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March 24, 2005|By Annie Linskey

Run the Sahara

Hear Aran Gordon talk about doing the near impossible on Thursday at Charm City Run in Timonium. Gordon ran an ultramarathon, 145 miles, across the Sahara Desert.

Gordon will talk about blisters, dehydration, cramps and the hot, hot weather he endured. Gordon will also discuss the rare iron disorder that he had to control before doing the run.

Aran Gordon will speak at 7 p.m. and will take questions from the audience. Charm City Run is at 2045 York Road in Timonium. Call 410-561-3570 or visit www.charmcity There is no charge for the lecture.

Easter on The Avenue

Retail therapy is our favorite answer for just about any bump in the road - and the merchants of Hampden are ready to facilitate this indulgence with their second Easter Scavenger Hunt.

Roughly 30 stores participate, many of them on 36th Street. Hunters can start at Ma Petite Shoe or 13 other merchants. At these locations, people obtain the first "clue" that will direct them to another store.

"The stores are the eggs that people have to hunt for," said Susannah Siger of Ma Petite Shoe.

Participants get cards that are punched at each location. All of the completed cards are put into a box, and the winning card is drawn at random - that individual takes home a big gift basket of goodies.

Some participants get distracted by the shoes, clothes, antiques, cookies and other sundries along the way and don't manage to fill out their cards.

The hunt is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on and around 36th Street (on The Avenue) in Hampden. Call 410-235-3442.

Farmers' Market

The Carroll County Easter Farmers' Market is Saturday. The one-day event brings roughly 75 vendors into the indoor Agricultural Center at the Carroll County Fair Grounds. Expect pies, cakes, cookies, pottery, jewelry, cut and potted flowers.

The market is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The Agricultural Center is at 700 Smith Ave. in Westminster. Call 410-848-7748. There is no charge for admission or parking.

- Annie Linskey

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