- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 11, 2003


The gusty winds of spring (or Washington winters, for that matter) aren't too far away. So bring the youngsters and stop by the College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, from noon until 4 p.m. today for a kite-making workshop inspired by the current exhibit, “From Kites to Kitty Hawk,” which examines the role kites played in the development of human flight. Museum admission is $2 to $4, plus $3 per each kite made. 301/864-6029.


Move over, Einstein, because there might be a simpler way to teach the principles of physics. Today at 3 p.m., the Jane Franklin Dance Company will join young dancers ages 5 to 12 in “Very Physical Science Dance and Everyday Science.” The performers will use dance movements to explain the concepts of potential and kinetic energy, inertia, gravity and matter. Be entertained, be educated at Gunston Theater One, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Tickets are $8 to $12. 703/212-7680.


Thanks to low interest rates, more Washingtonians have joined the ranks of homeowners. If your homeowners association is sliding death threats under your door because your yard bears an uncanny resemblance to the jungles of South America, you might want to attend Green Spring Gardens' landscape design lecture series. The first one, “Planning and Design,” meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today at 4603 Green Spring Road. The cost is $10. Do it for your neighbors. 703/642-5173.


Classical music and math lessons combine in the National Symphony Orchestra Ensemble's interactive presentation “Connections Math and Music.” NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers explains how the left-brain functions of counting, probability, graphs and fractions are pervasive in the right-brained world of music. The NSO Ensemble also will perform both classical and contemporary selections. So grab youngsters ages 9 and older and head to the Kennedy Center's Theater Lab, F Street and New Hampshire Ave. NW, at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. today. Tickets are $13. 202/467-4600.


Calling all reptile aficionados (I'm assured some do exist): The All-Maryland Reptile Show today has 90 vendors selling their wares, including food, heating supplies, bedding, books and, yes, oh yes, thousands of animals. Snakes, frogs, lizards, turtles and scorpions, including imported species, are for sale, but no fuzzy mammals unless, of course, they're food for the reptiles. So slide over to the Havre de Grace Community Center, 100 Lagaret Lane in Havre de Grace, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $5. 410/526-4184.


If you're bitter because “city life” means you can't see the stars at night, stop by the Arlington Planetarium. Its multimedia show, “The Cowboy Astronomer,” traces the constellation patterns through the four seasons using American Indian lore. The program is appropriate for youngsters. Follow the stars at 7:30 tonight at 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Additional shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday through March. Cost is $1.50 to $2.50. 703/228-6070.


Children's books often are replete with illustrations, but at the National Museum of African Art, museum staff members will read two books filled with photography: “A is for Africa” and “Zaire: A Week in Joseph's World.” Afterward, children will have the opportunity either to act as photographer or to have their picture taken modeling clothing selected from a variety of the museum's exhibits. Stop by the museum's lecture hall, 950 Independence Ave. SW, on the second floor, at 2 p.m. today. The program and museum admission are free. 202/357-2700.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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