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Enjoy the fun side of farming life Saturday in Annapolis when the Maryland Department of Agriculture holds its annual open house. Shop the Maryland food and craft market, make slime in the state chemist's laboratory, practice hog-calling, milk a cow and more. It's a hands-on way to learn how food gets to the table and about the farmer's role in protecting the environment.


The open house will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at the Maryland Department of Agriculture headquarters, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Call 410-841-5882 or go to mda.state.md.us.



The documentary Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore's German Jewish Refugees 1933-1945 premieres today at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. See how World War II affected Baltimore through the story of German Jewish refugees who landed here after feeling the horrors of Nazi Germany. Melanie Shell-Weiss, a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University and a specialist in the history of Atlantic immigration and labor, will discuss immigration in Baltimore.


The event runs 5 p.m.-7 p.m. today at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. Reservations are suggested. Call 410-732-6400, ext. 14, or go to jewishmuseummd.org



WHAT / / An afternoon of one-act operas in English

WHEN / / 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Graham Auditorium, the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.

WHY / / Because you can enjoy the beauty of opera in these one-act pieces by Leonard Bernstein and Gian Carlo Menotti without the language barrier.

CONTACT / / 410-547-9000 or thewalters.org



WHAT / / "March Mayhem," a disc-catching competition sponsored by the Appalachian Air Canines and the Carroll County Veterinary Clinic

WHEN / / Noon Sunday

WHERE / / Therapeutic Riding Barn, Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster

WHY / / Because you can watch canine acrobats leap and dive for flying discs in distance and accuracy contests, timed events and freestyle performances.

CONTACT / / aircanines.com



The nationally touring Lunafest film festival comes to Baltimore just in time for Women's History Month. Lunafest will feature films by women filmmakers and films that shine light on women's issues around the globe. This year's event includes nine short films previously shown at the Tribeca and London International Film Festival. Topics include Chinese female infanticide in 1948, a Mexican woman's quest to give birth in the United States and a New York filmmaker's documentary on her life after a breast cancer diagnosis shortly after giving birth to her daughter.


Films begin at 7 p.m. today in the Reading Room in the Andrew White Student Center, Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St. Guests may donate to the Breast Cancer Fund. Call 410-617-5025 for more information or go to lunabar.com or loyola.edu.



Celebrate a different kind of independence day Sunday in Greektown. Mid-Atlantic Greek-American communities will throw one of the largest Greek Independence Day parades in the United States. Marchers wearing ethnic costumes will parade along with floats, marching bands, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Mayor Sheila Dixon and dignitaries from the Greek Embassy. Members of the Naval Academy also will march alongside a unit of Greek Philhellene Midshipmen.


The parade will run 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. It will begin on Eastern Avenue at Haven Street in Highlandtown, go east and turn right on Ponca Street and end in front of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Call 410-563-GREK or go to greekparade.com.


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