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SKATE ANEW: There’s an exclusive VIP sneak-peek—and birthday party for Mikee Bridges—at the brand-new Alpine Ventura on Saturday, November 5. Alpine Ventura is the name of the redesigned Skate Street Ventura and The Loft, which will open to the public on Thanksgiving Day. The Alpine will boast a retail shop, two music venues, laundromat, Internet access, karaoke, beauty salon, movies, and study rooms. Call 650-1213.

SPANISH BILLS: Cox Communications is introducing a Spanish-language bill option available to customers. Cox’s spokesperson said the cable company wants Spanish-speaking customers to know that their business is appreciated. Spanish-language bill options have been launched in most markets nationwide.

TALENT CALLS: The Profant Foundation is hosting a talent search where everyone wins. Prizes include a DVD of your performance, TV appearances, and more. An entry donation of $100 allows you to be judged by some of Santa Barbara’s best, including Dr. Mary Collier, David Alvarex, and Barbie Burgess. Proceeds will benefit City College art students. See profant.org to enter.

SHOP AND FEEL GOOD: The Forest Foundation presents Exclusive Denim, a sale featuring high-end designer clothing. Held at Santa Barbara’s Hillel, November 2-3 at 7 p.m., the event will donate 10 percent of all sales to Tikvah, a child orphanage in the Ukraine. Call 898-2511.



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