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Massage Envy® spreads the spirit of wellness this holiday season Massage Envy, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, is spreading the spirit of wellness this season with their holiday gift cards. From stocking stuffers to presents under the tree, local residents can be sure everyone on their list will love receiving a Massage Envy gift card. “For family members, friends and colleagues, there’s no better gift than the gift of wellness,” said Charlie Marsh, Regional Developer of Massage Envy in Indiana. “The holiday season is stressful enough. Instead of braving the overcrowded mall and fighting for a parking spot, make it easy this year by visiting one of the five clinics on the Northside of Indianapolis. Our custom therapeutic massages are perfect for those in need of ’me time’ to de-stress and rejuvenate.” “A gift card from Massage Envy is the perfect choice. It can be for any denomination and your loved one is sure to remember your thoughtfulness for years to come, “ states Marsh. “Not only are you giving a gift of relaxation, it is also something that can be beneficial to the health. Massage is known to reduce stress, improve sleep quality, and improve pain and stiffness, as well as many other benefits. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.” A gift card can be gift wrapped on-site in seconds for free . Looking for something more? All locations have “extras” to make the gift even more special, such as teddy bears, candles, or complete spa packages-- including a gift

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From the Staff: We love a local holiday There’s a reason why the winter holiday season is called “the most wonderful time of the year” – people are more jolly, giving and caring for family, friends and people unknown. As the weather turns colder, the warmth in our hearts heats up. In our office, we thought long and hard about what approach we wanted when planning this year’s Holidays 2011. There were so many facets discussed about the season, and as we tossed around ideas, it came down to this: the thing we most love about the holidays is family, friends and others around us. For us, this meant keeping the holiday local. The goal of the Holidays 2011 is to highlight the events, people and businesses that are available to you here in Hamilton County. We know there are many options for customers during the holiday season but our friends who own the shops and restaurants around

Noblesville Square, downtown Westfield, Fishers and the Arts & Design District in Carmel should be just as much a part of the holiday as our family visiting from out of town. We’ve also done extensive work to make sure to highlight the best events taking place locally to keep you and your family entertained during the holidays, because there are so many options to keep the little ones and grown-ups busy in the coming weeks. Tips for shopping and party hosting and delicious recipes from the Hamilton County Extension Homemakers will help make Santa’s big visit a little bit easier, and a little bit more creative. Saving you time on your shopping and planning, we hope, will help you make this the best holiday yet. Spend this time with friends and family, and enjoy what makes the holiday really special. We wish you and your family a delightful holiday season filled with love, joy and peace.

Where to find Kris Kringle and tell him your holiday wants Santa Claus House • Sunday – 3 to 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 2 – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 – 1 to 4 p.m.; Dec. 8, 15 and 22 – 4 to 7 p.m.; Dec. 23 – 5 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 24 – noon to 3 p.m. • Families may bring their camera and take photos free of charge as children tell Santa what they’d like for Christmas. Noblesville Main Street will be serving Hot Chocolate on the Square free to Santa House visitors on Sunday and Dec. 2, 10 and 17. • Downtown Noblesville (across from Visitor’s Center) • 776-6367 • Sa nta Hous e in Nob lesvi lle Dinner with Santa • Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 – 5, 7 and 8:30 p.m. • Enjoy a delicious Terrace is kicking off the holiday season big time dinner and a visit with Santa. Reservations are with a tree lighting ceremony followed by Sanrequired • Conner Praire, 13400 Allisonvile Rd., ta’s entrance, which will be something that you Fishers • 776-6006 • don’t want to miss. Santa will then be available Pictures with Santa • Dec. 7 and 8 – 6 to 7:30 p.m. • Your children can have their pictures taken during regular mall hours daily through Dec. 24. Dickens Carolers will be strolling the sidewalks free with Santa Claus while they share their for Clay Terrace for customers to enjoy as they Christmas list for this year. Sponsored by Fishers do their Holiday Shopping every Saturday and Parks & Recreation. • Fishers Town Hall • 595Sunday after Black Friday. 3150 • Santa’s Mailbox • Now to Dec. 12 – 8:30 a.m. to Photos with Santa at the Hamilton Town Center and Fashion Mall • Beginning Friday 8:30 p.m. • Santa has dropped off a very special and running through Dec. 24, Santa will be mailbox that will send your letters directly to available for pictures during regular mall hours his workshop. He has promised to reply to each at Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville and letter he receives. All letters must include a self The Fashion Mall at Keystone. After you have addressed stamped envelope so Santa can get your photo taken, enter your super cute picture back to you without delay. All letters must be in the Simon Mall’s contest at www.facebook. received by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12. • Fishers Parks & com/HamiltonTownCtr or Recreation, 11565 Brooks School Rd., and Fishers FashionMallKeystone and get a chance to win a Town Hall, 1 Municipal Dr. • 595-3157 • www. visit from Santa to your house – a prize package Santa arrives at Clay Terrace • Saturday – Clay worth more than $2,000.




