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Piqua celebrates Christmas Harris Jeweler plans Christmas on the Green, 5K, parade coming up

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PIQUA — Mainstreet Piqua’s volunteer committees have been working hard these past few months to plan a full slate of events for the Christmas experiences in Piqua this weekend. The activities include Christmas on the Green, the Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade and the Holly Jolly 5K Run. On Friday, the Mainstreet Piqua Christmas on the Green event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. throughout downtown Piqua. The event will include the traditional carriage rides, community caroling, children’s activities and costumed characters. Talented Dayton ice sculptor Ramon will once again make an appearance at the annual event, and event attendees also will enjoy a live performances by the Piqua High School show choir, The Company. The centerpiece of the Christmas on the Green event, community caroling at the gazebo, will occur at 7 p.m. immediately following the lighting of the



TROY — It’s that time of year again, time for the Harris Jeweler annual holiday open house. This Friday and Saturday, Harris Jeweler will have the largest selection of the year. The largest selection of diamonds, fashion jewelry and engagement rings in the Miami Valley will be in for those two days only, making it the perfect weekend to take care of your holiday shopping. The special event is held every December, PDC FILE PHOTO/MIKE ULLERY and is a time to purchase Residents lines the streets in downtown Piqua for the arrival of Santa Claus in the hottest designs of the season. the Downtown Holiday Parade last year. “This is an event that many of our clients look ner of Main and North run registration will take Christmas tree. streets at 2 p.m. and make forward to all year,” said place in the lobby of the “Christmas on the Bonnie Harris Frey, presiits way south on Main Municipal Government Green is fun for all memdent and owner of Harris Street to High Street and Complex. Applications for bers of the family, and Jeweler. “Many of our then proceed on High to many of downtown Piqua’s the run are available at clients have been coming to Mainstreet Piqua or can be Downing streets. The stores will be open exthis event for generations, downloaded from the Main- theme of the parade this tended hours for the and make the event a famyear will be “Uptown event,” said Lorna Swisher, street Piqua website at ily affair.” Mainstreet Piqua’s execu- Christmas.” The annual event got its Immediately following Mainstreet Piqua also tive director. beginning in Harris Jewthe parade, Santa will visit The ninth annual Holly has teamed with Speedyeler’s Sidney location more with kids in the lobby of Jolly 5K run will take place Feet, and registration for than 30 years ago. the run also can take place the Fort Piqua Plaza. at 10 a.m. Saturday. The This year, the store will For more information online at be bring in a large collecabout the slated weekend tion of the ever-popular Same-day registrations for activities, call Mainstreet Troy and Miami County’s Landmark Restaurant the race are also accepted. Piqua at (937) 773-9355 or spinner rings, canary diaThe BEST lunch deal anywhere! Our 11 item buffet changes visit the Mainstreet Piqua mond jewelry, both preAlso on Saturday, the cious and semi-precious every day and is made from scratch each morning! Daily Downtown Holiday Parade website at www.mainfine jewelry, engagement will step off from the corbuffet menus posted on our website... rings and loose diamonds. Harris will showcase the • Sundays - Kid's Eat Free! • Wednesdays - Half Price Appetizers! • RESTORATIONS new fourth-quarter holiday • EXTRACTIONS • Thursdays - Live Music with Scott Oglesbee! Chamilia and Kameleon • CROWNS & BRIDGES collections as well. • Happy Hour - Monday through Friday 4:30-6:00. • ROOT CANALS And if you can’t find ex• PREVENTIVE CARE actly what you are looking • DENTURES & PARTIALS for, Harris Jeweler can still • RIGID STERILIZATION create a one-of-a-kind cus• WHITENING • SEALANTS tom design for someone • COSMETIC DENTISTRY you love in time for Christ• BOTOX & JUVEDERM mas in its state-of-the-art MARK T. BENTLEY D.D.S. INC design studio. The shop is On The Square Downtown Troy 1523 N. Market St., Troy, Ohio CHARLES H. STEVENS D.D.S. the most sophisticated in 937-339-5553 • the Dayton area and now JULIE E. JONES D.D.S.


