Outdoor activities for the whole family abound this time of year, so get out and enjoy your community. The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is windy but rain free. Leave your umbrella at home!

St. Paul’s Schools Fall Festival: St. Paul’s School for Girls and St. Paul’s School for Boys are hosting a joint event this weekend. Friday night features a football game under the lights against Annapolis Area Christian School and Saturday the schools hold a bazaar with carnival rides, games, food and more. Both the football game and the festival are open to the entire community. Last year over one thousand people came to the fun fall event. When: Friday, October 14, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Where: Saint Paul’s Schools, 11232 Falls Road, Brooklandville. Attire: Preppy Admission: Free! But bring cash for the food, games and rides…

Robert E. Lee Park Grand Re-Opening:  The Robert E. Lee Park Nature Council is hosting a day of festivities to celebrate the re-opening and renewal of Robert E. Lee Park. The event will feature a day of recreational and children’s events spanning from walking, bike and boat tours to art activities and music and entertainment by local school groups. Baltimore County Recreation and Parks recently completed major repairs and additions to the park, including a new pedestrian bridge, boardwalk from the MTA Light Rail lot at Falls Road, a new parking area at the end of Lakeside Drive and an enclosed Paw Point dog park. When: Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: The 453-acre park surrounds Lake Roland, in Baltimore County, just north of the city. It is on Lakeside Drive, off Falls Road. Attire: Crunchy. A dog is the must-have accessory! Admission: Admission is free but there will be refreshments on hand and memberships to the Nature Council and Paw Pint Dog Park will be for sale. Bring cash: the council cannot process credit cards at the event.

Baltimore Running Festival: Nearly 25,000 runners will converge on Baltimore this Saturday for the 11th annual Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival. The festival has attracted runners from the ages of 1-86 who will compete in one of its five races: marathon, half marathon, four-person team relay, 5k and kids fun run. When: Saturday, October 15  Where: The day kicks off with the 8AM start of the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon and Legg Mason Team Relay at the intersection of Russell and Camden Streets. The Baltimore 5K gets started at the same location 30 minutes later, followed by the T. Rowe Price Kids Fun Run. The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s Half Marathon and its field of 11,000 will get under way at 9:45 AM in the Inner Harbor. All races will share the same finish line between lots B & C outside M&T Bank Stadium where families, friends and fans can wait and enjoy free music and games in Celebration Village. Attire: Running shoes! Admission: Walk-up registration is still available for the marathon and the kids fun run. The entrance fee for the marathon is $105 and $10 for the kids fun run. Limited space — depending on no-shows — for the half-marathon, 5k and team relay.  

The Art of Discovery Gala at the Walters Art Museum: Celebrating art, creativity and discovery and benefiting education endowment. Join the Walters for cocktails on the court, dinner in the galleries and dancing into the night. This year, a portion of the gala proceeds will help match the museum’s National Endowment for the Humanities grant. When: Saturday, October 15, 6 p.m. to midnight Where: Walters Art Gallery,600 North Charles Street, Mount Vernon, but enter on Centre Street Attire: Black tie Admission: $500 per person. Valet parking. Centre Street entrance.

And a good one for next week:

Friends School Parents’ Association Speaker: Bryan Caplan, author of “Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids” will speak. In addition to striving to be a less-harried parent of three kids, Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University and a blogger at EconLog, one of the Wall Street Journal’s Top 25 economics blogs. His first book, “The Myth of the Rational Voter” was named the best political book of the year by the New York Times.  His parenting philosophy has been hailed as the antidote to author Amy Chua’s high-intensity “Tiger Mom” style of child-rearing. When: Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m. Where: Forbush Auditorium, Friends School, 5114 N. Charles Street, Roland Park/Homeland Attire: Casual and comfortable Admission: Free.

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