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Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial on Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. - The Newseum ••• DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon 115 West Ninety-Fifth Street ••• VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He

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A man’s guide for buying jewelry By Robert Herrington Finding that perfect piece of jewelry for a loved one can be a daunting task. Jewelry terms can seem like a foreign language for men but don’t fret because two local jewelry employees have some tips to help men save time and find the perfect gift to place under the tree. “It can be a little intimidating coming to a jewelry store and seeing pieces for $100,000,” said Jan Martin of Jem Jewellers. “We have something for everyone – all price points.” Lisa Bartley of Smith’s Jewelers on the Square in Noblesville says men should start with the basics. “Does she have diamond studs? All girls want diamond studs,” she said. “Or things that she can wear every day at work, on a date or at dinner with friends.” Men should also pay attention to the hobbies or profession of the person they are buying for. If she is a teacher or a stay-athome mom, Bartley says very dressy jewelry would not be the best choice since they could not wear it daily and a watch or casual pair of earrings would be a better choice. “What is relevant to her season of life right

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his debut for the season. Boys and girls are invited to stop by his house on the courthouse square after the parade form 3 to 5:30 p.m. and tell him what they’d like for Christmas. Dec. 1 – Share the Christmas spirit by creating greeting cards that will wish senior citizens a Happy Holiday during the Fishers Parks and Recreation “Holiday Card Making Workshop” program 5:30 p.m. at Billericay Park Building, 12690 Promise Rd., Fishers. Cards will be distributed to local senior communities. All supplies are provided. The program is for all ages and is a parent participation program. For more information, call 595-3150 or visit Dec. 1 – Celebrate the official welcome of the holiday season by joining family and friends as the town of Fishers lights the Holiday tree and decorations from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in front of Fishers Town Hall, 1 Municipal Dr. Enjoy a visit with Santa, caroling with Sister Cities’ Dickens Carolers, refreshments and other surprises. Dec. 1-31 – Tempt your taste buds as you stroll through a wonderland of gingerbread creations in all shapes and sizes at Gingerbread Village at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. Guests can visit the Science Lab for some gingerbread-themed experiments. Gingerbread village will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 7766006 or visit Dec. 2 – The Downtown Westfield Association will host its annual “Westfield in Lights” program from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Westfield, Union and Main streets. Activities include the City Tree Lighting with Mayor Cook at 7 p.m., Santa House with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, live nativity scene,

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Dec. 2 – Noblesville Preservation Alliance will host its 3rd Annual NPA Candlelight Holiday Home Tour from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free. Advance tickets can be purchased at Faux Flower, Linden Tree or the Noblesville Main Street office located at 839 Conner St. Tickets will also be available on the square the evening of the event. For more information, call 426.1672 or visit

December 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18 – It just wouldn’t be the holidays without a trip on the Polar Bear Express. The 17th Annual Polar Bear Express is a holiday tradition for many families who enjoy story time, a train ride with refreshments, a visit with Santa and a special gift for each child. The Polar Bear Express departs from the Fishers Train Station, 11601 Municipal Dr. There are multiple departures each day and reservations are required. For more information, call 773-6000 or visit

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Dec. 3 – Noblesville Main Street will be hosting craft, décor and other holiday vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Grounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. For more information, call 776-0205.

