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20th Annual Posadas Celebration and Luminaria Lighting Festival December 21, 2013 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM San Elizario Historic District / Veterans Memorial Plaza The Annual Posadas Presentation is an important part of the Mexican Christmas celebration. The word 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 begin at Veterans Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. It will be followed by Live Music, featuring the Sweet Adelines and other groups. There will be a special appearance by Danza Matachin Pavo Real and the traditional Christmas Star Piñata ceremony. The Luminaria Lighting of over 3,000 luminarias in the San Elizario Historic District will take place shortly after sundown and remain lit throughout the evening. Traditional fare and arts & crafts will be on hand. The 3rd annual Christmas Bicycle Giveaway, of over 50 new bicycles, will be presented and Mr & Mrs Santa Claus will be onhand. The event is free to the public and Sponsored by the San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society. Information: 915-851-1682



How to enjoy the holidays without the stress Sharon Naylor


he holiday season

can be immensely stressful, even though it's supposed to be a time for light, peace and reflection. For many people, the season requires a crush of holiday travel, speeding through visits with family and financial expenses that strain the household budget -- from gifts to plans for entertaining to cooking the big holiday meal. Even attending parties and kids'

stress during the holidays, and when you add in poor nutrition from those holiday party menus, as well as lack of sleep from all of the necessary cleaning and gift-wrapping, the holidays can be a marathon of pressure and exhaustion. One solution to this holiday crush of activity is to move a holiday event to the week after Christmas. It might be your neighborhood "ugly Christmas sweater" party. Or even Christmas dinner itself, with more members of your

of planning a postChristmas party:

espresso maker, a cute holidaythemed cupcake tree, and more party ware.

to each of your guests far in advance of the holidays -- at least eight

You and your guests are less pressured and free of the swirl of daily obligations and activities. With the wave of parties over with, you won't all be glued to your cellphones, handling the business of travel plans, canceled flights, emails from hosts, and other holiday party and gift business.

You can set out all of those bottles of wine that you received as presents during the holiday season, cutting down on your party beverage needs and expenses.

weeks prior to your party -- so that your guests can make arrangements to attend and have a great postholiday event to look forward to. Send out your invitations at least six weeks prior, with an RSVP date of four weeks prior, Orsini says, so that you know how many people you'll have to cook for, or set a place at the table for, if you'll need to rent chairs, etc. All of your party details will then be set and secured way in advance, which is far better than fielding RSVPs during the hectic holiday season.

Your kids may be off from school, which means they can help with party crafts, cooking, setting up, and other tasks. These can be made into fun, family shared activities. College-aged kids may be home as well, enabling them to see all of the relatives, and also help with your party preparations.

This new plan might be so popular that it becomes a new tradition, enjoyed by you and by your guests, who all relish the chance to just relax and enjoy everyone's company. Your party may be seen as a "saving the best for last" get-together. One quick note that party planner Jenny Orsini suggests: Send out a save

the date card or email

And make the party food easier on yourself by setting up a buffet and several stations around your home so that once the food is out, it's out. You can certainly heat up a fresh batch and replenish halfway through the party, but a buffet is much less work than serving course after course of a holiday sit-down meal. And be your own best friend during this event. Let yourself relax and enjoy your guests. Don't sweat the minor details, and don't talk about how stressful the holidays were for you. Just enjoy and your guests will, too. SEE PAGE 9 COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM

Your holiday decor is still up and ready for your party guests' admiration. There's no exhaustion from last-minute decorating the night before your party, or before your houseguests arrive for the week prior to the party. Travel is often much easier for your guests, since they're not driving on highways filled with party-hopping guests or slow-moving traffic. Flights, too, may be less likely to be delayed with the volume of travelers diminished. school holiday concerts can be anxiety inducing with every day of the week packed with plans and obligations. This revved-up season begins before Thanksgiving in many cases, so it's weeks upon weeks of stress, rushing and spending. It's no wonder that so many people experience higher

family able to make it to your house once their travel to inlaws has been achieved the week before. Moving your party to a quieter, calmer, postfrazzle date can let you recharge and actually enjoy your get-together.

With 50 to-dos off your list, you'll have more energy to plan and not be the simmering, resentful host whose negative energy is palpable at the party. Fatigue can do that to you.

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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 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,”

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.” 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 visit the ABTPA website at

The Miners have some internal team problems that are starting to show on the floor. Justin Crosgile and Mckenzie Moore did not play in UTEPs momentous loss to New Orleans on Monday Night. Coach Floyd was quoted as saying "distractions were a real pain to us this week, were gonna have a team that is not going to be constant maintenance". He described Crosgile as a distraction. The Miners fall 71-69 at home versus a struggling New Orleans (3-4). Jaylan Ragland lead UTEP with 19 points and missed a last second three pointer that would've given the Miners a win. The New Orleans Privateers shot for .509 while the

Miners shot for just .449. UTEP will now face Northwestern State on Thursday in what will be a much needed win at home. The Miners are now 5-5 and really need to finish strong in this non-conference stretch. The Miners will be tested at Washington State on Dec 21st. Beating a Pac-12 foe would help their strength of schedule especially after losing to New Orleans. Mckenzie Moore still leads the team in points with 13.6 per game. Jon Bohannon leads the team in rebounds with 6.9 per game.


EPCC Students RISE to the Occasion The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) team attended the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Nashville, Tennessee. Jesus Gutierrez received one of three awards given to sophomore students in the Chemistry category. He conducted his work on Phytoremediation using Graminoids and was supervised by EPCC Chemistry Professor, Dr. Socorro Arteaga. This year 1600 student abstracts were accepted for presentation and 180 awards were given in different scientific fields and student classifications. EPCC RISE students, under the direction of Dr. Maria Alvarez, have received a total of 16 awards at this annual event competing against students from colleges and universities across the US and Puerto Rico. Now in its fourteenth year, ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference for minority students to pursue advanced training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), attracting approximately 3,300 individuals, including 1,700 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists as well as 1200 faculty, program directors and administrators. Students come from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in STEM related and many have conducted independent research. Jesus Gutierrez

El Paso Museum of History to host a Traditional Posada The El Paso museum of History at 510 North Santa Fe Street will host a Traditional Posada on Thursday, December 19, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. The purpose is to bring back our traditions and to have a good time enjoying with friends and family. We will ask for Posada, you are welcome to bring your own candles. There will be live music, villancicos, tamales, hot chocolate, piñata and candy. This event is free and open to all.

Las Posadas or “lodging” is a nine-day celebration with ori-

gins in Spain, now celebrated chiefly in Mexico for over 400 years, Guatemala and parts of the Southwestern United States, beginning December 16 and ending December 24, on evenings. For more information and to reserve a seat, contact Marilú Valenzuela Alemán at 915.351.3588 or email at Images: Courtesy of Google


Weather 101

By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

Beware of the Wind Chill

The wind chill factor is a temperature that meteorologists use to indicate how cold it feels to our unprotected skin. It’s a measure of how much heat your body will lose when you factor in the actual air temperature and the wind speed (wind will rob your body of heat by blowing away the warmer air that surrounds the skin). For example, it the temperature outside is 35 degrees but the winds are gusting to 25 miles per hour; it will actually feel like 25 degrees.

Remember though, the wind chill is not an exact measurement. The sun, if during the day, will provide some warming to counteract the chill. A person’s weight will also determine the wind chill to a certain degree. Thinner folks will lose heat faster than a heavier person. The wind chill only affects humans or animals (those living or breathing that have skin) not plants or inanimate objects such as a motorcycle or car. The only consequence of the wind chill to an inanimate object is that it will cool it faster to the ambient temperature (actual air temperature) faster than without wind. The best defense against the wind chill is to dress in layers.

Weather Trivia: Who is credited with developing the wind chill chart? A. Two Antarctic explorers in the 1940’s B. The National Weather Service C. Local El Paso National Weather Service meteorologist John Fausett D. A 1954 National Iditarod Dog Sled Champion Answer: A – Two Antarctic explores in the 1940s.

This is certainly a tough time of the year to spend much time outdoors. Not only will the cold air rip right through you the wind chills can make it brutal.

“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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Agents Offer Checklist for Texans Buying Health Insurance Inside or Outside the Exchange

Mark Bellman, president of the Texas Association of Health Underwriters, offered this assessment of the dilemma that many consumers may experience: “So many consumers will be focused on the pricing of the coverage available and may not be taking the time to consider details that, if known, might cause them to make other selections. The cheapest deal may not be the best deal.” Bellman continued, “Questions like, ‘Is my current doctor included in the plan?’; ‘How much will my out-ofpocket expenses be?’; and ‘Will I be able to receive the same medications that I’m currently taking?’ are among an array of important details that most will want to know before making a choice. Many will discover, after it’s too late, that their doctor or preferred hospital are not in the networks of the plan they select.” Because of complications in using the website immediately following its rollout, consumers now have until December 23, 2013, to purchase policies that will take effect January 1, 2014. Overall enrollment for the year will end on March 31, 2014. Members of the association that Bellman leads are working feverishly to help Texans meet the deadline and make the right choices at no charge to the consumer, a fact that many fail to realize, since agent commissions are paid by insurers. Bellman added, “The cost of pur-

chasing a policy will be the same for a consumer that uses an agent as one that does not. The commissions an insurer expects to pay are already built into the cost of a plan, so the price inside or outside the Exchange is the same whether or not an agent is involved.”

ernment is funding to assist consumer sign-up are recognized groups that make significant contributions to our society. While their efforts are well-intentioned, we may be placing an unrealistic burden on them given their lack of expertise and experience in providing counsel on coverage options and in managing sensitive personal data.” Reports of efforts to defraud consumers have led state and federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, to warn consumers to be cautious in providing social security numbers, credit cards, bank accounts and other personal information to individuals purporting to be involved in assisting with insurance registration.

He continued, “Consumers are, in a way, leaving money on the table if they don’t seek the assistance of insurance professionals in shopping for coverage that best meets their needs and preferences.”

“Benefit advisers’ experience and insight are not the only reasons to seek their help. Health agents are required to meet strict state-level exam-based licensing laws and annual continuing education requirements, as well as significant federal and state privacy, security and market conduct requirements,” Bellman stated.


(AUSTIN, TEXAS – December 16, 2013) With some progress being reported on repairs to, many consumers are moving forward with efforts to purchase coverage through the electronic marketplace. However, gaining access to the website may only be the beginning of an exercise that could leave many consumers uncertain about key details regarding the coverage they choose.

Following is a brief checklist covering some of the considerations that health agents address with their customers when assisting them in choosing coverage:

1) Check whether your doctor and hospital preferences are included in the plan’s network. 2) Check to determine what you will have to pay out-of-pocket on things like deductibles, co-pays, and possibly co-insurance. 3) Make sure the plan covers any medical services or benefits that you require as well as future health care needs you may have. 4) Make sure the plan covers any prescriptions that you must take. 5) Ask about processing time and what will happen after you apply so you will know what to expect. Bellman commented, “Many of the navigator organizations that the gov-

“It would seem to be a bit of a nobrainer on whether to engage a trained professional at no cost to offer guidance on a decision of this importance,” he added. Bellman concluded, “We just want consumers to understand we’re here to provide peace of mind with their enrollment decisions at no charge to them.” Individuals wanting to locate a health agent in their area may do so at Texas Association of Health Underwriters (TAHU) is a state trade association representing licensed health insurance agents, brokers, consultants and benefit professionals who serve the health insurance needs of employers seeking health insurance coverage. TAHU is a state chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

City’s Holiday Operational Schedule Due to the holidays, there will be some operational schedule changes to assist in providing service to the community while also allowing city employees time to celebrate the holidays with their family. ***The week of December 16, 2013, City Hall will be open Monday through Friday

from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ***The week of December 23, 2013, City Hall will be closed and City Council meeting will be cancelled. (City employees are required to take vacation/personal leave during this week). Please see complete listing below:




Preparing vegetarian-friendly holiday meals

ence before you plan your festive menu.

