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In Baltimore County

State panel approves more than $1 million to buy farm for park

ANNAPOLIS -- The state Board of Public Works approved more than $1 million yesterday to purchase the 84-acre Altenburg Farm in the Bengies-Chase section of the east county for use as a public park.

The funding -- $1,010,137 -- is from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Open Space program.

The property, along Eastern Avenue beside Chase Elementary School Recreation Center, stretches from the school to the southeastern edge of Gunpowder Falls State Park. The park will include ball fields, playgrounds and walking trails.

Workshops set on raising funds for nonprofit groups

TOWSON -- The county Office of Community Conservation will hold a series of two-day workshops next month on fund raising for nonprofit groups and community organizations.

Workshops will be held from 8: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday and ending Oct. 27. They will be held in Catonsville, Towson and Essex.

The $25 fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch both days. Information: 410-887-3864.

Dundalk High School to send 16 to UM math competition

DUNDALK -- Sixteen students from Dundalk High School will participate in the 21st annual University of Maryland High School Mathematics Competition.

The first stage of the competition, which is open to students from Maryland and the District of Columbia, will be held Oct. 20. The second stage will be held Dec. 8. Students who score well on the exams could win cash prizes worth up to $500. Scholarships will also be awarded.

In Baltimore City

Preservationists to offer guided Market Center tours

Baltimore Heritage, a preservation group, is offering guided walking tours of the Market Center area on the west side of downtown today and Thursdays and Saturdays next month.

A $350 million revitalization project is planned for the area, and preservationists are concerned that many of the area's historic buildings might be demolished. They have urged that city officials put more emphasis on historical preservation as they review development plans.

Tours will be conducted from noon to 12: 30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Saturdays, beginning at the southwest corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place. Information: 410-605-0462.

City College Class of 1954 to hold reunion Nov. 7

City College Class of 1954 is planning a reunion to be held Nov. 7 at the Ramada Inn in Pikesville, 1721 Reisterstown Road.

The reunion, which includes graduates from the February and June classes of 1954, will coincide with the 111th City-Poly football game to be played Nov. 6 at PSINet Stadium.

Information: Stanley Silverman, 410-285-1815, during business hours.

Free screenings offered for facial deformities

For children and adults with facial deformities, the local chapter of Operation Smile will hold a free screening from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 9 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center Healthcare, 1200 E. Fayette St.

Doctors and other health professionals from University of Maryland Medical Systems, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and GBMC will evaluate candidates. Those accepted will receive a consultation and will be referred to appropriate services.

Operation Smile is a nonprofit, volunteer medical services organization that provides facial reconstructive surgery to indigent children in the United States and 18 developing countries. Information: 410-244-8072.

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