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December 16, 2004|By Ashley Burrell and Annie Linskey

Market closing

Bad news for the foodies. The Baltimore Farmers' Market closes Sunday. After that, they'll have to try the grocery stores for the weekly fix of produce, cheeses, herbs, breads and pastries. The final market will, however, feature holiday items including garlands and Christmas trees. The market reopens in late spring.

The Baltimore Farmers' Market is at Holliday and Saratoga streets under the Jones Falls Expressway. Call 410-752- 8632 or visit www.promotion andarts.com. Hours are from 8 a.m. to sellout - which is usually around noon.

Nature, indoors

If it is too cold to be out in the local parks, consider hearing Baltimore County's chief naturalist, Bob Stanhope, talk about them. He'll talk about local parks and their importance to the community as part of the Irvine Nature Center's monthly lecture series, A Sense of Place. The lecture is today from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

The Irvine Nature Center is at 8400 Greenspring Ave. in Stevenson. Cost is $8 for nonmembers and $5 for members. Call 410-484-2413 or visit www.explorenature.org.

Tennis Challenge

Russian Maria Sharapova faces California native Lindsay Davenport at the Mercantile Tennis Challenge tomorrow at 1st Mariner Arena. At Wimbledon this year Sharapova surprised the tennis world by beating reigning champ Davenport. Proceeds from the friendly rematch go toward the Baltimore Community Foundation.

1st Mariner Arena is at 210 W. Baltimore St. The match starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20-$100. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Go to www.tennischallenge. org for more information about the event.

- Ashley Burrell and Annie Linskey

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