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December 2012 Volume 12 • Issue 1

Holiday Shopping Guide Italian Christmas Traditions Christmas Sweets to Savor or Share



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The Cookie Jar Moves to Shriver Square 8 health & well-being A Touch of Nostalgia Achy, Tired Legs? at Fibber McGee’s 12 Is it too much holiday shopping – or varicose veins? 62 calendar December 2012 19

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A Sweet Spot for Sophie 70

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Parenting & Pregnancy Breastfeeding: Support Helps New Moms Get a Good Start 76

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At Home for the Holidays The Pete and Robin Stencil Home 28

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Sweet Treats to Savor or Share 34

Man in the Kitchen A Hug in a Mug 36

An Italian Christmas: La Befana and Panettone 40

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Old Favorite, New Location The Cookie Jar Moves to Shriver Square by MAry Michaels | Photos by Chang Photography

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ans of the Cookie Jar will be enjoying all of their favorite soups, sandwiches and sweet treats in a new location, thanks to a recent business move to Shriver Square on the corner of 11th & Phillips. After more than a decade in a different downtown location – nestled in the middle of the block on 10th Street – the Cookie Jar had outgrown its space. “We just needed more room,” says Greg Koch. “When you see all your tables full and a line out the door, that’s a pretty good sign that your business is ready to expand.” The Cookie Jar is a family affair, with Koch, his sisters Becky (Smith) and Christine (Verba), and their parents Elaine and Glen, all part of the business. According to Greg and Becky, each of them has their own special niche in the business. “Greg’s the front end manager – the business and marketing guy,” says Becky. “I do most of the decorating for custom cakes and cookies. Christine comes in part-time to help with mixing and baking. Dad takes care of the delicious soups, sandwiches and catering, and Mom is the chief mixer and baker and has all

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the new recipes.” “Mom’s the glue,” Greg adds. With the front corner spot at Shriver Square, the Cookie Jar has more than doubled its seating capacity, and they hope to be able to offer outdoor seating next summer. Big windows not only showcase the dining spot to passing shoppers, visitors and downtown employees, but they also add an abundance of natural light, which has proven to be an added bonus for the bakers. “Our former location was small with lighting that sometimes made it difficult to gauge frosting colors,” says Greg. “We might be trying to make red but had to look closely to ensure it was red and not burgundy. Now, this added natural light really helps us out at the mixing station.” Another exciting addition to the new location is expanded hours to include breakfast every day. They will have rolls, breakfast sandwiches and flavored coffees each day, as well as some plated specials like egg casserole on Sundays. The Cookie Jar is well known for its homemade bread, which Becky and Greg say is their grandma’s recipe, and now it’s not just for lunch anymore.


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“We’ll be offering our special ‘Midwest Toast’ for breakfast,” says Greg. “Customers will be able to enjoy this delicious bread toasted with their favorite toppings like cream cheese or jelly.” Need a spot for a business meeting or birthday party? Greg says the Cookie Jar is ready to host you. “It’s exciting that we can host a special event or meeting in one room and still run our regular lunch in the dining area. There is great potential for us here at this location.” On First Fridays, they offer a family decorating night, where families can come in to decorate cookies together. With a set number of spaces available, families are encouraged to sign up in advance. And, plan on also providing some advance notice if you would like to have the Cookie Jar’s bread, rolls or special holiday treats for your office or family get-together. Christmas time at the Cookie Jar is like being at grandma’s house, according to Becky and Greg. They will make countless Russian tea cakes, ginger snaps, butter spritz cookies, and cutout cookies this holiday season. Customers can choose from three different sizes of assorted cookie trays or they can work

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with the Cookie Jar family to customize their cookie orders. The Cookie Jar’s order form is on their website, along with all the information you need to know about their daily soup and sandwich features. If you can’t make it down to Shriver Square for lunch, don’t worry – they’ll deliver! Greg says individuals or groups can email, fax or call in lunch orders for delivery – preferably well in advance of the lunch hour to ensure they see all of the orders before the lunch crowd comes in. This is a popular service, says Greg. “There are days I can tour the entire city with deliveries.” Although it was a little harried as they remodeled the new space and prepared for the move – even having deliveries impacted by Hurricane Sandy – the Cookie Jar family is happy to be in their new home. “It is so easy to find us now,” says Becky. “We are looking forward to seeing all the people walking by and inviting them in. And, with the parking ramp connected to Shriver Square by skywalk, you can park your car and come to the Cookie Jar without having to go outside.” The siblings agree there have been times that being all together in a family business could provide the makings for a reality show. Working in the smaller location, they were often right on top of each other, which could be challenging. But now, there’s much more elbow room for everyone. Greg sums it up well. “Now our mom and dad can say ‘go to your room’ – and we can!”

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A Touch of Nostalgia at Fibber McGee’s By Mary Michaels | Photos by Chang Photography

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h, heavenly days!” If you ever heard that expression growing up, it means someone in your house is familiar with the old radio comedy show Fibber McGee and Molly. This beloved show was on the air for more than 20 years, telling the stories of foible-prone Fibber and his patient, common-sense wife Molly. Its run covered two decades marked by depression and war in our country, and it offered Americans the opportunity to get away to a place where they could find a

little cheer. That’s why Deb Teunissen and Cyndee Wagner chose Fibber McGee’s as the name for their new home décor store in Harrisburg — that also includes a coffee and smoothie bar. “We hope that everyone will feel that same sense of warmth, nostalgia and cheer when they visit us here,” says Wagner. Besides a few expressions like “heavenly days!” that worked their way into the American vernacular, the show is probably best known for Fibber McGee’s closet. The hall closet was

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almost always stuffed to overflowing and, despite Molly’s warning not to open it, Fibber usually did – winding up buried in an avalanche of the closet’s contents. “Fibber McGee was known for his closet stuffed with a little bit of everything, so we borrowed that idea,” explains Teunissen. “We have filled the store will all sorts of unique items and goodies.” There is actually a little display room in the store labeled “Fibber McGee’s closet,” and several black and white photos from the show hang on the wall. They have a long list of real fruit smoothies that are all named from the show’s characters. Both women had previously been in business separately. Wagner and her mother had a small store in Harrisburg, and Teunissen had a seasonal store in Sioux Falls. Teunissen frequented Wagner’s shop looking for items as she worked with interior design clients, and the two became friends. After Wagner’s mother passed away a year ago, they started talking about going into business together. If you were asked to illustrate the concept of “mixing business with pleasure,” you could just show a picture of Fibber McGee’s. Even as they painted every wall, finished the floor and unpacked every box, Teunissen says, they were laughing and having a great time. Wagner says she is more about architectural design and details and calls Teunissen the one who knows “paint colors and fabric swatches.”

Fibber McGee’s 518 Cliff Avenue, Harrisburg Hours: M-F, 6:30am-6pm; Sat. 7am-4pm Find us on Facebook! “We’re the perfect combination,” she says. The store opened in early November, just in time for holiday shopping. The two certainly have filled the store with lots of unique things, many of which come from local artists. Two beautifully crafted Santas greet customers at the front of the store. They come from “Joyful Friends” by Marge Blaue of Sioux Falls. One set of shelves is filled with candles from Hometown Delights in Corsica, with scents like Apple & Maple Bourbon, Hansel & Gretel’s House, Winter Wonderland and Crème Brulee.

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Near the counter is a rack of original photo cards “by Bernice,” another local who captures beautiful images of flowers and whimsical shots like a napping cat or kissing squirrels. Whatever halls you need to deck this holiday season, you’re likely to find something (or more than one thing!) at Fibber McGee’s… holly berry and greenery “picks” for your table arrangements, plates to show off your holiday baking, wreaths for your door or walls, and of course, decorations for your tree. One tree in the store features beautiful glass ornaments in golds and coppers. Another is adorned with a rustic-looking owl and holly tree ornaments, as well as silver tin and “rusty” tin jingle bells. On those chilly winter days, light one of the birch tree candles, sip some cocoa in a cartwheeling snowman mug, and grab a treat from the roly-poly snowman cookie jar. Need a hostess gift? Pick up a pack of cute holiday recipe cards with a cookie cutter attached. The store also features furniture, artwork, candlesticks, table runners, decorative pillows, handmade jewelry and handmade hats, sweaters and blankets for little ones.

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You could say that Fibber McGee’s has everything but the kitchen sink….but they have that too! Wagner has traveled to Europe and Asia, finding unique pieces like a 14-gallon copper farm sink. Other finds from her travels include copper range hoods and European vanities with marble tops and porcelain or copper sinks. If you need to take a break while browsing, pull up a chair at one of the tables near the big fireplace (which Wagner built) and enjoy a coffee, latte, hot chocolate, chai tea or one of the delicious fruit smoothies. There are always delicious baked treats to go with your favorite beverage, from muffins and cookies to ample-sized cinnamon rolls. “It’s nice because we even have high school students come in after school for a smoothie,” Wagner says. “We have a very family-friendly place for shopping and socializing.” Customers will have even more opportunities to come together, as Fibber McGee’s plans to begin offering various classes after the first of the year and will also have a space for small gatherings like birthday parties. Fibber McGee’s is hosting a Christmas open house on December 8, featuring South Dakota Survivor star Holly Hoffman at the store from 11am-1pm for a book signing. “Fibber McGee and Molly brought people together around the radio and made them smile,” says Teunissen, “and we are so excited to have the chance to be here in Harrisburg and do the same thing.”


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Christmas at the Western Mall Runs through January 1, 2013 • 5:30 pm - 9:30 The Western Mall • 2101 W. 41st St. Enjoy Joe Noe’s beautiful digital light display set to music in the warmth of the Western Mall. Free-will donations support Make-A-Wish(R) South Dakota. INFO www.westernmallchristmas.com or (605) 335-8000.

Breakfast with Santa December 1 Great Plains Zoo Visit Santa, his Zoo volunteers, and the animals for breakfast! The entire family will enjoy a delicious breakfast, puppet shows, crafts, and other fun activities at the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. Tickets must be purchased in advance, so please call the Zoo for further information. (605) 367-7003.

Benson’s Flea Market December 1 & 2 W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Benson’s Flea Market features everything you can imagine, big and little, old and new, heavy and light! This is the longest running flea market in South Dakota. INFO (605) 367-7178.

