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Saturday, December 2, 2006

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NEWTON

C'mon, be original this holiday season and get the people you love original gifts. Instead of heading to the mall, head to Newton for the next two weekends.

Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Celebrate Newton! Arts and Crafts Festival will take place at Newton South High School, showcasing more than 60 local artisans.

The benefit for the Newton public schools costs $2 per person for admission, $5 per family. Refreshments will be served, and a silent auction held. The school is located at 140 Brandeis Road.

Next weekend, a variety of work from artists throughout New England will be showing and selling their work at the Newton Cultural Center's Fine Art and Craft Show.

The event, which costs $5 per person for admission with children 12 and under for free, takes place on Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cultural Center is located at 225 Nevada St. Proceeds benefit cultural programming in Newton.

-- Connie Paige

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