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5 Baking with pumpkin 6 Edgy necessities for teens 7 Get the hottest toys this year 7 Trains are a popular gift 32 Choose crafty gift ideas

8 Board games bring families together

32 Animal tales released on DVD

9 Spice up personal gifts

33 Wine club offers membership

10 Entertain for the holidays

33 Gifts for the auto enthusiasts

14 Select the ideal digital frame

34 Choosing a tree this season

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15 Technology gifts a hot pick 16 Scents evoke the holidays

34 Classic holiday films 35 Stretching your dollars

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18 Electronic gifts for kids

36 Holiday happenings

20 Gifts for varying celebrations 22 Stir up goodness in the kitchen

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Kristi Ritter

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24 Inexpensive gift ideas

Summer Stair

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Nathalie Winch

26 Jewelry buying basics

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27 Plan a safe holiday

Kimberly Crater, Daelena Tinnin

On the Cover Photo by Paul Litman • Design by Cyndi Adam Dena Blackburn, co-owner of Encore Home Styles in Longmont, is ready for holiday entertaining.

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Sweet Traditions Family Features

Pumpkin Bread Pudding With Brown Sugar-Yogurt Sauce

Family gatherings ... favorite holiday decorations ... the wonderful smells of baked goods – the holidays are full of familiar rituals and special memories. Traditions are part of what make the season so enjoyable. For many, this time of year means baking family favorites – how many times do people ask you to make Grandma’s bread pudding or your special cookies? The holidays wouldn’t be the same without them. Pumpkin treats are perfect for holiday baking. The mellow, sweet flavor blends beautifully with spices, citrus and nuts. Pumpkin is a versatile and delicious addition to any holiday tradition. For more ways to make baking with pumpkin a tradition in your home, visit VeryBestBaking.com.

12 slices cracked or whole-wheat bread, cut into cubes (12 cups) 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped 2 cans (12 fluid ounces each) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk 1 can (15 ounces) Libby’s Pure Pumpkin 1 cup refrigerated egg substitute or 4 large eggs, slightly beaten 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 /4 teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Combine bread and cranberries in large bowl. Combine evaporated milk, pumpkin, egg substitute, sugar, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice and salt in medium bowl. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture; stir. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish; let stand for 10 minutes. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm with Brown Sugar-Yogurt Sauce. For Brown Sugar-Yogurt Sauce Combine 2 containers (6 ounces each) or 1.5 cups nonfat plain yogurt and 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar in bowl.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding With Brown Sugar-Yogurt Sauce

Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies 21/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 /2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 /2 teaspoon salt 11/2 cups granulated sugar 1 /2 cup butter (1 stick), softened 1 cup Libby’s Pure Pumpkin 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking

sheets. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool. Drizzle glaze over cookies. Glaze Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl.

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EDGY NECESSITIES for teens

By Summer Stair Longmont Times-Call

Buying for teens can be hard. Gone are the days of Hot Wheels and Barbie, replaced with the looming question of what you should buy, possible returns and exchanges, or the dreaded gift card. This year, as many people watch their budgets, think practical and useful when buying gifts. The following ideas are sure to wow the teen on your gift giving list and provide something they can use. Check out this year’s edgy necessities that are a must have. 1. Go back to school in style with these Classic Tall Ugg boots in mulberry, also available in chestnut, black and chocolate. (Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. in Longmont, $180) 2. Whether you’re playing a sport or just seeking comfort check out the New Balance 749GY men’s running trail shoe in gray and yellow or the non-trail in orange and gray. (Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. in Longmont, $80) 3. Socks are warm and make great stocking stuffers. This variety of socks are from Hot Sox, Goodhew and Smartwool. From solid to striped to polka dots you’re sure to find something to suit your teen’s style. (Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. in Longmont, $6 to $17.95) 4. Keep warm with stylish hats from Angela and William. Girls opt for the warm knit hat and fedoras are all the rage for boys. (House Gifts & Decor in Longmont, $22 to $26) 5. Dress up your outfit with this peace sign scarf. Available in a plethora of colors so find one that suits your teen’s style. (House Gifts & Decor in Longmont, $14) 6. Girls will love the lace compact from Kikkerland. It’s fashionable and practical. (House Gifts & Decor, $4.25) 7. This year instead of a purse, try out the hard sided wallet. While it looks a lot like a clutch purse, it functions like a wallet on the inside. (House Gifts & Decor, $14, $16.95)

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The holiday season has a way of creeping up on us, and it’s never too early to start thinking about the perfect presents for your loved ones. However, getting your children exactly what they want, no matter what the cost, can leave a dent in your budget. If you’re not in the know about what’s hot and what’s not, it’s easy to miss out on having the season’s must-have toys under the tree. When making a toy selection, it’s important to make sure the toys you’re choosing are age-appropriate for your child, and to look for quality products that have longer-term play value. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a good quality toy, you simply need to plan ahead and look in the right places. This year, for the first time ever, the toy experts at Kmart have released their Fab 15 Toys List featuring the hottest gifts for the 2009 holiday season to help parents stay in step with what children are talking about. Each toy on the list promotes creativity, role play and an amusement level that will keep kids engaged, not just for a few minutes, but for months after the holidays.

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games to bring families together

By Kimberly Crater Longmont Times-Call

While children are out of school for the holidays, it is the perfect time for families to turn off the video games and reconnect with each other. Board games are great ways for families to get connected during the holiday season. “It’s kind of a community thing,” says Eugene Waara, the owner of Stonebridge Games in Longmont. Table top games are a popular alternative to video games and can bring families closer together during the holidays. Most games facilitate social activities between friends and families. Some of the most popular games are also educational and help teach children reading, writing and thinking skills. Stonebridge sells a large variety of games and has tables in the store to play games. After attending a gaming conference more than a decade and a half ago, Waara says he was amazed at

the variety of games available that are not sold at mainstream stores. He opened Stonebridge almost six years ago. “I saw the social part of it,” he says. Waara and his staff choose games to sell based on what is popular, and what regular customers and the gaming industry recommend. Many of the games sold at Stonebridge have won international awards

for creativity and challenge. The Spiel des Jahres (German for best game) is an award given annually to the best new game. The Mensa select is an award given by the American and International Mensa each year to the five most original and challenging games. The awards give a guide to the educational value, creativity and how easy the games are to understand.

Apples to Apples The 1999 Mensa Select winner is one of the most popular social games available. Social games are also popular holiday family games. Apples to Apples essentially is a word association game that can be played by large groups of people. The game is simple and easy for firsttime players to learn. After being purchased by Mattel, Apples to Apples became a huge success among party games.

Wits and Wagers The 2007 Mensa Select winner combines trivia and betting. A trivia question is asked and after answers are submitted, players can bet on which answer they think is correct. Like Apples to Apples, it is another popular social game that can be played by large groups of people and is popular at parties.

Dominion The game, played entirely with a specialized deck of 500 cards, won the Spiel des Jahres and Mensa Select for 2009. Players try to get the most valuable deck of cards, representing their kingdom, through drawing, trading and buying during the game. However, it is more complex and has a longer setup time than most games.

The Settlers of Catan It is the 1995 Spiel de Jahres winner. While the box for the game is not as visually appealing as many mainstream games, Waara says it is one of the hottest games this season. Catan is a multi-player game that pits players against each other to create thriving civilizations.

Pandemic This 2009 Spiel des Jahres nominee is a new type of game, called cooperative games, where all the players work together to achieve a common goal. In Pandemic, the goal is stopping a disease from spreading around the globe. Cooperative games are gaining momentum because they encourage team building and sharing and reinforce ideas of community.


