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June 03, 1999|By Alyssa Bell

Shore bike tour

The American Lung Association of Maryland sponsors a bike tour all levels of cyclists Saturday. The tour begins at Salisbury State University. From there participants can choose among flat 40-, 65-, 80- or 100-mile routes that are tailored for both beginner and expert. The courses weave through rural towns and end on Assateague Island National Park where cyclists receive their commemorative T-shirts and enjoy an Eastern Shore crab feast. Proceeds will benefit the lung association's asthma education programs.

The Chesapeake Bay Asthma Ride Bike Tour begins between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. 6/5 Saturday. Individual registration is $30, with a $70 minimum pledge. A weekend package is also available at an additional charge. For more information or to register, call 800-642-1184 for details.

Planet Golf

Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences combines environmental education and miniature golf in an exhibit that opens Saturday. At Planet Golf, patrons can learn about the natural world in an intricate 18-hole miniature golf course divided into two halves. The first half explains the life-cycle of plants and animals and how it is affected by human intervention. One hole allows the player to putt through the life of a salmon while dodging man-made dangers like a hydroelectric pump. The second half demonstrates the repercussions of man's interactions with the natural world. All in all, it's a new wrinkle on learning about the Earth.

The Academy of Natural Sciences is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Planet Golf is open Saturday through Sept. 12. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Admission is $8.50; $7.75 seniors and military personnel; $7.50 children 3-12; free to academy members and children under 3. Call 215-299-1000.

Pub Date: 06/03/99

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