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AROUND THE INNER HARBOR

April 01, 1994

HIPPITY HOP

Hippity-hoppity down for the Mayor's Spring Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at 34 Market Place, formerly known as the Brokerage and future home of the Children's Museum. There will be visits from the Easter bunny and Peter Rabbit, Captain Seweed, magician Steve Garner and FunFit, who will provide interactive games for the children.

After the festivities, all are invited to participate in Baltimore's largest bunny hop.

Children's activities will also be going on from 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Inner Harbor.

From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Easter bunny will tour the Inner Harbor pavilions, the Gallery and the promenade giving away candy.

At 4 p.m. the Inner Harbor Amphitheater will host the jazz sounds of saxophonist Carl Grubbs. The All-Star Performance Group featuring the jazz singers Ruby Glover and Johnny Polite will follow at 5 p.m. Finally, from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. the Tim Warfield/George Culligan Quintet will present more jazz.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Here's what's happening with the two major construction projects you can't miss at opposite ends of the Inner Harbor area:

* The Columbus Center on the harbor side of Pratt Street near Market Place (Piers 5 and 6) is taking noticeable shape, being less than a year from opening.

The frame of the six-level, $160-million building has been completed over the winter, and crews have begun installing a metal skin on the east side of the building, which will contain research laboratories for marine biotechnologists and other scientists.

Next will come a large fiberglass-reinforced, Teflon canopy for the west side, which will contain a public exhibit area showcasing scientists' work. The target for opening is the spring of 1995.

* The doubling of the size of the Baltimore Convention Center has torn up Conway Street, a prime route to the Inner Harbor area from Interstate 395.

Crews are relocating underground utilities near Orioles Park at Camden Yards, and an enormous hole for the expansion's foundation and footings is being carved with obvious fervor. The construction area for the $150-million expansion is bounded by tTC Pratt, Howard and Conway streets and the west end of the existing convention center. Target date for opening: late 1996.

* Festival Hall, on the site of the Convention Center expansion, is expected to be torn down after the middle of this month.

PLAAAAAY BALL

The Orioles return to Camden Yards tomorrow to take on the Philadelphia Phillies in an exhibition game. Action is set to get under way at 1:35 p.m.

Monday is Opening Day. The Kansas City Royals will be in town for the game that starts at 3:05 p m.

Plan your parking accordingly.

SCI-FI AT THE HY. . .

Hyatt Regency, that is.

BALTICON 28, the annual convention for science fiction buffs sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, will be held at the Hyatt Regency beginning at 4 p.m. today through 3 p.m. Sunday.

More than 100 authors, editors and artists will attend the convention, among them author Mercedes Lackey, artist Larry Dixon and Frederik Pohl, described as a "grandmaster of science fiction" by Thomas McMullan, publicity chairman for Balticon 28. Also present will be Yoji Kondo, editor of Requiem for Heinlein; Hal Clement, author of "Mission of Gravity and The Nitrogen Fix," and Jack Chalker, author of "Echoes at the Well of Souls."

A costume masquerade is scheduled for 8 p.m. tomorrow.

The membership rates for attending Balticon 28 are $40 for the entire weekend, $15 for today only, $30 for Saturday only and $10 for Sunday only. For more information, call JOE-BSFS.

PLAN AHEAD

The annual Maryland on Display Tour and Travel Showcase, a big deal for those interested in vacationing in Maryland, opens next Friday at Festival Hall and runs through the weekend. Details next week.

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