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Looking for an affordable gift with a personal touch? A spice gift basket can fit any budget and makes an ideal hostess or holiday gift for every cook. They are perfect for a birthday, housewarming or simple thank you, too. With just a little thought and a few supplies, you can assemble a personalized basket. With Internet and mail-order shopping, it’s possible to buy everything you need without leaving the house. Begin with a basket or any other useful kitchen container, such as a mixing bowl, cake pan, serving dish or colander. Vintage items you pick up at a second-hand store or garage sale can be charming. Line the container with a pretty cloth napkin, a colorful dishtowel or even a piece of fabric cut with pinking shears, or use tissue paper if you prefer. Add bottles or packets of spices, herbs, season-

ings and other ingredients. For a special touch, include a favorite recipe, a cookbook, a wooden spoon, a potholder or any related accessory. With a little imagination, you can personalize a basket for almost anyone on your list. Kendall McFarland, research and development manager at Frontier Natural Products Co-op, has a few ideas to get you started. • Mexican fiesta – Tuck a brightly colored potholder in with chili powder, cumin, dried peppers, taco seasoning or other Mexican spices. Add a jar of salsa, some tortilla chips and margarita mix if you like. For your “basket,â€? use an inexpensive sombrero. • Mama mia – Line a colander or pasta serving dish with a red checkered tablecloth or cloth or paper napkins. Add seasonings such as garlic, basil, oregano and Italian blend and include a package of pasta. Supply a packet of spaghetti sauce or fettuc-

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Gathering the pieces for entertaining this season

Party Planning By Kristi Ritter Photos by Paul Litman Longmont Times-Call

The holiday season is the perfect time to get together with family and friends to reflect on the year and enjoy each others company. Capturing your guests from their first step into your home can be easy with the aroma of fresh pine needles, cinnamon sticks, roasted turkey and fresh baked cookies. For

The Snowman sleigh serving piece adds a bit of whimsy to any entertaining crowd. Check it out and more items at Encore Home Styles in Longmont. Above left: Snowflake oval platter from Adorn. Above right: Whimsy Reindeer oval platter from Adorn. Facing page: Holly and ivy dinnerware by Park Designs is available at Cayenne Kitchen.

something warm to drink, try a pot of apple cider on the stove with hints of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Terri Nichols, owner of Cayenne Kitchen in Longmont along with her husband, Bill, says entertaining can be a great time to bring everyone together for conversation and, of course, food. But planning for your holiday entertaining does take some thought. Decide in advance what type of foods you’ll serve and prepare any that you can ahead of time and freeze, allowing you to tend to the details of the party. Spiced nuts, cookies, cakes and dressings are just a few of the items you can make days before the party and then

pull out in time for guests. Nichols says people also have a vision for what their display or table will look like, from the perfect platter to festive holiday bowl. This is where local shops such as Cayenne Kitchen, Encore Home Styles and Adorn Home & Gift Gallery offer up some of the most unique place settings, serving dishes, gourmet foods and accessories to make your holiday entertaining complete. Deck out your entire table with a line of dishes from Cayenne Kitchen. The ivy place settings by Park Designs are delicately adorned with berry accents and trimmed with a rim of light green. Accent the setting with a beautiful handcrafted red ice goblet and linen napkins with a ring of red beads. Dena Blackburn, co-owner of Encore Home Styles, says the Patience Brewster line of gift and entertaining items sets a whimsical scene for any holiday home. From handmade ornaments to the Joyful Pig Salt and Pepper shaker to the High Heel Shoe Cake Plate, these items will add a bit of fun to your party. And finally, don’t forget those beautiful platters to display all of your handmade treats, such as an oval snowflake platter from Adorn or a fun reindeer running across a bright green background. Either will do your entertaining efforts proud.

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With your holiday entertaining in full swing, here are some creative recipes to try out in your kitchen.

Stonewall Kitchen sauces sold in Longmont at Cayenne Kitchen.

Sugared Pecans Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes 1 egg white 1 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon flour 1 /8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 21/2 to 3 cups pecan halves Beat egg white until foamy. Slowly beat in the brown sugar mixed with flour. Add salt and vanilla flavoring, then fold in pecans. Transfer pecans to a greased baking pan and bake at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Cherry Ginger Cookies 3 cups flour 1 /2 teaspoon baking soda 1 /2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 /2 teaspoon instant coffee granules 1 cup butter 11/4 cups packed brown sugar 1 /4 cup dark corn syrup 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon cream 1 /3 cup packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon butter 3 tablespoons cherry juice 11/2 cups chopped walnuts 60 maraschino cherries, halved Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and coffee. Put aside. Cream 1 cup butter. Add 11/4 cups brown sugar. Cream well. Blend in dark corn syrup, egg and cream. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Place a tablespoon of dough in a circle on an ungreased cookie sheet and round out a hole in the center. To make filling, combine 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, 3 tablespoons cherry juice. Stir in 11/2 cups chopped nuts, chopped fine. Place 1/2 teaspoon filling in center of each round. Place a half maraschino cherry (cut side down) in center. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. This recipe adapted from a recipe on allrecipes.com titled Cherry Bell Cookies.

Rum Balls By Helen Corbitt Makes 4 dozen 3 cups rolled vanilla wafers 1 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for rolling 11/2 cups chopped nuts 11/2 tablespoons cocoa 2 tablespoons white Karo syrup 1 /2 cup rum Mix all ingredients. Form into small balls and roll in powdered sugar. Dry on waxed paper.

Baked Acorn Squash 1 acorn squash, cut in half with seeds removed 1 /2 cup Stonewall Kitchen Cranberry Horseradish Sauce 2 teaspoons butter salt and pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place squash halves in a

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baking dish, filled with 1/2 inch of water. Cover squash with foil. Bake for 1 hour or until fork tender. Scoop the pulp into a bowl, mash with the Cranberry Horseradish Sauce and butter. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put the filling back into the squash shells and serve. Stonewall Kitchen sauces sold in Longmont at Cayenne Kitchen.

Sweet Potato Casserole 3 cups sweet potatoes, baked and mashed 1 /2 cup Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Onion Jam 1 /2 teaspoon vanilla 1 /2 cup butter, melted 1 cup sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1 /2 cup bread crumbs, toasted and buttered 1 cup caramelized onions, optional In a large mixing bowl, beat together all ingredients except for caramelized onions and bread crumbs. Lightly grease a 9-by-9 inch baking dish and pour mixture into dish. Cover potatoes with caramelized onions, if using. Sprinkle top with toasted bread crumbs. Bake uncovered in a preheated, 350-degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.

Prep time: 15 minutes 12 (14-ounce package) flour tortillas 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 cup sour cream 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies 3 tablespoons chopped green onion 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper 12 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated 1 cup salsa In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, chilies, onion, red bell pepper and Cheddar cheese. Mix thoroughly. Spread onto tortillas and roll up. Cover tightly and chill for 2 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, cut each roll into 1/2-inch slices. Serve with salsa.

Pistachio-Covered Cheese Log Courtesy Food Network 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup coarsely grated sharp white cheddar (4 ounces) 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Salt and ground pepper 1 cup shelled unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped crackers, for serving In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, cheddar, Dijon and Worcestershire until well combined; season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until slightly firm, 1 to 2 hours. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, toast pistachios over medium heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate, let cool. Transfer cheese mixture to a piece of waxed paper; using paper, shape into a 6-inch-long log. Cover with pistachios, pressing to adhere. Wrap log in the fresh piece of waxed paper; chill until firm. Serve with crackers.


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Digital photo frames store memories By Daelena Tinnin Longmont Times-Call

We love taking pictures, especially during the holidays. Capturing those special moments and sharing them with family and friends help keep us connected and allow us to reminisce. It’s hard to decide which photos to print out and put in frames or load onto the computer, but now you don’t have to make that decision. Digital picture frames are a great way to display all your favorite photos or share memories with older relatives who aren’t too tech savvy to conquer the world of Internet and e-mail photo sharing. As digital picture frames continue to grow in popularity, the harder it becomes to find the one that is just right for you and your family. When you are making that last dash to the gift store, digital picture frames are the place to start. To help avoid those long blank stares at rows of frames, Mike Dobson, sales manager at Mike’s Camera in Boulder, and Kory Smith, store manager at RadioShack in Longmont, offered some tips on choosing the right digital picture frame.

Style There are more than 70 digital picture frames on the market with their own distinct styles, so how do you choose? “Usually, a digital picture frame is going to be showcased in a family room or a living room so typically you want to find something that is going to complement the decor in the home,” Dobson says. If you plan on showcasing your digital frame in other areas, like an office, the same rule applies – match the frame with the decor. Resolution The resolution refers to the number of pixels the frame can display. The higher resolution

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frames will display sharper, crisper images than lower resolution ones. “As camera resolutions get better you want the frame to do the image you’ve taken justice,” Dobson says. Some of the newer frames even feature high definition images and video. Trust your eyes in this department, you know what looks good and what doesn’t.

