Dads in the great outdoors
The Oregon Ridge Nature Center hosts the "Native American Games With Dad" program Saturday and Sunday and the annual Council Picnic on Monday. Take Dad to learn Native-American games on the weekend, then come back on Monday night for an evening of picnicking, fishing, canoeing and swimming, followed by a campfire by the lake with s'mores and guitar-playing. The center will provide charcoal and grills, but guests must bring their own food to barbecue.
The "Native American Games With Dad" is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. Reservations required. The Council Picnic is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Oregon Ridge lake. No reservations needed, but bring your own dinner to grill. Call 410-887-1815.
Art and artists
What --"smARTalks" given by exhibition artists Timothy App, Lesley McTague, Zachary Thornton and Cory Wagner, part of the 20th annual Critics' Residency Program's exhibition MAPPING the Alternative, curated by Lilly Wei.
When --Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday
Where --Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100
Why --Because the talks give you a chance to enjoy an art exhibition with the artists themselves, chat with fellow art lovers and learn about contemporary art in the Baltimore area. Attendees are encouraged to bring bag lunches.
Contact --410-962-8565 or mdartplace.org FREE
Celebrate African-American Community Day at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard Saturday. The Calvert branch of the NAACP presents the event, with includes a concert by the music group the Orioles, a living-history performance by Lenneal Henderson as Thurgood Marshall, kids arts and crafts activities, storytelling, and an art show by Delphine Williams on the African-American men of Calvert County.
African-American Community Day runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard. Call 410-535-2730.
View rare short films of the surrealist, avant-garde and dadaist art genres at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Library. Among the eight films - all on 16 mm tape - that will be screened is Un Chien Andalou, a film by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali. This event is part of the library's monthly program of screenings from its extensive 16-mm film library.
The screening is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Central Library's Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430 or visit www.epfl.net.
Seaport - Fells Point
What --"Secrets of a Seaport - Fells Point" lecture
When --7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, June 26, July 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 and Aug. 2
Where --Fells Point Visitor Center, 808 S. Ann St.
Why --Because this lecture delves into the history of sea captains, ship builders and immigrants at Fells Point since 1730. And it's organized by the neighborhood's Preservation Society. Reservations are required.
Contact --410-675-6750, ext. 12 or preservationsociety.com FREE
River Concert Series
Get your music fix tomorrow at the opening night of St. Mary's College of Maryland's 8th River Concert Series, held on the campus' Townhouse Green. This free outdoor concert series, which will continue every Friday night through July 28, draws an average audience of 3,500 per concert. The series features the Chesapeake Orchestra, various guest musical acts, including Italian flutist Giuseppe Nova, as well as world premieres of pieces composed by Academy Award-winning St. Mary's College professor David Froom. Each night's program will highlight a different musical genre, including classical, jazz, opera and waltzes. Food vendors will be on hand with everything from seafood to barbecue to salads and wraps.
The grounds for the River Concert Series open at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The series continues with concerts every Friday through July 28 at the Townhouse Green at St. Mary's College of Maryland, on Route 5 in St. Mary's City. Free parking available; no pets allowed. Call 240-895-3038 or visit www.smcm.edu/rcs.