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Food for good, good for food

The way to a man's checkbook is through his stomach -- here are a few food-focused fundraisers for you to consider:

Next Tuesday evening, November 9, at Silo Point, there's Life is Sweet Baltimore, a pastry chef showcase to benefit Best Buddies Maryland. The evening will include a silent auction, live entertainment, and a friendly competition among the chefs from Mr. Rain's Fun House, Blue Hill Tavern, Milan, Patisserie Poupon and other area restaurants.

On the following Wedensday, November 17, participating Little Italy restaurants will be donating 10% of their day's gross sales to the Pierce's Park fund for the creation of a new family park in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Look for strolling musicians, roasted chestnuts, and sidewalk espressos on the streets of Little Italy that evening.

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Pierce's Park, scheduled for a 2011 opening, will be a family-scaled residential park between the Inner Harbor and Harbor East. $3 parking will be available at the city garage in Little Italy -- although, really, it should be free, shouldn't it?  I can't imagine that if someone from the city sees this, he won't agree and make parking free that night for anyone dining in a participating restaurant that evening.

And, if you're in Little Italy that evening, or another one soon, take a look at the strands of red, green, and white lights that hang over the streets. They were hung there 15 years ago, and now, sadly, only a few bulbs on each strand manages to illuminate themselves. The non-profit

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hopes to have them fully restored in time for the annual Little Italy tree lighting on December 3rd with its Light Up Little Italy campaign. For just $5, you can buy a bulb. Send a check to : Promotion Center for Little Italy Baltimore, c/o 1020 Stiles Street, Little Italy, MD 21202

Businesses are encouraged to sponsor a half strand at $500 or a whole strand for $1,000. Bulb sponsors may donate "in honor or in memory of" a loved one. Lists of donors will be published in Little Italy's neighborhood newsweekly e-letter, on littleitalymd.com, and on temporary signs hung inside Little Italy's organizations and establishments and at various events.

Watercolor illustration of Pierce's Park -- Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc  

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