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The most wonderful Tyme of the year ◗ Aledo finishing

preparations for Holiday Celebration By Katie Martinez The Community News

Celebrating more than a decade of Christmas Tyme tradition, the city is hard at work with preparations for Aledo’s Christmas Tyme celebration on Dec. 3. Angela Kell, events planner for the city and Mrs. Claus to the children who visit Santa at his workshop inside the community center, has been working behind the scenes since September to plan this year’s event. A lot goes in to putting on a city wide celebration, from bringing in sponsors and working with local businesses to coordinating with health inspectors, planning committees and city administration. Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall said the event, in its 11th year, is always changing and evolving – and it gets better every year. “Christmas Tyme is a really fun, family-friendly event that showcases all the things that make Aledo great,” she said. “It introduces the community to our local businesses and gives the community the opportunity to usher in the Christmas season together.” Kell, who is working on her second Christmas Tyme event, said after finishing her shift as Mrs. Claus last year, she was excited to see the fruits of all her labor. “I remember I jumped in my car and went around to all the different locations, I wanted to see how all of our ideas were playing out,” she said. “It was great; kids were making s’mores and people were really having a great time.”


TOP: One of the hits of the 2010 Christmas Tyme was Harley Santa at Aledo Florist. | RIGHT: All sorts of gifts, apparel and yard decorations can be found at the Craft Fair at Aledo Community Center.

The event faced uncertainty when the East Parker County Chamber, which had always sponsored the event, decided not to continue, but Aledo’s Economic Development Corporation picked up the reigns and with the help of community sponsors has continued the tradition without a hitch. Marshall said that she spends a lot of her time on the wagon talking to people about the history of the city and how the city has grown and changed, while still retaining its small-town charm. Turn to TYME, page 4C

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“That makes it hard for me to get around and see all the other events, and I’m torn by that,” she said. “I do absolutely love sharing with people the history of our city – but I would also love to participate in all the activities going on all over town.” The arts and crafts fair has been held at the Community Center in Aledo for the last 34 years, Kell said. It’s an important tradition in the city and Marshall said Christmas Tyme was structured to enhance the fair and help the local artists as well as the businesses. Kell said she and her family are really looking forward to seeing what Milestone Portraits and the Bird’s Nest Salon are going to do, because their event is new this year. They will have a bounce house for the kids along with airbrush tattoos and an outdoor Christmas movie. Marshall, who has been involved with planning the event since its inception 11 years ago, said her favorite thing about the event is – everything. “I don’t think I can pick one event over another because what I love about Christmas Tyme in Aledo is the way all the facets come together to make one fabulous event,” she said. TOP: Local businesses take on a glow during Christmas Tyme. | LEFT: Carolers from Holy Redeemer Catholic Church performed on Front Street during the 2010 Christmas Tyme in Aledo.

CHRISTMAS TYME IN ALEDO Saturday, December 3 5-9 p.m. The 34th annual Arts and Crafts Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Aledo Community Center Santa arrives at the Community Center at 6 p.m. on a fire truck to light the Community Christmas Tree and pose for pictures

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Presenting Sponsors George and Amy Mercer Platinum Sponsors Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine Fort Worth Home and Garden Show National Cutting Horse Association Gold Sponsors Cook Children’s First National Bank of Weatherford Leonard Golf Links Morrison Supply Company

Silver Sponsors 4k Ranch and Farm Operations Bob Leonard Law Group Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth Huguley Memorial Medical Center Keith and Missy Hutton Jerry’s Auto Group Mary Mike Mckenzie M-Pak, Inc.

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The Poetry of You To love someone other than yourself Is the highest form of loving yourself, For you come to love all humanity And humanity becomes you. And the greatest part of you Becomes a part of everyone you come to love. We are here for a purpose. And it lies outside of ourselves And the Noble Ideals we share. It lives and breathes within the lives of others, Not so fortunate as ourselves. It lives as well as it may. A child must possess the knowledge That there is love, That love exists, And that it may be found In you. For a Mother and for Father Love truly blossoms evermore When children find: “Tis true There is poetry all around, Beauty flows from everything, But by far The most beautiful poem Is you.” © 2011 by William C. Anderson

Merry Christmas From Dr. William C. & LeVonna C. Anderson, Directors

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WAGON STOPS South Aledo, Maria Bonita’s Mexican Cocina (formerly, Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant), Downtown Historic Aledo and the Cul de Sac on Elm St.

