Discovering Nature

Children ages 3 to 5 can go on a nature walk, hear a nature story and make summer crafts using leaves, flowers, twigs and other natural objects from the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden. The "Discover Nature" event is led by Amy Henry, a Tawes Garden naturalist and summer camp guide. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. $1. 410-260-8189.

Kunta Kinte Festival

African dance, '50s do-wop, marching bands, calypso music, sculpture, paintings and traditional African clothing will be part of this weekend's Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival. The 15-year-old event celebrates the county's African, African American and Afro-Caribbean heritage with vendors from all over the country. Local bands such as Jambulay, the Clones of Funk and the Steve Carrington Quartet will perform. Children's activities will include storytelling, African cultural exhibits, mask-making, face-painting, and other arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 General's Hwy., Crownsville. $5; seniors, ages 4 to 12, $3; age 3 and younger, free. 410-349-0338 or


Saturday night is for stargazing at Anne Arundel Community College as the school's Astronomy Club hosts "Community Observing Night." Anne Arundel County residents can join astronomy students and members of the department's faculty in identifying Ursa Minor, Andromeda, the Big Dipper, and other stars and constellations. Bring a telescope and binoculars or borrow equipment from the college. 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Astronomy Lab, behind lots A and B, beside the Resource Management Building, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-798-6625 or

Artists and vendors from around the country are participating in this weekend's Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival in Crownsville.