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Upcoming Holiday Events��������������������������������� 4 Rubik’s Cube���������������������������������������������������������� 6 Gift ideas from Bertoni���������������������������������������8 Gift ideas from Blimey’s������������������������������������ 9 Gift ideas from the WSO�������������������������������� 10 A word about Street Help������������������������������ 10 Gift ideas from From the Heart�������������������� 11 Downtown: DWBIA pages������������������������������12 Gifts for the gardener�������������������������������������� 14 Gift ideas from Lazare’s & Co.���������������������� 16 Gift ideas from CCoral�������������������������������������� 17 Devonshire Mall������������������������������������������������ 18 Gift of TBQ Sauces������������������������������������������� 20 The gift of tools���������������������������������������������������21 Gifts for the birdwatcher������������������������������� 22

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SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER • 2016 • 4 Here are some of the events happening around WindsorEssex this holiday season Kingsville 24th Annual Fantasy of Lights Kingsville November 19 to January 8 www.fantasyoflights.ca

Kingsville Fantasy of Lights presents Sip and Shop Holiday Nights December 3 from 2 to 9 p.m. and December 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. www.fantasyoflights.ca

Essex District Christmas Craft Show December 3 Essex United Church

Jessica Red and Black Plaid Fleece Panel Handbag The perfect gift for any fashionista! Plaid is always on trend during the holidays and this handbag gives a subtle touch of the iconic black and red check to add a little flare to any outfit. Not only is it on trend but also functional, and will easily become your go-to handbag. Available at Sears Canada Stores MSRP: $49.99

Christmas House Tours Downtown Amherstburg December 3 and December 4 www.riverlights.ca

Walkerville Brewery’s Holiday Cheers and Beers Extravaganza Walkerville Brewery 525 Argyle Rd. December 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Harrow Santa Claus Parade Downtown Harrow December 3 at 6 p.m.

Watercolour iPhone case Made by Crafic to look like a wellused tray of watercolour paints complete with stains, drips and a dirty brush. Ships worldwide from United States Available at Etsy.com $13.89 CAD +shipping

Ring in the Holidays with Essex Community Concert Bands Holy Name of Jesus Church, 146 Talbot St. S Essex December 4 at 2 p.m. www.eccband.com

Fresh Medical Spa Holiday Open House Fresh Medical Spa, 2430 Dougall Ave December 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Must call 519-967-1329 to RSVP

Shepherds and Kings, a Dramatic Musical for Christmas Parkwood Gospel Temple, 3005 Temple Drive December 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m.

Windsor Dance eXperience presents A Christmas Carol Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave W December 10 at 7:30 p.m. and December 11 at 2:30 p.m. www.windsordanceexperience.ca

Ford City Christmas Market Heimat Windsor Banquet Centre, 1367 Drouillard Rd December 15 at 6 p.m.

Holiday Pops Windsor Symphony Orchestra December 16 at 8 p.m., December 17 at 8 p.m. and December 18 at 2:30 p.m. www.windsorsymphony.com

Breakfast with Santa Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village, 6155 County Rd 23, Kingsville

December 18 at 10 a.m.

SPACE VEHICLE METAL MODEL KITS This collection includes three significant craft from the exploration of space – The Apollo Lunar module, the Apollo Lunar Rover and the Mars Rover. The detailed models are constructed of finely micro-etched pieces that are laser-cut from 11 cm (4-3/8”) square sheets of metal. To assemble, pop out the pieces by hand and use needle-nose pliers (or tweezers) to bend the tabs and fit the pieces together. For ages 14 and up, each model takes about two hours to assemble. Although they require a certain level of manual skill and patience, the time and effort render a fascination collectible. Lee Valley MSRP: $33.50


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An Evolution of the Iconic Rubik’s Cube Introducing the Rubik’s Spark – an innovative new electronic game with a serious twist on the classic The game masters at Rubik’s have created an amazing, new electronic cube that offers hours of fun, and six games in one. Designed for ages 6-11, the Rubik’s Spark is a new, high-tech evolutionary game platform, using lights, sounds, and ‘Bubble Control’ Technology to challenge the senses and unleash your inner competitive self. “The Rubik’s Spark offers a modern spin on the original, iconic cube that we all remember, but adds a very different, very exciting modern technology twist to challenge and engage the user,” says Grant Chapman, president, Kroeger Inc, distributor of Rubik’s Cube in Canada. The Spark’s 3x3 design is basically the only similarity between it and the original, worldfamous and iconic Rubik’s 3x3 Cube. Using innovative and evolutionary ‘Bubble Control’ Technology to enhance game design and play, players tilt, turn shake and flip the Spark to complete digital puzzles, games, mazes and challenges. Leveraging the Bubble Control Technology, the flashing cursor will always try to ‘float to the top’ making game play a balance between speed and skill. Always frenetic, the Rubik’s Spark offers six skill challenging games, with multiple levels to challenge your friends, family or individual high score. The games included are:

Tilt n’ Zap

In this interactive game, players get three lives and must tilt and spin Rubik’s Spark with dexterity and quick thinking to avoid getting zapped! As children master the art of the cube, they move through different levels of difficulty and the smart cube scores them on every game.   

Follow the Path

Rubik’s Spark helps kids boost concentration and memory while they

Fascinating Rubik’s Cube Facts

•    Erno Rubik, a professor at the Hungarian Academy of Crafts and Design in Budapest, Hungary, invented the Rubik’s Cube in 1974.  His goal was to create a cube with parts that could move around a centre axis.  He painted each side a different colour for demonstration purposes and accidentally stumbled upon the puzzle we now know as the Rubik’s Cube.   •    The Rubik’s Cube was originally called

are having fun. During Follow the Path play, the cube lights up to show children a cube solving sequence and challenges them to remember and replay it.  Players get three lives and the cube gives a score at the end of each game.    

Seek and Destroy

In this fast moving game, Rubik’s Spark players have one mission: to move the flashing cube and destroy other cubes as they light up.  Players get 3 lives and the cube gives a score at the end of each game.  

Snackin’ Snake

In this game, kids must move the flashing cube to gobble up blinking cubes as they appear. As players successfully munch up each blinking cube, a snake appears and its tail grows longer with each successful snack.  Players get three lives and the cube gives a score at the end of each game.

Light the Cube

In this game, children are challenged to light up all three layers of the Rubik’s Spark cube by following cues and remembering sequences. Players get three lives - and in addition to the satisfaction of lighting the entire cube; the cube also gives a score at the end of each game.

Rubik’s DJ

This free flowing game lets kid make their own music by tilting and turning Rubik’s Spark. As they create original songs, the cube lights up to their tunes.  No score. No rules.  “Rubik’s fans of all ages will enjoy playing with Rubik’s Spark since it offers fastmoving games and video-game inspired sound and light effects,” says Chapman.  “It’s also a fabulous “starter” cube that encourages children as they develop the foundational strategy, concentration and flexible thinking that’s necessary to progress to the Original Rubik’s cube,” explains Grant. “The Spark offers a fast-moving, innovative way to enjoy a taste of classic Rubik’s Cube in a whole new light. With new technology, new design, and all new types of game play, the Spark takes the classic Rubik’s cube on an entirely new adventure, focused on high paced, computer generated thrills and game play, regardless of skill level. The Spark is an evolution of the Rubik’s cube, and allows the player to evolve their puzzle solving skills at their pace,” explains Grant. New Rubik’s Spark is available at almost all mass and specialty retailers in Canada, at a suggested retail of $34.99. For more information on all things Rubik’s, please visit www.rubiks.com

the ‘Magic Cube’ in 1974. It was renamed the Rubik’s Cube by the Ideal Toy Corporation in 1980;   •    The Cube’s 21 pieces appear fairly simple to solve, but it hides an astonishing forty three quintillion (43,252,003,274,489,856,000) different configurations!  ‘God’s Algorithm,’ the fewest number of moves needed to solve a completely scrambled Rubik’s Cube, is 22 by some calculations;   •    The current Speed Cubing World Record, held by Lucas Etter, currently stands at an amazing 4.90 seconds

•    If a person allowed one second for each turn, it would take 1,400 trillion years to go through every possible configuration.   •    Cube-a-holics Anonymous was founded in 1980 by self-confessed Cubomaniac Angus Judd, to help cubers kick the habit.


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1. Take a winter walk through this beautiful canvas. Uses a variety of neutral colours to complement any space. 2. This oversized square clock features a wooden frame with a light gray weathered wash and aged brown metal corners. Great as a rustic accent. 3. Whitewash log lamp with a unique horizontal effect. 4. Rock like vases with a metallic detail giving it a very effective contrast in textures.