Dec. 3 – Step back into yesteryear at a Victorian Family Holiday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Historic Ambassador House & Heritage Gardens, 10595 Eller Rd., Fishers. The event will be “hosted” by characters portraying the home’s most prominent residents, Ambassador Addison Harris and his wife, India. They invite families to celebrate the era with story time in the Peppermint Parlor, traditional crafts for children to make and take, games from the Gilded Age, Dickens Carolers and characters to entertain, and a special visit from St. Nick. Tickets are $3 per person and include a drink and treat token. Admission is free for one adult chaperone and children under three. Reservations may be made by email at or by calling 845-4265. Dec. 3 – Come enjoy a festive Holiday Farmers Market with all the craft and food vendors from the Noblesville Farmers Market just in time for Christmas. The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Exhibition Halls at Hamilton County 4-H Grounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. Admission is $1 with no charge

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for children 10 and under. Dec. 3 – Enjoy the second Holiday Extravaganza Tea – a five-course tea party – from noon to 2 p.m. at R. L. Wilson House, 273 S. Eighth St., Noblesville. Each course is served with desserts coming out on a tiered tray. Each tablescape is unique with accessories and linens and teacups to fit each table. The house will be full of Christmas trees and decor. For more information, call 770-9399 or visit Dec. 3 and 4 – Meet Bill Hixson, better known as “Mr. Christmas,” White House decorator since the early 1980s at Connor Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. Purchase a favorite from a vast collection of mouth-blown, hand-painted glass ornaments from Europe, each with its own story. Hixson will be visiting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. No admission fee is charged. Dec. 4 – The annual Holiday Formal is a chance to pull out your fanciest seasonal outfits and get out for an evening of wonderful food, friendship, music and dancing. This year’s event will feature Tom Wright singing your favorite holiday classic’s at Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano. Tickets can be ordered by calling 776-0205. Dec. 10 – Experience the wonder of the holidays from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Carmel Arts & Design District with elves and reindeer, strolling carolers from the Midwest School of Music, carriage rides, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, special activities and more. The Museum of Miniature Houses will be hosting their annual Candlelight Tour from 5 to 8 p.m. See wonderful Christmas collections and be amazed by their huge collection of dollhouses, ready for the holidays. The Tudor Rose Players will also be entertaining with their beautiful Victorian Carols. For more information, call 571-ARTS or visit www.

Dec. 15 – Despite his busy winter schedule, it is rumored that Santa is going to hide hundreds of candy canes around Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, 1 Park Dr., Fishers. Join the Fishers Parks & Recreation department at 5:30 p.m. as they search for hidden candy canes. Afterwards, warm up with hot cocoa while completing a craft. There is a cost per child and registration is required and ends Dec. 8. For more information, contact Amber Mink at minka@fishers. or 595-3157. Dec. 18 – Come be merry with the Hamilton County Parks & Recreation as they welcome Mrs. Claus and the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus, during the Holly Jolly Jamboree from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 151st St., Westfield. The Claus’ will be available for pictures throughout the event. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jingle John of Silly Safaris will be presenting his Animals of the North Pole program which will include several animals that like the cold weather, including a reindeer. Crafts and cookies will also be available. For more information, call 774-2500. Dec. 31 – Start your New Year’s resolution to get in shape with “Race to the New Year” at Cool Creek Park, 2000-1 151st St., Westfield. The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Washington Township Parks and Recreation and Westfield Parks and Recreation for this 5th Annual 5K walk and run. Awards will be given in seven age groups. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with the race starting at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 5749450.

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Local toy stores offer unique gifts

By Robert Herrington a few items. “It’s a very unique prodHamilton County shopuct selection,” she said. Looking for a local toy store? Here are a pers have options for toys Pillsbury said her store is few you can shop at in Hamilton County: beyond the big-box stores. divided into seven areas, Randy’s Toy Shop • Antique toys from as The county boasts a called pathways of wonder: far back as the 1800s • 165 N. Ninth St., number of locally owned chilCreative Expression with Noblesville • 776-2220 • www.randysdren’s stores offering unique pretend and art items; – and sometimes antique – Active Play with balls, jump Kits & Kaboodle • Classic toys from toys and other gifts. ropes and other toys to get around the world • 2442 E. 146th St., “My Toy Garden” children up and movCarmel • 566-8101 • www.kitsandkaopened in September at ing; Games with items to 301 E. Carmel Dr. The practice skills and problem WonderBrains • Baby and educational owner, Janet Pillsbury, solving; Sensory Exploration toys • 450 Enterprise Dr., Westfield • was a teacher for 17 years 1-866-827-2467 • with infant and toddler toys; working with inner city, at- Mudsock Books & Curiosity Shoppe Construction toys for fun risk and special needs stuand problem solving; Puzzles • Books, games and other toys • 11631 dents teaching everything and Patterns to work on Fishers Station Dr., Fishers • 579-9822 • from preschool to eighth math and social studies skills; grade. She also worked for and a Literary area with five years with a direct sales company specialbooks, reading tools and audio/visual items. izing in educational toys. One of Pillsbury’s best sellers is “Spotted,” a match“It is through a love of these families that My ing game for all ages. The $12.99 game is contained Toy Garden was created,” said Pillsbury. “It is our in a round tin so it makes it easy to pack in a purse goal to give all families a place to come, enjoy, or bag to take on the go. The Plasma Car, available connect, learn and be inspired. The shelves are for $69.99, is another toy that we can’t keep in stock. brimming with everything from the completely Pillsbury said the car can hold up to 150 pounds so silly to the fun yet deceptively educational toys.” children and parents can both enjoy a ride. The store is full of toys and items designed My Toy Garden is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for children with special needs or Autism that Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thurstraditional children will also enjoy. Pillsbury said day and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. the store’s inventory comes from 140 vendors – For more information, call 571-1234 or visit www. mainly small mom and pop stores that only offer

