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Family: events, activities

October 09, 2003|By Meredith James | Meredith James,SUN STAFF

Chocolate lovers unite

The 20th annual Chocolate Festival at Lexington Market is a chocoholic's dream, starting today and continuing through Saturday. Baltimore's finest chocolatiers and bakers will tempt the senses with an assemblage of truffles, fudge, chocolate-covered strawberries and apples, cakes, cookies and pies. Once the stomachaches from tasting have set in, attendees can check out chocolate-eating contests, cooking demonstrations and children's entertainment.

Lexington Market is at 400 W. Lexington St. The festival is free and runs daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and live musical entertainment is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 410-685-6169 or visit www.lexingtonmarket.com.

Trip to the Highlands

Join over 40 Clans and Scottish Societies this Saturday at the Anne Arundel Fairgrounds for the 12th annual Anne Arundel Scottish Highland Games. Entertainment provided by the Highland-Aires, fiddler Bonnie Rideout, the Homespun Ceilidh Band and singer Carl Peterson accompany competitions in Highland dance, fiddling, heavy athletics, individual piping, pipe bands and a pipe majoring.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday, and opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for students age 12-18 and free for children 11 and below. For more information, call 410-849-2849 or visit www. annearun.com/aasfi. The Anne Arundel Fairgrounds are on Route 178 in Annapolis.

Celebrating the season

Explore nature and fall into the autumn spirit at Irvine Nature Center's PumpkinFest on Saturday. Bring the kids and get ready for an afternoon of fun, which includes arts and crafts, scarecrow stuffing, nature programs, puppet shows, animals, live music and plenty of food.

Admission to the PumpkinFest is $8 per car. It will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. The Irvine Nature Center is at 8400 Greenspring Ave. in Stevenson. For more information, visit www.explorenature.org or call 410-484-2413.

Cancer awareness

Celebrate life as the national Breast Fest comes to Baltimore on Saturday. The fifth annual event, which looks to raise awareness about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, features live music, games, raffles, a silent auction, food and beverages. All proceeds benefit the Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center.

Tickets are $35 and available in advance at the Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy, Merritt Athletic Clubs, Ropewalk Tavern in Federal Hill, 2910 on the Square, SuCasa and Nacho Mama's. Advance tickets are available until Friday. Tickets at the door are $45. The event is at The Gin Mill, 2300 Boston St., Canton. For more information, visit www.breastfest.org or call 410-332-9728.

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