FORMER HOSTAGE TO SPEAK -- Former hostage Terry Waite will deliver the keynote address for Loyola College's humanities symposium at 7 p.m. at McGuire Hall, 4501 N. Charles St. Waite was held hostage in Lebanon from 1987 to 1991. The symposium's theme is "What Would You Die For?" Admission is free. 410-617-2617.


ABOUT JANE AUSTEN -- A lecture on the works of Jane Austen will be given by Rachel Brownstein, Goucher College's Jane Austen scholar-in-residence, at 7 p.m. at the college's Merrick Lecture Hall, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Admission is free. 410-337-6333.


CURLING OPEN HOUSE -- The Potomac Curling Club will hold an open house and program about the sport of curling, including a chance to go on the ice and try it, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the National Capital Curling Center, 13810 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel. The program also will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Admission is a $5.


CONSTITUTION TALK -- The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture will present a lecture from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the U.S. Constitution and its relevance to African-Americans today. The lecture by T.S. Grant, a government teacher at New Era Academy High School, is free with admission. 443-263-1800.


ART AND CULTURE FESTIVAL -- The 10th annual Celebration of African-American Art and Culture Festival will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ivy Family Support Center, 3515 Dolfield Ave. Admission is free. 410-396-4907.

PATRIOTS DAY -- The 19th annual African-American Patriots Day will be observed beginning at 11 a.m. at the Melvin H. Cade Armory, 2620 Winchester St., and will conclude at 12:30 p.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony at the African-American soldiers monument at Calvert and Lexington streets. 410-366-0483.

MEADOW WALK -- Eden Mill Nature Center will hold a meadow ramble from 10 a.m. to noon at 1617 Eden Mill Road, Pylesville. Those ages 18 and older can help conduct surveys for plant and animal life for the meadow restoration project. The cost is $5. Register at 410-836-3050.


CLOWN SHOW -- The All Star International Clown Show will be presented at 3 p.m. at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Tickets for the show, which is geared to age 4 and older, are $9 and $7 for children. 410-356-SHOW or

JOHNSON-JEFFRIES FIGHT -- Wayne Rozen, a boxing analyst and syndicated columnist, will discuss his book America On The Ropes: A Pictorial History of the Johnson-Jeffries Fight at 2 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's central branch, 400 Cathedral St. The book explores racial issues surrounding the 15-round fight in 1910 between Jack Johnson and James J. Jeffries.

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