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Nikki’s Note Nikki and her wild and crazy middle child, Hannah, three years old, whom she is forever thankful for!

Joy is a Factor of Gratitude I have recently been reminded of this fact. Joy comes from Gratitude. What is Gratitude? It is the art of Thanksgiving. Being thankful. Did you know that studies have shown that, those who write down three things they are thankful for every day, they are 25% happier than those who do not? Interesting. I am currently reading the book “One Thousand Gifts” by Anne Voskamp and she is absolutely brilliant. You must read the book if you haven’t already! (What a great Christmas gift this would be for someone in your life!) In the book, Anne challenges herself to write down one thousand things she is thankful for. So she carries a notebook with her wherever she goes and she logs them as she finds them. Could you imagine what you would feel like if you were constantly looking for things you were grateful for in order to write them down? Wow. Could you imagine what the world would be like if everyone did this. Every. Day. It’s about perspective. Joy is a Factor of Gratitude and Gratitude is a factor of perspective. You see, friends, when you change your perspective, you produce gratitude, and through that gratitude, you pour out joy. I challenge you today, as Anne as challenged me, to start a list. When I first started, I thought “well, this will be easy”. And it was for the first hundred or so. But now I have to intentionally look for gratitude. No matter what you are going through in life, what your perspective is now, take up the challenge of thanksgiving. there’s really no better season to try it in. Try it for 30 days. You probably won’t finish your list of 1000 things in 30 days, but I will garauntee you will notice a difference in your level of joy. Don’t believe me? Prove me wrong. Go ahead. I DARE you.

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Relaxing through laboring and birthing?

......Really?

by Melanie Sarao, HBCE (HypnoBirthing Certified Educator)

Expectant women around the world are discovering the benefits of relaxation during birthing using a technique called “HypnoBirthing®- The Mongan Method”. Many women look forward to having children but are terrified about the actual birth. Much of the angst of laboring and birthing comes from horror stories passed down through the years, well intentioned family, friends and especially through media drama. Have you ever seen a peaceful, gentle birthing on TV or in movies? Not likely. The truth is that natural birth is boring, boring in a good way, of course. When a woman’s body is relaxed, it is able to function perfectly just as it was designed to do. However when a woman is afraid or stressed, her body goes into that “fight or flight” mode which is there to get us out of danger. When that happens, the blood that runs through all of the systems of our body rushes to the arms, legs and brain to help us run, fight, kick or think our way out of a dangerous situation. There are systems in our body which are not part of that defense system. During fight or flight, those non-defensive systems do not get adequate blood supply to continue to keep them functioning properly. The uterus is not a defensive system. Have you ever driven home on a snowy cold evening? Do you remember being so tense that you experienced the “white knuckling” phenomenon from holding onto

HypnoBirthing® teaches mothers how to relax their bodies so that the tension and pain do not play a part in their birthings.

the steering wheel so tightly? It is called white knuckling because your fingers could not get enough oxygenated blood to all of the muscle tissue and therefore your fingers didn’t respond very well when you wanted to let go of the wheel . It also hurt to pull your fingers away, didn’t it? When the uterus is affected by fear or stress, it cannot function the way it is designed to thus creating tension and pain for the mother.

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HypnoBirthing® teaches mothers how to relax their bodies so that the tension and pain do not play a part in their birthings. The 5 week course focuses on making your birthing a positive experience, educating women about the birth process so that they can rid themselves of fear and anxiety and birth in comfort and confidence. It provides a number of relaxation and breathing techniques to help women have the most satisfying, gentle, comfortable birthing possible whether they choose to birth at home, in the hospital or a birthing center. There have even been some famous names in HypnoBirthing® news which you may recognize; Jessica Alba, Gisele Bundchen, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge to name a few. You can learn more about this wonderful method at www. hypnobirthing.com or find local course information at www.harmoniousbirth.com

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Can I Get A Volunteer? By Lara Krupika

Mitchell teaches at-risk youths how to sail a tall ship. Carly interprets the life of a 19th-century child. And Haley walks dogs at an animal shelter. What do these three kids have in common? They’re among the estimated 15.5 million young people who participate in volunteer activities. And like many others, these three kids are finding they get back more than they give through volunteering. Here are some of the benefits they’ve found (and your child could gain too):

Discovery of New Interests Mitchell Smith hadn’t done any sailing before he joined the Topsail Program at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute at age 12. But now his mom says he loves being aloft aboard the 100-foot brigantines. “He found a passion for sailing,” says Mitchell’s mom, Sandy. “It opened him up to a whole new world.” In fact, Mitchell often volunteers as an excuse to get in more sailing. In a word, he’s hooked. Volunteering gives kids a chance to try new things. In the process they can uncover talents and interests they hadn’t been aware of. Some may even go on to pursue college studies and careers inspired by their volunteer experiences.

Increased Confidence Youth volunteers gain valuable exposure to interacting with the public they couldn’t get anywhere else. It requires them to exercise their communication and public speaking skills. In turn, this fosters confidence as students see the positive impact of their interactions. Carly Mulder, a junior interpreter at

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the Naper Settlement living history museum in Naperville, Illinois learned early on that part of her role involved greeting museum visitors and fielding questions about the games and other activities she demonstrates. Karin, Carly’s mom, notes she’s seen Carly’s confidence improve from her involvement at the museum. “She’s learning how to interact with the public and how to have confidence in dealing with other people.” Wearing a costume and imagining herself

as a person from a different era helped. So did special training provided by the museum. Even behind-the-scenes roles can instill confidence as kids find success in completing the tasks they’re given. And connecting with fellow volunteers and coordinators can be enough to help reticent youngsters come out of their shells and develop valuable social skills. For some kids, simply the act of sharing their time and being valued for their service can build self-assurance.

Broadened Perspective on Life Volunteer experiences also give kids a chance to get outside of their neighborhood and have contact with people who are different from them. Whether at a museum or a food pantry, volunteering opens up children’s horizons. It exposes them to more of the world - in a controlled environment where they can feel safe. Haley McDonald’s mom, Bobbie, has involved her in a variety of volunteering experiences since a young age, including one while on


on vacation in the Dominican Republic. “We went to a farm and helped with a project,” explains Bobbie. “It was a huge, broadening experience seeing that everyone doesn’t live the way you live.”

Responsibility While many volunteer opportunities are onetime events, kids can also sign up for regular shifts. Being committed to an ongoing position requires taking responsibility. Mitchell’s mom points out that it makes him prioritize his activities. He has to decide whether he’ll sign up for a sailing shift or do something else. And Carly’s mom sees how it has helped her daughter learn the importance of following through on obligations. Kids also often get the opportunity to have increased responsibility in the role the play and the tasks they perform in their position as a volunteer. Mitchell has learned not only how to sail a tall ship, but also teaches others. And Carly hopes one day to move up to giving tours in one of the museum’s buildings.

Enjoyment When kids find a volunteer position that fits them well, the common response is, “it doesn’t feel like work”. When the position and the child’s interests match, to them it’s more like a chance to get out and play. This in turn can be a good step in helping them discover their vocation. Taking along a friend, as Haley frequently does, adds to the experience as well. In fact, group settings can be a good introduction to a volunteer experience, such as through a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop or church youth group. When kids have fun during an initial stint, they’re more likely to sign up again in the future. And after a while they’re signing up because it’s something they enjoy. Don’t underestimate what your child might have to offer an organization as a volunteer. And don’t underestimate the positive impact that experience can have on them. As these three young people have found, there’s a lot to be gained by giving your time to a local organization.

Organizations Accepting Youth Volunteers

Tips on Getting Started Look for a one-time opportunity to try out the concept of volunteering, such as at a food pantry. n Volunteer side by side with your child. It can be a good bonding experience and models the spirit of volunteerism. n Watch for chances to pair your child’s interests with a service activity. n Try, try again. If the first experience doesn’t work, look for another place for your child to serve. n Take a long-term view. If you value service to others, continue helping your child get involved in volunteering. As Dr. Bobbie McDonald (a doctor of psychology and mother of a youth volunteer) points out, “Anything you involve kids in on a regular basis, they’re likely to continue into adulthood”. n

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For more opportunities, be sure to check Youth United! They have an ongoing list of local organizations needing volunteers. You can also earn credits that help you earn awards and look fabulous on transcripts, college applications and resumes. For more information about Youth United, please visit their website, www.uwcdc.org/ youthunited.aspx or call Jenn Sweigert at (509) 662-8261. Be sure to check them out on facebook as well!

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Volunteer

Right for Your Type Are you Room Mom material or more of a book fair coordinator? Maybe you just want to show up for an hour once in a while. Volunteering at your child’s school can seem overwhelming and inconvenient when you’re not in the right spot. If you’re not sure how best to serve, consider your personality first. Given the right role for your traits and talents, pitching in can be painless, and even fun! Use these broad personality types to help you decide where and how to plug in. By Lela Davidson

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You are a fun, outgoing extrovert who easily bored when not working toward a goal. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to but you tend to take on too many projects. Your spontaneity, creativity, and energy attract many requests on your time. You have great ideas but prefer others to take care of the details. Offer to brainstorm at the beginning of projects. You may want to then step away from planning. Let those in charge know that you are happy to show up as a charming worker bee, and to recruit others to do the same.

You live for systems and processes, sometimes to the alienation of the people helping you carry out your plans. You are analytical, logical, and you despise repeating yourself. Your best friend is an online organizer like VolunteerSpot.com, where you can coordinate armies of parents without actually speaking to them, or engaging in an endless, mind-numbing chain of Reply-All emails. You are a great leader, so long as you can get people to follow. (Team up with The Charismatic for best results!)

You can’t help that you know how to do things better than other people do. It’s how you’re wired. While you can be empathetic, compassionate, and cooperative, you also struggle with indecision and inability to focus if things aren’t going your way. You like leadership roles, but need to remember to delegate. Teams rely on your consistent calm and a somewhat detached demeanor that values getting the job done over any kind of committee meeting drama. Lead if you must, but also consider taking roles with fewer responsibilities, because you’re probably wearing a lot of hats. Also, stay away from Pinterest. You’ll be happier for it.

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By Christina Katz

Let’s face it, kids do not always feel grateful for everything they have. But just because they do not feel appreciative every minute of every day does not make them ingrates. And for better or for worse, if you constantly nag your kids with lines like, “Do you realize how lucky/fortunate/blessed you are?” They will just tune you out eventually. An attitude of gratitude is something children need

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excessive pressuring. In fact, if you can make scavenging for gratitude an opportunity for fun every year, everybody wins. You may be surprised to learn that your kids are a lot more appreciative than you thought. And they may decide that expressing what they are grateful for isn’t as much of a pain as they imagined. So, go ahead. Make gratitude games an annual habit every Thanksgiving season. Here are five ways to motivate your kids to dig deep and rediscover an inner well of thankfulness without feeling put out:

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association list of words that represent moments, memories, or anything that pops into their minds in response to the question, “What do I feel most grateful for?” Family members can work alone or as a group. A parent can help a preschooler create a short, colorful list. School-age children may do better if given a number challenge like, “What are the top ten things you feel most grateful for this past year?” Keep the activity quick, fun, and light. Don’t treat it like an essay assignment unless you have a writer in the family, who would enjoy answering the question in essay form.

Photo safari. Over the course of a fall weekend, give each child an hour with your digital camera or your camera phone. The assignment is to go around your house and yard snapping photos of things that make them feel happy. These photos can include people, pets, nature, objects, places, and anything else they love. When you recover your camera, download a smattering of photos for each child into a collage format offered through your favorite local photo printing service. Have each child title the document in his or her own words and hang photo collages near the Thanksgiving table. Plastic or magnetic frames make it easy to protect and store collages for next year.

Appreciation postcards.

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of blank postcards and fine-point water-based markers from the art supply store. For young children, parents can write names and addresses of family members in permanent ink on one side of the postcard, so important information won’t smear. Then, on the other side, ask your kids to write one word that describes something they appreciate about each family member and decorate the postcard to match the sentiment. Make this an annual event and family members will look forward to their handmade postcards every year.

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Gratitude Lessons learned.

