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October 17, 2002|By SUN STAFF

Put your wheels in motion at the Tour du Port

Get ready to strap on your helmet and start pedaling. Sunday is the 10th annual Tour du Port at the Inner Harbor. Join hundreds of cyclists in biking a 22-mile course or a 9-mile loop along a scenic waterfront route, beginning and ending at Rash Field. A "We Made It!" celebration, with lunch and entertainment, follows. Riders may begin on the route between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., and must be off by 11:30 a.m. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. The fee is $30 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under. All bikers must wear helmets. Call 410-360-6755.

Oktoberfest at Meyerhoff and Fairgrounds

Oktoberfest fanciers can take part in two separate celebrations over the next few days. Before Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, patrons can enjoy yodeling, dancing, ale-drinking, music and German food in an outdoor beer garden. The concerts, featuring music by Wagner, Mozart and Brewbaker, begin at 8 tonight and tomorrow, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The beer garden opens 90 minutes before all three concerts and reopens after tonight and tomorrow's concerts. Tickets are $26-$72. Call 410-783-8000.

On Saturday, at the Timonium Fairgrounds, York and Timonium roads, the Brewer's Association of Maryland presents the first Maryland Brewer's Oktoberfest. The event, which runs from noon to 9 p.m., includes music and dance performances, beer gardens, German food, games and crafts. Tickets are $15. Call 800-830-3976.

Home & Garden Show

If it's a food, Mad Dog and Merrill have grilled it, including Easter eggs and ice cream. The two high priests of outdoor cuisine will be the featured guests this weekend at the Fall Maryland Home & Garden Show and the Maryland Holiday Crafts Show, both held on the Maryland State Fairgrounds at Timonium and York roads. Visitors can shop for crafts, participate in a home-repair workshop, and buy a chance to win a new home. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2-$7. Call 410-863-1180 or visit www.mdhomeandgarden.com.

Meet Auntie Anne

If you can't pass by her ubiquitous pretzel stands without plopping down a few dollars, you'll surely want to meet the woman behind the twisted treats. That's right, Auntie Anne is a real person -- a homemaker turned mega-successful entrepreneur -- and she'll be visiting three of her mall-based stores in the Baltimore area today and tomorrow to promote her newly published autobiography, Auntie Anne, My Story. The schedule is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at Security Square Mall, 6901 Security Blvd., Woodlawn; noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Arundel Mills Mall, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle; and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at White Marsh Mall, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. Call 717-442-4766.

APOLLO TIME AT THE MEYERHOFF

A talented young singer named Ella Fitzgerald made her debut there. And over the decades, New York's Apollo Theater has catapulted the careers of such now-established stars as James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Jackson Five. Now, for the first time, the Apollo Theater Amateur Night comes to Baltimore. See 13 hopefuls compete for a $1,000 prize and a chance to appear on the famed New York stage. The local contest takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The audience will judge local talent with its boos and applause -- and there will be a "human hook" to escort less-successful performers offstage. Tickets cost $22-$44. Call 410-783-8000 or visit www.baltimoresymphony.com.

Valerie Harper plays 'Wife'

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (starring Valerie Harper) mines the broad comic territory provided by neurotic New York Jews. Harper, best known as Rhoda on the old Mary Tyler Moore Show, plays a culture-obsessed woman whose midlife-crisis shifts culminates in a rampage in a Disney store. A glamorous childhood friend shakes things up even more. The Tony-nominated comedy, which opens a six-day run on Tuesday at the Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza, was written by Charles Busch, author of the camp hit Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$57.50. Call 410-752-1200 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

The Russian Festival

If fall makes you hungry for stick-to-the-ribs food, check out the 29th annual Russian Festival this weekend. Such traditional delicacies as blini (potato pancakes) and borscht (beet soup) will be served. You also can tour a beautiful Byzantine-style church; check out examples of traditional Russian garb; and enjoy performances by Ukrainian dancers, a balalaika orchestra and a Slavic male chorus. The festival, at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 E. Fairmount Ave., runs from noon to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3. Call 410-276-6171 or visit www.HolyTrinityOrthodox.com.

Fall Foliage Excursion

All aboard! Enjoy the fall scenery on a train trip Saturday to Western Maryland. The B&O Railroad Museum Fall Foliage Excursion takes place on original B&O lines, including the Washington Branch, Metropolitan Branch and the Old Main Line, and passes a number of historic areas on the way to Frederick. The train departs the Dorsey MARC train station (off Route 100 at the Howard County / Anne Arundel County line) at 8:30 a.m. and arrives in Frederick at 11 a.m. Once in Frederick, riders can enjoy the day shopping, dining, sightseeing or joining in harvest festivities. The returning train departs at 3:30 p.m. and gets back to the MARC station at 6 p.m. Tickets, which are $50 for adults and $35 for children, can be purchased up until tomorrow by calling 410-752-2490.

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