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Dear Fellow Boomer, Well, it’s here. The holiday season. I have to admit that I am on the fence when it comes to Christmas. There is so much to enjoy and so much that isn’t as joyful. When I was a child, I remember feeling that overwhelming spirit of the season. Now it visits me only fleetingly, but I welcome it like an old friend. “Oh, there you are. I remember you.” One of my favorite past times this time of year is to watch my movie collection of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I am an avid fan of the this secular story, and it’s various adaptations (including the Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss) and my collection is vast. Although Dickens published it in 1843, the message is as important today as it was then. That message: “Humankind is our business.” I think we all know a few people who could do with a visit from Jacob Marley. This issue is chock full of Christmas and other holiday information. Right now, some of you are thinking, Bah Hum Bug—but don’t throw the magazine in the trash just yet. We have your back. We understand that this time of year is not as merry for some as for others, and we address it in “Holiday (In)Compatiblity” on page 9. And let’s face it, whether you enjoy the holidays or not, you most likely do your fair share of eating, so the articles in the Health and Fitness section will apply to you too. If you just want to take off until all the hoopla is over, check out the Winter in Southern Utah article on page 34. There are plenty of excellent ways to spend the season down there. As we approach the day, please remember the words of Charles Dickens, “It is this time of year that need is most keenly felt.” Happy Holidays,
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(In)compatibility They met. They fell in love and they were convinced that they were kindred spirits. Sure, he leaves his socks laying around and she hangs her delicates on the shower curtain to dry, but still, in all the major areas, they are of one mind. Then the holidays role around. She wants to decorate the house in a way that would put the Macy’s windows to shame. He can’t believe she’d go to all that trouble when they’ll just have to take it all down in a month. He wants to buy, buy buy. She thinks he is overdoing it and the kids will be spoiled. Sound familiar? Most of us are, in some way or another, holiday incompatible. Simple things like whether or not Santa wraps the gifts or leaves them out can cause a major argument. It seems like such a trivial matter, right? But in truth we are challenging deeply rooted family traditions. This year, try to really understand your holiday adversary. If you don’t care for the holidays, keep it to yourself. Don’t suck the spirit out of those who do. On the other hand, if you are one of those people who’s exuberance is nerve grating (you know who you are), tone it down a bit. Acknowledge efforts. Be ready with compliments. Tell them how great the lights look or how tasty the baked goods are. Note to Scrooges: how would you really feel if your significant other gave up on Christmas? Think about how it would affect the entire holiday dynamic. Don’t worry about gifts for each other. Boomers are at an age now where we can buy most everything we need or want throughout the year, and besides, who needs the potential disappointment?
Work If you LOVE Christmas and your colleagues don’t, it is important to respect their feelings. Don’t bring them gifts of Christmas mugs with hot chocolate packets, or Life-
Saver® choo choo trains. It only makes them feel uncomfortable and off they go to the dollar store to buy you a mug with something in it. Now you both have a single Christmas mug that you don’t know what to do with. If you are overwhelmed with the spirit of the holidays, suggest that the entire office get a Sub-for-Santa family. If your coworkers want to participate, they can. Never, I repeat, never hang mistletoe in the workplace. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but it could later lead to problems that aren’t all that festive.
Neighbor Gifts If you are fortunate to have a few good neighbors that you want to give a gift to just to let them know how much you appreciate them, do it. If you start finding gifts on your porch from people you don’t even know, and feel the need to reciprocate, then it’s gone too far. Are you really going to eat cookies from a total stranger? One idea is to make a donation to the Utah Food Bank, or other charity then make announcements at church or social groups that you won’t be participating in neighbor gifts this year, and you chose instead to donate the money you would have otherwise spent to a charity. Ask them to respect your wishes by not giving you gifts.
Friends Another major stress added to the holidays is to find the perfect gift for a friend. Don’t believe me? Just check out “deer in the headlights” look on so many shoppers. If you really want to see that look, go out on Christmas Eve. A fun way to share the holidays with a friend is to forget the gift and go do something together. How ‘bout dinner and a massage? Nothing stressful about that!
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What you need: 1 lb Idaho or russet potatoes, peeled
1 small onion, peeled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup oil 1/4 cup Breakstone’s or Knudsen Sour Cream 1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives (optional) GRATE potatoes, then the onion using the large hole of a box grater. Place grated vegetables in the center of a large clean kitchen towel. Bring up the ends of the towel and twist together to form a pouch. Hold the bundle over the sink, then squeeze out as much excess moisture from the vegetables as possible. Place vegetable mixture in large bowl. Add egg, flour, salt and pepper; mix well. HEAT oil in medium nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Carefully drop tablespoonfuls of the vegetable mixture into skillet; spread each into thin circle with back of spoon. Repeat to cook 2 to 3 latkes at a time. Cook 3 to 4 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Remove latkes from skillet; drain on paper towels. SERVE each latke topped with 1 tsp. of the sour cream; sprinkle lightly with chives. Serve warm.
