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Stoop Storytelling returns with tales of family

The Stoop Storytelling Series will present another installment of live, off-the-cuff slices of life Mon., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. at Centerstage. The show will feature local people from various fields speaking on the subject of relatives for an evening titled "We are Family: Stories about the Ties that Bind." The show will be preceded by a 7 p.m. cocktail hour featuring live music by Felicia Carter and Amy Shook. Admission is $20. Call 410-332-0033 or go to stoopstorytelling.com.

Alpacas everywhere

The second annual Alpacas and Fleece Festival will happen Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Howard County Fairgrounds (2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship). On the bill will be all manner of alpaca garments, household accessories, yarns, rovings, batting and raw fleeces. There will also be 4H alpaca handling demonstrations. Admission is free. Go to http://www.marylandalpacas.org.

Waterfront fun

The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is hosting a new series of holiday activities and events, It's a Waterfront Life! which runs Nov. 18 through the end of December. Some of the events include a Nov. 18 with screenings of "Polar Express 4-D" and Santa's Arrival and Holiday Lantern Parade, Nov. 19, which begins at West Shore Park. The series wraps with a New Year's Eve countdown at the Maryland Science Center. For full details, go to http://www.itsawaterfrontlife.org.

Family carnival

An Under the Big Top Family Fun Night Carnival will be held by the Y of Central Maryland Friday, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Dancel Family Center Y (4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City). The carnival theme night will let visitors enjoy a dip in the pool, bounce in the Fun House Moon Bounce, create carnival crafts, play games and enjoy snacks. Admission is free. Go to http://www.ymaryland.org.

Hairy issues

Maryland Institute College of Art faculty member Youngmi Song found a way to put more of herself into her art. She's created artworks out of her own hair for her newest exhibit "End to End," on display Nov. 18-Dec. 18 in the Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery. An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 18, 5-7 p.m. Go to http://www.mica.edu.

Montgomery County crafts

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will set up shop again Fri.-Sun., Nov. 18-20, at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. Unique works by some 400 fine artists and craft designers will be featured, including such items as jewelry, baskets, enamels, glass and furniture. There will also be storytelling and demonstrations. Hours are Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9. Call 800-210-9900 or visit: http://www.sugarloafcrafts.com.

Oldies and goodies

The Maryland Music Collectors will host another one of its Record & CD Shows Sun., Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Arbutus Fire Hall (5200 Southwestern Blvd.). Expect to find a big assortment of secondhand vinyl records, rare CDs, tapes and magazines. Admission is free. Call 410-242-4649.

Let's turkey trot

Now is the time to sign up for the Y of Central Maryland's annual Turkey Trots, being held Thursday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m.). The 5K run and 5K walk will be held at the Ma & Pa Trail (314 Williams St., Bel Air) and at 9 a.m., at the Towson Family Center Y (600 West Chesapeake Ave.). Admission is $25 for runners online at http://www.active.com, $30 in person or $35 on race day. Call 410-697-9622 or go to http://www.ymaryland.org.

Bacon and beer

The Capital Bacon and Beer Bash will present both those delicacies in ample supply when it happens Saturday, Nov. 19, noon-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., at the Sunset Room at the National Harbor. Expect more than ten types of bacon from all over the world, ten kinds of beer, live music and food samples from over area restaurants. Tickets run $55. Go to http://www.hsbeer.com/capital-bacon-beer-bash.

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