Mark your calendar with holiday events

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Arts and Museums

The Walters Art Museum — 600 N. Charles St. 410-547-9000, http://www.thewalters.org.


• Drop-in Art Activities: Text Messages, every Saturday and Sunday in November, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Free.

• Exhibition — "Puzzles of the Brain: An Artist's Journey through Amnesia." Runs through Dec. 11.

• "Lost and Found: The Secret of Archimedes." Exhibit runs until Jan. 1. Free.

• Lunch and Learn: Recovering Lost Ancestry, Dec. 1, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Agnes Callum, 86; and her daughter, Martina Callum, will share their stories. Free.

• Peabody on the Court, concert features Margaret Hummel in a classical solo cello performance held in Sculpture Court, Dec. 2, noon–1 p.m. Free.

• "Glamorous Holiday Paintings." Runs until Jan. 1, two holiday paintings on the fourth floor of the Centre Street Building from the Kelly Collection of American Illustration, featuring original art works from the golden age of commercial illustration. Images by J.C. Leyendecker (1874-1951) and E.M. Jackson (1896-1962) capture the glamour of holiday shopping in the 1920s and '30s. Free.

The Baltimore Museum of Art — 10 Art Museum Drive. 443-573-1870 or artbma.org. General admission is free.

• Drop-In Art Activities, Family Art Center, every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Free Family Sundays, Workshops: 2–5 p.m. Tours: 2–2:45 p.m. last Sundays.

• "Hand Held: Personal Arts from Africa," includes a variety of seats, vessels, blankets, combs, hats, and other objects created for individuals and households in 21 African countries. On view through Feb. 5.

• "Print by Print: Series from Durer to Lichtenstein," an exhibition of prints by American and European artists from the late-15th through the 21st centuries. On view through March 25.

• Textiles from Central Asia on view through May 13.

Maryland Institute College of Art — 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., presents regional, national and international artists, designers, authors and curators to discuss their work, life and career experiences.

• Joyce J. Scott '70, Nov. 28, noon, Brown Center: Falvey Hall. Known as the Queen of Beadwork, Scott creates provocative beaded sculptural forms and neckpieces that address political and social issues such as gender, race and class struggle.

• Paul Chaat Smith, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Brown Center: Falvey Hall, a Comanche author and curator whose work focuses on the contemporary landscape of American Indian politics and culture.

• The Common Object, an exhibition of more than 60 paintings incorporating the everyday object of a dish towel, Dec. 1- March 11, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-5 p.m., in the Fox Building's Meyerhoff Gallery. Reception Dec. 2, 5–7 p.m. Free. 410-225-2300 or http://www.mica.edu.

Minás — 815 W. 36th St. 410-732-4258. http://www.minasgalleryandboutique.com.

• Closing Party for "Fragments from Utilis Planta," Nov. 26, 6-9 p.m. with artist, author, and filmmaker Scott Philip Goergens. Exhibit runs through Nov. 27. Free.

• Yoga, Thursdays through Dec. 29, 7-8:15 a.m. $12 drop-in. Classes for all levels. Regina, 614-205-7663, yogaonwheels@yahoo.com or http://www.yogaonwheels.org.

'End to End' — presented by Maryland Institute College of Art, an exhibition featuring self-reflective artwork by Youngmi Song Organ, through Dec. 18, Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave. Open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-5 p.m.

Antreasian Gallery — 1111 W. 36th St., hosts the following exhibits. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 410-235-4420 or http://www.antreasiangallery.com.

• Thomas Spande: New drawings, animals, people, and land and cityscapes. Runs through Nov. 28.

• "Short Stories," a collection of contemporary realist paintings by artist Susan La Mont, Nov. 30–Dec. 18. Reception Dec. 2, 6–9 p.m.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower — 21 S. Eutaw St., hosts an Open Studio Day, Dec. 3, 1-5 p.m. featuring the artwork and studios of Baltimore artists, performing art by Unexpected Theatre, and tours of the historic attraction. http://www.baltimoreopenstudiotour.org.


Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling — at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Dec. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Bring cookies to share, tree lighting and blessing, and Christmas caroling. Free. 410-464-4000.

Holiday Bazaar and Santa's Workshop — at Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 N. Charles St., Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MBK Gymnasium. Unique hand-crafted gifts, including jewelry, chocolates, soaps, gift baskets, stationery, holiday ornaments, children's items, candles, coffee and teas, hand-knits, and more. Also, a raffle and door prizes plus a Santa's workshop to create unique crafts, enjoy muffins and juice, and visit with Santa. Free. 410-532-5542 or alum@ndm.edu.

Little Italy Annual Tree Lighting — Columbus Piazza, President Street and Eastern Avenue, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. Cookies, hot cider and carolers. Tree lighting and choral performance, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., corner of High and Stiles streets. Treats for kids, visit with Santa Claus, hot chocolate and apple cider, roasted chestnuts, Italian cookies, carolers, and more.

Christmas Bazaar — hosted by St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1008 W. 37th St., Dec. 2, 3-8 p.m.; and Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lots of gift and holiday items, homemade baked goods and candy, and a $1000 grand raffle. 410-366-4488.

Holiday Fair — Sponsored by Waldorf School of Baltimore, 4801 Tamarind Road, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. featuring vendors, games and activities, a marionette show, music, diner and dessert café, and more. June Fletcher-Hill, 410-367-6808, ext. 204 or waldorfschoolofbaltimore.org.

Cylburn Arboretum — presents Holiday Tea at The Mansion, Dec. 4, 2-4:30 p.m. Distinctive gifts will be available in the holiday boutique; a raffle, with prizes including a topiary pig, a handmade wreath fashioned from Cylburn greens, a Pandora bracelet, handmade jewelry, theater tickets, a crystal vase, and more. Also, a seasonal serenade by The Gilman School's Traveling Men, a 12 member a cappella group. $40 for CAA members, $45 for nonmembers, and $300 for table of eight. RSVP by Nov. 29, 410-367-2217.

Holiday Bazaar — at Notre Dame of Maryland University hosted by The Weekend College Alumnae Chapter, held in MBK Gymnasium, featuring unique gifts, including crafts, gourmet food baskets, glassware, jewelry, art, handbags and more, Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Children can enjoy a visit with Santa, arts and crafts, and other festive activities. 410-532-5542 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Concerts and Theater


Home Cookin' Jazz Trio in Concert — at An Die Musik Live!, 409 N. Charles St., Dec. 2, 8-10 p.m. Swing, blues, Latin and more. $10; $8 for students, seniors and BJA members. www. andiemusiklive.com.


Music for the Holiday Season — presented by the Concert Choir of Notre Dame at the Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation, 4701 N. Charles St., Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Ernest Ragogini, 410-532-5286.

Glitter and Spew — Trio of satirical short plays at the Strand Theater, "A Night in Jail," "The Toilet Stall" and "Freak," opens Dec. 2 and runs through Dec. 17, Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 3 p.m. Adult, $20; senior, $15; student, $10. Opening night, $25. strand-theater.org.

Baltimore Theatre Project — 45 W. Preston St. presents "Unveiled" by Rohina Malik, Dec. 2-3, 8 p.m.; Dec. 4, 2 p.m. General, $20; senior, $15; student, $10. 410-752-8558.


Loyola University Maryland — 4501 N. Charles St., 410-617-2412 or http://www.loyola.edu hosts the following.

• Graduate Programs in Kodaly Music Education Workshops, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A day of music making, food, networking and teaching ideas. Free. 410-617-5020 or graduate@loyola.edu.

• Lecture by Julie Landsman titled "What's Race Got To Do With It? Engagement, Expectations, and Equity in Our Public Schools," Nov. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., McGuire Hall, followed by a question and answer session, and book signing. Free; seat reservations are recommended. ww.loyola.edu/joinus/landsman.

