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May 25, 2006|By LORI SEARS

ZOO

THE BIRDS ARE COMING IN FOR A LANDING

Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds) would love this. The traveling exhibit Parakeet Landing returns to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Saturday and runs through Labor Day weekend. Hundreds of cockatiels, zebra finches, grass parakeets and rosellas will fly freely inside the 1,500-square-foot aviary. Visitors can purchase a feedstick and entice the birds to eat out of their hands. Experts will be on hand to share information on the tropical birds. (Also, consider taking a camel ride, which the zoo is bringing back as of Saturday.)

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The bird exhibit starts Saturday and lasts through Labor Day weekend at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park. Zoo admission is $15; $12 seniors; $10 ages 2-11; free for ages younger than 2. An additional $2 fee is required for the bird exhibit. Feedsticks cost $1. Additional fee for camel rides. Call 410-366-LION or visit www.marylandzoo.org.

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[LORI SEARS]

EXHIBIT

BELOVED NEIGHBORHOOD

He was quite a neighbor. And for more than three decades, he was quite a friend to the millions of children who watched his PBS show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. From Saturday through Sept. 3, Port Discovery -- The Children's Museum in Baltimore honors the late Fred Rogers, who created and starred in the educational TV show, at the new exhibit Mister Rogers' Neighborhood -- A Hands-On Exhibit.

There will be a life-size re-creation of the show's set, educational and hands-on activities, artifacts from the show, and a large King Friday XIII castle, where visitors can dress up as the king or Queen Sara or Prince Tuesday. Kids can try on a sweater and sneakers, see a small, movable trolley and a life-size Neighborhood Trolley, and visit the Neighborhood of Make Believe. The exhibit was designed by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum with assistance from Family Communications, the producers of Rogers' original television show.

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The exhibit runs Saturday through Sept. 3 at Port Discovery, 35 Market Place. Tickets are $11; $10 seniors; $8.50 ages 2-12; free for ages younger than 2. Call 410-727-8120 or visit portdis

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HOLIDAY

REMEMBER THE FALLEN

Honor and remember those who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom this Memorial Day at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and at other locations downtown. Commemorations begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Fort McHenry flagpole with a program on the history of Memorial Day and a raising of the Civil War flag to half staff. There will then be readings of poetry, including Bivouac of the Dead and In Flanders Fields, and a discussion on the traditions of the solemn holiday. At noon, the Star-Spangled Banner will be raised to full mast, as visitors lay a wreath at the flagpole. Living-history presentations, videos on the history of Memorial Day and other displays are also scheduled. The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3 p.m. at the flagpole, followed by a playing of taps on a Civil War bugle.

Downtown, wreaths will be placed at the graves of Civil War soldiers in Old Saint Paul's Cemetery on Redwood Street at 1:30 p.m. And there will be observances aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney at 1 p.m. Events are presented by Fort McHenry and the Living Classrooms Foundation.

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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is at 2400 E. Fort Ave. Admission is $5 for ages 16 and older. Free admission to the grounds around the fort. Call 410-962-4290.

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[LORI SEARS]

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