Walk your best friend for charity at Patterson Park

The annual BARCStoberfest & Strut Your Mutt Walk will happen Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Patterson Park, at the corner of Eastern and Linwood streets. The event, which is sponsored by the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, is held to raise awareness and funds for the 12,000 animals BARCS takes in each year. There will be a silent auction, pet costume contests, crafts vendors and adoptable pets. The actual walk starts at noon; registration commences at 11 a.m. Go to http://www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org.

Nearly new

The Greater Baltimore Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary's Nearly New Sale will happen again Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 24, 4-8 p.m., at the hospital's Nearly New Sales Building (off its Charles Street entrance). The sale, which is nearly 50 years old, offers discount furniture, clothing, jewelry and appliances to raise money for patient care. Call 410-828-9467.

Czech this out

The annual Czech and Slovak Festival will take place Sunday, Oct. 23, noon-6 p.m., at Baltimore 45 Association, Inc. Hall (formerly Tall Cedars Hall), located at 2501 Putty Hill Ave. in Parkville. Featured attractions will include ethnic costumes, gymnastics, a traditional dinner, pastry (like apple strudel), live music by the Joy of Maryland, crafts and exhibits. Admission is $5. Call 410-557-7437.

Field photos

The Maryland Institute College of Art will host an opening reception for a new exhibit, Photographs from the Field, Friday, Oct. 21, 5-7 p.m., in Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery (1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.). The exhibit is by faculty member Regina DeLuise, and will showcase over 35 images shot while she was in India, Nepal, Italy and Bhutan. Admission is free. Go to http://www.mica.edu.

Tricks and treats

Carroll County Family Center Y will host a Family Fun Night and Halloween Extravaganza Friday, Oct. 21, 6-8:30 p.m., at 1719 Sykesville Road inWestminster. Kids and adults can enjoy a magic show, walk on the moon bounce, see a bonfire, create Halloween crafts and participate in games and activities. Admission is free with an entrance fee of a healthy snack to share. Go to http://www.ymaryland.org.

A haunted forest

Folks looking for a Halloween happening can check out the Creepywoods Haunted Forest Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26, at Huber's Farm, 11898 Philadelphia Road, Bradshaw (located north of White Marsh). The outdoor attraction, now in its second year, is a haunted trail featuring live actors and special effects, including a 17-foot tall Pumpkin King creature. Hours are Friday-Saturday 7-11 p.m. and Sunday 7-10 p.m. Admission is $20 general. Call 410-538-6461 or visit http://www.creepywoods.com.


Goodbye, RenFest


The Maryland Renaissance Festival wraps up its season Oct. 22-23. The festival runs Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., off Route 97 in Crownsville. It recreates the atmosphere of a 16th century English village, with actors playing the parts of King Henry VIII and his court. Admission at the gate is $19 general, $16 for seniors, $9 for kids ages 7-15 and free for anyone younger. Call 410-266-7304. For a rundown of events, go to http://www.marylandrenaissancefestival.com.

Disney returns

Disney on Ice will unveil its newest show, "Toy Story 3," Wednesday, Oct. 19-Sunday, Oct. 23, at George Mason University's Patriot Center. The production will feature popular songs and unforgettable scenes from two of Walt Disney's newest fairytales. Tickets run $15-$70. For show times, call 703-993-3000 or go to http://www.patriotcenter.com.

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