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Highlights in the activities file for this weekend include the BSO's Cirque de la Symphonie from Friday-Sunday, a free African dance performance at the Walters on Saturday, and some interesting-sounding story times at the downtown Barnes and Noble. Also: SteveSongs on Sunday:

Thursday, Feb. 5:

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Story Pals: All Around the World: Enjoy stories, songs and games as a part of this storytime series at the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library, 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Ages 3 and under with adult, 410-386-4488. Free.

Story Pals: Socks & Mittens: Another Carroll County Public Library story time series that takes place at 11 a.m. at the Mount Airy Branch. Ages 3 and under with an adult, 410-386-4488, Free.

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Love Stinks Chocolate Fest: Chocolate fondue and games for those who aren't so crazy about Valentine's Day, at the Abingdon branch of the Harford County Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Grades 6-12, Reservations required. Free. 410-638-3990, hcplonline.info.

Nature story time:  Listen to a story and do an activity at 11 a.m. at the Eden Mill Nature Center. , Families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the event, Eden Mill Nature Center, in Pylesville. Reservation required. Call 410-836-3050. Free.

Arts on Stage: Roots of Rap: Explore the work of African American poets including Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes through rap at 10:15 a.m. and noon at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd. Recommended for grades 3-12. $6.50. 410-252-8717, artsonstage.org.

Chemistry in the Kitchen: Conduct chemistry experiments with everyday food items at 7 p.m. at the East Columbia Branch of the Howard County Library. Ages 11-17. Reservations required; call 410-313-7700.

More on Friday...

Friday, Feb. 6:

Tiny Wonders - Animal Pairs: A themed question-and-answer session for young minds includes a story or activity from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Eden Mill Nature Center. Ages 2-5 with adult. $8 per member child, $6 per member sibling, $10 per non-member. Reservation required. 410-836-3050.

Storytime with Peter Rabbit: A special storytime featuring Beatrix Potter classics will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Barnes and Noble Inner Harbor, 601 E. Pratt St. Free. Call 410-385-1709 or visit barnesandnoble.com.

Cirque de la Symphonie: Circus acts combine with orchestral performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. $12-$75.

Saturday, Feb. 7:

African dance performance: Watch dancers on stilts and in masquerade reflect the customs of Mali and Nigeria at 2 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. Free.

Korean Culture Celebration: Activites include a paper-folding workshop, calligraphy, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, Korean music and dance performances from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College, Student Union and Pascal Center for Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. All ages. Call 410-777-2341 or visit aacc.edu.

Night Hikes: A guided hike in the night air includes hot chocolate at 7:30 p.m. at Eden Mill Nature Center. All ages. $3 per member/$10 per member family, $5 per non-member/$15 per non-member family. Reservations required. Free. 410-836-3050, edenmill.org.

Whose Feet are Those?: Learn about and look for real animal tracks and make a unique Valentines Day wreath to bring home from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, 700 Otter Point Rd., Abingdon. Ages 7-10. $5, reservation required. 410-612-1688, otterpointcreek.org.

Valentine's Story and Music Hour: A story, music, games, cookies and hot cocoa are offered with a Valentine's Day theme at 10 a.m. at the Barnes and Noble at the Inner Harbor, 601 E. Pratt St. All ages. Free. 410-385-1709, barnesandnoble.com.

Sunday, Feb. 8:

Winter Lacrosse Camp: Start training for the spring season with a boys and girls winter lacrosse camp, including demonstrations, lectures, and lots of play from 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., at various Anne Arundel County locations. Grades 4-8. $60 per program. Reservation required by Saturday. Call 410-222-7313 or visit www.aacounty.org/recparks.

SteveSongs: Steve Roslonek, who performs his music regularly on PBS Kids, will bring his "SteveSongs" show to the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills, at 3 p.m. For kids 4 to 9. Tickets are $7 for kids 10 and under and $8 for adults in advance, $9 at the door. They can be ordered by calling 410-356-SHOW or at gordoncenter.com.

Image of Cirque de la Symphonie by Bill Allen

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