Virginia Craft and Folk Art Festival

Examine work created by 105 juried craftsmen and folk artists at the Virginia Craft and Folk Art Festival this weekend in Annandale, Va. Traditional and contemporary styles of designer jewelry will be displayed, as will eclectic and naive paintings, pottery, hand-woven clothes, twig furniture, Shaker-style furniture, folk carvings, fine art, hooked rugs and many more unique works.

The festival takes place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale Virginia. Admission of $6 is good for both days. Call 703-883-4760.

Stereotypes and diversity

Puzzle yourself with the State Museum of Pennsylvania's new exhibit "aMAZE and BEYOND," beginning Thursday. The interactive exhibit will explore the consequences of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination in our society. Visitors will be given "aMAZING Hero" trading cards of local and national figures who have furthered the understanding of diversity. Life-size photographs of diverse groups of people, distorted mirrors and other things will be used to help understand the issues. The "Sticks and Stones" activity will call out derogatory remarks that are often used in real-life situations. Afterward, "Trash It!" will allow visitors to write down all of the painful names they heard and run them through a shredder, symbolically dispelling the stereotypes. By addressing these issues, the museum hopes to teach understanding in a fun and enjoyable manner. "aMAZE and BEYOND" will open Thursday and run Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, at 3rd and North streets, Harrisburg. Free. Call 717-787-4978.

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