Off-road RallyCycle Across Maryland is here to tell us...

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May 08, 1994|By Michael Goldberg

Off-road Rally

Cycle Across Maryland is here to tell us that nature can be a beautiful and soothing force (even though some of us might feel scarred after this year's brutal winter). The nonprofit group invites mountain bike riders of all skill levels to experience the joys of off-road cycling, a sport that encourages its participants to revel and relax in the great outdoors. At a Fat Tire Rally this month, instructors will help riders learn techniques to make riding safe and enjoyable. A supervised mountain trail ride will conclude the daylong program.

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* Cycle Across Maryland's Fat Tire Rally, May 21, Patapsco Valley State Park, Avalon Area. Riders must be older than age 12. Helmets are required. Advance registration is $30 and lunch is $5.50. For information, please call (410) 653-8288.

Fun With Fish

Children can act in plays, paint murals and touch sea creatures during the Imagination Celebration weekends planned at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Aquarium spokesmen predict kids will want to check out "Imaginocean," a computer-animated laser exhibit.

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* Imagination Celebration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14-15 and May 21-22, National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St. Admission is $11.50 for adults, $9.50 for adults over age 60; $7.50 for children ages 3 to 11; free for children under age 3. Call (410) 576-3800.

As technology advances at such an incredible rate, it is nice to occasionally look back at the way things used to be. That is exactly what the Charles Carroll House staff will do at its 18th Century Trades Fair. Artisans and crafts people will demonstrate their skills; performers will demonstrate period dancing and singing. Actors portraying Charles Carroll and his indentured servants will speak to visitors who tour the house. Available for purchase at the event will be 18th-century food favorites such as plowman sandwiches and ale.

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* 18th Century Trades Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14, Charles Carroll House, 107 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. Admission will be $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and members, $2 for students through 12th grade, and free for children under age 6. Call (410) 269-1737.

Festival for Fungi

"Swarthy and handsome, with a cream-colored interior . . . " If you thought that sounded like a shiitake mushroom, you'd be correct; at least, that's the description provided by "Uncommon Fruits and Vegetables, a Commonsense Guide." And how would a little wine go with those good-looking shiitakes? Come along and find out as Virginia celebrates the splendor of this fungus at the state's eighth annual Mushroom Festival in Front Royal. Sample these delicacies and some Virginia wines, too.

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* Eighth Annual Virginia Mushroom Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21, on Main Street in Front Royal, Va. By car, take Route 70 west to Frederick, than Route 340 south for about 70 miles to Front Royal; it's roughly a 2 1/2-hour drive. Call (800) 338-2576 for information.

Lights Out

May 10 and May 24 may not mean much to most of us, but to astronomers at the Maryland Science Center, these dates are chances to share insights about our universe. There will be a solar eclipse on May 10 and a lunar eclipse on May 24. The Science Center's Eclipse Watch program will help visitors appreciate these celestial shindigs -- safely. (Don't look at the solar eclipse with the naked eye, OK? That's not safe.) Near the Science Center's front steps, volunteers from the Baltimore Astronomical Society and Center staff members will share their knowledge and their tools for viewing eclipses.

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* Eclipse Watch, Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. Watch solar eclipse from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 10. Watch lunar eclipse from 10:30 p.m. to midnight on May 24. No fee for these events. Call (410) 685-2370.

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