Chelle Cordero

Yum! Honey-glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, deviled eggs and creamy cranberry salad -- it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas dinner. Prepare for fun times as family and friends gather around the table. But what are you going to cook for your favorite nephew who decided to go vegetarian? Don't fret. There are delicious alternatives that the whole family, carnivores and herbivores alike, will enjoy.

First, let's learn the difference between vegetarian diets. Loosely defined, a vegetarian does not eat meat. A "Noah-vegetarian" will eat fish but no meats or poultry. "Lacto-ovo-vegetarians" eat milk products (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.) and eggs, but no meat, poultry, seafood or fish. "Lacto-vegetarians" eat milk products, but not eggs, meat, poultry, seafood or fish. Vegans will not eat any animal byproducts, including dairy, eggs, honey and most gelatins. Know your audi-

Today's groceries offer a full complement of tasty vegetarian alternatives. There are tofu-turkeys, garden patties and meatless (soy) crumbles if you really want to keep a looks-likemeat dish on the table. Check out the variety of vegetables and legumes that can be diced, sliced, seasoned, and grilled or sauteed to make colorful, tasty protein-rich entrees. A holiday meal should be festive, hearty and special, but it doesn't have to be meat, dairy, fish or eggs. It's all in the presentation. Before you give up on some of your favorite recipes, learn what items can be substituted. Use soy, almond, rice or coconut milk in recipes calling for dairy milk. Substitute half of a mashed banana with a half-teaspoon of baking powder or a tablespoon of powdered flaxseed soaked in 3 tablespoons of water for each egg in a recipe. Vegetable shortening or light olive oil can substitute for butter. Use vegetable broth, soy sauce and flour or cream of tartar for an au jus gravy. Lightly puree sauteed and seasoned green beans in place of chopped liver. An easy and safe source for some substitutes are foods labeled kosher/pareve (no meat or dairy products used), and depending on what is available in your neighborhood grocery, you'll find soups, meat substitutes and gelatin for dessert or cooking. Not

all substitutions will taste like the original recipe, so experiment now and then to see what works for you.

Here are a few recipes for a delicious and festive Christmas dinner: Start with a can of pureed pumpkin for a cream-based soup. Saute sage, garlic and onion, add a can of vegetable broth and a half-cup of heavy cream or milk substitute with up to three teaspoons of white wine vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper and top with grated cheese or cheese substitute if desired. A creamy pumpkin base also works well mixed with a thick barley and vegetable soup, or with pureed black beans and fresh tomatoes seasoned with garlic, cumin and allspice.

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Ratatouille is a flavorful one-pan dish of stewed vegetables and served with toasted bread, pasta or rice. The beauty of this dish is its individuality, which allows the chef to show off culinary expertise. Common vegetables include chunks of tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, onion

and eggplant; other vegetables like corn, parboiled potato, broccoli and cauliflower are optional. Saute vegetables with garlic, onions, marjoram, basil, bay leaf and thyme in olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Some cooks like to saute the vegetables separately and combine them in a casserole with a little vegetable broth before baking in a hot oven. Do not overcook. The dish is colorful and will go well on any holiday table. COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM

TWISTS ON EGGNOG RECIPES Fresh, festive tips to spice up this holiday favorite Sharon Naylor

Eggnog is one of those iconic holiday drinks -- rich and creamy -- and often part of families' toast traditions on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Eggnog bars are a new trend at holiday parties. Guests can choose from alcoholic or non-alcoholic "nogs," as well as from unique eggnog recipes such as pumpkin or chocolate flavored. Eggnog has entered the same world of flavor variety as coffee and tea, with many flavors to choose from, as well as different kinds of spiked varieties. According to the Egg Safety Council, making your own eggnog from scratch may be a bit healthier than buying premade containers from the dairy section at your grocery.

Some premade, nonorganic eggnogs contain very little egg and more highfructose corn syrup and artificial coloring than you may wish to ingest. The site offers a variety of eggnog recipes to get your creativity going, including an eggnog blend made with apple pie filling, caramel ice cream topping, and cinnamon and pumpkinpie spice for holiday flavor.

Here are some other twists on traditional eggnog recipes: •Add a liquor-soaked kick to your eggnog by making an eggnog martini using vanilla vodka, cinnamon schnapps and a peppermint candy garnish. •Create a turbo-charged coffee blend of eggnog and espresso. •Borrow a favorite eggnog recipe from Martha Stewart (recipes

on her website): eggnog with spiced Mexican chocolate and brandy. •Make it a spiked trio with brandy, rum and whiskey for a powerful eggnog drink. •Add holiday flavor with vanilla and peppermint. Use peppermint schnapps for flavor or simply put crushed candies on the rim of your glass. •Get historically inspired. According to the Egg Safety Council, George Washington was a big fan of eggnog. He liked his made with rum, brandy and sherry. •Go Caribbean with spiced rum, remembering that light rum will keep your drink light-colored, and dark rum will darken your mix. •Add creamy cinnamon flavor to your eggnog with the new Velvet Cinn from the Cruzan rum family. •Go Southern by only putting bourbon in your eggnog. •Go Latin American with

shaved coconut, coconut milk and spiced liqueur. Celebrity chef Alex Garcia offers a recipe for coconut rum eggnog on •Food Network star Sandra Lee also offers a recipe for her white chocolate eggnog on •Celebrity chef Bobby Deen shares his recipe for eggnog made with hot apple cider and brandy, with a dash of nutmeg for extra holiday taste on However, your twist on eggnog might not even be a drink. Recipe sites such as, and are filled with directions on how to make eggnog cheesecake, pie, flan, cake pops, puddings and other treats. The recipes focus on rich, authentic eggnog creaminess, with spices that make these dishes holiday-worthy for your party guests and houseguests.

The treats also work well as a bringalong hostess gift when you are invited to a holiday party or cookie exchange. Be ready, though. Guests are going to ask you for the recipe, so print out a collection of recipe cards to bring with you so that you don't need to remember to email your recipe to people who asked. And while you're at it, give your eggnog recipe a twist with a fun and festive name to put the perfect finishing touch on your new signature eggnog recipe. COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM


Fashion's Passion for Purple It's official. Purple is the new emerald green. And it's blooming with a new radiance. Pantone, the global color authority, has announced that "Radiant Orchid — a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple" is the color of the year for 2014. "While the 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "It's an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones. Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health." Now who wouldn't want to wear a dose of that? Naturally, fashion designers have developed a passion for purple this spring. Expect to see a whole range of purples heating up the months ahead. But you don't have to wait until next year to perk up your wardrobe with purple.

"Radiant Orchid is the perfect color to chase away the harsh winter blues," says Don O'Neill, creative director of Theia. The pink-toned purple shows up with a passion in Theia's spring runway collection. "This color is the color of love, nurturing, kindness and empathy. It's bathed in positivity." How could this new hue NOT make you feel good? O'Neill suggests incorporating the new purples into your life a little at a time, starting with accessories.

"Look for silk scarves, cute sweaters and jewelry with purple accents," he says. "This color works great

Pantone's color of the year, Radiant Orchid, blooms in resort and spring collections. Featured: Theia's printed silk organza cocktail dress.

with the basic neutrals that are staples in most everyone's wardrobes — black, navy blue, denim and white." Purple accessories are turning up everywhere, from sexy suede heels at Piperlime to bright flip-flops at Havaianas. Handbags, clutches, earrings and bracelets ... you can add a touch of purple to energize all your clothes. O'Neill encourages us to make a bold move and experiment with wearing Radiant Orchid from head to toe for festive occasions and special events. How about stepping out in the new hue in a colorful cocktail dress on New Year's Eve? Theia features glowing party dresses and evening gowns in duchess satins and printed silk organza in its 2014 resort and spring collections. Purple with pizzazz! But you can get ahead of fashion's passion for purple by tweaking a few things in your beauty routine. Think a new shade of eye shadow, blush or nail polish. Lips are even getting a hit of the new pinky-purple color, which complements a variety of skin tones. Now purple hair? Hmmmm ... think we will leave that one up to Kelly Osbourne. She does it so well. 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 2013 CREATORS.COM


Healthy Lifestyle Pop Quiz: Is It Better to Give or to Receive? This December holiday season, we're all rushing around, doing whatever we can to fulfill our vision of Happy Holidays. And I know some of you are wondering about this question from the Healthy Lifestyle Hit Parade: "Is it better to give or to receive?" As Santa knows, you can do both. You can navigate the season with more joy, less stress and a satisfying new sense of balance. Ahh ... balance. Humor me: Try tree pose, a classic yoga asana that gives you a delicious experience of steadiness. Try it now, but first do it freestanding, attempting to balance on a strong right leg with your left leg bent and tucked into the side of your standing leg. Fix your gaze. Accept the wobblies. Smile when you fail. Now do it holding on to a wall. See what happens when you give yourself the support you need? The struggle vanishes! And it's that relaxed feeling of no struggle that you want to take with you into the December frenzy, especially the part that has to do with how many gifts you buy and how much you spend. I'll have more to say about this next week in my annual takedown of Gross Materialism.

GIVE TO YOURSELF FIRST. You know that cheerful airplane safety video that tells you what to do when — God forbid — the breathing mask drops in front of your face? First, take care of yourself, the announcer says, and then help others. That's an en-

lightened path to follow this December, when there are so many pulls and tugs on our time. We give up going for walks and riding our bikes, and start canceling Zumba classes, and extending our credit.

(Holiday Anxiety Syndrome), take 10 minutes every day to dive deep. Through meditation or mindfulness, reset your intention to stay calm, be compassionate and express gratitude for that third fruitcake.

Exact wrong strategy. This December, you want to add , not subtract, to the time you take to relax and work out. The best offense is a good defense, and exercise —we're talking science now! - is your best friend when it comes to keeping your spirits and immune system high, and your blood pressure low. Exercise regulates your breathing and calms you down. (So will vodka, but deep breathing won't give you a headache the next morning.)

So much for giving. What about receiving?

Exercise gets your juices flowing and your dendrites dancing, and that gives you an improved sense of well-being. (Time on Facebook has the opposite effect.)

Another definition: "To receive is to have a particular type of treatment or experience." Yes! Set yourself up to receive a good massage in the next few weeks, experience a thrilling "Messiah" performance or take a special friend to lunch.

And yes, scheduling yourself for more, not fewer, workout sessions will also burn up some of those extra eggnogian calories that sneak into our diets this December, often disguised as good wine, dark chocolates and way too many sugar cookies. Resist, if you can, but if you can't, don't beat yourself up. Negative emotions lead to midnight meltdowns involving large quantities of ice cream. When you do overeat this holiday season, give yourself instant forgiveness and get right back to your Smart-Eating routine the next day. Giving yourself extra time for reflection is another strategy for easing more gracefully into the new year. If you're one of the millions who suffers from HAS

Come out of tree pose and think about this: According to the online Macmillan Dictionary, to receive — definition No. 1 — is "to get something that someone gives or sends to you." If you know what gift you'd like to receive this year, ask for it. It's that simple. And what a big relief to the giver.

Receiving the spirit of the season has nothing to do with long lines at Wal-Mart or more stuff in your stocking. To receive is to "react to something in a particular way." So, be particular about how you spend your holiday time. React with love, acceptance and forgiveness. Keep your sense of balance, and when your tree pose feels wobbly, reach for the wall and smile. ENERGY EXPRESS-

O! GIVE UP, RECEIVE FULLY "When you truly give up trying to be whole through others, you end up receiving what you always wanted from others." —Shakti Gawain 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, marilynnpre-, 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.



Commitment to a Healthy Lifestyle Is More Important Than Weight in Determining Longevity These days, being overweight or frankly obese is the rule rather than the exception. The body mass index is used to assess obesity, as it corrects weight for height. People with BMIs between 19 and 23 are said to be at their ideal weights, those between 23 and 30 are considered overweight, and obesity is defined as a BMI above 30. Anyone with a BMI above 40 is deemed morbidly obese. Surprisingly, studies have shown that life expectancy is the longest in individuals who are overweight but not obese, while those at their ideal weights and below have a 515 percent reduction in life expectancy. Life expectancy is also lower for the obese and much more so for the morbidly obese.

