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September 16, 2004

NOW OR NEVER

The Jones Falls Valley Celebration will transform the JFX into the functional equivalent of a sidewalk when the northbound lanes of traffic are closed this Sunday. Runners, bikers, inline skaters and walkers are invited to experience the sights and sounds of the Jones Falls.

This year's celebration includes a 5-mile race, a canoe and kayak race and the first ever Downstream Frog Race, where participants can sponsor a rubber frog to see which will be the fastest as they race (or, you know, float) downstream toward the finish line.

Runners in the 5-mile race take off at 8 a.m., while biking, walking and other forms of self-propelled transportation run 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., after which the JFX will reopen for vehicular traffic.

Registration for the 5-mile race and canoe and kayak race is $25 for each event, while sponsorship for the Frog Race is $5 per frog or $20 for five frogs. For more information, call Jones Falls Watershed Association at 410-261-3515 or visit www.jonesfalls.com.

-- Meredith Lidard

COMING UP

This year's HampdenFest will be music central.

Headliners for Saturday's event include longtime rockers Fleshtones and indie starlets the Rogers Sisters. Regional glam-rockers the Apes will also perform, while local boys the Oranges will get back to their roots.

In addition, local label Monitor Records presents a showcase of music for the second year in a row, featuring bands from New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

HampdenFest 2004 is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Hampden on 36th Street (The Avenue) from Chestnut Avenue to Falls Road. Free. Call 410-235-5800.

-- Meredith Lidard

NEXT WEEK IN LIVE

A fall visit to Lewes, Del. ... Catching up with the music group Sweetback.

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