Biz buzz:
Samba Brasil celebrates independence

       A celebration of Brazilian Independence day will be in store for visitors to Samba Brasil Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
       A $6/down admission cost will cover a variety of activities at the Westside market/cafe, including live music, dancing, Brazilian juijitsu, movies, karaoke, appearances by Brazilian athletes, cultural/educational opportunities and a 2 p.m. charity auction for the Biz Kidz of Brazil (an organization that helps the nation's street kids).
       Food and drink will be available at vendor booths in the store.
       Samba Brasil is at 410F S. Eighth St., in the Rice shopping center behind Radio Shack and Captain D's. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. The phone is 633-1990.
       Postponed because of weather from last week, the 26th Street Market will hold its Chili Cook-off this Saturday, Sept. 2.
       In an attempt to out-flank the afternoon rains of August, the event will begin earlier than previously planned, with the public getting a chance to taste and judge the chili between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The winner (as well as a second and third if there are enough entries) will be announced at noon.
       The weekly market is in Vermijo Park (on 26th between Colorado Avenue and Highway 24).
       A $100 first prize will go to the winner. Anyone wanting to enter should call JEI, the event sponsor, at 635-0944. The entry fee is $30.
       The market goes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       Susan Wittig Albert, author of “Bleeding Hearts,” will sign copies of her mystery books at the Book Sleuth, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., Monday, Sept 4, from 10:30 am to noon.
       Westside Dog Grooming owner Cathy Thompson has announced the business' move to her new “Grooming Studio” inside her home at 726 Sahwatch St. The location is off Las Animas Street near America the Beautiful Park.
       The phone will stay the same: 475-2620. A grand opening is planned Saturday, Sept. 15.
       An outdoor smokers' deck has opened at Benny's Lounge, 517 W. Colorado Ave. The wooden deck is a allowable under a new state law banning smoking in bars and most other public places.

Do you have any news about your business? Call the Westside Pioneer at 471-6776.