Life is school. We

are all always learning new things. Sometimes we learn things we can’t appreciate until later because the learning process is challenging, difficult or painful. Discussing these kinds of learning experiences raises an awareness of resiliency in kids and teaches them not to shirk challenges. About a week before Thanksgiving, start a round robin of sharing tough lessons learned during the past year. Rather than having everyone share in one night, let one person per night share in a relaxed manner during dinner. You might just find your family swept up in some of your most educational and inspiring conversations of the year.

Written on stone. Creating a thoughtful gift for someone else can bring out gratitude in even the grumpiest pilgrim. Purchase enough large river stones from your local garden shop or stone supplier so that each person in attendance for Thanksgiving will have one with their name on it. Be sure to pick up a couple extra, just in case. Scrub stones clean with soap and water and let dry. Paint stones on the top, sides, and bottom lip in an array of autumnal colors. Across top of each stone, write guest names in large letters with permanent markers or paint pens. Let dry completely then cut words that describe each guest out of old magazines. Apply words to rims of stones with Mod Podge and sponge brushes. After the words dry, add one more coat to the stone. When stones are again dry, cut and glue a piece of felt on the bottom. Use stones as placeholders at the Thanksgiving table and watch the proud grins.

**Christina Katz is an author and freelance journalist. She feels grateful every time someone reads her words. Her latest book is The Writer’s Workout from Writer’s Digest Books.

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Kids on the Plane by

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e once had our two-year-old scream from Europe to New York because her ears were hurting and she had to be tied down to her seat,” shares Dr. Carina Black, executive director of Northern Nevada International Center and mother of four. “I got so many nasty stares from passengers around us. I still remember the faces, even after five years have gone by.” It’s difficult to predict how a child will react to being on a plane. The most parents can do is to try to be prepared and plan things out ahead of time. If you have a trip in mind that involves boarding a plane, you might want to start thinking now about the time of day to fly, what to take and what to expect.

When to Go There is no perfect time of day to fly. Some people prefer to go in the morning so they can try to avoid delays. Others opt for taking night flights so that the child is tired and more apt to sleep. However, you may want to take some factors into consideration, depending upon the child’s age. “Special preparation is advisable and necessary for infants up to school-age children,” explains Dr. Arthur Dover, a pediatrician and travel medicine specialist, “and will reward your child, you, and all your

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fellow passengers with a more pleasant plane ride.” He suggests that infants are generally the easiest to take on a plane because they tend to sleep a great deal of the time. Babies can easily suck on a breast, bottle or pacifier to relieve the discomfort in their ears from pressure changes. That pressure is a common problem, especially during takeoff. Babies taken on planes can be held by a parent, or arrangements can be made to have them in their car seat, which is then belted into the airplane seat. Children over the age of one are usually more prone to being restless. Taking them on the plane when they’re tired helps, because they’ll want to sleep. For older children, it’s wise to take something for them to drink or eat, like gum or hard candy, to help relieve ear pressure. “Providing books, games and snacks for this age group helps the time pass more easily,” says Dr. Dover. “A harmless homeopathic medication from the health food store,

Hyland’s Calms Forté, may be helpful. (First try at home before using it on a trip.)” Dr. Black always buys new toys for the kids, including things like washable markers, notebooks and reading material, to keep them busy. She gives each one an assortment in their own back pack to keep them busy for a while. New items may help hold their interest longer.

Losing the Lag “When passing through several time zones, there is the likelihood of jet lag,” adds Dr. Dover, “which is the delay in our own internal biological clock to adjust to the daylight schedule in the new time zone.” Jet lag is a condition that results from disruptions in the light-and-dark cycles. You and your children can help prevent it by sleeping on the plane and making sure you are hydrated. Also, try to get exposure to sunlight, to help reset your body’s clock. You and your family might also try to go to sleep at the new local bedtime, to help minimize the discomfort of jet lag.n

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he Smith family was halfway through their return trip from vacation, when the unthinkable happened: their car crashed. Freezing rain made the highway slick and brake lights in the distance warned them they were approaching the site of an accident. Ronn braked to slow down. Instead, his vehicle hit a patch of black ice that threw it into a slide. They hit the car in the lane beside them, spun 360 degrees across three lanes of traffic, and ended up on the side of the highway, facing forward.

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e know even the most wellordered vacation doesn’t always go as planned. But a vacation interrupted by a car crash presents its own set of challenges. With a bit of knowledge and preparedness, you can avoid some common mistakes and make the most of the situation should this occur during your vacation. Here are some tips from the experts on how to handle an accident while away from home:

Stay Calm After an accident you may experience a bit of shock. In fact, you may feel emotionally overwhelmed. But the more you can calmly assess the situation and your needs, the more quickly the real problems can be resolved.

Call 911 According to Ken Howes, Executive Director

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of the American Association of State Troopers, you should call 911 immediately when involved in an accident so law enforcement and emergency personnel can be dispatched. “The biggest mistake anyone can make is to leave the scene of an accident before law enforcement arrives,” says Howes. “You will most likely be criminally charged if you do this.” Also remember that police can help direct traffic and get you away from the accident site. If anyone has been injured, do not move them. Wait for emergency responders to arrive. Even if no one appears to be injured, it’s usually wise to be examined by a medical professional, just to be sure. Emergency personnel or your health insurance provider can direct you to the nearest hospital. Howes notes that it’s important to include in your report to the investigating officer

whether or not you are injured. Michele Smith agrees and warns from her experience it’s also valuable to record whether or not other parties were injured in the accident. Contact Your Auto Insurance Company Let them be your source for post-accident information. That’s what you pay them for. You’ll have to file a claim. If another vehicle was involved you’ll also need to document your side of the story. Then you can ask the insurance agent for the name of the local auto repair shop they recommend and perhaps even information on where to stay. In some cases you will be given a rental vehicle to use while yours is being repaired.

Ask for Help Don’t assume others will recognize what you need. If you need help finding a place to stay, ask. If you need a break from traveling, tell


your spouse. Being in a strange place may require accepting help from people you don’t know. But putting yourself out there to ask for aid can yield pleasant surprises.

Have Your Vehicle Inspected If your vehicle is drivable and all occupants are fine, continue on your journey. But be sure when you arrive at your next destination to locate a reputable mechanic who can inspect your vehicle to determine whether there is serious damage beneath the exterior that could compromise your safety. Current auto bodies are built to sustain damage and bounce back. But any impact can compress the components underneath and cause collateral damage. Particularly if you will be logging a lot of miles post-accident, you will want to confirm that everything still operates correctly.

Reassure Your Children of Their Safety Being in an accident is traumatic. Handling that trauma can be more difficult when away from familiar surroundings, especially for kids. Your job is to let your children know you will do all you can to keep them safe. “Explain that sometimes bad things happen in life, like

car accidents. And explain that as a family you are all strong together and will get through it,” says Dr. Frank Sileo, licensed psychologist.

Make Ongoing Communication a Priority Take time to ask questions and listen to your kids’ reactions to what has happened. As Dr.

the activities of your trip. Don’t let the cloud of your accident follow you. Focus on the positive. Find ways to appreciate what you do have and what are able to do, especially the unexpected positives. Thankfully for the Smiths, the police were already nearby for the other accident and

“Trying to act like it did not happen creates a taboo feeling around the topic and doesn’t allow kids to move on from the experience.”

Dr. Frank Sileo, licensed psychologist

Sileo points out, “Trying to act like it did not happen creates a taboo feeling around the topic and doesn’t allow kids to move on from the experience.” Be prepared to give lots of extra hugs and cuddles as kids process the episode. It will help both of you.

Enjoy Your Vacation An accident can threaten to derail the fun of your vacation. If the vacation isn’t over yet, make sure you, as the parent, engage in

their car was drivable. After getting off the highway at the nearest exist and filling out an accident report, they were able to continue on the remaining three hours of their drive home. But what if they’d been at the beginning of their trip when the accident occurred? Michele Smith says they would still have made the journey. And they would have made the most of their vacation in spite of the accident.n

If You Witness An Accident n Call 911. Do not assume other witnesses or the victims can or will do this. n Remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives. According to the American Association of State Troopers executive director, Ken Howes, “impartial witnesses are helpful in assisting investigators in determining the cause of a crash.” n Provide your information to the investigating officer should they need to contact you for further details.

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Meet The Family Meet the Byingtons! Dad is Billy and he works in private home health care. In his spare time he loves to coach one (or more) of the boys’ soccer teams. Mom is Bethany and she is a stay-athome mom currently but also a full time student at Central Washington University through the online program. She is working towards a degree in social sciences. Mom and dad are also active with church, The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints. The kids include Alex, age 14, Brayden, age 11, Owen, age 9, Billy Jr. age 6, Gabriel, age 4, and Abigail, age 21 months. ALSO, mom is expecting number seven in April of 2014! The boys all love sports, mostly soccer. They are open to branching out to a few other sports, such as basketball, however. The boys are also busy with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and church as well. We’d love to do more in the community and volunteering in the schools, but right now we are just all about kids, kids, kids!

the Byington’s Photos taken by Legacy Photography by JF

When I was little I dreamed about being: Mom: I’ve always dreamed of being a mom. I sometimes thought about careers I would’ve liked to go into, but first on my priority list was to be a mom. Dad: A scuba diver! My fifth birthday my mom bought me a snorkel, swim mask, and fins. I then went to the local lake to try out my new gear. I thought I would be able to breathe under water like I saw on Flipper. Instead I went under water, took a big deep breath, and got lungs full of water. I came up crying, thinking my snorkel was broke. Now that we have kids...... Mom: Life is busy, yet fun! There is definitely never a dull moment in this house. Dad: I often wished I had done certain things in my childhood differently. With having so many kids I love getting to relive my childhood vicariously through each one.

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My kid’s surprise me because they.. Mom: Just when I think I know what to expect, the kids always surprise me. I don’t know if it’s just a boy thing, or a kid thing, but they are so unpredictable. Each child is their own unique little person. Dad: My kids are so much more technologically advanced then I am. It amazes me daily!

to get us eating healthier! I’m always researching new recipes to try and ways to make our food healthier. Sometimes the boys fight me on it, but sometimes they are pleasantly surprised with the new healthy meals. Dad: Mom is the best at keeping me grounded and on the right path as far as priorities are concerned.

Our favorite family activity is: Mom: The boys would say CAMPING for sure. While camping was one of my favorite activities as a child, as an adult it somehow has lost its fun factor for me. I am definitely the odd wo(man) out here, as everyone else loves camping. Dad: I most enjoy the spur of the moment trips in which we jump in our 15-passengar van and just take a mini-day trip, whether it be hiking at Deception Falls, walking around Blackbird Island, or even a trip to the Reptile Zoo outside of Monroe.

Dad (Billy) is best at? Mom: Having fun with the kids and problem solving. Sometimes, as a mom of many boys, I don’t relate well to what they enjoy doing (sports, video games...). However, dad is GREAT at that. Also, whenever there is a problem that needs to be solved (math or just general life problems!) dad is the best one to go to. Dad: I think I’m best at multi-tasking. With so many things going on at once around me - phone ringing, two boys fighting in a corner, another asking for homework help, and another climbing up onto the counter - I am good at keeping calm and balancing it all.