Salmon with Leek Cream Prep time 15 min total time 22 min makes 4 servings 4 salmon fillets (about 1 lb.)
1 cup Kraft Real Mayo 1 env. Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix 2 Tbsp Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard 2 cans (6 oz. each) crabmeat, drained, flaked 25 Ritz Crackers, finely crushed, divided 1 green onion, chopped 1/4 cup Sour Cream MIX half of the lime juice, 1/2 cup of the mayo, the dressing mix and mustard in medium bowl until well blended. Add crabmeat, 1/2 cup of the cracker crumbs and the onions; mix lightly. SHAPE into 18 (1/2-inch-thick) patties; coat with remaining cracker crumbs. COOK patties, in batches, in large nonstick skillet on medium heat 2 min on each side or until browned on both sides and heated through. Meanwhile, mix remaining 1/2 cup mayo, the remaining lime juice, the lime zest and sour cream until well blended. Serve with crab cakes.
Lisa’s Sweet Potato Pie 2 medium sweet potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. oil 2 leeks, rinsed well, cut lengthwise into thin strips (about 2 cups strips) 2 Tbsp butter or margarine 4 oz (1/2 of 8-oz pkg) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, cubed 1/2 cup milk
3 Tbsp dry white wine
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp. pepper PREHEAT broiler. Brush salmon with oil. Place on greased rack of broiler pan. BROIL 2 to 4 inches from heat, 6 to 7 min or until salmon flakes easily with fork. MEANWHILE cook and stir leeks in butter in medium skillet on medium heat 5 min. or until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low; cook until cream cheese is completely melted, stirring frequently. Serve with the salmon.
Grated peel and juice from 1 lime, divided
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1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell
1-1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip whipped topping PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Mix sweet potatoes, sugar, milk, butter, flour, spices, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until blended. POUR into pastry shell. (Shell will be quite full; filling will not rise over sides.) BAKE 30 to 35 minutes or until top is puffed and browned. (Filling will be soft, but will set while cooling.) Cool on wire rack at least 2 hours. Serve each slice with 2 tablespoons whipped topping.
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Maintaining Holiday Eating
Kathy Wilets with Marie Haggart, M.D
The holiday season and food—they go together like turkey and gravy. No matter how hard we may try not to overindulge in the abundance of sweet and salty treats, it’s not easy. The good news is that according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, average weight gain from the period between Thanksgiving to New Years is usually less than one pound. The bad news? That weight doesn’t tend to come off, leading to a cumulative weight gain over a lifetime. “It’s not fun to be constantly thinking about dieting during the holidays
when you’re surrounded by so much good food,” says Marie Haggart, MD, a family medicine physician at the University of Utah’s Stansbury Health Center. “What I tell my patients is to focus on maintaining, instead of gaining,” She recommends that people start the holiday season armed with a better understanding of how quickly calories add up. “Its’ easy to see how it happens,” says Haggart. “It takes 3,500 extra calories to equal a pound. If you think if it in terms of an extra 100 calories here and there at several different holiday activities, it adds up really quickly.” All you have to do is start with Thanksgiving, add on a few holiday parties and office pot lucks, do a little baking, eat another high calorie holiday meal at Christmas or Hanukkah, then top it all off with a New Year’s celebration. An extra 500 hundred calories at events like these is as simple as a glass of eggnog, a small handful of nuts, and a cookie. Haggart says you need to develop a few simple strategies and a plan to navigate around all the cheese dips and truffles. “It requires some thought, but it can be done,” she says. Here are a few tips: •
Don’t go to a party hungry. Try eating an apple before a holiday gathering which will fill you up without a lot of calories. Talk to your co-workers about keeping holiday treats in the office to a minimum. Some offices even have competitions during the holidays focused on weight-loss or weight-maintenance. Allow yourself one or two indulgences at a party table and then stop. Choose the items you want the most, and pass on everything else. You get the most satisfaction out of the first three bites, so if you eat a high-calorie treat, stop after three bites to avoid extra calories. Bring along a healthy appetizer to a party such as a fruit December 2010 | 13
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or veggie tray so you can be assured there is something low calorie to snack on. Stay active. Physical activity two hours after a high fat meal can reverse adverse affects. Consider holiday traditions with family and friends that don’t involve food. A trip to the Nutcracker or a day of sledding are great alternatives to dinners. Focus on the social aspects of gatherings and enjoy your time talking, rather than eating. Be aware of mindless eating. Don’t graze while cooking holiday meals or watching your favorite holiday videos. Watch out for liquid calories. Holiday drinks such as egg nog, flavored coffee beverages, and hot chocolate are high in fat and calories. Things like spiced apple cider or wine are lower calorie alternatives.
