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“All about the Holidays” ISSUE December 2021 | Vol. 12 No. 9



Fashion: Winter Fashion Preview ............................................................ 6 Self Care + Beauty: Treat Yourself ......................................................... 8

COMMUNITY FOCUS She glows’ : Shirley Woods ..................................................................... 10 He glows’ : John Houser ........................................................................... 11 glo Girl’ : Mayloni Dial .............................................................................. 12

FEATURES Feature Focus: 2021: A Year in Review ............................................. 14 We Love Your Style: Erin Patton-McFarren ..................................... 16 On Her Nightstand: Stasha Carrasquillo .......................................... 17 Holiday Gift Guide ................................................................................... 18 Motherhood: Healthy Sleep Habits for Children ........................... 20

GLO GOES Travel: How to Have an NYC Inspired Weekend without Leaving Fort Wayne .................................................. 22

From the executive editor Dear Readers, As we prepare to close out 2021, another chapter is coming to an end for us here at The Papers. HOME Living, which was created in 2012, will cease publication. HOME has been tucked inside the pages of glo for most of this year, and as we look to the future, our team has decided to permanently combine the two publications under the glo brand and masthead. Beginning January 2022, each issue of glo will contain a HOME section filled with DIY ideas, décor inspiration, gardening tips and more. To better encapsulate the new editorial offerings, we’ve updated our glo logo with a new tagline:

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Fashion • Beauty • Home • DIY

ALL ABOUT YOU To-Do List ...................................................................................................... 28 glo-roscopes................................................................................................ 30

As many look to a New Year for a clean slate and new beginnings, so do we with the emergence of a new and improved publication. You will still find the same great glo content, with the addition of meaningful and inspiring home-related content. We look forward to being here for you well into the future. We are excited for what lies ahead and grateful for the support of our partners and readers. Happy holidays to you and yours. See you next year!


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Someone to Watch Over You

I design rubber stamps for a company in the UK, Stamp Addicts, which makes them for crafters to create their own greeting cards. I was trying to come up with some ideas for Christmas angels, and she just took shape.

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From the time I was very young, I’ve loved beautifully illustrated fairy tales. The wonderful illustrations influenced my desire to draw, as well as my style. Read, read, read!

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It’s official! Snowy days are on the horizon. If you’re counting down the days until the first major storm and are looking for some new clothes to add to your closet to prepare, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s face it: After almost two years of staying at home, it’s likely time to revamp your wardrobe. Winter 2021 is the perfect occasion for a fashion pick-me-up. This season’s looks are rooted in inclusivity and body positivity. “What’s nice about most of these trends is that they are very easy to wear; great for any age and body shape,” said Emma Marie Metcalf with Lyn-Maree’s Boutique in Auburn. She offers a rule of thumb that might prove helpful when pairing pieces. “Always keep in mind: if you have a baggy bottom, do a slimmer top and vice versa,” she said. “And always pick 1 or 2 trends to wear at a time or you’ll look like you’re trying too hard, and it will age you.” Speaking of trends, Metcalf said shackets reign supreme. This item is popular because they’re perfect for layering and wearing indoors and outdoors. “They are great buttoned, unbuttoned, or even tied up,” she said. “Pair them with anything from a casual dress to jeans!” Another trend — for good or bad — is the resurgence of Y2K-era fashion. Britney, we’re looking at you! Some are more palatable and wearable than others, of course. For instance, Metcalf is a fan of velour sweatsuits, sleeveless sweaters to layer with tops and dresses, Clueless-inspired mini-skirts, platforms, belts, resin Lyn Maree’s rings, bracelet sets, Boutique and hobo bags. If you’re at home with the 2000’s looks, then Metcalf suggests leaning into statement chains, oversized coats and jackets, stripes, knits and



sheer tops over a bralette/bra. Or pair a bralette as a top with an oversized jacket and high waisted pants to pack a mean sartorial punch. Mom jeans, puffy sleeves, and baggy bottoms are primo. If you opt for the latter, Metcalf offers some words of caution: “Be sure to pair them with a crop top, slimmer top or French tuck to achieve the 2021 look and not look sloppy.” As far as the icing on the cake, i.e., accessories, Metcalf has a few go-tos, including acrylic statement earrings, a widebrim felt fedora, yellow gold metal and crystal statement earrings. Speaking of bold, Sue Johnson of Susan’s Fashions said puffer jackets and vests are fashionforward ways to make your mark on the world. But this season, it’s all about being a little extra. “They are not your plain, ordinary ones, but they are more special with rhinestone details, faux fur accents, metallic fabrics, and prints,” said Johnson. “They make a statement — and there are a lot of fun color choices!”

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Sweater styles are far from ordinary, too. They run the gamut in terms of style and fit. For instance, bulky sweaters are very trendy and sophisticated. For a figure-flattering look that commands attention, Johnson reminds readers to dress for their body type. In her words, “it all depends on your size as to how bulky and oversized you can wear. Keeping them in proportion to your size is very important.”


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GLAM + STYLE | Self Care + Beauty

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Hectic, non-stop days and weeks can start to wear on us if we’re not careful about making time for ourselves. The good news is there are more ways today than ever to make self-care a priority. From taking a hot bath to putting on a detoxifying facial mask, there are plenty of routines and rituals you can follow to give your body what it needs. How you go about self-care is personal. That’s to say, there’s no right or wrong approach. What matters most is that you do it. Even if you have just a few minutes a day to relax and shake off the day’s stressors, it’s time well spent. Perhaps you have a few hours or a whole day to treat yourself. Even better! U’ilani Messenger, office manager with Plastic Surgery Innovations, offers a few ideas to give our largest organ a boost. Her suggestion? “Melt the stress away with one of our HydraFacials that will exfoliate, cleanse, extract and hydrate all while you are relaxing and letting the stress melt away during this service.” Maybe you’re looking for something longer lasting and more intense. Injections of Botox/Dysport can soften fine lines. Similarly, fillers help address fine lines, wrinkles, and contouring cheeks, jawline and nose — all with no down time. For luscious lips, she recommends giving Juvederm a try. This filler is used to restore facial contours and improve signs of aging. It’s an injectable dermal filler with a base of hyaluronic acid. It’s a treatment that focuses on the face, specifically the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth. If you’re open to an all-day pampering session, you might consider trying other anti-aging technology. 8


“Boost your confidence with any of our laser services to tighten, brighten, or diminish age spots, all giving you the best feeling about your appearance,” said Messenger. Lynn Johnston with Microblading by Lynn, said self-care can be productive by saving you time in the end. She’s a permanent makeup artist and offers such services as microblading, brow shading, eyeliner and more. She challenges women to imagine how efficient their morning routine might be if they invest in permanent or semi-permanent self-care.