Mom (Bethany) is the best at: Mom: Worrying about what we are eating and trying


What’s your secret for balancing it all: Mom: Planning ahead! I have found that using some sort of planner makes a big difference. I check my planner several times a day to make sure I’m not forgetting to do something. Also, days go a lot smoother when I plan them out some rather then just living by the moment. It may not be as fun to live by the clock, but it works! Dad: I just try to enjoy each experience for what it is. I try to focus on one thing at a time and enjoy it, even it’s something I don’t really want to do. When the kid’s are all grown, we are going to: Mom: Travel! Starting our family young, both of us have never traveled much. I have never even been to Disneyland! We look forward to still being young enough to travel, and enjoy it, when our kids are grown up and moved out of the house. Dad: We are going to take about 30 days of freedom to prepare for the umpteen grandchildren sure to come! Something that might surprise you about me: Mom: I’m not good at routines. With a large family, routine is pretty important. However, I am just not good at it. Things go a lot better with a routine, but it’s hard for me to keep routines up. I like things to be flexible. Dad: I can’t watch the movie Forrest Gump without tearing up at the end - every time I watch it, and I’ve seen it about two dozen times. What I love about our family: Mom: There is always someone to talk to or play with. No one is ever bored or alone. If two siblings are not getting along, they can just go play with another brother! Dad: I love the fact that we can all express how we love each other. I don’t go a day without telling the kids that I love them. If I were stranded on a island with one book and one meal what would it be: Mom: Hmm tricky question! Well I love to read, but I would say the most important book to have with me if I was stranded would be the scriptures for sure. My one meal would be chili relleno with beans and rice and fresh made salsa. Yumm! Dad: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and a bucket of Red Vine! What’s left on your bucket list: Mom: So many things! Having kids has kind of been the focus of my life the past several years. I’d like to see more of the world for sure. Dad: I’d love to conquer my fear of heights and

flying by going skydiving. I don’t know if I would ever have the guts to do it! Before I had kid’s I never thought I’d: Mom: Resort to bribery! Bribery works though. For example, I usually bring at least one child with me grocery shopping. To get through the grocery store I promise them that they can pick out ONE item if they behave through the whole store. It works! Dad: When I was young I said I would never do/say things my parents did, however now as a parent I find myself repeating the same things my mom has said to me before and parenting in some of the same ways my parents did as well. Favorite family hangout in Wenatchee: Mom: Blackbird Island has become our new favorite place to go and explore. The boys think it’s just like camping. We miss the trees when we are in Wenatchee! Dad: Home! I just enjoy being at home with my family. It doesn’t really matter where I am at , as long as we are all together. Our go to place to eat in Wenatchee Mom: The Olive Garden has become a new favorite, but the boys also like any Mexican food restaurant. Dad: Papa Murphy’s pizza is our most favorite place to eat as a family. We probably get pizza from there once a week. Our favorite thing about living here is: Mom: I think this town/city is just the right size for us. We both came from small towns, so Wenatchee is big to us. However, it’s not so big that we feel lost or have to deal with too much crazy traffic. Everything we need is here and we don’t have to drive to other cities for shopping. Where I grew up, we had to drive almost two hours to any shopping malls or chain stores. Dad: I would say all of the great friends we’ve made here and the great people in the community. People are so friendly to each other here unlike the large cities I have lived in, in which no one even knew who their neighbors were. My favorite thing about Billy is: Mom: Everything he does for the family! He works long shifts but still comes home and coaches two of our sons’ soccer teams, watches TV with us, helps take kids around to various activities, and makes family time important. My favorite thing about Bethany is: Dad: Patience with me! Not a lot of people in my life have been able to tolerate my mood swings and all my weird quirks.

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fAMILY Parenting

Breastfeeding Resources in the Wenatchee Valley WIC (Women Infants and Children)

Written collabortively by Sam Belanger, Michelle Murphy, Annette Mueller, and Alma Sanchez. Compiled and submitted by Laurie Riegert.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a great federal program for families to get help with food, nutrition information and referrals during a very important time in their lives. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, childbirth and early childhood are critical times to eat well. WIC has trained staff that can provide guidance for young families with their questions about pregnancy, breastfeeding and feeding young children. WIC provides checks to take to the grocery store and buy healthy foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, cereal, juice, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. More than 50% of all Washington State infants are enrolled in WIC. To find out if you qualify, call a WIC office near you. In Wenatchee, call 664-3771 and in East Wenatchee, call 886-6400 and we can tell you if you meet the qualifications. The Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program at WIC is designed to support and provide information to pregnant moms who are thinking about breastfeeding and postpartum moms who are breastfeeding. Peer counseling is a great tool for pregnant moms because they can express their questions and concerns with their peer counselor and learn about relevant topics important to nursing success before the baby comes. Once baby has arrived, moms receive support designed to their specific needs. Peer counselors also answer questions and help moms with the tools they may need for going back to work or school. Peer counselors give referrals to other organizations such as La Leche League and Central Washington Hospital. Breastfeeding peer counselors are available to moms 7 days a week by phone and have

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regular office hours at the WIC office in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.

La Leche League La Leche League is a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. At monthly meetings we offer the latest information on a wide range of breastfeeding topics. Attending meetings beginning in pregnancy through the first year of nursing and beyond can help prevent common breastfeeding difficulties and help moms and babies enjoy all the benefits breastfeeding provides. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 10am at the First United Methodist Church on Washington St. La Leche League Leaders are also available 24 hours, 7 days a week via phone calls and home visits. Getting questions answered early on can often prevent problems and stress, especially with a new baby! Leaders are Annette at 664-0186, & Claudia at 387-1172. More information can be found about La Leche League International at llli.org.

Central Washington Hospital When the Mother Baby Unit at Confluence Health- Central Washington Hospital moved into the Second Floor of the Patient Tower in 2011, more than the location changed. Previously, newborns and their mothers were cared for by two different nurses, a postpartum nurse and a nursery nurse. After the move, they shifted to Mother Baby or couplet care. One nurse takes care of both mom and baby to streamline care, increasing education and decreasing interruptions for the new family. The rooms are all private, and support partners are encouraged to stay overnight to learn about caring for their newborn, especially breastfeeding. The Mother Baby Unit was designed with family centered care in mind. From birth to discharge, staff encourages the family to be continuously with their newborn. All baby care, with the exception of a hearing screen, is done in the mother’s room to decrease unnecessary separations. This helps establish the early, frequent breastfeeding


that is so critical to breastfeeding success. There is much to learn about breastfeeding in the early days. Beginning prenatally, Confluence HealthCentral Washington Hospital provides family education in 12 hour childbirth preparation class taught by a Mother Baby Unit RN. This class covers many topics, including how birth practices may affect breastfeeding. A free two hour breastfeeding class is offered monthly by the hospital that focuses on getting breastfeeding off to the best start. All of the upcoming classes can be found on the hospital website at www.cwhs.com. Education and assistance make a big difference for new breastfeeding moms and babies. The nurses on the Mother Baby Unit have education and experience in helping with those early feedings that are so important. A lactation nurse is also available 7 days a week, generally from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. They see new families in the hospital, field phone calls from anyone with breastfeeding questions or concerns, and see mothers who are having breastfeeding problems after hospital discharge. The staff on the Mother Baby Unit wants breastfeeding to succeed. They are continuously looking for new ways to provide excellent, evidence based care for the childbearing family. They were recognized last year for their work to decrease the number of babies born by induction or repeat cesarean delivery before 39 weeks. In September, they will begin the Safe Deliveries Roadmap through the Washington State Hospital Association. This program will look at best birth practices to decrease cesarean deliveries and improve maternity care, which directly impacts breastfeeding success. In the coming year nursing staff will also focus on more breastfeeding specific education to help families begin and continue successful breastfeeding.

The Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition of Wenatchee We are a breastfeeding advocacy group designed to improve the breastfeeding environment in our community. Our mission is to promote and support breastfeeding as a vital part of the health and development of our children and families.

Our ultimate goal is to increase breastfeeding initiation and especially duration rates in our valley, thereby improving the health of our community. We plan to do so by: •Connecting and improving communication among key breastfeeding players in our area •Getting on the same page to provide consistent breastfeeding messages •Energizing health care facilities to follow best practices in lactation support •Promoting employers, schools, and childcare facilities to establish breastfeeding friendly policies •Increasing community awareness of lactation support options •Creating a supportive public environment for breastfeeding In the past the coalition established pumping rooms in many area packing sheds and brought in great speakers to do breastfeeding trainings. Anyone is welcome to attend! It would beneficial to have health care employees that work with moms and/or infants; employers; childcare facilities; school district employees; breastfeeding moms; and anyone else who like to work with us to accomplish these goals. We meet on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00-11:30am at Columbia Valley Community Health. For more information please contact Jody Ceesay at

(509)664-3771 or jceesay@cvch.org

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Parenting

When Sickness Comes For a Holiday By Lara Krupicka

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t starts out with your child being tired and looking a little under the weather. But it’s the holiday season so you chalk it up to the extra activity and some richer foods than normal. Soon though, you realize what’s really happening. What’s happening is your child is sick and tomorrow is Christmas.

While not every family may be able to have a game day with their sick children, the holiday doesn’t have to be a complete bust. Follow your regular traditions, albeit in a more subdued form out of respect for the person who is ill. Include them as much as possible, while giving them space to simply be sick.

While we’d prefer not have to deal with it, the reality is most families face illness during a major holiday at some point in time. Given the right attitude and a good “Plan B,” you can still make holiday memories. Here are a few tips on celebrating through (and in spite of) varying degrees of illness:

Your Plan B could include a second celebration once the child (or parent) has recovered. Because it’s not the actual holiday, it won’t be exactly the same. So don’t try to make it that way. Find opportunities to make it uniquely special – like the Williams’ game day.

Short-term Illness Sarah Williams’ family enjoyed Christmas celebrations with relatives, but they still had a special event on the calendar when two of her children came down with the stomach flu. “Two days after Christmas we had tickets to a play that my aunt had given them. They were going to be gone the whole day,” she explains. Instead they stayed home to allow the sick children to recuperate. But rather than mope around the house, Williams planned a special activity: game day. Her three children each picked a favorite game and together they played all three. “It was fun. It actually forced us to do something we would not have done on a normal day,” Williams says.

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Hospital Stays and More Serious Illness

No one wants to consider a hospital stay during a holiday. But sometimes it can’t be avoided, whether due to an accidental injury or chronic illness. The best resource for coping with a special date on the calendar while in the hospital is the hospital staff. Find out from your child’s doctor or the hospital social worker what activities the hospital plans for the holiday. And discuss the expectations your family might have. “During the holiday season we work with families on an individual basis to encourage them to continue


their traditions, just looking a little different,” says Rose Seelenbinder, a child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Different is an operative word in this case. There’s no getting around the fact that your child or other sick family member won’t be at home for the holiday. Don’t try to ignore it. Instead address hopes kids may have for the holiday. Seelenbinder urges parents to be appropriately honest with their children. “We recognize it’s hard to be away from home and these are hard conversations for parents to have.” Encourage your child that “different” doesn’t have to be bad. In fact, with some planning on your part, it can be exceptionally memorable. “Think about ‘how can we translate what we do at home,’ in a different environment,” Seelinbinder says. It’s also important not to go overboard to compensate. It may seem like a good idea, but often ends up backfiring during the transition back home. Remember to give yourself space. Holidays can be crazy without a sickness. Add on the challenges of caring for home while making frequent hospital visits and you’ll be primed for a meltdown. *continued on next page

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Parenting This may mean leaving the holiday preparation to someone else. Your Plan B could include engaging in the activities available through the hospital and keeping the bedside celebration simple. Focusing on the meaning behind the celebration and not the calendar date can also free your family up to observe the holiday in a more traditional sense once the hospital stay ends. Terminal Illness Over 1.6 million people use hospice services each year. So it’s not uncommon for a person to be approaching death before or during a holiday. This doesn’t make it any easier, but there are approaches parents can take to help. The first is to acknowledge the situation and how that impacts the holiday. “Don’t expect it to be the same as every other year,” says Dr. Don Schumacher, President and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization “You have to acknowledge that some change is coming. With every death, a new family is born. You have to figure out how to go forward.” Schumacher suggests starting a new tradition right away. You don’t need to scrap your old traditions, but it is important to begin the transition. Talk with your children about how life will be changing and ask their input on what new tradition they would like to start. And if possible, include the ill person in creating the plan. “Incorporate them in the discussion without saying they’ll be gone,” says Schumacher. “It shows them that you’re taking on the burden.” Make sure to include visits with the sick family member in your holiday observances. Schumacher points out how this can particularly aid children as they work through issues of separation. Holiday traditions provide a great avenue for sharing memories. Talking about those memories and the role the family member has played can be powerful for enabling the child to walk toward closure as death nears. When it comes to holiday preparations, accepting that there might come a time for “Plan B” can be a helpful process. Then when you encounter a sickness in your family, you won’t have to waste energy on shifting gears. You’ll be ready to find your own Plan B for adapting your celebration. **Lara Krupicka is a parenting journalist who found new ways to enjoy a holiday during a daughter’s bout of bronchitis.

