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Hometown Holiday Gift Basket rules 1. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Merchants or their employees who contributed to the gift baskets are prohibited from entering this contest. 2. Entry forms consist of an official card, which is available at any participating merchant. Every time you visit a participating merchant, your card will be stamped and/or initialed. The card must have 5 stamps and/or initials on it to be considered an official entry into the weekly drawing. 3. Each Monday in December, beginning Monday, Dec. 3, one winner will be randomly selected to receive a Holiday Gift Basket. The contest runs Nov. 23-Dec. 17. Winners will be notified by phone and announced in that week’s Sequim Gazette. 4. Gift Basket specifics: Three Holiday Gift Baskets will be given away. The gift baskets consist of prizes and gift certificates contributed by local Sequim merchants. The estimated value of each gift basket is $500. 5. Winners will be chosen on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Winners need not be present to win. 6. The Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to suspend, cancel or modify this contest or disqualify any participant at any time if it determines at its sole discretion that for any reason the contest cannot be run as originally planned or if fraud, noncompliance

with contest rules or any other concurrence compromises the fairness or integrity of the contest. 7. The prize cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash.

Calendar of Events .................................4 Holiday Happenings ..............................5 Think local, shop local ...........................6 Christmas tree care ................................8 Downtown merchants ........................19 Secrets of building a great gift basket ...22 Altruism at the holidays .......................23 Festival of Trees ...................................24 Pamper your pet at Christmas .............25 Quick jewelry reference........................26

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Nov. 23

Holiday Calendar 2012

• Sequim Hometown Holiday tree lighting — 5 p.m. Bank of America Park, downtown Sequim. Also, Count the Lights contest, grand prize $100 gift certificate. • Holiday Gift Gallery — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MondaySaturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 31. Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., Sequim. Jewelry, ceramics, fabric, glass, wood, metal work, paintings and photography by members artists for sale. Prices kept low for this sale. 681-6033. • Teddy Bear Teas — 10 a.m. and noon. Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. $10. 417-7144. • Holiday Elegance Gala and Tree Auction — 5:30 p.m. Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. 417-7144. $95. Dining, dancing, live music, auctions benefit Olympic Medical Center Foundation and Port Angeles Exchange Club. • Sequim Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Tree Sale opens. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily in the parking lot at Sequim Village Plaza, 609 W. Washington St.; honor system sales at night. Regular and tabletop trees available. Free raffle ticket with tree purchase. Proceeds benefit youth activities and other charitable organizations. Donations support the Sequim Food Bank and area foster children.

Nov. 23-24

• Holiday Lavender Bazaar. The nonprofit Sequim Lavender Growers Association holds its 10th annual bazaar from 1-5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday at Carrie Blake Park, 202 Blake Ave., Sequim. Take a photo with Santa between noon-2 p.m., browse unique lavender gifts, win raffles for gift baskets and a fully decorated Christmas tree (proceeds to Toys for Tots, free raffle ticket for each toy brought in) and for a handmade quilt from Sequim’s Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club (proceeds to Sequim High School scholarship program). Homemade soups/sandwiches available on Saturday. 582-1345.

Nov. 23-Dec. 21

• Wreath-making. Thursdays-Saturdays. 2-hour sessions, at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. reservations needed. $12 each wreath. McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, Sequim. 681-2827.

Nov. 24

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• Sequim City Band — 11 a.m. Holiday music downtown; noon-2 p.m. Santa available for photos. • Holiday Senior Breakfast — 8:30 a.m. Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

$10, in advance only. 417-7144. • Down Home Holiday Bazaar — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sequim High School cafeteria, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Quality homemade gifts and crafts, benefits SHS bands. • Home for the Holidays — 8 p.m. Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. $10. Live band for dancing, auctions, food. Tickets at the door.

Nov. 24-25

• Festival of Trees Family Days — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. $5, children under 12 free. View brilliantly decorated trees, enjoy puppet shows, games, crafts, music and photos with Santa.

Nov. 29-Dec.1

• Sequim Community Christmas Chorus presents concerts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The program includes favorites such as the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s “Messiah” and “Peace, Peace,” as well as new works by local composers Taylor Ackley and Karen Williamson. Tickets $5 at Pacific Mist Books, Bauer Interior Design and the SequimDungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center.

Dec. 1

• 34th annual Handmade Christmas Fair. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Hall, Sequim. 683-7021. • Sequim Community Christmas Chorus 28th annual Christmas Concert. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 2930; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave. Tickets ($5, children under 12 free) in Sequim at Pacific Mist Books, Bauer Interior Design and the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center.

Dec. 1-2

• Museum & Arts Center Christmas Tea & Bake Sale. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with cookies, hot tea and live music at the Christmas Tea & Bake Sale, at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, Sequim. The annual event is free. Donations and bake sale proceeds go toward preserving the historical schoolhouse. • Christmas Fair. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Vern Burton Community Center. 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. More than 40 vendors, food, raffles and more. Free admission. • Holiday Tour of Homes/Now and Then — This

year’s tour features elegantly decorated 20th and 21st century homes in Port Ludlow, open from 10 a.m.2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, only. The tour of decorated Victorian homes in Port Townsend is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. $20 per individual tour or $35 for both. The tours offer light refreshments, live music, and, in Port Townsend, period costumes. Visit www.ceainfo.org and www.victoriansociety-northwest. org for ticket information.