“The holiday open house will be your one-stop shop for everyone on your list.” — Bonnie Harris Frey includes a brand new REVO mill, one of only 30 of its kind in the entire country. But it doesn’t stop there. During the event Harris Jeweler will continue the second edition of the Harris Jeweler High Tech Holiday Giveaway. Once again this Christmas season, the store plans on giving away more than $100,000 in electronics as free gifts with jewelry purchases. Where else can you get both the season’s most fashionable jewelry designs and hottest electronics? The store will give away Apple iPad 4’s, Apple iPod Touch’s and the Jawbone Era Bluetooth. “The holiday open house will be your one-stop shop for everyone on your list,” Frey said. “For a great time this weekend with a friendly top-notch staff and a chance to get started on your Christmas shopping, come to the Harris Jeweler holiday open house for spectacular jewelry at a designer direct price.” The holiday open house is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. For more information, call (937) 335-0055, visit the website or find Harris on Facebook.



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health department code, and hoped, at the time of this interview, to have it up and running in a week to 10 days. The lunch buffet will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pasta will rotate on a daily basis between lasagna, alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs and more. “Chef James said he’s got endless options that we can run through,” Hatcher said. A Fat Boyz Pizzeria also is introducing a half-sandwich and bowl of soup special. Other specials include pork tenderloin and fries for $3.99 on Mondays, and a half-pound burger and crinkle-cut fries for $3.99 on Tuesday. “We use fresh ground beef and we hand patty it in the store, so there’s no two alike,” Hatcher said. “We have really good desserts, too. I’ve got a lot of people that stop in and get a piece of cheesecake or pie or one of our fudge brownies and that’s the only thing they get.” Try out the award-winning pizza at A Fat Boyz Pizzeria, 1469 S. Market St. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday noon to 7 p.m. Call the shop at (937) 339-6969 for more details.


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premium meats that are lean and have no fat,” he said. He explained his premium pepperoni curl up at the edges and get crusty without creating a grease pool in the center, so he probably could have used a few more, but he didn’t want to risk it. After he had his toppings stolen at the other — Jim Hatcher competition, Hatcher was reluctant to enter this one, but was convinced by one the chefs made two pizzas we take fresh produce and of his food representatives. He’s glad he did it and chop it up here,” he said. and got to pick which one plans to compete again The Fat Boyz deluxe they served to the judges, next year. comes with pepperoni, though judges were se“It was a lot of fun,” he sausage, mushrooms, red questered from the comonions, green peppers and said. petitors. Hatcher is in for more red peppers. Hatcher said “I’ve been in Troy for fun at his restaurant. He going on my third year and they always use fresh injust hired his son, James, gredients and when the I sell, by far, the most 16who just earned a culinary inch deluxe pizzas because vegetables are in season arts degree from Cincinhere, they buy locally. Hatcher had to take all nati State University. Chef James first order of busithe ingredients and utenness will be to create a sils to make his pizza at the competition, aside from lunchtime pasta buffet for ovens and cooking screens. Fat Boyz. The eatery once Celebrate the holidays in serious style. Although he never saw or had a buffet, but it fell by spoke with the judges, he the wayside when health did receive some feedback, department regulations rewhich was mostly positive. quired them to get differThe only negative coment chafing dishes and * ment was that the judges burners. wanted more pepperoni, “We had to regroup and but Hatcher has a reason figure out how to do it so if for only using so much. was affordable and also *Excludes Bridal Merchandise, Pandora, Tacori & “When I make a pizza, give the best value for our Last Chance Merchandise. See Store for Details. the No. 1 things that are customers,” Hatcher said. important to me are no They went with roll-top Shop our Last Chance Selection for up to grease and no salt. I don’t chafing dishes and electric salt my crust, and I use burners, which follow