Future Directions in Education: What Will Work Best for Students? — a forum held at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, Shriver Auditorium, 3400 N. Charles St., Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m., reception; program at 7. The debate is dominating the news as Congress is rewriting the No Child Left Behind Law and forging a new direction in education policy for the country. To register, go to http://education.jhu.edu/shaping_future.

'Eureka! Rare Books in the History of Scientific Discovery' — at the George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. Runs through Feb. 29. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Free. http://releases.jhu.edu/2011/10/20/eureka-exhibition/.

Health and Support

One Day At A Time Al-Anon Meetings — Monday evenings, 7-8 p.m., second floor, Hampden Family Center, 1104 W. 36th St. 202-488-5629 or jcosper@umc-gbcs.org.

Lupus Support Group — Good Samaritan Hospital, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd., second Saturdays, 10 a.m. http://www.tinyurl.com/lupusgrps, 1-888-349-1167 or info@lupusdmv.org.

Tai Chi Classes — at St. Johns Church, 2640 St. Paul St. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. 410-296-4944.


Central Library — 400 Cathedral St., 410-396-5402.

• Exhibit: 'Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience,' a traveling exhibition organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Library Association. On display through Dec. 9.

• Preschool Leaps, ages 3-5, stories, songs and fun, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.; and Saturdays, 11 a.m.

• Toddler Jumps, storytime program with books, rhymes and bouncing balls for 2-year-olds and their caregivers, Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.

• Mother Goose Baby Steps, to age 3, Fridays, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; and Saturdays, 10:15 a.m.

Govans Library — 5714 Bellona Ave. 410-396-6098.

• Mother Goose Baby Steps, to age 3, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

• Preschool Leaps, ages 3-5, stories, songs and fun, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.

• Paws to Read, ages 6-12. Sign up to read with dog friends. Dog volunteers from Pets on Wheels will be on hand to hear stories. Registration required. Saturdays, Nov. 26 and Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m.

Hampden Library — 3641 Falls Road. 410-396-6043.

• Mother Goose Baby Steps, to age 3, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

• Preschool Leaps, program of stories, songs and fun for ages 3-5. Thursdays, except Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. 6:30 p.m.

Roland Park Library — 5108 Roland Ave. 410-396-6099.

• Mother Goose Baby Steps, interactive nursery rhyme program with music and movement, for children up to age 3 with caregivers, Mondays, except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 1:30 p.m.

• Toddler Jumps, storytime program with books, rhymes and bouncing balls for 2-year-olds and their caregivers, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

• Preschool Leaps, stories, songs and fun for ages 3-5, Thursdays, except Nov. 24, 11 a.m.

• Hands on Holidays: Chanukah, up to age 5, Dec. 14, 12:30 p.m. The Jewish Community Center of Baltimore presents a celebration of the traditions of the holiday.

Waverly Library — 400 E. 33rd St., 410-396-6053.

• Preschool Leaps, stories, songs and fun for ages 3-5, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

• Mother Goose Baby Steps, interactive nursery rhyme program with music and movement, for children up to age 3, with caregivers, Thursdays, except Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m.

• Get Fit at Your Library, Mondays, noon. A weekly workout to popular line dances, hip-hop, Caribbean and African rhythms.


Beth Am Synagogue — 2501 Eutaw Place, presents Shabbat in Song with Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg, Cantor Ira Greenstein and guest musicians, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. 410-523-2446 or office1@bethambaltimore.org.

Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church — 233 N. Charles St. present The Canticle Singers of Baltimore, Dec. 4, 5 p.m. followed by a festive reception. $15, general; $12 for students and seniors. 410-685-3404 or lynn@osp1692.org.


Tai Chi for Seniors — Senior Network of North Baltimore, 5828 York Road. To improve health, fitness and balance. Mondays, 12:45 p.m. 410 323-7131.


Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland — needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound individuals in Baltimore City and county. 443-573-0940, galea@mowcm.org or http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org.


Evergreen Museum and Library — seeking volunteer museum guides. 410-516-0341 or evergreenmuseum@jhu.edu or http://www.museums.jhu.edu.