Teddy Bear Toss at Stampede Hockey Saturday, December 1 • 7:05pm Sioux Falls Arena • 1201 N. West Ave. The Stampede will be teaming up with Avera Pediatrics to get teddy bears to those who are in need. Bring your own teddy bears from home or call and reserve your Teddy Bear Package. When the Stampede score their first goal, you get to throw your bear on to the ice with your seat location for a chance to win a prize. Tickets and INFO (605) 336-6060.

Winter Farmers Market Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22 • 10am - 1pm 8th & Railroad Center The Sioux Empire Farmers Market extends the market season by selling fresh garden vegetables, artisan breads and other baked goods, jams, jellies and other canned goods, birdhouses and feeders, artisan decorated dried gourds and other arrangements, jewelry, hand loomed rugs, meats and eggs, cheese, hand sewn children’s clothes, Christmas wreaths and more. INFO (605) 489-2651. The Hobbit December Nov. 29 – Dec. 9 (Thurs. & Fri. at 7pm, Sat. at 11am & 4pm, and Sun. at 4pm) Orpheum Theater Presented by Sioux Empire Community Theatre. Tickets: (605) 360-4800 or visiting www.siouxfallstheatre.com 36th Annual Handel’s Messiah Sunday, December 2 • 3pm

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ecem First Baptist Church • 22nd Street and Covell Avenue The Sioux Falls Seminary Community Choir will perform its annual Handel’s Messiah concert. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are needed. INFO (605) 336-6588. Christmas is Here Performance Sunday, December 2 • 4pm The Orpheum Theater • 315 North Phillips Ave . “Christmas Is Here” concert featuring Jill Miller was started in 2011 to support the services that impacted over 520 children last year, not only in Sioux Falls but the surrounding communities. Join the talented and dynamic Jill Miller for a fun, family-oriented afternoon celebrating the Christmas season. INFO (605) 275-2071.

The Story Tour December 3 Sioux Falls Arena The Story Tour, presented by World Vision, is a Christmas celebration featuring an all-star cast of some of today’s top Christian recording artists including multi-platinum selling Casting Crowns lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall. The Story Tour is a fully-produced multi-media experience with the artists performing the multi-artist album of the same name in its entirety, and will include stunning visuals to accompany every song projected on a massive screen encompassing the entire stage. Tickets and INFO (605) 367-8460. Kids at Calvary Tuesdays, December 4, 11 Calvary Cathedral • 500 S. Main Ave. Each week, join us for dinner and programs for children K-5th grade, as well as a Middle School and High School Youth groups. In Kids at Calvary, we sing, play, hear stories and make a craft in addition to field trips and special events. INFO (605) 336-3486.

Dr. Beanes and the Star Spangled Banner Thursday, December 6 • 9:30am - 10:30am, 1-2pm, 7-8pm Old Courthouse Museum • 200 West Sixth Street Mr. Daniel Slosberg, having spent a number of years researching the subject, has written a delightful, enlightening and music-filled program addressing three tributaries of American history — the War, the Flag, and the Song — which flow together in September of 1814 when lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key boards the British warship H.M.S. Tonnant to seek the release of his imprisoned friend, Dr. William Beanes. INFO (605) 367-4210. The Treasures of Christmas December 6-8 • 7:30 PM Faith Family Church • 127 N. Spring Avenue 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! INFO www.faithfamilychurch.com or (605) 336-2227.

First Friday Friday, December 7 Various Downtown Sioux Falls Businesses A special day of shopping, art and entertainment downtown! INFO (605) 338-4009. Daniel Slosberg Performance Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 7 • noon • 200 W. Sixth Street Daniel Slosberg will perform traditional fiddle tunes in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Bring your lunch or purchase one from Kaladi’s. INFO (605) 367-4210. Artists Against Hunger 7 Friday, December 7 • 5-9pm Saturday, December 8 • 10am - 5pm

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Pinnochio Friday, December 7 • 7pm Saturday, December 8 • 2pm and 7pm Sunday, December 9 • 2pm O’Gorman High School Preforming Arts Center It’s a classic and charming tale about a cute little wooden boy, a talking cricket, and the importance of telling the truth. A great play for people of all ages! Tickets are sold at the door. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. Please help a local charity by bringing a nonperishable food item. INFO (605) 336-3644. Countdown to Christmas • Holiday Open House December 7 & 8 The Robin’s Nest 108 W. Willow St., Harrisburg If you are starting or finishing your holiday shopping! Enjoy in store specials, treats and the sounds of the Holidays! INFO (605) 767-0191 or www.therobinsnestsd.com Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers Saturday, December 8 • 7:30pm Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center A two-hour how featuring the 9-piece band playing holiday classics and new arrangements. Features stories of the season, messages for the heart and music to lift the spirits. INFO (605) 582-8039.

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Fibber McGee’s Christmas Open House December 8 • 518 Cliff Avenue, Harrisburg Shop the holiday decor and visit with South Dakota Survivor star Holly Hoffman (11am-1pm) while she signs books. INFO (605) 213-3200. A Cup of Christmas Giving Saturday, December 8 • 2pm - 4pm Trinity Lutheran Church • 335 W. 1st St., Tea Large gifts, small gifts, ancient gifts, practical gifts, trendy gifts, simple gifts, thoughtful gifts, gifts of time, gifts of hope, the greatest gift(s). This is a wonderful opportunity to invite family members, friends, neighbors, club members, or gift someone with a surprise pre-Christmas outing! Tickets are $10 per person and must be ordered in advance. Contact Darleen Hagemeyer (605/368-2314) or Gail Bartlett (605/368-5165) for ticket inquiries and orders. Warm Up Sioux Falls Sunday, December 9 • 1pm Athena Fibers, 3915 S. Hawthorne Ave. Warm Up Sioux Falls is a part of a national effort to create warm afghans for families in need. Volunteers use leftover yarn to make 7” by 9” sections that are joined together into afghans to donate to Sioux Falls organizations that help families. INFO (605) 271-0741. Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers Sunday, December 9 • 4pm Harrisburg Performing Arts Center Please call for tickets or additional information. (605) 743-2567 x5018.

The Singing Boys of Sioux Falls Christmas Concert and Tea Sunday, December 9 • 3pm East Side Lutheran Church • 1300 E. 10th Street The Singing Boys of Sioux Falls and the University of Sioux Falls Chamber Orchestra will present their Christmas Concert and Tea together this year for the first time! INFO salts1@live.com

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mber Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes! Wednesday, December 12 • 7pm Thursday, December 13 • 10:30am and 7pm Sioux Falls Arena Calling all super heroes! Super Grover has lost his super-ness! Never fear, the fabulous five Super Heroes are here — featuring Elmo as Captain Fuzzy! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Zoe and all their furry friends are on a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. Singing and dancing their way through fun lessons on healthy habits, they discover how exercise, rest, nutritious food and good hygiene can save Super Grover — and turn your children into Super Heroes, too! You’ll be feeling good when Elmo’s Super Heroes! comes to town! INFO (605) 367-7288.

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The Little Lost Sock Storytelling & Book Signing by SD Author, Tom Roberts Tuesday, December 11 • 10am Child’s Play Toys • 233 S. Phillips Ave. South Dakota author and storyteller, Tom Roberts will share his stories in the story book area at the rear of Child’s Play Toys with a book signing to follow. His books, The Little Lost Sock, Santa’s Prayer & ‘Twas the Night Before Christ will be available for purchase with the proceeds benefiting the Children’s Home Society of SD. INFO (605) 965-3138. Art Moms and Friends Holiday Boutique Wednesday, December 12 • 10am - 5pm 3101 W. 41st St. Ste. 107 Join us for 12 straight days of unique shopping and supporting local artists. Support local, buy unique, share in the magic! INFO (605) 351-4784.

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Sanford PROMISE Community Lecture Series Thursday, December 13 • 5:30 pm Sanford Center – Dakota Room 2301 East 60th Street-North Matt Smalley, Research Director, Northern Business Unit Pioneer Hi-Bred/ DuPont will speak on: Corn Research in the Northern U.S.: The Science of Feeding the World. INFO 605-312-6590. A Holiday Evening at the Pettigrew Home & Museum Thursday, December 13 • 5pm - 8pm 8th Street & Duluth Ave. Experience A Holiday Evening at the Pettigrew Home & Museum. The home will be decorated for the holidays and accessible in an open house setting, holiday music and refreshments will be present in the museum, and horsedrawn wagon rides will be available to see the Cathedral Historic District. Admission is free. INFO (605) 367-4210. Brule & AIRO Holiday Concert Thursday, December 13 • 7:30pm Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104 The Native American Indian Rock Opera, Brule & AIRO, will perform their ever popular holiday concert. “Red Nativity” will feature traditional Native


r 20 American dances with contemporary holiday music by the award winning band. INFO (605) 361-8322. Sioux Falls Quilters Guild Thursday, December 13 • 6pm Location: 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. Twilight Flights Thursday, December 13 - Saturday, Dec. 22 Strawbale Winery • 47215 257th St., Renner, SD Taste South Dakota wines, eat appetizers, then take a helicopter ride over Falls Park and Sioux Falls to see the holiday lights, then back to the winery for dessert and dessert wines. An adventure you will never forget. INFO (605) 543-5071.

Divas, Dish & Design December 14 • 7pm - 10pm Color Me Mine • 3709 W. 41st St. Grab your friends and join us for an evening of creativity and fun! Paint a pottery piece in the brand new easy-to-apply embossing technique. Please call to make your reservation. The Ballroom Dance Club El Riad Shrine • 14th and Phillips Friday, December 14 • 8pm-11:30pm Ballroom dancing to the music of the El Riad Big Band. Guests welcome with tickets $10 each at the door and club membership available. Dressy / business attire requested. (605) 528-5653.

Jack, Johnny, and Jamison Performance Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 14 • noon 200 West Sixth Street Acoustic string band Jack, Johnny, and Jamison will perform in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Bring your lunch or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. INFO (605) 367-4210. Wynonna’s Rockin’ Christmas Saturday, December 15 • 9pm Grand Falls Casino Resort Enjoy this exciting performance of Christmas hits by Wynonna. Tickets are $55, $50, & $45 plus tax and an online/phone ticketing fee (this fee is waived when tickets are purchased in the Gift Shop). INFO 877-511-4FUN. Holiday Jam with the Heggs Saturday, December 15 • 7pm Washington Pavilion • 301 S. Main Street Holiday Jam with the Heggs features a 10-piece band playing new twists on holiday classics. INFO (605) 929-4985.

