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Civic Club holiday bazaar takes place this Saturday

This Saturday, Nov. 5, brings us one of the most popular events of the year — the Women’s Civic Club annual bazaar, 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 it certainly is a perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping.

Some 70 booths will offer a wide variety of treasures, including fine art, pottery, jewelry, local photographs, fabric arts, holiday decorations and ornaments, salsas, jams and jellies, and much more. Because there are so many booths, the bazaar has expanded from the lobby and gym into the Arts and Crafts and the South Conference rooms, so be sure to shop all three areas. In fact, the booths are so popular that there is a wait list of people wanting to participate.

Back by popular demand — the silent auction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the raffle. There will be between 40 and 50 items in the raffle, including three $50 money wreaths and many other goodies. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

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 Café if you want to take a pleasant break from your shopping. The famous special 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 Barb Draper, Marilyn Copley, Virginia Bartlett and Margaret Wilson.

Volunteers are needed and welcomed, especially for setup tomorrow (Friday) afternoon and takedown after the event. If you can help, call Barb Draper at 731-9979.

The bazaar, now in its 37th year, is the Civic Club’s largest fund-raiser of the year for the library. We invite you to come, enjoy yourself, do some holiday shopping and support a great cause — your library.

Employment resources

We hope you will join us on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m., to find out how your library can help get your job search and career development on track. Learn about the Virtual Colorado Workforce Center, Learning Express, Universal Class and other resources available free for you, whether or not you are a library patron. No registration is necessary. Call 264-2209 for more information.

Science club for kids

Curious kids in the fourth to sixth grades are invited to Science Slam, a science and technology club, tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 4), from 2-3:15 p.m. Theme of this session is magnetic science. The club is free, but registration is required. For more information, call 264-2208.

Lifelong Learning

This afternoon (Thursday, Nov. 3), the fifth of the six free fall Lifelong Learning lectures takes place in the program room at the library from 4-7:15 p.m. (note early starting time), when nutrition enthusiast Zoe Groulx will tell us about informed food selection and consumption. This is the second half of a two-part lecture. Both focus on a group DVD viewing with discussion. New ideas about grocery shopping, meal preparation and diet components will be offered.

We hope you will attend tonight’s presentation and also mark your calendars for the last lecture in this fall series — “Volunteer National Park Rangers,” by Lynne and Rick Stinchfield from 6-7:15 p.m. on Nov. 10.


Here are more OverDriveAdvantage e-book titles purchased just for our patrons: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, “What the Night Knows” by Dean Koontz, “The Lincoln Lawyer” by Michael Connelly, “Mystery” by Jonathan Kellerman, “A Dance with Dragons” and “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin, “The Silent Girl” by Tess Gerritsen, “Second Son” and “The Affair” by Lee Child, “Listen to Your Heart” and “Christmas at Timberwoods” by Fern Michaels, “1225 Christmas Tree Lane” by Debbie Macomber and “A Lawman’s Christmas: A McKettricks of Texas Novel” by Linda Lael Miller.

If you are not aware of all the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please read the Oct. 27 Library News column, which you can find on our website by clicking on the News & Events box in the left column of the home page.

Biographies and memoirs

“Eisenhower: The White House Years” by Jim Newton relies on newly discovered and declassified documents for a revealing portrait of the president we thought we knew. “Mary Boleyn” by historian Alison Weir is the first full-scale biography of Henry VIII’s famous mistress. “Seriously … I’m Kidding” is a memoir by TV personality Ellen Degeneres.

Inspiration and how-to

“A Profound Mind” written by the Dalai Lama, edited by Nicholas Vreeland with the afterword by Richard Gere, provides a comprehensive overview of the important teachings of Buddhism from the Dalai Lama. “War of the Worldviews” by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow discuss the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain and God, probing the fundamental questions that define human experience. “The 3rd Alternative” by Stephen R. Covey introduces a new approach to conflict resolution and creative problem solving. “Handmade Holiday Crafts” by Martha Stewart describes 225 projects for year-round celebrations. “My MacBook: Lion Edition” offers full-color, step-by-step tips to get your MacBook working the way you want it.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Sanctus” by Simon Toyne focuses on an ascent on a mountain in Turkey that will have consequences for the entire world. “The Revisionists” by Thomas Mullen is a thriller set in the future. “The Perfect Suspect” by Margaret Coel is the latest in the Catherine McLeod mystery series, this one set in Colorado. “Shock Wave” by John Sandford is the latest in the Virgil Flowers mystery series. “The Ares Decision” by Kyle Mills is the latest in the Covert One clandestine group series created by Robert Ludlum. “The Burning Souk” by John Connolly is the latest in the Charlie Parker thriller series.

Large print

“New York to Dallas” by J.D. Robb is a mystery in the series featuring New York homicide officer Eve Dallas. “1225 Christmas Tree Lane” by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Cedar Cove series. “Feast Day of Fools” by James Lee Burke is a mystery set in Southwest Texas. “Murder Unleashed” by Rita Mae Brown is a murder mystery set in Reno. ”Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues” by Michael Brandman is the latest in the mystery series featuring chief of police Jesse Stone. “Deadwood Gulch” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is the latest in the Sidewinders western series. “Infernal Angeles” by Loren D. Estleman is the latest in the series featuring Detroit PI Amos Walker.

Quotable quote

“I shall either find a way or make one.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945.


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