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BAGS FOR KIDS. Want to make sure that children who are in transition in their home life at least have something more than a plastic bag to carry their worldly possessions in? The Aviva Children's Services needs you to measure and cut fabric or sew duffel bags--a much better satchel than a plastic garbage bag--for kids taken into protective custody.

The sewing event takes place on Saturday, January 18, at 9 a.m. It's held at the Community Resource Center, 4710 E. 29th St., Building #7. For questions on volunteering, call 327-6779, ext. 16.

BUG-EYED IN ARIZONA. Dr. Carl Olsen is professor at the UA and author of Insects of the Southwest. Yes, there are wonderful bugs in the desert and Olsen is not shy about singing their praises.

Find out how insects make life so much better here. Come away with a new regard for these itsy-bitsy creatures. Shed your fears of them like a bug would its carapace. Olsen begins his lecture on Saturday, January 18, at 10 a.m. The event is hosted by the Public Lands Interpretive Association and takes place at Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, located at 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. It's free with park admission.

THERE'S A SEA NEAR YOU. Not many people think about the ocean here in the desert. (Unless they're crankily plotting their escape to absorb some positive ions as soon as possible.)

The Marine Awareness and Conservation Society offers insight into the ecology of the Sea of Cortez. The group hopes to enhance public awareness of the fragility, beauty and threatened existence of marine environments worldwide.

Members of the society show up at Bookman's at 1930 E. Grant Road on Saturday, January 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. to talk about everything sea-related. Join them for the free discussion. Call 325-5767 for information.

DYING TO BE THIN. It's a critical issue affecting all of us: A woman thinks she's fat but really she's so thin she's in danger of dying; all her vital organs are malnourished.

Dr. Ira Sacker, head of the Eating Disorders Clinic at Brookdale University Hospital, is a renowned speaker on eating disorders. He's written a book, Dying to Be Thin, and is contributor to various news and talk shows on the subject.

The Women's Resource Center hosts a lecture by Dr. Sacker on Thursday, January 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the UA's Integrated Learning Center, just across the mall from the Main Library in room 140. It's designed for practitioners in the field of eating disorder treatment--medical professionals, counselors, community health advocates, women's groups.

Call for details at 621-3919.

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