The week ahead

May 15, 2006

TODAY

TAXPAYERS NIGHT -- The Baltimore City Council will give residents the chance to comment on the property tax rate proposed for the next fiscal year at 6:30 p.m. in the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St.

TOMORROW

PEE WEE PREAKNESS -- The Pee Wee Preakness is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in Federal Hill Park, on Warren Street near Battery Avenue. The children's event, which is part of the city's weeklong Preakness celebration, will include entertainment and a race at noon by youngsters on hippity-hop balls. Admission is free.

WEDNESDAY

COLD CASES -- Nick DeCarlo of the Howard County Police Department will give a talk, "Cold Case Files," on unsolved violent criminal cases at 7 p.m. at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Registration is required. 410-313-7860.

THURSDAY

PARK PLANS -- The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will present plans for Concrete Homes Park in Dundalk during a community meeting at 7 p.m. at Lozgan Elementary School, 7601 Dunmanway.

FRIDAY

UNITED NATIONS TALK -- John R. Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak to the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs at 1 p.m. at the downtown Hyatt Regency. Admission is free to members and $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. 410-727-2150.

OWL PROWL -- Harford Bird Club will go on an owl prowl at 8 p.m. in northeastern Harford County. Participants should meet at Dublin Elementary School on Route 136. 410-939-3537.

SATURDAY

FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS -- Baltimore's fourth annual Rathayatra Parade, marking India's Festival of Chariots, will begin at noon at Key Highway and Light Street and proceed on Light to Pratt Street. It will be followed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. by the Festival of India at McKeldin Square.

SUNDAY

ARBUTUS FESTIVAL -- The Arbutus Arts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on East Drive in Arbutus. The 33rd annual festival will feature food, music, and handmade arts and crafts.

PATAPSCO CELEBRATION -- The state Department of Natural Resources' Patapsco/Back River Tributary Team will celebrate the port of Baltimore's tricentennial with activities at North Point State Park. At noon, swimmers are scheduled to arrive after a 4-mile swim across the Patapsco River from Anne Arundel County. Afterward, there will be a wade-in to test water clarity and a picnic. Parking is $3.

RAVENS FESTIVAL -- The Ravens Spring Festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St. The event will include fan forums with Ravens officials, autograph sessions with players, locker room tours and a memorabilia sale. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children 12 and younger. 410-261-7283 or www.baltimore ravens.com.

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