The N.C. Writers' Network will be hosting an evening of ice cream and readings at Maple View Ice Cream Store on Dairyland Road in Orange County. Winners of the Summer Ice Cream Prose & Poetry Contest will be reading, including the grand prize winner in the poetry category, Robert Waters of Concord. The Independent's own L.D. Russell, of Chapel Hill, will read his grand prize winning entry in the prose category, "The Reflecting Eye." All of the winners receive a pint of Maple View ice cream in their favorite flavor. The readings take place Thursday, July 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 967-9540 for details.