Originally created 03/20/01

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MEATLESS:

If mad cow disease and reports about unsafe meat have you thinking about becoming a vegetarian, today might be the day to begin.

It's the 17th annual Great American Meatout, and event organized by the Farm Animal Reform Movement, a nonprofit group founded in 1981. In its brochure, the organization encourages people to explore a "wholesome, non-violent diet of grains, vegetables and fruits."

For more information on the Meatout or the FARM group, call 800-MEATOUT or visit the web site meatout.org. The web site also offers menu ideas and recipes, information on meatless food products, and the VegPledge, a step-by-step program to achieving a plant-based diet in 60 days.

PAJAMA PARTY:

No, you haven't been dreaming. The flannel pants appearing on the legs of teen-age girls everywhere from malls to schools are exactly what they look like - pajamas.

Comfort-seeking teens say the fashion trend is all about convenience. Worn with sweatshirts and sneakers, athletic sandals or flip-flops, the pants have become a hit among middle and high school students, particularly girls. The pants are usually flannel plaids or prints or solid-colored fleece and are never worn with teh accompanying flannel pajama top.

TV TONIGHT:

After the Storm, a new cable movie based on a story by Ernest Hemingway, airs at 9 on USA and stars Benjamin Bratt, Armand Assante, Mili Avital and Jennifer Beals.

BONJOUR:

The French Ladies of Georgia, a club made up of former residents of France, will meet for lunch at noon Thursday, March 29, at Villa Europa restaurant, 3044 Deans Bridge Road. The members will wear clothing from their native regions and discuss their costumes. For more information about the club or the meeting, call Leone Pispisa at 860-8778.