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April 07, 2005

NOW OR NEVER

Calling all middle-school-age girls. ... Do mom and dad come to you with computer questions? So how does a day spent on the computer sound? A day of fun awaits middle-school-age girls at Computer Mania Day, Saturday at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The free event on the Catonsville campus allows girls to learn more about the information-technology industry and its careers, through visiting numerous fun and interactive stations.

The event is geared toward girls in sixth through eighth grades (and their parents), since girls tend to under-participate in information-technology careers. Computer Mania Day is meant to show girls the fun careers they can pursue.

Participants can listen to a talk by Olympic soccer star Brandi Chastain, who will discuss the importance of computer technology in sports -- from advances in sports medicine to the development of new athletic shoes to the workings of the on-field playback machine. Participants can then visit the various stations, each conducted by women in the IT field, and get hands-on experience at each, for example, breaking down computers, building Web sites and more. Parents can sit in on talks specifically geared toward them. Lunch is included for all visitors.

Computer Mania Day runs 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at UMBC, Retriever Activities Center, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville. Free. Call 410-455-2822 or visit www.computer mania.info to register.

-- Lori Sears

NEXT WEEK IN LIVE

Chatting with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine in advance of the band's April 16 show at Merriweather Post Pavilion ... Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Baltimore Children's Theatre.

COMING UP

Groove to Latin tunes tonight at Salsabration 2005, a benefit for the Fuel Fund of Maryland. The charity provides aid to low-income families struggling to pay home energy bills.

The evening will include live music, a cigar bar, Latin food and the usual list of politicians.

The event runs 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Latin Palace, 509 S. Broadway in Fells Point. Tickets are $50. Call 410-821-3022, ext. 2, or visit www.fuelfund maryland.org.

-- Annie Linskey

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