`Ride for Kids' Motorcyclists, are you ready to rev...

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September 13, 2001|By Lori Sears

`Ride for Kids'

Motorcyclists, are you ready to rev your engine for the "Ride for Kids"? You'll take a 50-mile scenic drive through Howard and Montgomery counties Sunday. And you'll be escorted by the Howard County Police Department and the Maryland State Police Motorcycle Unit. Maryland motorcyclists and sidecars are welcome to participate. The event and its proceeds benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States. A minimum $35 donation is required to participate. Motorcyclists must collect their donations by the day of the ride.

"Ride for Kids" kicks off Sunday from The Mall in Columbia parking lot, between Nordstrom and Sears. Registration is 8 a.m.-9:45 a.m., and the ride begins at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Ride ends at the Lincoln Technical Institute in Columbia. Call 800-253-6530 or access www.ride4kids.org on the Web.

`Space Toys'

Whether you're a Trekkie or a casual sci-fi fan or just fascinated with outer space, there's a new exhibit for you at the Maryland Science Center. "Space Toys" opens tomorrow and gives science fiction fans and science non-fiction fans a hands-on lesson in space wonders. Interactive stations, video kiosks and displays allow visitors to explore robotics, alien life, the solar system and all sorts of other space topics. Visitors can see how toys have changed along with technology, how to design a robot, and even how to measure the time it would take to travel to the planets by car, plane or space shuttle. The exhibit continues through Jan. 6.

"Space Toys" opens tomorrow at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $14; $11.50 sen-iors; $10 children. Call 410-685-5225.

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