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Preparing for Preschool The Preschool Fair hosted by Vista Ridge Academy makes it easier.
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A Quilterâ€™s Corner Receives National Recognition
Preparing for Preschool
Erie Resident Impacts Fishing Community
Is Erie Haunted?
Holiday on the Seas
Holiday Peace of Mind
Change Up Your Holiday
Volunteering is Heart Work
reVel Dance Center is Set to Lift Off
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A QUILTER’S CORNER RANKS IN NATIONAL TOP 10 QUILTERS LIST Erie shop set to celebrate 2nd birthday. By Kimberli Green What’s not to love—brightly colored bolts of fabric, spools of thread and walls painted in cheerful colors to match; everything about A Quilter’s Corner is inviting. Erie has embraced its newest quilt shop, and now the nation can, too. A Quilter’s Corner was honored as one of the top 10 quilting shops in the nation, in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine, published by Better Homes and Gardens. Shop owner Marci Schnabel opened her doors at 71 Erie Parkway #104 in September 2016. Quilt shops are either nominated to be on the Better Homes & Gardens list or shop owners can submit an application. “You submit it and pray you’re good enough,” Schnabel said. “They had over 3,000 applicants.” “I found out in August of 2017, so we hadn’t even been in business one year. They called me and told me I couldn’t tell anyone,” Schnabel said. “We’ve met so many quilt store owners who have tried dozens of times to get in.” 4
The publication sent a crew to A Quilter’s Corner last September to take photographs and interview Schnabel. Each of the top 10 shops designed a special quilt pattern as part of Quilt Sampler’s May issue. Schnabel and her team submitted “House Party”—featuring colorful houses and the words “Live, Love, Laugh”—which represents the store and what Schnabel and her employees believe in: community. “I knew right away I wanted to do houses, and it was all about the community and the village,” she said. “When you’re a part of a community and you need help, they’re there for you.” Quilt stores included on this season’s top shops list are located in South Dakota, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, Texas, Iowa, Indiana, Oregon and Wisconsin. Visit aquilterscorner.com for more information.
PREPARING FOR PRESCHOOL The Preschool Fair hosted by Vista Ridge Academy makes it easier. By Courtney Deuschle Erie's Vista Ridge Academy is a fully accredited Christian school, welcoming students from preschool to 8th grade. The school focuses on bible-based learning in a Christ-centered educational institution, incorporating smaller class sizes to give students focused attention. Vista Ridge Academy was established in 2004 and has continued to grow over the years. According to Vice Principal Marsha Bartulec, 75 students are currently enrolled, but they hope to grow that enrollment up to 100 kids in the future. Bartulec explains that the school believes in the philosophy of “learning by playing,” with some structure added to the process. She sees a great advantage in having a school that holds preschool through 8th grade students because the younger students can learn from the older students in a collaborative environment. Bartulec sees the importance of collaborating and working with other schools in the area, due to the closeness of the community and the families who live here. “I am an includer,” she says. “I think it’s important that we all work together, get to know our schools and our students and help parents find the best place to fill their educational needs.”
Marsha Bartulec, Vice Principal of Vista Ridge Academy Photo by Doug Pike
PRESCHOOL FAIR The upcoming Preschool Fair, hosted by Vista Ridge Academy, gives parents in the community an opportunity to visit and learn about preschools in the area, all in one place, and allows each family to decide which institution will provide the best educational environment for their child.
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She describes the community as having a friendly, welcoming, small town feel, filled with community events where everyone enjoys participating.
October 11 from 5:30pm–7:30pm
To learn more about Vista Ridge Academy, visit vistaridge.org, and don’t forget to attend the Preschool Fair on October 11.