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ore than 250 years after the death of its composer, Messiah still moves holiday audiences. The Christmas classic, the centrepiece of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s Messiah & More program Dec. 3-4 (the WSO will also perform several Holiday Pops shows), was originally an Easter offering first performed in Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 1742. George Frederic Handel’s Messiah is now a fixture of the holiday season and one of the most famous pieces of music ever written or performed; Ludwig van Beethoven, citing Messiah, called Handel the “greatest composer that ever lived.”

Composer Handel, blind, is shown with his score to Messiah.

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Green & Black’s Organic Hot Chocolate Enjoyed as a thoughtful stocking stuffer or as the secret ingredient in your favourite hot chocolate holiday recipe, Green & Black’s Organic Hot Chocolate makes for the perfect stocking stuffer for chocolate lovers. Pair it with a beautiful mug and artisan marshmallows to create the ultimate premium gift for family and friends. Available at www.greenandblacks.com/ca MSRP: $10.99

Skinny Coconut Oil is the only 100 per cent raw, alkaline coconut oil on the market today.

Mel Ty Plush The Secret Life of Pets Ever wonder what your pets do while you’re not home? Explore The Secret Life of Pets with Plush Buddies! This soft plush Buddy character is ideal for play and display. And when it’s time for bed, the Buddy plush is perfect for cuddling. Collect all of the Secret Life of Pets Plus Buddies to re-enact all of your favourite scenes from the movie. Bring home fun and adventure with The Secret Life of Pets Plush Buddies! Available at Showcase – Home of the Hottest Trends. MSRP: $14.99

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owntown Windsor is the place to be this holiday season! From exciting and unique specialty retailers to the vast array of dining establishments; from the arts, entertainment and gaming to our dynamic and vibrant nightlife; it doesn’t get any better than Downtown Windsor. Start your holiday shopping by browsing the fabulous selection of gold and fine jewellery at G&G Jewellery. While you’re selecting the perfect piece for that special someone, you’ll almost certainly find something fabulous for yourself too! Located at 28 University Avenue

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East, G&G Jewellery has been a family-owned and operated business since 1973. Excelling in customer satisfaction and maintaining the trust and respect of valued customers; G&G Jewellery provides quality products, exceptional value and timely services. While you’re there, pop in to Sunrise Bakery and pick up your holiday cookies and pastries. Located right next door to G&G, Sunrise Bakery offers a variety of delicious baked breads and goodies, specialty gingerbread houses and fruit cakes for the holidays. Their Neapolitan pastry ― a mille-feuille vanilla and custard slice ― truly is a little slice of heaven. And their tiramisu, chocolate peanut butter, black forest and strawberry shortcake tortes are scrumptious too! A “must stop & shop” destination” for fine jewellery, crystal, dinnerware, china and giftware, is Shanfield-Meyers located at 188 Ouellette Avenue. One of Windsor’s oldest retailers, Shanfields has been in the same location for the past 74 years and features exclusive luxury brands not offered elsewhere in southern Ontario. Better yet, take advantage of 50% off all jewellery and diamonds, and the 60%-80% discounts on manufacturers’ retail. If you don’t have time to visit the store, shop Shanfields online at shanfields.net or on eBay at shanfields-meyers Next, head over to Lazares & CO at 493 Ouellette Avenue. Carrying truly exquisite collections of wool, cashmere and leather coats and wraps; an extensive selection of beautiful Italian leather handbags; UGG boots, shoes, sneakers, slippers and sandals; Lazares & CO offers

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DOWNTOWN superlative customer service and the very best in luxury. Synonymous with quality craftsmanship and merchandise, Lazares & CO also has a fabulous assortment of accessories, such as scarves, teddy bears, cushions, and bed throws. Be sure to check out too Bungalow Home Decor ― an exciting boutique, new to downtown and located on Maiden Lane West, that offers a curated collection of home furnishings and decor. Need a little rest and relaxation? Stop in at Little India Beauty Boutique, located at 411 Pelissier Street. Brandishing a range of personal care products including bath and body, skin and hair care essentials, Little India also offers Ayurveda natural healing services including facials, Indian head massages, hot stone massages and eyebrow threading and shaping. Their herbal infused facial package is just $40 and is 60 minutes of pure bliss. Treat yourself or gift a friend! What’s a shopping excursion without food? And what better destination for dining than downtown? From North American, Middle Eastern, African and Asian cuisine to soups and sandwiches, Downtown Windsor’s restaurants and eateries will delight your palette! Still searching for a unique gift idea? How about the gift of music and season tickets to the Windsor Symphony Orchestra? Windsor’s Symphony truly is an extraordinary treasure and presents audiences with a wealth of magical experiences. Under the direction of Maestro Robert Franz, their 2017 season features Masterworks, Pops, Intimate Classics, Concerts for Kids and so much more! Check out too the terrific lineup at The Capitol Theatre this holiday season. Upcoming performances Windsor Dance eXperience’s A Christmas Carol, and the Windsor Symphony’s Concerts for Kids and

