Welcome to the 4th edition of The 13th Floor! Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! The kids have settled into their routine back to school, the nights are getting colder and the days are getting shorter. It’s a great opportunity to huddle in hoodies and blankets around a fire pit in the back yard and roast marshmallows, or enjoy some hiking through the crisp leaves in the words. Fall is a chance to prepare. With winter on its way, Klamath Falls could experience snow as early as the end of October. We have you covered for your winter supplies, with a guide to shopping local, for everything from snow shovels to snow blowers. Fall is a time to anticipate the holidays, whether it’s spend with family or friends, gathered around a tree, a menorah, or something else, it’s a time of reflection for the past year. What have we accomplished? How far have we come? What can we look forward to next year? Most importantly, how will you spend time with your loved ones? Take a look at our events section, with harvest parties, festivals, and Christmas events happening all over the basin. For some of us, Fall doesn’t bring joy and excitement, but despair. In this edition we will look at SAD (seasonal affective disorder), otherwise known as Seasonal Depression, what the symptoms are and when to seek help. Finally, Fall can be a time to relax. Gone are the days of yard work, landscaping, and working under the hot, hot sun. With our tips from Tracy’s Garden, we will look at preparing for your garden next year, but as the weather gets cooler, forget about needing to mow once a week and prune the bushes every month. Grab a drink and enjoy your favorite game on the ‘tube, or grab a friend and get involved in some local high school or college sports! So don your hoodies, stir the hot chocolate, enjoy the crisp breezes, and enjoy fall in Klamath Falls. It’s one of my favorite times of the year so I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!
Roland is a 10-year-old accomplished artist and writer. By age 4, he held a dozen first place ribbons at the state level for his ceramic masterpieces. By age 8, he was writing articles for one of the world’s biggest ceramics magazines, and had traveled the United States to help with promotion. He loves to write and illustrate his own stories, and wants to be a biologist when he grows up.
I have to admit, I’m not much of a sports person. Okay, so I like to play basketball with my friends once in a while, and I’m pretty decent at throwing a football. I can even beat my sister at soccer cuz I’m faster than her. When I was younger, mom and dad and a few other people told me I was built for sports, because I’m tall and skinny. But sports never interested me. I’d rather be playing video games or building science experiments. Sports never interested me until about 2 years ago, when I first when ice skating with my school at Bill Collier Ice Arena, out by the Running Y. It wasn’t much fun at first, because I found out my feet are too big for the ice skates! I was so sad, I nearly cried. I sat on the sidelines, to watch all the other kids laughing, falling, and having fun on the ice. It looks exhilarating. One of my teachers finally found a pair of hockey skates that would fit. They were big and heavy, and at first, I was very clumsy with them. I fell a lot. I’m so glad they had knee pads, they were a lifesaver. It didn’t take me long to figure out how to skate. It’s simple back and forth leg motion, but you also have to keep your balance, too. That’s the hard part is keeping your balance. But the faster you go, the easier it gets. And boy, is it fun! It’s easy to get lost on the ice. With the icy wind blowing in your face, your legs moving on the ice, it is easy to get lost. And the best part is enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate afterwards!
The best part about ice skating is that it doesn’t have to be just a school trip. My mom helped me find the prices (I put them on the next page for everyone) and it’s pretty cheap, it’s like my weekly allowance. And the whole family can enjoy it! I was pretty fascinated by ice skating after my first trip. I wanted to know how they did is a long time ago. In social studies, we even learned that people in Klamath Falls, like 100 years ago, used to skate on the lake, and in wooden skates! Can you imagine trying to strap those on? It would be worse than hockey skates! Here’s a picture I found from about the 1950’s or so. I don’t know about you, but I have to wear a lot more clothes, they must be freezing!
I think it would be scary to go out in the woods and skate on the lake or a creek or something like that. What if it cracks, someone could fall in a be seriously hurt or even get that hypo- hypa- that disease when you get too cold and your heart stops. I am so glad that Klamath Falls has an ice rink at the Running Y so we can all be safe!
Oh, and guess what, at the ice rink they don’t just have ice skating. They have other stuff too. There’s broomball (like hockey with brooms and a basketball, it’s a lot of fun) junior hockey league, advanced hockey league, and curling. (I have no idea what that is, but it looks like throwing blocks of steel across the ice, and you don’t wear skates. Wouldn’t he ice crack or something?)
Open Skate Ages 5 and Under are Free Ages 6 to 17 $5 Ages 18+ $6
Besides the skating, hockey, and curling, There’s a few other winter activities you can do out at the Running Y, too. They have snowshoeing - with or without a guide - and also private figure skating lessons, taught by an actual professional figure skater. Located just 5 miles outside of Klamath Falls, the Running Y has some great winter activities for the whole family. You can enjoy ice skating like I did, or beat people up with hockey sticks, or go snowshoeing through the forest. Head out to the Running Y or the Bill Collier Community Ice Arena for an afternoon of icy fun!