after a bad experience at a similar competition last year, Hatcher was happy making the top six. At last TROY — A Fat Boyz Pizzeria is coming off a win year’s North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show this season and soon will in Columbus, someone offer a pasta buffet at its stole Hatcher’s toppings. restaurant in Troy. Owner Jim Hatcher, his Fat Boyz still ended up wife, Diane, and four other placing 13th. Hatcher said A Fat Boyz Fat Boyz employees Pizzeria was the only headed to Florence, Ind., for a Midwest pizza compe- restaurant at the competition from the Troy and tition at the end of this Piqua area, with the clossummer and came home est competitor being from placing in the top six. “They never identified if Middletown. Competitors came from Indiana, Kenwe were fourth, fifth or tucky, Tennessee, Michigan sixth, but I was really exand Ohio for the contest, cited about it,” Hatcher which was sponsored by said. Pizza Today magazine, The first-place winner Hatcher said. got a trip to the national Competitors were alpizza competition in Las lowed to choose what pizza Vegas and second and third place got medals, but they wanted to enter. All BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor

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Donate Toys for Tots at Francis Furniture BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor TROY — Francis Furniture is in the spirit of giving this holiday season. For the third year, the retailer is participating in the Toys for Tots campaign. All customers who donate a toy will receive a 10 percent discount. “I think the Toys for Tots is a fantastic organization,” said Adam Romer, store manager. “For me, it truly represents the giving spirit of the season.” Francis Furniture was successful with the same promotion for the past two years. “I couldn’t tell you the number of gifts we received, but I know that they had to come and collect several times,” Romer said. Francis Furniture, 2485 W. Main St., will celebrate its 12th year in Troy in February. The company was established in 1935 with a store in downtown Sidney, and has now grown to include five locations — Celina, Greenville, Sidney, Troy and Van Wert. At any Francis Furniture, shoppers get a wide selection of furniture and accessories made by the

top brands in the industry, such as La-Z-Boy, Klaussner, Vaughan Bassett, Pulaski, Chromcraft, King Coil, Serta and Tempur-Pedic. The Troy store has a 29,000square-foot showroom all on one level and displayed in a way that makes anyone want to sit down and put his or her feet up. “The showroom is set up in different categories to make it easier to find specific items,” Romer said. “Items are displayed in room settings to help you picture how it will look in your own home.” Many styles of home furnishings are available from traditional and classic to country casual and modern. Francis Furniture has the inventory to furnish a nursery, kid’s room, dining room, bedroom, office, living room and more. Several entertainment units are available, as well as curio cabinets, grandfather clocks, rugs, mirrors, pictures and much more. Large items including mattresses and sofas are available, right along with decorative lamps, vases and floral arrangements to complement any home. “We’ve recently increased our

mattress department. We have Serta I Comfort, Tempur-Pedic and King Coil to choose from,” Romer said. “We also still carry the solid wood bedroom and dining manufacturer that is made here in Ohio.” While offering quality merchandise is at the top of Francis Furniture’s goal, serving the customer is always the No. 1 priority. “We know that without our great customers, there would be no Francis Furniture,” Romer said. And the shoppers who choose Francis Furniture will benefit from the staff’s decades of experience and decorating advice. “Our staff has over 45 years of combined experience in the furniture industry,” Romer said. “We offer free decorating advice, and free inhome design to any and all of our customers.” If you’re in the market for furniture this holiday season, stop by Francis Furniture. And don’t forget to bring a toy for a tot to put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas. For more information, call FranPROVIDED PHOTO cis Furniture in Troy at (937) 440The staff at Francis Furniture are happy to participate 1234 or visit in Toys for Tots again this Christmas.

Fator to bring new ‘full-entertainment’ show back to Hobart BY JIM DAVIS For iN75

early days in show business and his “America’s Got Talent” win to his leTROY — Terry Fator gion of loyal fans and loves what he does. And headlining at the Mirage. why shouldn’t he? “I do remember Troy, He has a top-rated show and that’s one of the reaon the Las Vegas Strip, a sons we’re coming back,” best-selling book and a Fator said. “We had such a growing legion of fans who phenomenal response (the flock to his shows around first time). People in Troy the world. loved the show, so when Two weeks from now, they asked me if I wanted the multi-talented ventril- to come back I said ‘yes’ beoquist and entertainer will cause it would be an inreturn to Troy for his seccredible opportunity to ond appearance at historic show people in Troy the Hobart Arena. new show. Things have The Dallas native was changed a lot since I was brimming with enthusiasm there.” during a recent phone inFator — whose Troy apterview with the Troy pearance is sandwiched beDaily News, touching on tween an engagement at topics ranging from his the Mirage in Las Vegas

