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El Paso, Texas- December 2,! 2013 – Western Precast ! ! ! ! Concrete, ! ! ! ! ! ! it has! been! Inc, located in El Paso, !Texas, is! pleased to! announce ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! awarded status as a National Association ! ! !Precast ! ! Concrete ! ! ! ! ! (NPCA) Certified Plant. The designation recognizes Western Pre! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!6 6 !concrete ! ! ! manufacturing ! ! ! plant! operating ! ! cast Concrete as a precast ! ! ! ! ! ! ! at the highest standards of production and! quality control. !


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NPCA established its national Plant Certification Program in ! 1987 to ensure a consistent industry benchmark and a high degree ! ! of excellence among precast operations. The program involves a comprehensive review of all aspects of a plant’s manufacturing processes. To achieve certification, participants must pass an initial inspection. Plants then maintain certification by passing periodic, unannounced on-site inspections conducted by an independent engineering firm. According to Ty E. Gable, NPCA president, Western Precast Concrete has proven its commitment to producing high-quality precast products by attaining certification. By specifying NPCA certification and purchasing products from certified plants, engineers, architects and contractors are assured they are receiving products that come from an organization dedicated to the highest level of quality throughout the manufacturing process. “Earning the distinction of NPCA Certified Plant Status assures that our products are being produced in a uniform manner, adhering to national ASTM designations for the highest quality available,” says Leo Feuerstein, Western Precast Concrete’s Operations Manager. For more information about Western Precast Concrete call (915)859-9362 or visit . To learn more about NPCA and its certification programs visit




Celebrating Gold: 50 Years of Women in Space Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday December 6 (Alamogordo, New Mexico) Most people know that over the past few years, the world has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first man in space (Yuri Gagarin), the first American man in space (Alan Shepard), and the first American man to orbit the earth (John Glenn), but many people don’t know that 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the first woman in space – Valentina Tereshkova. On June 16, 1963, the Soviet Union launched Vostok 6, with Tereshkova aboard, into space. This first female space explorer circled the Earth 48 times and came home a hero. Tereshkova, and the women who followed her, are the topic of this month’s Launch Pad Lecture at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Continues on next page

As women had a tendency to do in those days, Valentina Tereshkova visited the hairdresser before her 1963 historic flight as the first woman in space. During her flight, she circled the Earth 48 times and performed various tests on herself to collect information on the female body’s reaction to spaceflight. Credit UPI/NMMSH Archives


JB Sandlin Texas Builder of the Year At the recent Texas Association of Builders meetings in Austin, Texas an honor was bestowed on Tropicana Homes as they were named the JB Sandlin Texas Builder of the Year. The announcement was a surprise to Randy and Greg Bowling who had gone to the Hall of Honor dinner and awards thinking that there was a special award for El Paso, but in fact the award was for Tropicana Homes. The event was also attended by El Paso Association of Builders executives, President Edmundo Dena, President elect Frank Torres and Executive Vice President Ray Adauto.

Sally Ride, right, and astronaut Kathryn Sullivan Synchronize their watches in the “white room” before entering the space shuttle Challenger to launch on mission STS 41G on October 5, 1984. It was the first flight to carry two women into space. “At least,” Ride said of Sullivan, “she had someone to share the attention with.” Both women are Inductees into the International Space Hall of Fame at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. Credit NASA

On June 18, 1983, a young physicist from California took her seat aboard the space shuttle and launched into history. On that date, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a mission specialist on STS-7. In this image Ride monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the Flight Deck. Credit NASA



December 9 – December 14, 2013 El Paso, TX – Sierra Providence Health Network is offering free seminars on various topics including: Maternity Tours, Chair Aerobics, Baby Care, MAKOplasty and Surgical Weight Loss.

To register, please call 577-SPHN (7746). •

Maternity Tours: Please join us for tours of patient rooms, the neonatal intensive care

unit, family waiting area, and our security system. Place: Sierra Medical Center at 1625 Medical Center and Providence Memorial Hospital at 2001 N. Oregon • Chair Aerobics: This aerobic exercise class held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, is targeted at those with mobility problems by giving a complete workout while limiting the stress and strain on joint. Please call the YWCA at (915) 533-7475 to register. • MAKOplasty

Seminar: Please join us as we discuss treatment options for your

knee pain and the MAKOplasty Robot for robotic partial knee resurfacing surgery. Seminar Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Time: 6:00 pm Place: Sierra Providence East, Classroom 1, 3280 Joe Battle Blvd., 1st Floor & Sunview Imaging, 2525 S. Telshor Blvd., Las Cruces, NM • Spanish

Childbirth Class: This class discusses pregnancy, Caesarean Section

births, newborns and breastfeeding. Relaxation and breathing techniques during birth will not be taught. Class Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Time: 7:00 pm Place: Hilton Towers Auditorium B & C • Baby

Care Class: This class teaches parents how to bathe, diaper and care for a new-

born. You will also learn how to take a temperature, safety, recommended immunizations and choosing a day care. Grandparents-to-be and children 8 years old and older are welcome to attend the class with the couple. Seminar Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 Time: 7:00 pm Place: Hilton Towers Auditorium B & C • Maternity

Tours: This one-hour, small group tour visits our spacious, private labor and

delivery and recovery rooms, the new born nursery and post partum rooms. We will also introduce our expectant mothers to our OB navigator and take time to answer your questions. Tour Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013 Times: 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm Place: Sierra Providence East Waiting Area, 3280 Joe Battle Blvd., 3rd Floor

Auto Thieves and Burglars Lurking During Holidays (Denton, TX) the holiday season is upon us! and it’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . especially for vehicle thieves who are looking for opportunities to play scrooge! the texas auto Burglary and theft prevention authority (aBtpa), a division of the texas Department of motor Vehicles, reminds drivers that a vehicle is burglarized every two minutes and stolen every eight minutes in the state. these crimes can escalate during the holiday season when drivers are frequently out shopping for gifts and traveling to visit friends and family. During these times, drivers are more likely to leave belongings within view inside vehicles as well as become negligent in locking doors and taking keys. to make matters worse, a thief won’t necessarily stop

with taking your vehicle and the things inside. they may also look for personal documents and items that can help them steal your identity or gain access to your home, where they can burglarize additional property. In other words, the theft or burglary of your vehicle may simply be a gateway to the commission of additional crimes. “auto burglars are more likely to scout malls, shopping centers, entertainment venues, hotels, and other business parking lots this time of year looking for opportunities to break into vehicles,” said michelle Lanham, program coordinator for aBtpa’s reduce auto theft in texas (ratt) public awareness task force at Denton police Department. “Drivers need to understand that almost anything they leave inside their vehicles can be valuable to a thief. and

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gastric bypass and gastric sleeve procedures. There will be a video presentation and a question and answer session. Please bring your insurance information so we may be able to answer any specific questions about your coverage. Seminar Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013 Time: 10:00 am Place: Providence Bariatric Center, 1250 E. Cliff, Suite 1-C

Please call 577-SPHN (7746) to register for classes. All classes are FREE.

The Launch Pad Lecture Series is held on the first Friday of each month on the first floor of

Weight Loss Seminar: Please join us as we discuss our lap banding,

according to the texas Department of public safety, thieves committed 221,023 acts of vehicle burglary and stole 64,982 vehicles in texas during 2012. In some jurisdictions, more than half of vehicle thefts occurred because doors were unlocked and keys left inside. But drivers can avoid becoming part of these statistics. the aBtpa and its 29 vehicle crime task forces in texas promote a basic vehicle crime prevention philosophy: “protect It, It’s Yours.” continues on next page

50 Years of Women in Space... The lecture, which is free to the public, will be held on Friday, December 6, at 9:00 am on the museum’s first floor. It will feature Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery whose topic will be “Celebrating Gold: 50 Years of Women in Space”. Did you know that Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova went to the hairdresser just days before her historic flight? And just who were the Mercury 13? Learn all the mysteries of these “first ladies of space” this Friday. Complimentary coffee and donuts will be served.

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when vehicles are left unlocked and unattended, drivers are inviting thieves to walk away with everything they see inside, which often includes gifts, purses, wallets, packages, electronics, suitcases, garage door openers, keys, and personal information,”

the Museum and is free to attend. The next lecture will be on Friday, January 3, and the topic will be Will Work for Rocket Fuel, an overview of Dr. Robert Goddard’s work before he came to New Mexico. Discover what drove Goddard to become the Father of Modern Rocketry and just how he managed to wind up on a ranch in Roswell, New Mexico. For current information, please call the number below or visit the museum website. The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at


Fort Bliss units supporting Wreaths Across America, Dec. 14 FORT BLISS, Texas—Fort Bliss ceremonial units will once again participate in the annual Wreaths Across America Dedication Ceremony at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 9:45 a.m., Dec. 14. These units include the Joint Task Force-North Color Guard, the Fort Bliss Ceremonial Rifle Team from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, and a bugler from the 1st Armored Division Band. Wreaths Across America is a national effort to Remember, Honor and Teach about sacrifices by our veterans.In December 2012, over 800 participating locations hosted Wreaths Across America ceremonies overseeing the placement of wreaths on the graves of those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms.This year there are over 900 participating locations The El Paso Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, hosts the event at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. Last year’s event yielded over 4,000 wreaths placed at FBNC. Organizers hope to place at least 5,000 wreaths this year. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Civil Air Patrol, 239-6149, or visit .

continued from page 4 motorists should practice three basic safety tips to help prevent theft and burglary during the holidays and throughout the year: remove belongings from view, secure vehicles, and never leave keys inside. In addition to practicing these prevention methodologies, drivers should park in areas that are well-lit, near surveillance cameras (if available), and near heavy foot and vehicle traffic. the more thieves feel threatened by detection, the less likely they are to focus on targets in such areas. the texas auto theft prevention authority (atpa) was created by the texas Legislature in 1991 to fund programs to reduce vehicle thefts. the passing of house Bill 1887 in 2007 expanded the scope of the agency to include automobile burglary and added that term to the authority’s title. For more information on the aBtpa, auto burglary, vehicle theft, prevention, statistics, contacts for any of aBtpa’s 29 texas vehicle crime task forces, public service announcements, or to schedule an interview with task force personnel, call 800-CAR-WATCH or

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Road Race at Hidden Valley Park Free Event on Saturday, December 14, 2013 El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a free Road Race at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday December 14, 2013 at the Hidden Valley Park, 200 Coconut Tree Ln. The race will have competition in a women’s and men’s division in the 1500 meters, 5K, and 10K for ages 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over. Sylvia Marquez one of the event coordinator’s says, “This is a fun, lively competition that all seniors and citizens of El Paso can enjoy.” Information Eliseo Duran (915) 544-0753 or (915) 503-6544

El Paso Museum of History Presents

A Holiday Tin Embossing Repujado Family Workshop Join the El Paso Museum of History, located at 510 N. Santa Fe Street, for a special evening Thursday, December 5, 2013 beginning at 5:30 PM. Having trouble deciding what to give that special person on your gift list? How about a handmade tin embossed picture you make yourself? Learn how in this free Holiday Tin Embossing Repujado Family Workshop from renowned local Latina artist Maria Natividad. All materials will be provided. Young children are welcome with their parents. Seating is limited to twenty five so call early to reserve a space. This workshop focuses on the ancient art of embossing or pressing shapes into metal to create a design. Aluminum metal foil is the material used for this workshop. A design is created on paper then transImage: Courtesy of the El Paso Museum of History ferred to the metal plate. This technique requires applying pressure to the metal plate with special tools to stretch the metal to create a three dimensional design. The metal is thus “tooled” to achieve the embossed look. Acrylic paint is used to add an antique look to the design or permanent ink markers can be used to add color. This technique called Repujado arrived in Mexico during the Spanish colonization. It was born out of the necessity to protect the icons of the churches from the candle smoke, the environment, and time itself. Mexican and South American artisans have used copper and tin for centuries to produce jewelry and ornamental items. Religious images were embossed on tin metal sheets initially and today this technique is used for many decorative popular arts. For information and reservations, call Sue Taylor at 915.351.3588 or email at

Gov. Perry Announces GEICO Expansion, Creating 1,000 Jobs in Katy KATY – Gov. Rick Perry today joined GEICO chairman and CEO Tony Nicely to announce the company will be expanding its Katy operations, creating 1,000 new jobs over the next three years and $8.5 million in capital investment. “Whenever we hear about a major employer expanding or relocating to Texas, it affirms what we’ve been telling people all these years,” Gov. Perry said. “When you create a place that rewards innovation and hard work and frees people to do best in pursuit of their dreams, good things happen. Like many cutting-edge companies, GEICO knows that Texas is a great destination for innovative companies looking to excel.” “We’re excited about expanding our claims operations with our new Katy office,” Nicely said. “We know from the experience we’ve already had in Houston that it’s a great environment for business; the workforce is excellent, and the quality of life is outstanding. We look forward to bringing more wonderful career opportunities to the people of the Greater Houston area.” “It’s great news when companies like GEICO grow and expand their operations in the Texas insurance marketplace,” Texas Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber said. “Texas is the 12th largest insurance market in the world. We are consistently looking for ways to improve and make Texas a smarter regulatory environment with the goal of attracting more companies and more capital to Texas. A competitive market is good for the industry and good for consumers.” GEICO was founded in Fort Worth in 1936 to provide auto insurance to federal employees and members of the military. It currently serves over 830,000 Texas policyholders and is now the fastest-growing major auto insurer in the U.S., with more 29,000 employees in 14 major offices around the country. The company’s southwest regional office is located in Dallas and employs more than 1,900 Texas residents. The Katy expansion will support GEICO claims operations. Earlier today, Gov. Perry traveled to College Station to present a $150,000 grant to Texas A&M University from Cognizant for science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational programs. The business and technology services company is also relocating its U.S. corporate headquarters to College Station, creating 750 jobs in the area

South El Paso Senior Center “Senior Health and Information Fair” Information – (915) 577-9870 Wednesday December 11, 2013 (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) South El Paso Senior Center, 600 S. Ochoa St. El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host a Health and Information Fair with presentations from different agencies in the community. Agencies are City of El Paso Department of Public Health; 2-1-1 Texas; Aging, Disability & Transportation Resource Center Agencies. The event is open to the public with free admission.