After School Skate (includes skate rental) All ages $4 Family Skate Ages 5 and Under $3 Ages 6+ $5 Equipment Rental Fees (per session) Gloves $2.00 Helmets $3.00 Skates $3.00 Broomball —Come with tennis shoes, warm clothing and we’ll provide the rest; a plastic broom, rubber ball, helmet, gloves and elbow pads. Ages 14+ $5
Drop In Curling Ages 8+ $10.00
Drop In Hockey Intermediate and experienced players only! $10.00
(FOR MORE INFO, GO TO http://klamathicesports.org/ OR http://www.runningy.com/recreation/ winter-fun/ice-skating.php)
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Three years ago, Jason and Vida Nelson started their dream: a bakery for the local community that provided all types of goodies. They began baking, preparing, and decorating special orders in a small kitchen shop in the downtown area, while they each held down full time jobs. Their day usually begins at 4am, with cupcakes in the oven, and frosted and decorated by 6am. Figuring that cupcakes would just be a passing phase, they started with cookies, scones, and cakes. A few months ago, their dream got even better. They were able to open there storefront, CRAVE bakery, on Main Street. They began to expand even more, by operating a booth at the Farmer’s Market. Although they still bake cookies and other goodies, their bakery quickly expanded to include cupcakes as well. What was once considered only a “cupcake phase” came to include unique cupcakes of many different shapes and sizes. Daily, they make 8-10 different flavors, including (but not limited to) smores’, pumpkin, red velvet, margarita, raspberry vanilla, and even a few savory flavors like bacon ‘n’ toast and apple and cheddar. To date, they have made over 50 flavors, and still have more planned. Besides their store front, they also cater special events. Their biggest event to date was 1,000 mini cupcakes. Visit their booth every Saturday until the 27th of October, and pick up a spooky ghost decorated cupcake, or a sweet caramel apple. They are quickly becoming a household name here in Klamath. With a constant steady flow of customers, it seems that with their cupcakes, “you can’t just try one.” Many customers are ordering at least a dozen cupcakes or more for special events, parties, or just because. There are often days they sell out, and have to close early. Although CRAVE is active on their Facebook page, posting pictures of their wares that seem good enough to eat several times a day, their popularity seems to be mainly from word of mouth. Of 15 customers in an hour long period, they all reported they had heard about the “cupcakes to DIE for” from a coworker, friends, or fellow parent. Although many came in for the weekly coupon, Jason reported that business has been picking up lately. It’s no surprise with a positive reputation sweeping the community. And yet, CRAVE is more than just a bakery. It’s an inviting place to sit and enjoy a treat with a friend, or bound with family over a scrumptious treat. The small dining area of CRAVE is warm and inviting, with a rustic feel, with a touch of modern décor. Decorated with in white and lavender tones, with fresh flowers on each table, the wicker chaise in the corner, CRAVE has the feeling of the front porch at Grandma’s farm - that is, if it wasn’t for the soft, modern track lighting from above! Painted and worn crates hold straws,
reminding of a simpler time. A wood pallet with “sugar” hangs above the wicker, reminding everyone of that wonderful substance that makes cupcakes so irresistible. Although CRAVE is a little bakery now, they have some big dreams for the future. They hope to add muffins and other scones to their menu. Very soon, they will have their new espresso machine up and running, with as many flavors of piping hot latte as they have cupcakes. They also hope to be able to open a few nights a week for dessert night, and serve Crème Brule and other hard to find dessert delicacies. Jason and Vida have truly used their expertise to make this bakery their own, from their unique and delicious flavors to the light and airy decoration of the dining area. “My wife loves to bake, and I love to work with people, a perfect match!” said owner, Jason Vida. With his years of experience in management and her 7 years of professional baking experience, it does indeed seem to be a match made in heaven for CRAVE bakery. Their cupcakes certainly are!
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On Tuesday, Principal Tony Swan had a hard announcement to make. He faced the bright-eyed student assembly with purpose, and calmly announced to the students that the Klamath Board of Education had made the difficult decision to close the doors to Fairview Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year. Students and parents alike met this decision with mixed feelings of anxiety and anger, distraught at such unexpected news. Although rumors began last year about a possible school closure, many parents face the rumors with the catharsis motto, “it couldn’t possibly be us.” But horribly, it was. A group of parents aren’t taking the school closure sitting down. Parents like Rachel and Amy, have spend the better part of their week, despite health problems, passing out flyers and organizing fundraising efforts. They have also contact local businesses for help in raising money to keep the school open. Their efforts continue, firm in their resolve to teach their impressionable children the lesson that it’s important to fight for what they love. To many, Fairview is more than just brick and mortar. In the light of this traumatic event for those involved, Fairview isn’t just another local school. It’s parents that have sent their children there for generations, teachers who have watched their students grow, and a neighborhood that uses the school as a community hub. In society today, it’s rare for a parent to be able to tell their child, “I went to the same school you’re going to!” For those that can say that at Fairview, it makes this experience all the more devastating. For many families that routinely move, such as those in the military, moving become a routine. Only the immediately family moves, and leaves behind their extended family, usually with rare contact. Their children are used to changing schools and houses. Their move is often expected, and parents do their best to prepare their children months in advance. But for children who have grown up in a school, and have spent years with the same playmates, the same teachers, and have develop good relationships with their peers, changing schools can be devastating. Imagine growing up with the same friends and
family within a few blocks, and the same teachers year in and year out, providing a constant, a comfort, and an allegiance to a school building. During this difficult time of the announcement of this school closure, it’s important for teachers and parents like to be attentive and open to the struggling students. It’s normal for many children to initially act out to deal with the hurt and anxiety they feel over the closure of a lifelong constant in their life. It is also important that parents watch their children’s behavior closely, to ensure they don’t exhibit signs of displaced anxiety. This is a dangerous form of anxiety in which the child, when faced with perceived impending doom, puts aside the reality until it must be faced. Have open conversations with the children about how they feel about the school closing. They might be in shock and still processing the information now, but letting them know they have an outlet is the most important thing a parent can do. In their own times, the children will begin to face the reality that the school is closing, and will have to process this information. For almost 100 years, Fairview has nurtured and trained children for academic success. It has been a growing experience for many generations, from the ones pictures below in 1921 to the great-grandsons and great-granddaughters of 91 years later. Although our community is sad to see this school go, it will forever live in the hearts and minds of the children who graced its doors. Farewell to Fairview, a school that will not be easily forgotten.
Meet Timothy. He is a normal 8 year old 3rd grader, and has attended Fairview since Kindergarten. For Timothy, structure and stability is important for success in life. Short of being uprooted from his home, the next traumatic event is losing the school he loves. Timothy collected 248 signatures on a petition to keep Fairview open this week, and remains positive that there is still hope for his school.
Amy Allen and son Timothy M.
Meet Anthony. He is an exuberant and lively 6 year old 1st grader, who is excited about school. He loves recess and reading, and has already met and bonded with the 3rd and 4th grade teachers at Fairview. His family moved here from Missouri for the rural countryside and smaller class sizes. Anthony was distraught to hear the news of the school closure, and is nervous about the future. When Fairview closes, his family plans to move back to Missouri.
Rachel Campbell and son Anthony
Local Bakery Reaches Out to Fairview
We won't have any cookies on the shelf today, because we used all the dough making these. They are going to Fairview Elementary School this morning, one for each kid and an extra box for the teachers, secretaries, janitors, and other staff. Because if you're a little kid, and they shut your school down, you at least ought to get some dang cookies out of the deal . . . But don't tell them . . . It's a surprise!(It was a great surprise, and the kids and staff were very happy to receive the cookies)
"My childhood home was two houses above the upper playground (torn down over a dozen years ago now to make a grass field for Fairview students). The rooms of that little school, recesses on the playgrounds, p.e., school assemblies and Christmas Programs in the Gymnasium, teacher conferences, and my teachers and friends are all part of my childhood memories. (see the rest of this and other comments on the Green Blade Bakery facebook page)
We have a family photo of my grandfa...
