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Two foreign visitors to the port -- one a modern navy ship and the other an elegant sailing ship -- will be open to visitors in the next week.

The first one is a contemporary Brazilian naval-training vessel. The Brasil, a 430-foot frigate, will be open for free public tours from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday at the Inner Harbor's West Wall. The frigate is used to train Brazil's future naval officers, who receive instruction in navigation, armament, communication, operations and supply services.

It is staffed by 29 officers, 200 midshipmen and 198 enlisted men.

On Tuesday, the Uruguayan tall ship Capitan Miranda, a 205-foot schooner, will sail into the Inner Harbor at 9 a.m. and dock at the Inner Harbor's West Wall.

The Capitan Miranda was originally a survey ship but is now the training ship for the Uruguayan Naval Academy at Montevideo. Built in Cadiz, Spain, in 1930, the ship was refitted and rerigged in 1978 and logs 10,000 sea miles annually.

The tall ship will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through July 18 for free public tours.

Both ships' visits are being sponsored by Baltimore Operation Sail, which plays host to foreign ships each summer. Information: 837-4636.

Snakes, crocodiles and other scaly visitors from Reptile World will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Rash Field's Kaufman Pavilion, next to the Maryland Science Center on Key Highway.

Children can see an array of live reptiles from all over the world and learn about their habitats, diets and characteristics. Information: 837-4636.

On Thursday, the Pumpkin Theatre will perform "The Tortoise and the Hare" at Kaufman Pavilion. Information: 837-4636.


Dan Moretti, a saxophonist known for his mainstream jazz, influenced by blues and Latin, will appear from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the "Beefeater Smooth Sounds" free concert series at the Harborplace Amphitheatre.

* On your way to the concert, you might consider a stop at the Peale Museum between noon and 4 p.m. tomorrow to drop off a trinket or two representing your ethnic origins.

Selected objects will be displayed in the "Collecting Baltimore" exhibit and in a future collection at the Morton K. Blaustein City Life Exhibition Center, which will open next year.

No food or perishable items will be accepted. Objects selected for display will not be returned. Information: 396-3524.

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