and a casino gig in Canada — will bring a seven-piece band and all the glitz and glamor of The Strip for his Dec. 14 show in Troy, which is co-sponsored by the I-75 Newspaper Group and Hobart Arena. “The show is going to be completely different than the one they saw (in 2008). It’s a big-budget production, and I’m excited,” he said. “We have several new characters … and I can’t wait to show the people of Troy all of the new stuff. We’re pulling out all the stops.” It wasn’t too long ago that the 47-year-old entertainer was struggling to make a name for himself. Fator toiled for several

years doing county fairs and corporate events before he took a shot at fame on “America’s Got Talent” in 2007. That “shot” changed his life. Fator won season two of the popular competition, winning over fans with his combination of ventriloquism and celebrity impressions. Within a year, Fator inked a deal for a longterm, multi-million dollar deal in Las Vegas. “It’s has been phenomenal. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it,” Fator said. “The people of the U.S. and the world have been supportive of my show in the most incredible way, and I am

humbled and honored that they would do that. One of the reasons why, I think, is that I have such a commitment to keeping up the quality of the show, and making sure that the show is different. If you come out to my show in Vegas, every single year you’re going to see different stuff, different characters and new routines.” And that means more than just taking center stage with his diverse lineup of puppet “co-stars.” “One thing people might not understand about my show is that it’s not just a typical ventriloquist show. My show is a full-entertainment show,” he said. “Our new slogan is ‘The

Voice of Entertainment,’ because, not only are you going to see ventriloquism, but you’re going to see comedy and singing … it’s just one of those shows that comes along once in a generation. It has something for everyone.” Although people may expect his Vegas-style show to have an adult flavor, Fator is quick to point out that it’s family friendly. “We don’t swear or do anything that is blatantly off-color. I want people to bring their kids, themselves, their grandparents … and their great-grandparents.” Get tickets at or (937) 339-2911.


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One trip to Apple Tree can make any home festive Decor gallery has U.S.-made items, vintage pieces and hundreds of ornaments the sale, including holiday scents such as Emerald Fir, Winter Woods, Sparkling Snowflake, BalPIQUA — Apple Tree Gallery has everything you sam Wreath, Cranberry Cosmo and Pumpkin Pie. need to decorate for the Apple Tree has always holiday season, and this had Christmas decor for week the store is offering sale all year round, but 20 percent off items that something new that’s been are made in the U.S. From now through Dec. added for this year is a display case full of vintage 9, customers will receive items. 20 percent off items from “Throughout the years, Elaine Roesle’s St. we’ve inherited Christmas Nicholas and Snow Childecorations and they get dren collections, Dennis stored in a box on the third Bauer’s handmade old floor,” Anderson said. world goose feather trees He decided to display and all Colonial Candles them and sell them this products. While the canyear. The case is filled with dles are made in North vintage ornaments, Carolina, the other two wreaths, old candy boxes lines come from Ohio. and cardboard houses Elaine Roesle’s products called putzes. Red plastic are made in Clayton, and 1950s-inspired Santa figBauer’s trees are made in urines are really popular Bellevue. right now, Anderson said, Apple Tree Gallery owner Gary Anderson said as are old Christmas cards Roesle has been named in depicting the jolly man in the red suit. the top 25 artists in the “Old tins are popular. U.S. who make Santa figThey’re not expensive and ures. Anderson also said you can collect them or Colonial Candles are the give them as gifts filled only candles currently being made in the U.S. All with candy or cookies,” Anfragrance’s are available in derson said. BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor

