Holiday Pirate of Highlandtown and find free prizes in stores with the help of a treasure map while parents shop. Free parking will be offered along Eastern Avenue. CONTACT / / Southeast CDC at 410-342-3234. Fee for children 13 and older. ....................

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