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For a sec­ond year, the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts brings back its fam­ily-friendly event and fundraiser which sup­ports its vis­ual arts pro­gram and is a fun-filled op­por­tu­nity to see dozens of lo­cal artists at work. Equipped with sup­plies, they are set up at long ta­bles and draw dur­ing two hour-long pe­ri­ods, with a break in be­tween. The draw­ings are hung on the gallery walls and are bid on in an auc­tion led by the evening’s em­cee, Westin McDow­ell of The Shin­ers Club Jazz Band. Each draw­ing costs $75 and is sold to the first per­son to make a claim; pur­chased art­works can be taken home at the end of the evening. Par­tic­i­pat­ing artists — about 50 artists in all — in­clude Caity Kennedy, Cheri Ibes, Jef­frey Sch­weitzer, Matthew Chase-Daniel, and Erika Wa­nen­macher. takes place on Satur­day, March 25, be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. The evening in­cludes food and drinks, along with live mu­sic and ac­tiv­i­ties. The cover charge is $10 at the door; it’s free for chil­dren un­der twelve. CCA is at 1050 Old Pe­cos Trail; call 505-982-1338 for in­for­ma­tion. — Michael Abatemarco

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