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The result is no doubt a better quality of life. In her words, “go have that cup of coffee, walk the dog or spend more time in bed. Spend your time on things that truly matter.” Amy Ramos with Belle Sante offers a similar message: It pays to take care of you, especially as we enter the busy holiday season. She said Botox and fillers are popular services because they last some time, but there’s something for everyone at their medical spa.

A HydraFacial can be equally as relaxing. This treatment can help with dry skin and help you get that pre-holiday party glow you’ve always dreamed of. The same can be said of spray tan. Whatever service speaks to you, remember that time spent relaxing pays dividends, especially when life seems like a marathon. a

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After her son died at the age of nineteen in 1992, Shirley Woods opened the Euell A. Wilson Center in his memory. She wanted to honor his life by creating a place for young people to gather as an alternative to joining a gang. Now, 29 years later, the Center is still making an impact in the community by “focusing on faith, family, and service.” The Center offers after school programming, as well as tutoring assistance for youth on the Southeast side of Fort Wayne. How did Shirley have the strength to create a community center at such a difficult time in her life? “It can be summed up in one word: God,” she said. While Shirley believed in God to help her through her grief, she wasn’t sure what He thought about her. “I was one of those people that could understand how God loves somebody else, but not so much me because I’ve got my faults and failures - we all do, but mine are just a little worse than everybody else’s,” she said laughing. “I learned more then than at any other time in my life that God really loves me.” Shirley wanted to be as close to God as possible because she didn’t know if she could get through her pain otherwise. God had her look outward instead of inward to overcome her grief. This outward focus is what fueled her to create the Center, and now she looks at this difficult time as “a gift.” While her daughter, Annette Dufor, is the Executive Director these days, Shirley has remained involved. She said that she “tried to kinda retire,” but she keeps coming back for the kids. She wants them to know they matter - especially considering the difficult challenges they face in today’s world. She also continues at the Center because it doesn’t feel like work to her. Shirley believes in the power of love to change everything, and she wants to spread this message. “I would love for my legacy to be that I was able to share the love that was given to me by my Father God and to help others know the power of His love, and to embrace it,” she said. Shirley Woods’ wish for the upcoming holiday season is for the community and the world to come together in unity. She says she believes this is possible when people start with, “I love you, as a human being. I love you and you don’t have to be me. You can be you.” a 10






JOHN HOUSER By Hollie Hattery | Photo by Mollie Shutt

John Houser, principal of Wayne High School, truly loves what he does and is known for being an engaging and encouraging principal. He has been the principal at Wayne High School for nine years. Prior to that, he taught English for twenty five years at various schools, including Snider, Elmhurst, and Lake Central High School in Lake County. Mr. Houser believes that simply saying “good morning” is one of the keys to encouraging his students and making them feel valued and appreciated. “I know that seems silly, but we will not let students walk or live alone in our building. We engage and want them to engage with us, as well,” he explained. “Over the four years we have with students, I believe we learn who they are and what their hopes and dreams are by the time they leave us.” When he sees a struggling student, Mr. Houser reminds them that struggle is not forever. “All students struggle. Even the Valedictorians...” but thirtyeight years in education has taught him that “students find their success at different years, some, not until their senior year,” he said. “We never give up on them, and our staff is relentless at connecting and offering second, and third, and fourth chances.” Mr. Houser knows what it is to struggle in high school and can use his own experience to connect and inspire his students. He feels lucky to be the principal at Wayne High School, working alongside an amazing staff who wish to make a difference in students’ lives. But his favorite part is visiting with seniors an hour before they finally walk across that stage at the Memorial Coliseum and receive their diplomas, especially because some of the students walking thought they’d never make it to that stage. When he’s not working, Mr. Houser enjoys spending time with his wife, fellow teacher, Nanette. He and his wife and their daughters love football and travel together to watch their favorite team, the Northwestern Wildcats. They also take advantage of school break by taking some much-needed vacations to the beach or spending time in the summer on an Amtrak train that’s heading West. If Mr. Houser could leave his students, and everyone, one piece of advice it would be: “Work hard. Forgive. Forgive. Forgive. Love the people you travel with. They make the work you do special.” a | DECEMBER GLO 2021 |



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Junior Achievement’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Mayloni (aka Loni) epitomizes the attitude of a self-starter. Alongside her parents, she became inspired to work and created her own bath bomb business—all amid the 2020 pandemic. “It started in quarantine,” said Loni. “I wanted to have a job, but my dad didn’t want me to be out in the pandemic, so one day he asked me, ‘how about you have your own business?’ Then we came up with having a bath bomb business.” Loni first learned about Junior Achievement on an elementary field trip, which paved the way for her entrepreneurial future. “In fifth grade on a field trip, I had first learned about Junior Achievement and attended Biztown, which opened a door to wanting to have my own business one day… but I never knew that it would actually happen,” she said. She started Loni’s Bomb Time because she liked the product idea. “I decided on 12


bath bombs because I used to get bath bomb kits from Hobby Lobby and I was just good at it so it just stuck with me,” she said. Loni’s bath bombs and other products are unique. “What makes us unique is that our product is made from natural ingredients, and we put a lot of time and effort into our labels,” she said. “My dad is a graphic designer, so he puts in a ton of time making labels for my business.” Loni’s entrepreneurial spirit has her looking toward an even more successful future. “In five years, I see myself graduating college and having my own apartment; I will be 20 years old,” she said. “In 10 years, I see myself having a shop at the mall or somewhere in Fort Wayne.” Her career aspirations are wide in variety. “I’m going to be getting my license to be a nail technician. I also want my bachelor’s degree in early childhood development/ elementary school teacher,” she said. Learn more about Loni’s Bomb Time at a

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FEATURE | Feature Focus

A Year in Review by Mary Jane Bogle

When the pandemic first hit in the early months of 2020, no one could have predicted that we would still be living with the effects of COVID-19 at the end of 2021. Anybody remember the social media memes predicting the day when we would all stream from our houses, TP all the trees in the neighborhood, and throw our arms around our dearest friends? While we never experienced that sense of finality, the year wasn’t without its positives. Family reunions were just a bit more meaningful. Holding new babies was a bit more precious. Cheering on our favorite sports teams—in person—was all the more thrilling. Certainly, the year presented its share of controversies, too. Multiple COVID measures, masks and mandates drove the news as we entered 2021, and they drive it still as we prepare to say goodbye to a time we could possibly call “Pandemic – Take 2.”