• Performances: Holiday Pops & Messiah • Tickets: Silent Film Greats to the Beatles • Donation or Sponsorship in someone’s name 519-973-1238 | windsorsymphony.com

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Holiday Pops. Turn an ordinary night into an unforgettable one and check out Ariius Nightclub. Located inside Caesars Windsor, Ariius features private VIP areas, three bars and delivers a top-notch experience. From subtle combinations of lounge and nightclub to acutely vogue playgrounds, from a lineup of world-class deejays to a beautiful crowd, Downtown Windsor’s pubs and clubs are hip, edgy, fun and full of energy. While you’re here, check out our hotels; bring the family ice skating at Charles Clark Square; and find year-round entertainment for adults at Caesars Windsor with its hot gaming, world-class entertainment and gourmet dining. So whatever your fancy is this holiday season, shop, visit, dine, play and stay in Downtown Windsor! HERBAL FACIALS

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Gifts for the Gardener C AT H I E B A RT L E T T

hese days of plunging temperatures and accumulating snow are enough to leave anyone – skiers and snowboarders excluded – longing for spring. Even more so for the gardener consigned to perusing seed catalogues while itching to catch sight of new life pushing up through the soil. So imagine how happy your gardener-in-limbo will be to find a convenient way of growing plants in the midst of winter and beyond, waiting for him or her under the Christmas tree. The SunBlaster™ Nanodome Mini Greenhouse is a handy kit that makes for fresh greens in less than a week. Just soak the high-fibre germination pad in water for an hour, place it in the tray, sprinkle some seeds and you’re set to go. “In four or five days you get plants‌ no weeds, no bugs, no fertilization required,â€? Jim Hole of Hole’s Greenhouses & Gardens Ltd. says. The greenhouse can go anywhere; no need to hunt out a sunny spot thanks to the T5 light that provides low-cost energy, and the vented roof takes care of temperature control. Priced at $69, the kit includes the greenhouse, light and tray. The germination pad is another $7. As for the seeds, there’s a wide array available for about $7 a package. Arugula, Oriental mustard, red clover, red radish, lentils, and peas are just a few in demand in the current micro-

Garden art signs at Kuhlmann’s Greenhouse Garden Market. PH OTOS BY DAVE H AL LI DAY.

greens explosion. “People use the plants for salads and smoothies,� Hole says. As spring beckons, the mini greenhouse is good for starting plants for the garden out back. On a different note, garden art gives the green thumb something to admire over the winter while thinking about placement come spring. Kuhl-

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mann’s Greenhouse Garden Market has an assortment of attractive metal and stone garden ornaments, many on a nostalgic bent, priced in the $35 to $50 range. Wild Birds UnlimitedÂŽ Nature Shop offers an impressive array of Corinthian BellsÂŽ Windchimes ($75 to $350). Hole’s offers an offbeat shovel obviously meant for decoration; the shovel end includes a couple of holders for lights maybe, or a wind sock, or chimes, while the handle bears a spike to go in the ground. “You’re paying for the artwork;â€? Hole says of the $119 price tag. Hole’s also carries a striking line of Desert Steel™ artworks that double as outdoor torches (100-$500). The saguaro and other desert replicas light up with citronella fuel that also repels bugs. On the more practical side: Hydroponic scissors – handy for snipping off herbs indoors or cutting flowers outside, made of good quality steel by Corona Tools, in two sizes ($12; $15) Gloves – always a good stocking-stuffer; available The Kneelo pad, from $5 and up at Hole’s and Kuhlmann’s sold at Hole’s Folding seat/kneeler – can be used as a seat while Greenhouses & pruning or flip it over to give the knees a break when weeding, at Kuhlmann’s for $33 Gardens Ltd., Garden Bandit™ weeding tool – erases weeds, loosmakes garden ens compacted soil, especially good between rows in tasks easier. vegetable plots, easy on arthritic hands and wrists; available at Hole’s for $15 Scrubbies – for cleaning off vegetables from the garden (small $3 and large $7), another good stocking stuffer at Hole’s Kneelo™ garden kneeler – ultra-cushion kneeler with memory foam technology, made by Burgon & Ball of England, manufacturer of quality English tools since 1730; available at Hole’s for $39.

