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HEALTH & WELL-BEING The “Sunshine Vitamin” 70

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Finding Relief from a Sinus Infection 74

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CHILDREN’S CALENDAR December 2009 79

VINO All I Want For Christmas… 34

The Gift of Giving 82

RECIPES Holiday Goodies 38

CHILDREN’S BOOKS Best Books 86

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MAN IN THE KITCHEN Holiday Gifts for Foodies 4o

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Time to Get the Christmas Tree! 92

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The Painted Lady

Antiques & More BY SANDIE WIESE | PHOTOS BY CHANG PHOTOGRAPHY

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t’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go”...and nowhere more than in the front window display of The Painted Lady Antiques & More, one of downtown Canton’s newest businesses. Offering the old, the new, and everything in between, in a unique mix of an antique mall with merchandise rooms. The Painted Lady opened on August 1st, under the new ownership of Canton residents Vicky (a.k.a. The Painted Lady) and Myron Mulder. Often spotted around town sporting her paint spattered clothes, Vicky, with her long time interest and passion for old furniture and decorating, and with her children grown, found a creative outlet as one of several partners in Well...LaDeDa. Following a fire that devastated that business as well as the partners in ownership, Vicky was left with “lots of stuff ” and nowhere to put it. The couple first rented one booth at an existing local business, then soon added another, working from home, three and one-half blocks away. Seeing “so much potential in the store that was not being tapped into”…in that existing business, and learning that its owner happened to be retiring, she and Myron purchased and took over the business. It took many hours of hard work, cleaning, painting, and assorted repairs and renovations to ready their new business. Vicky, although somewhat terrified to be without her former

LaDeDa partners to back her up, still knew she was in the right place at the right time for a new beginning. This new beginning is a new outlet for her passion and her love for all things antique and for home décor. “I couldn’t have begun to do it without Myron…we mesh well, and it took effort on both parts. At first he kind of came kicking and dragging, but he’s on board with it now and loves what he’s doing… so it doesn’t seem so hard,” said Vicky. From her former partners, whom she refers to as “the best”, she took with her the knowledge of “running the business side of things. There was no way to do it alone…it takes everyone, the vendors, Kate, etc. — it’s a unified effort!” Featuring antique, reproduction, shabby chic, cottage style, primitives, collectibles, and vintage clothing, The Painted Lady offers something for everyone. The store features depression glass, pictures, toys, books, dishware, dinnerware, china, silverware, cast iron cookware, pans, Dutch ovens, an old wood burning parlor stove, artwork, vintage feed sacks, vintage fabric remnants, canister sets, handcrafted decor, and at the time of

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this writing, a three piece bedroom set circa 1934, and much, much, more with an ever-changing inventory. Together Vicky, Myron, and staffer Kate, oversee more than 9000 square feet of main floor display area, which includes the “Furniture Room”, formerly known during their moving in and setting up days as the “For Now” room (Where should this go? Put it in here, for now!) plus more on the lower level. A back room is slated to soon become Vicky’s workshop area. Approximately fifteen vendors’ wares are displayed. Vendors rent their space for a fee, bringing in their own merchandise, pricing, and displaying it. Some consignors are also featured. There’s a growing list of people who are looking for something in particular, and the word is passed along to other vendors. The

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Riverview Christmas Tree Farm Overlooking the Sioux River BY SANDIE WIESE | PHOTOS BY CHANG PHOTOGRAPHY

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ver the river, and through the woods”…well, actually overlooking the river, and in a woods of its own, just a few short miles outside of Sioux Falls, near Canton, is the Riverview Christmas Tree Farm. Owners Bill and Darlene Keizer have been in business for 21 years, starting out planting 1000 trees in 1983 and harvesting some of those in 1989. Today their trees number 18,000, and taking care of them has become a full time job according to Bill, who carefully prunes and shapes each one, spread over the 20 plus acres, as needed. Each year hundreds and hundreds of families and area residents flock to Riverview to choose and cut their own fresh tree from the seven varieties grown; Fraser and Balsam Fir, Colorado Blue, Black Hills and Meyer Spruce, White and Scotch Pine. For some it has become a yearly family holiday tradition spanning two generations or more with extended family, and college students returning home to come out with their families. Some have been there for all 21 years and some have even made it a family tradition to come the 1st day it opens. And some vie yearly for the place at the head of the line that forms. The Keizers, too, enjoy “having families come out and being here for their experience...sharing in their holiday excitement.” One tree from each of seven species/varieties is displayed. Trees are tagged with price tags (in a wide price range) and signs show pricing by sizes and kinds, graded and measured

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“they practically sell themselves” according to the national grading proclaims Bill, are sold inside. system chart/spreadsheet for Potted blue spruce trees to use for Christmas trees. Hours: planting in the spring for shelter Free wagon rides, free cider Open Daily November 21st - December 19th, 2009 belts or new landscaping are also and treats, and a Christmas Store Mon.-Thurs.: 2pm - 5pm, Fri. – Sat.: 10am - 5pm available. featuring several crafters and their Sunday: Noon - 5pm As members of the National wares including wreaths, garlands, *Nativity Stable with Alpacas: Christmas Tree Association, Bill and and swags of assorted sizes, cut fresh December 5-6, December 12-13 Darlene keep up to date on industry news, from the tree stands, are available for including information about the tree chosen purchase, and are made by Darlene. each year for display in the Whitehouse. They For photo opportunities, there is the everalso promote real trees vs. artificial. “A real tree can be popular Santa, out sitting in his red sleigh that seats eight chopped up for mulch when you are finished, but the artificial or nine for that special family photo, and a stable featuring a kind ends up in the landfill for almost eternity — lasting longer wooden nativity scene with live alpacas brought in by a Canton than the pyramids”, according to Bill. And speaking of lengthy neighbor. Three wooden snowmen with cut outs awaiting time periods, Bill also says that some families are out in the smiling faces are also ready to pose for photos. stands for so long, taking so long choosing their tree that he When brought back up to the building, the chosen trees can often wonders if they’re ever going to come back. be put on a machine that shakes the dead needles out and So gather the family for the drive out to Riverview Christmas another that wraps the tree in netting for easier and gentler Tree Farm, grab a handsaw, flag down the wagon, or hike on out transport; at no additional cost. Another machine is used to to enjoy the crisp outdoor air, the smell of fresh evergreen, the put the tree on a stand, or on brought stands; either way this taste of warm cider, and the love of a holiday tradition. is a free service. Tree stands that are so well engineered that

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Northlanders Jazz Band and All-City High School Jazz Bands Concert Featuring Jeff Jarvis Tue, December 1 • 7:30 pm Kresge Recital Hall at Augustana College The concert will be at 7:30 pm. The guest artist will be Jeff Jarvis on trumpet. Admission is $5. Free tickets are available for high school students & younger, or with an Augustana ID. Tickets can be purchased at www.augietickets.com or by calling the Augustana Box Office at (605) 274-5320.

Jane Monheit Thu, December 3 • 7pm Orpheum Theater - 315 N. Phillips Ave. Returning for the second time to the stage of the Orpheum after her 2003 performance, Jane is back to give your holiday spirits a warm up with her delightful voice and outstanding band. Tickets $39/$26. INFO (605) 335-6101. Ladies Night Thu, December 3 • 7pm J & L Harley-Davidson • 2601 W 60th Street North J&L hosts an annual evening just for the ladies! Grab your girlfriends, relax, and enjoy a peaceful evening of shopping and fun. Come for great deals and door prizes! No men or children are allowed. INFO (605) 3342721.

Sioux Falls Stampede Hockey Thu, December 3 VS. Indiana • 7:05 pm Fri, December 11 VS. Cedar Rapids • 7:05 pm Wed, December 16 VS. Waterloo • 7:05 pm Sat, December 19 VS. Lincoln • 7:05 pm Sioux Falls Arena The USHL is the premier junior hockey league in the United States, with players from all over vying to earn college scholarships under the guidance of a professional staff. Tickets $7.50-$15.50. Check out www. sfstampede.com for more information! Twilight Flights December 3 - 5 • 5pm December 10 - 12 • 5pm December 17 - 19 • 5pm Strawbale Winery Five miles north of Sioux Falls, between Renner and Crooks. Come to the winery, enjoy tasting different wines and appetizers, then take a helicopter ride over Sioux Falls to see the Christmas lights, return to Strawbale Winery for more wines and desserts. Cost is $210.00 for 2. INFO (605) 543-5071. Augustana String Quartet at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Fri, December 4 • 12 - 1pm

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cem Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street The Augustana String Quartet will perform classical music at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series. The concert is free in the restored courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch or purchase one from Chef Amy’s Cafe 334. INFO (605) 367-4210.

