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December 2010 Volume 10 • Issue 1

Gift Ideas Galore! Holiday Happenings

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Where your hard work pays off. This holiday season, let Holz Haus give you the gift you’ve wanted all year. Timeless style, quality craftsmanship and comfort that never goes out of season. Come home to Holz Haus.

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CONCIERGE My Current Obsession 8

TRAVEL Michigan’s Winter Wonderland 66

Balloon Squad 12


CALENDAR December 2010 16

When Intimacy Hurts: Learn the Source of Vaginal and Pelvic Pain 70


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nest AT HOME The Mary & Bill Krum Home 26 RECIPES Cookies for Santa 34

VINO Trivial Pursuit of Wine 35

MAN IN THE KITCHEN Christmas Blizzard of ’09 (Or How the Freezer and Pantry Saved Christmas) 40

friends & family FOR KIDS 2010 Best Toys for Kids 75 Fun Projects for the Holidays 78

PARENTING & PREGNANCY How Pregnancy and Parenting Affects Relationships 80


GO GREEN Santa’s Green List 44

Submit Your Child’s Photo 86

LAWN & GARDEN Don’t Forget to Throw in the Trowel 52

Sara Carothers: Volunteer Matchmaker 88


BEST FRIEND The Best Gifts for Your Best Friend 92

HISTORICAL MARKER Daughters of the American Revolution 94

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e have all heard the saying “it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind,” but now there is an entire store in downtown Sioux Falls dedicated to that very notion. My Current Obsession opened on Phillips Avenue in October, and owner Melissa Degen says her husband can attest to how true to life the store’s name is. “I like the ability to change my mind in a retail setting. My husband kind of rolls his eyes, because it’s all about whatever I’m into right now….and that’s how ‘My Current Obsession’ was born.” Degen, who formerly operated both the Phillips Avenue Baking Company and the Wild Flour Bakery in this same location over the years, said she enjoys the hours and the creativity involved with a retail store. “We can change the store as seasons change or trends change, so there are always new things here for customers to see.” When she closed the Wild Flour Bakery in January, she didn’t know she’d still

be in the same place in the fall doing something completely different. “With the exception of just a few years, I’ve been in this building in some form or another since 1995,” says Degen. “I’ve been in retail in a different Sioux Falls location, but I love being downtown. The atmosphere is great, and these buildings have such character.” The deep-colored brick walls and hardwood floors give My Current Obsession a warm and cozy boutique feel that invites customers to come in and explore. Whether you are looking for a unique gift or perhaps a new item to add to your own home décor, you can find it here. For the home, there are candles galore – in canning-style jars, long tapers or tea lights in a variety of scents to match the season. You can find candlesticks made of different colors of glass or other candleholders for a tabletop or to mount on a wall. There are decorative frames,

inspirational sayings on items you can hang or set on bookshelves, wall hangings and unique lamps in styles from classic to contemporary. Degen says jewelry, scarves and bath care products have been among the hot sellers in the first few weeks of business, and like everything else in the store, there are items to fit all tastes. Jewelrylovers will find everything from oversized cocktail rings and bejeweled bracelets to necklaces of varying lengths and styles. “You can create your own home spa with many of our products,” says Degen, “like the Shower Burst made by Chill Pill Aromatherapy.” These half-spheres, when placed out of direct spray in the shower, release essential oils to create an aromatherapy experience in the shower. They are designed to release tension, ease cold symptoms or wake you up with refreshing scents. Chill Pills for the bath, as well as Bathtub Tea Bags, provide the same options for refreshing or relaxing in the tub.

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For wine aficionados, you can pick up unique metal or glass bottle stops, a wine apron that wraps around a bottle to hold a corkscrew and bottle stop, a wine purse that can be used to tote a bottle of wine and corkscrew (or leave out the wine and just use as a cute clutch!), or a “woozie” – a variation on the can koozie for the wine glass. Shopping for the eco-conscious? Check out the insulated, designer lunch bags. Brown bag lunches will be a thing of the past when you tote your lunch in style with one of these eco-friendly bags. There is even an option for men, aptly named “The Man’s Lunchbox” and created in masculine solids. Or choose one of the many styles of the EnvBag, billed as an “eco-chic” reusable shopping bag. Browsing the rack of cocktail napkins is like reading a collection of humorous greeting cards, and you’re sure to find just the right napkins for any occasion you may be celebrating (and someone is likely to catch you laughing out loud in the store).

Degen has been looking forward to the arrival of the holidays so they could change the store’s look for the season. In addition to some traditional items in reds and greens, she says many holiday items this year are adding blues, greens and purples to the mix – and lots of “sparkle and glitz.” There’s so much to see here that you just may need to refuel while shopping with one of the decadent CB Stuffer chocolate treats located on the counter (as seen on Rachael Ray’s Snack of the Day). What’s your obsession? Come find it in downtown Sioux Falls. My Current Obsession 212 S. Phillips Avenue Sioux Falls (605) 336-3224 Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: Noon - 4pm

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rom the time they were young, Julie Jones remembers her mom making every birthday special with different themes each year, with coordinating party items and birthday cakes “from scratch.” Perhaps it was destiny, then, that Jones and her sisters would end up in the party business themselves. At first, they just wanted to bring the joy they experienced as kids to others through party decorating and providing complete birthday sets. But, Jones says, “God had a bigger plan.” Soon after starting their own business in 1999, called Surprises by LJB, the sisters were busy decorating and planning for open houses, holiday parties, weddings, birthdays and school events. Jones remembers one of their first large corporate jobs. “It was for a holiday party at the Sioux Falls Convention Center,” she says. “We created a star in our basement so large that we had to knock out stairs to get it out.” Jones adds that they still like to create large display items, but now they are definitely wiser in their design plans. Oftentimes, those design plans involve their dad, a retired engineer. “We get requests for different themes or specific items, and I’ll tell dad what we need to create, and he can help draw up the plans for size and what kind of materials we need to use to make it.”

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The business has been a family affair from the start. In addition to calling on their dad’s engineering expertise, she says, their mom has helped inflate thousands of balloons over the years. As business grew, they transitioned from just the three sisters to a full squadron of artists and entertainers. That is why in 2010 they decided to change their name to BALLOON SQUAD. “As we added more artists, ‘Surprises by LJB’ just didn’t fit,” Jones explains. “The word ‘Surprises’ didn’t really explain who we are. Changing to Balloon Squad lets people know what we do, and having a full team allows us to accommodate more venues and parties. Plus, we benefit from all the great ideas

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from the artists and entertainers who work with us.” Balloon Squad provides decorating services, balloon deliveries, balloon artists/twisters, interactive stage shows for adults or children, temporary airbrush tattoos, singing telegrams and DJ services. Jones says one of the more popular themes lately has been an “underwater” theme, with balloons transformed into bubbles, sea horses, an octopus and other underwater life. In addition to more “usual” balloon decorations such as arches, columns and balloon bouquets, the Balloon Squad has created a 20foot jukebox, a 15-foot clown, a princess carriage, dragons, vegetables for a food show, a variety of business logos and even “Chad,” the TV spokesperson for Alltel Wireless. The sisters met actor Chad Brokaw in Sioux Falls, where the balloon statue was being used at a company event. Alltel representatives were so impressed that “balloon Chad” got a ride on the corporate jet and was displayed at the company’s corporate office.

For the past four years, the business has made its home at the 8th & Railroad Center in Downtown Sioux Falls. In addition to being their headquarters for all of the balloons and decorations they take to other party locations, their storefront is also now home of The Party Zone, a room that can accommodate a party of up to 15 children with games, and entertainment such as balloon twisting. A selection of package specials accommodates varying group sizes and budgets. Julie and Lisa Jones are the only certified balloon artists in the state of South Dakota, certified by Qualatex. Achieving Certified Balloon Artist status has opened up a new world to the sisters, as they are now sought-after speakers at regional and national events. They offer classes and talks on new designs and techniques with decorator foil balloons; sales and marketing techniques; unique centerpiece designs and much more. “We are excited to be able to teach and share our knowledge with other balloon companies from around the country,” says Jones. “Sharing ideas helps all of us prosper and provide the best possible services for our clients.” While advance ordering is helpful, especially if a party theme requires Jones to get special items in stock, the Balloon Squad can usually accommodate most requests with shorter notice – whether for party decorations, entertainment or balloon bouquet deliveries. So when you are looking for ideas for your next celebration, be sure to call the party experts at Balloon Squad!

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Ladies Night Thu, December 2 • 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. Sorry, no men or children are allowed. INFO (605) 334-2721.

the world he constructs through his vocals for an elegant, tasteful evening of music. Tickets $35/$22. INFO (605) 335-6101.

Art Moms (and friends) Holiday Boutique Dec. 2-5, Dec. 9-12, Dec. 16-19 Thurs.- Sat 10-7 Sun. 10-5 Park Place Center right next to Plato’s Closet in the Olive Garden/ Fuddrucker’s parking lot. Four weekends of unique shopping and supporting local artisans and businesses! Support local, buy unique, share in the magic! “like” us on facebook -Art Moms (and friends) Holiday Boutique

Christmas Madrigal and Dinner Performances by the USF Camerata December 2-4 • 6:30 p.m. McDonald Center-Salsbury Dining Hall - University of Sioux Falls For advance tickets, call (605) 331-6580 or visit usiouxfalls.edu

Belle Ame Salon & Spa’s Toys for Tots Holiday Extravaganza Friday, Dec. 3 • 12pm-8pm 5109 S. Cliff Avenue ‘Tis The Season To Give! Complimentary haircuts will be given with a toy or cash donation, 20% off all products, $10 conditioning treatments, $5 paraffin treatments, drawings for prizes and lots more. Portion of all proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots. Come join us for some holiday fun and relaxation! INFO (605) 274-1060.