San Elizario Historic Cultural District:

First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Kicks-Off Events On December 6th

Join us on December 14th for an evening of fun as the Magoffin Home comes alive with the sights and sounds of the season. Enjoy the lights and holiday decorations as you wander through the Home. The Riverside Middle and High School Choirs will be entertaining guests and seven lighted trees will be gleaming in the moonlight. Meet for refreshments outside. “The Home is especially lovely during this time of the year and a holiday visit has become a tradition for many El Pasoans,” said Site Manager Leslie Bergloff.

The San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society has announced the First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in the San Elizario Historic Cultural District. Santa Claus arrives in San Elizario on Friday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m. Followed by the Official Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. The 30-35 foot tree will arrive in San Elizario, on Monday from the Sacramento Mountains in New Mexico. It will be raised and decorated by community volunteers.

The Annual Luminaria Lighting Festival and Las Posadas Presentation will be held on December 21st, 4-10pm. The Posadas Presentation is an important part of the Mexican Christmas celebration. The word

Warm clothing is suggested for the outdoor activities. Admission is $1 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Please call 915.533.5147 for more information or visit

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The event will also open the third annual ChristKindleMarket, a German-style Holiday Market that offers unique crafts and gifts for sale, a variety of entertainment, as well as German food and drinks. The Holiday Market will run December 6-8th. Hours: Friday 3-9pm; Saturday 11am-9pm; Sunday 11am-8pm.

Magoffin Home Holiday Open House

WHAT: Holiday Open House Admission: $1 per person Purchase tickets at the door. WHEN: December 14, 2010 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish, and this celebration recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. The presentation will be at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. It


will be followed by the breaking of the Christmas Star Piñata for the children and Live Music, featuring the Sweet Adelines and other groups. The Luminaria Lighting of over 5,000 luminarias in the San Elizario Historic District will take place shortly after sundown and remain lit throughout the evening. Traditional fare will be on hand. The annual Christmas Bicycle giveaway and Mr & Mrs Santa Claus will be on hand. Information: 915-851-0093 / 915-851-1682

1120 Magoffin Ave., El Paso, TX

Magoffin Home State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, explores the real story of a multicultural family who influenced the development of the Southwest borderlands. Magoffin family members were actively involved in American expansion, West Texas settlement, Civil War turmoil, military service and U.S.-Mexico relations. Built around 1875, the adobe home is a prime example of Territorial-style architecture and its authentic art and furnishings reflect more than 100 years of continuous use by the Magoffins and their descendents. For more information visit


Weather 101 By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

An Extremely Weak Hurricane Season


The Atlantic Hurricane Season was a dud (not that anyone is complaining). The season officially ended at the end of November. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say this year ranks as the sixth least active since 1959. Typically, there are 12 named storms which include six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. This year, the region had 13 named storms where two of them became a strong hurricane (called Ingrid and Humberto). Only one storm made landfall in the United States. It was called Tropical Storm Andrea. This system brought heavy rain, tornadoes and flooding to areas such as Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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The last tropical storm that formed was named Melissa on November 18th. It never reached hurricane strength.

When does the Atlantic Hurricane season officially start again? A. April 1 B. May 1

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It’s interesting to note that last year was a very active season – third busiest on record.

Answer: A – June 1

“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at

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by the Ball Boy The Battle for Atlantis tournament turned out to be good and bad for the Miners. The Miners beat Tennessee 78-70 in a hard fought game. UTEP is now 4-4 with an RPI rating of 52. The Miners currently have the 5th highest strength of schedule in the country but that rating will go down as conference play gets under way. UTEPs hunt for a true point guard seemed to come into light with Justin Crosgile handling that position all weekend. The Miners lost a heartbreak game against #2 Kansas over the weekend. The 67-63 loss against the #2 team in the country should give the Miners some confidence

The Miners will now regroup with confidence and face Sacramento State this Saturday in the Don Haskins Center. UTEP has the next 3 games at home to really help the resume and get this confidence going at home. C-USA is actually looking really good early on this season. Both Charlotte and UAB have top 25 wins in their column and the field is looking to be highly competitive.

Celebrate the Holidays with Us

Join the El Paso Museum of History, located at 510 N. Santa Fe Street, for a special Holiday Celebration on December 7, 2013 from 2-8 p.m. Celebrate the Holidays with Us. The Museum will be decorated with the Festival of Trees and Gingerbread Houses from local bakeries and coffee shops. Free food and hot beverages will be provided to museum visitors starting at 2 p.m. until they last.

We will be having an enhanced Up in Smoke Fire Department exhibition with tours provided by the El Paso Fire Department starting at 2 p.m. Furthermore, for the sixth year in a row, Traditions as Artifacts will be part of this holiday celebration from 2-4 p.m. Free admission will be offered all day for the Tigua People of the Sun exhibition and tours of the different museum galleries will be provided by the museum staff from 4-7 p.m. Do not forget to register for our free gingerbread house giveaway held at 8 p.m. Also, visit our new gift store. For information, call Marilú Valenzuela Alemán at 915.351.3588 or email at Images: Courtesy of the El Paso Museum of History

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President of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities to be Keynote Speaker at Western Tech Commencement

Westside Branch Library Celebrates 25 Years of Service What: 25th Anniversary Celebration brief power point presentation, music and food provided by the Friends of the Westside Libraries. Free and open to the public. When: December 7, 2013 from 4 - 6 PM Where: 125 Belvidere, El Paso, TX 79912 Why: Celebrating 25 years of service to the community Extras: Free Refreshments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Music by pianist, Mari Navarro Duo guitarists - Alex & Fernando

December 4, 2013- El Paso, Texas- Western Technical College will hold its Winter Commencement Ceremony on, Wednesday, December 11th. The ceremony will be held at the Don Haskins Center at 7:00 p.m. honoring 284 graduates who have completed programs at the college. Families and friends of graduates are encouraged to attend. The keynote speaker will be Steve Gunderson, President and CEO of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU).




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LOCAL WOMEN LEADERS MOTIVATE GIRLS TO AIM HIGH Aim High Conference Features Leadership & Career Workshops WHAT: Aim High Conference: Girls are given the opportunity to experience a real job mentored by professionals in this leadership and career workshop.

WHEN: December 7, 2013 ( 10:00 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:00 p.m.) WHERE: Main Public Library (501 N. Oregon) WHO: Latinitas will be hosting the Aim High Conference, a special workshop about empowering Latina youth. The Aim High conference is created especially for girls ages 9 and up with unique hands-on workshops, exhibits and panels. WHY: The Aim High Conference is geared toward encouraging pre-teen and teen girls to aim high by setting high goals for themselves, achieving in academic realms and exploring professional opportunities for their future success. Girls are invited to imagine their future career and meet role models. Workshops are led by

professional women who are excited about sharing their careers with participants. Aim High features unique hands-on workshops, activities and inspiring guest speakers. Aim High Conference is hosted by Latinitas and the American Association of University Women. REGISTER: Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, call 219.8554, email or visit ABOUT LATINITAS: Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of Latina youth. Through multimedia enrichment programs, Latinitas empowers local girls to express themselves and connects them with role models and mentors who guide them in building their confidence and self-esteem. Latinitas members publishes, a bilingual webzine focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to grow into healthy, confident and successful women.

LIFESTYLES To Click or Not to Click: Holiday Shopping Tips by Sharon Mosley Get your pajamas on and start shopping! It's that time of year you can sit back and sign on to take advantage of some real deals ... all without waiting in line or fighting crowds, not to mention camping out in the sleet and snow. The online world of e-tail awaits you. Finding those one-of-a-kind fashionable gifts is only a few clicks away. However, there are a few things to remember before you get too excited and stay up until 2 a.m., glued to that flickering screen. After years of doing much of my big holiday shopping via the Internet, I have a few tips to share:

—First, I do know, however, that some things are hard to buy on the Internet: clothes and shoes, especially. Certain items you just have to try on. Size varies from label to label, and unless you have all the time in the world to ship something back if it doesn't fit and wait on another size, hoping the glitzy cocktail dress will arrive before your office party, I would stick to familiar brands you have purchased before.

—Gifts are even more crucial. If you know your grandmother loves cashmere sweaters in size medium from the renowned Pringle of Scotland, then I would be cautious about ordering a cheap imitation. Even though she may appreciate your gesture, Gram is probably not going to want the hassle of returning it after the holidays. And nor will you. Stick to a wonderful wool scarf. And there's nothing like really having that "touchy-feely" moment with cashmere sweaters, either, if you know what I mean. Some knits feel good and some don't. Some feel expensive, and some feel cheap. It's hard to tell from some fuzzy online photos.

—Then there's color. I happen to love teal ... but there's teal blue and teal

green. And there is a whole spectrum of shades in between. Purple is another hard color to read on the Internet. You usually can't go wrong with black. But you may want to check out the goods at the brick-and-mortar store before you order them online. One of the most helpful ways to know what you're getting from an online site is to read customer reviews. I've found most people are honest about the fit and quality, as well as color, and while size can vary from individual to individual, you can still get a good indication of what you're buying.

—Be aware of return and shipping policies. I love free shipping and look for it immediately after I log on to a site. But the return policy is also important. These fees can add up, and if you decide not to reorder, you might be out some money and have nothing to show for it. Bravo for Lands' End who has a "guaranteed" return policy — you can return any item for any reason at any time.

—Always look for discounts. Often, when you're just "browsing" on an e-tailer's site, you can put your "maybes" in a "cart." You may get an email with a discount. Or you may get an automatic pop-up percentage off or coupon code while shopping on the site. Shopping online can be a lifesaver, especially at this busy time of year. It allows everyone access to large famous department stores, as well as small specialty boutiques and unique artists. But, sometimes, there's nothing like soaking in the real deal and taking to the streets decked in holiday style ... smelling the chestnuts and touching the cashmere. See you at the mall ... Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. COPYRIGHT 2012 CREATORS.COM

Fashionable accessories are always good-gift bets on the Internet. One size fits most! (


This Holiday Season, Start the Conversation That Ends When You Do By Marilynn Preston

Have you had "The Conversation?" Not about walking versus running, the bungled start of the Affordable Care Act or even what's better for you: corn or coconut oil? These are all important issues affecting your health and wellness, but they don't hold a candle to the existential importance of having The Conversation. I started The Conversation in the kitchen of my niece's house less than a year ago, and I'm so glad I did. Someone we all knew had died, and I found myself saying that the way she died — in her bed, surrounded by loving family and friends, no fear, no pain, touched and held until the end — was a blessing, not only in her life, but in mine, too. It inspired me to cue the harps and face the music when it comes to thinking about, and planning for, my own final breath.

And that's what The Conversation is — an honest and open discussion with your loved ones about what you do and don't want when it comes to end-of-life care. Your decision is not written in stone. It can evolve — The Beatles or Bach? — and it only ends when you do. The end-of-life discussion is personal and private, but it needs to happen while you're healthy, because when the time comes to really spell out the details, it's often too late. "It's always too soon until it's too late," writes Ellen Goodman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who cofounded The Conversation Project, a "public engagement campaign with a goal that is both simple and transformative: to have every person's end-oflife wishes expressed and reported."

What a heavenly idea! "It's not surprising that we postpone and postpone these conversations. Talking about dying is hard," Goodman admits. "When I opened the subject with my own daughter Katie, her first response was 'Can't we just have lunch?'" Activist-author Goodman isn't joking when she writes and speaks about the heart-wrenching experience of her mother's death and the enormous gap between what people say they want at the end of life and what actually happens.

Here are some eye-opening statistics from The Conversation Project website in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement: —70 percent of people say they prefer to die at home, but in reality, 70 percent die in a hospital, nursing home or long-term care facility. —80 percent of people say that if they're seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctors about end-oflife care, while only 7 percent report actually having had this conversation. —90 percent of Americans know they should have a conversation about what they want at the end of life, but only 30 percent have done so.

If so many people want to have The Conversation, why aren't they? One reason, according to The Conversation Project's recent survey, is that people simply don't know how to begin. "Okay everyone, please turn off the football game and . . . " What do you say? When do you say it? This is where The Conversation Pro-

ject's game-changing, new end-of-life Starter Kit comes into play, especially now, while families are gathering for the holidays. It's a free download from their website and from A compassionate, well-written, step-by-step guide gives you tools, references, resources and more than a few questions to get The Conversation ball rolling: —"When you think about the last phase of your life, what's most important to you?" —"When would it be okay to shift from a focus on curative care to a focus on comfort care?" —"On a scale of one to five, with one being 'I want to live as long as possible, no matter what' and five being 'Quality of life is more important to me than quantity,' where do you stand?"

How's that for a party game this Christmas? The Conversation Project's Starter Kit isn't just a collection of medical directives, forms or living wills, though all of that is important. It's much more, and once you get it going, it has a life of its own. So this holiday season, do the right thing, the brave thing, the ultimately rewarding thing, because once you get it out in the open, it really feels good. Start the Conversation. ENERGY EXPRESS-O! WITH WHOM WILL YOU TALK? "This isn't about dying. It's about figuring out how you

want to live 'til the very end." — Marilynn Preston — healthy lifestyle expert and Emmy-winning producer — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website,, and welcomes reader questions, which can be

sent to She also produces EnExTV, a digital reincarnation of her award-winning TV series about sports, fitness and adventure, for kids of all ages, at and COPYRIGHT 2013 ENERGY EXPRESS LTD.


Resolutions 2014!

New Guidelines for the Use of Statins to Lower Cholesterol Dr. David Lipschitz For people who have had a heart attack or are known to have narrowed coronary arteries that cause shortness of breath or chest pain, lowering cholesterol by prescribing a statin significantly decreases the risk of another heart attack by 54 percent, stroke by 48 percent and the overall risk of death by 20 percent. Treating someone with a statin who has heart disease is called secondary prevention. But whether statin treatment lowers the risk of heart disease in someone who has no history of it is a more difficult question. In this instance, lowering cholesterol by prescribing a statin is referred to as primary prevention, or in other words, preventing a problem before it occurs. Recently, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines for the use of statins to prevent heart attacks and strokes. If universally accepted, the number of adults on these medications would increase from the current 36 million to 72 million in the near future. After a four-year review of all available evidence, an expert panel created a new formula recommending the use of a statin for anyone who is at moderate to high risk — 7.5 percent or higher — of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. The panel developed a heart attack-risk calculator that considers factors like sex, age, race, total cholesterol, good or HDL cholesterol, the top or systolic blood pressure, if you are being treated for high blood pressure or are a diabetic, and if you smoke. Physicians can access this

calculator online, providing you with a relatively accurate assessment of risk. Based on my age and other medical conditions, my risk of a heart attack in the next 10 years is 25 percent! Thank goodness I am already on a statin. To determine your risk go the American Heart Association website and search for "Heart Attack Risk Assessment." The report states that anyone who has any of the following conditions should automatically be on a statin: a history of cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure), a bad or LDL cholesterol above 190, a diagnosis of diabetes or for those between ages 40 and 75, a calculated risk of 7.5 percent or higher of a heart attack in the next 10 years. The guidelines also state that obesity and a strong family history of cardiovascular disease should be considered in deciding if statin treatment should be initiated.

