Giving Spirit

ArgusFest will hold its 7th annual Fair Trade Holiday Bazaar today at the Mercury Cafe, bringing Fair Trade Organization-certified vendors together to showcase their wares. “We create stable partnerships with the artisans and think of the cultural significance of the product created,” says Christina Redwine, program director for People of Hope Crafts, a participating Colorado nonprofit that works specifically with the creative community in El Salvador.

Live music, film and poetry will also be presented throughout the day, aligning with the bazaar’s focus on reducing the economic conditions of poverty — an idea not typically associated with the usual whirlwind of big-box store one-day sales and consumer-driven gift madness. Along with People of Hope Crafts, Emergency USA, Ladies Sewing Circle, Bread and Roses Workers’ Cultural Center, Bead for Life and animal-conscious Cruelty-Free World will have items for sale, made under the premise of providing products produced safely and ethically for the greater good.

The Holiday Bazaar takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mercury, 2199 California Street; admission is free. For information, call 303-294-9258 or visit
Sun., Dec. 12, 12-4 p.m., 2010