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December 16, 2005|By PETER BLAIR


Celtic Solstice Five-Miler

Where -- Starting line outside Stieff Silver Building, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore

When -- Tomorrow, 8:30 a.m.

What now? -- The sixth annual race takes runners through Druid Hill Park and the Baltimore Zoo. Registration is available today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Falls Road Running Store (6247 Falls Road) or tomorrow morning before the race at the Stieff Silver Building. The race fee is $35 with the optional race shirt, $10 without the shirt today or $15 without the shirt tomorrow. Unlike the Summertime Dreaded Druid Hills Race, the winter version avoids the actual hills of the park. That's probably a good thing considering there could be ice on the ground.

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Ice skating

Skate with Santa

Where -- DiPietro Family Skating Center, Patterson Park, Baltimore

When -- Tomorrow, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

What now? -- After skating and visiting with Santa Claus, children can snack on toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and cookies. For those who don't skate, an arts and crafts workshop as well as balloon sculptures are among the other activities available. Admission is $4 and skate rental is $2. For information, call 410-396-9392. Santa will be there for the children, but while your kids are on the ice, you'll have your chance to sneak over and ask him to send the Ravens a new quarterback.

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Auto racing

Indoor Motorcycle Races

Where -- Cow Palace, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium

When -- Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

What now? -- The Optimist Club of Cockeysville - part of an international group committed to fostering optimism as a philosophy of life among children - sponsors a night of motorcycle racing. Admission is $10. For information, call 410-667-4955. Rumor has it the optimists expect good, clean racing, no crashes and plenty of sportsmanship from the non-winners.

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Pro football


Where -- FedEx Field, Landover

When -- Sunday, 4:15 p.m.

What now? -- Even if the Ravens weren't playing Monday night, this would still be the best game in the area this weekend. The Cowboys will be looking for revenge after Washington's unlikely comeback on Monday Night Football in Week 2, when the Redskins scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Dallas, 14-13. The game is sold out, and tickets on eBay yesterday were selling for at least $100 a pair.

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Pro hockey


Where -- MCI Center, Washington

When -- Sunday, 6 p.m.

What now? -- Florida has the the worst road record in the league at 2-12-3. Since the Capitals have the second-worst road record (3-10-1), they got an early holiday gift in playing this one at home. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased on the Web site.

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