Why do overweight individuals live the longest? Weight itself is a very poor predictor of longevity. Far more important are genetic factors (having parents who lived long lives), exercise, diet, stress levels, smoking, high cholesterol, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and waist circumference.

Among overweight individuals, life expectancy is longest in those who eat a balanced heart-healthy diet, exercise frequently, don't smoke, have a waist circumference less than 44 inches and are compulsively treated for chronic medical problems. Clearly, for those who are pleasantly plump, staying healthy does not depend on aggressively dieting in order to lose weight. In fact, the exact opposite is true — most weight loss programs are usually doomed to failure, especially if fad diet approaches are involved. Any program promising rapid weight loss can only succeed in the short term. Dramatically reducing calorie intake leads to weight loss that may be as high as 10 to 15 pounds in a week. But this loss more reflects a significant reduction in the amount of total water in the body rather than the melting away of fat. The most available form of energy in the body is glycogen, which is stored in muscle. Cutting food intake initially leads to its mobilization so it can be used as fuel to maintain normal metabolism. A depletion of muscle glycogen causes a nine-fold decrease in the amount of water in muscle, accounting for the initial weight loss. Another reason why rapid

weight loss is doomed to failure is the fact that our bodies have an exquisite ability to adjust to less food intake. The calories we consume in our food are primarily used as fuel for every bodily function. The excess is either lost in the warm air we breathe out, as sweat or converted to fat. Before dieting, our weight may be stable, even when we consume as much as 3,000 or more calories daily. If we reduce food intake to as little as 1,200 calories per day, the body quickly adjusts its calorie requirements to be lower. Less calories are lost as heat or in sweat. Now, a stable weight can be maintained on just 1,500 calories daily. From this point onward, weight loss declines very slowly. Living on this highly restricted diet is difficult, and sooner or later, the willpower fails, calorie intake increases and weight gain returns with a vengeance. Not surprisingly, we become disheartened and just give up. The solution is not dieting but rather committing to a total lifestyle makeover. The ideal diet is the "don't diet" diet and learning to eat right. The best approach are programs such as Weight Watchers or the not-for-profit TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club, both of which teach approaches to eating the right foods in the right amounts,

Many people just survived Black Friday and are loaded with new gadgets after waiting in line during the wee hours after Thanksgiving. Sadly, less than 1 percent of all those new gadgets bought and sold during the holiday season will be in use six months from now, according to Annie Leonard in "The Story of Stuff," a short film produced by Free Range Studios that is available free online at Dr. David Lipschitz providing continued support to improve chances of success. Just as important is exercise, controlling stress, improving self-image by dressing well and managing any chronic disease.

Does this approach apply to those who are frankly obese? Here, new research shows that the major reason why obesity reduces life span is primarily because of a sedentary life style, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, all of which are commonly associated with obesity. Any approach aimed at losing weight must be accompanied by lifestyle changes and a commitment to taking care of chronic medical conditions. If morbid obesity is an issue, bariatric surgery can help with weight loss, as well as help in reversing high blood pressure and diabetes. But to truly succeed, health and lifestyle are key to longevity and a more productive life. Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book "Breaking the Rules of Aging." More information is available at: COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM

"The Story of Stuff" chronicles the life of consumer goods from the "cradle to the grave," and offers an alternative vision to our consumerist culture. Leonard points out that we have lost our identities as "mothers, farmers, firemen, teachers, and become consumers." Indeed, we are defined by what we consume, and are targeted demographically by stuff-peddlers from infancy to old age. In our culture, we feel awkward if we don't have "the right stuff": fashionable clothes, flashy "bling" and the newest techno-gadget. What we don't often see are the consequences of our national addiction to stuff. We see more advertisements in one year than our grandparents did in their whole lifetimes. We consume twice as much as they did as a result. Our houses are twice as big, our waistlines are bigger and our savings accounts are considerably smaller. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world's population, but consumes 30 percent of the world's resources and creates 30 percent of the world's waste, according to the Story of Stuff. We have already used one-third of the world's natural resources and are quickly chewing our way through the rest.

A few suggestions for surviving the holidays with less stuff: — Develop habits of zero waste; use both sides of the paper, carry your own mugs and shopping bags, get printer cartridges refilled instead of replaced, compost food scraps, avoid bottled water and other overpackaged products.

Is all that new stuff really worth the time, resources and energy it costs? Filmmaker Annie Leonard — "The average person in the U.S. asks us to examine our national watches TV for more than four hours addiction to "stuff" in her short film; "The Story of Stuff." a day," notes the Story of Stuff, "Four

hours each day are filled with messages about stuff we should buy. Those are four hours that could be spent with family and friends, or in our community." — Recycling saves energy and reduces both waste and the pressure to use more resources. Unfortunately, many cities still don't have adequate recycling systems and need public pressure at the local government level to get put into place. Start Precycling; buy the least amount of packaging, or skip buying it at all! — Shopping is not the solution to personal or environmental problems. The real changes we need just aren't for sale — in even the greenest shop. Learn to live more simply so that others may simply live. Shawn Dell Joyce is an award-winning columnist and founder of the Wallkill River School in Orange County, N.Y. You can contact her at COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM


Creating Prosperity Can America create another round of extraordinary economic growth and prosperity again? There's no reason to

wrong in our economy. All of the government spending — an "extra" $4 trillion dollars over what we collected in taxes over the past four years — hasn't created significant economic growth. And all the Fed's money creation hasn't been able to spur much growth, except for a stock market boom. Maybe it's time to give the real economy a chance to show what it can do.

believe we couldn't. After all, we've overcome tough challenges before. If we don't lose our optimism and our common sense, we can leverage our energy independence and technology expertise to lead a new round of global growth. But we can't get mired in defeatism.

Income Disparity A new report from shows income disparities widening in America. Income is different from "wealth," which includes investments — but there is a direct correlation. You can't create real wealth without redirecting some of your income toward investments, whether the stock market or housing. And, according to the Bankrate report, the income gap grew 21 percent from 1992 to 2012 for 35- to 44-year-olds, more than any other age group. Their salaries — or their lifestyles, or their goals — don't seem to allow for savings and invest-

When the OPEC oil embargo shocked us in the 1970s, it was a blow to America's vision of unlimited growth. Who could have predicted that 40 years later, America would be the world's largest oil producer? When doom-and-gloomers predicted the end of America's economic dominance as rustbelt jobs were lost in the 1980s, who was forecasting the technology boom that would spur our economy in the following 20 years, creating new jobs and prosperity?

And that's why I was especially shocked to hear the president's statement, while pressing Congress to extend unemployment benefits at year-end, that "unemployment benefits are one of the best ways to create economic growth." With all due respect, Mr. President, the need for extending unemployment benefits symbolizes the fact that we're doing something


That's why those who think every current crisis spells doom for our economy always annoy me. We won't lose America's financial future — unless we deviate from the basic principles that have created economic growth.

ment. Prosperity that brings rising wages would help a lot. Similarly, there's a big push to raise the minimum wage. There's a great argument over whether the minimum is intended to provide a "living wage" to those employed in those jobs, or whether it is a "starter" experience, designed to create good work habits for younger employees. The sad fact is that too many people now rely on those "minimum wage" jobs for their entire income, and they are by no means all "starter" jobs. Only economic expansion will provide the better-paying jobs that people need to support their families. So what's the way to provide a rising standard of living to the generations following the baby boomers? — Do you believe that the government can tax, borrow or print and distribute enough money to help close the income gap? — Do you believe that a government can require employers

to pay higher wages, without causing the employer to cut back on the number of jobs being offered?

— In other words, do you believe that government spending, taxing and regulating can create jobs and prosperity? These questions will generate strong arguments on both sides of the debate. But a look at recent history, around the world, suggests that a sensibly regulated free enterprise system creates more prosperity than any government-dominated economic system. A look back at the old Soviet Union gives a practical demonstration of the failures of a government-directed economy. Ask Cubans or North Koreans about government economic direction. Even China is recognizing the benefits of free enterprise, though not without its own version of government controls. The real issue here is not which extreme is correct — but where the balance lies in the middle, between too much reliance on government and too little faith in ourselves. That's the Savage Truth. Terry Savage is a registered investment adviser and is on the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She appears weekly on WMAQ-Channel 5's 4:30 p.m. newscast, and can be reached at She is the author of the new book, "The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire?" COPYRIGHT 2013 TERRY SAVAGE PRODUCTIONS

Think Before You Drink If your heart beats faster at the thought of quaffing a cold can of energy drink (think Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar and their ilk), there may be something wrong with you that is more worrisome than your sense of taste. Almost nobody drinks these hugely popular concoctions for their sublime flavor. People consume them almost entirely for the much-touted neurological jolt derived from an overabundance of caffeine (as much as three times more than in a comparable serving of coffee or soda) and its individual ingredients — B vitamins, the amino acid taurine and guarana, a South American plant with a higher caffeine concentration than coffee, ginseng and ginkgo biloba. Judging from sales — $12.5 billion in 2012 in the U.S. alone — commercial energy drinks deliver their promised punch ... and worse. A report presented this week at the Radiological Society of North America found that energy drinks appear to adversely alter heart function. Specifically, they can cause rapid heart rate, palpitations, a blood pressure spike and possibly, seizures or death. If that's not enough of an eye opener, consider this statistic from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Each year, almost 21,000 energy drink consumers find themselves in hospital emergency rooms being treated for unwanted side effects from the beverages.


In a Name

By Holiday Mathis

Mercurial Distortions

ACROSS 1 Promontories 5 Stag or rooster 9 One of the Visayan Islands 13 Home of the Jazz 14 Panache 15 ___ for All Seasons 16 Fred + Jim = 19 Silent movie follower 20 Brooks and Harris 21 Polish 23 Good name, briefly 24 Smile 25 ___ Kleine Nachtmusik 26 Weather forecast 28 Jack + Phileas = 30 Pie-mode center 31 Basset, for one 32 Hose mishap 33 Kind of bliss 35 Gaseous hydrocarbon 39 Designer Cassini 41 Expert 42 Easy as ___ 43 Betty + Soupy = 47 Monk's quarters 48 Secrete 49 Stadium feature 50 Wallace's Ben 51 Verb ender 52 Mandlikova, of tennis 53 Rich cakes

56 Ethel + Billy + George = 59 Longfellow's bell town 60 Pavlova 61 Columnist Bombeck 62 Vintage 63 Flanders river 64 Ownership paper

DOWN 1 Clump 2 Pedro's other 3 Monopoly property 4 Hebrew moolah 5 Persian, of yore 6 The works 7 Those not of the cloth 8 Groups of nine 9 Rainy day rarities 10 Funny Philips 11 Spanish-speaking neighborhood 12 Like some heroes 17 Bite 18 Generous people 22 Panhandle 24 Marsh 25 D followers 26 Crow's cry 27 Corrida cheer 28 Guiding principle 29 European org. 31 Edit out

34 Be overly fond 36 Opening 37 Zilch 38 Moray 40 Deny 41 For each 43 ___ Is Sylvia? 44 "For he beholdeth himself and goeth ___": James 1:23 45 Imagine 46 Is an apt student 47 Held on a leash 50 Attack weeds 52 Will beneficiary 53 Godunov, for one 54 Salinger girl 55 Roe source 57 La-la lead-in 58 Washington bill

week 12/19- 12/25

Don't put the best of your energy into fixing things. They're probably not really broken. What seems like a cosmic misalignment is likely just a distortion. Mercury enters Capricorn, and sky-high ideals are reflected unexpectedly in the choppy waters of reality. But just because things don't appear as you intended doesn't mean they aren't beautiful and great in their own way. Shadows pass with the clouds. All is moving along.

