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September 01, 2005|By Lori Sears

Stamp show

See unusual, rare and exotic stamps at the annual "Balpex" stamp show tomorrow through Sunday at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. The show, sponsored by the Baltimore Philatelic Society, includes more than 60 dealers from around the world. Visitors can buy or trade stamps, look over exhibits, attend seminars and lectures and even have their stamps evaluated for free by members of philatelic clubs.

This year, philatelic organizations at the event will include the German Philatelic Society, the George Washington Masonic Club, the Souvenir Card Collectors Society and the Scandinavian Collectors Club.

The theme of this year's show will be the end of World War II, marking the signing of the unconditional surrender by Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. Sets of stamp covers commemorating this and other historical events will be available at the show.

The U.S. Postal Service will set up a display and sell stamps at the show as well. And there will be a children's room for those interested in learning about stamp collecting. Free stamps will be given to all children.

Balpex runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road. $4, good for three days. Free admission for seniors, those under 18 and disabled people. Call 410-252-1551.

Walking tour

Embark on the "Frederick Douglass Path2Freedom Walking Tour" Saturday in Fells Point. The tour, which celebrates the 167th anniversary of Douglass' escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad on Sept. 3, 1838, is presented by Baltimore Black Heritage Tours. Louis Fields, president of BBH Tours, leads the one-hour walking tour of the places where Douglass lived as a slave boy, learned to read and write, worked, worshiped and built townhouses that still stand today. After the tour, there will be a discussion about Douglass' life.

The walk begins at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Broadway and Thames Street in Fells Point. Walkers are asked to assemble at 9:30 a.m. The walk will run one hour. The discussion will take place at 11 a.m. Tour fee is $10; $5 for ages under 12. To register for the walk, call 410-783-5469 or visit www.bbhtours.com.

Free First Thursday

Celebrate all things Latino at the Free First Thursday event "Viva el arte!" at the Baltimore Museum of Art today. Hear the music of Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Argentina and Brazil, listen to a storyteller recount the tale of La Luna en La Tortilla, take guided tours of the museum's Latino-related items and join in a hands-on, make-and-take art workshop.

The Free First Thursday event runs 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Call 410-396-6321.

-- Lori Sears

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