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"THANK HEAVEN for little girls," I muttered as I trekked through the mall with my teen-ager. That phrase has become my personal mantra I've uttered it so often. Daughters can do that to you -- just ask my mother.

Normally, I wouldn't be included on a fashion scouting expedition since, as I have been told, I am hopelessly "out of it." But exceptions can be granted, especially when it's prom time and your child is out of ready cash to finance Cinderella's appearance on her own.

All things considered, it turned out to be a pleasant buying trip -- not marred by many arguments -- an unusual enough experience as parents with teen-agers know.

And sure, I know there will be some big bills to pay. But I had that one great afternoon -- and I'll get a wallet-sized snapshot out of the deal too.

Broadway action

Students at George Fox Middle School will present their first large Broadway musical production "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. tomorrow at the school. Admission is $5.

The Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is based on the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers.

Proceeds will used to purchase equipment for future productions.

Information: 410-437-5122.

Dinner theater

More culture is on tap this weekend as Magothy United Methodist Church transforms its fellowship hall into a dinner theater for two performances of "18 Nervous Gumshoes," a spoof of murder mysteries written by Tim Kelly.

Show times are 6 p.m. tomorrow and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

The farce, set in a seedy hotel, features the exploits of the famous Hoboken detective Hercules Porridge, a cast of shady characters and murder most foul.

Teresa Smithson is the director. Cast members include: David, John, Jeremiah, and Jedidah Wentz; Karen Leihy; Jeffrey and Deborah Sargent; Sharon Meyers; Carolyn Van Dyke; Dawn and Betty Gerlach; Thomas and Sarah Brewer; Tom Tuite; Jeff Kelly Sr. and Jeff Kelly Jr.; and Pat All.

Pianist Bill Van Dyke will provide musical entertainment.

Proceeds will help fund the Volunteer in Missions Committee trip to make home repairs and improvements for needy families in North Carolina. "We have 19 members going, from age 7 through senior citizens, to help," spokesman Paul Wentz said.

Tickets and information: 410-255-0984.

Self-defense seminar

Women of all ages can learn self-defense skills at a seminar, sponsored by Community Christian Pre-School.

The two-hour program will take place at the East Coast Martial Arts studio, 3201 Mountain Road, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 17.

The cost is a minimum of $5. The class is limited to 70.

Information: Rosemary Billing-Briggs, 410-255-1506.

Football registration

We haven't even gotten to summer yet, but the Buccaneers Athletic Club will have football registration for alumni players from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 7 and 8 at the club's press box at Sunset Field on Fort Smallwood Road.

Open registration for new players ages 7 through 14 (75-140 pounds) is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, May 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29, at the field.

The fees are $45 for the first player and $20 for each additional player in a family.

Registration for alumnae cheerleaders is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 7 and 8. New cheerleaders can sign up from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 14 or 15.

Fees are $35 for the first cheerleader and $10 for each additional family member.

Football information: 410-437-3219 or 410-255-0093; cheerleading information: 410-360-2858.

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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