To mask, or not to mask. That is the question.

One of the most controversial topics in the 2021 news cycle was masks in schools. In the hopes of maintaining in-person learning and minimizing contact tracing and quarantines, school officials across the region implemented mask mandates in the fall of 2021. Whether those announcements occurred before the first day of school or later in the semester, the mandates were met with significant pushback from parents. It was a debate that carried on across the state, and Northeast Indiana was no exception. Some parents went so far as to file a lawsuit on September 13, 2021, in Allen County Superior Court against Northwest Allen County Schools, claiming school officials were promoting an “endless state of emergency” and imposing unnecessary and arbitrary restrictions. If 2021 is any indication, these discussions won’t be going away any time soon. 14


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What was going on in schools carried over into the workplace, with vaccine mandates emerging front and center during the last half of the year. Many were thankful for the vaccines, welcoming the opportunity to gather with family and friends without fear of serious complications from the virus. Others bristled at employer mandates, citing overreach over what they considered a private and personal health decision. Again, Northeast Indiana wasn’t exempt from the controversy. With multiple top-tier employers in the area affected by new federal mandates, those opposed to their employer’s vaccine requirements are facing tough choices. With federal mandates looming, along with potential lawsuits challenging the legality of the new rules, the region remains divided over this fallout from the persisting pandemic.

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On the positive side, area festivals returned with a flourish. Whether people gathered for “blues, brews and BBQs” at the popular Ribfest or traveled back in time to the 1800s for the Johnny Appleseed Festival, it’s clear that area residents were eager to renew traditions at parks and festivals across the area. The Three Rivers Festival, the second largest festival in the state, lured over half a million festival goers alone.

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FEATURE | We Love Your Style

We Love Your Style

ERIN PATTON-MCFARREN is the first functioning studio space I’ve had in a long time and suits my need for a darkroom type environment. These spaces are our spaces, designed around our life. They feel like an extension of ourselves.

When you think of your home, what’s the feeling you hope your family and visitors have?

By Amber Bouthot | Photos by Ruth Yaro

Each month, we highlight someone whose style we admire. This month, it’s Erin Patton-McFarren, an artist and educator along with her husband and creative partner of 22 years. They wanted to raise their kids around their amazing grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, so they stayed in Fort Wayne and grew with their city, cheering for everything that made it feel more like home. From their friends buying the Brass Rail to MiddleWaves to art openings, the things they always longed for in other cities were coming to life in theirs. Their kids have flourished with the incredible arts programs in FWCS schools and community programs. From Wildcat to Robotics at Indiana Tech and the Fort Wayne Ballet along with jazz bands and dance programs in their schools. It’s easy to take these community resources for granted because they are so wonderfully available. They are often reminded by their friends who live in “cooler” places, how lucky they are to have their house, schools, and programs for the kids.

When we moved from our tiny 1930s house, we didn’t have much to fill our new space. Plants filled the open areas and we slowly added furniture from family, a few well calculated trips to IKEA, a vintage find or artwork to celebrate an anniversary, along with special pieces built by my talented father. We’ve always budgeted for kid activities and adventures over home décor, but we feel grateful to have what we have. Our greatest gift is to share our space with family and friends.

How would you describe your style? Art-School Bougie? Midcentury-Modest Budget? We are incredibly lucky to have a beautiful space with large windows and an open, flowing feel.

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I hope anyone who walks through our door feels welcome and loved; accepted as they are. My neighbor recently gave me the best compliment stepping through the door saying, “Ah! It smells great in here - like delicious food and love!” People often tell us our space feels like us. We are grateful that gatherings are returning post-vaccination. It’s fun to host our teenage kids and friends too—a last minute cast party, backyard Hamilton viewing, and a Marching Band “sectional” dinner that kept including other sections. First the saxes, then the trombones and some drum majors. Kids spilled into different areas of the house; the piano was played while someone walked around with the ukulele. We’re looking forward to birthday parties with our extended family and cousins, friend parties and gatherings of our people, all surrounded by good food and music.

What’s your favorite color? I can never answer this question, because I love colors for a variety of reasons, but I am most drawn to blue. My creative work in cyanotype produces a spectrum of blues that I find calming and refreshing. I tend to collect watery blues and aquas in different parts of our home to continue that calm and bright feel. It’s brought together with the greenery of my plants and bright pops of color. a

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Home for the Holidays?

Not this Year!

By Deborah C. Gerbers

When the winter holidays roll around, most people think of family fireside chats, Christmas trees decorated with lights and ornaments, baking cookies together, and staying warm and cozy while the snow falls down magically outside the window. But, not everyone celebrates the holidays at home like this — destination holiday trips are gaining popularity as a way to spend the holidays together, away from home, in a vacation setting. If you’re interested in swapping your thick sweater-socks for sandy flip flops, and winter parkas for shorts and sundresses, read on to see how a destination holiday vacation might be fun for you and your family!

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One of the nice things about planning a family trip for the holidays is that because of the cost, planning, and effort involved, it’s fair to make the trip itself one big family gift, instead of unwrapping several smaller gifts under the tree. You could also plan to have a small budget and hold a secret Santa exchange at your destination — maybe see who can buy the tackiest, most touristy souvenirs? Or design a family t-shirt and have them printed up at a local shop for everyone to wear to remember the holiday … just make it fun! Where to go? That’s completely up to you and your family, and what everyone votes would be the best. Are you an active, outdoorsy bunch? Consider a wintry getaway to a northern-Midwest ski lodge, hit the slopes out West, learn how to cross country ski or snowshoe in Appalachia, or plan a cold-weather river rafting trip in West Virginia. You could also try the West Coast (“best coast”) or the American Southwest for some adventure in the warmer sunshine — surfing, swimming, boating, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, archeological tours and hikes in Arizona, or camping in the mountains. Are you more inclined to relax on a beach somewhere? Try southern Florida like The Keys, islands in the Caribbean, or international paradise locations if you have the time and money. Travel and Leisure Magazine highlights some of the best destinations for holiday travel in a recent online article. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is perfect for skiing; New York City is known for an unparalleled Christmas experience; Saint Lucia offers a tropical Caribbean getaway; charming, smaller-town feels are in South Carolina; Washington,

D.C. has “the perfect combination of holiday cheer and interesting activities the whole family will enjoy”; picturesque Santa Fe, New Mexico is an amazing cultural explosion of food, scenery and much more; and the United Kingdom is always a popular tourist destination any time of year. Wherever you decide to spend the holidays this year, remember that there is a perfect place for every budget and every family. Make it a great time for you and your family to spend time together in a fantastic setting this year!

