Things to do with the family this week

Artscape is upon us! And there's more to do with the family over the next few days:

Thursday (July 17):


Animals, Animals, Animals: Irvine Nature Center gives presentations with animals, including snakes and insects, at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Cockeysville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville. For ages 2-5 with adult. Call 410-887-7750 or go to bcpl.info. Free.

Concerts In The Park: Pet Rock performs at Dundalk Heritage Park, 10 Dunmanway, Dundalk at 7 p.m. Call 410-282-4116 or go to dundalkchamberofcommerce.org. Free.


From Bugs to Superheroes: Librarians discuss Spiderman, The Wasp, Antman, lead craft activities, and more at the Glenwood branch of the Howard County Library, 2350 Rt. 97, Cooksville, starting at 2 p.m. For ages 3-8. Reservations required. Call 410-313-5579 or go to hclibrary.org. Free.

Summer Evening at Evergreen: The Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., hosts  an after-hours open house of the museum's first floor and outdoor Sculptures at Evergreen exhibit and a full dress rehearsal of The Twelfth Night by the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. The open house runs 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 8 p.m. Call 410-516-0341 or go to http://www.museums.jhu.edu/evergreen. Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.

Friday (July 18):

Artscape: The nation's largest free public arts festival features more than 150 artists, craftspeople and fashion designers; live concerts; performing arts; visual art exhibits on and off site; family activities; and a variety of food vendors. The event runs noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday along Mount Royal Avenue and Charles Street. Call 877-225-8466 or go to artscape.org. Free.

There's also a Greek Festival in Harford County...

(Photo of 2007 Artscape by Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron)

Saints Mary Magdalene and Markella Greek Orthodox Church, 3714 Dublin Road, Darlington, celebrates Greek culture with traditional dancing and food and live music. Hours are 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-241-9690 or go to gochc.org. Free.

The Milk Mustache Mobile Tour: The tour encourages healthy living, celebrates moms who create nutrition-conscious homes and allows visitors to get milk-mustache photos taken, sample low-fat and fat-free milk from local dairies, win prizes, get exercise advice from fitness experts and speak with a registered dietitian. Baltimore residents can also submit a 30-second video nominating a local mom for the inaugural Chief Health Officer Contest. The winning mom receives the title of America's Chief Health Officer and has the chance to appear in a milk mustache advertisement. Events take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m Friday at Sam's Club, 424 George Clauss Blvd, Severn; 5 p.m.-7 p.m.. Saturday at Greenbelt Consumer Co-op, 121 Center Way, Greenbelt; noon-2 p.m Saturday at Lauer's Supermarket, 8095-A Edwin Raynor Blvd., Pasadena; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at Bi-Rite Supermarket, 5950 Belair Road; and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at Shopper's, 6500 Eastern Ave. Go to whymilk.com. Free.

The Sean Grace Band: The group, which fuses classical, celtic-folk, progressive rock and jazz music, gives a concert at 7 p.m. at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. Patrons can bring blankets, chairs, food and beverages, but alcohol is prohibited. Call 410-313-7275. Free.

Saturday (July 19):

Animal Enrichment Weekend: From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, at Druid Hill Park, will have special activities. The river otters will receive ice treats with fish inside, chimpanzees will have to find a way to use tools to extract honey from a feeder, keepers will blow bubbles for penguins to chase and more. Call 410-396-7102 or go to marylandzoo.org. Free with admission, which is $15 for ages 12-64, $12 for seniors, $10 for ages 2-11 and free for children younger than 2.

Blueberry Festival and Auction: The event, which includes face painting, a dunking booth, live music, food vendors, fresh blueberries, pies and baked goods, an auction and a plant sale takes place from 10 a.m to 2 p.m at the Deer Creek Friends Meetinghouse of the Harford Friends School, 1212 Main St, Darlington. Call 410-452-5507 or go to harfordfriends.org. Free.


Civil War Encampment: Watch Civil War re-enactments and listen to lectures, including one on Union Mill's role in the Battle at Gettysburg from 9 p.m.-dusk Saturday and Sunday at the Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster. Call 410-848-2288 or go to unionmills.org. Free.

Saturday Cinema: The Canton branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1030 S. Ellwood Ave., presents a screening of A Bug's Life and provides popcorn and lemonade at 2 p.m. For ages 6-12. Call 410-396-8548 or go to prattlibrary.org. Free.

Surf & Turf Summertime Fun Festival: The summer celebration includes a variety of food, live music, crafts, demonstrations, educational seminars and more from noon-7 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Call 410-386-3880 or go to carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org. $5 general admission. $3 for ages 7-17 and 60 and older. Ages 6 and younger are free with a paying adult.

Sunday (July 20):

Antique Auto Show: Various makes and models of antique cars from the 1920s to the 1990s will be at Meadowood Regional Park, 10650 Falls Road, Lutherville-Timonium, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 410-527-0953 or go to freestateregionvcca.org. $15 to register a car. Free for spectators.

Downs Park Bayside Concert Series: The Bay Jazz Project performs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Downs Park, 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. No alcoholic beverages. Call 410-222-6230 or go to aacounty.org/recparks. Free.

Family Workshop: "Kaleidoscopes: features interactive workshops, gallery tours and more starting at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Activities begin at 2 p.m. Call 443-573-1700 or go to artbma.org. Free.

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