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Create a holiday basket that takes your tradition to the sick room, whether in your house or at a hospital. Include these elements to make the day special: n a traditional symbol of your family’s holiday (a miniature Christmas tree, or a Menorah) n a holiday story book, particularly if it’s one you’ve enjoyed together before n a gift that can be enjoyed in bed, such as a new CD/music download n if the patient can eat, include one or two of their favorite holiday foods that are easy to transport, like a plate of cookies.


g n i d l o H s k n a h Onto T I by Lara Krupicka

I glance at my three girls,

two-car garage can only fit one car beside the bikes and outdoor toys. They have all they need and much of what they hadn’t even thought to want. Every year the question of what my kids want for Christmas leads

’m making leftover turkey

scattered around our kitchen setting

me to using tactics that would make

sandwiches — pieces

out food and plates, preparing for our

a telemarketer blush. First I ask for

of toast spread with

lunch. I know what their answer will be.

their lists. But rarely are those lists

mayonnaise and topped

It’s the same every year. They won’t

long enough to match the number of

with thin slices of turkey and globs of

want much, not yet at least. But they

people shopping for them. So I shove

homemade stuffing. The phone rings and

will soon enough, once I start prodding

toy catalogs and store wish books into

I quickly lick my fingers, savoring the zip

them.

their hands. I remind them of things

of sage, before grabbing the receiver. It’s my mother-in-law, calling with

The irony of the situation slaps me like a linebacker hitting his

they’ve noticed on shopping outings. I urge them to think of something more, some object they think they’ll enjoy.

her annual day-after-Thanksgiving

opponent. The words of gratitude, the

request. She’s not asking me to go

remembrances of all the plenty we

shopping. Instead she’s calling with

enjoy, have barely died on our lips. The

pleasing others – pleasing those who

another question: what do my children

leftovers of our Thanksgiving dinner

love my daughters and want to show it

want for Christmas?

have yet to be relished. And now I have

by bestowing well-liked gifts. I do it to

to ask my girls what they want. What

please my girls, however momentarily,

possibly could they want? The rods in

in the receiving of those gifts. I do it to

their closets are crammed with filled

please everyone but myself.

Pretty soon there will be others e-mailing and phoning to find out the same thing. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents will all want to know what my children would like for Christmas.

hangers. Bins of Polly Pockets, Legos, and American Girl doll accessories cover the toy shelves in our house. Our

I do these things in the name of

Each year when I badger my children for their wish lists, I feel a bit of myself slipping away. That part of

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fAMILY me that says to “let them be.” The part

day. I wish that Christmas would move

“Can I get back to you on that?” I say to

that says they can enjoy Christmas

back to its place (at least back to

my mother-in-law.

without so much stuff. Am I selling

December) and stop stealing the show

us out, myself and my children? Am

from Thanksgiving.

I bowing to consumerism to blot out gratitude so quickly? What if we made no wish lists?

I’m thankful for leftover turkey

of what we have to be thankful for. And

grinning girls sitting around my counter

that’s the list I need most right now.

eating them. And I’m thankful for

what we already have?

grandmas who faithfully call each year

cultivate gratitude in my family amidst a consumer culture that has made an art of creating wish lists? How do I sustain the thankful spirit for more than 24 hours? My biggest wish this year is for a holiday from the holiday rush. I wish for Thanksgiving to extend beyond one parade-and-turkey-and-football-filled

today I plan to continue making a list

sandwiches. I’m thankful for three

Would we continue to be thankful for

And my biggest question: how do I

I breathe a sigh of gratitude as she agrees to let it go for today, because

to find out what these children would enjoy receiving. The only thing I still need on this day after Thanksgiving is a little more time to enjoy how fortunate we are. My grip on the phone receiver relaxes as I turn away from my children and gaze at the Thanksgiving decorations on the fireplace mantle in the next room.

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By Christina Katz

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ife is busy. So make sure you slow things down on a regular basis and just enjoy being a family. As kids grow up, everyone can seem pulled in utterly different directions. You may even find yourself thinking that you liked your kids better before they had the ability to leave you at will. But never fear. Here are ten remedies that will keep your relations relating even while everyone evolves along individual lines:

Create A Family Alter. Use a large hutch, buffet, or fireplace mantel as the main display area for a

well-blended family. Find words that describe your family values or blocks with sweet sayings on them. Add photos of each person that really show their personality. Ask each member to contribute one or two personal items that may seem quirky separately but when combined together perfectly capture the spirit of your clan.

Eat Dinner Together. When my daughter Samantha was little, she wrote us a note of protest after one night when we did not all sit down to dinner together. It said, quite simply, “We hav to eat togther.” Today, when I’m tempted to skip a formal sit-down

dinner due to busy schedules, I remember her note and set the table anyway or ask her to do it. If she complains, I simply quote her back to herself.

Play Games. Sunday afternoons are just as perfect for game night as they ever were. But if you are having trouble gathering your kids to all be home at the same time every other week, you might need to make family game night a mandatory family event. Sure, you’ll hear some reluctant grumbling before the games begin. But once you settle in and start having fun, you’ll be so glad you insistedand so will your kids.

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Create A Shared Workspace. Surely you have a space in your home that is underutilized. Be it the dining room, the laundry room or an extra bedroom, it’s easy to convert this space into a shared work space where the whole family can convene instead of scattering to every corner. Simply add a large table (a folding table is fine), ample places to dock and charge electronics, office supplies, a pencil sharpener and a printer and voila! This instant family office is a great place to have your family meetings or collaborate on projects.

Put Music On While You Do The Dishes Or Chores. You have seen The Big Chill, right? Then surely you remember the dish-washing scene. You can either be the type of family that says quit-your-grousingand-do-your-chores, which makes everyone sullen and pokey. Or you can be the type of family that makes chores fun and silly. Sometimes the difference is as simple and easy as turning on the radio to a station that plays oldies.

Take A Family Walk. Grab the dogs, the leashes, and a couple of water bottles and get the heck out of dodge. Go just go far enough away from home to walk without interruption from friendly neighbors and just stroll. Don’t bring up any difficult topics, don’t confront anyone about unacceptable behavior, just take your family for a walk and leave your collective worries in the dust.

Treat Everyone To Dinner. Let this be a surprise even if it’s just the local burger or teriyaki joint. If you plan dinner out in advance, don’t tell everyone you have a consensus-it was an awful, terrible, rotten day. Then do you best imitation of the Dad in A Christmas Story when he says, “All

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right, get dressed. We are going out to eat!” And watch those frowns turn upside down.

Celebrate The Small Stuff. Don’t wait for birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate each other. Try to recognize one person in the family every week. Was someone selected for the school play? Maybe someone else got to play for the varsity team. Maybe mom got elected to a position in the PTA. When it’s a big enough deal, head out for ice cream or bring home bakery cupcakes. And don’t forget, you can stick a birthday candle in just about anything.

“Don’t wait for birthday and anniversaries to celebrate each other. Try to recognize one person in the family every week.”

Have An End-Of-Day Ritual. Our family enjoys reading a book from a book series out loud before bed. But make yours whatever your family finds relaxing and enjoyable, so everyone can drift off to sleep with a smile. Whether it’s a quick game of “Highs & Lows,” sharing a story from the day, or just tucking in and kissing goodnight, end on a consistent happy note no matter what the day was like.

Have A Do-Nothing Day Of Rest. Stay in your jammies until noon on a Sunday morning. Cook a big messy breakfast. Grab the paper and some doughnuts or bagels. Watch a movie in the middle of the day with fresh popcorn. Don’t bother cleaning up until the eleventh hour. Just enjoy the splendid imperfection of being the family you are right now, happy and relaxing together.

**Christina Katz loves nothing better that relaxing deeply with the people she loves most so everyone can reboot and reconnect. She often wins at games of luck and is not afraid to crow about it.


Does Pregnancy Heartburn Really Mean more Hair for your Newborn? Have you been wondering if the “old wive’s tale” about heartburn in pregnancy is true? Will your baby have a lot of hair if you have a lot of heartburn? One research study from 2006 actually DID find that the old adage about heartburn and newborn hair is true about 80% of the time! Indeed the study authors were surprised to find that about 83% women who reported moderate or severe heartburn gave birth to babies with average or above average amounts of hair, and conversely, about 82% of women reporting no heartburn had babies with less than average or no hair. Heartburn is a normal, but aggravating, discomfort occurring most often in late pregnancy. Hormones shift to cause the sphincter (like a valve) at the top of your stomach to relax, leaving an open door for naturally slowly digesting food to reflux instead of staying in your stomach. Your growing baby puts additional pressure on your stomach, making efficient digestion even more difficult! Heart burn can be eased by eating smaller, more frequent portions and not drinking with meals to allow space and time for digestion. Avoiding fatty meals can reduce stomach acid secretion and make digestion easier. Spicy or heavy foods that give you heartburn when not pregnant will most likely be worse when you are! Good posture, staying upright for a few hours after eating and walking after eating can reduce the baby’s pressure on the stomach. If you’ve tried all these things and still feel the burn, try chewing papaya enzymes (chewable supplement available in supplement section of grocery stores or in natural food stores), these have natural digestive enzymes extracted from the papaya fruit. Papaya enzymes work best at the beginning of a meal or snack. Chewing a few raw almonds after eating can also make heartburn more manageable. Slippery elm bark as a tea or capsule can help soothe your digestive tract. Sometimes a squeeze of lemon or apple cider vinegar in a small cup of water with meals can help your stomach produce less acid. If you are desperate for an antacid, TUMS is a benign form of calcium that can neutralize heartburn and is fine for short-term use during pregnancy. NOTE: If your heartburn is accompanied by radiating pain in the chest and sweating, contact your healthcare provider immediately as it could be a heart attack and not simply heartburn. Contact your midwife or doctor before trying medications or making very dramatic dietary changes or if your heartburn persists in spite of trying these supportive measures. Danelle Aurilio, LM, CPM Wenatchee Midwife Service and Childbirth Center

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Day by Day Calendar Your Guide to FUN in the Wenatchee Valley Note from Nikki: We are trying to make it easier for our Leavenworth friends! You will find that all events with a RED BOX around them take place in Leavenworth. We are also trying something new in listing weekly events in a separate place so they don’t jam up the entire calendar, hiding other new events. We hope this makes your planning a little easier as you can go through and highlight, for yourself, the events you want to attend this summer. Enjoy!

Bella and Aja

Conley, Ashley, and Tenly

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

Christian Book Fair: October 23rd to 25th from 8-4 at St. Paul’s Elementary School Campus located at 1520 Mckittrick, Wenatchee (located in the back of the Wenatchee First Assembly church) Book fair with both New Hope Messengers, a Christian Book Organization and Scholastic Books. This is open to the public! For more information call 662-4757.

Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Kenai River 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: @box office, 888-7825 or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com

Childbirth Preparation Series at CWHS Thursday and Friday evenings from 6pm-9pm and on Saturday from 9am-3pm. Everything you need to know about having a baby. $85 Contact Joan at 665-6140 or jslack@cwhs.com for more info. Takes place in Rooms A & B, 1201 S Miller Street And Then There Were None Performance at Riverside Playhouse, 7:30pm.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 Halloween Parents Night Out 6:00pm - 10:00pm. At Sport Gymnastics. This is a fun night of fun games, pumpkin painting, pizza and more! Fun games like: Ghost in the Graveyard, Halloween Bingo, Hunt the Eyeballs & the Monster Freeze Dance! $20 for the first kid, $15 for each additional kid (must be siblings). Don’t forget to Pre-Register! These fill up fast; call 667-1538 to reserve a place for your child. Christian Book Fair: October 23rd to 25th from 8-4 at St. Paul’s Elementary School Campus located at 1520 Mckittrick, Wenatchee (located in the back of the Wenatchee First Assembly church) Book fair with both New Hope Messengers, a Christian Book Organization and Scholastic Books. This is open to the public! For more information call 662-4757. Open Gym @ Apple Valley Gymnastics, 230 S Columbia in Wenatchee 7:00-9:00pm, for ages 5-15. $12 per child, $8 for siblings. And Then There Were None Performance at Riverside Playhouse, 7:30pm. Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Kenai River 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: www.towntoyotacenter.com 888-7825, or wenatcheewild.pointstreaksites.com

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And Then There Were None Performance at Riverside Playhouse, 7:30pm. See October 10 Halloween Fun Day @Sweet Spot in Pybus Market Location, 107 N Worthen St. A fabulous, fun day is in the works! 888-6906

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 Make A Difference Day Millions have helped in the last two decades, what will YOU do this year to make a difference? For more information, visit www.wenatcheemkdd.com or contact Laurel Helton, 663-6662 or email hbi98801@nwi.net Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Kenai River 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: www.towntoyotacenter.com 888-7825, or wenatcheewild.pointstreaksites.com

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 Halloween Harvest Party 10:30am @ Academic Toolbox, 2127 N Wenatchee Ave. 667-8746 Oct. 28 & 29 Story Time, followed by a craft and games. Costumes Encouraged.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 Cooking With Chef Richard Join Executive Chef, Richard Kitos, of the Ivy Wild for cooking demonstrations during our Tuesday Farmers Markets in the Mall. He’ll be cooking with fresh ingredients! Demonstrations are from 11am-1pm across from Bath and Body Works in the Wenatchee Valley Mall, 511 Valley Mall Parkway in East Wenatchee


Weekly Events by Day EVERY MONDAY

EVERY TUESDAY

After School Action 3:30-5:30, FREE @ Communitiy Center, September-April Activities include video games, homework help, sports, computer use, games, snacks, special projects and more.

