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December 2011 Volume 11 • Issue 1

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Sunny Phoenix 59

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nest at home The Audrey Jones Home 28 recipes Decadent Delights 36

For Kids

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Parenting & Pregnancy


neighbor Major Mike Mills – Hear the Bells Ring 84 A Safe Holiday for Your Pets 88

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Avoid Gaining Weight This Holiday Season 46

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Rudolph the Red Blend Loving Reindeer 42

Go Green

Children’s Books Best Books 78 Submit Your Child’s Photo 80

Man in the Kitchen Braise Be to the Slow Cooked Meats! 38

The Golden Hour Giving Your Newborn the Best Start 74

The First “Flying Machine” 94

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Owners Robin Menage-Stencil and Rebecca Menage-Corcoran opened earlier this fall at the urging of family members. “My sister and I love to decorate,” says Robin, “and everybody kept saying ‘you should open a store…you should do this.’ So, we did.” Although neither of them have retail experience, Robin says that their love of decorating and their love of shopping helped them get started. Plus, she added, she has extensive computer experience from a previous job that helps research vendors and products online.

As the sisters began their exploration, they knew they wanted to find items for the home that could not be found elsewhere in South Dakota. They plan to routinely change products in the store to keep it interesting for customers by offering them oneof-a-kind items and things they won’t see everywhere else. “It’s kind of like going to a party…you don’t want to walk in and see other people in the same outfit,” Robin laughs. Each time you turn around in The Robin’s Nest, you will find something that catches your eye. It might be an animal print chair and ottoman. Or perhaps, if you are a wine aficionado, you would enjoy the array of glasses, bottle stops or decorative cocktail napkins for your next party. But when you see something interesting – like a wine rack made from old horseshoes – you need to act, because it may not be there tomorrow. The sisters have discovered several vendors with a story, which they believe will appeal to customers. The Rising Tide line of hand-crafted scarves and handbags is from a company dedicated to raising the living standards of artisans in the developing world. Glory Haus offers decorative frames, ornaments and more with a faith-based theme. Praols, a company that makes jewelry, was started by single moms working to help others like them overcome life’s challenges. There are some personal touches around the store, too, like the decorative lampshades created by Robin, along with her hand-decorated picture frames titled “Boogie Button Creations.”

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When asked about that name, Robin responds with a smile, “My sister gave me the nickname ‘Boogie Button’ when we were kids.” Also highlighted in a corner of the store are items from Blair’s Boutique. Blair is Rebecca’s 7-year-old daughter, who has created colorful magnets, bracelets, princess scarves and other fun items for young shoppers. And for grownups looking for a little laugh, be sure to check out the Trash Talk Cards by Annie. If you are whistling “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” you’re not alone. Robin has brought her love of the Christmas season into the store with everything you need to make the season merry and bright. As someone who goes all out at home – at least 15 different trees throughout her house – Robin wants to share the joys of the season with her customers. The Robin’s Nest has whimsical stockings and aprons, pretty plates for your holiday treats, garlands, ornaments and more. And for the men out there, you can make someone special smile by stopping in to The Robin’s Nest for fresh flowers and homemade chocolates from A Spot of Chocolate, a friend of the sisters’ who they convinced to start selling her tasty chocolate creations. The Robin’s Nest is a great place to explore. You may even have a chance to snuggle up to Meeka, Robin’s gentle 13-yearold Siberian Husky who enjoys spending the day greeting customers.

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he calendar page has turned to December, and a seasonal business specializing in home decor is ready to help you deck the halls….and walls, and shelves and more! Details is located in Waterfall Plaza at 69th Street and Minnesota Avenue. If you ask someone to name the happiest place on earth, they may mention the home of a certain mouse and his friends. However, if you ask that same question to Deb Teunissen, she is likely to answer that the happiest place on earth is a home decorated for the holidays. “When I was growing up, my mom always made holidays special,” Teunissen says. “It just created this warm feeling. I want other people to experience that same feeling, and now I get to help them achieve that.” Details carries home decor, florals, pictures and jewelry, but on a limited-time basis. Teunissen opened in the Waterfall Plaza location in September and will close at the end of the year. Teunissen works as an interior designer but has operated a seasonal store for the past eight years, signing short-term leases in different locations each year. In her design work, she began exploring options for ordering her own items for customers directly from vendors rather than going through other retail stores. When there were minimum order amounts required, she often ended up with extra product. So one day, she thought, “Why not sell this myself?” She started the seasonal store at an old warehouse – aptly named

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The Old Warehouse – and it went so well that she decided to continue it again the next year….and then again and again. “People find out about us mostly by word of mouth,” Teunissen explains. “My mailing list and email list keeps growing. That’s how I let people know where we will be for the next season’s opening.” With her own love of home décor and holiday traditions, Teunissen says that most of the items she orders for the store have a traditional theme. However, she also keeps her eyes open for other ideas. “I often take ideas from others’ homes…they may like a contemporary style or a cottage style. So, in addition to the more traditional things in the store, I like to add in other unique items for fun.” Unique is certainly a good word to describe all the wonderful things you’ll find at Details. Right now, Christmas takes center stage, and you see that before you even walk in the door with the whimsical, glitter-covered ornaments and candy cane decorations in the window. Antique-looking furniture items (many of which are also for sale) hold a wide array of red and green decorations, as well as other colors to fit your holiday decorating scheme. Don’t forget to breathe deeply while in the store so you can catch the scent of one of the many candles on the shelves or the bags of potpourri made from juniper, whispering pine, spruce and cedarwood. If you are doing your holiday shopping, as well as decorating, you can find great gifts at Details - from vintage jewelry and hand-knit headwraps to handbags, picture frames and framed artwork. Although she loves holiday decorating, Teunissen says her favorite part of Details is the customers. “The people who come in are so wonderful and so interesting to talk to,” she says. “We want to make this a special, personal experience for them, so the coffee pot is always on!” Hurry in to get your holiday items for 2011 and to sign up for the mailing list so that you will know where to find Details in 2012!

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dec december 2011 World AIDS Day Memorial Service Thu, December 1 • 7pm First Congregational Church 300 S. Minnesota Avenue The AIDS Memorial Service theme this year is Remembering the Past, Working towards ZERO. ZERO infections. ZERO deaths. ZERO Discrimination. Please join us as we remember and celebrate those that have passed on from AIDS. INFO 367-5370.

South Dakota author, Tom Roberts and illustrator, Jim Brummond, will be at Rehfeld’s Gallery to present a “Gallery Talk” about their newest story, The Little Lost Sock. Books sell for $20 each (includes tax) and all the proceeds benefit Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. INFO (605) 965-3138.

Christmas Brunch Cooking Class with Joanie December 1 • Maxwell Food Equipment • 1212 S. Cliff Ave. Please call to reserve your space. INFO (605) 336-2675.

Dakota Wind Quintet Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 2 • Noon to 1 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street The Dakota Wind Quintet will perform classical music in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from Kaladi’s. (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

Two Crow’s Fur Company at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, December 1• 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street National award winning historian Jim “Two Crows” Wallen presents the story of a fur trapper of the 1830s. Are you tough enough to survive? Free Admission. INFO (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com.

Benson’s Flea Market December 3 & 4 • Sioux Empire Fairgrounds Benson’s Flea Market features everything you can imagine, big and little, old and new, heavy and light! Benson’s Flea Market is a nostalgic experience sure to bring back memories from childhood, stimulate excitement and provide hours of shopping entertainment. INFO (605) 332-6000.

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cem Create Christmas treats. Please call to reserve your space. INFO (605) 336-2675. Breakfast with Santa Sat, December 3 • 7:30am • Great Plains Zoo • 16th & Kiwanis Bring the kids, your appetite, and your camera and have Breakfast with Santa at the Great Plains Zoo. Other highlights include crafts, live music, sleigh rides and animal encounters. INFO (605) 367-7003.

North Pole Carnival Sat, December 3 • 10am - 1pm • Active Generations • 2300 W. 46th Street Children of ALL ages will love to visit the North Pole Carnival at Active Generations. Free admission. Event includes pictures with Santa, a visit to Mrs. Claus’s kitchen to decorate and take home a cookie, crafts in the North Pole workshop, reindeer games (carnival games with prizes) and a visit to the North Pole mailroom and elf school to become an “Official” North Pole elf. Food is available for sale at the North Pole Cafeteria for a nominal fee. INFO (605) 336-6722.

The Little Lost Sock - Story & Book Signing Sat, December 3 • 5pm • Holy Spirit Catholic Church • 3601 E. Dudley Lane Tom Roberts, South Dakota author of The Little Lost Sock, will share his new story during the 5 PM worship service. Mr. Roberts will be on hand sell and sign copies of all three of his books. Books sell for $20 each (includes tax) and 100% of every book purchase will go to help the kids at Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. INFO (605) 965-3138. 35th Annual Handel’s Messiah Sun, December 4 • 3pm • First Baptist Church

Corner of 22nd Street and Covell Avenue The Sioux Falls Seminary Community Choir will once again perform Handel’s Messiah. The performance is free and open to the public. No tickets needed. INFO (605) 336-6588. MoVM Holiday Art Sale Sun, December 4 • 12pm • Jess Elofson Fine Art Studio • 500 N. Main Ave. Join us for the 2nd annual MoVM Holiday Art Sale! This is a great opportunity to find unique, handmade, and one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday season! INFO (605) 271-9500. Compline St. John American Lutheran Church • 13th & Western Avenue Sunday Evenings at 7 p.m. December 4 - Kristi Sanichar - Oboist December 11 - Gary Westgard - Writer/Author/Poet December 18 - Dr. Dennis Knutson - Flutist A service of advent meditation with guest musicians. INFO (605) 336-3253.

Paul Jacobs Recital Sun, December 4 • 3pm • First Lutheran Church • 327 S. Dakota Ave. Grammy-award winning organist Paul Jacobs will present a recital to help rededicate First Lutheran’s Aeolian-Skinner organ that was recently renovated and completed. Paul Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23, when he played Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. He has been lauded by critics and audiences alike for his tremendous technical abilities and for the wide range of emotions he is able to coax from the instrument. Free event.

