A&E EDITOR | EMILIO RÁBAGO III,(956) 728-2543 PAGE 2C SUNDAY,JULY 2,2006 SOCIAL CALENDAR MISS MANNERS | BYJUDITH MARTIN SUNDAY,JULY 2 The St. Augustine Class of 1976 wants to organize a reunion dinner but Sore loser, poor winner needs volunteers to help out.If you’d like to help, contact Dorina Ramos at (956) 279- make life tough for a family 6527. DEAR MISS MANNERS — were misguided enough to The Laredo Center for the Arts,Tim- My family enjoys playing think her rudeness funny, she othy Raines’“Organic Growth Acrylic” and board games, and my sisters, compounds it by ignoring the TimothyVan Beke’s “The Soft Disconnect” father and I are good sports entreaties of her family and the (ceramics), continues through July 29 at and courteous losers. But my reaction of a young guest. mother is not. What you all must learn to Lilia G. Martinez Gallery, 500 San Agustin. If she wins she gloats, brags say before a game is, “Oh, and lectures us on the strate- we’re just going to play by our- At the Laredo Center for the Arts, gies that led us to failure (even selves.” And if she insists upon Warren Taylor’s “Watercolor Workshop: an if it is strictly a game of luck), joining, “That’s OK, we’ll play Open Studio” and Carol Wright Bailey’s and if she another time.” “Ceramics,” continue through July 29, at loses, she is It is the only hope of her the center’s Goodman Gallery. Other ex- sour for the learning that no one likes a hibits at the Laredo Center for the Arts, in- remainder bad sport. Except, of course, clude the Laredo Art League’s Group Show of the day. crazed sports fans. at 500 San Agustin. The rest DEAR MISS MANNERS — of us try to Desperate male in his 40s finds MONDAY,JULY 3 defend our- equally desperate woman on- The L’Avenir Social Club will hold its selves as line. They meet, and after two monthly meeting on at the Sirloin Stockade MARTIN best we can dates decide to get married. He at 5:30 p.m.All members are invited to at- Photo by Laura Pedrick | The New York Times and let it go. is eager to lose his virginity tend. Sal D’Amico is selling Avon products at Rice’s Market, in New Hope, Pa. He doesn’t look much like an Avon lady.Then again, the We assume that everyone has and she is about to lose her their rough areas and better welfare benefits. They decide Avon lady isn’t what she used to be. Women of Destiny Ministeries meets she gloats over a game than to get married at City Hall. something more important. Invitations are sent for their Knock, knock. Avon man. on Mondays for a Prayer Service at 7 p.m., at Espumas Café, 119 Guadalupe. For in- Then one day my friend reception. Printed on a home Alix and I went to play pool, printer, the ink is smeared, formation, (956) 857-1255. and Mom had to come, too, making it hard to read. In it is since we didn’t have IDs to a list of all the stores they reg- Oasis of Love Ministries, daily study By KAYLEEN SCHAEFER tive. He works as security guard men don’t sell moisturizer. “A play without an adult. Mom istered at, including Web sites. of God’s Word. Prayer for the sick and bro- NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE at a local hospital, too, but that man has to be secure in himself played Alix, who has played The reception was for two kenhearted, 2103 Reynolds. For informa- doesn’t stop him from selling to sell Avon,” he said. “The little pool maybe twice in her life. hours at the home of his par- tion, call 723-1210. his might sound weird, T Avon when he’s on duty. “I say, teasing I get I have fun with.” Mom won and proceeded to do ents. Neither has a job, and Salvatore D’Amico will ‘Doc, are you living at the office Most of the people who a victory dance and gloat in they were banking on a lot of TUESDAY,JULY 4 say when he approaches a now,”’ he said. “Then I get serious stopped by for his hand rubs front of her and the rest of the gifts so they could return them The second Heights Childrens’ Pa- man in the locker room at his and sell him the eye cream.” were women, who make up the pool hall. to finance a honeymoon trip. rade will be Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to gym. In other settings around But the life of the Avon man bulk of his customers despite his Alix looked as if she would I did not attend, but I sent a noon in one of Laredo’s most historic resi- suburban Philadelphia, he skips can be lonely. It’s not just the oc- best attempts to round up clients cry; not from losing but from congratulations card. I take dential area.The parade will begin at 2520 the introductory throat-clearing casional wisecrack or the double in the men’s locker room. To wanting to slap Mom. (I have marriage vows very seriously Lane St. (First Presbyterian Church), and and just blurts out the bad news. take from new customers. them, he sells Avon perennials had this feeling quite often.) and didn’t feel like being taken will