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By Mary Jane Bogle

It’s no secret that many holiday gift options might be delayed this year. With supply chain issues leaving store shelves bare or online orders backed up into the new year, it might be time to consider alternative gifts for your friends and family. A serious DIY session may be just what you need to provide unique, custom-made gifts this year.

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DIY #3 Spray-painted storage basket

DIY #2 Drawstring travel pouch

Avid travelers will appreciate an extra storage bag for jewelry, essential oils or self-care items. To make a super-cute travel pouch, you’ll need two circles of colored wool felt, connected with iron-on adhesive. Next, using an eyelet kit and rotary punch, punch holes around the circle and set the eyelets with a hammer from the kit. Add a wooden bead to one end of some braided ribbon, weaving the other end in and out of the eyelets. Add a final wooden bead to the other end, pull and tie. (Note: consider filling the pouch with some small treats or jewelry before gifting this fun pouch.) Consider scheduling a craft night with friends, where you DIY together, making fun memories while crafting your make-it-yourself designs.

Give the gift of organization this year; something every clutter-holic will love. Simply tape off the top portion of a wicker storage basket with some wide painter’s tape, then paint the bottom of the basket with a bright, fun color. Wait for the paint to dry, and you’ve just created the perfect storage organizer. The painting process works for other types of baskets, too, such as wood, metal, fabric or plastic. Whether your friend needs to store toys, toiletries or trinkets, they’ll love these upcycled containers. You can even up your game with an ombre effect for an extra layer of style.

DIY #4 Succulent gift box

For the plant lover in your life, consider visiting Honey Plant in Fort Wayne, where you’ll find everything you need to make a beautiful botanical arrangement. You can choose from a wide range of containers (think terra cotta, painted ceramics or marble), along with succulents and even rare plants you’ll never find at your typical garden store. Incorporate green leafy plants, cacti or rocks and crystals for a one-of-a-kind gift that is sure to enhance any home décor. Whichever gift idea you choose, you’re sure to create a handmade gift your friends and family will love. For even greater holiday cheer, consider scheduling a craft night with friends, where you DIY together, making fun memories while crafting your make-it-yourself designs.

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During the Holidays

By Rod King

The holiday season, which should be a time of happiness, joy, and sharing, can often lead to stress and depression when everything seems to pile up. And it’s not just one thing that tips the scale, but a whole litany of events and activities that merge together to bring about excessive stress. Experts agree that the answer is organization, organization, organization. Stretch out your holiday preparations so that they’re not all coming at one time. Make a list of the things that need to be accomplished and choose certain days to get them done. For example: gift shopping on Monday, food shopping on Wednesday, decorating the house on Friday, etc. Purchasing holiday gifts for some people starts as early as July and runs right up to the big day. It’s easy to lose track of what has already been purchased and then find one’s self doubled up. Set your budget and stick to it. Leave credit and debit cards at home and only take the amount of cash you can afford to spend. Lists help contain the urge to over-buy/over-spend. Mark down the name of the individual, the gift, and the price. Sending cards can be overwhelming because you want them to arrive prior to the holiday. Instead of sitting down and churning out 30 or 40 cards in one setting, do a few each evening while watching TV or when taking an afternoon coffee break. They’ll get done quicker than you think and your writing hand won’t be cramped. If preparing for the family includes moving or setting up tables, don’t wait until the last minute and scramble to get everything in

place. Do a little at a time and spread the setting of the tables over a period of days. To take some of the pressure off the cook (you), how about asking guests to bring a salad, a casserole, mashed potatoes, vegetables, or a dessert? Order a pre-cooked ham or turkey that only needs heating. Would your guests riot if they learned the mashed potatoes came out of a box or that the gravy was from a can? Does everything really have to be perfect? Making the whole process easy on yourself reduces the amount of stress and is much better for your overall health. Clean-up after a big meal can be daunting. Encourage your guests to help clear the table and bring the dishes to the kitchen. They could also gather up the wrapping paper, bottles, and cans, and get them out of the way or even put them in the trash. Clutter and confusion increases stress. After all the work is done, put on your coat and step outside for some alone time. Let your shoulders droop, your arms hang down and take some deep breaths. A little crisp, cool air will do you a lot of good and prepare you to rejoin the family gathering inside with a satisfied smile.

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t ips for holiday cheer

By Julie Young

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but with so many places to go, things to buy and people to see, it is hard to stay “happy” throughout the holiday season. If you fear turning into a grinch before the end of the year, we’ve got the top tips you need to fill your cup with holiday cheer!

Take care of yourself 1. With all of the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forego your regular

workouts and other rituals that help you take care of yourself and unwind. Don’t let these practices get moved to the back burner. Eat real food. It’s all too easy to focus on yummy baked goods, cookies and candy this time of year. Don’t fill up on empty calories that will leave you feeling less than your best. Build in some down time. Even if you enjoy being a social butterfly, it is important to build some down time into your calendar so that you can recharge your batteries and feel fresh for your next event. Learn to say no. There is no rule that says you must attend every party or participate in every gift exchange, and there is no prize for overextending yourself. The holidays are a hectic time, so feel free to bow out when it gets to be too much and don’t feel guilty about it.

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Plan ahead 5. If you have guests staying with you throughout the

holidays, don’t wait until they arrive to figure out all the logistics. Communication is the key to a calm and conflict-free experience for everyone involved. Stick to your budget. It’s easy to go overboard during the holidays, but let’s face it – money can’t buy happiness. It can purchase a whole lot of regret when the festivities are over and the warm, fuzzy feelings of generosity have ebbed. Remember your resolve every time you consider taking advantage of yet another sale.


Be realistic 7. It may be the season of miracles, but the holidays rarely include

a Hallmark movie ending. Families will bicker. Strained relationships will remain tense, and awkward situations will continue to be uncomfortable. Focus your energy only on what you can control and check your feelings at the door. Manage expectations – your own and everyone else’s. With supply chain shortages creating bare shelves everywhere, the perfect present may prove to be more expensive, provided you can find it at all. If those on your gift list are expecting products affected by the retail gridlock, discuss the issue frankly so they won’t be disappointed. Prioritize quality time. Let’s face it, most of us do not need more stuff so why not commit to spending quality time with loved ones rather than striving to find them the perfect present. Be present instead and you will create memories to cherish forever.