quickly through the maze again, this time knowing the way and having a lot more fun. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll describe your problem in detail and be halfway to solving it. Note that complaining and describing a problem are not the same. Your understanding of the difference is what will set you apart from others who have the same problem. Many will be helped when you share your breakthroughs this week.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You don't need a blank page in order to write a new chapter. Maybe the formatting isn't ideal, but the new chapter will start wherever you decide it does. Announce the beginning in some way, either privately or publicly. Give it a name. Make up a ritual to mark this moment as the start of something important.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You can only act on your inner promptings if you can actually hear them. This is hard now. There's so much noise to sort through, dampen or simply ignore. Simplify. If you make that the main goal of your week, you'll have accomplished something that will help you close out the year strong.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit — it doesn't take an especially clever thought process to say the exact opposite of what is meant and add a snarky attitude. You know the secret this week: When in doubt as to how to be witty, the best choice is not to try to be witty at all. More caring and compassion is better.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Matters of preference will arise. If you're going to have good taste in something, have good taste in people — it will influence your experience more than any aesthetic value ever could. Do all you can to enrich quality relationships. You can't always choose with whom you interact, but you can choose how.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You only subscribe to the magazines you think you're going to read, and you approach your friendships in the same way. But there's a wild card who wants your attention this week. You might not think this person is going to be a key player in your life, but that's where you're wrong. Open your heart to the possibilities.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Memory is distortion. Even those with the best memories can't recall what happened as seen from another person's point of view. This week, as you share a verbal history with loved ones, look back at the pictures, too. Photos will surprise you, bring validity to a story and ultimately serve as a bonding agent.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your manner of behaving enforces rules you learned long ago, some of which no longer apply. Can you put your beliefs aside for a while and imagine what it would be like to believe differently? If you can do this, you'll see that some of your efforts are unnecessary and may be keeping you from what you really want.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Take a step back and assess your position. You're not where you think you are. The game you're playing has changed. Whatever worked last time will be less effective this time, if it works at all, but a new strategy will give you results beyond what you were hoping for.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There are many trivial enterprises that require remarkable mental processes to master. Are they worthy of the effort? If you feel drawn to them, then absolutely. Using your gifts, even for trivial pursuits, keeps them sharp and ready for when you really will need them.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You won't get the prize at the finish as quickly as you thought you would, but your journey through this puzzle hasn't been in vain. With a bit of luck, you'll wind up back at the beginning with all the knowledge you need to go

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The people you support give back to you, though not in obvious ways. They add structure and meaning to your life. They help you realize your capabilities and gifts. They call forward your better angels. The latter week will be most

relaxing. You've needed this rest for a while, and it will rejuvenate your spirit.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You're not afraid of hard work, and you'll accomplish much because you don't give too much thought to how hard it will be or how long it will take. You simply pick up your tools and get going. You have an excellent sense of which improvements will make the most difference in the lives of others, and with a courageous heart, you'll make them. Of course, this promotes your own well-being in ways you couldn't have foreseen. A June promise is made and kept. Windfalls come in May and August.


Garden Gifts Have you finished buying all of your presents yet? If you have a gardener on your list, I have a few last minute suggestions. Many gardeners have problems with ants, chiggers, flies, mosquitoes, ticks and other insect pests that interfere with the enjoyment of the garden. Sometimes we forget to apply repellents and are surprised by the intrusion while we are out in the garden and don't want to go back in to find the repellent. Wouldn't it be great if the clothes we were wearing had an insect repellent built in? And it didn't wash out, didn't come off on our skin and actually worked to repel the pests? Well, the technology already exists. It is called Insect Shield and it is built into many clothing and outdoor gear products like blankets, tents and pet and horse products. The Insect Shield process binds a proprietary permethrin formula tightly to fabric fibers. The insect repellent is odorless and stays in place for the expected lifetime of apparel, which for a shirt is up to 70 washings. Permethrin has been an EPA registered product since 1977 and is used in flea and lice shampoos for people and pets. Many outdoor clothing brands and retail stores carry Insect Shield products. The Insect Shield website has many items and it even has an order form for you to send them your own clothes to be processed. Check them out at Did your gardener have problems with insects or diseases in the vegetable garden last year? Get them Ed Rosenthal's "Protect Your Garden" book. It has great photos and thorough text that help diagnose many common insect and disease problems. Ed lists solutions in two long sections of the book. The first is Eco-Friendly Solutions and the second is Beneficial Biologicals. This is an excellent book for the natural or organic gardener. Is your gardener a mudder? Race horses that do well on a wet track full of mud are known as mudders. A Tough Mudder is a person who has survived a 10-mile military style obstacle course involving fire, electricity, ice, running and of course; mud. I will let you look it up. Anyway, a gardener who is a mudder is not afraid or getting their shoes muddy. A tough garden mudder is not afraid to walk into the house with their muddy shoes still on. But now you don't have to go in with muddy shoes, you can wear your Wellington Boots by Garden Girl. These tall rubber boots are not just functional, they are decorated with beautiful roses. Even though the boots have a knitted nylon lining, the appropriately named Boot Socks are long enough to come up and fold over the top edge of the boot, giving more comfort and a great look. Garden Girl garden clothing products are designed by women for women, so they are not just pretty capris, shorts, gloves, etc., they are designed to work in the garden. For instance, the gardening pants have Wonderfit side stretch panels at the hips and waist for easy movement. The pants also have anti-fray nylon bottoms and interior knee pockets to receive knee pads plus multisized pockets and straps designed to carry all the stuff gardeners routinely lug about: small tools, phone, gloves, bandana, shades, twine, pen, paper and more. To find out more, check Email questions to Jeff Rugg at COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM




CHOOSING A NEW DOG The best person to make the pick might be someone else

Even in a single litter, dogs come in a range of personalities. An experienced breeder or shelter employee can help you decide which one is right for you.

By Kim Campbell Thornton

Would you let someone else choose a dog for you? I have done so twice, and both times I hit the proverbial jackpot. The first was when my family purchased a tricolor cavalier puppy from a breeder overseas. She emailed us photos and then

shipped Darcy to us. We loved her. Her only flaw was succumbing too early to the heart disease that stalks her breed. The second time was last year. When our black-and-tan cavalier Twyla died last November, I wasn’t sure I was ready for another cavalier just yet. The two shelter dogs I inquired about through Petfinder didn’t pan out. Fostering for my friend Maryanne Dell, who does rescue through her Shamrock Foundation, seemed like a good compromise. “Do you want me to look for one that you might potentially adopt?” Maryanne asked. “Tell me what

you’re looking for, in case I run across a dog that might be a fit.” I asked for a dog that was 4 to 6 years old, so our 5-year-old cavalier, Harper, could have a playmate. As far as size, I was interested in going a little bigger than a cavalier, say, up to 30 pounds. Our rule is that we have to be able to carry the dog up and down the stairs in the event that it becomes sick or injured or is debilitated in old age. I preferred a spaniel type, but I didn’t want a dog with a really heavy coat. And in a perfect world, the dog wouldn’t be much of a barker, since we live in a condo and stay frequently in hotels with our dogs. What she brought us was a six-pound ball of short black fur with a long, narrow bare patch on her back, a pointy gray muzzle and a howl that suggested she was part banshee. Labeled a Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, she had been pulled from the shelter in

Riverside, Calif., and was estimated to be 12 or 13 years old. She was a doll, though, and I told Maryanne I would be happy to foster her for as long as necessary. Gemma, as I named her, arrived on Jan. 23. By Feb. 8, she was sleeping on the bed. Her fur started growing back, and we soon discovered that she had a beautiful long black coat with a ruff around her neck and pantaloons on her legs. My friends, I suspect, were taking bets on how long it would be before we adopted her. We made it official on March 19, signing the adoption papers that made her ours. “Who didn’t see that coming?” one of my friends remarked. What are the advantages of letting someone else choose your dog? It can be a good idea whether you are purchasing from a breeder or adopting from a shelter.

A breeder has been watch-

ing her puppies for a minimum of eight weeks. If you accurately describe your personality and lifestyle, she is going to be able to tell you which puppy is upbeat and active and will make a great jogging buddy, and which one is easygoing enough to enjoy being a couch potato with you.

Shelter employees, rescue volunteers and foster owners have been observing their charges for weeks as well. Tell them what you want in a dog, and they can often steer you to the one that will suit you best.

And sometimes, what you think you want and what turns out to be perfect for you are two very different things. I’ve told Maryanne that she can pick a dog out for me any time.

Hypoallergenic dogs: myths vs. facts Q: Where can I get a hypoallergenic dog? — via Facebook

A: It’s one of our pet peeves that certain breeds and mixes are described as “hypoallergenic,” meaning they don’t cause reactions in people who are allergic to pets. In truth, there’s no such thing. Poodles are the original hypoallergenic breed, touted as such because their curly coat has a long growth cycle and thus takes longer to shed. For that reason, poodles are often crossed with other breeds to create dogs that are believed to be hypoallergenic, such as goldendoodles, Labradoodles, and Maltipoos. It’s not shedding hair that causes allergies, however; it’s dander — dead skin cells shed naturally by all mammals, including humans. Peter J. Ihrke, V.M.D., a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatologists and professor of dermatology at the University of California, Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, says: “To my knowledge, no scientific data support the claim that crossbreeds or any other breeds are less or more allergenic than any other dog. All evidence suggests that allergy to dogs in humans is associated with a reaction to dander. All dogs shed dander, and I can think of no scientific reason that these dogs would be less likely to induce allergy in humans.” A study published in the July-August 2011 issue of the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy found that the level of dog allergen in homes with dogs described as hypoallergenic did not differ from that in homes with non-hypoallergenic dogs. People and dogs are individuals, and there is anecdotal evidence that some people with allergies react less severely to some dogs, but responsible breeders of crossbreeds and purebreds never guarantee that a pet will be hypoallergenic. If you have allergies to dogs, visit several breeders or people who have the breed or crossbreed you’re interested in to make sure you can live comfortably with them before committing to a puppy. — Dr. Marty Becker and Kim Campbell Thornton Do you have a pet question? Send it to or visit


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Open Nationwide 12/13/13 Runtime 161 min MPAA Rating PG-13 Genre Fantasy, Adventure Synopsis The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.


Open Nationwide 12/13/13 Runtime 100 min MPAA Rating PG-13 for Sexual References, Language, Crude Humor. Starring Tyler Perry, Kathy Najimy, Chad Michael Murray, Anna Maria Horsford, Tika Sumpter, Eric Lively, JR Lemon, Alicia Witt, Lisa Whelchel, Larry the Cable Guy, Noah Urrea Genre Comedy Synopsis Madea (Tyler Perry) accompanies her niece, Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford), to the small town of Buck Tussel to pay a surprise visit to Eileen's daughter, Lacey (Tika Sumpter), who has refused to come home for Christmas. The real reason Lacey is avoiding her judgmental mother is that she has secretly married Connor (Chad Michael Murray), a white classmate from college. When Eileen and Madea arrive at Lacey's farm, she tells them that Connor is an employee, but her lie soon spins out of control.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D Open Nationwide 12/20/13 Runtime 87 min MPAA Rating No Rating Genre Documentary Synopsis For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS is the ultimate immersive experience, utilizing state of the art 3D to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world, where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.

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AMERICAN HUSTLE Open Nationwide 12/20/13 Runtime 138 min MPAA Rating R for Some Sexual Content, Pervasive Language, Brief Violence. Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Michael Pe単a, Shea Whigham, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Rohm, Paul Herman, Said Taghmaoui, Matthew Russell, Thomas Matthews, Adrian Martinez, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Camp, Robert De Niro Genre Docudrama, Crime drama Synopsis Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) dabbles in forgery and loan-sharking, but when he falls for fellow grifter Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), things change in a big way. Caught red-handed by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), Irv and Sydney are forced to work under cover as part of DiMaso's sting operation to nail a New Jersey mayor (Jeremy Renner). Meanwhile, Irv's jealous wife (Jennifer Lawrence) may be the one to bring everyone's world crashing down. Based on the 1970s Abscam case.

