| SPECIAL EVENTS
HOLIDAY BOOK DRIVE
WXEL TV/Radio Station, in Palm Beach are holding their 5th Annual Book Drive through Dec. 31. Hundreds of books will be distributed to at-risk children from birth through eleven years of age. Collections sites are as follows: WXEL, 3401 S. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach.; Palm Beach Equine Clinic, 13125 Southfields Road, Wellington and Hoffman's Chocolates at each of their five locations. Details: (561) 737-8000.
The International Library of Photography presents the International Open Amateur Photography Contest. Open to all photographers in the Miami area, particularly beginners who'd like to take a crack at more than 1,300 prizes. Deadline for submission is Dec. 31. To enter, send one photograph in only one of the following categories: People, Travel, Pets, Children, Sports, Nature, Action, Humor, Portraiture, or Other. Photo must be a color or black-and-white, 8 x 10 print. Include your name, address and category on back. Send to: The International Library of Photography, Suite 101-2615, 3600 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117. You may also submit electronically at www.picture.com. Entry is Free. Details: (410) 363-4800.
Charmin Ultr's 18-wheel semi-tractor will transform into 27 private, fully functional, home-like bathrooms stocked with their bath tissue, for their "Potty Palooza" through Nov. 30. 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. Charmin Ultra wants to "delight families and fairgoers with a comfortably clean oasis" during the Broward County Fair. "Potty Palooza" will be parked at the fairgrounds near the Pompano racetrack. Details: visit www.charmin.com.
Mickey and Minnie will join Donald in a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Coral Gables. They'll be joined by performers from the Ballet Academy of Miami, Coral Gables Youth Center School of Dance and Actor's Playhouse to open the season. 4 p.m. at Merrick Park, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 460-5205.
Whimsical cirque-themed characters will greet and entertain shoppers throughout the mall, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. Details: (305) 933-5572.
HOLIDAY BOOK DRIVE
Dr. Marta Perez, Miami-Dade County School Board Member for District 8, will conduct the fifth annual Holiday Book Drive from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. Reading activities, refreshments and entertainment will also be provided. Details: (305) 995-2794.
Enchanted Place neighbors show their holiday spirit with holiday lights benefiting Care Resource's Children & Families Program. Drive by the beautifully decorated homes from 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. nightly and see the stunning light displays through Dec. 31. Get to Holiday Lights from I-95, exit on 135th Street East to 16th Ave., north then make the first right. Details: (305) 667-9296.