2009 Pavilion Holiday Fri, December 4 • 10am - 8pm Sat, December 5 • 9am - 5pm Washington Pavilion Join us for holiday shopping, a fundraising raffle of 14 different packages, local entertainment, and kids’ activities! Explore the Kirby Science Discovery Center and Cinedome for $5 on Saturday. Other Pavilion events include: {Free First Friday - Fri. 5-8} {P3 Artist Reception - Fri. 5:30-7:30} {Tonic Sol Fa - Fri. & Sat. in the Great Hall}. Funds generated through this event make it possible for the Visual Arts Center to stay open free to the public, and allows for programming excellence and world class exhibitions. INFO (605) 367-7397. An Augustana Christmas - Augustana Juletide Feast Fri, December 4 • 6pm Sat, December 5 • 6pm First Lutheran Church • 12th Street and Minnesota Avenue As part of the Augustana Christmas celebration, we invite you to join us for a smorgasbord of culinary delights at the Juletide Feast! Tickets for the dinner are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under. Tickets are available at www.augietickets.com or contact the Augustana Box Office at (605) 274-5320. An Augustana Christmas - Christmas Vespers Fri, December 4 • 7:30 pm Sat, December 5 • 4pm & 7:30pm Sun, December 6 • 2:30 pm

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Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Show Fri, December 4 • 7:30 pm Sat, December 5 • 7:30 pm Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion One of the most in-demand vocal groups in the Midwest, Tonic Sol-fa will take the Great Hall stage. $24.50, $27, and $29.50 plus tax. Tickets available by calling the Washington Pavilion box office at (605) 367-6000 or by visiting the website at www. washingtonpavilion.org.

Dance Gallery’s Nutcracker Ballet Sat, December 5 • 2pm & 7pm Sun, December 6 • 2pm Orpheum Theater 315 North Phillips Avenue Dance Gallery’s Nutcracker, A Holiday Tradition. Join Clara and her Nutcracker prince as they defeat the evil Rat King and visit the magical Land of Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy. $14 Adults, $8 Children in Advance. INFO www.dancegallerysd.com or (605) 338-3740.

Downtown Holidays Saturdays, December 5, 12, 17 • noon Downtown Sioux Falls Santa at Shriver’s Square. Wagon rides: pick up and drop off located at the 12th Street Plaza on Phillips Avenue. Saturdays from 12-4 p.m. through December 19th, come downtown and enjoy FREE horsedrawn wagon rides and FREE photo opportunities with Santa and much, much more! INFO (605) 338-4009.

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Family Olympics Sat, December 5 • 9:30 am Kuehn Community Center • 2801 S. Valley View Rd. Get the family together and get ready for Family Olympics. Many different events to compete in as a family. From sports to yard games, see how well your family can compete. Family requirements will be at least two adults and two kids. Registration is required. Fee is $20 per family. Register on-line or call 362-2774.


mbe Lorie Line Sun, December 6 • 3pm Washington Pavilion Great Hall Lorie Line Music presents The 20th Anniversary Tour: An Intimate Christmas with Lorie Line. $42 plus tax. Tickets available by calling the Washington Pavilion box office at 367-6000 or www. washingtonpavilion.org.

No Room at the Inn Gala - Sat, December 5, 6-8pm (Please RSVP to 338-4847 for the Gala) Open House - Sun, December 6, 1-4pm Trail Ridge Retirement Community 3408 W. Ralph Rogers Road (near 69th and Louise Ave.) No Room at the Inn is a display of unique nativity scenes from around the world, a silent auction, holiday vendors, outstanding entertainment and refreshments. This family centered event is a unique way to help the homeless and the hungry in our area. It is also a wonderful time to learn about the Christmas stories behind the many nativities that are displayed. No Room at the Inn helps two organizations, who in turn, help many. The St. Francis House, whose mission is to “move people from homelessness to hope,” and The greater Sioux Falls Coalition on Aging, whose mission is to educate people of the resources available for the elderly including housing and health care. No Room at the Inn is free and open to all people. (Wine will be served at the Gala at a nominal charge). INFO 339-4847. An Advent Festival of Lessons & Music Monday, December 7 • 7pm Reception with musicians follows Calvary Episcopal Cathedral • 500 S. Main Avenue Bible readings tell the story of the fall of humanity and the promise of the Messiah, interspersed with music of the season. Featuring: The Dakota String Quartet, The Calvary Cathedral Choir directed by Dr. Monty Barnard, Diane Van Den Oever, Organist. A gift to the community from Calvary Cathedral. Calvary Cathedral is handicapped accessible.

COMPLINE Sundays in Advent - 7pm December 6, 13, 20 - performing artists St. John American Lutheran Church 13th & Western Ave The Compline Committee of St. John Lutheran Church is again presenting Advent services. Advent music and meditation candlelight service with canting, music and reading. Performing Artists: December 6 Tim Shows - oboist; December 13 Anna Vorhes - harpist; December 20 Dr. Dennis Knutson - flutist. Freewill offering INFO (605) 336-3253.

Sioux Falls Seminary Messiah Concert Sun, December 6 • 3pm First Baptist Church 22nd Street and Covell Avenue Members of the Sioux Falls Seminary Community Choir will perform Handel’s Messiah for the 33rd consecutive year. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, but a free will offering will be taken. For more information, please contact Sioux Falls Seminary at 605.336.6588 or visit www.sfseminary.edu. The Recipe Swap Mon, December 7 • 6pm Tue, December 8 • 6pm Kenny Anderson Community Center 3701 E. 3rd Street Bring your favorite holiday recipes to share with others! Enjoy friendship and a light snack! This class is intended for adults 18

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Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker Wed, December 9 • 7:30 pm Washington Pavilion Spectacular sets & beautifully costumed Russian dancers, make Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker a treat for the whole family. With the richness of Russian classical dance to whimsical & imaginative storytelling blends make the Great Russian Nutcracker a unique performance not to be missed! A portion of the proceeds will benefit NAMI South Dakota to provide support for its free support and education programs. Tickets $75.00 to $150.00. INFO (605) 271-1871.

SDSU Madrigal Choir Performance Wed, December 9 • 12pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 W 6th Street Ebenezer Scrooge won’t be saying “Bah Humbug” after this Christmas concert! Enjoy a catered lunch as you listen to the sounds of holiday cheer fill the air. It’s sure to get you in the true Christmas spirit. Please RSVP by December 2 to the SDSU Alumni Association by registering online or by phone at 888-735-2257.

An Augustana Christmas - Augustana Bands’ Christmas Extravaganza Thu, December 10 • 7:30 pm Washington Pavilion The Augustana College-Community Band, Augustana Band and Wind Ensemble present a concert of holiday music. Admission: $12 Adult/$8 student & senior. Free with Augie ID. Tickets can be purchased at www. augietickets.com or by calling the Augustana Box Office at 605-274-5320. Band Holiday Extravaganza Thu, December 10 • 7pm

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Washington Pavilion The Augustana College-Community Band, Augustana Band and Wind Ensemble present a concert of holiday music. Tickets $12 adult/$8 student & senior. INFO (605) 274-5320. Ceili Dance Thu, December 10 • 6:30 pm Old Courthouse Museum Céilí (pronounced KAY-lee) dances are held each month at the Old Courthouse Museum. Céilí dance is Irish social dance. The dances are taught and moves are called. Beginners are welcome. Céilí music may be provided by an assortment of fiddle, flute, tin whistle, accordion, bodhdrán, and in more recent times also drums and electric bass guitar. The music is cheerful and lively, and the basic steps can be learned easily; a short instructional session is often provided for new dancers before the start of the dance itself. INFO (605) 271-1786. Bill & Kate Isles at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Fri, December 4 • 12 - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Bill & Kate Isles will perform at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series. The concert is free in the restored courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch or purchase one from Kaladi’s Coffee Legend & Bistro. INFO (605) 367-4210. Singles/Couples Dance Club Friday, December 11 • 8pm - 11:30pm El Riad Shrine, 14th and Phillips Live ballroom dancing to the music of Sammy Jensen, guests welcome, $10 each, yearly membership available. Casual/dressy attire requested. (605) 212-4017.


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Adult, Infant and Child CPR with AED Fri, December 11 • 9am Instructional Planning Center This American Heart Association course, intended for the public, covers CPR for victims of all ages, relief of foreign body airway obstruction, signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking. Learn to use the automated external defibrillator. This class will cover sudden infant death syndrome and prevention of the most common fatal injuries in infants and children. Receive your 2 year certification. ($18 material fee payable to instructor.) Total fee $39. Begins: 12/11 9AM-12 N Sessions: 1F. Call (605) 367-7999 to register or register online at commed.sf.k12.sd.us.

