DAYPay tribute to our flag Sunday: * Get your...

A BANNER

September 10, 1993|By Karen Zeiler

A BANNER DAY

Pay tribute to our flag Sunday: * Get your first glimpse of Old Glory at the 55th annual "I Am an American Day Parade" in Highlandtown. As this year's "Mr. I Am an American," Baseball Hall of Fame announcer Chuck Thompson will march in the parade's lead-off section. A parachute jump by members of the Maryland Air National Guard is scheduled, and the parade will include marching bands from Morgan State University, Perry Hall High School and other area schools. The U.S. Army band, the 229th Army Band, the Naval Academy Band and area veterans' groups also will join in the march. Pre-parade activities include the swearing in of 80 new citizens and the blessing of flags (at 12:30 p.m.), and the collection of canned goods to benefit the Maryland Food Bank (at 1:15 p.m.). The procession starts on Bank Street, proceeds east to Patterson Park Avenue, then moves on to Baltimore Street, heads south on Linwood Avenue and disbands on Eastern Avenue.

* See more flags at 6:30 p.m. Sunday as the folks at Fort McHenry treat you to fireworks, patriotic music and artillery demonstrations to commemorate the 179th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore. The Fort McHenry Guard, uniformed as the soldiers who defended the fort against the British in 1814, will fire their flintlock muskets, and the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will sing songs in this free annual observance of Defender's Day. Fireworks conclude the day.

Two new exhibits at the Maryland Science Center explore the realms of human biology and astronomy:

* "Get Physical" enables you to assess your health. Measure your blood pressure, body fat, pulse and cardiovascular fitness, and find out the nutritional value in various foods. Use an entoptoscope to examine the white blood cells in the capillaries of your eye. Get Physical opens tomorrow and runs through Jan. 3.

* Crawl inside Starlab -- the second exhibit -- where you can chart the night sky. Amateur stargazers take off their shoes and wriggle through a tunnel that opens to a 16-foot dome, where stars and constellations are projected overhead. Shows -- tomorrow and Sunday only -- start at 10:30 a.m. and run every 15 minutes. A science center staffer narrates the program. Starlab is an inflatable, portable planetarium made of nylon fabric that is inflated into a rigid dome.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children 4 to 17, seniors and military. Children under 4 are admitted free. Information: 685-5225.

JAZZ AND BLUEGRASS

Relax to the jazz sounds of Sanders, Kass and White at the Fells Point Business Association's free concert series, Music on the Square, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Chesapeake Retrievers, who play bluegrass, are also scheduled. The Baltimore Folk Music Society co-sponsors the event. Information: 327-8360.

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