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Listen to African and African-American poems and tales presented by storyteller Craig Anthony Bannister, enjoy music by the TCI Cable Choir, and create a take-home craft during Family Day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Top of the World Observation Level and Museum in the World Trade Center, Inner Harbor.

The program is part of "Saturday Stories at the Top," a weekly series headlined by acclaimed African-American griots every Saturday in February.

Mr. Bannister is a veteran storyteller, poet, teacher and historian. He has presented his collection of tales on radio and television and has led creative writing workshops.

Guests will also be able to listen to the sounds of the newly formed TCI Cable Choir, company employees who perform at TCI functions and community events.

Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for senior citizens and children 5 through 15, under 5 free. Call (410) 837-4515. Dan Boone will show how to forge artistic and functional iron items during a blacksmithing demonstration at the old blacksmith shop at the historic Jerusalem Mill in Kingsville. His work includes lamps, fireplace tools, mirrors and towel racks.

Tours of the mill on Jerusalem Road also will be offered. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch, a folding chair and a camera. And dress warmly -- the blacksmith shop is not heated.

Sponsored by Gunpowder State Park and the Friends of Jerusalem Mill, the blacksmithing demonstration runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call (410) 877-3560 or (410) 592-2897.

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