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The Little Lost Sock - Story & Book Signing Sun, December 4 • 8am Holy Spirit Catholic Church • 3601 E. Dudley Lane Tom Roberts, South Dakota author of The Little Lost Sock will share his new story during the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services. INFO (605) 965-3138. Free Consultation Mondays December 5, 12, 19 and 26 • 10am - 5pm • Heal With Hypnosis LLC 3701 West 49th Street, Suite 203C. (Elevator accessible) Consulting Hypnotist Rebecca Wiener offers free 1-hour consultations. Please call 605-940-8389 or visit www.HealWithHypnosis.com to preschedule your free consultation.

An Advent Festival of Lessons & Music Mon, December 5 • 7pm • Calvary Episcopal Cathedral • 14th & Main Free performance by the Dakota String Quartet, the Calvary Cathedral Choir (directed by Dr. Monty Barnard) and organist Diane Van Den Oever. Music of the season is interspersed with Bible readings that tell the story of the fall of humanity and the promise of the Messiah. 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 in the church commons. INFO (605) 336-3486.

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Holiday Concert Series Empire Mall Food Court • 6pm Every Tuesday from November 29th through December 20th enjoy Holiday jazz and blues concerts in the Food Court. Stop by and grab a bite to eat, enjoy some fantastic performances by some of Sioux Falls most talented artists and tackle your holiday shopping list. Tuesday, December 6 • All City Jazz Ensemble Tuesday, December 13 • Elisabeth Hunstad Tuesday, December 20 • Chris Borchardt INFO www.sfjb.org Cooking Class with Lance White & StarMark December 6 • 6pm • Maxwell Food Equipment • 1212 S. Cliff Ave. Please call to reserve your space. INFO (605) 336-2675.

Tom Roberts The Little Lost Sock Book Signing at Nyberg’s Ace Tue, December 6 • 6:30 pm • Nyberg’s Ace • 41st & Minnesota Author Tom Roberts will be at Nyberg’s Ace 41st & Minnesota Sioux Falls location for a book signing of his newest book, The Little Lost Sock. INFO (605) 336-6474. The Treasures of Christmas December 8 -11 • 7:30 p.m. Faith Family Church • 127 N. Spring Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Doors open at 7pm Experience the spirit of Christmas like never before! If you’ve enjoyed our Christmas production in years past, you’ll love our new twist on traditional songs like “Rudolf ” and “Silent Night”. With our talented band, vocalists and dance team, along with our adult and children’s choirs, you’ll find that there’s something for everyone. And with a packed-out house every night, this year we’ve added yet another

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mbe performance. INFO www.faithfamilychurch.com or (605) 336-2227.

A Holiday Evening at the Pettigrew Home & Museum Thursday, December 8 • 5-8 p.m. Pettigrew Home & Museum • 131 N. Duluth Avenue Enjoy a special evening tour of the historic Pettigrew Home, take a neighborhood horse drawn wagon ride, and enjoy holiday music and refreshments in the Pettigrew Museum. Admission is Free. Waffles Cooking Class with Joanie December 8 • Maxwell Food Equipment • 1212 S. Cliff Ave. Please call to reserve your space. INFO (605) 336-2675.

Sioux Falls Quilters Guild Thu, December 8 • 6pm Southern Hills Methodist Church • 3400 E. 49th Street 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. Bill Keitel at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 9 • Noon to 1 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Solo guitarist Bill Keitel will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from Kaladi’s. (605)367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

An Island Christmas Program Fri, December 9 • 7pm; Sun, December 11 • 10:30 am Rosa Parks Elementary • East 26th & Sycamore Free community concert — a kids Christmas musical about giving. Performed by the children (K-5th grade) of Rosa Parks/Prairie Hills neighborhood. Holiday treats will be served. A Goodwill offering will be taken to benefit Rosa Parks students and families. INFO (605) 334-4172. Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers Fri, December 9 • 7:30 pm • Brandon HS Performing Arts Center Holiday music event featuring the local famous Hegg Brothers and their amazing band. Tickets $20. INFO (605) 582-3775. Holiday Party Cooking Class December 10 • 10am • Maxwell Food Equipment • 1212 S. Cliff Ave. Please call to reserve your space. INFO (605) 336-2675.

The Little Lost Sock - Story & Book Signing Sat, December 10 • 6pm; Sun, December 11 • 8am Holy Cross Lutheran Church • 1300 S. Sertoma Ave. Tom Roberts, South Dakota author of The Little Lost Sock, will share his new story. Books sell for $20 each (includes tax) and 100% of every book purchase will go to help the kids at Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. INFO (605) 965-3138. Compline St. John American Lutheran Church • 13th & Western Avenue Sunday Evenings at 7pm

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ber December 11 - Gary Westgard - Writer/Author/Poet December 18 - Dr. Dennis Knutson - Flutist A service of advent meditation with guest musicians. INFO (605) 336-3253.

Swing Dance Program at the Old Courthouse Museum Sunday, December 11 • 1-4 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Learn to swing dance at the Old Courthouse Museum! 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) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com Singing Boys of Sioux Falls Christmas Concert Sunday, December 11 • 3pm • East Side Lutheran Church • 1300 E. 10th St. The Singing Boys of Sioux Falls will present their annual Christmas Concert and Tea. Following a joyous concert of sacred and popular music, light refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall. Holiday baked goods will also be for sale. A free will offering will be received. INFO 605330-0651. Live Nativity and Streets of Bethlehem Event December 11 • First United Methodist Church • 401 South Spring Avenue Join us for our annual live nativity and Streets of Bethlehem event. INFO (605) 336-3652.

The Story Lady is Coming! Mon, December 12 • 11:30 am • Sioux Falls YMCA • 230 S. Minnesota Ave DeAnn is a retired Early Childhood/Special Education teacher and will be

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coming in monthly to bring her stories to life and put on quite a show. DeAnn enthusiastically engages her audience with puppets, music, flannel board stories, and more. Please join us for stories, songs, and fun with the Story Lady. All ages welcome. Registration is free. INFO (605) 336-3190. Holiday Concert Series Empire Mall Food Court • 6pm Every Tuesday from November 29th through December 20th enjoy Holiday jazz and blues concerts in the Food Court! Stop by and grab a bite to eat, enjoy some fantastic performances by some of Sioux Falls most talented artists and tackle your holiday shopping list. Tuesday, December 13 • Elisabeth Hunstad Tuesday, December 20 • Chris Borchardt INFO www.sfjb.org Christmas Storytelling by Tom Roberts Thu, December 15 • 10:15 am • Ronning Branch Library • 3100 East 49th St. Tom Roberts, South Dakota author of The Little Lost Sock will present a 30 minute storytelling program for kids of all ages. The books sell for $20 each (includes tax) and 100% of the proceeds from every book purchase will go to help the kids at Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. INFO (605) 965-3138. Kid’s Activity Day Keeping Warm! at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, December 15 • 9-11:30 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Learn about history and make your own crafts to take home. 15 minute sessions run throughout morning and afternoon times. Call to reserve times.


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Carolina Story at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 16 • Noon to 1 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Singer/songwriter duo Carolina Story will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. (605) 367-4210 or www. siouxlandmuseums.com

Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers Sat, December 17 • 7pm Washington Pavilion, 11th & Main This is a one-night-only performance. 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. For tickets call 1-877-WASHPAV. Model Railroad Open House Sat, December 17 • 10am - 4pm • WH Lyon Fairgrounds The Sioux Valley Model Engineers Society hosts a pre-Christmas open house. Guests are invited behind the scenes to see how we run trains and build the scenery that everyone loves to see at the fair. INFO (605) 940-9612. Winter Wonderland Ball Sat, December 17 • 7:30 pm

Historic Knights of Columbus Hall • 315 North Summit Avenue Enjoy an evening of dancing and desserts in a winter wonderland! If don’t know how to dance - or even if you do - join us for a Christmas Waltz lesson from 7:30-8:00pm (included in the admission). Plenty of tables for socializing and relaxing. Also enjoy watching dance exhibitions and take part in drawings for wonderful gifts. Couples, individuals, and groups of friends and family welcome. Tickets $10 each. INFO www.usadancesouthdakota.org. Compline St. John American Lutheran Church • 13th & Western Avenue December 18 • 7pm • Dr. Dennis Knutson - Flutist A service of advent meditation with guest musicians. INFO (605) 336-3253.

Empty Bowls Dinner Sun, December 18 • 5pm and 6pm Washington Pavilion, 11th & Main This is a dinner to raise awareness of hunger in Sioux Falls. All bowls made by Action Arts participants. Dinner will last one hour - two seating times. INFO (605) 367-6000. Holiday Jam Sun, December 18 • 4pm • Orpheum Theater • 315 N. Phillips Ave. An afternoon of first-class entertainment to support Children’s Care! Jeremy and Jon Hegg and their back-up band will do fun takes on holiday favorites and swing classics. Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 782-8500 or visit our website at www.cchs.org.


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011 Holiday Concert Series Tuesday, December 20 • 6pm • Empire Mall Food Court Enjoy Holiday jazz and blues concert by Chris Borchardt in the Food Court. Stop by and grab a bite to eat, enjoy some fantastic performances by some of Sioux Falls most talented artists and tackle your holiday shopping list. INFO www.sfjb.org

Vermillion Acoustic at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 23 • Noon to 1 p.m. Old Courthouse Museum 200 West Sixth Street Acoustic family band Vermillion will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. (605)367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

YMCA Wee Sports Holiday Camp Mon, Dec. 26 - Thurs, Dec. 29 • 8am YMCA • 230 S. Minnesota Ave. Kick, catch, bat, shoot and swim! This program is aimed at providing a safe, fun environment to experience new sports and learn to swim. Each class will consist of warm-ups to music, playing a fun interactive sport, circle time, and preschool/kindergarten swimming lesson. Ages: 3-5 Registration Deadline: December 16, 2011 Cost is $60-$75. INFO www.siouxfallsymca. org or (605) 339-3190. Cooking with Sanaa Tue, December 27 • 6pm Museum of Visual Materials • 500 N. Main Ave. Learn what it takes to create healthy, nutritious, and tasty food...on a

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Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, December 29 • 1,2,3 p.m. 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 not comfortable 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 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

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YWCA Sioux Falls 1918 The Ministerial Association and various groups began discussions on organizing a YWCA in Sioux Falls.

