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Flagstaff International Relief Effort is having a holiday sale of items volunteers brought back from Mongolia. Until Sunday, all Mongolian items are 20 to 50 percent off. Items include paintings, bags, felt, wall hangings and more. All the items are fair trade, bought directly from the Mongolians who made them. All proceeds from the sale of the items will support FIRE's 2007 distribution trip.

Each year, FIRE volunteers travel to Mongolia to distribute warm clothing and medical supplies directly to the neediest Mongolians.

The FIRE office is in the northeast corner of Heritage Square in David Edwards' Photography Studio, behind Late for the Train on North San Francisco Street. For more information, call 779-1966.

Breakfast with Santa

On Saturday, American Legion Post No. 3, 204 W. Birch Ave., hosts its annual Breakfast with Santa Christmas party from 8 to 11 a.m. The Legion will serve pancakes for children at no charge. Adults will be charged $3 per plate.

For more information, contact Bob Reyes at 773-0084.

Sustainable living series

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center is hosting a series of talks next month to explore the issue of sustainable living in any kind of housing. Often, sustainable living programs focus on sustainable building, but many people are renting apartments or houses or buying pre-existing homes.

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This four-part series offers information from local professionals on how to live green in any situation. The series is free and open to the public.

The first talk will be "Living Sustainably in a Rented Space," by Lisa Raynor, author of "Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains." The talk will be Thursday, Jan. 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The second talk will be "Home Energy Performance: Techniques for Evaluating and Retrofitting Existing Homes," with Justin Erickson, founder of E3 Energy: A Building Science Company. The talk will be Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The next talk, "Free Renewable Energy and Photovoltaics," with Carl Ramsey, president of Architectural and Environmental Associates, will be Thursday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The final talk, "Building a Sustainable Home in Flagstaff," with Ed Dunn, founder of Sustainable Designs, will be Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center is located at 703 E. Sawmill Road, off Butler Avenue and Lone Tree Road, near Sawmill Park. For more information, call 714-0504.

Send Around the Town news to Abbie Gripman at agripman@azdailysun.com or call her at 556-2241.

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