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Volunteers needed to make holiday bazaar a success

One of the most popular events of the year — the Women’s Civic Club holiday bazaar — is in great need of volunteers to help make this annual event the success it always has been.

The bazaar takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.  For many folks in Archuleta County, this event marks the beginning of the holiday season — and a perfect opportunity to start your holiday shopping because of the wide variety of goodies on sale from about 80 different vendors.

But it is the hard, behind-the-scenes work you don’t see that makes the bazaar such a success, and the Civic Club women are asking for help.

Bazaar chairman Jennifer Hedrick says they need volunteers with strong arms and backs to set up and take down the heavy pegboards that are the walls of the vendor booths. They also need people to put up tables and chairs on site. And they need help with the café kitchen, the raffle and the bake sale.

All proceeds from the bazaar go to the library. In fact, the bazaar, now in its 37th year, is the Civic Club’s largest fund-raiser of the year for the library. We are deeply grateful for all the time and effort the Civic Club ladies put into this event. And we hope you will step forward to help share the workload.

To volunteer to help, please contact Barb Draper at 731-9979.

Books to help vets

We have three Doonesbury books in a special trilogy by Garry Trudeau that examine the impact of combat on American soldiers in Iraq: “The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time,” “The War Within: One More Step at a Time” and “Signature Wound: Rocking TBI.” The author’s proceeds go to benefit Fisher House, which says that 96 percent of their revenues go to helping military families be near loved ones during hospitalization for an illness, disability or injury.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Charlestown Connection” by Tom MacDonald features Dermot Sparhawk, a former all-American Boston College football hero, who solves the mystery of his godfather’s murder using his Native American intuition and Irish good looks. “Killing Kate” by Julie Kramer features a serial killer and TV reporter Riley Spartz.

How-to and self-help

“Primal Body, Primal Mind” by nutritional therapist Nora T. Gedgaudas compares the diet of our pre-agricultural ancestors with what we eat today that results in weight gain, diseases and cognitive problems — and what to do about it. “Sams Teach Yourself eBay in 10 Minutes” by Michael Miller helps you shop for, purchase and sell items on eBay safely and securely.

Other nonfiction

“Of Thee I Zing” by talk radio star Laura Ingraham looks at America’s cultural decline from muffin tops to body shots, describing how we are on the verge of drowning in our ignorance, arrogance and gluttony. “The Triple Agent” by Pulitzer Prize winner Joby Warrick takes readers inside the CIA’s secret war against al-Qaeda.

New novels

“Northwest Corner” by John Burnham Schwartz tells of a father and his son fleeing their past lives and searching for connection, redemption and love. “A Small Hotel” by Robert Olen Butler, set in New Orleans, follows a couple who have decided to separate after 20 years of marriage. “Unsaid” by Neil Abramson follows the lives of a veterinarian who dies and her husband who continues to take care of her animals, including a chimp named Cindy involved in a research trial.

Large print

“The Silent Girl” by Tess Gerritsen is a mystery set in Boston’s Chinatown featuring detective Jane Rizzoli. “The Dog Who Came in from the Cold” by Alexander McCall Smith is the second installment of the Corduroy Mansions series featuring terrier Freddie de la Hay. “Fire Valley” by Ray Hogan is a collection of two western books. “Wild Mountain Thyme” by Rosamunde Pilcher is a romance set in London and Scotland.

Quotable quote

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” — Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Classical Greek philosopher.


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