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August 12, 2004

NOW OR NEVER

Instead of planting yourself in front of the TV and watching Animal Planet all day, head to Oregon Ridge Park for the Animal Planet Expo Saturday and Sunday.

Dr. Holly Knor from Emergency Vets will discuss pet health, and interactive games will be available. Visitors can also see live animals, tackle a 30-foot climbing wall and more.

Oregon Ridge Park is at 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. For more information, call 410-887-1818.

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COMING UP

The long-anticipated opening of the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts is Saturday, as a week of events kicks off. Highlights of the celebration include:

Saturday, 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies (free admission). Performers include Owen Adams, A Clazz Act, Paul Chamberlain and Shannon Woolery.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: A Classical Evening ($50). Performances ranging from La Boheme to chamber music. Followed by dessert reception and dancing to live jazz.

Sunday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.: Celebrate America ($10). Features a variety of patriotic performances.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: The Art of the Dance ($20). Performers include American Dance Artists, Battleworks Modern Dance of NYC, Debora Bello, Maryland Youth Ballet and National Ballet of Maryland.

Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m.: The Power of Voice and Music ($10 adults, $5 17 and younger). Performers include Chesapeake Chorale, Knights of Harmony and Heritage Singers.

Aug. 21, 8 p.m.: SHILOH Live in Concert ($15 adults, $10 17 and younger). The band, which includes three Bowie High School alumni, offers a mix of country and other styles and recently toured with Kenny Rogers and Brad Paisley.

The Bowie Center for the Performing Arts is at 15200 Annapolis Road (Route 450). Tickets for these and other events are available at www.bowieartscenter.com or by calling 301-805-0288 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. A full schedule of events, including Aug. 21's gala, is also available on the Web site.

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