The Best and Worst It’s the time of year when we have visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, but those sugar plums come with a price. “During the holidays, we eat some of the most sugar-laden and fatty foods available,” says Lacie Peterson, RD, a dietitian and certified diabetes educator with the University of Utah’s Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. “Even though the holidays come only once a year, it is important to be mindful of what you eat. There are some foods that should simply be avoided.” Here are the five of the worst holiday foods Peterson says you should avoid: Pecan pie. “It’s loaded with sugar and fat, making it one of the highest calorie desserts available. I say don’t eat it. Pumpkin pie is a much lower-fat and healthier alternative and it’s delicious.” Brie en croute. “This is brie cheese covered with a puff pastry. Brie alone is one of the highest fat cheeses. Add to that a butterrich pastry and then many people take this recipe even further by stuffing it with nuts or sugary jams. A definite no.” Eggnog. “I know this is a holiday tradition for many people, but it’s a drink rich with heavy cream, alcohol, sugar, and eggs. There are much better alternatives that are lower in sugar and fat and you still get a taste of the holidays.” Candied Yams. “While yams by themselves are a great everyday food and have several health benefits, the holiday recipes add butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows which make this unhealthy and fattening.” Cheesy dips. “At this time of year, people roll out their recipes for baked artichoke dip, cheese dips with bacon, and the list goes
on. Cheese is really best eaten in small quantities. Even when you dunk in with veggies, this is not a healthy option.” Peterson says there are wonderful foods that taste and smell like the holidays without the adverse affects of foods high in fat and sugar. Although these foods are healthy choices, portion sizes are still important: Light Meat Turkey. “This food is a trademark of the holidays. It’s high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol. It’s also rich in B vitamins and selenium. By the way, roast your holiday turkey. Even light meat turkey isn’t the best option if it’s deep fried.” Cranberries. “They’re full of antioxidants which protect our cells from damage. They are thought to have positive benefits for the heart and possibly help prevent other diseases. Add them to your salads, dips, side dishes, and desserts. They’re even great in certain meat dishes.” Pomegranates. “Many studies show this fruit may help prevent different forms of cancer. They’re high in vitamin C as well. Just like cranberries, they’re great in salads, dips, side dishes, and desserts.” Dark chocolate. “Chocolate can be high in sugar and fat, but in small quantities there are many health benefits, especially with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and can benefit the heart by helping lower blood pressure and cholesterol.” Pumpkin. “This squash isn’t just for Halloween. It’s rich in fiber and vitamin A and is low in calories and fat. It’s a good source of both fiber and beta-carotene. There are many uses for pumpkin around the holidays including pies and other desserts, soups and casseroles.” Marie Haggart, MD is a family medicine physician and sports medicine specialist with the University of Utah’s Stansbury Health Center in Stansbury Park, Utah. She currently serves as medical director of the facility.
Kathy Wilets is the public affairs manager of University of Utah Health Care. Previously she worked in television news, producing the daily “Healthy Living” segment for KUTV.
Healthy Cooking Tips For most people, a holiday meal isn’t the time for diet foods, but there are a few modifications you can make that are big on taste and lower in calories and fat. Here are a few tips from Brandon Howard, the executive chef at The Point Restaurant at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute: • Moisten stuffing with orange juice, apple juice, or fat-free chicken stock instead of butter. Add in some diced apple and dried cranberries for a delicious, sweet alternative to savory stuffing. • Try baking pies with graham cracker crust instead of traditional crust. It typically contains less fat and compliments many varieties of pie. • Whip potatoes with low fat sour cream, instead of butter and whole milk. It provides a rich flavor without all the fat.
• Rather than salads with cheese and creamy dressings, take advantage of seasonal produce. Oranges, dried cranberries, and pomegranates are colorful and festive in salads, not to mention healthier. Just add fruit to lettuce and toss with a light, citrus vinaigrette. • Use egg substitute products to maintain lower cholesterol in baked items by simply adding an extra teaspoon of flour per cup of egg product. • Glaze a turkey with balsamic vinegar and organic cane sugar for a savory bird. • Buy organic vegetables. • Serve cranberry juice with club soda instead of soda pop. • Use pureed fat free cottage cheese instead of heavy cream in recipes. • Sweetened ricotta cheese is a delicious lower-fat alternative to whipped cream on pie.
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Gastronomic Pleasures of the Holiday
Kathy Wilets with Kathryn Gibson, MD
The only foolproof way to enjoy the gastronomic pleasures of the holiday season without a large helping of guilt, is to exercise your way through them. This year, instead of waiting until New Year’s Day to set your fitness goals, try setting them before the pounds start to add up. Staying active through the dark winter months will help not only with your physical health, but also with your mental health, says Kathryn Gibson, MD, a family practice physi-
cian at University of Utah’s South Jordan Clinic. “Exercising through the holidays can help with both overeating and the wintertime blues.”