Sachal Vasandani Thu, December 2 • 7pm Orpheum Theater • 315 N. Phillips Ave. Breaking the established jazz ties with an eclectic movement, going beyond and creating a crisp vibe; dip into Sachal’s refreshing blends and succumb to

Don Hooper and Julie Kittlsrud Artist Reception Fri, December 3 • 6pm Rehfeld’s Gallery • 210 S. Phillips Ave. Meet artists Don Hooper and Julie Kittelsrud at this free reception from 6-8pm. INFO (605) 336-9737.





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Off-the-Cuff Stuff announces the return of the popular holiday concert tour: Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers, Saturday, December 18, 7:30 pm, Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion.

Downtown First Fridays Fri, December 3 • 10am Historic Downtown Sioux Falls A special time for shopping, art and entertainment downtown! Enjoy a full day and evening of culture and activity. Visit a variety of retailers, artist venues and fabulous restaurants, plus music and drinks at all your favorite hot spots! Ride FREE on the Trolley from 5-9pm. INFO (605) 338-4009.

Freebie Friday! Fri, December 3 • 10am Empire Mall Enjoy free gifts just for you every Friday this holiday season at The Empire Mall. One offer per person, per Friday. All offers while supplies last. INFO (605) 361-3300.

This musical showcase features the talents of a 9-piece band playing Christmas Classics and contemporary new arrangements in the signature lush and soulful sounds of Jeremy Hegg, Jon Hegg, Noah Hoehn and friends. Music ranges from the traditional “O Holy Night” to fresh takes on classics such as “Please Come Home for Christmas.” With alumni from the long running favorite Acoustic Christmas and other exceptional musicians who have graced the national stage, Holiday Jam is a twist on the season audiences will not soon forget. Male and female vocalists, electric guitar, two keyboards, harmonica, bass, percussion and horns round out this festive evening. This two-hour show will feature stories of the season, messages for the heart, and music to lift the spirits. Holiday Jam is presented by Sanford Health with portions benefiting Children’s Miracle Network programs. Purchase your tickets today by calling 1-877-WASH-PAV. For more information, contact Toby Kane at 605-929-4985 or visit holidayjam.com.

Jingle Bell Baby Holiday Homes Tour Fri, December 3 • 4:30 pm 5 different homes throughout Sioux Falls Avera McKennan NICU are having self-guided tours of 5 homes decorated for the holidays by top interior designers and florists. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Avera McKenna Stores or by calling the Avera McKennan Foundation at 605-322-8900. Proceeds benefit the Avera McKenna Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dakota Wind Quintet Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 3 • 12pm - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street The Dakota Wind Quintet performs classical music in the historic courtroom

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mb of the Old Courthouse Museum. The Dakota Wind Quintet is a small group made up of members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-4210.

Pavilion Holiday Fri, December 3 • 10am | Sat, December 4 • 9am Washington Pavilion You’re invited to the Pavilion’s holiday shopping marketplace! Pavilion Holiday is full of fine art booths — where you can get all your holiday shopping done under one roof. Pavilion Holiday is a fundraiser for the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion. 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. Pianist Kelli Moffitt Fri, December 3 • 5:30 pm Holiday Inn City Centre • 100 W. 8th St. Pianist Kelli Moffitt will be performing in the Atrium beginning at 5:30 pm. Free to the public. INFO (605) 339-2000.

Downtown Holidays Sat, December 4, 11, 18 • 12pm Downtown Sioux Falls Santa at Shriver’s Square: 230 S. Phillips Ave. Wagon rides: pick up and drop off located at the 12th Street Plaza on Phillips Avenue. Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas you can visit Santa and take a horse-drawn wagon ride through downtown. Enjoy the festivity and bustle at all the merchant locations. INFO (605) 338-4009. USF Christmas Chapel Jeschke Fine Arts Center, Meredith Auditorium University of Sioux Falls | December 5 • 7pm Admission is free. Please call for details. (605) 331-6677 or usiouxfalls.edu

Carrie Underwood Sun, December 5 • 7:30 pm Sioux Falls Arena Carrie will perform all of your favorites as well as her newest hits including “Cowboy Casanova” and “Mama’s Song”. With special guests Billy Currington and Sons of Sylvia. Tickets $55.50, $45.50, $35.50. INFO (605) 367-7288. Handel’s Messiah Concert Sun, December 5 • 3pm First Baptist Church 22nd Street and Covell Avenue Join the Sioux Falls Seminary Community Choir for the 34th Annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. One performance only — free and open to the public. First-come, first served. INFO (605) 336-6588.

Advent Festival of Lessons & Music Mon, December 6 • 7pm Calvary Episcopal Cathedral • 500 S. Main Ave. Features the Dakota String Quartet; the Calvary Cathedral Choir, directed by Dr. Monty Barnard and featuring soprano Lisa Grevlos; and organist Diane Van Den Oever. Bible readings tell the story of the fall of humanity and the promise of the Messiah, interspersed with music of the season. Based on the service held in England since 1880 and made famous by King’s College, Cambridge,which has broadcast the service worldwide on Christmas Eve since 1928. Reception follows. Free. INFO (605) 336-3486. OGHS Vespers - Come to the Cradle! Tue, December 7 • 7pm Central Baptist Church 3100 W. Ralph Rogers Road. Featuring O’Gorman High School’s Concert Choir, Knights Ensemble Mixed Chorus, Cantique Chorale Girls Chorus, & OG Christmas Brass. A freewill offering will be taken during the program. INFO (605) 575-3300.

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ber ZooCubs: Polar Animals Tue, December 7 • 11:15 am - 12:15pm Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum Age: 3-4 year olds. $10 +tax; Zoo members receive a 15% discount. 2 classes per month; 15 spots per class. Penguins and Polar bears are two animals that love to play in the snow, but who else can we find? Join us as we travel to the Polar Regions and look for animals that love snow and ice! Get your passport ready! It’s time to travel the world! During the first class you will begin making your habitat scrap book, be sure to bring it back to every class so we can add new pictures showing which habitat you traveled to. INFO (605) 367-8313. ZooTot: Orange Tigers Tue, December 7 • 10:15 am - 11:15am Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum Age: 2 with an adult. $10 +tax; Zoo members receive a 15% discount. 2 classes per month; 15 spots per class. Orange, black, orange, black is a pattern that you will find on tigers. Come found out why their stripes help them hide, hunt and stay safe. Is your little one ready to learn about the colors of the rainbow? Follow us as we go on a color safari looking for animals that are covered in amazing colors. During the first class your child will begin making their very own color book. Bring it back to every class as your child identifies a new color and animal each time. INFO (605) 367-8313. Sioux Falls Quilters Guild Thu, December 9 • 6:45 pm Southern Hills Methodist Church 3400 E. 49th St. The Sioux Falls Quilters Guild Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Each month includes a program and show and tell. The purpose of our guild is to encourage a wider appreciation of quilting; to raise and maintain standards of design, individual ideas and expression; and to keep interest alive by promoting local quilt projects and programs and doing charitable works. INFO (605) 371-1714.

A Holiday Evening at the Pettigrew Home & Museum Thursday, December 9 • 5pm - 8pm Pettigrew Home & Museum 131 N. Duluth Avenue Enjoy A Holiday Evening at the home of South Dakota’s first senator R.F. Pettigrew. Walk through the historic Victorian Pettigrew Home decorated for the holidays while enjoying holiday music, refreshments, and horse-drawn wagon rides through the historic Cathedral District. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-7097. Museum Grand Re-opening! Film Screening – Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder December 9 • 4pm & 7pm South Dakota Art Museum Auditorium — Brookings This documentary (not children oriented) is created by Dean Butler, the actor who played Almanzo on the Little House television series of the 1970s. Butler has incorporated many Harvey Dunn paintings into the film. FREE Admission but reservations required. Please call Dianne Hawks (605) 6884313 or email Dianne.Hawks@sdstate.edu to reserve your seat today! Public Reception and Book Signing Friday, December 10 • 4-7pm South Dakota Art Museum. Meet Walt Reed, author of the new book Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West. Reed along with photographer Charles Smith will be available to autograph copies and answer questions. INFO (605) 688-4313. The Ballroom Dance Club El Riad Shrine • 14th and Phillips December 10 • 8pm-11:30pm Dancing to the music of Mearl Lake. Guests are welcome, tickets are $10 each at the door, yearly membership still available... Dressy attire requested. INFO (605) 212-4017.

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Jingle Bell Boutique Sat, December 11 • 9am Baymont Inn • 3200 S. Meadow Avenue The Jingle Bell Boutique is being held to raise funds for WONDER CAPES for hospitalized children. There will be a raffle for a Holiday Gift Basket worth over $250 with the proceeds going for Wonder Capes. The vendors will include Avon, Maxine’s Gift Emporium, Signature Homestyles, Thirty-One, Celebrating Home, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Mags Legs, Scentsy, Ella G & Co., and more. Bring your friends, do some shopping, and help some children feel like superheroes! INFO 605-940-5203.