A strong emphasis is placed on the importance of lifestyle changes — appropriate weight control, a healthy diet, exercise and stress management — in the prevention of heart attacks. This particularly applies to younger individuals. Highlighting the importance of good health during youth can help prevent problems in the future. New guidelines pay less attention to aggressively targeting specific levels when lowering cholesterol. Previous recommendations suggested treatment should aim for LDL cholesterol below 70. This often requires the use of newer, more ex-

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Q: As the year comes to an end, my wife is asking me when I am pensive statins (e.g., Crestor) in Dr. David Lipschitz combination with other cholesterol-lowering medications. Frequently, statin treatment is supplemented by a medication called Zetia, which lowers cholesterol by preventing its absorption from the bowel. Research, however, has never shown that the addition of Zetia, or any other drug, to treatment with a statin has any further benefit. For this reason, the guidelines recommend using only a higher dose of a statin. As long as LDL decreases substantially, aggressive attempts to lower it below 70 are not warranted. Some are taking issue with these new guidelines. Reports in the lay press by Dr. Paul Ridker and biostatistician Nancy Cook of Harvard Medical School suggest that the calculator may overestimate, by as much as 50 percent, the number of those whose 10-year risk of heart attack is 7.5 percent. Like everything else in health care, the final answer is not yet in. Nevertheless, the new emphasis on lifestyle changes in combination with statin treatment offers the greatest hope of drastically reducing the heart attack epidemic. Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book "Breaking the Rules of Aging." More information is available at: COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM

going to make my list of New Year's resolutions. She always makes one, and in most years, gets it done. I am a hit-and-miss resolution maker, but mostly miss! I'm in my 70s and realizing I am not perfect. I know I could accomplish more, improve my health and could help others by volunteering. My excuse is always: "I won't accomplish them anyway!" As I am going to try my best to do more in 2014, what are some worthwhile ideas to put on my list?

A: Because most of us believe our lives are one-time events and don't know what will happen next, we prefer to stay around as long as we can. To do so, high on the priority list should be remaining healthy. You sound as though you're well aware of that need. Are you physically in good shape? Do you exercise regularly and keep yourself busy? Do you spend too much time watching TV? Are you avoiding stress by keeping your income and expenditures balanced? Remember, if you don't go into a store, then you probably won't buy as much. Do you socialize and tell your wife at least once a day that you love her? Don't forget to tell your family and friends that you love and care for them, too. We don't always know when our last chance to do that will be. Hugs are winners as well. Many of us think about these things; actually remembering to do them should be your commitment. It is always a winning ticket!

Q: We have two sons. One is happy and has a positive outlook on life, and the other is unhappy and negative about his life. We love both sons, so what causes the difference?

A: Researchers have and are continuing to research the answer to your question. Experts focus on a number of factors in an effort to understand why: genealogical, environmental, mental, physical and educational, among others. So far, no studies have been able to provide an answer. It's obvious no two individuals experience the same situations at the same times in their lives. Even if identical cloning and DNA-matching become a valid reality in our future, it isn't guaranteed our clones will share identical personalities. Today's rapidity of change and technological improvements allow us to learn more about how we differ: our reactions to things and what motivates us. In the future, researchers will hopefully be able to lead us down the path in which we learn specifics about not only why we differ, but also how to change ourselves! Doug Mayberry makes the most of life in a Southern California Retirement community. Contact him at COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM


Rolling Through the Outback on the Indian Pacific's Christmas Train By John Blanchette It was mid-December and a heat wave had embraced Australia. Record-setting temperatures were searing the land from high 90s in Sydney and Adelaide to blast-furnace heat in the great Outback. But I was cool because I was riding the air-conditioned Indian Pacific Railway across the southern expanse of the country to the west coast city of Perth, a four-day transcontinental tour through the vast, endlessly changing and sparsely populated plain of central Australia. The landscape came into focus through the large windows on the train, beginning with the thick eucalyptus canopy draped over the valleys and gorges of the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney through the undulating hills and farmlands of the Great Dividing Range and the starkness of the salt lakes and sand dunes of central South Australia. Millions of stars revealed themselves in the pitch-dark night skies, illumi-

nating the wild and untouched but wondrously and naturally manicured expanses, amazingly clean and as well laid out as a deliberately planted city park. The journey ended with a straight-shot passage of rail, the longest in the world at about 300 miles, across the arid and infertile Nullarbor Plain and into the green zone of Perth on the west coast.

windows that expose magnificent vistas that unspool like a documentary film as you travel the country. The gentle rocking of the train encourages deep sleep, and each berth has its own sink, toilet and shower facilities, with access to music. Regular updates and travel commentary on the ever-changing landscape are reported over the cabin speakers.

I was on the Christmas Train, which stopped in remote towns and railroad depots to bring Santa, toys and entertainment (this trip recording artist and TV personality Brian McFadden) to the children and families who work the isolated ranches and mines in this great stretch of land.

Along the way we could see large groups of kangaroos and emus as well as an occasional camel, lots of sheep and cattle, a menagerie of birds that included the pink-throated galah and the white-and-gray-feathered cockatoos, the magically fluting magpies with their enchanting songs and the joyous squawking of the starlings. We also saw the bird that appears in the train's logo, the wedge-tailed eagle, soaring above the scorched earth with a massive 7-foot wingspan and an eye for native fauna that included rabbits and other small creatures that scuttled along the flatlands.

The annual event was also raising awareness and funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which brings much needed medical care to remote areas of central Australia. The Indian Pacific journey, which ranges over 2,700 miles from coast to coast, began operating in 1970. The train is one of the great rails of the world with sleeping cars and wide

Other welcome amenities on the train include the club lounge and dining car, the Queen Adelaide, where passengers can enjoy drinks and gourmet meals (which are included in the travel package). Chefs prepare the meals on board in specially designed kitchens, and seasoned staff members serve in elegant surroundings. The experience is like train travel from an earlier, more genteel age. Costs range

Passengers on the Indian Pacific's Christmas Train dine on gourmet food in elegant surroundings. Photo courtesy of John Blanchette. between $1,600 and $3,500 (the Australian dollar is on par with the American dollar), depending on the level of service. In the peak months of August to December, there are two trains a week, and about 70,000 passengers ride the rails each year. Outside of Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, the Christmas Train stopped in the town of Broken Hill, where children from the Assumption School sang Christmas carols with McFadden, then went on to several tiny whistle-stops in the Outback, including the town of Cook, with a population of four. Santa was greeted as "Ho Ho" in a remote stop near an indigenous settlement.

mining town of Kalgoorlie, with a checkered history of dance halls and debauchery, but this time it provided the largest turnout on the tour. Along the way parents drove their children hundreds of miles to meet the train at the various depots to celebrate the holiday.

WHEN YOU GO For information on the Christmas Train, the Indian Pacific and other rail tours available in Australia, from north to south as well as east to west, contact Great Southern Rail: John Blanchette is a freelance writer.

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Children in a small Australian village greet the man they call "Ho Ho" during a stop by Indian Pacific Railway's Christmas Train. Photo courtesy of John Blanchette.



Common Causes?

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DOWN ACROSS 1 Sandw. type 4 Actor Tamiroff 8 Cultivator adjuncts 13 Shortening 15 Imitate Daffy 16 Ancient British Celts 17 Mine: Fr. 18 D-Day beach 19 Protest type 20 Sundown, informally 21 ___ culpa 22 Taste

23 Johnny and Nation offer Purchase Plan 26 Uris hero 27 Spirit 28 College or blow starter 31 ___ statement 34 Latch onto 36 Tablet 37 Oscar and Monty personify the Old West? 40 Troubles 41 Highland miss 42 Cyclades island

1 Cartoon voice 2 Female vampire 3 Four-footed gaits 4 Old-boy network 5 Falsified, as a check 6 Sci-fi author Asimov 7 Speedometer abbreviation 8 Charm 9 Chillily 10 Stiff whisker 11 Mend, as bone 12 Trigonometry ratio 14 Vigorous defenders 22 Heavyweight Carnera 24 Rule Britannia composer 25 Alleges By Holiday Mathis

28 Jack's coworker 29 Dairy counter item 30 Culbertson, of bridge, et al. 31 Loretta, of M*A*S*H 32 Ploy 33 ___ podrida: stew 34 Grind together 35 Salt Lake City grp. 36 Overabundance 38 Most desirable guests 39 Of a lyric poem 44 Expand 45 Aphrodite's love 46 Signal flare 47 Montezuma, e.g. 48 Nary a soul 49 Public ___ 50 Eva or Juan 51 Hitches 52 Taunts 53 OT book 54 Plaintiff 58 Clark, Grace and ___, stars of Mogambo

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Collective problem solving is a feature of the day. You don't need to know the answer to chime in. Each idea builds on the next. The realizations will belong as much to the group as they do to any single person. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Archimedes said, "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." You will be searching for a point of leverage today. Once you figure out how to position yourself, you'll be persuasive. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Remember the times when you put on a brave face even though you were feeling sad and afraid? Someone who is having a hard time is doing the same for you now. Be sensitive to what is really going on. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're likely to meet salty characters, and

you'll enjoy them. A captain who has navigated rough waters has more to teach than one who has known only smooth sailing. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You don't expect life to be fair, but you do expect your loved ones to hang in there with you through the inequities. Today you'll model the principle for a friend of yours who is going through a hard time. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People pay attention to what interests them. Instead of fighting it, you'll use this knowledge to your advantage, wrapping your message in the packages your loved ones find the most appealing. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you don't know what you are getting out of an exchange, you won't want to go through with it. For the other person's sake, figure out what's in it for you. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your conscience is stricter than the laws or social rules of our time. When you step out of bounds, your conscience makes noise much more alarming than the chirping of a cricket. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Put your projects on the schedule, or they won't get accomplished. If you don't

fill in the blanks, someone else will. It's better to be alone than to be with people you don't like. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be reminded of your intellectual standards. A beautiful face isn't attractive to you unless there's also a good brain behind it. You could find what you're looking for in a Virgo or an Aquarius. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). A certain mysterious and attractive someone has been on your mind. Though difficult to get to know, this person will be wonderful to have in your life, so be persistent. It will pay off. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Pop artist Andy Warhol once remarked that two people kissing always look like fish. And if those two people are you and another Pisces, the kiss will give you a feeling of being mutually caught. TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 7). You'll entertain loved ones who will remember this month as the good times. You'll start by doing what you can do in 2014, and you'll wind up doing what no one, not even you, thought you could do. In January, you'll test authority -- defer only if it passes your test. February shows you surpassing physical goals. Aries and Scorpio

DR. WALLACE: You said that there is a high correlation between college students' grades and the amount of alcohol they drink. You said that those who don't drink or drink only small amounts of alcohol earn better grades than those who drink a lot of alcohol. Where did you get your data? My fraternity roommate and I consume a lot of liquor weekly, but we both are excellent students. If alcohol is so destructive, why do college bigwigs host cocktail parties? The human race has been consuming alcohol since the Garden of Eden, and that wonderful tradition will last forever! — Student, University of Wisconsin. STUDENT: The Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse compiled data from more than 3,000 four-year colleges and universities and found that students were split into two groups when it came to alcohol consumption: those who rarely drank or never drank, and those who drank often and to excess. To nobody's surprise, the heavy drinkers were the poorest students. In a study at Southern Illinois University, it was determined that students with poor grade-point averages consumed more than 11 alcoholic drinks per week while, on average, students with the highest grade-point averages had four drinks per week or less. This is a general picture. Students can crash and burn in college for reasons other than overdrinking. And, yes, some heavy drinkers still manage to pull off decent grades — postponing the collapse of their lives from alcohol abuse till middle age, perhaps. And while there's still hypocrisy on campus — with teachers and administrators hosting cocktail parties while condemning student drinking — there's a growing trend in academia to make school-related functions alcohol-free.

week 12/05 - 12/11

Mars Enters Libra While we're still recovering our equilibrium after Mercury's recent change, Mars makes a move to rock the boat again, this time in the name of love, beauty and harmony. This gentle wave is likely to be more of a lullaby than anything that might capsize our personal lives, so don't fight it. Trust life's process.

Some Adults Drink Only on Special Occasions

people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 5, 33, 21 and 14. ASTROLOGICAL INSIGHTS: MERCURY IN SAGITTARIUS: Mercury, the messenger, in the exploratory, adventurous realm of Sagittarius favors the learning of new languages. This isn't always about the words people use in other countries. Men, women, children, teens, and different professions, regions and cultural groups all speak different languages. This is the ideal time to learn how to talk to animals, approach strangers, or create a resume or profile that attracts a different set of eyes. The first step will be asking excellent questions and listening carefully to the nuances of the reply. Excellent listeners are the fastest learners. MARS IN LIBRA: Bold warrior planet that he is, Mars never quite gets comfortable in Libra, the sign of peace. What's he supposed to do with himself? All of his natural inclinations are limited by the regulations Libra lays out. Libra is, after all, a lover, not a fighter. As the transit wears on, aggressive energies will be tamed. Eventually, the boxing gloves come off, and we search for a more refined way to get what we want. However, this will not happen without some initial resistance. Expect to grapple with baser impulses before choosing the high road.

I'm passionate in my belief that society would benefit at every level — the family, the community, the state and the nation — if alcohol were suddenly to disappear from our lives. Of course, many adults have an alcoholic drink only on special occasions, but they are in the minority. Alcohol is a powerfully addictive drug, and once a person is addicted, his life and the lives of loved ones are dramatically impaired. Addicts can become alcohol-free, but will remain alcoholics the rest of their lives. But if they consume just one alcoholic drink, it can trigger the desire for alcohol to dominate their lives once again.

