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U.S. Department of the Treasury Auctions
Upcoming auction locations and tips for buyers.

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March 18-24 this year is National Bubble Week.

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An addictive little online game with increasing levels of difficulty.

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Plants In Motion
Quicktime movies of plants on the go.

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Dining Through The Decades
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March Events
Festivals For March Travelers

March 1-3, 2002
Greek Festival
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church,
5965 Wickham Road,
Melbourne, Florida.
Traditional Greek dancing, arts and crafts, books, guided tours of the church, with music and food.
More information: Call 321-254-1045.

March 1-3, 2002
Winthrop Hot Air Balloon Festival
Winthrop Inn,
(and other venues),
Winthrop, Washington.
Early morning balloon launches, night balloon glows, balloon dinners, balloon rides available. Some events may require reservations and/or a fee.
Further details: Call 888-463-8469.

March 1-3, 2002
Jonquil Festival
Old Washington State Historic Park,
U.S. Hwy 278,
Washington, Arkansas.
Music, food, entertainment, carriage rides, re-enactment of Civil War battle, and scenery full of jonquils.
Additional information: Call 870-983-2684.

March 1-3, 2002
Mediterranean Food Festival
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church,
4530 E. Gold Dust Avenue,
Phoenix, Arizona.
Crafts, church tours, raffle, white elephant sale, belly dancing demonstration, arabic music, middle eastern store and foods.
More: Call 602-953-1921.

March 2-3, 2002
Heritage Days Festival
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Site,
Key West, Florida.
Historical re-enactments by costumed participants take visitors back to the time of the Civil War. The event is free with your admission to the historic site.
Further details: Call 305-292-6713.

March 2-3, 2002
Peace River Seafood Festival & Boat Show
Downtown waterfront area,
Punta Gorda, Florida.
Seafood, arts and crafts, plus a water ski show.
Additional details: Call 941-639-1188.

March 2-3, 2002
Maple Syrup Festival
Cranbrook Educational Community,
39221 Woodward Avenue,
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
This event is in its 28th year. You can check out the trails through maple trees, watch trees being tapped, taste maple sap, and get samples of maple sugar candy. Dress warmly and try not to bring strollers. There is no admission other than that to the museum.
Further information: Call 877-GO-CRANBrook.

March 2-3, 2002
Mendocino Whale Festival
Floral Park,
on U. S. 41 South,
Floral City, Florida.
Food vendors, arts and crafts, and plenty of Strawberry Shortcake. Small admission for those over age 12 and over.
Details: Call 352-726-2801 or 352=795-3149.

March 2-3, 2002
Floral City Strawberry Festival
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church,
5965 Wickham Road,
Melbourne, Florida.
Traditional Greek dancing, arts and crafts, books, guided tours of the church, with music and food.
Further details: Call 321-254-1045.

March 3-10, 2002
Philadelphia Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center,
12th & Arch Streets,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Lectures, gardening demonstrations, garden tea, flower book show, culinary presentations, bridal day.
Further information: Call 215-418-4700.

March 3-10, 2002
Forsythia Festival
various venues,
Forsyth, Georgia.
Beauty Pageant, banquest, artists' show, used book sale, pancake breakfast, 5k & Fun Run, horseshoe tournament, entertainment, Kids Korner, arts and crafts fair, jam dance.
Additional information: Call 888-642-4628 or 912-994-9239.

March 9-10, 14-17, 2002
Pennsylvania Maple Festival
Downtown area,
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania.
Historic tours, arts and crafts, music and other entertainment, car show, parade, horse pulling contest, more.
Further information: Call 814-634-0213.

March 9-10, 2002
Hebron Maple Festival
Downtown area,
Hebron, Connecticut.
Self-tours of local sugarhouses, sugar-on-snow, maple baked goods, pancake breakfasts, viewing of maple syrup process.
More: Call 860-228-9503 or 869-228-9317.

March 9-10, 2002
Camden Daffodil Festival
(unknown venue),
Camden, Arkansas.
Garden tours with acres of daffodils to see, historic home tours, arts and crafts, childrens events, music, antiques, food and more.
Additional information: Call 870-836-0023.

