- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 25, 2001

Chills and thrills
If the wide range of activities is any indication, Halloween is one popular event in the D.C. area. For young children, a free Halloween festival with games, costumes and prizes takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Friendship Park, 45th and Van Ness streets NW. Call 202/966-8309 for more information. For older children and adults, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is hosting a ghost story tour at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at Heurich House, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Tickets are $3-$10. Call 202/785-2068, ext. 100 for more information. Finally, the Washington Storytellers Theatre wants everyone to get into the mood with "Blood on the Page: Literary Tales of Horror and the Supernatural." Hear readings of scary tales from such writers as William Faulkner and Isaac Asimov at 8 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 1328 16th St. NW. Tickets are $9-$12. 301/891-1129.

High expectations
Rapper, producer and former Fugees member Wyclef Jean sure knows how to pick the next big thing. His latest find is City High, a hip-hop and rhythm and blues-influenced trio that's been gaining attention with its single "What Would You Do?" and drawing comparisons to Mr. Jean's old group. Hear them play with local teen outfit By Chanz at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Planet Club, 4600 Brookfield Corporate Drive, Chantilly. Tickets are $20. 703/378-6600.

Horse sense
Horse lovers of all stripes should be sure not to miss the 43rd Annual Washington International Horse Show. This year's event features Olympic-level competition among some of the world's most skilled riders, in addition to bull riding, terrier races and even pony rides. Check it out from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the MCI Center, Seventh and F streets NW. Tickets are $10-$60. 202/432-SEAT.

Dream house
So the National Symphony Orchestra's Decorators' Show House may not be within the reach of most budgets, but it can certainly spark some home improvement ideas. The two-story mansion featured in this year's tour overlooks Rock Creek Park and is furnished inside and out with the latest in home and garden designs. Be inspired from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at White Oaks, 4845 Colorado Ave. NW. Tickets are $15-$20. 202/416-8149.

International dance
Not only does El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador perform cutting-edge modern dance works, it also offers a taste of some of El Salvador's finest traditional dance. That combination has gained the troupe a popular following, both at home and abroad. See the group premiere two works along with several of its noted pieces at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $6-$16. 202/269-1600.

Tight budget
If you're the kind of person who counts every penny, clips coupons and scours stores for deals, don't feel bad. Frugal living has always been part of American life, which is why the National Museum of American History is devoting a whole weekend to exploring the subject. Learn how to use every part of the fish, make homemade instruments and gain household tips from Heloise from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. It's free. 202/357-2700.

Atmospheric moments
Photographer Hiroshi Osaka's photographs are so well staged they almost seem like paintings. That's because the Japanese artist waits until the sun hits the perfect point in the sky before snapping his shutter, creating what he calls "decisive moments." See his landscape works from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Kathleen Ewing Gallery, 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission is free. 202/328-0955.

Heritage of sound
Listening to Ensemble Galilei is like taking a look at an elaborate musical family tree. The members of the group bring their heritage and musical influences to the table when they perform, with Irish, Scottish, Baroque, and other, early styles evident in their work. Hear them perform a children's tale at 11:30 a.m. and give a regular performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $12-$15. 202/467-4600.

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