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Christmas celebrated through story, song Dec. 2-3

Come to a cozy, decorated downtown church Friday, Dec. 2, to hear "A Literary Christmas," classic Christmas stories and poems recited to you, together with beautiful choral music, 7 p.m. at 800 Colorado Ave.Continue the spirit on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the downtown Central Library for "The Memory of Christmas," where you'll hear Christmas story excerpts and poems, view a slice of Christmas movies, and write your own Christmas memories. The library is located at 530 Grand Ave.Families are welcome at both events, to listen, participate, and stay for hot apple cider, coffee, and scrumptious homemade Christmas sweets. 'A LITERARY CHRISTMAS'Among "A Literary Christmas" readers are writer Cookie Somerville, who will dramatically recite all of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," and poet and Colorado Mesa University Prof. Luis Lopez, who will read a Hispanic tale of Christmas.Poet Frank Coons will read from a classic Dylan Thomas story, "A Child's Christmas in Wales," and poet Jill Burkey will read from a poem on Christmas light. I will read from a Christmas piece performed on public radio, "Riding a Runaway Horse."The Unitarian Universalist choir will sing both known and rare Christmas music, including an Eastern European song and a solo with guitar by Robert McDonald. All are welcome for the evening's raffle, door prizes, and old-fashioned fun. Donate what you can, in the spirit of Christmas! The event is sponsored by the Western Colorado Writers' Forum; registration is encouraged at 256-4662 or see'THE MEMORY OF CHRISTMAS'At "The Memory of Christmas: Hearing & Writing Christmas Stories," a Christmas story and "Twas..." will be recited, together with a slice of a favorite seasonal movie, and participants will have the opportunity to write their own favorite Christmas memory as a story or poem with me and writer Gloria Somerville.We will also teach how to make small book gifts, for little cost, for holiday stories. Families are especially welcome; separate activities will be provided for children age 5 and up, and writers over the age of 10 are encouraged to stay and write a memory. Registration for "The Memory of Christmas" is encouraged at 243-4442. The event is sponsored by the Western Colorado Writers' Forum and Mesa County Public Libraries.

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