Dec. 2

• “Ave!” Northwest Women’s Chorale holiday concert. 3 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave. This concert includes three very different works based on the “Ave Maria” text. $10.

Dec. 7

• Sequim’s downtown merchants will stay open late to host open houses.

Dec. 8

• Christmas Lane Fair. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave., Sequim. 683-5367. • Port Angeles Symphony Holiday Concert — 10 a.m. dress rehearsal (discount price); 7:30 p.m. concert. (6:40 p.m. pre-concert chat.) $30/$20/$15/$12. portangelessymphony.org. • Christmas Bird Count Warm Up. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim to cover birds of forests and then the group will travel to Dungeness Landing Park at noon to view saltwater birds.

Dec. 14-16

• Annual Christmas Celebration. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 15-16 Sequim Community Church, 1000 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim. Live music, drama, more than 150 performers. $5/person, family discounts. 683-4194, www.sequimcommunitychurch.org.

Dec. 17

• Sequim-Dungeness Christmas Bird Count. All day until dusk. Compilation 5 p.m. You can help by covering a special route, joining another group, or by just counting your neighborhood or backyard. Call the Dungeness River Audubon Center (681-4076) to sign up for the count. Official tally and chili feed for counters at the River Center beginning at 5 p.m.

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Holiday Happenings

here’s nothing quite as magical as shimmering holiday lights in the crisp night air. For the past several years, everyone passing the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street has been treated to an artistic display of thousands of twinkling lights at Bank of America Park. This year will be no exception, said Emily Westcott, special projects chairman for the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, who coordinates the display. Sequim’s “Hometown Holiday” will premiere at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, with the official treelighting ceremony across the street from the park. Westcott said it takes about a week, with the help of several dozen volunteers, to place thousands of holiday lights. Westcott said there will be a “Count the Lights” contest at the tree-lighting ceremony and the grand prize will be a $100 Sequim gift certificate, that is sponsored by Shawnna Rigg of RE/MAX Fifth Avenue. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Nov. 24, prior to Santa’s arrival at noon, the Sequim City Band will entertain shoppers. Jim Bower of Bower Logging and his beautiful Belgian draft horses will bring Santa to town.

Santa will available for pictures that day until 2 p.m. Photos will be taken by local photographer and Sequim Chamber board member Linda Barnfather. The first three Saturdays there will be musical groups entertaining shoppers at the same location. The celebration will continue downtown on Dec. 7 with merchant open houses and extended shopping hours, along with opportunities to win one of three gift baskets. This year is the fifth year local merchants have donated items for the gift baskets. The chamber buys new lights every year because after six weeks in the elements the lights are unsuitable for outdoor use again. However, they don’t go to waste — the previous year’s strands are donated to the Boys & Girls Club for indoor illumination at the group’s annual auction. Westcott said the chamber supports the holiday project from business and individuals who sponsor the summer flower baskets that are created by Sequim High School students. This year’s holiday lighting event is sponsored by the chamber and Sound Community Bank.

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Merchants donating items for the gift baskets include:

A Dropped Stitch Kirby’s Barber Shop A-1 Auto Lavender and Lace Bauer Interior Design Lipperts’ Blue Whole Gallery Mad Maggi Cedarbrook Lavender Museum & Arts Center & Herb Farm The Oasis Bar & Grill Clallam Co-Op Farm & Garden Over the Fence Cole’s Jewelers Pacific Mist Books Crumb Grabbers Bakery Pondicherri The Daily Grind Purple Haze Gift Shop Doodlebugs Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Dungeness Wine & Cheese Sequim Beauty Salon Full Moon Candle Company Sequim Embroidery The Good Book Sequim Gym Heather Creek Sunshine Cafe Hurricane Coffee Suzon’s Coffee Lounge Islander Pizza & Pasta Shack Solar City’s Tesa Boutique and Joyful Noise Music Center Tanning Retreat Kettel’s That Takes the Cake Kiwi’s Fish and Chips Wind Rose Cellars Thank you also to Sequim Arts and Sequim Mayor Ken Hays for donating to the gift baskets.

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Think local, shop local and invest in Sequim By Patricia Morrison Coate

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heresa Rubens and Shelli Robb-Kahler are two of the greatest boosters in Sequim — not of bands, choirs nor youth clubs — but Sequim’s businesses, especially those in the downtown corridor. Rubens has had her business, Solar City’s Tesa Boutique & Tanning Retreat, downtown for 11 years. Robb-Kahler is executive director of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and both are involved with the Sequim Merchants Group. With one month left for Christmas and holiday shopping, their message is: “Think Local. Shop Local!” “Local businesses build communities,” RobbKahler said. “When you frequent a local business, you contribute to creating local jobs, businesses and infrastructures — supporting our overall economy. Research indicates that for every $100 spent locally, approximately $70 stays in

our communities helping to build Sequim’s tax base and support our schools, fire and police departments. All which provides improved services for our area.” Robb-Kahler said she recently counted 50 businesses in a three-square-block area downtown and is constantly impressed at the variety of goods and services available. “We have an abundance of items available in Sequim which makes local shopping easy and convenient,” Robb-Kahler said. “One of the reasons I’m passionate about the importance of shopping at local businesses is because their owners are vibrant members of our community who make service and charitable contributions. Our local business owners support a multitude of fundraising events and nonprofit support.” Rubens said she and many other store owners allow fliers promoting benefits, contribute money and/or time and donate goods to support groups and activities in Sequim, such as the Boys & Girls Club and the Irrigation Festival. “I try to spread the wealth around, too,” Rubens said. “I shop local so I can turn around and have

