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Christmas bazaar brings spirit of giving, good time for whole family

The International Women's Club of Bratislava (IWC) will host its 7th annual Christmas bazaar November 23 from 11 A.M to 4 P.M at the Hotel Danube. Everything at the bazaar - more like a Christmas fair - from the arts, crafts, food, books, and other items have all been donated, made by hand, or baked for Slovak charities.

It is the major fund raising event of the year for the IWC which raised more than 300,000 Sk at last year's event. There will be Christmas trees, Christmas carols, father Christmas will make an appearance and a kids corner where they can draw or paint. Organizers are trying to play up the event as a fun cultural exchange between 30 different countries and also a great place to buy presents.

"In Slovak the term bazaar has a negative connotation meaning second hand goods or something," said Lori Riley, president of the IWC. "But in fact there will be great gifts, and a fun atmosphere." Every crown made at the bazaar goes to a Slovak charity with everyone working doing so for free. There will also be a drawing contest for children ages 5-15 to win some great prizes.

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