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e v i L Tree

Caring For Your By Bethany Beebe

The average American family uses an artificial Christmas tree six to nine years and then sends it off to the landfill(1). Instead of this petroleum-based Yule experience, many enjoy a real tree. With some basic information, the tree used during classic Christmases past can thrive through Christmas present. Purdue Extension writes that if freshly cut at the time of purchase, a tree can last from about Thanksgiving to just after Christmas(1). Whether buying from a big-box retailer or heading to the tree farm, armed with some basic information, you can welcome Santa with style! Keeping the tree healthy after cutting is largely dependent on water. Once inside, a tree stand will be needed. Many varieties exist, but for a medium-grade, reusable stand, one might pay $15-25. The reservoir in the stand ought to hold at least one quart of water for each inch in diameter of the tree’s trunk. That may sound like a great deal of water, but the first week it is with you, a cut Christmas tree that is seven feet tall could use two quarts each day! To address this need, be sure to check the supply daily, and don’t forget pets may be partaking of your parchedness prevention(1). If allowed to dry out, the process of preparing the base will need to be redone. To prepare the base, whether at initial set up or later in the process should it dry, cut ½ inch off the bottom of the trunk. When the ability to take up water is lost, so is the tree’s ability to stay green. Relatedly, if you purchase a tree and decide to wait for set up, keeping it in a bucket of water will prevent drying(1).

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Temperature is another factor that can extend or shorten the life of a tree. In the house, keeping the tree away from heat vents, operational stoves, or direct sunlight will aid in moisture retention. If you purchase the tree but plan to wait for setup, keeping it somewhere like a garage or shed will protect it, but keep it cool. The garage or shed will not only act as large refrigeration, but such structures will also block the moisture-stealing wind(1). When the season is done, you can let your tree, which took an average seven years to grow, live on. Take the tree to a local facility for recycling, where valuable mulch is often created(2). Some of that mulch might go to the planting of new trees. According to Old Farmers Almanac, one to three seedlings are planted for each tree harvested(2). While it is not legal in all areas, some sink the spent trees in bodies of water so that aquatic life might seek shelter(1,2). For even more information on Christmas trees, including how to select your preferred variety, check out Purdue Extension’s publication FNR-422-W(3).  (1) (2) (3)


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Wr e a t h s

Every month, we highlight do-it-yourself projects from our readers. Do you want to see your project featured in our magazine? This month’s Reader DIY project comes from Katy Mauricio. During COVID-19 quarantine, she started making these minimalist wreaths.

What was your inspiration for the project? I’ve always loved the look of minimalist, seasonal wreaths but never bought them because that little voice in my head said “You can do that.” This summer, I needed a new hobby because I was stuck at home a lot, social distancing during my maternity leave to keep the baby safe. One of the hardest parts for me mentally during my maternity leave was how difficult it was to complete any task, chore, or project since my day revolved around my baby’s needs. I felt an urge to create something that was simple, fun, and could easily be stashed away.

How long did it take from start to finish? Not long at all! I’ve made six so far and none of them took more than an hour to make..

Was it easier or harder than you anticipated? Easier, and that’s saying a lot coming from someone who doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to arts & crafts and DIY projects. You just find plants, colors, and textures that you like, and tie them onto a hoop..

What was the total cost of the project? So far I’ve maybe spent $75 on materials and I’ve made 6 wreaths with that. It’s easy to keep costs low if you shop end-of-season sales at craft stores. I anticipate the expense to go down even more as I start using more natural materials, like small branches and wildflowers in our yard.

What did you like best about the undertaking? Giving them away as gifts to family and friends who needed a pick-me-up. Making pretty things also made me feel better when I was sleep-deprived and covered in baby spit-up.

What was the most challenging aspect? Letting go of perfection and embracing asymmetry. You can’t always get things to bend your way, and sometimes that can be a beautiful thing!

Where did you source the materials?

The materials are easy to find! So far, I’ve used materials that you can find in any craft store – artificial greenery and flowers, floral wire, and metal hoops. You can also just go for a walk outside and see what materials you find in nature. I’ll probably be foraging for leaves, pinecones, and berry stems this season.

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The Olive Twist is an olive oil and vinegar tasting bar and culinary shop. Much like a wine tasting, consumers can sample the different kinds of oil and vinegar. Owners Lori and Terry Berndt can share information about the products and which foods pair well with them. They are passionate about their products, the culinary delights they have created, and sharing their discoveries with you. Lori didn’t always love oils. After an experience as a child with rancid-smelling olive oil, she was against using the product at a young age. As adults, she and her older sister, Pam, enjoyed cooking and creating recipes, so it wasn’t long before she discovered a more refined olive oil. Through culinary discussions and ingredient substitutions with her sister, Lori realized how important it is to use healthy, fresh, quality ingredients and began to realize the great potential for EVOO. After her sister passed away, Lori was inspired to combine her love of cooking, gardening, and entertaining into a way of life by opening a Bed and Breakfast. Through what Lori and her husband Terry call a

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“Twist of fate,” Lori happened to visit an olive oil and vinegar tasting bar on the East Coast, which spurred the brilliant idea for The Olive Twist. They have been “helping others live a quality lifestyle without giving up the quality of flavor” since October 2010. The shop carries olive oils, different kinds of vinegar, and specialty products, such as tea, herbs, spices, olives, sweets, and gifts. The best thing about the shop is the ability to taste-test the products with a culinary expert before you buy. The knowledgeable guide can help you find the mild, medium, or robust flavor you are looking for and help you find the products with the health benefits you desire. Olive oil has many health benefits and is one of the healthiest fats out there. Quality extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties and can help fight many diseases. There is a handy conversion chart on the website to substitute butter with EVOO in your recipes. A rule of thumb is ¾ teaspoon of Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil for each teaspoon of butter. If you want to get more creative, check out the website for delicious pairing ideas. Try Blood Orange EVOO + Dark Chocolate Balsamic or Roasted Walnut + Cinnamon Pear Balsamic. You also have access to over 140 mouthwatering recipes using products from the shop. I can’t wait to take a whirl at the Raspberry Crescent Ring or the Cold Day Spicy Gumbo. Whatever your taste, the experts at The Olive Twist can help you find a healthy oil perfect for your palate.

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Wayne Pipe and Supply By Cathy Shouse

Wayne Pipe and Supply, Inc. of Fort Wayne has thrived as an industrial and plumbing distributor for decades. To get the inside scoop, we caught up with Samantha Schory, showroom sales consultant. Her family has a long tradition with the company. Do you have a business philosophy that guides you? I grew up in this company. I am a 3rd generation employee; my grandfather and father worked for Wayne Pipe. Watching how hard my dad worked for this company taught me a lot. I always strive to make customers feel welcome, comfortable, and understood in their project process. I love when I remember customers from years ago when they return for their new projects. It’s always great to see them smile when I can recall them or their projects. It makes me feel like I’m doing something right when they feel like old friends or family.