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“New families are unsure and overwhelmed when it comes
Calvary Bible Church | 615 Evans St, Erie
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to picking the best preschool for their kids, so the fair is a good time for them to come and see what’s available to them and get some of their questions answered.” – MARSHA BARTULEC | VICE PRINCIPAL, VISTA RIDGE ACADEMY
Over 10 local preschools
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
PARTICIPATING PRESCHOOLS The Goddard School | 303.828.5202 3000 Village Vista Drive // Erie
Wee School Preschool | 303.828.2939 690 Briggs Street // Erie
The Children’s Courtyard | 866.961.4231 6501 Frederick Way // Frederick
Right Start Preschool | 303.931.4221 2325 Eagleview Court // Erie
Exploring Minds | 303.828.3452 4051 NE County Line Road // Erie email@example.com
WildFlower Preschool | 303.530.4441 1370 Forest Park Circle // Lafayette firstname.lastname@example.org
Aspen Ridge Academy | 720.242.6225 705 Austin Avenue // Erie
Kiddie Academy | 303.828.1030 641 Mitchell Way // Erie
Red Hawk Elementary | 303.774.2700 1500 Telleen Avenue // Erie
Vista Ridge Academy | 303.828.4944 3100 Ridge View Drive // Erie
Erie Elementary School | 303.828.3395 4137 E. County Line Road // Erie
Soaring Heights PK-8 | 303.702.8020 3280 County Road 5 // Erie
Blue Mountain Montessori 303.339.0117 201 S Briggs Street // Erie Primrose of Erie | 303.665.3444 2998 Ridge View Drive // Erie Black Rock Elementary | 720.890.3995 2000 Mountain View Blvd. // Erie
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Erie Resident Impacts Fishing Community Teen receives Eagle Scout honor for completing childrenâ€™s fishery project. By Kimberli Green
Andrew Greve sits on one of four fishing platforms he constructed around Izaak Walton Pond in Longmont for his Eagle Scout service Project. Photo courtesy of Debbie Greve
atching a fish marks a successful day at the lake for most, but for Andrew Greve, success was the day his Eagle Scout service project began impacting those who use Izaak Walton Pond. In August 2017, Greve, 16, of Longmont’s Boy Scout Troop 67, built four 10-by-9-foot onshore fishing platforms at Izaak Walton Pond, located at 18 Sunset St. The Longmont pond is a designated children's fishery for kids 15 and under. Much of the lake was covered in bushes that Greve and volunteers cut down to build the platforms, making it easier for children and families to fish. In one of the largest Eagle Scout service projects for the City of Longmont, 49 volunteers spent 503.5 hours building the docks, filling in the berms with three tons of gravel and recreating a trail. Andrew is a third generation Eagle Scout. His grandfather, Bill, earned the honor in 1949, and swore Andrew in as an Eagle Scout during a July 22 ceremony at American Legion Post 32. Bill swore in his own son—Andrew’s father—Will, back in 1985. “It was one of the best experiences a dad can have,” Will said, of watching the exchange between his father and son. “All the skills Andrew used to complete the project, he’ll use in everyday life.” The Niwot High School teen and Erie resident spent 83 hours fundraising, shopping, budgeting, fitting all of the wood and planning the project a year out.
Bill Greve, left, stands with grandson Andrew Greve and son Will Greve at Camp Morrison in Idaho in 2015. Andrew, 16, received his Eagle Scout honors in July, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Photo courtesy of Will Greve
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“I am extremely honored. Nowadays only one percent of scouts receive their Eagle Scout honor, and now I’m part of that one percent.“ – Andrew Greve
Greve has 58 merit badges—more than the required 21. “But it’s more than that 1 percent. I feel like I’m honoring my dad and my grandpa.” Greve grew up fishing on that pond, catching one of his first largemouth bass there, so the project was sentimental; he wants others to have access to the same experiences he did. As soon as the project was completed, three kids with fishing rods approached Izaak Walton Pond. “Within 20 minutes of us finishing the platforms, we were already impacting the community,” Greve said. “As I was leaving, getting all the tools packed up into the truck, I went back and took a quick look at the platforms … I actually think they caught fish off that platform.” And that was a proud moment for Greve.
Andrew Greve thanks all of the people who helped him on his journey to earn the Eagle Scout rank. Photo by David Brown
Is Erie Haunted?
There’s only one way to find out—attend a ghost tour! By Courtney Deuschle
Psychic medium Dori Spence stands outside Erie United Methodist Church, the first stop on her tour of haunted sites in Erie. Photo by Doug Pike
ori Spence is the founder of ‘Step in Time’ Historical talks and Tours, guiding haunted history tours in the towns of Longmont, Loveland, Erie, Lyons, Frederick and Central City. She is also a professional life coach, medium, parapsychologist, psychic channel and inspirational speaker, as well as the founder of Lifeworks Int’l and the Kindred Spirit Society, aka SPOOKS Inc. Dori hosts talks, tours and events around different cities in Colorado to educate and share her insight surrounding historical sites in Colorado and the haunted history behind them. As someone who is clearly qualified to share the haunted history of Erie with the community, Dori hosts these haunted tours in several Colorado towns. Although Dori uses her truly unique abilities to host these haunted history tours throughout the year, what better time to go on a haunted tour than during the Halloween season. Keep an eye out for events and tours happening in the Erie area this September and October! The Kindred Spirit Society of the Rockies is a nonprofit organization that uses the study of ghosts and spirits to better understand and interact with visible or invisible entities that tend to appear in people’s lives. Scientific equipment, mediumship skills and psychic skills are a few of the nonintrusive methods that lend to their research. The mission of the organization is to gain a greater understanding of invisible lifeforms and share them with the public to help lessen the fear of death and paranormal experiences.
