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April 29, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Bay Bridge Walk

Thousands of walkers are expected to make their way across the 4.3-mile eastbound span of the Bay Bridge on Sunday. The 25th annual Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk begins at 9 a.m., but shuttle buses start taking walkers to the Eastern Shore starting point at 8:30 a.m. A $1 donation for ages 6 and older is requested. Authorized parking areas include the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis, Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold and the Chesapeake Bay Business Park in Stevensville. In case of rain or high winds, the walk will be canceled. Call 888-288-1560. For information about the Governor's Bay Bridge Run, which precedes the walk, call 410-268-1165.

Towsontown Festival

This weekend, the heart of Towson, from Allegheny Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue and from York Road to Bosley Avenue, is closed to traffic to make room for the annual Towsontown Spring Festival. More than 400 exhibitors will sell arts, crafts and ethnic food. And more than 60 performers offer continuous entertainment from six stages. Other activities include juggling and dancing, pony rides and an antique auto show. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 410-825-1144.

Women's Show

Women can view the latest in upscale fashions, hone their car-buying skills, receive health and fitness tips, attend cooking classes, learn about business and career opportunities and shop this weekend at the 5th Annual Baltimore Women's Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. More than 500 exhibitors offer their wares. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7, $4 ages 3-12, under 3 free. Call 800-830-3976.

BMA Antiques Show

Browse and buy from 38 antiques dealers this weekend at the 17th Annual Antiques Show at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles Street. Lectures and a silent auction also are scheduled. Hours for the museum fund-raiser are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, including museum admission. Call 410-396-6001.

Bobby McFerrin leads BSO

Musician, vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and soloists in three evenings of choral music at 8 p.m. today through Saturday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The program includes Mozart's "Exultate Jubilate" and Faure's "Requiem." McFerrin returns to the Meyerhoff at 8 p.m. May 7-8 and 3 p.m. May 9 for a program that includes Mozart's Symphony No. 29 and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. He also conducts a concert for families with children ages 7-12 at 11 a.m. May 8. Tickets are $21-$55; the children's concert is $9. Call 410-783-8000.

AROUND THE HARBOR

National Historic Seaport

Celebrate the grand opening of the National Historic Seaport of Baltimore from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. The dedication ceremony, part of the Baltimore Waterfront Festival, features a land parade of re-enactors in period costume, the high-stepping City College Marching Band and a sea parade of historic Chesapeake Bay boats. The Seaport links 15 of Baltimore's Inner Harbor sites, including Fort McHenry, the U.S. Submarine Torsk, the U.S.S. Constellation and the historic neighborhoods of Federal Hill and Fells Point. At a cost of $15.75, $10.75 for ages 6-12 and $2 for ages 5 and under, visitors purchase a "Seaport Pass" that admits them to the attractions for one year and provides unlimited water transportation around the harbor for a day. Until the Constellation returns in July, there's a discount. For hours and information, call 410-396-3453 or, toll-free, 877-NHC-PORT.

Federal Hill Block Party

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, you can sample food created by area restaurants; sip national suds, area microbrews and soft drinks; and listen to music performed by 10 bands from two stages at the annual Federal Hill Block Party along Cross Street. Admission is free. Call 410-771-8466.

Six Flags America

Summer fun begins Saturday at Six Flags America, Route 214 in Largo. More than $40 million in park improvements have transformed what once was Adventure World into a new family theme park with more than 100 rides, including five roller coasters, water slides, a wave pool, live entertainment, games and other attractions. Grand opening is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, but park gates open at 9:30 a.m. Regular opening time is 10:30 a.m.; closing time varies. Admission is $29.99, $19.99 seniors and $14.99 for children not more than 48 inches tall; free for ages 3 and under. Season passes are also available. Call 301-249-1500.

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