After School Action 3:30-5:30, FREE @ Communitiy Center,

Indoor Park @ Apple Valley Gymnastics, 230 S Columbia in Wenatchee 9:30-11am, for ages 5 and under. $7 per child, $3 for siblings. Begins September 3rd Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Group A Free, fun and interactive time for the children in your life to learn through play! 10am-11:30 at Cashmere Methodist Church, 213 S Division St in Cashmere. More info, contact Jan @ 664-7350, ext 107 Indoor Playground 10am-12pm @ the Community Center in Wenatchee, 504 South Chelan Ave $1/child, ages 5 and under. Every Mon, Tues & Wed. during winter months Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) @ Saddlerock Presbyterian Church , 6:45pm-8:30pm. BSF is a free, nondenominational, international study for women. Dig deeper into the bible today and meet some amazing women while you are at it! Children’s bible study occurs at the same time for school age children. Children must be registered first before attending, women are welcome to join at any time. Currently studying Matthew! www.bsfinternational.org NCW Young Life Meets every Monday Night 7:30pm-9:00pm @ Pybus Market in the Event Center Navigating the teen years is a challenge, an adventure, and exciting ride...a scary ride! It’s a time of life when you’re searching for serious answers and serious direction. It’s also a time when you feel all alone. Young Life leaders understand where teens are at, and have an ear and heart to listen, to hang out, to help get through this volatile and crazy time! If you are a teen or know a teen that is looking for a lot of fun and some real answers to what’s going on, come chill with us. Young Life is a place you can be real, be yourself, be accepted and have a great time.

Play Gym @ SPORT Gymnastics 9:30-11am, for ages 6 and under. $5 per child, $9 per family. Begins September 10th Indoor Playground 10am-12pm @ the Community Center in Wenatchee, 504 South Chelan Ave $1/child, ages 5 and under. Every Mon, Tues & Wed. during winter months Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Group A Free, fun and interactive time for the children in your life to learn through play! 9:30am-11:00 at Catholic Family & Child Service, 640 Mission Street in Wenatchee

EVERY WEDNESDAY After School Action 3:30-5:30, FREE @ Communitiy Center, Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Group A Free, fun and interactive time for the children in your life to learn through play! 9:30am-11:00 at Catholic Family & Child Service, 640 Mission Street in Wenatchee. info, contact Jan @ 664-7350, ext 107 Indoor Playground 10am-12pm @ the Community Center in Wenatchee, 504 South Chelan Ave $1/child, ages 5 and under. Every Mon, Tues & Wed. during winter months Love Project Led by Dr. Robert Brizee Wednesdays at 7pm in the upper rom of First United Methodist Church, September-May. All are welcome. For more info, contact Dr. Bob Brizee at 662-6745. This group will choose which forms and expressions of love in marriage, with children, extended family, hurtful relatives, persons who hold radically different values, persons who have violated others. This group will take seriously Jesus’ “Love Your Enemy”.

WVC Hepcats Swing Dance Lesson from 7-8pm, Dance from 8-10pm. All ages welcome! $5/night or $35 year membership. Come as you are and no need for a partner!

EVERY THURSDAY Play Gym @ SPORT Gymnastics 9:30-11am, for ages 6 and under. $5 per child, $9 per family Begins September 12 Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) @ Wenatchee Free Methodist 9:00am-11:00am This year the study is on the book of Matthew. Childcare is available once they are registered. www.bsfinternational.org Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Group A Free, fun and interactive time for the children in your life to learn through play! 9:30am-11:00 at Wenatchee Public Library, 310 Douglas St. in Wenatchee. More info, contact Jan @ 664-7350, ext 107

EVERY FRIDAY Nights Out, Lights Out Public Ice Skate @ The Rink at Town Toyota Center. 7pm-9pm $5 admission, $2 skate rental. 667-7847, towntoyotacenter.com Play Gym @ SPORT Gymnastics 10-11:30am, for ages 6 and under. $5 per child, $9 per family Begins September 12th

EVERY SATURDAY Play Gym @ SPORT Gymnastics 9:30-10:45 and 11-12:15pm for ages 6 and under. $5 per child, $9 per family Begins September 14th Indoor Park @ Apple Valley Gymnastics, 230 S Columbia in Wenatchee 8:30-10am, for ages 5 and under. $7 per child, $3 for siblings. Begins September 8th

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Halloween Harvest Party 10:30am @ Academic Toolbox, 2127 N Wenatchee Ave. 667-8746 Oct. 28 & 29. Story Time, followed by a craft and games. Costumes Encouraged.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 Miniature Train Ride! 5pm-8pm @ Wenatchee Riverfront Railway, 155 N Worthen St. If your kiddos haven’t done this, it’s a must! Adults: $5, Kids (12 and under): $2 Halloween Carnival 4pm-7pm for Ages 10 and under. Free event held at the Convention Center, Games, crafts and more!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: @box office or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com 888-7825

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Home Depot Kids Workshop 9am-Noon. Free workshop at Home Depot, where kids, ages 5-12, ,making a tabletop ship. New craft first Saturday of each month. Register online or in store. Homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

Trunk or Treat 6-7:30pm@ Plain Hardware, 18636 Beaver Valley Road in Plain . Trick or Treat from car trunk to car trunk. It will be a ghoulishly good time!

Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: @box office, 888-7825 or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com

Trick or Treat in historic downtown Chelan 5pm-7pm on Woodin Avenue, 682-4322

Daylight Savings! Don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour tonight before going to bed!

Trick or Treat the Mall In East Wenatchee 5pm-6pm, Ages 12 & under. No masks please

Monday, November 4

Trick or Treat the Ave Downtown Wenatchee on Wenatchee Avenue, 3pm5pm. Trick or Treat safely on the Ave during daylight

Successful Breastfeeding 6:30-8:30pm in Rooms F & G, 1201 S Miller Street in Wenatchee. The basics of breastfeeding, troubleshooting, pumping, resources and more. Free! Contact Joan at 665-6140 or jslack@cwhs.com for more info.

Trunk or Treat in Cashmere @ Cashmere First Baptist Church, 103 Aplets Way, Hosted by Christ Center Assembly of God 5-7pm Halloween Party in Cashmere @Cashmere Fire Hall , 101 Woodring St. 5:30-7pm annual Halloween party includes games, treats, and storytelling 663-1570 Fall Festival @ Kings Orchard Church of Christ, 1610 Orchard Ave in Wenatchee. 5:30-7:30pm All ages welcome, games, face painting, pumpkin roll, hat toss, and bowling. 663-0768

Childbirth Preparation Series at WVMC 6 week course. Everything you need to know about having a baby. 6:30-8:30pm Mondays thru December 9th. $93.30 Contact Joan at 6656140 or jslack@cwhs.com for more info. Takes place in Conference Room, 1000 N Miller Street in Wenatchee

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Fall Concert (Jazz Band/Orchestra) 7:30pm at Eastmont High School

Light The Night with Jesus 5:30-7pm @Wenatchee Free Methodist Church, 1601 5th St. Hot Dogs, hot chocolate, music, campfire, candy. www.wenfmc.org 662-1502

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Pybus University Class “Fall Hikes” by Andy Dappen, outdoor expert & editor of wenatcheeoutdoor.org. Learn where and how to extend your hiking season and learn how to safely enjoy a beautiful new side of nature. Pybus University Class takes places every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm, with a different theme each week.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Stops in Wenatchee En Route to Washington, D.C. 4:00pm to 6:00pm The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Whistle-stop tour comes to Pybus Market in Wenatchee! For nearly five decades the beautiful and iconic U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has been selected from a national forest as a gift from the American People to our nation’s Capitol. This year Washington State’s Colville National Forest has the honor of providing the People’s Tree. See it at Pybus Market during this 2-hour period.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 School of Prayer The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16 The School of Prayer is for those who want to increase their understanding of a vital prayer life, and for a set-apart time to pray for your family, the needs of others, or the valley and nation. In the School of Prayer you will learn to: • Hear the voice of God through scriptures and personal prayer. • Be a Prayer Counselor at the altar or for small groups. • Intercede for lost loved ones and difficult circumstances. • Pray for healings, words of wisdom and words of encouragement. Pastor Mike Henry will be teaching and drawing from several book and DVD resources. The School of Prayer will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8pm in the Chapel (Wenatchee Free Methodist Church) throughout the fall. There is no cost and no need to register. November 07 - Dec 12; 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Wenatchee MOPS

2nd and 4th Tuesdays 9am-11am @ Wenatchee Free Methodist Church, 1601 5th St. Contact: Jill Thayer: 393-4461 or jill.thayer.391@facebook.com

East Wenatchee MOPS

What is it?

MOPS stands for “Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers” MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers. Incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That’s why moms connect all over the world to a community of women, in their neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry, and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find their identity along side one another. These are moms. And moms make a better world. So contact your local MOPS (or simply just show up!) and join this amazing group of women!

>>>Storytimes

2nd and 4th Wednesday 9am-11am at Faith Lutheran Church, 171 Eastmont Ave Contact: Bonny Langford, 884-7623 or email east.mops@facebook.com Faithluteranwen.com/mops also see ad on page 48

Leavenworth MOPS

2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30am-11:30am at Leavenworth Church of The Nazarene, 111 Ski Hill Dr. Contact: Linny Jones 548-9923

Peshastin Library

Leavenworth Library

Cashmere Library

Story Time: Wednesdays 11:30am

Story Time: Fridays 11:30am

Story Time: Wednesdays 10:00am

310 Douglas Street 662-5021

East Wenatchee Library

Story Time: Mon. Tues. & Wed. 10:30am

8396 Main Street 548-7821 300 Woodring 782-3314

271 9th Street NE 886-7404

Story Time: Tuesdays 10:30am Stories, Songs, Poems, Action Rhymes

Wenatchee Library

700 Highway 2, 548-7821

Chelan Library 417 Bradley 682-5131

Story Time: Wednesdays 10:00am

Baby Rhyme Time: Fridays 10:00am in the Children’s room

14138 Kinzel Street 748-1517

Pajama Story Time: Tuesdays 7:00pm Come in your PJ’s! All Ages

Story Time: Wednesdays 10:00am

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Open Gym @ Apple Valley Gymnastics, 230 S Columbia in Wenatchee 7:00-9:00pm, for ages 5-15. $12 per child, $8 for siblings.

SHREK the Musical 7:30pm @Wenatchee High School, Buy Tickets at Pak it Rite, 126 N Wenatchee Ave. or one hour prior to show time at WHS (if available— they tend to sell out pretty quick!) Questions? Call Selina 264-7705 Adults $18, Students/kids (2yr+), $15. Show Dates are Nov. 14, 15, 16, 22 & 23. All show times are at 7:30pm with an added matinee at 2pm on the 16th and 23rd.

Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Michigan Warriors 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: @box office, 888-7825 or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com

Kinsley Michelle Hastings

Kierra Lianne Johnson

Marriage Encounter November 8-10th In Leavenworth, $55 per couple. Marriage Encounter weekend is a chance for you as a husband and wife to come away from the pressures, hurriedness, and routine of everyday living and concentrate on each other. It is for couples who recognize that good marriages don’t “just happen”; good marriages require time alone together, away from distractions, where the two of you can focus on your relationship. Whether you’ve been married one year or fifty, you can benefit from Marriage Encounter. Even the best marriage can find a new meaning and deepened love and joy. There is no age limit; any couple is welcome. Marriage Encounter is held at a beautiful European-style hotel in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington. Rooms are already booked, so you do not need to make reservations anywhere. For more information and to register visit lifetrac.org/marriage-encounter

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Lowe’s Kid Clinic Free workshop for kids 10am-11am Making a Pull Back Car Neighborhood Toy Store Day @ Academic Toolbox, 2127 N Wenatchee Ave, 667-8746. Celebrate with face-painting, L-Bow the Clown, craft projects, toy and game demos, and more!

Mason Reynolds

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 SHREK the Musical 7:30pm @Wenatchee High School, Buy Tickets at Pak it Rite, 126 N Wenatchee Ave. or one hour prior to show time at WHS (if available— they tend to sell out pretty quick!) Questions? Call Selina 264-7705 Adults $18, Students/kids (2yr+), $15. Show Dates are Nov. 14, 15, 16, 22 & 23. All show times are at 7:30pm with an added matinee at 2pm on the 16th and 23rd.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Jason and the Argonauts 2:00pm @ the PAC Recommended for ages 9+ For tickets, visit pacwen.org or call 663-ARTS See ad on page 3 for more details

Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Michigan Warriors 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: @box office, 888-7825 or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Ladies Bunco Night @ Wenatchee Frist Assembly of God, 1520 McKittrick St. Contact Diane Bristow @ 679-2122

or ddabristow@yahoo.com

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Pybus University Class “Coffee 101” Elevating your (home) coffee experience. Pybus University Class takes places every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm, with a different theme each week.

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SHREK the Musical 7:30pm @Wenatchee High School, Buy Tickets at Pak it Rite, 126 N Wenatchee Ave. or one hour prior to show time at WHS (if available— they tend to sell out pretty quick!) Questions? Call Selina 264-7705 Adults $18, Students/kids (2yr+), $15. Show Dates are Nov. 14, 15, 16, 22 & 23. All show times are at 7:30pm with an added matinee at 2pm on the 16th and 23rd.

Kids Club @Wenatchee Valley Mall, 511 Valley Mall Parkway in East Wenatchee 2nd Saturday of each month, 12pm-2pm for kids 12 years and younger. Fun activities for the whole family!

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Icicle Creek Youth Symphony Fall Concert 7:00pm@Icicle Creek Center For The Arts 7409 Icicle Road in Leavenworth 548-6347, icicle@icicle.org Fee is TBD Compassionate Friends Sharing Meeting , 7-8:30pm. Meets every 3rd Monday of the month @ Grace Lutheran Church, 1408 Washington St. in Wenatche. Gather together to help each other deal with grief and give/find hope after losing a child in your life (whether it be your child, grandchild, friend, etc). Includes pregnancy loss/stillbirth/infant loss. There are no fees and no religious affiliation other than the building they meet in. For more info, call Carol @ 665-9987


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Pybus University Class “Wine 101” The basics of wine terminology and wine/ food pairings. Limited to 20 people. Pybus University Class takes places every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm, with a different theme each week. Banff Mountain Film Festival Film competition featuring the world’s best footage on mountain subjects. 6pm-10:30pm @Leavenworth Festhalle, 1001 Front Street. www.skileavenworth.com Tickets: $8-$15

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Holiday Spice 7:00pm@ the PAC. Opening event for the 2013 Numerica Festival of Trees $19-$35 www.pacwen.org or 663-ARTS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Holiday Artisan Fair Nov. 22-24 at Pybus Market 12pm-8am Friday, 8am8pm Sat/Sun. Over 50 local and regional vendors, including crafts, holiday gifts, décor, jewelry, art and more. FREE to attend! Little Black Dress Party 7:00pm @ the PAC $25 Ladies only! Must be 21 or older. Hurry and get your tickets, this event has proven to sell out quick in years past! Part of the Festival of Trees celebration www.pacwen.org or 663-ARTS Antiquities Photo Shoots Annual St. Paul’s School Antiquities Event at the ECE campus located at 312 Palouse, Wenatchee. Cost is $10 for an 10x13 Antique Style Photograph of all children in a family. RESERVATIONS must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 20th by calling the school at 6624757 or coupons may be pre-purchased at either the school or church office. Open Gym @ Apple Valley Gymnastics, 230 S Columbia in Wenatchee 7:00-9:00pm, for ages 5-15. $12 per child, $8 for siblings.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Holiday Artisan Fair Nov. 22-24 at Pybus Market 12pm-8am Friday, 8am8pm Sat/Sun. Over 50 local and regional vendors, including crafts, holiday gifts, décor, jewelry, art and more. FREE to attend!

Healthy Smiles Start Early As a parent you are busy. I always say there is no such thing as a mom who does not work. Every mom who has a child works! Let’s see, you keep track of: school events, sports practices, friends and family for your kids, just to name a few. Routine dental care should be on that list. I feel one of the biggest dental misconceptions parents have is that baby teeth (also known as primary teeth) are not important. Developing good dental hygiene for primary teeth is vital for several reasons. First, primary teeth hold the space for the permanent teeth to grow in. If one is lost, the other teeth can shift into the empty space and prevent the permanent tooth from erupting properly. This may mean crooked teeth. (and future orthodontic costs) Other reasons to care for primary teeth include avoiding the pain cavities cause, and being mindful of speech development, as proper teeth position helps with correct pronunciation. Having a nice smile affects a child’s self-esteem too. Unfortunately other children can be quick to point out ‘ugly’ teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends parents take children to a dentist no later than their first birthday – I recommend a visit after the eruption of a baby’s first tooth, so feeding habits can be addressed and parents have all the information and tools they need to help prevent cavities in the future. Studies show that children whose parents wait for the first dental visit until the child is 2 or 3 years old have a higher incidence of cavities. The biggest problem I see on a daily basis is tooth decay, which is 100 percent preventable! When parents guide early dental hygiene and encourage healthy eating there is no reason why a child should ever have a cavity. Keep Smiling, Dr. Cara Dr. Cara Schroeder is a general dentist. Her practice has been focusing on children in central Washington for over 15 years.

Gala Dinner & Auction Live Auction (to support the PAC) and elegant multicourse dinner. 5:30pm @the PAC Part of the Festival of Trees www.pacwen.org or 663-ARTS Antiquities Photo Shoots Annual St. Paul’s School Antiquities Event at the ECE campus, 312 Palouse, Wenatchee. Cost is $10 for an 10x13 Antique Style Photograph of all children in a family. RESERVATIONS must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 20th by calling the school at 662-4757

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The Vine Life I.V. “Abide in Me...” John 15:4 What does it mean to abide? I read the definition… “remain, stand fast, go on being”… But what does it mean to me? Especially in my relationship to God? The scripture says we are to abide in Him, in the Vine; that we can do nothing without the mutual abiding… I in Him, He in me. I trust that He dwells in me, But I seem to have some difficulty Understanding how I stay attached to Him. Maybe it’s sort of like an I.V. At least that’s how I am imagining it. Whenever we are dehydrated, Whenever we are unable to eat on our own, Whenever we are in need of medicine, the common practive is to up an I.V. As long as we stay connected, we receive the life-saving, life-giving necessity. Not that long ago I received a photo from my friend taken during her chemo treatment. Wrapped in a warm prayer shawl, feet in warm fuzzy socks, she was resting, waiting, and always trusting, that what she’s receiving via the I.V. will bring about her healing. That’s what abiding is to me. I finally see. This is how I can wrap my mind around staying connected to God. As the I.V. hooks the patient to a constant flow of nutrition, or medicince or fluids; whatever the crisis demands, so it must be with me. Trusting that what I am receiving is exactly what I need, I will try never to unhook my I.V. from the true Vine. Taken from Heart Chords, by Lois Williams

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Holiday Artisan Fair Nov. 22-24 at Pybus Market 12pm-8am Friday, 8am-8pm Sat/Sun. Over 50 local and regional vendors, including crafts, holiday gifts, décor, jewelry, art and more. FREE to attend!

Pybus University Class “Create a Holiday Wreath” There will be a class fee to cover supplies. Limited to 15. Pybus University Class takes places every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm, with a different theme each week.

Gingerbread Factory 12:30-2:30pm @the PAC PAC will supply all the goodies needed for you and/or your child to create your very own gingerbread man and woman. Photos with Santa as well! $10/seat, please see page 51 for more details. You won’t want to miss this portion of the Festival of Trees!

Marlin Handbell Holiday Concerts 7:30 @ Best Western Icicle Inn in Leavenworth $12, 12 local musicians ring 104 handbells, producing a unique and entertaining program of Christmas music. tinarieman@tumwater.net , www. marlinhandbells.com Performance dates: Dec. 2,3,9, & 10

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

FOHM Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrating the holidays after the loss of a baby can be very difficult. Sometimes, remembering your baby in a meaningful way can make the season less challenging. With this in mind, the Footprints On My Heart Care Team invites you to FOHM Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting @ 7:00 pm in Central Washington Hospital Front Lobby. Friends and family of all ages are welcome. Ornaments will be provided. If you would like to personalize an ornament with Baby’s name, please come a few minutes early.

Turkey on the Run A Thanksgiving Day Tradition for many in our Valley! 12K, 5K + a free kids run (~1/2 mile) 9:00am @Rotary Park in Wenatchee Runwenatchee.com, runwenatchee@gmail.com Proceeds go to benefit the women’s resource center

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Christkindlmarkt Nov. 29th & 30th, Downtown City Park and Festhalle in Leavenworth. A Bavarian-Style Christmas Market. Includes entertainment, crafts, a lantern parade, Santa Claus, as well as Christkind and St. Nicholas www.christkindlmarktleavenworth.com

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Annual Holiday Xtravaganza Bazaar 9am-3pm @ Manson Grange Hall, 157 Wapato Way in Manson Worth the Drive if you love a good bazaar! Christkindlmarkt Nov. 29th & 30th, Downtown City Park and Festhalle in Leavenworth A Bavarian-Style Christmas Market. Includes entertainment, crafts, a lantern parade, Santa Claus, as well as Christkind and St. Nicholas www.christkindlmarktleavenworth.com Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Johnstown Tomahawks 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center. Tickets: @box office, 888-7825 or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Johnstown Tomahawks 5:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: @box office, 888-7825 or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 Marlin Handbell Holiday Concerts 7:30 @ Best Western Icicle Inn in Leavenworth $12, 12 local musicians ring 104 handbells, producing a unique and entertaining program of Christmas music. tinarieman@tumwater.net , www. marlinhandbells.com Performance dates: Dec. 2,3,9, & 10

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 Wings N Wishes Tree Lighting begins at 6:30pm at City Hall in East Wenatchee. Includes music by students of EHS, handing out glow sticks to all kids, the arrival of Santa in a fire engine, the actual lighting of the tree and the grounds around city hall, kids setting on Santa’s lap (photo opts for parents), and free cider and cookies for all who attend. Journey to Bethlehem: Living Nativity Experience the town of Bethlehem, as it was the night the Christ Child was born. FREE! 600 N. Western Ave in Wenatchee. Doors open at 5:30pm and close at 8:30pm. www.J2bwenatchee.org for more information. This is an outside event at will last about 30 minutes. Please dress warmly. Advance tickets are available and are recommended in order to avoid the long wait at the door. Childbirth Preparation Series at CWH Everything you need to know about having a baby. $85. December 5-7, 6-9pm Thurs/Fri., 9am-3pm on Saturday. Contact Joan at 665-6140 or jslack@ cwhs.com for more info. Takes place in Rooms A & B, 1201 S Miller Street in Wenatchee

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Christmas Lighting Festival Filled to the brim with holiday cheer and an amazing amount of Christmas lights! Come to downtown Leavenworth and enjoy Christmas songs, roasted Chestnuts, Christmas characters, unique shopping, and many other activities to build family traditions for years to come! Free event for the whole family! Noon-7:30. Lighting happens at Dusk. www. leavenworth .org Festival Dates, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 1315, Dec. 20-22


Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Johnstown Tomahawks 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: @box office, 888-7825 or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com Journey to Bethlehem: Living Nativity Experience the town of Bethlehem, as it was the night the Christ Child was born. FREE! 600 N. Western Ave in Wenatchee. Doors open at 5:30pm and close at 8:30pm. www.J2bwenatchee.org for more information. This is an outside event at will last about 30 minutes. Please dress warmly. Advance tickets are available and are recommended in order to avoid the long wait at the door.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Miniature Train Ride! 5pm-8pm @ Wenatchee Riverfront Railway, 155 N Worthen St. If your kiddos haven’t done this, it’s a must! They will LOVE it! This is the Christmas train run and is by donation only. Give what you can, this train operates by volunteers only! (Regular price is $5 for Adults and $2 for kids) Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Johnstown Tomahawks 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center. Tickets: @box office, 888-7825 or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com Journey to Bethlehem: Living Nativity Experience the town of Bethlehem, as it was the night the Christ Child was born. FREE! 600 N. Western Ave in Wenatchee. Doors open at 5:30pm and close at 8:30pm. www.J2bwenatchee.org for more information. This is an outside event at will last about 30 minutes. Please dress warmly. Advance tickets are available and are recommended in order to avoid the long wait at the door.