1920 The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote is signed into law.

1921 The Ministerial Association requests the North Central Field Committee of the YWCA, to send a secretary to help organize the local association. After the secretary arrived steps were taken to present the matter of organization to the various churches. This was done on April 10, 1921. As the result of these presentations representatives were chosen from each church to act as an advisory board. The officers of this provisional committee were Mrs. P. H. Edminson, chairman; Miss Grace Hass, vice chairman; Miss Elizabeth Baker, secretary and Miss Helen Ormiston, campaign manager. This committee had charge of a financial campaign which was held in May, through which the funds for the first year and part of the second year were collected. Members of the first YWCA board of directors elected were: Mrs. Grant Crossman, president; Mrs. W. H. T. Foster, vice president; Miss Christine Olson, treasurer; Miss Olive Stevenson, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Gilbert Piagge, recording secretary. Thus on November 2, 1921 Sioux Falls had a YWCA.

1922 The YWCA incorporated in South Dakota in September. YWCA leased rooms at 221 1/2 N. Phillips Ave. with classes in sealing wax work, gymnasium games, folk dancing, conversation

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and storytelling, garment re-construction, basketball and ukulele During WWII the YW served as a social and cultural center for teenagers and women whose husbands had gone to war. Businesswomen who got married and had babies started the Y’s Matrons.

1950-1953 Korean War


The YWCA gets a summer camp of their own when 11 1/2 acres of wooded river land is donated by C.W. Thompson, owner of the Woodlawn Dairy. The land was later sold.

YWCA moved from the Victorian house at 221 S. Dakota to its present location on 11th and Dakota and opened 48 boarding rooms for young women who moved to Sioux Falls and had few choices for living arrangements. The YW offered an employment service to help young women find jobs. Crafts and athletics are a focus.




The Great Depression

1929 The stock market crash on Wall Street generates an economic slump.

1939-1945 World War II 1941 Japan attacks Pearl Harbor; the United States enters in World War II. The first woman superhero, Wonder Woman, appears in All Star Comics as a strong, selfreliant and confident role model for young girls. 1943 With virtually all single women employed, married women are allowed to work.

1945 Interracial Charter is adopted by the 17th National Convention; YWCA accepts 35 recommendations of the Interracial Study Commission, including the inclusion of African American women and girls in the mainstream of Association life. Girls Reserves are named Y-Teens.

1949 Neva Ingwersen is hired as the YWCA director and serves in this capacity until 1983.

The Institute for Sex Research Inc. publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Females breaking the silence on female sexuality. Brown vs. Board of Education forbids school segregation.

1953 Monday, May 25, 1953 – opening of the dormitory rooms for women 17-35 in the new YWCA building with 22 single rooms and two double rooms available on the second floor. A portion of the rooms on the third floor were available in late summer, 24 single rooms and two double rooms to be furnished. A tunnel is built between the YWCA and the YMCA buildings to accommodate use of the YM’s swimming pool for YW programs.

1960 The lot next to the YWCA building is purchased for $30,000 with the vision of a new pool. At this time there are 873 girls in the YWCA swimming program. The Sioux Falls population is 65,466.

1961 The YWCA started the first preschool and daycare…one of the first in a public location within the city. Vera Lentz came to the YWCA

new to Sioux Falls with 6 daughters and became active with Y Teens.

1970s Shirley Halleen brought exercise and aerobics to the YWCA. The YWCA is the first shelter program specifically for battered women.

1973 Sylvia Henkin and a group of women started the YWCA Leader Luncheon event honoring women leaders after learning about the idea at a national YWCA conference.

1977 The Santa House is started as a fundraiser and has a successful run into the 90’s. Each year more than 1000 volunteers contributed to the Santa House festivities.


running and life-skills lessons.

Childcare services were expanded to the west side of the city in a leased church building near Roosevelt High School.


2002 A $1M dollar capital campaign was held to renovate the downtown building. In the fall of 2003 renovation began on 2nd and 3rd floors to remove boarding rooms and build conference rooms.

2004 Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is the first South Dakota woman to hold a position in Congress. On June 1, 2004 in a special election, Herseth Sandlin beat Republican candidate Larry Diedrich with 51 percent of the vote.



The renovation of main entrance, lobby and the addition of the fitness center was completed. Achieved the $100,000 Kresge Foundation goal and received an additional $33,000 to build endowment for the YWCA within the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation. The Refugee and Immigrant Women’s Association (RIWA) became a YWCA program after being in the community for six+ years. RIWA was a service project of Junior League of Sioux Falls. Tami Haug Davis joins the YWCA as CEO, replacing Sue Olson who has served the YWCA for seven years.

The YWCA began to provide programs for the new refugee resettlement effort.


1980s Vera Lentz became the Outreach Director and the YWCA provided parenting support groups for single moms.

1982 Century Club was started in 1982 as the first endowment fund for the YWCA and gifts of $100 or more were encouraged.

1990 $1.3 million was raised in a capital campaign to renovate for expanded child care and preschool in the downtown building. The center opens on January 2, 1992 as a licensed center for 144 full-time children.

Received a $248,000 Economic Development Initiative grant which led to the formation of an LLC with Craig Lloyd and Craig Rickert for a buildto-suit facility to replace our leased West location. A later decision would have the YWCA purchasing the building. Girls on the Run program launches in the fall as a United Way initiative. Twenty girls participate in the first program which combines

The YWCA for All Generations facility at 3510 W. Ralph Rogers Road is completed. The center, which can serve 300 children and 100 adults with intergenerational care, opens November 6, 2006.

2007 The intergenerational care segment of the YWCA for All Generations closes in June. The facility now cares completely for children. Laurie Knutson joins the YWCA as the CEO.

2008 RIWA celebrated its 10th Anniversary. The LeaderLuncheon event celebrates 35 years and becomes “Tribute to Women” with a new time and venue. The Century Club becomes part of the new Leaders Endowment.

2009 The YWCA develops the KinderCollege program, an alternative pre-school class which incorporates life-skill activities (i.e. swimming lessons) into the tuition. It is the first all-day, every day preschool in Sioux Falls.

2011 Girls on Track, a program for middle school aged girls, is started in Sioux Falls with a United Way community grant. The YWCA offers its first on-site before/after school care at Freedom Elementary in Harrisburg. On September 28, 2011, the YWCA launches the Women’s Leadership Program for up-andcoming women leaders utilizing the experiences of existing community leaders. The YWCA celebrated its 90th year in Sioux Falls in November 2011.

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f your house is anything like ours, the Christmas feast is not a one night event. No, you’ve got a Christmas dinner at home, one with your parents, another with your spouse’s family. Then there’s the Christmas lunch at the office, a couple of grandmas and sweet Aunt Sally; each with a feast of their own. Between mid-December and New Year’s you’ll eat your own everincreasing weight in turkey and stuffing. It’s enough to put the average human into a turkey coma. But here’s my suggestion; don’t fix turkey. Instead, try giving a tough piece of meat a long soak in a hot tub of flavor. I’m talking about braising. It’s the same idea as the pot roast your mom left in the Crock Pot all day long, but substantially more tasty. The idea is pretty simple. Sear the meat over high heat first to brown, creating what is called a Maillard Reaction, the process where the proteins become more complex (and thus more flavorful) with exposure to heat. That’s just a fancy way of saying that browned meat tastes good. Once the outside of the meat has a little crust, the braising is a long, slow process that allows the heat and moisture to work together to turn those tough cuts tender and juicy. For me, the first braise gets me fired up for winter. This year it happened in early November. In my mind, fall was already well underway. We’d seen the leaves change, the opening of pheasant season and the Reel Dakota Film Festival (a new fall

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chicken stock to create the basis of braising liquid. Bring it all to a simmer and the veal goes back in the pot. At this point some people will simmer the pot on the stove top, but I prefer to let it hang out in a 350 degree oven for a couple hours, depending on the thickness of the shanks. And that’s really it. Check on it every so often to make sure there’s enough liquid to cover the meat about three quarters of the way up. Turn the shanks over and give it a stir… if for no other reason than to spread the smell around the house. Traditionally osso buco is served with risotto, and who am I to mess with tradition, this time anyway? When it’s done, there is always a bunch of the vegetable/wine/stock mixture left that makes great pasta sauce or soup starter, so don’t let it go to waste. Veal (or pork or lamb shanks) not for you? How about beef short ribs? In my opinion, braising is the only way to treat them—slow cooked until they almost fall off the bone, short ribs are luscious and wonderful. Try that for your next dinner party and I’ll bet no one goes home hungry. And everyone will think you worked much harder than you really did. How about a nice beef brisket for Hanukkah? Show me a

Jewish grandmother and I’ll show you a great brisket. She might call it “pot roasted” but every tender bite will show you she knows how to braise. And if you’ve got a Jewish grandmother who needs a little help cleaning up the leftovers, call me. Do you miss the barbequed pulled pork from the summer like I do? Try braising a tough old pork shoulder for a couple of hours in a bath of beer or wine or whatever sounds good. You won’t get the smoky taste like you would from the wood fire, but you’ll get that same juicy meat you crave in warmer weather, without tending to the smoker all day in the cold. It’s a good thing there are so many kinds of meat to put in the old orange pot because winters are long in this part of the world, and I want to get to all of them before spring. Braise be to all those recipes that will keep us warm through the cold weather. Do yourself a favor, eat something good today. Once Jim has cleaned up the kitchen, he’ll be back at ADwërks, the ad agency he runs in Uptown Sioux Falls.

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First, make sure you have plenty of stemware. Very important. You never want to run out of glasses for your guests and end up pouring wine into a Spongebob Squarepants cup (true story.) Contact your friendly wine store for more information on quality stemware such as Riedel or Spiegelau. The wines you will need are the following: a basic table red wine, a couple of Meritage wines, and, if you really want to impress, a bottle of an expensive Bordeaux-style red blend. First, a basic table red is any wine that usually states on the label “Table Red.” This wine will basically be made from such a variety of red grapes that they don’t even list them. If they did, there probably wouldn’t be enough room on the back label, but I digress… Table Reds usually retail for under $10 and are typically juicy in terms of its fruit flavor profile. These wines are easy to drink and that’s why they’re great wines to start off an evening

Riccardo Recommends… Red Blends for the Holidays Concannon Crimson and Clover Very unique blend as it uses more Petite Sirah than most blends available in market – Jim Concannon was the “father of America’s Petite Sirah.” 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cab, 15% Syrah, and 10% Zin. Name comes from “crimson” — the intense color from petite sirah and “clover”— paying tribute to the Irish heritage of Jim Concannon. Buy this one by the case! Usually retails for less than $12, on sale for less than $10. Varozza 931 Napa Valley Cab, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah. Best part is...Varozza only makes about 500 cases total (three SKU’s) per year. This is a lovely fruit forward and supple

wine. The nose is full of ripe currant, black cherry, and cassis. In the mouth this wine is alive with a playful acidity. It is a supple wine with moderate tannins that are soft and round. It has a beautifully delicate oak influence that makes it full and rich while maintaining elegance. Usually retails for less than $20. Estancia Meritage A very unique blend, from Paso Robles. Cabernet, Merlot, and Petite Verdot. This is a bold blend with a lot of structure and power. Fourteen months of barrel age and climatic influences make this a tannic wine. This blend has been produced for over 20 years...the first release was crafted from grapes harvested in 1987, one year prior to the Meritage Society’s foundation. Usually retails for less than $35.

