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April 15, 1994|By Holton F. Brown

TAKE A HIKE

Left, right, left, right, and all for a good cause. This week, Baltimore. Next week, the suburbs.

You'll have your choice of starting at 8 a.m. on one of three walking routes -- long, middling or short (see map) -- in the city on Sunday if you want to take part in this year's Central Maryland March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon. All the routes will take you downtown to a finish line at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where sponsors will conduct a celebration beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The three routes feature natural, cultural and historic landmarks found along the city's stream valleys and waterfront. Here's where they will start and some of what you'll see:

* The Gwynns Falls Trail is a seven-mile route that begins aBaltimore City Community College on Liberty Heights Avenue and leads through parks and parkways along the Gwynns Falls Valley. Landmarks include Mount Clare Mansion and the B&O Railroad Museum.

* The Jones Falls/Center City Walk, a 4.5-mile trail, begins at Poly/Western High School and runs south along the Jones Falls, past old mill buildings, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, then downtown past the Lyric Opera House, Peabody Institute and Walter's Art Gallery.

* The third route, the three-mile Harbor Walk, begins at Canton Waterfront Park and follows the waterfront west through Fells Point and other historic neighborhoods, including Little Italy, passing the Living Classrooms Maritime Institute, the President Street Station and the Inner Harbor.

Free transportation from Oriole Park at Camden Yards back to starting sites will be provided for walkers who need it.

Suburbanites are welcome to take part in the city walks, but also may walk for the March of Dimes cause closer to home April 24, when walks will be conducted in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

To register for any of these walks, or to get more information, call (800) 927-WALK.

The 1994 Central Maryland Walk-A-Thons are expected to draw 10,000 walkers and raise $600,000 for Central Maryland children. Proceeds go to the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, which uses the money for research, service, advocacy and education programs.

PLAN AHEAD

On April 24, residents of the city and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties can visit the Baltimore Museum of Industry free, from noon to 5 p.m. It's an annual event, the museum says, to thank those local governments for their support. Among the day's attractions: an antique car show and the usual exhibits. The museum's at 1415 Key Highway.

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