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March 25, 2004|By Elizabeth L. Piccirillo

Fruity wine tasting

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then sampling a glass of Linganore Winecellars' spiced apple wine can't hurt.

Today through Sunday, taste this vintage along with cheese and other grape, fruit and honey wines.

Visitors can also take a guided tour of the winery at noon each day.

Linganore Winecellars is at 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. The wine-tasting event begins at 10 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and at noon on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Call 410-795-6432 or visit www. linganore-wine.com.

Home Run 8K

It's OK to walk onto the field at Oriole Park. Well, not usually, but the Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation will encourage folks to do just that Sunday at the 16th annual Oriole Advocates 8K run.

Participants in Sunday's Home Run race will start on 33rd Street and finish on the turf at Camden Yards.

Shirts will be given to all participants, and Outback Steakhouse will provide a takeaway meal to registered entrants. An awards ceremony will follow the race, and refreshments will be served.

The race is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the old Memorial Stadium's Ellerslie Lot on 33rd Street.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The entrance fee is $25 in advance and $30 on race day.

Not up to running an 8K (4.9 miles)? There's also a 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk throughout Oriole Park. Cost is $23 in advance and $25 on race day ($18 and $13 for kids 12 and under).

Proceeds will benefit the Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation. Call 410-377-8882 or visit www.charmcity run.com.

March for animals

Help local critters while you enjoy a day with your pet Sunday at the Maryland SPCA's "March for the Animals."

The group's ninth annual 1.5 mile walk-a-thon will be held at 11 a.m. at the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Campus.

A costume contest, refreshments, games of canine musical chairs and other entertainment will be provided along with demonstrations by the Chesapeake Search and Rescue Dogs and the Baltimore City police-dog unit.

A donation of at least $5 is suggested. Prizes will be given to the eight participants who collect the most pledges.

The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Campus is at 3400 N. Charles St. Call 410-243-7692 or visit www.mdspca.org.

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