Please tell us about your background in the industry and the vision you’re bringing to the showroom. I have been in showroom sales for the last 15 years. I’ve been with Wayne Pipe for coming up on 17 years. Prior to that, my first job was a barista position at a little mom and pop coffee shop in Glenbrook Mall.

Founded in 1896, how does Wayne Pipe & Supply Inc. continue to adapt to the market? We are constantly learning about new and innovative technologies in the kitchen and bath industry to be able to provide those options to our clients. Updating our showroom on a regular basis always keeps things fresh.

What might people be interested in learning in the showroom? Our showroom is close to 5,000 square feet, and we’ve recently remodeled our kitchen area to be able to showcase current kitchen technologies and trends. We are open to the public but recommend appointments so that we’re able to accommodate and take the time with each customer to find exactly what they’re looking for. Having the option to touch, feel, and see how a product works before purchasing is huge, especially when remodeling or building your home.

Would you like to add anything else about your work? I’ve been very fortunate in my job to find amazing co-workers who are honestly more like family than anything else. It helps our showroom’s success when we all pull up our sleeves, work together, and have fun doing it.

What do you do to relax? Outside of work, I like to hang out with my two sons when we can. Baking sweet treats for friends and family is a major go-to for me. It’s relaxing yet gives me a reason to share some tasty treats with the close people in my life. Dining out at all the local downtown restaurants with my close friends is a frequent treat. Amazing local food, laughs, and great company is always good for the soul.

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Joni and Ron Dick By Lauren Caggiano

You could say the Dicks are a power couple. Ron owns and operates the architectural firm Design Collaborative and Joni devotes a great deal of her time to fostering kittens. And when they’re not engaged in these pursuits, you can find them restoring an historic home in the West Central neighborhood. In other words, there’s no stopping this high-energy pair who are bullish on Fort Wayne’s present and future. “I was born at Parkview Hospital and raised here,” said Ron. “I grew up in Waynedale for the most part and went to Wayne High School then on to Ball State for college. I did my internship in San Diego, and then moved back in 1982. I took a job and was at a local company for 10 years and then started Design Collaborative in 1992.” Joni, who hails from Huntington County, originally said she’s glad she made the move to Fort Wayne. That’s how her path crossed with Ron. The two later married and started a family. They had made their home on the north side for nearly 30 years but recently decided to downsize and take on a burden of love — renovating a charming property in the heart of downtown. The two couldn’t be happier about their decision, although it’s a transition from the flavor of suburban life. “It’s like everyone sits on the front porch,” Joni said. “People walk their dogs by and say hi. Everyone seems to know our dog because she always goes out and greets them. It’s also fun because we’re a five-minute walk from anywhere downtown.” When they’re not walking in the neighborhood, you can catch them on tandem bikes or even scooters. Since making the move, the couple said they feel more plugged into the activity and positive momentum happening in the urban core. Speaking of activity, Joni keeps busy with her animal welfare work. In fact, she was

instrumental in helping advance the cause locally. “I volunteer with Animal Care and Control,” she said. “Ten years ago, we didn’t have a program to serve pregnant mama cats or baby kittens. Now we bottle feed them every two hours. I was among the first people to do that there.” That’s not the full extent of her work, however. She also takes in kittens and cats until they have an adopted family lined up. To date, she said she’s fostered more than 200 kittens or pregnant/nursing mother cats over the last decade. This work keeps her busy and fulfilled, but she and Ron also make time for other pursuits like visiting with their children and grandchildren — and travel. According to Ron, Fort Wayne being only a few hours’ drive from cities like Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit is an asset. Yet in their travels they’ve also discovered that the grass isn’t always greener in larger cities. If you ask Ron, Fort Wayne has a lot to offer, and he feels fortunate to be a stakeholder in its renaissance. “We’ve been blessed to work on a lot of the projects downtown, including Harrison Square, Cityscape Flats and Skyline Tower, and Promenade Park, and we’ve got more stuff in the works that’s pretty darn exciting,” he said.

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FEATURE | On Her Nightstand

On Her Nightstand What are you currently reading? “Practical Magic,” a romance novel by Alice Hoffman; “Mom Up: Thriving with Grace in the Chaos of Motherhood” by Kara-Kae James; and “Together: Why Social Connection Holds the Key to Better Health, Higher Performance, and Greater Happiness” by former Surgeon General Vivek H. Murphy. With young daughters at home, my reading time is rarer than I’d like, but it is still important self-care for me. Sometimes reading allows my mind to escape and mentally breathe. Other times, reading fuels my love of learning, and sometimes I’m simply wanting to explore perspectives that help me understand myself and the world around me.

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The storylines in “Practical Magic” pull me into another world that feels real enough to be relatable but with enough paranormal nuance to give my imagination some quality time in action. It’s the second book in a series, following pairs of sisters from various generations who have family roots that go back centuries. There is a third book due to be released later this year, and you can bet I’ll be reading along to see where love and life take this family next. The content offered in “Mom Up” helps affirm and build-up what I call my “mom hat.” Navigating life as a mother is still a relatively new adventure for me. Seeking perspective that aligns with my faith in this area helps keep me focused on growing into my own purpose while helping build the strengths and purpose that my daughters were born into. And the chapters are easy to squeeze into the quiet moments of a day, which for moms usually don’t last long!

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And, finally, “Together” has really piqued my interest for several reasons. It connects with my personal affinity for understanding communication and relationships, and its timely focus is on how social relationships are critical to the survival of humanity. The research that has been building on this topic combined with the health and social crisis we have all been navigating makes for an eye-opening read that presents a multitude of concepts that easily apply to the world around us now and the post-pandemic world we are all longing for. What was your favorite book as a child? One of the books I remember most from my childhood was the original “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans. I can still recite most of the book by heart. My vintage Madeline doll has officially been passed down to my daughters, and they own their own copies of the book, as well as other Madeline stories. Some childhood favorites never lose their luster. a

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Healthy Sleep Habits for Children How to Help Your Children Fall – and Stay – Asleep by Mary Jane Bogle

There isn’t a parent alive who hasn’t struggled with getting children to fall asleep— or stay that way throughout the night. It’s a complaint that Dr. Aaron Roberts, a sleep medicine physician at Parkview Health, hears often. “Not a day goes by that I don’t get questions from parents or see a pediatric patient struggling with sleep issues,” he said. “Usually, parents come in very distressed. They are willing to do anything to get their children to sleep through the night.” Some sleep problems are caused by medical conditions, such as sleep apnea or Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). More often than not, however, parents are actually part of the problem and need as much training as their children to restore rest to the family. Here, Dr. Roberts shares two common sleep issues in children and offers parents some commonsense solutions to help their children develop good sleep hygiene.

