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And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

Last month News10 My Neighborhood gave a shout out to our communities and ask you to send us a picture of a child reading to a pet. The pictures were then put into our photo gallery article and the names were submitted into our random drawing, where the winner was to receive a prize.

PHOTOS: Kids Reading to Pets

This contest was part of News10's Reading Connects campaign, which is our effort at improving the literacy rate in our area.

Research has shown that children's reading skills improve when they read to their pets, hence the inspiration for this contest.

The winner of our "Kids Reading to Pets" sweepstakes contest random drawing was Jill, who submitted a picture of her son, Devin, reading to his dog, Jake.

Devin was around a year old when the

Online festival to connect writers of all levels

Online festival to connect writers of all levels

Always wanted to meet other writers or learn how to get an agent? This summer could be your chance -- and you won't have to leave home. Mediabistro is holding an online Literary Festival & Workshop from July 16 - August 1, 2012. Join writers from around the world to collaborate, workshop your projects, and celebrate the written word with accomplished authors, editors, and literary agents.

You'll be immersed in the literary and publishing worlds with keynote speeches from insiders. Plus, you'll get your work edited by an author in one of our small-group workshops.

let’s pretend…

let’s pretend…

…that I have not completely FAILED in prepping myself for this Sunday’s death march mud run that I will be doing with my son in law. Yes, I can handle the running distance…bitch please…it’s the mud and the upper body strength needed obstacles not to mention it is going to be 80 degrees HOT when we start our race at 12:30 PM. I’m. Going. To. Die. I hope Ben will kindly drag my body to the finish line…for my loving circus clowns who surely will miss me when I am gone....

Writers Workshop with Scott Thomas Anderson

Writers Workshop with Scott Thomas Anderson

Wolfe at the Door: Using the concepts and techniques of literary journalism to make your memoir, histories and creative non-fiction more compelling - and more marketable with author Scott Thomas Anderson on March 24, 2012.

Workshop Presenter: Scott Thomas Anderson, journalist and author     

Cost: $75 — Includes morning refreshments, and a free, signed copy of Scott Anderson’s new book as well as a complimentary copy of Wild Edges.

Free author signing and meeting the author directly follows the workshop.

How to Sign Up: Reserve your spot in the workshop by mailing a $75.00 check to Manzanita Writers Press, CCAC, PO Box 632, San Andreas, CA 95249 – Attention: Anderson Workshop. Deadline for early reservation: March 1, 2012. After this date, the fee is $85.00. Limited participants.