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Bastille Day Celebration: The French-American Chamber of Commerce, L'Alliance Fran¸aise de Houston, Gabriel & Andreu, Hotel Sofitel and the French Counsul General host a gala celebration to honor "la Fête Nationale," the day the infamous prison was stormed in Paris. Let them eat cake! Wed., July 14, 5 p.m. Hotel Sofitel, 425 N. Sam Houston Parkway. Call (713)960-0575. $20-$25.

Spectator

B.O.I. penguins
B.O.I. penguins

Bicycle Races: Point races, scratch races, miss-and-out races, unknown distance and more. 7-10:30p.m. Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Alkek Velodrome, 19008Saums Rd. (at Cullen Park), (281)578-0693.

Houston Polo Club: Professional polo players compete every Sunday through July 11. 8552Memorial Dr. Info: (713)622-7300. Tickets: $15-$75.

Sam Houston Race Park: Live quarter-horse racing returns through Sept. 12. Thu.-Sat. races begin at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Concerts every Friday through Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Fri., July 9, Asleep at the Wheel; July 16, Jerry Jeff Walker; July 23, Warren Brothers; July 30, Shane Minor. Beltway 8 between I-45 and 290. Call (281)8078760 for reservations or information. $3; $1 for seniors; free for children under 12.

Participatory

Alkek Velodrome: Open riding is available Tue. & Thu. 5-9 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 2-6 p.m. 19008Saums Rd. (at Cullen Park), (281)5780693. Bike rental is $3. Open riding is $2; $1 for those 18 and under.

Bay Area Rowing Center: Learn team rowing, kayaking and canoeing in this all-summer health and fitness program. Weekend excursions along local bayous. Ongoing classes. Center for Life Extension and Aging Research, 714 Clear Lake Road, Clear Lake Shores. Call (281)334-3101 for class information.

BiRaKIT: Racquetball, handball, paddleball, smacquetball and walleyball. 2200 Tanglewilde, (281)240-0658.

Cyclone Cycles Bike Rides: A 12-15 mile bike ride from Cyclone Cycles, 2528 Sheridan in Montrose, to Party on the Plaza every Thursday at 7 p.m. Info: (713)668-2104. Free.

Golf Classes: Play for a day on one of the city's championship courses and learn from a pro how to improve your game. Courses include Lake Houston, Tour 18, Del Lago, Bentwood, Memorial Park, Bear Creek and Southwyck. Ongoing through Sept. 26. To register, call (713)529-4414. $126/one person, $212/two people, plus greens fees.

Houston Outdoor Group: The Chain Gang, a gay and lesbian cycling club, gets together for camping trips, horseback-riding outings and other outdoorsy social events. Also, regular ice skating, biking and scuba. Call (713)KAMP-OUT for more information.

Kayak Lessons: Beginners can learn the how to stay right-side-up in these classes. Sat., July 10 or Sun., July 18. SouthWest PaddleSports, 26322I45 N., The Woodlands. Call (281)292-5600 for class schedules or more information.

Marathon Participants: The Arthritis Foundation is recruiting novice and seasoned athletes for its Joints In Motion Training Team. Runners and walkers train for the Dublin Marathon in Ireland on Oct. 25, 1999, and the Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii on December 12, 1999. Participants receive free round-trip airfare and hotel, a 21-week personal training program and entry fees, and must raise pledges to support arthritis research and patient services. Call Sonia Soto at (713)529-0800.

On Stage

A.D. Players: See the walls of Jericho come tumbling down in Joshua and the Ta Ra, Taa Raa, Ta Raaa!, an entertaining musical account of Joshua and the battle of Jericho. Through July 24. Showtimes: Thu.-Sun., 10:30 a.m., and Tue. at 7p.m. St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3417Westheimer. For ticket info, call (713)5262721. $7/adults, $5/children.

Children's Theatre Festival: The University of Houston School of Theatre presents its 22nd annual festival. The Emperor and the Nightingale, through July 11, 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 2p.m.; Hansel and Gretel, July 23-Aug. 8, 10:30a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre, University of Houston main campus, entrance no. 16 (off Cullen Blvd.), (713)743-2929. $5, children; $6, adults. Company OnStage Auditions: Kids are needed for four upcoming productions: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), A Christmas Carol, Charlotte's Web and Rudolph Rides Again. There are two roles for boys ten to 14; and one role for a girl ten to 13. Children's auditions with script readings will be Sun., July11, 2-3 p.m. 536 Westbury Square. Call (713)726-1218 for more information.

Express Theatre: The Children's Hilltop Theatre Festival will perform family favorites at Miller Outdoor Theatre: Pobre Pablo's Wondrous Wishes, July 10; The Ransom of Red Chief, July17; and From Africa with Love, July 24. All performances will be on Saturdays at 11 a.m. Hermann Park. For information or reservations call (713)759-1314. Free.Main Street Youth Theater: If You Give a Moose a Muffin, based on the book by Laura Numeroff. Tue.-Fri. at 10:30 a.m. and Sat. at 1:30 p.m. through July 23. Main Street Theater, 4617Montrose in Chelsea Market, (713)524-6706. $6, children, students & seniors; $8, adults.

TUTS Summer Performing Arts Camps: Classes salute a different Broadway or Hollywood musical each week in July & August. Children may attend any or all weeks. Info: (713)558-8801 or www.tuts.com.All OverArmand Bayou Nature Center: ABNC hosts an Eco Camp to teach children about the environment. Weekly sessions through July 28. 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. 8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena. To register or for information, call (281)474-2551. $45-$240. Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake: Imagination Station is an educational program for children four-nine held the second Saturday of every month. "The Performer," Sat., July 10, 10-11 a.m.; "Dance of Hawaii," Sat., Aug. 14, 10-11 a.m. 18081 Upper Bay Rd., Nassau Bay. Info: (281)3357777. Imagination Station is free; ongoing arts camps are $25-$45.

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