Members of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association will take over sidewalks in downtown Annapolis during Paint Annapolis 2004, the organization's third annual tribute to plein-air, or outdoor, painting. From noon to sundown next Thursday, artists will set up easels in the city. A "Paint Annapolis" tent, with information listing the names and locations of painters, will be at the City Dock. The public is welcome to visit painters, watch their process and ask questions. From 5 to 7 p.m. the same day, Annapolis City Hall will display paintings by members of the association. Downtown galleries will remain open until 9 p.m. to exhibit works by artists and host opening receptions. Artists will paint again from 8:30 a.m. to sundown Sept. 24 and 25. From 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, will host a closing reception and exhibit works created by the artists during the event. Downtown and historic Annapolis. Free. 410-263-6532 or www.mapapa.org.
A Parade of Paws
If you pamper your pooch you may want to check out this weekend's Parade of Paws Dog Walk, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League. The event includes dog games, pet contests, classes, hunting trial demonstrations, a nail trimming booth, organic dog food vendors, gourmet dog food vendors, holistic animal health experts, raffles and dog shows. The SPCA of Anne Arundel County, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rescue Association and the American Kennel Club will participate. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. $20. 410-945-5454 or www.magdrl.org. Event for the Family
Live music, face painting, karate demonstrations, food, tours of the Boys & Girls Club and fire department demonstrations. Sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Wiley H. Bates High School, Smithville Street, Annapolis. Free. 410-266-3996 or www.bgcaa.com.