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I December 14, 2005 - Mukilteo Beacon - 19 New Toys for Tots donation site The Snohomish Coun- ty Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce that their Visitor Information Center in Lynnwood is a do- nation drop-off site for the U.S. Marine's Toys for Tots Foundation Your donations of new, unwrapped toys will surely bring a smile to a child this holiday season! The Visitor Information Center is located in Lyn- nwood's Heritage Park at 19921 Poplar Way in the his- toric Wicker's building, on the east side of I-5. The best time to drop off your dona- tion is from 9-3 daily. If you are traveling north on I-5, take exit 181B off of I-5 and turn right at the first light. Those traveling south on I-5, take exit 181, stay in the left lane as you follow the curve onto 196th. Continue to curve right onto Poplar Way and go through the traffic light at Alderwood Mall Parkway. The center is on your left with plenty of parking and no shopping traffic to worry about. After dropping off your toy donation, check out the free tourism brochures that may be of assistance to you this holiday season, wheth- er you are looking for a ho- tel for Uncle Joe and his six kids or where you can take the family to see the Nut- cracker. For a complete listing of fun-filled events and activi- ties, pick up a Snohomish County Fall & Winter Calen- dar of Events. Take a moment today to be Santa's helper for Toys for Tots! Adams, my Popular Fiction teacher, told me that I had al- g FROM PAGE ~i~ LLYWOOD, 6 ready won, just by making it screenpla; "calle'd lVhcl e;'s in the top 30." Music to a contest called the Twelve runner-ups will be 'Slamdance Screenplay Com- petition.'" Batchelder didn't place in his first competition, but the feedback he received boosted his confidence so much that he entered Canton's contest After submitting a screen- play for a TV pilot, entitled The Mystery Murders, Batch- elder was soon selected to the top 31 out of thousands of submissions Last week, he learned he had made it to the top 10, and on Thursday, Dec. 15, he'll find out where he placed overall. "Even if I don't win, I've achieved enoUgh to pursue a writing career with the con- fidence I need," Batchelder said. "Before I even found out that I was in the top 10, Mrs. selected from four categories including movie screenplay, movie pitch, television script and television pitch. "Thousands of people en- tered this contest, and to make it to the top 10 (as a high school senior!) is quite an ac- complishment," Mrs. Adams said. More than $200,000 will be awarded in prizes, and four overall winners will be cho- sen to have their ideas fur: ther developed by Canton. "One of the things I've learned reading about screen- writing is that to catch the at- tention of someone in Holly- wood, your idea has to be high concept," Batchelder said. "In other words, it has to be a big idea. It sometimes feels like all the big ideas are already taken, so creating my own was pretty frustrating at times." Batchelder has been com- ing up with ideas for screen- plays since before middle school However, he had never written any of them down until he was an eighth grad- er, when he wrote a 26-page short screenplay. "Reading it now (26-page screenplay)," Batchelder said, "I can see that I've come a long way since then. "I just hope that I'm almost ready to write a feature-length screenplay worthy enough for Hollywood. Because The Mystery Murders, the show I hope to bring to life, is only a synopsis of the pilot and not an actual teleplay (TV script)." Stay tuned to fred out the results of The Murder Mys- teries. For more information visit thescreenwriterdig.com. 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