March 9-11, 2002
Ostrich Festival
Dr. A. J. Chandler Park,
Chandler, Arizona.
Ostrich races, music (including the Marshall Tucker Band and Steppenwolf) and other entertainment, kiddie carnival, baby ostrich exhibit, parade, food, more. Some events are ticketed.
Further details: Call 623-842-8434.

March 10, 2002
Chocolate Fantasy
Yakima Convention Center,
Yakima, Washington.
You can sample chocolates, buy chocolates, visit vendors and sample coffees. There will also be Chocolate Bingo. There is an admission charge. Then event runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
More: Call 509-966-6309.

March 14-17, 2002
Louisiana Purchase Motorcycle Rally,
Food and Music Festival,
Acadiana Fairgrounds SugArena,
New Iberia, Louisiana.
Motorcycle enthusiasts gather to enjoy plenty of music and Cajun taste treats (such as gumbo, blackened entrees and red beans and rice). Vendors sell their jewelry and other wares.
Further details: Call 888-9-IBERIA.

March 15-16, 2002
Azalea Festival
Drexel Park,
Valdosta, Georgia.
Arts and crafts, entertainment, Kidz Fest, 5k Run/Bike Ride, food, home and garden tours.
Details: Call 229-245-0513.

March 15-17, 2002
Rabbit Festival,
City Park on Thompson Street,
Iowa, Louisiana.
Food, Cajun music.
Further details: Call 318-352-3188.

March 15-24, 2002
International Cherry Blossom Festival
(unknown venues),
Macon, Georgia.
Cherry Blossom Ball, exhibits, gospel concert, lantern light tours, bed races, riding tours, art in the park, Macon Civic Chorale performances, Green Beret Paratroopers demonstration, Pink Pancake Breakfast, international food fair, youth basketball, golf tournaments, much more.
Additional information: Call 478-751-7429.

March 16, 2002
Wild Chicken Festival
Fitzgerald, Georgia.
No further details at this time.
Details: Call 229-423-4321.

March 16-17, 2002
Fort Bragg Whale Festival
various venues,
Fort Bragg, California.
10K Whale Run, 5K Run, 5K Walks, classic car show, chowder tasting, microbrew tasting, lighthouse visits, whale watching cruises, whale walks, corned beef & cabbage dinner, more. Some events require reservations and/or a fee.
Further information: Call 707-961-6300 or 800-726-2780.

March 16-17, 2002
Ocean Arts Fest
Banyan Tree Park,
Lahaina, Hawaii.
A celebration of humpback whales and other marine life brings local artists showing and selling their wares, plus there are activities for kids, and hula and music.
Additional Information: 808-667-9193.

March 16-17, 2002
Dandelion Days
Downtown Main Street,
Jackson, California.
An outdoor peddler faire.
Additional Information: 209-223-1706.

March 16-17 and 19, 2002
Swallows Festival,
Mission San Juan Capistrano,
San Juan Capistrano, California.
Celebrate the swallows return with ethnic foods, music, Aztec dancers, docent tours, displays.
Further details: Call 949-234-1300 x322.

March 16-17, 2002
Rockingham Park Spring Craft Festival
Rockingham Park,
Salem, New Hampshire.
Indoor craft show with over 200 booths.There is an admission charge.
Details: Call 603-755-2166.

March 17, 2002
Jewish Festival
Melbourne Auditorium,
Melbourne, Florida.
Displays, music and dancing, trade show, educational activities, entertainment, food.
Further details: Call 321-636-1824.

March 17-18, 2002
Maple Syrup Festival
Mapleberry Farms,
Waverly, Ohio.
Tour the farms and have pancakes with real maple syrup, with music for entertainment.
Ticket Information: 740-947-2331.

March 20-24, 2002
Tennessee Festival
various French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana.
Among other events, Suddenly Last Summer with be performed at the Contemporary Arts Center. There will be a Scholars Conference, poetry readings, book fair, walking tours, and more. Some events are ticketed separately.
More: Call 504-581-1144.