“Most children don’t even realize they have awakened,” he said. The trouble comes for children who associate sleep with something, such as nursing, riding in a car, or snuggling with a parent.

Sleep Issue #1:

If your child struggles with these sleep issues, here are four practical steps you can take to bring rest back into the family routine.

Circadian Rhythm Disruptions Turns out, every person’s body follows a natural rhythm, or cycle, that repeats every 24 hours. When that cycle gets disrupted, sleep gets disrupted, too. These disruptions are especially common during the back-to-school season, when children have to rise early for school. Another disrupter occurs during the switch to Daylight Savings Time.

Sleep Issue #2: Sleep Onset Associative Disorder According to Dr. Roberts, it’s perfectly normal for most children to wake 2-6 times each night. 20



Avoid bright lights at least one hour before bedtime. “Light, particularly the blue light in electronic devices, is a strong stimulant that can mess up the circadian rhythm,” said Dr. Roberts. Investing in a set of blackout curtains can help, as well, especially during the switch to Daylight Savings Time.

“If they wake and don’t have that security measure,” said Dr. Roberts, “they have trouble going back to sleep.”


Create and follow a strict bedtime routine “Doing the exact same thing every single night sets the body up for sleeping,” said Dr. Roberts. For most young children, that means baths, pjs, story, and lights out. Whatever you do, however, is less important than keeping that routine consistent.


Awaken at the same time each day. This tip is especially important for teens, who tend to sleep in over the weekend only to struggle with early rising come Monday morning.


Put children to bed when they’re drowsy but not asleep. “Putting children to bed when they are half asleep,” said Dr. Roberts, “helps them associate sleep with their beds instead of feeding or snuggling.”

Implementing these commonsense solutions will go a long way toward restoring rest to the family. Of course, if sleep problems persist, it’s always a good idea to check with a pediatrician. a photos:

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Food Pizza Get a taste of New York by visiting Big Apple Pizza on Wells Street. The co-owners developed their pizza to mimic something you would get in NYC. The crust is thin and crispy with just enough sauce and toppings to fold it and continue walking like a true New Yorker.

Diner Liberty Diner on Goshen Road features many NYC favorite dishes such as quiche, burgers, lasagna, and even souvlaki. The servers wear patriotic ties, and pictures of New York attractions cover the walls.

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Carriage Rides What NYC experience would be complete without a carriage ride? Wrap in your blanket as a team of beautiful horses takes you on a leisurely ride through downtown. View breathtaking holiday lights as a tour guide provides details of Fort Wayne’s history. Rides usually begin at Don Hall’s Gas House and last 30 to 60 minutes. Make a reservation with Sentimental Journey, Rosewood Carriage Rides, or Camelot Carriage Rides.

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3 | Friday |

Toys for Tots Holiday Concert

Starring “She Shed.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to share. Pasta dinners available. Tickets are $12.

3 | Friday |

First Friday

Theme: “Winter Wonderland.” Free admission. 5 p.m.-8 p.m., downtown Wabash. 260.563.0975,

3 | Friday |

First Friday

Festive block party atmosphere with food, nonprofit and business vendors; live entertainment. Free admission. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., downtown Warsaw. 574.267.6311,

3-4 | Friday-Saturday |

“At Home: Tea with the Swinney Sisters”

The Historic Swinney Homestead will be decorated in Victorian Christmas grander. Guests are invited to celebrate with tasty savories, sweets and tea. Seasonal music by The Hearthstone Ensemble. Gift shop open. Fundraising event to support maintenance of the Homestead. $25/person. 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. both days, Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Make reservations at 260.747.1501 or 260.432.4232.

3-4 | Friday-Saturday |

Christmas in the Village

A favorite holiday tradition in Roanoke, with a lighted parade, Santa, caroling, activities for kids and shopping as we celebrate the Christmas season. 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.


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Learn the easiest way to grow native plants from seeds, and take home a recycled plastic container, seeds and soil. For all ages. RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Free admission. 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. 260.918.7119 or, | DECEMBER GLO 2021 |

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Nearly 100 indoor vendors, hot food available. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (year-round), Riverside Center, 231 E. Monroe St. (Highway 224 East), Decatur. Contact Carla at 260.517.8182,,

80-member Fort Wayne Area Community Band will perform classic Christmas songs, along with Celtic Carol, Christmas on Broadway, The Holly and the Ivy and others. Tickets available at box office before the concert. $8/adult, $7/senior, $4/non-PFW student with ID, free for 18 and under and PFW students with ID. Free garage parking across from Music Center. 7:30 p.m., John & Ruth Rhinehart Music Center, Purdue Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne.

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7, 14, 21, 28 | Tuesday | “Little River Ramblers”

Hike and explore the interesting plants and wildlife of Eagle Marsh. Dress for weather, boots recommended. Bring binoculars for a close-up view. Free admission. 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Arrowhead Prairie, 8624 Aboite Road, Roanoke. 260.478.2515,,

11 | Saturday | Bundle Up!

Learn how animals bundle up for winter, check out animal tracks. Dress for the weather, boots recommended. RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Free admission. Noon-1:30 p.m., Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. 260.387.0399 or email,

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15 | Wednesday | Brumal Beavers

Learn about beavers and what they might be doing this time of year. Dress for the weather, boots are recommended. RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Free admission. 9 a.m.-10 a.m., Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. 260.387.0399 or email,

31 | Friday |

Oldies with The Mooncats

The Cottage Event Center is hosting a concert and prime rib dinner to ring in the New Year, benefitting Oak Hill Farm. Tickets are $49 for the prime rib dinner. Dinner at 6 p.m.; music 7:15 to 10 p.m.

