The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

June 19, 2008|By ISHITA SINGH

OCEANIC LEARNING

Learn about ocean life with the help of Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward and others. The National Aquarium in Baltimore's Beyond the Boardwalk celebration continues with an outdoor showing of Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie tomorrow evening. Test your marine knowledge and win prizes during the preshow trivia contest, hosted by WMAR-TV. The movie starts at 9 p.m.

The aquarium's Festival on the Pier is Saturday and Sunday. While listening to live music and enjoying the harbor, examine oceanic artifacts and learn how to save the oceans. Kids can meet Spongebob Squarepants, too -- he will make an appearance 10 a.m.-1 p.m. both days.

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"Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie" and other events run 7 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow. The Festival on the Pier is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Both events are at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Waterfront Park, outside of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St. Call 410-576-3800 or go to aqua.org.

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CRAFT FAIR

WHAT / / A Pile of Craft

WHEN / / 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / St. John's Church, 2640 St. Paul St.

WHY / / The Charm City Craft Mafia presents the second annual Pile of Craft fair, with more than 40 vendors selling jewelry, clothing, scarves and pottery, among other things.

CONTACT / / Go to charm

citycraftmafia.com.

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SAND SCULPTURES

Baltimore's biggest sand sculpture competition is this weekend. Watch as teams of architects, builders and design professionals sculpt structures to fit this year's theme: Reasons to Smile. Kids can create their sculptures in a giant sandbox or enjoy free photos in the Trident Photo Booth. St. Veronica's Steel Drum Band will play during the day, while the Singing Swamis will serenade spectators with a mix of jazz and funk during the evening.

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The competition, children's sandbox, photo booths and performance by St. Veronica's Steel Drum Band are from noon-4 p.m. Saturday. The Singing Swamis will perform 8 p.m.-11 p.m. The event is at the Harborplace Amphitheater, between the Pratt Street and Light Street pavilions. Call 410-332-4191 or go to harborplace.com.

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ARTISTS' PERSPECTIVES

The Howard County Center for the Arts presents its 24th annual visual artists' exhibit, displaying works from the 13 resident artists in Personal Perspectives in the center's Gallery I. In Gallery II, A Twist on the Ordinary features dresses made from everyday materials by Marisa Dipaola and wire sculptures of a typical living room by Megan Auman.

The reception today for both exhibits features open studios, gallery talks and performances by the Howard County Ballet, Columbia Orchestra and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. There will be shuttle buses from Howard Community College, the Columbia Arts Center galleries and the Howard County Center for the Arts.

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The reception is 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. today at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Open studios are 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., gallery talks 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. and performances 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Call 410-313-2787 or go to

hocoarts.org.

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ROCK THE BLOCK

Monumental Life is bringing back the nostalgia of the Buddy Deane era for a block party Sunday. Oldies fans can rock 'n' roll to hits from the '50s and '60s and "Madison" their way through downtown Baltimore. Leading the way will be former members of the "Committee," the core group of dancers on The Buddy Deane Show. Prizes go out to the best costumes and hairdos from the era, and Bob Mathers, producer and host of the Ultimate Oldies Countdown, hosts the party.

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The block party is 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday on Biddle Street, between Charles and St. Paul streets. Call 410-685-2900 or go to ultimateoldiesradio.com or bosscompany.com.

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SCREENING CLASSICS

WHAT / / Main Street Movies Series

WHEN / / Saturday, preshow entertainment at 7:30 p.m., feature presentation at dusk

WHERE / / Patapsco Masonic Lodge, 2 Trading Place, Dundalk

WHY / / An outdoor screening of My Fair Lady. The Oscar-winning musical starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison relates the story of a flower girl who becomes a lady by learning how to properly speak English.

CONTACT / / Call 410-282-0261.

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