DHOOM 3 Open Limited 12/20/13 Runtime 173 min MPAA Rating Not Rated Starring Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, Katrina Kaif Genre Action, Thriller Distributor Yash Raj Films

Premiere Cinemas 6101 Gateway West S.15 Schedule good for Friday December 20 *ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (PG13) 10:45 am | 11:15 am | 12:15 pm | 1:30 pm 2:00 pm | 3:00 pm | 4:15 pm | 4:40 pm 5:45 pm | 7:00 pm | 7:30 pm | 8:30 pm 9:40 pm | 10:15 pm | 11:10 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 FROZEN (PG)| 11:30 am 2:00 pm | 2:45 pm | 4:30 pm 7:05 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)2:05 pm | 4:30 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:35 pm *HOMEFRONT (R)11:45 am | 2:20 pm | 4:55 pm | 7:40 pm | 10:10 pm *HOURS (PG-13) 11:55 am | 2:40 pm | 5:00 pm | 7:30 pm | 9:50 pm THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY(R) 11:15 am | 2:00 pm | 4:50 pm | 7:35 pm | 10:20 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 (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 | 8:30 pm | 9:40 pm 10:10 pm | 10:55 pm *THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE .THE IMAX EXPERIENCE (PG-13) 12:10 pm | 4:05 pm | 7:20 pm | 10:40 pm * -- denotes Pass Restricted features


I-10 & Lee Trevino Schedule good for 12/20 - 12/25 ABOUT TIME (R) 3:55PM | 9:20PM 2D ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (PG) 11:05AM | 1:35PM | 6:35PM CARRIE (2013) (R) | 11:55AM 2:15PM | 4:45PM | 7:25PM | 9:45PM 2D CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG) | 11:10AM | 1:25PM | 3:40PM | 6:30PM | 8:50PM 3D CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG) | 11:40AM | 1:55PM | 4:25PM | 7:00PM | 9:15PM 2D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 11:25AM | 4:10PM | 9:05PM 3D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 1:50PM | 6:50PM ESCAPE PLAN (R) | 11:30AM | 2:05PM | 4:40PM | 7:15PM | 9:50PM INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 (PG-13) | 11:35AM | 2:20PM | 4:50PM | 7:30PM | 9:55PM INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED (PG-13) | 11:20AM | 2:00PM | 4:35PM | 7:20PM | 10:00PM JACKASS PRESENTS BAD GRANDPA (R) | 11:00AM | 1:30PM | 4:00PM | 7:05PM | 9:35PM LAST VEGAS (PG-13) 11:45AM | 2:10PM | 4:30PM | 7:10PM | 9:40PM 2D PLANES (PG) 11:50AM | 2:10PM | 7:15PM PULLING STRINGS (PG) 4:15PM | 9:25PM 2D THE WOLVERINE (PG-13) 4:20PM | 9:30PM 2D TURBO (PG) | 11:15AM | 1:45PM | 6:55PM


2200 N. Yarbrough

Schedule good for 12/20 - 12/26 ABOUT TIME (R)11:15 am | 1:50 pm | 4:20 pm | 7:00 pm | 9:40 pm BAD GRANDPA (R)12:30 pm | 2:50 pm | 5:10 pm | 7:40 pm | 10:00 pm CARRIE (R) 2:20 pm | 7:30 pm 2D CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG)11:50 am | 2:25 pm | 4:45 pm | 7:05 pm | 9:25 pm 2D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG)11:40 am | 4:25 pm | 9:00 pm 3D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG)2:10 pm | 6:40 pm ESCAPE PLAN (R) 11:45 am | 4:40 pm | 9:50 pm INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED (PG-13) | 11:20 am | 2:00 pm | 4:30 pm 7:10 pm | 9:45 pm LAST VEGAS (PG-13)12:00 pm | 2:30 pm | 4:50 pm | 7:15 pm | 9:45 pm


CINEMARK CIELO VISTA Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall

Schedule good for Friday Dec 20 The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugPG-13 161 Mins HFR 12:00pm 3:35pm | 7:10pm | 10:45pm HFR 10:00am 1:40pm 4:00pm | 5:20pm | 8:55pm Digital Cinema 11:00am | 11:45am | 2:35pm | 8:00pm | 9:45pm American HustleR138 Mins Digital Cinema 10:05am | 11:15am | 1:15pm | 2:25pm | 4:25pm | 5:45pm | 7:35pm | 9:15pm | 10:45pm Saving Mr. Banks PG-13125 MinsDigital Cinema 10:15am | 1:15pm | 4:15pm |

7:15pm | 10:15pm Walking With Dinosaurs 3DNo Rating87 Mins 11:00am | 2:00pm | 5:00pm | 8:00pm Digital Cinema 10:00am | 1:00pm | 4:00pm | 7:00pm | 10:00pm Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas PG-13 100 Mins Digital Cinema 10:25am | 1:25pm | 4:25pm|7:25pm | 10:25pm Dhoom 3 Not Rated 173 Mins Digital Cinema 5:30pm | 9:30pm Philomena PG-1397 Mins CinéArts Digital 11:30am | 2:30pm |

6:10pm | 10:45pm NebraskaR114 Mins CinéArts Digital 4:20pm | 10:20pm The Book Thief PG-13 127 Mins CinéArts Digital 10:20am | 1:20pm | 7:20pm The Dallas Buyers Club R117 Mins Digital Cinema 10:10am | 1:10pm | 4:10pm | 7:10pm | 10:10pm 2 Years a Slave R134 Mins Digital Cinema 10:00am | 1:10pm | 4:20pm | 7:30pm | 10:40pm




West side of El Paso .- 7440 Remcon Circle

Schedule good for Friday Dec 20 Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesPG-13 120 MinsDigital Cinema 9:00am | 11:40am | 12:10pm | 3:10pm | 3:40pm | 6:40pm | 7:40pm| 10:05p| 11:00p The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugPG-13161 MinsHFR 11:00am | 3:00pm | 7:00pm | 10:55pmHFR 9:10am | 10:00am | 2:00pm | 5:00pm|6:00pm| 10:00pmDigital Cinema 12:00pm | 1:00pm | 3:55p| 8:00pm | 9:00pm American HustleR138

MinsDigital Cinema 9:15am | 12:45pm | 4:20pm | 7:55pm Saving Mr. BanksPG-13 125 Mins DC 9:20am | 12:40pm 4:00pm | 7:20pm | 10:40pm Walking With Dinosaurs 3DNo Rating87 Mins 10:40am | 4:40pm | 10:15pmDigital Cinema 1:40pm | 7:10pm Tyler Perry's A Madea ChristmasPG-13100 MinsDigital Cinema 10:45am | 1:35pm | 4:35pm | 7:30pm | 10:25pm

FrozenPG102 Mins 9:05am | 11:55am | 3:05pm | 6:05pm Digital Cinema 9:40am | 12:50pm | 3:50pm | 6:55pm | 9:55pm Delivery ManPG-13105 MinsDigital Cinema 9:10pm The Hunger Games: Catching FirePG-13146 MinsDigital Cinema 11:05am | 2:45pm | 6:30pm | 10:20pm The Book ThiefPG-13127 MinsDigital Cinema 11:50am | 3:15pm | 6:45pm | 10:10pm


12704 East Montana - East of Joe Battle

Schedule good for Friday Dec 20, Sat Dec 21 & Sun Dec 22 American Hustle (Digital) (R) 10:45AM 2:00PM 5:15PM 8:30PM 10:15PM Anchorman 2 (Digital) (PG-13) 10:50AM 12:15PM 1:45PM 3:15PM 4:45PM 6:15PM 7:45PM 9:15PM 10:45PM Frozen (2013) (3D) (PG) 11:40AM 2:30PM 5:20PM 8:10PM Frozen (2013) (Digital) (PG) 10:30AM 1:10PM ! 4:00PM 6:55PM 9:55PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (3D) (PG-13) 10:35AM 2:15PM 5:00PM 5:55PM 9:35PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (Digital) (PG13) 12:25PM 1:20PM 4:05PM 7:50PM 8:40PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (XD-3D) (PG-



13) 11:30AM 3:10PM 6:50PM 10:30PM Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (Digital) (PG-13) 12:00PM 3:40PM 7:20PM 10:45PM Saving Mr Banks (Digital) (PG-13) 10:30AM 1:30PM 4:30PM 7:30PM 10:35PM Thor: The Dark World (3D) (PG-13) 10:50PM Thor: The Dark World " (Digital) (PG-13) 10:35AM 1:25PM 4:15PM 7:05PM Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (Digital) (PG13) 11:45AM 2:25PM 5:10PM 8:00PM 10:40PM Walking with Dinosaurs (3D) (PG) 2:10PM 9:45PM Walking with Dinosaurs (Digital) (PG) 10:40AM 11:35AM 4:40PM 7:10PM

Schedule good for 12/20 AMERICAN HUSTLE (R)12:00 | 4:15 | 7:20 | 10:30 | 12:10am ANCHORMAN 2 (PG13)11:00 | 12:30 | 1:50 | 3:20 | 4:40 | 6:30 | 7:30 | 9:20 | 10:20 | 12:15am DELIVERY MAN (PG13)2:05 | 4:40 | 7:30 | 10:05 FROZEN 2D (PG)11:00 | 12:00 | 1:40 | 2:40 | 4:20 | 5:20 | 7:00 | 8:00 | 9:40 HOBBIT:DESOLATION OF SMAUG, 2D (PG13)11:00 | 1:00 | 2:35 | 4:35 | 6:10 | 8:10 | 9:45 | 11:45 HOBBIT:DESOLATION OF SMAUG, 3D (PG13)11:30 | 1:30 | 3:05 | 5:05 | 7:00 | 8:40 | 10:30 HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG13)11:00 | 12:00 | 3:00 | 4:00 | 6:20 | 7:15 | 9:40 | 10:30 SAVING MR. BANKS (PG13) 11:00 | 1:00 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 10:00 | 12:00am TYLER PERRY:A MADEA CHRISTMAS (PG13)11:00 | 1:35 | 4:10 | 7:00 | 9:35 | 12:10am WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 2D (PG)11:40 | 2:00 | 4:40 | 7:30 | 9:50 | 12:10am WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D (PG) 11:00 | 1:20 | 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:20 | 11:40

TINSELTOWN Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa

Schedule good for Friday Dec 20 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues PG-13120 Mins Digital Cinema 11:30am | 12:30pm 1:30pm | 2:30pm | 3:30pm | 4:30pm | 5:30pm | 6:30pm | 7:30pm | 8:30pm | 9:30pm | 10:30pm The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug PG-13 161 Mins HFR 1:20pm | 5:00pm | 8:40pm HFR 11:35am | 12:10pm | 2:00pm | 3:15pm | 3:50pm | 5:40pm | 6:55pm | 7:25pm | 9:20pm Digital Cinema 11:00am | 12:45pm 2:40pm | 4:25pm | 6:20pm | 8:05pm | 10:00pm American Hustle R138 MinsDigital Cin-

ema 10:55am | 12:20pm 2:15pm | 3:55pm | 5:35pm | 7:15pm | 8:55pm | 10:35pm Saving Mr. Banks PG-13125 Mins Digital Cinema 11:10am | 1:00pm | 4:05pm | 7:05pm | 10:10pm Walking With Dinosaurs 3D No Rating87 Mins 1:25pm | 4:00pm | 6:40pm | 9:10pm Digital Cinema 12:00pm | 2:45pm | 5:15pm | 7:55pm | 10:20pm Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas PG-13100 Mins Digital Cinema 11:20am | 12:35pm 1:55pm | 3:10pm | 4:35pm | 5:50pm |

7:10pm | 8:25pm | 9:50pm Frozen PG102 Mins 12:40pm | 3:25pm | 6:15pmDigital Cinema 11:15am | 2:05pm | 4:55pm | 7:45pm | 10:35pm Delivery Man PG-13105 Mins Digital Cinema 10:35pm The Hunger Games: Catching Fire PG-13146 Mins Digital Cinema 11:40am | 3:00pm | 7:00pm | 10:25pm Thor: The Dark World PG-13 111 Mins 11:05am | 9:40pm Digital Cinema 2:10pm | 5:05pm | 8:00pm

