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HAVE A MOVIE NIGHT PARTY ON NEW YEAR'S EVE!

Are you looking for a fun way to ring in the new year? A movie marathon provides safe, low-key entertainment for revelers of every age.

If your celebration includes both adults and children, you can set up two different movies, space permitting. Just select two or three films, and switch over to TV at midnight to watch the ball drop. Here are a few ideas to make things festive:

THEODOR DREYER'S PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

Twenty-first century movie fans would never have seen this 1928 silent masterpiece if not for an employee of a mental institution in Oslo, Norway, who found some film canisters in a janitor's closet in 1981.

The canisters, which were labeled "The Passion of Joan of Arc," were sent to the Norwegian Film Institute, where they were in storage for three years before being examined. The prints were discovered to be the original, uncensored cut of director Theodor's Dreyer's landmark version of the trial of Joan of Arc.

PETAID COLORADO ANIMAL HOSPITAL - NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH

It's every pet owner's worst nightmare - your dog is injured or in need of medical care and you can't afford the necessary vet bills. Fortunately, PetAid Animal Hospital (formerly Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital) is here to provide comprehensive and compassionate veterinary care for pets of the economically disadvantaged and has been doing so since 1990.

The animal hospital is just one of the services offered by its umbrella organization, PetAid Colorado, which collaborates with veterinarians and community partners (like the Animal Assistance Foundation) to prevent animal suffering and relinquishment through a unique array of programs, including PetAid Care Grants, PetAid Disaster Services, and

LOOKING FOR BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS SALES LEADS? TRY REFERENCEUSA

A recent visitor to the Reference Department had just opened up a commercial janitorial service and asked if we had any resources to help him find customers.

I suggested we look at ReferenceUSA, one of the library's most popular licensed databases, which allows you to search for business listings by combining search parameters such as geographic location, industry, sales volume or number of PCs. He wanted to focus on small offices in an industrial area near 2nd and Tejon, so I showed him how to formulate a search that combined the zip code for that area with privately owned businesses whose square footage is no larger than 2,499.

RAGING AGAINST THE MACHINE: PATRICK MCGOOHAN AS THE PRISONER

Amid the growth of the peace movement, the birth of the Big Mac, and the first 60 Minutes, American television viewers had their minds blown in 1968 when the British spy thriller The Prisoner made its debut.

The 17-episode show was conceived, directed, and mostly written by its star, Patrick McGoohan, who had just completed the final season of the British espionage series Danger Man. The Prisoner's opening sequence (shown below) is like watching a 3-minute movie; an unnamed British secret agent speeds through London in his roadster to his boss's office, where he angrily hands in his resignation.

VAMPIRES: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BLOODSUCKING UNDEAD

From Bela Lugosi's courtly, cornball, heavily accented count to the angst-ridden teen leeches of the Twilight series, vampires have been an essential part of film history. Our fascination with them, experts suggest, has something to do with our fear of death and yearning for immortality at any price -- or maybe it's just cool to imagine an eternity of partying all night and sleeping all day.

Some version of the vampire myth has existed in nearly every culture; the first recorded account came from Western Europe during the Middle Ages. Since there was no explanation for disease or natural disasters, vampires were blamed. They were depicted as foul, bloated, and barely semi-human. It wasn't until John Polidori's 1819 novella The Vampyre that they began their transformation into the charismatic and nicely dressed entities that we know and love today.

JEFFERSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 60 YEARS OF BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (JSO) is celebrating by offering an ambitious and engaging schedule this 2012-2013 season, including their October 21st opener Afternoon at the Opera, with gifted guest mezzo soprano Kara Guggenmos.

The pieces to be performed will include Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Four Last Songs and Der Rosenkavelier from Strauss and Tristan und Isolde, Wagner's piece that inspired Herrmann Bernard's haunting theme for the movie Vertigo.

Book Group

Do you like to read, talk and eat? Would you like a way to make new friends, see things in a new way and find genres and authors that you've not considered before?

If so, you may find the perfect nexus in a book group. There are many types of book groups, ranging from a group of friends getting together monthly to discuss an essay to special-interest virtual groups, such as Thumper's Corner, which is specifically for African-American literature.

Local Drop-In Book Groups

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO READ?

Have you read all the books on your nightstand and depleted your Nook? Don't settle for reading the cereal box or that copy of Who Moved My Cheese someone left in the break room - you can find fresh and unexpected page-turners from a variety of sources.

Beat everyone to the waiting list by using Clues Unlimited to find upcoming mystery titles, as well as mysteries for children and British imports.

Can't remember the name of the third Harry Potter book? Check out What's Next, a comprehensive database from the Kent Library District, MI, that allows you to find a fiction series by genre, author, series name or book title.

KICKOFF FALL WITH SOME FOOTBALL MOVIES

Anyone who attended Bronco games during the late '70s remembers the Orange Crush defense and Craig Morton, who always threw the ball at the last moment possible and then collapsed on the field to avoid getting tackled. I sat wedged between my burly father and a truly huge, hairy, chain-smoking guy and his brother, who we privately called the Bear and the Bear's brother.

In later years, I had access to a "box" seat, courtesy of a generous in-law. This offered such great people-watching that I hardly paid attention to the game at all, which was just as well most of the time. I'm still not sure how the women in the box hiked all the way up there in their stiletto heels and cat-print jumpsuits, but it was a lot of fun, with snacks, drinks and shelter readily available.

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