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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.
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.
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.
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.
Barnes & NobleHwy. 6: The book fairy, Diana Maddox, reads stories about favorite storybook characters for kids two-six. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. First Book Story Time for July features Bark, George! by Jules Feiffer, July 10, 11 a.m. Kindermusik, July 17, 1 p.m. Berenstain Bears visit, July 24, 11 a.m. 2450 Hwy. 6. Call (281)293-0699 for more information.
Barnes & NobleTown & Country: Young readers (eight-12) discussion group, hosted by Shelly Pickett, reads Frindle by Andrew Clements. Tue., July 13, 7 p.m. Storytime on Thursdays at 11 a.m. 12850 Memorial Dr., Suite 1600. Call (713)4655616 for more information.
Basketball Camp with the Harlem Globetrotters: Kids six-16 can register for a week of basketball and fun at the 1999 Denny's Harlem Globetrotters Summer Basketball Camp. Open to all aspiring athletes regardless of skill. Camp is July 26-30, West Houston Jewish Community Center. Call (281)556-5567 for more information. $175-$190.
Basketball Summer Skills Camp: Boys and girls eight-18 are invited to register for free summer skills camps through the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Session II: Mon.-Thu., July 12-15. Fonde Community Center, 110 Sabine. Registration and information: (713)226-4459.
Children's Museum: Summer Discovery Series: "Rainbow Fish Prints." Listen to the story of The Rainbow Fish then make your own rainbow fish with glittery paint. Thu. & Fri., July 8 & 9, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Janice VanCleve's Science Extravaganza is a 30-minute workshop to encourage children to learn about science in an exciting way. Sat., July 10, 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. Ongoing exhibits include "Communications Speedway," "How Does It Work?" "Bubble Lab" and "Red Caboose." Museum hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (to 8p.m. Thu.); Sun. noon-5 p.m. 1500 Binz. Call (713)522-1138 for additional class schedules. Admission: $5; $4 for seniors; $3 for all Tue. through Sat. 3 to 5 p.m.; free for kids under two and members. Free Thu. 5 to 8 p.m.
Cooking Camp: Get the kids out of the pool and into the kitchen in the Rice Epicurean Market's Junior Chefs Summer Camp. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, July 12-14; Foreign Foods, July 19-21; Favorite Menus, July 26-28. Class times: Kids eight-12, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; kids five-seven, 3:30-5:30 p.m. 2020 Fountainview. For reservations, call (713)965-2152. $75.
Funday in the Park!: The roving family fest with games, contests, exciting rides and live entertainment is at two locations this week. Sat., July 10, noon-5 p.m., Sharpstown Park, 6600 Harbor Town. Sun., July 11, noon-5 p.m., Boone Road Park, 7700Boone Road. Info: (713)7-FUNDAY. Free.
Golf Program for Juniors: Free golf instruction is offered in nine city parks for kids and young adults seven-19. Two hour lessons once a week for four weeks. Call (713)845-1271 for class times and locations.
The Magic Hour: Astrology, numerology, feng shui, affirmations and rituals for kids ages 12 and up. Tue. at 4 p.m. Ruby Rabbit Enchantments, 14520Memorial, Ste. 18, (281)679-0770. $5.
Museum of Fine Arts: Study the museum's collection of African masks in "Mask Mastery," then use collage materials to create your own mask to take home and wear. Sun., July 11, 12:15-6 p.m. The Summer Mural Painting Project continues through Aug. 6. Young artists six-14 can participate in two-week sessions at parks throughout Houston to create outdoor murals that will be placed in city community centers. 1001 Bissonnet. Info: (713)6397700, or (713)845-1106.Museum of Health & Medical Science: Weird Science Weekends are planned throughout the summer, with special stories and hands-on activities to help you stay fit. The "Lighter" Side of Art offers hands-on activities about light and color. Thu., July 8, and Sat. & Sun., July 10-11. Hours: Thu., 4-7 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., noon-5 p.m. 91515 Hermann Dr., (713)942-7054. Free. Paddle Recreation Center: Youth summer camp sessions throughout the summer for boys and girls, ages eight-12. 5010 Westpark, (713)6657576. $75 per week.Soccer Summer Camps: Kids six-14 can find out this summer if playing soccer is their thing. Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers ongoing free four-hour introductory clinics on the basic techniques, followed by five-on-side games. Instructors will adjust to beginners and intermediate levels. Camps across the city on various dates and locations through July. Call (713)6458433 for information.
