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Civic Club holiday bazaar takes place next weekend

Next weekend brings us one of the most popular events of the year – the Women’s Civic Club annual bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ross Aragon 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 70 separate booths with 80 different vendors, 15 of them new, will offer a wide variety of treasures including fine art, pottery, jewelry, local photographs, fabric arts, holiday decorations and ornaments, wood carvings, antler pieces, salsas, jams and jellies, and much more. Because there are so many booths this year, the bazaar has expanded from the lobby and gym into the Arts and Crafts and the South Conference rooms.

The Boy Scouts will be selling popcorn. Also back by popular demand — the silent auction and raffle.

Auction items include a Bill Jaxon framed and signed print, two framed Milt Lewis artworks, gift basket from The Springs, a rocking chair from Bonnie Nyre at High Mountain, a $50 gift certificate from Lauren at the Springs Resort Salon, a three-strand turquoise necklace from The Lantern Dancer, woolie slippers from Jacky Reece, and several themed baskets.

Among the raffle items are themed gift baskets, gift certificates, three money wreaths of 50 one-dollar bills, and items donated by vendors and local stores like The Rose restaurant and the Floured April 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 other food and beverages.

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, Yvonne Ralston and Liz Schnell.

The bazaar, now in its 36th 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.

Lifelong Learning

Our fall series of free Lifelong Learning lectures is underway at the library. Back by popular demand, this new group of interesting presentations takes place on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. This Saturday (Oct. 30) we’ll learn about “Climate Science and Policy, 2010” when Dick White revisits the subject of a college course on climate science and policy that he first taught in 1995.

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“Her Daughter’s Dream” by Francine Rivers is part two in the Marta’s Legacy series. “Mini Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella looks at the life of a young mother who lets nothing come between her and her bargains. “Call Me Mrs. Miracle” by Debbie Macomber is set in a family-run department store in New York City. “Bury Your Dead” by Louise Penny is the latest in the Chief Inspector Gamache murder mystery series set in Quebec City. “Getting To Happy” by Terry McMillan is the sequel to “Waiting to Exhale.” “A Nose For Justice” by Rita Mae Brown is a murder mystery featuring heroine Mags Rogers and her dachshund and German Shepherd.

Fantasy, farce and paranormal

“The Next Queen of Heaven” by Gregory Maguire describes lives of people in the eccentric town of Thebes. “The Gates” by John Connolly is the story of a quirky boy and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power.

Other new novels

“By Nightfall” by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham explores the lives of contemporary urbanites after a wayward brother comes to visit. “The Fort” by historical novelist Bernard Cornwell tells of a little-known but important battle called the Penobscot Expedition from the Revolutionary War. “Priceless” by Nicole Richie follows a rich Park Avenue singer who flees to New Orleans to escape the shock of her Wall Street father’s arrest for fraud.

How-to and self-help

“True Prep” by Lisa Birnbach is a new take on the preppy world by the author of “The Official Preppy Handbook.”

“Gunn’s Golden Rules” by life coach Tim Gunn shares his 18 principles to guide you to success in your career, relationships and life. “Growing Roots” by Katherine Leiner tells the stories of a new generation of sustainable farmers, cooks and food activists, and shares some of their recipes. “This Is Why You’re Fat (And How to Get Thin Forver” by celebrity fitness trainer Jackie Warner offers her strategies for dropping pounds without grueling workouts or deprivation.

Mysteries and suspense

“Red Herring” by Archer Mayor is the latest in the mystery series featuring Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation. “To Fetch A Thief” by Spencer Quinn is the third book in the Chet and Bernie mystery series featuring a loveable and wise dog narrator. “Gentleman Captain” by J.D. Davies takes place on a ship in 1660’s Restoration England. “Back Spin” by Harlan Coben is the fourth book in the sports agent Myron Bolitar suspense series. “The Lord Is My Shepherd” by Debbie Viguie is the latest in the Palm 23 mysteries featuring church secretary Cindy Preston.


“Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny” by Marlo Thomas is the autobiography of the actress-comedian, wife of Phil Donahue and daughter of Danny Thomas. “Oogy: The Dog Only Family Could Love” by Larry Levin is the story of a dog saved from a dog-fighting ring by a loving family.

Quotable quote

“It’s something that’s in the air. The sky is different, the stars are different, the wind is different.” — Artist Georgia O’Keeffe on her love of her Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu homes and land in New Mexico.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Kerry Dermody, Scottie Gibson, Jeanne Kaiser, Debra Kupchok, Carol Martin, Shari Pierce, Kari Plante, Joyce Ryan and Linda Tilson.


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