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April 22, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Dinosaurs at Harford Mall

Dinosaurs will roar and stomp into Harford Mall in Bel Air starting Saturday, transforming the main concourse into a Jurassic Park. Twelve of the animatronic giants, crafted by the Kokoro Company, will set up camp, including T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Pteranodon, Parasaurolophy and Ankylosauraus and two babies. You can admire and pet the dinosaurs during regular mall hours -- 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday -- through May 24. And for a fee of $5, you can even have your picture taken on a Triceratops. Hands-on activities for children and educational programs also are scheduled. Admission is free. Call 410-879-9319.

John Gorka at Mays Chapel

Listen to songs about life outside the mainstream when folk singer/songwriter John Gorka steps on stage at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Mays Chapel, 11911 Jenifer Road. Expect to hear examples from Gorka's newest and seventh album, "Between Five and Seven," as well as earlier tunes. Mustard's Retreat opens the show tomorrow, and Bill Parsons opens Saturday. Tickets are $18. Call 410-922-5210.

AROUND THE HARBOR

'Take Time Out'

Working in Downtown Baltimore takes on a new meaning when employees are treated to a week of events and activities during day and after-work hours. Live outdoor concerts, neighborhood festivals, shopping discounts, special restaurant menus and reduced admission to downtown attractions are being offered for employees around the harbor and throughout the downtown area Monday through May 6 as part of the Downtown Partnership's "Take Time Out" program, including a lunchtime concert at Center Plaza from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, a Fells Point Walking Tour April 29, and Orioles Waterfront Lunch Break on April 30. For a complete list of events, call 410-342-7469 or visit the Web site at http://www.baltimoredowntown.org.

'Andrea Chenier' at the opera

For a dramatic story of love and betrayal set during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, attend the Baltimore Opera Company's season finale, Umberto Giordano's "Andrea Chenier." Starring tenor Fabio Armiliato in the title role and renowned soprano Aprile Millo (pictured) as Maddelena, the production opens tonight and runs through May 2 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The opera is sung in Italian with English surtitles. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. today and Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Saturday and April 30, 3 p.m. Sunday and May 2. Tickets are $24-$106. Call 410-727-6000.

'Beauty' and 'Swan Lake'

Enjoy an evening of classic dancing and elegant costumes when the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis presents the storybook ballet "Beauty and the Beast" and Act II of "Swan Lake" at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Dancing the lead roles of Beauty and Beast are Shari Vazquez and Jeffrey Watson. Zhirui Zou and Dmitry Tuboltsev dance the roles of Swan Queen Odette and Prince Siegfried. Tickets are $20; $17 seniors; $10 children. Call 410-263-2909.

Sugarloaf Craft Fair

Pottery, hand-made clothing, fine art, jewelry and leather work are among the goods offered by 350 artisans from 36 states and Canada this weekend at the Spring Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Also, there will be demonstrations of chain saw sculpting, wheel-thrown pottery, glassblowing, iron forging, paper-making and carousel-horse carving. Live entertainment, children's activities and plenty of food are also part of the three-day event. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow-Sunday. Admission is $6, under 12 free. Call 800-210-9900.

National Race Car Show

Nearly 100 current and vintage cars, including Indy cars, sports cars, stock cars, dragsters, official pace car, supercycle and karts, will be on view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Court House Town Center parking lot, East Middle Lane in Rockville. Sponsored by the City of Rockville and the Washington Region of the Sports Car Club of America, the family event also features radio-controlled model demonstrations and hands-on games. You'll even get a chance to talk about cars and racing with drivers and crews. Admission is free. Call 804-798-5441.

Maryland Hunt Cup

Some of the best horses and amateur riders in the country compete for a $50,000 purse Saturday in the 103rd running of the Maryland Hunt Cup, the oldest timber race in the world -- four miles over 22 fences. Gates open at 1 p.m.; the race starts at 4 p.m. at Worthington Farms, Tufton Avenue in Glyndon. Roads close to traffic at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $30 per car, but parking passes must be purchased before race day and are available at a variety of locations, including the Wine Merchant, Butler Store and Valley Motors. Call 410-429-4231.

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