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Saturday, November 9, 2002 will mark the 271st Birthday of America’s first African-American man of mathematics and science. The Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Inc., and the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will celebrate this occasion with “A Special Salute to Banneker” past and future. A discussion of “Discovery & Archeological Investigation of the Bejamin Banneker Homestead” will take place. The celebration will feature the unveiling of a new life-size Benjamin Banneker wax figure and a ceremonial cake cutting. Festivities will begin at 12 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, MD. The event is open to the public with an admission donation of $3 per person. For more information, call 410-887-1081 or visit

Women in Black-Baltimore will hold a vigil on Friday, November 8, 2002 from 12-1 p.m. at Light and Pratt streets at the Inner Harbor to mourn the lives lost during the Afghanistan conflict since last year. For more information, call 410-366-1586 or email

Maryland is now proud to offer its first comprehensive driving tour, the Antietam Campaign Trail, which covers 90 miles of scenic and historic roads starting at White’s Ferry in Montgomery County and traveling through Frederick into Sharpsburg. The trail also highlights many recreational opportunities in the region, from biking on the C & O Canal to rafting on the Potomac River. Maps will be distributed by the Maryland Welcome Centers. Visitors may also call 800-719-5900 or order via

For a minimal fee,Action-In-Maturity a senior non-profit organization, provides door-to-door transportation to medical appointments, the Johns Hopkins Wednesday Noon Series, Thursday matinees at the BSO and the Candlelight Concert Series at Second Presbyterian. For more information, call 410-889-7915 Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Jump start your Christmas shopping with a trip by motor to Vanity Fair and the adjacent outlets in Reading, PA on Friday, November 8, sponsored by Action-In-Maturity. Each passenger receives $100 worth of coupons, a complimentary lunch voucher, continental breakfast and snacks––$21 inclusive. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 410-889-7915.

Action-In-Maturity sponsors a free "Community Information Session" at Second Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 19 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Representatives from the Commission on Aging and Retirement Education, MTA Mobility Services, BG&E, Stadium Place, Village Learning Place and AIM provide updates on the services and programs their organizations offer. Light fare and an opportunity to meet with these representatives will be provided. Open to the public and reservations are required by calling 410-889-7915..

Action-In-Maturity sponsors a motor coach trip to Longwood Gardens PA on Wednesday, December 11 for Baltimoreans 50 years and older. Longwood Gardens will dazzle you with holiday flora and lights synchronized to holiday music. The trip includes a yuletide buffet at the Terrace Restaurant, admission to Longwood Gardens, Holiday Sing-a-Long and Longwood Garden's Gift shop––$50.00. Reservations required. Please call 410-889-7915.

“The Ten Best 1-hour Hikes to Take with your Dog in the Baltimore Area this Fall”:

  1. The Camel’s Den Trail, Patapsco Valley State Park, Daniels Area, Howard County.
  2. Circle Trail, Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore County.
  3. South Trail, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Hereford Area, Baltimore County.
  4. The Hashawha Trails, Bear Creek Nature Center, Carroll County.
  5. Hemlock Gorge, Pretty Boy Reservoir, Baltimore County.
  6. The Loggers Red Trail, Oregon Ridge Park, Baltimore County.
  7. The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail, Susquehanna State Park, Harford County.
  8. Savage Historic Mill Trail, Savage Park, Howard County.
  9. The Serpentine Trail, Soldiers Delight NEA, Baltimore County.
  10. The White Trail, Rocks State Park, Harford County.
Baltimore’s Thanksgiving Parade will be held on Saturday, November 23 at 11 a.m. The parade begins at the intersection of Pratt and Eutaw streets, continues east on Pratt, and disbands at Pratt and President streets. A viewing stand for spectators will be located at the corner of Pratt and Light streets. The parade will feature Santa Claus, his elves, marching bands, and many others. For more information about the parade, call 1-877-BALTIMORE or visit

Join the Vegetarian Resource Group for its annual vegetarian Pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner on Sunday, November 24, 2002 at 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Church, located at St. Paul and 27th streets in Baltimore. Admission is $3/ adult plus a vegetarian dish (no meat, fish, or poultry) or a vegan dish (no animal ingredients including dairy products and eggs) which will serve four or more people. Children admitted free of charge. Please write the recipe of your dish on a 3 X 5 card and note whether it is vegan or vegetarian. Please bring also a non-perishable vegetarian canned food item for the church to distribute to those in need. For more information, call 410-366-VEGE.

The Inner Harbor Ice Rink at Rash Field opens its season on Friday, November 29 at 12 p.m. The rink offers skating lessons throughout the week from 12-2 p.m., 4-6 p.m., and 7-9 p.m. for $5 per person. Friday nights from 7-10 p.m. are $6 per person. Weekend sessions, Saturday from 12-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. are all $6 per person. Saturday mornings 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. is “Tykes on Ice,” with children 12 and under admitted for $4 and adults $5. Sunday afternoons at 5:30 p.m. is “Sunday Great Skates” with skating classes for all ages. Half hour lessons including skates are $6. For more information, visit To confirm weather conditions, call the rink at 410-385-0675.

Mountain Club of Marylandeld invites active people of all ages to participate in the following events: Wednesday, November 20, 2002—Billy Goat Trail: Hike 8 miles of the Billy Goat Trail along the Potomac River then into wooded area and return via C & O canal. Possible visit to view Great Falls after hike on your own. Call 410-730-9031. Friday, November 29, 2002: Sweet Air Area of Gunpowder Falls Park—Moderate hike of 7 miles. Call 410-663-9797. Many other hikes are planned; ask for list.

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This story was published on November 9, 2002.
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