June 11, 1993|By Karen Zeiler


TWO ETHNIC FESTIVALS: Lithuanians will be celebrating at Festival Hall and Greeks at St. Nicholas Church in Highlandtown this weekend. Both groups invite you to join in. * At Festival Hall, the city's Lithuanians will be feeding folks things like dazra, (spiced sausage served with sauerkraut), potato pancakes and traditional Lithuanian smoked chicken -- but leave some room for krustai, which is fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar. And check out the 500-piece miniature display of the Battle of Tannenberg -- where Vytautas, Lithuania's war hero, defeated the Teutonic Knights in 1410. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Admission: $2, free for children. Information: 823-1711 or 837-4636.

* Over in Highlandtown, 520 S. Ponca St. to be exact, Greeks will be serving dishes such as pastitsio (a kind of lasagna), moussaka (vegetable lasagna), gyros (stuffed pita bread) and loukoumades (fried dough dipped in honey). When you're not eating, you'll find colorful dancers, music, handmade crafts and linens, and cooking demonstrations. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. Free.

REVOLUTIONARY EVENT: Visit "Banners, Bullets and Bread: A Re-enactment of the Eve of the Battle of Baltimore" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum, 844 E. Pratt St. Men and women in period clothes will re-create life in 1814. Visit officers' and soldiers' tents. Watch militiamen fire and clean their weapons. Meet Mary Pickersgill, maker of the largest U.S. flag ever (her 15-stripe, 15-star, 30-by-42-foot flag inspired Francis Scott Key's "Star-Spangled Banner"). Admission: $3 for adults, $2 for children 13 to 18, 50 cents for children 6 to 12, free for children under 6 accompanied by an adult. Information: 837-1793.


TAKE THE PLEDGE, SEE FIREWORKS: Pay homage to our nation's flag at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the 14th annual "Pause for the Pledge" at Fort McHenry. Parachute jumps by the Maryland Army National Guard and a performance by the U.S. Air Force Band are planned. Melvin Lowery, a Baltimorean and New York Opera Company member, will sing the National Anthem. At 7 p.m., join in reciting the pledge. Fireworks conclude the evening. Information: 563-3524.


SEASONED ADVICE: Learn more about the many uses of herbs, from butters and spreads to potpourri and wreaths. The Friendly Thyme Herb Club shares its secrets from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Inside the 1840 House and in the adjacent courtyard, herb specialists will demonstrate the flavor-enhancing qualities of basil, oregano, thyme and anise, among others. The 1840 House is on Museum Row, 800 E. Lombard St. Information: 396-3279. Free.


COUNTRY MUSIC: See Marge Calhoun and the New Heartaches for free at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Harborplace Amphitheater in the Pepsi Country Jamboree concert series. In case of rain, the concert will be rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.Information: 332-4191.

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