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New decor products with a vintage look are always big sellers at Apple Tree. A table just inside the door displays new items for 2012 that look old but aren’t. Sparkly snowmen, snow-covered trees and Santas in red and green suits are just some of the items. A vintage vibe also can be felt from the store-front windows. One features wooden children’s choir lawn decorations with a lampost and park bench, while another has a tall tree covered with tinsel and a toy train underneath. Customers who want a totally different look this year might want to consider a black Christmas tree. It might sound odd,

but the contrast of silver garland and shiny red ornaments on black branches is surprisingly striking. Apple Tree has an example set up in the front of the store. Anderson decided to try it this year because he already had the black tree set up there from Halloween. “If you put red stuff on it, it kind of jumps out at you,” he said. He picked ornaments that reflect light well and have bright red, green and blue colors. The ornaments feature nutcrackers, Santa, bells, penguins, stockings, houses and North Pole signs. You’ll see two other trees featuring new ornaments when you walk in the door. One celebrates

Coca-Cola with Coke bottle ornaments, big bottle caps with pictures of Santa, wooden six-pack boxes, ice buckets filled with soda and more. The other tree honors Ohio State University with ornaments in the shape of megaphones, footballs, basketballs, sweatshirts, penant flags, jerseys, stockings and

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Apple Tree cream. Do you know a little one celebrating his or her first Christmas? You’ll find several pink and blue ornaments for that special milestone. Animal lovers will find ornaments of different dog breeds, birds, owls and even bright green frogs wearing bikinis and swim trunks. Sports fans may favor a volleyball, football, cheer megaphone or ice skate ornament. Foodies will enjoy eyeing a tree with ornaments of fruit, french fries, burgers, subs, pizza, tacos, fortune cookies and ice cream sundaes. Whiskey jugs, beer bottles, margaritas and more also can be found in ornament form. Several holiday-related ornaments are available, including trees, snowmen and angels, as well as more unique things like playing cards, chef jackets and sock monkeys. Several trees also have large beautifully hand-painted orbs decorating them. Apple Tree has much more to offer than can be written here, so be sure to check it out at 405 N. Main St. The shop is open Monday through Friday



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• CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 set up in the front of the store. Anderson decided to try it this year because he already had the black tree set up there from Halloween. “If you put red stuff on it, it kind of jumps out at you,â€? he said. He picked ornaments that reflect light well and have bright red, green and blue colors. The ornaments feature nutcrackers, Santa, bells, penguins, stockings, houses and North Pole signs. You’ll see two other trees featuring new ornaments when you walk in the door. One celebrates Coca-Cola with Coke bottle ornaments, big bottle caps with pictures of Santa, wooden six-pack boxes, ice buckets filled with soda and more. The other tree honors Ohio State University with ornaments in the shape of megaphones, footballs, basketballs, sweatshirts, penant flags, jerseys, stockings and more — all with the college’s logo. Anderson said Apple Tree has had OSU items in the past but from a different designer that were more expensive. The items he has this year are more affordable, with some ornaments at $15. And the ornaments don’t stop at Coke bottles and OSU jerseys. Apple Tree has hundreds of things to dangle from your tree, and you can probably find one for everyone on your shopping list. One small tree is decorated with chocolate-covered strawberries, cheese, wine barrels, hot chocolate and coffee mugs topped with whipped

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few minutes during the busy holiday season to relive the events that mark the true reason for the season,” said the Rev. Chad Wilson, senior pastor at the church. “The live Nativity drive-thru will be a rewarding experience for the entire family.” “Return to Bethlehem” will be presented Dec. 8 and 9 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The church is located at 1899 Wapakoneta Ave. Call the church office at (937) 492-4492 for more information.

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Rhythm ◆ (937) 228-3630 ‘A Christmas Carol’ DAYTON — The Zoot Theatre Company presents “A Christmas Carol” at the Dayton Art Institute’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium Friday through Dec. 15. This haunting tale of Scrooge and Marley will be given new life in this allnew production. This new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story will feature a small cast of live actors and tons of puppets to help bring this age-old story to life. Get carried away this holiday season and remember that you’re never too old to make a change … it just might take a few ghosts to help. 456 Belmonte Park North ◆ Through Dec. 15, Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. ◆ $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $12 for children 12 and younger ◆ ◆ (937) 233-5277 ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ SPRINGBORO — La Comedia Dinner Theatre presents a musical version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” now through Dec. 31. You will see this uplifting story told like never before, concluding with La Comedia’s traditional rendering of “O