11th Annual


Wagon Stop Sponsors: Forté Farmers Insurance-Mike Hale Myser Orthodontics Wagon Sponsor: The Community News

ALEDO COMMUNITY CENTER Arts & Craft Fair 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 4-H Concessions 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

ALL THE GOODIES Hot Chocolate Boutique and Scoop Me

Kettle Korn 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Texas Family Chiropractic Food & Refreshments

Mayor welcomes Community to Christmas Tyme in Aledo 5 p.m.

The Summit Roasted Corn, Arts & Crafts

Just for Kix Dance Group 5:05 p.m.

104 MAVERICK STREET PROFESSIONAL BUILDING Janice L. Hicks – 4-H Petting Zoo Aledo Children’s Advocats – Children’s Crafts Center of Hope – Refreshments Trinity Bible Church – Hot Chocolate Dave Hunter – Entertainment Law Office of Josh Norrell

Klassy Kloggers 5:30 p.m. Santa Lights Christmas Tree 6 p.m. Photos with Santa in Santa’s Workshop 6 -7:20 p.m. Aledo High School Choir 6:15 p.m. Jessica Pelletier 6:35 p.m. Aleford Band 6:50 p.m.

SOUTH ALEDO Milestone Portraits/The Bird’s Nest Hot Chocolate, Smores, Air-brush Tatoos, Bounce House, Outdoor Movie

Myser Orthodontics – Hawaiian Christmas Theme

Kettle Korn 5-9 p.m.

Happy Nails – Face Painting

Whistle Stop Pre-School/Church of Christ – Bowls of Chili and Children’s crafts

J.K. Donuts

Cindy Robertson – Scentsy Wickless Candles

Subway Texas Backroads-Entertainment

Aledo Sports – Candy Canes Aledo Volunteer Fire Department Hamburgers


Aledo National Bank - Refreshments

Forté - Wassail served in the Garden, Toy Drop-off for Toys for Tots, Accepting donations for the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department

Edward Jones/Chad Bagley Joe’s Pizza & Pasta Realty World/Pam Snowden – Santa, Craft Activity

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GOODIES from page seven Farmers Insurance-Mike Hale – S’mores, Hot Chocolate & Coffee Christopher Moore SalonFun Hair Color for Kids, Refreshments Kwik Kar Lube & Auto Care of Aledo – Refreshments and Giveaways First Financial Bank – Hot Dog Stand Parker County Life – Pin the Ornament on the Christmas Tree, Give-aways Elm Street cul de sac/Oak Street Area La Moon Rock House- Cookies & Refreshments Urban West – Refreshments, 20 percent off Apparel Fal de Ral – Roasted Marshmallows over open fitpit Aledo Florist The Bake Shoppe – Cookies & Refreshments The Community News - Magic and Fun

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Historic Weatherford’s Christmas on the Square ◗ Christmas on the Square

in Weatherford has a new time this year, but everyone’s favorite events haven’t changed. Special to The Community News

Everyone is excited about Christmas on the Square and, as always, there will be lots of fun festivities to enjoy. The event is free to the public and will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a new time from noon to 5 p.m. a the Historic Downtown Weatherford Square. The Annual Christmas Parade will kick off the event, starting at

10 a.m. at the Ninth Grade Center and following its route down South Main and west around the Square. The theme for this year’s event will be “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” and many of the downtown shops and businesses will be decorated to reflect their interpretations of the classic Christmas tune. During the more than 20-year tradition of Christmas on the Square, the event has continued to grow. Attendance got a huge boost a few years ago, when it was moved to Saturday. Turn to SQUARE, page 10C


Christmas on the Square begins at a new time this year, immediately after the parade.

