Send in the ClownsIt was in 1793 that Philadelphian John...

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March 13, 1994|By Lisa Wiseman

Send in the Clowns

It was in 1793 that Philadelphian John Bill Ricketts gave us the very first circus -- a one-ring horse and clown show. Now, 200 years later, we get to enjoy the extravagance of the three-ring circus of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey complete with horses and clowns as well as trapeze artists, lions, tigers, elephants and those guys who can walk a tightrope without a net. Because the circus' biggest fans are children, it is fitting that this edition of the big-top event promises to showcase young performers, most of whom are between the ages of 6 and 16. Kids of all ages should also enjoy watching circus stars perform on the Globe of Death and the Wheel of Death. (Hmm. Globe of Death, Wheel of Death. I see a pattern forming here.)

* Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, March 16-27, Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Performance times vary. Tickets are $9.50, $12.50, $15.50. Call (410) 481-SEAT. Beware the dreaded Norwegian Forest Cat. He will be stalking victims at the Chesapeake Cat Club's 31st Cat Fanciers' Association Allbreed Cat Show today at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Just joking. Actually, the Norwegian Forest Cat is really a beautiful, sweet-faced, long-haired feline and is not known to be vicious enough to rip your larynx out. These are cats that 4,000 years ago explored the world with Vikings and protected their grain stores on land and at sea. Norse mythology says the mighty cats even pulled the chariot of Freya, the goddess of love and beauty. Now, back in 1994, the Norwegian Forest Cat (isn't that a cool name?) will be among more than 30 breeds at the cat show, which will include competitions, exhibits and lots of free cat food.

Chesapeake Cat Club's 31st CFA Allbreed Cat Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Timonium Fairgrounds. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and children ages 12 and under. Call (410) 771-4880.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Every week, I read Mike Klingaman's "The Real Dirt" column and wish I could have a garden. Unfortunately, the folks at my apartment building will not let me dig up the front lawn and plant tomatoes. They're funny that way. But there's hope. If, like me, you yearn to toil in the soil, check out the gardening course being offered by the Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Hunt Valley. An instructor from the Baltimore County Extension Agency will offer advice for starting and maintaining a vegetable garden. Even if you don't know which end of the hoe to use when you enter the class, you'll leave with a basic knowledge of gardening. And if you don't have any place to apply your newly found gardening skills, sign up to get one of the free plots at the Oregon Ridge's community garden.

Basic Vegetable Gardening Course, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 22 and March 29, Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Hunt Valley. Class fee is $10 and includes gardening publications. To make reservations for the course or to reserve a garden plot, call (410) 887-1815.

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