Trees celebrate 'The Cherry Orchard'


Center Stage will plant a grove of ornamental cherry trees in Baltimore's Herring Run Park in celebration of its next production, Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard."

The tree-planting project is run with Tree-Mendous Maryland, an urban forestry program that has enlisted volunteers to plant more than 3.5 million trees and seedlings. Volunteers are needed to help plant the grove, which will serve as a monument to Anton Chekhov, the Russian writer and physician. The planting is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday at the southeast corner of the intersection of Belair Road and Parkside Drive in the park. For details, call (410) 685-3200, Ext. 374.


Two Baltimore art museums -- the Baltimore Museum of Art and " the Contemporary -- are among 300 institutions throughout the United States to receive general operating grants from the Institute of Museum Services.

The BMA received $112,500 and the Contemporary received $31,634 from the independent federal agency, which is part of the National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities.

TC The Maryland Historical Society received $112,500.

More than 1,000 institutions, ranging from zoos and aquariums tart, history and children's museums applied for support this year. To receive a grant, a museum had to demonstrate excellence in all areas of its operations. Each award equaled 15 percent of a museum's operating budget, up to $112,500.

Other Maryland museums and historic sites to receive general operating grants are the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in St. Leonard, $112,500; Historic St. Mary's City in St. Mary's City, $112,500; and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael's, $112,500.


Baltimore writer Jenny Keith will present a reading with Dee Snyder, a Washington writer and performance artist, at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Halcyon Gallery, 909 Fells St. Admission is $4 per person. For details, call (410) 675-6870.


The 12th annual Towson Art*Fest will take place from 10 a.m. t5 p.m. Saturday at the Towson Courthouse. More than 200 local artists, crafts people and photographers will display their work. Admission is free. For information, call (410) 828-8629.


The Baltimore City Life Museums' Center for Urban Archaeology has received $15,000 from the Maryland Historical Trust to examine the state of the city's archaeological research.

The grant will allow a review of the city's archaeological research during the past 30 years, an analysis of the laws that protect the sites and the updating and computerization of site files.


Auditions for the Annapolis Youth Chorus are scheduled at p.m. tomorrow at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Designed for singers ages 6 to 18, the chorus will join the Annapolis Chorale for an October performance of "Carmina Burana" conducted by J. Ernest Green. For audition reservations and details, call (410) 263-1906.

* The Handel Choir of Baltimore is looking for experienced basses and tenors to sing in its chorus for the 1994-'95 season. Singers need to be able to read music well and to sight-sing. The choir rehearses Monday evenings at First English Lutheran Church, 3807 N. Charles St. For details and an audition appointment, call (410) 366-6544.

* Mother Lode Productions will hold auditions for Howard Zinn's "Emma" at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at Theatre Project. The November production, directed by Joe Brady, calls for men and women of all ages. For details, call (410) 243-8665.

* F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for its January production of "Cabaret" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 26-27 at the theater, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave. The production calls for four men and four women who can sing and dance. Auditioners should prepare materials appropriate to the show. For details, call (410) 321-6595.

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