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Head down to the Bay Cafe at 8:30 Monday morning for the 13th annual Labor Day 5K run and 1 Mile Fun Walk. The run starts and finishes at the Bay Cafe Restaurant in Canton.

Entry fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the race. Children 12 and under cost $12 and $15 respectively. The first 800 registrants receive a cool race T-shirt free.


Prizes can be won by collecting pledges, which will help benefit Cardiac Care at St. Agnes HealthCare. Checks should be made payable to St. Agnes Foundation, and all pledges must be turned in by 8 a.m. Pledges can also be mailed to St. Agnes Foundation, 900 S. Caton Ave., Box 123, Baltimore, MD 21229.

Bay Cafe is at 2809 Boston St., Canton. For more information, call 410-368-3155.


Chaptico Classic

Come to the 18th annual benefit for Alternatives for Youth and Families on Saturday to run or walk in the countryside. Registrants can run a 5K or 10K course or hike three miles on a trail in the woods. The agency has been helping people for more than 30 years, primary in Southern Maryland.

Cost for runners is $30, $20 for walkers. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico in St. Mary's County.

To pre-register call 301-884-0312 or visit .

Alonzo's Picnic

Come enjoy some of blues' greatest musicians at Baltimore Blues Society's 7th annual Alonzo's Memorial Labor Day Picnic on Sunday at the Rosedale American Legion Grounds. Rain or shine, the tunes will not be delayed.

Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang are pausing their tour with George Thorogood to entertain Baltimore. The Wolf Gang will feature Shaw's son, Vaan, on the guitar to add a twist to his father's style.

James Armstrong will be making an appearance, as will Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges, whose newest release Jump the Joint, has received praise.


Not forgetting the local talent, the 2002 Baltimore Blues Challenge winners, Liz Brione and the Spitfires, will be performing.

The event is named for BBS founding member Alonzo Bennett.

To maintain the picnic experience, coolers are allowed and food and beverages will be for sale. Tickets are available in advance at Record and Tape Trader locations for $20 and $25 at the gate.

Rosedale American Legion Grounds are at 1331 Seling Ave., Baltimore. A part of the profit will be donated to the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.