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A DIGNIFIED DEATH. For many terminally ill people, the inevitable demise is lovingly mentored by members of the Hemlock Society.

Faye Girsh is the Society's national spokesperson and she's in Tucson on Saturday, December 7, to talk about how to make the best end-of-life choices. Her lecture begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church at 4831 E. 22nd St.

Find out about Arizona's law on living wills, healthcare power of attorney, do-not-resuscitate forms and other legal documents you might need as the end nears. Girsh also talks about the Oregon physician-aid-in-dying law, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's attempt to nullify that law (can't he keep his hands out of every aspect of our lives?) and the background of this right-to-die movement since Derek Humphry started it 22 years ago.

Girsh is an activist in the movement, received her doctorate from Harvard and has taught at Morehouse College and the University of Chicago.

The meeting is free and the public is invited. Call 546-7965 for details.

NORDIC LIFE. It's that time of year. The 20th Nordic Guild Fair gets underway on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church, 5360 E. Pima St.

Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish clubs and individual vendors offer ethnic foods, baked goods and crafts. Folk dancers and musicians perform all day. Proceeds benefit the Youth on Their Own program. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 887-1114 with your questions.

HOLIDAY BALLET. There's a plethora of Nutcracker performances this season, but here's one that won't break your bank.

A Time to Dance Studio presents the quintessential story with dancers of all ages prancing around the stage to Tchaikovsky's famous score. It's the second time the Studio is tackling this ballet in its six-year existence.

Shows start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd., just west of I-10. Tickets cost $7.50 for both shows and can be purchased in advance by calling 320-1566 or stopping by the studio at 2610 E. Fort Lowell Road., weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. or Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

KRAFTY KATS. If you must indulge in all the frenzy of consumption this holiday season (what, me, a humbug?), then you can at least check out the knick-knacks at the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter during their annual craft sale on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All proceeds go to help the 300 plus cats and kittens who slink around the various nooks and crannies in their orphanage, located at 5278 E. 21st St. Or better yet, adopt a couple of feline favorites for yourself while shopping for the relatives--it's been known to happen.

For more information, call 571-7839.

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