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In keeping with the growth the event has been moved to daytime hours to allow for continued expansion. There are lots of children’s activities, choirs singing, food booths, craft booths, gift ideas and much more. Kids and parents alike will enjoy taking a break and visiting with Frosty, Rudolph and all of the season’s favorite characters. This year, Santa will be flying in and making his appearance at First Financial Bank. Thanks to all of Santa’s Helpers at FFB, kids will be able to take home their photo with Santa at no cost to Mom and Dad. Christmas on the Square will end at 5 p.m. though downtown businesses will be staying open late for shoppers to stroll the square and enjoy the ambiance of the beautiful Parker County Square. There’s not a prettier

site than the downtown area all light up in celebration for the holidays. For more information, vendor applications and sponsorship opportunities, visit www. or contact the Chamber at 817596-3801.

ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS Parker County Cruisers will fill the SE quadrant of the Square with classic cars An ice sculptor will transform blocks of ice into beautiful, Holiday themed works of art Horse-drawn carriage rides sponsored by Parker County Physical Therapy Pony and mini-train rides Face painters and balloon artists for the kids FILE PHOTO/THE COMMUNITY NEWS

Roaming Holiday characters (Grinch, Frosty, Penguin)

A festive boxer participates in the annual holiday parade at Christmas on the Square in Historic Downtown Weatherford.

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STAGE SCHEDULES SW Quadrant Stage Sponsored by Firestone Complete Auto Care; Stage Manager Bobby Clark, Any Event DJ’s 12 - 1 p.m. Mary Martin Elementary School 1 - 1:45 p.m. Mary and Eli 1:45 - 2 p.m. Trinity Christian Academy Ribbon Squad 2 - 3 p.m. The Rock 3 - 4 p.m. Just For Kicks (under the direction of Nika Carter) 4 - 4:30 p.m. Curtis Elementary 4:30 - 5 p.m. Wynn Williams NE Quadrant Stage TBA Stage Manager Ryan Zamarron, Rockin’ R Productions

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Christmas 2011 – Birth of a New Tradition Editor’s Note: The following commentary has been adapted from an email that has been making the rounds.

As the holidays approach, the giant foreign factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods – merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift given time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It’s time to think outside the box. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone – yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, local-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are numerous owner-run restaurants – all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains – this is about supporting your home town merchants and services with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would love the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. Perhaps someone’s computer could use a tune-up; there is probably some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. Honestly, do you really need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a $5 string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mail carrier, trash guy or babysitter a nice big tip. Christmas is now about caring about our neighbors, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. This can be the new American Christmas tradition.


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Shop Local, Buy Local Check with individual merchants for details Aledo Agape Gifts Jim Shore Collectibles

Fal De Ral $20 Scarves

Milestone Portraits Christmas Card Special

Aledo Family Eye Care Oakley, Maui Jim Sunglasses

Fido & Friends Dog Grooming & Pet Supplies

R.E. Maintenance Tune Up Special

Aledo Florist Poinsettias & Fresh Wreaths

Forte Vera Bradley

Rock-N-Store Holiday Storage

Aledo Grafix Bearcat Apparel &Jewelry

Grace Day Spa 15% Off Harmony Facial

Studio Salon By Linda Full Service Hair Salon

Chattel 25% Off One Item

Hot Chocolate Clothing & Accessories

Christopher Moore Salon $99 Brazilian Blow Out - Select Stylist

Kwik Kar Lube & Tune Lube & Car Care La Moon’s Rock House Salon Family Hair Salon

The Birds Nest Salon and Pretty Things Urban West Unique Apparel & Jewelry

Fort Worth Antique Mercantil Home Décor

Holiday Hours: Nov. 24, 2011 (Thanksgiving) 7 am - 11 am (Breakfast only) Both Locations • Dec. 24, 2011 5 am - 6 pm • Dec. 25, 2011 CLOSED • Dec. 31, 2011 5 am - 8 pm • Jan. 1, 2012 8 am - 12 pm