“We believe we are all kindred spirits and at physical death life as we know it changes, but does not end.” Dori describes her role as, “assisting individuals in ‘opening the veil’ that separates our living world from the world of the spirits.” To learn more about haunted history tours in Erie and the Kindred Spirit Society, visit kindredspiritsociety.org or their Facebook page at Kindred Spirit Society International. Keep in mind that due to the nature of the content discussed during these tours, this may not be an appropriate outing for children. Dori will offer a “Haunting History” tour on September 15 during the Biscuit Day event in Erie. In October, she will offer both “Haunting History” and “Back Alley Ghost” tours on Friday October 19 and Sunday October 28. The “Haunting History” tour will explain the history behind her ghost stories and is appropriate for ages 12 and over. All of the stories are related to people or events that could have conceivably happened or actually took place in Erie's history. The “Back Alley Ghost” tour, 8pm- 9:30pm, will feature morbid or sad stories about the ghosts of Erie. This tour is for ages 16 and older. For more information about Dori's tours see the event details below.
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Dance Center is Set to Lift Off
Erie resident will open reVel Dance Center this Fall. By Kimberli Green
hristine Rohde began devoting her life to dance when she was 12, and since, she’s danced professionally across the nation and internationally. She’s a choreographer and has also taught students from little ones to the collegiate level.
Now, she aims to reach out to her community and surrounding area when she and cofounder/marketing guru Douglas Luers open Erie’s reVel Dance Center, 460 Jones Court, unit 102, on October 1. It never mattered that Rohde started dancing when she was nearly a teenager, because it became her focus. At 13, the Wisconsin native began teaching at the studio in which she developed her craft while dancing six days a week. “I knew upon graduating high school I wanted to make it my life’s work,” she said, adding that she felt close to her community because of it, and dance made her feel connected to herself and the world around her. Rohde will offer a variety of classes to dancers age 3 to adult, in forms that include ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz and more. At the end of the fall session in December, Rohde’s students will celebrate what they’ve learned during a lecture-type demonstration. In the spring, reVel will host a traditional dance recital. Rohde is interested in one day hosting a holiday show as a fundraiser to give back and spread the joy of dance. Her vision is to help students feel empowered through learning and moving, to cultivate relationships in Erie and to help create
reVel Dance Center founder Christine Rohde stands in front of the future site of her Erie studio. Photo by Doug Pike
more inclusivity and diversity. Her long term goals include outreach programming to build self esteem, using dance to process stress and building confidence—especially in young girls learning to build boundaries for their bodies.
“It’s about being joyful and merry and full of life that coincides with my teaching philosophy.“ - Christine Rohde
Along with social change projects, employing engaging and all-encompassing teaching concepts is in Rohde’s heart. For example, teaching young dancers rhythm means teaching them to listen, how to work as a team, how to move their bodies to the beat and much more; it’s choosing the ideas to incorporate. “I think it’s important to have kids feel like they’re engaged in their learning … they’re reveling in the moment,” she said. “I want to share my experience and have something that’s a lasting impact.” To learn more about the founders of reVel Dance Center and class offerings, visit reveldancecenter.com or call 303-946-6166.
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Presented by the Erie Chamber of Commerce Coal Creek Park | 575 Kattell Street, Erie Noon–4pm This affordable and fun family event includes many activities including “Touch-A-Truck,” pedal cars, a maze, a haunted house, a petting zoo, hayrides, the Garage Rats car show, live music and food trucks. Admission for children 3 years and older is $10; parents and children under 3 are free! Each child gets to take home one pumpkin.
