The Week Ahead

May 22, 2006

TODAY

ELECTRIC RATES -- The Baltimore branch of the NAACP will sponsor a panel discussion on electric rate increases at 6:30 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. Representatives are expected from BGE and a variety of nonprofit and government groups. 410-366-3300.

TOMORROW

BUDGET HEARINGS -- The following city agencies will present their fiscal 2007 budget requests to the City Council. The hearings will be held in the Curran Conference Room on the fourth floor of City Hall: Department of Planning, 10 a.m.; Health Department, 11 a.m.; Fire Department, 1:30 p.m.; Department of Transportation - Parking Authority Board, 2 p.m.; Department of Recreation and Parks, 3 p.m.; Department of Housing and Community Development, 5 p.m.

FOR THE RECORD - In the Week Ahead listing in yesterday's Maryland section, incorrect dates were given for Baltimore City Council budget hearings for the fire, health, transportation, recreation and housing departments. The hearings were yesterday.
The Sun regrets the errors.

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOP -- The Spa Creek Conservancy and the Center for Watershed Protection will host a forum about the health of Spa Creek at 7 p.m. at the Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis. The public is welcome, and free parking will be available. www.spacreek.org.

WEDNESDAY

BUDGET CLOSEOUT -- Baltimore City Council's Budget and Appropriations Committee will consider spending millions in supplemental appropriations to close out this fiscal year, including $25 million to improve city schools and $1 million for improvements to the city's library system. Hearings will begin at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St.

THURSDAY

ANTIQUE TRUCKS -- The American Truck Historical Society's annual convention will begin at Carroll Park. The free event runs through Saturday and will include hundreds of antique trucks. The National Capital Model T Club also will be present, and members will show how they can take apart a Model T and put it back together in 10 minutes.

FRIDAY

Coffee talk -- Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer will hold Let's Talk Annapolis from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St. The purpose of this forum is for participants to discuss the comprehensive planning process for the next decade. Attendance is open to the first 15 people to sign up. 410-263-7961 or www.anna polis.gov.

SATURDAY

SPRING TULIPS -- The annual Tulip Dig will be held from 7 a.m. to noon at Sherwood Gardens in Guilford, rain or shine. People wanting to participate are urged to bring gardening tools and containers to transport the bulbs, which are being sold for 25 cents each. Maps and other details are available at www.guilfordnews.com or by calling 410-516-7382.

SUNDAY

SOWEBO ART FESTIVAL -- The Southwest Art and Music Festival will be held from noon to 8:30 p.m. at the Hollins Market, 1100 Hollins St. Festivities include 70 vendors with arts and crafts and food, mural painting for children, an art exhibit, poetry readings and puppet theater. www. soweboarts.org.

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