TIMES FOR DECEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 26 47 RONIN (PG13) Wed.-Thu. 4:40 9:55 47 RONIN 3D (PG13) Wed.-Thu. 7:50 10:30 GRUDGE MATCH (PG13) Wed.-Thu. 4:15 7:40 10:20 THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (PG) Tue. 4:00 PM; Wed. 2:25 5:05 7:45 10:25; Thu. 11:30 2:25 5:05 7:45 10:25 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (R) Wed. 3:00 6:45 10:30; Thu. 11:00 3:00 6:45 10:30 AMERICAN HUSTLE (R) Fri.-Mon. 12:30 3:55 7:10 10:15; Tue. 12:30 3:55 7:10; Wed.-Thu. 12:30 3:50 7:10 10:15 SAVING MR. BANKS (PG13) Fri. 1:55 4:45 7:35 10:25; Sat.-Sun. 11:05 1:55 4:45 7:35 10:25; Mon. 1:55 4:45 7:35 10:25; Tue. 1:55 4:45 7:35; Wed. 1:55 4:45 7:35 10:25; Thu. 11:05 1:55 4:45 7:35 10:25 WALKING WITH DINOSAURS (PG) Fri. 2:00 4:20 6:45 9:30; Sat.-Sun. 11:25 2:00 4:20 6:45 9:30; Mon. 2:00 4:20 6:45 9:30; Tue. 2:00 4:20 6:45; Wed. 1:30 7:20; Thu. 11:00 1:30 7:20 WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D (PG) Fri. 1:30 3:50; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 1:30 3:50; Mon.-Tue. 1:30 3:50; Wed.-Thu. 12:30 PM

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (PG13) Fri. 1:45 2:15 4:30 5:00 7:15 7:45 10:00 10:30; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 11:35 1:45 2:15 4:30 5:00 7:15 7:45 10:00 10:30; Mon. 1:45 2:15 4:30 5:00 7:15 7:45 10:00 10:30; Tue. 1:45 2:15 4:30 5:00 7:15 7:45; Wed. 1:45 4:30 7:15 10:00; Thu. 11:00 1:45 4:30 7:15 10:00 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG IN 3D (PG13) Fri.Mon. 6:30 10:15; Tue. 6:30 PM; Wed.-Thu. 3:15 PM THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (PG13) Fri.-Mon. 1:00 6:05 9:45; Tue. 1:00 6:05; Wed. 1:00 6:05 9:45; Thu. 12:05 3:35 6:50 10:15 TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS (PG13) Fri. 2:10 4:35 7:00 9:25; Sat.-Sun. 11:40 2:10 4:35 7:00 9:25; Mon. 2:10 4:35 7:00 9:25; Tue. 2:10 4:35 7:00; Wed.-Thu. 12:45 PM FROZEN (PG) Fri. 1:50 4:25 7:15 10:10; Sat.-Sun. 11:10 1:50 4:25 7:15 10:10; Mon. 1:50 4:25 7:15 10:10; Tue. 1:50 4:25 7:15; Wed. 1:50 4:25 7:15 10:10; Thu. 11:10 1:50 4:25 7:15 10:10 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG13) Fri.-Mon. 12:00 3:15 6:35 9:50; Tue. 12:00 6:35


Out & About

Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from December 19th - 25th, 2013 If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to:


Co., 1301 Texas, presents the adaptation of the musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and Disney film Nov. 29Dec. 22, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, book by Doug Wright and music by Alan Menken. Directed by Laura Sambrano with choreog-

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raphy 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. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s

the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents Barbara Robinson’s family holiday favorite Dec. 622. Directed by Rachel Mullins. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday 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,

Christmas Fundraising Party — Puerto Rican Civic and Cultural Organization of El Paso hosts its annual Christmas party benefiting its scholarship fund 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at El Maida Shriners, 6331 Alabama, with live music by Latin Soul and DJ LaSanta, traditional food and refreshments. Beverage set-ups available. Admission: $30. Information: 877-2884 or 204-6284.


Luminarias Festival/Posadas along the Mission Trail — The Mission Trail will glow with traditional Christmas luminarias 4:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, for its annual event. Around 5,000 luminarias will be lit near dusk and line Socorro Road from the Ysleta Mission past the Socorro Mission, then to the San Elizario Plaza. Admission is free. Information: 851-1682. or The 8-mile route includes all three Mission Trail churches, the oldest continuously active churches in the United States.

Some shops and restaurants along the trail will remain open after hours for open houses or shopping. Each community will host its own posada and holiday festivities beginning at dusk. Special activities will be held at the Tigua Cultural Center. The San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society will host free events beginning at 4:30 p.m. with Las Posadas in front of the San Elceario chapel with Christmas carols and Christmas Fair and luminaria lighting in Veterans Memorial Plaza. Traditional food and refreshments available for a small donation. Information: 851-1682 or

Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. The story is of three girls who discover the magic of Christmas when fairies come to life in their room. Admission: $8. Information: 449-7904.

EASTSIDE ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ — Cielo Vista Church’s annual large-scale holiday pageant of music and drama celebrating the

‘The Spirit of the Season’ — International Danz Academy presents the Christmas tale at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21-22, at

Christmas season programs is Dec. 20-22 at the church at 3585 Lee Trevino. The pageant celebrates 20 years of Christmas’ past along with some of the greatest stories of the Bible told through a dramatic musical presentation. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $5. Information: 595-0288 or Tickets available at Cielo Vista ticket office and at The Hub (Montana Lobby). Ticket office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, will host its annual orchestral production and candlelight communion services celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ Dec. 19-24, in the

ets: $13 ($11 seniors, military, group, UTEP alumni and non-UTEP students; $9 UTEP students; ages 4-12): 7475118 or

12:50 p.m. All proceeds benefit college scholarships for participants. Ticket information: 478-6904 or Halftime entertainment includes the All Star marching band, flags, dance teams and cheerleaders from area high

‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet


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presents the 21st Anniversary of the holiday classic at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $28, $48, $68 and $88. VIP tickets are $122. (Ticketmaster). Group discounts available. Information:

center’s auditorium. The Christmas Story is told through the eyes of the Storyteller, from Hooville to the Nativity and everything in between, with live animals, full orchestra, flying angels and even the Grinch. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 5 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or

WESTSIDE/ DOWNTOWN Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — Live horse racing days are Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; no racing Dec. 24 or 31. January will have two additional race dates on Thursdays: Jan. 2 and 30. Post time is 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6Feb. 16, and 12:55 p.m. Feb. 18-April 15. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 8745200 or

Senior All-Star Football Classic — The 22nd annual greater El Paso football showcase game is at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at UTEP’s Sun Bowl stadium. The game features 92 seniors from 33 public and private high schools throughout El Paso County. Pre-game events start at 12:35 p.m. with player introductions at

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UTEP Men’s Basketball The Miners’ regular home games are 7:05 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $8-$50 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-5234 or • Thursday, Dec. 19: Northwestern State (7:34 p.m.)

‘A Christmas Carol’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents their annual adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Christmas classic at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21, in the Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Adapted by Chuck Gorden and directed by Austin Savage. Tick-




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Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The 7th annual 5K run and 1-mile walk benefiting El Paso High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday,Dec. 21, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa (Rudolph Plaza). Runners encouraged to wear a Santa Hat. Cost: $20 per event by Dec. 29; $25 Dec. 20-21. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Online registration at Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on race day at Up and Running.


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tion: (575) 336-4800, (888) 818-7872 or • ‘The Nutcracker’ — Ruidoso Dance Ensemble’s annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic is 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21-22. Tickets: $32.

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The Great Russian Nutcracker..The performance features 40 Russian dancers performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The “Great Russian Nutcracker” tells the traditional story of a young girl meeting her prince and includes a tribute to world peace and harmony.

‘Come Blow Your Horn’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, presents the Neil Simon’s first Broadway comedy smashDec. 6-22. Directed by Patrick Payne. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and


nual show benefiting Toys for Tots is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso, featuring local bands with host Metal Sanaz and Dec 27th

Nadastrom+Sabo @ Tricky Falls Grammy-nominated. All ages show. Tickets; $7 ($5 with donation of a new toy); available in advance at Information: 3519909.

Church, 801 N. Mesa, with leads performed by artists with local ties and international careers: Melissa Parks, Eric Hanson, Levi Hernandez, and Ricardo Luis Herrera. One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy and his mother are visited by three strangers (the Three Kings) on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child. Admission: $20 (15 seniors, military, disabled; $5 K-College students). Information: 479-0156. The society will also present this production in Ciudad Juarez on at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Call for details.

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Billy Townes CD release — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation will host a CD release for “Comes in All Colors,” by recording artist Patty Tiscareño with jazz Billy Townes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at The Greenery, 750 Sunland Park (in Sunland Park Mall). The CD is a collection of jazz standards dedicated to cancer patients and their families. Information: 5627660 or PICTURE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY

Feb 12th

Nipsey Hustle @ Tricky Falls

$20 and $25, plus service charges. Information: 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center), 760-6062 (Marta Katz) or

Feb 16th

Excision @ Tricky Falls

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.

‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ — El Paso Choral Society presents the one-act Christmas Opera, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Trinity First United Methodist

‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ — The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet’s 31st annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic is Dec. 19-22 at the NMSU Atkinson Music Recital Hall, N. Horseshoe and Espina. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $24 (Ticketmaster).

SOUTHERN NEW MExICO Spencer Theater for Performing Arts — Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. (about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso). Informa-


Dec 29th

Paso Youth Ballet’s 35th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets are $15,


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Turning Back The Sun — The winter solstice celebration hosted by Friends of Leasburg Dam, Astronomical Society of Las Cruces and members of various Native American communities is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, two miles off Interstate 25 at Exit 19, with horno bread baking, Native American dancers, traditional Winter Coyote stories, solar viewing, arts and crafts, and more. Information: (575) 524–4068 or

DJ Spotlight | Duke Dumont


and house he brought back goodies from this zen-like exile. ‘For Club Play Only Vol. 1’ was released in April 2012 on Turbo. With ‘Street Walker’ and ‘Thunderclap’ on there, it alerted the heads to the Duke movement and received support from the likes of Jamie Jones and Simian Mobile Disco. Remixes for AlunaGeorge and Santigold quickly followed, then in August ‘For Club Play Only Vol.2’ featuring ‘No Money Blues’ and ‘The Giver’ made Duke the man to watch. ‘The producer’s producer’ had become the ‘people’s producer’. Before 2012 Duke Dumont was known as a ‘producer’s producer’. He was the name on a 12” record the DJ knew to reach for when he wanted to please the crowd, without them knowing who had constructed the mesmerising sonic confection they were dancing too. In 2012, two EPs on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings (with whom Duke has had a long standing relationship) changed all that. ‘For Club Play Vol. 1 & 2’ offered up sweet ecstatic deep house & UK bass cuts that have united people across the spectrum of music, from early club adopters like Annie Mac, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Martyn and Jackmaster to Fearne Cotton on daytime Radio 1, Trevor Nelson on 1xtra and even podcasts by Tiesto and Avicci. On some nights in Duke’s beloved Fabric London, you would hear the anthemic ‘The Giver’ being played in all three rooms at the same time. Duke’s early career was mentored by Switch (last sighted producing for Bey-

oncé) and he made his name as the ‘go-to’ man to remake a pop song for the dance floor (Lily Allen and Bat For Lashes were notable clients). In 2011, he moved out of London to the coun-

tryside (Hertfordshire, where his studio overlooks a forest) to focus on his original material. Synthesizing his influences from techno to UK garage

‘Need U (100%)’ features 17 year-old starlet AME on singing duties. With a chunky low-end, funky stabs and silky vocals this is like an early 90s house classic

couched in 2013 techno techniques. In 1988 Inner City would have been jealous of this one. Co-written by teenage wonder-kid MNEK (who recently

sung on Rudimental’s ‘Spoons’ with Syron) the Duke will release ‘Need U (100%)’ on his newly minted Blasé Boys Club label.