Sea & Sky Saturday Saturday, December 15 • 10am Sertoma Butterfly House and Purdy Marine Cove 4320 S. Oxbow Ave. Migration Celebration Discover where the monarch butterflies go and why. Learn how you can help them with their migration. Find out how much you know with our short quiz. Get a chance to win if you turn your quiz in. Craft for children will be designing a 3-D butterfly with foam and glue. INFO (605) 334-9466. Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers Sunday, December 16 • 4pm Orpheum Theater • 315 North Phillips Avenue

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General reserved tickets $20 in advance, $22 at the door. - Premium Seating is $30.00, which includes a ticket on the main floor or first two rows of the balcony, plus a $10 donation to Children’s Care. Call event hotline for tickets: (605) 444-9600. Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience Tuesday, December 18 •7:30pm 315 N. Phillips Ave. • Historic Orpheum Theater Help us welcome Shaun Johnson, the Emmy-winning lead singer of Tonic Sol-fa, and his sizzling, eight-piece Big Band Experience as they take to select Midwestern stages for an evening of holiday elegance. Enjoy a performance that blends the sound of Sinatra and Buble with the spirit of the season! Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com, at the Sioux Falls Arena Box Office, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745.3000, or at all Lewis Drug Ticketmaster outlets.

Kids Recycled Holiday Crafts Extravaganza Wednesday, December 19 • 9am - 4pm Click here to view more dates for this event Museum of Visual Materials • 500 North Main Ave. Calling all kids! Join us at the museum to make extra cool, super sweet, and fabulously funky holiday crafts using alternative materials! Ages: 4+ Cost: Free daycares, school age groups, homeschoolers, creative kids, etc.: Call Jessica at (605)271-9500 to reserve your time slot! INFO (605) 271-9500.

Kid’s Activity Day at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, December 20 • 9am - 2:30pm Click here to view more dates for this event 200 West Sixth Street Learn about history and make your own crafts to take home! Kid’s Activity Day includes morning sessions and afternoon sessions 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. New sections begin every 15 minutes throughout the day, call 367-4210 to register for available times. Admission is free. INFO (605) 367-4210.

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South Dakota Jazz Orchestra December 20 • 7pm Icon Lounge • 402 N. Main Ave. Come and join us to celebrate the holiday. No cover! The South Dakota Jazz Orchestra (SDJO) 18 piece performs; from the masters of the art such as Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich and others as well as new compositions and arrangements. Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm. INFO (605) 444-4266. A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas Friday, December 21 • 7:30pm Saturday, December 22 • 2pm and 7:30pm Lorang Theatre at O’Gorman High School After a three-year hiatus, the original members will reach back to visit some of the best-loved songs from the 19 years they performed. The concerts will benefit the Augustana Arts Fund, which provides support for students in music, theatre and visual arts activities. The shows provide a great family outing during the holidays! INFO (605) 787-7099. Performance by Anjelic Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 21 • 12pm 200 West Sixth Street Women’s singing group Anjelic will perform holiday favorites in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Bring your lunch or purchase one from Kaladi’s. INFO (605) 367-4210.

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Stampede Hockey Friday, December 21 • 7:05pm Sioux Falls Arena The Stampede are one of the premier organizations having won multiple Organization of the Year awards. The team is filled with players from all over the world and competes in 64 regular season home games. INFO (605) 336-6060.


12 Stampede Hockey Saturday, December 22 • 7:05pm Sioux Falls Arena The Stampede are one of the premier organizations having won multiple Organization of the Year awards. The team is filled with players from all over the world and competes in 64 regular season home games. INFO (605) 336-6060. Christmas Brunch Sunday, December 23 • 10am - 3pm Carnaval Brazilian Grill. 2401 S. Carolyn Ave. Please call for reservations. (605) 361-6328.

Bingo Party Thursday, December 27 • 6pm Kuehn Community Center • 2801 S. Valley View Road Come and celebrate Bingo month with us by gathering your family together and join us for a fun-filled evening of bingo and prizes. For families and all ages. Refreshments will be served. $6 per person. Register by December 13. INFO (605) 367-8222.

Ceili Dance Program at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, December 27 • 6:30pm 200 West 6th Street Ceili dancing (pronounced KAY-lee) is and Irish social dance. The dances will be taught and the moves called out. Beginners are welcome. INFO (605) 367-4210.

Grandparents’ Christmas Party Thursday, December 27 • 1pm - 3pm Kenny Anderson Community Center 3701 E. Third Street Children love to dance and have a great way of bringing out the kid in all of us. So, grab your grandchildren and bring them to the after-Christmas party. We will have music, a dance, crafts, snacks, and much more. Don’t forget to bring your Christmas spirit. Ages 55 and Up and Grandchildren ages 2 - 7. $8 per pair. Register by December 20. INFO (605) 367-8222.

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Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum Thursday, December 27 • 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 200 West Sixth Street Discover the night sky, explore the constellations! Ages 5 and up, groups of 8 or more please register at 367-4210. INFO (605) 367-4210.

Fiddler Nelson at the Old Courthouse Museum Winter Concert Series Friday, December 28 • noon 200 West Sixth Street Fiddler Nelson will perform “mostly Midwestern fiddle tunes” from noon to 1 p.m. in the historic courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. Admission is free. Bring your lunch, or purchase one from The Pickle Barrel. INFO (605) 367-4210. Skate Party with the Stampede Sunday, December 30 • 5pm Sioux Falls Arena Don’t forget your ice skates it’s a “Skate Party” with the Stampede players after the game you will get the opportunity to skate and get autographs from your favorite Stampede players. INFO (605) 336-6060.

5th Annual Champagne Ball Monday, December 31 • 8pm Icon Lounge • 402 N. Main Ave. Ring in 2013 at the 5th Annual Champagne Ball. This year’s event will benefit Make-A-Wish® South Dakota and is a masquerade ball theme. The $75.00/ person admission fee includes entertainment featuring Kory & the Fireflies, a champagne toast at midnight, hors d’oeuvres and party favors. Formal attire is recommended. Please contact Make-A-Wish at 335-8000 for ticket information.

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t the Pete and Robin Stencil home this season, it is all about decking the halls….and the walls…and the tables…and the chairs… “I love Christmas,” says Robin Stencil, who spreads the holiday joy throughout her home and at her Harrisburg business, The Robin’s Nest. “I like to take the home décor I already have and mix it with a variety of things for the holiday season.” That could be anything from a clear glass vase filled with garland beads or big red jingle bells sitting atop a pair of candlesticks. “Candle holders aren’t just for candles, you know,” she says smiling. The Stencils have plenty of great spaces for decorating in the two-story house they built eight years ago. The project was a perfect combination, with Pete in the home building industry and Robin with her innate sense of design and decorating. “I would describe the style as ‘Old World’ or ‘Tuscan,’” Robin explains. “But there is also a little contemporary mixed in here and there. That’s the great thing about decorating – anything goes.” Robin has a passion for helping other people decorate their homes, and she says it’s important to just look for those things that really speak to you or to incorporate pieces that have

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special meaning. For her, that means leopard. “I have a little bit of leopard in every room. It used to be that you were supposed to have a little black in every room, and now it’s animal print. Leopard is the ‘new neutral.’” In the kitchen, it’s the spotted leopard upholstery on the chairs around the kitchen table and on the high stools lining one side of the large center island. The living room really has the “old world” feel with overstuffed furniture, beautiful wood, and one accent wall painted a rich burgundy. The room has a warm and cozy feel, perfect at any time of the year, but even more so when you add in a beautifully decorated tree, candles and stockings hung from the mantel above the fireplace. And, don’t forget the leopard, which is carried into the room with accent pillows on the couch and

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patterned picture frames. Here, Stencil combines leopard and candy cane décor. Three stockings now hang where there used to be four…one for Pete, one for Robin and one for their husky, Meeka. Last year was their first Christmas without their other beloved dog, Ebony. Robin loves filling tables and shelves with photographs of family and the dogs, and one of the most special pictures shows Ebony and Meeka standing next to the Christmas tree, peering out the window as if they were waiting for Santa. Nearly every room has its own tree, some of which stay up year round to accommodate other holidays. The “kitchen tree,” for example, transitioned into Christmas from Halloween, when it sported a glammed-up witch hat and tall black and silver-

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glitter striped witch shoes (“Every tree needs a good pair of shoes,” says Robin). There are comfortable stops throughout the house, such as the side chairs in the kitchen and dining room and the chaise lounge near the window in the master bedroom. However, Robin says, “Furniture isn’t for sitting – it’s for pillows and throws!” Every couch, chair and bed is plentifully piled with pillows of all shapes, sizes and patterns…inviting you to just snuggle right into them with a cup of holiday tea. The one exception might be the chaise in the master bedroom,

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a piece that Robin always wanted to have in her bedroom but now doesn’t get to enjoy. “That is Meeka’s spot,” she explains. Two other unique bedrooms round out the upstairs. One is called “the bear room,” which is centered around a large framed print of “The Dancing Bears” that hangs on the wall. Robin is a big fan of teddy bears, and they fill the bed, a shelf over the closet, on the dresser and a cute little fellow sits atop an old trunk that has been in Robin’s family for years. The other room provides a special place for Robin’s niece, Blair, to visit when she comes over. A large sleigh bed style daybed covers most of one wall and, true to Robin’s decorating


style, it is filled with comfy pillows. In this room, she added a “Little Princess” tree for some holiday charm. Having a home décor business certainly helps Robin generate new ideas for her own house as the seasons change. “It’s not unusual to get tired of a room after a while,” Robin says, “but sometimes you might be limited in being able to physically rearrange a room. But the great thing about your home is that it’s the one place where you can truly be yourself. So, adding in a few seasonal touches, creating different arrangements on shelves or tables, and just mixing it up a bit with accessories that represent you can create a whole new look.” As the calendar turned to December at this charming 2-story house, it is most definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

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In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the flour, alternately with the milk and beat well. Stir in the chips and nuts. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on waxed paper and chill for 2 hours. Melt the candy coating and dip balls in the coating. Place on waxed paper and store in the refrigerator. Makes about 5 dozen.