Home Depot Kids Workshop 9am-Noon, Free workshop at Home Depot, where kids, ages 5-12 will be making a Tic Tac Toe Board Game. New workshop first Saturday of each month. Register online or in store. Homedepot.com/ workshops/kids-workshops Community Tree Lighting And Free Santa Photos 4:30pm, Join in the arrival of Santa to downtown Wenatchee and help celebrate the season as we light the Christmas tree in the Stanley Civic Center Fountain Plaza. Afterward, please join us inside the Wenatchee Convention Center for free Santa photos with Parsons Photography. Craft Bazaar WHS Band Boosters hosts their annual bazaar fundraiser 9am-4pm @ Wenatchee High School Christmas Lighting Festival Filled to the brim with holiday cheer and an amazing amount of Christmas lights! Come to downtown Leavenworth and enjoy Christmas songs, roasted Chestnuts, Christmas characters, unique shopping, and many other activities to build family traditions for years to come! Free event for the whole family! Noon-7:30. Lighting happens at Dusk. www. leavenworth .org Festival Dates, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 1315, Dec. 20-22 It’s A Wonderful Life Performance at Leavenworth Festhalle 8:00pm, $16-$20 no children under 5 allowed Tickets: www.leavenworthsummertheater.org, 548-2000. Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22. 8pm performance each date with a 1pm matinee on the 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, & 22nd

Craft Bazaar WHS Band Boosters hosts their annual bazaar fundraiser 9am-4pm @ Wenatchee High School

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Christmas Tree Lots

Flowers to the Brim 303 Colorado Park Pl East Wenatchee 884-5300

Leavenworth Greenhouse & Nursery, 11555 Chumstick Hwy, 548-5814

The Exchange Club Morris Little League Park 1117 Cherry St. in Wenatchee They have done this fundraiser for more than 50 years! All proceeds go to support youth activities in the Wenatchee Valley.

Shelton’s Tree Farm 3085 Mission Creek Rd. in Cashmere, 782-4950 www.sheltonstreefarm.com Begin reserving your tree on October 26th, pick up your tree beginning November 30th! If you call ahead, they will even have it ready for you!

Christmas Tree Permits If you and your family prefer getting your tree from the woods, here are a few placeds you can pick up your permit. Permits cost $5 per tree Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, 664-9200 Or at these locations in Leavenworth: Dan’s Food Market, 1329 Hwy 2, 76 Gas Station, 585 Hwy 2, or 76 Gas Station, 920 Hwy 2

Child Care in new facility! Before & After school childcare. One month - age 12 Hours: 6:30am - 6pm

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 Journey to Bethlehem: Living Nativity Experience the town of Bethlehem, as it was the night the Christ Child was born. FREE! 600 N. Western Ave in Wenatchee. Doors open at 5:30pm and close at 8:30pm. www.J2bwenatchee.org for more information. This is an outside event at will last about 30 minutes. Please dress warmly. Advance tickets are available and are recommended in order to avoid the long wait at the door. Christmas Lighting Festival Filled to the brim with holiday cheer and an amazing amount of Christmas lights! Come to downtown Leavenworth and enjoy Christmas songs, roasted Chestnuts, Christmas characters, unique shopping, and many other activities to build family traditions for years to come! Free event for the whole family! Noon-7:30. Lighting happens at Dusk. www. leavenworth .org Festival Dates, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 1315, Dec. 20-22 It’s A Wonderful Life Performance at Leavenworth Festhalle 8pm and 1pm, $16-$20 no children under 5 allowed. Tickets: www.leavenworthsummertheater.org, 548-2000. Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22. 8pm performance each date with a 1pm matinee on the 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, & 22nd

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Infant CPR for Family and Friends The American Heart Association CPR for Family and Friends Course is a non-credentialed entry level CPR course. This course includes infant CPR and choking management. For new parents and their families. 6:30-8:30pm, Cost is $7 Takes place at Central Washington Hospital classrooms 1 & 2, 1201 S Miller Street. Contact Joan Slack, 665-6149 or jslack@cwhs.com Ladies Bunco Night @ Wenatchee Frist Assembly of God, 1520 McKittrick St. Contact Diane Bristow @ 679-2122 or ddabristow@yahoo.com

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Marlin Handbell Holiday Concerts 7:30 @ Best Western Icicle Inn in Leavenworth $12, 12 local musicians ring 104 handbells, producing a unique and entertaining program of Christmas music. tinarieman@tumwater.net , www. marlinhandbells.com Performances: Dec. 2,3,9, & 10

The Nutcracker Edelweiss Dance Academy present their annual rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker 7-9pm @ Snowy Owl Theater, 7409 Icicle Rd. in Leavenworth Fee is TBD. www.icicle.org for tickets and more info.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

Pybus University Class “Extra Virgin Olive Oil 101” w/ Roni Hosfeld. Find out why fresh, Extra Virgin Olive Oil should be the only oil on your pantry shelf for cooking and consuming. Pybus University Class takes places every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm, with a different theme each week.

Parents Night Out! @S.P.O.R.T. Gymnastics 6pm-10pm Includes Pizza, Arts and Crafts, games, gymnastics and more! $20 for first kid, $15 for siblings. Preregister! These spots fill up fast! 10 S Columbia St. in Wenatchee, 667-1538 sportgymnastics.com

Marlin Handbell Holiday Concerts 7:30 @ Best Western Icicle Inn in Leavenworth $12, 12 local musicians ring 104 handbells, producing a unique and entertaining program of Christmas music. tinarieman@tumwater.net , www. marlinhandbells.com Performance dates: Dec. 2,3,9, & 10

Christmas Lighting Festival Filled to the brim with holiday cheer and an amazing amount of Christmas lights! Come to downtown Leavenworth and enjoy Christmas songs, roasted Chestnuts, Christmas characters, unique shopping, and many other activities to build family traditions for years to come! Free event for the whole family! Noon-7:30. Lighting happens at Dusk. www. leavenworth .org Festival Dates, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 1315, Dec. 20-22

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 Christmas Concert: St Paul’s Elementary School Christmas Service is at 6:00pm at the Elementary Campus located at 1520 Mckittrick, Wenatchee (located in the back of the Wenatchee First Assembly church). The service is open to the public. It is truly a great way to get your family into the holiday spirit! For more information call 662-4757! “Quiltmaker’s Gift” for Music Theatre of Wenatchee. This kid’s show is a musical comedy about the joy of giving. It’s an ensemble show with comical soldiers, birds, townspeople, and a singing bear - sophisticated, yet appealing for very young adults and very old children. Music by Craig Gohmler, Book by Alan J. Prewitt - from the children’s book by Jeff Brumbeaue and Gail deMarcken. Show Dates are: December 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm with an added 2:00pm matinee showing on the 14th, 15th, and 21st. You will be able to buy tickets starting in November at the PAC Wenatchee Box Office. Information will continue to be posted on our website at mtow.org

Open Gym @ Apple Valley Gymnastics, 230 S Columbia in Wenatchee 7:00-9:00pm, for ages 5-15. $12 per child, $8 for siblings. “Quiltmaker’s Gift” for Music Theatre of Wenatchee. This kid’s show is a musical comedy about the joy of giving. It’s an ensemble show with comical soldiers, birds, townspeople, and a singing bear - sophisticated, yet appealing for very young adults and very old children. Music by Craig Gohmler, Book by Alan J. Prewitt - from the children’s book by Jeff Brumbeaue and Gail deMarcken. Show Dates are: December 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm with an added 2:00pm matinee showing on the 14th, 15th, and 21st. You will be able to buy tickets starting in November at the PAC Wenatchee Box Office. Information will continue to be posted on our website at mtow.org It’s A Wonderful Life Performance at Leavenworth Festhalle 8:00pm, $16-$20 no children under 5 allowed Tickets: www.leavenworthsummertheater.org,

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Happy Birthday Jesus Party! 10am-12pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church located at 312 Palouse, Wenatchee! Join us for a Birthday Party for Jesus! We will have games, crafts, a reading and acting out of the Christmas story (wear your own costume or borrow one from us), music, and of course cupcakes! This is a FREE event. (Optional: Bring a “birthday present for Jesus”. All gifts will be donated to the CASA program to be distributed to local foster children.) For more info call 662-8790. Christmas Lighting Festival Filled to the brim with holiday cheer and an amazing amount of Christmas lights! Come to downtown Leavenworth and enjoy Christmas songs, roasted Chestnuts, Christmas characters, unique shopping, and many other activities to build family traditions for years to come! Free event for the whole family! Noon-7:30. Lighting happens at Dusk. www. leavenworth .org Festival Dates, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 1315, Dec. 20-22 The Nutcracker Brought to you by Wenatchee Symphony: Ballet www.wenatcheesymphonoy.org 2:00pm @ the PAC $16-$35 Tickets at www.pacwen.org of 663-ARTS “Quiltmaker’s Gift” for Music Theatre of Wenatchee. This kid’s show is a musical comedy about the joy of giving. It’s an ensemble show with comical soldiers, birds, townspeople, and a singing bear - sophisticated, yet appealing for very young adults and very old children. Music by Craig Gohmler, Book by Alan J. Prewitt - from the children’s book by Jeff Brumbeaue and Gail deMarcken. Show Dates are: December 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm with an added 2:00pm matinee showing on the 14th, 15th, and 21st. You will be able to buy tickets starting in November at the PAC Wenatchee Box Office. Information will continue to be posted on our website at mtow.org

Free Pizza And Crafts With Santa 11:00 am to 2:00 pm @ Wenatchee Convention Center for free Pizza, crafts and photos with Santa It’s A Wonderful Life Performance at Leavenworth Festhalle 8:00pm & 1:00pm, $16-$20 no children under 5 allowed. Tickets: www.leavenworthsummertheater.org, 548-2000. Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22. 8pm performance each date with a 1pm matinee on the 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, & 22nd

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Ladies Christmas Luncheon 11:00am-1:00pm @ Wenatchee Golf Club and Country Club. Fundraiser Lunch and Silent Auction are Hosted by Columbia Grove Covenant Church. Bring all the ladies in your family for this annual FUN event! Tickets are $22. For more information, please call Meghan or Linda at 860-4001.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Christmas Lighting Festival Filled to the brim with holiday cheer and an amazing amount of Christmas lights! Come to downtown Leavenworth and enjoy Christmas songs, roasted Chestnuts, Christmas characters, unique shopping, and many other activities to build family traditions for years to come! Free event for the whole family! Noon-7:30. Lighting happens at Dusk. www. leavenworth .org Festival Dates, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 1315, Dec. 20-22 Christmas Play 9am and 11am services of Columbia Grove Covenant Church @ Eastmont Junior High, 905 8th St. NE in East Wenatchee. Come join us!