Screen Size The screen size is measured in inches diagonal. A 7- to 8-inch frame is usually the safest bet. Most frames range in size from 5 to 12 inches, with some specialty brands going beyond that. It’s important to choose a size that will fit landscape or portrait photos. Memory Depending on how many pictures you want to display at one time, internal memory or memory cards might suit your frame the best. Using a memory card increases the number of displayed photos and frames. With an internal memory you have the option of loading the picture directly onto the frame. “Generally, with a frame you want to buy a memory card, you want to dedicate one just for the frame,” Dobson says. If you plan on buying a digital frame for a parent or grandparent, it might be a good idea to buy two memory cards so you can load them with pictures and send it with the frame. Brand A first instinct might be to reach for your favorite namebrand’s digital photo frame first, but

make sure to read the reviews first. Dobson says some of the best quality frames come from Sony because they come with other practical features like a clock and a calendar. Smith adds that brands like Smartparts and Gigaware offer great options and screen quality, as well.

Price Consider your budget before you go out shopping for a frame. Digital frames range in price from $50 to $300. “You could go as small as key chain or the bigger table top ones – it just depends on how extravagant you want to go with it,” Smith says. The higher price tag could mean more features, but if you are looking for just a great frame to display photos the prices are relatively low. A quality digital picture frame doesn’t have to break the holiday bank. Personal Preference For that tech savvy person on your list, a digital frame equipped with Wi-Fi and other fancy features is a great fit. However, what if you’re buying a frame for your grandparents? Complicated menus and more features require more know-how so make sure to think of the user and buy a frame that fits their lifestyle. “You can’t really go wrong with a photo frame as a gift,” Smith says. “Any age is going to be acceptable – smaller kids, someone going off to college or a relative who lives farther away and you want to keep them in the loop.”


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There is nothing more comforting during the holiday season than a scent that wafts through the air and fills the house with comfort and joy. Whether it’s a spicy cinnamon candle or foods made of vanilla and sugar, they all evoke an emotion that makes people think of the holidays. “Many people are attracted to what reminds them of Christmas,” says Kim Sorden, owner of Magic Fairy Candles in Longmont. “It’s those scents that bring back memories.” Sorden has been making candles about 15 years and opened her business a little more than four

The Essense Studio in Boulder can custom create any scent and use them in body products and room diffusers. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)

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years ago. Now with a studio on Coffman Street, people can view and purchase from her line of soy and aromatherapy candles, or create a custom scent. While her candle creations started out simply as gifts for friends, she now sells them in stores nationwide, in two shops in Canada, one in Israel and recently sent some off to Italy. For the holidays, Sorden has consistent top sellers that people seek, including her favorite California Christmas which reminds her of growing up in California with scents of spicy cloves, orange citrus and lemongrass. “It’s this scent that reminds me of my mom’s house at Christmas,” she says. Food smells and the holidays go hand in hand and are another popular option for filling the home with wonderful scents for the season. Pumpkin pie, vanilla and sugar cookies not only fill the air, but tempt the tummy with tasty thoughts. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, perfumer and certified aromatherapist in Boulder, says scents can be used in a number of ways around the home, whether it’s in candles, potpourri, room diffusers or body scents. Trained to understand the chemistry in the body, Spencer

From California Christmas to tempting food scents, Magic Fairy Candles in Longmont has more than 175 scents to choose from, or choose to create your own custom scent for the holidays. (Paul Litman/Times-Call)

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Feed Inquisitive Minds Educational electronic toys offer great learning opportunities By Summer Stair Longmont Times-Call

E-mail. Blog. Text. These are words that kids as young as 2 might be familiar with. As parents and caregivers continue to catchup in an electronic world, kids today are advancing at a rapid pace. Kory Smith, store manager of RadioShack in Longmont, says kids often want what their role models have, and in an electronic world that is usually a cell phone, laptop or game system. Parents can be reassured that most of the products put on the market that model adult-like toys are geared toward learning. Raj Sharan of Best Buy says while kids often want gaming systems and laptops, parents also seek such gifts because they offer the benefit of fun and learning all-in-one. “It is the way our lives are speeding up,” Sharan says. “Everything is about making your life easier, more accessible and getting the most out of your time.” Now with learning game systems, instead of just playing Mario Bros., kids can play something fun that also enforces what they’re learning in school. To make sure you are getting something your kid will enjoy,

Smith says to never be afraid to bring them into the store to look around and make sure they know exactly what the product does. Just because it looks cool doesn’t mean it does what they envision. Also, look for items kids can grow with. Smith says most game systems are adaptable. And, prepaid cell phones can be quite inexpensive, and offers several options for parents to make sure the phone is safe and supports their needs. Feed inquisitive minds this holiday season with these gift ideas from RadioShack and Best Buy. • The Leap Frog Leapster 2 is a portable game system that is educational. Kids as young as age 4 can brush up on their skills in math, reading, art and music. Games are purchased separately. ($49.99, Best Buy) • Learn about Earth and the constellations with the Glow Star Globe from Jakks Pacific. This globe transforms from an ordinary map during the day to a full glowing map of the constellations by night. This two-in-one globe lets you learn about geography and astronomy, and even mimics the real life rotation of the Earth on its axis. ($24.97, RadioShack)

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Continued from 18 • Help your kids catch up on their reading anywhere with the Sony Reader. This digital reader allows for you to load your books on it and take it with you. Foster your kids reading and imagination. (Best Buy, $199.99) Wii Fit Plus. (Courtesy Best Buy) • Stay active with the Wii Fit Plus and Wii Balance Board guage, math, games and music. from Nintendo Wii. Customize your ($19.99, RadioShack) workout and keep track of your fa• If your child is curious and loves vorite programs. Fun for the entire science check out the Jakks Pacific family. ($99.99, Best Buy) • Keep young minds in motion with Discovery Kids 2-in-1 Microscope. ($24.97, RadioShack) the VTech V.Smile Motion Active • Have a little one who loves your Learning System. This gaming console camera? Get them there own with the teaches children lessons in math, Little Tikes My Real Digital Camera. It reading, science and more while also has simple menus, large buttons, playfeaturing wireless, motion-activated back and PC downloading. ($39.99, gameplay. ($59.99, RadioShack) RadioShack) • VTech My Bilingual Laptop • Keep all your secrets safe with the shown here in purple and yellow will Moxie Girls Secret Sign-In Journal. introduce your preschooler to lanThis gift is every young girl’s dream. guage. Your child will learn English and Spanish through activities in lan($24.99, RadioShack)

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Happy Christmahanukwnazaa! We’ve all heard the catchy saying in commercials, but what does combining a Santa, a dreidel and a unity cup mean when it comes to finding that special gift? As this triple-layered holiday approaches, it might be helpful to know the history behind each holiday and how to find an appropriate gift. Who knows, you might even decide to celebrate something different this year. Christmas, traditionally celebrated on Dec. 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus and although it is connected to the Christian faith, it is widely celebrated in a secular sense. Fun fact: Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated during eight days and nights and commemorates the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem. In Hebrew, Hanukkah translates to “dedication.” Fun fact: Hanukkah starts on the 25th day Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. This year it runs Dec. 11 through 19. Kwanzaa is a non-religious African-American holiday that celebrates community, culture and family. For a week starting Dec. 26 and ending Jan. 1, Kwanzaa’s seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsi-

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bility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith are celebrated through lighting candles and other family activities. Kwanzaa is also a celebration of harvest and mazao, the crops of fruits, nuts and vegetables. Fun fact: The colors of Kwanzaa are red, black and green. So now that you have a little background, let the holiday shopping begin. Sharald Davis, owner of Adorn Home & Gift Gallery in Longmont, put together this list of appropriate gifts for each holiday.

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buckets. • Pumpkinseeds santa and snowman ornaments – Spice up your tree with these festive ornaments. • Cookie platters – Use these to help the children set out cookies and milk for Santa Claus. • Wood crosses – Fill your home with the Christmas spirit and decorate with these carved treasures.

