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May 20, 2004|By Lori Sears

German `Springfest'

Celebrate German culture at the first Baltimore Kickers' "Springfest" on the grounds of the Dundalk American Legion Post this weekend. The Baltimore Kickers, a German-American soccer and cultural organization, presents the family festival with traditional German food and drink, music and dancing, crafts and gifts. Visitors can also enjoy a beer and wine garden, carnival rides and games, soccer tournaments and kids' entertainment.

"Springfest" runs 5 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday at the Dundalk American Legion Post No. 38, 3300 Dundalk Ave. $8, includes unlimited rides; free for ages 2 and under. Call 410-276-4949 or visit

`SpongeBob SquarePants' animator

He's an artist, writer, comedian and the voice of several characters on Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants. He's Doug Lawrence. And he'll be making an appearance at McGuire Fine Arts in Frederick Saturday.

Lawrence, an accomplished animator and the voice of Plankton, Larry the Lobster and several other characters, will meet visitors and sign original production drawings, cels and backgrounds from the popular cartoon. In addition to SpongeBob SquarePants, Lawrence has drawn for Ren and Stimpy and Rocko's Modern Life.

Animator Doug Lawrence will appear from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at McGuire Fine Arts, 29 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. Call 301-695-6567.

Festival of India

A hand-pulled, 30-foot-high chariot, accompanied by singers and dancers, traveling past Oriole Park at Camden Yards, is not the norm. It is, however, appropriate for an ancient Indian Festival of Chariots Rathayatra Parade.

The Festival of Chariots parade begins at noon Saturday at Oriole Park, Pratt and Eutaw streets, proceeds east on Pratt Street, south on Light Street and concludes at Rash Field, Key Highway.

After the parade, there will be a Festival of India at McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light streets, with art exhibits, live classical Indian music and dance, theatrical performances, Indian literature, a free multi-course vegetarian feast, face-painting, hand-painting and more.

The Festival of Chariots begins at noon Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Pratt and Eutaw streets. The Festival of India takes place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light streets. Free. Call 410-744-1624 or visit

Rock show

Pore over tables of minerals, crystals, fossils and gems Saturday at the Mineral Show and Swap/Sell at Goucher College in Towson. More than 40 mineral and jewelry dealers and craftspeople will show, sell and swap stones and lapidary art. Demonstrations of stone-cutting, stone-carving and wax model-making will be offered, and there will be several educational exhibits. The Chesapeake Gem and Mineral Society of Baltimore presents the show.

The mineral show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium and Outdoor Pavilion, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Rain or shine. Free. Call 410-828-0024.

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