March 22-24, 2002
Bayou City Art Festival
Memorial Park,
Houston, Texas.
Art, food, kids events and more.
Additional Information: 713-521-0133.

March 22-24, 2002
Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts
Spring Fever Festival
Expo Center at Green Gate Mall,
(on U.S. Route 30),
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Over 200 booths with everything from quilts to ceramics to hand-crafted furniture. Small admission charge. Please leave pets home.
Additional Information: 724-863-4577.

March 23, 2002
Fire Ant Festival
Downtown area,
Ashburn, Georgia.
No further details at this time.
Information: Call 630-955-2404.

March 23-24, 2002
Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
Georgia International Morse Park,
Conyers, Georgia.
Over 400 (300 arts and crafts) booths, food court, activities for children, entertainment, opportunity to purchase cherry trees. Please leave Fido home.
Details: Call 800-Conyers or 770-602-2606.

March 23-24, 2002
Boynton Gala
Downtown on,
Ocean Avenue,
West Palm Beach, Florida.
This event is in its 20th year. There will be a Kids Corner, business exhibits, entertainment, food and more. Admission is free.
Further details: (unsure of contact phone number at this time).

March 23-24, 2002
Atlantique City Spring Festival
Atlantic City Convention Center,
Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Over ten indoor acres of everything antique. This year they celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Teddy Bear.
Further information: Call 800-526-2724.

March 29-30, 2002
St. George Art Festival
Main Street,
St. George, Utah.
Over 100 arts and crafts booths.
Details: Call 435-634-5850.

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This November I'll turn half a Century old! I feel as though this is a huge gift, and I don't want it to be like just any other birthday. I want this year to represent the good things I have had in life thus far. So I've decided to let everybody help me celebrate by having more fun and fulfillment of their own, and by helping a charity or two along the way.

First of all, this is an unofficial contest of sorts, but I'm not liable for any pain and suffering, so play at your own risk, okay? Please don't do anything illegal to win. I'm opening up the actual winnings only to residents of the U.S. because I don't want to try to figure out the logistics of prizes and mailings and all that. Sorry about that. If you live in another country and you want to help someone in the U.S. get points that's fine!

Okay--Here's what we're going to do.
The competition (or contest, if you want to call it that) will be based on points earned from the list below and also from the presentation of those things on the list.

I will also award points for each person you help me add to the Notify list for Deb's Monthly Review. You must be this list to participate in the contest. You can get on the list anytime between now and November 2, 2002. If you are on the list you can send me the names and emails of folks (please get their permission first!), and if they opt to subscribe to the monthly Notify List, you will receive 500 points for each person.

If you are not already receiving the notices each month when the current Review is ready, you can get on the Notify List by using this form.

You may do any or all the things on the list to earn points. There is a range of points for each item because part of the points earned depend on how you present your proof or your outcome of having done something on the list. You can send pictures (scanned or real), an essay, an audio cassette tape of your actions, or use some other way to let me know you fulfilled an item on the list. Because it is MY birthday we're celebrating, the point system is subject to my whims and final decision. Part of what I'm looking for is evidence that an activity changes you inside--makes your life somehow different and more spiritual or precious to you. So think of that when you relate to me how you completed a task on the list. Be creative and open and have fun. And be honest. If you did something on the list, and you really feel bad about it, I would like to know that too.

You may send your proof of completion for each thing you accomplish, or you may send several items at once and prove their completion to me all at once. However, EACH time you contact me to prove an item's completion, you will be asked to either send me a $1.00 entry fee (check is fine as long as it's a good check) OR to donate $1.00 to a charity of your choice. If you opt to send me a donation AND send a donation to a charity of your choice--and you send me proof of that donation--I will give you an extra 500 points for your donation to that charity. (there is no entry fee for sending me the names and addresses of potential Notify list subscribers.)

So you can send me proof and information of completed items as often as you wish, but each time there is a fee required--so save up items and send as a group to save yourself some cash.