A LIFE WITH HIM WOULD BE MISERABLE DR. WALLACE: My boyfriend has been arrested and convicted for selling cocaine and is serving a six-month sentence. I am holding some of his cocaine in my garage, but I'm very nervous about it. I can't figure out if I should get rid of the stuff or keep it until he gets out. I don't have any idea how much the stuff is worth. I weighed it and it weighs about 2 ounces. Your advice will be appreciated. — Nameless, Somewhere in North America. NAMELESS: Flush it down the toilet. If your boyfriend is worth waiting for, he'll be fully rehabilitated by the time he gets out of prison and convinced that crime doesn't pay. In that case, he'll be glad the cocaine is gone. His only interest will be to start building an honest, productive life, with you a part of it. If he wants the cocaine when he gets out, tell him that you disposed of it and then dump him, too. A life with him would be miserable. Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. E-mail him at COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM


Christmas Cacti by Jeff Rugg You will see poinsettias everywhere this time of year. If you are tired of them, you might want to try the easy-to-grow Christmas cactus. They are not true cacti and should not be allowed to dry out like a typical desert cactus. In nature, they are like many bromeliads because they are epiphytic plants that grow on trees and other plants in South America. Epiphytes grow along branches without taking any nutrition from their host plant. The Thanksgiving cactus is the most common, even for Christmas. To tell them apart, look at the flattened stem. It is not a leaf, despite appearances. These cacti do not have any leaves. The Thanksgiving cactus has several, long, saw-tooth projections on the edge of the stem. The true Christmas cactus usually has four rounded bumps on each stem segment. The Easter cactus has four to six wavy scallops on the edge. On all the species, the ends of the stems can have some small cactus spines. They make great houseplants because they are very long-lived and resistant to disease and insects. They do well with minimal care and even seem to bloom better if left to become root-bound in the pot. They are best when bought covered in buds with a few full flowers. If too many flowers are almost done blooming, you won't get much of a display. Flowers are formed on the ends of the branches, where the main vein hits the end of the line. Sometimes there is only a single bud and sometimes there is a cluster of several. The flowers have a series of petals that form a tube about 3 inches long. They can be red, pink, purple, orange and white. Easter cacti have a more limited selection of colors in the red and pink range. Cool fall temperatures and shortening day lengths in the fall will induce the Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti into bloom. The Thanksgiving cactus will bloom from late November to the New Year. Christmas cactus bloom from late December to March. If these cacti are grown in a warm room (above 65 degrees) with plenty of evening lighting,

they may not bloom. Give them about six weeks in a cool, dark room or closet each evening and they will set buds. Kept in a room that is always around 55 degrees, and they may bloom within a day. Easter cacti will bloom if they are in cool temperatures under 65, regardless of lighting. In a flowerpot, they can grow in African violet mix that is sold in bags or in a mixture of bark pieces, peat moss and a little potting soil. Even though they are named cacti, do not use a cactus planting mix. Keep the soil moist, except when forcing them to bloom, and fertilize monthly during the summer using a blossom promoting fertilizer. They can be moved to an outdoor shady location during the summer. The best time to repot them is when they are not setting buds or blooming. Let them get really pot bound before moving them up one pot size. They can be potted in clay or plastic and maybe the best pot is a hanging basket. Keep the soil a bit on the dry side while the flower buds are forming. After you can see the tiny buds, you can go back to the normal lighting and watering. Though they originate from South and they do need bright light all year long, but they can get sunburned if they are moved to a fully sunny location. An east window or near a south or west window will be bright enough. These cacti are among the easiest plants to propagate. In May or June, cut off a piece of stem with at least three sections. Leave it out overnight so that the end can develop a callous. Insert the cut-off section about an inch deep in moist perlite or sand. Keep the container covered so that there is lots of humidity, and place it in a shaded location. They will root in about two months. When the roots are an inch or two long, repot the cutting into a new pot. Several cuttings can be planted into the same pot. These cacti are easy-to-grow, carefree houseplants that are worth trying to grow in your house. Email questions to Jeff Rugg at COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM


'SoulCalibur II HD Online' is Nostalgic Fun players will develop.

DEVELOPER: Project Soul PUBLISHER: Namco Bandai SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3) PRICE: $19.99 Download ESRB RATING: Teen REVIEW RATING: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

As for improved visuals, they've been upgraded to 1080p and offer noticeably greater detail. Instead of simply stretching the image to fit the widescreen aspect ratio, additional lines of code have been added to avoid distorting the imagery.

I loved playing "SoulCalibur II" when it was released ten years ago. Not only was it fast and furious, but it was one of the first fighting games to offer the use of a wide variety of deadly weapons. Unfortunately, it didn't offer online game play. Fast forward to the present, and "SoulCalibur II HD Online" finally lets players decimate each other online.

Thankfully, the original game play and awesome single-player modes have been retained. It's really fun to relive the good ol' days of fighting games where quick reflexes are more important than remembering lengthy combos. I also enjoy sidestepping rival pugilists to sneak in a side or rear attack. This game helped introduce the "easy to learn yet hard to master" moniker that quickly became overused.

It's just too bad that online play and improved visuals are the only real additions to the series REV I (the name says 5 st EW SCO ars = M RING SY 4 st it all). u a S 3 st rs = Ve st-Have TEM a r 2 st rs = Ab y Good a o 1 sta rs = Ba ve Ave Well, that r r = D rgai n Bi age on't and the fact n Both er

that the previously console-exclusive characters, Heihachi (from Tekken) and Spawn (from comics), are now playable on both systems. Fortunately, these additions are done

very well. For starters, players can undertake both ranked and unranked matches against opponents from around the world. The netcode seems to be pretty solid, and only time will tell if a solid community of worldwide

"SoulCalibur II HD Online" isn't revolutionary, but it will surely satisfy fighting fans eager to relive the nostalgia of the PS2. COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM.


El Paso Museum of Art announces

Fall 2013 Classes and Workshops for Children and Adults Get your hands dirty at the el paso museum of art this fall. Learn to paint, throw a pot, or explore a new medium. For more information and to register visit our website at or call us at 915-532-1707 ext. 65 or 27.

Preschool Workshops Museum Looks and Picture Books children ages 3-5 and a caregiver. Upcoming session: December 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuition: Free for members and active military personnel with ID. non-members $10, which includes free admission to Discovering the American Modern 19071936: The King Collection. no pre-registration. Limited to the first 8 children and their caregivers.

For more information call (915) 532-1707, ext. 65 or 27 Register on-line at


Bad pennies turn up in zinc toxicosis cases

HERE COMES SANTA CLAWS No matter which holiday you celebrate, these tips will help keep your pet safe By Dr. Marty Becker and Kim Campbell Thornton Universal Uclick

• Does your dog love to swallow coins? It’s not an uncommon behavior, especially in puppies, but pennies minted after 1982 are made primarily of zinc. It’s an important trace element in the body, but toxic in large amounts. Besides scarfing down pocket change, other ways pets can develop zinc toxicosis include gnawing on metal crates or old window frames in vintage homes or licking skin covered in zinc oxide creams or ointments. The condition causes gastrointestinal upset and anemia and is sometimes misdiagnosed as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. If your pet has a bellyful of pennies, they may need to be removed surgically. • Using specially designed crash-test dog figures at a federally approved vehicle occupant testing lab, the Center for Pet Safety and Subaru of America teamed up to study the effectiveness of pet restraints for use in vehicles. The test, designed along the same lines as those used to measure the safety of car seats for children, found that only one product — the Sleepypod ClickIt Utility Harness — met every criterion for protecting canine crash-test dummies and, by extension, human passengers. The data gathered will be used to develop safety standards and test protocols — which currently don’t exist — for pet car harnesses and other travel safety products. Other items being tested for performance include crates, carriers and barriers. • Want to learn Spanish, but you’d rather spend your time scrolling through “I Can Haz Cheezburger” photos? Now you can do both. The CatAcademy app uses funny pictures from the website to help students of the language make visual associations with vocabulary words and phrases. For instance, the Spanish phrase “necesito ayuda” (I need help) is paired with a photo of a cat stuck in a potted plant. Humor and cuteness, combined with multiple-choice tests, matching games and repetitive exercises, contribute to improved learning ability, the creators say. — Kim Campbell Thornton and Dr. Marty Becker.

One of my most memorable holiday cases was the Labrador retriever puppy (what else!) who had swallowed an entire string of Christmas tree lights. When he was brought in, gagging, I opened his mouth and could still see the plug, far in the back. I have to admit that it was tempting to anesthetize him, plug it in, and see if an ethereal glow from the body would tell us where in the gastrointestinal tract to look for the lights. This was a case that called for a specialist, though. We didn’t have the imaging or endoscopic equipment to locate and remove the lights. Sometimes, it’s almost as if pets think the holidays aren’t complete without a trip to the emergency room. They suffer electroshock burns of the mouth from chewing on Christmas tree light cords, devour whole plates full of fudge, eat the toxic mistletoe berries off kissing balls, and raid the trash for the string used to wrap the turkey or ham. We’ve seen it all, and we don’t want you to have to. The following tips will help you keep your dogs and cats safe, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus. Cover garbage cans securely or place them up high or behind closed doors. Eating cooked bones or the paper or string used to wrap meat can cause intestinal obstructions or injuries. Nobody wants to spend what should be a festive day waiting to hear the results of a pet’s emergency surgery. Replace live holiday plants with artificial ones. Amaryllis, holly, lilies and mistletoe all have varying degrees of toxicity. If you’re lucky, your pet will simply nibble on them and then throw up the greenery in the middle of Uncle Marvin’s long-winded story about his visit to the Grand Canyon. But in a worst-case sce-

Wrap up a pet-friendly holiday season with good sense. nario, your pet could suffer severe vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, or even death in a matter of hours. Tether the tree. What self-respecting cat isn’t going to climb the Christmas tree? To keep it upright, use fishing line to anchor the tree to the ceiling. Surrounding the tree with an exercise pen — tastefully decorated, of course — will further protect it from marauding dogs or curious kittens. Say “no” to tinsel and ribbons. Cats, and sometimes dogs, love to play with the shiny strands, but if swallowed, they can cut or obstruct the intestinal tract. Go electric. Burning candles are beautiful, but it takes only the swish of a dog or cat tail to knock them over, causing burns or starting fires. Use flameless candles instead. Avoid shock and oww. Coat electrical cords with Bitter Apple or wrap them in

tough cable covers to prevent curious pets from chewing on them. Scent sense. Scent diffusers and potpourri contain highly toxic essential oils. Pets who lap up the spilled liquid or ingest large amounts of potpourri can suffer severe burns to the mouth and esophagus or other serious internal injuries. Keep containers away from pets, and wipe up spills immediately and thoroughly. Provide a retreat. Make sure your pet has a quiet place, such as a crate or littleused room, where he can go to get away from visitors, loud holiday music and the high-pitched squeals of children. Is it safe to put a Santa cap or antlers on your pet? Your call. How vengeful is he? But the best way to enjoy the holidays with your pet is to schedule some extra cuddle time in front of the tree. A nice, long ear scratch will help both of you survive the season.


CINEMARK MOVIE BISTRO Sunland Park Mall Schedule good for Friday Dec 6 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire PG-13146 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 12:00pm | 3:30pm | 7:00pm | 10:30pm Frozen PG102 Mins with Partial Reserved Seating 1:00pm | 6:40pm Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 10:10am | 3:50pm | 9:30pm Out of the Furnace R116 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 10:40am | 1:30pm | 4:45pm | 7:50pm | 10:40pm Homefront R102 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 11:25am | 2:20pm | 5:00pm | 7:35pm | 10:20pm Thor: The Dark World PG-13111 Mins with Partial Reserved Seating 1:45pm | 8:05pm Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 10:50am|5:15pm| 10:55pm Delivery Man PG-13105 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 11:05am | 2:00pm | 4:35pm | 7:20pm | 10:05pm

Now Showing OUT OF THE FURNACE Open Nationwide 12/06/13 Runtime 116 min MPAA Rating R for Language, Drug Content, Strong Violence. Starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard Genre Crime drama, Thriller Synopsis Steelworker Russell Baze (Christian Bale) works a dead-end job and holds tight to his sense of family, duty and loyalty. Rodney Baze (Casey Affleck), Russell's brother, returns home after serving in Iraq and, with his debts piling up, becomes entangled with a vicious crime lord (Woody Harrelson). Soon afterward, Rodney disappears mysteriously. The police fail to solve the case, so Russell -- feeling he has little left to lose -- puts his life on the line to bring his brother home.

OLDBOY Open Nationwide 11/27/13 Runtime 103 min MPAA Rating R for Language, Disturbing Images, Nudity, Some Graphic Sexuality, Strong Brutal Violence. Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Michael Imperioli, Linda Emond, James Ransone, Max Casella, Pom Klementieff, Samuel L. Jackson, Elvis Nolasco, Rami Malek, Lance Reddick, Hannah Ware, Richard Portnow, Hannah Simone, Ciera Payton Genre Thriller Synopsis Although his life is already in a downward spiral, things get much worse for advertising executive Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) ; while drunk one night, Joe is kidnapped and thrown into solitary confinement in a bizarre, hotellike room. For the next 20 years, Joe suffers unimaginable torment, but the motive and identity of his captor remain unknown. When he is inexplicably set free, Joe emerges with one goal: to find the person who stole two decades of his life.


HOMEFRONT Rated: R Genre: Action, Thriller Hoping to escape from his troubled past, former DEA agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) moves to a seemingly quiet backwater town in the bayou with his daughter. However, he finds anything but quiet there, for the town is riddled with drugs and violence. When Gator Bodine (James Franco), a sociopathic druglord, puts the newcomer and his young daughter in harm's way, Broker is forced back into action to save her and their home. Based on a novel by Chuck Logan. Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Frank Grillo, Izabela Vidovic, Chuck Zito, Rachelle Lefevre, Marcus Hester, Clancy Brown

A Miracle in Spanish Harlem (2013) A Miracle in Spanish Harlem is a humorous and magical story of love, sin, faith and redemption, which begins with a hoax and ends with a surprising true miracle.

Black Nativity 11/29/2013 Rated: PG Genre: Drama, Musical As a Baltimore teen raised by a single mother (Jennifer Hudson), Langston travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with estranged relatives, the Rev. Cornell Cobbs (Forest Whitaker) and his wife, Aretha (Angela Bassett). However, Langston soon finds that Cobbs has strict rules, and the youth is unwilling to follow them. Instead, he sets out on a return journey to his mother and finds the value of faith, healing and family along the way. Starring: Forest Whitaker, Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Mary J. Blige

Open Expanded 11/27/13 Runtime 97 min MPAA Rating PG-13 for Thematic Elements, Some Strong Language, Sexual References. Starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley, Barbara Jefford, Anna Maxwell Martin, Mare Winningham, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Peter Hermann, Ruth McCabe Genre Docudrama Synopsis Journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) helps Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) search for her long-lost son, who was taken from her by nuns in an Irish convent and sold into adoption when she was an unwed teenager.


