CATCH THE RHYTHM: Hear salsa, merengue, cumbia,...


CATCH THE RHYTHM: Hear salsa, merengue, cumbia, Latin jazz and music of the Andes. Sample Latin American food. Experience Baltimore's growing Latino community.

Where to do all this is the 13th annual Latino Festival, Encounter '92, from noon till 9 p.m. today and Sunday at Market Square in Fells Point.

You'll find exhibits and information booths on Hispanic and Latin-Caribbean culture. Bilingual children's books and cookbooks will be on sale. This annual fund-raiser supports the East Baltimore Latino Organization's education and cultural activities. Information: 333-2532.

CHILL OUT: If you're taking the kids to the Inner Harbor today, check out the newest IMAX movie, "Antarctica," at the Maryland Science Center.

From noon till 3 p.m, outside the Science Center you'll find a "Penguin Party" promotion going on. Working with chain saw and blowtorch, an ice sculptor will be carving a life-size penguin. The kids can compete in a penguin egg race, see a demonstration with liquid nitrogen and a 35-foot inflated penguin on the center'sroof.

Outdoor events today are free. Science Center attractions require an admission fee: Information: 685-5225.

PLAN AHEAD: Next Saturday, not today, will be a great chance to experience the new Baltimore Harbor Promenade, a paved trail winding along East Baltimore's waterfront. The Baltimore Harbor Endowment's Waterfront Walk '92, covering four miles, is something the whole family can do as a cheap date on June 6.

You start at Canton's Waterfront Park at the end of Boston Street, where the parking's free, and finish at the Inner Harbor's McKeldin Square.

Shuttles will take you back to Canton for $1.50. If you want to walk farther, say, about 6.2 miles, a volksmarch course (non-competitive, recreational walking) will be mapped out by the city's Star-Spangled Steppers volksmarch club.

Either way, you'll experience the new promenade, as well as pieces of Canton, Fells Point and Little Italy.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is $2. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a free visor. After a dedication ceremony, walkers step off at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Information: 732-8155 or 732-1438.

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