You may get credit for each item on the list only one time. This is to encourage everyone to try as many new things as possible!

You must provide your snail mail address when you enter each time. I cannot send you your winnings if I do not know where you are!

Winners' names and home towns will be published in the January 2003 issue of Deb's Monthly Review.

What does the big winner get in terms of a real prize? Grand Prize will be $250. I reserve the right to give gift certificates to others who do an outstanding job in obtaining points. And I reserve the right to use any entry fee money above and beyond the cost of the competition toward a donation to the charity of my choice.

You should send Notify list referrals to me by email only. You should send all proof of completed items on the list to me via snail mail only. You can use USPS, UPS or similar service, as long as the material comes to this address:
Deb Thompson
14 North Drive
Freedom CA 95019

Check your postage--if material arrives postage due, it will void your entry.

I reserve the right to publish proof of your completed items in the January 2003 issue of Deb's Monthly Review. If you would like actual photos or documents returned you must include a SASE with your entry.

Here's the list of items for the competition: Do one or more and send me your story and your way of proving to me that you completed the item. Remember--doing the item is only important to me if it changed you inside in some way.

1. Try a new restaurant.100-200 points
2. Plan the design for a flower or vegetable garden.200-400 points
3. Do some karaoke singing.100-200 points
4. Tell a story in public.100-200 points
5. Give a speech in public.100-200 points
6. Demonstrate a craft.100-200 points
7. Visit a National Park.100-200 points
8. Read 3 books by an author whose work you've ignored until now.200-300 points
9. Go to 2 houses of worship other than your own religion or denomination (weddings don't count). If you are atheist or agnostic go anyway and tell me what it is you think other people get from it all.200-400 points
10. Make an article of clothing or a piece of wood furniture.300-400 points
11. Color your hair (or cut it really short if it's long) (or grow it out if it's really short).200-400 points
12. Lose 5 pounds without using any diet pills.100-200 points
13. Get your teeth professionally whitened or have veneers put on.100-200 points
14. Get colored contact lenses.100-200 points
15. Take a walking tour of your downtown (or that of a nearby town) and talk to at least two business owners or residents about how long they have lived or worked there.100-200 points
16. Go to a shelter and help exercise the animals.100-300 points
17. Volunteer for animal rescue in your area.100-300 points
18. Attend a class reunion.200-400 points
19. Attend a family reunion.200-500 points
20. Attend a work-related or organization-related reunion.100-200 points
21. Throw away something you've been hanging onto for more than 15 years.200-600 points
22. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister.200-500 points
23. Volunteer for a Special Olympics event.200-500 points
24. Look up an old classmate you haven't seen or talked to in 10 or more years.100-500 points
25. Record a song you wrote (even just on a cassette tape).200-600 points
26. Write a short story.100-300 points
27. Unpack something you've had packed away for 10 or more years and display it in the open.200-500 points
28. Throw a costume party (or attend one).200-400 points
29. Do a Thanksgiving dinner before October 1.100-300 points
30. Plan a virtual vacation around the world and gather all the brochures for it.100-300 points
31. Spend the night in a luxury hotel.100-300 points
32. Join the local historical society or garden club.100-200 points
33. Buy a brand new outfit and donate it to charity.100-300 points
34. Keep a list of good things that happen to you each week.200-600 points
35. Throw away every pen in the house that skips.100-200 points
36. Visit a public rose (or other botanical) garden.100-300 points
37. Go to either a monster trucks rally, a demolition derby or a wrestling match.300-400 points
38. Tour the Capitol building of any state.200-300 points
39. Take an art class or join a community chorus.300-500 points
40. Attend a symphony or ballet performance.100-200 points
41. Help a local school raise money to get band uniforms, sports uniforms, musical instruments or other extra items.300-500 points
42. Write an encouraging letter to a young person just getting started in local theatre, in a rock or alternative band, in competing gymnastics, or similar activity. And go and cheer for them at one of their public events.100-400 points
43. Donate a magazine subscription or musical works to a local library.100-300 points
44. Trade jobs with a friend for a day (or accompany each other to work (be sure bosses okay this one).200-500 points
45. Cut back on overtime at work for 2 weeks and use the time to do something that's free (or very inexpensive) and also fun for you.200-500 points
46. Attend your State Fair.200-400 points
47. Send treats to a person in military service.100-300 points
48. Say aloud only good things about each person you encounter for one whole day.200-500 points
49. Donate blood.100-200 points
50. Let me hear it--what do YOU want to accomplish--if it's good and really stretches or enriches your life in some way it can be worth up to 1000 points.

