Cozy up on a couch and hear edgy singer/songwriter Orna Ment perform at College Perk Coffeehouse tomorrow night. The local alternative rock artist has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and the Los Angeles area.
The show starts at 8 p.m. College Perk is at 9078 Baltimore Ave., College Park. Call 301-982-0587 or go to collegeperk.org for more information.
On Saturday, listen to recitals of poetry and prose during 2nd Saturday Poetry at Red Canoe Bookstore & Cafe. Kenneth Lockie, a native of Scotland, will read the work of fellow Scotsman and famed poet Robert Burns.
The event will also include an open-mike session, during which poets and writers can share their work.
The event begins at 4 p.m.. The venue is at 4337 Harford Road. Call 410-444-4440 or go to redcanoe.bz for more information.
The Baltimore Society of Model Engineers will hold an open house Sunday. The public can view operating HO- and O-scale trains and trolley cars and other items, including a genuine steam locomotive bell and whistle. Learn about the trains, the club and the hobby, and watch a model of Thomas the Tank Engine navigate the tracks.
The event runs 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The club will also hold open houses Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. Admission is by donation. Suggested donations are $3 for ages 3-13, $5 for others and $10 per family. The society is at 225 W. Saratoga St., third floor. Call 410-837-2763 or go to modelengineers.com for more information.
Win prizes in a scavenger hunt, listen to jazz and watch theater at the Chesapeake Arts Center's first annual open house Saturday. A jazz ensemble will perform, and dance and visual arts instructors will hold demonstrations on topics such as mural painting and flamenco dancing. Attendees can also get their faces painted for a fee.
Local artists, including guitarist Tim King, vocalist Joanne Juskus, pianist Alicia de la Garza and dancer Stacey Tytler, will perform. The Merely Players theater and the Do or Die Production Company will also perform.
The open house runs noon-7 p.m. The center is at 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Call 410-636-6597 or go to chesapeakearts.org for more information.
What --Carriage rides
When --12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Where --Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson
Why --Because you can ride through the national park for 20 minutes and have a guide onboard to explain its history.
Contact --Call 410-823-1309, ext. 237 for reservations
What --Discussion about NASA's coming missions
When --10 a.m. Saturday
Where --Towson University, Smith Hall, Room 326, 8000 York Road, Towson
Why --Because former NASA astronaut Don Thomas will talk about the United States' future in space exploration, including trips to the moon in 2020 and Mars in 2040.