McCrossan Gingerbread House Fundraiser Sat, December 11 • 3pm McCrossan Boys Ranch | 47135 260th Street The Gingerbread House is coming back to life this year at McCrossan Boys Ranch. The house will be bigger than ever and will include an amazing Santa’s workshop. With even more candy and lights the house is a must see this holiday season! Join us at McCrossan’s to be a part of the Christmas magic. Our guests will also be able to enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride around campus, hot cocoa, photo opportunities with Santa Claus and more. Kids are welcome to pick candy off the house to take home as a tasty souvenir. All proceeds support our programs for at-risk youth. INFO (605) 339-1203. Singing Boys of Sioux Falls Sunday, Dec. 12 • 3pm East Side Lutheran Church The Singing Boys of Sioux Falls will be performing in their annual Christmas Concert. Join them for this free concert followed by refreshments. The Singing Boys Concert Choir is a fun, dynamic auditioned choir for boys 4th grade and older. Auditions will be held on Monday, December 20th from 5-7 pm at the Jeschke Fine Arts Center on the USF campus. The non-auditioned Preparatory Choir is open year-round to boys 3rd grade and older. Instruction includes vocal technique, performance etiquette, music history and music theory. INFO: Kyle Eastman, Artistic Director at 605270-0408 or singingboysofsiouxfalls@gmail.com. Or visit www. singingboysofsiouxfalls.org. Warm Up Sioux Falls Sun, December 12 • 1pm Athena Fibers • 3915 S. Hawthorne Ave. Warm Up Sioux Falls is part of the national Warm Up America movement. Volunteers donate their time to knit or crochet 7” X 9”

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Live Nativity and Streets of Bethlehem Sunday, December 12 •5pm - 7pm First United Methodist Church • 401 S. Spring Ave. Step back in time to experience the excitement of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem. Enjoy the beauty of the live outdoor nativity scene. Then go inside and walk the streets of Bethlehem, where you will be “enrolled” in the census along with Mary, Joseph and others who were there at that time. Stroll through the Marketplace and visit places like the jewelry shop, mosaic shop and bakery. Work alongside the carpenter and metalsmith. Warm yourself with a soup and dessert supper. Admission is free. INFO 336-3652. A Christmas Carol A Youth Holiday production presented by the Washington Pavilion Thu, December 16 • 2pm Washington Pavilion A Christmas Carol A Youth Holiday production presented by the Washington Pavilion. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 kids. Dec 16th-Dec 19th — times vary. INFO (605) 367-6000.

Kid’s Activity Day Warm Woolen Mittens Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, December 16 • 9-11:30 a.m.and 1-2:30 p.m. Learn about history and make your own crafts to take home. 15 minute sessions run through morning and afternoon times. Call to reserve times. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-4210. 103.7 KRRO Presents the ShowBaby Christmas Special Fri, December 17 • 8pm The Vault • 2601 S. Carolyn Ave. ShowBaby is teaming up with Children’s Home Society for this show and will be donating a portion of each ticket sold to the Children’s Home Society. Expect a lot of special guest appearances and other fun surprises...it’s more than just a concert...it’s the ShowBaby Christmas Special! $10 tickets. INFO (605) 212-1289.


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Kaija Bonde & Gene McGowan Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 17 •12pm - 1pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Of Thee I Swing features Kaija Bonde with able hands of Gene McGowan on piano. It is an original musical review that recreates a late night cabaret show at a New York Broadway hotel during its heyday in the thirties and forties. It showcases unique arrangements of popular Christmas songs of World War I, The Depression Era, and World War II. Gene was the brilliant leader of the United States Navy Band choral group, the Sea Chanters for several years. He is well known in the area for his piano virtuosity. Free admission. INFO (605)367-4210 Lorie Line Making Spirits Bright Fri, December 17 • 7:30 pm Washington Pavilion Popular pianist Lorie Line once again returns, Making Spirits Bright this holiday season. Line intends to do just that with her all new, feelgood 2010 Christmas show. Joining her on stage once again will be just five of her favorite musicians, affectionately known as her Fab Five. A family show, kids ages 4 and up will be invited to greet Santa on stage. Tickets $47.50 plus tax. INFO (605) 367-6000.

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010 Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers Sat, December 18 • 7pm Sun, December 19 • 4pm Washington Pavilion Music of the season featuring alumni of Acoustic Christmas. This musical showcase features the talents of a 9-piece band playing Christmas Classics and contemporary new arrangements in the signature lush, rhythmic and funky sounds of Jeremy Hegg, Jon Hegg, 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. Presented by Sanford Health. $20 plus tax. INFO (605) 367-6000.

ZooCubs: Animals’ Gifts Sat, December 18 • 11:15 am - 12:15pm Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum Age: 3-4 year olds. $10 plus tax. 2 classes per month; 15 spots per class. What do you want for Christmas? A new racecar or a baby doll? Find out what the Zoo animals are getting for Christmas. Get your passport ready! It’s time to travel the world! During the first class you will begin making your habitat scrap book, be sure to bring it back to every class so we can add new pictures showing which habitat you traveled to. INFO (605) 367-8313.

ZooTot: Christmas Colors Sat, December 18 • 10:15am - 11:15am Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum Age: 2 with an adult Price: $10 +tax; Zoo members receive a 15% discount. 2 classes per month; 15 spots per class. Christmas packages come wrapped in many different colors and patterns! Let’s learn what colors and patterns are wrapped around our animals. Is your little one ready to learn about the colors of the rainbow? Follow us as we go on a color safari looking for animals that are covered in amazing colors. During the first class your child will begin making their very own color book. Bring it back to every class as your child identifies a new color and animal each time. INFO (605) 367-8313.

Swing Dance Program at the Old Courthouse Museum Sunday, December 19 • 1pm - 4pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street David Bradford and Kathie Erdman will teach beginning swing dance lessons from 1-1:30 p.m. with open dancing from 1:30-4 p.m. Beginners are especially welcome, all ages, no partner required. Free admission. INFO (605)359-4127.

Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum Tuesday, December 28 • 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Discover the night sky, explore the constellations! Starlab is a program for adults and children over the age of 5. Not recommended for those uncomfortable in the dark. Tickets only $1, program begins promptly on the hour with no late entry. Groups of 8 or more, please call ahead. INFO (605) 367-4210. Craftapalooza Thursday, December 30 • 9-11:30 a.m.and 1-3 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Looking for something to do with your kids over Christmas break? Craftapalooza is a free kid’s craft day for kids preschool through elementary age to make a variety of crafts at their own pace and schedule. Stop in anytime during morning or afternoon session. Free admission. INFO (605) 367-4210. Ceili Dance Program at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, December 30 • 6:30pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Ceili (pronounced KAY-lee) is an Irish social dance. The music is live from the Sioux Falls Ceili Band, the dances are taught and the moves called out much like square dancing. Beginners are welcome. Free admission. INFO (605)367-4210.

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he Mary and Bill Krum home is filled with nostalgia for Christmases past and eager anticipation for those yet to come. The family takes joy in the tradition of filling their home with trees, wreaths, and stockings every year. They add red, green and gold embellishments to each room, and a touch of glitz and glitter to make their home a little brighter for the holiday season. Their home is spacious and uncluttered, and their Christmas decorations add the perfect amount of holiday cheer in all of the right places. “I’ve always loved Christmas, even as a kid,� said Mary. “I distinctively remember decorating when I was a child. My mother would give me an ornament every year, and when I turned 18, she gave me a big box full of the ornaments that I had collected over the years and it was enough for my own


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the room exudes a degree of cheerful elegance from the moment guests arrive. The Christmas tree in the living room is breathtakingly beautiful, and a true labor of love. Standing

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17-feet tall, it requires several stages to assemble by numerous helping hands. “The tree is so large that I had to buy a ladder specifically for it,” said Mary. “It’s definitely a process and it has

to be decorated in stages. I always have my son, who is very tall, help with the top of the tree.” In the dining room, the table is already set and ready for

Christmas Day. The centerpiece decorations add a bright and cheerful touch to welcome the Krum’s holiday guests, while the Christmas china and red napkins add a pop of color and make

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Cookies for Santa


I can’t wait for my grandson, Nicholas, to want to bake and leave a plate of cookies for Santa. Perhaps some of these recipes will work for your plate of Santa cookies. Enjoy the holiday and all that goes with it.

Snicker Bar Cookies

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2/3 cup shortening 1 1/4 cups brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 2 Snicker bars ( 2.07 ounce size each ) chopped 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

3/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 2 tsp vanilla 2 cups flour 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup chopped nuts 1 cup mini chocolate chips powdered sugar

Cream the shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl. Combine the dry ingredients, except the candy and oats, and gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in the chopped candy and oats. Drop by spoonfuls on baking sheets and bake at 350˚ for 10-12 minutes. Makes 4-5 dozen.

Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Combine flour and salt and add to creamed mixture. Add nuts and chips. Roll into 1 inch balls and bake at 350˚ for 15-18 minutes. Cool the cookies slightly and then roll in powdered sugar. Makes 4 dozen.

Easy Sour Cream Cutouts 1 cup margarine, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream 2 tsp vanilla 3 1/2 cups flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda Frosting: 1/ 3 cup margarine, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 2 or 3 Tbsp milk 1 tsp clear vanilla 1/4 tsp salt a few drops of food coloring if desired Cream the margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs and then add vanilla. Combine dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and chill 4-5 hours or overnight. Roll dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with your favorite floured cookie cutter. Bake at 350˚ for 10 minutes — please watch them and do not over-bake. Cool and frost. Makes 3-4 dozen cookies depending on the size cutter used.

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Trivial Pursuit of Wine BY RICCARDO TARABELSI GENERAL MANAGER, Westward Ho Country Club


t seems like every year around the holidays, people ask me for ideas for the perfect wine gift. And every year I recommend the usual suspects: a Riedel wine decanter or Riedel’s newest stemware, a trip to wine country or Sideways rental and bottle of Pinot Noir, aerators, cork kits, wine refrigerators, tickets to a wine dinner, etc. There is no end to the creative wine gifts that you can come up with, and as I always say, the best gifts are the ones from the heart. I kind of hope my wife’s heart is saying “iPad.” This year, instead of recommending wine gift ideas, I’d like to

recommend a holiday party “icebreaker” idea that I think you and your guests will like. Put out note cards with wine trivia questions all over the party room and see who can get the most answers right. When guests arrive, let them walk around the party room and jot down their answers on note cards. This is a great way to keep guests mingling while they wait for others to arrive. Towards the end of the party, give out a prize to the one who has the most correct answers. What to give out? A bottle of wine, of course! Here are a few sample trivia questions:

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1. How much was the most expensive bottle of wine sold for? (a) $540 (b) 1,700 (c) $28,000 (d) $160,000 The Answer: (d) – Forbes wrote about a bottle of Bordeaux wine, 1787 Chateau Lafite, with the letters “Th. J” etched on the bottle. This bottle used to belong to Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. It sold in 1985 for $160,000.