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Gibson’s Purses $29.88

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Holiday Splendor ◗ 30th annual Tour of Homes

set Dec. 10 By Melissa Moorman Special to The Community News

WEATHERFORD – This year’s Candlelight Tour of Homes is the 30th time that owners of some of Weatherford’s oldest homes have opened their doors and welcomed visitors. The Candlelight Tour is set for 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, and are available at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and the Doss Heritage and Culture Center where credit cards are accepted. Photos of each of the locations can also be seen on the Parker County Heritage Society’s website, LEFT: Chandor Gardens in Weatherford provides an abundance of scenery over four acres. It is one stop on the annual Tour of Homes Dec. 3.

“We have four stunning homes on tour this year, along with Chandor Gardens, St. Stephens Catholic Church and the Doss Heritage and Culture Center,” said Bill Warren, Candlelight Tour chair. “With all of the different locations you can spend an afternoon immersed in Weatherford’s colorful past.” This year’s tour venues include: • Flinn Home - 402 Garner Road - This home was built in 1885 for William Flinn and his wife Alice. Flinn was a bridge builder who constructed the North Main Bridge crossing Town Creek. The bridge was the widest in the world at the time. • Kindel Home - 402 West Spring – This home was completed in 1881 for pharmacist and businessman R.W. Kindel and his wife Frannie. He was the founder of the first castor oil mill west of the Mississippi River. The home has been awarded a Texas State Historical plaque.

Sunday, Dec. 4 - Children’s Recital 6:30 p.m. Come and hear the musical gifts of the Children of Faith

Sunday, Dec. 11 - THE MESSIAH 10:30 a.m. Worship: The Musicians of Faith will perform Handel’s Messiah

Sunday Afternoon at the Movies, Dec. 11 3 p.m. - Movie: Bethlehem Star (for all ages)

Wednesday, Dec. 14, Breakfast for Dinner with Santa 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. During Wednesdays Together. Bring your Christmas Lists!

CHRISTMAS EVE: two services 6:30 and 11:15 p.m. Carols, Candlelight, Communion


Stop by during CHRISTMAS TYME IN ALEDO, the first 100 visitors will receive a FREE flower!

The Community News • Loving Home - 119 West Josephine - Isaac N. and Annie (Loving) Roach were the original owners of the Victorian cottage completed in 1891. Annie was the daughter of Oliver Loving of the LovingGoodnight Cattle Trail remembered in Larry McMutry’s Lonesome Dove. • Chew Home - 702 South Waco - The home was built in 1904 by William and Frances Chew. Chew owned the Weatherford Lumber yard for many years. • Chandor Gardens - 711 West Lee Avenue – Douglas Chandor and Ina Kuteman Hill chose this four acres of land adjacent to her parent’s home and named it White Shadows. The property includes a beautiful home nestled among boulders, ponds, fountains and a waterfall. This unique treasure is now owned by the City of Weatherford and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department.

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• St. Stephens Catholic Chapel - 211 South Main The first Catholic Church in Weatherford was a wooden structure constructed in 1882. The one on tour was built to replace the original structure that was destroyed by fire and completed in 1902. The basically Queen Anne style has elements of English Gothic design. The stained glass windows are original throughout the building. It was redecorated in the 1950s based on a design by English portraitist Douglas Chandor. • Doss Heritage and Culture Center - 1400 Texas Drive – The 23,000 square foot museum highlights Weatherford’s colorful history, a rich tapestry of cattle barons and cowboys, Broadway stars and political leaders is shared and showcased in spacious state-of-the-art exhibit spaces. Stop in to see the newest exhibit - Expressions From the Soul an exhibit of professional Texas artists. Also during the tour, see the Candlelight Gift Market.

The Chew Home in Weatherford was built in 1904.

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Numerous schools, non-profit organizations and community groups are planning activities to celebrate the holidays. Below you will find events to attend and participate in.