Runtime 127 min MPAA Rating PG-13 for Some Violence, Intense Thematic Material. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie NĂŠlisse, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer, Levin Liam, Barbara Auer, Roger Allam, Kirsten Block, Carina N. Wiese, Hildegard Schroedter, Sandra Nedeleff, Mike Maas Genre Historical drama Synopsis In 1938, young orphan Liesel (Sophie NĂŠlisse) arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson). When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel's new family barely scrape by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved Hans' life.


11/29/2013 Rated: PG Genre: Musical comedy, Adventure, Animated When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, the Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), to break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip.

Premiere Cinemas 6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for Friday December 6th *A MIRACLE IN SPANISH HARLEM (PG)10:35 am | 12:50 pm | 3:05 pm | 5:20 pm | 7:35 pm | 9:50 pm *CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (PG-13) | 10:35 am | 1:30 pm | 4:30 pm | 7:25 pm | 10:20 pm *DELIVERY MAN (PG-13) | 11:55 am | 2:20 pm | 4:45 pm | 7:15 pm | 9:40 pm 2D FREE BIRDS (PG) | 12:05 pm | 2:25 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:00 pm | 9:25 pm *2D FROZEN (PG) | 11:30 am | 2:00 pm | 2:45 pm | 4:30 pm | 7:00 pm | 7:45 pm | 9:45 pm *3D FROZEN (PG) 10:45 am | 12:15 pm 1:15 pm 3:50 pm | 5:15 pm | 6:15 pm | 8:45 pm | 10:15 pm 2D GRAVITY (PG-13)11:40 am *3D GRAVITY (PG-13) 2:05pm | 4:30 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:35 pm *HOMEFRONT (R)10:45 am | 11:45 am | 1:20 pm | 2:20 pm 3:55 pm | 4:55 pm | 6:40 pm | 7:40 pm 9:20 pm | 10:10 pm *OLDBOY (R)12:35pm | 3:00pm | 5:25 pm | 7:50 pm | 10:15 pm THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY (R)11:15 am | 2:00 pm | 4:50 pm | 7:35 pm | 10:20 pm THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG-13)11:00 am | 11:30 am | 12:05 pm | 1:10 pm | 2:10 pm | 3:15 pm | 3:40 pm | 4:35 pm | 5:20 pm | 6:30 pm | 7:00 pm | 7:45 pm | 8:30pm | 9:40 pm | 10:10 pm | 10:55 pm *D-BOX THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG-13) | 12:05 pm | 3:15 pm | 6:30 pm | 9:40 pm *THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE THE IMAX EXPERIENCE (PG-13) | 12:35 pm | 4:05 pm | 7:20pm | 10:40 pm * -- denotes Pass Restricted features


I-10 & Lee Trevino

Schedule good for 12/6 - 12/12 2D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 11:25AM | 4:30PM | 9:05PM 3D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 1:50PM | 6:50PM DON JUAN (R) 11:55AM | 2:25PM | 5:00PM | 7:35PM | 9:50PM ELYSIUM (R) 11:35AM | 2:10PM | 7:15PM GROWN UPS 2 (PG-13) 4:55PM | 9:40PM INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 (PG-13) 11:30AM | 2:20PM | 4:50PM 7:30PM | 9:55PM INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED(PG-13) | 11:20AM | 2:00PM 4:35PM | 7:20PM | 10:00PM 2D PLANES (PG) 11:50AM | 2:05PM | 7:10PM PRISONERS (R) 11:10AM | 6:00PM PULLING STRINGS (PG) 11:15AM | 1:45PM | 4:15PM 6:55PM | 9:25PM RUSH (R) 4:45PM | 9:55PM THE COUNSELOR (R) 11:45AM | 2:15PM | 7:25PM THE FAMILY (R) 2:40PM | 9:45PM 2D THE WIZARD OF OZ (PG) 11:05AM | 4:25PM | 9:20PM 3D THE WIZARD OF OZ (PG) 1:40PM | 6:45PM 2D THE WOLVERINE (PG-13) 4:20PM | 9:30PM 2D TURBO (PG) 11:40AM | 4:30PM | 9:15PM 3D TURBO (PG) 1:55PM | 7:00PM WE'RE THE MILLERS (R) 11:00AM | 1:30PM | 4:00PM 7:05PM | 9:35PM


2200 n. Yarbrough

Schedule good for 12/6 - 12/12 BAGGAGE CLAIM (PG-13) 4:50 pm | 9:30 pm 2D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 4:25 pm | 9:00 pm 3D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 6:40 pm DON JON (R) 4:40 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:20 pm INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (PG-13) 5:00 pm | 7:30 pm | 10:00 pm INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED (PG-13) | 4:15 pm | 7:00 pm | 9:40 pm THE COUNSELOR (R) 4:30 pm | 7:05 pm | 9:45 pm 2D THE WIZARD OF OZ (G) 4:20 pm | 9:15 pm 3D THE WIZARD OF OZ (G) 6:45 pm 2D TURBO (PG) 7:20 pm

CINEMARK CIELO VISTA Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall

Schedule good for Friday Dec 6th Out of the Furnace R116 Mins10:30am | 1:30pm | 4:30pm | 7:30pm | 10:30pm Digital Cinema 11:30am 2:30pm|5:30pm| 8:30pm Black Nativity PG MinsDigital Cinema 10:05am | 1:05pm | 4:05pm | 7:05pm | 10:05pm Thor: The Dark World PG-13111 Mins10:15am 1:15pm | 4:15pm | 7:15pm | 10:15pm Digital Cinema 11:15am | 2:15pm | 5:15pm | 8:15pm | 11:00pm Last VegasPG-13104 MinsDigital Cinema

10:50am | 1:50pm | 4:50pm | 7:50pm | 10:50pm PhilomenaPG-1397 Mins CinéArts Digital 10:35am | 1:35pm | 4:35pm | 7:35pm | 10:35pm Narco CulturaR103 Mins Spanish Subtitled 10:25am | 1:25pm | 4:25pm|7:25p| 10:25pm About Time R124 Mins Digital Cinema 7:00pm | 10:00pm The Book Thief PG-13127 MinsCinéArts Digital 10:20am | 1:20pm | 4:20pm | 7:20pm | 10:20pm The Dallas Buyers Club R Mins Digital Cinema

10:10am | 1:10pm | 4:10pm | 7:10pm | 10:10pm Ender's GamePG-13114 MinsDigital Cinema 10:45am | 1:45pm | 4:45p |7:45pm| 10:45pm Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa R92 Mins Digital Cinema 10:40am | 1:40pm | 4:40pm | 7:40pm | 10:40pm 12 Years a Slave R134 MinsDigital Cinema 10:00am | 1:10pm | 4:20pm|7:30p| 10:40pm Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2PG95 Mins10:00am | 4:00pm Digital Cinema 1:00pm


West side of El Paso .- 7440 Remcon Circle

Schedule good for Friday Dec 6th The Hunger Games: Catching Fire pG-13146 mins 11:00am | 3:00pm | 7:00pm | 11:00pm Digital cinema 9:00am | 9:30am | 10:00am | 12:15pm | 1:00pm | 2:00pm | 4:00pm | 5:00pm | 6:00pm | 8:00p|9:00pm | 10:00pm Frozen pG102 mins 11:50am | 2:25pm | 3:10pm | 6:30pm | 9:05pm | 9:50pm Digital cinema 9:10am | 11:05am | 12:30pm | 3:50pm | 5:45pm | 7:10pm | 10:15pm

Out of the Furnace r116 mins Digital cinema 9:55am | 1:15pm | 4:30pm|7:45pm | 10:55pm Homefront r 102 mins Digital cinema 10:55am | 1:55pm | 4:55pm | 7:55pm | 10:45pm Thor: The Dark World pG-13111 mins 10:05am | 4:20pm | 10:30pm Digital cinema 1:10pm | 7:30pm Delivery Man pG-13 105 mins Digital cinema 10:35am | 1:35pm | 4:35pm | 7:35pm | 10:25pm

The Book Thief pG-13 127 mins Digital cinema 9:05am | 12:20pm | 3:55pm | 7:20pm | 10:35pm Last VegaspG-13104 mins Digital cinema 9:45am | 12:45pm | 3:45pm | 6:45pm | 9:45pm Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa r92 mins Digital cinema 8:10pm | 10:50pm Free Birds pG84 mins 2:30pm Digital cinema 11:40am | 5:20pm



12704 East Montana - East of Joe Battle

Schedule good for Friday Dec 6 thru Sun Dec8 Best Man Holiday, The (Digital) (R) 10:20AM 1:25PM 4:35PM 7:35PM 10:40PM Black Nativity (Digital) (PG) 8:10PM 10:40PM Delivery Man (Digital) (PG-13) 11:35AM 2:20PM 5:05PM 7:50PM 10:35PM Free Birds (3D) (PG) 10:10AM 3:10PM Free Birds (Digital) (PG) 12:40PM 5:40PM Frozen (2013) (3D) (PG) 11:45AM 12:45PM 2:45PM 5:45PM 6:45PM 8:45PM Frozen (2013) (Digital) (PG) 10:00AM 10:45AM 1:45PM 3:45PM 4:45PM 7:45PM 9:45PM 10:45PM Homefront (Digital) (R) 10:00AM 11:40AM 2:30PM 5:15PM 8:00PM 10:45PM

Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (Digital) (PG-13) 10:05AM 11:00AM 1:00PM 1:40PM 2:40PM 4:40PM 5:25PM 6:20PM 8:15PM 9:05PM 10:00PM Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (XD) (PG-13) 11:55AM 3:35PM 7:15PM 10:45PM Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Digital) (R) 10:15AM 12:40PM 3:05PM 5:35PM 8:05PM 10:40PM Out of the Furnace (Digital) (R) 10:30AM 1:35PM 4:30PM 7:30PM 10:30PM Thor: The Dark World (3D) (PG-13) 4:25PM 10:15PM Thor: The Dark World (Digital) (PG-13) 10:35AM 1:30PM 7:20PM

Schedule good for 12/06 A MIRACLE IN SPANISH HARLEM (NR) 7:00 | 9:30| 12:00am BEST MAN HOLIDAY (R) 1:00 | 4:00 | 7:10 | 10:05 BLACK NATIVITY (PG) 1:25 | 4:10 | 7:05 | 9:30 | 12:00am DELIVERY MAN (PG13) 2:05 | 4:40 | 7:30 | 10:05 FREE BIRDS 2D (PG)1:15 | 4:00 FROZEN 2D (PG)1:40 | 3:25 | 4:20 | 6:05 | 7:00 | 8:45 | 9:40 | 11:30 FROZEN 3D (PG) 2:25 | 5:05 | 7:45 | 10:25 GRAVITY 3D (PG13)4:00 | 9:40 HOMEFRONT (R) 1:50 | 4:25 | 7:00 | 9:35 HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG13) 1:00 | 3:00 | 4:00 | 5:00 | 6:20 | 7:15 | 8:15 | 9:40 | 10:30 | 11:30 | 12:00am JACKASS PRESENTS:BAD GRANDPA (R) 1:25 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:25 | 12:00am LAST VEGAS (PG13) 1:25 | 7:05 | 12:05am OUT OF THE FURNACE (R)1:50 | 4:40 | 7:30 | 10:20 | 12:15am SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT (R)12:10am THOR: DARK WORLD 2D (PG13) 1:00 | 2:30 | 4:00 | 5:15 | 7:00 | 8:00 | 9:45 | 12:20am

TINSELTOWN Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa

Schedule good for Friday Dec 6th The Hunger Games: Catching Fire pG-13146 mins 12:10pm | 3:35pm | 7:00pm | 10:25pm Digital cinema 11:30am | 12:50pm 1:30pm | 2:10pm | 2:55pm | 4:15pm | 4:55pm | 5:35pm | 6:25pm | 7:40pm | 8:20pm | 9:00pm | 9:45pm Frozen pG102 mins 11:45am | 1:15pm | 2:40pm | 4:10pm | 5:30pm | 7:05pm | 8:30pmDigital cinema 11:00am | 12:30pm 1:55pm | 3:25pm | 4:50pm | 6:20pm | 7:45pm | 9:15pm | 10:30pm Out of the Furnace r116 mins Digital cinema 10:50am | 1:40pm | 4:30pm | 7:20pm | 10:15pm

Homefront r102 mins Digital cinema 11:50am | 2:30pm | 5:20pm | 8:00pm | 10:40pm Black Nativity pG minsDigital cinema 11:10am | 2:15pm | 4:45pm | 7:15pm | 9:40pm Oldboyr103 mins Digital cinema 11:40am | 2:25pm | 5:00pm | 7:35pm | 10:20pm Delivery Man pG-13105 mins Digital cinema 11:25am|2:05pm| 4:45p|7:25p| 10:05p Narco Cultura r103 mins spanish subtitled 11:20am | 2:00pm | 4:40pm | 7:30pm | 10:10pm The Best Man

Holiday r129 mins Digital cinema 12:45pm | 4:00pm | 6:55pm | 9:55pm Thor: The Dark WorldpG-13111 mins 12:55pm | 3:40pm | 6:30pm | 9:20pm Digital cinema 11:35am | 2:20pm | 5:05pm | 7:50pm | 10:35pm Last Vegas pG-13104 mins Digital cinema 11:15am | 1:50pm | 4:35pm | 7:10pm | 9:50pm Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa r92 minsDigital cinema 11:55am | 2:35pm | 5:00pm | 7:55pm | 10:30pm Lee Daniels' The ButlerpG-13132 mins Digital cinema 10:00pm

TIMES FOR DECEMBER 6 - DECEMBER 12 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG IN 3D DELIVERY MAN (PG13) Fri.-Tue. 1:45 7:20; Wed. 1:45 PM; (PG13) Thu. 11:59 PM Thu. 1:45 7:20 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (PG13) THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG13) Fri. 2:30 3:15 Thu. 12:05 AM 5:45 6:30 9:15 9:45; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 11:45 2:30 3:15 5:45 6:30 9:15 TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS (PG13) Thu. 8:00 PM 9:45; Mon.-Wed. 2:30 3:15 5:45 6:30 9:15 9:45; Thu. 2:30 3:15 6:30 OUT OF THE FURNACE (R) Fri. 1:55 4:50 7:30 10:20; THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY (R) Fri. 4:30 10:00; Sat.-Sun. Sat.-Sun. 11:10 1:55 4:50 7:30 10:20; Mon.-Wed. 1:55 4:50 11:05 4:30 10:00; Mon.-Thu. 4:30 10:00 THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG13) Fri. 2:00 4:40 7:35 7:30 10:20; Thu. 1:55 4:50 7:30 BLACK NATIVITY (PG) Fri.-Thu. 12:10 2:35 4:55 7:10 9:30 10:15; Sat.-Sun. 11:15 2:00 4:40 7:35 10:15; Mon.-Wed. 2:00 FROZEN (PG) Fri. 1:35 4:10 6:45 9:20; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 1:35 4:40 7:35 10:15; Thu. 2:00 4:40 10:25 LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:00 2:55 4:10 6:45 9:20; Mon.-Thu. 1:35 4:10 6:45 9:20 FROZEN 3D (PG) Fri. 2:05 4:45 7:15 10:10; Sat.-Sun. 11:30 7:00 10:10 DIE HARD (R) Wed. 7:00 PM 2:05 4:45 7:15 10:10; Mon.-Thu. 2:05 4:45 7:15 10:10 HOMEFRONT (R) Fri.-Thu. 12:25 2:50 5:15 7:40 10:05 HOBBIT DOUBLE FEATURE (NR–Not Rated) Thu. 8:15 PM



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and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($7 military/students with ID); $1 off ticket price for those who bring baby and children’s clothes donations for the Rainbow Room. Information: 532-1317,

‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.’ — Kids-N-Co., 1301 Texas, presents the adaptation of the musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and Disney film Nov. 29-Dec. 22, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, book by Doug Wright and music by Alan Menken. Directed by Laura Sambrano with choreography by Lorraine Varela. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $7 ($5students, senior citizens, military). Information 351-1455.

‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents Barbara Robinson’s family holiday favorite Dec. 6-22. Directed by Rachel Mullins. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday

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calendar of upcoming events for el paso/ southern new mexico are from December 6th - 12th, 2013


North Pole at the Museum — The International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, will host its annual holiday celebration 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Children and family pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, portrayed by Professor and Mrs. Leon Blevins, can be taken in a setting of more than 100 Christmas decorations. Admission is free; photos are $6. Information: 543-6747 or The annual event showcases the museum’s collection of antique and rare Santa Claus figurines. Door prizes, refreshments and coloring activities for kids are offered.



Holiday Open House — El Paso County Historical Society hosts an open house 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the historic 1912 Richard Burges House, 603 W. Yandell, for members, potential members and neighborhood residents, with appetizers and drinks. Admission is free. Information: 764-3537 or

Agave Rosa Gallery — 905 Noble (next to the International Museum of Art). Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The gallery features paintings, sculpture, jewelry and photography by area emerging artists. Information: 533-8011, Showing in December is

“Navidad En El Barrio,” works by gallery artists Arzabala, Hector Bernal, Elvira Contreras, Romy Hawkins, Geo Gamez, Sandra Murillo and Francisco Miranda. Reception and celebration of Agave Rosa’s 2nd anniversary is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with a Tango dance presentation

Holiday entertainment — El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts holiday entertainment Fridays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, at Shawver Park’s Pavilion area, 8100 Independence, with light displays dusk to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 20. Information: 544-0753. El Paso Gem and Mineral Show — The annual show is Dec. 68 at El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The show features hundreds of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, silver jewelry, tools and equipment, door prizes, and more. Admission; $3 ($2 seniors/military; free ages 12 and younger). Information: Gem Center USA, 533-7153, 1-877-533-7153 or

Applejack Band — The El Paso folk band performs its annual Christmas dinner show at 8 p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 7, at La Tierra Cafe, 1731 Montana, with opening act Mitch Mosley. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $32 (tip not included, BYOB), reservations required. Information: Marjorie Foster, 592-5122 or Charlie McDonald, (575) 541-1992.

new UTEP images and Plein Air pieces will also be available. Also on display will be her husband, Charlie’s, photographs, including ones from their “South of Spain” show. Information: 581-4971 or

EPCC Fall Music Showcase — El Paso Community College

Encaustic International Art Studio and Gallery —

hosts its student showcase at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Transmountain Theatre, 6675 N. Desert, featuring Mariachi Real de El Paso led by Anji Morgan-Thornton, EPCC Jazz Ensembles led by Ruben Gutierrez, EPCC Chorus led by William McMillan and EPCC Orchestra led by Jeffrey J. Meyer. Master of Ceremonies is Armin Harrison. Admission: $3. Information: 877-1700.

7100 Westwind, Suites 120 and 135. The gallery is the studio of El Paso encaustic artist Brigitte von Ahn. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Information: 833-0454 or Currently showing is “Grande,” featuring large-scale encaustic paintings.

EASTSIDE Victorian Friendship Tea — The Woman’s Club of El Paso hosts its Christmas tea at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in their historic club house at 1400 N. Mesa. Dress is “Sunday Best.” Tickets: $20 (through Dec. 1; available at Collectibles (Mesa and Lomaland locations, as well as at the clubhouse. Free parking across the street. Information: 532-6131.

Chase Rice — The country singer’s “Ready, Set, Roll” tour is Saturday, Dec. 7, at Whiskey Dick’s, 580 George Dieter. Showtime is 10 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($20 age 18-20).Information: 9219900 or

DOWNTOWN/ WESTSIDE Candy Mayer Studio Open House — El Paso artist Candy Mayer will host her 4th annual open house at her home studio at 1317 Tierra Roja 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8. All work will available for purchase, including large pieces not usually displayed at shows. New items include “Images of El Paso,” a 2014 calendar, new miniprints and “Heart of El Paso” and Dia de los Muertos ornaments. Several

Dia del Tango — Paso del Norte Tango Club celebrates Carlos Gardel International Tango Day 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Bella Napoli Restaurant, 6331 N. Mesa, with an Argentinean style dinner and dance with live music by Tango Noir Ensemble. Drawing held for admission to Tucson Tango Festival and Workshop. Cost: $25. Information: 422-3338, 5843321, or on Facebook at TangoEP.

El Paso Brass concert — Organist Richard Garven will join El Paso Brass quintet in a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Church of St. Clement, 810 N. Campbell. The program will include both sacred and secular music of the season, spanning from the baroque era to contemporary. Admission is free; donations will be taken. Information: 533-4915.

UTEP Department of Music Faculty Recital Series — Pianist Oscar Macchioni performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission $8. Student, senior, military and faculty/staff and children’s discounts may apply. Information: 747-5606 or Macchioni presents a solo recital featuring works by Bach, Schumann, Guastavino and Debussy.


Franklin High Guitar Concert — The annual winter concert is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Franklin High School Fine Arts Theater, 900 N. Resler. Led by instructor Stefan Schyga, one of El Paso’s best-known guitarists, Franklin’s student Guitar Quartets and Trios perform a variety of music styles. Proceeds benefit the guitar program and students. Admission: $5. Information: 433-6734 or

EPHCC Holiday Concert — The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, under the direction of Andres Moran, performs at its annual holiday concert for El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($6.50 age 2-12; $11.50 students, military and seniors with valid ID; $35 family pack of two adults, two juniors). Information: 566-4066, or The concert features “Selections from The Nutcracker” in collaboration with local youth ballet companies.

‘Home for the Holidays — El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, opens its season with the holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets $12.50; $7.50 students. Information: 760-5599 or Tricky Falls — 209 S. El Paso. All shows are all-ages (16 and older), unless listed otherwise. Information: 351-9909 or Tickets for most shows available at All That Music, Bowie Feathers, Maria’s Closet, Eloise and online at • Juicy J — The rapper/producer performs at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $26.

Luminarias by the Lake — More than 2,500 lu-

minarias will line the walking paths at Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, featuring musical entertainment and holiday refreshments for sale. Proceeds benefit the park. Admission: $4 ($3 military; $1 ages 12 and younger) Information: 5840563 or

Celebration of Lights Christmas Tree Lighting — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and evolve Federal Credit Union present the 78th annual Evolve Credit Union “Celebration of Lights” Christmas tree and displays Saturday, Dec. 7, at Cleveland Square Plaza, Downtown (between El Paso Museum of History and El Paso Library). The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. with live entertainment. Information: 541-4331 or First Armored Division Band performs at 4:30 p.m. with St. Patrick Cathedral School Choir at 5 p.m. and the lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The 16th annual lighted Christmas parade begins at 5:55 p.m. at N. Ochoa and Texas, proceeding along to Myrtle, San Antonio and Mesa, and back to the tree site along Franklin, Kansas and Texas Ave. Fireworks follow at 7:15 p.m. Festivities film live on El Paso/Las Cruces CW; cable channel 13.

Heart Auction — The Border AIDS Partnership commemorates World Aids Day featuring a silent auction with various artist paintings, entertainment and food 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at El Paso Community Foundation, 333 N. Oregon. All proceeds from the event go to support HIV and AIDS Awareness Programs in Las Cruces, El Paso and Juarez. Tickets: $20. Information: 5334020 or

SOUTHERN NEW MExICO Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older admitted. Tickets sold through Ticketmaster; prices listed do not include service charge. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or

Country bands Diamond Rio (“Meet Me In The Middle,” “Love A Little Longer) and Lonestar (“I’m Already There,” “What About Now”) perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $25-$75.

Flickinger Center for Performing Arts — 1110 New York Ave. Alamogordo. Information: (575) 437-2202 or • The Father Hay School Show is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Call for details. • Saxy Dancer — The show featuring New Mexico saxophone and tap dancers from the Academy of Ballet is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets: $10 ($5 age 12 and younger).

Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The mountain village of Ruidoso hosts the following events though the Christmas season. Information: 1-888-71-LIGHTS (714-4448) or The annual “Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Ruidoso (from Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut), featuring floats packed with seasonal decorations and lights.

City of Las Cruces Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony — The annual ceremony is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Las Cruces. The celebration includes live entertainment, hot chocolate and light snacks. Location to be announced. Information: (575) 541-2000.

Gaudete Brass — The brass quintet performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $5 (Ticketmaster).

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The annual holiday bazaar featuring regional vendors is Dec. 6-8 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, University and El Paseo, Las Cruces, with over 100 booths of homemade arts and crafts; raffles; holiday treats and a “man cave” for sports viewing. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 (free for children under 12). Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. (site of Christmas on the Pecos boat rides). Features wines from eight New Mexico wineries, arts and crafts, holiday entertainment. Tickets available from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes 10 tastings and souvenir glass). Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232 or A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Admission; $25.

A luncheon with Klein is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Paisano Cafe, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, featuring a preview of concert music. Cost: $20 at the door.

Mimbres Hot Springs Ranch Show — the 33rdd annual show and sale is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at Mimbres Hot Spring Ranch in Mimbres, N.M. with stone and terra cotta pottery, fused glass, ornaments, jewelry, painting, wood carvings, note cards and more. Chair massages, kids’ art, gourmet lunch (to purchase), free refreshments, door prizes and live entertainment also available. No pets allowed. Information: To get there: Take Hwy 152 to Mimbres 61. Turn south to Royal John Mine Road (between NM 19 and 20); follow signs 2.5 miles to ranch.

Christmas in Cloudcroft — The Sacramento Mountain community’s holiday season events include: • The annual Pet Parade is Saturday, Dec. 7 along Burro Ave. Call for time. • The 4th annual Lighted

Christmas Parade is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; stores on Burro will be open late for holiday shopping.

‘Christmas in the Foothills’ — The historic Black Range town of Hillsboro, N.M. invites Christmas shoppers for a holiday studio walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Hillsboro Community Center. The celebration offers open houses at art galleries and historic homes as well as holiday activities, food and arts and crafts shows, Clydesdale horse-drawn carriage rides and a “$49.99” art sale. Admission is free. Information: (575) 895-5797. The Percha Bank Museum in Kingston (9 miles west of Hillsboro) will unveil a new historical mural the same day and sell hand-made gifts, home-made pastries and live music. To get there: Take Interstate 25 north from Las Cruces to the NM 152 exit at Caballo, and go west 17 miles. Hillsboro’s Main Street merchants, including restaurants, antique shops, and museums, will all be open, and musicians and singers along Main Street Cont. next page


HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS A celebration of seasonal comedy, song and dance!

LCSO with Ilya Yakushev — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, welcomes guest pianist Ilya Yakushev at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Selections include Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2. Tickets: $35, $40 and $45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or

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Continued from page23...will provide seasonal and regional accompaniment. Holiday celebrations will also be held that day in Kingston (nine miles west of Hillsboro) including vendors at the Spit and Whittle Club. A raffle of original framed pastel painting, “A Chile New Mexico Christmas,” created for the event by Hillsboro artist Judy Madden, is 3:45 p.m. at the center. Tickets: $1; limited amount of the painting’s prints available for sale.

Christmas Light Parade — The Kiwanis club in Deming hosts the lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Deming, N.M. Parade starts at BMX Park on Poplar to Diamond, Spruce and Silver and ends at Courthouse Park with a visit from Santa. Information: (575) 546-9096.

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Electric Light Parade — The 25th annual holiday season parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, along Main Street (from Alameda to College) in Roswell, N.M. A Christmas Caroling Contest precedes the event 4 to 6 p.m. Information: (575) 420-5718. Fiesta Navideña — The Border Book

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Festival hosts its holiday fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with food, music and authentic Mexican holiday traditions including Lotería and a Piñata. Cost: $25; reservations required as space is limited. Las Cruces are location to be announced. Information: (xc 575) 523-3988 or Classic Mexican food dishes include turkey with mole, ensalada de Noche Buena/Christmas Eve salad, pozole, tamales and buñelos with Mexican hot chocolate and Café de la Olla. Proceeds support the 20th Anniversary Border Book Festival, “Maíz: Honoring the Corn Mother,” April 25-27, 2014, as well as yearlong festival programming.

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City of Socorro, N.M. will host its 9th annual arts crawl 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, on the historic plaza and several surrounding shops in Socorro. The event features, live music artwork, food and beverages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927. The city’s official Christmas Electric Light Parade is 6 p.m. on the plaza, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 7:15 p.m.

