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September 22, 2005|By Nick Brown

Towson celebrates its Italians

The lowdown -- Competitive grape stomping, a Frank Sinatra impersonator contest and acrobatic dough-tossing from the U.S. pizza team are a few of the activities you can watch or participate in at the Italian Festival this weekend in Towson. Watch Baltimore County's first bocce ball tournament. Listen to live Italian music from Ray Massa's Eurorythms. And, of course, indulge in your favorite Italian dishes all day long. A children's area has pony rides, sumo wrestling and a Moon Bounce.

If you go -- The Italian Festival is a free event on Allegheny, Baltimore, Chesapeake and Washington avenues in Towson. It is held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Film in Frederick

The lowdown -- From award-winning international films to those started and finished in just 72 hours, the Frederick Festival of Film offers a diverse collection of artistry tomorrow and Saturday. The celebration of film at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in downtown Frederick includes 18 national and international independent films, tackling topics from the personal lives of Webcam girls to the war on terror.

If you go -- The Frederick Festival of Film is tomorrow and Saturday at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Tickets are $10 a day and $15 for a two-day pass. Go to

BWI run/walk

The lowdown -- Get some exercise and help the community at the same time Sunday at the 19th BWI Run/Walk. Participants choose either a four-mile run or a two-mile family walk, and proceeds benefit the Kennedy Krieger Down Syndrome Clinic.

If you go -- The BWI Run/Walk is Sunday at the Midfield Cargo Complex, Cargo Building G, Mathison Way, Linthicum. Registration is $15 for the run, $10 for the walk, and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. The event begins at 8:50 a.m., with registration from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. To register in advance, call 410-933-RUNN or go to www.kennedy

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