THEY'RE BACK: Those whirling dervishes of the dance floor, those heady barefoot barometers of the global beat, those...well, you get the idea.

The cardiovascular-approved Club Rhythm Dance Jam is back in full force. By official report, last month's party was "wildly successful--120 to 150 bodies of all shapes and sizes in all kinds of motion."

And the Club's new home in the smoke-free environs of the Mat Bevel Institute is also a big plus, we hear, meaning these dance blasts, with a grab bag of recorded music ranging from world beat to Delta blues, from boogie-woogie to R&B, techno to truculent, are on their way to another sweaty, triumphant year.

The shake-down begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 28, in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Admission is $5. For details, call 721-1710.

RELEASE ME: Dr. Nancy O'Connor has made a career out of helping folks let go of the constraints of childhood, childish behavior, and lousy relationships. This week, she discusses why growing-up gets such a bad rap, why people of all ages resist it, and what growing-up really means. She'll give everybody an easy exercise to evaluate whether they're actually mature, functioning adults, and she'll even sign copies of her book, How to Grow Up When You're Grown Up: Achieving Balance in Adulthood.

Discussion and signing runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 26, in The Book Mark, 5001 E. Speedway.

And from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 28, The Book Mark will also host chef au naturel Sandal English, author of the acclaimed Fruits of the Desert. She'll discuss the season's famed sour oranges and other uncommon citrus, and even bring along samples.

For information on these events, call 795-1810.

EASY STREET: Those insightful folks at the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Arizona Small Business Association have finally hit upon a topic dear to our hearts: Their latest workshop is titled How To Get More By Doing Less.

Developed in response to a growing need by people struggling to "do it all," the workshop is aimed at creating a balance in our lives, making time for ourselves, for others, for work and for play.

The workshop will be presented by Deborah Andelt of Creating Balance.

Free lecture runs from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. For details, call 886-6588.

COSMIC GAS: The full moniker is "Southwest Intergalactic Comedy Kermis," a.k.a. SICK, and on Saturday, February 28, the UA Comedy Corner kids launch this pagan festival with sketch and improv comedy troupes from all across the lower states. Local Sweatlodge stand-up Fish Karma hosts. The laugh-in begins at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Union, on the UA mall east of Old Main. Admission is $3 for all students (ID required), $5 general. Though an all-ages event, some content may not be suitable for minors. For more information, call 621-0764.

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