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April 15, 2004

Wine festival

The Highlandtown Community Association presents its second annual Highlandtown Wine Festival at Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden on Sunday.

The event features a homemade-wine competition, wine tastings, a bocce tournament, food and entertainment.

Admission is $20 and includes a souvenir wine glass and five wine tastings. The festival runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden is at 3600 Claremont St. Call 410-534-2212 or visit

Victims' fund run

Help support crime victims by running at the Patterson Park Recreation Center Saturday.

The run will benefit the emergency fund for crime victims who need help.

Race-day registration is $20. Along with admission comes a T-shirt for the first 500 entrants and refreshments for all runners and walkers.

The run begins at 9 a.m.

Patterson Park Recreation Center is at 2601 E. Baltimore St. Call 410-377-888 or visit

Historic walk

Break out your patriotism for the annual Star-Spangled Banner walk this Saturday.

The walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Flag House and follows the path of the soldiers to Fort McHenry. Along the way, you will learn how Baltimore neighborhoods and the Inner Harbor have evolved since the flag's journey.

If the long walk leaves you feeling hungry, stop by the Flag House's kitchen upon returning. Food Historian Sue Latini will be preparing food, including some of the items the soldiers would have carried on their journey. The cooking demonstration begins at noon.

Both programs are free with museum admission, but preregistration is required for the walk.

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is at 844 E. Pratt St. Call 410-837-1793or visit

Walking tour

This Saturday, take the opportunity to see some of Mount Vernon Place's most magnificent buildings in their restored forms.

The Walking Tour of Mount Vernon Place will take you through the Peabody Institute as it celebrates its completed restoration. You will also see, and, if construction is completed, enter the George Peabody Library, which has been closed to the public for more than a year. The tour is $10 and begins at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 410-605-0462 or e-mail lkeir@

-- Greg Romano

Port-to-Fort race

Pick up the pace to help critically ill children this Sunday at the Port-to-Fort four-mile walk/run. Sponsored by Baltimore-based Believe in Tomorrow National Children's Foundation and Home Depot, the event aims to raise funds to benefit the national expansion of Children's Retreat and Hospital Housing. The race begins at 9 a.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, loops around Fort McHenry and finishes back at the museum. Registration is $10 for students, Home Depot employees and active military and $20 for the general public. Registration is $25 on race day. Race packets can be picked up on race day at 7:30 a.m. or Saturday from noon-5 p.m. at Charm City Run, 2045 York Road.

There will be a post-race party with food and beverages, and a commemorative T-shirt and goodie bag will be given to all participants.

Call 410-744-1032 or visit

Aquatic gardening

Learn about aquatic gardening Saturday and Sunday at Tropic Bay Water Gardens. Seminars will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by national water gardening authority Howard "Chip" Crum and Tropic Bay owner Stephen Koza. Beginners and advanced water gardeners can attend talks on installation, pumps and filters and Japanese koi. The seminar series is being held in conjunction with Tropic Bay's "Spring Spectacular" Pond, Water Garden and Koi Festival.

Both events are free.

Tropic Bay Water Gardens is at 600 West Central Ave., Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County. Call 410-798-1800.

--Elizabeth L. Piccirillo

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