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Side trip: Settle in for some Major League Baseball

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It's time to take yourself out to a ball game. Two hotels on opposite sides of the country cover all the bases with packages that include game tickets and more.

The Fairmont Washington, D.C., leads off with its "Washington Nationals Baseball Package," in play until Sept. 30. It features a night's accommodations and two tickets to a game at the new Nationals Park for $239 to $279 plus tax. Call toll-free 1-800-441-1414;, click on "Hotel Packages.''

Waiting on deck is the Omni San Diego Hotel with its April 4 to Sept. 28 "Homerun Package," offering a night's accommodations and two tickets to a Padres game at PETCO Park, connected to the hotel by a sky bridge. Prices start at $299, $369 and $519 plus tax. Call toll-free 1-888-444-6664;

ahotel/sandiego.aspx, click on "Hotel Special Offers"; schedule at

All the sports in one place

Speaking of sports, a new museum dedicated to sports history opens May 7 in New York City.

The Sports Museum of America is partnering with halls of fame and sports organizations nationwide to host exhibits on football, hockey, car racing, boxing and many sports in between.

The museum will display memorabilia, 1,100 photos and 20 films in 19 galleries. One gallery is devoted to the Heisman Trophy. The museum also houses a hall of fame for women in sports.

Interactive exhibits allow visitors to make a call as an NFL official; try on a goalie mask and experience a slap shot; and stand on a simulated NASCAR racetrack with cars screaming by on floor-to-ceiling screens.

The museum, at 26 Broadway in Manhattan, will be open daily. Tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for children 4 to 14 and can be bought in advance at

Follow Chihuly to San Francisco

If you can't get enough of Dale Chihuly, maybe you could travel to his first major show in San Francisco at the de Young Museum, June 14 through Sept. 28. The show will include 11 galleries of new and past works from the popular artist, who is known for large colorful glass art.

Chihuly, who is well known in the Tampa Bay area, is creating the installations for the works, and several are now viewable, including a 30-foot yellow neon saffron tower at the de Young's Pool of Enchantment and a 15-foot radiant yellow sun at the Legion of Honor in the exterior Court of Honor.

For more information on the San Francisco show, go to

In late March, Chihuly confirmed his commitment to a St. Petersburg museum for his glass sculptures. The Arts Center of St. Petersburg is planning an expansion that will include the 32,000-square-foot Chihuly Collection, the first museum of its kind in the world.

Searching for a seder

If you're away from home this Passover but you'd like to attend a seder, you can probably find one wherever you'll be, using the online International Seder Finder at The Seder Finder lists some 2,000 communal seders being held around the world by the Chabad-Lubavitch organization.

Anyone is welcome to attend the ritual meals and celebrations. Many are free, though you should let local organizers know if you're planning to come so they have enough food.

Passover begins at sundown April 19.

Compiled from Times staff, wires

Side trip: Settle in for some Major League Baseball 04/05/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:21am]
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