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— The 3rd annual fiesta in Historic Downtown Silver City is 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, hosted by the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, with tamale and craft vendors and other traditional Christmas and Borderland favorites such as capirotada, bizcochos, Mexican hot chocolate and red-chile ket-

tle corn. Live music by Mariachi Rosas del Desierto and Mariachi Fuego del Sol. Information: (575) 538-1337 or A tardeada is 1 to 3 p.m. with music by Geli and The Heartbreakers. Tamal making workshops are 10 a.m. for adults and 1 p.m. for children at the Silver City Museum.

Las Cruces Half Marathon — The 4th annual URSA Marathon, half-marathon, 5K and Fun Run benefiting Habitat for Humanity is Sunday, Dec. 8, at Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Road in Las Cruces, N.M. Post-race celebration with music and refreshments. Registration: $70 for Marathon; $65 for halfmarathon; $30 for 5K; $20 for fun run. Information: Half marathon begins at 8 a.m., 5K run/walk at 8:15 a.m. and Fun Run at 9:45 a.m. Awards begin at 10 a.m. for 5K and 11 a.m. for half marathon.

Altrusa Christmas Home Tour — Altrusa International of Ruidoso, the non-profit service organization, hosts its 3rd annual home tour 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday,Dec. 8 in Alto, N.M. with door prizes and refreshments, plus tours or area homes decorated for Christmas. Tickets: $20 in advance. Information: (575) 258-4615 or

‘Nora’ — No Strings Theatre presents Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play “The Doll House” Nov. 29-Dec. 15 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Tickets: $12 ($10 students and seniors over 65). Information/reservations: (575) 523-1223 or “Nora” is a minimalist version of the play utilizing five actors who remain on stage throughout. Set on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the plot is a compelling story of a young Victorian wife who is trapped by her own kindness and adherence to standards of what a wife must be.

‘Come Blow Your Horn’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, presents the Neil Simon’s first Broadway comedy smash Dec. 6-22. Directed by Patrick Payne. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10 ($9 seniors, students, military; $8 per person for groups of 10 or more; $7 children under six). Information: (575) 523-1200 or Alan Baker, a thirtysomething swinging bachelor with time, money and women to spare, welcomes rebellious and eager 21-year-old brother Buddy into his den of iniquity while their horrified parents can only watch and pray.



Flash, earned him a record deal with Route 33. After five successful years running his Pickadoll label, John started his own label "Mutants", “I had a real vision about the label,” says John Dahlbäck. “I can hear within a couple of seconds whether a track will fit, and I love doing this kind of organised work – sending out promos and looking for licenses – otherwise I’m just a slave to the studio!”

John Dahlbäck is further testament to the theory that when it comes to overly talented musical homelands, there could indeed be something in Sweden’s water. Born in 1985 in a small village near Stockholm, he landed his first record deal aged just 15 while most of his peers were just discovering clubs. Just a few years later he was already the proud owner of a worldwide respected label, had a string of well-known productions to his name and a reputation for quietly turning out some of the best house melodies you could hope to hear. With a family background boasting more music than the Von Trapps it’s no surprise he was instantly hooked – his mum sings in a jazz band, his dad drummed in a prog rock band, and various aunts and uncles played piano, guitar and more, so he was hardly stuck for inspiration or opinions to help him get

started. Learning the basics on his dad’s Atari computer

he soon established his own style, and his second demo,

a jazz-influenced, deep house number called Night

Although primarily an outlet for John's more experimental tracks from the studio, about 20% of Mutants' output is made up of other artists signed by John. "I like to combine sounds and styles and I still want that emotional twist, but I love the playful and sometimes experimental vibe of house." Despite the fact John can

only play one city in one country a night, he keeps his global fanbase happy (over 200k Facebook likes and counting) with his weekly Mutants Radio Podcast. Whilst John thinks being in front of a microphone ‘feels weird’, he’s fully embraced the importance of digital and social media and uses it as way to interact with his fans as much as possible as he explains, “Feedback’s really important to me. It helps shape my output and decide on future endeavours. I know it’s been said before, but I wouldn’t be where I am without my fans so their voice is crucial. They’re the future really.” Wise and fitting words indeed: John Dahlback and the future are two things that undoubtedly go hand in hand.




Hit longer, not ‘wronger’

Finishing high prevents injury

Tiny by comparison to other modern-day longdrive champions, Jamie Sadlowski, who is a lean 170 pounds at 5 feet 11 inches, consistently produces clubhead speeds in excess of 150 mph (the average PGA Tour player swings about 112 mph). That ability has propelled him to become a two-time Re/Max World Long Drive Champion. Sadlowski is also a scratch player. He creates not only mega-distance, but is also accurate with all his clubs when he plays “real” golf. He has a very long backswing, and even though it goes way past parallel, the club stays on plane. The consistency of the angle of the swing arc allows him to return the clubface correctly at impact. Most long-drive champions have extra-long swings that cross the line at the top but wander off plane. This creates directional problems that are magnified at high swing speeds. This drawback is balanced by the rules of long-drive competition, which require only one ball out of six shots to stay in the 50-yard-wide landing area. Obviously, this is much different than a competition format like the PGA Tour, where every swing counts.

Golfers apparently will do anything to achieve lag at impact, in which the shaft is angled toward the target with the hands leading the clubhead. Henry Cotton, the great English player, instructed his students to pound a rubber tire he stationed on the lesson tee to “feel the late hit.” But hitting a large, heavy object at high speeds isn’t all they felt. I don’t know how many injuries to the wrists and shoulders occur from training aids like this, but Laurence E. Holt of Dalhousie University and Jason Holt of Acadia University give us the scientific reason why this isn’t a good idea. The clubhead has a certain amount of momentum, and it transfers its energy to the ball. Because of the difference in size and makeup of the clubhead (7 or more ounces) and the ball (1.62 ounces), only a portion of the energy is trans-

Many of the long-drive champions are large men, like Mike Dobbyn, the world champion in 2007, who stands 6 feet 8 and weighs 300 pounds, and Tim Burke, the current champion, who won with a drive of 427 yards. He is a tower of power at 6 feet 6, 245 pounds. The man he beat in the finals this year was England’s Joe Miller, no shrimp at 6 feet 4, 245 pounds. So what is Sadlowski’s secret? While you can’t learn “height” (you’re either 6-6 or you’re not), you can learn “length,” i.e., to swing longer without the ball going “wronger.” To give the

power swing a try, you must make two major changes, combined with several minor adjustments.

The majors: 1. Heighten your swing by making it more vertical. You achieve length by making the angle of your lead arm as vertical as you can at the top while still fully turning your back to the target. Flexibility exercises can help you point the arm to 11 o’clock or 11:30; 12 would be even better. 2. Lengthen your backswing by cupping your lead wrist so that at the top, your knuckles move as close to your forearm as they can. Grip the club in such a way that you cup the lead wrist at the top and then keep this cup until the club is released to the ball. This not only allows you to lengthen your swing, but also prevents the clubface from closing down at impact, which it has a tendency to do at high speeds. Snap hooks will derail your experiment quicker than anything. The other adjustments to make for the power swing are a flared back foot to increase your turn and a forward ball position to make sure you take the ball on the upswing. Drives go farthest when you have low spin and high launch, so tee it high and forward. And last, stay behind it as you hit through the ball. While it’s bad English, it’s good advice: If you want to hit it longer without hitting it “wronger,” swing to vertical and cup your lead wrist.



Impact not always music to your ears

“But I’m not getting any younger. If I wait two years, until I’m 55, my backswing might be worse, I might be fatter, I might be more braindead. So what’s the point of that?”

A few years ago, at the PGA Tour’s Ford Championship at Doral, I gave lessons to guests of the sponsors for four days in their corporate tent. In those close quarters, the crack of the driver reverberated, giving me a headache, plus I had trouble sleeping with back spasms and a ringing in my ears. I thought I was going wimpy, but now, in light of new research, I’m not so sure. Researchers at the Seoul National University in South Korea studied the impact noise from hitting a titanium-headed driver. They ABOUT THE WRITER

This tour player’s lead arm is at 11:30 on the clock at the top of his swing, and he has coiled his shoulders so that his back is to the target.

The second key to the power swing is maintaining a cup in the lead wrist all the way down until the club is released to the ball.

ferred. Energy is transmitted in the swing segment by segment, and the remaining energy will come back at you up through the segment chain (hands to shoulders) if you do not have a followthrough long enough to safely dissipate the momentum. Holt and Holt conclude: “The extended follow-through is necessary to avoid injury by spreading the remaining club and body momentum over a sufficient time and distance.” A short, fast swing that runs into resistance at high speeds can cause shoulder and wrist injury. Holt and Holt summarize: “This is one of the reasons why swinging a club at full speed into a bean-bag or some other material that will completely absorb all of the club’s momentum instantly (a practice of some professional players) may be an unproductive and dangerous training gimmick.”

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analyzed the effect of the high-frequency, piercing sound and evaluated the auditory hazards from the exposure. They concluded that “individuals enjoying golf frequently may be susceptible to hearing loss due to the repeated exposure of this intense impact noise with short duration and high frequency. Unprotected exposure to impact noises should be limited to prevent cochlea-vestibular disorders.” The effects include vertigo, hearing loss and/or the ringing in the ear known as tinnitus. So this winter (or anytime), use ear plugs when you practice in close quarters, such as indoor driving ranges.

— Mark Calcavecchia, on taking advantage of a one-year exemption for the “big tour.” ASK THE PRO

Get stronger hamstrings Q: How can I strengthen my hamstrings without using heavy weights? — Marlene A: Walk backward on a treadmill for half the time you’re on it. But be sure to use low speed. (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, email him at:


Longest drivers on tour Here are the stats on the top five players in driving distance on the LPGA and PGA tours for 2013. These distances, particularly for the men, look wimpy in comparison to the professional long drivers (winner of this year’s Re/Max World Long Drive Championship, Tim Burke, hit it 427 yards), but the goals in each competition are different — pure distance vs. distance plus position for the next shot. Also, the tour numbers are averages, and drives on the PGA Tour are measured on two holes per round that go in opposite directions to counteract the effect of wind, and some players don’t use their driver. Heather LeMaster won the 2013 women’s division of the Re/Max Championship with a drive of 306 yards. So the men’s long-drive champion outgunned the top male tour pro by 121 yards, while the women’s champion is only 31 yards longer than her female tour counterpart.


Daydreaming is good for the brain Think you’re wasting time when you daydream about your golf swing? Well, think again. What appears to be a harmless micromistake — letting your mind wander — is really a plus, according to Daniel Goleman in his new book, “Focus,” in which he outlines the power of daydreaming to solve problems like the health care debacle or your boomerang slice. Goleman’s argument has a scientific basis, according to Washington University neuroscientist Marcus Raichle, who discovered there are two separate brain networks — one for specific tasks, the task-positive network, and another for the “wander” mode, called the default mode network, when the mind is scanning the environment while thinking of nothing in particular. Like many of your body’s systems, the two networks are partners; when one turns on, the other switches off. Raichle showed that when your mind begins to wander, you are saving a substantial amount of energy because you use more energy for task thinking and less for scanning. Between 20 percent and 25 percent of the

body’s energy is used to run the brain, so when you’re out on the course for five or more hours of intense focus and fun, you’re using more energy than normal. Basically, it costs you a lot to pay attention. And where does your brain get its energy? Since it can’t make its own, the fuel must be imported, delivered by the blood in the form of a sugar called glucose. When you concentrate for five hours straight during a round of golf, at some point you are going to run low on fuel, so instead of trying to focus for the entire round, you need to develop a routine that allows you to go offline between shots by putting your brain in its wander mode. When I take on a professional client as a student, of course I address his or her golf swing, equipment, etc., but I also help him with a shot routine that activates the default mode while playing to keep the brain in top operating condition. Bottom line: Energy drives the machine you play with.


For many a NASCAR fan, David Ragan, of Unadilla, Ga., is considered one of the sport’s young guns. But as it was brought home to him a week ago at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway, he’s been around the sport quite a while. He’ll turn 28 on Christmas Eve, and he’s been racing for more than half of his life. He’s run seven full seasons in the elite Sprint Cup Series, with two wins, two poles and 34 top10 finishes to his credit. In 99 Nationwide Series starts over the years, with just two full-time campaigns, he’s won twice, taken two poles and posted 46 top-10 finishes. But he was racing in Legends, Allison Legacy cars and Late Models for years before he ever broke into NASCAR. When Ragan returned to Myrtle Beach to compete in the track’s big 400-lapper for Late Model Stock cars, he ran as a teammate to Kaz Grala, who wound up finishing in second place, two spots ahead of Ragan. Grala really is a young guy. He’s just 14 and wasn’t old enough to under-

stand the sport the last time Ragan raced at Myrtle Beach, back in 2003. On the same weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Ragan saw Todd Gilliland, the 13-year-old son of his Sprint Cup teammate David Gilliland, finish second in a Limited Late Model race. “Talking to kids about something that happened at the track in the late 1990s, I realized they probably hadn’t been born then,” Ragan said. “That kind of puts it in perspective.” It also reinforces to Ragan just how lucky he is to compete at the level he does, and to be able to win races like this year’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. “There are a lot of talented drivers out there, but there are only 43 spots available in the Sprint Cup Series,” he said. “I really appreciate every opportunity I’ve ever gotten, and I don’t take anything for granted.” In the 400, Ragan qualified a disappointing 20th, but was satisfied with his fourth-place finish. “We passed a lot of cars,” he said. “And it was

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After seven years in Sprint Cup, young gun David Ragan has been racing for more than half his life

David Ragan won the Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup race in 2013. fun.” After enjoying a Thanksgiving break, Ragan attended the Georgia-Georgia Tech college football game, then headed south to Pensacola, Fla., to compete in the 46th-annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway on Dec. 8. The annual event is the most prestigious in asphalt Late Model racing and over the years has attracted some of NASCAR’s top drivers, including the late Dale Earnhardt. Previous winners include NASCAR

veterans like Darrell Waltrip and Kyle Busch, and shorttrackers like Fayetteville, Ga.’s Ronnie Sanders and Chase Elliott, who, like his father, Bill Elliott, started out racing on short tracks in the Southeast and quickly moved on to one of NASCAR’s top touring circuits. Ragan has run the Derby for the past three seasons, with his best effort coming last year, when he started on the pole and finished eighth behind Erik

Jones, who recently became the youngest winner ever in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. “We had a shot to win it last year,” Ragan said. “We’re going back down there and give it our best shot again.” Ragan will drive his own car at the Derby, and his cousin Brett Ragan, a former car chief at Roush Fenway Racing now working at David Ragan’s Ford dealership in Perry, will serve as his crew chief.



