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Horsepower, spinning tires and more-than-ample decibels of engine noise will rock the Baltimore Arena this weekend in the Ford/U.S. Hot Rod Motorsports Championship.

Watch for a Hagerstown-based competitor, Michael Vators, in his 12-foot tall, 12,000-pound "monster truck," Black Stallion.

Competitors also include a father-son team -- not Mario and Michael Andretti, but Dick and Jeff McPherson of Circleville, Ohio -- in two-wheel-drive trucks.

Plus, you'll see a motocross -- racing motorcycles. Cost: $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets: Arena box office and TicketMaster outlets. Show times: 8 p.m. today and tomorrow and 2 p.m. Sunday. Information: 347-2090.

Meet three black women from three different eras and see how times have changed. "Heroes Just Like You: Careers in Science and Technology" is an exhibit sponsored by the Baltimore City Life Museums that highlights Baltimoreans in scientific research, nursing, engineering, computers and other fields.

Visitors tomorrow (and Saturdays, March 20, April 10, 24, May 1 and 22) will see three mini-plays set in 1890, 1940 and 1993 that depict the career goals of an aspiring black woman.

Reservations required; performances are at 1:15 p.m and 2:30 p.m. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Walter Sondheim Gallery, Courtyard Exhibition Center, 800 E. Lombard St. Admission: $1.75 for adults, 75 cents for children under 12.


On Sunday, take the kids to the National Aquarium's seal exhibit outdoors, where seven harbor seals and two gray seals swim and play every day.

It's the aquarium's International Seal Day, and children are invited to make seal crafts and have their faces painted. For parents, there's a 10 percent discount on all seal-related gift shop items.


Gather 'round for the story of Sojourner Truth, the illiterate former slave who spoke out for the rights of blacks and women in the 19th century. Alice McGill will re-create this historical figure's life and struggles from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Top of the World Observation Level of the World Trade Center. Her show includes songs and tales of African folklore. Admission: $2 for adults. $1 for seniors and children 5 to 15. Information: 837-4515.

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