Columbia Classic Grand Prix

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September 20, 2001|By Karin Remesch

World-class equestrians will race the clock through a challenging course of obstacles, jumps, twists and turns at the 14th annual Columbia Classic Grand Prix Saturday at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. The cultural and sporting event, which helps raise money for HCC scholarships, also includes Jack Russell terrier races, a parade of riders, equestrian demonstrations, a "World of the Horse" exhibit, pony rides, food and boutiques. Gates open at 10 a.m. Lawn seating is $5, free for ages 12 and under. Grandstand seating is $10, $5 ages 12 and under. Tailgate space is $100, including reserved parking and six grandstand seats. Tent seats are $125. Call 410-772-4828.

Korean Festival

Celebrate Korean art and culture from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the 24th annual Korean American Festival at Center Plaza, West Fayette and North Charles streets. Witness a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, cheer on Korean dancers in colorful costumes, watch martial-arts demonstrations and sample authentic Korean cuisine, including kimchi, bugogi and kalbi. You can also listen to music, play games and enter a Korean dress contest. Admission is free. Call 410-320-1291.

'All Aboard Fall Days'

Step aboard an open-air train at the B&O Railroad Museum this weekend and celebrate the golden age of railroading. Travel the historic first mile of railroad in America -- from the Mount Clare Railroad Shops at the museum site, 901 W. Pratt St., to Mount Clare Mansion in Carroll Park -- on a train pulled by a diesel engine. "All Aboard Fall Days" at the B&O Railroad Museum also features a tour of rare railroad rolling stock from the 1940s and 1950s (normally closed to the public); "Purr-fect Transportation," an exhibition of railroad marketing and advertising art before and after World War II; swing sounds by Absolute Entertainment, demonstrations by the Fly Cats, a swing-dance group; and other family-oriented activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3-$8, roundtrip train rides are $3. Call 410-752-2490.

'My First Wheels'

You'll be reminiscing about your own first car when you visit the "My First Wheels" exhibit, running Saturday through Oct. 20 in the Union Art Gallery at Towson University, off Union Drive. From clunkers to classics, the exhibition of works by 70 illustrators depicts the artists' first set of wheels, with accompanying text. Depicted in the collection of illustrations and manipulated photos are Mort Walker's Jeep, Ed Renfro's 1934 "EddieMobile," Karen Santry's 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, Richard Rosenblum's 1952 Hillman Minx, Chuck McVicker's Studebaker Champion (pictured) and Gene Hoffman's 1932 Plymouth Coupe. An opening reception will be held tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 410-704-2787.

CFA Cat Show

More than 400 felines -- purebred and household cats -- will compete this weekend for winning ribbons and Cat Fanciers Association points at the CFA Cat Show sponsored by the Freestate Feline Fanciers in the Exhibition Hall at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Cheer for your favorite cat, adopt a kitty and browse displays featuring cat products and gift items. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6, $4 seniors and children under 12. Call 410-668-8123.

Locust Point Festival

The cultural diversity of Locust Point, a Baltimore waterfront community between Federal Hill and Fort McHenry, will be celebrated with Irish and Polish dances, big-band music and lots of food at the Locust Point Community Festival, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at Latrobe Park, 1600 E. Fort Ave. Also part of the annual family Event are a live-animal exhibit, an Antique-car display, clowns and games. Admission is free. Call 410-332-0125.

UM arts center dedication

The world premiere of Annuals, choreographed by David Parsons and performed by the Parsons Dance Company, kicks off dedication-week activities at the Clarice Smith Performance Arts Center, a 318,000-square-foot, six-venue arts center located on 17 acres at the University of Maryland campus in College Park. The dance program will be presented at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $35. Other dedication-week highlights (tomorrow-Sept. 30) include a free one-man performance of the play Dr. Prospero, straight from the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, 8 p.m. Saturday; free poetry readings by National Book Award-winning poet Lucille Clifton and Maryland poet laureate Michael Collier, 8 p.m. Tuesday; a "Masters of Indian Music" concert at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 (tickets $35); and a free open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 30, featuring interactive family events and live entertainment. Call 301-405-ARTS or visit the Web site at www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

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