Space Center Houston: "StarTropolis: An Intergalactic Space Place for KidsIn a Galaxy Not So Far Away" features the Multi-Axis Gyro Tumbler, a rocket propelled bumper car, the zero-gravity "Deep Space Shaky Shack" and a space-age levitating lavatory. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 1601NASA Rd. 1 (20 miles south of downtown, off I-45 at Johnson Space Center), Clear Lake, (281)244-2100. $12.95; $11.95 for seniors; $8.95 for children four to 11; free for younger children.Summer Fun Quest for Youth: The Houston Parks and Recreation Department's Fun Quest offers kids six-14 crafts, games, sports, special events and tournaments. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ongoing through Aug. 13 at community centers throughout Houston. To register or for information, call (713)284-1948. Free. Swim Classes for the Diaper Set: Free basic swimming and water comfort-level classes are offered for three age groups, from nine months to three years old. Saturdays at municipal pools around Houston. Session II begins July 17. Call (713)8451009 for class times and locations.Youth Tennis Program: The Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers National Junior Tennis League play for boys and girls six-16 and a Tots for Tennis class for kids three-five. Instruction at 30 parks in four, three and two-week sessions. Session III: July 19-30. Call for times and locations. (713)845-1325. Free. Watersports Day Camp: Boys and girls eight-13 will learn to kayak, canoe and sail in this weeklong class. Mon.-Fri, July 12-16. Half-day day camps also ongoing. SouthWest PaddleSports, 26322I45 N., The Woodlands. Call (281)292-5600 for information or to register.Zoom Track Club: The club is preparing for the 1999 USA and AAU Track and Field Junior Olympic Season for boys and girls six to 18. They practice Sat., 10 a.m.-noon at Holub Middle School, 9515 S. Dairy Ashford. Call Coach Willie Varner at (281)495-2415 for information.
GalvestonThe Aquarium at Moody Gardens: This 130,000 square-foot facility, holding 1.5 million gallons of water, is one of the largest aquariums in the country. The ocean waters of the North Pacific, Tropical Pacific, Edge of the Antarctic and Caribbean are showcased, along with more than 8,000 marine life specimens include black tip reef sharks, coral reef fish, penguins and a spectacular kelp forest. Summer hours are 9:30a.m.-9 p.m. daily. One Hope Blvd. Call (800)582-4673. Tickets: $6.25/children up to $10.25/adults.
David Taylor Classic Car Museum: More than 50 antique autos, high-performance vehicles, muscle cars and movie-star-style convertibles. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1918Mechanic St., Galveston, (409)765-6590.
Galveston Arts Center: Kids are introduced to the arts and cultures of Japan, Australia and Indonesia in the "East Meets West" summer camp. Explore the richness of the Americas, Europe and Africa. July 19-23. Class times: ages five-eight, 10 a.m.-noon; ages eight-12, 1-3p.m. 2127 Strand. For more information, call (409)763-2403. $45-$60.
Galveston Home Tours: See how the other half used to live, at the 1859 Italianate mansion, Ashton Villa. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. 2328 Broadway, Galveston, (409)762-3933. $4; $3.50 for students and seniors. The 1838 Michael Menard House, a Greek Revival home, was built by Galveston's founder. Open Fri.-Sun. noon-4 p.m. 1605 33rd St., (409)762-3933. More info: (281)280-3907. $6; $3 for children. Galveston Island Summer Musicals: The island's first summer musical, The Will Rogers Follies, runs through July 10. Call (800)54-SHOWS for location and times.
Grand 1894 Opera House: Robert Dubac's one-man adult comedy, The Male Intellect - An Oxymoron?, runs through July 11. Showtimes: Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2p.m. & 7 p.m. 2020 Postoffice. For tickets call (409)765-1894 or (800) 821-1894.
Moody Gardens: The Discovery Pyramid's pink glass walls hold 41 adventures such as an X-38 space station lifeboat, a Mars habitat, an alien-encounter exhibit, an ice-skating rink and an IMAX Ridefilm Theater, with three 18-seat motion bases and a 180-degree wraparound screen. The next Pyramid Kids Camp features "Sharks and Such." July 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., grades 1-3, $25. 1 Hope Blvd., (800)582-4673; www.moodygardens.com. $6 per attraction ($7 for Ridefilms); $5 for seniors and children four to 12.
Ocean Star: The museum, located on an offshore rig, features three decks of exhibits, plus a theater, videos and interactive displays. Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pier 19 (Harborside at 20th.), (409)766-STAR. $5; $4 for students and seniors; free for children under seven.
The Pier 21 Theater: The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte chronicles the life and adventures of this legendary buccaneer who once called Galveston home. Now showing every hour on the half-hour from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun.-Thu. and 11:30a.m.-7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Also showing is The Great Storm, a documentary that takes visitors to booming, turn-of-the-century Galveston and the terrible hurricane of September 8, 1900. Every hour on the hour from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.-Thu. and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 21st at Port Industrial Blvd., (409)765-7834. $3.50; $2.50 for students; free for children six and under.
Texas Aviation Hall of Fame/Lone Star Flight Museum: This collection of vintage aircraft, photographs and memorabilia was designated a World War II commemorative community by the Department of Defense. Hours: daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2002Terminal Dr. (next to Moody Gardens), (888)FLIGHT-8, (409)740-7722. $7; $4 for children four to 12; free for younger kids.
