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Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, Citadel Mall. Purchase a book gift at 10% discount for children in the community. Through Sun., Dec. 22. 266-9945.

Old Colorado City Book Club: Share your thoughts on Snow in August by Pete Hamill at this discussion group at Old Colorado City Branch Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Thurs., Dec. 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 634-1698 or 630-1163 for more

Poetry Open Mikes: On Sundays at Organic Earth Caf, 1124 Manitou Ave., 7 p.m. 2 a.m. 685-0986. Every second Wednesday of the month at Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou St., 633-1080. Every third Tuesday of the month at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766. All start at 8 p.m.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference, to encourage aspiring writers to produce marketable material. Wyndham Hotel, Colorado Springs, April 25-27. $20-$35. Entry deadline Jan. 6, 2003. Call 531-5723 or www.ppwc.net


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A Writers Group is forming in Woodland Park. Aims to meet 1-2 times per month, and hopes to hold public readings. Interested writers as well as photographers and artists (for a forthcoming literary magazine) please contact Julie Shavin-Katz at 687-8562, or e-mail hkatz2@earthlink.net.

Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest. Fourth- and fifth-grade students are invited to write a poem about the past, teachers are encouraged to review poems and submit no more than five per class. Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 15. 2003. Complete rules available from any library or on its web site at ppld.org. Awards will be announced in mid-April. Six young writers will receive $25 each, a book and a Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration poster. Call 531-6333 Ext. 2405.

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