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OCT EERIE ERIE 5k & 10k RACE
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OCT BOO! ON BRIGGS STREET
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OCT HALLOWEEN SAFETY STOP
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NOVEMBER NOV LOVE YOU â€“ LADIES NIGHT
Presented by the Erie Chamber of Commerce Erie Community Center | 450 Powers St., Erie 5:30pm-8pm Ladies, rejuvenate before the holidays. Be our guest for a relaxing evening prepared just for you! Enjoy back and neck massages, manicures, moisturizers, party-hair styling, heart health tips, holiday jewelry, gift ideas and more. Admission is free. The evening includes door prizes, tapas, and drinks. RSVP to 303.828.3440.
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Presented by the Erie Chamber of Commerce Historic Downtown Erie | 5pm-8pm Bundle up and bring your family to historic downtown Erie where you can listen to Christmas carols, visit a living nativity scene, ride through historic downtown on a complimentary festive hay wagon ride, enjoy free s’mores over the open fire pits and dine-in at our local restaurants or eat-on-the-go at Santa’s Workshop with specialties including funnel cakes, kettle corn, brats and more! At 6:30pm the Parade of Lights will begin. Would you like to create a float for the parade? Application forms are available at the Erie Chamber Office located at 235 Wells St. and online at eriechamber.org. There is no parade entry fee, only parade fun!
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Holiday on the Seas Soak up some sun in the cold winter ahead. By Courtney Deuschle
Ben Keller of Cruise Planners helps residents leave port for sunny shores during Coloradoâ€™s cold season and throughout the year. Photo by Doug Pike
ooking to get away for the holidays? Why not take to the seas with a holiday cruising experience. Soaking up the sun in the middle of the ocean is a preferred destination for some families as they prepare for the long, cold winter ahead. Destinations like the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and Bermuda are extremely popular destinations due to the warm climate and multiple port options during this time of year, allowing travelers to trade in the overwhelming stress of the holidays for an affordable tropical getaway. According to Ben Keller, travel expert with Cruise Planners, travelers hesitate to book during the holidays, questioning the busyness of the season and whether they can find a vacation that isn’t going to break the bank. According to Keller, January is what travel experts call a “wave season,” meaning many holiday travelers start planning their vacation for the next holiday season during this time. He shares that it’s a good idea to book your vacations early because cruise lines offer discounts and incentives during wave season.
spirit while thawing out on the beach. No need to worry about Santa. He sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you are traveling. “Our cruise once returned home on Christmas day and my young daughter received a note from Santa letting her know her presents were waiting for her at the house. He thought it would be easier to leave the presents there rather than delivering them to her on vacation,” Keller shares. Cruise Planners is a leader in the travel and tourism industry and Ben Keller’s franchise offers comprehensive vacation planning to include travel insurance, tour options and group travel for both land and cruise vacation options. There are no upcharges or special fees involved with the services, just great vacation options for you and your family or friends. While anyone is capable of booking vacations online, Keller explains that travel agents can provide special offers and industry knowledge only available to them, making your vacation hassle free and full of value.
“Disney cruises are easily the most popular holiday cruise,” Keller says. “They fill up fast and provide an exciting holiday experience for the whole family. There is nothing like experiencing the magic of Disney over the holiday season, as you cruise through the Caribbean!” Most cruise lines will offer special activities and decor to go along with the holidays, so you don’t miss out on the holiday
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Holiday Peace of Mind
Erie PD advises community to secure homes during holiday travel and cautions against “crimes of opportunity.” By Kimberli Green
Det. Sgt. Kevin Jamison of the Erie Police Department parks in the Vista Ridge subdivision—one of several residential neighborhoods the department monitors closely during the holiday season. Photo by Doug Pike
s the holidays approach, simple measures can be put into place to secure your home and avoid burglary during the hustle and bustle of the season. As simple as it is, making sure all doors are locked is a must but it doesn’t always happen, said Detective Sergeant Kevin Jamison of the Erie Police Department. Also, residents must not be tempted to hide spare keys. “The majority of burglaries we deal with are crimes of opportunity where doors are left unlocked, and that includes garage doors,” Jamison said. “Even though a community like Erie is a safe place to live, the best way to prevent being a victim of crime is to not leave keys in common places where criminals can find them.” Removing garage door openers, wallets and purses from cars is important because criminals can steal residents’ identities or access valuables in the home via the garage. Help from the community can also deter theft.