Holiday Pops Performance: A Nutcracker Collage Fri, December 11 • 8pm Sat, December 12 8 8pm Sun, December 13 • 2:30 pm Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion The Symphony returns for an annual favorite, a holiday pops concert featuring selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, along with everyone’s season favorites. $10 - $45 plus tax. INFO (605) 335-7933. MOMS Club of Sioux Falls General Meeting Fri, December 11 • 10am Kuehn Community Center 2801 S. Valley View Rd. MOMS Club of Sioux Falls holds a monthly meeting. This will be our planning of activities for Jan. and Feb. Please attend to learn more about the group. INFO (605) 271-0826. Toys & Collectibles Show and the Legends Sports Cards Show Sat, December 12 • 9:30 am Sioux Empire Fairgrounds 75+ tables of all types of collectible toys and sports memorabilia to buy,

sell, or trade. Vendors from 4 states. Admission is $2.00 for adults, kids under 12 are free with adults. Regular show hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Early birds can come in at 8:45 a.m. for a $10.00 admission fee. Regular admission $2. Contact Rick or Claudia Behr at 605.728.2339 or behrrc@sio.midco.net for more information.

Tuba Christmas Sat, December 12 Tuba Christmas will be performing three times on the 12th: 1:00 p.m. Children’s Care Hospital & School, 26th & Holly Avenue 1:45 p.m. Lewis Drug - Southgate, 41st and Minnesota 2:45 p.m. 1st Financial Center at 9th & Phillips Ave. If you are interested in participating in Tuba Christmas registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at Augustana College - Humanities Building. Rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. Augustana College Humanities Building - Band Room. INFO (507) 227-1380. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever December 17 & 18 • 7pm December 19 • 2pm & 7pm December 20 • 2pm & 7pm Washington Pavilion Belbas Theater This beloved classic by Barbara Robinson about six very unruly children who teach a whole church about the true meaning of the birth of Christ is brought to life. Tickets available by calling the Washington Pavilion box office at 367-6000 or by visiting the website at www.washingtonpavilion. org. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children plus tax. The Browns Thu, December 17 • 7pm Orpheum Theater 315 N. Phillips Avenue It’s truly a family affair when the Browns hit the stage with their gospel music. The five-voice musical styling of Shelly, Jessica (23), Michaela

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009 (21), Adam (18) and Andrew (12) exude excitement on the stage and offer a life-changing experience to all who hear them. The Browns deliver the powerful message of the gospel through word and song that engage audiences of all ages. INFO (605) 367-4100.

South Dakota’s Newest Professional Choir Performs Inaugural Concerts December 18 • 7:30 p.m. First Congregational Church • 300 S. Minnesota Avenue - Sioux Falls December 19 • 7:30 p.m. Brandon Lutheran Church • 600 E. Holly Blvd. Brandon, SD The South Dakota Chorale, a new professional choir, will offer its premiere performances December 18th and 19th in Sioux Falls and Brandon. These two concerts will feature some of the most beautiful Christmas music written for choirs, along with the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah performed with similar forces to Handel’s premiere in 1742 – a way that is seldom heard. $20 for adults and $10 for students & seniors. To reserve tickets in advance contact First Congregational Church office at: 605.336.3072 or visit www.southdakotachorale.com T. Wilson King at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Fri, December 4 • 12 - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street T. Wilson King will perform at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series. The concert is free in the restored courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. INFO (605) 367-4210.

2nd Annual Last Chance Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair December 19 & 20 • 10am The Western Mall Great last minute gift shopping from the area’s crafters, vendors and

businesses. Lots of door prizes! Face painting, story time and crafts for the children while you shop! INFO contact Becky at 605-202-0089 or lastchanceholiday@yahoo.com

Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers Sat, December 19 • 8pm Washington Pavilion This is a one-night-only performance. Music of the season featuring alumni of Acoustic Christmas. This musical showcase features the talents of a 10-piece band playing Christmas Classics and contemporary new arrangements in the signature lush, rhythmic and funky sounds of Jeremy Hegg, Jon Hegg, Hank Harris, Noah Noehn and friends. With exceptional musicians who have graced the national stage, Holiday Jam is a twist on the season audiences will not soon forget. Tickets $20. INFO (605) 367-6000.

Christmas with John Tesh Sun, December 20 • 7pm Washington Pavilion Join John Tesh for an evening of music, comedy and even a few goodies from his nationally syndicated radio show! This Christmas package includes John’s trademark high-energy light show, wrap-around LCD screens and, most important, John’s genuine interaction with the audience. Tickets $10 - $98 plus tax - available by calling the Washington Pavilion box office at (605) 367-6000 or by visiting www.washingtonpavilion.org Sunday, December 27 Happy Birthday Grandma Mary Efting! We love you.

The Glory Holes, Janitor Bob & the Armchair Cowboys Thu, December 31 • 8pm Sioux Falls Arena New Years Eve Party with The Glory Holes, Janitor Bob and The Armchair Cowboys. Tickets $26.50. (605) 367-7288.

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children will be able to participate in a contest to guess the total, where having a pencil and paper may be a handy tool. Some neighbors have claimed a favorite tree, bringing a camera along to shoot a family photo. But for those that don’t get to see the transformation, there’s now a slide show in progress to capture the whole process. Haak feels like a “Christmas junkie” with all of the decorating, and says, “It’s extreme, but that’s what makes it fun.” And as they share it with friends, they’ve noticed a shock-and-awe reaction as most extreme decorating is done outdoors, but for this house – it’s staying inside the warmth and comfort of home.


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f you come over to my house this month, here’s what you’ll find on my coffee table: a Kidtopia catalog, a JC Penney catalog, and a Toys R Us catalog filled with sticky notes and permanent marker etchings with my kids’ initials next to the toys they want… Spongebob Squarepants plush toy- JT, Super Mario Kart for the Wii- BT, Star Wars Legos- DT. But if you dig beneath the piles of lists that the kids have created, you’ll find a Wine Enthusiast catalog with MY name on it… I hope my wife is reading this… As I flip through this catalog I get that same feeling my kids get when they stare at their Christmas catalogs with wide eyes.

There isn’t a page that I look at that doesn’t interest me, but in the interest of keeping this article to the point, I have a chosen a few gifts that might interest that special oenophile in your life. Wine Cork Kit This is an environmentally friendly gift that will help you preserve your memories. Memories are created every day with a simple popping of a cork. After making a lazy susan, trivet, or cork board, you also have something that will protect surfaces and furnish walls. All you have to do is supply the corks… I better go get busy.

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DVD narrated by Maximilian Riedel, which explains the pouring technique and cleaning instructions. Delight your guests and serve them a lovely red wine in this visual masterpiece. The sensuous, serpentine curves of Riedel’s new lead crystal, mouth blown Eve decanter are not only seductive, but functional. This design tour de force double decants your wine as it flows through the coiled shape. Serving wine becomes a performance as the decanter’s twist and turns require the same movement by you - turning the decanter in a slow 360 degree rotation to ‘charge’ the decanter and allow the wine to pour. EVE is a decanter that also speaks - it emits a sound akin to the gurgle of the King Cobra as the wine makes its trip through the curvaceous swirl of glass. Eve’s long graceful neck means that you can easily pour a guest across the table without moving from your spot. The Eve decanter, designed by Maximilian Riedel in 2008, is a tribute to the family’s matriarch, Eva Riedel. Each Eve decanter is free blown by a master glass blower in Austria and is a unique and functional work of art. Decanting young wines several hours before they are served gives the wine a chance to bloom and attain a stage of development that normally requires years of aging. The Eve decanter achieves these same results immediately, by allowing for the maximum effect of oxygen on the young tannins and aromas of the wine — liberating the aromas, intensifying the fruitiness of the mid-palate and rounding out the texture. I really hope my wife is reading this. From my family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday this year, and I will see you all next year for some more wine fun in 2010. Carpe Vino! Contact Riccardo at riccardot@westwardhocountryclub.com for all of your wine questions.


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Combine sugar, butter, corn syrup and water and heat to 285˚. Pour on to a buttered cookie sheet. Lay the broken pieces of candy bar on the hot toffee and spread when soft. Cover with nuts if desired. Allow to cool and break into pieces.

Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tsp almond extract 2-3 tsp water Cream butter and sugar until fluffy and beat in the extract. Gradually add flour until the dough forms a ball. Chill for a couple of hours. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet. Use the end of a wooden spoon handle and make an indentation in the center and fill with jam. Bake at 350˚ for 14-16 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Do not over bake. You may add more jam if needed after baking. Cool on wire racks and drizzle with glaze when cool. Makes 3-4 dozen.

Quick and Easy Potato Chip Candy 9 one ounce squares of white baking chocolate 2 cups crushed potato chips 1/2 cup chopped nuts or peanuts Melt chocolate in a double boiler and stir in the chips and nuts. Drop into waxed paper and refrigerate until set. If you are a peanut butter lover you may add 1/4 cup peanut butter while the mixture is melting.