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Combine sugar, syrup and water in a heavy sauce pan and cook slowly, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Cook to soft ball stage (238Ëš). Add the peanuts and salt and cook to hard crack stage (290Ëš) and stir constantly. Remove from heat and add the butter and soda, stir slightly and pour evenly onto a well greased jelly roll pan. Allow to cool and break into pieces.



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While chicken soup may be a miracle drug in a bowl, it is not alone in the soup family, and just about any soup can be like a big warm hug in a mug. One of my favorites is a beef with barley; a big hearty soup that fills you up and makes you feel like you can conquer the world. Or a bowl of clam chowder with big chunks of briny clam that makes even a landlocked boy feel a like a salty old sea captain. What about tomato soup, you ask? The humble can of Campbell’s Tomato inspired Andy Warhol to reinvent the world of modern art. You can’t tell me he didn’t empty a few of those cans on cold New York evenings before inspiration struck. Speaking of inspiration, my beloved and I were at a cocktail party a while back where one of the appetizers was a small teacup of tomato soup served with finger-sized grilled cheese sandwiches. A simple and tasty treat that made a bunch of stuffy adults feel like kids. You simply couldn’t eat them without smiling. Brilliant. Many years ago a friend gave me a soup mug, like an overgrown coffee cup, this one was a promotional item sent to TV stations when Seinfeld was going into syndication. On one side is the Seinfeld logo, the other says “No soup for you!” Anyone who has seen that classic sitcom episode knows that line, denying you the Soup Nazi’s precious broth was the worst punishment imaginable. I’m sure I got that mug more than 15 years ago, and today it’s still one of the most used dishes in our cupboard. That episode has become a cultural touchstone for a generation, and while the humor still makes me chuckle, the premise – a restaurant that sells the perfect soup makes it worth putting up with an abusive purveyor – still rings true. Speaking of Seinfeld, if you ever doubted the power of soup, just remember the story Elaine told about a date where she had the lobster bisque “and yadda, yadda, yadda, he never called me again.” George accuses her of using the “yadda, yadda” to skip the best part of the story. Her reply was simply “I mentioned the bisque.” And with that phrase she announced to the world that a bowl of really good soup was better than the sex she’d dismissed with a yadda. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but I do enjoy a lobster bisque! Whether you’re looking for relief from the sniffles or a supplement for your love life, it seems it can be found in a steaming bowl of soup. Do yourself a favor, eat something good today. When Jim’s not seeking out the perfect bowl of soup, he runs ADwërks, ad agency in uptown Sioux Falls.


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Riccardo Recommends There is not a wine more befitting for the holidays than Banfi Rosa Regale made from the Brachetto grape. I love absolutely everything about this wine: the bottle it’s presented in, the balance of the sugars, and the unique presence of bubbles in a red wine. The delicate bouquet of rose petals and the flavors of fresh raspberries and strawberries make this a wine I recommend. And, by the way, no wine pairs better with chocolate than Rosa Regale. Carpe Vino! at the manger of the Christ child. Over the years, the Epiphany has been a more celebrated holiday for the children of Italy than even Christmas. As legend has it, the three Wise Men were in search of the Christ child when they decided to stop at a small house to ask for directions. Upon knocking, an old woman holding a broom opened the door slightly to see who was there. Standing at her doorstep, were three colorfully dressed men who were in need of directions to find the Christ child. The old woman was unaware of who these three men were looking for and could not point them in the right direction. Prior to the three men leaving, they kindly asked the old woman to join them on their journey. She declined because she had much housework to do. After they left, she felt as though she had made a mistake and decided to go and catch up with the kind men. After many hours of searching, she could not find them. Thinking of the

opportunity she had missed, the old woman stopped every child to give him or her a small treat in hopes that one was the Christ child. Each year on the eve of the Epiphany, she sets out looking for the baby Jesus. She stops at each child’s house to leave treats in their stockings for those who were good, and a lump of coal for those who were bad. To this day, I still hang my stocking on the night of January 5 in hopes that La Befana will remember me as that little boy who wished to be found on the other side of the globe. Now that I have children of my own, I have passed on this custom to them, telling the enchanting story of that kind old lady who will fill their stockings a week-and-a-half after Santa Claus does. Another Italian holiday tradition is a special cake called Panettone (pronounced PAH-NEH-TOE-NEH.) Northern Italy’s traditional Christmas cakes, known as Panettone, are golden-brown and shaped like giant mushrooms.

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There are lots of theories about the famous Panettone, but the most romantic of all the tales is that of a Milanese baker named Toni di Borgo alle Grazie. Toni ran his shop with a stern hand, as he did the life of his young and beautiful daughter, Adalgisa. Because of this, his faithful employee, Ughetto della Tela, knew that he would never receive Toni’s consent to marry Adalgisa, despite the love between the two, unless he could somehow raise his status from that of a “low-life” kitchen hand. Thus, to win Adalgisa’s hand, Ughetto worked feverishly afterhours creating a bread that would be sweeter and richer than anything the city had ever had in the past. Through word-ofmouth, friends of Ughetto soon came into Toni’s shop asking for the special bread containing flour, sugar, candied fruits, and grapes. The bread became an instant success. But rather than taking the credit himself, Ughetto gave the fame to Toni. And soon, all of Milan was asking for “Toni’s bread” or “pan ad Toni.” The true inventor of the new treat did not mind, however. He soon became one of the family - Adalgisa was his forever. With that, I give you a Panettone recipe to enjoy with your friends and family over the holidays. Buon Natale, Buone Feste, e Buon Anno! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

Panettone Dissolve yeast in warm water.

1/2 cup raisins 5 Tbsp rum 1 (1/4-oz) package active dry yeast or 2 1/2 tsp 1 cup warm water 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 5 Tbsp granulated sugar 3 Tbsp powdered milk 5 Tbsp butter, softened 1 large egg 1/2 tsp anise extract 1/2 tsp almond extract 3 Tbsp chopped candied citron 2 Tbsp pine nuts

Next, in a bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, powdered milk, softened butter, egg, anise, and almond extracts. Stir in the yeast mixture and knead to form soft dough. Add the drained raisins, chopped dried mixed fruit, and pine nuts. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat, cover, and allow to rise until doubled; about 1 1/2 hours. Then punch down; form in a greased loaf pan*, and allow to rise again; about 1 hour. Bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top is browned. Makes 1 loaf. *Or use a greased 1-pound coffee can to obtain a more traditional shape.

As the General Manager of Spezia, Riccardo loves sharing his Italian heritage with the guests of the restaurant. Riccardo will spend Christmas with his wife, Marybeth, and three sons, Dante, Berent, and Jaxon. They are all anxiously awaiting the morning of January 6th…

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A fine selection of distinctive and uniquelyfused Peggy Karr Christmas and everyday glassware, designed in the U.S. Celebrating 25 years, Plum’s Cooking Co. is on the 8th street side of 8th and Railroad, offering cookware, tools and gadgets, cutlery, cooking classes and all you need for gift giving. www.plumscooking.com. (605) 335-1999.

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And so is scheduling and screening for breast and prostate cancers. Always keep your lifesaving medical appointments. Classic Import Repair. 301 W. 43rd St. (605) 335-1905.

Years to Come

The creative and experienced staff at Rehfeld’s is happy to help you preserve and display your family photographs, heirlooms and artwork. You can trust our award-winning team to create a frame you’ll enjoy for years to come. Rehfeld’s Art and Framing. 210 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 336-9737.

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Spark a trend with a palette that’s as beautifully cool as it is stunningly hot. With fiercely sexy eyes, sparkling lips and cheeks pinched luminously pink, you’ll warm up in no time. $54 at Hip Chic Boutique. 328 S. Phillips Avenue. (605) 271-8480.

Your Seat Is Waiting

Fill your chair with your own salon customers and be the boss. Ideal for stylist, nail tech, even massage. Great 26th and Marion location. Call Sherri at 310-4869. PH Salon Suites. 5126 W. 26th Street.

Christmas Memories

Frame your favorite Christmas memories in this buttons & bows burlap frame. Available at Forget Me Not Gift Boutique. 57th & Western. (605) 335-9878.

Modern Cowboy, Modern Pottery

Dress up your room with some Western flair. A great stand-alone piece or fill it with festive holiday décor. $144. The Blessed Door Furniture Consignment. 41st St. & Holly Ave. (605) 553-1010.

Baby Gifts Galore

Find Christmas gifts for every baby and toddler on your list. Board books make a special keepsake for your little ones. Choose from several holiday stories at Eddy Joy Baby Boutique. 57th & Western. (605) 275-0014.


The Toast of the Party

Make your little princess the toast of the party! Oodles of adorable party duds to choose from at Child’s Play Toys. Shown $9.99 - $34.99. 233 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 274-8697.

Cozy & Warm

Warm up everyone on your holiday gift list with a soft and cozy gift from Go Casual. Shown $20 - $38. 124 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 334-5795.

Stocking Stuffers

Fun, fabulous stocking stuffers — just $4 each or 3 for $10. Includes holiday gift tag & bag. Perfect for any girly-girl you know. Open December 4, 6-9, and every Saturday before Christmas! Lillian’s. 311 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 275-5720.

Moroccanoil Body Line

The Moroccanoil Body Line uses the rejuvenating power of argan oil to leave skin revitalized and luminous. Restore skin to youthful smoothness and clarity. $10 - $52. Available at Rainn Salon and Spa. 57th & Western. (605) 521-5099.

Dazzle this Season

Dazzle this season in a festive party dress from Posh Boutique. Several little numbers to choose from! Shown just $59 at Posh. 57th & Western. 271-2164.

Make a Masterpiece

The Sunflowers Master Kitz includes all the tools your child needs to create their own Sunflowers masterpiece and the learning materials to deepen their understanding of art. Available at Kidtopia. 57th & Western. 334-4825.

Humor for the Holidays Christmas Couture

Treat the Santa collector on your list to a limited edition designer Santa by Jacqueline Kent. Many to choose from. Shown 25” tall and $249.99 at Young & Richard’s. 222 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 336-2815.