Schools Aledo Christian School 817-441-7357 ”The Light Before Christmas” Elementary Play December 13, 2011 7 p.m. at Aledo Christian Center Trinity Christian Academy 817-441-7901 “Miracle at Midnight” Christmas Musical December 1, 2011 7 p.m. at Trinity Bible Church JH Choir and HS Choir will perform at Christmas on the Square Dec. 3 at 3:45 p.m.

Weatherford Christian School 817-596-7807 High School Choir Concert December 8, 2011 7 p.m. at Greenwood Baptist Church

McAnally Intermediate School 817-441-8347 Christmas Band Concert December 8, 2011 7 p.m. at Aledo High School

Christmas Craft Bazaar Craft Show December 9, 2011 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the School

Choir Concert December 15, 2011 7 p.m. at McAnally

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Caroling December 16, 2011 8 a.m. at McAnally

Aledo High School 817-441-8711 Choir Christmas Concert December 13, 2011 7 p.m. Aledo Middle School 817-441-5198 Rachel’s Challenge December 2, 2011 8 a.m.


McCall Elementary School 817-441-4500 Winter Parties December 16, 2011 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Stuard Elementary School 817-441-5103 Winter Parties

December 15, 2011 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Holiday Bazaar November 17, 2011 3:30 to 5:30 Gym

Vandagriff Elementary School 817-441-8771 Choir Program December 13, 2011 6 p.m. Kindergarten Christmas Program December 15, 2011 8:30 a.m.

Weatherford ISD Crockett Elementary School 817-598-2811 4th Grade Music Program December 1, 2011 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria Turn to GUIDE, page 18C

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Wright Elementary School 817-598-2828 Wear Green Day December 16, 2011

GUIDE from page 16 Crockett Elementary School Choir Concert December 9, 2011, 7 p.m.

Classroom Parties December 16, 2011, 10:45 a.m

Ikard Elementary School 817-598-2818 Latte in the Library Parents come read with your kids and have a latter or hot chocolate during the kids’ normal library times. December 5-9, 2011 Library Holiday Parties December 15, 2011 Martin Elementary School 817-598-2910 Reading Rainbow December 9, 2011, 8 to 9 a.m. Tison Junior High 817-598-2960 Band Christmas Concert December 11, 2011 6:30 p.m. at Durant Auditorium

Hall Junior High 817-598-2822 Christmas Band Concert December 4, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at Durant Auditorium Weatherford High School 817-598-2858 Class Parties December 16, 2011, 10:45 to 11:45 Holiday Choral Concert December 9, 2011, 7 p.m. at Durant Auditorium Choir Christmas Concert December 15, 2011 7:30 p.m. at Durant Auditorium Band Holiday Concert December 12, 2011 7 p.m. at Durant Auditorium

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Non-Profits Hemi Foundation Jessie Hall’s grandparents are sponsoring the Hemi lighted forest of Hope to benefit The Hemi Foundation. The foundation serves hemispherectomy patients, like Jessie. The Halls have put Christmas lights on 542 trees at their home in Wyoming. The trees are available for adoption, $100 for large trees and $50 for small trees. More information are available at Christmas card fundraiser Christmas cards are available for sale at www.hemifoundation org. The cards come 12 for $12. Parker Paws 817-441-8844, Pet Adoption Look for the Mobile Adoption Unit on Bois D’Arc Street December 3, 2011 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Monday in Weatherford

Christmas On the Square Merchandise for sale to benefit Parker Paws and the Weatherford/ Parker County Animal Shelter December 3, 2011 12 to 5 p.m. in downtown Weatherford Pet Adoptions at Petsmart Parker Paws will have adoptions at Petsmart in Weatherford on three weekends in December. Dec 3/4, 10/11, 17/18 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Petsmart in Weatherford Christmas Tree There will be a Christmas Tree at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter where people can drop off gifts to the shelter, or purchase gift certificates for a low cost spay/neuter for a pet as well as donate to the low cost spay/neuter program. Weatherford/Parker County Shelter Pet Adoption December 17, 2011 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Le Chateau