The contest is open as of 12:01 a.m. PST March 1, 2002.

All information proving your work on each and every item, and any referrals for the monthly Notify list must reach me by 11:59 p.m. PST on November 2, 2002.

The competition is open to strangers and even friends and family and people who know me really well. This isn't about being politically correct. It's about helping us all enjoy life a little more and encouraging us to appreciate each breath we take. I have purposely left things a bit open-ended, and that means it would be fairly easy for you to cheat. But if you do--I hope you know that you won't be cheating me as much as yourself.

So have fun and rack up those points too!

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Once upon a time there was a man with a gentle voice and quiet charm. He made several movies and worked in a TV show playing a character who rode a motorcycle from town to town, touching lives, and singing a little here and there. Then some of us didn't hear much of him for awhile.
We wondered if he would ever come to sing for us again.

Michael Parks is singing, and he recorded 17 songs for us to enjoy.

Included are:
Where Is Your Heart (Moulin Rouge)
I'll Never Be Free
Don't Go To Strangers
Together Again

This CD was a long time
coming, but it was
worth waiting for.

Take a trip to Listen Recordings
where you can order your copy.

Michael Parks - Coolin Soup' - Listen Recordings


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A Little Browsing...

Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Dreamcatcher Earrings

We're pleased to host the work of artisan Joan Garnand on our little patch of light on the web. Joan's creations are finally finding their way out of her Tennessee community and into the hearts of admirers everywhere.

Joan spent last summer doing face painting and hand-painted stationery at Tennessee festivals.

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See the man in the banner below this text?
                Go ahead--take a look.
                                 Take a good, long look.
Memorize his face.
This man is Scott L. Schwartz.
If you ever get into trouble, you'll want him on your side.

This guy means business.
And his business is playing big and bad.
Big may come easy, because he's 6'10" and weighs about 300 pounds.
I'm not sure how he pulls off the bad part though, because he actually seems to be very...

Well, never mind. Just click on the banner and get ready for some action.

Scott has a role as a "torturer" in The Scorpion King which opens next month.


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The Puppetry Home Page is a great place to find information on puppet-making, festivals, puppeteers, schools, resources and just about everything else. There is something magical about even the simplest of puppets--I recall long hours spent as a kid--a few old socks--material scraps and yarn--a bit of imagination--a certain intonation of the voice--presto! A new creature is born!

The news touches on things everyday, but The Why Files tells the science behind the news.

They tell me you can find Thai food in the most unlikely places now. If you are in the Racine-Kenosha, Wiscosin area anytime soon, try the food at Thai Gourmet. They are at 6804 Green Bay Road (in Southport Plaza, on Highway 31) and can be reached at 262-697-5555.
Then I keep hearing that pizza lovers should plan a visit to New Haven, Connecticut at least once, to try the pizza at Pizzeria Napoletana (I think it's also called Pepe's) on Wooster Street. They bake the piza in coal-fired ovens and I hear that people stand in line for a long time to get their slice of the pie. They can be reached at 865-5762.

In spite of all the information that advises folks of the challenges of owning an exotic pet, every year many animals have to be rescued from home where people did not make a decision to make a lifetime commitment to their unusual pet. Exotic Animal/Alternative Pet Shelters/Rescue/Adoption provides information on people and places who will help take care of the precious animal once it has worn out its welcome with the clueless humans.

Now That's A Date! Here's one that's special for someone you really want to please--it's the "Sail With The Stars" night cruises off the leeward coast of Oahu in Hawaii.

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