Here's our list of family activities through the weekend. It starts with a county 4-H fair today:
Thursday (July 10):
Baltimore County 4-H Fair: The event, which includes a variety of agricultural exhibits, vendors and entertainment takes place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. Visit baltimorecounty4hfair.org. Free admission and parking.
Civil Rights: Taking a Stand: Actors play famous civil rights figures, such as Martin Luther King Jr., George Wallace, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks, describe their characters’ lives and answer audience questions at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road. Call 410-685-0095 or go to mdhc.org. Free.
The Three Bees of Life: The White Marsh branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle, hosts interactive musical activities, storytelling and face painting, starting at 10:30 a.m. Children younger than 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 410-887-5097 or go to bcplonline.org. Free.
Friday (July 11):
148th Annual Outdoor Summer Concert Series: Baltimore’s Big Band performs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mayfield community, at Norman and Lake avenues. Call 410-396-7900. Free.
Caribbean Carnival Festival: Fire dancers, other live performances, a dj competition and traditional cuisine will be on hand at Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave., from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday and noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-396-6106 or go to bmorecarnival.com. Admission is free Friday and $5 on other days.
(Photo of judging at the 2006 county 4-H fair by Sun photgrapher Kim Hairston)
Little Italy Film Festival: Watch Moonstruck, the Oscar-winning romantic comedy that stars Cher and Nicolas Cage, at 9 p.m. at High and Stiles streets in Little Italy. Aldo and Corrado Locco play traditional Italian music before the screening. Go to littleitalymd.com. Free.
Shore Leave 30: This fan-run, sci-fi convention features a variety of events: a costume contest; a dance; a Klingon banquet; scientific presentations; meet and greets with George Takei, Malcolm McDowell and other celebrities; and more. The event runs noon Friday-1 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Saturday-3 a.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Hunt Valley Marriott Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley. Call 410-496-4456 or go to shore-leave.com. Three-day admission is $75. One-day admission is $20 for Friday, $50 for Saturday and $40 for Sunday. $15 for children 5-12. Free for children younger than 5.
Saturday (July 12):
15th Annual Howard County Pow-Wow/American Indian Show and Festival: Learn about Native American culture and watch performances by dancers, singers, drummers, craftspeople and artists 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. Call 410-442-1022 or go to howardcountyfair.com. $8 for adults. $5 for children younger than 13.
67th Annual Turtle Derby: Races will be held in three categories: box turtles, tortoises and other turtles, beginning at 11 a.m. at Patterson Park, at Eastern and Linwood avenues. Prizes go to winning turtles, and anyone interested in participating can bring their own turtle. Call 410-396-6136 or go to ci.baltimore.md.us. Free.
Drop-In Art Activities: Tasty Delights: Families can make crafts based on ancient dried foods and food traditions from around the world at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 410-547-9000 or go to thewalters.org. Free.
Family Workshop: Quilting: The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, hosts interactive art workshops and gallery tours Saturday and Sunday. Activities begin at 2 p.m. both days. Call 443-573-1700 or go to artbma.org.
Quiet Waters Park Summer Concert Series: Jazz artist David Bach performs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Alcoholic beverages not allowed. Call 410-222-1777 or go to http://www.acounty.org/recparks. Free.
Summer Saturday Family Fun Day: River Valley Ranch, 4443 Grave Run Road, Manchester, offers a picnic, horse rides, hayrides, a rodeo and a chuckwagon supper. Visitors can also enjoy the skate park, pool and shops. A concert takes place 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Other activities run noon-6 p.m. Call 443-712-1010 or go to rivervalleyranch.com. Free admission. All activities except the rodeo require fees.
Sunday (July 13):
Downs Park Bayside Concert Series: Jazz group the Commodores performs 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Downs Park, 8311 Johns Downs Loop, Pasadena. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Alcoholic beverages not allowed. Call 410-222-6230 or go to http://www.aacounty.org/recparks. Free.
Maryland Circuit Table Tennis Tournament: Matches for advanced players begin at 9 a.m. and run until about 4 p.m. at the Carrolltown Center, Liberty Road and Ridge Road, Eldersburg. Call 410-579-8462. Free for spectators and player registration.
Play Like a Rock Star at Power Plant Live!: Families can play Guitar Hero and Rockband; watch "mini rockstars," and enjoy other activities, including a moon bounce and obstacle course. There will also be a vendor area. The event takes place 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at Power Plant Live!, at Market Place and Water St. Call 443-799-1649 or go to http://www.plarskids.com. Free.