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Civic Club Bazaar — a shopping extravaganza

Have you marked Saturday, Nov. 6, on your calendar for the 36th annual Civic Club Bazaar at the Ross Aragon Community Center?

The door will open promptly at 9 a.m. and you can shop until 3 p.m..

This event seems to grow both in size and in the variety of merchandise offered each year. This time you will find over 85 artists/vendors in 70 booths spread over three rooms. Check out the booths in the south conference room, the arts and crafts room and the lobby, then head on into the main gym area.

Proceeds from the bazaar are used to purchase equipment, furnishings, and materials for the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library. In the last 10 years, the Civic Club has given over $37,000 to the library because of this annual event. The money has helped with the purchase of shelving, furniture and decorations, blackout curtains for the big windows in the front room, computer software, a projector and screen, and a speaker system. The money has also helped promote the Christmas “Giving Tree,” gift certificates for a recent library survey, memorials, scholarships and book endowments. The library district is small, and the budget is limited. The Civic Club members take great pride in the important role the club plays in supporting this popular institution.

Booth rental proceeds as well as profit from the raffle, silent auction, bake sale and cafe go to the Civic Club and ultimately to the library. Booth vendors keep all the money they earn from their sales. Keep in mind that while you are spending an enjoyable day at the bazaar, you are also doing your part in helping support the library and individuals in our community and surrounding areas.

There will be several new artists and crafters this year and they are bringing such items as fabric art, art posters, jewelry, stained glass, wall hangings, cookbooks, baby items, an opportunity for a gentle, relaxing hand massage, and a place to order special baskets of cookies for holiday enjoyment.

The policy for the bazaar is that all new exhibitors bring handcrafted items. However, you will still find several of your favorite commercial vendors who have been there for many years. You will still be able to visit the two “anchor” gift shop booths. You can also still purchase some of your favorite commercially produced beauty products, and the local Cub Scouts will be there again with their famous popcorn. A local museum will sell museum merchandise, the longtime candle vendor will be back, and you can still add to your Tupperware collection. The big booth filled with gently-used children’s books and items of interest to the younger set and their “pocketbooks” will be in the same location as well.

You have time before Nov. 6 to start thinking about the purchases you might make, and next week you will be able to read more details about the wide variety of items that will be presented by the returning artists and crafters who bring handcrafted items.

Remember, there is never an admission fee for the event, and parking is available in the area across the street to the east of the building, in the main parking lot, and along Hot Springs Boulevard.