Things to do this week

On the agenda for family outings this week: a festival and car show in Hamilton; the German festival at the state fairgrounds in Timonium; a 4-H fair in Carroll County, and more:

Thursday (July 24):


Concerts In The Park: The Esquires play hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s at Dundalk Heritage Park, 10 Dunmanway, Dundalk. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Call 410-282-4116. Free.

Eric the Conjurer: Watch a magic show at 5 p.m. at the Chesapeake Children's Museum, 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis. Call 410-990-1993 or go to Free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Story Pals: The theme for this storytime is Down on the Farm. The program includes stories, fingerplays, songs and other activities and takes place at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library, 50 E. Main St., Westminster. For ages 2- 3 with an adult. Call 410-386-4488 or go to Free.

Friday, July 25:

Camp Carroll Capers: Teen actors perform songs, stories and skits at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. CAll 410-848-7272 or visit Free.

Cylburn Nature Story Hour:

(Photo of 2007 Carroll County 4-H Fair courtesy of Wyatt Griffin)

Preschoolers and their care-givers can listen to nature-themed stories and participate in activities and a short nature walk, weather permitting, at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. The event runs 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. For ages 3-6. Call 410-367-2217 or go to Free.

Preschool Storytimes: The Towson branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson, hosts stories, songs, and activities for ages 2- 5 with an adult. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Call 410-887-6166 or go to Free.

UM School of Music Summer Youth Music Camp Concert: Rising middle-schoolers who participated in a week-long summer camp give a finale concert at 4 p.m. at the Clarice smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park. Call 401-405-2787 or go to Free.

Saturday (July 26):

15th Annual Hamilton Street Festival and Car Show: The festival, which includes live music, games, crafts, a moon bounce, food and more takes place 9 p.m.-5 p.m. on the 5400 and 5500 blocks of Harford Road, Hamilton. Call 410-254-2323. Free.

108th German Festival: The festival has live entertainment, including a puppet show; a rock-climbing wall, and German foods, from 11:30 a.m. -10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. Call 410-522-4144 or visit $6; $5 for seniors and free for children younger than 12.

Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair: From Saturday through Aug. 1, the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster, hosts the event, which features livestock exhibits, contests, an antique tractor show, a combine demolition derby, live entertainment, a parade and more. Hours are 10 a.m-10 p.m. each day. Call 410-848-3247 or go to Free admission. Some events require a fee.


SalsaPolkaLooza: This outdoor event features live bands; break dancers; children's art activites; a global marketplace; vendors selling international foods; and more. Activities take place 11 a.m-5 p.m. in front of the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Call 410-276-1651 or go to Free.

Sunday (July 27):

Defenders Return to the Fort: Watch the Fort McHenry Guard re-enact a typical day in the life of a War of 1812 soldier. The event features replica clothing, drills, barracks activities, children's programs and artillery and musket firing demonstrations. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is at 2400 E. Fort Ave. Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 410-962-4290 or go to $7 general admission. Free for ages 15 and younger.

Family Tour: Patterns at Play!: Tour various galleries at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. The event begins at 2 p.m. Call 443-573-1700 or go to Free.