Texas Seaport Museum: This is the home of the restored 1877 tall ship Elissa. Open daily 10a.m.-5 p.m. Pier 21 (Harborside Dr. between 21st and 22nd streets), (409)763-1877. $5; $4 for students and seniors.
Laff Stop River Oaks: Adam Ferrara headlines July 8-11. Freddy Soto headlines July 14-18. Summer showtimes: Mon., 7:30 p.m., Wed. & Thu., 8:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Sun., 7:45 p.m. Also, the Funniest Person Contest preliminaries are scheduled for Tue., July 13 and 20. Open to amateurs and opening acts only. 1952 W. Gray, (713)524-2333.
Adopting International Children: Here's an opportunity to meet families who have recently adopted and to learn about the adoption programs in Russia, China, Guatemala and the Ukraine. Wed., July 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jungman Library, 5830 Westheimer. Call (713)219-1472 for more information. Free.
Art League Summer Workshops: Several classes geared for adults and mature teens are scheduled throughout July. Abstract collage and texture, July 8-10; acrylic painting, July 7, 14, 21; Chinese ink art, July 17, 24, 31; and people painting, July 9-11. Call for complete list of classes and times. 1953 Montrose, (713)523-9530.
La Casa del Tango: Beginning Argentine tango classes, 8:30-9:30 p.m., and advanced classes, 9:30-10:30 p.m., every Saturday at the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston, 3315 Sul Ross. Info: (281)704-9444. $5.
The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse/Houston: Classes that cover parenting, prevention, intervention, recovery and treatment. 3333 Eastside St., Ste. 111. Call (713)520-5502 for information.
Deed Restriction Seminar: Learn how to enforce deed restrictions while maintaining a sense of community in this workshop sponsored by the Community Associations Institute. Thu., July 8, 6:30 p.m. Red Lion Hotel, 2525 W. Loop South. Call (713)784-5462 to register or for more information. $45-$60.
Documentary Film Workshop: Learn how to make historical documentaries in this workshop by filmmaker Brian Huberman. He will talk about the process of filmmaking when the content changes over time. Sat., July 10, 1-4 p.m. Rice Media Center, Rice University, entrance 8 (University and Stockton). Call (713)522-8592, go to www.swamp.org. $35-$50.
Getting Started in Business: This workshop introduces the basics of starting a business and the steps you'll need to gather information on your target market, your finances and overall business strategy. Thu., July 8, 6-9 p.m. Kingwood College, Room SCI 211, 20000 Kingwood Dr. To register, call (281)260-3174. Free.
Health & Vitality Resource Center: Regular classes in yoga, Chi-Lei Qigong, Deepak Chopra meditation, tai chi chuan, spiritual healing and spiritual astrology. 14657 Pebble Bend Dr. Call (281)397-8037 for information.
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Certified nurse-midwife Kathleen Vande Giessen will answer questions and explain how HRT improves and may even reverse changes because of menopause or regular aging. Tue., July 13, 11 a.m. Doctors Hospital-Tidwell, 510 W. Tidwell. Call (713)691-7488 for more information. Free.
Inprint House: Weekly workshops in fiction, personal essay, poetry and the novel, as well as tuition-free workshops for Houston-area teachers. Call Marilyn Jones at (713)521-2026. $225 for eight-week course.Living the Possible Life: Nancy Neptune, a Houston psychotherapist, presents a three-part series on living, thinking, believing and loving in ways not required by previous generations. Sun., July 11, 18 & 25, 6-7:30 p.m. Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay. For more information, call (713)465-3467. Free.
Photography Class: Learn how to tone your prints for archial and aesthetic purposes using selenium and sepia toners. Participants should bring well-washed, untoned, fiber-based prints. Sat., July 10, 12:30-3 p.m. Houston Center for Photography, 1441 W. Alabama. Call (713)529-4755 for more information. $20-$35.REI Classes: Several classes to enrich your outdoor activities. Dutch oven cooking, July 13; bicycle maintenance, Aug. 24; canoeing in the boundary waters, Aug. 31. All classes meet at 7 p.m. 7951 Katy Fwy. Call (713)688-3500 for more information.
Sailing Classes: The Clear Lake Sailing Club has several classes to help new sailors experience success and have fun. Basic Sailing I: Fri., July 9, 16 &23, 7 p.m. Basic Sailing II: Sat., July 10, 17 & 24, 9 a.m. League City Bank & Trust, 303 E. Main St., League City. Call Dick Hoover for more information at (281)996-7716.
Tai Chi: The Friends of Hermann Park give classes every Tue., Thu., and Sat., 7 a.m. Bayou Parkland Classroom, Hermann Park, Almeda and Dixie Dr. Call (713)247-1784 for info. Free.
University of Houston Small Business Development Center: Classes in business softwares and strategies nearly every day (some conducted in Spanish). Free-$65. UH SBDC, 1100 Louisiana, Suite 500. Registration: (713)752-8488.
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