Facing the Holiday Challenges The food. The cold weather hits at about exactly the same time as we start four months of power eating. November is Thanksgiving. In December, holiday events are brimming over with food. January has two high profile food events with New Years and the Super Bowl, and February is a chocolate-lover’s dream thanks to Valentine’s Day. “There are a lot of events that take place in that time frame featuring high fat, high calorie eating, particularly in December. Even if you’re trying to be careful about overeating, it’s hard to stay ahead of the calories without exercise,” says Gibson. The blues. “Many people suffer from mild depression during the winter, especially during the holidays,” says Gibson. “The physical, financial, and emotional demands can seem overwhelming at times. Increased social isolation and a lack of sunlight are also factors during the winter months when we tend to spend more time indoors and at home.” Those with more serious forms of seasonal depression may need medical attention, Gibson says. But for those with mild symptoms, exercise can help. “Just getting out of the house and seeing some sunlight can lift your spirits and moving around and getting exercise can raise endorphins which are chemicals in the brain that may ease depression.” So how can you stay active when there’s less sunshine and cold temperatures? First, make a plan. Again, don’t wait until New Year’s to set fitness goals. Write down an activity schedule before the holidays begin and post it where you see it every day. Target a physical activity at least three times a week, and more if you can.
“There are obvious ways to exercise in the winter, such as at a gym or walking the malls,” says Gibson. “But don’t’ shy away from the outdoors. A brisk walk in the cold weather is really invigorating.”
Following are several ideas to help you stay comfortable and warm.
If your exercise routine is outdoors: •
Make sure you have adequate clothing for outdoor activity. Dressing in layers is preferred so as you heat up, you can remove layers. • Gloves and hats are important for keeping you comfortable and helping retain body heat. • Wear proper footwear so you don’t slip and fall. • Stay hydrated. • Don’t forget about sunscreen. Even when the sun isn’t shining, you need protection. • Check the air quality web site www.airquality.utah, and if it’s a red air day, make plans to exercise indoors. If you prefer exercising indoors, consider the following strategies: • • •
Take the stairs wherever you go. Walk at a quick pace, even at the grocery store. If you’re watching your favorite television show, try doing arm curls with weights or even soup cans or water bottles while you sit.
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Kathy Wilets is the public affairs manager of University of Utah Health Care. Previously she worked in television news, producing the daily “Healthy Living” segment for KUTV.
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lanch Gray heralded the arrival of a plentiful Christmas 1955 for the boys and girls across the Wasatch Front.
Gray, who read all the letters Utah children address to Santa Claus, received a record 1,200 letters that year on everything from letterhead to school newsprint soon after the Thanksgiving holiday was marked off the calendar. A few letters were stuffed into airmail envelopes with sixcent stamps while others were pasted inside folded sheets of paper and penciled to resemble envelopes with stamps. Some writers were specific, requesting a Davy Crocket hat or a Betty Crocker Cake mix set; others gave a more general inventory while also covering their bases by thanking Santa for last year’s gifts before launching into this year’s requests (get a peek at some of the letters posted with this story). Mrs. Gray, who had read Santa Claus letters for eight years, said letters indicating distressing conditions at home—and there were fewer in December 1955 than the year past— were forwarded to charitable groups as long as the writer included a return address. None of the letters were ever returned, but destroyed so no letters would accidentally fall back into the hands of the young sender. The Daily-Herald Provo Firemen’s 1955 Sub for Santa supported Gray’s conclusion: the list was small this year than in past seasons, although Utah County Welfare Director Harold Baker attributed at least some of the down surge to tightened standards to eliminate complaints that some families on the list really shouldn’t be there. Rich or poor, Santa Claus had his hands full, while behind the scenes his elves no doubt worked feverishly around the clock. His preholiday tour, at least
trolled model automobiles (just like the one Daddy drives), sand loaders, road-building sets, and farms stocked with machinery and barnyard animals. Girls could look forward to becoming miniature moms through gifts of tiny vacuum cleaners, cash registers, switchboards, and musical instruments. For the girl who had everything, a silverblue mink coat for her doll cost $300.
