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By Cara Jepsen

18 FRIDAY Numbering more than a quarter million, Chicago's Latina women represent 17 percent of the total female population in the city. But one in every four lives in poverty, only four out of ten have completed high school, and less than 7 percent have completed college. The triple whammy of class, ethnicity, and gender will continue to keep Latinas from achieving self-sufficiency until they are provided with better access to child care, higher-paying jobs, and continuing education. Those are some of the findings of Latinas in Chicago: A Portrait, a report produced for Mujeres Latinas en Accion by the Latino Institute. More results from the report will be released to community leaders, elected officials, and the public this morning at a free meeting from 8:30 to 10 in the Humboldt Park Field House, 1400 N. Sacramento. Call 312-744-4119 for more.

Last week I found my 18-year-old nephew researching a paper for school, surfing the Net for info on censorship. "Back in my day," I heard myself saying, "we had to use reference books and the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature." Then I began to wonder if the tomes of yore are going the way of the vinyl record. I'm not the only one; today the Harold Washington Library Center's special collections curator John Chalmers will join Sharon Hogan, librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Paul Elitzik of the Lakeview Press, and antiquarian book dealer Terry Tanner to discuss The Future of the Book in Light of the New Information Technology. The panel will be followed by a Q and A session. It's from 1 to 4 in the Chicago Authors Room at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. It's free. Call 312-747-4300.

19 SATURDAY After puppeteer-poet Cathleen Schandelmeier finished up a show at Taste of Chicago a few years ago, a boy with obvious signs of physical abuse approached and said he wanted to be just like her one day. That inspired Schandelmeier, herself a survivor of abuse, to start the advocacy group Children United for Strength, the sponsor of today's fund-raiser for Girl X. The Caribbean-themed event is aimed at all ages and features music, dance, storytelling, and puppet making. It's from 3 to 7 at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood. Admission is $5. Call 773-752-0460.

You can wear whatever you want, but men must stand at least six-foot-two and women at least five-foot-ten to attend the Paramount Tall Club's Spring Membership Dance. That's without shoes, of course. Tonight's lofty event includes DJ Galaxy and a cash bar. It's from 8 to 1 at the Sheraton Suites Hotel, 121 Northwest Point Boulevard in Elk Grove Village. Admission is $5; you must be at least 21 to attend. Call 312-853-0183 for more information.

20 SUNDAY If the practical applications of geometry were widely known, perhaps students would pay more attention in sophomore math. Indeed, all those graphs would come in handy when packing for vacation, slicing a pie, or building a set of shelves. The discipline's applications in work, nature, art, and play will be featured in over 30 activities and displays at Geometry in Our World, at the Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences at North Pier, 435 E. Illinois. The exhibit is open from 12 to 6 today and runs through June 29. Admission is $3, $2 for children and seniors, and free for tots under three. Call 773-871-2668 for more.

21 MONDAY Business owners need to be computer savvy, but let's face it: we can't all be Bill Gates. If the thought of learning new hardware and software makes you yearn for the days of the abacus, tonight's general membership meeting of the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, entitled My Computer, My Business, may be of some help. From 6:30 until 9 they'll discuss accounting software, and Internet access at the I-Net Cafe, 5243 N. Clark. The cost is $10, which will also get you a light meal. Call 888-452-4262 no later than April 20 to reserve a spot.

22 TUESDAY Though Tiffany Kim studied at the School of the Art Institute, tonight Columbia College will name the Chicago-based clothing designer of Tiff and Griff Designs 1997's Fashion Columbia Designer of Excellence. Kim's pricey designs can be found at Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman. The festivities honoring Kim coincide with Fashion Columbia, a juried exhibition of fashion-related art by students. The exhibit opens at 5 at the Hokin Gallery of Columbia College, 623 S. Wabash. A cocktail reception runs from 6 to 7 at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 S. Michigan, followed by a student-produced runway fashion show, which will include some of Kim's pieces. The dinner honoring Kim follows at 8. Tickets to the exhibit opening, cocktail reception, and fashion show are $40; $150 will also get you dinner with Kim. The Hokin exhibit, which is otherwise free, runs through April 30. Call 312-663-1124 for tickets; for more information about the exhibit, the number is 312-663-1600, ext. 5650.

WXRT DJ Terri Hemmert, famed for her love of the Fab Four, leads an adult education (or reeducation) course tonight called The Beatles Revisited, where she'll play videos and look at the Beatles' inspirations, who they influenced, and all that other meaningless drivel. It's one of the Latin School's Live & Learn adult education classes, which this year include such offerings as Running the Bases at Comiskey Park and the ABCs of Alternative Music. Tonight's mini Beatlefest is from 7 to 9 at the Latin School of Chicago, 59 W. North. It's $25. Call 312-573-4698 to enroll.

23 WEDNESDAY Though the Chicago Park District's boxing program goes back to the 1930s, only recently have young women taken to duking it out at the city's 23 boxing centers. There'll be plenty of pugilists of both sexes competing in the seventh annual Tony Zale Youth Boxing Tournament. Tonight's preliminary bouts are from 7 to 9 at Curie School Park, 4949 S. Archer; the citywide championship fights are tomorrow at the same time. It's free to watch. Call 312-747-2200.

24 THURSDAY I always thought the best way to deal with headaches was to lie in bed all day and sleep 'em off. But for people who have jobs tonight's Managing Headache Pain class will teach proactive measures to stop the pain before it starts. It's from 6 to 7:30 at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 345 E. Superior. It's free, but space is limited. Call 312-908-6044 to register.

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