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September 30, 2004

Fells Point fun

This weekend the 500 block of S. Broadway in Baltimore will be engulfed with sounds of blues, jazz, rock and Latin music at the 38th annual Fells Point Fun Festival.

The festival features merengue, Latin jazz, mariachi and salsa lessons at La Plaza Hispana. Blues and jazz will be featured at the Harvest Garden, while local and regional acts will perform on the Broadway stage. Tribute bands playing the music of such groups as Aerosmith, Metallica, Tool, U2, AC/DC, Def Leppard and Godsmack will perform at the 98 Rock/Budweiser stage.

Visitors can purchase foods and crafts from the merchants of East Baltimore's Spanish Town and from more than 400 vendors from throughout the area. Family activities include face painting, a domino game area, Clown Town, carnival rides and a karaoke stage.

The Fells Point Fun Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the 500 block of S. Broadway. Admission is free. Call 410-675-6750.

Get some rhythm

The 10th annual Baltimore International Rhythm Festival kicks off Saturday in Charles Village with a parade led by a Chinese dragon. A "Colossal Drum Jam" will feature Kibibi Ajanku, co-founder of Sankofa Dance Theater, as emcee. The festival is free and open to the public and features musicians, drummers and dancers from Africa, North and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

The festival will offer the Port Discovery Kid's Corner, a craft area for kids, a face painter and also the Rhythmical Playstation. An assortment of drums will be available for children and adults to experiment on. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The Baltimore International Rhythm Festival will take place on Saturday from noon to midnight at Charles Village, 27th Street between Charles and St. Paul streets outside St. John's United Methodist Church. Call 410-889-7422 or visit

Cylburn affair

Celebrating 50 years of service, the Cylburn Arboretum, a nature preserve and city park of about 207 acres, is holding a weekend gala tomorrow to Sunday. Visitors can see the Victorian style interior of the Cylburn Mansion. Activities will begin at 6:15 p.m. on tomorrow with a guided garden and nature walk. The cost is $15 and reservations are required.

On Saturday, there will be a Golden Gala and silent auction at 6 p.m. at the Cylburn Mansion. Admission is $175 per person or $300 per couple. Reservations are required.

On Sunday, the children's craft activities and games will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Members of the Sogetsu Maryland will demonstrate origami and Japanese flower arranging. These activities are free. Reservations are required.

The Cylburn Arboretum Association 50th Anniversary Celebration weekend will take place from tomorrow to Sunday at 4915 Greenspring Ave. All proceeds from these events will support the Cylburn Arboretum Association. Call 410-367-2217.

-- Ashley Burrell

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