Klamath Falls is very fortunate to have a wide variety of restaurants styles and atmospheres to choose from. We don't have many of the large chain restaurants people from larger communities have become accustomed to. names like "Olive garden", "Red Lobster" and The Outback" are simply not in our backyard. But in place of these easily recognized names are some great locally owned and operated restaurants. Many of these local restaurants actually go far beyond the feel and customer loyalty that big chain restaurants do. They are "family" owned, and often many of the employees are part of that family as well. Their unique ambiance, and quality of food and service is as much a part of the people who own it as the food they serve. In this issue of the 13th FLOOR, we have cast our spot light on a one of a kind restaurant here in Klamath Falls. That restaurant is Empire Mongolian Grill. While we have a variety of BBQ places, Mexican restaurants, family diners and even ethnic places. We have only one Mongolian style grill restaurant.
Where did the Mongolian Grill (BBQ) concept originate . . .
Although Mongolian barbecue first appeared in Taipei in 1951 the stir-frying of meats on a large, open surface is supposed to evoke Mongolian foods and Mongolian traditions. The preparation can also derive from Japanese-style teppanyaki, which was popular in Taiwan at the time. The very first Mongolian Barbecue restaurant (Gengis Khan Mongolian BBQ) was opened in 1976, and was located in downtown Taipei, Taiwan. As Mongolian Barbecue became more popular, it was introduced to the West, where restaurants such as "Ta Han: Mongolian Barbecue" located in Cincinnati, Ohio; where it is owned and operated by the Liao family from Taiwan. Many American Mongolian style restaurants claim that soldiers of the Mongol Empire gathered large quantities of meats, prepared them with their swords and cooked them on their overturned shields over a large fire
How is a Mongolian Grill different from an American buffet . . . Typically, diners choose various ingredients from a buffet of thinly sliced raw meats (beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken, shrimp) and vegetables (cabbage, tofu, sliced onion, cilantro, broccoli, and mushrooms, pineapple, bowl or on a plate. These ingredients are given to the griddle operator who adds the diner's choice of sauce and transfers them to one section of the hot griddle. Oil and sometimes water may be added to ease cooking, and the ingredients are stirred occasionally.
The ample size of the Mongolian barbecue griddle allows for several diners' food to be cooked simultaneously on different parts of the griddle. In many restaurants (primarily buffets) one dish will be cooked at a time, the operator walking around the outside of the grill once or twice moving the food while walking. When cooking is complete, the finished dish is scooped into a bowl and handed to the diner.
Fresh and Healthy ingredients are unique to the Empire Mongolian Grill . . .
Meats & Tofu Chicken
The chart above is just a small sampling of what you will find on Empire's new web page located at www.empiremongolian grill.com They have compiled all the nutritional facts on all the elements you can add from the buffet line.
Everything is made fresh, even the garlic is crushed fresh each day. And you choose how you want it all seasoned. Dinners can be all you can eat, or one time through. For most people, one time through is more than filling enough. they also offer white rice, wraps, tortillas and fried rice side dishes. A wide variety of beverages are also available.
Recently a fantastic line of great deserts has also been added to the food available. many special deals are posted on their facebook page on a daily basis. Everything from $10 Sundays, to punch cards for frequent diners, and a great Happy Hour too.
But it goes beyond just fresh and healthy food, service is key at Empire too . . . A few months ago Danette Gerhardt took over the management of the restaurant. Her fiancĂŠ had purchased the restaurant several years before that but was not an active role of on site management. Since Danette has taken over the restaurant has dramatically improved. She is passionately concerned about the quality of dining experience and the food and service you receive. This has had a very positive effect on the quality dining experience you will now enjoy at Empire Mongolian Grill. And Danette is not done yet. She has planned exciting family dining adventures, special rewards programs, and now has a web page and will be bringing a weekly blog on healthy dining options.
This edition, we sat down with Rebecka McDonald, owner and operator of The Writings On The Wall, which provides customized vinyl decals for personal and professional use. We talked to her about some of the struggles and successes she has dealt with over the course of her new business, which celebrates it’s one year anniversary in November.
What does your business provide (types of products, etc) We provide vinyl decals for walls, windows, metal, just about any surface you need. From just a few letters, to cute quotes for a variety of walls, or even just your business logo, we can do pretty much anything. We off hundreds of colors and thousands of fonts, with an ability to customize anything we offer, just about anything for anyone.
When did you start your business? The business started around November 2011 and it took a month or two and then started booming. We are now almost a year in and can't wait for more fabulous years to come.
What events/circumstance led to you starting this business? I actually wasn't even trying to start any business nor was I thinking about it at all. I was actually a photographer at the time that The Writings On The wall came about. We race motocross, and my husband needed numbers on his quad. I was very big into crafts and just trying out new things -- and happened to have vinyl and a vinyl cutter at home. So I made his numbers. Then, an amazing thing happened. Other racers needed numbers and came my way! Finally a friend said to me, “If you can do numbers and last names you should try other things.” I went home that night and made my very first actual quote - it was the great "You Don't Have To Brush All Your Teeth Just The Ones You Want To Keep" for my kid's bathroom.
I posted a picture of that one for all my friends to see and started getting requests and thus the business was born.
What's the best thing about working from home? There are a few great things about working from home. First of all, I love the fact I can work and still be here with my kids, and not miss out on them and everything they are doing. The next couple things are that if I get frustrated and need to walk away from a certain order, I can get up and walk away, and come back fresh. The other is if I feel the need to throw vinyl everywhere to accomplish what I am trying to accomplish I can. Usually when I am working on a bunch of orders it looks like a vinyl bomb went off in my work area.
What has been your most challenging order to date? My most challenging order was a big 4ft by 4ft logo for a company. It was not easy, because it had odd shapes that I had to make perfect, which included little dots all over the outside of and a "glow" on the inside. This is extremely difficult when working with vinyl being that big, as you have to make sure your vinyl is lined up perfectly or it will slide easily. It took a lot of time and a lot of tiny little details to keep everything on and in place for this order, but I finished it with a great turn-around time. Orders with small and fine details, like the one above, can pose quite a challenge!