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Continued from 20 • Story cards – These are great as a gift for the whole family to share. • Educational games – Another gift for family time that can be played throughout the eight days and nights. • Inspirational and personalized mugs – Find ones that say “peace” and “live simply” or find ones with personal characteristics that match the giftee. Kwanzaa • Inspirational signs and photograph stands – Uplift someone with messages like “Love the moment” or “The best is yet to be.” • Celebration boxes – Featuring little acorns inside and a carved word like “grow” and “love” fit perfectly

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One of the upsides of the recession has been the resurgence in home cooking. Motivated to save money, more of us are spending time in the kitchen and realizing that the rewards of cooking go well beyond stretching the budget. Mastering cooking techniques and learning a few easy-to-follow recipes can make eating at home truly pleasurable and a lot healthier than eating takeout and restaurant food. Consequently, this season is the perfect time to choose culinary gifts for just about everyone on the gift list – from singles and newlyweds to parents and children.

New Cookware to Inspire the Next Julia Child The well-stocked kitchen begins with a good set of pots and pans. Much has changed in the design of cookware since Julia Child first appeared on TV in the early ’60s. The latest innovative collection – Anolon Nouvelle Copper – com-

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Foodies with tiny kitchens, like the blogger Julie Powell in the hit movie “Julie & Julia,” will appreciate Circulon’s new problem solving Circulon Contempo hard anodized nonstick cookware. Hinged metal loops on the handles can either be tucked in for storing the cookware in cabinets and shelves, or turned out to hang on rack hooks. For added spacesaving efficiency, the lid handles conveniently slide over the pans’ handles. Encourage a newlywed couple to host a holiday meal next year by giving them a beautifully designed and generously sized roasting pan. The new, retro-style KitchenAid Roaster is made of durable, longlasting porcelain enamel on steel. The dramatic, high domed lid seals in oven-roasted flavors, and the stainless steel flat rack elevates poultry and meat from the bottom of the pan, allowing rendered fat to drip down for the best crispy results. The Roaster comes in holiday red and classic black with a pure white interior.

Gift-Ready Sets Are a Wrap Food Network stars Paula Deen and Rachael Ray have each created gift-ready sets in their eponymous lines of cookware. Perfect for braving a long winter ahead, the new Paula Deen Soup & Stew Set pairs a cheery red 6-Quart Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Stockpot with a 3-Piece Prep Bowl Set and a handy solid wood spoon. Breakfast lovers will enjoy the new Rachael Ray Egg Buddy Set, which comes complete with a 12-inch Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Skillet, a specially designed egg whisk and a Continued on 23

Budget friendly stocking stuffers Every kitchen can use a full assortment of high quality cooking tools and gadgets, which oftentimes make wonderful and affordable holiday gifts for less than $15 apiece. Make it more personal by pairing a whisk or solid spoon with a set of family recipes printed on keepsake cards, or an ice cream scoop with a gift certificate at a favorite neighborhood ice cream parlor. Anolon, a leader in gourmet kitchenware, offers a wide range of tools and gadgets in its new Anolon Bronze Tools and Gadgets collections. The comfortable, translucent bronze handles give these durable, hard working tools a chic look. For the coffee connoisseur on your list, a slim, batterypowered milk frother makes an impressive, low cost stocking stuffer. Look for the new pencil-thin BonJour Mini Frother, available this fall in bright red, yellow, blue and green. Just one push of the button activates the frothing disk to whip up frothy milk in seconds, transforming an ordinary cup of Joe into a creamy cappuccino or latte. Another great stocking stuffer for the avid cook and baker is an easy to use kitchen timer, such as a traditional twist-dial manual model. BonJour’s new, 60-minute Clip-On Timers are simple to use and come in four translucent colors – red, yellow, blue and green. The lightweight timers clip onto your apron, belt or a cookbook, and can also sit neatly on the counter. A magnet on the back lets you stick the timer onto an appliance, as well.


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Tempting Gifts for Morning Coffee and Tea Making time to brew a cup of tea and coffee at home before rushing out the door in the morning is back in vogue now that many of us are shunning high-priced cafes and coffee shops. It’s a great opportunity to introduce tea and coffee lovers to the simple art of making smooth-tasting, flavorful beverages using the proper equipment. French Press coffee makers come highly recommended by coffee experts who like the way they produce rich, full-bodied coffee with minimum effort. BonJour makes it even easier by offering a new collection of 8-Cup and 3-Cup Lucie Unbreakable French Press Coffee Makers

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This gift-giving season, $25 and under is the place to be. The economy is slowly recovering, yet consumers remain nervous, leading retailers to offer more items for $25 or less, experts say. “A few years ago there was no price barrier for most retailers and most consumers,” says Kathy Deane, president of the New York-based retail consultancy Tobe. “Now consumers are looking for value. This is the year of $25 and under gifts.” In the past, stores and malls focused on presents less than $50 or less than $100, says Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at market research firm NPD Group. “This year, the $25 price point really has resonated,” Cohen says. It’s what most people will spend for stocking stuffers or gifts for people outside their immediate family. “That’s the magic price point line which retailers recognize is their target zone,” he says. “Twenty-five dollars buys someone a gift that says, ‘I

thought about you.’” This year’s holidays will be cautious ones, Cohen says, with stores offering traditional, practical gifts. “The retailer is going to say, ‘We understand the economy is challenging. Instead of trying to shove a $100 cashmere scarf down your throat, why don’t you give a $19.99 special lambswool scarf that feels like cashmere?’” Popular gifts are likely to include accessories and apparel such as costume jewelry, grooming gadgets, small leather goods, cold weather staples like lined gloves, cosmetic bags, wallets and cuff links for men. Also popular will be DVDs, books, electronics accessories and $25 gift cards, Cohen says. “All kinds of things are going to be available to make your life a tiny bit better,” he says.

Women You can find a sweater for $25, but there are also many trendy and stylish accessories. Try leggings, which are fashionable this fall and fit into

spring’s skinny-leg silhouette. HUE offers cotton leggings for $25 in black, brown, navy, gray and purple, and HUE by Trina Turk special edition tights in argyle and two-tone patterns for $20 a pair. Both are available at Hue.com. “Leggings are the hottest selling thing right now. Everyone is obsessed with leggings,” says Alison Hessert, a spokeswoman for HUE. Fossil makes a contact lens case and a pill case ($20) or coin purses ($22) in a crewel-inspired print, available at Macy’s. There’s also a Jessica McClintock satin clutch in gold and other colors for $25 for evenings out, and a Dooney & Bourke coin purse for $25, both at macys.com. Cosmetic bags, which often get

grimy and need to be replaced, make a great gift. Trina makes a good-looking makeup bag that doubles as a clutch in stylish patterns and colors, from $22 at department stores such as Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman. There are colorful cosmetic cases from the resurgent LeSportsac at Macy’s for $20. Shoppers will be looking for gifts that are fashionable and interesting, such as statement necklaces, bangles and leather wrist bands, Deane says. For your favorite hostess, there’s a bountiful supply of stylish and practical items for the home. Think tea towels, note cards, candles, picture frames, decorative soaps, plants and flowers, food gifts and kitchen items.

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Continued from 24 The Martha Stewart collection includes a cocktail shaker at Macy’s for $24.99, and holiday-themed spatulas. For a wine lover, bottle stoppers can be had for $18 from slantcollections.com. There’s a faceted diamond stopper and others in animal prints like zebra and giraffe. Coasters are great for those who entertain often. A set of four inspired by hand-painted wallpaper made in China features birds and flowers and is available from williamsburgmarketplace.com. For women you know well who don’t always carry a purse – for instance, when they are jogging – there’s the Racktrap, a credit-card-size pocket that goes into the bra to hold essentials. From theracktrap.com, a single gold one costs $7.95, or there’s the “fashion fourpack” of white lace, black lace, nude lace and a sweat-proof blue sport version for $19.95.

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Jewelry can be a great holiday gift to receive, but for many, buying jewelry to give is intimidating. Here’s what you need to know so you can buy just the right gift for that special someone.

Determine your Budget While some save for months to make a jewelry purchase, buying a bauble for that special someone doesn’t have to be expensive. Your budget will determine if you can purchase an entire jewelry look, including a necklace, bracelet and earrings, or just one piece that can be built upon later. For those on a modest budget, consider buying a great pair of earrings now and the accompanying necklace or ring for a future gift-giving occasion. Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh, co-founders of Silpada Designs, say it’s possible to find something to fit every budget. “You can buy without breaking the bank by investing in a few quality pieces of jewelry that she can wear in a variety of ways,” Kelly says. “The easiest way to get that wow factor is with a classic statement piece of jewelry that she can wear with a little black dress or a fitted T-shirt and jeans.” Get to Know her Personal Style Take cues from her personality and wardrobe to select jewelry that is sure to please. Use the style categories below that take her individuality into account.

