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Civic Club holiday bazaar takes place next weekend

We hope you have marked your calendars for one of the most popular events of the year — the Women’s Civic Club annual bazaar next Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center. For many folks in Archuleta County, this event marks the beginning of the holiday season — and it certainly is a perfect opportunity to start your holiday shopping.

A record 71 booths will offer a wide variety of treasures including fine art, pottery, jewelry, local photographs, fabric arts, holiday decorations and ornaments, dried mixes for drinks and dips, wood carvings, antler pieces, salsas, jams and jellies. Because there are so many booths, the bazaar has expanded into the Arts and Crafts room.

The San Juan Historical Museum will offer souvenir items, including books and playing cards. The Boy Scouts will be selling popcorn. Also back by popular demand — the silent auction and raffle.

Auction items include a gift basket from The Springs, beautiful jewelry from The Lantern Dancer and Trevas Wheeless, a gift certificate from Eddie’s Uptown Grille, oil painting from Goodman’s, cowhide pillow from Bull Chic, woolie slippers from Jacky Reece, a snowman from Slices of Nature, pottery from Holey Moses in Creede, and lots more.

Among the raffle items are themed gift baskets, money wreaths of 50 one-dollar bills and items donated by vendors and local stores like Paint Connection Plus, The Rose restaurant and the Floured Apron Bakery. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, available at the library in advance and at the bazaar.

As in previous years, food is a huge reason for the popularity of the bazaar. The Civic Club ladies will be selling their wonderful baked goods in the lobby, so you’ll want to buy lots to put in your freezer for holiday entertaining. They’ll also be offering goodies at the Civic Club Cafe, if you want to take a pleasant break from your shopping. The famous Dahrl Henley brisket on a bun will be on the menu, together with chili, hot dogs, Polish sausage and nachos.

All proceeds from the bazaar go to the library, so you can imagine how grateful we are to the ladies who work so hard to make this event successful. This year’s committee is made up of Jennifer Hedrick, chair, along with Marilyn Copley, Barb Draper, Dahrl Henley, Aideen Karger, Ingrid Leppitsch and Yvonne Ralston.

The bazaar, now in its 35th year, is the Civic Club’s largest fund-raiser of the year for the library. We hope you’ll come, enjoy yourself, do some holiday shopping and support a great cause — your library.

Technology Open House

Whether you’re a computer expert or have a love/hate relationship with technology, we hope you will stop by the library for our Technology Open House tonight from 5-7 p.m. or tomorrow from 9-11 a.m. We’ll have activity stations set up on the library computers, how-to instruction sheets, a gaming area, a Q&A area, even light refreshments. Here’s your chance to hone your skills in digital photo editing, Skype, database exploration (job searching, Novelist, etc.), NetLibrary downloadable audio books, Wii, online security/identity theft awareness, and more.

Lifelong Learning

This Saturday, Oct. 31, brings the fourth of the fall series of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library from 3 to 4:15 p.m., as Center for Southwest Studies director Kevin Britz explores the cultural meaning of ghost towns, ruins and lost places and the modern phenomenon called urban exploration. We hope to see you there.

New novels

“Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen classic.

“Green” by Ted Dekker is a thriller that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. “The Year of the Flood” by Margaret Atwood looks at life after a natural disaster that alters earth as we know it. “A Gate at the Stairs” by Lorrie Moore is about a year in the life of a nanny. “Twisted Tree” by Kent Meyers explores the effect of one missing girl’s life on her family and friends in a small town. “A Separate Country” by Robert Hicks is about a Confederate general trying to build a new life in New Orleans after the Civil War. “The Missing” by Beverly Lewis is an Amish-based inspirational novel. “The Plague of Doves” by Louise Erdrich uses three narrators to tell the story of events on the Ojibwe reservation.

Short story collection

“In the Valley of the Kings” is a collection of one novella and seven short stories by Terrence Holt, who 15 years ago abandoned a promising writing career to practice medicine and now has taken up fiction again.

Nonfiction

“Mark Twain’s Book of Animals,” edited by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, gathers the great writer’s work over his career showing his special attachment to and regard for animals. “The Good Soldiers” by Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer prize winner David Finkel is a front-line look at the Iraq War surge strategy. “The Greatest Show on Earth” by Richard Dawkins is a counter-attack on advocates of Intelligent Design. “Journal Spilling” by Diana Trout teaches new ways with mixed media to help you creatively express your ideas in your personal journal.

Pre-teens and teens

For pre-teens we have book five, “Septimus Heap” in the fantasy Magykal series by Angie Sage. For teens we have”“Impossible” by Nancy Werlin, “Carter Finally Gets It” by Brent Crawford and the fantasy “Garth Nix: The Seventh Tower.”

Bestsellers on CD

We have five new bestsellers on CD: “206 Bones” by Kathy Reichs, “Spartan Gold: A Fargo adventure” by Clive Cussler, “The Murder of King Tut” by James Patterson, “Her Fearful Symmetry” by Audrey Niffenegger (author of “The Time Traveler’s Wife), and “Julie & Julia,” the book by Julie Powell that was made into a hit movie starring Meryl Streep.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful for generous donations from Merton and Mavis Burkhard and from Richard and Kitty Shildt. For books and materials this week, we thank Roberta Coppenger, Lisa Jensen, Marlene Jorgensen, Evelyn Kantas, Bamma Laizure, Carol Mestas, Ron Monteferrante and Dick Redfield.

Quotable quote

“Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.” — Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, English politician and writer.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our Web site at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.