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1. Chestnut Sheldon Tote by UGG Australia 2. Various UGG Australia Fashion Boots for Men and Ladies 3. Brown Sheared Beaver Grooved Vest 4. Cozy Ascot Slippers for Men

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SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER • 2016 • From our kitchen to yours! Hot sauce

Serve on ribs, chicken & steaks

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rub a roast with olive oil & tBQ Steak and chop. Broil on medium-high, 5 min. coat liberally with tBQ Hot Sauce & bake at 375°f until sauce forms a crust.

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The practical gift of tools DAV E H A L L I DAY

he appearance of rechargeable tools in the 1960s sparked an ongoing battle to provide convenience and portability unencumbered by power cords. Competition in this field leads to innovation and improvement that provides benefits both on the job site and at home. Black and Decker, which has been in the field since the beginning, now adds the Smart Tech drill and battery to its arsenal. In 1961, Black and Decker unveiled its first cordless drill and expanded its lineup as it worked to develop tools for NASA that could be used in space. Smart Tech batteries use Bluetooth technology to connect to the Black and Decker mobile app. The app’s features allow the user to see a list of his batteries, select and interact with a battery when in range to locate the battery, monitor its state of charge or activate the integrated USB port. DeWalt has also made considerable advances in battery technology, stepping up with its Flexvolt System that can change voltage based on the tool in use. The Flexvolt system can be used for tools of 20, 60 and 120 volts. For example, the 60-volt setup powers a table saw or a compound mitre saw. “The impact of the Flexvolt system will be felt throughout the construction industry on each and every job site,” said Frank Mannarino, president of DeWalt professional products group. “This new platform packs the power required for heavy-duty applications.” In addition, DeWalt is also offering a Portable Power Station to meet the needs of a variety of users. The

1800-watt power station runs on four 20 volt DeWalt Max batteries which allows it to power a corded tool. It can also charge up to four DeWalt 20-volt batteries when plugged into an electrical outlet. The power station can also be used to provide power in areas where noise is restricted, including job sites, camping and tailgating. DeWalt has also introduced the fast charger which can charge up to four of the 20volt batteries at once. This unit can be wall-mounted to save on space. A wide variety of tools for both the job site and home use make use of rechargeable batteries. Milwaukee has introduced a hydraulic impact driver that is 50 per cent quieter than comparable tools, has three times less vibration and achieves longer sustained torque than standard impact drivers. It’s powered by Milwaukee’s rechargeable 18-volt Red Lithium battery. Milwaukee makes a number of tools that are powered by the M18 Red Lithium battery. But there are less expensive items available, some that could serve as stocking stuffers. The Milwaukee safety cutter lists for $3.99. Ideal for cutting boxes, tape and thin plastic, the safety cutter has a recessed blade that’s designed to avoid cut injuries on the job site. Work gloves are a necessity in many situations — Milwaukee offers demolition work gloves in sizes ranging up to XX large. The gloves offer durability and protection as well as the ability to use touch screen devices such as smart phones while wearing them. Suggested retail price is $29.99. Milwaukee has introduced new torpedo levels with what the company says are the industry’s strongest magnets. They give users a more secure hold when working overhead or on lifts, scaffolds and ladders.

The Milwaukee 10-inch torpedo level that carries a suggested retail price of $59. DeWalt has introduced a wheeled tool box with pull-out handle to provide an efficient way to transport tools from one job to the next. The moulded toolbox has a removable tray for small tools and parts along with a large storage area underneath for larger tools. The Black and Decker Roto Bit storage screwdriver is both a useful and low-priced tool at $29.99. The four-volt rechargeable screwdriver includes a storage compartment that holds eight bits. Whether it’s new home construction or renovation of an existing home, there’s always the need for cleanup. Usually, that means getting out the shop vacuum, but Milwaukee has a new approach with its compact vacuum that’s powered by one M18 Red Lithium battery. The vacuum comes with several accessories that incude a four-foot hose, two extensions and crevice and floor tools. Suggested retail price is $139.98. Milwaukee is also introducing four new lights for job sites — the tower light/charger, the compact site light, the compact flood light and the LED search light. Ryobi unveiled several new tools that should be in stores by Christmas, including the QuickTurn, a four-volt lithium ion screwdriver that converts quickly from a pistol grip tool to a straight screwdriver. It has a two-speed gearbox, turning at either 200 or 600 rpm and carries an MSRP of $49.99. For more information about these tools and where to buy them, visit the following websites: www.milwaukeetool.ca, www.blackanddecker.ca, www.dewalt.ca and www.ryobitools.ca.