3. How many grapes does it take to make an average bottle of wine? (a) 2 ounces (b) 2 1/2 pounds (c) 15 pounds (d) 50 pounds The Answer: (b) – It takes about 2 1/2 pounds of grapes to make an average bottle of wine.

2. Where was the oldest wine found? (a) Iran (b) China (c) Greece (d) France The Answer: (a) – The oldest sample of wine in the world, dating to approximately 7000 years ago, was discovered in clay jars in modern-day Iran, in a small town called Hajji Firuz Tepe, outside of Shiraz in Iran.


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5. What does the year on a wine bottle mean? (a) The year the wine was bottled. (b) The year the grapes were harvested. (c) The year the winery was founded. (d) The year the wine was distributed. The Answer: (b) The vintage year tells us when the grapes were harvested.

4. How many varieties of wine grapes exist in the world today? (a) 100 (b) 1,000 (c) 10,000 (d) 100,000 The Answer: (c) – The number is well over 10,000.

6. Why are wine bottles stored on their sides? (a) They take up less space (b) To keep the cork from drying out (c) To keep the bottle from accidentally being knocked down (d) To keep sediment from collecting at the bottom. The Answer: (b) – To keep the cork from drying out, bottles should be stored horizontal, or at an angle.

8. How many calories are in a sixounce glass of wine? (a) 50 (b) 100 (c) 120 (d) 150 The Answer: (b) – 100 calories! How about that for a 100 calorie treat? Biggest Loser, are you listening?

7. What determines the alcohol content in a bottle of wine? (a) The amount of yeast added to the wine. (b) The sugar (brix) content of the wine. (c) The type of grape (varietal). (d) The wine’s aging process.

9. How much water makes up a bottle of wine? (a) 50% (b) 72% (c) 86% (d) 90%

The Answer: (b) – The higher the brix of the grapes, the higher the alcohol content of the wine. Typically, vineyards that are located in warmer climates produce grapes with higher sugar content, thus producing wines with a higher alcohol content (usually upwards of 14.5% or higher.)

The Answer: (c) 86% - Here’s the breakdown of the rest of the bottle: 11.2% alcohol and 2.8% other. Over 250 compounds have been identified in “other”. That is why wine making is an art and not a science.

10. What is the largest format bottle of wine called? (a) Magnum (b) Jeroboam (c) Balthazar (d) Nebuchadnezzar The Answer: (d) Nebuchadnezzar – Named after the King of Babylon, the Nebuchadnezzar is a 15 liter bottle which holds 120 glasses. The Balthazar is a 12 L bottle, while the Jeroboam holds 3 L. The Magnum, which is more readily available, is a 1.5 L bottle (equivalent to 2 bottles.)

Now that you’ve got a sampling of some fun wine facts for your holiday party, put up the garland, get some wine, and invite your guests! From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Carpe Vino! To contact Riccardo, e-mail him at riccardot@westwardhocountryclub.com


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years we’d gather in central Iowa, occasionally at my brother’s in the southeast corner of the Hawkeye State. Not always on Christmas, but every year, sometime between the first candle on the menorah and New Year’s Day, we trek to Iowa. But last year was different. About ten days before Christmas, I got a call from my dad cautioning me to “keep an eye on the weather.” A blizzard was predicted for the region, he warned. Three days before Christmas, that blizzard was starting to build. Dad called again. He was calling off Christmas. “I would love to see you but it’s not worth dying for” he said. This from the man who never let a little bad weather get in his way. I guess as I get older, he is getting wiser. The die was cast. My beloved and I were staying home. I made a mad dash to the mega-mart. It was insane. Take the normal

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Fish #2: Lobster rangoon OK, I know my Italian friend Riccardo (who writes the wine column a few pages forward from here) just stopped reading and will probably never speak to me again. But these were in the freezer and I was starting to panic. The fish count needed an early boost and the box said “lobster.” Two down, five to go. Fish #3: Shrimp wrapped in proscuittio I always have some large, wild caught American shrimp in the freezer and as luck would have it, I had some proscuittio left over in the fridge. Simple, easy and elegant, I think at this point, my wife was board with my quest. Fish #4: Oysters wrapped in bacon I love oysters. My wife does not share those feelings. But this

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arthly rotations have brought us around to inevitable December. The days of chiming tools are behind us for a while. And it’s past the time to find tools I’ve stashed around the yard, give them a perfunctory cleaning, and store them back on hooks that have been empty all summer. Madeline (the cartoon lady) and I agree: “If you garden a little every day (not that you actually do) what’s the use of putting your tools away? (Or, why would you hang up your jeans when you are only going to put them on again the next morning?”) Except for pruners and other tools that must stay dry, my tools stay outside, the potato fork and square spade stuck upright, at attention, where I can easily grab them. Only this year, when saturated ground let them topple, I would find them supine in the sedum or stretched out among the rose petals. For this month’s etc. for her I’ve asked seasoned gardeners to recommend favorite tools as gift ideas. (Please check with local nurseries and garden centers for availability.) Indispensable tools for most people were: a hand-held pruning tool, the long-handled nursery trowel, the hori hori knife, and a spade. Find a sturdy bucket as “packaging” then begin by throwing in

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Customize It!

Hip Chic Boutique has the perfect gift - a unique personalized necklace for moms, grandmas, or daughters! Wrap her with a sterling silver necklace with her initial or her children’s names (& birthdates). Necklaces with initials are in stock, necklaces with names need to be ordered. Starting at only $49. Hip Chic Boutique, 328 S. Phillips Ave., Downtown. (605) 271-8480.

Functional Art

Pick up one of our bent frame magnet boards! Choose your own ribbon to accent your decor. $22 Add a set of “i pop” magnets for $12 or one of our Prairie Dance ornament magnets for $10. Sticks & Steel at 8th & RR 401 E. 8th St. (605) 335-7349.

#1 Board Choice

The number one choice for Culinary Professionals Worldwide. Genuine hard rock maple John Boos boards. Safe for all food preparation. Built on more than 120 years of fine craftsmanship. Manufacturing products in the USA since 1887. Available at Artisan House Galleries, DOWNTOWN at 229 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 373-0700.

A Vintage Twist

Tokyo Milk perfumes and lip balms, bath products, lotions and more — with a vintage twist - are beautifully packaged fragrances with unexpected aromatic combinations. From $6 at My Current Obsession. 212 S. Phillips. 336-3224.

Beat the Blahs

Beat the blahs and stay warm this winter. Choose from Go Casual’s large selection of bright and colorful hats, scarves, mittens and more. Go Casual. 124 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 334-5795.

Video Game Buster

Your kids will want to step away from the screen to build this sustainable Earth lab. Hours of entertainment for children 8 and up. $54.99 at Child’s Play Toys. 233 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 274-8697.

Holiday Charm

Celebrate the Season

Plum’s Cooking Co. carries everything for the “foodie” in your life! For your gift giving and entertaining needs, pick up our Napa Valley Oval Cheese Board/Knife $21.99 or “Rabbit” brand Aerator Set $49.99. 8th & RR Center, 401 East 8th Street (605) 335-1999.

Choose from several different holiday-themed Brighton® charm bracelets — for all the ladies on your gift list. From $68 at Susanne’s on Phillips. 216 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 330-4002.

Personalize It!

Personalized necklaces and leather personalized bracelets are the perfect way to show her how much you care this Christmas. From $25 at Posh Boutique. 57th & Western. (605) 271-2164.

A Touch of Whimsy

Add a touch of whimsy to your holiday décor! These adorable accents will make you smile each time you pass by. From $29 at Forget Me Not Gift Boutique. 57th & Western. 335-9878.

Winter Warmth

This hammered glass hurricane is both rustic and sophisticated — and versatile enough to fit in with any décor. Add the warmth of candle light to your home this winter. $200 at Twetten’s Interiors. 26th & Minnesota. (605) 275-3456.

Bohemian Chic

This distressed leather designer bag line takes you from Saturday shopping to Saturday night on the town. Starting at $92 at You’ve Been Framed. 57th & Western. 361-9229.

Stocking Stuffers Galore! Nice Hair!

Nice hair makes a really nice holiday gift. Shampoo, conditioner, styling lotion and comb included in set shown. $52. Stocking stuffers from $4 at Rainn Salon. 57th & Western. (605) 521-5099.

A Family Tradition

Choose from Kidtopia’s huge selection of Thomas the Train. Add to their current set or start a new family tradition to pass along from generation to generation. 57th & Western. 334-4825.

Stop at Lillians for stocking stuffers for all the women on your holiday shopping list — and maybe even a few for yourself! Shown $6 - $18. Open Dec. 2-5, Dec. 11 & Dec. 18. 311 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 275-5720.

Ho Ho Ho!

Shop where Santa shops! Young & Richards has a large selection of beautiful holiday décor and fresh florals. Add a little something new to your display this year. Santa shown 24” tall, $54.99. 236 S. Main Ave. (605) 336-2815.

Start a Tradition

Start your child with a special dance, cheer or skate ornament this Christmas and add one to the tree each year. Starting at just $5 at The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota Ave. 335-8242.

Elf on the Shelf

This cleverly rhymed children’s book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the Elf on the shelf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. Your children will look forward to the elf arriving every year. $29.99 at Kids Stuff Superstore. 3109 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-8636.

The Perfect Grandma

Enjoy the humorous side of grandparenting with this side-splitting book about the “rules” for grandmas. Makes a wonderful gift for “new” grandmas too. $9.99 each at Cutie Pie Belly & Baby Boutique. 225 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 271-2781.

