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DIGGING IN. It's the 45th annual Rummage Sale--Tucson's largest junk fest. Pardon me--junque fest.

There's a pre-sale party with live and silent auctions, a raffle and great shopping from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday night. Admission is $5. On Saturday, prices drop on all goods and admission is only $1 (or bring one canned food item). Gates open at 7 a.m. and rummaging happens until 2 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field. The sale benefits the Junior League of Tucson and its many community programs.

NOT SO FREE. How's the Free Trade Area of the Americas fairing? Who benefits or loses from this "agreement" between North, South and Central American countries? Who's deciding the economic fate of less-developed countries?

Kitty Ufford-Chase is the Southern Arizona Program Director of the American Friends Service Committee. She looks at the economies of the Americas and how this treaty is affecting them. Drop by for the free lecture at the Quaker Meeting House, 931 N. Fifth Ave., on Saturday at 2 p.m. Call the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom at 622-5743 for details.

WAG THE TAIL October is half over but you still have a chance to celebrate National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month by galloping down to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. "Nothing says welcome home like a wagging tail and a pair of warm brown eyes," says Susan Wilson, HSSA Executive Director.

The local shelter is celebrating with DogtoberFest. That means half-price adoption fees for dachshunds, schnauzers, boxers, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, great Danes, rottweilers and Pomeranians. Any pooch with a strain of German heritage (even the snooty purebreds) is eligible for the discount. Better yet, take home a pair.

The shelter is located at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., east of Country Club Avenue and north of Fort Lowell Road. Hours are daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 321-3704 for details.

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