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Gifts for the Birdwatcher C AT H I E B A RT L E T T

Wild Birds Unlimited sells a variety of bird feeder designs. P H OTO BY DAV E HA L L IDAY.

feeder maybe, or a guide book, or perhaps the birdwatcher on your list could use a pair of binoculars. A supply of bird seed, a heated bird bath, a CD to identify bird calls are other possibilities, and there are plenty more for the novice or the veteran birdwatcher. For the beginner, the easiest way to get started is with a feeder, Steve Kulak from The Wildbird General Store says. That can be done for as little as $10 although “$30 to $80 is probably your sweet spot for good quality, long-lasting, nice to look at.” A simple tray feeder ($25) made from cedar salvaged from B.C. mills is one option. A covered fly-through model ($42) offers more protection from the elements while a hopper feeder with roof and Plexiglas sides ($67) allows for more seed. If the whimsical appeals, Wildbird General Store has hand-built feeders shaped like log cabins, churches and other structures ($150 - $200). Or a window feeder might suit your birdwatcher. Wild Birds Unlimited® Nature Shop has an attractive porthole model made of mahogany for $75. “Chickadees, nuthatches will come up to the window,” store co-owner Janis Chapman says. The store’s wide array of feeders includes models shaped like penguins ($30) and owls ($25). “They work and they’re cute,” Chapman says.


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Windsor and Essex residents are birds of Equally appealing are hung in a tree. a feather and many of them will happily pull the seed characters Hoot As for guide books, out their new binoculars from Pelee Wings the Owl, Rascal the RaKulak recommends Birds Nature Store that they unwrap this Christmas coon, Millie the Bird and of Alberta by Chris Fisher then head out to look for their fine-feathBlossom the Skunk, made and John Acorn $27) as a ered friends, all-year round: Christmas Bird from a mix of seeds, nuts good starter, also The FedCounts, Winter Owl Prowl, Festival of Birds and fruit, priced from $10 to eration of Alberta Naturalists and Spring Shore Songbird Celebration in the $20. The feeders to put them Field Guide to Alberta Birds by spring and Festival of Hawks during the fall. on range from $10 to about Bruce McGillivray and Glen Se$50. menchuk ($25). An Eastern screech owl was photographed during an Owl Seed cylinders “with yummy For identifying by ear, CDs of Prowl event at Ojibway Nature Centre. mill worms” ($10 - $18) also fit on bird sounds ($25 - $40) “are a cool - NI C K B R A NC ACCI O / WI N D S OR S TAR. the character feeders. idea for people who are advancing their “We even have them with hot pepper,” birding and also for beginners… the birds she says. are far off in the foliage, you can hear them “Squirrels don’t like hot pepper but birds but not see them.” don’t taste it.” When choosing binoculars, “buy quality. High-quality feeders in various styles and made from “They work, they’ll last and they have good warranties.” recycled milk jugs ($35 and up) are also big sellers. Starting price is about $300, going up to about $700. Both stores sell a range of bird feed. For shoppers bewildered as to what For sharp, close-up viewing, Chapman suggests a monocular ($80). It’s to buy with a feeder, Kulak says: “Any type of black oil sunflower seed is light and can be hooked on your belt. good for the birds that live around here. They (the seeds) are high in fat, oil, Both stores carry a wide range of bird-themed ornaments, mugs, magand calories.” nets, candles, pictures and jewelry – some crafted in Edmonton or in AlStriped sunflower seeds and peanuts are other foods to put out. Suet is a berta. good energy source: high-quality suet cakes sell for $5 and nut suet for $9 to $10. In tune with the season, the store offers Christmas rings made from seeds and nuts ($28) and bright red net bags of seeds ($7). For the birder who has everything, Chapman suggests a heated bird bath. “Just plug it in, the birds come and drink and bathe.” The baths cost from $100 to $180 and can be attached to a deck railing or

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