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Tribute to USS Constellation

As the nation marks its 228th birthday this weekend, Baltimore will salute the launch 150 years ago of the USS Constellation with Sailabration 2004 at the Inner Harbor.

"The Constellation is such a staple in the Inner Harbor that we really wanted to celebrate it," said Tracy Baskerville of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. "We just decided to take the whole July Fourth weekend."

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Seven tall ships -- from the Pride of Baltimore II at 170 feet to the Portuguese Navy ship Sagres, at 296 feet -- will converge on the Inner Harbor starting Tuesday for the celebration.

Other naval ships include the 270-foot Cuauhtemoc from Mexico, the 269-foot Mircea from Romania, the 257-foot Cisne Branco from Brazil and the 205-foot Capitan Miranda from Uruguay. The Bluenose II, the 181-foot ship from Nova Scotia, also will dock at the Inner Harbor.

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The festivities begin in earnest on Wednesday, with the unveiling of a stamp commemorating the Constellation by the U.S. Postal Service at 11:30 a.m. and a welcome ceremony at 6 p.m., both at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater.

By the time the ships leave the Inner Harbor next Monday, visitors will have had the opportunity to enjoy concerts, street performances, tours of the vessels -- and Sunday night's holiday fireworks show.

Many of the events are free. For more information, call 410-522-7300 or click here.

Other events this week include:

Tuesday The Greater Baltimore Committee's Education Committee will present a session on "Teaching Entrepreneurial Skills to Young People" at 8 a.m. Speakers include entrepreneur Larry Rivitz, Debbie Silcox of the Baltimore City Public School System and GBC Vice President Liz Pettengill. For more information, call 410-727-2820 or click here.

Wednesday The Greater Baltimore Committee's 2004 Golf Classic kicks off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Greystone Golf Course in White Hall. For more information, call 410-727-2820 or click here.

The Greater Baltimore Technology Council presents "Presence-Based Collaboration," a seminar featuring a demonstration of the new software Openspace developed by Siemens and Microsoft Corp. The online session will be held at 1 p.m. For more information, call 703-262-2677 or visit online.

The Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event at 6 p.m. at the Engineers Club, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place. For more information, call 410-332-8858 or send an e-mail to mmcgrath@saul.com.

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Thursday The 2004 Youthworks Program kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with a rally at the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St.

Sponsored by the Baltimore City Office of Employment Development, Youthworks is Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's youth summer jobs program, offering opportunities to young people ages 14 to 21. Last year, the program served 5,700 youth. For more information, call 410-396-5627 or click here.

Monday The Fourth of July holiday.


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