proceed on Milmo to Fremont; then on “You look terrible,” he will say, or Women still make up close to 98 like Skin So Soft original bath She felt guilty about that idea advantage of. Fremont to Jarvis; then on Jarvis to Lane “You look like you haven’t slept percent of the sales force of oil. He doesn’t ring up much and sat out the next game. Several co-workers felt the street and will end at 2320 Lane Street in a week.” Then D’Amico, 32, 500,000 representatives — Avon makeup because he hasn’t been I have told Mom in private same way and chose not to at- (Christ Church Episcopal). Prizes will be will slip the potential customer a could not provide figures on willing to take Avon’s beauty ad- before not to gloat and brag as tend or send a gift. Your opin- awarded in the following categories: “Most $10 tube of Avon ProExtreme whether this percentage has viser course, an intense study of this makes people uncomfort- ion, please. Patriotic Pooch,” “Most Patriotic Wheels” Advanced Eye Cream for Men changed in recent years — and which lipsticks and eye shadows able, but she doesn’t listen or GENTLE READER — That and “Most Patriotic Child.” For more infor- and reassuringly tell him, “This Avon’s corporate culture remains should be worn together. can’t help it. I was wondering if you do not like these people. will help.” stubbornly ladylike. For years women have been there was a polite yet firm Miss Manners hopes it will not mation, call Christ Church Episcopal at “With men, eye cream is an Last year, D’Amico moved the keystone of the Avon busi- comment I could make in front disappoint you to learn that (956) 723-5714 or Lisa Paul at (956) 723- easy sell,” D’Amico said. about $40,000 in Avon products to ness model: They are not just the of my friends to stop her from there is nothing rude about de- 6573. D’Amico doesn’t look much men and women (he kept half the sales reps but the target cus- ruining an otherwise fun clining the invitation and send- like an Avon lady, with his high- money) to reach the Rose Circle, tomers. Even the men’s cosmetics game. ing only your congratulations. The Laredo Veterans Coalition will and-tight haircut and treadmill- the third of six levels recognizing are typically marketed to wives Your advice would be ap- To call for help about cellu- have a Fourth of July Parade will be at 9 perfected physique. Then again, top earners. He earned not just a who choose the shaving cream preciated throughout the fam- lar telephone usage, send a a.m. at the intersection of Springfield and the Avon lady isn’t what she used figurine but a cruise to British their husbands lather up with. ily. long, self-addressed, stamped Mayberry. For information, call Jose M. to be. For starters, she isn’t al- Columbia. His fellow sales repre- But in an age when growing GENTLE READER — Is envelope and $2 to Newsletter, Soto 286-6107 or 726-1008. ways a lady. sentatives left their husbands at numbers of men want to buy your mother training for pro- P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH Today, up to 12,000 men stand home, making D’Amico, one of their own shaving cream — not to fessional sports? 44092, and you’ll receive “Miss El Cenizo will host its first ever ready to sell you a tube of Avon the few men on board, as rare a mention exfoliators and anti-ag- To Miss Manners’ dismay, Manners On Cellular Tele- Fourth of July Family Festival.A ballet folk- ProExtreme Energizing Face sight as the gray whales spotted ing salve — that paradigm is that is where flagrant exam- phone Courtesy.” E-mail your lorico troupe from Nuevo Laredo will per- Moisturizer for Men— an enor- off the side of the ship. starting to show some cracks. ples of bad sportsmanship, etiquette questions to Miss form at the celebration.The festival starts mous number for a corporation A fellow sales champion According to the NPD Group, a such as the repulsive victory Manners (who is distraught at noon on Tuesday with a fajita cook-off, whose identity is so thoroughly asked him in disbelief, “Why firm that tracks retail sales, dance, are set. that she cannot reply person- and runs until 11 p.m. Admittance to the feminine that it still bills itself as would you want to go on a cruise men’s skin care and fragrance Not that this is any excuse ally) at MissManners@united- festival is $1 for adults and 50 cents for “the company for women.” with 800 women who are run- make up 17.2 percent of the total for your mother. Even if she media.com. children. Fajita cook-off contestants can D’Amico joined Avon when ning around talking about hair cosmetics market. sign up until Monday afternoon at City Hall. he got tired of having to wear a and makeup?” “I don’t necessarily think that a For more information, call El Cenizo City guest name tag at company The heckling from his friends man will buy more from another Hall at 712-9107. events