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Aledo Advocats Christmas Tyme in Aledo Center of Hope will be doing crafts December 3, 2011 Maverick Center Wish List Sports and dance equipment. Shoes, cleats, balls, bags and clothes from small to tall. Center of Hope 817-441-2442 Annual Tree of Hope Fundraiser: Give a donation in honor or memory of someone. $10 turns on a light and $100 gets a star on the tree. 9901 E Bankhead Hwy., Suites C & D, Aledo, Texas 76008 Wish List


Prepaid gas cards in $10-$20 increments. Casa Parker County 817-599-6224 Breakfast with Santa Children 12 & Under are $10. (Includes photo with Santa) Adults are $5 Mrs. Claus Story Corner, Crafts, Hayrides. All proceeds benefit Casa Parker County December 3, 2011 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Central Christian Church, 1602 S. Main Street, Weatherford Wish List More volunteer advocates for children, multipurpose copy paper, puzzles, stickers, construction paper, nerf balls, chalk and toys for Christmas (all ages) and gift cards from Wal-Mart or Office Max Manna 817-599-6569 Santas Helpers Give toys and needed items to a child on the Manna Angel Tree. Turn to GUIDE, page 21C

Come to the Candlelight Gift Market Only Three Days - December 9 through 11 Get all of your holiday shopping done in one place. Specialty vendors, a great location and a unique shopping experience.

From our family to yours Full Pest Control Services Residential & Commercial • Insect & Disease Control for trees, ornamentals & turfs • Deep Root Feeding & Aeration • Season Long Insect Control with Soil Injections

Texas Oak Wilt Certified By the Texas Forest Service TOWC-0071

‡ December 9 - Candlelight Gift Market preview and private sale, 5-8 p.m. Tickets ‡ are $10 each. ‡ December 10 - Candlelight Gift Market and Candlelight Tour of Homes. Gift market hours from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Candlelight Tour 1 - 7 p.m. For more information on the Candlelight Tour, visit www. ‡ ‡ December 11*LIW0DUNHW¿QDOGD\ ‡ noon- 5 p.m. ‡ There is no cost to shop the gift market on Saturday or Sunday.

Photo by Craig Swancy

Doss Heritage and Culture Center 1400 Texas Drive, Weatherford, TX or follow us on Facebook

Consultations by Certified Arborist


Wish List Dry pet food, canned pet food, kitty litter, collars, puppy pads, busy bones and gift cards from Petsmart and Walmart to buy other items for the pets. Donations can be dropped off at 403 Hickory Lane in Weatherford, or drop them off at Le Chateau in Willow Park on Dec. 17.

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For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

109 Larson Lane, Suite 100 • Aledo, TX 76008 817-441-2747 Of¿ce • 817-441-2772 Fax

Services Did you know that traditional Medicare covers home health 100% • Nursing • Diabetic Education • Wound Care • Physical Therapy

• Occupational Therapy • Speech Therapy • Home Health Aides • Social Worker

Specialty Services • Mediation Reminder Service - Alarming Pill Box • Daily Monitor your loved one’s condition - Web Nurse at Home • Emergency Response Device - Life Link

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Manna (Continued) Wish List Baby diapers, individual soap and shampoo. 129 Spring Street, Weatherford United Way 817-596-5986 Wish List A few reliable office volunteers and a successful campaign for 2012. To donate, call 817-596-5986, email, or mail contributions to United Way of Parker County, P.O. Box 1476, Weatherford, Texas 76086. Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes This year the Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes to distribute holiday cards to American Service members, families, and veterans around the world. Mail your letters to Holiday Mail For Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 207915456.


a m ^  ^  ; m Z ^ k Z [ k ^ \ e Zm ^ After months of hard work, the Aledo Bearcat Regiment represented our community at the state UIL Band Competition in San Antonio. The Community News will publish a special salute to the band on December 9, 2011. Full color congratulation cards (measuring 3.792” x 2”) are available for $50. Deadline for orders is Dec. 2.

