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Pocahontas The Houston Symphony presents songs from the Disney classic. Kids, who've undoubtedly watched the movie over and over and know every line of every song, will likely want to stand up, throw up their hands in the air and sing along. Music from the ballet Petrouchka, HSPVA actors and Houston Ballet Academy dancers are also on the bill. 10:30 a.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 227-ARTS. $5$10, adults; $3-$7, children.

Bellaire Fall Fever 5K Run/Walk The course is described as fast and scenic, and those who sign up for this inaugural fun run will not only get an eyeful of lovely Bellaire but will also help to raise money for scholarships for students at Bellaire High School. Participants get a long-sleeved T-shirt and a water bottle. 8 a.m. start at Laurel and South Rice (Bellaire City Hall). For information, call 563-8247. $25.

Parking lot sale Here's your chance to get some really cool old stuff cheap and to help raise money so that underprivileged children can get some new school clothes. The Assistance League of Houston Thrift Shop's second annual Fall Parking Lot Sale is today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; go on down and get yourself some of those comfy, broken-in flannel shirts. 1902 Commonwealth at Welch, 526-5425.

281 is here It's been looming, however vaguely, for a while, and now it's upon us. Today, dialing up a Southwestern Bell customer living outside Beltway 8, roughly speaking, will mean punching in the new 281 area code before the usual seven-digit phone number. Actually, this is the start of a six-month transition period -- the new area code will become mandatory May 3, 1997 -- but why wait any longer? The phone company says we really should just dive right in. 281 calls are still local.

The Territory: Digital Animation Four Texas artists -- Jayne Loader, John Davis, Kevin McIntyre and Sam Hurt -- are featured in this installment of The Territory. Along with samplings from these artists, the program will feature a discussion on the development of computer animation over the past decade, its varied directions and its accessibility in the marketplace. 10:30 p.m. KUHT/Channel 8.

november 3
Men Who Cook Ralph "Coop" Cooper, one man who's not afraid to tell it like it is, will be the master of ceremonies for this sixth annual scholarship fundraiser hosted by the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce. Houston's best male chefs are featured, so don't even think this man-centric event will involve frozen pizzas, a jar of peanut butter with a spoon stuck in it or even a bag of Cheetos. Tonight, along with fine cuisine, the entertainment draw includes Mikki Bleu, comedian Rodney Bigham and the Family Affair Steel Band, along with Dr. Lee P. Brown, honorary chairman. 69 p.m. Hyatt Regency Downtown, 1200 Louisiana, 522-9746. $25.

24th Annual Jewish Book Fair Tonight and for the next two weeks, the Jewish Community Center is playing host to some of the finer authors of the day -- Neil Simon (November 10) among them. The 15,000 volume bookstore opens at 1 p.m.; other opening day highlights include a reading by children's storyteller Peninnah Schram at 3 p.m. ($7); a free teachers workshop at 6 p.m.; and a presentation by Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill and author of Holocaust, at 8 p.m. ($6). This cultural happening is open to the entire community. Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood, 729-3200, extension 3231.

november 4
1996: The Election Dr. Daron Shaw of the UH political science department will look in-depth at the issues driving voters' choices for Tuesday's election. Too, he'll examine the current status of voter disaffection (apathy?) and discuss whether either party can wrangle complete control in Washington. (The series concludes next week with Dr. Richard Murray discussing the election results.) Noon1:30 p.m. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. For info, call the Houston Seminar, 668-7121. $15.

Circus Electorus Perhaps you'd like to do a little last-minute cramming for tomorrow's election, but that Daron Shaw thing sounds a little too in-depth. Perhaps Ron Crick, Mike Vance and their old Comedy Workshop cohorts can shed a little cynical light on the political choices being posed to voters. Perhaps not. Either way, they'll make you giggle as they mock the McLaughlin Report, journalists and politicos on both sides of the fence. Andy Huggins, Roger Gray and the PC Cowboys are involved, too. The Laff Stop, 1952 West Gray, 524-2333. $7.

Diamonds to ogle Usually when the average person thinks about wearable diamonds, they're thinking Tiffany settings or stud earrings. The 1996 Diamonds-International Awards Collection is making its one and only appearance in the Southwest this week to show what top designers mean by "wearable." This $6 million exhibit features 30 designs, and they're not nearly as gaudy as one might imagine. 10 a.m.6 p.m. today through Wednesday. I.W. Marks Jewelers, 3814 Bellaire, 668-5000. Ogling free.

november 5
Election Day You have no other priority today, and boy howdy, there's just bound to be something in this one to stir your interest. For starters, there's the referendum on the downtown baseball stadium (and though it's technically nonbinding, you can be sure they'll listen to what you say at the polls). Then you have your presidential race, and all those judgeships and county positions and more. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Visit for polling info. Metro is offering free midday rides to the polls (9 a.m.3 p.m.) for those who show a voter registration card to the bus driver.

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