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The Great Christmas Tree Debate

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Real trees reach all the senses by Robert Herrington We all have that dream Christmas day picture in our mind – snow is gently falling outside, glowing embers in the fireplace, smiling faces, stuffed stockings and neatly wrapped presents under the tree. It’s the image that Norman Rockwell painted and is engraved in our minds. Everyone is jolly and glad to be gathering around the artificial tree, right? Real trees are the traditional choice and provide something for all five senses. While fake trees have begun to look more and more like real trees, the simple truth is nothing compares to the original. Real trees are also more aesthetically appealing to the eyes. Real trees offer lots of unique selections to choose from. No matter how hard you try, no two are the same so this year’s display will not be identical to last year’s. The easiest argument for real trees is the scent. You just can’t beat the smell of a fresh cut tree.

No matter how many Yankee Candles you burn, nothing compares to the fragrance of a true tree – the wood, the sap, the needles. Just reading this, can’t you smell, see and feel true needles in your hand? And while I wouldn’t advise it, would you rather taste a real or fake tree? According to the U.S. EPA, approximately 33 million real Christmas trees are sold in North America each year and when one is harvested one to three seedlings are planted. Also, the EPA estimated that 93 percent of trees are recycled each year – making it better for the environment than its plastic counterparts. Real trees do have the downside of reoccurring costs, but when you purchase real trees you are helping the economy. Real trees are raised and sold within the U.S. while 85 percent of fake trees are imported by China. The funds help sustain the rural economy and provide jobs.

Who’s with me? Fake trees rule! by Steve Greenberg Let’s get this out of the way up front: I lied. And I’m sorry about it. Back in the day, when my bride, Sally, our daughters, Annie and Rachel, and I used to travel to her hometown of Wichita, Kan., for Christmas, I steadfastly was opposed to buying a real tree for the season. No one would be home to water it in our absence, and the fire risk and maintenance just weren’t worth it. I told her that if we ever stayed home for Christmas, we would get a real tree. Uh, we’ve stayed home more than a handful of years since, and a “glorious” (not to her) fake spruce makes its annual appearance to this day. See, one year, against her mighty protestations, I hauled the family to a big-box store that was going out of business, got the kids all jazzed up on hot cocoa and had them “help” me convince her it was time for an artificial tree. The vote was 3-0; Sally didn’t vote, simply giving in. So

the fake spruce has had a prominent place in the living room, and scores of gifts have been stuffed beneath it. I can’t begin to tell you the sheer joy I experience by not having to wipe sap from my hands, not having to listen to the needles dancing on the hardwood floor throughout the night, and I don’t worry about the risk of tinder for a fire. The tree is lush green, and it stays lush green – all throughout the summer in its box in the attic, no water required. Still and all, it’s time to make amends. So Sally’s first surprise of the Christmas season this year will be – you guessed it – a REAL, LIVE TREE. There is a multi-part caveat, though. That sucker will be secondary to the fake one, it will be fresher than fresh, I refuse to attend to its maintenance and I’m mixed on whether it will be allowed past the front door. Humble apologies and Merry Christmas, dear.