Gingerbread Making Party 12:30pm @ Eastmont Junior High Commons Area (905 8th St. NE) Kids of all ages can participate! Bring a house making kit and candies of your choice to share. Great family event. When you are done, bring your house to the judge’s table for a special prize! Hosted by Columbia Grove Covenant Church. It’s A Wonderful Life Performance at Leavenworth Festhalle 8:00pm, $16-$20 no children under 5 allowed Tickets: www.leavenworthsummertheater.org, 548-2000. Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22. 8pm performance each date with a 1pm matinee on the 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, & 22nd Family Holiday Movies 2:00pm-4:30pm @ Snowy Owl Theater, 7409 Icicle Rd. in Leavenworth. Classic holiday, family-friendly movies in Snowy Owl Theater with fun activities, warm cocoa and popcorn. www.icicle.org

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 Successful Breastfeeding 6:30-8:30pm in Rooms F & G, 1201 S Miller Street in Wenatchee. The basics of breastfeeding, troubleshooting, pumping, resources and more. Free! Contact Joan at 665-6140 or jslack@cwhs.com for more info. Compassionate Friends Sharing Meeting , 7-8:30pm. Meets every 3rd Monday of the month @ Grace Lutheran Church, 1408 Washington St. in Wenatche. Gather together to help each other deal with grief and give/ find hope after losing a child in your life (whether it be your child, grandchild, friend, etc). Includes pregnancy loss/stillbirth/infant loss. There are no fees and no religious affiliation other than the building they meet in. For more info, call Carol @ 665-9987

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“Christ is Born” Eastmont Community Church presents their annual Christmas Program at both 9am and 10:30am services. 783 4the St. NE in East Wenatchee

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Eastmont High School Christmas Concert 7:30-8:30pm @ Eastmont High School GYM

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 “Quiltmaker’s Gift” for Music Theatre of Wenatchee. This kid’s show is a musical comedy about the joy of giving. It’s an ensemble show with comical soldiers, birds, townspeople, and a singing bear - sophisticated, yet appealing for very young adults and very old children. Music by Craig Gohmler, Book by Alan J. Prewitt - from the children’s book by Jeff Brumbeaue and Gail deMarcken. Show Dates are: December 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm with an added 2:00pm matinee showing on the 14th, 15th, and 21st. You will be able to buy tickets starting in November at the PAC Wenatchee Box Office. Information will continue to be posted on our website at mtow.org

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 Christmas Lighting Festival Filled to the brim with holiday cheer and an amazing amount of Christmas lights! Come to downtown Leavenworth and enjoy Christmas songs, roasted Chestnuts, Christmas characters, unique shopping, and many other activities to build family traditions for years to come! Free event for the whole family! Noon-7:30. Lighting happens at Dusk. www. leavenworth .org Festival Dates, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 1315, Dec. 20-22 It’s A Wonderful Life Performance at Leavenworth Festhalle 1:00pm & 8:00pm, $16-$20 no children under 5 allowed. Tickets: www.leavenworthsummertheater. org, 548-2000. Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22. 8pm performance each date with a 1pm matinee on the 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, & 22nd

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“Quiltmaker’s Gift” for Music Theatre of Wenatchee. This kid’s show is a musical comedy about the joy of giving. It’s an ensemble show with comical soldiers, birds, townspeople, and a singing bear - sophisticated, yet appealing for very young adults and very old children. Music by Craig Gohmler, Book by Alan J. Prewitt - from the children’s book by Jeff Brumbeaue and Gail deMarcken. Show Dates are: December 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm with an added 2:00pm matinee showing on the 14th, 15th, and 21st. You will be able to buy tickets starting in November at the PAC Wenatchee Box Office. Information will continue to be posted on our website at mtow.org

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Santa at Ski Hill 1:00pm-3:00pm @ Ski Hill Lodge on Leavenwirth Ski Hill Kids will enjoy hot cocoa and holiday treats. Bring your skis and take a couple of runs on the Ski Hill with Santa also. Don’t forget your cameras! www. skileavenworth.com Christmas Lighting Festival Filled to the brim with holiday cheer and an amazing amount of Christmas lights! Come to downtown Leavenworth and enjoy Christmas songs, roasted Chestnuts, Christmas characters, unique shopping, and many other activities to build family traditions for years to come! Free event for the whole family! Noon-7:30. Lighting happens at Dusk. www. leavenworth .org Festival Dates, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 13-15, Dec. 20-22 First Day of Winter! Enjoy! Christmas Lighting Festival Filled to the brim with holiday cheer and an amazing amount of Christmas lights! Come to downtown Leavenworth and enjoy Christmas songs, roasted Chestnuts, Christmas characters, unique shopping, and many other activities to build family traditions for years to come! Free event for the whole family! Noon-7:30. Lighting happens at Dusk. www. leavenworth .org Festival Dates, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 1315, Dec. 20-22

It’s A Wonderful Life Performance at Leavenworth Festhalle 8:00pm, $16-$20 no children under 5 allowed Tickets: www.leavenworthsummertheater.org, 548-2000. Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22. 8pm performance each date with a 1pm matinee on the 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, & 22nd “Quiltmaker’s Gift” for Music Theatre of Wenatchee. This kid’s show is a musical comedy about the joy of giving. It’s an ensemble show with comical soldiers, birds, townspeople, and a singing bear - sophisticated, yet appealing for very young adults and very old children. Music by Craig Gohmler, Book by Alan J. Prewitt - from the children’s book by Jeff Brumbeaue and Gail deMarcken. Show Dates are: December 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30pm with an added 2:00pm matinee showing on the 14th, 15th, and 21st. You will be able to buy tickets starting in November at the PAC Wenatchee Box Office. Information will continue to be posted on our website at mtow.org

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 Live Nativity The people of the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene will present to the community for the 34th year the live, outdoor Living Nativity. Please dress warm. This event will happen at 7, 7:30, 8 & 8:30pm outside at 111 ski hill drive. lcnaz. publishpath.com, 548-5292 Christmas Lighting Festival Filled to the brim with holiday cheer and an amazing amount of Christmas lights! Come to downtown Leavenworth and enjoy Christmas songs, roasted Chestnuts, Christmas characters, unique shopping, and many other activities to build family traditions for years to come! Free event for the whole family! Noon-7:30. Lighting happens at Dusk. www. leavenworth .org Festival Dates, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 1315, Dec. 20-22


It’s A Wonderful Life Performance at Leavenworth Festhalle 8:00pm, $16-$20 no children under 5 allowed Tickets: www.leavenworthsummertheater.org, 548-2000. Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22. 8pm performance each date with a 1pm matinee on the 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, & 22nd Family Holiday Movies 2:00pm-4:30pm @ Snowy Owl Theater, 7409 Icicle Rd. in Leavenworth Classic holiday, family-friendly movies in Snowy Owl Theater with fun activities, warm cocoa and popcorn. www.icicle.org

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3

Live Nativity The people of the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene will present to the community for the 34th year the live, outdoor Living Nativity. Please dress warm. This event will happen at 7, 7:30, 8 & 8:30pm outside at 111 ski hill drive. lcnaz. publishpath.com, 548-5292

Holiday Open Gym @ SPORT Gymnastics 1:00pm-3:00pm Ages 4-11 $8 or $7 each if siblings 10 S Columbia St. in Wenatchee, 667-1538 sportgymnastics.com

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM KID CONNECT!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

Holiday Open Gym @ SPORT Gymnastics 1:00pm-3:00pm Ages 4-11 $8 or $7 each if siblings 10 S Columbia St. in Wenatchee, 667-1538 sportgymnastics.com

Holiday Open Gym @ SPORT Gymnastics 1:00pm-3:00pm Ages 4-11 $8 or $7 each if siblings 10 S Columbia St. in Wenatchee, 667-1538 sportgymnastics.com Live Nativity The people of the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene will present to the community for the 34th year the live, outdoor Living Nativity. Please dress warm. This event will happen at 7, 7:30, 8 & 8:30pm outside at 111 ski hill drive. lcnaz. publishpath.com, 548-5292

Open Gym @ Apple Valley Gymnastics, 230 S Columbia in Wenatchee 7:00-9:00pm, for ages 5-15. $12 per child, $8 for siblings.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30

Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: @box office, 888-7825 or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 Wenatchee Wild Home Game Vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs 7:05 @ Town Toyota Center Tickets: @box office, 888-7825 or www.wenatcheewildhockey.com

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 Ski for Health Day January is “Learn to Ski” month and we are celebrating by offering free rentals and Nordic ski lesson. At Icicle River Trails. Noon-3:00pm. www. skileavenworth.com

Holiday Open Gym @ SPORT Gymnastics 1:00pm-3:00pm Ages 4-11 $8 or $7 each if siblings

Music Classes for Children Ages Birth-7 Make music an exciting part of your child’s life. Enroll today in one of our research-based, fun-filled music and movement classes. Explore musical play, child-friendly instruments, songbooks and CDs that you use at home.

WINTER SEMESTER BEGINS JANUARY 6. Visit www.fruittonesstudio.com or call 509-663-2276 to learn about the types of classes, class times and locations and how to attend a FREE sample class.

“Music is a gift that last a lifetime.” **Gift Certificates available**

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Give Back In the season of giving, the time couldn’t be greater. “Cancer is ugly.” This family has lost everything and medical bills are phenomenal. Anni Parker was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2007. The initial surgery was a lumpectomy, but the margins weren’t clear, so there was a second surgery to perform a mastectomy. Chemo followed for a year and then reconstructive surgery (nine of them) for the next seven months. The chemotherapy drained all energy from her and it took her from our family. In June, 2009, Anni was diagnosed a second time with metastatic cancer in her lymph nodes. Surgery followed to remove the lymph nodes from under her right arm. This was followed by physical therapy for lymphoma, stronger chemo (with more side effects) for a year and this time in addition, radiation for the first three months of that treatment. During this period of time she also had a hysterectomy under the recommendation of her gynecologist and in December of 2009, she underwent surgery again to repair a defective implant and chose to have Tram Flap surgery under the advice of her surgeon, instead of just replacing the implant. All this was done while still being infused with Herceptin (chemotherapy). She was sick all of the time during this. Her chemotherapy treatment ended in June of 2011. The cancer was gone and her strength was very slowly beginning to return. She even tried to go back to work for a few hours a week, though it was obviously agonizing to her. Then in a routine follow up exam, the doctors discovered a spot on her left lung. A biopsy was performed and it came back positive for cancer. This was her third diagnosis and it was followed by a lobectomy removing half of her left lung. This surgery was brutal because they removed the lung through the back, requiring part of a rib to be cut away. This was then followed by a stronger regiment of chemo for another year that was administered at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Goodyear, Arizona. Her family thought they had seen her at her worst, but they couldn’t have been prepared for what this chemotherapy did to her. She was immobilized. Her treatment finally ended in September of 2012, her cancer was again gone and her strength once again had started to return. She pushed herself to work some, though it took everything she had to do it. In January of 2013, Anni went in for her first quarterly checkup and they discovered two tiny spots on her other lung, as well as a spot on her pelvic bone. They were too small to biopsy, so she had to wait until April 11 to have tests done on it. As you can imagine, that was an agonizing time. When the Cancer Treatment Center did a biopsy on the lung in April they found the cancer had returned for a fourth time. Anni has been in treatment now for four months and the spots have reduced in size and we praise God for that. Hopefully within a year, she’ll be cancer free. During all of this however, the Parker’s beautiful 13 year old daughter had to have a spinal fusion surgery to stop her acute scoliosis. Two titanium rods were put in her back at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Though her surgery was July 26th, she’s doing incredibly well. She has danced for over ten years and her core strength was an incredible benefit to her recovery. Hopefully she will be able to dance again. Anni’s husband, Jeff, is fully employed as a Worship Pastor in East Wenatchee, WA. It’s not enough to have any quality of life and they need to find somewhere to live as their home of ten years has been foreclosed on. The things they physically possess are all they have. In this time of Thanksgiving and Holiday rush… Would you please consider helping? I believe in our community and I believe that, together, we can do great things! Please visit www.GoFundMe.com/49d970 TODAY to help this local family! The urgency couldn’t be greater! Any amount is a blessing!

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