'Snorts and Warts'
Drop by and see Frasier and Niles, two wart-hog brothers from California's Living Desert Zoo who have taken up residence in the Baltimore Zoo's Africa region. Opening Saturday, the zoo's newest exhibit, "Snorts and Warts," is designed and landscaped to replicate the wart hogs' African environment. The exhibit includes a dry riverbed and a viewing area. The Baltimore Zoo is located in Druid Hill Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $9.50, $5.50 ages 2-15 and seniors, free under 2. Call 410-366-LION.
Memorial Day ceremony
Pay tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in defense of this country during the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Circle of the Immortals, Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road. Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, the observance will include the pageantry of the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band and color guard units, including the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Korean War Veterans of America, Maryland Chapter. The ceremony also marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Admission is free. Call 410-666-0490.
Prop airplane returns home
The Martin 404 Mainliner, a 1950s prop airliner assembled at the former Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft plant, returns to its birthplace Saturday for a permanent spot at the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum at Martin State Airport in Middle River. The public is invited to watch as the plane is escorted by a World War II aircraft in a fly-by before landing at its new home. After a welcoming ceremony, the plane will be open for walk-throughs. The day's festivities also include a museum open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The arrival of the plane is scheduled for noon. Admission is free. Call 410-682-6122.
World Cello Congress
Some of the world's most renowned musicians, composers, conductors and instrument manufacturers will share their time and talent with music students and music lovers at the World Cello Congress III at Towson University Sunday through June 4. The international celebration of music features more than 60 events, including master classes, recitals, films, symposiums, workshops and five major concerts -- two at Stephens Hall Theatre on the Towson University campus and three at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Conductors Yuri Falik and Hugh Wolff will lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and guest soloists, including Cecylia Barczyk (8 p.m. Tuesday) and Yo-Yo Ma (8 p.m. Wednesday). The third concert at the Meyerhoff, 2 p.m. June 3, features Japan's Toho Cello Ensemble, Korea's Beehouse Cello Ensemble and the 200+ Massed Cello Ensemble. Anne Harrigan conducts the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and guest soloists at 8 p.m. Monday and June 2 at Stephens Hall. Concert tickets are $15-$75. Tickets to nonconcert events are $10. Call 410-783-8000 for Meyerhoff concerts. Call 410-830-2787 for Towson University concerts and nonconcert events.
Violinist Hilary Hahn
Recent Grammy nominee and Baltimore-born violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of British conductor Daniel Harding at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The 20-year-old violinist and 24-year-old conductor combine their talents in a performance of Brahms' Violin Concerto. Also on the program is Dvorak's Czech-flavored Symphony No. 8. Limited tickets available, $22-$57. Call 410-783-8000.
AROUND THE HARBOR
Free summer concerts
From Friday Night Live! to Hot Harbor Saturday Nights and Celebrate America Sundays, you can listen to live music every weekend this summer at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Once Hush, a modern-rock band (pictured), opens the concert series with a show from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tony Berry and New Money present current hits and good-time oldies from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and you can dance to the big-band sound of Mood Swings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 800-HARBOR-1.
Baltimore Herb Festival
Bask in herbs -- from rosemary, this year's featured herb, to basil, oregano, thyme, lavender, tarragon and more -- Saturday at the Baltimore Herb Festival in Leakin Park, Windsor Mill Road. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can learn to cook with herbs, purchase herbs, sample herbed food, attend lectures on herbs, take woodland walks and train rides and browse among information and craft booths. Admission is $4. Call 410-396-7931.
Search for rare coins this weekend at the Atlantic Rarities Coin Exposition at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Sponsored by the Maryland State Numismatic Association, the three-day event features more than 125 dealers, exhibits, educational forums and a young-numismatist program (for collectors under 18). Patrons can also create their own elongated coins as souvenirs of the exposition. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 443-604-3184.