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other owners shop at my store. In Sequim, we want to fulfill the 3/50 Project. If more residents were shopping local, we would be able to hire local residents who would also spend their income in town. We’re so blessed — everything is 7-10 minutes away — and we’re spoiled because we’ve got more than 400 parking spaces downtown so it’s very convenient for shoppers.” There are other advantages to customers who spend their dollars here, the pair said. “Local shoppers can give input to the store owner to stock or order what’s of special interest to the customer,” Robb-Kahler said. “One-onone opportunities to speak to local owners is a benefit to shopping local. Owners understand they have to provide excellent customer service to get you back in their store, many going out of their way to bring in goods they know you will enjoy. That level of personal attention is not typically found out of town.” Robb-Kahler noted many of Sequim’s businesses are one-of-a-kind shops which give the town its own distinctive character, to which Rubens added, “There are businesses that are unique in town — you just have to get out and find them!”

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The women emphatically agreed that local patronage is essential and it does make an impact, contributing to Sequim’s economic vitality. “Word of mouth is a huge advertising tool. When an owner offers quality products, good service and moderate prices in a comfortable environment, it’s very appreciated by customers,” Rubens said. “They tell their friends and you have new and repeat customers.” “We need to remember that our local businesses’ survival depends on local patronage,” Robb-Kahler said. “I recommend that you be a tourist in your own town and see all the wonderful products and services that are available right here in Sequim.” The Sequim Merchants Group and the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce encourage you to take part in the “Hometown Holiday Happenings,” kicking off Friday, Nov. 23. Much preparation and dedication has been spent to bring festivity and holiday fun downtown while you shop! What better time than now to take part in some of the events right here in your hometown as it celebrates Sequim’s Centennial!

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Let Heaven and Nature sing in your home this holiday!

By Claire Bernards Vision Landscape Nursery, Inc. for the Sequim Gazette

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hoices, choices, choices. What I love about Christmas is the abundance and gratitude that permeates the season. We are so lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest, more specifically the North Olympic Peninsula. We have access to truly fresh cut or really fresh living Christmas tree choices. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it, too. With some common sense and specific tactics, your tree, whether cut or living, will be a lovely enhancement to your holiday attitude and experience. Let’s start with the cut tree option. Honor your conscience here. Some folks just abhor the idea that a tree is grown just to be cut down and then composted. For you, your best option is the living Christmas tree. I think of cut Christmas trees like cut flower arrangements or asparagus. You grow them, consume them and then they return to the earth after having been enjoyed. Believe it or not, a fresh cut tree is sometimes as close as some families get to camping and nature. Bringing the outdoors indoors for a few weeks is worth the time and level of care the cut tree requires. The smell, feel and vibe of a real tree inside the home is in itself uplifting. Many of the basics for cut tree care hold true for living trees as well. Here are the basics for cut tree care: 1. Pick a tree that will actually fit into your home without having to cut off its top or bottom so severely that you reduce it to a tree version of Tattoo on “Fantasy Island.” That means measure twice, cut off the bottom of trunk once. 2. Bring the tree home and shake it out to remove needles and natural debris as you prepare the inside area of your home for your tree. When you get your tree home, fill a bucket with water, cut 1 inch off the bottom of the trunk of the tree and immediately put the cut end into the bucket of water. Watch it, because that tree is going to be thirsty and drink a lot of water. Depending on how long it takes for you to get your area and tree stand ready, keep the water bucket full and the tree hydrated. We use the garage as

the lounge area for our tree. Our tree can enjoy a drink while waiting for it place to be readied. 3. Choose where to put your tree. Common sense kicks in here. First, take time to place your tree where it can be optimally viewed by you and your family from the inside, but also from the outside (if possible). As people pass by your home, or as your loved ones visit in the evening, they are greeted by the beauty of your decorated tree. This is a great source of joy for the people of our area. Every year we all pile in the car, Allan, the dogs and myself, and go look at the holiday lights. Second, make sure there is no direct heat source nearby blowing on the tree. Lastly, place tree near an electrical outlet that isn’t already congested. 4. Protect your floors. Lay down waterproof material layers that will be under the tree stand. We use thick plastic garbage bags and then put a bathroom rug on top of that, then the decorative material on top of the rug. For the living tree, we actually double bag the container the tree is growing in. 5. Get the tree stand assembled and ready to go. Choose a tree stand with as large a water reservoir as possible. My tree stands are consistently much larger than the size of my tree warrants. But, I don’t fill my water every day so I like a bigger reservoir to buy me more time down the road. Do not fill with water until the tree is in place. 6. Secure the tree in the stand, making sure the bolts are tightly screwed into the trunk. Double and triple check this by pulling and pushing the tree in all directions to make sure that if your cats climb into the tree or your 2-year-old pulls on the shiny ornament, it isn’t going anywhere. 7. Fill the tree stand with water. Fill as deeply as possible but watch out for the holes that the screws go through because water leaks out through those. 8. Time to decorate! I use small lights so that they dry out the tree less. Decorator tip: Wrap the trunk of the tree with little white lights. This illuminates the tree and the branches, having to use fewer color lights on the branches. Looks fabulous! Using LED and low-energy use lights are helpful for our environment. I put all the lights on

