Beat the Heat!

1996 Summer Guide

July 14
Feed your head and work up an appetite The Houston Rowing Club will teach you to be part of the crew that, each weekend, takes one of three authentic, all-wooden, 34-foot British pilot gigs across the lake to the lovely Classic Cafe for breakfast. Lake history and water-safety lessons are included in the price. 334-3101. $20, plus breakfast.

August 2
Astros vs. the San Francisco Giants The series that starts today is the Press series of the season. The great Barry Bonds comes to town and the free gifts include autographed baseballs (Saturday) and trading cards (Sunday). 7:05 p.m. start Friday and Saturday; 1:35 p.m. start Sunday. Astrodome, Kirby Dr. at Loop 610. 629-3700. $4$19.

Arena Football Texas Terror vs. the Tampa Bay Storm. Last regular home game of the season. 7:30 p.m. The Summit, 10 Greenway Plaza, 629-3700. $7.50$27.50.

August 13
Paddle sports Maybe you read about table tennis in the Press a while back, and were intimidated by all that talk of glue and practice and equipment assemblage. That's for the pros; ordinary eggs can borrow paddles from the Houston Table Tennis Center and leave maintenance worries to the helpful staff; you just bring a friend and volley back and forth all day for $5 per person. Or join the club and play seven days a week for $25. 4997 W. Bellfort, 721-PLAY.

Juneteenth

Juneteenth Blues Festival Although turnout at the Juneteenth Blues Festival has been hampered the last couple of years by the NBA championships, the Sonics have guaranteed that the "World's Largest Free Blues Festival" should return to its past attendance glories. Trudy Lynn, "The First Lady of Soul," is artist of the year; Chicago harp player Billy Boy Arnold will be sitting in with Joe "Guitar" Hughes; Gatemouth Brown will blow your mind. 8 p.m. Thu.Sat., June 6-8, Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr., Hermann Park, 520-3290. Free.

George Ranch Historical Park celebration The ranch has long maintained a fine collection of art and artifacts relating to the history of African-American cowboys. The Juneteenth celebration features continuous gospel entertainment; tours of the ranch (with vignettes depicting African-American contributions to Fort Bend county); historical reenactments (including a broomstick wedding); old-fashioned games for the kids; pony rides; and a real rodeo. Revelers can keep their strength up by enjoying the ranch's traditional Juneteenth barbecue. Celebration, 10 a.m.7 p.m.; rodeo, 3 p.m. Sat., June 15. The ranch is 30 minutes from the Galleria. Take U.S. 59 south to Crabb River Rd., go south and follow the signs. (713) 545-9212. $6; $5, seniors; $3, children. Group and presale discounts available.

Juneteenth Gospel Extravaganza For the 14th season, glorious live music for two evenings. Pack the coolers, pack up the kids and get a good seat on the hill. 7:30 p.m. Sat., June 15, and Sun., June 16. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr., Hermann Park, 520-3290. Free.

Juneteenth Freedom Festival The National Emancipation Association presents a celebration, with pageantry, entertainment and pride. Put on your picnic best and some Deep Woods Off and join the celebration. 1 p.m. Wed., June 19. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr., Hermann Park, 520-3290. Free.

Kids in the country The good folks over at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 2720 Sampson, will -- like they have for the past 28 years -- bus at least 125 inner-city kids out to Tom Bass Park for a day of outdoor fun, food and games in one of Harris County's largest and most beautiful parks. Take Cullen Dr. south of 610 until it turns into FM 518 at Clear Creek. For more information, call 659-7704.

Kids' Stuff

Camps and Classes
Aeros Pee-wees Skaters who sign up for hockey camp get a T-shirt, a jersey, a chance to meet players (two players instruct, others drop in from time to time) and two and a half hours of on-ice training each day. Day camps are held at the Aerodome Ice Skating Complex in Willowbrook, July 1519. Kids five to ten skate, 9 a.m.4 p.m. weekdays; kids 11 to 18 skate, 8 a.m.3 p.m. weekdays. Evening camps are held at the complex in Sugar Land, July 2226, 6:309:30 p.m. Tue.; 58 p.m. other weekdays. For information, call 621-2842, ext. 41.

A.D. Player Theater Arts Academy The not-at-all secular theater company has two summer classes in acting, creative ensemble work and musical theater. June 10July 26. For information, call 439-0181. $150$200.

Boys and Girls Clubs Southeast Center The new center, with a 20,000 square-foot building, offers youths a computer lab and library, fine arts studies, games from Ping-Pong to chess and a Target Outreach program to end and prevent substance abuse, teen pregnancy and gang participation. Outdoors, on 27 acres, the center offers baseball, soccer and flag football. 5959 Selinsky, 784-5667.

Glassell School Two Junior School summer sessions offer kids four to 18 the standard creative stuff and a clay animation workshop. There's also a five-day ArtKamp that offers intensive instruction in a variety of media. Registration through July 1. For schedules and pricing information, stop by the school, 5101 Montrose, or call 639-7700.

Midtown Art Center's summer arts program Let the kids cultivate their talents while you're at work. Weekdays, 7:30 a.m.6 p.m., kids can study art, gymnastics, karate, choral singing, drumming, drama and dance in many styles. There are two sessions for boys and girls aged three and up, June 10July 12 and July 15August 17. The kids will perform in a recital August 17. 3414 La Branch (at Holman), 521-8803.

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