Let ’er rip! Greg Norman, ranked No. 1 in the world for 331 weeks, describes the best piece of golf advice he ever received to’s David DeNunzio: “There are a lot of moving parts in the swing, but you can’t worry about each and every one. Charlie Earp, my first coach, taught me to always keep the triangle formed by my shoulders and grip in front of my body, from start to finish. If you maintain the triangle as you rotate, everything else falls into place. I’ve used this tip for 35 years. Hold the triangle, get the club parallel at the top, then let ’er rip.” Amen, brother Greg. You can change from being a manipulator of the club to a manager by plugging into this concept of triangle management. Good players manage the club by letting the power happen. But what happens when management becomes malpractice?

Power Leaks Here’s where your managerial capabilities come to the fore: To develop a powerful downswing,

all you have to do is let the triangle formed at the top by a line connecting the elbows, drop directly downward as a unit, keeping the power captive in the levers of your triangle until the very last millisecond before impact. If you want a repeating power swing, you can’t try to hit at the ball. If you do, you’ll disrupt the triangle prematurely, spilling the power out in a wasteful power leak. Losing the left side of the triangle too early is a power leak called “casting.” Holding the right side of the triangle too long, delays the power dump, creating a power leak called the “chicken wing” where your power is released too late, if at all. The concept in a nutshell: As Norman suggests, be the overseer of your golf swing, a manager who makes things run smoothly rather than a meddler who feels the need to manipulate at every point along the way. Assemble your triangle at address and then let physics run its course.

A good night’s sleep can help maintain mental focus Research shows that, unless properly trained, your brain’s ability to maintain resolve and focus ebbs when it comes to performing a series of tasks. People who successfully accomplish early tasks in a sequence requiring mental focus are often less persistent on subsequent tasks. Activities that deplete focus include resisting food that’s fattening over a sequence of meals, then finally giving in to a calorie fest, or suppressing an emotional response to an ongoing series of situations until you suddenly explode. Task persistence is also degraded when people are stressed or tired from exertion

or lack of sleep. A key interrogation technique to wear down a terrorist who is withholding information is sleep deprivation. In one instance, the prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay Navy base cried foul when the guards played Britney Spears music and nonstop rap, surely the ultimate interrogation combo. The decaying-of-resolve scenario is pertinent in golf when a sequence of tasks is presented in the form of 18 holes contested over 4 1/2 hours or more. In fact, you could say that the game of golf was the ultimate task-persistence test, and therefore, a key skill for a golfer is to develop task per-

sistence. Golfers have different profiles, with some losing focus after nine holes, some on the last few holes of the round and some on the first few holes — expensive lapses that cost strokes, but the cause of which go undetected. In radiology, an error called Satisfaction of Search (SOS) occurs when the doctor’s powers of observation diminish after finding an initial problem in an X-ray: Secondary problems may exist, but get overlooked. For that reason, radiologists must be trained to avoid SOS, the very same training you need to play your best golf.


Leaning left Q: I can’t stop hitting it left on the course. I don’t do it on the driving range, where I hit it great, but my quick tempo on the course isn’t a help. My handicap is six, and I’m wondering if the “lefts” are a result of a lousy swing. — G.H., Orlando, Fla. A: The “lefts” (pulling the ball to the left of target for a right-hander) are a result of a lousy swing, but the question is what causes the lousy swing on the course and not on the range? There was a man who reported to the doctor that there was something wrong with his balABOUT THE WRITER This young player is leaking power because she’s “casting” her club at the ball. The blue line shows where the shaft should be to save the power until impact. As she puts on some muscle, her instructor can rid her of this, so she uses her core to move the club.

A victim of the chicken wing, this player’s arms should be straight instead of both bent at this point, if the levers of her triangle had been released correctly.

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ance system. The man said he kept falling down. But after tests, the man’s balance system was pronounced healthy, and the man left walking perfectly. Soon he called the doctor back and said, “There must be something wrong with my balance system again. I’m OK in the office, but as soon as I get out here on this high wire, I keep falling.” The doctor never thought to ask the man about the conditions of his falling. Once he realized the real cause, the doctor offered the man some advice: “Either cure your fear of falling or stay off the high wire.” The gist of the parable: It’s probably not your swing if you can hit great shots one after another on the driving range, but not out on the high wire. (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, email him at:


Pitch it perfect


Hand wedge

When a golfer breaks the rules by picking up a ball and moving it to a better lie for the next stroke, or by simply nudging the ball, using his hand, into a better lie. A nudge with the foot is a foot wedge.

This short-game practice mat is designed specifically to show the correct position of the feet and the golf ball, and it works for men, women and kids. Thus, you can train for chips, pitches, sand and flop shots. Use it in your basement or garage and you won’t have to go to the range when it’s inconvenient. You can even use it on the golf course during practice rounds. The Perfect Pitch Golf Mat costs $65 from .


Legendary No. 3 to return with Austin Dillon at the wheel son won nine times in cars numbered 3. But since the start of the 1976 season, the No. 3 has belonged to Richard Childress, who drove the car himself until midway through the 1981 season when Earnhardt took the wheel for the final 11 races. Earnhardt left to drive for Bud Moore at the end of that season, and Ricky Rudd took over in 1982 and delivered Childress’ No. 3 its first win at Riverside, Calif., in 1983. Earnhardt returned to Childress and the No. 3 for the start of the 1984 season, and got the first of his 67 wins in the car at Talladega in the 19th race of that season. He had won six championships in the No. 3, plus another for Rod Osterlund in a No. 2 Chevrolet, before he died in a crash in the 2001 Daytona 500. Earnhardt’s final victory in the No. 3, at Talladega in the fall of 2000, gave that car 97 career Cup victories, which is third behind the No. 11, with 203 wins, and the No. 43, with 198. Since Earnhardt’s death, the No. 3 has not been used in Cup, but it will return next season with Childress’ older grandson, Austin Dillon,

Mills. Dillon said he’s ready for the challenges that come with racing in Cup and is proud to be making the move. “To get the opportunity to race in the Sprint Cup Series doesn’t come around very often,” he said. “To be able to compete in Cup and race for wins and championships is going to be awesome. “I’m going to give it my all every time out.”


Speedway Benefits program off to strong start

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David Pearson, Junior Johnson, the late Buck Baker and the late Dale Earnhardt all have something in common besides being members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. They all won races in the NASCAR division now known as Sprint Cup in a car numbered 3. Four other members of the Hall — Tim Flock, Cotton Owens, Fireball Roberts and Cale Yarborough — also drove cars numbered 3 in NASCAR’s elite division. All told, the No. 3 has had 73 different drivers since Bill Snowden made the debut run, finishing fifth at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsboro, N.C., back in 1949. Fittingly, it was the third race ever for the circuit now known as Sprint Cup. Legendary driver Dick Rathmann got the firstever win for No. 3 at Oakland, Calif., in 1954. He wound up winning a total of three, with victories at North Wilkesboro, N.C., and at Santa Fe Speedway in Willow Springs, Ill. They were his final three NASCAR victories. David Pearson got the first of his 105 Cup victories in a No. 3 Pontiac owned by Ray Fox, and Junior John-

Richard Childress, right, announces Austin Dillon’s move to the No. 3 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series. driving. Dillon has used the No. 3, with the same shape of the number as his grandfather and Earnhardt used, since he began racing. It was on his dirt Late Model cars as well as the truck he drove to a Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011 and the Nationwide Series car he drove to a title this year. The move, officially

announced last week, has been common knowledge in NASCAR circles for months, and there has been little adverse reaction to Dillon using the car number most associated with the wildly popular Earnhardt. Most fans and insiders in the sport figured all along that the only appropriate candidates to bring back the No. 3 would be a member of either the Earnhardt or Childress family, and Dillon fits that bill. Since the earliest races of Dillon’s career, there’s been speculation that one day he’d drive in Cup in a car numbered just like the ones his grandfather and Earnhardt drove. And from the beginning, Childress indicated that he’d be in favor of it. When Dillon made his Super Late Model debut at a dirt track in Madison, N.C., years ago, Childress was asked about the number.

“I think it has to be a special deal to bring back the No. 3,” he said that night as he watched the youngster power his way around the clay oval. “And to me, this is a special deal.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. also has expressed support for Dillon and the No. 3 for years. And as one who is known for his great appreciation of the history of the sport, he understands better than most what car numbers mean in the entire history of NASCAR. “The number is more of a bank that you just deposit history into,” Earnhardt Jr. once said. “It doesn’t really belong to any individual.” For his rookie Cup campaign, Dillon will have veteran crew chief Gil Martin, who most recently worked with Kevin Harvick at Richard Childress Racing. Sponsorship will come from Dow and General

Forty-five days after longtime NASCAR promoter H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler announced his Speedway Benefits program for short-track promoters, he’s signed 300 tracks to the program that offers a way for promoters to work together to save money on input costs and attract more sponsorships. “This proves the idea was sound and greatly needed,” said Trip Wheeler, the 20year-old son of the company founder who also is working on the program. “We are signing up tracks as fast as our seven-person staff can handle. You’d never know it, but Humpy is a great paralegal. While we will eventually get to 500 or even 1,000 tracks next year, the attendance our member tracks represent now makes us very appealing to global companies.”



‘Salute to the King’ to mark Kinser’s final run for a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion and a one-time Sprint Cup driver, announced last week that the 2014 season will be his final run for a championship. His final tour will be called the “Salute to the King” and begins in February on the short tracks of Florida. Kinser, 59, has 576 career Outlaw A-main victories and drives a car owned by Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who as a kid idolized his fellow Indiana racer. “I never missed an Outlaw show in the area when I was growing up,” Stewart said. “We waited for those nights like they were holidays. “It was incredible watching Steve race with Sammy (Swindell) and Doug (Wolfgang). He was our guy, being from Indiana, and when he won, it gave us all something to brag about. And he won a lot. “A few years ago, when we had the

Lexus CT 200h shows that a hybrid can be fun

chance to get him to drive for [Tony Stewart Racing], it was like a dream come true. “When we got him on board, my goal was for him to drive for us for the remainder of his career. I’m really excited for him to go out and have a great season. He’s the best ever, and I couldn’t be more proud.” Kinser, who did not say he is retiring completely from racing, said he’s proud of what he’s been able to do over the years. “Racing with the Outlaws has been my life for almost 40 years,” he said. “It’s all I’ve known. My family has been around it. I’ve had the pleasure of running up and down the road racing all across this incredible country, and even in Canada, Mexico and Australia, with this series. “I knew it wasn’t going to last forever. I feel like we have a great team here capable of winning a lot of races and challenging for the championship this year.”

We all know that Toyota has the hybrid vehicle down pretty well. They have hybrid sedans, hybrid SUVs and even hybrid luxury cars. But one thing all these various hybrids have in common (besides getting excellent fuel economy) is that they are all pretty bland when it comes to the driving experience. But the Japanese automaker is trying to change that with a unique car from its luxury division, Lexus. The CT 200h is aimed at delivering a sporty, youthful experience while still achieving excellent fuel economy. Does it succeed? First let’s see what makes up this very different Lexus. The styling of the CT 200h (the initials stand for Compact Tourer) is quite a departure from what we typically expect from Lexus. The CT looks a lot like a Mazda 3 hatchback, so if you like the styling of the 3 then you’ll probably like the way this Lexus looks. The car stands broad with a high beltline, tapering greenhouse and a C-pillar that segues into a small rear spoiler over the little back window. Lexus claims the whole package is wind-cheating, with a drag coefficient of just .29.

The CT 200h is available with the F-Sport package which takes the exterior styling up a notch by adding dark charcoal 17” wheels and a mesh grille up front. Inside, it’s less opulent and more functional – again something we are not use to seeing from Lexus. There is no wood trim and even leather seating is an option (standard material is NuLuxe – a leather imitation). Still, though the cabin looks modern with soft-touch surfaces and of course, nearly perfect fit and finish that we have come to expect from Lexus. The driver and front passenger sit comfortably with the tall

center stack dividing the two. The shifter sits high but is in easy reach for the driver. The backseats are a little lacking when it comes to legroom, but they get the job done. There is about 14.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the seats, but they fold down in a 60/40 split allowing for up to 32.3 cubic feet of cargo. Under the hood of this Lexus are the mechanics similar to that of the Prius. A 1.8 liter 4cylinder engine along with its electric motors and battery packs, the CT makes 134 hp. A continuous variable automatic transmission (CVT) sends the power to the front wheels. Continues on next page



NUMERICALLYSPEAKING Camping World Truck Series drivers with more $400,000 in 2013 winnings — Matt Crafton, 7 than Ty Dillon, Johnny Sauter, James Buescher, Jeb

Laps led this season by Ty Dillon, tops among all Camping World Truck Series drivers in 2013.

led by Johnny Sauter, the fewest of any driver in the top 10 in Truck Series points this 62 Laps season. But he led series regulars in wins — with three — second only to part-timer Kyle Busch, who had five race victories.