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as everyone starts relaxing. Next, you will want to explore the Meritage section of your wine store. There is no meaning for the word Meritage because it is a wine term that was invented to classify these red blends. I’ve always pronounced this word with a French accent (not because I like to imitate Chef Dominique) and rhyme it with the word entourage. But upon further research, I’ve come to find out that the word Meritage is a compound word that is made up of the words merit and heritage. Thus, you pronounce Meritage like the word heritage. This made-up word is registered as a U.S. trademark, and wineries have to pay use the word Meritage on their labels. With any trademark in the wine industry, there are a couple of caveats: First off, this wine can not be a mass-marketed product. The release of Meritage must be under 25,000 cases. It has to be a “high-end” wine for the winery — it can’t be their bargain basement offering. And finally, it has to be a blend of certain grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. A Meritage should taste like Bordeaux, since it’s made with the same grapes, but there will be something missing: that French terroir component that is esoteric to that region of the world. But don’t get me wrong, there are some that can compete, and they do. Depending on the particular blend, Meritages can display blackberry, black cherry, spices, chocolate, and vanilla aromas. Most Meritages have the Bordeaux signature flavors — cigar box, rich fruits, with a hefty feel. It’s great with a steak, or

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with game meats — venison, pheasant, and so on… great wine for this neck of the woods. I would pick up a couple of Meritages that are in different price points. You can get one in the mid-teens and another up in the mid-twenties so you can taste the difference in how different winemakers influence a similar blend of grapes. You will definitely see, smell, and taste the difference between the Table Red and your first Meritage, and then it’s even more fun (and challenging) to decipher the nuances of differences between your first and second tier Meritage. And lastly, if you really want to impress your guests, you can go for the gusto and splurge a ton of money (anywhere between $100 and $200) for a bottle of a high-end blend of Bordeauxstyle grapes from California. There are lots of great choices in this arena, but also know that the higher you go, the more allocated the wine becomes and may be available in very limited quantities. Check your local wine store for details. There’s a reason why Rudolph had a red nose…no, it’s not because he drank too much red wine, it’s because one foggy night, he had to guide Santa’s sleigh… which was full of bottles of red blends for you and me! I hope Santa brings you everything you deserve this Holiday Season. Carpe Vino! Contact Riccardo at riccardot@westwardhocountryclub.com or follow him on Twitter at @Riccardovino.

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rowing up, my family had a tradition of gathering a week or two before Christmas and baking for hours. Pinwheels, Kolaches, sugar cookies, fudge and more cluttered the kitchen table, were stuffed into holiday-themed tins in the cupboards, on the counters and stashed in the freezer. We ate sweets and baked goods two weeks into January and by then, the slightest aroma of anything baking made my teeth ache and my stomach turn. Every year, though, I looked forward to spending time with

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aunts, cousins and grandma and sneaking a sample of dough or licking a spatula — the thought still gives me warm, fuzzy feelings. As a child, chowing down on five sugar cookies after school, after dinner and before bed did not seem to affect my weight, but as an adult, I realize that continuing this habit during the holidays will be reason to ask for pants a size larger for Christmas. As we age, our metabolisms just aren’t what they used to be, and these deliciously fatty, rich, comforting holiday treats can wreak havoc on our weight. A study conducted in 2010 revealed that the average American gains about one pound each year between Thanksgiving and New Years, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but research warns that the extra pound sticks with you for the rest of your life. When you consider the number of holiday work parties, secret Santa events and family get-togethers throughout your lifetime, that single pound of weight each year adds up. Duane Alexander, M.D. of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) warns of the health risks involved with allowing yourself to gain even a couple of

pounds every year, “...developing ways to avoid holiday weight gain may be extremely important for preventing obesity and the diseases associated with it.” As obesity rates increase (54.9% of Americans were obese based on findings from NICHD in 2010), it becomes more crucial to reconsider that fourth serving of peanut butter swirl fudge. Also worth considering — the average person gains .8 to 1.2 pounds every year of their adult life, and the holiday season could be the most high risk time of year to gain this weight. How does one avoid packing on the pounds without missing out all of the goodness that is holiday food? Many factors contribute to overindulgence, holiday or not, so keeping the following in mind may help curb your calorie intake this holiday season. First, consider that alcoholic beverages not only make many of us crave high-calorie treats, but also cause us to let our guard down. When you arrive to Aunt Ingrid’s for gift giving and merrymaking, the goodies displayed on the table may not be nearly as tempting as when you are a glass of wine or a couple of beers into the evening. Drink in moderation or try


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substituting the Merlot with sparkling water or cider - not only will you avoid empty calories from the alcohol, but you will also reduce the chances of unnecessarily stuffing your face later on. Another contributing factor to over-eating during the holidays is stress. Many of us are out running around, facing parking-lot-traffic-jams, hunting for the perfect gift for family, friends, teachers, neighbors and pets. Many are faced with the financial stress of giving the family a bountiful, memorable holiday complete with life-sized Barbie, the newest Apple products and a feast fit for a family of kings. The stress can get to us and that gallon-Ziploc stuffed with gingersnaps starts to resemble a relaxing escape from it all. Stress is inevitable this time of year, and avoiding sweets is next to impossible, but research from the Monroe Institute indicates that removing oneself from stressful situations — even if for one hour per day — can reduce overall stress levels and benefit you in the long run. Make an effort each day to meditate, take a bath, go for a brisk winter walk or just catch up on Grey’s Anatomy on TiVo - unwinding is more important than ever for you to keep your sanity and weight in check. When it comes to actually choosing what to eat from the smorgasbord of delightful goodness, handle the situation with moderation in mind. For me, I cannot survive Christmas without Grandma’s Peanut Butter Balls - but eating 10 is going to make me not only fall into a sugar coma, but also will contribute to that pound I am trying to avoid gaining. Consider contributing better-for-you, dare I say, nutritious, equally-as-satisfying treats to the holiday spread. Spiced almonds and honey roasted pecans are sweet, seasonallyflavored alternatives that pack some good, healthy fats and satisfy that sweet tooth. If you’re like me, you might slip up on Christmas Day and over-indulge because, hey, Christmas comes but once a year. When you find yourself over-stuffed after dinner, consider taking a walk with family — enjoy the snow and feel of the season and take the time to catch up. After all, this season is about being with family and friends and delighting in the goodness of life. Amanda is Media Manager for Pomegranate Market, and wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. For more holiday goodness and tips, recipes and information on keeping healthy this year and next, visit www.feedyourhappy.com

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Your visitors will want to sit and stay a while when they see this stylish upholstered bench with tray table. Versatile and great for stowing away items in a flash, this storage ottoman will hold all your holiday memories and leave you money to still buy gifts—just $189 at the Furniture Mart. 2101 W. 41st St. (605) 336-1600.

One-of-a-Kind Gifts

Original glass sculptural wall hanging by Omaha Artist Kristi Pederson. Or select from a variety of original art, pottery, photography, and jewelry. Unique gifts that will be remembered and cherished for years. Rehfeld’s Art & Framing – Downtown. 210 Phillips Ave. 336.9737.

Cause for Celebration

Introducing extraordinary limitededition palettes, featuring 8 pure, intense, provocative shades in a glitzy gold case and this fabulous fivesome of Prime Time Primer Shadows. Use kits together and get vivid, rich, light-reflective color in an amazing lightweight texture. Hold on tight and don’t let go, you’re in for a wild ride! Strike it Rich $28, The Cocktail Hour and The Playlist $40 at Hip Chic Boutique. 328 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 271-8480.

Make a cookie in a skillet and you have Skookie, a delicious treat the whole family will enjoy! Ready to use kit comes with two pre-seasoned cast iron 7” skillets, two fitted hot pads and one package chocolate chip cookie mix. Great for camping, grill, hearthside cooking or oven use. $24.95 at plowhearth.com

Whimsical Magic

Keep your holiday full of whimsical magic, by dressing your daughter in Twirls and Twigs. Children are naturally filled with playful, bountiful whimsy. Bring out the child in you this Christmas season and shop Sprout! Sizes: 2T-4T. $65.00. Sprout. 2425 S. Shirley Ave.(605) 271-2999.

Elf on the Shelf

Put the elf out at the start of each Christmas season, and it appears to serve as Santa’s eyes and ears, and every night it travels back to the North Pole to report in. Set includes North Pole pixie-elf, hardbound children’s book and keepsake box. $29.99 at Kids Stuff Superstore. 3109 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-8636.

Holiday Lights

Light up their holidays with the hottest new Lightning McQueen tennies from Stride Rite. Size 8.5 - 12. $51.99. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. 362-7728.

Twinkle Toes

Surprise your dancer this Christmas with this beautiful porcelain dancer reminiscent of the Nutcracker. She stands 15” tall and is sale priced at just $15 (normally $20) at The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota Ave. 335 - 8242.

Reindeer Treats

Hold the sugar — treat Santa’s little helpers to these delicious bite-sized ginger cookies. Available this holiday season at both Breadsmith locations. 609 W. 33rd St., (605) 338-1338 or 1813 S. Marion Rd., (605) 275-2338.

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Come to Kaladi’s for your favorite holiday drink. Choose from Peppermint Patty Mocha, Creme Brule Mocha, Eggnog Latte and more! 26th & Minnesota, 339-332 and 10th & Phillips, 977-0888.

