Sparks story time
, 10-11 a.m., Gunpowder Falls State Park, 1207 Sparks Road, Sparks. Bring the youngsters out to the Sparks Bank Nature Center every Wednesday to listen to a nature-themed story. After hearing the story, make a related craft. Cost: Free. Phone Brenda Lee at 410-592-2897 or email
, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Soldier's Delight N.E.A., 5100 Deer Park Road, Owings Mills. Join a naturalist and learn why ducks don't get wet. Hear a story, take a short walk and meet a native duck from Maryland. Suitable for children 3-5. Meet in the Kid's Room at the visitors center. Call 410-461-5005 to sign up. Cost: $5 per child.
, 7:30-9 p.m., Rocks State Park, 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road, Jarrettsville. Spend an evening under the stars with the Astronomical Society of Harford County and learn about our galaxy. Use telescopes provided to find some of your favorite objects in outer space. Meet at Rocks State Park-Wilson's Picnic Area. All ages. Cost: free. Park entry fees apply. $2/person for Maryland residents, $3/person for nonresidents. Phone: Amy Lang, 410-734-9035. Email:
Shoot for the Cure
Oct. 1 and Oct. 2
, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Loch Raven Skeet & Trap Center, Skeet and Trap Fields, Loch Raven Reservoir, 12301 Dulaney Valley Road, Phoenix. Benefit raises money for the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which raises money to fight
. Participants may participate at any time on either or both days — even if they've never held a gun before. There will be staff and volunteers available for basic instructions and guidance. Go to lochravenskeettrap.com or call 410-252-3851.
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