What has been your favorite order so far? I love all of my orders but I would have to say so far has been about 12 smaller stickers for my brother. No, they weren't the most challenging things in the world, but he sat here for hours helping design them. For someone that doesn’t and hasn’t owned a computer he was very excited about these stickers it made my day to make someone smile. Can’t live without your favorite quote? Need a bumper sticker, or business logo? Or want to spice up those plain white walls with something catchy, but don’t know what? Visit The Writing On The Wall Facebook page for quotes, ideas, and much more:
September has come and gone, and with it a decrease in the amount of time we see the sun. For many, this is merely a reflection of the change in season and goes wholly unnoticed. Yet for some, this decrease in sunlight may actually have an adverse effect on their sleep, mood, and eating habits. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or it's aptly named acronym SAD, is a seasonal pattern of depression that affects people who have had a decrease in their exposure to sunlight. When we are in a dark environment, our brains produce a hormone called Melatonin. This hormone encourages our bodies to sleep, thereby causing us to feel tired and groggy. Symptoms of SAD therefore include difficulty waking up in the morning, a craving for carbohydrates such as pasta or bread, a lack of energy, and a generally depressed mood. SAD is different than other forms of depression in the sense that this disorder only occurs, well, seasonally. It is also important to note that SAD can be misdiagnosed as hypoglycemia, diabetes, and a variety of other illnesses that have similar symptoms. From personal experience, I've found that SAD quietly sneaks up on you. Though almost everyone experiences some decrease in energy in the winter, I noticed that my pessimistic attitude, lack of energy, and general grogginess was far more severe than
what I saw in my fellow students. The symptoms were not apparent for weeks and it was easy for me to assume they were situational (working long hours) than environmental (a lack of sunlight). My doctor at the time advised me to try experimenting with my sunlight exposure to see if it affected my mood. I spent at least fifteen minutes a day in the sun for a week and noticed a nearly immediate improvement in my symptoms! When the sun wasn't out, I used a UV (ultraviolet) lamp. These light bulbs run about $15 and emit the same helpful light that the sun does. Now this doesn't mean you should go to a tanning salon and stare upwards! The basic idea of light therapy is that your eyes are exposed to some degree of UV light for about fifteen minutes a day, thereby tricking your brain into thinking that it is still daytime even if it is dark outside. Also keep in mind that simple exposure to UV light is not a cure-all; sometimes that bad mood and lack of energy is only situational, such as after a breakup or some other stressful event. Give it some time and see if your depressive symptoms improve. If you do believe you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, contact your local mental health professional. In Klamath Falls, you can call 541 882-7291 to speak to someone at Klamath County Mental Health or call 541-883-3471 to talk to someone at Lutheran Community Services. You can also call a local psychologist or psychiatrist as well. And please remember, if your life is being negatively impacted, it's a problem worth exploring!
Alex Basche holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology from Oregon Institute of Technology. He has completed over 1500 hours of clinical work in the field of Alcohol and Drug treatment and currently works for the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara, California as a clinical youth counselor. Alex plans to attain a Master's Degree in Counseling as well as an eventual Ph.D.
The staff at The 13th FLOOR - A Contemporary "eye" on Klamath Falls magazine are excited to partner with the OIT Alumni Association to share a little about past graduates of OIT. We are calling this section "I am an OWL" and each edition we will showcase the life beyond graduation for an OIT Alumni. This issue we are pleased to bring you a little about Tavish Ledesma, class of 2004.
1. What are you doing now? I’m currently living in Portland and enjoying my role as Campus Relations Manager with Intel’s US College team! My time is spent recruiting top engineering talent from across the country, designing and delivering an exciting experience for our ~2,000 interns, and leading the development of an iPad app used for campus recruiting. It’s a lot to juggle at once, but my core mission is to motivate students to remain in science and engineering, and to help them discover their dream job in high tech. 2. What is your favorite memory of Oregon Tech? My favorite story to tell would be that of the OIT Sausage Festival: a tradition I started during my senior year in the Residence Hall. We had a crazy turnout of over 75 students, some of whom showed up for the free sausage, others to compete in the now infamous “Wiener Relay.” This coming May I’ll be donning the lederhosen once again and returning to Klamath Falls for the 10th Annual OIT Sausage Festival. It’s a great way to stay connected to Oregon Tech! 3. What do you like most about your career path? At Oregon Tech I didn’t just learn how to develop software: I learned how to learn. That “learn by doing” approach has enabled me to explore careers in software engineering, manufacturing operations, business development, and the aforementioned human resources. Having interviewed hundreds of engineering students from the nation’s top universities, I’m convinced the education one receives from Oregon Tech is top notch in that it produces graduates who are capable of succeeding across a multitude of applied fields.
4. What does being an Oregon Tech Alumnus mean to you? If there’s one thing I value the most from my time at Oregon Tech, it’s the personal attention and care faculty members took to ensure my success in the program. That individualized support is something truly unique to Oregon Tech, and is a core value that extends beyond the school’s faculty. Being an Oregon Tech Alumnus to me means embodying that same passion for helping others: in my workplace, in my community, and of course for OIT! 5. Why should alumni stay connected with the Oregon Tech Alumni Association? While the opportunity to grow one’s network is a great benefit, I really think alumni should ask themselves: “What is one thing that helped me succeed at Oregon Tech?” For some maybe it was an academic support program, for others, perhaps the chance to connect with the school via a particular student group or club. Whatever it may be, staying connected with the alumni association is an opportunity to ensure future Oregon Tech students have that same chance to lead an enriching and successful career at Oregon Tech, and beyond.
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Recently, we asked some of our readers what kind of indoor exercise they enjoyed during the colder months. We had an overwhelming response for video games, which included both Wii and Xbox KINECT games. We decided to share some of our favorites. When it gets cold, it’s hard to get going in the morning. But that doesn’t mean that the gym routine has to be skipped all together. Even if you have home exercise equipment, that daily walk on the treadmill can be boring and monotonous, which reduces the chance of it becoming a habit. Why not add some fun to the work out? Playing games while exercising, is a great way to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing, all while having a good time. There are a few game systems on the market right now that offer a wide variety of exercise styles: from strength training, to yoga, and even dancing the night away. Thought that game systems were just a fad for kids? Think again. Two of the major game systems on the market right now, the Wii and the Xbox, offer not only an unlimited world of gaming, but also of exercise, dance, and fitness. First, let’s look at the benefits of exercise on the Wii Nintendo system:
Wii Although this system was released in 2008, it offers the biggest variety of exercise games on the market, with over 100 different games currently available on the market. The Wii offers an exercise routine through the use of a wireless remote. There are also peripherals available, such as the Wii Fit Balance Board, which double as a scale and exercise tool for games such as Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, and a variety of Biggest Loser games. The Wii currently retails for $99-$149, with a new console, the Wii U, set to release around Christmas this year, retailing for $299.