Burton, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch.


Different drivers who have won Camping World Truck Series championships. This year’s champ, Matt Crafton, is the most recent.

Lexus CT 200h... Continued from page 29 But the big question is how does it drive? Even though 134 hp doesn’t sound like a lot of power, the CT 200h packs enough pep to scoot around town and maintain highway speeds without any problems. And at low speeds, it can cruise on electric power alone just like other hybrids. Drivers can set the driving mode of the car by turning a knob to one of three settings: Eco, Normal or Sport. In Eco mode, fuel economy isn’t on the level of the Prius, but is still excellent with an EPA rating of 43 mpg in town and 40 mpg on the highway. While the CT 200h may not be a rocket it shines when it comes to handling. Dial into Sport mode and the car delivers better throttle response and the suspension stiffens up a bit along with delivering better feedback from the steering wheel. The ride firms up nicely as well and the car stays surprisingly flat and tight when tossed into corners. But even when not in Sport mode, the ride is a little firmer than most might expect from Lexus, so a good test drive is definitely in

order. Another thing most people might not expect from this new Lexus is its fairly low price. With pricing for the CT 200h starting under the $32,000 mark, it is the least expensive vehicle in the Lexus lineup. At the end of the day, the CT 200h is one of the most enjoy-

able hybrids on the market. The only other hybrid that is close to being as fun as the CT is Honda’s CR-Z – but with that you loose a lot of functionality (like a backseat). The CT 200h isn’t perfect, but it is a fun little car that delivers excellent fuel economy for the price. Bland it is not. -- Christopher A. Randazzo

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2013 Lexus CT 200h Premium Base Price: $31,850.00 Price as Tested: $40,515.00 Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive Engine: 1.8 liter inline 4-cylinder gas engine / electric motor Transmission: CVT automatic Horsepower: 134 hp Torque: n /a EPA Fuel Economy:43 city / 40 highway mpg [Visit me at or email me at]


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NASCAR announces several promotions in key positions for 2014

Jimmy Small will take over as president of Iowa Speedway. Brent Dewar, whose career at General Motors saw him rise to senior vice president of global Chevrolet, has been named the chief operating officer of NASCAR. “Working closely with NASCAR over the last year, I’ve been very impressed

by Brian [France]’s vision for NASCAR’s future and the talented people he has put in place to achieve that vision,” Dewar said in a release announcing his hiring. “I have great passion for racing and I look forward to adding my experience, ideas and relation-

ships throughout racing to help the team drive NASCAR’s growth and position it for a bright future.” NASCAR also announced that Steve Phelps, senior vice president and chief marketing officer,... Continues on next page


Sixteen teams participate in test sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR got just that last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as 30 drivers representing 16 teams participated in a test designed to gather data that will lead to changes in the cars so that there can be more passing and more competitive racing on intermediate tracks, such as

Charlotte. As in tests at Charlotte back in October, various configurations and adjustments were tried. Changes were made to ride heights, splitters, skirts and spoilers. At one point, holes were drilled in key parts in an attempt to come up with an aerodynamic package that allowed cars to run closer to each other and pass each other in race conditions. Four basic configurations were tested. “We saw progress today in terms of passing with each of the new config-

NASCAR promotions... Continued from page 31.... has been promoted to executive vice president, and that Steve O’Donnell, senior vice president, racing operations, has been promoted to executive vice president. NASCAR’s general counsel, Gary Crotty, has been promoted to chief legal officer/general counsel. Mike Helton remains NASCAR president, and as such, is in charge of all racing operations. NASCAR also announced last week that Jimmy Small will take over as president of Iowa Speedway, which recently was purchased by NASCAR. Small, 28, has worked for NASCAR for six years, most recently as a business and marketing liaison with teams and drivers in all three national series. Small also helped manage the implementation of the NASCAR Industry Action Plan, which includes efforts to attract younger fans to the sport. “I’m honored to be presented with this opportunity to help guide Iowa Speedway in the next chapter of its life,” Small said in a release about his new job. “We will continue fanning the intense passion for motorsports that is prevalent here, and do our best to showcase Iowa Speedway’s fast, exciting short-track racing in creative, fanfriendly ways.”

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When it comes to NASCAR testing, there’s always strength in numbers. Single-car runs are good for determining how a car will react in qualifying, but to learn about how cars behave in racing conditions takes lots of cars on the track at the same time.

Gene Stefanyshyn, left, vice president of innovation and racing development, and Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development, discuss the recent test sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

urations,” said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR’s vice president of innovation and racing development. “One of the things that we learned and the reason we’re back here with so many cars is it is different when you have 30 cars or 25 cars out there versus the six [in October]. It was important for us to come back here with a field of cars that we did. It gave us a little bit different view on some of the answers. It’s put us in some different directions. We’ll just continue to work on it.” While the test is fo-

cused on improving competition on 1.5-mile tracks like Charlotte, the data could lead to closer racing on other tracks, Stefanyshyn said. “We’re using various metrics to look at that, like the first [place]-to-fifth time differentials, the time differentials between the 10 fastest laps, those types of things,” he said. “Those are the types of metrics. There’s many more, but that’s just an example.” Among the ways NASCAR officials evaluated the test was by observ-

ing the “test” racing from a fan’s perspective and by asking for input from drivers. “We have subjective data,” Stefanyshyn said. “We view it with our eye on the Jumbotron [giant TV screen]. We capture that video. “We have objective data, hard data, which we measure. We put that in. Then we have the views of the people who have the car in their hand. We have to take all that, triangulate it,

try to find the alliance and what makes sense. “It’s not a perfect science, but we try to take all those inputs and utilize them in the triangulation to find the right answer. You will never get 100 percent agreement on everything. So really, you’re kind of looking for the 70 percent answer here that kind of leads you in the right direction.” Rules for the 2014 Sprint Cup cars are supposed to be released to race teams this week.


An Open-and-Shut Case for Safe Jewelry A: If you've got it, flaunt it! And I bet your grandmother would have agreed. It's well worth an investment on your part to keep your heirloom jewelry both safe and accessible. A piece of furniture

you can lock is a logical beginning, but then again, it's so logical any thinking thief might right away hone in on it.

fashion-forward manufacturers of home fashions, who are thrilled by grays of all intensities.

A better option would be an unexpected hiding place, which must have inspired the clever designers at Hooker Furniture who came up with the handsome hardwood doorway-to-

Chella Textiles, Pearson Furnishings and York Wallcoverings are among design industry leaders championing the color gray all through the house — and in more than just 50 shades! "Chameleon-like ... more livable than black and more elegant than taupe," designers say of gray, a color that can range from charcoal to silver and even dove, and look smashing paired with extroverts like red, orange and apple green. Learn more at;, and On the same color note, Restoration Hardware has made its name in furniture with generous helpings of silvery metallic pieces and dry, grayed finishes on wood that looks recycled. If so, its time has certainly come again in great style.

Door with a secret: Who knows what riches lie behind this mirror? Certainly not a jewelry thief! Photo Courtesy Hooker Furniture nowhere we show here. What looks like an architectural element, with its mirrored front,

Open the mirrored door and you've got 20 hooks and 48 pouches to fill with jewelry. And no one will guess it's there ... unless, of course, some sneaky thief reads this column.

Even French Heritage, the ne plus ultra of Gallic chic, introduced a "vieux bois," or "old wood" finish at the fall High Point furniture market in North Carolina. Available with or sans sheen, the lighter vieux bois pieces would stand out in a room full of darker woods.

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Q: More than 50 shades of gray?

carved frame, and pediment top, is actually a vertical jewelry box that makes a grand impression yet takes up only inches of floor space.


mother's jewelry, including several valuable necklaces and earrings. It seems wasteful to have good stuff and not wear it, but my husband is nervous and thinks it should stay in a safe deposit box. I'd rather find a dresser or wardrobe I can lock, something that would go with our traditional mahogany bed-

room furniture. Any recommendations?

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In fact, the other new look at French Heritage — digitally printed fabrics in oh-la-la colorways — would stand out in just about any room. The new digital technology offers breakthrough design innovations, according to the company's co-founder Henessy Wayser. She describes the prints as "modern baroque." Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style," and six other books on interior design. COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM.



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Q: I need a home office, but our house is pretty

much used up — we have four bedrooms and three teenagers. After reconsidering the way we use every room, I am thinking about converting the deep closet in our front hall into a tiny office. Does this make any sense?

A: Of course. It's your home and you are smart

to make it serve the needs of your personal lifestyle. As long as that closet is big enough for a desk, a chair and a good working light, I say to station a rack out in the hall for guests' coats and move right in.

In his helpful book, "New Rooms for Old Houses" (the Taunton Press), Shirley writes: "Portals add drama to the experience of passing between rooms." Here, the deep portal is accented

From left: 2012 Builder of the Year Ron Rohrabacher with Greg Bowling and Randy Bowling of Tropicana Homes, the 2013 Builder of the Year. Step into my portal: An open, shelf-lined entry separates a busy family room from quiet workspace. Photo courtesy of Randy O'Rourke, the Taunton Press.

with display shelves recessed into the wall, and beyond there sits a small but presumably productive home office. COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM.

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.

Western Precast Concrete Attains NPCA Certified Plant Distinction 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.

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

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The sliver of an office, which we show here, should offer ample inspiration. It's part of a family room but cleverly set apart by a deep portal — author Frank Shirley defines a portal as "the yield sign of room separation." A portal is open without a door, but it clearly marks a transition between areas and activities.








Bright Ideas to Find the Right Light for Dining Rose Bennett Gilbert

works best over a dining table? And how high should we hang it? We are a pretty informal family, so nothing too fancy — I mean, not a crystal chandelier. Our furniture is oak, reproduction Victorian with pressed-wood designs in the chair backs.

A: You have a wide range of choices in lighting styles to suit your informal dining style, from a brass chandelier with a number of branches to a fixture made of stained glass, Murano glass or turned wood. For sheer drama, take a leaf from "Picture Perfect" by designer Scott Sanders. He lights up the pictured dining room with an astonishing stroke, an enormous lantern (from the design studio of Holly Hunt) that looks as if it were nabbed from the front hall of

fixture for size before you buy. Bring it home and view it in position (have someone on a stepstool hold it over the table while you decide).

It's also a delightful response to Sanders' client, who asked the de-

How high you hang it also depends largely on the light's size and the size of your table. Two key common-sense guidelines: It should be high enough that you're not looking directly at the light when you're seated, but not so low that you might bump your head when you stand.


Q: What kind of lighting fixture

some city hall or court of law. Yet, it's in good proportion to the room and the table; it's the perfect complement to the elaborately beamed ceiling.


signer to come up with a "sexy" scheme for the dining room. Also on the list, lots of shine and shimmer: silk draperies, the mirrored silver sideboard, and walls wrapped in glass cloth with silver-painted flowers. See more of the designer's ideas at

A dramatically oversized lantern sheds a whole new light on a dining room. Photo courtesy of Michel Arnaud. Whatever style lighting fixture you choose, be sure it's properly scaled to your room and dining table — large

enough to shed the right light for dining, but not so large that it looms over the diners. Your eyeball is the best guide. You should always try a light

One final bit of advice: Always put a dining room light fixture on a dimmer switch. You want to have it bright enough to see well when you're, say, doing your homework on the table as well as soft enough for serene, even romantic, meals. Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design. COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM.



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