This dog's bandanna is more than a throwback to the '60s; it is also mint-scented and promises to banish this season's fleas in a sweet-smelling way. Made of 100 percent cotton and washable, the scarf is impregnated with mentha pulegium (as the Romans called it) or pennyroyal oil, which is said to drive away the nasty little critters. (A six-month supply of extra oil is included so you can rescent the scarf after each laundering.) It comes in red, navy, light blue, green, burgundy, pink, lavender, yellow and -- get this -- camouflage for hunting dogs and Michelob and Budweiser prints for party pooches.

Flea-free bandanna. $4.49 plus $1.50 for shipping and handling. Woodsman Enterprises Inc., Box 280, Occoquan, Va. 22125. 703/494-6600. GLOBAL ACTION

The world is all wet -- or at least it can be if you vacation with this inflatable beach ball that is also a detailed globe of the Earth. It is the perfect take-along this summer for Washington's international set; or children can use this colorful, heavy-duty vinyl sphere to learn geography.

Inflatable earth balls. Three sizes. $25.50 for giant 27-inch diameter (No. 3363). $17.50 for 16- and 12-inch diameter (No. 3364). Plus shipping and handling. David Kay Inc., 4509 Taylor La., Cleveland, Ohio 44128. 800/621-5199. LADY OF LETTERS POETIC MEMORY

Gather around all Emily Dickinson devotees. The Folger Shakespeare Library is commemorating the 100th anniversary of this favorite American poet's death with a major exhibit, now through June. To help us remember her at other times, too, the museum's shop is stacked with "people pillows" by Baltimore artist Connie Matricardi (the shop has Shakespeare pillows, too, forsooth) and Emily Dickinson raisin brandy cake. However, purists will note that Dickinson's 19th century Black Cake recipe has been modified for today's taste buds.

Emily Dickinson pillow. $38. Emily Dickinson cake. $16 for 24 ounces, $8.50 for 12 ounces. Folger Shakespeare Library Museum Shop, 201 East Capitol St. 544-4600. STAR-STUDDED SHOW

We all know that planetariums are gateways to understanding outer space. Now one local planetarium is also focusing on inner space. The Arlington Public Schools Planetarium's production of "Feelgood in Space" will take children on a 45-minute expedition that teaches them, through song, dance and magic, why innermost feelings are so important, how to feel good about themselves and how to be a good friend. This production, originally commissioned by the planetarium for the county's third-grade health curriculum, is created for ages 5 to 12.

"Feelgood in Space." $2 per person. May 17, 24 and 31 at 10 a.m. Arlington Public Schools Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. For reservations and further information, call 558-2868 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.