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June 16, 2005

LatinoFest

The city's LatinoFest turns 25 this weekend, and to celebrate, it's hosting a variety of entertainment in Patterson Park. See dancers in traditional costumes, hear live music, meet Orioles' Latino ballplayers and the Oriole Bird and taste fresh cuisine from the Americas and the Caribbean. Learn traditional dances such as the salsa and participate in a dance marathon. Two bands, Willie Villegas y Entre Amigos and Yomo Toro with the Fania All-Stars, headline Sunday. All proceeds benefit the Education Based Latino Outreach program.

LatinoFest runs noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday in Patterson Park at Eastern and South Linwood avenues. Tickets are $4 for adults; children under 12 get in free. Call 410-783-5404 or visit www.latinofest.org.

- Sam Sessa

Father's Day 5K

Instead of getting dad another tie this Father's Day, spend the day at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center's 17th annual 5K or 1 1/2 -mile fun run and benefit the GBMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Participants and volunteers will be treated to a post-race breakfast at the Sheraton in Towson. Cash prizes will be awarded for the fastest runners, best father/son and father/daughter teams and other categories.

Day-of registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, warm-ups are at 7:30 a.m., and the race begins at 8. Registration is $25 through Saturday and $30 on race day. The starting line is at the Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. To register or for more information, call 443-849-2773 or visit www.charmcityrun.com.

Chili cookoff

As if it weren't hot enough, on Saturday the Baltimore City Fire Department is hosting its second annual chili cookoff in Fells Point. The contest features chili made by chefs from all over the Eastern Seaboard and contests including Mr. Hot Sauce and Ms. Chili Pepper, hottest booth and the People's Choice Chili Award. Attendees will also be treated to a concert by local acoustic artists, crafts, food and beer.

Donations will help support the fire department's children's fire safety programs. Program coordinators hope to raise $6,000 at this year's cookoff.

The event is free, but a donation of $6 lets you taste and judge the chili. The festival will run from noon to 7 p.m. in the Main Square of Fells Point, at Thames Street and Broadway. Call 410-647-4177 for more information.

- Erica Kritt

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