a timer. This way they come on moments before I get home from work and turn off just as I am tucking myself in at night. No leaving them on all night anymore. Living tree care: Reminder: Attention to tree size, location, stabilized, hydrated, back to the earth. Most tips for a cut tree apply to a living one. Besides the obvious ones, you will need to hydrate your living tree well almost daily, unless your home is set at less than 60 degrees F. To give your living tree a decent chance to actually thrive in your yard later in the year, the pre- and post-care tips are essential for the viability of your living tree. Live tree care can be summed up by the HA-HAP method. This stands for: Hydrate, Acclimate, Hydrate, Acclimate, Plant. • Pre-care – Hydrate: Water the tree thoroughly. Really soak it for a few days before moving it into the garage or shed to begin the adjustment period. Acclimate: We place our living tree in the garage about 7-14 days before bringing it into our home for it to acclimate to the warmer indoors. The colder it is outside, the longer it will take your tree to acclimate to the warmer environment and the longer you must wait before bringing it into your warm home. • During care – Hydrate: Water 1-2 quarts a day and in a really warm home, put ice cubes on top of the soil of the tree. That keeps temperature down a bit near the roots. • After-care – Acclimate: This is where the life of your tree is truly in your hands. Keep the tree in garage or acclimation area a minimum of three weeks for it to get used to the cold again. If after the three-week waiting period it is freezing or below freezing, do not put it outside yet. Wait until it is above 45 degrees F. Make sure you keep the tree hydrated when it is in the garage waiting for its new forever home. • Plant – Planting the tree: The rule of thumb is a hole twice as wide, one and a half times as deep. Use an organic planting compost with beneficial mycorrhizae and worm castings. Be careful not to plant the root ball deeper than the existing level of the soil. It’s better to error on the tree being planted too shallow than too deep. Water deeply. Water once a month deeply, even in


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the winter. Mulch 3-5 inches to protect the roots from below freezing temperatures. More clay means more compost. For a complete guide to planting your tree visit www. visionlandscapenursery.com and click on “blog”, or stop by and we will give you the article for your files. My favorites for cut trees are noble firs and Nordman firs. They hold their beauty, freshness and my ornaments for at least four weeks. My favorites for living trees: noble firs, Douglas-firs, Frasier firs, and for a wacky fun tree, the weeping blue atlas cedar. Wrapped in blue lights and silver decorations, it is quite beautiful. Experts do not agree on the amount of time to keep a living tree in one’s home. In fact, this topic and the varying opinions it stirs can create some heated debates in our industry. There are even some local professionals that will strongly disagree with what I am going to say, but, I can speak from my personal experience and the experience of my friends, family and customers over the past 25 years. Time recommendations go from three days to three weeks. Allan and I once had a living tree in our home for as long as 7 weeks. Now, I would not recommend that you keep your living tree inside that long.

Home for the Holidays Best to keep it under 10 days. The living trees we have had are now planted by the creek at our nursery and have never failed. Success is totally dependent on that acclimation time in the garage before putting it outside. We keep our tree in the garage for four weeks after it being in our home for so long. We also wait for warmer outside temperatures to reach the high 40s before taking it out of the garage. We have friends who have only purchased living trees for the past 25 years and love doing that. Typically, the average time that a living Christmas tree is in the home is for two weeks. For the past five years we have had a 9-foot cut noble and I love it! I keep it up almost four weeks. Putting on the lights and decorations are a huge time and energy investment, so I want that tree up for as long as possible. When I do remove the tree, it is never scary dry. In fact the needles and branches are supple. But we only sell a few cut nobles and get them locally from a family who has been in business for over 40 years and we only buy fresh-cut trees. Anyway you look at it, bringing the outdoors inside at Christmas with the feel, smell, and look of a real tree is a treat for you and the whole family.

