Actor Mario Lopez will be in Baltimore Tuesday to read to patients at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital, visit with members of the Boys and Girls Club in Edgewood, and meet with fans in Fells Point.

The one-time teen heartthrob and current host of the entertainment news show "Extra" will start his day reading to children from "Mud Tacos," a 32-page children's book that Lopez co-authored in 2009 with his younger sister Marissa Lopez Wong.

Lopez will also do a meet and greet with fans at private event at Meli in Fells Point. His third appearance will be at the Boys and Girls Club in Edgewood.

Lopez is perhaps best known for his portrayal of A.C. Slater on the teenage comedy "Saved By The Bell." Prior to that role, Lopez was a dancer on the children's show "Kids Incorporated" with Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson of The Black Eyed Peas. Since then, he has appeared on a number of television shows including: "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Resurrection Blvd.," "Eve," "The George Lopez Story," and the fourth season of FX Network's "Nip/Tuck." Lopez also finished second during the third season of "Dancing With The Stars."

In November, Lopez and his girlfriend, Courtney Laine Mazza, starred in "Mario Lopez: Saved By the Baby," a reality show on VH1 that chronicles the life of the couple and their newborn daughter, Gia Francesca Lopez. In 2008, Lopez became the host of "Extra."

john-john.williams@baltsun.com

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