The Animal Welfare Society’s Christmas bazaar is on today (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and tomorrow (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Athens Municipality’s Art Center, in the Eleftherias Park behind the Athens Concert Hall. The proceeds will go toward helping stray animals, in view of a cleanup of stray animals planned before the Olympic Games. As if everything else were already ready – the venues, the Olympic Village, with billions of drachmas in labor costs for the members of the board and millions for the press, as if the traffic congestion had been solved – a plan is under way to get rid of all the stray animals in the streets, squares and around the stadiums. And since the easiest – and of course the worst – solution is simply to get rid of them, the welfare society is starting a campaign to protect these unfortunate creatures. The proceeds from the bazaar will go toward this cause, according to Costis Zois, the society’s president, and its general director Liana Alexandri. Even if the weather is wet, all animal lovers will be there, not only to choose from the wonderful collection of gifts and books, but to chat with animal lovers. See you Saturday and Sunday, then. Our four-footed friends need us! Tony Blur!