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Eye candy Hall of Holidays DAYTON — The Hall of Holidays exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute is on display now. It includes a Menorah display from the collection of Betty and Russ Remick, lent in beloved memory of Betty, a Kwanzaa display with artwork by local artist Willis “Bing” Davis and a display of several prints from the museum’s collection that honor Christmas. 456 Belmonte Park North ◆ Now through Jan. 6 ◆ Regular museum admission of $8 for adults, free for youth 17 and younger ◆ ◆ (937) 223-5277 Holocaust exhibit DAYTON — The annual Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Exhibition is presented in Dayton Art Institute’s lower level galleries now through Jan. 6. The exhibition features art from students from public, private and parochial schools throughout greater Dayton. The art contest is held under the auspices of the Holocaust Education Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton and is sponsored by Renate Frydman and her family, in memory of their grandfather Max

May. Participating schools in the 2012 exhibition include Archbishop Alter High School, Chaminade Julienne High School, Mad River Local School and Warner Middle School. 456 Belmonte Park North ◆ Through Jan. 6 ◆ Regular museum admission ◆ ◆ (937) 233-5277 Lightpaintings DAYTON — Stephen Knapp’s lightpaintings are on view now at the Dayton Art Institute. The lightpaintings expand the concept of light sculpture and light art and continue the traditions of op art and abstract painting. His sculptural canvases are created entirely with light and glass. Knapp’s lightpaintings are the intersection of sculpture, painting and technology. 456 Belmonte Park North ◆ Through Jan. 6 ◆ $12 for adults, includes permanent collection ◆ ◆ (937) 233-5277 Ornament auction DAYTON — Dayton Art Institute will host its silent auction for artistdecorated ornaments on its holiday tree Friday through Dec. 30. Dayton artists have created ornaments for a holiday tree on view in the museum’s General Motors Entrance Rotunda throughout the holiday season. Ornaments will be sold through a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the DAI Summer Art Camp Scholarship Program. 456 Belmonte Park North ◆ Friday to Dec. 30 during museum hours ◆ ◆ (937) 223-4278 Youth art at BNC TROY — The art of

Florist offers centerpiece class TROY — Your Personal Florist, 409 Kirk Lane, is offering its yearly make-andtake crafting event Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Guests will make a dining room centerpiece with candles, fresh greenery and embellishments, along with a novelty item to match. The piece will carry a natural theme, using apples, pinecones and nuts. “Everybody loves these,” said Lori Stotler, owner of Your Personal Florist. “I’ve done them for 30 years, and everybody has a great time and a wonderful sense of accomplishment.” Refreshments will be served after the crafting session, and participants will have time to browse the store. Guests are encouraged to bring tools such as wire cutters, though it is not required to bring your own. The cost of the event is $30 and may be paid by check, credit or cash. RSVPs are needed by Dec. 12 to participate. If a large number of people are interested, a second class will be offered on Dec. 16. To sign up, call Your Personal Florist at (937) 335-2365. Sarah and Christine Clayton, of Sidney, which tied for best in show in the 2012 Junior Federal Duck Stamp competition sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is now on display at Brukner Nature Center in the Interpretive Building. Each year, more than 500 contestants enter the contest. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12:30 to 5 p.m. ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493

Family fun BNC winter party TROY — Brukner Nature Center will host its annual Winter Party for the Wildlife Sunday afternoon. Guests will enjoy refreshments and games,

make a treat for the wild friends and meet some of the newest wildlife ambassadors. There will also be staff on hand to show and discuss the striped skunk, an often despised and misunderstood animal because of its pungent aroma. Check out the wishes for wildlife tree located at the entrance of the Critter Corner for some great gift ideas. BNC’s 50-plus wildlife ambassadors worked hard this year to educate thousands of people, so come help celebrate the season with our wildlife friends. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. ◆ Admission is a gift for the wild friends ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493

