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In Baltimore City

Schools move up last day of classes by 3 days, to June 17

The weather wasn't that bad, so the last day of classes for Baltimore's public schools will be June 17 -- three days earlier than indicated on this year's school calendar.

The school system, like others across Maryland, builds in extra calendar days to allow for closings due to bad weather, but none was needed this year in the city. The state requires 180 classroom days for public schools.

City schools will be back in session beginning Sept. 3 -- the day after Labor Day -- and will be open during the summer break for parents to register their children.

Comcast-city partnership taking grant applications

The Baltimore NeighborGood program, a partnership between Comcast and the city Office of Promotion and the Arts, is accepting grant applications through May 17 from organizers of city events that strengthen neighborhoods.

The cash grants are available for events occurring between July and December. The events must be free and open to the public, and organized by neighborhood associations or community-based nonprofit groups with at least 10 members.

For information or an application: 410-752-8632 or visit the Web site at www.baltimore

St. Elizabeth of Hungary sets fund-raising reunion

Ticket sales have begun for a fund-raising reunion at the century-old St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School at Lakewood Avenue and Baltimore Street.

In recent years, two general reunions have been held for all graduating years -- the first in 1999, attended by about 500 people, and the second in 2000, attended by 700 graduates and spouses. The events raised $11,000 for the parochial school, which for a time after World War II was the largest in the Baltimore archdiocese.

The third reunion is planned for 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 5 at Martin's North Point. Tickets are $30, with net proceeds to benefit both the school and parish church, which are across from Patterson Park. Information: 410-661-5948.

In Baltimore County

Baltimore County sets up a new Web site address

TOWSON -- Baltimore County has established a new Web site address to help residents find information and services online.

The address is www.baltimo The site offers information on rental housing and homeownership programs; recycling; hearings, meetings and events; job opportunities; and police, fire and health tips. The site also can be used to pay parking tickets, locate parks and download permit applications.

Workshop set for minority, female business owners

TOWSON -- A breakfast workshop for minority and female business owners will be held at 7:30 tomorrow at Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road.

Among the issues to be addressed are how to do business with Baltimore County and the state and how to be certified as a minority- or female-owned business. The cost is $15 per person.

The workshop is sponsored by the Baltimore County Minority Business Enterprise Office, the Commission for Women and the Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs. Information and reservations: 410-887-5557.

Shady Spring PAL Center plans flea market

ROSEDALE -- The Shady Spring PAL Center will hold a flea market from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 8876 Goldenwood Road.

Shoppers can choose from 25 tables of merchandise. Money raised by the market will be used to purchase equipment for the center.

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