Christmas Glam

Add some glam to your holiday! Choose from Josephine’s selection of unique holiday décor or have it custom made for your home. Shown $125 at Joesphine’s Floral Design. 401 E. 8th St. 338-9290.

Warm Up!

Stop by Kaladi’s to warm up by the fire with one of many special holiday drinks. The peppermint patty mocha is made with chocolate & peppermint and topped with candy cane. Delicious! Kaladi’s. 26th & Minnesota, 339-3322 or downtown at 10th & Phillips. 977-0888.

Happy Holidays!

Paint this fun and festive holiday platter at Color Me Mine. A simple template to follow makes it a snap. Customize it for a Christmas gift if you wish. $45 at Color Me Mine. 3709 W. 41st St. 362-6055.

Holiday Elegance

Mariposa serving pieces — in a large variety of shapes and sizes — will add that special touch of elegance to your holiday parties. $164 shown at Good Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor. 41st & Minnesota Ave. 339-1500.

Season of Giving

Breadsmith has so much to choose from...bread, cookies, soup and more. A gift card makes it much simpler. Breadsmith. 33rd & Duluth, 338-1338 or 26th & Marion, 275-2338.

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With the purchase of your bridal gown, receive 15% off your bridesmaids dresses. Interlude Bridal. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. 323-2210.

Fashion Forward

Inspired by the distinguishing elements of modern architecture, styles from the Ogi Innovation collection are bold, contemporary and stand apart from the prevailing. Be fashion forward. Available at Visionary Eye Clinic. 6100 W. 41st St. (605) 940-6200.

Fresh, Fast, Flavorful

Fresh, fast, & flavorful is what you’ll get when Mixed caters your next event! We specialize in savory salads, wraps, and paninis. Mixed also delivers. 2604 S. Louise Ave. (across from Home Depot) 271-2161. www.mixedgogreen.com

Cozy & Comfortable

Give the gift of comfort and coziness this Christmas. Choose from several styles & designs of P.J. Salvage jammmies and robes at AMaVo. From $39. 4807 S. Louise Ave. (605) 274-8674.

Ring in the New Year!

Ring in the new year in style. Rent a tuxedo for just $99 at The French Door. Includes shirt, vest, jacket, tie and pants. 4819 S. Louise Ave. (605) 332-8841.

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Reveal’s New! Maximum Strength fat burner will rev up your energy & metabolism, revitalize your sleep, block stress and eliminate stubborn fat. 2 month supply was $209 but is now 30% off through the month of December! Complete Nutrition is located on 57th & Western. 274-7348.

Not only will the lights be festively lit, but so too will your daughter’s Christmas dress. As she sashays from left to right, her glitz and glam will be sure to spark up the room! Lipstick Girls found at Sprout. Sizes 4 -8. Shown $73. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. 271-2999.

A Kitchen Facelift Colors of the Rainbow

She’ll love a jelly watch — in every color on the rainbow — in her stocking this year. Just $24.99 at Raymond’s Jewellers. 206 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 338-7550.

Give the gift of a new kitchen — or kitchen facelift — with a new island or cabinets from StarMark Cabinetry. It will be the gift she loves for years to come. StarMark Cabinetry. 600 E. 48th St. North. 336-5595.

A Classic Reinvented

Fifth Avenue Collection reinvents a classic — high style mixes with the poise of pearls. The perfect complement to that little black dress. From $39 at Fifth Avenue Collection. Shop their international showroom at 708 E. Benson Rd. (605) 335-0602.

Keep ‘em On

Echo Touch gloves are made with elink fabric that interacts with touch screen digital devices. Keep your hands warm while you keep in touch! Available at Simply Perfect 401 E. 8th St. (8th & RR Center). (605) 338-3599.

Slippers from Santa

Make your little ones go wild over warm and comfy slippers from Santa. $19.99 at Stride Rite. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. 362-7728.

School Spirit

Shop for new and used textbooks, as well as USFthemed gifts and apparel. Prices vary. University of Sioux Falls. 1101 W. 22nd St. 331-5000, usiouxfalls.edu

Childcare and After School Options

Here 4 Youth is here for You! Providing individualized day and afterschool services to youth of all abilities. Ages 3 to 21. Hours M-F 7AM-6PM. Sat. 5-9PM call for available dates. Drop-ins welcome. 1721 W. 51st Street, Sioux Falls. 271-6327 or www.here4youth.org

Intro to Letters Adorable and Affordable

Pretty Please Boutique has something for everyone on your list! Pick up one of these cable knit hats in a variety of styles. Football hat $15, socks $6, red/white flower hat $20. And Grandma would love this cute frame for only $12! Find us at 336 E. 4th St., Dell Rapids. (605) 428-4244.

Now available as a Universal App for iPad & iPhone, Intro to Letters brings the alphabet to your child’s fingertips as they learn to trace, read, write and record letter sounds, names, and phonograms. www.montessorium.com


A new twist of holiday decor and entertaining! Balloon Squad is bursting with unique and fun balloon creations. From business events to birthday parties, Balloon Squad is ready to make your occasion something to remember. Attach a gift card to this package, $6 or decorate your holiday party with this snowman for just $15 401 E. 8th St. 274-2864.

Historic Holidays

A beautiful series of ornaments depicting historic buildings of Sioux Falls! These 3-dimensional 24-karat gold finished ornaments represent everything you know and love about the buildings, which are both on the National Register of Historic Places. Collect these and a variety of other holiday ornaments available at the Old Courthouse Museum Store. $16.75 per ornament. 200 West 6th Street. (605) 367-4210.

Give a Gift of Relaxation

Reserve a night or two at Northwoods Vista Our upscale cabin features a gourmet kitchen, walk-in steam shower, peace and quiet, and great memories! Check us out at www.northwoodsvista.com (605) 310-6692.

“Tease” the Season!

Sprinkle some volume into your hair this holiday with DUST IT! The #1 selling, oil absorbing, humidity blocking powder is this season’s must have. Guaranteed to bring life to any hairstyle. Find your little bottle of magic at Belle Ame Salon and Spa. 5109 S. Cliff Ave. (605) 274-1060.

Soothing Gift of Relaxation

Give the soothing gift of relaxation with a beautiful spa gift tray. Designed with the perfect array of products and services to fit any person on your Christmas list. Choose from our collection of affordable products that do not compromise the quality ingredients and luxury you are used to. Radiance Day Spa. 6209 S. Pinnacle Pl. (605) 275-9535.

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Wilde About Wine

For the wine enthusiasts on your gift list, check out Wilde Prairie Winery. Our award-winning wine and creative accessories are sure to please anyone! Locally grown and produced near Brandon, SD. Christmas Cheer wine $14. Doorknob bottle stoppers $27-$35. Corkscrews $9.50. www.wildeprairiewinery.com (605) 582-6471.

Up-Cycled Accessories

Come see us at the Pavilion Holiday December 3-4 to see up-cycled accessories created by IDTSD students. Gift certificates also available for summer Project: Design Boot Camps. Institute of Design & Technology of South Dakota. 125 S. Main Ave. 275-9728. www.idtsd.org, www.dakotabydesign.com

Holiday Sparkle

Add a little sparkle to your holidays! Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique has everything you need — from holiday attire and accessories to gifts for all the women on your shopping list. 57th & Western. 274-3500.


Holiday ornaments hand blown by Daggett Glass Studio, Loveland, Colorado are available at the South Dakota Art Museum Store. Purchase your one-of-a-kind ornament today! South Dakota Art Museum Store, Medary Avenue @ Harvey Dunn St, Brookings 866-805-7590 www.southdakotaartmuseum.com

Your Guests Won’t Know!

The Cookie Jar creates all of their goodies from scratch! You can take all the credit. With over 20 different cookie flavors, numerous bar selections, and endless decorating ideas, order a tray for your next event. 125 W. 10th St., Downtown. (605) 978-0991 www.cookiejarsd.com

Christmas Classics

Stop in Kids & Kaboodle to check out our great selection of gently used and new toys! You’ll find puzzles and trains, board games and more. Chatter Phone $3, Guess Who board game $4, Fisher Price xylophone $5. Kids & Kaboodle. 1700 W. 33rd St. 334-6940.

The Slim Version

Parker Pens have made beautiful Christmas gifts for many years. This year, give the slim version. Shown is the Sonnet — sophisticated and sleek. Lacquered in metallic grey, then overlaid with black lacquer and finally varnished depths of tone that reinterpret the iconic look of Parker’s chiselled design. Available at www.parkerpen.com

Invite Lawrence Elk to Your Holiday Table

Now available at Prairie Berry Winery’s Sioux Falls area retailers, this fruity, black currant wine pairs especially well with smoked meats and cheeses, lamb and wild game. Plus, it makes a great winearita! www.prairieberry.com or 877-226-9453.

Give the Gift of Travel

For the hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list, consider a Travel Leaders gift certificate! Choose any amount to be used towards travel services/ packages. Cash or check only. Travel Leaders. 1010 W. 41st St. 335-6968.

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Listening Never Looked So Good!

Jazz up your listening with chicBuds earphones. Retractable, decorative earphones to accessorize your music habit, whether it be with an iPod, portable CD player or your personal computer (for cell phones, see chicBabies). Detailed with genuine Swarovski Crystals. www.chicbuds.com

Candy Cane

With red and white stripes reminiscent of childhood joy, candy canes are a time-honored symbol of the holiday season. You’ll smile every time you wear this sweet reminder of childhood. Trollbeads available at Holsen Hus. 126 S. Phillips Ave. 331-4700.


14k white gold ladies diamond ring. This GORGEOUS ring sparkles from every direction and is available in various sizes & prices. The Diamond Room. 3501 W. 57th St. 362-0008.

