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FestAfrica brings local African bands, African food and activities to Patterson Park Saturday and Sunday.

Here are some other ideas for your weekend. Got any to add? You know where to post 'em:

Thursday (Aug. 7):
Free For All at the BMI: Visitors get free admission to the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening also includes tours of the museum’s Cannery, Print Shop, and Garment Galleries, activities for children and archival activities. Call 410-727-4808 or go to www.thebmi.org. Free.
The Rainbow Show: This variety show, featuring puppets and funny stories, takes place at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. at the Cockeysville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville. For ages 2-5 with an adult. Call 410-887-7750 or go to bcpl.info. Free.
On Friday and over the weekend, there are several things brewing at the Maryland Science Center...
Friday (Aug. 8):
Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers can enjoy stories, science activities, music and other interactive activities at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., starting at 2 p.m. Call 410-685-5225 or go to marylandsciencecenter.org. Free with admission, which is $14.50 for the general public, $13.50 for seniors 60 years and older, $10 for children ages 3-12 and free for children younger than 3.
Rakugo: Families can watch a performance of traditional Japanese comedy at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, at 7 p.m. In Rakugo, one performer remains seated and uses only a paper fan, different voices and facial expressions. Call 410-280-5640 or go to marylandhall.org. Free.
Shadow Bugs: The Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, hosts shadow puppet stories for ages 2-5 with an adult. The show begins at 10:30 a.m. Call 410-887-1234 or go to bcpl.info. Free.

Saturday (Aug. 9):

The 5th Annual Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show: The show takes place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville. Call 410-692-7890 or go to jarrettsvillevfc.com. Free for spectators. $15 registration fee for participants.

14th Annual Family Fun Festival: The event, featuring a parade, live music, food, art workshops, health screenings and more, takes place noon-8 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 at Franklin Square Park, at West Fayette and North Carey streets. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 at Fremont Avenue and Lexington Street. Call 410-659-9914. Free.

Backyard Science Days: The Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., hosts a special weekend that includes art activities for kids, easy experiments for the whole family and a bat show. Activities run noon-4 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 10. Call 410-685-5225 or go to marylandsciencecenter.org. Free with admission, which is $14.50 for the general public, $13.50 for seniors ages 60 and older, $10 for ages 3-12 and free children younger than 3.

Defenders Return to the Fort: The Fort McHenry Guard re-create the daily life of soldiers in the War of 1812. The program, which runs 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, includes artillery and musket-firing demonstrations, drills, barracks activities, children's programs and more. Fort McHenry is at 2400 E. Fort Ave. Call 410-962-4290 or go to nps.gov/fomc. Free with admission, which is $7 for adults and free for ages 15 and younger.

Family Art Workshop: Relief Printmaking: From noon-1:30 p.m., visitors to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., can view prints from the Hale Woodruff Collection and watch a demonstration of the process of making relief block prints. Free with admission, which is $8, $6 for seniors and students and free for members and children younger than 6.

Fest Africa: The event, taking place noon-8 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, features fashion shows, international and local African bands, dance lessons, storytelling, African food, games, face-painting and more. Visitors can also check out the health, career and tourism fairs. Activities take place at Patterson Park, 200 S. Linwood Ave. Call 410-608-0410 or go to festafricausa.com. $5. Free for children younger than 10.

Sunday (Aug. 10):

Summer '08 Open Minds Exhibition: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., hosts this exhibit, which features paintings, photography, collage and sculptures created by children, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 410-276-1651 or go to creativealliance.org. Free.

The Tortoise, The Hare & Four Fables to Share: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Children’s Theater presents this production, which includes its renditions of Country Mouse and the City, The Fox and the Crow, The Lion and the Mouse and The Tortoise and the Hare, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Farm, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road. During the interactive show, children from the audience can serve as supporting characters, a fire engine and fire protection suits will be on display and volunteer firefighters will give a safety talk during intermission. Call 410-887-2503 or go to cromwellvalleypark.org. A $5 donation per car is requested.

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