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August 17, 2000

Ballroom Dancing (Granada Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills, [818] 366-1805). Sat., 6:30-11:30 p.m. Live band and deejay. Lessons and refreshments included. $10.

Bellydance Awards (Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., [818] 677-2488). The International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance will hold its fourth annual awards ceremony featuring two hours of performances by world-class bellydance artists, Sat., 7 p.m. $25.

Musical Benefit (private residence in Northridge, [818] 360-2211). The Center of the Arts and the North Valley Jewish Community Center present an evening of music with members of the New Valley Symphony Orchestra and the St. Cecelia String Quartet, Sun., 7 p.m. Champagne/dessert reception will follow the concert. $25-$100.

Bicycle Rides (Cal State Northridge parking lot, Nordhoff Street and Darby Avenue, [818] 347-6148). The San Fernando Valley Bicycle Club (http://www.sfvbc.org) offers group rides Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m. Free.

Big Band (Leon's Steak House, 10945 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, [818] 762-1958). Big band jazz Wed., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.

Big Band (Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills, [818] 361-3079). The Ron Bartley Big Swing Band will perform Sat., 5 p.m. Free.

Collectibles Show (Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, [818] 980-5025). The All-American Collector's Show runs Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $1-$6.

Corn Maze (Woodley Avenue between Victory and Burbank boulevards, Van Nuys, [888] 409-6293). Lost Adventures Corn Maze is open daily, 10 a.m.-dusk. Ends Oct. 31. $2-$9.

Farmers Market (Promenade Mall, 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, [818] 807-9266). Organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fresh flowers, live music and kids activities, Fri., 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Storytelling Concert (California Traditional Music Society Folk Center, Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino, [818] 704-4240). Singer-songwriter-storyteller Ross Altman will perform Sat., 8 p.m. $10.

Summer Concert (Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave., [818] 701-7051). KTLA-TV personality Carlos Amezcua hosts a concert by Alex Giordano and Bang featuring Chrissy Lomax, Allen Randolph and Justefanie Calos, Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free.

TV Tickets (Audiences Unlimited, 100 Universal City Plaza, Building 153, Universal City, [818] 753-3470). Free tickets to more than 40 TV shows.

Comedy

Comedy Pups (Jennifer's Coffee House, 4397 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, [818] 769-3622). Toni Attell's Comedy Pups, a troupe of young comics ages 6 and up, perform the first and third Friday of each month.

Comedy Schmomedy (Nudie's Custom Java, 11651 Riverside Drive, Valley Village, [818] 973-3169). Robin Roberts hosts her weekly stand-up comedy show Wed., 8 p.m. No cover.

Extreme TheatreSports (Bitter Truth Theatre, 11050 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, [323] 469-9689). Improv comedy, Fri., 10 p.m. Ends Oct. 6. $10.

HeadGames L. A. (Jewel Box Theatre, 10426 Magnolia Blvd., Toluca Lake, [818] 760-4585). Improv comedy. Sun., 8 p.m. Indefinitely. $10.

L. A. Cabaret (17271 Ventura Blvd., Encino, [818] 501-3737). Comedy nightly, with headliners Fri.-Sat. Show times and covers vary. $10.

L. A. Connection Comedy Theatre (13442 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, [818] 784-1868). Comedy Thur.-Mon. Show times and covers vary.

Marie Callender's (27630 The Old Road, Valencia, [805] 259-2291) presents J. R.'s Comedy Club, Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m. $10 cover. Additionally, "Giggle for Gilda's," a benefit for Gilda's Club-Seattle featuring 10 comics, is slated for Sun., 8 p.m. $15.

Really Spontaneous Theatre Company (The Third Stage, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, [323] 969-4991). Improv comedy Thur., 8 p.m. Ends Sept. 7. $15.

Kids' Stuff

American Heroes: The Wright Brothers (Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, [818] 766-3691, Ext. 5). A family musical, Sat., 3:30 p.m. Indefinitely. $7-$10.

Autry Museum of Western Heritage (4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, [323] 667-2000) features the Los Angeles Times' Children's Discovery Gallery. Free admission the second Tuesday of each month. Hours: Tue.-Wed., Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thur., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $7.50 general; $5 seniors and students; $3 ages 2-12; under 2 free.

Big Tush, Little Tush (Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, [818] 766-3691, Ext. 5). A family musical, Sat., 1 p.m. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Indefinitely. $7-$10.

Breadcrumbs Along the Trail (Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank, [818] 955-8101). Stories and songs for youngsters, Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. $10-$12.

Children's Nature Institute offers guided nature walks and hikes for families with children 8 and under. (310) 364-3591. $5.

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (Granada Theatre, 18167 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills, [818] 363-6887). Sat., 1 p.m. Ends Aug. 26. $8.

Fallbrook Mall (6633 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills, [818] 340-5871) offers "Wednesdays Are for Kids" show, Wed., 11 a.m. Free.

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