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Home decor, hats and handcrafted gifts Shop downtown Sequim for variety, customer service

By Patricia Morrison Coate Staff Writer “Home for the Holidays” has taken on a new significance this year in a tight economy. It’s not only a time to unite friends and family in gratitude for each other, but also to stay close to home for your Christmas shopping. Downtown Sequim’s small businesses are convenient, offer plenty of variety and take pride in personalized customer service. For that bibliophile on your list, check out the selection from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association — “the best of the independent Northwest” — at Pacific Mist Books, as well as the shop’s stacks of fine fiction. While you’re there, think accessories, too, for the book lover, such as bookends, bookplates, book holders and book lights to read in any ambience. Fans of Sudoku puzzles will find them there in bookform, too. Just across Washington Street, The Good Book features Christian-focused books, gifts and greeting cards. Don’t know your

reader’s likes and dislikes? A bookstore gift certificate comes to the rescue. Readers also tend to be writers, so for a personalized touch, order customized personal stationery for the letter writer in your life from The Dove’s Nest or pick up matched sets of elegant Crane & Co. stationery. Choose from among a variety of designer ink stamps or create your own with the assistance of owner Dovie Carson — she has albums of designs for the first-time buyer. “Personalized stationery is a wonderful, sweet gift and most of my Christmas sales are from men ordering it for their wives,” Carson said. Her half-size pillows that are as portable as they are beautiful with matching lavender-filled eye masks make great gifts for grandparents on the go. Want to add an extra bit of sweetness to your gifts? The Dove’s Nest carries handcrafted chocolates in more than a dozen flavors. Home décor is hot and even though tastes are highly individualized, items for the home or

Kathy Reid, store manager at the Co-op Farm & Garden Center, 216 E. Washington St., has brought in tons of John Deere toys this year. She’s holding a Buddy Barn and a Tough Tractor.

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Downtown merchants, from page 19 garden do make great gifts. Heather Creek Home features contemporary, clean-line home furnishings, bedding, linens, lighting and accent pieces. The store has styles to match almost any taste — Northwest, country, traditional, rustic, contemporary and shabby chic. Its mood is in contrast to the natural, cottage-garden feeling of the adjacent Heather Creek boutique which carries a variety of scarves as well as some outerwear, such as sweatshirts, and and an assortment of lounge wear, pajamas, robes and slippers. “We will have new lines of gifts for the holidays that we didn’t have last year and a small selection of ornaments,” said Danielle Owens-Kim, who works with her parents, owners Becky and Rob Owens, in the shops. Over the Fence is another store for those seeking distinctive gifts. The shop carries furniture for living and garden spaces and eye-catching accessories such as clocks, mirrors, wall art, pillows, candles and pottery. Bath and personal care items are available as well as clever storage solutions in the form of baskets, shelves and trunks. If you’re thinking about a personal gift such as clothing, give a bit of the exotic with

Home for the Holidays soft cotton voile or Pashmina wool scarves from India in dynamic colors and handembroidered bags available at Pondicherri. Store operations manager Kathy Greenwald said the shop’s comfortable and colorful kimonos are big sellers and it also offers night wear and outer garments such as reversible quilted jackets, all in natural hand-block printed fabrics. Other gift ideas include bags, scarves, bangle bracelets, earrings and home accessories such as tablecloths, mats, napkins and cushions. The hallmark of Pondicherri’s merchandise is color — intense, vivid and cheery — gifts that will truly brighten those special people on your list. A Dropped Stitch on Bell Street is a paradise for those who knit and crochet with commercial and local homespun yarn in a rainbow of colors and bounty of styles. With 10 local consigners featured, the shop also is a great source for unique handcrafted gifts including scarves, shawls, handbags, hats, headbands and mittens. Co-owners Nora Polizzi and Jean Montoya create many items themselves and welcome other crafters to use their loom and knitting machine for a nominal fee. Give finely hand-crocheted doilies, table

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Sue DeShazer, owner of Mad Maggi, 131 W. Washington St., displays some of her shop’s “fabulous” silver jewelry, and at left, colorful necklaces made with tagua or “vegetable ivory,” an eco-friendly source. runners or tablecloths from the shop and your recipient will have pieces of heirloom quality to treasure for generations. With ample notice, one of the consigners will knit custom Christmas stockings. This Christmas season, said Theresa Rubens, owner of Solar City’s Tesa Boutique

and Tanning Retreat, the emphasis is on super soft cardigan, crew neck and classic turtle neck sweaters in rich jewel-tone shades. “It’s all about soft and all about layers,” Rubens said, noting faux-fur-lined sweater vests and fleece-lined tights are perfect gifts to keep the Northwest’s cool and

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damp at bay. Match a pair of the boutique’s classic dress slacks with a tapestry reversible jacket and you’ll double your gift recipient’s joy. Teddies with matching teddy pants feel luxurious to the touch and are available in purple, ivory, red and black. Furry house slippers in wild colorful prints will make great stocking stuffers. Owner Sue DeShazer describes her boutique Mad Maggi as “eclectic, spirited — a wonderfully comfortable collection of clothing and accessories.” Other adjectives that apply are classic, classy and stylish. From sumptuous sweaters to dressy coordinates, from shimmering metal earrings to amber and silver pendants and rings, Mad Maggi has a bounty of gifts for the discerning woman. If your gift recipient has more hats than shoes, the boutique has dozens from which to add to her collection. A wall of purses features that all-important accessory in canvas, leather and denim. Wool scarves and gloves are perfect gifts for this time of year. In the Mad Maggi Salon, DeShazer said, “We have Aveda skin care products and makeup with prepackaged lotions and creams. And of course, a gift certificate is a perfect fit every time.” Carhartt workwear and rugged outdoor wear from Thomas Building Center always is a good choice for those who require durable and comfortable garments at work or play. The store also is proud to offer high-quality power tools for professionals and particular do-it-yourselfers such as air tools, framers, brad nailers, battery drills and table and miter saws.

