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Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.: Kathy Garver (The Family Affair Cookbook) speaking engagement at The Girl Cave, Huntington Beach, CA
Feb. 18: Donn Trenner (Leave It to Me... My Life in Music) signing at Breakwater Books, Guilford, CT
March 9-12: Linda Prevost (I Am Mister Ed ... Allan "Rocky" Lane Revealed) speaking at The Williamsburg Film Festival, Williamsburg, VA

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