It's one of the newest fighting ships in...


March 21, 1992

NEW FIGHTING SHIP It's one of the newest fighting ships in the world, and it will be visiting Baltimore Wednesday through Friday. The Prairial, a French navy patrol frigate launched a little more than a year ago, is heading for Baltimore from the Dominican Republic.

The Prairial will be docked during its Baltimore goodwill visit at the Inner Harbor's west wall. The public will be able to tour it from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Information: 837-4636 or (800) 282-6632.

STREET FUN They juggle, they sing, they play music, they do magic, they pantomime. But will they find real jobs?

Watch for free this weekend as 40 or more street entertainers -- many from the Baltimore area -- compete for the right to perform regularly at Harborplace after warm weather settles in. Entertainers are invited to do their best stuff in a 15-minute audition.

Auditions run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Harborplace's amphitheater. In case of bad weather, the tryouts will move to the Light Street Pavilion's center court. Information: 332-4191.

COIN SHOW Hey, Charm City, it's time to take a peek into the old trunk in the attic. If you find an old charm, token or coin collection, the perfect place to make some money on it is the Suburban Washington Baltimore Coin Show today and tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center's Festival Hall.

More than 400 rare-coin dealers from around the country will be buying and selling the aforementioned items, plus paper currency and other collectibles like historical documents, stocks and bonds, old checks and banking information.

Festival Hall is located at 1 E. Pratt St. Admission is free. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Information: 244-8080.

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