At Co-op Farm & Garden, it’s toys, toys, toys! This year the store features nearly 20 John Deere brand toys including bicycles, tricycles, tractors, dump trucks and implement sets. Baby boomer grandparents will want to snatch up Radio Flyer toys popular in their youth, updated for their grandchildren, including little red wagons, bumper cars, scooters, wheelbarrows, bikes and trikes. The Co-op also carries a variety of Tonka trucks, known for their durability. Educational toys by Melissa and Doug develop all kinds of skills and interactive games such as Chinese Checkers, Tiddledy Winks and a host of specialized “-opoly” games are fun for the whole family. Does your child like horses, dogs, animals, books, ponies or birds? There’s a Monopolylike game waiting to be taken home. And what little boy or girl wouldn’t want to add another Breyer horse to their collection? The store has herds of them. Little Golden Books have returned, as endearing and engaging as they were 50 years ago — the Co-op has a large selection. Other blasts from the past are Pokey and Gumby, Fuzzy Face and Mr. Bill. The store also is focusing on making music with pint-sized pianos, guitars and chimes. There are as many unique gifts to be found in Sequim’s small shops as are the boundaries of imagination — it just takes some focused browsing to come away with an inspired gift. For customers’ convenience, these and other downtown stores will stay open for extended hours during the holiday shopping season.

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Great Gift Basket

Giving a great gift basket is like bestowing a buffet of gifts on your loved one and when the well-put-together gift basket is opened, well, that’s a magical moment. Beneath the pretty decorations lie enchanting mysteries that emerge one-by-one to the delight of the recipient. The personal aspects of a gift basket also are endearing. You can customize a gift basket to the occasion (holiday, birthday, retirement, etc.) and tastes of the recipient. Taking the time to do so shows your thoughtfulness and caring. Building a great gift basket can be fun and easy. Here’s some advice for putting together a gift basket that will charm any recipient:

The first steps

Begin by deciding what to put in the

gift basket — packaged food, gourmet coffees, collegiate items, apparel, candles, personal care items like soaps or lotions, cooking utensils, books, jewelry, home decor items, gardening tools, ornaments, picture frames, etc. Practically any hobby or area of interest can be an inspiration for a gift basket. Base your choice on the recipient’s personality and interests. Next, choose a container. Baskets, of course, are the classic container, but don’t overlook other options, especially if they fit the overall theme you’ve chosen. For example, load a toy football helmet with items inspired by a youngster’s favorite football team. A large stock pot can be ideal for holding cooking utensils for a foodie or budding chef. A planter makes a useful and decorative container

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Arranging items

Once you’ve chosen the perfect container, think about how you’ll arrange the items that go in it. First, add some decorative shredding (available in craft stores, or make your own with colored paper and a paper shredder) to help stabilize items in the container and make it look even more attractive. Then, follow these rules of thumb for arranging items: • Place tallest items in the back. If you’re using a round container, choose a side to serve as a visual back. • Moving forward, stair step the rest of your items from tall to short. It’s OK if the rows are not perfectly straight or even. In fact, a little variance in the arrangement will make the basket look even more appealing. • Be sure to place packaged items with the most interesting side facing forward so it’s immediately visible. For example, if you’ve included a bag of the recipient’s favorite coffee, make sure the brand name is showing so he or she will be able to tell at a glance what’s in

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the basket. • Be careful not to completely hide any items. It’s fine to have things peeping through here or there, but avoid burying anything on the bottom. Buried items potentially could get lost and tossed out with the shredding. • If you need to hold items in place, secure them using some glue lines or glue dots (also available in craft stores.) Fitting everything snugly is the key.

The finishing touches

Once your basket is artfully filled, place the entire container in a large cellophane bag. Gather the bag above the contents of the basket, then tie a bow at the narrowest part of the gathered bag. For smaller containers, pull the corners of the bag under the container and tape them. Trim any excess bag at the top. You either can hand-deliver your gift basket — which gives you the instant gratification of seeing the surprise and happiness on your loved one’s face — or ship it if that’s more convenient and practical. When shipping, be sure to package your basket securely.

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In the true spirit of the season, share what you can and feel the warmth altruism brings. Any of these organizations will appreciate your donations. Carlsborg American Red Cross, PO Box 188, 457-7933 Forks Concerned Citizens for Special Children, PO Box 1787, 360-374-9340/452-2396 Forks Abuse Program, PO Box 1775, 360-374-6411 Forks Food Bank, PO Box 35, 360-374-6411 Sequim Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, PO Box 4167, 683-8095/417-2831 Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, PO Box 3434, 582-0218 Peninsula Friends of Animals, PO Box 404, 4520414 Sequim Community Aid, PO Box 1591, 681-3731 Sequim Food Bank, 144 W. Alder St., 683-1205 Welfare for Animals Guild, PO Box 3966, 460-6258 Port Angeles Clallam Community Foundation, PO Box 937, 457-3011 Clallam County YMCA, 302 Francis St., 452-9244

