AROUND THE HARBOR
With sails set and cannons blasting, the Pride of Baltimore II returns to the Inner Harbor tomorrow. After leading the OpSail 2000 Parade of Sails out of the Baltimore harbor in June, taking first place in its class in a trans-Atlantic tall ship race from Halifax to Amsterdam, and visiting eight European ports in five months, the goodwill sailing ambassador is home to winter in its berth at the Inner Harbor's finger piers. Celebrate the Pride's return from Europe at noon tomorrow during ceremonies at the Harborplace Amphitheater, then tour the ship throughout the weekend. Call 410-539-1151.
Festival of Trees
You won't hear any mooing when you step into the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium this weekend. Instead there'll be sounds of Christmas carols and jingle bells, the magic of thousands of twinkling lights, sparkling ornaments, decorated wreaths and trees, and the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread. And, of course, you'll get to meet Santa Claus at the 11th annual Festival of Trees, a holiday-shopping extravaganza that benefits Kennedy Krieger Institute, a comprehensive resource for children with disabilities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission -- good for repeated entry -- is $8; $4 children and seniors. Call 410-502-TREE.
'I Can Do Bad All By Myself'
Share the joy, laughter and tears of four generations of African-American women as they search for love and happiness. "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," a follow-up to Tyler Perry's play "I Know I've Been Changed," is an inspirational comedy about women who believe "all men are dogs." Among the performers are gospel recording artist Kisha Grandy, Tamela Mann from Kirk Franklin and the Family, and Terri Britton from Trin-i-tee 5:7. The show will be presented Tuesday through Dec. 3 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $17.50-$30.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.
Some of the region's finest canines -- more than 6,000 of them -- will put on the dog and vie for ribbons, kennel club points and the coveted title "Best of Show" in this weekend's Maryland Turkey Cluster at the Howard County Fairgrounds, off Route 144 in West Friendship. Representing some 140 breeds, the pooches will strut their stuff at the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club show tomorrow, the Chesapeake Kennel Club competition Saturday and the Upper Marlboro Kennel Club show Sunday. Vendors will offer dog-related items throughout the weekend. Shows start at 8 a.m. each day and culminate with the "Best in Show" competition at 6 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $2. Call 410-254-8426.
Singing the blues
Swing to blues sounds from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Rosedale American Legion, 1331 Seling Ave., when the Baltimore Blues Society presents a concert by Michael Hill's Blues Mob in addition to the Regional Blues Talent Competition Finals. The regional battle of the bands features the Christopher James Band, Nightstreet, Janine Wilson and Blue Steele. The winner will represent the Baltimore Blues Society in the Blues Foundation's 17th annual International Blues Challenge, Feb. 1-2 in Memphis. Tickets for Saturday's concert are $15. Call 410-372-1276 or 410-569-3371.
Harbor City Basketball Classic
Cheer hoop action Saturday during the Harbor City Basketball Classic at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. The Johnson C. Smith University's Golden Bulls take on Virginia Union University's Panthers at 5:30 p.m., and tip-off for a battle between Morgan State University's Bears and Coppin State College's Eagles is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25; proceeds benefit the Sam Cassell Foundation. Call 410-481-SEAT.
'Night in Old Italy'
Spend a "Night in Old Italy" -- sample tortellini and lasagna, cannoli and cappuccino, and listen to such Italian operatic treasures and romantic songs as "O solo mio," "Nessun dorma" and "Because." The romance and enchantment of Italy take center stage when tenor Tonio Di Paolo joins conductor Jeff Tyzik and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in an Italian concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Italian food will be served by area restaurants one hour before the performance and during intermission. Concert tickets are $27-$64. Call 410-783-8000.
Light sculptures of animals and illuminated winter scenes brighten the nights when "ZooLights" opens at the Baltimore Zoo in Druid Hill Park. The walk-through light show -- tomorrow through Jan. 1--- features more than 750,000 lights, holiday music, a train garden, a historic carousel and, of course, Santa Claus. You'll also meet zoo animals, including snow leopards, Siberian tigers and Magnet, the polar bear. Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 10, then nightly (closed Dec. 24-25). Admission is $4.50; $2.50 ages 2-15 and seniors. Call 410-366-LION.