Best Bets: Black Friday Art & Craft Market, Festival of Trees

Station North, 16 W. North Ave., and Load of Fun, 120 North Ave. — host the Black Friday Art & Craft Market, Nov. 25, 3-8 p.m., featuring original art and crafts by members of Charm City Craft Mafia, Baltimore Etsy Street Team and Station North artists, plus music by Her Fantastic Cats, Femi the DriFish and the Out of Water eXperience, Wendel Patrick, and disc jockey Dubble 8. Ben Stone. E-mail, call 410-962-7075 or go to

Kennedy Krieger Institutehosts the Festival of Trees at the Maryland State Fairgrounds,Nov. 25-27, featuring more than 600 decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses, a winter wonderland with a train garden, hourly live family entertainment and Santa Land's crafts and carnival games, gift boutiques and a silent auction. Admission is $12 for adults; $6 for ages 5-12 and seniors. Children 4 and younger get in free. Call 443-923-7300 or go to

B&O Railroad Museum — 901 W. Pratt St., hosts the Holiday Festival of Trains and Toys, Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by locomotive on Nov. 25, 10:30 a.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for ages 2-12, and free for B&O members. Half-price admission Nov. 25-Dec. 18 for those who bring a new and unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Call 410-752-2490 or go to

Church of the Redeemer — 5603 N. Charles St., continues its 2011 Hope and Challenge Lecture series on mental illness, with Dr. Constantine Lyketsos speaking Nov. 30 on dementia and effective ways of caring for people with dementia. Call 40-435-7333 or go to

Notre Dame of Maryland University — 4701 N. Charles St., presents the Collaborations Exhibit in the Gormley Gallery in Fourier Hall, through Dec. 2, featuring works by clients at Penn Mar Human Services and students at Notre Dame. A gallery talk is Nov. 30, noon-1 p.m. Free. Call 410-435-0100 or go to

World Trade Center Institute — 401 E. Pratt St., presents the Founders Anniversary Embassy Wine Tasting & State of the Ports event, on the 21st floor, Dec. 1, 4-6:30 p.m. Cost is $75 for non-members, $50 for members. Call 410-576-0022, ext. 107, or go to

A Monumental Occasion — the official lighting of the Washington Monument, is Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m., at Mount Vernon Place, in the 600 block of North Charles Street, featuring live music, dance performances, fireworks and refreshments..

Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles St., presents the Monument Lighting Family Festival, Dec. 1, 5-8:30 p.m., featuring seasonal performances, music, refreshments, holiday films and special winter-inspired art activities for children. The lighting is at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks. Call 410-547-9000 or go to

Creative Alliance — 3134 Eastern Ave., presents Choirs and Candles, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., to benefit Brother Help Thyself. The event is hosted by The Steven Kaufman AIDS Outreach Project of Jewish Community Services, and features Positive Voices, Baltimore Men's Singers,New Wave Singers and special guest Lea Gilmore. Admission is for $17, $12 for Creative Alliance members. Call 410-276-1651 or go to

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