• Sporty – Casual and comfortable are the hallmarks of sporty style. Simple jewelry, such as small earrings on posts or short chain necklaces make perfect gifts for the sporty woman in your life. • Trendy – A person with a trendy personality has the latest looks and likes to stand out in the crowd. Striking accessories, such as bold statement necklaces and layered bangle bracelets, will please her. • Classic – Elegant, traditional and timeless are the fiber of a classic look. Trends may come and go, but elements like pearls and sterling silver will always be in style, making them an exquisite gift for someone with a classic look. • Romantic – A soft, feminine and glamorous wardrobe could mean she has a romantic style. Therefore, she may love sparkly jewelry such as a cubic zirconia necklace or feminine dangling earrings.

Still stumped? Ask her friends and family if she’s got her eye on a particular

piece of jewelry. They may even be able to tell you her favorite brands she’s been eyeing. Kelly also recommends having her create a wish list. “Show her pictures or a jewelry catalog and ask her to identify her favorites,” she says. “Keep the list – then when a jewelry-buying occasion comes up, you’ll know exactly what will make her happy.”

Birthstone jewelry is a perfect gift because it is personal and meaningful in nature. It is often thought that birthstones bring good luck to the person wearing it. Below is a birthstone guide that will make jewelry selection a breeze. • January – Garnet. A durable and brilliant semi-precious stone, garnet is commonly available in colors such as green, red and yellowish-orange. • February – Amethyst. A purple variant of quartz, it’s available in colors from deep burgundy to pale lilac. • March – Jasper. An opaque stone with wide color variations. There are more than 50 different types of Jasper, categorized according to pattern, including Dalmatian, Lemon, Leopard, Picture and Yellow Jasper. • April – Cubic Zirconia. A brilliantly transparent, colorless or white substitute for diamonds. It can also be colored to resemble semi-precious stones. • May – Agate. A form of quartz that comes in many colors and patterns. • June – Pearl. Freshwater pearls occur naturally in mussels found in rivers throughout the world. Cultured pearls come from oysters that have been artificially stimulated to produce pearls. • July – Onyx. Known for its smooth, fine texture, onyx is almost always black, but can be a deep brown, tan or white. • August – Peridot. A volcanic gem with rich green colors. • September – Lapis. A natural and intense blue stone that sometimes has small, sparkling gold- or silver-colored flecks. • October – Faux Opal. A substitute for Opal, a gemstone that shines with a wide play of colors. • November – Citrine, Yellow Topaz. Citrine is a pale yellow or amber member of the quartz family. Yellow Topaz can range from bright yellow to golden brown. • December – Stabilized Turquoise. Natural turquoise that has been injected with a clear resin to improve color and hardness and to protect against fading.


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Tucked into every corner of the Colorado landscape are places where legends still live. The ranches of the West, and the ranchers who run them, embody what is true about America, and what we Americans want to be true: self sufficiency, determination, independence, competence, fearlessness and an abiding reverence for the land that has blessed us with abundance and opportunity. These ranches tell of a life that is fast disappearing. There is pressure to sell out to developers for ski areas and vacation homes and shopping centers. There are children who, legacy or not, no longer want to make a living from the land. And there are taxes that can threaten to take away what has been in the family for generations. As we watch the complex struggle of these ranchers to maintain a

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Charitable giving during the holidays By Kimberly Crater Longmont Times-Call

People often argue over the “true” spirit of the holiday season, saying it is not about the toys, the food or the stress, but rather it is about giving and charity. Donating to charities can be a great way to get the whole family into the holiday mood. For many charities, the needs increase during the holiday season. Food banks, homeless shelters and other nonprofits tend to need more resources as the weather turns colder and holidays approach. However, the downturn of the economy has affected many organizations and some are looking to cut back on their resources. As needs grow within nonprofit organizations, many people try to help in whatever ways they can. With the rough economy, some look for other ways to continue giving, besides donating like volunteering more. “People just have a sense of giving back to the community,” says Eric Hozempa, executive director at the Longmont Community Foundation. During the holidays, consider making a donation on behalf of some of the friends and family members on your gift list. Choose an organization that fights for something they are passionate about and give a donation or volunteer in their name. The Community Foundation can work with individuals and families to help them personalize a giving plan or to find an organization or cause that matches their giving interests. “Families should look at what values they hold dear to their hearts,” Hozempa says. Finding an organization that shares a common goal or interest is important and adds a personal touch to giving. Families with children who want to encourage their children to get actively

involved in giving can start early by letting the youngsters help decide which organization to donate. Encouraging children to donate clothing and unused toys to Goodwill can help create a charitable attitude. At the Longmont Community Foundation, it is possible to create a donor advised fund. With this type of donation, families can create their own fund and distribute money to the causes or organizations that interest them throughout the year, especially during the holidays. The community endowment, which gives out several thousand dollars worth of grants to hundreds of local nonprofits, is through the Longmont Community Foundation. The endowment ensures that throughout time, as the community changes, the needs will still be met and nonprofits will still receive necessary funding. This year the committee gave out more than $93,000 in grants. Each year, a committee of community members reviews applications and grant proposals from nonprofits and decides how much to give to each organization. The committee works to make sure the needs of the community are met through the grants. “We’re here to support the community,” Hozempa says. Longmont Community Foundation was created in 1994 and works with nonprofit organizations and donors who are interested in giving. “The spirit in Longmont and the St. Vrain Valley is extremely charitable,” Hozempa says. The Foundation, an affiliate of the Denver Community Foundation, works with hundreds of nonprofits in the St. Vrain Valley, including Boulder, Frederick, Firestone and Longmont. The foundation helps nonprofits set up funds to ensure the organization can still operate when investments decrease.


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Choosing the right nonprofit for donations is a goal of many nonprofits such as the Community Table, which provides meals on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and The Inn Between which provides transitional housing to homeless families. – Kimberly Crater Find a complete list of nonprofits in the Longmont area, visit www.times-call.com/communityTC/nonprofit.asp.

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With more than a hundred nonprofit organizations in the Longmont area, deciding which to support can be a difficult decision. Looking at what values are important to you and your family can help you choose a cause to support. After deciding on a cause, it is important to research organizations with similar goals. Involving other family members, especially children, in the decision helps make sure it is something the whole family wants to support. For example, families concerned about the environment might want to look at organizations like the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center or Long Peak Energy Conservation which helps low-income families afford home repairs to make their homes more energy efficient. The Longmont Children’s Chorale or Art in Public Places might be a good fit for families who want to support the local arts community. History buffs could look into nonprofits that help preserve the history of St. Vrain Valley, like the Friends of the Longmont Museum and the St. Vrain Historical Society. There are dozens of organizations in the Longmont area that are committed to helping women and victims of domestic abuse. Longmont Ending Violence Initiative, or LEVI, and Safe Shelter of Longmont both provide services to domestic abuse victims. Alternatives for Youth and the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley are two of many organizations dedicated to helping children and teens learn to thrive in the community. Helping with homelessness and providing food


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Here’s another silver lining to the dark economic clouds still on the horizon this holiday season: Handmade holiday decorations are not only less costly, they’re perceived as more meaningful, as well. From spending more time with loved ones to an improvement in our overall health, stories abound on the positive side effects of the shaky economy. Increased enthusiasm for handmade items may well be the latest good by-product of troubled economic times. “Social science experts tell us that tough economic times realign people’s priorities, and we’re certainly seeing that all around us,” says Riddi Kline, vice president, marketing of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, a leading craft supplies retailer. “People are placing greater emphasis not just on cost-savings but on the meaningfulness of a decoration or gift. Nothing is more personal and customizable than something you make yourself. And this year, you can find craft ideas to fit every holiday decorating theme.” So how do you decide what handmade decorations will enhance your home’s holiday decor? Margaret Skinner, director of customer education of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores offers a few pointers. • Choose craft items that complement your home’s overall theme. For example, if you love clean, contemporary modern lines, make items that mimic that look. Crafts that incorporate reflective surfaces and metallic looks will fit well with contemporary themes. Softer fabrics and materials will mesh with a country theme. • Make crafts that will endure and be durable for seasons to come. “You’ll invest your time and a bit of yourself in every item you make,” Skinner says. “Opt for

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items that will be easy to care for and that will appeal to your sense of the holidays not just this year, but next year and the year after that, as well.” • Give yourself plenty of time and space in which to create. You’re just giving yourself plenty of time to accomplish everything you want to do. Also, dedicate a specific area of your home to your crafting and keep all your projects in one place – this way you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips. • Get kids involved. When you create crafts with your children, you’re not just making decorations, you’re making memories that will stay with them throughout their lives. Plus, making crafts together will make each item feel that much more meaningful when you use it to decorate your home. • Shop smart when shopping for craft supplies. Jo-Ann Fabrics is a leading seller of supplies for virtually every type of crafting activity. You can find craft ideas and directions to fit every type of holiday decor at www.joann.com.

