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November 13, 2003|By Julia Furlong

On top of the world

After being closed to repair damage incurred during Tropical Storm Isabel's visit to Baltimore, the Top of the World Observation Level has just reopened to the public. Admire Baltimore's skyline from 423 feet up on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center at 401 E. Pratt St. Take advantage of ceiling-high windows and a 360-degree view for an unmatched panorama of the city. Binoculars and photo-map guides help visitors appreciate the city's sites and neighborhoods. The World Trade Center is the work of architect I. M. Pei and is the world's tallest pentagonal building.

The Top of the World Observation Level is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Memorial Day. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 3 to 16. Visit online at www.promotion or call 410-837-VIEW.

Energy Run

Expel a little excess energy and raise money for the Institute of Notre Dame's energy needs at the IND Energy Run on Saturday in Clifton Park. The 5K race kicks off at 10 a.m. on Harford Road and runs through the surrounding neighborhood before going through Herring Run Park, where the finish line is located. Water will be provided on the course and splits will be given at the 1- and 2-mile marks. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group, as well as to the first IND student and first IND alumna to finish. Random prizes also will be awarded.

Entry is $18, and $20 on race day. Racers can pre-register on Friday at Charm City Run at 2045 York Road from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Race-day registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi School, at Harford Road and Chesterfield Avenue. Visit or call 410-377-8882.

Volunteer cleanup

Grab your co-workers, family, friends and a positive attitude for the 4th Annual National Family Volunteer Day on Saturday in Howard County. The Points of Light Foundation event is designed to both beautify local parks and historic sites and increase volunteers' sense of unity. Hundreds of participants will clean up ponds, weed, mulch, remove leaves and perform other trail maintenance at 11 parks and one historic site from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no charge for the event, but volunteers are asked to bring a canned-food or paper-product donation for the Howard County Food Bank. Pre-registration is recommended, but individuals and groups are welcome to come to Pavilion H at Centennial Park to find work on Saturday morning.

Centennial Park is at 4800 Woodland Road. Call 410-313-PARK.

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