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October 14, 2004|By Meredith Lidard


Despite the recent mild fall temperatures, ice-skating season is upon us. The Dominic "Mimi" Dipietro Family Skating Center opens tomorrow, giving Baltimoreans the chance to lace up their skates for some icy fun.

The Dipietro Skating Center will offer open skating, ice hockey and broomball all season, in addition to skating lessons. The ice arena also accommodates birthday parties and offers group rates.

Dominic "Mimi" Dipietro Family Skating Center is in Patterson Park, at 200 S. Linwood Ave. General admission is $4, and guests can rent skates for $2. The ice rink is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, noon-2 p.m., Saturdays 3 p.m.-5 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m., and Sundays 3 p.m.-5 p.m. For more information call 410-396-9392.


Tour du Port 2004, Baltimore's equivalent of the Tour de France, takes place Sunday. Although the scenic route through Baltimore's neighborhoods is a far cry from the Champs-Elysees, cyclists of all backgrounds and abilities can enjoy the family-friendly event.

Sponsored by One Less Car Incorporated, Tour du Port has become an autumn tradition, and takes riders on a 22-mile ride through Fort McHenry, Federal Hill, Canton and Little Italy. Cyclists will be able to make a pit stop in Patterson Park, before heading over to the "You Did it, Hon!" catered picnic banquet, where they'll be greeted by U.S. Representative Ben Cardin.

Tour du Port 2004 begins and ends at Rash Field, located on the south side of the Inner Harbor along Key Highway. The 22-mile ride begins at 7:30 a.m. On-site registration will take place 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Sunday. The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 410-235-3678 or visit


Catching up with De La Soul (pictured) ... Pumpkin patches are ready and stocked for the squash season ... Get up close and personal with artists at the Open Studio Tour.

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