A Holiday Tradition

The countdown to Christmas has never been sweeter! Our exclusive North Pole Gingerbread House is adorned with candy canes and other faux sweets, plus lots of glitter and charming details, including a mailbox and lamp post. It rotates so all 24 opening windows can be easily reached. $99.95 at plowhearth.com

Holiday Sparkle

These mercury glass light up trees will remind you of holidays past. Light up your nights with this retro spin on classic holiday decor. 12” tall and just $39 each at Twetten’s Interiors. 26th & Minnesota. 275-3456.

Holiday Entertaining Shop Good Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor this season - for the most beautiful pieces for holiday entertaining and gifts from Mariposa and more. 41st & Minnesota. 339-1500.

A Kickin’ Christmas

Treat yourself or give as a sure-to-be favorite Christmas gift. Several colors and styles of Corral boots to choose from. Starting at $198 at AMaVo. 57th & Louise.

Hooded Wrap Jackets

Choose from several colors of this comfy and versatile hooded wrap jacket. Just $44, fur neck muffler $14, zebra cami $18 at Lillian’s. Open Dec. 1 - 4, Dec. 10 & Dec. 17th. 311 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 275-5720.

No Waves, Slopes, or Sidewalks Required!

Using the Spooner Board, riders of all abilities can pretend they are catching a wave, riding the slopes, or burning up the asphalt without leaving the comfort of the family room. Ages 3+ Two sizes available, $44.99 and $54.99 at Child’s Play Toys. 233 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 274-8697.

Chocolate Diamonds

Raymond’s Jewelry has the hottest new trends for the holidays. Chocolate diamonds in her stocking will make for a very Merry Christmas! 206 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 338-7550.

A Little Chocolate

Sometimes a girl just needs a little chocolate. Handmade truffles from My Current Obsession are a treat for anyone on your holiday list. My Current Obsession. 212 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 336-3224.

Brighton® Storyland Promotion

This beautiful Brighton® snowglobe is free to any customer who purchases $125 or more in Brighton® in a single day. Plays “Let it Snow” and has two scenes inside, one side a city scene and the other a Brighton® Village. Promotion runs through Dec 9, 2011. Susanne’s on Phillips. 216 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 330-4002.

Goodies Galore!

Let us do your holiday baking. Customize a goodie tray or let us do it for you. Trays from $16 - $40 at the Cookie Jar. 125 W. 10th St. (605) 978-0991.

The Lady in Red

Stand out at all the holiday parties this year — in this darling red jacket. Stay warm and look fantastic — and stand back and wait for the compliments. Just $124 at Go Casual. 124 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 334-5795.

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Close to Home

Stay warm and toasty and enjoy a scenic and relaxing stay at Northwoods Vista. Take a mini-vacation and stay close to home. December special is a two night stay for just $300 plus tax. www. northwoodsvista.com or (605) 310-6692.

All they want for Christmas is YOU. Share your images this holiday season with our new metal ornaments. Available in 2 stylish shapes with over 6 two-sided designs. Shop in-store or online. $19.99 at Harold’s Photo Centers. www.haroldsphoto.com

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Toasty & Warm

Look stylish and stay toasty and warm in knitted hats and gloves from Posh Boutique this winter. Shown $16 $39. Posh Boutique. 57th & Western. (605) 271-2164.

Seasonal Scents

Savor the scents of the holidays. Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique carries a wide variety of decadent holiday gift items. Shown from $19 at Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique. 57th & Western. (605) 274-3500.

Happy Vacations Angel Newborns

Shop Forget me not Gift Boutique’s large selection of adorable baby items this holiday season. This velour onesie with wing and ruffled detail in SO soft pink is perfect for your little angel. Boy style also available. Forget Me Not Gift Boutique. 57th & Western. 335-9878.

Calico Critter families can spend happy vacations together travelling in their very own Caravan Camper! $69.99 and includes over 35 accessories. The perfect addition to your Calico Critter collection. Kidtopia. 57th & Western. 334-4825.

Holiday Gift Set

This Moroccanoil gift set is the gift any gal would love. Set shown includes shampoo, hydrating mask and oil treatment. $64 at Rainn Salon and Spa. 57th & Western. (605) 521-5099.

Stock Up for the Holidays

Stock up on your favorite Wilde Prairie Winery wines — now with their new labels and new look — for the holidays. Shown are Frontenac, Rhubarb Strawberry & Rhubarb Raspberry. www. wildeprairiewinery.com or (605) 582-6471.

A Classic

Anyone that likes to cook or bake would LOVE the classic KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas. So many beautiful and fun colors to choose from. Starting at $299.99 at Maxwell Food Equipment. 1212 S. Cliff Ave. (605) 336-2675.

Redneck Style

These hilarious Original Rednek wine glasses are a fun way to serve your holiday wine — redneck style. Give as a gift for those on your list that love a good laugh. $17.50 each at 1948 Trading Co. 1324 Cedar Street, Brandon. (605) 582-8644.

Holiday Shine

Shine bright through the holidays and New Year’s in this stunning, expandable cuff bracelet. $129.99 at Fifth Avenue Collection. Shop their national showroom just east of the Sioux Falls Airport at 708 E. Benson Rd. (605) 335-0602.

Fun & Functional The Beauty of Athena

Riddle’s Jewelry introduces their exclusive Athena solitaire pendant! The classically inspired elegant design is perfect for the strong and beautiful women of today. Only at Riddle’s Jewelry, the Galleria at 41st & Louise. (605) 361-0911.

Your girlfriends will love these hilarious wine glasses and plate sets — use at your holiday party or give as a gift. Wine glass $14.99 each, plates $5.99 each at Plum’s Cooking Co. 401 E. 8th St. 335-1999.

Something You

Custom created fine silver initial charms start at $29. Encased InPrints adjustable rings $45. Each uniquely made to order. Order now for the holidays from Bead Co. 319 S. Phillips Ave. Downtown Sioux Falls. (605) 977-2147 www. bead-co.com

Naughty or Nice

Add a touch of glam to your Christmas decor. Use these fabulous boots as a hostess gift, fill with candy, a centerpiece, a stocking for someone nice (or naughty!) — the possibilities are endless. Hurry, supplies limited! Just $38.95 per boot at The Robin’s Nest. 108 W. Willow St., Harrisburg. (605) 767-0191.

Kissing Balls

Replace traditional mistletoe with a boxwood kissing ball embellished with exquisite ribbons and more. A wonderful hostess gift. Shown just $50 at Josephine’s Floral Design. 401 E. 8th St. 338-9290.

$5 Burgers

Come down for a delicious South Dakota Certified Beef burger — for just $5. Monday thru Thursday from 5- 6pm. Served with our housegrilled seasonal potatoes. Wild Sage Grille. 300 N. Cherapa Pl. www. wildsagegrille.com

Unforgettable Moments

For the holiday season, do not forget to stop into You’ve Been Framed to have our Pandora experts help you choose your unforgettable moment for the ones you truly love the most throughout this Christmas holiday! 57th & Western. (605) 361-9229.

Time for an Upgrade

The holidays are the perfect time to upgrade those diamond earrings or reset those yellow gold stud earrings into white gold or platinum. Stop in The Diamond Room to ask about our incredible upgrade program. The Diamond Room. 3501 W. 57th Street. (605) 362-0008, www. TheDiamondRoom.com

An Exclusive Spa Experience

When quality matters, give that special someone on your Christmas list an exclusive spa experience with a gift card from Radiance Day Spa, Sioux Falls’ most distinguished day spa. Choose any package, service, or dollar denomination. 6209 S. Pinnacle Pl. (605) 275-9535.

The Ultimate in Warmth Holiday Sweetness

Ripe, red raspberries. South Dakota honey. That’s Prairie Berry’s Raspberry Honeywine. This Christmas, give a gift of South Dakota goodness. Available at retail stores in South Dakota, at www.prairieberry.com or by calling 1.877.226.9453.

The ultimate in warmth and versatility, the Patagonia Women’s Tres Parka offers a waterproof breathable outer shell coat with a 600 fill power down zip out parka. Three coats in one, this coat covers you for all conditions in comfort and style. Available in Forge Grey or Black. $499 at the Great Outdoor Store. 201 East 10th St. (605) 335-1132.

Joy to Your Heart Career Change – It is Never Too Late

Follow your passion and prepare for a career in design. Choose from Fashion Design Entrepreneurship or Interior Décor & Staging. The Institute of Design & Technology of SD Interior Décor Program has been approved as educational partner with the C.I.D. (Certified Interior Decorators International). 123 S. Main Ave. (605) 275-9728 or www.idtsd.org

The temperatures are getting chilly, the days are getting shorter and that can only mean one thing, the holiday season is upon us! To warm your soul and bring joy to your heart, Trollbeads presents its 2011 Winter Collection. Trollbeads, the Original since 1976, are available at Holsen Hus. 126 S. Phillips Ave. 331-4700.

Consignment Treasure

Signed MOTAWI TILEWORKS in Stickley frame. Find these and other great finds from furniture to home decor at Sioux Falls’ upscale consignment store: The Blessed Door Furniture Consignment with a Cause. 41st & Holly Ave - just north of the Western Mall. Shop Wed-Sat 10am-5:30pm. 605-553-1010.

Half Off Frame Sale

Stop into Visionary Eye Clinic for our half off frame sale in the month of December or give us a call to schedule an exam. Don’t forget to use your flex spending dollars! Visionary Eye Clinic. 6100 W. 41st St. (605) 940-6200.

An Island Vacation

A custom-made kitchen island from StarMark Cabinetry can dramatically improve the feel and function of your kitchen. In addition to adding to the aesthetics and feel of your kitchen, a custom kitchen island can help set up a solid workspace and organize the flow of the room. This is one island you can enjoy all year - for years and years to come. StarMark Cabinetry. 600 E. 48th St. North. (605) 335-8600.

Historic Holidays

A beautiful series of ornaments depicting historic places in Sioux Falls. These 3-dimensional 24-karat gold finished ornaments represent everything you know and love about the city. A NEW ornament with the Falls will be available soon. 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.

Washer Bowl

Open metalwork reuses resources to make a beautifully patterned fruit bowl. Artisans of Noah’s Ark clean and powder coat rusted washers that cannot be sold, using them to make this black metal bowl. Painted metal — 14Dx3.5H inches. Made in India. $34 each at Ten Thousand Villages. 218 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 335-6209.

