1:Wish Cobie and Chessy a happy birthday...

DOLPHINS TURN

March 12, 1993|By Karen Zeiler

DOLPHINS TURN 1:

Wish Cobie and Chessy a happy birthday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the National Aquarium. Catch a glimpse of the two bottlenose dolphin calves and see a video of their births.

Afterward, grab a seat in the Marine Mammal Pavilion for a live dolphin show. Young visitors are invited to the craft station, where staff members will help them make sandstone dolphin imprints and dolphin fluke hats (the fluke is the tail).

Money-saving tip: McDonald's is offering coupons for a $3 discount off the general admission through March 30. Get fashion and beauty tips. Learn how to manage your money. Broaden your horizons at this weekend's "For Sisters Only" expo at Festival Hall.

A new event for the city, this prespring fling is a salute to black women with seminars on business, health, self-defense and family issues. "Getting Out of Debt," "How to Buy a Home" and "Male/Female Relationships" are among more than 10 workshops scheduled. Fashion shows, beauty demonstrations and gospel performances also are planned. You can try for autographs from actress Lonette McKee (from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow) and actor Danny Glover (from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday). Both appear in Alex Haley's miniseries, "Queen."

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Maryland Lupus Foundation. Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Admission: $5 for adults, free for children under 5. Information: 653-2200.

ERIN GO BRAGH:

The city's 39th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is scheduled for a 2 p.m. Sunday start, with floats, more than 20 marching bands, the U.S. Naval Academy Band, the Dunloggin Pipe and Drum Band, the Na Fianna Pipe Band and more. The parade begins at the Washington Monument, heads south on Charles Street, turns left at Pratt Street and continues to Market Place where it will disband. Organizers say it'll go, regardless of rain, shine -- or snow.

WHAT ARE THOSE BARGES?:

As you drive or walk along Pratt Street, you can't miss the big-time construction work occurring near the Aquarium at Piers 4 and 5, some of it from barges jammed close to shore.

What's happening is bulkheading and other work to fortify the area for the Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration. The center, scheduled to open late next year, will house the state's new Center of Marine Biotechnology, the Center for Marine Archaeology, and a training and development facility.

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