First Step Family Support Center, 325 E. Sixth St., 457-8355 Healthy Families of Clallam County, 1210-C E. Front St., 452-2381 Lutheran Community Services, 301 E. Lopez Ave., 452-5437 Olympic Community Action Programs, 228 W. First St. Ste. J, 452-4726 Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, 2105 West Highway 101, 452-5226 Port Angeles Food Bank, 402 S. Valley St., 452-8568 Salvation Army, PO Box 2229, 452-7679 Serenity House of Clallam County, PO Box 4047, 452-7224 St. Andrew’s Place Assisted Living Facility, 520 E. Park Ave., 417-3418 (nonprofit) St. Vincent de Paul Client Aid, 457-5804 United Way of Clallam County, PO Box 937, 4573011 Volunteer Chore Services, PO Box 936, 417-5640 Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics, 909 Georgiana St., 457-4431

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rousing success. If you are interested in vol- per person and children under 12 are unteering for future festivals, the OMCF office free. Enjoy puppet shows, games, crafts, would like to hear from you. music and even photos with Santa. Friday kicks off things with a jam-packed New this year is a special “Home for day, beginning with the Teddy Bear Tea for the Holidays” event on Saturday evethe youngsters at 10 a.m. and noon. Later ning beginning at 8 p.m. This event that evening, “Holiday Elegance” is the theme will feature a live band for dancing, of this year’s formal gala and tree auction. great food and auction items up for These two events typically sell out quickly, bid. but you can check ticket availability by calling “This will be a great casual event the OMC Foundation office at 417-7144. to enjoy time with friends and famThe festivities continue Saturday morning ily home for the holidays amid with the Holiday Senior Breakfast at 8:30 a festive atmosphere and speca.m. This event is for adults only (seniors tacularly decorated trees,” said over 55 and those with limited mobility) and Skinner. offers great food and live music within the Tickets for “Home for the elegant Christmas tree forest, for $10 per per- Holidays,” at $10 a person, son. Tickets are only available in advance – will be available at the door on contact the OMC Foundation office for more Saturday night. information. The entire family can enjoy the wonders of the trees during Family Days from 11 a.m.- Betsy Schultz’s tree in honor of her late 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, and 11 a.m.- son, Capt. Joseph Schultz. Photo by Eric Neurath. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Admission is $5

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If you have used the services of Olympic Medical Center over the years, you likely have benefitted personally from the Festival of Trees. According to Bruce Skinner, executive director of the OMC Foundation, the festival has raised $1.68 million over its 21-year history. The funds are used for purchasing equipment and staff education. “We have made many significant purchases for every department in the hospital,” Skinner said. The fundraising goal for this year’s festival is $125,000. Skinner expects that the funds raised will benefit several departments of the hospital. Not only does the festival serve as a major fundraiser for better hospital services, but it’s also a full three days of fun to kick off the Christmas season. All of the events take place at Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles on FridaySunday, Nov. 23-25. Once again this year, the Port Angeles Exchange Club will partner with the foundation to help make the event a


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Pamper your pet at Christmas

For their unconditional love, pets deserve to be remembered during the holidays, too, with gifts selected from their point of view. At Best Friend Nutrition & Health Food Store For Pets in Sequim, owner Hope Williams said at her wellstocked store, “We like humans but we love dogs (and cats, too)!” For your frisky feline, Williams recommends cat trees, scratchers and feather teasers. A new type of teaser from Neko features various interchangeable “insects,” attached by a cord to a wand, that cats love to swat at. For cats and dogs, toys and treats always are at the top of the list, Williams said. She’s proud to offer dog treats that are rated “human grade” or have organic source ingredients and are grain- and preservative-free. Although you might wince at the thought of bison chews, wafers and pipes (trachea), your dog will relish these protein-packed treats, which are much better nutritionally than grain-based products. “Pets need protein,” Williams said. Other healthy snacks are made from vegetables, salmon, chicken, duck, liver, beef and wild-caught catfish

skin. Gnawing comes naturally to dogs and Williams believes she has a better alternative than hard-plastic bones — deer antlers, which are shed annually, are all protein and don’t shard when chomped on by your dog. Although goodies treat dogs’ tummies, to be content they also need their brains stimulated and Williams carries several “nose work” games. “You hide a high-value treat in a dog puzzle and the dog has to figure out how to find it,” Williams said. “The puzzles keep a dog active and its mind busy.” Other fun toys are stuff-less squeaker toys that dogs can’t “kill,” she added. To keep your pet warm this winter, the store has sweaters and fleece and waterproof coats. “A new bed always is a great thing for Christmas,” Williams said. While you’re pampering your own pet with gifts, Williams also asks shoppers to help animals with local rescue groups by donating cash or supplies. For a $20 donation, you can receive a 2013 calendar featuring animals from the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society professionally photographed by ErnstUlrich Schafer of Port Angeles.

Store owner Hope Williams displays some fun gifts for pets: organic chicken treats, a stuff-less squeaker pig and a nose work game. Pets are welcome to browse at Best Friend Nutrition & Health Food Store For Pets, 680 W. Washington St.