1. Sand the birdhouse hole openings to remove rough edges. 2. Spray birdhouse with desert bisque textured paint to obscure wood grain. When dry, paint entire house with champagne gold acrylic paint. 3. Cut a rectangle of cardstock slightly smaller than the bottom of birdhouse. Glue cardstock to the underside of birdhouse using glue stick. 4. Attach beaded trim to the side edges of the upper roof using tacky glue. 5. Measure and cut a piece of ribbon slightly longer than the length of lower roof. Put a strip of double-sided tape on one side of ribbon. Squeeze a thin line of tacky glue over the lower roof and then apply the ribbon strip over that. When dry, trim ribbon ends. 6. Measure the two sections of the large roof and cut two pieces of cardstock to fit. 7. Run the cardstock through the Xyron machine. Position the cardstock on work

surface with adhesive side up. Cover adhesive side with five overlapping strips of ribbon. Repeat for both roof pieces. 8. Place the two roof sections, peak to peak and ribbon side down, over the wrong side of the sheer fabric; cut the sheer fabric 3 /4-inch larger all around the roof shape. Create a “hinge” between the two roof pieces (wrong side) with a strip of tape. Apply two more pieces of tape along the bottom edges of the wrong sides of the roof sections. Fold the sheer fabric over both long edges of the hinged roof, sticking the fabric to the three strips of tape. Add bits of tape to the bottom roof corners and fold raw fabric edges in, as though wrapping a gift. Secure the roof to the birdhouse with tacky glue. Glue only one roof plane at a time; tip the birdhouse over and weight it down, until glue is dry. Then, repeat for the other roof plane. 9. Decorate the house with Snow Writer, covering up the raw fabric edges.

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Finding the perfect gift for the automotive enthusiast on your shopping list isn’t always easy, but there are a variety of useful and inexpensive products on the market today. For those guys and gals who are more hands-on, consider purchasing products that every automotive do-it-yourselfer should have in their garage. Oil pans, funnels, lubricants and battery testers can be found at any auto parts store. Easy-to-use tools are another well received gift item, especially when they can help solve a common problem. One example is the Actron PocketScan Code Reader, which lets users quickly pinpoint the cause of their check engine light notifications and then easily turn off the light once repairs are made. The compact tool fits in the palm of your hand and works with the on-board computers of 1996 and newer OBD II compliant vehicles, making it a must-have product for everyone from the novice to the do-it-yourselfer. The PocketScan Code Reader retails for less than $80 and can be found at www.actron.com or by calling 800-228-7667 for more information.

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Choosing a Tree

Watch classic films to rev up holiday spirit Metro Creative Services Families often have their own unique traditions when it comes to the holidays. Lately, families have begun to include films in many of those traditions. That’s thanks largely to the array of classic holiday films that have consistently put people in the holiday mood. Among those classics are any of the following films.

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“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” Led by an all-star cast including Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, the Griswold family Christmas should be merry, but naturally turns into a hilarious disaster. Look for appearances by “Seinfeld” veteran Julia Louis-Dreyfus and legendary comedienne Doris Roberts in supporting roles. (1989)

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As long as Christmas trees have been a part of the holiday season, so, too, has been the debate over real or man-made trees. Each side has its supporters and detractors, and both have their pros and cons. When deciding whether or not to go to the nearby tree farm or the department store for your holiday tree this season, consider the following factors.

“A Christmas Story” Growing up in 1940s America, young Ralphie has his heart set on a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, but it seems like Mom, his teacher and even Santa are certain he’ll “shoot his eye out” with such a gift. Will Ralphie find his heart’s desire under the tree? Watch to find out. (1983)

Natural Tree Cost Natural trees can vary in price depending on where you go. Prices can range from less than $20 to more than $50. When making the decision, it’s important to keep in mind that a tree does not last long, and therefore investing too much money might not be the best way to spend your money. However, there are options to purchase real trees with the root ball intact, which enables homeowners to plant the tree in their yard after the season. Artificial Tree Cost Artificial trees will initially have a higher price tag than their natural counterparts. However, they are also more cost-effective because they can be used for several years after their initial purchases. There is also no need to purchase accessories such as tree stands and watering devices with an artificial tree, which are typically necessary with a natural tree. Moving a Natural Tree The Christmas tree lot or farm does take steps to make it easier to lift and move the tree, but there’s still the challenge of getting it home. Many people, whether driving a car or SUV, choose to put the tree on the

“It’s a Wonderful Life” When distraught George Baily (Jimmy Stewart) meets a compassionate angel, he learns what life would have been like if he’d never existed. Holiday magic wins out in the end. (1946)

roof of their vehicle, but then worry about the tree blowing off on the highway. Then there’s the issue of getting the tree through the doorway, an especially difficult task for homeowners with older homes, where doorways are often much smaller compared to newer homes. Bringing the tree into the home can also leave trails of pine needles from the car to the house.

Moving an Artificial Tree Clearly, artificial trees are more advantageous when it comes to moving them. Because they’re often boxed, these trees are lightweight and easy to maneuver into the house. Whether a house is old or new does not matter when it comes

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Natural Tree Appeal Natural tree supporters feel a natural tree is much more aesthetically appealing. However, those buying late might be stuck with all that’s left, long after the more desirable trees have found a living room in which to spend the season. Artificial Tree Appeal While some like the real look of a natural tree, others like their holiday tree to be perfect, with none of the warts of a natural tree. Artificial trees, unless poorly produced, have no warts, because they’re man made. Also, an artificial tree guarantees its owners the same look each and every holiday season.

“Miracle on 34th Street” Another classic that can’t be missed! When a man claiming to be Santa Claus is deemed insane, a young lawyer and a headstrong young girl come to his rescue. (1947) “A Christmas Carol” Yet another movie that has spawned a series of more recent remakes. This one stars Alastair Sim as Mr. Scrooge, a bitter, miserly man who doesn’t give a bah humbug about the holiday season. But will a haunting by three ghosts change his mind and ill will? (1951) “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Charlie Brown is depressed and can’t find the Christmas spirit. When he is put in charge of the school’s holiday pageant and comes in with a meager Christmas tree, the schoolkids ultimately learn about the true meaning of Christmas. (1965)


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Start off your Thanksgiving at the YMCA Huff and Puff Before You Stuff at the Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA in Longmont. Today from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., join the YMCA for a mega workout with aerobics, water aerobics and indoor cycling. This event is open to the community. A donation of a nonperishable food item and $3 per person is required. For more information, call 303-776-0370.

Have an Enchanted Evening in Niwot Kick off your holiday season with Niwot’s Enchanted Evening Nov. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. Banjo Billy’s bus will shuttle shoppers to entertainment, refreshments, in-store specials and holiday surprises in both historic Old Town and Cottonwood Square. Live entertainment will be provided. Kids also won’t want to miss Santa. The official lighting of the Christmas tree will be at 6 p.m. Santa will be back in town for the Holiday Parade Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. After the parade, Santa will be at the Left Hand Grange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to hear kids’ requests. For more information, call 303-6524144 or visit www.niwot.com.