Put a little humor in your holidays with comical boxers from My Current Obsession. $18 each — so many to choose from! My Current Obsession. 212 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 336-3224.

HOBO for the Holidays

Choose from HOBO’s large selection of stylish and unique holiday party purses. Available at You’ve Been Framed. 57th & Western. 361-9229.


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A Sparkly Holiday

Grab your friends and join us for an evening of creativity and fun! Paint the piece shown in the brand new easy-to-apply embossing technique or choose any piece you like. Shown $50. December 14, 7pm - 10pm. Please call to make your reservation. Color Me Mine. 3709 W. 41st St. (605) 362-6055.

Add some sparkle to your holidays with a festive wall pocket from Josephine’s Floral Design. Choose from lime, orange, turquoise and pink. Shown $57. 401 E. 8th St. 338-9290.

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This Swarovski crystal and black enamel pin will cheer up a winter coat and bring joy to the holiday season. Collector’s pin for 2012. Just $39.99 at Fifth Avenue Collection. Shop their national showroom at 708 E. Benson Road. (605) 335-0602.

The Hurom® Slow Juicer slowly and gently presses out the juice, keeping more of the enzymes, minerals and vitamins alive and well. Get all of nature’s nutrition from fruits, veggies, nuts and legumes. $359 at Maxwell Restaurant Supply. 1212 S. Cliff Ave. (605) 336-2675.

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Enjoy a delicious holiday treat! Creme Brulé, Eggnog, Gingerbread Latte and Apple Pie Latte available at both Kaladi’s locations. 26th & Minnesota, 339-3322 and 10th & Phillips, 977-0888.

Make the holidays sparkle and shine! Touch dancers’ hearts with holiday joy. Several holiday dancethemed cards to choose from at The Dance Line. 2115 S. Minnesota. Ave. (605) 335-8242.

Defend Yourself

Defend yourself against dehydration and the harsh elements of winter with SkinMedica. Technologically advanced skin care products for ultimate anti-aging skin rejuvenation. Shown $55 $120 at Vivaz Medical Spa. 57th & Western. (605) 328-9770.

Holiday Entertaining

Perfect for holiday entertaining, but practical enough for everyday use. Hand made stoneware dispenser with exquisite transparent glass. Available at GoodSpirits Fine Wine & Liquor. 41st & Minnesota. 339-1500.

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Bring It Up Instant Breast Lifts enhances your body image. These breast lifts will provide full support, without a bra, up to size D cup. Great with swimsuits, backless and strapless fashions. Available in waterproof.Available at Tote-ally Gorgeous Boutique. 57th & Western. 274-3500.

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Belly banks make wonderful Christmas gifts — and encourage kids to save money. Several styles and colors to choose from. Shown $43.99 at Kids Stuff Super Store. 3109 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-8636.

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Holiday dresses are in at Sprout and they are cuter than ever. Find sizes newborn to size 16 girls. Hannah Banana, Isobella & Chloe, Bonnie Jean, Lito and MORE! From $45. Sprout. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. (605) 271-2999.

Practical Elegance

Use this elegant, yet practical, antique glass pedestal as a serving piece or to accent your holiday décor. Pedestal $95, artichokes $9 each at Twetten’s Interiors. 1714 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 275-3456.

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Since I have been very good this year, please find my gifts at Breadsmith. Choose from delicious breads, mixes, soups, jams and more...or make it simple with a gift card! Breadsmith. 609 W. 33rd St., (605) 338-1338 or 1813 S. Marion Rd., (605) 275-2338.

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Crystal Voyage stacking rings by Brighton® will add a little color and sparkle to your holiday wardrobe. Several styles and colors to choose from. Just $34 each at Susanne’s on Phillips. 216 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 330-4002.

Fingerprint Jewelry

Keep your loved ones close. With these prints, your loved ones are never too far away. Available at Raymond’s Jewellers. 206 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 338-7550.

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Treat the bride to a Christmas gift she will truly love. Mention this ad and receive $10 OFF wedding gown preservation at The French Door. 4819 S. Louise Ave. 332-8841.

MOJO Hands Massage Therapy sells Thermophore MaxHEAT Professional strength moist heating pads and Kwan Loong Oil (linament and inhalant) for sore muscles and stuffed winter noses! MOJO Hands Massage Therapy. 3210 E. 26th St. 563-340-1818

Season Pass Sale!

The perfect stocking stuffer! Season passes are on sale at the best prices of the year. Sale prices expire Dec 31, 2012. Order online at www.wildwaterwest.com or call 605-361-9313.


Time for a Toddy?

When it’s time for dessert and a drink, check out the holiday hot drink features at Carnaval Brazilian Grill. The perfect place for an end-of-night stop. 2401 S. Carolyn Ave. (605) 361-6328 or www.carnavalbraziliangrill.com

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The 2013 Restaurant Card is a perfect stocking stuffer. Order online at www.restaurantcardsiouxfalls.com

Give the Gift of Relaxation

When quality matters, give that special someone a gift card from Sioux Falls’ only day spa recognized regionally for excellence and innovation. Gift cards can be purchased for any service, package, or dollar denomination. Radiance Day Spa. 6209 S. Pinnacle Pl. (605) 275-9535.

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This unique and beautiful Festival Angel will brighten up the holiday season. Each comes with choice of decorative ribbon. Sizes from 23” to 48”. $98-$210. Many seasonal designs to choose from at Prairie Dance Inc . Available at Sticks and Steel. 401 E. 8th Street. (605) 335-7349. www.sticksandsteel.com

Wedding Day Survival Kit

A convenient collection of emergency essentials for the blushing bride. Inside this reusable tote are 30 must-have items to fend off any last-minute fiasco. $50 at Envision Wedding Studio. 5020 S. Tennis Lane. (605) 271-4404 or www.envisionweddingstudio.com

Elmo and His Superheroes See them all at Sesame Street Live. December 12 and 13 at the Sioux Falls Arena. Tickets start at $17.50. Available at Arena Box Office, 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

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Treat your little super hero to the newest Spidey shoes! These kicks are bound to send your little web crawler’s imagination soaring. Stride Rite. 2425 S. Shirley Ave. 362-7728.

StarMark introduces “Oyster Stain” to its offering. The cool tone of oyster is a sure bet on any kitchen island or specialty bath design. Stop to see the new colors and cabinet styles and start on the design of your custom piece today. StarMark Cabinetry. 600 E. 48th St. North. (605) 977-3660.

Deux Chevaux Hand Painted Bangle Whether your style is hip and modern, or classic and timeless, a Deux Chevaux bracelet is the perfect way to express your appreciation of the equestrian life. Hand painted leather-wrapped bangle bracelet in 14K gold or rhodium. Several additional colors to choose from. $150 each at www.deuxchevauxproducts.com


Warm Up for Winter

When the temp drops outside, you’ll be warm and cozy on the inside of your home with an electric fireplace mantle from the Furniture Mart. Versatile for almost any room, this oak finished “Metropolis” mantle is a great choice for just $399. Put on the hot cocoa, your favorite robe and enjoy! Available at The Furniture Mart. 2101 W. 41st St. (605) 336-1600.

A Must Have

One hundred glittering diamonds encircle this elegant 18K rose gold-plated and stainless steel timepiece. A must have item on your Christmas list. The Diamond Room. 3501 W. 57th Street. www.TheDiamondRoom.com or (605) 362-0008.

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We have beautiful mis-matched and matching vintage dishes and place settings available for rent. Perfect for weddings and events. Call or stop by our shop to inquire about prices and check out our fresh flower arrangements. Meredith & Bridget’s Flower Shop. 3422 S. Minnesota Ave. (605) 271-5500. www.mbpflowers.com

Ronning Companies selection gallery lets you browse everything from handles, to flooring to countertops and more. Call (605) 336-6000 to schedule your visit. 401 E. 12th Street. RonningHomes.com

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Designer Frames

Start the new year with new eye wear. Stop in to see all our designer frames. The O&X frame shown is $177.00 at Visionary Eye Clinic. 6100 W. 41st St. visionaryeyeclinic@yahoo.com or 605-940-6200.

Call to schedule a birthday party for your little diva. You can also build your own birthday party spa kit. Choose from robes, pedi flops, nail polishes, candy kits, bath bombs, microphones, bath bombs, loofas, crowns and so much more! From $10 - $75. Shown $75 at Pedicakes. 305 W. 39th St. 332-2528.

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Let us do your holiday baking. Customize a goodie tray or let us do it for you. Trays from $16 at The Cookie Jar. 230 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 978-0991.

The perfect complement to your customized stamped jewelry. Kits for taking the prints are available in store or by mail. Call or stop down for details! Say Anything... Jewelry by Stephanie Wilde. 524 N. Main Ave. (605)-695-3997 or www.sayanythingjewelry.com

2012 Christmas Ornaments

Get your bracelet ready for Christmas with these beautiful new Trollbeads Universal Uniques Christmas Ornaments dangle beads. A variety of traditional Christmas colors are available. Universal Uniques are designed to fit all major brands. Trollbeads, The Original Since 1976. Available at Holsen Hus. 225 S. Phillips Ave. 331-4700.


Candy Cane Soap

Our luxuriously moisturizing almond milk soap with a holiday twist. Candy cane striped and scented, this is the perfect bar of soap for the season. Makes a wonderful gift! (605) 670-1134 or www.fathousesoapcompany.com

Bring the Holidays Home

A great selection of holiday décor to add to what you have or start all over. Santa $89.95, Sleigh $96.95. Check out our Count Down to Christmas Event, Dec 8 from 10-6. Enjoy in-store specials, treats and music. The Robin’s Nest. 108 W. Willow Street. Harrisburg, SD (605) 767-0191. www.therobinsnestsd.com.

Fabulous Felting Fun!

Design one of-a-kind felted flowers! Available at Athena Fibers, 3915 S. Hawthorne. 271-0741 or www.athenafibers.com

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Stock up on great gifts of all shapes and sizes. Pretty by Caren Original body washes and lotions. Natural and refreshing. $5 - $15. Southeastern Hair Design and Day Spa. 1701 E. 69th Street. (605) 332-5515. Online gift cards available too at www.siouxfallshair.com.

