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April 14, 2005|By Ann McArthur

Just for laughs

If comedic variety shows are your cup of tea, then head to the Harborplace amphitheater Saturday, when comics will showcase their talents to vie for a spot among the 25-year-old Harborplace Street Performers at their annual auditions. Performers will have 10-15 minutes to juggle, tell family-friendly jokes or pull a rabbit out of a hat to impress the judges.

Auditions are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Harborplace amphitheater, between Light Street and Pratt Pavilion. Call 410-332-4191.

Passover program

Celebrate Passover at the Jewish Museum of Maryland's Passover Family Program on Sunday. Families can tour the exhibits The Eighteen: Blessings at the Heart of Jewish Worship and Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore's German Jewish Refugees 1933-1945. Children can participate in an art project led by artist Shirah Apple, who will explain how to make watercolor hagaddahs. Lion Tales Puppet Theater will also be on hand to perform the story of Passover.

The Passover Family Program runs 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. Admission is $8 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Call 410-732-6400.

Earth Day fun

If you plan to work your way up and down the rock-climbing wall set up in Aberdeen Festival Park in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, chances are you're grateful for the solid earth on which we live. Visitors to the park can learn about attributes of the Earth and the importance of taking care of it at environmental exhibits and recycling games. Kids that bring a 100 percent cotton T-shirt can go wild with tie-dye. The whole family can enjoy live music and food in the park. Folks who bring a blue recycling bag of food for people or pets and clothing for those in need will receive game tokens.

The celebration runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (or Sunday if it rains) at Aberdeen Festival Park, two blocks from Route 40 and West Bel Air Avenue at Howard and Franklin streets across from the library. Free. Call 410-297-4215.

- Ann McArthur

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