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City of Longmont and LDDA plan holiday events Celebrate this year’s week-long Longmont Light’s festival. • Dec. 4 – Kickoff the holiday season downtown with the Reindeer Dash at 6 p.m., followed by the lighting of the Sixth Avenue Plaza tree at 6:15 p.m. Entertainment and activities will include fire dancers, street performers, a pony carousel, wagon and cart rides and bag pipes. Visit Santa at the Used Book Emporium, as well as at the merchant open house from 6 to 8 p.m. • Dec. 5 – Enjoy viewing the entries for the Gingerbread House Competition from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Senior Center at 910 Longs Peak Ave. Judging will occur from 10 to 11 a.m. • Dec. 9 – Enjoy the Holiday Ice Show where local instructors and Denver-area professionals will perform at the Longmont Ice Pavilion at 725 Eighth Ave. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open, free skating and rentals will follow until 9 p.m. • Dec. 11 – Visit Roosevelt Park for a variety of events, including carriage rides, mini train rides, fire

Janene Donelson enjoys a smooch from her pooch, Sophia, as the two ride on The Peaks Care Center float in the Longmont Parade of Lights in 2008. (Joshua Buck/Times-Call)

pits, reindeer visit, night parachute drop at 7 p.m. and carolers from 5 to 8 p.m. Kids can also take part in Santa’s Workshop at the St. Vrain Memorial Building Gymnasium at 700 Longs Peak Ave. And finally, enjoy the sounds of the holidays at the Senior Center where local musicians will perform from 5:30 to 8 p.m. • Dec. 12 – Roosevelt Park will

The Longmont Humane Society will have its annual Holiday Canned Pet and Supply Drive Dec. 1 to 31. The humane society is in need of canned kitten, cat and dog food. Check the Web site at www.longmonthumane.org for the society’s wish list. Canned goods can be placed under the Giving Tree in the lobby of the Longmont Humane Society at 9595 Nelson Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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LUH marks tree lighting Lights of Love will grace two large trees outside the emergency room entrance once again this season at Longmont United Hospital. The official lighting ceremony is set for Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. when a group from the Longmont Chorale will sing in the lobby to bring melody for a festive event. Lights and two stars are available for purchase on the tree through the LUH volunteer office during the month of November in memory or honor of someone. Donors will be acknowledged via mail and with a poster in the LUH lobby. Lights are $10 each and one of two stars is $100. To purchase, call 303651-5205.

again host a variety of events, including carriage rides, mini train rides, fire pits and carolers from 5 to 8 p.m., and the All Star Jazz Band from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center. Kick off the evening with the Hometown Holiday Parade of Lights at 5 p.m. downtown. Fireworks will follow at 6:30 p.m. at Roosevelt Park.

The Grinch was one of many visitors to the Christmas in Berthoud parade in 2008. This year’s festivities are set for Dec. 3 and 4. (Courtesy Berthoud Chamber of Commerce)

Light, color, music and food will be the focus during a two-day holiday festival in the Berthoud community. Local residents will come together to make a difference in the life of a child or family by organizing the annual Christmas on Dec. 3 and 4 in Berthoud. Money raised will be distributed to families in the area who are nominated through area organizations. Throughout the two-day event, there will be a Festival of Trees Silent Auction for Christmas trees, wreaths and raffle opportunities at various businesses throughout town. The Gift Tour will allow people to tour businesses throughout Berthoud and bid on uniquely designed wreaths and trees, and buy raffle tickets for gifts. In addition, the Festival of Trees Craft Boutique at Grace Place, 250 Mountain Ave., will give everyone a shopping outlet to find local handcrafted gifts for everyone on their list. Start Dec. 4 with the Holiday Home Gift Bazaar sponsored by the Berthoud Community Center, 248 Welch Ave. Home-based businesses will feature holiday items, bake sale goods and raffle opportunities. Kids can make their way over to Berthoud Elementary school for the Make and Take Crafts event, which includes pretzel making, Christmas ornament balls and cookie mixes. Prices range from $1 to $5, but all the proceeds benefit the needy in Berthoud. Don’t miss the parade of lights at 5 p.m. on Saturday where kids will see Santa before taking part in a chili dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Community Center. To find out more about Christmas in Berthoud, contact the chamber of commerce at 970-532-4200 or visit www.christmasin berthoud.org.


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The annual Erie Winterfest will put everyone in the mood for the season with a community arts and craft fair, storytime, tree decorating, food donation collection, parade, Santa visits and photos, entertainment, refreshments and more. The day-long event begins at 9 a.m. on Dec. 5, when the Erie Local Erie residents line up for some hot Rotary Holiday Arts and Craft drinks at the 2008 Erie Winterfest. Fair kicks off at the Erie Community Center until 3 p.m. With free admission to the fair, people will be able to view and purchase local art and craftsman pieces while also enjoying holiday entertainment. The “Little Town on the Prairie” Winter at the Erie Community Library will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offer story readings, holiday music and refreshments. In addition, there will be drawings for tickets to see the musical “Little House on the Prairie.” Later in the day, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., help the community decorate the town’s tree and light it up. The Winterfest Parade will proceed down Briggs Street and Santa will be available for photos with the children. The Winterfest activities will continue through December. • The Erie High School Holiday Concert is set for Dec. 9. • The annual Holiday Lighting Contest will get the town of Erie excited as everyone decorates their homes and businesses for the season. Entries must be registered by Dec. 7 and will be judged on Dec. 10. • The Erie Middle School holiday concerts will show off the talents of the young performers. On Dec. 15 the choir concert will be at 6 p.m. at the Middle School Auditorium, and the band concert at 7:30 p.m. Two days later, on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m., the orchestra concert will perform at the high school auditorium. • Finally, wrap up the festivities with the Erie Rotary Polar Bear Family Bicycle Ride on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Start at the Erie Community Center with registration at 10 a.m. Costs are $20 per rider or $40 per family. The official start is at 11 a.m. with 1, 5 and 15 mile routes. All participants receive a free T-shirt, and returning riders can enjoy complimentary chili and drinks from noon to 1 p.m. For more information on any of the Erie Winterfest events, visit www.eriecoloradorotary.org or call 303-828-4669.

Tour local homes decked in holiday flair A Longmont tradition, the 44th annual Christmas Home Tour sponsored by First Congregational Church, will allow participants to browse both historic and new homes bursting with holiday sights. The tour will include two homes in Old Town – 800 Emery St. and 917 Third Ave. – and a home in Prospect at 806 Neon Forest Circle Drive. The tour is Dec. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees can stroll through local homes to view holiday decorations. The Christmas Home Tour supports church ministries and several local charities, including the OUR Center, Tiny Tim Center and the Salud Clinic. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the tour. Children 10 and younger are $2. Purchase tickets at First Congregational Church, the Longmont Times-Call, Two Dog Diner or Garden Acres Ace Hardware. For more information, call 303-776-9729.

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Lyons set for the holidays • The annual Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights and Fireworks Show is a spectacular annual event that includes a parade, fireworks and live music in Sandstone Park. Enjoy the event on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 303-823-8250.

• The 35th Annual Lyons Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 5 and 6 features handmade arts and crafts. Check it out at the Lyons Elementary School Gym, off Stickney Street in Lyons. The event benefits the Lyons Depot Library. For more information, call 303-8235165.

• The Lyons Golden Gang Holiday Bazaar will take place at Odd Fellows Hall, Fourth and High streets, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 6. Enjoy handmade crafts for sale, a chili lunch, homemade tamales and a bake sale. All proceeds benefit the Lyons Golden Gang.

Three-year-old Xavier Moy watches a toy train circle a “Thomas the Train”-themed Christmas tree during the Tiny Tim Christmas Tree Festival in 2006. (Times-Call)

Support the Christmas Tree Festival The Tiny Tim Center will host its 28th Annual Christmas Tree Festival Dec. 5 and 6. This is one of the largest fundraising events for the center. Through volunteer efforts and financial sponsorship, all of the day’s proceeds benefit Tiny Tim’s therapeutic preschool program. For more information, call 303-776-7417.

Firestone gears up for the holiday season Meet up for cookies and hot cocoa at the Holiday Trail Walk on Dec. 5 in Firestone. Meet at Gateway Park, south of Safeway, at 4:45 p.m. The Trail Walk will start at 5:15 p.m. and end up at Crist Park by 6 p.m. for the official Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa will be there, so kids come prepared to visit. For more information, visit www.ci.firestone.co.us or call 303-833-3291.

