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February 24, 2005|By Ann McArthur

Tasty tours

Spend the dwindling days of National Snack Food Month in York County, Pa., the self-proclaimed snack food capital of the world. The area's snack food factories are marking the month by inviting visitors into their kitchens.

Snackers can take a free tour and sample sweet and salty goodies at Martin Chips, Snyder's of Hanover, Utz Snacks, Wolfgang Candy Company, Herr's Snack Food Factory and Hershey's Chocolate World.

To plan a 45-minute tour at Martin Chips, call 800-272- 4477. Snyder's of Hanover tours can be scheduled at 800-233-7125, ext. 8592. Reservations are not required for a tour at Utz Snacks, Herr's Snack Food Factory and Hershey's Chocolate World. Wolfgang Candy Company offers tours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays. For more information, including addresses, call the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 888-858-YORK, or visit

Games of the Asians

Ever wonder about the Asian origins of chess, backgammon or Parcheesi? Go to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington from Saturday through May 15 to explore the art of Asian games at Asian Games: The Art of Contest. The exhibition explores the role of games as social and cultural activities in the societies of pre-modern Asia.

Competitive game-players will enjoy the interactive aspect of the exhibition, which includes the chance to play chess, weiqi/go and chapur, along with new Asian-themed games.

"Asian Games: The Art of Contest" runs 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily Saturday through May 15 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, 1050 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington. Admission is free. Call 202-633-4880.

Spring spruce-up

Get inspired to do some spring redecorating at the Capital Home & Garden Show today through Sunday at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va. Visitors can expect to view 14 dream gardens and more than 600 exhibits that include bath, kitchen, pool, spa, outdoor and decorating models.

Eric Stromer of TLC's Clean Sweep will appear today and tomorrow, and Rick Spence of HGTV's Curb Appeal will appear tomorrow to give home improvement tips.

The Capital Home and Garden Show runs today-Sunday at the Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va. The show runs 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults and $3 for children. Call 703-533- 4848 or visit www.capitalhome

-- Ann McArthur

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