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April 29, 2004|By Elizabeth L. Piccirillo

The Women's Show

Grab the girls and go to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium for the ninth annual Baltimore Women's Show tomorrow through Sunday. Ladies of all ages can visit exhibitors to learn about health, beauty, fitness as well as the latest in cosmetic surgery. Work out your shopping skills and peruse tables selling clothing, jewelry, handbags, crafts and more. Other daily events include free self-defense classes, professional fashion shows and ideas for creative cooking.

The Maryland State Fairgrounds are at 2200 York Road, Timonium. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow-Sunday. Admission is $2-$7. Call 410-863-1180 or visit www .spoilyourself.com.

Farmers' market opens

Clear out the cupboard and get fresh with produce from the Baltimore Farmers' Market, opening for the season this Saturday. Shoppers can gather groceries while listening to the Baltimore Steel Islanders' band or join in on free gardening seminars. But beyond the entertainment is the market's bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of breads, cultural cuisine, pastries, cheese and produce from two organic farmers.

The Baltimore Farmers' Market is at Holliday and Saratoga streets, under the Jones Falls Expressway. The hours for the market are from 8 a.m. to sellout (usually noon) on opening day and every Sunday until Dec. 19. Call 877-BALTIMORE or visit www.promotionandarts.org.

Maritime festival

The Maritime Maryland Heritage Festival is steering its way into downtown Annapolis this Saturday and Sunday to celebrate life on the Chesapeake Bay. The free event will display historic and modern boats, including a hydroplane, a "Pocket Skipjack" and an 87-foot U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat. Attendees can also enjoy a scale model of the Thomas Point Light and demonstrations on water safety, including a life-jacket fashion show. The United States Naval Academy Band and a Caribbean steel drum band will provide music for the family-friendly event.

The festival will take place at the city dock area from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.md maritimefestival.org.

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