Simply Stunning

Tahitian Pearls come from the warm waters of the south seas and are the only pearl to achieve a black body color naturally. They are simply stunning. Shown is the Black Tahitian pearl pendant and earring set. Diamond cluster accents are each 1/4ct. total weight. Available at Bechtold Jewelry. 325 S. Phillips Ave. (605) 332-7151.

Merry & Wild

Holidays are merry and wild at Wild Sage Grille. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-2 and dinner Mon-Sat 5-Close. Parking is easy & the view is grand. 300 N. Cherapa Pl. (605) 274-1667.

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Choose from Oak Ridge Nursery’s unique selection of holiday décor, fresh greens and garlands, Christmas trees and so much more! 2217 S. Splitrock Blvd. Brandon. (605) 582-6565.

There’s nothing quite as romantic as a holiday proposal! Find the perfect ring for her in the Parade designer collection at Riddle’s Jewelry, corner of 41st & Louise. (605) 361-0911.

Stumped on Gift Ideas?

Give the gift of sight this holiday season. A gift card from Dakota Vision Center makes a wonderful gift. Eyewear, contacts, sunglasses and more for the whole family. Dakota Vision Center. 5012 S. Bur Oak Place. 361-1680.


Local History Books

Images of America Sioux Falls by Rick D. Odland. Local author Rick Odland, put together his personal collection of postcards of scenes of historic Sioux Falls. Retails for $21.99. The Old Courthouse Museum Store carries many other local and regional history books that make great gifts! 200 W. 6th St. (605) 367-4210 or www.siouxlandmuseums.com

2012 Holiday Collection

Exciting, new card designs and styles available now online at www.haroldsphoto.com or browse through card samples in store while our holiday experts help you make the perfect selection. Holiday cards from 79¢ to $2.39 Harold’s Photo Experts or www.haroldsphoto.com

Tie One On with Rug & Relic!

Never too big or too small, scarves and pashmina are the perfect gift for the ladies in your life...and we have hundreds to choose from! Our expert staff can teach ways to wear them, too. Free gift wrapping with purchase. $18-$39. 8th and Railroad on Eastbank. (605) 331-5546. www.rugandrelic.com.

Specialty Gifts & Home Décor

Beautiful 12-piece nativity scene in wood-carved style with fine detailed painting. Regularly $149.95, discounted 40% to $89.97. Other sets and styles to choose from at Country ‘N More Specialty Gifts & Home Decor. 69th & Western. (605) 361-9797 or www.countrynmoregifts.com

Time for Tic-Toc

Check out a stunning selection of Fossil watches for men and women. This is a wonderful gift idea for the holidays. Be sure to find TIME to stop in to Simply Perfect/Threads at the 8th & Railroad Center in Historic Downtown. (605) 338-3599. www. simplyperfectstore.com

Wonderful Stocking Stuffers

Tickets to The Dance Gallery’s Sleeping Beauty ballet make wonderful stocking stuffers. Performances of this classic are Friday January 18, 2013 and Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the Orpheum Theater. The Dance Gallery. 218 S. Main Ave. (605) 338-3740.

Get Cozy with Comfort

In Sioux Falls’ newest coffeehouse and cafe on the historic Eastbank. Josiah’s features made-from-scratch bakery and café items, soups, holiday breads, scones and many other treats. Josiah’s. (605) 759-8255. www. josiahscoffee.com

Thoughtful Gift for Your Thoughts

A thoughtful gift for the paper lover in your life. See all our paper variations at Spark Stationery, 524 N Main Ave. (605) 221-5997. www.letterpresslove.com.

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of ski jumping as you zip down a cable in a harness along the winter freestyle hill to the base of the ski jumps. The Alf Engen Ski Museum is located at Utah Olympic Park in the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, and contains a collection of trophies, medals, photos, films, uniforms, and more that spans over 70 years in the career of the Engen family. The annual Winterfest is held in February, featuring concerts and winter activities such as snowmobiling, sled dogging, skiing, snowboarding, and an ice sculpture competition. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery in Park City, Utah, and take a drive along one of Utah’s most scenic mountain roads, the famous Mirror Lake Highway. Beginning about 15 miles from Park City in a town called Kamas, this byway passes numerous streams and lakes, goes over the Bald Mountain Pass, with an elevation of 10,700 feet, weaves through the Uinta Mountains and the beautiful forest, and ends in Evanston, Wyoming. In the warmer months, golfers enjoy the most popular golf course in the state of Utah (as far as the number of rounds played) at the Park City Golf Course. In addition to this amazing golfing destination, there are more than a half-dozen options available within a 30 minute drive. For a winter vacation of a lifetime, Park City, Utah has exactly what you need.


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f tired, achy legs are slowing you down this holiday season, perhaps your Christmas wish is an end to the symptoms of varicose veins. Even though she wore support hose, Mary Devlin of Sioux Falls still ended every day with aching, swollen legs. “I just felt exhausted at the end of the day.” After about five years, she decided to give up on the support hose, and researched a solution known as endovenous ablation. It meant two, two-hour sessions – one for each leg – in a clinic setting, with no anesthesia or sedation. “The only discomfort

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“The condition runs in families, and is more common in people who are heavy, people who work in standing occupations, as well as in women who have had children – especially more than one.”

was the little needle pokes. I work part time so I was off for the afternoon, but I could have gone back to work. There is absolutely no down time after this procedure.” Now, she has energy in the evenings. “My legs don’t feel so heavy, tired and fatigued at the end of the day – and I don’t have to wear support hose anymore – yea!” Varicose veins are the “big roping veins” in the leg, as opposed to tiny spider veins which look more like purple lines on the skin, said Dr. Matthew Casey, interventional radiologist with Avera Veradia Vein Center. While spider veins are unsightly,

they don’t cause symptoms like varicose veins do. A common medical issue, varicose veins affect 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men. “They are most commonly related to failure of valves, which happens for no known cause. Blood doesn’t flow in the right direction – toward the heart – causing increased pressure in the veins,” Dr. Casey said. The great saphenous vein in the leg is most often affected. The condition runs in families, and is more common in people who are heavy, people who work in standing occupations, as well as in women who have had children – especially more than one.

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“For more than 100 years, surgical stripping was the therapy for varicose veins,” Dr. Casey said. “The great saphenous vein was surgically removed.” Yet after enduring this painful procedure, patients still faced a high recurrence rate of 20 to 40 percent. Wearing compression stockings is therapy that is helpful for some people. However, it provides symptom management rather than a cure. “Most people don’t like to wear them,” he added. Endovenous ablation is a relatively new treatment, which has been around for about 10 years. Using either a laser or radiofrequency device, the vein is destroyed through heat during a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure. For cosmetic reasons, spider veins can be “cleaned up” on an outpatient basis using sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a small amount of chemical into the veins. “About 50 to 70 percent of them go away when we treat a field of spider veins,” Dr. Casey said. The procedure is painless other than the tiny needle sticks. “Most patients say it feels like getting stung by a mosquito.” If varicose veins exist, they have to be treated first, or the treatment for spider veins won’t be very long lasting. “It’s like mopping the floor when you have a broken pipe in the basement,” Dr. Casey said. However, not everyone who has spider veins has varicose veins. In fact, 70 percent of middleaged women have spider veins somewhere on their legs. If there is no venous insufficiency, the spider veins can be treated alone with sclerotherapy. Dr. Casey says most insurance companies consider this a cosmetic procedure. It’s important to realize that spider veins, even in a treated area, can come back in other veins. “If you’re a woman who gets spider veins, you’re going to get spider veins,” Dr. Casey said. Unlike spider veins, the underlying reason to treat varicose veins is the troublesome symptoms, and also possible complications, such as blood clots. Symptoms were exactly why Amy Moncur of Sioux Falls sought treatment for varicose veins. “My legs ached at night, making it hard to sleep.” The veins weren’t noticeable, but she could definitely feel the problem at the end of the day. Her mom and both her grandmothers had varicose veins, so Amy got it checked out, and had her legs done back to back over two days. “The procedure really was a piece of cake. There was a little tenderness with the needle sticks to numb my legs, but otherwise, it didn’t hurt at all. After the procedure, there was a little achiness and a sensation of pulling, but within a week or two, my legs felt completely normal.” Now, Amy sleeps painfree at night, although she’s on her feet much of the day. “I definitely feel so much better.” To learn more, go to www.AveraVeradia.org


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Winter CraftsFor Kids by Jessica Weischedel

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he season for snow is here once again, and children will surely be having their fun making snowmen, going sledding, and throwing snowballs. Sometimes the freezing temperatures get in the way of outside play, so here are some fun snow-themed indoor crafts to enjoy with your kids.

Lantern Snow Man Materials Needed: Two white, round paper lanterns in a smaller and larger size, black and orange construction paper, black felt material, red felt material, scissors, double sided sticky tape, and safety pins.

Directions: Attach the two lanterns with the smaller one on top with double sided tape. Taking the black construction paper, cut circles out for the eyes, mouth, and buttons. Cut out an orange construction paper carrot shape for the nose and attach all of these things with the double sided tape to the lanterns. Make

sure you have enough red felt material for a nice scarf to add to the snowman. Stretch it out and cut it in half the long way. Stretch it out a little bit more, then attach the two pieces together. Use scissors to cut the edges of the red felt to make it resemble a scarf, and wrap it around the snowman’s neck. Hang or display as a fun winter decoration.

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Carefully glue your item of choice to the inside of the jar lid with a hot glue gun. Remember to keep things away from the edges of the lid enough to allow it to still screw onto the jar. When the glue is dry, test out the lid by tipping it upside down and make sure none of the items fall off. Fill the jar with water and add glitter until you are satisfied with how it looks. Remember you can always add more glitter! Next, place the lid and glued contents into the jar and screw it on. Don’t add extra glue around the rim of your jar just yet, so you can be sure you won’t have to fix anything that might have happened during this process. If you prefer to add more glue around the rim of your jar and to the inside of the lid as insurance that it will stay put, be sure you are satisfied with the end result so you aren’t locked out of changing things. The next step is to flip your snow globe over, and let your kids watch it snow!