Wii Fit This game incorporates the use of the Balance Board, which weighs the player and gives them options on how to exercise. It comes with 4 different game settings, from yoga, balance games, strength training, and aerobics. During the yoga exercises, players can choose from a variety of poses, from the tree, the warrior, and the half moon, and based on the position of the controller and balance board, takes steps to correct the players balance. The balance games are designed for a younger audience, and coaches the player to create and maintain their balance through some introductory exercises. The strength training offers leg jumps, torso twisting, and jackknife exercises. Aerobics can be appropriate for any age, and uses basic running and hula hoops games for the player.
Zumba The popular salsa-samba-latino dance exercise routine hits the Wii with an amazing addition: the Wii Remote Belt. This allows the game to teach the easy beginner steps of the twist, the salsa, and all the hip gyration and ab crunches that are a part of this new dance phenomenon. This dance routine can burn 600-900 calories and hour, and also includes a variety of latin songs to pump up the exercise. Players can choose how loud they want their music in this fun and challenging exercise game. Just Dance The best kind of exercise is the kind where the player is unaware that they are exercising! The Just Dance game series (Just Dance 1-4, and a 5th Disney version for the younger crowd) offers over 40 different tunes to shake the groove thing to - everything from MC Hammer to the trendy Katy Perry. Just Dance 3 has improved the â€œjust sweatâ€? program by incorporating a 7-day workout program, in which players can choose the amount of calories they burn. Get the kids off the couch with the Disney version, which includes classic songs from Mary Poppins and the Little Mermaid, and modern shows like Phineas and Ferb and Hanna Montana.
KINECT The XBOX Kinect burst onto the video games scene in late 2010. This camera based natural user interface changed the way that video games are player. With their slogan, “YOU are the controller,” it uses voicerecognition and cameras to respond to spoken commands and gestures. This interface allows players to interact without the need for controllers, and is especially effective for a weight loss routine. The player is able to enter gender, age, and weight, and the camera scans the player to adjust an appropriate exercise routine. Your Shape Much like the Wii fit, Your Shape offers a variety of different types of workouts. From the yoga-like Zen classes, dancing, bootcamp, and even to the “Run the world” which provides different landscapes for the running scene. The KINECT sensor allows a more detailed body scan, with exact measurements of arms, legs, chest, and hip sizes. The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Edition This KINECT game uses celebrity weight loss coaches for motivation during the work out, such as Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. This game also tracks your weight loss and weight training over time, and has a variety of interesting workouts, from strength training and aerobics, to tae bo and dance moves, all taught by your favorite Biggest Loser winners. UFC Personal Trainer Not into dancing and aerobics? UFC Trainer has something for players that want an intense work out that teaches the different MMA diverse disciplines. Using a variety of timer and points-based work outs featuring some of the biggest names in the UFC today, the KINECT guides the player into the correct leg kicks and punches. This one is guaranteed to make players sweat, and bring out the warrior within. Whether it’s deep breathing, dancing, or fighting on the way to weight loss, the Wii or the KINECT have something for everyone. Now, get up and shake that grove thing!
The richest people are the ones in mixmatched clothes, with their hair pulled back, and their kids enjoying themselves. They may not have designer clothes, but they are comfortable. They may not have manicured nails, but their hands are rough from a hard days’ work. Their kids are noisy, but they are well behaved.
Every day, consumers envy that person in front of them at the grocery store, the pharmacy, or the doctor’s office. They are wearing designer clothes, which are freshly dry cleaned and pressed. Their nails are well manicured, their hair dyed, styled, and immaculate. Usually they have silent, well-behaved children in tow. They all pay for brand-name items with a flashy credit card or $100 bills. They seem so well put together that not even a rainy day could alter their appearance. Unlike most of us in the economy, they have most likely never stood in line at the food bank, hoped and prayed for a job interview so they can keep their heat on, or struggled through college classes and a part time job. They never had to look in the fridge and plan meals for a week for the family on nothing but a few slices of bread and some cheese. They also will never knew the flushed cheeks and emotional rush of helping others. They never felt the calming spirit of volunteering at the shelter, and giving a hand out to those in need. They never experienced the warm heart of a child who, even though they have nothing, still wants to help others. They don’t have the spouse who rewards birthdays and anniversaries with hugs and kisses instead of diamonds and presents. TThheeyy w wiilll nneevveerr kknnoow w tthhee tthhrriilll ooff bbeeiinngg rriicchh.. The richest people are the ones in mix-matched clothes, with their hair pulled back, and their kids enjoying themselves. They may not have designer clothes, but they are comfortable. They may not have manicured nails, but their hands are rough from a hard days’ work. Their kids are noisy, but they are well behaved. The richest person you know could be next in line, armed with only their
food stamp card or their WIC vouchers, hoping they have enough money left to keep their power on, and worried if there’s enough gas to get home from the store.
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TThheeiirr lliiffee iiss ssttiilll rriicchh bbeeyyoonndd ccoom mppaarree.. Their home is a place of love and warmth, where all those that grace their door is greeted with a heart-felt hug and a pat on the back. Their cupboards are always full, because what they give away to those in need is paid back tenfold. Their car is a tool that gives rides, even if there isn’t enough gas. Their hands are always busy helping others; and it doesn’t matter if it’s for the less or more fortunate. And even in the midst of adversity, the stressful times, the face of failure, their lives are so rich they often survive on the love they have for others, and by making others happy, they themselves are joyous.
421 People have asked to join this uniquely Klamath Falls Group on facebook. Cori Canfield created the group and Rebekah Dodson accepted an admin role with the group shortly after. It's a place where people can talk about when they see someone reaching out and helping someone they do not know.
