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Theater students from Eagle Point High School's Thespian troupe 4474 will be dressed in costumes to collect food donations on Oct. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event is part of the Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat, or TOTS, program, organized by the International Thespian Society, a division of the Educational Theatre Association. TOTS is a new national community service program for ITS-member schools to collect canned and dry goods for local charities and food banks.

Thespian troupes from across the state are participating. The donations will go to local charities and food banks. Organizers hope to collect thousands of pounds of food, giving them the ability to help thousands of local people.

Organizers of the Ashland Independent Film Festival are looking for volunteers to help put on the 10th anniversary festival scheduled for April 7-11.

An AIFF volunteer orientation meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.

Participants will meet the AIFF staff, board and other volunteers and hear news about the upcoming festival. For more information and to fill out a 2011 volunteer form, visit www.ashlandfilm.org.

Authors Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Mathias Svalina will read poetry Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland.

Wilkinson is author of five books of poetry and has edited two anthologies for University of Iowa Press.

Svalina is author of "Destruction Myth" and "I Am a Very Productive Entrepreneur."

The readings are free. For more information, go to www.bloomsburyashland.com.

Compiled from staff reports

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