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Spring Fair allows Hopkins, Baltimore to come together

The organizers of Johns Hopkins University's student-run Spring Fair 2010 want Baltimoreans to look on the three-day festival as something of a giant open house.

"It's really unique, in that we can invite the whole Baltimore community to our campus, to showcase what we have to offer," says executive co-chairman Zachary Senders, a senior biology major from Philadelphia. "I think that's the best part, that we open our doors to everyone."

Beginning at noon Friday, there's nary a square foot of space on Hopkins' 130-acre Homewood campus that isn't rolling out the welcome mat in one way or another. From food and drink to carnival rides and musical performances, the 39th annual fair strives to make Hopkins accessible to anyone and everyone.

"We've tried to invite as much of the community as we could," says sophomore Ann Cheng, the fair's advertising co-chair. "We have so much entertainment, so much going on."

That includes coordinating with other campus groups to ensure a wider range of offerings. Saturday's third annual Breakoff Championship break-dancing competition, for instance, has been set to coincide with Spring Fair, as have an art exhibition and the university's seventh annual Physics Fair.

Scattered throughout the campus will be opportunities to tie-dye some free T-shirts (noon-3 p.m. today on "The Beach," off Charles Street in front of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library), watch the play "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead" (8 p.m. Saturday, Merrick Barn), even enjoy an encounter with Django the psychic monkey (Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.in the kids area, near the Mattin Center).

There's also plenty of entertainment scheduled, including a Friday-evening concert on the lacrosse practice field featuring the bands Time Columns, Forever the Sickest Kids and State Radio.

"We want to cater to the whole community," says Senders.

Johns Hopkins University's student-run Spring Fair 2010 runs today-Sunday on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Hours are noon-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the fair is free, although there is a charge for some events. Call 410-516-7692 or go to jhuspringfair.com.

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