TIPS TO ENSURE HOME SAFETY DURING HOLIDAY TRAVEL 1
“I think a key thing is to know your neighbors and to watch out for one another when you’re gone,” Jamison said. “Report anything out of nature or suspicious to the police right away.” To report suspicious activity, call the Erie Police Department at 303-926-2800.
ake your residence appear as though someone M is home—set timers on interior and exterior lights and have someone collect newspapers, packages and mail. L ock all residence doors and windows, including doors and windows to the garage. now your neighbors—have trusted neighbors K keep an eye on your home while you’re away; have them report suspicious activity to the police immediately. ide or secure valuables, information and H documents. Safes which are too large or heavy to move are the best in which to store those items. Don’t leave garage door openers, keys or valuables in any vehicles parked outside. Ensure all vehicles are locked. on’t leave spare keys outdoors. Give them D directly to the person who is keeping an eye on the residence while you’re traveling. Don’t leave garbage cans out at the curb. Ask a trusted neighbor, family or friend to place them out of site. Close all blinds and curtains; leaving shutters or blinds at an upward angle can make it appear someone is home while preventing criminals from looking inside. void publishing travel details on social media. A Also avoid setting voicemails advising you are out of town. If you have an alarm system, ensure it is set.
Erie police encourage residents to take steps to help prevent break-ins and other opportunistic crimes when they travel for the holidays. Photo by Doug Pike
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Showing Gratitude This Thanksgiving, make it the centerpiece.
hile many Thanksgiving celebrations may include a prayer or collective statement of thanks for the food on the table, the spirit and meaning of the holiday often dwindles once the bird is served.
For those looking for ways to better express their gratitude this holiday season, here are a few ideas: PASS THE GRATITUDE HAT Ask the guests at your Thanksgiving gathering to write down something that they’re thankful for on a piece of paper, then place their statement in a hat. Once everyone has contributed, pass the hat again and let each person pull a piece of paper from the hat and read it aloud. For a fun twist, see if the group can guess who wrote each statement. I’M THANKFUL FOR YOU BECAUSE… At gatherings of close friends or family, go around the table and have each guest describe why they are grateful for the person sitting next to them. Depending on the seating arrangement, it can be the person to their left, right or across the table. READ A THANKSGIVING STORY While everyone is waiting for the meal to finish cooking, or even after everyone has finished eating, gather the children in attendance to read a favorite Thanksgiving story. Allow older children to show off their reading skills by reading a page or two aloud, and take time to reflect on the message conveyed by the book.
GRATITUDE SPEED ROUND Give everyone at your Thanksgiving celebration a pen and paper, and set a timer for one minute. Have a friendly contest to see who can write down the most things that they are thankful for in one minute. Have everyone count when the minute is up and compare their tallies. Then, ask each guest to look at their list and rank the top three items that they wrote down, then have each guest read their top three lists aloud. Compare lists and see which items appeared the most among your group. MAKE A GRATITUDE TREE Ask everyone attending your gathering to either bring a small item that represents something that they’re thankful for, or a picture of something that they are thankful for, to hang on your tree. It doesn’t need to be a full Christmasstyle tree, and even twigs in a vase will do. Once the tree is fully adorned, assemble around the tree and have each guest describe the meaning behind what they brought, and what it is that they’re thankful for.
CHANGE UP YOUR HOLIDAY
hether your tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving or on Christmas Eve, traditions typically run deep when it comes to Christmas. While the staples of the season give us something to look forward to each year, here are a few options for changing up the routine or at least putting a new spin on your favorite holiday activities.
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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
Tired of trying to make time for everyone you need to see over the holidays? Bring them to you with a holiday gathering in your home or a dinner out at a local restaurant.
CHANGE UP YOUR TREE TRADITION
You can always untangle that same old box of holiday lights and put them back on the roofline, but maybe this is the year to mix it up. Go full Griswold and join a holiday lights contest in your community, or start one amongst your neighbors. From inflatables to projection systems to displays synced to music, the possibilities are endless. But perhaps it’s time to go with classic white, or save on the utility bill with just a simple wreath or mistletoe.
’TIS THE SEASON FOR TRAVEL
Rather than plucking a tree from the supermarket along with your bread and milk, consider some other options. Select a tree from a lot that contributes a portion of its proceeds to charity or a school fundraiser. Maybe make an adventure out of it and find a do-it-yourself tree-cutting location in the mountains. Or, go truly green with your greenery and spring for a reusable artificial tree.
