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November 20, 2003|By Meredith James

Turkey Trot

Lace up the sneakers and get ready for the Anne Arundel Community College's 15th Annual Turkey Trot on Tuesday. First-place finishers in the 5K will receive a turkey, and second-place finishers will receive an apple pie. There are several categories for runners, including individual and combined predicted time, fastest runner under 15, individual male and female fastest time, and fastest doubles for AACC staff/faculty.

Registration is $18 for individuals and $30 for doubles. There will be race-day registration only if spaces remain. Registration forms are available in Jenkins Gymnasium Room 213 and the equipment checkout area, at the front desk of the Olson Pool and at the information desk in the Student Services Center. The race begins at Seigert Field at the AACC campus on College Parkway in Arnold. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., and registration is 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Race for arthritis

Join the race to fight arthritis Sunday in the Jingle Bell Run and Walk for arthritis. The 5K race starts at "Du" Burns Arena in Canton, and proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Teams of four or more are welcome to join.

Registration will be 5 p.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow at Dick's Sporting Goods, 6221 Columbia Crossing Drive, Columbia, and on Saturday at Charm City Run, 2045 York Road, Timonium. Registration is also available online at www.charmcityrun.com, www.arthritis.org or www. active.com. The race starts at "Du" Burns Arena in Canton, 1301 S. Ellwood St., at 9 a.m. Sunday. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the race. Team kits are available by calling 410-654-6570 or by e-mailing kfrancisco@ arthritis.org. Teams must register in advance.

The Journey Home

Help combat one of Baltimore's epidemics by participating in the Journey Home 5K Challenge on Saturday. The Journey Home is a program to help the 3,000-5,000 of Baltimore's homeless citizens move toward self-sufficiency. The run concludes Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 16-Nov. 22. Proceeds will benefit the Community Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit part of the Baltimore City Foundation.

Registration is $30 in advance and $35 on race day. The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor. Registration forms are available at www.thejourneyhome.org. For more information, call 410-396-5992.

Bar-hopping

Raise your beer mug high at the Tavern Traipse, today and tomorrow, for nights full of fun at Annapolis' historic taverns. Experience camaraderie, music and merriment from the 18th century by touring old inns, ordinaries and taverns. Learn about the city's historic district through pub lore and song, and of course, the traditional pub beverages.

The event starts at the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George's St., Annapolis. The evening costs $25 for Historic Annapolis Foundation members, $30 for non-members. All participants must be at least 21 years old. The tour runs 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Reservations are required and are available by calling 410-267-7619, Ext. 8146.

`Lights on the Bay'

Although winter brings shorter days, the nights get brighter with holiday light displays. Sandy Point State Park is helping visitors get in the holiday mood at "Lights on the Bay." The Anne Arundel Medical Center is sponsoring the nightly event at the park. Anne Arundel County contracts midshipmen and private contractors to set up the two-mile stretch of dazzling holiday displays.

The event occurs nightly 5 p.m.-10 p.m. starting Saturday and running through Jan. 5. The cost is $12 per vehicle and buses are $50. Sandy Point State Park is off U.S. Route 50 on the west side of the Bay Bridge. For more information, call 410-974-2149.

Slavic Food Festival

Bring an appetite to the Slavic Food Festival on Saturday. All are welcome to enjoy homemade goodies from traditional Slovak, Hungarian, Croatian, Ruthenian and Ukrainian recipes. A variety of dishes will be served, including pirohi, holupki (stuffed cabbage), haluski (noodles), potato pancakes, kolachi and keilbasi. In addition homemade nut, poppy and lekvar pastries will be available with other desserts and beverages.

The festival is being held at the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The church is at 1260 Stevens Ave. at the corner of Linden and Highway avenues in Arbutus. For more information, call 410-859-1285. There is no admission fee.

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