in Utah, was a madhouse dash with appearances in department stores, seasonal Santa villages, parades, and among the fruits, vegetables, and meats for sale at Carson’s Food Center. The jolly man in red sleighed into Ogden along Washington Boulevard behind the tugs of six genuine reindeer, drawing 20,000 to a parade the day after Thanksgiving marking the official opening of the 1955/56 holiday season. After pulling up in front of the City-County Building, Santa and sleigh were hoisted up on a 35-foot flat trailer where he spent the next several hours listening to Christmas wishes. Tree and lighting pole decorations, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce, added the climatic touch. A committee in Heber was making plans for Santa to arrive by plane. And what did the children want from their benevolent benefactor up North? Toys and lots of them, although according to the times most children received one big toy supplemented by the ordinary though practical gifts of pajamas, hats, and mittens. Big toys included a hobbyhorse with the gait of a live animal, tricycles, doll carriages, kiddy rockers, and flexible flyer sleds for the pre-schooler. An outdoor railroad train called the “Yardbird” came with 40-feet of steel track and two-way radio was electromagnetically powered and good up to a half a mile. For the more educational minded, magnetized letters could be arranged to spell words on a chalkboard. The new light model bicycle with balloon tires and coaster brakes fit older children, five through 10. Boys also wanted remote-con-
Guns under the Christmas tree were big for boys of any age, as long as parents taught their sons proper handling to avoid wounding someone. If the father wasn’t familiar with guns, no problem. “Then try the Boy Scout leaders,” Provo Police Chief Max M. Snow advice. “And if you don’t get their help, come to the police station and we’ll show you.” Santa Claus, however, would be coming a month later to a 19-month-old Pleasant Grove tot, who broke his right leg in three places following a tumble from his crib on Christmas Eve. His parents saved the tree and his presents when he returned from a stay in Utah Valley Hospital, laying flat on his back with both legs held up by pulleys. And what about those older 20- and 30-something children? A well-kept five-yearold, three-bedroom brick home on 2800 South was selling for $15,750. A nice two-bedroom brick home with a large attached garage and fenced yard in one of the best locations in Layton was going for the low price of $10,500. A 1956 Plymouth four-door sedan with heater, defroster, and arm rests could be delivered to your door for $2,099. Gifts more affordable included record albums that brought pleasure long after the holidays ended. Dance bands were in fashion and Les Elgart and his orchestra, one of the most popular bands on the era, featured a few standards (“Alice Blue Gown,” Seems Like Old Times”) with some original numbers (“Melancholy Serenade,” “Senior Hop.”) If all else failed, you could buy mom a Sunbeam waffle baker or a pair of faux fur-trimmed slippers and dad an electric shaver or a brown or black leather pair of “Romeo” slippers.
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Safeway Foods encouraged shoppers to stock up on wonderful Christmas foods. Eight cans of orange juice were going for $1; jumbo Gulf deveined shrimp were 59 cents per pound, while tom turkeys—completely clean and ready for the oven – were available fresh for 47 cents per pound. Women were reminded to give an advance inspection to table linen, silverware, china, glassware, and holiday table decorations to eliminate possible embarrassment or a last-minute rush job when the focus that day should be on cooking the Christmas dinner. And with firm determination and strong heart, another columnist advised, mothers should make room for the new by wading into the toy cabinets to weed out the broken, battered, outgrown remnants of Santa Claus past. Social events jammed the presses. The social pages in the Provo Herald announced the annual Christmas party held by the Bridge Club, featuring dinner and a gift exchange. Mrs. Melissa Lewis entertained family at a pre-holiday dinner at her home attended by members both in Salt Lake City and Provo. The Third Ward Primary hosted Santa on Monday afternoon and the Sixth Ward Primary children had him back on the following Thursday evening before Christmas. Gifts were exchanged at the Ladies Sewing Club Christmas party held at the home of Mrs. Ruby Steele. Lunch was served to eight members. Local churches celebrated the week leading up the Christmas Day. The traditional Christmas Eve celebration at the Community Church in Provo featured the lighting of the candles to symbolize the spreading radiance coming into the world from the birth of the Christ child. The Catholic Church was holding a cantata followed by a party hosted by Santa Claus. St. Mark’s Lutheran was scheduled to go caroling on Christmas Eve. The days following Christmas found trucks roaming the city for Christmas trees. The heaps of tossed trees were burned on the Friday after Christmas in an event sponsored by the city recreation department. Traditionally, hundreds of parents brought their kids to watch the huge bonfire that officially wrote finis to the Yule season. Utah’s Letters to Santa from the December 19, 1955, Daily Herald Provo)
Chris Fraizer recently passed the 25-year mark, at least as the number of years applies to this boomer's residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fraizer could never return to her Midwest roots once discovering the scope and space of the Western outdoors. She lives and works in the city, although her heart belongs to the desert and alpine tundras.
