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April 28, 2005|By Annie Linskey

Hopkins Spring Fair

Rapper Talib Kweli headlines at the Johns Hopkins University Spring Fair this weekend. Kweli sings on Saturday. Comedian Ant, who's appeared on all three seasons of Last Comic Standing and recently hosted VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, will be featured tomorrow night.

The festival includes a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, a large slide, a bouncy castle and other carnival rides. For children, there will be face-painting, gingerbread house-making and candy apples.

Other attractions include a beer garden, local bands, vendors selling jewelry and paintings, and, at 10 a.m. Sunday, a 5-kilometer race.

The Johns Hopkins Homewood campus is at 3400 N. Charles St. Festival hours are noon-7 p.m. tomorrow; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Talib Kweli performs at 8 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $17. Call 443-287-9960 or visit www.jhuspringfair.com.

Farmers' market

The Baltimore Farmers' Market opens Sunday. There are loads of good items at the market -- including warm doughnuts, heirloom tomatoes (maybe not yet), large, oddly shaped veggies for experimental cooking and fresh cheese. Go early and go often.

The market is at Holliday and Saratoga streets under the Jones Falls Expressway (Interstate 83). Hours are 8 a.m. to sellout (about noon). Call 877-BALTIMORE or visit www.promotionandarts.com.

Just cause to exercise

The Community Conferencing Center -- a group that provides mediation for dysfunctional neighborhoods and neighbors -- invites Baltimoreans to Stretch for Justice Saturday. The event is a fund-raiser based on the popular "walk-a-thon" format. But instead of walking, participants can attend such classes as yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, salsa dancing, tai chi and more. Smoothies and T-shirts will be available, and live jazz is also on the schedule.

The classes run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Stretch for Justice will be at the M&T Pavilion at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. Call 410-889-7400 or visit www.communitycon ferencing.org. A $25 donation is suggested.

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