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March 25, 2004|By Sarah Kickler Kelber

A founding fete

Celebrate Maryland Day -- the 370th anniversary of the state's founding -- Sunday in St. Mary's City, known as the colonial capital of Maryland.

The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the city's Town Center with a speech by Lieutenant Gov. Michael S. Steele. Fourth-graders from all Maryland counties and Baltimore City will present their localities' flags; the Cross Bottony Award will be presented to archaeologist Garry Wheeler Stone and architectural historian Cary Carson; and Great Mills High School's symphonic band will perform.

Visits to Historic St. Mary's City museum exhibits are free of charge on Maryland Day.

For more information, visit or call 800-SMC-1634. The museum is off Maryland Route 5 in St. Mary's City.

A day at the opera

Think you know all about the story of Cinderella? Learn more at Family Opera Day at the Washington Opera Studio this Saturday.

In addition to lectures on Rossini's La Cenerentola (the Italian version of the fairy tale) for parents and a performance of excerpts from La Cenerentola by the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, the day's events include storytelling sessions of many versions of Cinderella and dress-up activities for kids.

Once everyone has learned more about La Cenerentola, catch the Washington Opera's production April 3-22.

Family Opera Day runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Washington Opera Studio is at 6925 Willow St. N.E. in Takoma Park. For more information, call 202-448-3465. Tickets for next month's opera performance are $41-$285; to purchase, call 202-295-2400 or visit

Better homes, gardens

Remodelers, decorators and the horticulturally inclined should check out the Washington Home and Garden Show today through Sunday.

Featuring the usual building and decorating exhibits, the event also offers 24 full-size landscaped gardens that were created just for the show. One such garden is a home-sized golf course that includes such details as a putting green, water hazard and gazebo.

The show includes 800 booths, 500 of which are focused on home products and services.

The Washington Convention Center is at 801 Mount Vernon Place N.W. The show runs 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today and tomorrow, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and ages 5 and younger are admitted free with a paid adult.

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