Tips for Creating a 50s Christmas When we were young, Christmas was a magical time. Every house in our neighborhood had gobs of kids and a single income. We didn’t have lists longer than our arms, rather we spent hours wondering what gift (singular) we would ask Santa to bring. I remember making a deal with my best friend—if she would ask for an Easy Bake Oven®, I would ask for a tether ball. We got hours of joy out of each. Nowadays, kids would get both from just one of their grandmas. I know because I am now that grandma. I often feel as if I am doing my kids and grandkids a disservice by over indulging. How will they know the magic of anticipation if their every desire is always met? So. I have told my grandkids that things will be different this year. Instead of buying them lots of presents, I am going to do lots of things with them instead. Their response: Cool! • Don’t overspend. Our parents didn’t have credit cards. They had cash (some years not a much as others). They wouldn’t have dreamed of going into debt for Christmas. • Don’t over buy. Trying to purchase everything on your gift list only ads to the stress of the holidays, and often times, the gift is quickly forgotten once your family moves on to the next house. I often ask my grandkids “Who gave you that gift?” and invariably the answer is “I don’t remember”. • Create a Tradition. Each year I take my grandchildren to a play, ballet, or other holiday event. Then for Christmas, I give them an ornament depicting the occasion (Scrooge, the Nutcracker, etc). They leave them with me and before I tuck them away in their memory box, I write a little note describing why I purchased that particular ornament and a brief, personal description of the event. I will give them all the ornaments, along with the notes, when they are old enough to have a tree of their own. Hopefully, each one will hold a special memory. • Make a Gift. Who doesn’t still have the quilt that their Grandma or favorite aunt gave them? Or, what about the doll house Grandpa made? These are things we cherish our entire lives, and hand down for generations. • Publish Your Biography or help someone publish theirs. There is nothing more profound than the regret of not having your parents story after they are gone and it’s too late to ask. There are many tools available to help get a professional look.
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THIS WHAT WE ASKED SANTA FOR
1952 The Mr. Potato Head kit, Roy Rogers hat, and Howdy Doody marionette. 1953 Superman play suit and the Wiffel Ball. 1954 The Matchbox toys and paint by number kits. 1955 Davy Crockett rifle and coonskin hat. 1956 Daisy BB gun and Play Doh. 1957 The Tic-Tac Dough game. 1958 Hula Hoops, and the Frisbee. 1959 The Barbie doll. 1960 Chatty Cathy doll and Etch-A-Sketch. 1961 Barbie’s Ken doll and Frankenstein monster kit. 1962 The Yo-yo and the Pogo Stick. 1963 Easy Bake Oven. 1964 The Electric Football game, Skateboards, and G. I. Joe. 1965 Super Balls, James Bond Aston Martin cars, and Rock Em Sock Em Robots. 1966 Lego Train, Twisters, and Tiny Tears doll. 1967 G.I. Joe Nurse and Kerplunk. 1968 Fisher Price little people and the Spirograph. 1969 Talking Barbie doll and Hot Wheels. 1970 3-D Chess and the Nerf Ball. www.fun-facts.com
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Just because it isn’t in the news doesn’t mean it’s gone away. HIV is still very real, and you don’t have to be young and promiscuous to be at risk. According to the Utah Health Department, boomer-aged diagnoses make up close to 1/3 of the new cases of HIV reported. You may be newly single or think you’re too old to worry about it, but the numbers show this simply isn’t true. Go to health.utah.gov/epi/fact_sheets/hiv.html to find out how to prevent the spread of HIV.
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Out Of Holiday Gift Giving
J. RobRoy Platt, Esq
ne of the most exciting things about Christmas is giving gifts. There’s something thrilling about finding the perfect gift and watching in smiling, nervous anticipation as the recipient eagerly tears the ribbon and paper off the specially-chosen present. Christmas magic is the look in their eyes when they receive the gift they almost didn’t dare to hope for. There just isn’t anything unpleasant about giving gifts, is there? Actually, there sometimes is. Now, before you accuse anyone of being Ebenezer Scrooge, please keep reading. Gift-giving seems like a pretty straightforward concept. You pick out a gift, wrap it in colorful paper and a giant bow, and give it to the person you meant to give it to. And when you’re giving items like plaid pajamas or scented lotions, it really is just that simple. But, if you’re considering giving your loved ones (or maybe a favorite charity) things like real estate, stocks, substantial cash gifts, or family heirlooms (like wedding rings or photo albums), you could unknowingly and unnecessarily create all kinds of family problems and waste huge amounts of money if you don’t give the gifts in the right way. Let’s look at some examples to help illustrate a few of the things you might need to be aware of when making a gift.
Example #1 Suppose your son Sam has a great idea that he believes will make him millions. He wants to start his own business, but he needs some cash to get up and running. Because of some failed past business ventures, Sam’s credit is not the best, and he can’t get a loan from the bank. Being the concerned and generous parent you are, you want to help Sam out, and so you write him
a check for $20,000. So here’s where things get complicated: did you intend the money to be a gift, a loan, a purchase of shares in Sam’s new business, or an advance on Sam’s inheritance? Depending on what your intent was, there are other issues that arise. For example, if the money was a gift, you may be required to file a gift tax return. Also, you should ask yourself whether you have given similar gifts to Sam’s siblings. If not, don’t be surprised when Sam’s siblings argue that the money was not intended as a gift, but was instead a loan or an advance on Sam’s inheritance. What happens if Sam’s business is hugely successful—would you still consider that money a gift, or would you want it back?