with his wife, Katrina, and fellow sales representatives man,” said Avon’s senior marketing who is also a sales representa- doesn’t bother D’Amico; he manager of men’s products, laughs off comments that real Shirley Dong. “Women influence Les Amies Birthday Club will meet what men purchase.” Tuesday, July 4, at 11:30 a.m. in the Jacaranda Room of the Holiday Inn to hon- Photo by Lars Klove | New York Times or Olivia E. Garcia, Cristina Garza, Lely Garza,Consuelo Lopez and Irma Velasquez. Hostesses will be Hercilia Camina, Gilda Gutierrez, Lydia Linares and Nina Barrera. Martin High School’s Class of ’71 reunion committee meets Tuesdays, at 7:30 p.m. at the Taco Tote restaurant at 5603 San Dario.All classmates are invited. For information, please call Bertha Bernal Dimes, (956) 791-5019. WEDNESDAY,JULY 5 We all share a need to see the con- stant awareness of the presence of God. Come see for yourself. The Laredo Church of Christ invites you and your family to a Summer series, “God Is Closer Than You Hollywood’s casual, down to toes By SHARON WAXMAN Think,” Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. There will NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE be activities for children.We are located at 1505 Calle del Norte, suite 330. For more LOS ANGELES — It was only recently that Don- information, call 286-9631. ald De Line, a leading Hollywood producer and a keen observer of local trends, noted the onslaught The Laredo Breastfeeding Support of nearly naked feet, and not just on women. Group meets the first Wednesday of every Suddenly, flip-flops — those slabs of rubber with month at 7 p.m. at 1101 Mier (close to the V-shaped slivers between the toes — are ubiquitous old Mercy Hospital) to discuss breastfeed- in what were once dressed-up settings. ing topics.The meeting is open to all moth- “I was meeting with a director and a writer on ers, pregnant women and their children a project, and they both were wearing flip-flops,” (no men).For more information,call Melis- said De Line, parking his pristine Mustang at the sa R. Cigarroa at 722-5271. premiere party for “Superman Returns” at a West- wood theater. He was wearing Vans, shoes de- The Laredo Chess Club will play at its signed for skateboarders. He added: “I noticed, be- weekly meeting. Meetings are on Wednes- cause that is definitely a new level of casual.” days,from 6 to 8 p.m.,in the Quiet Room of In a city that for decades has been leading Amer- the Lamar Bruni Vergara Tec Rec Center, ica toward a more relaxed personal style, Los An- located at 202 W. Plum St. Participants geles is once again resetting the standard for dress- ing down. No longer content to banish the necktie, should bring their own set and board. The Photo by Stefanie Boyar | St. Petersburg Times untuck the shirttails and let the stubble grow wild, general public is welcome. For more infor- The ever-present flip-flops are a common trend for a relaxed Angelenos this summer are enthusiastically adopt- mation, call Dan Navarro at 722-4600. summer style. ing flip-flops — also known as thongs or beach- combers — to dinner, to meetings or even, last week, THURSDAY,JULY 6 to a premiere. lacrosse team caused a furor in the capital when Alcoholics Anonymous meets Mon- “I’ve seen guys on the red carpet wearing flip- team members were photographed wearing flip- day through Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday flops,” said Vivian Turner, a celebrity stylist who flops on a White House visit. The trend seems to and Sunday at 6 p.m. at 102 W. Hillside, has helped dress famous names like Sharon Stone, baffle, if not offend, some people from other parts classroom A. For more information, call Lionel Richie and Geena Davis. “It’s the first thing of the country. (956) 206-6411 or (956) 579-2691. in the summertime: put on a great skinny suit with “Where I work, at a medical foundation, there’s the shirt open and a pair of thongs. I totally ap- a dress code — you couldn’t wear them,” said David Gratitude Group of Alcoholics prove. Thongs are cool.” Rothner, a shopper on the fourth floor of Neiman Anonymous meets daily at noon and 8 p.m. Well, they are here, anyway. It may still be dif- Marcus in Beverly Hills, as he looked over the sale at 4120 San Bernardo, suite 4, and on Sun- ficult to imagine a pair of flip-flops, even expen- table of men’s shoes. The Dolce & Gabbana flip- day at 10 a.m.and 8 p.m.Spanish meetings sive ones, at a Wall Street investment house, or flops, with hard plastic soles and two small strips are Monday,Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 thwacking their way through a congressional of white leather, were marked down to $135. Roth- p.m. at the same address. hearing room. Last summer, the Northwestern ner, visiting from Cleveland, said he couldn’t see University national championship women’s himself in a pair.