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Friday 29

Celebrities and mild-mannered reporters will become cookie monsters at noon today for the benefit of the Girl Scouts of America. Comic Aaron Freeman will be master of ceremonies for The Cookie Challenge, which will pit ravenous do-gooders against each other in one-minute Girl Scout cookie eating contests. Count on the Tribune's Clarence Page and Clarence Petersen, the Sun-Times's Jeff Zaslow and Diane Crowley, and many others to do some speed-munching. Heck, I'll even be there. Bring some bucks for the cookies (all else is free) to the concourse of the State of Illinois Center, 100 W. Randolph. For more information, call 435-5500.

If you can't make up your mind whether to choose astrological, numerological, or some other type of spiritual guidance, don't worry. Sondra Lomax's special workshop, What's Ahead in 1988, will present them all. The workshop is $15 prepaid, $17 at the door, and an extra $3 for chart preparation, from 6:30 to 9 tonight at the Center for Healing Arts, OS169 Church St. in Winfield, Illinois. Register at 668-5361.

Last week's calendar story on Donald Kinsey and the Kinsey Report incorrectly reported that they'd be appearing at B.L.U.E.S.; in reality they'll be appearing 9 PM tonight and tomorrow at Blue Chicago, 937 N. State. The cover is $5 tonight, $6 Saturday; call 642-6261 for more.

Saturday 30

Authorities in Gary, Indiana, say they've been besieged with offers to adopt Darlwin Carlisle, the neglected little girl whose frostbitten feet were recently amputated. Unfortunately, Darlwin's not the only child who needs love and care. If you've thought you could make a difference, come to the free adoption information meeting this morning at 10 at the Adoption Information Center of Illinois, 201 N. Wells, suite 1342. Individuals and couples will meet with adoption experts, pick up literature, and have a chance to see photos and videos of waiting children. Call 346-1516 for more information.

It may seem like the Fourth of July today, but it's really just the hokum patriotism and fireworks of the 43rd Ward Democratic endorsement session. The honorable Ann Stepan, Lincoln Park's crafty committeeman, will preside. Members of the ward's regular organization will pick faves for president and various local offices. Senator Paul Simon is the bettor's choice to top the ticket, but who will Ann back for the really important office of county clerk? Good chance both Jane and Aurelia will be present at noon at the Francis Parker School cafeteria, 330 W. Webster. It's free to the public, but only ward party members can vote. For quick membership and other information, call 525-4384.

If it's too cold to venture out for the blues, get happy at home with the seventh anniversary show of Victor Parra's Mambo Express, WBEZ's saucy salsa party. This English-language showcase of Latin music is the perfect vehicle for Parra's more than 5,000 LPs. Victor spins 'em from 9 to midnight tonight, 91.5 FM on your radio dial. Make your requests now by calling 890-8225. (Ours is Beny More's "Manzanillo.")

Sunday 31

Mozambican Lina Magaia is a leading thinker in the struggle for black independence in southern Africa. She is a fighter, an agronomist, an author, an administrator, a liberationist, and a mother. Hear her in a special presentation tonight at 6:30 at 77 W. Washington. Magaia's tour is sponsored by the Mozambique Solidarity Network. Mozambican Ambassador Valeriano Ferrao will also attend the free talk. Call 922-3286 or 922-3915 for details.

Flamenco is never snappier or more romantic than when played by Tomas, Geja's cult-favorite Spanish guitarist. Since moving to California, Tomas visits Chicago only occasionally, so catching him at his old Lincoln Park haunt is an event. He's back tonight through February 2 at Geja's, 340 W. Armitage. Tomas leads off beginning at 7:30, and the cafe's regular entertainers--Ted Richine and Jim Spector will yield the spotlight to him between their sets. There's no cover. For more information, call 281-9101.

Monday 1

The Doctor of Poolology, billiards champ Jack White, will be doing trick shots today at Harper College. White, as quick witted as he is a shooter, is funny and weird. Check him out at noon today in the Building A game room on campus, Algonquin and Roselle roads in Palatine. Admission is free. For more, call 397-3000, ext. 2552.

Simon, the man who offered Jesus a helping hand carrying the cross, was black. So was Ebed-melech, who rescued Jeremiah the prophet. They're only two of many Black People in the Bible, a seminar that kicks off Black History Month at the Christian Education Enrichment Center, 1439 W. 103rd St. Doors open at 6:30 tonight and the talk starts at 7. Tickets are $5, $2.50 for seniors and teens. Call 233-4499 for more information.

Tuesday 2

Groundhog Day is critical. Once more, Chipper the groundhog will try to tell us whether winter will let up. Knowledgeable sources say Chipper's right every year, but the elements just don't listen. Come see zoo employees try to lure Chipper out with carrot cake today starting at 10 this morning at the Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield. Tuesday is a free day for Brookfield, but the children's zoo still costs $1 per adult and 50 cents for children. Call 485-0263 for more information.

Before Jesse Jackson's presidential bid, there were other black candidates for the White House. New Yorker Shirley Chisholm ran for the top prize and Georgia congressman Julian Bond was put up for vice-president. Bond, a classy, articulate man who was edged out in the last congressional election, has recently been in the midst of personal controversies, including cocaine mysteries and accusations from his wife. And you thought Gary Hart was interesting. Bond talks about Civil Rights in the 80s tonight at 7 in the Illinois Room at the Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted. Admission is free. The lecture will be preceded by a reception for Bond at 5 in the center's A. Montgomery Ward Gallery. For more information, call 413-5070 or 413-5180.

Wednesday 3

Sometimes men are just too shy to ask the right questions if women are around, especially if the topic is health. The city's Department on Aging and Disability is trying to get around that by offering seminars through its Wellness Program for men only. Today's seminar starts out with a light breakfast at 9:30. A lecture and discussion follow, and a free exam is available upon request. It's just for guys at the Southwest Regional Center, 6117 S. Kedzie Ave. It's free. Call 476-8700 (TDD, 744-0323) for details.

Thursday 4

What's Happening with Navy Pier? It's a pretty damn good question with Harold Washington out of the picture and Jane Byrne chomping at the bit. Trying to find answers at a brown-bag luncheon on the subject will be Robert Mier, who may not be an assistant to the new mayor for much longer, Richard Gray, chairman of the late mayor's Navy Pier Task Force; Jared Shlaes; and Pannel Kerr Forster. Bring your own. lunch to the fourth-floor meeting room at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington at noon. It's free. Call 977-0098 for more information.

Now that CrossCurrents is gone, the Avalon knows there's a big void to be filled, which is why tonight it opens up its brand-new cabaret space with the Alliance Theatre's premiere of In Trousers, a musical comedy that explores and celebrates a young man's coming out. The Avalon is at 959 W. Belmont; show time is 7 Thursdays through Saturdays until March 12. Tickets are $10, but they'll pay your admission to the Avalon dance club after the show. There is, however, a two-drink minimum to contend with at the club. For more information, call 943-4442.


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