Example #2 Your daughter Denise and her husband Henry were recently blessed with a new baby. Unfortunately, the baby was born prematurely and Denise and Henry’s insurance only covered a portion of the medical bills. Then, Henry was laid off from his job. Faced with large medical debts and at risk for losing their home, Denise turns to you for help. You want to help out, but you’d rather not deplete your bank account. However, you do have a piece of property you bought 10 years ago for $1,000 that is now worth $16,000. You’ve heard that you can give $13,000 to someone without having to pay any gift tax. You offer to give your daughter the piece of property. Once again, here’s where gifting can get complicated. Without boring you with the nitty-gritty details, when Denise sells the property you gave her, receiving $16,000 in cash that she will use to pay the bills, she will be hit with an additional $2,000-
The 401(k) Tune-Up
$3,000 in income taxes for that year. In contrast, if Denise received the property as an inheritance and sold it soon after, Denise would probably owe nothing in additional income taxes. Would knowing that you can pay another person’s medical expenses and not incur any gift tax change your approach in this situation?
Example #3 You and your daughter-in-law Diane have always been close. To show your love for Diane, you tell her that you want her to have your diamond wedding ring when you are gone. You figure your two daughters will not mind because they will each receive much more valuable pieces of jewelry you have accumulated over the years. Not so fast. You’ve heard the saying that possession is ninetenths of the law, so what happens when the recipient of a gift doesn’t actually have possession of it? What happens when your daughters, who also want your wedding ring for sentimental reasons, don’t believe you gave it to Diane? There are no titles to determine who gets items of personal property, and oftentimes the smallest items cause the biggest fights. Nevertheless, there are simple, but often neglected, legal solutions that can do much to minimize the potential for such fights.
Example #4 As a Christmas surprise you decide to take three of your adult children on a month-long, all expenses paid in advance, trip to Europe. Added all up, it costs you approximately $15,000
For most people, a 401(k) is the primary retirement savings vehicle. A 401(k) is appealing because it provides tax-deferred savings and employee contributions are frequently matched by the employer. Additionally, a 401(k) provides “forced savings,” meaning contributions are automatically withheld from the paycheck so the individual doesn’t have the option of spending before investing. Consider the importance of your 401(k). Have you taken adequate time to ensure it is optimized to provide toptier performance? Here are three steps to “tune-up” your retirement account.
Asset Allocation First, do you know how your 401(k) money is currently allocated between stocks, bonds, and cash? Studies indicate asset allocation is the most important factor in determining investment success. If you have a portfolio that consists of a proportion of stocks to bonds that is too low or high relative to your risk tolerance, you will be unhappy with the return on your investment or lose sleep because your nest egg is fluctuating more than you can comfortably handle.
Diversification Second, ensuring your 401(k) is adequately diversified is vital. Your employer’s stock should not make up more than five percent of your portfolio. Make sure you invest in not only large cap stocks, but mid cap, small cap, and international stocks as well. Further, make sure you have exposure to not just U.S. Government bonds, but corporate and international bonds. Research each available option to determine the best and most consistent performing investment in each asset category, and identify the percentage of your portfolio that should be placed into each. The 401(k) Tune-up continued on page 29
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per child. Is this a gift for Gift Tax purposes? Unfortunately, yes. Whether you give cash, or gifts “in kind,” it is the same in the eyes of the IRS. What about the fact that you gave it as a Christmas gift? Surely the IRS doesn’t count Christmas gifts against this $13,000 gift tax limit!? Once again, unfortunately, they do. The IRS makes no distinction between gifts given for holidays and gifts given for any other reason. In this example, a federal gift tax return would need to be filed to reflect the gifts of paid travel expenses given to your children. The bottom line is this: when giving a gift significantly larger than an under-the-tree Christmas present, there are good reasons to consult with competent tax and legal advisers. The good news is that with the right advice, family members, favorite charities, friends, and your community can be greatly blessed by your generosity—often with little or no effect on your own standard of living. Attorney RobRoy Platt limits his practice to estate planning, asset protection, and elder law. He is the founding chair of the Utah State Bar Elder Law Section, and is an active member of the Bar’s Estate Planning Section, the Utah Valley Estate Planning Council, and the National Planned Giving Council. RobRoy welcomes your questions—you may reach him at RPlatt@PlattLawPC.com or (801) 769-1313.
Speaking of Gifts... Surprise Christmas Present Mark and John were fortunate enough to have a season tickets for their favorite NFL team. They could not help noticing that there was always a spare seat next to them and they had a friend who would love to buy a season ticket, especially if all three could have seats together. One half-time Mark went to the ticket office and asked if they could by buy the season ticket for that seat. The official said that unfortunately the ticket had been sold. Nevertheless, week after week the seat was still empty. Then the Sunday following Christmas, much to Mark and John’s amazement the seat was taken for the first time that season. John could not resist asking the newcomer, “Where have you been all season”? “Don’t ask”, he said, “the wife bought the season ticket back last summer, and kept it for a surprise Christmas present.” www.guy-sports.com 28 |
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Fees Third, identify the expense ratio of each mutual fund in your 401(k). A high-performance fund isn’t valuable if the fund is charging a fee that consumes half the return. The average U.S. mutual fund charges approximately 1.3 percent annually. Morningstar.com can provide information on both the investment performance and cost of virtually any mutual fund available.