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Glue three puzzle pieces evenly spaced from one another onto a small circle cut from cardboard. Next, add three more puzzle pieces on top, and center these pieces between the first three, forming a snowflake. Using white acrylic paint, paint the snowflake white and let it dry. Once dry, add glitter glue to add a sparkly effect. Create a ribbon hanger and attach with glue to the back and center of the puzzle snowflake ornament. You now have a handmade treasure to decorate your tree with for years to come.


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Directions: Attach the small gumdrop on top of the large one, using a toothpick to hold them together. This will create the penguin’s body. Next, snap a toothpick in half and attach the two orange jelly bean halves to the body cut-side down, creating the penguin’s feet. Let the penguin stand until everything is set. Use small amounts of icing to glue on the wafers for the penguin’s wings, and the halved M&M as a beak. Snip two small pieces of shoestring licorice with scissors and attach them with the icing to make the eyes. Tie some licorice string around the penguin’s neck to make a scarf, and you have yourself a candy penguin! Let your kids have fun with the sizes and the features of the penguins to create an entire colony to display for the winter.

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rom the moment that Tim and Christen Wermers knew their first child would be a girl, the creative wheels started turning in Christen’s mind. “I am crafty,” she says. “I love doing all sorts of projects, so I knew I wanted to create some things for Sophie’s room.” The theme centered around a tree and “blossomed” from there. Christen started with a sticky decal of a tree for the wall, but it just didn’t seem big enough. So, she decided to paint her own. It’s not your typical tree, though. While the color scheme of the room includes browns, greens and pinks, the “leaves” on the tree branches are actually various geometrical arrangements of circles and dots and other shapes. To the right of the tree are the words, “Rise and Shine” in a playful script. This represents Christen’s mom, who lost her battle with cancer five years ago. “This was something Mom always said to us when we were growing up,” Christen says. “It was important for me to include things in Sophie’s room to

connect her to her grandma.” Hanging on the same wall is a large framed print with Sophie’s baby picture in the center and photos of both sets of grandparents artistically added in above it. “This was a gift from friends in Chicago,” says Christen. “It was a complete surprise to us. It just showed up in the mail one day, and it matched the

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room perfectly. It was the most wonderful surprise!” Draping the arm of the glider chair is a blanket made from pieces of her mom’s shirts. Christen had similar blankets made in a bigger size for her siblings, but kept some fabric to be used for a baby blanket when the day came that she had a child of her own. A bear sitting in the glider was made from one of her mom’s sweaters. On a nearby table sit two special books. One title matches the lettering on the wall - Rise and Shine – and the other is Why Grandmas Go To Heaven. Sophie’s baptismal dress that hangs on the outside of the closet door was made from the dress Christen’s mom wore to Christen and Tim’s wedding. Pictures of her mom, pieces of her jewelry and a little bear with her mom’s favorite Bible verse also add to the sentimental feel of the room. Christen added her artistic flair to the room as well, creating checkerboard framed pieces with painted squares and squares of scrapbook paper, a pretty quilted pink window valance and painted flowers in the closet. Christen attached pink and green baskets to the closet wall, with the bottom of the basket against the wall, to create additional storage shelves. “She’s a girl you know,” Christen

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Alpha Writer, by Montessorium Educational $2.99 This is a truly fantastic and engaging app, created by a local couple, Bobby and June George, owners of the Baan Dek Montessori. Alpha Writer works with your child on letter sounds, reading and writing stories, identifying consonants and vowels, and reading and writing phonetically. I’ve used this app with small reading groups in my classroom and have found that it keeps kids’ attention without too many flashy features. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of apps that focus on letters and sounds. What makes this app stand out is its handling and teaching of “blends.” For example, a picture of a swimming pool will appear in the middle of the screen and a voice will say “pool.” A full alphabet plus additional letter combinations (such as oo, ea, ch, sh) is at the top of the page. Users scroll through the letters and two-letter combinations and drag the correct item to the boxes below the picture to correctly spell the word. While doing so, the voice will phonetically sound the letter or combination. The app lets children see fun pictures, hear the word sounded out, and drag each letter/combination down to spell the word while seeing and hearing the letters/combinations.

Christmas Fun, All in One Education $2.99 This Christmas app has it all for kids! You can download the free version and get a number of activities for free, but to “unlock” more options, I’d highly recommend downloading the full version for $2.99. Christmas Fun, All in One has coloring sheets, sing-along songs, Santa Dress-up, puzzles, memory games, a Santa Simon game, snowman dress up and many more interactive and festive features for kids. The primary focus of this app is games; however, it does have some basic phonics and spelling components built into some of the games within this app. What I love about this app is my 20-month old has enjoyed a number of aspects of this game, such as the music, story read-alongs, and playing peak-a-boo with the gingerbread man. At the same time, I’m eager to show my third graders this app in December, because there are a number of fun games that they too will enjoy and be challenged by, such as memory match, Santa Simon, and the puzzles.

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The Perfect Food Sanford Certified Lactation Consultant Martha Pap says babies have so many reasons to drink breastmilk, the perfect food made by mom’s body for baby’s body. Pap works with new mothers to help get them off to a good start with nursing; telling them about the benefits. Breastfed babies tend to have stronger immune systems. “They don’t get sick as often and when they do get sick, they have less severe illnesses and a quicker recovery. Scientific studies have shown that breastfeeding may help prevent some other serious conditions, such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, diabetes, cancer, obesity, asthma and allergies,” Pap says.

“Research is showing that there are so many benefits to nursing our babies that we didn’t dream of just a few years ago,” says the lactation consultant.

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“As six-month-old Nyla nestles into her mother’s shoulder, the new mom explains how nursing time has become one of her favorite times of the day. She’s taking time to feed her daughter and take a few precious moments for bonding.” took a breastfeeding preparation class before Nyla’s birth. And while she was still at the hospital, lactation consultants helped her with issues of getting her daughter latched on properly. “We’ve been very blessed that she’s a good little eater, but we were happy to have that help,” Ruckert said. “I know that it’s not always easy to figure this out at the beginning.” After Nyla returned home, Ruckert talked with a lactation consultant at her first follow-up appointment with her daughter, where the nursing expert made sure that she was getting enough ounces of milk with each feeding. She felt prepared and ready for the coming weeks, she says. “Such support can be essential to new moms,” says Pap. Families are often spread apart geographically and a new mother may not have someone who can answer questions or deal with any issues in those first essential days of nursing. “Moms are discharged after that first day or two and then

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sometimes the problems can begin,” Pap said. “Anything we can do to get women off to a good start with breastfeeding will make it easier.” In the weeks after Nyla’s birth, Ruckert attended Sanford New Baby and Me classes, where she could ask questions and learn from both medical experts and the other new moms. It was valuable information to help prepare her for the plans she’d need to make to pump breastmilk for Nyla as she returned to work. “It’s not easy some days to figure out the logistics as to the best time to get it done, but I know it’s important,” says Michaela. “It’s something I’m so glad to be able to do for her.” For more information about the benefits of breastfeeding, go to http://www.sanfordhealth.org/medicalServices/ breastfeeding or call Sanford’s Childbirth Resource Center at (605) 328-7140.


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Cars Galore! by Peter Stein Ready to hit the road? Gear up for a nonstop parade of shapes, sizes, sounds, and even smells in a wild array of cars packed with big personalities, awesome features, and eccentric passengers. Driven by Peter Stein’s bouncing verse, Bob Staake’s artwork merges vibrant color and crisp, dynamic design with humor, warmth, and whimsy. This rousing excursion is sure to thrill all kids who love things that go, as well as fans of the illustrator’s signature style. Ages 4 yrs - 8 yrs Candlewick Press

Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black In this celebration of the joy of giving, one snowy Christmas eve, a king buys some soft, red cloth to make the perfect Christmas gift for his daughter. Little does he know that the left-over cloth will be used to make presents for many more of the kingdom’s inhabitants, right down to the last teeny bit of cloth which is made into a scarf just right for a mouse. Ages 3 yrs and up Candlewick Press

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup It’s Christmas Eve, and Jim and his mother are making pirate gingerbread men to leave for Santa. Jim’s favorite is Captain Cookie, who carries a gingerbread cutlass and has a toothpick peg leg. The captain is much too good to be eaten, so Jim keeps him close by his bed. But late that night, when Jim is fast asleep, Captain Cookie steptaps away on a daring adventure to find his pirate crew — and rescue them from that mysterious character he’s heard about: a cannibal named Santa Claus. At once contemporary and timeless, suspenseful and joyous, this masterfully illustrated tale is destined to be a new holiday classic. Ages 4 yrs - 10 yrs Candlewick Press

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Christmas at the Toy Museum by David Lucas One very special Christmas Eve, Bunting and the rest of the toys in the museum are gathered around the tree -- but what’s this? There are no presents! What can they do? The normally reserved Bunting has a wonderful idea. Why don’t the toys give themselves to one another as gifts? The toys learn about the true gift of giving in this gentle and affectionate picture book from one of Britain’s brightest new talents. Ages 3 yrs and up Candlewick Press

The Goldilocks Variations by Allan Ahlberg Everyone knows what happened when Goldilocks met the three bears. But when she encounters a whopping thirty-three bears, the strangetalking Bliim, or even three little pigs, the stories end a bit differently. Lift the flaps and pull the tabs to join Goldilocks in a hilarious series of adventures, as award-winning storyteller Allan Ahlberg and his daughter, Jessica, put their own stamp on the timeless tale. Ages 5 yrs and up Candlewick Press


My Pop-up World Atlas by Anita Ganeri Budding geographers will love to immerse themselves in this fun, bright, fact-packed first atlas with lots of detailed illustrations. Each continent has its own spread, with pop-ups, flaps, booklets, and sturdy pull-tabs introducing the world’s countries, inhabitants, and famous landmarks. Watch the whole world spring to life! Ages 3 yrs and up Candlewick Press

Charley’s First Night by Amy Hest On Charley’s first night, Henry carries his new puppy in his old baby blanket all the way to his house. He shows Charley every room, saying, “This is home, Charley.” He says that a lot so that Charley will know that he is home. Henry’s parents are very clear about who will be walking and feeding Charley (Henry will, and he can’t wait). They are also very clear about where Charley will be sleeping: Charley will be sleeping in the kitchen. But when the crying starts in the middle of the night, Henry knows right away that it’s Charley! And it looks like his parents’ idea about where Charley is going to sleep may have to change. Ages 3 yrs - 6 yrs Candlewick Press

Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories Edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans solve crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships. Ages 14 yrs and up Candlewick Press

Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List by Candlewick Press As seen on Nick Jr. It’s almost Christmas, and Peppa Pig and her little brother, George, are mailing their letters to Santa. All of Peppa’s friends are there, too, and each one tells Peppa the special gift on their list. Peppa is excited to help Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig pick out and decorate their enormous tree, and she can’t wait for the big day to arrive. But little does she know that a surprise is in store on Christmas Eve, and that she may play a part in saving the day! Ages 2 yrs - 5 yrs Candlewick Press

A Stitch of Time by Denise Heisinger - SOUTH DAKOTA author Illustrated by Mary Schleich - SOUTH DAKOTA artist Stitch of Time is a book in rhyme with things to find. A fun book to read aloud and once you’re done, reread and have some fun . Children and adults will love reading this book about quilting and siblings playing together. Educational pages about writing couplet poetry and directions for a few embroidery stitches are included. dkheisinger@santel.net


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his time of year, children are full of wishes. The anticipation of Santa’s arrival fills their heads with visions of things much grander than sugarplums. Just ask any one of “Santa’s helpers” at the local retail locations, and they will tell you about wishes for puppies, game systems, bicycles, and more. But for some children, the opportunity to have a wish come true takes on an entirely different meaning. For kids that have been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, Make-AWish® South Dakota plays the role of St. Nicholas throughout the year. Last year, the organization granted a record 74 wishes to children across the state, making dreams such as going on a family vacation, meeting a favorite celebrity, or receiving a new play system come true for kids who are battling serious medical conditions. Bobbi Thury has been volunteering for Make-A-Wish for more than four years and just recently joined the organization’s board of directors. We sat down with Bobbi to gain a new perspective on the power of a wish and how granting wishes can make children’s faces light up like Christmas trees.

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For those who aren’t familiar with Make-A-Wish, please tell us a little bit more about it. We are a statewide organization that grants wishes for children who are faced with a medical, life-threatening condition—not necessarily a terminal condition—but children facing a lifethreatening condition. That’s an important distinction because the child doesn’t actually have to be dying to have a wish granted, and I think that’s a common misconception about our organization. For us, the essence is really granting a wish—a

Ona, 8, Sioux Falls — “I

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dream come true for this child—and I think it really comes down to the power of a wish. It’s more than just a vacation or a shopping spree or meeting someone. It really embodies the hope and strength and joy for that child. When you’re on the wish teams and you go out there and meet the family and the child, that’s what it’s about—seeing that joy and giving them something to look forward to. That child has faced adversity, and that family has faced adversity. Having a wish come true allows them just to live and be a child and a family.

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How does a child become a wish child? Are there criteria in addition to the child’s medical condition? Essentially, a child has to be referred by a medical professional, a parent or a guardian, or the child can refer him or herself. Then the child’s doctor will assess if the condition is life-threatening. Also, the child has to be between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18. That’s really about it.

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Once approved, a wish granting team will go out and meet with the child and the family. A lot of times you go out to meet that child and they know exactly what they want. And sometimes they don’t. Sometimes it’s really a process of getting to that dream, determining what they really want to do. It’s fun to be a part of that. Once we determine the child’s wish, we get information from the family to make sure what the child wished for is really his or her heartfelt wish and not something that’s just a whim that day. Our goal is to make it special and make sure it’s what he or she really wants. So we do our due diligence to make sure we understand what that heartfelt dream is.

How did you come to be involved with Make-A-Wish? I wanted to give back to my community and to find an organization I was passionate about. Time is precious, and I needed an organization that was worthy of my time and effort, and Make-A-Wish was it. It strikes a chord with my heart because it embodies the human spirit. These kids are facing such adversity. To see their faces light up when they come back from their trips or have their wishes granted—it’s just amazing. I think it really has a lot of power to it and it does raise them up and raise up their families, and it’s really special to be a part of. I’ve also helped with the fundraising, like helping out at the Christmas light display at the Western Mall. It’s a simple thing that my husband and I can do in the evening—go volunteer a couple hours of our time and raise some money for kids’ wishes. Being a part of the wish team is really rewarding, but I also understand that it takes money to make those wishes come true.

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I think every time it becomes a part of your heart. Any time a human being is sharing their dreams with you—regardless of age—it’s so special. One that stands out, though, was a young lady who was actually a volunteer herself. She knew exactly what she wanted, and it was to meet the cast of CSI: Miami. This was a very, very special kid. A lot of times you go to meet the kids, and it’s just so interesting because each kid is their


own person. I was in awe of her. I would think, “Look at all she is doing, and I feel like I should be doing so much more!” She was so inspiring — to be going through this situation, and yet here she is, volunteering at other organizations. It was just an eye-opening experience.

What a unique wish! So you were able to make that happen? Yes! There were a couple particular characters she wanted to meet, and we were able to make that happen. She had a huge interest in forensics and could talk about every episode. She was really fun.

Is that the most unique wish you’re aware of being granted? Well, we’ve had a wish to go skydiving! But then we’ve also had a child from another Make-A-Wish chapter who wanted to come to South Dakota to have a birthday party with their family who lived near Mitchell. So we helped with that. I think it’s a testament to having each particular child’s wish come true. 301 West 43rd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 605.335.1905 classicimportrepair.net

What is the most common wish that kids have? Probably to meet Mickey or Minnie at Disney World. And while the wish is common, the experience is different for each. Disney is great to work with, and they really make it special for each child.

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How can people support Make-A-Wish? With the holidays coming up, we have the Christmas at the Western Mall event. It’s a fabulous light show that runs every evening through January 1st. We’re also always looking for volunteers and friends of Make-A-Wish. There are so many ways to give — our Driving for Dreams program, Wheels for Wishes, Adopt-A-Wish, or donating airline miles. We also have events like Hot Harley Nights in Sioux Falls, but there are also events all across the state. Coming up, we also have the Champagne Ball on New Year’s Eve which will be held at the Icon Lounge. There are so many ways to support wishes!

In the spirit of Christmas and wishes, what is your Christmas wish this year? In the spirit of Make-A-Wish, I think it would be to just see our friendships grow in the community and to help more kids and make their wishes come true. For me, there’s really no greater thing we can do as humans than to nourish that human spirit. It’s absolutely amazing. For more information about Make-A-Wish South Dakota, visit their website at www.southdakota.wish.org or contact Paul Krueger, President & CEO, at (605) 335-8000.

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Puppies or Kittens for Christmas? by Dick Rogen, DVM

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am not a big fan of giving a puppy, kitten or other pet as a Christmas gift. My first year as a Veterinarian, in Boise, Idaho, is mostly to blame. The clinic where I practiced also had a large pet store attached to it. Last minute shoppers on Christmas Eve were disappointed to find all the young pets gone, except for a few Guinea Pigs. With good intentions, people settled on purchasing the Guinea Pigs. It has always bothered me, what happened to those tiny little creatures. A little puppy named Rascal changed my thinking on this. I had taken care of Brutus, a little grey poodle for several years. He was a well-loved, mostly spoiled little guy that lived long enough to have a bad heart. Brutus had congestive heart failure. He took his medications well, never had stress and knew his way to the clinic. Like most patients, they have good days and bad days. Eventually despite medicines, the heart simply was too weak to go any farther. That was a hard day when he passed away. There were a lot of tears, and lots of sadness and emptiness after he was gone. But, we did everything that we could, and he certainly was loved. It is always hard to lose your friend and companion. The words, “ We’ll never have another pet...it is just too hard to lose them,” are common to hear. When I ran into his faithful humans a few days later, they just didn’t have their normal energy. Brutus had been a good spark in their daily life. Then came Rascal. According to history, he showed up inside

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a Santa hat. He was so small when I first saw him, that he fit in my hand. He was full of wiggles and energy. Their children had gotten him for Christmas. I don’t know if they felt they were up to the task of raising a new puppy or not. Would he fill the shoes of their old friend? That was going to be a tough task to measure up against. I am happy to say that Rascal has made his own path into many hearts. He is energetic, demanding and yes, very loving. More importantly, he has provided laughter and companionship to pet-loving people. It seems once you’re a pet person, it is very difficult to live without that relationship. The love and energy they bring is needed in our world. Now, I am not telling everyone to go out and get a puppy or kitten for Christmas. It is important that the people receiving the pet are ready and able to care for it. I recommend giving a kennel, toy or treat on Christmas Day and then pick up the pet the following day. It is a safer time to bring in a new baby. I cannot think of a better present to receive than love and companionship. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Enjoy your family, spoil your pets and do not forget the true reason for this wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas! Horizon Pet Care 1224 East Holly Boulevard Brandon, SD 57005, (605) 582-8445


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olumbus College began in 1909 in Chamberlain, SD, and operated there for 12 years. With the inspiration of Bishop Thomas O’Gorman, the all-male prep school, high school, and college were moved to Sioux Falls and reopened in September 1921. Sixty acres were purchased at this location, and a dormitory, classrooms, and other buildings were constructed in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style. It was said the college was intended to become the “Notre Dame of the Midwest.” The curriculum included liberal arts, five foreign languages, commercial courses, and four preprofessional majors. Many graduates went on to Catholic seminaries. Athletic teams, nicknamed the “Mariners,” ruled the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference. In 1926 its teams were league champions in all three major sports: football, basketball and track. Columbus College, an early victim of the Great Depression, closed in 1929. The original buildings remain as part of the 1949 Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital. Dedicated in 2000 by the Minnehaha County Historical Society.

Major Campus Buildings Shown is a metal plate etching of Columbus College as it appeared shortly after the school opened in Sioux Falls in 1921. Image owner: Pat Lynn.

The “Crew” Members of the student body of Columbus College were called the “Crew.” To prepare for an upcoming football game, freshman went to the nearby Big Sioux River Valley to gather tree limbs and branches which were then carried back to the campus. Stacked into a huge pile, the firewood was then burned at an evening pep rally. Siouxland Heritage Museums.

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