WACO speaker TROY — WACO Historical Society will host pilot Dale Peterson Dec. 12. Peterson is a volunteer pilot for the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC). The VAC provides free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. He is one of more than 900 pilots who donate their time, expenses and airplanes to help unite wounded warriors

with their loved ones. Peterson started flying when he was 15 years old. He flies a Beechcraft Bonanza G33 and has transported four Congressional Medal of Honor winners. 1865 S. County Road 25-A ◆ Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ ◆ (937) 335-WACO Wintergarden Wonderland DAYTON — Wintergarden Wonderland is open at the Schuster Center now and throughout the season. Free activities are offered throughout the holiday season. The whole family can enjoy the Rike’s Wonderland Windows in the Schuster Center Wintergarden. The animated elves and animals first appeared in NCR’s New York office windows in 1943, but many Daytonians remember them from their annual holiday pilgrimage to the Rike’s Department Store. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Friday through Jan. 1, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed during private events ◆ Free ◆ (937) 228-7591

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Holy Night.” Whether you find yourself quoting the movie throughout the year, or you have no idea who Clarence Oddbody is, a visit to La Comedia this holiday season is sure to warm the hearts of your whole family. 765 W. Central Ave. ◆ Various showtimes through Dec. 31 ◆ Tickets from $53 ◆ ◆ (937) 7464554





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Opening Friday ‘Playing for Keeps’


In this romantic comedy, a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become Jessical Biel and Gerard Butler an adult are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him star in “Playing for Keeps.” at every turn. Starring: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Judy Greer, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones Genre, rating: Sports/comedy, PG-13

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Still showing ‘Killing Them Softly’ Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob-protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. An enforcer is hired to track them down and restore order. Starring: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini Genre, rating: Suspense/comedy, R

Brad Pitt and Richard Jenkins star in “Killing Them Softly.”

‘Life of Pi’ A young man survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger. Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan, Tabu Genre, rating: Drama/adventure, PG

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything — his house, his job and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker Genre, rating: Comedy, R

• “The Dark Knight Rises” • “Hope Springs” • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” • “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” • “Butter” • “V/H/S” • “Unforgivable” • “World Without End” • “Titanic: Blood and Steel” • “Angry Boys” • “Men of a Certain Age: The Complete Second Season” • “Eastbound & Down: The Complete Third Season” • “Purple Noon” • “Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXV” • “Finding Nemo 3D” (Blu-ray) • “Brazil” (Blu-ray) • “Catch Me If You Can” (Blu-ray) • “Francis Ford Coppola 5-Film Collection” (Blu-ray) • “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Two” (Blu-ray)

‘Red Dawn’

In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky. Shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded, and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerrilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors and take back their freedom. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki Genre, rating: Action/adventure, PG-13


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beloved Christmas cookie lies in the Medieval European recipes. Lebkuchen (gingerbread) was probably the first cake/cookie to be traditionally related with Christmas. Then came the Swedish cookies called Papparkakor (spicy ginger and black-pepper cookies), and the Norwegians with their love of Krumkake (thin lemon and cardamom-scented wafers). As you can see, all Christmas cookies are different in other countries, but all are a tradition. If you have a new cookie recipe that you are trying, I would love to hear from you. A cookie exchange maybe in your neighborhood or at work is a great way to share your cookies with others and maybe try new ones they have made. I have done this several times with great success. Turn some Christmas music on, roll your sleeves up and jump in that kitchen. It is the best time of year! Here’s a holiday idea: Nostalgic holiday postcards make charming place cards. Punch two holes in the top, string with thin velvet ribbon, tie on a pair of jingle bells and loop around dinning room chair backs. Happy cooking! Email me at


It’s time to get the cookie cutters out! Put the turkey roasters away and dig out all your cookiemaking implements. It’s cookie baking time! This is one of my favorite times of year. I adore baking cookies and decorating them. My all-time favorite is the sugar cookie with icing. That, paired with a warm cup of coffee, is devine. Mark, on the other hand, still goes for the basic oatmeal cookie. Whatever your choice, it is that time to start baking them, as they are great for gift giving. Put a fresh batch of cookies in a beautiful holiday tin. There’s not a better gift. The origin of the

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