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April 14, 2005|By Claire Wang

Gardens tour

If you're anxious to overcome a case of cabin fever, celebrate spring at the Garden Tours of Alexandria. As part of Virginia's Historic Garden Week, six privately owned Old Town homes and gardens, a historic church and eight historic properties in the Alexandria area will be open to the public Saturday.

Visitors interested in architecture, antiques and horticulture can see formal gardens, artwork, china collections, contemporary homes and renovated properties, many of which span four centuries of Virginia history.

The tour runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Parking and information are available at Ramsay House, 221 King St. Tickets are $3-$30, depending on the number of homes and gardens visited. Call 703-838-5005 or visit www.vagardenweek.org.

Filmfest DC 2005

Enjoy an opportunity to see films from around the world in one city from now until April 24. Filmfest DC 2005 is showing more than 100 features, documentaries, short films and special programs on culture, diversity and social concern from India and China. Films will be shown at 11 venues, including the Lincoln Theatre, the National Gallery of Art, embassies and traditional movie theaters.

Times, admission prices and venues vary with each showing. To purchase tickets and view the schedule, visit www.tickets.com or call 703-218-6500. For more information, visit www.filmfest dc.org.

Collectibles show

On the lookout for collectibles? The Greater Washington D.C. Black Memorabilia and Collectible Show might have what you're looking for. More than 100 exhibitors will showcase historical artifacts, books, art, toys, political memorabilia, sports items and figurines. The show also includes a display of the "Lest We Forget" private collection, consisting of slavery artifacts and a Jim Crow exhibit. Also, former Negro League baseball players will sign autographs.

The show is Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St. in Gaithersburg. $5 admission, free parking. Call 301-216-0876 or visit www.johnsonshows.com

-- Claire Wang

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