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Handmade & High-Style

These one-of-a-kind, hand-embroidered Turkish boots pair runway style with the individuality Rug & Relic is famous for. Various styles available, $249.95 - $295.95 at Rug & Relic. 8th & Railroad Center. 401 E. 8th St. 331-5546 or www.rugandrelic.com

Quick Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

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

Pizza with your Gift Card, Partner?

Our gift to you this holiday season is a certificate for a Free Large Pizza when you purchase $50 in Pizza Ranch Gift cards for your friends and family. This offer available only at 3809 E. 10th in Sioux Falls (605) 2759777 and 202 Splitrock Blvd in Brandon (605) 582-6322.

Personalized hand stamped jewelry you will love, and it is great for bridal and baby shower gifts too! Say Anything... Jewelry by Stephanie Wilde. 524 N. Main Ave. Suite 104. (605)-695-3997.

So Many Sparkles

Choose this beautiful necklace for the holidays — just one of many gorgeous pendants available at Becktold’s Jewelers. 325 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 332-3099.

Holiday Shopping

If you are looking for a regional gift this holiday, shop the South Dakota Art Museum Store. We always offer items made locally from jewelry to pottery to paintings and much more. Can’t decide? Select a gift basket – we did the shopping for you! South Dakota Art Museum. Medary Avenue at Harvey Dunn Street, Brookings www.southdakotaartmuseum.com or 866-805-7590.

Inner Sparkle!

Vivaz Medical Spa carries a large selection of fabulous travel cosmetic bags from Stephanie Johnson. Every woman want to let our her inner sparkle! Shown starting at $38 at Vivaz Medical Spa. 57th & Western. (605) 328-9770 or www.vivazmedicalspa.com


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Classic Steaks, Wild Seafood, Bison & Elk Intimate and Relaxing Lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri / Dinner 5-9 Mon-Sat Visit www.wildsagegrille.com

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cactuses to jaw-dropping resorts and delicious cuisine, this colorful city is considered Arizona’s urban heart and America’s sunniest metropolis. Phoenix is the ideal setting for a vacation. It is not too far away from the Grand Canyon, and has rich history reflecting ranchers, miners, puebloans, and visionaries. Whether it be a fun-filled family adventure, a romantic getaway with your sweetheart, or a spontaneous trip with a couple of friends, this is the place to find everything you are looking for. Famous for its desert golf courses and Southwestern backdrops, the city is also full of stylish boutiques and fashion malls, as well as multiple cultural experiences for all to enjoy. There are several museums to visit in Phoenix. Explore and learn about the cultures and history of the Native Americans of the Southwest by visiting The Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, as well as the Heard Museum. Visitors will experience the 1,500-year-old Hohokam village ruins in modern day Phoenix, with 95 acres of park grounds to explore ancient dwellings. The cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest are displayed to excite and inspire visitors. The Phoenix Art Museum is another popular destination to


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view several international exhibitions including more than 18,000 works of art. Here, children can enjoy PhxArtKids, which is an interactive space for learning and fun. There is also fabulous dining and shopping for a break from visiting the exhibits. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is another place to be hands-on, allowing children to use their imaginations and minds while they interact with each exhibit. They can make their own meals in the Texture Cafe, and read stories in the Book Loft, among other exciting discoveries. The Arizona Science Center is yet another interactive destination, with a magnificent planetarium, a gigantic theater, and many more unique settings. Of course, any great city has a fantastic zoo to enjoy. The Phoenix Zoo is a must-see, with more than 1,300 animals to view. From giraffe encounters to camel rides to a monkey village, the zoo will keep visitors busy for hours. Another place to experience some wildlife is a trip to Out of Africa Wildlife Park, just 90 minutes north of Phoenix. This is not a zoo, but a place where exotic animals live in widespread habitats, allowing visitors to see them in their natural behavior and environments. Take a Safari Tour and enjoy a Tiger Splash show while experiencing this astounding safari.

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Learn about the desert plains by meandering through the Desert Botanical Garden. Offering the world’s most amazing collection of desert plants in a beautiful setting, this garden has five unique trails that guide you through more than 50,000 plants on display. For more outdoor activities in Phoenix, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails, surrounded by sunshine, colorful

deserts, and jagged mountains in the horizon. There are several premier golf courses to enjoy as well, as Phoenix is literally a golfer’s paradise. With all the outdoor activities keeping people busy in the sun, the indoor experiences must not be overlooked. The Greater Phoenix area is brimming with local coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants and cafes. Some notable places to satisfy your

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appetite are El Chorro Lodge, which is famous for their delicious cinnamon rolls and gorgeous view of Camelback Mountain, Barrio Cafe, which offers top-notch traditional Mexican dishes and mouthwatering margaritas, and Pizzeria Bianco, noted by several culinary publications as serving the best pizza in America. The Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse is Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, replicating a bustling town

of the 1880s. Gunfights, burro rides, gold panning, stagecoach and train rides, and a world famous Steakhouse & Saloon are just some of the many elements you will find when visiting this dashing celebration of traditional Western roots. One of the finest cities in the world, Phoenix, Arizona, is a place every person should experience at least once, and will probably want to visit over and over again.

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lthough the eyes are a small part of the entire body, most people rely heavily on the gift of sight each moment of the day; whether driving, working, reading, caring for children, or communicating with friends and family. Yet it’s common to take good eye health for granted unless something goes wrong, says Dr. Jeffrey Stevens, ophthalmologist with Avera Medical Group Ophthalmology. “Eye health and preventative eye exams are important at all ages, but become increasingly important as we get older. It’s quite possible to have a disorder that threatens your eyesight, and not realize it until it’s too late to reverse the damage,” Dr. Stevens said. The eye is often compared to a camera, but it’s much more complex and delicate. Like a camera lens, the lens of the eye changes shape to focus on images. You may have needed corrective lenses from an early age, or you may be blessed with 20/20 vision. Whatever your vision history, presbyopia is virtually universal as people hit their 40s. Dr. Stevens says the lens of the eye becomes stiffer, and does not focus as readily. At that point, people need reading glasses, bifocals, or bifocal contact lenses. Beyond the need for typical vision correction, one of the

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most common disorders of the eye is cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens. Symptoms include glare at night, a decrease in overall vision, or double vision in the affected eye. “The cure is cataract surgery,” Dr. Stevens said, in which the clouded lens is replaced with an artificial lens. The “silver lining” to this cloud is that during cataract surgery, the surgeon can put in a new lens that also corrects for near or distance vision, Dr. Stevens added. Cataracts are most common after age 50, but can occur earlier in life. Red, irritated eyes can signal anything from dry eyes to allergies, an injury to the cornea, or an eye infection, Dr. Stevens said. If such problems continue, it’s important to see an eye specialist. Contact lens wearers should especially be aware of the risk of eye infections. “Wearing contact lenses continually – day and night – and improper care of lenses place you at higher risk,” Dr. Stevens said. Even if you purchase lenses that can be worn continually, Dr. Stevens recommends removing them at night, because harmful bacteria can stay lodged between the lens and the eye. Use solution that also cleans and disinfects the lens – not just saline. Rub the lens as you are cleaning it to remove any foreign matter or bacteria.



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“If you have symptoms such as blurred vision, decreased vision, double vision, redness, irritation, a feeling that there’s a foreign body in the eye, or see “flashes” or “floaters,” this could be a sign of a serious eye disorder...” With increasing incidence of diabetes in our society, diabetic eye disease is also on the rise. This can happen during pregnancy for mothers who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It can be treated with laser surgery or injections to reduce swelling and inflammation. Retinal disorders, such as a detached retina, are often signaled by new “flashes” or “floaters” in the eye. Glaucoma is an eye disease marked by increased pressure in the eye. It’s painless and symptomless, until vision begins to be affected – usually starting with the peripheral vision. “Once there’s vision loss with glaucoma, the damage is irreversible,” Dr. Stevens said. For any of these eye disorders, prompt treatment is a must. Just like you see a primary care physician for your general health once a year, you should see an eye care provider once a year for a regular eye exam, Dr. Stevens said. A full examination of the eye during which the pupil is dilated can diagnose disorders like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma before there is damage to the eye, Dr. Stevens said. “Through technology called optical coherence tomography, we can look at the optic nerve and retina microscopically, and can see almost to the cellular level,” Dr. Stevens said. If you have symptoms such as blurred vision, decreased vision, double vision, redness, irritation, a feeling that there’s a foreign body in the eye, or see “flashes” or “floaters,” this could be a sign of a serious eye disorder, so see your physician or an ophthalmologist, who is a medical doctor specializing in care of the eye, treatment of eye disease and eye surgery. To learn more, go to www.seeAvera.org

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A Unique Revolutionary Weight Loss and Wellness Center Now Open in Sioux Falls The opening of the La Vie Center for Health & Weight Loss, LLC brings a unique revolutionary new program to Sioux Falls. As the name implies, this one-of-a-kind center will focus on improving health and achieving weight loss as it combines the expertise of Hari D. Kannan, MD, a Physician/ Psychiatrist at Kannan Clinic, P.C. and Brenda DeVries, Nutrition Consultant/Owner of the Weigh 2 Go Weight Loss Clinics as well as utilizing the latest equipment from Sundet’s New Leaf technology. Obesity has become an epidemic in the US and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1/3 of adult Americans are obese and another 1/3 are overweight. Dr. Kannan who has practiced medicine for three decades has seen first hand the impact of excess weight on his patients. At the La Vie Center, Dr. Kannan and his team of professionals will provide a holistic medical approach integrating medical, pharmacological and Hari D. Kannan, MD, a Physician/ Veronica Sundet, New Leaf natural therapies to assist individuals in achieving Psychiatrist at Kannan Clinic, P.C. and Technology their optimal health and weight loss goals. Dr. Brenda DeVries, Nutrition Consultant/Owner Kannan would often see individuals prior to gastric of the Weigh 2 Go Weight Loss Clinics bypass or other weight loss surgery but realized that such procedures were not a viable option for many individuals and his desire to help his patients find a long-term effective alternative weight loss treatment pro gram led him to Brenda DeVries, Owner of Weigh 2 Go Weight Loss Clinics. Brenda and her team of expert nutritional consultants have helped over 2,000 individuals overcome weight and weight-related issues over the past 3 years. The Weigh 2 Go Weight Loss Clinics feature the FDA-Approved Ideal Protein protocol. Ideal Protein was developed in Europe and has been used there for more than 25 years. Weigh 2 Go provides individuals an effective supervised method to use diet to modify metabolic function based on sound scientific principles that allow the average male to lose 4-7 lbs of body fat per week and the average female to lose 3-5 lbs of body fat per week. Darla Before Treatment The La Vie experience is further enhanced by adding the expertise of certified fitness trainers using New Leaf technology to measure metabolic rates at rest and with exercise. Previously, such technology was available only to Olympic and professional athletes but the La Vie Center now makes it possible for anyone to obtain such metabolic assessments to enhance wellness. The La Vie Center for Health & Weight Loss, LLC opened Independent Medical Arts Building, 6709 South Minnesota Avenue Ste 202, Sioux Falls, in October 2011. For a more immediate appointment, call 201-0282 or 413-2686. Darla After Treatment Advertorial

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Christmas Tree


by Jessica Weischedel

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year. Children are home during the holidays and are causing you to handle even more tasks at once, which can be stressful, yet nice to have the extra time with them. For those times when you need a little rest and relaxation, some fun crafts to get the kids involved with would be very beneficial. Here are some crafts involving Christmas trees that will get them excited to begin the artistic adventure.

