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Explore the worlds of animals with fascinating panel discussions on our relationship to household pets as well as the wild animals of the world!

Paws & Pages Stage

Explore the worlds of animals with fascinating panel discussions on our relationship to our household pet as well as the wild animals of the world, animal encounters presented by the National Aquarium and hands-on experiences for kids and adults alike. Adoptable pets from the Maryland SPCA will be visiting for attendees to meet potential new furever friends!

Stage: Back Lawn of the Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light Street



Friday, September 23




2:30-3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

Get up close and personal to one of our animals! Both kids and adults alike can enjoy this interactive session that allows for audience participation, provides fun facts about the animals and discusses ways to help conserve their natural environments.

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5:30PM-6:30PM

Maryland SPCA picks: Best Children & YA Pet Books

Join Maryland SPCA Community Affairs Director Katie Flory, and her sidekick, spokesdog Lucy GaGa, the Boston Terrier as they discuss the best youth and young adult books on animal interest, rescue interest, shelter work and animal care.

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Saturday, September 24




11AM-11:30AM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

Get up close and personal to one of our animals! Both kids and adults alike can enjoy this interactive session that allows for audience participation, provides fun facts about the animals and discusses ways to help conserve their natural environments.

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12-1PM

Bronwen Dickey, "Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon"

Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American and the author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016). Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Best American Travel Writing 2009, Slate, Garden & Gun, The San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Living, World Hum, Sport Diver, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. In 2009 she received a first-place Lowell Thomas Award in travel journalism and a residency grant from the MacDowell Colony.

Come meet adorable, adoptable, Pit Bulls from the Maryland SPCA  during this event! 

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1:15-2:15PM

Velya Jancz-Urban, How Cool Is That?! Hands On Science, Owl Pellet Dissection Workshop

Join teacher and author, Velya Jancz-Urban, as she shares her most popular hands-on science class for kids (Grades K-5). Students will understand within ecosystems, complex interactions exist between organisms and the physical environment. As their natural curiosity leads them to explore the natural world, each child will “take” something different from the experience- from an understanding of the food chain and circle-of-life concept, to mammal anatomy.

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2:30-3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

Get up close and personal to one of our animals! Both kids and adults alike can enjoy this interactive session that allows for audience participation, provides fun facts about the animals and discusses ways to help conserve their natural environments.

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4-5PM

Mikita Brottman, The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal, Philosophical, and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals

A scholar, psychoanalyst, and cultural critic explores the multifaceted role dogs play in our world in this charming bestiary of dogs from literature, lore, and life. While gradually unveiling her eight-year love affair with her French bulldog, Grisby, Mikita Brottman ruminates on the singular bond between dogs and humans. Why do prevailing attitudes warn us against loving our pet “too much”? Is her relationship with Grisby nourishing or dysfunctional, commonplace or unique? Challenging the assumption that there’s something repressed and neurotic about those deeply connected to a dog, she turns her keen eye on the many ways in which dog is the mirror of man.

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Sunday, September 25




12-1PM

Kim Manuelides, Getting Home: For Some Dogs, It Just Isn’t Easy

Kim Manuelides grew up in rural western Howard County, Maryland, where she, her sister and father spent countless hours riding their ponies through the back woods with their Cocker Spaniel, Ebony, who always seemed to find the shortcut home. When she was not riding her pony, and later her horse, Kim could always be found in the family’s backyard, tending the family’s horses, and 4-H projects, their sheep, chickens, rabbits      and the family dog.  Kim graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Animal Science, and later from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law.  Now a practicing attorney, Kim and her husband, Tim, rescued their first dog, an Entlebucher Mountain Dog, 15 years ago.  Following their adoption of their first dog, Colby, the couple adopted Colby’s half-sister, Sasha, and much later Bonnie and Atari. 

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2:30-3PM

National Aquarium Animal Encounter

Get up close and personal to one of our animals! Both kids and adults alike can enjoy this interactive session that allows for audience participation, provides fun facts about the animals and discusses ways to help conserve their natural environments.

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4PM-5PM

Jill Yesko, Murder in the Dog Park and Dog Spelled Backwards

Discovering the body of a brutally murdered boy in a rainy dog park is the worst possible way for private detective Jane Ronson to start her day. She doesn't like people, dead or alive. Her one true friend is her doggie doppelganger Archie, a Bull Terrier with a misshapen head and a bad attitude. Jane hates being responsible for anyone's problems—and death causes big problems. When Jane is dragged into the center of murder investigation that threatens her life she enlists the help of a sexy Baltimore cop and an eccentric bail bondsman straight out of John Waters movie. Jane uses her Girl With the Dragon Tattoo-like computer hacking and street fighting skills to find and punish the killer and his family.

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When:
Sept 22-24, 2017
Fri - Sun: 11am - 7pm
Where:
Baltimore Inner Harbor

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