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country and while she raved about the wine, she told me about some great wine glasses that were “everywhere out there.” They’re called GoVino. Cool little wine tumblers with a thumb grip on the side. And they’re intended for travel, so they are made from a shatterproof plastic. Throw a couple in your suitcase and wherever your travels take you, you’ll have a suitable wine glass. When we travel, we often look for a local wine and cheese shop to get something to take back to the hotel. Before these little gems, we’d be drinking great wine out of hotel room coffee mugs. No more of that. And they’re cheap, about $13 bucks for 4 online, or ask at your favorite wine shop, I’m sure they’ll be stocking them soon. Whenever I can I encourage people to buy locally grown produce and meat. And here in the upper Midwest, we are blessed with a locavore’s bounty. But we all use olive oil and when was the last time you passed a local grove? There are some good oils from California but most come from halfway around the world. The solution? A company called Nudo Italia (nudo-italia.com) lets you adopt an olive tree in an organic grove in Italy. Twice a year your tree returns the love by sending you the oil it produced. (OK, really, it’s blended with the other trees in the grove but you can still say it’s from your tree.) You’ll get about 3 liters of extra virgin in the spring and another 3 half-liters of flavored oils (chili, lemon and orange) in the fall. It’s not cheap but the oil is great and you’re promoting sustainable farming. Give the gift of a tree or get one for yourself and share some of the proceeds with friends.

Here’s a simple and thoughtful gift idea for a friend who will be taking a winter vacation; buy them a Fodor’s or Zagat guide for their destination. It’s an inexpensive gift that will make their vacation even better. You might not get to go with them, but they will think of you while they enjoy their trip. Ladies, does your husband like to grill? Would you like him to grill more often and take over some of the cooking chores? Buy him a Big Green Egg. What’s a Big Green Egg, you ask? It is the mack-daddy of all grills and smokers and it looks like a big green egg. It isn’t cheap. The regular size starts at about eight hundred bucks and by the time you add some accessories you could easily drop more than a grand. But the first time he turns a piece of cheap pork shoulder into succulent pig-candy, you’ll see it’s worth every penny. A great last-minute gift idea; buy them a membership to The Co-op Natural Foods. It’s about $60 to get started and the co-op is the best year-round source for organic and locally sourced food in Sioux Falls. If you’ve got a vegetarian or vegan on your list, this can’t be beat. And while you’re there, get yourself a membership too. You’re worth it. So there you go, a few suggestions for the Foodie on your list. And, no, I have not bought myself that Porsche Panamera yet, so if you all want to pool your resources… white with tan leather would be nice. Hint, hint… Do yourself a favor, eat something good today.

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from the exhibits displayed on the wall. Try gift cards, concert tickets to the Arena or Washington Pavilion, season tickets to the Sioux Empire Community Theatre’s shows at the Orpheum, or a Great Plains Zoo membership. These options don’t require much wrapping and support the community. The internet also offers a perfect place to shop – don’t waste gas, avoid crowds and shop in your pajamas. Check out home décor, jewelry and more at 3rliving.com, elsewares.com and vivaterra.com – companies that keep the environment in mind. For the nature lover visit sierraclub.org and click on Join, Renew, Give to sponsor a national park in the name of your loved one – they’ll get a certificate, pictures and even a stuffed animal. For your little one, consider a tea set or tool set made from recycled

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should you go real or artificial? The debate continues, but consider that many artificial trees are made of nonrenewable plastic, may contain lead and are often discarded after only a few years. Consider a live tree, raised for the Christmas season, which could be planted or recycled. The city offers a free Christmas Tree Drop off program. After you drop your tree off at the W.H. Lyons Fairground, your tree could be used by the Game, Fish & Parks Department as shelter for animals or by POET energy in the production of ethanol. Check siouxfalls.org for more information on this program. Once you’ve chosen the perfect tree, decorate it with care. Avoid buying new decorations; instead use last years, buy antiques or do it yourself. Bring the family together to decorate the tree with Christmas cards from family, make cookie ornaments and popcorn garland (beware, these decorations won’t last long), or for a homemade feel visit Disney’s familyfun. go.com for Christmas craft and ornament ideas for the whole family. Add LED lights, which use less energy and are kinder to your energy bill, and your tree will be perfect. By giving a few traditions a green makeover, you can do your part to celebrate the holidays and even save the planet. Sit back, relax and turn up the radio. You don’t have to worry, since being green this Christmas is just what you needed to get on Santa’s Nice list.


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seed provide opportunities for new plants of many categories. African violet plants (Saintpaulia) grow quickest from a single leaf with attached petiole (leaf stalk). Wicking is the method Miriam uses to water the pots. A nylon cord transports moisture from a water source (in this case a glass baby food jar) to the soil. She strings the cord through a hole in the bottom of a Solo cup to have contact with the soil that covers the leaf petiole. The baby food jar opening supports the Solo cup out of the water. To saturate the nylon cord, you must first water from the top, through the soil, otherwise the technique won’t work. Thereafter, water moves through the wick. “It’s a myth that you can’t get African violet foliage wet. You can get it wet as long as you let it dry in shade. Leaf spot is caused when leaves dry in sunlight,” she explains. Violets need to be under-watered and pot-bound. Grow them in the smallest pot possible and transplant to larger containers only after the root ball is very dense and stuck in the pot. Move them up gradually - a 2.5” pot to a 3” pot, then 3.5” and so on. From tuberous roots Miriam grows cardinal or helmet flowers (Sinningia). Bright rosy flowers dangle from the stems and silky hairs coat the leaves and form a soft knap. To increase their numbers, Miriam separates the tubers and plants them in small Solo cups with perforated bottoms. Soil covers half the tuber, and the other half is visible above ground. She places the planting cups in trays to absorb water from below. Cardinal flowers also grow from seeds so tiny they appear to be grains of pepper. With absence of insects in her house, Miriam must play the part of pollinator. For some flowers, she simply pinches petals together to make sure ripe pollen makes contact with the sticky pistil tips. To cross-pollinate flowers, she takes pollen from one plant and dabs it onto the pistils of another. Rhizomes are underground stems, often pencil size. Miriam divides and plants them horizontally just beneath the soil surface. This method applies to red trumpets (Kohleria) and rabbit foot ferns.


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Choose from a huge selection of gifts — adorable hats and scarves from $19 - $29 at AMaVo. 57th & Louise. 274-8674.

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Your dancer or skater will love these adorable little necklaces. Several dance, gymnastics and skate gift items to choose from. Starting at just $16 at The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota Avenue. 335-8242.

Dazzling decor for the holidays at Josephine’s Floral Design. Starting at $40, wreath shown $95. 401 E. 8th Street. 338-9290.

Deck the Halls!

Choose from a large array of vintage holiday jewelry. Brooches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more. From $6 at Lost Marbles Antiques. 26th & Minnesota. 271-7698.

Woven Leather Bench Freshwater Pearls

Body Sculpting Day Spa is now carrying jewelry. This set of freshwater pearls would make a beautiful Christmas gift. Entire set $125 at Body Sculpting Day Spa. 220 N Kiwanis Avenue. (605) 977-2639.

Original Art

One of several hand blown glass pieces featured at the South Dakota Art Museum Store, Medary Avenue & Harvey Dunn Street, Brookings. www.southdakotaartmuseum.com (866) 805-7590.

Proof that a definitive modern style statement doesn’t have to be big. A sculpted brushed stainless steel base is topped with woven black leather and reinforced with upholstery fabric to prevent stretching. 16” w x 41” l x 17.5” h. $779 at Ethan Allen. 2300 W 49th Street. (605) 330-0642.


Out of the Ordinary

Sparkle!

Dress your favorite chair or sofa with these fabulous and funky pillows. Many styles of out-of-the-ordinary throw pillows to choose from at Twetten’s Interiors. $130 each. 26th & Minnesota. (605) 275-3456.

Sparkle on your special day — choose from a large selection of new wedding and prom jewelry. Necklace and earring set just $36 (left) and earrings (right) $22, ring $32 at Interlude Bridal. 2425 S Shirley Avenue. (605) 323-2210.

Winter’s Here

Sprout’s breaking out the fur! Keep your little glam girl warm & stylish with lines like Lipstick and Cach Cach. Shown: coat $110, skirt $87.50 at Sprout. 2425 S. Shirley Avenue. (605) 271-2999.

Serve it in Style

Serve your Christmas goodies in style. Many holiday serving pieces to choose from. Snowman $30.95, reindeer $28.95, stocking $8.95 at Larsen Designs. 69th & Western. 323-0210.

Bowdacious Babes!

Your babe will be bow-dacious in these custom made hair accessories. Perfect stocking stuffers! Starting at just $5 at Elegant Mommy. 2109 W. 49th St. (605) 338-0228. www.elegantmommy.com

Will You Marry Me?

Show your love this holiday season with this 1 carat diamond ring from Gunderson’s Jewelry for an amazing price of $2900...and receive a free honeymoon with your purchase! 2109 W. 57th St. Bridges at 57th. (605) 338-9060.

