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To have an item listed, mail to the Gazette-Packet, 1604 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314; fax to 703-917-0991 or e-mail to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. If you have any questions, call Elizabeth Orr at 703-917-6449.

The 2004 Capitol Holiday Tree Ornament Competition for the City of Alexandria has issued a call for artists. For the first time, Virginia will provide the 2004 Capitol Holiday tree, covered with thousands of handmade ornaments for Virginia residents. The ornament should reflect the theme, "From Virginia — Birthplace of Presidents" or Virginia's agriculture, wildlife, historical or natural resources. it should be lightweight, durable and water-resistant, 9-12 inches in size, and have a large, easy-to-view design. The selected artist will be given $500 to cover materials and artist's fees. Entries, including an 8 1/2 x 11 inch rendering of the ornament, a 100-word types description and the artist's resume, are due to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts' office at 1108 Jefferson St. by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. For more information, visit www.capitolholidaytree.org or call 703-838-6348.

Teen Entertainment Venue & Competition. The First Night Alexandria Teen Task Force, sponsored by DeVry University, has announced official audition dates, times and locations. The Teen Talent Venue is part of the New Year's Eve citywide celebration of First Night Alexandria. Auditions for youth ages 13 and older will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4:40-5:30 p.m., at TC Williams High School. For an application form, required the day of auditions, visit www.FirstNightAlexandria.org. Participants must phone 703-838-4200 ext. 210 to request an audition space and must bring their completed application form with them on that date. A list of rules and regulations can also be found on the First Night Alexandria Web site.

Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Road, will hold its 11th Annual Pumpkin Sale from Oct. 3 - 31, from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. This fund-raiser will benefit the Outreach ministries supported by Immanuel Church, including Network Preschool, ALIVE, Carpenter's Shelter, and many more. It also will benefit the Navajo Indians of Northern New Mexico, where the pumpkins are grown on irrigated tribal lands. Pumpkins are priced by size, ranging from $1-$15. Jewelry, gourds, mini-pumpkins and food also for sale. For more information, call Susan D. Dawson at 703-931-4349.

Vendors Wanted: Crafts, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, gift basket, needlework and body and bath gifts vendors are needed to participate in the Alexandria American Legion Auxiliary "Scottish Walk Holiday Bazaar" on Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 400 Cameron St. Fee $20 to reserve a table. Call Carol or Brenda between 4-7 p.m. at 703- 683-5564 and leave your name and number for further information. Deadline by Nov. 13. No food vendors.