See better homes, gardens at the State Fairgrounds

Leisure Time

October 13, 2011

The annual Fall Maryland Home, Garden Show will run Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The show will feature over 300 exhibitors showcasing everything from doors to deck design. This year's theme will be "Home for the Holidays" and will focus on preparations for winter. There will also be landscaped gardens and a craft show. Hours are Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission is $9 general, $6 for seniors and $3 for children ages 6-12. Call 410-863-1180, or go to

Harvest at the Harbor

The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance will host the fourth annual Harbor Harvest Sunday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at West Shore Park, located between the Baltimore Visitor Center and the Maryland Science Center. This event will feature a hay maze, pumpkin patch and decorating, a petting zoo, face painting, and other family activities. Admission is free. Call 410-528-1523.

Russian culture

Baltimore City's Showcase of Nations Ethnic Festivals closes its season with the annual Russian Festival Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16, at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 1723 E. Fairmount Ave. The event will feature homemade Russian food, live music, and craft demonstrations. Hours are Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, noon-9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $2 on Saturday and Sunday and free on Friday. Go to

Powerboats in Annapolis

Annapolis will host the annual United States Powerboat Show Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 13-16, at the City Dock and Harbor. Billed as the oldest in-water powerboat show in the country, this event will feature interactive demonstrations, a green boating section, the newest in navigational equipment and antique boats. Show hours are Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $17 general and $4 for children 12 and younger. Call 410-268-8828.

Old sounds

The Maryland Music Collectors will host another one of its monthly Record & CD Shows Sunday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Arbutus Fire Hall (5200 Southwestern Blvd.). Featured will be a wide assortment of rare CDs, old vinyl records, cassette tapes, magazines and music memorabilia. Admission is free. Call 410-455-0418.

Serious comics

An exhibition, Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips & Culture 1895-1950, will explore the serious side of newspaper comic strips Oct. 19-Nov. 19 in the Rice Gallery at McDaniel College. The exhibit will feature a variety of comic strips as well as show-and-tell conversations with four contemporary cartoonists, including Brian Walker, Harry Bliss, Richard Thompson and Kevin Kallaugher. Admission is free. Call 410-857-2290 or go to

Drop into art

The Walters Art Museum's Family Art Center continues its series of Drop-In Art Activities for families every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., through October. This month's activities center around the idea of kid geniuses and will investigate the connections between science and art. Admission is free. Call 410-547-9000.

Comedy with Wanda

Comedian Wanda Sykes will appear Saturday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m., at the Patriot Center at George Mason University (4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, Va.). Sykes was ranked among the Top 25 Funniest People in America by Entertainment Weekly and has been featured on two HBO comedy specials and several hit television shows. Tickets run $35-$45. Go to

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