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October 23, 2003

Make an early toast to the holiday season at Linganore Winecellars' Spiced Wine and Cheese Tasting this weekend. Sample Spicy Regatta, a semi-sweet spiced red wine, best when heated and served with orange and apple slices; Spice Apple Wine, also a semi-sweet wine made from Maryland apples, best served warm; and others. In addition, tours of the winery will be given, and the event includes a complimentary engraved wine glass.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m., and guided tours begin at noon, both Saturday and Sunday. Linganore Winecellars is at 13601 Glissan's Mill Road, Mount Airy. This is a free event. For more information, call 410-795-6432 or visit www.linganore-wine.com.

Star Parties

Thanks to the Community College of Baltimore County, you can take a close look at stars through the college's Meade 16-inch LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Faculty from the science department will share their knowledge of the celestial by guiding visitors' naked-eye and telescope observations.

Expect to see Jupiter, Saturn, constellations, nebulas and galaxies. In addition to the scientific aspect, experts will alsoshare legends and folklore.

The Star Parties will be held 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, as well as Nov. 15 and Dec. 19. Cloudy or inclement weather will push the parties to Saturday nights. These events are free and open to the public. They are held at the CCBC Dundalk campus. Take the first right after entering the campus at 2700 Sollers Point Road, and the observatory dome is on the right. For more information, call 410-285-9728.

Walking to help

Take steps to stop breast cancer with the Making Strides organization as it holds a 5-mile walk starting in Patterson Park and continuing through historic Baltimore neighborhoods. Proceeds go to research and to programs designed to help women cope with the disease. Part of the American Cancer Society, Making Strides began in 1993 as a fund-raiser.

Last year, nearly 400,000 walkers participated nationwide, raising nearly $28 million.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, and the event begins at 9 a.m. at the Recreation Center, along Baltimore Street in Patterson Park. For more information, call 800-787-4337. Visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline to download contribution and registration forms. You can also make a donation at the Web page without participating.

-- Meredith James

Fighting brain cancer

Amy's 5K Run/Walk is scheduled to start Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Crofton Country Club. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation, an organization founded by families, friends and physicians of children with brain tumors, with a mission to raise funds for research and to heighten public awareness of the disease. The run is named after Amy Danielle Schiller, a 2-year-old Crofton child who succumbed to brain cancer.

Washington Redskins cheerleaders (the race's honorary chairman is former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien) will cheer runners to the finish line, and the Bowie Baysox mascot, Louie, will be on hand to boost spirits.

A free kids' fun walk will start at 8:05 a.m. for the first 50 children (ages 5-11) who register.

Packets can be picked up today 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Gold's Gym in Crofton at 1625 Crofton Centre. Race numbers and premiums also are available for pick-up on race day from 6:15 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. The entry fee is $20 until race day. Crofton Country Club is at 1691 Crofton Parkway. For more information or to register, call race director Rob Schiller at 301-858-0908 or visit www.amysrun.org.

Rock with the mayor

O'Malley's March, the Celtic rock band that boasts Mayor Martin O'Malley as front man, will be playing as part of Boordy Vineyards' Autumn Wine Fest 2003 concert series on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. Activities will begin at 1 p.m. with wine tastings, vineyard wagon rides, winery tours and demonstrations. Grilled food and fresh baked breads also will be available. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 to 12. A portion of proceeds will go to the Long Green Valley Conservancy.

Boordy Vineyards is at 12820 Long Green Pike in Hydes. For tickets or more information, visit www.boordy.com/events.html or www.omalleys march.com.

-- Julia Furlong

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