Botanical Conservatory •  Wednesday, Dec. 1 (through Jan.2), 1st Garden Glimpse of new “Alpine Holiday” exhibit, 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., included with regular admission •  Thursday, Dec. 2, $1 Night Insight: Holiday Concert with Those Two Guys in Suits and Ties, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., $1 admission •  Thursday-Friday, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, Late-Night Light Display, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., included with regular admission •  Saturday, Dec. 4, 11, 18, Santa & Reindeer Saturdays, noon-4 p.m., included with regular admission •  Saturday, Dec. 4, 11, 18, Days of Holly Shopping, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at conservatory shop and various vendors downtown. Conservatory admission not required to shop. •  Sunday, Dec. 12, Suzuki Strings Performance, 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m., included with regular admission Adults $5, children (3-17) $3, children (2 and under) free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 260.427.6440,

Embassy Theatre •  Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 4-5, Cookies with Santa, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday, $10 general admission •  Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 4-5, Project Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, $18/$26/$35 •  Tuesday, Dec. 7, “A Motown Christmas,” 8 p.m., $36/$46/$56 •  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 10, 11, 18, 19, Fort Wayne Philharmonic: “Holiday Pops,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $27 to $86 NOTE: Ticket prices are subject to fluctuation based on demand. 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 800.745.3000,

Memorial Coliseum •  Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4, Le Chic Holiday Market, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $5, free for children 12 and under Parking $6 main lot, $10 preferred lot. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 260.482.9502,

Fort Wayne Museum of Art Exhibitions: •  A Place Away: Martina Lopez (through Dec. 12) •  AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair by Michael July (through Dec. 31) •  America the Beautiful: Photographs by Clyde Butcher (through Jan. 30, 2022) •  A Century of Making Meaning: 100 Years of Collecting (through March 13, 2022) •  A Sense of Place: Abstract Art in Northern Indiana (Dec. 4 through March 13, 2022) •  Saints & Shepherds: New Work by Hebru Brantley (Dec. 4 through March 13, 2022) •  Dazzle, Pattern, Color, Bling: The Alluring Patterns of Liz Quisgard (Dec. 18 through Feb. 27, 2022) •  Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Classic Toys and Americana (ongoing) Events: •  Thursday, Dec. 2, Curator’s Tour: America the Beautiful, 12:15 p.m. Adults $8, students (pre-K through college) $6, seniors (65 and older) $6, families $20, free admission for veterans and veterans’ families, free general admission 5 p.m.-8 p.m. every Thursday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays), 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. 260.422.6467,

Honeywell Center •  Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4, Christmas Madrigal Dinner Theater, 6 p.m., Honeywell Center, $49 •  Sunday, Dec. 5, “The Magic Snowman,” 2 p.m., Honeywell Center, $15/adult, $10/child 3-12 •  Tuesday, Dec. 7, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 7:30 p.m., Eagles Theatre, free admission •  Tuesday, Dec. 7, Celtic Angels Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Honeywell Center, $25/$35/$45 •  Saturday, Dec. 11, 38 Special, 7:30 p.m., Honeywell Center, $35/$49/$79/$115 •  Sunday, Dec. 12, NewSong & Big Daddy Weave, 7:30 p..m., Honeywell Center, $25/$35/$50 •  Sunday, Dec. 12 and 19, Brunch with Santa, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Honeywell Center, $16.95/adult, $8.95/children 5-12, free/4 and under •  Tuesday, Dec. 14, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7:30 p.m., Eagles Theatre, free admission •  Thursday, Dec. 16, Jim Brickman, 7:30 p.m., Eagles Theatre, $29/$39/$69 •  Friday, Dec. 17, Ernie Haase, 7:30 p.m., Honeywell Center, $25/$35/$75 •  Saturday, Dec. 18, The Beach Boys, 7:30 p.m., Honeywell Center, $54/$74/$105 •  Tuesday, Dec. 21, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., Eagles Theatre, free admission •  Wednesday, Dec. 22, Fort Wayne Philharmonic “Holiday Pops,” 7:30 p.m., Honeywell Center, $20 Honeywell Center and Ford Theater, 275 W. Market St., Wabash. Eagles Theatre/ Ballroom, 106 W. Market St., Wabash. Honeywell House, 720 N. Wabash St., Wabash. 13-24 Drive-In, 890 IN 13. Dr. Ford Home, 177 W. Hill St., Wabash. 260.563.1102, a Would you like to submit an event to be considered for glo’s To-Do List? Our deadline is the 6th of the month prior to publication. E-mail us your event 40 words or less to: Please type ‘To-Do List’ in the subject line. Or you may mail info to glo, P.O. Box 188, Milford, IN 46542.

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Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) Although large family gatherings are not your cup of tea, you are willing to do your part to help with the preparations and put in an appearance before making a quick escape for a more intimate affair. Remember, the gift of your presence is greater than the presents you give.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) The holidays will force you to leave your comfort zone, and though you may be uneasy with the social whirlwind at first, you will gradually find yourself enjoying the celebrations and taking a larger part in them. Remain patient this month, Capricorn. Good things come to those who wait.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) Compulsory family reunions and parties tend to bore someone as untamed and impulsive as you, so why not add some of your personal flair? Your je ne sais quoi will be talked about for years to come if you put it to good use this month.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20) The winter holidays will provide some excellent opportunities for Pisces that will carry you into 2022. If at all possible, take a few days to get away from it all and evaluate the relationships in your life. Distance yourself from those who do not add value to your existence.

Aries (March 21 - April 19) Along with the holiday season, this month will also bring undue stress into your life—from holiday shopping to meeting new people with whom you will have little in common. Restrain yourself from overindulging in alcohol this month or using it as a way to get through uncomfortable situations. It’s not worth it.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) This month you will reconnect with others and realize why old friends are the best. You will be skeptical of newcomers who threaten to upset the delicate balance of your life, but remember they have some flavor to add as well. Beware your desire for forbidden fruit. 30


Gemini (May 21 - June 20) December is a magical time so embrace your inner child. In addition to tireless energy, you will be spontaneous and passionate in matters of the heart. Quality time with your family will be priceless and failure to savor it will have devastating consequences.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) This is the month to forgive old debts and get along with those with whom you have had contentious relations. Doing so will make the holidays more festive and your load a little lighter to bear. Free yourself of certain obligations and look ahead to the New Year with joy.

Leo (July 23 - August 22) For someone who tends to live life on her own terms, you will be more conservative during the holidays – preserving every tradition and celebrating in a tried and true manner. Take care of your health. Even a small sniffle could ruin the festivities and no one likes to be sick at one of the most romantic times of the year.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Beware of quarrels that will upend the peace and goodwill you must show to others this time of year. Graciously welcome whoever shares the holidays at your table and be grateful for their presence. Get some much-needed rest. The year ahead will be full of twists and turns.

Libra (September 23 - October 22) You are filled with the holiday spirit this month and you will not let anything stand in the way of enjoying the traditions you have loved since you were a child. A quarrel will crop up that will threaten to upend your good mood. Don’t let it get you down. The misunderstanding will pass.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) You will be a restless spirit in December who can’t wait to get away from it all. Why not buck tradition and celebrate the season by taking part in a humanitarian endeavor? There are so many people out there who could benefit from your talents and your passion to serve. a

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