Savory Fall Harvest Galette Flaky pastry baked with roasted butternut squash, shitake mushrooms, bacon, smoked gouda and aged white cheddar...start your evening at Wild Sage Grille with this tantalizing appetizer. Monday-Saturday, Lunch 11-2pm and Dinner 5-9pm. 300 N. Cherapa Place. (605) 274-1667.

Spice Up Your Winelife!

You sampled Prairie Berry’s tasty mulled wine at the Expo for Her, and you can make it at home! Recipe on label. $6.95 plus tax, S&H. Recommended Prairie Berry wines to mull: Cranberry, Crab Apple and Chokecherry Medley. prairieberry.com or 877-226-9453

Adorable Baby Down

Patagonia’s Baby Down Sweater is ultralight, warm and durable for keeping your baby warm in frosty weather. Patagonia Baby Down Sweater $80.00 at The Great Outdoor Store. 201 E. 10th St. 335-1132.


Works of Art

Beautiful ornaments made in the old tradition of painting on the inside of glass. An exquisite gift for every occasion. $20 - $40 at Young & Richards. 236 S. Main Avenue. 336-2815.

Merriment

Twinkling lights and carols mean the holidays are here! Tell the story of all her holiday memories with this merry bracelet. At Holsen Hus. 126 S. Phillips Ave. 331-4700.

Let It Shine

Specialty lamps for each and every room! Prices starting at $39.99. Simply Perfect 401 E. 8th Street. 338-3599.

Salad for the Season

Baby spinach and thin sliced romaine with dried cranberries with a vidalia onion cream dressing. Enjoy as an entree or before your meal. Delicious! Available at Spezia. 57th & Louise. 334-7491.

What’s New The Hippest Gift

Find a unique present for your someone special. This hand embroidered coat would make the hippest gift. $214 at Hip Chic Boutique. 328 S. Phillips Avenue. (605) 271-8480.

Stop at the StarMark showroom to see the newest cabinet and Cambria colors. Door is Maple Brisbane in paprika with a chocolate glaze. Cambria colors are Ferndale, Durham, Devon and Aragon. StarMark Cabinetry. 700 E. 48th Street North. 336-5595.

Winter Escapade FREE Christmas Plate

Get this Christmas plate FREE (shown at right) with any $50 bisque purchase. Serving Platter shown $60 + $10 studio rate at Color Me Mine. 3709 W. 41st Street. (605) 362-6055.

bareMinerals® by BARE ESCENTUALS Buxom Babes big & healthy lip polish. New Winter Escapade set. $28. Now available at Southeastern Hair Design. 1701 E 69th Street. (605) 332-5115.

‘Tis the Season

Choose from a large selection of nativity sets — several styles, sizes and prices. Set shown is $169.99 and measures 11x8.5x19.25” at John Adam. 3401 S. Kelley Ave. (605) 332-7685.


Ride On

Stride Rite not only has your favorite children’s shoes, but also a large selection of unique gift items. Mini mugs $6.99, mugs $16.99 and Robeez $30.99 at Stride Rite. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. (605) 362-7728.

For the Wine Connoisseur

The savings are really heating up at South Dakota Furniture Mart, but we’ve got the perfect way to keep your drinks chilled. This 18-bottle wine cooler with granite top is the perfect gift for the wine connoisseur, priced at just $599.99! 2101 W. 41st Street. 336-1600.

Shine & Volume Rechargeable Corkscrew

Fully charged, it will open up to 30 bottles with the touch of a button. Cordless and convenient. Removes natural and synthetic corks quickly and completely every time. Just $37.99 at Good Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor. 41st & Minnesota. 339-1500.

Restore your hair’s body and fullness without creating dryness. Add some candy smelling polishing drops for sweet shine during the holidays! Available at Belle Ame Salon. South of 57th on Cliff Avenue. 274-1060.

Santa Six Pak

Cranberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry, Black Currant, & Blackberry Wine — YUMMY. Ole Santa never looked so good in 6 different poses. Sold in a 6 pack for $68.00 or individually for $13.00. Strawbale Winery. 47215 257th St. Renner, SD. (605) 543-5071.

Quick Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

Quick projects and gifts for family and friends. Prices vary. Gift certificates available and for class information call or check our website. Available at Athena Fibers, 3915 S. Hawthorne, 271-0741, www. athenafibers.com.

Berry Chocolate Bouquet

The perfect combination of fruit and chocolate! This mouth watering arrangement is filled with strawberries, chocolate covered strawberries, pineapple daisies and grapes. Five sizes available — $69 - $209 at Edible Arrangements. 57th & Western. (605) 275-2580.

BARBIE’S BACK

...and she’s as fabulous as ever! See new paintings from Oklahoma artist Debbie Curtis, available exclusively at Rug & Relic. From hand-painted note cards to large paintings, a Debbie Curtis original is the perfect gift! $34.95 - $495.00. 401 E. 8th Street. 331-5546.

Jimmy Belasco Candles

Jimmy Belasco Candles are made with 100% petroleum free soy wax. The fragrances are made without dilution oils and wicks are lead and zinc free giving you over 50 hours of clean burn time. $25 at Radiance Day Spa. 6209 S Pinnacle Place. (605) 275-9535.


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Christmas Island BY JESSICA GUNDERSON

WE KNOW ALL ABOUT FAMILIES AT CFM We especially know how to keep them healthy. From toddlers to teenagers, and young parents to grandparents, you can be assured you have the compassionate care your family needs.

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lthough the name may remind some people of snowflakes, reindeer, Santa Claus and Christmas carols, we won’t find any of these things on Christmas Island. A territory of Australia and a dot in the Indian Ocean only 310 miles south of Jakarta, Indonesia, Christmas Island is full of natural wonders, including rare and unusual birds, breathtaking deserted beaches, numerous animal species, and the unique annual red crab migration. The island also entails a variety of culture and history. Once an erupting volcano below sea floor millions of years ago, Christmas Island now stands over 350 meters above sea level, rising steeply to a central plateau and has several plateaus of different altitudes. The central plateau consists of limestone, layers of volcanic rock, and a dense rainforest dominated by 25 tree species. Five small villages are located on each distinctive plateau level. Settlement and Kampong make up the lower section, joined by the steep Murray Road towards Poon Saan, Silver City and Drumsite. The settlers are diverse and influential to the island’s range of ethnic festivals held throughout the year. Today most residents are Chinese, followed by Australian

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Europeans and Malay. The island’s close proximity to South East Asia and the equator is the reason for many fauna and the 135 species of flora, including 16 which can only be found on Christmas Island. There are nearly 200 species of native flowering plants. Over 60 percent of the island is made up of Christmas Island National Park. Some roads are closed temporarily in the park due to the annual red crab migration to allow the crabs the best possible chance of survival. As described by ecologists as one of the wonders of the natural world, the annual red crab mass migration to the sea to spawn is Christmas Island’s claim to fame as far as naturalists go. The red crab migration takes place from late October to November. A spectacle to remember, nowhere else in the world do crabs occur in these numbers. It is estimated that 120 million of these bright red land crabs live all over

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the island. In fact, the island has been nicknamed “The Crabbiest Place in the World”, “Kingdom of Crabs”, and last but not least, “Crabby Island”. With hundreds of species of birds on Christmas Island, including the Malayan Night Heron, Brown Shrike, and the Savannah Nightjar, bird watching is a common activity for visitors and locals. Also nested in colonies, trees, and the shore is the Red-footed Booby, which is the most numerous sea bird on the island. Abbott’s Booby is listed as endangered and nests on tall trees of the plateau rainforest. Christmas Island is the only known nesting habitat of the Abbott’s Booby left in the world. With the spectacular areas for scuba diving, Christmas Island has some of the longest drop-offs in the world. The island rises dramatically from the edge of Indian Ocean’s deepest point, Java Trench. Most walls are only 20 meters

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from the shoreline, making drop-off diving not such a difficult thing to find yourself doing once stationed on the island for vacation. Local dive operators make sure you are safe and that you enjoy yourself. Scuba diving trips through warm clear water include visions of untouched corals, dolphins, whale sharks, and hundreds of species of tropical fish. The tropical reef surrounding Christmas Island plunges deep into the sea, making the view from behind the scuba gear a wondrous sight. The Island Explorer office on Christmas Island has bikes and snorkeling equipment available to rent in order to explore the island’s beauty. On the main road to Drumsite, near the National Parks office, is Nursery Look Out. The steep decline of the island and the overlook of Flying Fish Cove and other settlement areas is a great photo opportunity. Located on the west side of the island, visitors can see the angelic view of the sun setting over the ocean at Martin Point. Located south of the island are several blowholes, which are a series of rock formations that spurt water and hiss as the Indian Ocean forces itself up through the caverns underneath from ocean swell. Onlookers can view this natural beauty via a wooden walkway and platform to ensure their safety, but make sure to wear waterproof gear! The island’s only port, Flying Fish Cove, is the largest of several shallow bays with small sand and coral shingle beaches.

