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St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shopping district, is lined with restaurants, stores and boutiques, many of who have decorated store fronts, as well as the lights on Grand Avenue itself. A fun day to go is during the annual Grand Avenue holiday event, Grand Meander held on December 5th. During the Grand Meander, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment, music and the Grand Avenue tree lighting ceremony at locations all along Grand Avenue.

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Linders garden center in St. Paul has an annual holiday display with 80 Christmas trees & 200,000 computer controlled holiday lights. Gertenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Inver Grove Heights has Christmas entertainment during December. Visit with Santa and his reindeer on December weekends. www.linders.com / www.gertens.com

Lake Phalen Christmas Lights in the Park

The drive around Lake Phalen gets illuminated with over a million animatronic Christmas lights every year from Thanksgiving until New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. There is a charge per car to see the lights, but all of the proceeds from the entrance price goes to local charities. www.lightsinthepark.org

Summit Avenue Christmas Lights

This is where some of the grandest Victorian homes in the Twin Cities were built. Homeowners along the avenue often decorate with classic Christmas lights... and some go all-out tacky. The Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official home and Christmas tree is at 1006 Summit Avenue, with a competing, equally large, Christmas tree directly opposite. The Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Residence is open for free public tours on the first three Tuesdays of December (1st, 8th and 15th) between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with live music and a tour of the holiday decorations inside the mansion.

Inver Grove Heights Holiday Lights

The citizens of Inver Grove Heights seem to love the holidays a little more than average, and the suburb is a popular destination for driving about and looking out for lights. Drive your own car around, or take a Holiday Light Trolley during the Holiday on Main Street event on December 19. The free trolley rides start at 6.30 p.m. after a day of festive entertainment in Inver Grove Heights.

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• Standing at 4,406 feet (1,343 meters), Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, and as such, is the major challenge for any United Kingdom climber or walker. In Gaelic, the mountain’s name, Beinn Nibheis, has been linked with Irish and Gaelic words meaning poisonous or terrible. • Who could forget the Matterhorn the most You’ve Got to Go Down to Go Up recognized mountain on the European continent. • The Andes Mountain range is an It’s roughly 14,700 ft of chiseled rock pyramid is a uninterrupted chain of highland that is situated along defining geographical landmark. It is considered the the western coast of South America. At 5500 miles birthplace of climbing. in length, it is comprised of many peaks and active Ending With Some Rock Solid Quotes volcanoes over 20,000 feet making it the longest and one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. It’s “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the comprised of two great ranges: Cordillera Oriental • and Cordillera Occidental, which stand divided by small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all a deep intermediate depression. It also contains the the pebbles in your path and you will find you have Patagonian Ice Field comprised of over two hundred crossed the mountain.”—Author Unknown “Only when you’ve been in the deepest glaciers and considered to be the largest ice field • outside of Antarctica. The tallest mountain in the valley can you know how magnificent it is to be atop the highest mountain.”—President Richard M. Andes? Cerro Aconcagua at 22,831 feet tall. Nixon 1913-1994 • “People travel to wonder at the height of All the Way to the Top the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the • The world’s highest peak on land is Mt. long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the Everest in the Himalayas. It is 29,036 feet. Prior ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet to being named Mount Everest, the mountain was they pass by each other without wondering.”—Saint commonly referred to as Peak XV. It was formally Augustine

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I don’t need a calendar to tell me that Thanksgiving is near. The dozens of questions in my email box on how to buy a turkey are a sure sign. So, back by popular demand (with a few new tips as well), here is everything you need to know to select the best turkey at the best price!

BUY FROZEN. Both of our butchers agree that these days a frozen bird is best. By law, turkeys can be labeled “fresh” even though the moisture in the bird is frozen. If you press very firmly on the bird the meat is not frozen. The turkey processors have it down to a science. They bring the temperature of the birds down to the very legal limit before sending them off to the store two weeks before Thanksgiving. Frozen turkeys, on the other hand, are quickfrozen immediately after butchering. So the freshest turkey is really a frozen turkey. The freezing process has no noticeable effect on the quality or the taste of the bird.

GO FOR CHEAP. John Smith, professional butcher and author of Confessions of a Butcher: Eat Steak on a Hamburger Budget, advises, “Always go with the cheapest turkey and you’ll never go wrong. He says one turkey processor will slap many different labels on his crop of birds. The turkeys are all the same, only the labels are different.”

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Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell to form his new group, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. • In London, he gained a reputation as a great player. He jammed with Eric Clapton during an appearance with his new band, Cream. Hendrix’s fans included The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones. • Jimi recorded “Hey Joe” as his first single with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, followed by “Stone Free,” “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary.” (The last three are all Hendrix compositions.) • In March 1967, Hendrix set his guitar on fire on stage at the end of his act as part of a tour by The Walker Brothers. • In May 1967, the group released their first album, “Are You Experienced,” which reached No. 2 in England behind The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” • Although very popular internationally at this time, the Experience had yet to crack America. Their first single there failed to sell. Hendrix’s big chance came when Paul McCartney recommended the group to the organizers of the Monterey International Pop Festival. • Hendrix’s Monterey Pop Festival performance was filmed by D. A. Pennebaker and later shown in some movie theaters around the country in early 1969. The movie immortalized Hendrix’s burning and smashing of his guitar at the finale of his performance. • The last Experience concert took place on June 29, 1969, at Barry Fey’s Denver Pop Festival, a threeday event held at Denver’s Mile High Stadium that was marked by police firing tear gas into the audience as they played “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” The band escaped from the venue in the back of a rental truck that was partly crushed by fans trying to escape the tear gas. The next day, Noel Redding quit the Experience. • Hendrix died in London under somewhat mysterious circumstances on September 18, 1970.

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