Who says you need to stay home for the holidays? Make good on that long overdue promise to spend the holidays with the in-laws. Or avoid them entirely and head overseas. Learn how other parts of the world celebrate the season and then take it in first-hand. It’s not as cold out there as it looks. Bundle up and hit the sledding hill, a skating rink or take the family to a parade of lights. Schedule a sleigh ride or strap on some snowshoes. Go caroling, go skiing … just go.
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Volunteering is Heart Work It takes a village of volunteers to support those in need through the holiday season. Photo courtesy of Erie Community Food Bank
onsumerism comes easy during the holidays, but here’s some ideas for keeping the balance and contributing to your community. GET INVOLVED IN A FOOD DRIVE Coordinate a neighborhood food drive, help get one off the ground at your child’s school, log some hours lending a hand at a food bank or help prepare holiday meal boxes. WORK WITH ANIMALS Who doesn’t like to play with puppies? Spend some time socializing with pups or taking adult dogs for walks at your local animal shelter. If you have a pet that fits the bill, look into getting it certified to participate in a therapy program. SERVE AS A DELIVERY DRIVER Instead of volunteering on the donation end of a food or clothing drive, consider signing up to deliver the collected goods to those in need. Many organizations need drivers for distribution—whether it’s delivering coats to kids or a Thanksgiving meal to a family. HELP JOB SEEKERS Libraries and job centers frequently offer resume-building and computer literacy courses for those who find themselves out of work—and they need volunteers with the skills to assist. Find out how you can help. ENTERTAIN THE ELDERLY Like to play card games or put together puzzles during your holiday down time? Consider spending some of that time with someone at a nursing home, senior center or retirement community.
SHOVEL DRIVEWAYS AND SIDEWALKS Whether it’s simply helping out a neighbor or signing up for a community shoveling program to assist the elderly, helping with snow removal can be a lifesaver for those without a strong back at their disposal. DONATE BLOOD, PLASMA OR BREAST MILK What gift could be greater than the gift of life? Any number of clinics and hospitals are in need of blood, plasma and breast milk—and donation opportunities abound during the holidays. BABYSIT Know a friend who could use a temporary break from their parental responsibilities? Offer to watch their kids for an evening and help take some of the stress out of their holiday season. CONTRIBUTE BOOKS Libraries, nursing homes, hospitals and organizations assembling military care packages are often in need of books for their patrons or projects. Keep your lightly used books in circulation by contributing them to a cause. HELP OUT AT A HOMELESS SHELTER The demand on homeless shelters increases exponentially during the winter months, and tasks in need of volunteers go well beyond ladling chowder at the soup kitchen.
Keep your New Year’s goals in play.
emember that resolution you set for yourself at last year’s New Year’s Eve party? No matter how sincere and heartfelt it may have been at the time, if you’re like most people you probably don’t. Even the best of intentions typically fizzle out by the end of February and are long forgotten by the time summer rolls around. If you’re truly seeking a lifestyle change in 2019, it’s going to take planning and strategy, and that starts now. Here are three of the most commonly broken resolutions, and tips for bringing them to fruition in the year ahead.
GET IN SHAPE | First, give yourself a fighting chance by limiting the number of holiday pounds you tack on before the new year even begins. As they say, everything in moderation. Also, be realistic. Is that new gym membership the right fit or would you rather find a healthy activity that you enjoy and fits into your schedule. Join a sports league, find a climbing gym, or maybe a dance or aquatics class. Just as importantly, remember that misery loves company. Partner with a friend or family member who shares your goal, and work together to stay motivated and dedicated.
MAKE MORE TIME FOR FAMILY | The holidays are all about family time, but it’s all too easy to let that prioritization fall to the wayside once the calendar turns. While the extra holidays off from work and the winter break from school certainly afford more days together, the effort can last all year long. Plan ahead and target those times when everyone has a break in their schedule. Make family dinners mandatory and disconnect from technology during your time together. SAVE MONEY | Seek out monthly expenses that can be eliminated. Push for that promotion. Land a better paying job. Or, it could be as simple as not ending the current year by racking up debt on holiday purchases. Create hand-made gifts, scale back on unnecessary holiday travel and dining, and avoid ushering in 2019 already in the red. Schedule a few minutes every two weeks or so to revisit your resolution, evaluate how you’re doing, and make the necessary adjustments to ensure that you’re trending in the right direction.
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