So I will dance with Cinderella While she is here in my arms 'Cause I know something the prince never knew Oh, I will dance with Cinderella I don't want to miss even one song 'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight And she'll be gone
Who can forget the first time they held their daughter in their arms? The tiny hand reaching out for love, the small footprints they made in the hearts of their parents? The first step they took, how they toddled around the living room floor, grasping, needing your help to stand. What about the time they tried on their first black patent leather shoes and twirled about the kitchen, crying, “Daddy, dance with me!” Some daughters seem like such a small, fragile human beings. They love tea parties and dress up, drinking from dainty cups that seem so breakable and small sandwiches that don’t look very filling. As they get older, they want their hair and nails done like mommy, and they experiment with makeup. Some daughters play with cars and legos, grow up in camouflage pants, and can’t wait to drive their truck out muddin’. The feel of the rifle in their hands as they shoot their first buck is more exhilarating than their first kiss. Whether your daughter is dainty or not afraid to get her hands dirty, she needs you in her life. It’s important for fathers to reach out to their daughters in any way they can. This will influence your daughter to appropriately deal with important issues as she gets older, from dealing with peer pressure to the developing positive personal relationships. Your relationships with your daughter will define her for life.
Even if you are afraid of breaking the small tea cup during a party or presenting her with her first gun for a hunting trip, connecting with your daughter means everything to her. Even if it’s just about spending time together. Your Cinderella will eventually grow up. She will replace those shiny black shoes for racy heels, the long tresses for a pixie hair cut, and the wide skirt for something a bit more revealing. When you see who your daughter has turned into, will you wonder what happened? Will you regret not spending just a few precious moments with her that could have changed her life for the better? Will you long for the days when you can twirl her around just to hear her laugh, or surprise her and see her blazing smile? There’s no midnight to this Cinderella story. One day, that little girl with flowing hair and an innocent smile, who used to twirl around the kitchen without a care in the world, will grow up and move away. And the weight of the world will be on her shoulders. The clock won’t strike, and she won’t come fleeing home. Her problems will be solely hers, and she may have no one to turn to. It’s then that she remembers the times you spent brushing her hair as a small child, or playing tea party, taking her to her first dance, or even taking her out hunting. She remembers that her dad was always there for her, no matter what the issue. She can come to you and talk about boys, kids at school, and learn how to deal with her problems from you, the responsible adult. Life passes us by so easily. Take some time from your busy week to enjoy your family. Spend one night on a regular basis with just you and your daughter. Chances are “date nights with daddy” will be your daughter’s highlight of the week. It’s the prospect of eating out, enjoying fried chicken or sharing a blueberry milkshake, or even something as simply as a juicy burger topped with bacon at Stav’N Marv’n, just you and her. It’s the anticipation of going out and dancing and being twirled around the dance floor. It’s the feeling of appreciation, of being noticed, that will live with her for the rest of her life. And when she trades her dancing shoes for wedding bells, you won’t regret it. The woman you carry down the aisle will be everything you respect and adore. A daughter after your own heart. When it comes to dealing with women, most men fear the unknown. The unknown credit card bill, the unknown time spent shopping and going to beauty parlors. That awful time consuming shopping trip (“Does she really have to try on THAT many pair of clothes?! They all look fine!”) or the long wait at the beauty parlor (How can “red” come in 50 different shades?!). Women can be fickle, and hard to deal with. It’s often much easier to give her the cash and send her on her way.
But spending those times with her, even if it IS shopping or to get her nails/hair/teeth/spleen done, will have a lasting positive benefit. In a society that teaches us today that fathers aren’t an important part of a child’s life, it’s extremely important to be proactive in your daughter’s life. The media suggests that teen pregnancy, drugs, and eating disorders are a normal part of growing up. But that doesn’t have to be a reality. Fathers, start with your daughter(s) while they are still young and spend some time with them! It can be something as simple as a short outing, a meal together, or some time to talk. Here’s a few examples to get you started on your date nights: Time at the park: push her on the swing, race her down the slide, climb up the rock wall together Take her to a fancy dinner & dancing: take this opportunity to teach her table manners (what fork and spoon to use, how to use a napkin, etc), and talk to her about school and her friends. Take a dance class together, or teach her some dance moves. She will love you for it later! Share a bowl of ice cream on a cool fall night: There’s nothing like catching up on the first few weeks of schools over some gooey chocolate dripping ice cream
Play a video game: the great thing about technology is that there’s something for all ages. Help her dress up a princess on the Wii or play some rock band on the Xbox. It will warm your heart to see her belt out the notes of her favorite song!
If your daughter is older, it’s not too late to get to know her. Here are some activities you can do: Figure out what her favorite band is: ask her if she why she likes them, and let her play her CD in the car Take her shopping: what kind of makeup does she like? Is there an alternative to those short shorts and high miniskirts? A daughter learns more about modesty from her father than her mother! Talk to her over a cup of coffee: Keep an open line of communication about school and boys. Even if she’s embarrassed at first, regular outings will help her realize that she can talk to you about anything
Create a party for her and her friends: Avoid making your daughter feel like she needs to sneak out to have fun - put out the chex mix and sodas and have a video games or scary movie night, or, take them out ice skating or to play pool. You’ll be able to supervise without getting in the way, and your daughter will realize you took the time to make her happy. Remember, someday your little girl won’t want to wear pretty dresses and patent leather shoes, so cherish that part of her while you can. You’ll never regret getting her to open up about her friends, school, and her interests. As she gets older, you have laid the foundation for open communication. When she needs someone and can’t turn to her friends or her mother, she will have you to turn to, and she won’t be afraid to share her issues with you and ask for advice. Make a difference today in your daughter’s life, and be the kind of daddy she deserves.