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Flying Fish Cove offers many great shore dives with some of the best diversity and abundance of tropical fish and is suitable for both swimming and snorkeling. The Cove provides some of the most protected ocean swimming on the island, with public toilets, showers and picnic facilities also available. Christmas Island tours can help visitors experience the sights without missing anything. Stand under Hugh’s Waterfall, watch the Blowholes, and see the magnificent views from various sights. Traveling to Christmas Island is sure to be a delightfully unusual experience — a vacation you will never forget.


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The “Sunshine Vitamin”

Too little Vitamin D can leave you feeling sluggish BY DONNA FARRIS for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

The best source of Vitamin D doesn’t come from what’s in a carton, can or even a capsule – it comes from the sun.

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et for many reasons, people can become deficient in this essential vitamin. First is our location in the Northern Hemisphere, where winters are longer and days are shorter. Second, many people work indoors and don’t see much of the sun, especially in the winter months. Third, because of skin cancer danger, people are more likely to avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen and protective clothing. “Especially in the winter months of November through March, most people living in the Midwest are deficient in Vitamin D,” said Dr. Wael Eid, endocrinologist with Avera Endocrinology. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, produced when sunlight strikes 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin. It is associated with

a number of body functions, one of which is helping the bones absorb calcium. Vitamin D deficiency causes symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, cramps, charley horses, restless legs, and tingling and numbness in the hands and feet,” Dr. Eid said. Deficiency is also associated with a number of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, low immunity, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. “Studies have shown that adequate Vitamin D levels in the blood may prevent breast, colon and prostate cancer,” Dr. Eid said. “While the Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin D is 400 IUs (International Units), researchers feel that may be inadequate to maintain the body’s necessary level of Vitamin

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be too low for people who already have a deficiency. It’s wise to get checked before taking a supplement, because too much Vitamin D can be toxic, Dr. Eid added. Linda Roberts of Sioux Falls started taking Vitamin D supplements after a blood test last February revealed she was very deficient. Her Vitamin D measured 13 ng/mL, compared to an optimal level of 50-60 ng/mL. “I don’t get a lot of sun, working inside and living in this climate,” Linda said. When she first heard the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency, they seemed to match up with how she felt. “I was always tired and sluggish, without a lot of get up and go.” Within two to three weeks after beginning to take supplements, Linda noticed a huge difference. “I started feeling so much better – sharper and like I didn’t need to sleep all the time. It woke me up to the fact that our bodies really need Vitamin D.” Discussions about Vitamin D and other topics are now taking place at www.LivingWellCommunity.com. Find the health information you need in the “Health Library” at www. AveraMcKennan.org.


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our head is pounding. The pressure around your eyes and nose is unbearable. You’ve got a stuffy nose and a cold that just won’t go away. You are likely suffering from a sinus infection. There are a group of four hollow cavities in your face, near the cheeks and eyes. These are commonly referred to as your sinuses. They’re connected to the nasal passageways and help warm up, moisten and filter the air that you breathe in. When you get a sinus infection, these cavities swell making it hard to breathe and cause pressure in the face. An estimated 37 million people in the U.S. are affected by sinusitis, commonly known as a sinus infection, every year. In most cases, a primary care physician can care for someone with a sinus infection. But if the infection lasts longer than 8 weeks or occurs more than 4 times per year, it is time to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Finding Relief There are several ways to treat a sinus infection. They range from oral decongestants to nasal washes to surgery.

comfortable. Most people recover from sinus infections without the need for antibiotics. But if your symptoms are not gone in 10 to 14 days, antibiotics may be prescribed.

Nasal Washes A nasal wash made of saltwater can help keep the nasal passages open and wash out any mucus and bacteria. The washes come in a spray form or you can also use the popular neti pot.

Inhaled Nasal Steroids People affected with recurrent sinus infections may also benefit from a nasal steroid spray, which is an anti-inflammatory applied directly to the sinus tissues.

Surgery Surgical procedures may be necessary to expand the sinus cavity to allow adequate drainage. Endoscopic surgery has become the standard type of surgery done for chronic sinusitis. But traditional surgery is still the best choice in certain cases. The type of surgery you have will depend on which sinuses are affected and how severely they are damaged.

Medications Your physician may suggest taking a decongestant or antihistamine to decrease the swelling in your sinuses and nasal passages. These medications will help you feel more

If you think you are suffering from a sinus infection, call your primary care physician or Sanford Clinic Ear, Nose & Throat at (605) 328-8200.

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DECEMBER !"#$%&'()*+!,$'(%,& Kid Explorers Club Tue, December 1 • 10am Sanford Children’s Play Area - Empire Mall Join the fun with The Empire Mall’s Kid Explorers Club. 10am on the First Tuesday of every month to have adventures. Each event features Mr. Twister, who will entertain with magic tricks, crafts and balloon twisting fun. This event is FREE each month to preschool age children and their parents. Sign up at Guest Services to receive your free Savings Passport (exclusive deals for club members) and your Kid Explorers Club backpack. INFO (605) 361-3301. Parent/Child Christmas Candy Making Thu, December 3 • 6:30 pm Instructional Planning Center Make memories with your child while making homemade chocolates. Bring home over a pound of different types of homemade chocolates. Bring a container to take home your homemade chocolates. ($30 material fee payable to instructor per parent/child.) Total cost $35. Begins: 12/3 6:308:30 PM Sessions: 1Th. (605) 367-7999 to register or register online at commed.sf.k12.sd.us.

www.siouxfallsparks.org or you can call the respective community center. Payment is required at the time of registration. ZooClass - I is for Iguana Tue, December 8 • 11:15 am Great Plains Zoo Leapin’ Lizards! Iguanas are excellent swimmers and some can grow up to 6 1/2 feet long! Come find out more about these unique reptiles! $10 for nonmembers; 15% discount for Zoo members. INFO (605) 367-7003. ZooClass - The Mitten Tue, December 8 • 10:15 am • Great Plains Zoo Join us as we learn how animals stay warm by hiding in any cranny and nook. Just like the animals do in this book! $10 for non-members; 15% discount for Zoo members. INFO (605) 367-7003.

Santa’s Workshop Thu, December 3 • 1:30 pm and 6:30pm MariCar Community Center • 400 N. Valley View Rd. Want to be an elf for a day? Come and have fun at our little “workshop” as we create fun wooden crafts and toys in preparation for Santa’s arrival! Come dressed to get messy, as we will be using glue and paint in this fun activity. This class is intended for children ages 4-6 and registration is required. $5. Register on-line or by calling 367-4593. Toddler Tidings Thu, December 3 • 11am & 1pm MariCar Community Center • 400 N. Valley View Rd. Come and join us while we make some fun holiday crafts. We will be making ornaments, edible snacks, and much more to get everyone in the holiday spirit. This class is intended for children ages 2-4 with an adult. We request that only two children per one adult attend our toddler classes. We also ask that an adult stay with their toddler during the entire program. Preregistration is required. $5 fee. Online registration is available at www. siouxfallsparks.org or you can call the respective community center. Payment is required at the time of registration. INFO (605) 367-8222. Breakfast with Santa Sat, December 5 • 7:30 am - noon Great Plains Zoo • 16th & Kiwanis Bring the kids, your appetite and your camera and have Breakfast with Santa at the Great Plains Zoo on Saturday, Dec. 5! Breakfast will be served in the Great Room of the Delbridge Museum of Natural History. There will also be animal encounters, crafts in Santa’s Workshop, carolers, puppet shows and free carousel and sleigh rides. Tickets are $2 for infants 2 and under; $8 for Zoo members; and $10 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased by calling 605.367.7003 or by visiting www.greatzoo.org Tickets must be purchased in advance. INFO (605) 367-7003. Toddler Gym Mon, December 7 • 1:30 pm Oyate Community Center This class is designed to teach your toddler some basic movement exercises. Different colored equipment is used, and will help your child learn how to move and play. This class is intended for children ages 2-4 with an adult. We request that only two children per one adult attend our toddler classes. We also ask that an adult stay with their toddler during the entire program. Pre-registration is required. Fee is $5.00. Online registration is available at

Parent/Child Christmas Cookie Decorating Thu, December 10 • 6:30 pm Instructional Planning Center Come spend the evening decorating cookies with your child! Learn decorating tips and techniques to make your own cookies. Bring a container

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to take home your cookies. ($25 material fee payable to instructor per parent/child, includes cookies, recipes for frosting and cookies.) Total fee $35. Begins: 12/10 6:30-8:30 PM Sessions: 1Th. Call (605) 367-7999 to register or register online at commed.sf.k12.sd.us. ZooClass - Reindeer Games Saturdays, December 12 & 19 • 10:15 am Tues, December 22 • 10:15 am Great Plains Zoo Are they playing tag, racing or playing peek-a-boo? Come find out what games reindeer play at the Zoo! $10 for non-members; 15% discount for Zoo members. INFO (605) 367-7003.

