The Week's Best


April 07, 2005


Community Built Playgrounds Inc. plans to have a new playground built at Stadium Place by April 17. Find out how to help. page 27


Luna Bella -- a brick-oven pizza place in Columbia's Hickory Ridge Village Center -- has opened a second location in Ellicott City that also offers traditional Italian dishes as well as lighter fare. page 15


Egyptian Sun Raqs, an annual belly-dancing recital taking place tomorrow night at Shriver Hall, will feature dancers balancing trays of candles, bowls of fire and even flaming swords. page 18


Ladew Gardens in Monkton is celebrating spring by officially opening for the 2005 season this weekend. Flowers, topiaries, migrating birds and other animals are just a few of the sights to be seen. page 28


What: Miss USA Pageant

When: Monday: 2 p.m. for the dress rehearsal, 9 p.m. for the live telecast and ball

Where: The Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St.

Why: Because the full pageant experience doesn't come to Baltimore very often (and if you don't want to shell out the big bucks for the main event, you can get a firsthand look at the rehearsal)

Admission: $10 for dress rehearsal, $110-$160 for live telecast and ball

Information: Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or

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