More than 2,600 canines, representing 158 breeds, will strut into the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium Sunday to vie for ribbons and the coveted title "Best of Show" at the Baltimore County Kennel Club's 64th annual All-Breed & Obedience Dog Show. In addition, a midway of vendors will offer a wide selection of dog-related items. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $3, free for children under 12. Call 410-203-1337 or 410-728-5462.
Cheryl Wheeler concert
Delight in songs that combine poetry, philosophy, humor and memorable melodies when singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler presents a concert at 8:45 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Wheeler is not only known for singing her own music but also for penning chart-topping hits for other artists, including Dan Seals, Suzy Bogguss and Bette Midler. Tickets are $18. Call 410-481-SEAT.
Witness the drama and flair of flamenco singing and dancing Saturday evening in Smith Theater, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Arte Flamenco, a locally based dance company, will celebrate the authentic music and dance of Spain beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors, students and children. Call 301-617-0694.
AROUND THE HARBOR
Baltimore celebrates the Easter holiday with family entertainment, bands and a visit by the Easter bunny from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Inner Harbor. The event features jazz sounds by Moon August, music of the Andes from Alborada, the melodic tunes of Part Harmony, and juggling feats by Jerry Rowan at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. In addition, the Easter bunny will visit with families as he walks through Harborplace and the Gallery at Harborplace Sunday. Admission is free. Call 888-BALTIMORE.
Pratt Street Riot remembered
Join the Baltimore Civil War Museum Saturday in commemorating the 139th anniversary of the Pratt Street Riot, during which the first dead of the Civil War fell on the streets of Baltimore. Daylong activities begin with a parade that steps off at 11 a.m. at the foot of Broadway and proceeds to the Civil War Museum, 601 President St., where there will be ceremonies and speeches. Afterward, tour the museum and participate in walking tours that trace the riot route. In the evening, waltz at a Civil War Ball, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Polish National Alliance Hall, 1627 Eastern Ave. Museum admission is $2; tickets to the ball are $15. Call 410-668-3535.
Dress in your favorite galactic costume and trek to sci-fi meetings this weekend at the Baltimore Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. At Balticon 34, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention, you can explore science fiction, fantasy and fandom in literature, art, film, costumes, games, music and more. Attend panel discussions, author readings, art shows and science briefings; participate in a masquerade, visit dealer rooms, listen to a concert, bid in a charity auction; enjoy demonstrations and other events. Also, meet legions of celebrity guests, including author Octavia Butler, artist Wendy Pini and editor Richard Pini. Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Weekend pass is $45; one-day rates are $20 Friday, $30 Saturday and $15 Sunday. Call 410-563-2737.
Hop on over to the Baltimore Zoo in Druid Hill Park this weekend for Bunny BonanZoo, a spring festival that includes an Easter egg hunt, a bouncing bunny hop, crafts, games and live entertainment. Also, don't miss the barnyard nursery, where newborn goats and chicks will be looking for special attention from visitors. And in the Africa region, take a peek at Spot, the zebra baby born just six weeks ago. The "eggcitement" runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. Admission is $9.50, $5.50 ages 2-15 and seniors. Call 410-366-LION.
Earth Day at Oregon Ridge
Celebrate ecology and learn about the Gunpowder Watershed, which supplies much of Baltimore's drinking water, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park. Earth Day 2000, sponsored by the Gunpowder Watershed Coalition, features tree planting, storytelling, nature walks, canoe trips, bird walks, an environmental fair, archaeological artifacts, information on land preservation, food and live music. You can also visit nearby farms or take a Baltimore Drinking Water Tour. And for a true Earth Day adventure, why not leave the car home, ride the light rail to Hunt Valley, then jump on a free shuttle bus to the festival site? Festival admission is free. Call 410-448-5106.