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ZooClass - Reindeer Magic Saturdays, December 12 & 19 • 1pm Great Plains Zoo Reindeer games, flying sleighs and Santa Claus! Join us as we learn about Santa’s most important animal friends...reindeer! $12 for non-members; 15% discount for Zoo members. INFO (605) 367-7003. Holiday Crafts and S’mores Sat, December 19 • 10am Morningside Community Center 2400 S. Bahnson Avenue This class is designed for kids ages 4-12 and will be a great time. The kids will enjoy a morning of making many holiday crafts that they can keep for


themselves or give away as gifts for the holidays. They will also be able to make some s’mores. Registration is required. Fee is $10.00. Register on-line at siouxfallsparks.org or call 371-4131. ZooClass - R is for Reindeer Tue, December 22 • 11:15 am Great Plains Zoo What kind of games do reindeer play? Come and find out and maybe, just maybe, you’ll see some of Santa’s reindeer! $10 for non-members; 15% discount for Zoo members. INFO (605) 367-7003. Sports Sampler Mon, December 28 • 10am & 2pm Kenny Anderson Community Center • 3701 E. 3rd Street Come test your skills! Work on basketball, volleyball, and racing skills! This class is intended for teen individuals with disabilities and registration is required. $5 fee. Register on-line at siouxfallsparks.org or call 367-6103. Wii-athon December 28 - 30 Kuehn Community Center 2801 S. Valley View Rd. Wii-athon will consist of numerous Wii activities and games for kids to compete in. Most of these games are going to be active, so get ready to work and have fun! This is a three day class running December 28-30. You must be able to attend all three days. Fee is $15.00. This class is intended for children ages 7-12 and registration is required. Register on-line at www. siouxfallsparks.org or call 362-2774. All About Me Tue, December 29 • 10am & 1:30pm Kenny Anderson Community Center

3701 E. 3rd Street Come hang out with your friends and share with us all about you! We will make something to take with you so others can learn all about you, and we will play some fun games. This class is intended for 7-12 year old individuals with disabilities. $5.00 fee. Registration is required. Register on-line at www.siouxfallsparks.org or call 367-6103. Arts Camp Wed, December 30 • 1pm Morningside Community Center 2400 S. Bahnson Avenue We will be making tie-dye shirts, personalized mugs, clay sculptures, and print making. Come join the fun, learn new things that you can do at home. This class is intended for children 7-12 and the fee is $10.00. Registration is required. Register on-line at www.siouxfallsparks.org or call 371-4131. Puppet Show Fun Wed, December 30 • 1pm MariCar Community Center 400 N. Valley View Rd. Explore the world of puppetry. Enjoy watching a themed show with real puppets. Make your own puppet and put on your own show. This class is intended for kids 7-12 and registration is required. $10 fee. Register on-line at www.siouxfallsparks.org or call 367-4593. 2010 Kick-off Thu, December 31, • 10am & 2pm Kenny Anderson Community Center • 3701 E. 3rd Street Start the New Year off with a celebration with your friends! We will make a craft to remember 2009, play games, and eat snacks! This class is intended for children 7-12 and registration is required. $5.00 fee. Register on-line at www.siouxfallsparks.org or call 367-6103.

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around the holidays. Build food baskets around the holidays and give to a needy family suggested by your school or church. Decorate and deliver the basket together. Volunteer Programs at Hospitals and Clinics Hospitals and clinics often have teenage volunteer programs. Call a hospital to see if they have any needs or know of anyone who could use some help. Match Yourself to an Organization Contact your local volunteer clearinghouse, which matches up volunteers and community organizations and can help you find openings in your area. Family Team Work Even the smallest child can pick up garbage at a park, playground or beach. Bring your family together; grab some garbage bags and work together to make your environment a cleaner place. Help plant flowers or trees, mow, rake, or shovel for a neighbor. Create a charity jar to be used by the family for spare change. As the jar fills, decide where to take the contents. Read about charities on the Internet with your child to

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determine where they might want the money to go. Building for the Needy Repair and renovation efforts for low-income residents can give your child the opportunity to help out, even if it is just by standing by to fetch a paintbrush or hold the ladder for those able to do the more tedious deeds. Food Banks The community food bank or soup kitchen is a great place to work as

a family. Bake bread and deliver to a homeless shelter, or volunteer to serve food to those in need. Deliver Food Deliver birthday cakes, handmade cards and craft gifts to homebound elderly for their birthdays. Take the time to visit, share some cake and celebrate their birthday with them. Donate through Meals on Wheels (www.mowaa.org), a program providing nutritious food, warm conversation and regular safety checks to hungry seniors. Bring your

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child along for the ride. Your child’s face can brighten a lonely senior citizen’s day instantly. Have your child create a card to be delivered with their meal to create an instant bond between the child and the recipient. Local Animal shelter Buy food and take to a humane society. Allow your children to spend time with the animals who receive the gift. Donate Clothes, Toys and Other Items Let your child look through some of the items they have outgrown or no longer want. Choose items that are not broken or in poor condition. Have your child help to sort and stack big clothing from little sizes; boy clothes from girls. Bring them along to an organization that collects food, clothing and other materials for the homeless of the needy. Give a Christmas Present to a Needy Child Find an “angel tree” covered with the names of needy children at the mall or other location over the holiday season and adopt a child to buy Christmas gifts for. There is also a program called the Holiday Clearing House where you can sponsor one child or a whole family for the holidays. Call the HELP!Line at 211 for more information.

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Donate School Supplies Schools often have lists of children needing school supplies; you and your children can help put together the needed supplies and provide them to the school to anonymously give to the child. Make Teddy Bears Hold a charity bear making party or to brighten up the day of a sick or needy child. Make and stuff a teddy bear with your children and other families with kits available online or in your nearest craft store. Hold a Sale Have a yard sale or a bake sale with a percentage of the proceeds going towards a charity. Get your neighbors and friends involved. Take a Walk Join walk-a-thons for charity. Bring your whole family to help raise money for a good cause and get in shape at the same time. Give Blood Take your children with you as you give blood or donate plasma, and explain to them what you hope it will accomplish and why you chose to donate. Get Others Involved Make birthdays or other get-togethers a charitable event. Ask guests to bring a gift of a book or a toy to be donated to a local charity. Talk to the children about the books and toys they have and about the children with none of these things. Document your child delivering the items to charity with a video camera and review the memories in the future. These are all ways to get your kids hooked on volunteerism. There are endless possibilities to show your children the true meaning of the season and each one enriches the lives of those you help.


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THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE WONDERFUL BOOKS FOR CHILDREN WE HAVE COME ACROSS THIS MONTH. WE HOPE TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME YOU HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE AND ALSO INTRODUCE OTHERS BEING RELEASED IN THE NEAR FUTURE. ENJOY.

Not Last Night but the Night Before by Colin McNaughton And before you know it, the man in the moon is knocking, followed by three little pigs, Little Bo-peep, Miss Muffet, and many more visitors, all in a rush. But where are they going so willy-nilly, gifts in hand? Colin McNaughton’s energetic rhymes, whimsically illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, transform one child’s quiet night into a celebration full of beloved fairy-tale characters. Ages 4 and up Candlewick Press

Snow White by Jane Ray Once there was a beautiful girl with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as dark as the winter branches. In six intricate spreads, delicate paper layers let children peer in the palace window at the wicked queen with her mirror, watch Snow White run to the house of the seven dwarves, and gaze as the prince wakes her in her coffin. As the familiar text unfolds on flaps evoking stage curtains, the scenes play out in dioramas of rare depth and beauty. In exquisite three-dimensional scenes, Jane Ray retells and illuminates the story of Snow White, creating a gift book worthy of a fairy tale. Ages 3 and up Candlewick Press

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A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas By Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills This is no ordinary Nutcracker! This time, it’s Fritz’s story. The traditional Nutcracker tale gets turned on its head in this rollicking Christmas adventure, based on the hit musical A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas by the popular family music rock star Ralph Covert and playwright G. Riley Mills. Includes a bonus CD of songs from the musical, featuring a read-aloud track with the music and story woven together. Ages 4 - 8 years Chronicle Books

Christmas Tree by David Martin At Christmastime, a tree from the outside comes inside, just waiting to be decorated. And did you know that some of the tree’s ornaments are inspired by outdoor things, too — like a snowflake, a ball, a bird, and a star? Spare language and luminous collage paintings offer a fresh, inviting look at well-loved traditions. Sweet illustrations and simple language bring the holidays to life for the youngest of children in this board book. Ages 1 - 3 years Candlewick Press

