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Vote on Owings Mills development

The Baltimore County Council will meet at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse, 400 Washington Ave., Towson. The council is to vote on a development plan for a $220 million town center at the Owings Mills Metro station. After the legislative session, the council will hold a public hearing on the proposed addition of 12 properties to the county's list of historic landmarks.


Job fair

The Maryland Department of Human Resources and the Baltimore Department of Social Services will conduct a job fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St. More than 70 employers will participate.

Foster care forum

A forum on foster care reform will be conducted at 10 a.m. at the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle in Annapolis. The event is sponsored by the Coalition to Protect Maryland's Children and the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

Update on Iraq

Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will speak to the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs on "A Strategic Update on Iraq" at 6 p.m. at the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. Admission is free to council members, $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. 410-727-2150 or e-mail


Founding fathers in Maryland

The four Maryland men who signed the Declaration of Independence will be the subject of a Historic Annapolis Foundation bag lunch lecture. It will be presented by historian Glenn E. Campbell at noon at William Paca House, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. The lecture is free, but reservations are required. 410-267-7619, ext. 8146.

Council, school board to meet

The Howard County Council and the Board of Education will meet at 8:15 a.m. in the Ellicott Room, George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.


Greek Folk Festival

The St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival, part of the city's Showcase of Nations series, will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St., from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. It will feature dancing, ethnic costumes, food and tours of the church. 410-633-5020.


HonFest in Hampden

Hampden's annual HonFest will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 36th Street. There will be food, music and events including Hon contests and fashion shows. 410-243-6800 or

Festival to honor St. Anthony

The Italian Festival honoring St. Anthony will be held at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, 227 S. Exeter St., from noon to 8 p.m. The festival will continue Sunday after the 9:30 a.m. Mass and a procession through Little Italy. There will be food, entertainment and children's activities. 410-675-7275.

Summer reading kickoff

The Enoch Pratt Free Library will kick off its summer reading program with a celebration, including music and face painting, from noon to 2 p.m. at Mondawmin Mall, Liberty Heights Avenue and Gwynns Falls Parkway. Students can register for the program at the event.

Totally Overlea Festival

The Totally Overlea Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lots of St. James Lutheran Church, Overlea and Spruce avenues. 410-882-7239.


A ride in the parks

The third annual Tour du Parks, a 30-plus-mile bicycle tour of Baltimore's major parks and historical neighborhoods, will begin and end at Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd. Registration for the event, staged by the Baltimore Recreation and Parks Department, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the ride will begin at 8 a.m. The tour will be followed by a festival at the park, from noon to 2 p.m.

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