Support Wound Healing Poo~Pourri Natural Air Freshener

Poo~Pourri is a bathroom natural air freshener and spray deodorizer that eliminate bathroom odors - it is forever changing the bathroom experience. Spritz the bowl before you go and no one else will ever know. The 2oz bottle is the perfect size for your purse or briefcase. Available at www.poopourri.com

Specifically formulated for medical aesthetic treatments, the Advanced Pre/Post Formula provides a Phase One and Phase Two system to support cosmetic enhancement procedures. www.glisodinskin.com

Prevent, Perfect, Protect

SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex ES is an extra-strength anti-aging treatment that delivers three forms of Vitamin A to reduce the appearance of fine lines and coarse wrinkles, and enhance skin tone and texture. Environmental Defense Sunscreen and other SkinMedica products also available at Vivaz Medical Spa. 57th & Western. 328-9770.

Wild Sage Savings

Buy $30 in Gift Cards and receive $10 off your next Wild Sage dining experience. Gift cards must be purchased in December - $10 off valid on checks of $20 or more. Wild Sage Grille. 300 N. Cherapa Place. (605) 274-1667. Open Mon-Sat 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm


New and only at Riddle’s! The Eclipse Diamond...a stunning white diamond set within a rich black diamond. Riddle’s Jewelry - The Galleria at 41st. 605-361-0911.

Entertaining Holiday Guests

‘Tis the season for entertaining holiday guests! With the help of this 24 bottle dual-zone thermoelectric cooler, you’re sure to serve your wine at the perfect temperature. Ideal for any host or hostess and available in 2 finishes while quantities last. Find it at the Furniture Mart for just $599! 2101 W. 41st St. 336-1600.

Fresh Fabulous Fun Fresh, fabulous fun for the holidays! The Flower Shop. 57th & Western. 336-1800. www.flowershopsiouxfalls.com

Quick Gifts!

A few beads, a little yarn and you can make gorgeous jewelry! Kits $19.99. Available at Athena Fibers, 3915 S. Hawthorne, 271-0741, www.athenafibers.com.

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Patagonia Women’s Downtown Loft Parka

A feminine, street-smart 800-fill down parka with a shawl collar that can neatly transform into a hood; it’s made of polyester with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish. $349 at the Great Outdoor Store. 201 E. 10th St. (605) 335-1132.

The 1948 Trading Co. is a proud distributor of Magnabilities. Create a new look with each outfit! These interchangeable magnets can be placed in a variety of necklaces or bracelets to enhance your unique style. The 1948 Trading Co. 1324 Cedar St., Brandon. (605) 582-8644.

Modern Memories

Display your memories in modern fashion. Our high quality, flush mount, custom designed albums are a perfect holiday gift. Several sizes to choose from! Starting at $475 at Kelli Hunt Photography. 57th & Western. 275-4400.

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Another fantastic attraction in the Upper Peninsula is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles, and is full of hiking, sightseeing, and four season outdoor opportunities. Ice caves display rare formations of frozen water drops along some lakes and rivers. They are usually accessible by cross-country skis or snowshoes, and some are only a short hike from a main road. Within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore are 42 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail, and hikers find this to be a perfect place for camping and relaxation. Many organizations, cities, and communities in the Upper Peninsula sponsor Winter Carnivals to celebrate the season. These are family events, featuring local cooking, ice fishing contests, races, ice sculptures, and fun for everyone involved. World class winter competitions happen every year in the Upper Peninsula, with events ranging from racing snowmobiles, cross country skis, and dog sleds to ski jumping tournaments and speed skating. These are all excellent spectator sports and would be a joy to watch during your stay. For those of us who want to enjoy the winter for part of the day, but need to escape to the indoors as well, there is always the option to take time out and curl up beside a warm fire with a good book. Stop in to a small town cafe for a warm slice of homemade pie, or book reservations at one of the cozy bed and breakfasts. If you are from the midwest, you can handle the extreme winter weather. Some of you may even look forward to it. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has everything you would dream and is the perfect destination for an adventurous winter family getaway for some cherished time together.


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conditions of the lining of the vagina, painful bladder syndrome, muscular conditions of the pelvic floor, or conditions of the reproductive system, such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts or scar tissue from prior surgery. In younger women, a common cause of pain is recurring infections; in older women, a common cause is low estrogen in the vagina, leading to irritation. “One cause of pain that is often overlooked because a woman may be embarrassed or feel uncomfortable talking about it is a history of abuse. The effects can be long lasting, both physically and emotionally,” Dr. Barker said. Common symptoms of pelvic pain include a burning sensation or an ache that radiates up the vagina into the lower abdomen above the pubic bone. Because pelvic and vaginal pain can be so difficult to isolate, women may go from doctor to doctor trying to get relief, Dr. Barker said. “It’s important to get a thorough evaluation by a physician trained in assessing pelvic pain,” he added.

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Treatment depends on the condition. It may range from topical and oral medications to physical therapy to counseling. “Most conditions require multiple treatment modalities. Surgery is considered a last resort, though it may be needed to help diagnose the pain,” Dr. Barker said. An infection or dermatological condition can be easier to treat than chronic pain syndromes that seem to have no underlying cause. “These conditions are commonly diagnosed by ruling out other etiologies,” Dr. Barker said. One example is vulvodynia, characterized by pain around the vulva, or the opening of the vagina. The pain, burning or irritation associated with vulvodynia makes it difficult to sit still for long period of time, let alone have sex. The condition can go on for months or years. Another is interstitial cystitis, commonly known as painful bladder syndrome. Although the symptoms, such as pelvic pain, frequency of urination and urgency, are very real, the cause is yet unknown. While some women respond to common treatments,

others do not. When it comes to these painful conditions, “just living with it” can not only affect relationships – it can cause depression, Dr. Barker said. “Part of the healing process is being accurately diagnosed, and knowing what the problem is. After looking for answers for so long, this brings women a lot of relief,” he said. Women who have dealt with chronic pain often have a low pain threshold. “My goal as a physician is to raise that threshold, so that what has triggered pain in the past no longer triggers it. While we can’t always erase pain 100 percent of the time, we can help women with ways to cope with the pain, and make it more tolerable,” Dr. Barker said. When severe pain syndromes exist, getting better is often a process, Dr. Barker said. “I tell women that it took years to get you to this point, it will take time to get back to a normal state.” To learn more, go to www.AveraUrogyn.org. Or, click on “Health Library” at www.AveraMcKennan.org

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ith the plethora of toys out there, it can be difficult at times to choose which ones you want to buy for the little ones. There are some fun toys that are top quality and suggested by toy store owners themselves that stand out above the rest this holiday season. These are the Best Toys for Kids 2010 as rated by ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association). They can be found locally at Child’s Play Toys and Kidtopia.

3. Henrietta the Pull Along Hen This pull toy from iPlay is great for encouraging beginning walkers and teaching them about cause and effect. The child can pull the hen to see the eggs fall, and press the hen’s comb to hear chicken sounds. For ages 12+ months.

FOR AGES 3 AND UNDER Toys that teach children and help them through their development stages are key for the littlest ones. Playing is very important to a child’s health, and helps them learn, grow strong muscles, and build the social-emotional skills needed in life.

1. Stacker This one is a classic, and great for hand-eye coordination and color recognition. It comes with eight nesting pieces that stack easily from large to small, or allows the child to stack in any order. Made by Green Toys from 100% recycled plastic milk containers. For ages 6+ months.

2. Blocks Another classic toy, blocks are a great way to learn and are fun for the youngest children. These are made by Green Toys from 100% recycled plastic milk containers and come with 18 brightly colored, oversized and lightweight blocks that are very easy to stack and unstack. For ages 6+ months.

4. Learn to Dress Kitty This 10” tall plush cat by ALEX features 11 dressing activities that allow the kids to learn to snap, button, hook, loop, buckle, tie, zip, and more. It will help to develop fine motor skills, and even includes real socks, lace-up sneakers, and removable dress and T-shirt. For ages 18+ months.

FOR AGES 3 AND OLDER It is important for a child to take part in imaginative play, as they grow into a thinking, creative, and compassionate young person. It is also important for them to move around and toys are a great way to help them get going.

1. Golden Retriever Puppy Puppet This life-like 17” long Golden Retriever Puppy puppet from Folkmanis is very realistic and will inspire hours of pretend play. For ages 3+.

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4. HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set

This fun bouncy ride from Gymnic Line is available in several colors and is a safe way to learn balance and coordination. Made of soft, heavy duty, latex-free vinyl, it can hold up to 400 pounds, and is washable as well. For ages 3+.

Kids can create homes for this micro-robotic creature that acts like a real bug. Innovation First’s HEXBUG Nano set includes 2 extremely rare Nanos and everything to make them a happy home. For ages 3+.

FOR THE OLDER KIDS 3. Bake and Decorate Cupcake Set Have a pretend tea party with this toy from Melissa & Doug. Let your little baker use the oven mitt to remove the four realistic-looking wooden cupcakes from their baking tray. Decorate the wipe-off cupcake tops with dry-erase markers to let your child have their own personal touch. For ages 3+.

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Construction, art, science projects and games help kids develop hand muscles, learn new ways to express themselves, learn about rules, taking turns, developing strategies, and negotiating. It is also a great way to get your child involved with some good, old-fashioned family time.

1. Spot It! This game from Blue Orange Games comes with fast action and endless fun.

There is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any 2 cards... spot it and you win! This unique card game is sure to become a family favorite. For ages 7+.

sunlight into electricity to run the motor. Recycle a soda can to make your Solar Rover unique. For ages 8+.

4. Anomia 2. Snap Circuits Jr

3. Solar Rover

This card game from Anomia Press mixes trivia with word recognition. Draw a card and see if the symbol on your card matches another player’s card. If so, you must have a faceoff with the other player by giving an example of the person, place, or thing on their card. If you blurt out a correct answer first, you win their card and the game continues! For ages 10+.