Klamath Basin Potato Festival October 19th & 20th 11am-7pm Featuring a free BBQ, highschool football games, vendors selling everything from potato chip cookies to Irish sundaes to quilts, and old time fiddlers providing nice background music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. There is a parade on Saturday. Admission & Entries are FREE! Merrill, OR www.discoverklamath.com email@example.com 541-798-5808
Train Mountain Pumpkin Express October 20th & 27th 10am-3pm Enjoy the train ride and the pumpkin patch. The train is free to ride to the pumpkin patch and the pumpkins are only $1.50. There will also crafts and spookie stories! Join in on the family fun these weekends! http://trainmountain.org/ 36941 South Chiloquin Road (541) 783-3030
Annual Rocky Point Fall Festival October 21, 2012 (all day) All-you-can-eat chili, bazaar, quilt raffle, pie and specialty baked foods. Rocky Point Fire Hall 25600 Rocky Point Rd 541-356-0909
Scarecrow Row October 27th 11am-2pm The Scarecrow Row and Fall Festival event is located on historic Main Street and Central
Square in Downtown Klamath Falls. Scarecrow Row and Fall Festival is open to the public. The Scarecrow event is open to arts and crafts, artists and musicians, concessionaries, exhibitors, and organizations. Contact Susan Beach @ Beach’s Jewelers - 541-884-3493
Adam’s Berries Pumpkin Patch
YMCA Harvest Festival October 27th 11am-3pm
Monday Night At the Movies: The Rocky Horror Picture Show October 29th 7:00 pm
Come to Steen Sports Park and enjoy a day of harvest festivities, such as a costume party, bouncy houses, face painting and more. Free admission, but some games/vendors have costs. (541) 884-4149
Oregon Institute of Technology Annual Haunted House October 27th 6:30pm-8pm This yeah the haunted house at the residence hall will feature 2 scary tents, 2 very scary tents, and a treat/game hall for kids, as well as trick or treating! Admission is FREE with a suggested donation to the Oregon Food Bank. (541) 882-5000
Pumpkin Decorating Contest October 27th 12pm-3pm Decorate a pumpkin and enter it to win one of 3 prizes. $2 entry fee. Pumpkins will be auctioned off beginning at 2 PM. Legacy Furniture 3250 Washburn Way Klamath Falls Contact Donna Walker 8924700
(Open during stand times, see link below for details) Enjoy a day with the family picking ripe pumpkins, corn, peppers, and other fall fruits of labor. https://www.facebook.com/pages/ Adams-BerriesProduce/126672044036108
Free (suggested $5 donation) Enjoy this cult-classic movie featuring the adventures of Brad and Janet and their trip to Dr. Frank-n-Furt’s castle. Ross Ragland Theater and Cultural Center 218 N. 7th Street Box Office: 541.884.LIVE (5483) http://www.rrtheater.org/
Klamath County Library Library Events 126 South 3rd Street (541) 882-8894
Halloween Party October 30th 5:30-6:30pm Featuring custome parade at 6pm, with crafts, scarecrow relay, with refreshments served
Scavenger Hunt October 31th 3pm Scavenger hunt, free, ages k-6th grade
Teen Halloween Party October 31th 4-6:30pm Come watch The Hunger Games in costume, and be entered the raffle for prizes! For ages Jr - Sr High
Harvest Festival Klamath Assembly of God October 31st 6pm-8pm Fair for children, including bouncy houses, carnival games, and a cake walk, fun for the whole family 235 S. Laguna St (541) 883-2286
Quota Club International Christmas Fair/Bazaar December 1st - 9am - 5pm December 2nd - 10am - 4pm Exhibit Hall #1 & #2, Meeting Rooms A & B FREE ADMISSION Stop by this Christmas Bazaar for all your holiday decorating needs or for a last minute hand crafted present for family or friends.
http://www.kcfairgrounds.or g/Dec.html 541-281-5994
Matteo’s Christmas Party December ??? ??? Relax with a latte or piping hot wassail and home baked dessert and treats in this cozy coffee shop, to the tune of local carolers singing songs of the season. http://www.matteoscoffee.com /#/home (541) 273-7199
Train Mountain Santa’s Villiage December 15th & 22nd 10am-3pm Enjoy a trip to see Santa and his village! Decorate cookies and crafts, and sit on Santa’s lap. Join in on the family fun these weekends! http://trainmountain.org/
36941 South Chiloquin Road (541) 783-3030
Linkville Playhouse 201 Main St.
Snowflake Brunch with Santa and Meet the Mayor
Snowflake Bowling With Santa December 2 3-5pm
December 1, 2012 9am-11am Come join the Mayor, Todd Kellstrom, and Santa for a FREE breakfast! The Children's Museum of Klamath Falls will host the free breakfast for the Klamath Falls Community. 711 East Main St
Christmas Tree Jubilee December 1 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm $50.00 per person Reserve your tickets now through November 23, at the Running Y Conference Center. This is a major fund raising event benefiting the Klamath Basin Assistance League to support Operation School Bell! The evening includes a Silent Auction and formal sit-down dinner followed by a Live Auction. Auction items include decorated Christmas trees, giftcertificates, vacation packages and much more! Running Y Resort Conference Center (800) 569-0029
Little Linkville: Odd and the Frost Giants December 1, 2, 8, 9 2pm Tickets: $2.00 per person "Odd and the Frost Giants" is a continuing part of the Little Linkville under the direction of Crytsal Muno. the 20 minute play is children's entertainment at its finest, all with a moral to the story in easy to understand language for children ages 3 to 11.
EpiCenter Bowling Complex Bring your entire family in and bowl Sunday. Jolly Ole Santa Claus will be here bowling from lane to lane, handing out candy canes and having a great time with everyone. Bring your camera...it's a great photo opportunity. Cost is $5.00. Epicenter Bowling Complex 3901 Brooke Dr 541-273-0700
Tree Lighting with Santa and the Mayor of Klamath Falls December 4th 6:00pm The Annual Tree Lighting will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park, sponsored by KLAD. Come see the wonderful new LED lights on the Southern Pacific locomotive and the giant blue spruce trees will have more lights, this year, too! Oregon’s Country Giant, 92.5 KLAD will broadcast LIVE at the Park, which is located at the west end of Main Street in downtown Klamath Falls. Veterans Memorial Park
Snowflake Parade December 6th 7pm-9pm This fun, whimsical event is a Klamath Falls favorite and draws thousands of paradegoers. Spectators will enjoy the creativity and hard work featured in over 100 floats featuring Santa, brightly illuminated floats, bands, marching groups, and more.
