Kites aloft Fly high on the beaches of Ocean City this...

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April 26, 2001|By Parijat Didolkar

Kites aloft

Fly high on the beaches of Ocean City this weekend with kite makers and kite masters from around the world at the Maryland International Kite Expo. Events include flight routines choreographed to music, the Hot Tricks Shootout, Japanese Rokkaku battles and Indian fighter kites in aerial assaults. Spectators also can attend free sport-kite lessons and games offered by Go Fly a Kite and Kite Loft.

Also in Ocean City this weekend, check out the 31st annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, at which artists will compete for more than $100,000 in awards and prizes. This celebration of wildfowl art features more than 2,000 entries in categories such as wildfowl and decoy carving, wildlife sculpture, painting and photography.

Both events are tomorrow through Sunday. The Kite Expo, which is free, takes place on the beaches between North Division Street and 7th Street. Call 410-289-7855. The Wildfowl Competition is at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 40th Street and Coastal Highway. Tickets range from $7 to $16. Call 410-742-4988 or 410- 481-SEAT.

Bonsai bonanza

Mr. Miyagi and Daniel of "The Karate Kid" movies are not the only people to work ardently with bonsai trees; the ancient art of growing dwarfed trees has many, many fans. Join the U.S. National Arboretum's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the world's first bonsai museum. There will be five special exhibits: six new satsuki azaleas from Japan; the winners of the first North American bonsai pot competition; Japanese flower arrangements; viewing stones owned by members of the Potomac Viewing Stone Group; and bonsai from the private collections of members of the Potomac Bonsai Association.

Lectures and demonstrations will be held on ikebana flower arrangements, bonsai trees, satsuki azaleas and other topics. And Dr. Thomas Elias, arboretum director, will accept the six new bonsai azaleas from Japanese bonsai master Susumu Nakamura.

The celebration takes place tomorrow through Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. N.E., or R Street entrance off Bladensburg Road, Washington. Free. Call 202-245-2726.

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