Community 30th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes www.parkercountyheritagesociety. com 30th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes Registration Required December 10, 2011 1 to 7 p.m. in Weatherford Weatherford College 817-598-6458, Sheila Kinkead Parker County Community Choir Concerts Selections from Handel’s Messiah December 5, 2011 7:30 p.m. Bush Legacy Republican Women 817-441-6290 Christmas Party The Bush Legacy Republican Women will have a Christmas Party at their regular meeting. Roger Williams will install the incoming officers for the year 2012. Party is for members only and their guests. December 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

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To reserve space by phone, call 817-441-7661.

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Have yourself a Natural Little Christmas ◗ Bring Mother Nature

inside to create an elegant holiday home By Jessica Abels CTW Features

Sometimes taking a stroll into the holiday-decorating aisles of your local store can feel more like falling through Alice’s rabbit hole. With everything from animatronic snowmen to psychedelic-lighted tree toppers, it can be tempting to go Mad Hatter and get carried away. But there’s a reason why no one sings “Deck the halls with plastic metallic tinsel.” This holiday season, why not let the original interior designer, Mother Nature, have command over your home? Mar Jennings, a Westport, Conn.-based lifestyle expert, author and TV personality, likes to incorporate a number of natural elements into his holiday decorating. While he says those boughs of holly and evergreen branches are great places to start, there are many other, more unexpected ways to go au natural. “I love to take a lemon and slice it in half to make a little mini lemon bouquet,” Jennings says. “There’s nothing better in the winter than to get a burst of citrus color.” He incorporates more lemons, along with limes, by hollowing each fruit out to make just enough space for a small votive. Jennings calls them “lemon lights” and “lime lights” and says they “bring texture and color that are great for parties.” At the table, Jennings suggests creating place cards using a metallic pen to write names on magnolia leaves, as well as using non-blooming fig tree leaves as placemats. “I also like to take cranberries, barley or coffee beans and put them in glasses and put a tea light or small candle in them,” he says. “It creates different levels of illumination using things from my pantry. “When I do table arrangements, I use one vase and put another inside and line the wall of the outer vase with halved Brussels sprouts. That’s another way of getting something organic on the table.” When it comes to the tree, however, Jennings says you may want to consider the artificial route. “One thing more and more is that artificial trees are becoming so real,” he says. “Using an artificial tree is not a bad idea, especially when you can’t tell it’s artificial.

It’s a great choice and with all the live trees we cut down each year, it helps the environment.” He suggests creating a more natural look for the tree by taking your least favorite ornaments, or ones that are slightly damaged, and coating them with sand or moss using adhesive spray. “Taking an old ornament that you normally wouldn’t put on, you can completely redo the surface and make it brand new,” he says. “It creates a more organic look than you would expect on a tree.” This can also be a fun activity for the whole family, he says. “Craft stores have wonderful things to get kids involved and make ornaments that last,” he says. “I try to get kids involved so they appreciate where they were that year they made the ornament, and to kind of keep in mind the traditions and history of the holiday by remembering the past.” ©CTW Features


Back to the basics: Hand the reins over to Mother Nature (and décor expert Mar Jennings) for holiday-decorating ideas that pack a green punch.

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Holiday Heroes A Tribute to our Military, Police & Fire Personnel Open House December 9, 2011 Photos with Santa from 4:00-6:00 Santa Photos by Megan Parks Photography Chandler, Alex & & Peyton Peyton Doggett Doggett Chandler, Alex

Military Photos by Flash Fire Studios, Anita Sue Coleman HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


We will also take Military Family photos (with ID Card) on December 2nd from 10-5 and send it electronically anywhere in the world, free!



Visit the Snow Village by Jan Barton and Beta Sigma Phi

220 Palo Pinto Street F Weatherford, Texas 76086 F 817-598-4900



Christmas 2011  

The Community News' guide to activities in the 2011 Christmas season.

Christmas 2011  

The Community News' guide to activities in the 2011 Christmas season.