JTG Daugherty announces alliance with RCR JTG Daugherty Racing, which fields the No. 47 driven by A.J. Allmendinger, has announced a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. The team will be switching from Toyotas to Chevrolets as part of the move. “We certainly appreciate all the support that TRD (Toyota Racing Development) has provided to JTG Daugherty Racing for five years, and we are great fans of their business model,” JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said in a release announcing the change. “As a single-car team, we feel that aligning directly with a successful multi-car organization like Richard Childress Racing is what will work best for us in 2014.”

Harvick family escapes house fire Kevin Harvick and his family got a scare last week when a fire broke out in their Oak Ridge, N.C., home. Reports indicated no injuries and only minor damage to their home.

Volkswagen combines luxury, fuel-economy in its flagship Touareg SUV When speaking of luxuries vehicles, Volkswagen isn't a name that instantly comes to mind. Ok, so there was the Phaeton – the short-lived super luxury sedan. That aside, Volkswagen appears to be a working-class brand. But that changes when you consider the Touareg, as it easily takes on the likes of BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and even Porsche. The Volkswagen Touareg (pronounced Tour-regg and named after a tribe of nomads from sub-Saharan Africa) is a luxury crossover vehicle that’s been in the German automaker’s lineup since 2002. Now in its second generation, the Touareg’s design is fairly conservative and shouldn’t be offensive to anyone. In fact, the Touareg is a close cousin to Porsche’s own

SUV, the Cayenne, and the two share similar proportions. The midsize Touareg seats five and comes with either a gas engine, a diesel engine, or as a hybrid. Regardless of the powerplant, all Touaregs are fitted with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed transmission. I recently had the opportunity to spend a week with a diesel model and was amazed at just how much this VW delivered in terms of performance, luxury and fuel economy. The Touareg TDI uses a 3.0 liter turbodiesel V6 engine that plays to the tune of 240 hp and a remarkably impressive 406 lb-ft of torque. But what is even more amazing is that it is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway – topping the Hybrid version which gets 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. As you can see, diesels are the industries best kept secret! Volkswagen offers the Touareg TDI three ways – as the Sport, the Lux, and the top-dog Executive. As the Sport, the Touareg is fitted with 18” wheels,

power and heated front seats, leatherette interior and a dualzone climate control system. The Lux gets the Sport’s features along with larger 19” wheels, a navigation system, leather interior and a panoramic roof. The Executive comes in really nice on 20” wheels and ads a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition and a Premium sound system to the list of features.

seat does limit seating occupant seating to five, but those five are in comfort. The 60/40 splitrear seat can slide a good 6 inches and even features reclining seatbacks. Behind the back seat, there is 32 cubic feet to play with; put the back seats down and that expands to 64 cubic feet. And if you really need to put the Touareg to work, it is capable of towing 7,700 pounds.

The interior of the Touareg, although not very flashy, does boast high-quality materials and top-notch build quality. Most controls are large and easy to use – no confusion here. The lack of a third row

There is a sense of control when driving the Touareg. It feels just as heavy as its nearly 5000 pound curb weight, which is good indication that it’s not a light, wimpy, SUV wanna-be. Continues on next page


NUMERICALLYSPEAKING Bonus points earned by Matt Kenseth for Bonus points earned by David Ragan, 28th 56 leading laps in 2013, tops among all Sprint 18 in the final Sprint Cup points standings, the 11

Cup drivers.

most of any driver outside the top 15.

Bonus points earned by Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer, the fewest of all drivers who made the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup.

68 Sprint Cup races in 2013 by Dale Earnhardt


Positions gained in the last 10 percent of

Jr., tops among all drivers.

Continued from page 29 Some may scoff at the Touareg’s 240 hp but it’s the torque that matters and the Touareg TDI has plenty of it. Power comes on very low, so the Touareg feels nothing short of a freight-train. Best of all, with all that power, it’s nice to know that it isn’t pulling in single digits in terms of gas mileage. The ride of the Touareg is smooth and VW has done a fantastic job making the Touareg come off as feeling like a quiet luxury sedan, absorbing every bump and bruise that the wheels encounter.

Being in Volkswagen’s lineup for nearly 14 years, the Touareg has proven it is not a Phaetonflop. If you’re into German luxury vehicles and have a need for an SUV – but can’t come to By The Numbers:

terms with sub 20-mpg fuel economy, the Touareg TDI needs to be high on your list. - Christopher A. Randazzo

2013 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport Base Price: $47,445.00 Price as Tested: $48,320.00 Layout: front-engine / all-wheel drive Engine: 3.0 liter V6 turbo diesel Transmission: 8-speed automatic Horsepower: 240 hp Torque: 406 lbs-ft EPA Fuel Economy: 20 city / 29 highway mpg [Visit me at or email me at]


Iowa Speedway purchased by NASCAR; will host Nationwide and Camping World Series in 2014 In recent months, there have been questions about the future and the finances of Iowa Speedway, the .875-mile track in Newton, Iowa, that was designed by Rusty Wallace and has drawn praise from drivers and fans alike. Veteran track manager Doug Fritz left the track several months ago, and there were published reports indicating that the track was behind on some of its bills, even though it drew good crowds for its NASCAR-sanctioned Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races as well as the IndyCar events run there since the track opened in September 2006. But any doubts about the track were erased last week with the announcement that NASCAR had purchased the venue. “Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development, said in a release announcing the

purchase. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans. “NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute firsthand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans — much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.” Iowa Speedway already has announced its 2014 schedule, and it includes two Nationwide races, one on May 18 and the other on Aug. 2. There will also be one Camping

World Truck Series event in conjunction with the IndyCar series on July 11-12, and two NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. Although many consider the purchase by NASCAR to be a sign that a Sprint Cup race will be held at the track, since NASCAR controls the schedule for all of its major divisions, the announcement said that there are no immediate plans to host Cup races at Iowa. There will be a gathering in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon. Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. For more information visit


Austin Dillon has impressive 2013 Nationwide season; claims Series title without having won a race faded to 14th at the finish. He left his home track seventh in the points standings, 55 points behind then-leader Regan Smith. But over the final 23 races, Dillon had 17 top10 finishes, and 11 of those were top-5s. In hindsight, the numbers look even more impressive to those who understand a season-long points race, as it’s more important to finish consistently high in the running order than to win occasionally and have poor finishes in other races. Dillon’s comeback seems almost scripted, and he said it was in large part a matter of following a master plan. “We did a good job of setting goals 10 to 15 weeks ago,” Dillon said. “We did a good job of making up points.” Dillon’s worst finish down the stretch was a 21st on the road course at Mid-Ohio. That weekend saw him fill in for the injured Tony Stewart in StewGetty Images for NASCAR

Just how Austin Dillon’s 2013 Nationwide Series championship will be remembered won’t be known for some time. It may be that people remember that he won the title without winning a race. Or it could be that the focus will be on his battle down the stretch with eventual runner-up Sam Hornish Jr. — a battle that ended at HomesteadMiami Speedway with a bit of controversy, as 12 laps of caution were run in the final 17 laps, ending any chance Hornish had of overtaking Dillon, who wasn’t running nearly as well as Hornish in that race. But it may be that as time goes by, the NASCAR world will focus on the remarkable reversal of fortunes that Dillon and his No. 3 Chevrolet team at Richard Childress Racing experienced over the final two thirds of the season. Back in the 10th race of the season, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dillon started on the pole, but

NOTEBOOK Josh Wise leaving Front Row Motorsports Front Row Motorsports posted a message on its Facebook page last week stating that Josh Wise, driver of the team’s No. 35 Ford for the past two seasons, has accepted a job driving for another, as yet unnamed, team beginning next season. The team said it plans to continue fielding the No. 35 and will likely have several different drivers share the ride. Wise ran 35 races this season, with an average finish of 34.9 and a best finish of 19th in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega, a race in which his teammates David Ragan and David Gilliland finished 1-2.

Almirola family announces new member Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Ford at Richard Petty Motorsports, and his wife, Janice, announced the birth of their daughter, Abby Lynn Almirola, who was born last Thursday. Abby joins big brother, Alex.

Nationwide Series 2013 champion Austin Dillon. art’s No. 14 Sprint Cup car at Michigan in addition to racing at Mid-Ohio. Because of the travel, he had to start in the rear at Mid-Ohio, but Dillon said that wasn’t a factor. “Every time you get a chance to run a Cup car, it’s good experience,” he said of running the more powerful Sprint Cup cars.

“It opens your eyes to how hard you can run a Nationwide car at certain places. “At Mid-Ohio, we had to start in the back, but we got our track position back right off the bat. We wound up getting beaten around at the end of the race. Those road-course races have a way of ending up like races on the quarter-

mile at Bowman Gray Stadium. You have to play offense.” The next week, Dillon bounced back to finish third at Bristol Motor Speedway and move to second in points, six behind Hornish. From then on, over the final 10 races, it was essentially a two-driver con-

test. By season’s end, the closest challenger, Smith, in third place, was 72 points out of the lead. “The last few weeks were tough,” Dillon said. “Sam is a very tough competitor. He’s won championships in IndyCar, and he knows what he’s doing. “We knew he wasn’t going to lay over. He sure didn’t make it easy on us. It was a battle I’ll always remember. I’m glad we pulled it out.” Now Dillon is preparing for his rookie season in Cup, a run that most likely will see him bring the No. 3 to the Cup circuit for the first time since Dale Earnhardt died in 2001. Earnhardt spent the bulk of his career driving for Dillon’s grandfather, Richard Childress, who now fields Dillon’s cars. Dillon will also be getting a new teammate in veteran Ryan Newman, who is moving over from Stewart-Haas Racing to drive the No. 31 Chevrolet formerly driven by Jeff Burton, whose 2014 plans have not been announced. Dillon said he’s looking forward to learning from Newman, who has 17 Cup and seven Nationwide victories in his career. “He’s won races everywhere he’s been,” Dillon said. “And he’s a lot like us. He’s a family guy. He loves to hunt and fish and spend time in the outdoors. “He’s also very smart, and talented. I’m looking forward to pulling knowledge from him.”

Photo by Joshua McHugh, courtesy of Filipacchi Publishing.







Home Can be Hipper the Second Time Around By Rose Bennett Gilbert

Q: We are second-time young marrieds and

want to start fresh when decorating our new house — no carryovers from either "starter marriage" (I had Early American, while his was Bauhaus modern). What's new and fun? Can you show something to get us thinking?

A: I could show you 100 fresh, fun "some-

things," thanks to Michael Lassell, author of a new book showcasing 100 projects that he calls "the last word on modern interiors." That may be a bit of a pun: The "word" comes from the pages of the Metropolitan Home magazine, which has now ceased publication. The magazine's loss is a book-lover's gain. Titled "Design 100" (Filipacchi Publishing), the book offers an insider tour of modern interiors by top designers all across the county. And there's nary a cliche in its 240 pages. The pictured eccentric living room is the love child of Jonathan Adler, the potter-turned-contemporary designer of furniture and furnishings that smack of 1950s but take on a new life of their own, thanks to Adler's wonderfully wacky way of looking at things. This is the sitting room

Fun, familiar, and yet unique, there's no place like this home designed by Jonathan Adler. Photo by Joshua McHugh, courtesy of Filipacchi Publishing. of a New York City penthouse, but its unconventional attitude could translate almost anywhere. Takeaways include the black-and-white color scheme (revved up with jolts of turquoise and screaming pink); the interesting interplay of textures (slick, dark wood floor against shag — yes, shag — rug); and dramatic scale of the furnishings (towering lamps on dainty nesting tables). This is hardly your erstwhile Early American or run-of-the-Bauhaus modern! Author Lassell calls it "playfully glamorous." "There's no other place remotely like it," Lassell concludes. COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM.



Lukewarm about a Traditional Bath? Q: I like contemporary design, but my wife is into more traditional decor. We are adding a master suite to our house (which is mostly traditional — guess who rules this roost!) There will be two baths, his and hers, and I am determined that "his" will be con-

temporary. I would consider any ideas for blending our tastes, if that's possible.

A: Not only is it possible, "blendship" seems to be the latest word in design, at least for the millennials, children of the post WWII boomer generation, born between 1980 and circa 2000. The darlings of the marketing

pros, millennials are mad about modern, as in cutting-edge now ! It's OK for their parents to fawn over mid-century modern, but the next generation wants to come home to minimalist rooms — cool, calming, serene and uncluttered. Candice Olson is one designer who knows how to turn all those adjectives into living spaces. Author and star of

Warm wood walls and textured flooring take the chill off an ultra-contemporary, prize-winning bath. Photo courtesy Duravit. HGTV's "Divine Design," she has just created a collection of cool rugs for Surya that debuted at the High Point, N.C., Furniture Market last week. "Urban Contemporary," as Candice calls the look, is all about sleek and clean. But her definition of "cool" includes a generous helping of warmth. According to the designer, the millennials want their hardedged, angular contemporary softened with "natural materials like wood, leather, and wool." The rooms she showed were balanced with textures — pile — even shag! — carpeting on the floor, weathered wood paneling on the walls, like that. Home should be a retreat from the millennials' high-pressure real lives, Candice said. Take, for example, the ER doctor who asked her to create a home that would be serene and free of the chaos and drama that dominated his day job. "For him, minimalism was perfect," she said. So she curated and edited, using angular, geometric furnishing and just enough texture — supplied by shag rugs — to take off the chill. It's the wood walls and tradi-

tional herringbone floor that takes the chill — but not the thrill — away from the ubermodern bath we show here. Designed by the firm Alberto/Esteban (Alberto Mizuno and Esteban Cruces), it's literally a winner. Duravit, the venerable German company known for out-there designs in bathroom furniture, just gave this bath an honorable mention in its first design competition, the Duravit Designer Dream Bath Competition. The Canadian architect Nicolas Koff was the top winner in the competition, but I thought the Alberto/Esteban bath might inspire you with its warm woods and vigorous textures balanced against Duravit's luxuriously


By Rose Bennett Gilbert

sleek DuraStyle products. Stay tuned for more trends and ideas that surfaced at the vast High Point Furniture Market. The Market's approximately 80 million square feet of show space are vibrant with the latest in designs for everything from sofas and chandeliers to fabrics, lamps, light fixtures and rugs. We may not cover all 80 million square feet, but Decor Score's Market Report will continue next week ... and the next. Rose Bennett Gilbert is the coauthor of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design. COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM


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