Weekends on Wednesday

Jan 24-26

Hundreds of Pet Products and Services * Interactive Pet Exhibits * Free Seminars by National Experts on Pet Care and Training * DockDogs® * Johnny Peers Muttville Comix * AKC Dog Agility Trial * Petting Zoo * Parade of Breeds * ACFA Cat Show * In Depth Workshops * Pony Rides * Reptiles & More * Fish

As Mid-Atlantic families brace for frigid forecasts, the 2014 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show, celebrating its 60th anniversary,transforms the Baltimore Convention Center at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into a boater’s paradise Thursday-Sunday, January 23-26.

LOVE LOCAL! Howard County’s top chefs are serving up savings with romantic twists on local favorites! Cozy meals at fabulous prix fixe prices from $10.14 – $40.14.

Jan 24 

Comedy doesn't have to be intellectual in order to be funny, but it's a lot more rewarding when the punchline is more than catchphrase. If "Git-R-Done!" never did anything for you, here's Tim Lee, a PhD turned comedian who has (eureka!) actually found a way to make PowerPoint presentations funny. He returns to D.C. for performances Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 6 and 8 p.m.

Jan 25 

Immortal memory presentation; Celtic music address to haggis, sit-down dinner, raffle, toast lads and lassies.

Join more than 25,000 plungers and spectators for a chill in the Chesapeake and a heated festival with vendors, live music, food and more.

the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
This book sale will feature hard-to-find titles on Civil War medicine, the history of medicine, surgeons’ memoirs and biographies, comparative religion, the rise of the scientific study of nature, military medicine, and related topics.

Presented in collaboration with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the showcase features six to seven distinct choreographic works in a range of styles each year including modern dance, contemporary ballet, aerial choreography, world dance, hip-hop and more.

Ages 14 years and up. Join Jackie “O” of Jackie O Jewelry to discover the craft of wire-working and learn about the natural history of different stones used in jewelry-making. Create a custom-fitted, wearable masterpiece for any wrist size using sterling silver wire and natural stones. All materials for one bracelet are included. Register early to secure your spot as class size is limited. $45 per participant.

Is the winter weather keeping you indoors? Come shake off those winter doldrums by heading to Breezy Hill Farm for it’s first annual Cabin Fever Yarn Party! It will be a fun yarn filled day of spinning, weaving, knitting, or whatever your fancy. Bring your friends and yarn projects to our farm where you can relax in our heated barn – surrounded with the sights and sounds of sustainable farming.

We are excited to have our local fiber mill owners joining us to provide a how-to session on using a peg loom to weave a gorgeous rug in only a few hours. In addition, there will be spinners present who can provide guidance on how to spin roving into yarn. Complimentary hot drinks and desserts will be provided.

Description The Amelia Piano Trio, one of America’s foremost young chamber ensembles, brings their bold and charismatic style to three piano trios by Beethoven. Founded in 1999 by three students of legendary violinist Isaac Stern, the trio has won the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and was National Public Radio’s Young Ensemble in Residence in 2003. Violinist Anthea Kreston, cellist Jason Duckles and pianist Andrew Armstrong have also recorded several acclaimed albums, and performed at venues including Carnegie hall and Ravinia in Chicago. Adult $32; Senior $30; Student $12

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Chinese Embassy host a morning of family-friendly activities to celebrate the start of the Year of the Horse. The event will include puppetry from the Tianjin Arts Troupe, traditional Chinese music from the Washington Guzheng Society and a performance by the Johns Hopkins University Yong Han Lion Dance group. Guests also can check out a display about giant pandas (and send a message to Bao Bao at the National Zoo), learn calligraphy and make red paper lanterns. Skilled dough sculptors, painters and paper cutters also will demonstrate their crafts. At the Kogod Courtyard.

The Great Zucchini, Washington’s funniest and most magical preschool & kindergarten entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! For over 15 years, The Great Zucchini has been entertaining young children as a magician and preschool teacher. He performs his hands-on, interactive magic shows for more that 400 groups a year. His experience, coupled with his gentle nature and wacky facial expressions, makes kids immediately feel comfortable and ready to laugh. Washingtonian Magazine has called him “a man with a nearly magical ability to connect with children” and Fox 5 News says in the world of local kid’s entertainment, “there is no bigger name than The Great Zucchini!” The Great Zucchini will be joined by Barry the Magician for this special show. Recommended for ages 2-6. 45 minutes to 1 hour duration  Tickets: $7.50 / $6.00 for members 

Jan 26

Watch one of the longest running, touring marionette theaters in the United States perform Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio. Follow the most well-known wooden boy as he struggles with becoming human. Founded in 1967, this award-winning company specializes in adaptations of popular stories using marionettes as the performance medium. As the sons of artistic director David Syrotiak, puppeteers David and Peter Syrotiak have been building and performing with the company since they were teenagers. Dedicated to keeping the tradition of professional puppetry alive, the two brothers are sure to enthrall an audience of all ages

Peabody Opera performs an abridged version of Humperdinck's immortal classic about a brother and sister lost in the woods, a gingerbread house and a witch! This production is a fabulous introduction for young audiences to the joys of opera. The music, costumes, scenery, and kid-friendly cast of singers are bound to delight family audiences of all ages!

Taste the specialties of area chocolatiers. Enjoy fun and games for the whole family.

Through Feb 9th

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Beth Henley's comedy brings you into the Mississippi household of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn't like his looks. Meg is back in town after a failed attempt in the music business and a nervous breakdown. And poor Lenny - everyone has forgotten her 30th birthday...plus, her pet horse was just struck by lightning! Bad luck certainly runs deep among the Magrath clan. But with warm-hearted laughs and touching family moments, the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future in this contemporary American stage classic. 

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