http://klamath.org/events/even t/2012-snowflake-parade-starspangled-snowflake (541) 884-5193
Gingerbread House Competition December 5-9, 11-16 Varied Hours The Klamath County Association of Realtors presents the Annual Gingerbread House Competition, located at the Ross Ragland Theater from December 5-16. Are you interested in participating in the competition? Click here for rules and details.Students that are prize winners receive a $50.00 gift card from Walmart. Winning school of will receive a $200.00 check. Ross Ragland Theater
Handel's Messiah December 9th 6-8 pm The community SATB chorus and chamber orchestra will perform under the direction of James Hurst. The performance will include selections from each section of The Messiah highlighting solos, choruses and crchestral pieces.The music from Par 1 is based on the Advent, the season leading up to the birth of Christ. Part II relates to the ministry of Christ, and Part III celebrates the Risen Lord and the power of Almighty God. Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church 4431 South Sixth Street firstname.lastname@example.org 541-884-5057
W Wiinntteerriizziinngg YYoouurr ggaarrddeenn Happy autumn out there fellow gardeners! Well, that nip of fall is in the air, leaves are falling, and the temperatures are dropping down into the freezing areas. You should be wrapping up all of your harvesting and hopefully you've had lots to harvest the past couple of months. The birds and rabbits decided that my garden was absolutely the most fabulous of dining tables, so a lot of my harvest was nibbled away before I could get to it. I was able to get about 25 pounds of potatoes from my potato bins. We will be covering the potato bins again next year when it's time to plant potatoes again. I did get lots and lots of tomatoes so they did do well in the straw bales. I do think that 2 tomato plants per bale is perfect. I tried to fit 3 to a bale and one kept falling over. I did get to harvest some corn but, again, I tried to put too many in the middle of my straw bale square and they couldn't produce like I wanted. So learn from my mistakes, read the back of the seed envelope for spacing information. Fall is the perfect time to go out and get those great deals from your nurseries on perennials, shrubs and trees. It is also the perfect time to plant these great deals. When you plant in the fall, the plants have time to work on their root systems and instead of trying to put forth new growth or flowers, they can focus solely on their roots. This late in the season the nurseries are really working on getting rid of their overstock and you can get rock bottom deals on your plants. In the picture to the right, you can see this miserable looking specimen of a Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) which I purchased for $1.50. Here is the same sad looking specimen only after I trimmed it down to just a few stalks and final picture it that same plant; only 3 weeks later after I planted it in my garden. Next year it will put on an amazing show. Now is also the time to plant those spring flowering bulbs. Daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths need to go in now for that show-stopping flood of color in early spring. Just when you think that winter will never end these guys show up to let you know spring is right around the corner. If you plan on taking advantage of those great deals the nurseries are offering, follow all planting instructions, except the watering instructions. Water when you plant, if it is dry. Do not water if the soil is already wet from rain. You can plant right up until the ground is unworkable. Now get on out there and enjoy the fall!
Now, since the gardening season is winding down, it's the perfect time to prepare for your garden for winter: Put away those hoses, making sure that the water is completely drained from them. Clean up your gardening tools and get them stored. Shovels and hoes need to be sharpened (for your sharpening needs I highly recommend The Edge on Washburn Way) Store your pruners, shovels, and hoes in a bucket of sand with just a little bit of used motor oil in it to keep them sharp and from rusting. As for cleaning up those flower beds, I leave all flower heads and leaves on the beds to feed the birds and other little critters, a lot of the flowers I have also reseed themselves and spread throughout my garden year after year, filling in more and more. If you like the neat and tidy look; then by all means get out there and trim them off and clean them up, put down new mulch. Now wait just a minute! Before you get trim happy make sure that the plants that you are trimming are not ones that put their new growth out onto the old growth. Do a bit of checking with your local nursery or look it up online to see what's okay to trim and what should just be left alone.
Plant your good deals, get your bulbs in the ground. When the snow starts to fly you can dream of the color that will be popping up in just a matter of months! Well everyone, Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving and may your garden bring you joy no matter the season!
It’s inevitable. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. A day of family, food, and fun, this traditional American holiday celebrates the first meal of the pilgrim settlers almost 400 years ago. For some of us it’s just turkey and taters, a meal so stuffed that it’s time for a nap soon afterwards. Drinks and coffee and a plethora of pies to choose from. Football after the meal, and cheering on the favorite team. Thanksgiving traditions today have evolved from much simpler times. During the turn of the 20th century, families gathered for 6 or 7 course meals, that matrons spent days preparing. The menus included oysters, roasted chestnuts, currant jelly, roast turkey, goose, or duck (depending on the region), followed by coffee and confectionary treats.
S o m e b r a v e c o o What a day that would be! Getting up every day at the crack of dawn to cook a meal like the one above, with everything from oysters to white velvet sherbet and a main poultry course in between! In today’s society, technology has made it easier and less time consuming to prepare a meal, whether it’s for 2 people or 24. A turkey takes a measly 4-5 hours and during that time all the fixin’s can be prepared. Eggs, beans, and pies can even be prepared in advance due to those wonderful inventions we call “the refrigerator.” How lucky we are to have microwaves and stoves! Can you imagine boiling 10 pounds of potatoes and 3 cans of corn and 5 cans of green beans on a wood stove?
Despite the ease of cooking a fresh-made thanksgiving dinner, consider what the pilgrims most likely had for their fare on that day centuries ago: Turkey wasn’t the only fowl the Pilgrims ate — they also cooked cranes, partridges and, believe it or not, eagles. The History Channel, in conjunction with food historians, put together this list of food that was likely on the menu in 1621, at the first Thanksgiving: Seafood: Cod, Eel, Clams, Lobster Wild Fowl: Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, Eagles Meat: Venison, Seal Grain: Wheat Flour, Indian Corn Vegetables: Pumpkin, Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots Fruit: Plums, Grapes Nuts: Walnuts, Chestnuts, Acorns Herbs and Seasonings: Olive Oil, Liverwort, Leeks, Dried Currants, Parsnips
Let’s take a moment to be thankful that our diets have changed since 1621! Food isn’t the only thing that has changed over the years. Whether you have simple placemats and a cornucopia, or polish up the family silver and shine the crystal goblets, table settings are very different from the tin plates and fresh leaves that adorned the tables of Victorian times. Few Americans probably even have chestnuts and currants on their tables during the season, and many do not own fancy china or family silver.
This year, many people in America was forced to eat on a budget for their holiday season. From arts and crafts to golden plastic silverware, there are a few different ways to spruce up the table without breaking the bank.
Plastic fruit, berries, leaves and other nature decorations can be purchased cheaply from a local craft store, and maybe even the local dollar store. Look for silverware that is painted silver or gold for an added flair to your dinnerware (not only does it look flashy, but because they are disposable, it saves on dishes).
Make a pumpkin glass bowl! Buy different sizes of small pumpkins and a variety of green and gourds. This also doubles as a childrenâ€™s activity. When the kids get a bit bored during the big game, set out the bowl and some washable acrylic paint and encourage some creativity!
Hereâ€™s a decoration the male counterparts will enjoy creating: steampunk-themed candle holder. All you need is a tall, wide candle holder, small candle holder, some old spark plugs, a few gears, and a battery-operated tea light and voila! Even they can be proud of it!
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