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Gumdrop Christmas Tree Materials Needed: Aluminum foil, Styrofoam cone, gumdrops, and double-pointed tooth picks Directions: Taking the foil, cover your styrofoam cone completely. Cut the toothpicks in half and put the cut end of the toothpick into the flat side of a gumdrop. Starting at the wider end of the cone, push the pointed end of the toothpick into the Styrofoam cone, going directly through the foil. Work your way up the cone, placing the gumdrops as close together as possible. For the final gumdrop on the top of the tree, a full toothpick may be needed. Decorate in your home for the holiday, or wrap in cellophane and give as a magnificent gift.

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Materials Needed: Pinecone, gold and brown craft paint, green spray paint, small wooden star, small flower pot, glue gun, beads of various colors and shapes, and a small rock. Directions: Take your pinecone and spray it with green paint. Paint the wooden star with gold paint, and the small flower pot with brown paint. After allowing the paint to dry, decorate the pinecone with beads using the glue gun. Finish the decorations by gluing the star onto the top of the tree. Place the small rock into the flower pot to add some weight, and glue the finished pinecone tree into the pot, making it stand on its own.


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Materials Needed: Magazine, glue, glitter, green spray paint, and tree-topping star. Directions: Remove both the front and back covers from the magazine. Taking the upper right-hand corner of the first page, bring it down so that the top edge lines up against the binding of the magazine and crease the fold. Taking the folded point on the right of that same page, fold it over until the crease from earlier lines up with the binding of the magazine, and crease the new fold. Lastly, fold the part that overlaps the bottom of the magazine upward so it is even with the bottom, and crease. This is the first page. Continue to fold and crease the remaining pages just like the first. Once all of the pages of the magazine are completely folded, clue the front and back pages together so it is secure and stands upright. Spray the magazine tree with paint and sprinkle with glitter while it is still wet with the paint. Glue the star to the top to finish the look. To make an even bigger magazine tree, use two magazines back-to-back.

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circle using the glue stick. Take the other straight edge and pull it over to make a cone. Place a paperclip along this glued edge to hold in place while it dries and stays put. Taking the ribbon, cut a piece about 10 inches long and fold it in half. Tie a pony bead onto the loose end in order to keep the tree from sliding off of the ribbon. Then, thread the ribbon through the hole that is naturally left in the top of the largest cone. If the hole is too small, just cut it a little bigger. Tie another pony bead about an inch above the large cone and thread the ribbon through the hole of the medium cone. Tie one more pony bead an inch above the medium cone and thread it onto the smallest cone. Cut optional slits in the edges of each cone to create a tree branch effect. You are ready to decorate your Christmas tree with Christmas trees.

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Materials Needed: Scrapbook paper, scissors, glitter pens, glue stick, pony beads, paperclips, and ribbon. Directions: Cut a small, medium, and large circle from your scrapbook paper using various sizes of dishes as your templates. Out of each circle, cut out a quarter section from the top down to the middle and over one way to the edge. Decorate each circle using glitter pens and anything else you choose. Allow to dry, then glue along one straight edge from the cut out quarter of the

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It can be fun to come up with creative crafts of your own with the kids during this magical time of the year. Think of various ways to create the shape of a Christmas tree, from making a collage of random things on the wall or magnets on the fridge in a tree shape, to finding various things to make into cones and decorating them with several fun elements — to make each one unique and especially your own creation. This will get your children to open up their minds and get some great experience with crafting and creating some perfect holiday traditions that can carry on until they are able to pass them on to their own little ones. Happy holiday crafting!

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he first few minutes after a baby’s birth are a magical time. After nine months of waiting, a new mother gets her first chance to hold her baby in her arms, to count the tiny fingers and toes and gaze into the eyes of her newborn. While everyone knows infants need to bond with their mothers early on, research has shown that what happens during the first 60 minutes of a baby’s life can maximize that bonding experience between mother and child. That uninterrupted contact between mother and baby during the “golden hour” after birth is critical to the child’s growth and development.

A New View In the past, mother-child bonding often took a back seat to medical procedures immediately following a baby’s birth. A new mom would watch her baby be handed to a nurse who would examine and weigh the child, clean him up, give him his Vitamin K shot, put on a diaper and swaddle him in a blanket. After all the waiting, the new parents would finally get to hold their new baby. Health care providers now know that immediate skin-to-skin contact is the best way for a newborn and mother to bond.

The sooner after birth this can happen, the better experience the family will have. In fact, the American Association of Pediatricians now recommends the following guidelines: • Healthy newborns should be placed in “skin-to-skin” contact with the mother until the first round of breastfeeding is established. • The medical caregiver and the nurses can conduct the first physical assessment of the baby while it is on the mother’s chest. • Conventional procedures such as weighing, measuring, bathing, injections or blood test should wait until after the first feeding. • Baby and mother should remain together throughout the recovery period. Many hospitals and birthing centers now encourage families to wait at least an hour before introducing their new baby to family and friends. Instead, they encourage mother and baby to stay together and if desired, focus on giving the newborn a chance to breastfeed.

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Research has shown that nursing within the first hour of life improves infant survival rates and makes it more likely that a mother will continue to breastfeed longer. Finding a Way to Bond Even in cases where medical emergencies may change a family’s birth plan, it is still possible to take advantage of bonding time in the first few minutes. If a baby needs medical attention or extra stimulation to start breathing, the child can be moved from the exam table to the mother’s chest as soon as the baby is stabilized. Women who have a planned or unplanned cesarean section may need to wait a few moments to be able to hold the baby. In most cases, after a quick assessment, the baby can be moved to the mother’s chest while the obstetrician finishes any needed surgical work. The baby can stay at her mother’s side until she is settled into the recovery room and ready to nurse.

Benefits for Mom and Baby During labor and the minutes and hours afterward, the mother’s body experiences several amazing changes. Giving birth generates changes in a woman’s brain chemistry that increases desire to nurture. Skin-to-skin contact and the baby’s suckling at the breast release hormones that help the mother to connect to her child and cause the uterus to contract and stop bleeding. Research has shown that nursing within the first hour of life improves infant survival rates and makes it more likely that a mother will continue to breastfeed longer. Most hospitals and birthing centers encourage breastfeeding for the benefits to both mom and baby. Babies who breastfeed have lower rates of ear infections, asthma, diabetes, childhood leukemia and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Mothers who nurse their babies have lower rates of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and diabetes. Expectant moms should talk with family members and medical staff about their plans for the minutes after birth. Every mother and baby should have a chance to experience their “golden hour.”

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These are just some of the wonderful books for children we have come across this month. We hope to share with you some you have not seen before and also introduce others being released in the near future. Enjoy.

Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Bartoletti Naamah is the wife of Noah, and her name means “great singer.” For forty days and forty nights, as the ark tosses on storm-wracked seas, Naamah sings. She sings to the animals, two by two. She sings to her husband, her sons, and their wives. She sings, and they all sleep, finally at peace. Acclaimed author Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s rhythmic, lyrical text pairs with Caldecott Honor winner Holly Meade’s luminous collage for a cozy, tender lullaby, and an ode to the power of song. Ages 4 yrs - 9 yrs Candlewick Press

Over the River and Through the Wood by Matt Tavares The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall! This family is off to Grandfather’s house for a delicious feast. Matt Tavares, with his keen eye for detail, fresh and surprising perspectives, and all the warmth and coziness of a big holiday dinner, illuminates the original text of Lydia Maria Child’s verse about Thanksgiving Day, which has marked the start of the holiday season for generations of children. Ages 0 mos and up Candlewick Press

Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree by David Martin It’s not fair! Little Bunny doesn’t like being the smallest one in the family. Now it’s Christmas Eve, and his favorite shiny red fire-engine ornament is way up high in the tree. Little Bunny is too small to reach it, but too big to climb the tree. And he so loves that fire engine. He wishes he could ride in it for real! With Christmas Eve magic and help from some new friends, Little Bunny has the adventure of his life on a night when anything is possible. Little Bunny is tired of being the smallest. But thanks to some Christmas magic and an enchanted tree, he gets teenier still — and has a BIG adventure. Ages 2 yrs - 4 yrs Candlewick Press

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Christmas in the Mouse House Illustrated by Maggie Kneen It’s Christmas Eve, and the Mouse house is full of activity. So when Papa tells the children that they can’t find the decorations for a tree this year, the brothers and sisters band together to search for Christmas decorations around the house. Each spread shows a different room in the Mouse house. Open doors, windows, and cupboards to help the Mouse family make this Christmas the best — and most beautiful — one yet! Ages 0 mos - 20 yrs Candlewick Press

Super Science: Feel the Force! Full of Pop-Up Physics Fun! by Tom Adams The first in a series about science, Feel the Force!, puts the “fizz” into physics. Readers will explore how things move, friction, gravity, light, sound, magnetism, and electricity, among other key areas of physics. Packed with hands-on paper novelties and a range of simple experiments, this is the perfect book to make science fascinating and fun. Ages 7 yrs - 11 yrs Candlewick Press

Franklin and Winston A Christmas That Changed the World by Douglas Wood At the height of World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill held an extraordinary month-long visit, during which they planned the success of the Allied powers and strategized a continuing peace for when the war ended. Moving from witty banter to gravely serious discussions — amid a traditional public celebration of the Christmas holiday — the two cemented a unique bond as they decided how to confront a menace that threatened all of civilization. Ages 6 yrs - 10 yrs Candlewick Press

