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Minás — 815 W. 36th St., presents "A Portrait of Poe," a one-man play starring Mark S. Sanders and a fundraising event for "Pennies for Poe," Oct. 14, 15 and 21, 8 p.m. $10. Call 410-732-4258 or go to or

St. Paul's Schools — 11232 Falls Road, presents a fall festival, Oct. 14, 5:30-10 p.m., and Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with carnival rides, food, games, and high school football under lights Oct. 15. Admission is free, but bracelets are for sale to support the schools; $20 in advance and $30 at the fair. Call 410-823-6323 or go to or


Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church — 1723 East Fairmount Ave., hosts a Russian festival as part of Showcase of Nations Ethnic Festivals, featuring arts and crafts, foods, traditional dances, live musical performances and special ceremonies, Oct. 14-16. Go to.

Village of Cross Keys Shopping Center — 5100 Falls Road, presents a community support program with donations of gently worn clothing, non-perishable food items, eyeglasses, art supplies and household items needed to benefit House of Ruth, Lions Club, Children's Cancer Foundation and other nonprofit organizations, Oct. 14-23. Participating merchants will offer discounts. Call 410-323-1000 or go to


Shops at Kenilworth — 800 Kenilworth Drive, hosts the Baltimore African Violet and Gesneriad Club Sale, Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call Shirley Huffman, 301-854-2021 or e-mail

West Shore Park — in the Inner Harbor, hosts Harbor Harvest, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The rain date is Oct. 23. Free activities include a hay maze, a petting zoo, face painting, musical performances, pie-eating contests, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, games, food and live music by Milkshake. Call 410-528-1523 or go to

Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum — 4915 Greenspring Ave., hosts a free concert by the Handel Choir of Baltimore, highlighting music and nature, Oct. 16, 2-2:45 p.m. Tours of the grounds are available afterward. Call 410-367-2217.

Second Presbyterian Church — 4200 St. Paul St., presents pianist Di Wu in a free concert, as part of the church's Community Concerts at Second series, Oct. 16, 3:30 p.m. Call 443-759-3309 or go to

St. Mary's Outreach Center — 3900 Roland Ave., hosts an Action in Maturity senior health fair in the fellowship hall, including free flu shots, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 410-889-7915 to reserve your flu shot.

M&T Bank Stadium — 1101 Russell St., presents "Biggest Little Tailgate Party," sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. Play games on the field, take a tour of the Ravens' locker room, mingle with cheerleaders and meet Cory Redding. Tailgate food will be featured by local restaurants and celebrity guest chefs. $50. Call 410-856-1506 or go to

Homewood Museum — 3400 N. Charles St., presents History in the Landscape, Oct. 17 and 24, a trio of talks on historic garden structures and landscape design. Go to or e-mail

Friends School, 5114 N. Charles St., hosts a Guilford Garden Club flower show, Oct. 18, 2-6 p.m. and Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. E-mail


Loyola University Maryland — 4501 N. Charles St., presents a free lecture by Lonnie Bunch III, founding director of Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, Oct. 19, 6 p.m. Call 410-617-2412 or go to