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The quick jewelry reference for

Last-Minute Shoppers By Doris A. Black

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re you looking for a nice piece of jewelry this holiday season? How about a pearl necklace, a ruby pendant or a platinum bracelet? Do you know which is the most expensive of these three? Whether you are considering gemstones, gold or platinum, it’s wise to be familiar with jewelry terms before setting foot in a jewelry store.

Precious metals Let’s start with the most expensive type of jewelry on the market today: platinum. It is rare to find a piece of jewelry made of pure platinum. A precious metal, platinum often is combined with other metals, such as rhodium, palladium, iridium or osmium. The amount of platinum used is indicated by markings such as 900 Plat. or Pt. In this example, 900 means 900 out of 1,000 parts pure platinum, or in other words, the item is 90 percent platinum and 10 percent other metals. If a marking reads without numbers and just contains the word “platinum,” then the piece contains 950 parts or above pure platinum. Any amount over 900 may be indicated with just the word “platinum.” However, it is not uncommon to see pieces indicating not only the platinum amount but also the amount of other metals such as 700 platinum/700 Irid. Naturally, the more platinum, the higher the price. Silver often is marked in a similar manner. For example, a sterling silver piece marked 925 means that 925 parts out of 1,000 are pure silver. The term silverplate refers to a layer of silver over another less valuable base metal, while vermeil describes a layer of gold over sterling silver. Gold jewelry dictates a different numbering system for marking the pure content of the metal. The term “gold” is generally understood to mean 24 karat gold or pure gold. Other markings refer to gold mixed with different metals to add strength. Commonly seen are 22K, 18K, 14K and 10K. Most men’s jewelry is made of 10K because of its higher strength and durability. When a layer of gold is added to a base metal, it is called gold plate, gold overlay or rolled gold plate and is indicated in the marking (22K Gold Overlay or 14K RGP). When the gold karat content in the layer is minimal, it is marked accordingly, such as 1/40 22K Gold Overlay. Gold plating will wear off eventually just as silver plating does, revealing a rather dull finish similar to nickel.

A rainbow of gemstones Gemstones come in every color imaginable and can

be obtained no matter what your budget, but know what you’re buying. Natural gemstones are mined stones of Mother Nature’s creation. In contrast, synthetic or imitation stones are not. Synthetic stones are laboratory created or “grown” with the same physical characteristics as natural stones. Imitation stones are either made of glass or plastic. Gemstones commonly are treated to enhance their color or durability. Color enhancers include heat treatments, irradiation, diffusion, dyeing or bleaching. Treatments that affect clarity or surface appearance include impregnating or fracture filling. Not all treatments are permanent. Some treatments increase the value of the stone and others may require that the stone be handled with special care. Reputable jewelers will inform you if a gemstone you are considering has any of these traits due to enhancements. Size, weight and rarity price gemstones. Size is expressed in millimeters. A stone measuring 5 millimeters by 7 millimeters will cost more than one 2 millimeters by 3 millimeters. Weight is measured by carats. There are 100 units to a carat so a one-half carat stone would be written as .50 carats. As a general rule of thumb, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and some of the more exotic stones are high end. Garnet, topaz and amethyst are Jewelry makes a wonderful personal gift for that special woman or man in your life. among the more common, less expensive Julie Vig, owner of Plaza Jewelers 511 E. Washington St., said this holiday season the store offers earring/pendant sets featuring silver paired with cubic zirconia, for stones. Diamonds are perennial favorites but it takes a flashy diamond look at affordable prices. Hoop earrings in sterling silver or gold are classics and fit with styles from casual to dress-up. Know her favorite jewel? a practiced eye to detect clarity, color, cut and Plaza Jewelers showcases rings, pendants and earrings in a rainbow of gemstones carat — the four criteria for valuing a diamond. that are sure to dazzle, many with today’s design motif of pinpoint diamonds. For That’s why experts use a 10-power magnifica- those who married at Christmastime or New Year’s, a diamond anniversary band tion to determine diamond grade. A “flawless” is a truly exceptional commemorative gift. Vig said goldsmith Nathan Bernards diamond must have no surface or internal im- “can create about anything” in a custom design and he specializes in taking dated heirlooms and fashioning them into striking modern pieces. perfections. Diamonds are measured in carats. Small diaunassisted by man, they are very rare and expensive. monds may be stated as decimals. For example .20 Cultured pearls are made by mollusks as well, but with carats represents a diamond with a weight range be- human intervention. Pricing for natural pearls and cultween 0.195-0.202. tured pearls are based on size, measured in millimeters As with other stones, diamonds may be treated to and the quality of their luster. Imitation pearls are made enhance appearance. Cubic zirconia is a lab-created from synthetic materials such as plastic. imitation diamond commonly used in less expensive Keep your wits about you when buying jewelry this jewelry. holiday season. Determine how much money you want to spend and tell the salespersons so they have Pearls Mother Nature creates pearls in a variety of colors such a good idea of what pieces to show you. It’s easy to get as purple, blue, bronze, gold, orange, black and white. swept away by the “spirit of giving” at this time of year, Because they are made by oysters and other mollusks, so keep in mind that it’s the thought that counts.


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