The Bexley Middle School parent-teacher organization is holding its first Holidaze Shop and Dine fundraiser Dec. 2 to raise money for students who are unable to afford overnight field trips.

The Bexley Middle School parent-teacher organization is holding its first Holidaze Shop and Dine fundraiser Dec. 2 to raise money for students who are unable to afford overnight field trips.

The benefit will feature dinner catered by The Top Steakhouse as well as vendors such as Longaberger, All About Accessories, Avant Garden, Star Jewelers, the Drexel Theatre and the Bexley Monk.

Each vendor will donate 20 percent of the evening's profit to the PTO group's efforts.

Dinner tickets cost $12 and can be purchased by Friday, Nov. 28, at The Top Steakhouse, Flavors Eatery, Star Jewelers, Giuseppe's Ritrovo, Charm or the middle school office, or by contacting PTO president Lisa Baas at (614) 231-4155 or EBaass59704@aol.com.

Bexley elementary school students received lessons in poetry and literature from author Patrick Lewis last week.

The Westerville resident shared his poetry -- his most recent collection is "The World's Greatest Poems" -- and read from his new book, "The Underwear Salesman," which will be published next year.

"Getting children excited about the wonders of poetry -- experiencing literature -- is the reason I visit schools in the first place," Lewis says on his Web site, www.jpatricklewis.com.

His weeklong visit was funded by the elementary schools' parent-teacher organizations. Proceeds from Lewis' book sales during the week were given to the PTOs.

The Bexley Education Foundation is teaming up with the Easton Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Saturday, Dec. 13, for a book fair to support the organization's initiatives in literary and performing and visual arts in the Bexley City School District.

Barnes & Noble will donate 20 percent of the revenue from that day to the BEF's Community Book Club if, when checking out, Bexley shoppers present their Bexley Community Book Club voucher. The voucher is available at www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org and various local businesses.

The Bexley High School string ensemble, women's chorale and men's chorale will perform. Jerry Revish, from WBNS-10TV, will read the work of BEF Community Book Club 2009 author Tobias Wolff as well as work by the Bexley Middle School Power of the Pen team.

ChristmasFair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 29-30, at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Road.

This is the 22nd year for the winter arts and crafts fair, featuring the work of more than 150 artists and crafts persons from throughout Ohio and the Midwest, including Bexley residents Kitty Johnson and Becky Counts.

Items for sale will include jewelry, pottery, baskets and clothing. Concessions will be available. There is no cost for parking.

General admission is $5; children 12 and younger are admitted free. Call (614) 486-4991 or visit www.christmasfairartsandcrafts.com.