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Mother Earth Day

Celebrate this Mother's Day at the inaugural Mother Earth Day, a festival of music, food and flight.

Among the acts scheduled to perform are the All Mighty Senators, Toots and the Maytels, Rumba Club and God Street Wine.

Attendees can enjoy a drink at the beer garden or some java at the One World Cafe and dine on a wide range of international cuisine, including seafood, Indian, Jamaican and Greek food.

As the highlight of the day's festivities, some of the best hang gliders in the world will give a demonstration of their aerial sport.

Environmental groups and jewelry and craft vendors will also have displays.

This family-oriented event will donate a portion of the proceeds to The Childhood Leukemia Foundation and the Family Tree, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect.

On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Oregon Ridge, 13401 Beaver Dam Road in Hunt Valley. Admission $15, kids 12 and under get in free. Call 410-547-7598. The Enoch Pratt Free Library will be the site of "A Flower Unblown, A Book Unread," a two-day book-themed flower show.

Displays of flowers, bulbs, miniature arrangements and other categories inspired by Maryland authors will be judged.

The event includes a pair of lectures. Rebecca Kolls, author of "Rebecca's Garden: Four Seasons to Grow On," will give her gardening tips at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. At noon, author Carole Ottesen will hold her own lecture and book signing. After the lectures, a box lunch will be served in the Edgar Allan Poe Room.

On Tuesday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Admission to the lectures is $40, and the luncheon $15. The displays are free. Call 410-366-0320.

Boy's Choir of Harlem

Come listen to the music of the world-renown Boy's Choir of Harlem with conductor Dr. Walter J. Turnbull as part of the "Meet Us at the Meyerhoff" series.

The performance is also part of BESTFEST '98, the annual music fund-raiser for the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust. Net proceeds will provide financial aid to African-American students attending independent schools in the area. Several area restaurants have joined forces to promote this Mother's Day extravaganza as a brunch and entertainment package.

The Choir has performed for the White House and on Broadway, and was featured on the Grammy-winning soundtrack for "Glory."

At the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18-$28, $10-14 for children under 12. Call 410-783-8000. For more information about BESTFEST '98, call 410-752-2225.

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