Who Do You Think You Are? Be a Family Tree Detective by Dan Waddell Names, eye color, hair color, nose size, personality — all can be passed down from one family member to the next. This compelling activity book gives kids the tools to investigate, discover, and preserve family secrets and treasures. Tips and ideas run the gamut from interviewing parents, grandparents, and other relatives to looking through family photos, letters, and heirlooms, as well as using the Internet for further research. Ages 7 yrs and up Candlewick Press

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jane Ray In this lushly illustrated interpretation of the familiar Christmas carol, each spread offers surprises for the eye as nostalgic city scenes depict a multiethnic cast of characters bustling with packages and sprucing up their homes for the holidays. But at one home in particular, an endless succession of gifts keeps arriving: birds of all stripes, ladies dancing aboard a brightly bedecked boat, lords leaping on rooftops, and pipers piping up and down stairs. Filled with intricate patterns and whimsical flourishes, Jane Ray’s gorgeous artwork is the perfect match for this wonderfully cumulative tale. Ages 3 yrs - 6 yrs Candlewick Press

Santa’s On His Way A Changing-Picture Book by Ruth Martin Watch Santa and his elves as they make all the presents, groom the reindeer, and prepare for their most important night of the year — Christmas Eve. With tabs to pull to change the pictures, readers can watch them get everything ready day-by-day, until finally Santa’s sleigh takes off into the sky on Christmas Eve. In the week before Christmas, Santa has so much to do! Ages 0 mos - 20 yrs Candlewick Press

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ne of the signature sounds of the holiday season is the ringing of bells. Their joyful peals brighten what is always the most wonderful time of the year. This year, like so many years, the sound of bells will greet us as we do our shopping. All across the country, Salvation Army representatives and volunteers will stand in the doorways of stores and ring bells in support of the organization’s annual red kettle fundraising drive. As people stream by, donations are made a few coins and a few dollars at a time, but the gifts given during these few short weeks help provide support to the community’s needy all year round. We sat down with Major Mike Mills, one of the Sioux Falls area corps officers, to learn more about the program and how it benefits our city.

How and where did the red kettle/bell ringing program get its start? In the United States, it began during the 1900s in San Francisco. They started with one kettle and a bell and it was well received so it spread quickly throughout the country. We don’t have exact records of when it started here but my best guess is that it probably was sometime in the 1910s.

Typically, how many different locations/kettle sites are there around the city? We have the potential for about 45 different locations, but on average we are able to man about 35 on a consistent basis.

What is the schedule for the bell ringing this year? We will begin on November 18th and ring until Noon on December 24th. We don’t ring on Sundays, because we want that day to be reserved for family time. The schedule can vary from town to town depending on the wishes of the participating businesses, but that’s what works for us.

You must have a great relationship with the businesses you work with. How does the Salvation Army identify and recruit businesses for the program? We do and it’s a blessing. We cultivate those relationships on a very personal level and we never assume that a business will participate even if they have for years. We always want to make sure we are welcome. It’s important for us to be respectful of their wishes and policies and we are so very appreciative just to have the opportunity to talk with them about it.

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I think most people are familiar with the red kettle program but may not know what their donations support. Can you tell us about the programs the donations help fund? One of the programs people might be familiar with is the Angel Tree/Toy Town program that provides Christmas gifts for area children. We provided toys for over 4,500 kids last year. We also do Christmas day food vouchers for families in need. We provided over 1,700 families with vouchers last year. We also support the Coats for Kids program where we were able to provide 2,300 new coats and many more donated used coats for kids that otherwise wouldn’t have one. Those are a few of the things that are visible around the holidays but the money also supports our day-to-day programs such as the Saturday and Sunday evening meals, housing and heating assistance, and our family and senior services. Those are just a few examples but we do our best to meet the many needs of our community.

Who are the people who ring the bells and make the program a success? The people you probably see on the most regular basis are paid bell ringers. We’d like to be able to use volunteers all the time but the folks we pay are people who do not have a job and may not be able to get one. We employ them during this time so they can supplement their income somewhat during the holidays. The volunteers come from all walks of life: church groups and families, youth organizations, college kids and retired folks; people who just want to help and serve.

Do you find that the volunteers come back from year to year? Oh yes. Most do - some for many years now.

Do the bell-ringers receive any training or instruction? Yes, but it’s simple enough. Make eye contact, keep smiling and most importantly, don’t freeze! (laughs)

What percentage of the local Salvation Army budget comes from the red kettle program?

Indeed, in fact that’s my next question. Are there any good tips on staying unfrozen? How long are the shifts?

Our operating budget is about $1.2 million a year. Of that, about half comes from the kettle drive and holiday mail appeal.

The key is layered clothing. One good tip is to bring a little carpet square to stand on to keep your feet off the concrete.

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If you have a partner, one can ring while the other warms up inside. Another thing that helps me is to keep engaged and talk with people. Time seems to fly then. Our shifts are generally four hours because that fits our pick up schedule for our drivers; but it’s certainly flexible. If you have an hour for us, we’ll take it.

Do you have any favorite stories or experiences? So many to pick from but the ones that stick with me are the folks who come up and tell me that they volunteer now because years ago the Salvation Army helped them or their family. You never know how your donation will help or change the life of someone. For example, my father was an abusive alcoholic

who received help from a Salvation Army officer. Because that person cared, it changed my father’s life, my life, and the lives of so many others.

Being a part of this program must do wonders for your holiday spirit. A couple years ago, a little boy no more than five or six-years old came in with his grandma. He had a jar full of change and he told us he wanted to give it to us to help the poor. It was $7.12 and it was clear he and his grandma didn’t have a lot to spare. That touched my heart and I’ll never forget it. Seeing things like that from a person so young inspires me and confirms that the true spirit of Christmas is very much alive and well.

For more information on Salvation Army programs or volunteer opportunities: Call: (605) 338-6649 Or email Major Mike Mills: Michael_mills@usc.salvationarmy.org Or check out their website: www.salvationarmyusa.org

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A Safe Holiday for Your Pets by Dick Rogen, DVM

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t’s Christmas time again and I know that all of my pets are excited. There are the presents, the tree and yes, all of the treats. It can be the greatest of times, but it can also be dangerous. Momo loves his tree! How could it be any better? A big pine tree that reaches all of the way to the ceiling just for his climbing pleasure. He has been found sleeping mid tree, stalked by the dogs from his perch and has even leaped out to grab his people. Four weeks of indoor jungle time. If you have a jungle cat in your house, make sure that the tree is very stable. It may need to be “weighted down” to keep it from tipping. Also, never put tinsel or ribbons on the tree. Every year we have to surgically remove tinsel from cats. It’s just too shiny and fun to ignore. Neither cats nor dogs can resist drinking from the tree stand. The water can give them a stomach ache but is not dangerous. Do not put additives in the water if you have pets. Piper’s nose gets her into lots of mischief. If there is food or candy wrapped under the tree, she is going to help herself. Chocolate is very tasty, but dangerous. She is not to be trusted

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wherever there is food. Last night the garlic clove disappeared! Nothing is sacred, but her garlic breath gave her away. Place all of those tasty goodies — the delicious candies, cheese balls and sausage boxes up until it is time to open them. If your pal does ingest them, call your veterinarian promptly. They can cause diarrhea,vomiting and even pancreatitis. Years ago, I had a patient swallow an entire sausage whole with the wrapper on. That was an enthusiastic consumer. Growing up, I had a rat terrier, Snoopy. She was one of the smartest Christmas dogs ever. She loved a plastic carrot with a squeaker. On Christmas Eve, you could tell her it was her turn and she would pick the package correctly every year. We used to wrap it early and hide it under other gifts, but if you left the room, she would open just that package. Toys need to be appropriate in size and durability. That carrot took a beating most years, but it was what she loved. Be careful that dogs don’t swallow pieces or the stuffing of toys. X-rays and surgery can spoil the holidays for pets and their people. I hope your holidays are filled with smiles, laughter and lots of tail wags. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Molly, best friend of Matt & Tara Tobin

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The First “Flying Machine” By Bruce BlaKe

T The First “Flying Machine” Sioux Falls, Riverdale Park.

he first airplane to fly over Sioux Falls did so only nine years after the 1903 flight of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, NC. To entertain members at a state convention, B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 262 contracted with the Curtiss Exhibition Company to provide a Curtiss Pusher biplane, a trained pilot, and a guarantee of two successful flights. A dismantled and crated aircraft was shipped by rail to Sioux Falls. After the primitive “flying machine” was reassembled near this spot, more than 11,000 spectators watched two flight

attempts. Both times strong winds dashed the fragile canvas, wood, and bamboo plane back to earth. Aviator Claude Berlin, a former resident of Crooks and Sioux Falls, supervised repairs to the damaged wings and frame. The next day, June 20, 1912, Berlin tested the controls, revved up the motor, and soon had the machine in a 12-minute flight over the city. It then reappeared “in full view of the spectators and came gliding back to Mother Earth.” The age of aviation had arrived!


First Airplane To Fly Over Sioux Falls On June 19, 1912, the first of three Elks Convention airplane flight attempts was made at Coats Athletic Field. The grandstand and race tracks of this well-known field were located north of West 26th Street on the west side of the Big Sioux River. After the Curtiss Pusher D biplane took off, it rose only about 20 feet in the air before being suddenly forced back to the ground by a “fierce blast of air.” A second attempt was then made; however, a strong wind drove the aircraft into a wire fence. While the impact hurled pilot Claude Berlin headlong from his perch on the leading edge of the lower wing, he was not injured. Image owner: Robert Kolbe.

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A Festive Elks Crowd! In 1909 Glenn Curtiss designed an aircraft known as the Curtiss Pusher, and it soon became the most widely used American exhibition plane. It was stable, rugged, and maneuverable. The chassis was built of wood and bamboo held together by wire and tinned fasteners. Wing and control surfaces were covered with silk, canvas, cotton, or Irish linen made airtight by the application of varnish. The engine and propeller were behind the pilot while the control elevators were located in front of him. A very large, well dressed crowd of Elks members, families, and friends had gathered on June 20, 1912, to witness a third flight attempt. Note the Curtiss biplane located near the left center of this photo. The crowd was highly elated and greatly impressed with the Pusher’s success! Image owner: Center for Western Studies.

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