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The Children's Summer Educational Series at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum opens at 9 a.m. tomorrow with Mary Ann Jung, a living history interpreter. Her one-woman program is on Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross.

With a degree in British history and an interest in the world, Ms. Jung uses fact and acting talent to re-create some of history's most exciting women. She researches and writes her shows and involves children in the performances.

Ms. Jung is history chairwoman of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, which starts next month. Places where she has performed include the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington and the Cloisters Children's Museum in Baltimore.

The six-part Children's Series, which continues Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., is open to children 6 to 10 years old. Other programs will include a look at the habitat of amphibians, July 18; a Chesapeake Bay Foundation presentation on pollution, July 25; reptiles, presented by the Battle Creek Nature Center, Aug. 1; a blue crabs presentation by Smithsonian Environmental Research Center representative Mark Haddon, Aug. 8; and a field trip to Jug Bay Wetlands, Aug. 15.

The Captain Salem Avery House is at 1418 E. West Shady Side Road. Admission to each program is $4, and the entire series costs $20. Reservations may be made by calling Jennifer Musgrove at 867-3149.


The Annapolis Company Theater (ACT) returns for its fourth season Friday with Shakespeare's "Hamlet," in the Great Hall at St. John's College.

"Hamlet" is directed by Nathan Rosen. Co-producer is Craig Bradshaw, on loan to ACT from A Theatre Under the Influence in Seattle. Aaron Finkelstein plays Hamlet, and Sandra Gwynn takes the role of Gertrude.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, from July 14 to July 30. Admission costs $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the Smoke Shop on Maryland Avenue. Information: 268-2793.

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