Friday, February 6, 2004

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A guide to what's going on

Fat Tuesday fun

Mardi Gras is Feb. 24 this year, and you know what that means: colorful, sugar-sprinkled King Cake will start making an appearance. The folks at Delhi Township Branch Library, 5095 Foley Road, will have plenty of the cream-filled cakes on hand at Mardi Gras Family Night, 7 p.m. Feb. 20. The fun includes a costume contest and crowning of king and queen of Mardi Gras, a gumbo cook-off contest, face painting, a karaoke machine, fortune telling, storytelling and lots more for the family. Details, 369-6019.

Puppy love

Dog lovers, unite: Tell the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), in 50 words or less, why your pooch is a superhero, and you could both be invited to the organization's annual gala March 27. All kinds of animals will be considered in the "Why My Dog's a Hero" contest. Send your essay by March 1 to SPCA: Hero Dogs, P.O. Box 54800, Cincinnati OH 45254-0800. Include your name, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address. Winners will be notified starting March 6.

Right words

That Girl can write: Actress Marlo Thomas hit The New York Times best-seller list in 2002 when she published The Right Words at the Right Time (Atria Books; $25), a compilation of stories from celebrities who told of how words from a friend or loved one got them through tough times. Now Thomas is at it again, but celebrities are not her targets: You are.

Thomas wants regular folks to share their stories for inclusion in her second volume, which will be released in 2005. "You don't have to be a prizefighter ... or a concert violinist to have been affected by the power of words, and to have experienced firsthand how those words can change a life in an eye blink," she writes in the paperback edition (Atria Books; $16).

Proceeds from both books will go to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Get details at www.right

Class act

Forgiveness: Catholic Social Services is offering a one-session program for people who want to explore the role of forgiveness in their lives, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 17 at Mercy HealthPlex in Westwood. Cost is $15. 214-7745.

Mom knows best

Love a mama's boy: Sociologists at Ferrum College in Virginia studied the long-term benefits of good mother-son bonds and discovered qualities that make a man a great mate.

According to the study, cited in Prevention magazine, a man who loves his mom makes the best boyfriend or husband.

Why? Mom taught him to express feelings and trust women, so he's likely to be affectionate and romantic and communicate well.

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