From Toysmith/4M, this toy is a science project that is green as well as fun! Place your Solar Rover outdoors on a sunny day and watch it zip along as its solar panel turns

Toys such as these are fun and safe methods of motivating children to get moving, building, designing, learning, and using their imagination well into the next year.

Follow the easy-to-understand manual and build exciting projects from Elenco. Your child will be able to build their own AM radio, burglar alarm, doorbells, and more. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. For ages 8+.

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hen you wonder what to do with your children on their holiday break, why not get their little creative minds flowing with some adorable homemade crafts that even the littlest hands can help with? The following are some fun ways to add a personal touch to your holiday gifts and Christmas trees this season.

PRINT WITH PEARS Spruce up an unwrapped box or even a blank white sheet of paper with this fun stamping technique. You can also use it to make your own gift wrap out of a flattened grocery bag. All you need is acrylic paint, a paper plate, a paper towel, and a pear that is not too ripe. Spread some paint on the paper plate, slice the pear vertically into halves so the stem remains attached to one half, and blot dry the cut surfaces of the pear with the paper towel. Have your child press the stemmed pear half cut-side down into the paint and then onto the surface you wish to decorate. Do your best to get the stem to show up with the paint. (You may want to practice on scrap paper first!) Repeat to create a pattern or random design. Try experimenting with different colors. Let the paint dry completely before attaching ribbon, a gift tag, or even framing the end result.


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Add the ultimate personal touch to that special gift by using this handcrafted wrapping paper. Your kids can take care of the designs, then all you have to do is make the photocopies! Have your child create a collage by cutting out details from photos and magazine pages and gluing them on to a large 11x17 inch sheet of paper with a glue stick. This project can be used for any giftgiving time of year. For the holidays, the children can cut out christmas trees, snowflakes, stockings, and any other image they

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choose. They can even draw pictures and cut out letters to form words. Make color or black and white copies of the collage as many times as you would like, and you now have personalized wrapping paper that your family and friends will love.

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CANDY CHRISTMAS TREE Decorate a large or small tree with candy ornaments for a Christmas tree that is both delightful and edible! Head to the store with your children and have them pick out an assortment of candy canes, candy with openings for hanging, lollipops, and anything else that they would like to decorate the tree with. You can even go with a color theme and go on a hunt for candy that matches your color choices. You will need thin ribbon, wire, scissors, and transparent tape as well. When home, remove all candies from packaging. Secure wire, tie ribbon, and tape loops around lollipop sticks and candy canes and other candies to create ways to hang them around the tree. Hang the candies on the tree with the ribbon loops and step back to enjoy your creation.

CINNAMON STAR ORNAMENT This is a quick and easy project for kids of all ages, and a fast way to make tree decorations by using half sticks of cinnamon. Begin by taking cinnamon sticks and laying them on top of each other to form a 5 point star. Do this by creating 2 triangles. Secure the ends of all points with glue and bind them with decorative twine. Glue a loop onto the top so you can hang it on the tree, or anywhere else in the home. You could even use it as a decorative finishing touch to any gift you give. To top it all off, these will smell wonderful. May your holiday season be merry and bright with help from the kids and these creative ideas.

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aving children is supposed to be a life changing experience for couples. Expectant parents often anticipate that a new baby will bring new challenges and joys to their family, but many do not realize the actual effects pregnancy and parenting will take on their relationship. Over the past 30 years, psychological studies have unequivocally shown that having children reduces a couple’s satisfaction with their marriage or relationship. Even the strongest couples will find that their priorities, time commitments and attention shift when a baby comes into the picture.

A SHIFT IN FOCUS Those changes can start as early as during pregnancy. A growing baby forces a shift in the focus of the relationship. Couples may find that they have to adjust travel plans or can’t take part in activities they enjoy because of the mother’s nausea. Fatigue, swelling ankles or complications that lead to bed rest

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changes the dynamic in the home before the baby even arrives. After the baby is born, even the best prepared couples are shaken by the adjustment to a new type of relationship – one that centers on the needs of their new child. Add a little sleep deprivation and struggles over how everything will be taken care of around the home and soon the new parents wonder why they are so unhappy with their growing family. So what should new parents do to keep their relationship strong? The best predictors of marital satisfaction are three factors: friendship, affection and attention. The healthiest couples realize that there will be changes in their priorities, but continue to take the time and effort to treat each other with consideration and love.

SHARE THE WORK One of the biggest stumbling blocks for families with new babies is the division of labor. I often see couples where the

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father continues to live his life without any changes after the baby comes home and the mother takes care of all of the extra work of taking care of children. A mother who watches her boyfriend or husband play video games or go for hunting weekends while she makes all the sacrifices required of a new parent is going to become resentful. Eventually that anger will replace the love they used to have. Traditional arrangements where the man takes care of the financial support, while the woman takes care of the instrumental support (the housework, cleaning and childcare) doesn’t work in today’s families where both parents have jobs outside the home. I tell couples to make a list of all the chores that need to be done in and outside of the home and split them evenly using the actual hours that are involved for the tasks. Shoveling show and mowing the lawn rarely add up to the amount of time it takes to do all of the housework and indoor chores. Taking care of the physical and emotional needs of children is a big job that is best shared by both parents. Another added benefit of this approach is that not only are mothers less stressed and overwhelmed, but also that fathers get to have a closer, more satisfying relationship with their children.

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TAKE THE TIME To weather those difficult first years of parenthood, a couple needs to be attentive and affectionate with each other. Spending time together is essential to provide that emotional closeness you need as partners. Couples should both share the time parenting and time to themselves. Having a date night or even just time to talk is essential. The strongest couples have at least five positive interactions for every negative interaction they have. Something as simple as a smile, a hug or a special nickname that you share can boost your partner and your relationship. Couples who are emotionally healthy not only have the highest levels of satisfaction with their marriage, but have higher levels of sexual satisfaction, too. When partners have trust and emotional closeness, every part of their relationship is better. The happiest couples are really good friends who genuinely want to spend time together. Parenthood and a happy marriage or relationship can be hard, but the effort is worth it for everyone in the family. Children who have happy, affectionate parents have a good model to follow in their own adult relationships. Couples who make changes together and truly work as partners will find that the new dynamics of life as a growing family are rewarding and enjoyable.


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The Christmas Eve Ghost by Shirley Hughes In 1930s Liverpool, where streetcars clang on iron tracks, young Bronwen and Dylan live with their widowed Mam. Every day, in the wee hours of morning, Mam leaves the two alone as she gathers other people’s laundry to boil in a big metal copper at home. At night, if she’s not too tired, Mam tells fanciful tales of dragons and ghosties, and on Sunday, she cautions the children about the O’Rileys next door, who go to a church that is not for their kind. But on Christmas Eve, when Mam must go out, Bronwen and Dylan hear a ghostly plonk! plonk! plonk! from the washroom that sends them running straight into the arms of Mrs. O’Riley. Not only do they find that the house next door harbors nothing to fear, but it may hold a blessing for Mam, too. Ages 4 yrs - 8 yrs Candlewick Press

Moon Dreams by Ruth Martin Luna loves to look at the moon each night before she drifts off to sleep, but she wonders where it goes during the day. While she dreams, her imagination takes her on a journey as she searches far and wide for where the Moon could possibly go when the Sun is out. A bedtime adventure for sleepy little explorers everywhere. Ages 4 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

The Christmas Giant by Steve Light Humphrey is a giant, and Leetree, his best friend, is an elf. Together they love making wrapping paper for all of Santa’s presents. But this year Santa has asked them to grow a Christmas tree, and the pair couldn’t be more excited! They take great care with their project, planting and watering, snipping and pruning. Finally, the tree is wrapped and ready, and Humphrey and Leetree set off to deliver it. But when disaster strikes, the giant and the elf must come up with a way to make things right. From a small idea comes a big plan — and a surprise no one in Christmastown will soon forget! Ages 3 yrs - 6 yrs Candlewick Press

Amazing Pop-up Big Machines by Robert Crowther When is a pop-up book not a pop-up book? When it’s also a play space, promising hours of fun! Master paper engineer Robert Crowther has outdone himself with this celebration of captivating machines, each commanding its own space: a dump truck, bulldozer, tractor, forklift, and tower crane. Ages 5 yrs and up Candlewick Press

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The Story of Christmas by Vivian French The story of Jesus’ birth is among the bestknown and best-loved stories in the world. Vivian French offers a simple retelling that follows Mary and Joseph as they journey to Bethlehem and celebrate the birth of Jesus with the shepherds and wise men. Complemented by Jane Chapman’s vivid and joyful illustrations, here is a Christmas story that is sure to appeal to the youngest of children. With bright illustrations and an engaging narrative, this gentle story captures all the wonder and excitement of the first Christmas day. Ages 2 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson Abba Jacob is a monk who lives on a far, far away island with his loyal rat terrier, Snook. Every day, from the wee hours of dawn till the sun sets over the sea, Snook keeps Abba Jacob company as he prays or works, tending the gardens or fixing the plumbing of the little hermitage he calls home. But when the two are separated by a ferocious storm, Snook must learn to fend for himself in the wild, all alone in a world of fierceness and wonder. Will he ever again hear the loving voice that he waits for? Simply and lyrically told by award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson and beautifully illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering with wit, warmth, and affection for the natural world, this captivating tale of friendship lost and found conveys the power of faith against all odds. Ages 4 yrs - 7 yrs Candlewick Press

Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen The stars are out. The moon is rising. All the baby animals, from peacocks to pigs to zebras, are ready for bed. Will you tuck them in and say good night? Just turn the pages and the big inviting flaps that serve as blankets cover each little creature up to its chin. This simple but endlessly satisfying novelty, with its array of goggle-eyed baby animals, bold patterns, and vibrant colors, is sure to be the book of choice for little ones everywhere, night after night. Who needs to be tucked in? Turn each page until all baby animals — and little readers — are cozy and ready for sleep in this irresistible bedtime ritual. Ages 18 mos - 4 yrs Candlewick Press

Movie Maker Illustrated by Garry Parsons Do you know the difference between a close-up and a mid shot? A tilt and a pan? What does a camera’s point of view have to do with telling a story? From gathering simple equipment to outlining a script, from choosing a location to mastering the art of lighting and directing with finesse, MOVIE MAKER offers expert guidance (and top tips from professionals) to help kids create short dramas, comedies, documentaries, and even animations. Ages 8 yrs and up Candlewick Press

Switching on the Moon A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems by Jane Yolen From the hoot of an owl to the horns of the city, from children giggling in the bath to the hushed notes of a lullaby, here is an exquisite anthology that captures the universal poetry of bedtime. Expertly gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, these sixty poems range from old favorite poets such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, and Eleanor Farjeon to beloved contemporary poets like Marilyn Singer, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman. Ages 0 mos - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

Ho, Ho, Ho, Tucker! by Leslie McGuirk Tucker loves Christmas. He gets so carried away baking cookies this year that he gets a little too close to the pan. Ouch! But his sore red nose comes in handy when he makes a special friend who invites him on the sleigh ride of a lifetime! Now in paperback. Ages 2 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

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Each month we will choose and feature new cute kids. Your child could be next, so send in a picture today. Email your photo – just one per child – to etc.mag@sio.midco.net. Please make sure they are high-resolution photos (the highest setting on your camera). Include in email: child’s first name, age, birth date, parents or guardians names, address, email address and phone number. Parents must own the rights to all submitted photos.

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Sara Carothers: Volunteer Matchmaker



t’s a phrase you don’t hear often “I live to work!” These are some of the first words we heard when we sat down to visit with Sara Carothers of the Help!Line Center. Sara, who was introduced to volunteerism when working for the Brandon Chamber, later moved to the Help!Line Center in Sioux Falls. She is the Volunteer Helpline director of the Help!Line Center. Sara shared some of the reasons she loves to come to work.

What was your earliest recollection of volunteerism? Well, my dad was active in the Lyons Club when I was young. He used to sell these little mints for 15 cents each. At that time it was all about the yummy candy. But when I got older, I saw the things that people do to help their community and make it a better place to live.

What is it about volunteerism that fuels your enthusiasm? At the end of the day, there are so many winners. When someone gives of their time, they are impacted positively. The person or agency they are helping is impacted positively. And, the community is made stronger. Anything with that many positives associated with it must be a good thing!

What is it that makes a person a good volunteer? They have to be passionate, follow through on their commitment to volunteer, and have a good heart. But everyone has something to give.

So, it’s not age-bound, skill-bound, or time-bound? No. My job is to give people opportunities to serve. And there is truly an opportunity for every single person. It doesn’t matter who you are, what age you are, or any of your background information; none of that matters. It can start with little kids whose parents want to introduce them to volunteerism and extend to our older volunteers. Some of our best volunteers have been teens. It flies in the face of a stereotype that teens don’t care. I’ve been blown out of the water by their willingness to help.

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And there is truly an opportunity for every single person. It doesn’t matter who you are, what age you are, or any of your background information; none of that matters. There seems to be so little time in our lives.

Does any volunteer “fit” example come to mind?

I know. There is a time factor. But when people dial 211 and talk to me or go into the website, I tell them there is something for everyone. We just have to determine what it is you have to give. Whether it is once a week, twice a month or three times a year, what’s reasonable for your schedule? So we start there. My greatest joy is helping people who think they can’t volunteer find a way that they can. I believe I can find anyone in any situation a volunteer opportunity that is right for them. As long as I can sit down with you, we can come up with ideas and options. Or, you can go to www.helplinecenter.org.

Well, I have one volunteer whose only free time was at 10:00 at night. She rocked babies at Sanford. It was an ah-ha moment for me. With her busy schedule she could have easily said, “I can’t.” She was really inspirational to me. She dug deep and found a way to help.


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want to help them. The families in need apply to us for assistance. The donors contact us and we match up what they are able to give with a family. If both are in agreement, they can meet. Or, the donor and family may prefer that the giving remain anonymous.

I’m here to help you find a way to help someone else!

As a donor, how do you know what to give? We want the donors to spend their dollars in a way that will best benefit the family they are going to help. The family fills out a questionnaire to share what they need. They can choose three clothing items for their children and list three gift items for each child. Then the child will list three things.

What is popular? Well, I’ve practically gotten writer’s cramp from typing Hannah Montana. Spider Man, Dora, Iron Man and Toy Story are popular too. My favorite little boy ever; it was obvious his parent or guardian had filled out the application, had written in CAKE!!! He was about six years old, and he had underlined it and put three exclamation points after it. You could tell he wrote it himself. That was one of my favorites! I’m pretty sure he got cake that year!

Sara, if you could share anything with our readers what would it be? I’m here to help you find a way to help someone else! So just dial 211. It’s a piece of cake.

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iper and I sat down this past week and wrote her letter to Santa. Golden Retrievers love Christmas and they especially love presents. She has been sifting through the catalogs, watching TV and surfing the internet. Here is what she wants. Toys are her favorite. She wanted toys from the human store, but they are not sturdy enough and have parts that she can swallow. Make sure that the toys you buy are meant for pets; durable and do not have pieces that can be swallowed. Soft toys are great to chew on and if they make noise all the better. It is also important that they fit their size. Piper needs a big toy, but Yorkies need much smaller toys that they can carry and play with. Pet clothes are as trendy as our clothes. She is not much of a Diva, but does like a little glitz when it comes to her bandanas. The sweaters and cold weather gear they have today are excellent. Make sure they fit, and ask about a return

policy it they do not. If true warmth is needed, gortex and water repellent are excellent choices. If it is just for the looks, the sky is the limit. Do not forget the matching boots if your best friend does not like the cold. Piper and I disagree about the treats that are given at Christmas to our pets. She will eat anything that is put in front of her! The problem is, that the more a treat looks like people food, the more likely it is full of food coloring. Many pets are allergic to food colorings and some ingredients. It can also make their poops look frightening. If you buy treats for someone’s pets, make sure they do not have food allergies. Pick a treat that is nutritious and healthy. And do not buy treats that are made in China. I also want chew treats to be size appropriate. There are times when a big dog will swallow a small treat whole, and have it get lodged in their throat.

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title Daughters of the American Revolution Sioux Falls, Veterans Memorial Park

Daughters of the American Revolution BY DIANNE METLI


he National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, volunteer women’s service organization. It is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education. The organizational meeting of the DAR was held on October 11, 1890, and was attended by eighteen women. The society was incorporated by Congress in 1896. The motto of the organization is “God, Home, and Country.” The DAR headquarters complex occupies an entire city block located in Washington, DC. It is one of the largest groups of buildings of its kind in the world owned and maintained exclusively by women. Two of the three adjoining buildings are registered as National Historic Landmarks: Memorial Continental Hall, built in 1905, and Constitution Hall, built in 1929. The complex houses one of the largest genealogical research centers in the United States, the Seimes Microfilm Center, and a museum accredited by the American Association of Museums. The DAR has more than 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters in all 50 states, Washington, DC., and several foreign countries. Since it was founded, more than 850,000 women have become members. Mary Chilton Chapter of Sioux Falls was

organized June 17, 1915. Its motto is “Virtue, not ancestry, makes one noble.” The chapter was named in honor of Mary Chilton, thought to be the first woman to step ashore in 1620 from the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, MA. In World War I, this new chapter raised funds to buy an ambulance, supported orphans in France, and benefited children of South Dakota soldiers, sailors, and marines. During World War II social events were hosted for airmen stationed at the Sioux Falls Army Air Forces Base. The chapter also welcomed war brides and foreign-born families to Sioux Falls. The chapter continues to financially support veterans with special projects and scholarships. It also hosts receptions for newly naturalized citizens at the Federal Courthouse, presents flags to new Eagle Scouts, awards ROTC medals, and provides citizenship awards through local schools. Through the generosity of charter member Dorothy Day Davenport, the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation was formed in 1985. More than $1 million has been awarded in grants and scholarships, and thousands of South Dakotans have benefited. The chapter’s record is one of resolutely fulfilling its mission of promoting patriotism, education, and preserving American history.

Dedicated in 2010 By The Mary Chilton Chapter, Dar and the Minnehaha County Historical Society

Benefactress Dorothy Day Davenport Dorothy Day was born in Sioux Falls in 1893. Her father, Charles M. Day, was the editor and owner of the Argus Leader. She married Holton Davenport, a Sioux Falls attorney. A charter member of the Mary Chilton Chapter of the DAR, Dorothy died in 1980. Her estate provided for a significant gift which resulted in the establishment of Mary Chilton DAR Foundation. Both locally and statewide, scores of individuals and organizations have benefited from Dorothy’s generosity, a grand total of almost $1.5 million through 2010. Her Revolutionary War Patriot ancestor was Pvt. George Day (1750--1838) who served with the Maryland Flying Camp Militia.

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Mary Chilton at Plymouth Rock Mary Chilton was born in 1607 in England. At age 13, her parents, other Pilgrims, and Mary were passengers aboard the Mayflower on its long voyage to Plymouth. Both her father and mother died during the trip. After the Mayflower anchored, a longboat carried Mary and others to shore. She became so excited that she jumped from the boat onto Plymouth Rock and is believed to be the first woman on the Mayflower to reach shore! She was one of nine minor girls to survive the first winter at Plymouth and is believed to have been present at the time of the historic “First Thanksgiving” in 1621.

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