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A Merry Mix Ingredients: 1 cup mini pretzels; 1 cup corn chips; 1 cup oyster crackers; 1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds; 1 cup honey roasted peanuts; 2 tablespoons melted butter; 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed; 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce; 1 teaspoon chili powder; 1/2 teaspoon onion salt; 1/2 teaspoon cumin; 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper Directions: Toss the first five ingredients together in a large mixing bowl; set aside. Whisk remaining ingredients together and pour over snack mix, stirring to coat. Spread mix in a roasting pan. Bake at 300° for 25 minutes, stirring after 12 minutes. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Holiday Cranberry Salad by Pat Copeland Ingredients: 1 lb. package fresh cranberries; 2 oranges with peel; 1 small can crushed pineapple; 3/4 cup suagr; Chopped nuts to taste; 3 oz. red Jello; 1 cup hot water Directions: Grind together fresh cranberries, oranges and pineapple. Add sugar and nuts. Dissolve Jello in hot water. Pour Jello over fruit mixture. Mix well. Pour into serving bowl and chill.

Italian Beef by Sandy Alexander Ingredients: 5 lbs. fresh beef brisket; 1 jar whole pepperocinis (remove stems but keep the juice); 1 can beef broth; 1 envelope dry zesty Italian salad dressing mix Directions: Trim fat from roast and place in slow cooker. Mix salad dressing, beef broth and juice from jar of peppers. Cover roast with peppers and salad dressing mixture. Cook on low heat at least 9 hours or overnight. Use two forks to shred the beef. Serve with Provolone cheese and crusty rolls or a loaf of firm Italian bread.


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See it live: Holiday productions in Hamilton County Wednesday, Friday-Sunday – Carmel Repertory Theater presents “Annie� at the Tarkington, 3 Center Green, Carmel. The musical will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 843-3800 or visit Friday to Dec. 11 – The Belfry Theatre presents “The Perfume Shop� on its stage, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville. Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. This play inspired “The Shop around the Corner,� “You’ve Got Mail� and “She Loves Me.� This bubbly and whimsical comedy is the perfect thing to warm up your winter. Two bickering co-workers unknowingly exchange love letters as anonymous pen pals. For more information, call 773-1085 or visit Dec. 2 – Indiana Wind Symphony presents Holiday Memories with Carmel resident Jessamyn Anderson at 7:30 p.m. at The Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel. Let the IWS put you in the holiday mood with a range of delightful and stirring musical fare that includes award-winning soprano vocalist Jessamyn Anderson performing seasonal favorites plus the world premiere of James Syler’s Fantasia on Silent Night. For more information, call 843-3800 or visit www. Dec. 3 – Vocalese with Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices and special guest Jon Hendricks will perform at 8 p.m. at The Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel. Take the best-known instrumental solos in jazz, treat them like melodies, and add a set of swinging, poetic lyrics: the result is vocalese. This dynamic show brings together for the first time living scat legend Jon Hendricks with two of the planet’s top vocalese singing groups. For more information, call 843-3800 or visit Dec. 8-18 – The Carmel Repertory Theater presents “A Christmas Carol� at The Studio

Theater, 3 Center Green, Carmel. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Based upon the book by Charles Dickens, an old miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. For more information, call 843-3800 or call www.

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Dec. 9 – Join the Noblesville Symphony Orchestra at Noblesville High School, 18111 Cumberland Rd., for “Sounds of the Season� at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 776-8878 or visit www. Dec. 9 – Chris Isaak will perform at 8 p.m. at The Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel. Wellknown for international breakthrough smash hits like “Wicked Game,� “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing� and “Somebody’s Crying Isaak’s countryrock music perfectly balances the ecstasy of great romance with the agony of pure heartbreak. For more information, call 843-3800 or visit www. Dec. 10 – The Carmel Symphony Orchestra will present two shows of “Holidays With Angela!� at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at The Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel. Experience internationally renowned soprano and Indiana native Angela Brown’s incomparable artistry as she sings traditional hymns and other seasonal favorites in her first concert appearance in the Palladium. For more information, call 843-3800 or visit www. Dec. 16 to Jan. 7, 2012 – Grab your golden ticket as Civic Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka� at The Tarkington, 3 Center Green, Carmel. Performances are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday with no shows on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Join Charlie Bucket and his quirky cohorts on a tantalizing tour of the mysterious candy-maker’s fantastical factory. For more information, call 8433800 or visit

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