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Ho, Ho, Ho, Tucker! by Leslie McGuirk Oh No! Tucker loves Christmas, with all the trimmings — making a snowman for Santa, marking just the right tree, getting into all the boxes of decorations — but somehow manages to burn his nose while baking cookies on Christmas Eve. When you-know-who spies that bright red nose through the window, however, Tucker makes a very special friend and takes the sleigh ride of a lifetime. Now the tuckeredout terrier is already dreaming of next year! Ages 2 - 5 years Candlewick Press

Stereobook: Dinosaurs by Dennis Schatz Stereobooks feature built-in stereo speakers, so readers feel surrounded by sound as they listen to the 15 action-packed scenes in each book. Dinosaurs presents prehistoric creatures bellowing, eating, fighting rivals, and more, with paleontologist-approved sounds and facts. Ages 4 and up Chronicle Books


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson A treasure map where X marks the spot, a schooner set to sail, a onelegged seaman with a parrot on his shoulder, a boy whose bravery will be tested by murder, mutiny, and betrayal — Robert Louis Stevenson’s well-loved tale is the ultimate swashbuckling adventure. Sweeping a path from the sleepy English coast to the raging high seas to a tropical island concealing a buried treasure, this story of friendship and greed, loyalty and courage stars an unforgettable cast of characters: young Jim Hawkins, the terrifying Blind Pew, the wild man Ben Gunn, and one of literature’s most dastardly villains, the charming, crafty, and utterly unscrupulous Long John Silver. Superbly illustrated by the celebrated John Lawrence, this is the definitive edition of an enduring classic. Relive one of the greatest adventure stories of all time in this stunning, unabridged edition featuring bold, dynamic woodcuts by John Lawrence. Ages 9 - 14 years Candlewick Press

Santa’s Prayer by Tom Roberts and illustrated by Doug Moss. A heartwarming story about the true meaning of Christmas. Proceeds benefit Children’s Home Society. For a listing of retailers and book signings go to www.santasprayer.org

The Ballerina’s Handbook The Inspiring Guide to the World of Dance by Kate Castle A novelty-packed journey from the first ballet class to the final curtain call! Come on a journey with prima ballerina Flora Twinkletoes through the magical world of ballet. Learn about key movements and classic ballet stories, and get some hair and makeup tips, as well as audition advice. Join Flora at a dance recital, a ballet school, and even backstage at a performance! This sure-to-be-treasured compendium is bursting with novelties such as letters, postcards, booklets, and a special ballerina’s certificate! Ages 6 - 9 years Candlewick Press

Maisy’s Snowy Christmas Eve with CD by Lucy Cousins It’s Christmas Eve, and snow is falling everywhere — on Maisy’s house, on her friends’ houses, even on Eddie! Everyone is invited to Maisy’s house for Christmas, so off they go in the snow, Cyril on snowshoes and Charley and Tallulah by sled. Luckily, it’s warm inside, and there’s plenty to do, decorating the tree, making mince pies, and wrapping presents. But wait a minute — where is Eddie? A delightful holiday picture book with a read-along CD narrated by screen star Jane Horrocks. Ages 2 - 5 years Candlewick Press

A Treasury of Princess Stories by Amy Ehrlich Spirited or sacrificing, spoiled or innocent, the iconic heroines in these cherished tales have long had a hold on children’s imagination. Amy Ehrlich deftly recaptures these princess stories with warmth and wit, never diluting their central power. The quintessential collection of classic princess tales, fondly and faithfully retold and lavished with rich, expressive illustrations. Ages 7 and up Candlewick Press

Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star by Petr Horacek It’s Christmas Eve, and Suzy Goose and her friends are admiring their beautifully decorated tree. It’s perfect except for one thing: a star for the top. But Suzy sees just the right one, high in the sky, and no one can stop her from trying every possible way to get it! Bold, expressive illustrations follow the charmingly singleminded goose in a new adventure, a tale of seasonal magic found in surprising places. Tenacious Suzy Goose aims to top her Christmas tree with a star from the sky — with unexpectedly wondrous results — in this vibrant, whimsical tale. Ages 3 and up Candlewick Press

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What differences do you notice between boys’ and girls’ Christmas lists? Boys usually are direct, and girls can explain it to you. The Barbies and dolls never get old. One thing that’s true across the board is that if a child doesn’t have a Wii, they will request it. If they already have a Wii, there’s likely a game that they have in mind.

What have you found humorous as you talk with children? When I ask if they’ve been good this year, the answer’s “yes” for them, but “no” for someone else. I hear my mom hasn’t quit smoking, my dad worked a lot, or my sister hit me for pulling her hair. It’s their “tattling moment,” as they don’t usually get the opportunity to tattle without getting in trouble for it. medx_etc_pedrad.qxd:Layout 1

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Do you have any advice for coming to see Santa? Every child is different in their reaction to seeing Santa. Some kids watch for a while and then feel comfortable. There’s been times children will not sit on my lap, but they’ll let me casually walk up behind them for a photo. Once a Grandma sat patiently with her grand-daughter for a half-hour, but she still didn’t want me within ten feet of her. I think it’s the red suit, because sometimes if I come out without it on, it makes me more approachable.

Have you had a memorable moment in your interactions at Christmas? One little girl, who was rather shy, stood and talked with me for awhile. I told her my cap and glasses could come off, but my beard was there to stay. I even let her give a yank or two on it so she’d believe me. She let her mom take a picture, but afterwards ran away laughing and giggling. A little while later she came back and ran into my lap. She said, “I know you’re the real Santa because your beard didn’t come off.” Special thanks to Dakota Costume & Lewis Drug for their help. Correction from November issue: Geoff Gunderson’s correct phone number is (605) 261-9355. We apologize for the error.

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Get a Christmas Tree holder. This will give them a stomach ache and possibly cause them to vomit. Do not use tree freshener in the water and keep the access covered as best as possible. Ornaments in our house are keepsakes from family and friends. If they are very fragile, they may have to stay in their box this year. We will also have to keep them away from the lower branches that they can reach. It is probably better to have a naked tree than childhood memories in pieces on the floor. Tinsel, string and ribbons are a definite “No No”. They are a large temptation and the pets can swallow them. These items, may become stuck in their intestines and can require surgery to remove them. As a Veterinarian, I see this happen every year to at least one of my patients. The electric cords will have to be hidden as well. Soft, chewy rubber cords are just too good to pass up for a puppy or kitten. They can cause mouth burns and even electrocution. We will

keep them short, covered up and I may even have to put some bitter apple on them to keep her safe. Piper is sure to have a lot of “Pet Safe” presents under the tree and Santa may even put something in her stocking. I am a little worried that she may help herself to some of our presents. Her nose will find any cheese, beef sticks or chocolate. Any food presents will have to wait until after she goes to bed Christmas eve. We also need to be safe with any plants she may chew on, candles unattended and food left on the counter tops. She’s a lot like a teenager and the temptations may be too great. Looks like it will be an adventure this holiday season. I hope that you keep your pets safe, love one another and remember the true reason for Christmas. And yes, don’t forget to spoil your pets! Merry Christmas.

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Buffalo Bill

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BUFFALO BILL (1846--1917) At the age of 11, William F. Cody was forced to find work after his father died. During his colorful life, Code was a messenger, Pony Express rider, Civil War soldier, army scout, guide, and Indian fighter. He earned his nickname, “Buffalo Bill,” by providing fresh buffalo meat for railroad building crews. In 1883, he staged his first Wild West show which was part rodeo, part theater, and part circus. For 30 years the show traveled across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Arriving in Sioux Falls on a special railroad train, Cody’s huge cast opened the Tri-State Fair at this site on September 21, 1896. “Historical scenes” portrayed Indian attacks on an immigrant wagon train, a lonely settler’s cabin, and a Deadwood stagecoach. Spectators cheered each time Cody saved the day by charging in and repulsing the attackers. Sharpshooter Annie Oakley demonstrated her uncanny expertise, and more than 500 riders, including 100 Indian warriors, performed feats of showmanship on horseback. It was said that “the whole countryside came to see” Buffalo Bill. More than 25,000 thrill seekers packed the three-hour afternoon and evening shows. DEDICATED IN 2000 IN MEMORY OF KAYLLUNN RUDE BY ALL CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THE MINNEHAHA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, AND THE CITY OF SIOUX FALLS.

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William F. Cody William Frederick Cody was born February 26, 1846, near LeClaire, Iowa Territory. When young William was 11 years of age, his father was stabbed by a member of the audience after giving an antislavery speech. He eventually died from his knife wounds. William then looked for work to help his family, and his first job was with a freight carrier. He rode up and down the length of a wagon train delivering messages from and to the wagon master.

Annie With Her Shooting Irons and Medals Annie used only shotguns during her Wild West performances. Shotgun cartridges were filled with tiny pellet shot which traveled only 60 yards. Also the shot spread out when discharged and glass balls thrown as targets were rarely missed. Although Annie was skilled in the use of pistols and rifles, bullets from a rifle could travel long distances with unintended consequences. The cup displayed on the Oakley cloth was won during shooting competition. Image owner: Sue Macy.


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