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october 25
American Heart Walk Everyone knows that a real good way to help your heart is to go for a long walk. Today, at the American Heart Association's American Heart Walk, your stroll might help other people's hearts as well. Join 6,000 others for the 5K or 10K run/walk and make yourself a little healthier while you're supporting the American Heart Association's research projects and educational programs. The walk starts at 8:30 a.m. in Sam Houston Park. The starting line is at the Buffalo Bayou Walking Trail. Call 610-5000 for more information.

Trick or Treat Street If you're a parent, you may feel trick or treating has gotten so spooky in a very real way that you're looking for an alternative way for your kids to celebrate Halloween. Today, Young Country 95.7 invites all the little ones to "Trick or Treat Street," at which children can enjoy carnival games, prizes, a costume contest and performances. They can also go trick or treating, and stay safe and sound while doing so. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Hermann Square (in front of City Hall), 900 Bagby, 881-5914. $2.

Techniques of Articulate People Over the centuries, rhetoric has gotten a bad rap. In America, it's been reduced to something only evil politicians partake in. But who among us hasn't tried to wheedle our way out of a traffic ticket, explain away our lateness or convince a boss to pay us what we're worth? That's rhetoric, too -- persuasive speech. We only associate it with politicians because they're so darned good at it.

Today, J. Singal, author of The Articulate Professional, wants to teach you how to speak with all the savvy finesse of someone seeking office. Learn how to infuse your talk with "verbal energy" and get what you want from people. 9:30 a.m. To register, go to 3000 Weslayan, Suite 330, by 5 p.m. Friday or call 877-1981. $45.

Bo Diddley One of rock and roll's many fathers, but still going strong to the tune of a 1997 Grammy nomination, Bo Diddley is a true living legend. He started out a boxer, wound up on street corners with his guitar burning, then found his way to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where Elvis came to hear him play back in the '50s. Tonight, Diddley will be in Houston. We don't know about Elvis. 9 and 11 p.m. Billy Blues Bar & Grill, 6025 Richmond, 266-9294. $25-$50.

An Evening with Gitanerias Put on your best flamenco dress and dance out to this benefit for the Houston Society of Flamenco Arts. Spend the night in the arms of your favorite lover while you burn up the floor with this sexy dance. A prize goes to the best costume, and who knows who you'll meet at an event such as this. 7:30-11 p.m. Italian Cultural and Community Center, 1101 Milford. For reservations, call 520-9364. $25.

Pointer Sisters To help Miller Outdoor Theatre celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Pointer Sisters are coming to town this weekend. Famous for a slew of danceable tunes from "Fire" to "I'm So Excited," the trio is likely to blaze across the relatively small stage at Miller Theatre. Because the gala is a fundraiser, tickets aren't free this time around. But if you sit on the hill, the price is still tiny for the large-sounding performance on tap for tonight. 8 p.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Drive, 629-3700. $75 in the seats; $15 on the hill.

october 26
Montrose Walking Tour Montrose is full of old, interesting buildings with lots of history. The homes in this architecturally diverse, post-Victorian neighborhood include those built in Arts and Crafts, Classical Revival and Mission styles, as well as some that can only be described as weird, eclectic combinations of different architectural approaches. Today, in a walking tour given by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, get the lowdown on how and when these structures came to be. 2 p.m. Corner of Stanford and West Main (adjacent to HSPVA's parking lot), 216-5000. $7, members, $5, nonmembers ; free, children under 12.

Taste of the Village Walk the Rice Village area while enjoying a '90s version of Norman Rockwell's America. Face painting, Halloween costumes, traveling entertainers, live music, food from more than 30 Rice Village restaurants and even a waiters race will be on hand for you to enjoy. Find smoothies, chocolates, Thai-spiced finger foods,"witches brew" from the Gingerman and lots more. 2-6 p.m. Rice Village area between Kirby, Greenbriar, University and Dunstan. Tickets are available at University Bank of Montrose, University of St. Thomas alumni office and West U Bank. For information, call 525-3115. $20; $10, children under 12; $55, family ticket for two adults and up to three children.

october 27
Avid FriendChip Dogs and cats don't have pockets, so they can't carry quarters to call home if they get lost. But thanks to modern medicine they can now be microchipped, which gives a sort of permanent message to phone home to all the shelters, animal control agencies and veterinarians who might come in contact with your lost pet. This week, all week, you can bring your furry friend in without an appointment and have her or him microchipped for life. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Houston Humane Society, 14700 Almeda Road, 433-6421. $25.

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