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April 29, 2004|By Lori Sears

Bay Bridge Walk

Sure, you've driven over the Bay Bridge. And perhaps you've even sailed beneath it. But have you ever really taken the time to appreciate this engineering marvel? No, you say, but you'd love to. Then take part in the annual Bay Bridge Walk, which will be held Sunday on the eastbound span.

Participants will walk the length of the 4.3-mile bridge. Folks may begin their walk at 9 a.m. but must take a shuttle bus to the starting location.

Shuttles will begin boarding at 8:30 a.m. at designated parking lots at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Anne Arundel Community College and the Chesapeake Bay Business Park. Participants must pass through security screenings and board buses at one of the three parking lots by 1 p.m. Shuttle buses will take walkers to the Eastern Shore side of the bridge where they will begin their walk from east to west.

People who use wheelchairs are welcome to participate. (Shuttles are equipped with wheelchair lifts.) Strollers are permitted, as well. However, no pets, roller skates, in-line skates, skateboards, bikes or radios are allowed. And no running or jogging is permitted.

The Bay Bridge Walk runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along the eastbound span of the bridge. Cost is $1 for participants age 6 and older. Call 877-BAYSPAN or visit www.thechesapeakebay.com for directions to the parking lots or for more information.

`Viva Ice Vegas'

Forget what the thermometer says. For the participants at the Viva Ice Vegas show, it's time to play on the ice. More than 70 local ice skaters will join a couple of Olympic skaters at the annual fund-raising ice show at the Skating Club of Wilmington tomorrow and Saturday.

Delaware residents Tiffany Scott and Philip Dulebohn, Olympic competitors in 2002 and National Pairs Figure Skating Champions last year, will perform their graceful routines. Other participants include Blake Rosenthal and Calvin Taylor, Elizabeth Palmer and Ryland Stucke, and gymnasts from Galaxy Gymnastics, who will join the skaters on the ice.

Performances of Viva Ice Vegas will be at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Skating Club of Wilmington, 1301 Carruthers Lane, Wilmington, Del. $10-$20. Call 302-594-1100 or visit www.wilmicesk8.com for tickets.

Arbor Day

It's a day to celebrate trees. It's Arbor Day. And while it's celebrated on varying days across the country, its message is clear: Plant more trees. In what began as a simple proposal from journalist J. Sterling Morton in 1872 to plant some trees on the treeless plains of Nebraska, Arbor Day has blossomed into a national holiday and is even observed in many foreign countries.

The date of Arbor Day differs among the states because of varying ideal planting times. In Washington, D.C., Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April, which is tomorrow. And the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington will be celebrating in grand style. The National Arbor Day Foundation will donate 280 golden rain trees and redbud trees to Washington's mayor, Anthony Williams, for planting. The donated trees are intended to help replace the trees that were lost to Hurricane Isabel last year.

Also part of the celebration at the Botanic Garden will be the opening of the exhibit Trees Are Terrific ... in Cities and Towns, which runs tomorrow through May 23. The exhibit features winning artwork from the 2004 Arbor Day National Poster Contest, including the first-place poster by fifth-grader David Zander of Snohomish, Wash.

Arbor Day celebrations at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, begin at 10:15 a.m. tomorrow. Free. Call 202-225-8333 or visit www.arborday.org.

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