Enjoy holiday performances at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium • Come see the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and Boulder Ballet perform the graceful beauty of ballet in the performance of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at Skyline High School’s Vance Brand Civic Auditorium Dec. 5 and 6. Saturday’s performance is at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $11 to $29. • Enjoy the Fifth Annual Nutty Nutcracker with Airborne Dance and their nutty take on the beloved Christmas tradition on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium. For more information about Vance Brand Auditorium concerts, call 303-772-5796.

Jester’s Dinner Theatre performance of the “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” shows through Dec. 26. (Courtesy Jesters)

Jesters provides holiday entertainment • “Nuncrackers The Nunsense Christmas Show” will play through Jan. 10. Catch it on Friday and Saturday nights with dinner at 6 p.m. and curtain at 7:45 p.m., or on Sunday afternoon with dinner at 12:30 p.m. and curtain at 2:15 p.m. Dinner and show admission is $32 for adults, $30 for students and seniors, and $23 for children 12 and younger. Show-only tickets are also available. • “Scrooge,” a perennial favorite, will play Dec. 14 through 30. Dinner will be served at

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Boulder lights up for the holiday season • Children can get their requests into Santa by visiting him at the annual St. Nick’s on the Bricks event. Kids of all ages can take part in the event that runs Saturdays from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free Santa visits will be at 1303 Pearl St., at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Center. • The Lights of December Parade is a wonderful hometown event that winds through downtown Boulder and involves a wide cross-section of the Boulder County community with high school marching bands, fire engines, carolers, church floats, nonprofit and civic organizations, and businesses. Parade begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the corner of 15th and Pearl streets. For more information about any Boulder events, call 303-449-3774 or visit www.boulderdowntown.com.

6 p.m. with curtain at 7:45 p.m. every night, except on Dec. 20, 24 and 27. Come and enjoy this classic musical version of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” Dinner and show admission is $32 for adults, $30 for students and seniors, and $23 for children 12 and younger. Show-only tickets are also available. • The Jesters School for the Performing Arts will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” through Dec. 26. The show features the Herdmans – badly behaved children who go to Sunday school for the first time. Admission is $5. For reservations, call 303-682-9980 or visit www.jesterstheatre.com.

The University of Colorado Holiday Festival is a favorite every year. (Courtesy CU)

The air is crisp outside but the hall is filled with the warm aroma of evergreens and the sounds of joyous voices at the annual Holiday Festival at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Every year, thousands of concertgoers gather at Macky Auditorium for what has become one of the Front Range’s favorite ways to celebrate the coming of the holiday season. The uplifting sight of hundreds of performers including the College of Music’s choirs, orchestra, ensembles and faculty soloists makes the Holiday Festival a wonderful seasonal celebration to share with family and friends. Shows are Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $52. For more information, visit www.cuconcerts.org.


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Denver Parade of Lights. (Courtesy Downtown Denver)

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This “Sleigh Ride in the Rockies” oil painting was done by Dawn Normali. (Courtesy Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park)

The 9News Parade of Lights is a Denver tradition and features glittering floats, giant balloons, marching bands and fun characters. Gear up for this tradition on Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. in downtown Denver. For more information, visit www.denverparadeoflights.com.

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Nestled in the Colorado Rockies, Estes Park offers a variety of holiday events, from parades and art to caroling and sleigh bells. • The Seventh Annual Holiday Art Exhibition – Celebrating the Season exhibit opens with a reception on Dec. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3. This annual celebration features art from local and nationally renowned artists, including painting, photography, glass, jewelry, wood and bronze sculpture, ceramics, fiber and mixed media. Stop by the Cultural Arts Council Fine Art Gallery at 423 W. Elkhorn Ave. For more information, call 970-586-9203 or visit www.EstesArt.com. • Wander through Estes Park for the annual Holiday Art Walk from Nov. 27 through Jan. 3. Tour maps are available at the Cultural Arts Council, 423 W. Elkhorn Ave. The art walk runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to walkers. For more information, call 970-586-9203. • Catch the Glow Holiday Celebration and Evening Parade will kick off the holiday season on Nov. 27. Activities begin at noon and the parade starts at 5:30 p.m. All events are free and are in downtown Estes Park. For more information, call 970577-9900 • Fill your home with homemade

baked goods and crafts from the Holiday House Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 28. Admission is $1 at the door. The bazaar runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Estes Park Conference Center at 201 S. St. Vrain Ave. For more information, call 970-5867205. • The Estes Park Holiday Home Tour will be on Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out some of Estes Park’s unique mountain abodes decked out in holiday finery. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour, and are available at the Estes Park Visitors Center at 500 Big Thompson Ave. For more information, call 970-586-5800. • Performing Rutter’s “The Magnificat,” the Oratorio Society Chorus and Chamber Orchestra of Estes Park, presents concerts on Dec. 5 and 6. Saturday’s performance is at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s concert at 3 p.m. Free-will donation. The concert will be at Mountain View Bible Fellowship at 1575 S. St. Vrain Ave. For more information, call 970-5869405. • Enjoy the Estes Park Music Festival Winter Concert with Dr. Christine Armstrong performing on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. This holiday event will take place at the Stanley Hotel, 333 W. Wonderview Ave. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children or students. For more information, visit www.estesparkmusicfestival.org or call 970-586-9519.

Witness the magic of Downtown Denver starting with this year’s Grand Illumination on Nov. 27. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with music, a visit from Rockies mascot Dinger-Claus, refreshments and a countdown to when the lights come on at the city and county building at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 303-534-6161 or visit www.downtowndenver.com.

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Holiday gift baskets available at Wines N More

Place your holiday/party order of $150+ with us and receive free delivery within Mead and 10% off - good for Nov and Dec. 09. (Does not include keg orders and deposits)

Wines n More Liquor Store Penni Zelinkoff, Owner • 209 Main St. #C • Mead, CO

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See the Denver Botanic Gardens both downtown and at Chatfield transformed into a wonderland of lights. Blossoms of Light returns to the Denver Botanic Gardens this year, after being suspended last year due to construction. This spectacular display of more than 1 million colorful lights will be draped throughout the gardens, illuminating the plants, trees and hardscape features. And, in an effort to save more energy and a step toward sustainability, more light-emitting diodes (LED) lights will be added. Enjoy romantic kissing spots under mistletoe and the popular HoloSpex glasses that turn the lights into 3D shapes. Also new this year will be ice sculptures placed throughout the path to further set the scene for a

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winter wonderland. Blossoms of Lights runs nightly Dec. 4 through Jan. 3 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. At the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, guests can wander through a forest path decorated with more than 1 million colorful lights at Trail of Lights. The Chatfield location rests along the Colorado foothills, lending a spectacular display for lights, a children’s play area with a treehouse and a restored 1880s homestead that will be decorated in a charming Colorado country Christmas motif. Vendors will be onsite with warm drinks, tasty treats and food. Families can also opt for a hay ride through the trail for $5 per person. Tickets for both Botanic displays of light are $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $6 for children age 4 to 15. For more information, visit www.botanicgardens.org.

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• Holiday-themed tours – Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Denver Performing Arts Complex and discover what goes into the productions that make your holidays merry and bright. Walk backstage, see art and discover the history of this site that hosts ballet, opera, symphony, theater and Broadway tours. Tours are offered Saturdays through Dec. 19 at 10 and 10:30 a.m. Tours are $10. For more information, call 303-8934100 or visit www.denvercenter.org/tours. • The heart-warming classic of “The Christmas Carol” returns this year with original songs, ghostly chills, laughter and warmth as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the spirits of his past, present and likely future. Shows run Nov. 27 through Dec. 26 at varying times. Tickets starts at $18. For more information or to purchase tickets for any Denver Performing Arts events, call 303-893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.


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special 11/27 – 12/24 holiday events every day through New Year’s Eve. Mon-Sat Sun 12/24

11am-8pm 11am-6pm 10am-6pm

Friday, November 27 Breakfast with Santa at the Country Buffet 9am-10am Ride the train with Santa to his new home! 10am

FREE train rides 10am-12pm

BLACK FRIDAY 11/27 Hours: 8am-9pm (Department store hours may vary)

First 200 shoppers receive a FREE gift bag at the Security Booth located in south court. It could be your lucky day – select bags include “something extra cheerful”.

It’s our way of Spreading the Cheer!

www.twinpeaksmall.com 303-651-6454 Stop by the Mall Management Office to pick up the official 2009 Holiday Calendar or visit www.twinpeaksmall.com

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