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Good sportsHey there, sports fans. More than...

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Hey there, sports fans. More than 250 of the top collectors and exhibitors of sports memorabilia will be at the "Hall of Fame Weekend" sports card show and sale this weekend at Essex Community College's Athletic Center. Among the items on display and for sale are sports cards dating back to 1885, game jerseys, bats, gloves, hockey sticks, autographed photos and balls, and even sports action figures. And it wouldn't be the Hall of Fame Weekend without some Hall of Famers on hand to sign autographs. Among the players coming to the show will be Robin Roberts, Billy Williams (pictured), Rollie Fingers and Red Schoendienst. The show runs 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3, free for children under 7. Call (800) 542-3976. After the workday is over today, come downtown for a night of art, music, holiday fun and fireworks. The Baltimore Museum of Art will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with free admission, tours of exhibits, carolers, films, craft demonstrations and gallery games. Along the Charles Street corridor, shops and galleries, including the Walters, will stay open late for browsing. (Most places are open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.) And our Washington Monument, at Charles Street and Mount Vernon Place, will brighten the night when its lights are turned on to welcome the holiday season. After the lighting ceremony there will be choral performances and a fireworks display. Admission is free for all events. Call (410) 342-SHOW for First Thursday events. Call (410) 396-6314 for BMA information. He writes the songs that make Big Bird sing. Gary Rosen, composer of songs for "Sesame Street," will perform music from his children's album "Tot Rock," Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Equipped with a guitar and a wide variety of wacky hats, he's been entertaining parents and children for more than 20 years. Tickets are $15, $6 for children under 12. Call (410) 481-SEAT for tickets. For general information call (410) 356-SHOW. You can catch two concerts of seasonal music this week at the Meyerhoff. New age pianist George Winston will perform Sunday night at 7:30. There are still a few single seats left for that show. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., singer Judy Collins performs her Christmas show. In the 34 years she's been making music, she's recorded 28 albums. Wednesday, she'll be singing a variety of Christmas carols and hymns, including "Amazing Grace." Tickets for either show are $18, $28 and $40. Call (410) 783-8000. Here's a way to try out 20 new cookie recipes without spending days in the kitchen. The Union Square neighborhood is holding its annual House and Cookie Tour Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The self-guided walking tour of 20 Victorian homes decorated for the holidays includes H.L. Mencken's home. Each stop on the tour will be serving cookies and giving out the recipes. Cost is $10 a person, $8 a person for groups of six or more. The first stop on the tour is Steuart Hill Elementary, 30 S. Gilmore St. Call (410) 945-1497. Performing tomorrow night at 7:30 at the U.S. Naval Academy's Alumni Hall in Annapolis is Kathy Mattea. The Grammy award-winning country music singer will be performing a concert of holiday music. Tickets for the show are $18. Call 1-800-US4-NAVY. Crafts Fair

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This is the time of year when crafts sales are in abundance. It seems every time you turn around, someone is selling clothespin reindeer figurines or Christmas ornaments made out of beer cans. You won't find that at the 2nd Annual National Craft Fair at the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend. More than 150 of the top craft designers in the country will be showing their work. The juried show features blown glass, stone-wear, jewelry, metal crafts, sculpture, clothing, photography, ceramics and more. The show runs tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 each day, free for children under 12. Call (410) 234-1510.

Dollar days downtown

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You'd be amazed at how far a dollar will take you this weekend. For just one buck you can visit the National Aquarium on Sunday, or the Maryland Historical Society Saturday and Sunday, or even the Babe Ruth Museum on Saturday. Or, save that dollar and visit -- for free -- the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, the Robert Long House on Saturday, or the Science Center on Sunday. Other downtown attractions are offering reduced admission prices, some parking garages are giving a dollar off, and many stores and restaurants offer reduced prices. Call (800) 282-6632.


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