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The correct telephone number to inquire about the Walt Disney's World on Ice show at the Baltimore Arena is 481-SEAT. Friday's Around the Inner Harbor column reported the number incorrectly.

The Sun regrets the error.


See Mickey Mouse and family on ice at Walt Disney's World on Ice show at the Baltimore Arena. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow; noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday Information: 962-8000.

Ninety years ago this weekend, the Great Baltimore Fire engulfed in what then was a major portion of the city. In two days, wind-driven fire destroyed more than 140 prime acres, including much of the property that made up the city's skyline.

The area includes today such landmarks as the Baltimore Arena, the National Aquarium, Mercy Medical Center and part of Harborplace.

You can commemorate this devastating event in city history a couple of ways:

* Walking tours of the fire district are being conducted by the Baltimore City Life Museums from noon to 1:15 p.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Today's tour will be conducted by Harold A. Williams, former Sunday Sun editor and author of "Baltimore Afire."

All tour groups meet at the Baltimore Arena (Hopkins Place and )) Baltimore Street) and continue to the Jones Falls near Little Italy.

Tours will be conducted rain or shine. Cost is $4 for museum members and $7 for nonmembers. Call 396-3279 for reservations.

* A re-enactment of the alarms and attendant activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, sponsored by the Baltimore Fire Department and the Box 414 Association, a public-service group that took its name from the fire alarm box used to summon additional fire fighters during the 1904 blaze.

The re-enactment -- without flames, of course -- will include a response by the first units with period firefighting apparatus, including a horse-drawn unit, alongside modern fire trucks.

The procession will begin at the Steadman Station at Lombard and Eutaw streets, rounding the corner to a reviewing stand on Howard Street between Lombard and Baltimore streets. Members of the Golden Radio Buffs, a city group interested in old radio programs and equipment, will perform a short, scripted history of the fire at the reviewing stand.


Sip champagne and have birthday cake Sunday to observe Babe Ruth's 99th birthday. The party's at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St. (Arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and you get in free.) You also may meet Rex Barney, ex-Big League pitcher and current Baltimore sportscaster and Orioles public-address announcer. Information: 727-1539. Thank yewww.


The Maryland Science Center is observing Black History Month with free admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Information: 685-5225.


You still have some time to go boat shopping this weekend. The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show continues at the Convention Center through Sunday. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

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