The Big Three

June 01, 2006|By LORI SEARS

GOLF

TEE TIME

What's even better than watching the major golf tournaments on TV? Watching them in person, you say. But that's not going to happen, right? Wrong. This year, the McDonald's LPGA Championship (and pre-tournament events) is taking place in Havre de Grace, Monday through June 11. And you're invited to watch as the 150 top female golfers in the world take to the greens at Bulle Rock Golf Course.

Michelle Wie (pictured), Annika Sorenstam, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis and more than 145 others will compete in the long-running match, which is one of the four major tournaments on the LPGA Tour. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House charities.

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McDonald's LPGA Championship events take place Monday through June 11 at Bulle Rock Golf Course, 320 Blenheim Lane, Havre de Grace. There will be free parking at Ripken Stadium, 73 Long Drive, Aberdeen, with free shuttles to and from the golf course. Tickets are $20 per day, $55 for a seven-day pass, and $85 for a seven-day pass plus admission to the Hall of Fame Pavilion, a hospitality facility. Free admission for age 16 and younger if accompanied by a paying adult. Call 888-321-1681, 877-776-5742 or visit www.mcdslpga.org for tickets.

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[LORI SEARS]

FESTIVAL

'RAY'S SUMMER DAYS'

Technically, it's not summer yet. But shucks, if Ray Lewis says it's time for summer fun, that's good enough for us. This year marks the second annual "Ray's Summer Days," a four-day festival filled with sporting events, games, comedy and more. The event, presented by Comcast, celebrates the start of the summer season and raises money for disadvantaged youth and kids' football initiatives in the city.

The festival kicks off Wednesday with a VIP dinner presented by Legacy Farm and is followed by the Baccardi Main Event Cocktail Reception and Auction on June 8 at Martin's West. On June 9, the RSD Golf Classic takes place at Mountain Branch Golf Club, and the K Bank Celebrity Bowling Tournament rolls on at Perry Hall Lanes that evening. On the last day, June 10, the Baltimore Ravens All-Pro Festival (noon-5 p.m. and free admission), gets under way with interactive kids games, meetings with Ravens players, cheerleaders and mascots, the Madden Football video game tournament (1 p.m.-4 p.m. and $25 to enter) and lots more, at M&T Bank Stadium, Parking Lot C. The event wraps up with Ray's Mega Comedy Jam at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center.

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"Ray's Summer Days 2" runs Wednesday through June 10. Ticket prices vary. Call 305-255-3500 or visit rayssummerdays.com for a list of prices and more information.

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[LORI SEARS]

FAMILY

'BARBIE' FLIES INTO TOWN

That Barbie. She sure knows how to keep herself busy. Her life has included stints as a doctor, teacher, ballerina, horseback rider, princess, rock star, gymnast and several hundred other career choices. And alas, she's making her way to the big stage, starring in Barbie Live in Fairytopia, a stage show running through Sunday for eight performances at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. Based on the direct-to-video film Barbie Fairytopia, the family show features Barbie in the role of Elina, living in a magical land. The production has elaborate costumes and sets, special effects, such as flying fairies, and an original musical score. Erin Elizabeth Coors stars as Barbie, Eric Schaeffer directs the production and Tony-nominated designer Gregg Barnes styles the costumes.

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Shows will be at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today, 7 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets $18-$42. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit broadwayacrossamerica.com. .......................

[LORI SEARS]

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