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Three Free Things to Do This Week

This week in free stuff to do we have a jewelry party, a cookie swap, and an art gallery show. Come take a look and plan your week.

When Places Speak

(UROC Gallery, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-626-UROC, www.uroc.umn.edu)

Photographs by Xavier Tavera and Shiraz Mukarram explore the "placeness" of sex trafficking. The photography exhibit will feature an opening reception on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Silver and Stone Launch Party

(Friedman Iverson, 509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

There's a new jewelry business in town. Silver and Stone is a locally run website that specializes in selling hand-made one-of-a-kind pieces by emerging designers. At the launch party there will be drinks and snacks, plus opportunities to check out some of the work they're selling on their site. Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

Cookie House Press

(Coffee House Press, 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

This Thursday, Coffee House Press hosts a holiday party that is extra sweet. Bring cookies to swap, as there will be plenty of varieties to trade and sample at this party. There will also be a book sale, and Coffee House authors of note will be an hand to talk about literature and sign copies of books you may want to give (it's always a nice touch to gift reading material that has been signed). Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m.