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July 28, 2005

NOW OR NEVER

It's almost August -- time to satisfy your inner child (or your children) with a carnival. Not the wild and crazy Six Flags type of carnival -- the rustic, classy carnival plopped onto a field in a small town for a week. The Mount Airy Fireman's Carnival is one of these: An old-fashioned event with rides, games and food. The carnival is also an annual fundraiser for the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company.

The Mount Airy Fireman's Carnival runs through Saturday at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. The carnival opens at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Call 301-829-0100 for more information.

COMING UP

It's all in the wrist. Watch more than 200 riders compete in about 30 events at the Cockeysville Optimist Club's motorcycle races Wednesday. The youngest riders are 4 years old and buzz around the 1 / 10th mile track at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium on 50 cc pocket bikes. The oldest riders are about 60, and though some ride glub-glubbing Hogs, other grown-ups aren't afraid to race teeny pocket bikes of their own. Proceeds from the races benefit the Cockeysville Optimist Club.

The Cockeysville Optimist Club's motorcycle races start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 10 and 12 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for kids under 12; free for kids under 6. Call 410-661-6686.

NEXT WEEK IN LIVE

Spottiswoode & His Enemies are slated to play the Concerts in Park series in Baltimore on Aug. 4.

If the acts crowding the concert calendar have you reminiscing about the decade of decadence (and big hair), get in the wayback machine with us and spend your whole weekend living like it's the '80s again ... Talking with War as they gear up to play Baltimore's International Festival ... Chatting with wildly eclectic band Spottiswoode & His Enemies.

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