Is It Worth It? Consider an example. John is 55 years old, has $200,000 invested in his 401(k), and intends to contribute $10,000 per year until retiring at age 65. He thinks he will live until age 90, and wants to know how much his 401(k) is going to allow him to spend annually until death. Assuming inflation of 3% and a 7% annual return, John would be able to withdraw the inflation-adjusted equivalent of $26,059 per year between ages 65 and 90. Now, assume John optimizes his 401(k) and is able to add 1% to his annualized return, either by enhancing his investments’ performance or reducing the cost of his portfolio. An 8% annual return would enable John to withdraw the inflation-adjusted equivalent of $31,174 per year until age 90 – over $5,000 more each year! John is certainly happy he spent time and effort constructing an efficient 401(k). For those not interested in completing this intricate process themselves, a financial advisor can help. For a minimum charge, a fee-only financial advisor can research your employer’s 401(k) plan, build a customized portfolio that matches your risk tolerance and provide objective advice saving you time, uncertainty, and headaches.
Lon Jefferies is a fee-only financial planner with Net Worth Advisory Group (www.networthadvice.com). He never collects commissions so he can provide objective advice. He is a candidate for CFP™ certification and a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). Contact him at (801) 566-0740 for a no obligation consultation to review your financial situation.
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Ringing New Year attached, the items will be collected in a massive interactive community art display. In January, the items will be listed by eBay’s charitable initiative, eBay Giving Works and sold around the world on ebay. com. All proceeds will go to charity. The Battle of the Tribute bands returns this year with local musicians impersonating rock legends: KISS, Nirvana, The Beatles, Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Santana. From classic rock to indie rock pop and post punk soul to electro-dance, music at EVE promise to entertain.
EVE 2011 EVE, Salt Lake’s New Year’s Eve event, will be a party downtown on Dec. 29, 30 and 31. Tens of thousands of people will gather for celebrations taking place on West Temple between 100 and 200 South and in the Salt Palace. There will be plenty of places to chill down and warm up. Hours are 6-10 pm on the 29 and 30. And 6 pm-midnight on the 31. EVE will include fine art performances, live local music, dance parties, ski and snowboard action sports competitions, DJs, film screenings, laser shows, art installations, world music, activities for kids and pet lovers, interactive resolutions, storytelling and a spectacular midnight fireworks show on Dec. 31. A community giving project called eBay It Forward will give Utahns an opportunity to contribute treasured items to a massive art installation, raising funds for local charities. Community members are invited to bring items that were meaningful to them in 2010 to the eBay Pavilion Dec. 28-31. With descriptions and stories
The Salt Lake Film Society at Broadway Center Cinemas brings a rare Charlie Chaplin Film Festival to EVE. The Center rarely screens classic films. Charlie Chaplin was the biggest start in the age of silent cinema and his physical comedy and touching storytelling are still unsurpassed in modern filmmaking. Community partnerships add to the vibrancy of EVE. Temple Square will have multiple free concerts as well as the spectacular display of holiday lights. Clark Planetarium will offer cosmic shows to EVE revelers. The
Salt Lake Arts Center will offer visual and interactive art for all ages. EVE features ski and snowboard action sports competitions with top athletes performing on high rails and showing off big air. From snow to fire-fire dancers will light up the night with their daring movements. EVE passes are $10/day and children 10 and under are free. They can be purchased at Fresh Markets (formerly Albertsons) and at the box office day of. Downtown restaurants and hotels are offering EVE packages and special pricing for the threeday event. More information can be found at www. eveslc.com.
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey After the fireworks, several bands will take us boomers back to our youth. The Flash Back Brothers will belt out tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s including the songs of Elvis, Peter Frampton, Santana, and Jimy Hendricks. And Acoustic Soul will take you back with tunes from the Eagles, Led Zeppelin Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Dave Matthews Band. If you’re into swing, an 18 man big band called the Moonlight Serenaders will get you “in the mood”.
Countdown In Provo
If you want to do a little singing yourself, try out for the Countdown Star Competition. Tryouts are from 6:30pm-9pm. The top 20 talents will then compete from 9pm-11:45pm, singing with a live band, until the top three talents are named.
Prizes will be awarded to all of the top 20, and the top three will receive the ‘big’ prizes. Then the finale...a big ball drop “Countdown” and fireworks at midnight. You can purchase your buttons in advance at the Provo Towne Center or at Provo City Parks and Recreation Office at 351 W. Center St. Button purchased the day of the event are an additional $1.00 each per person. Get a free admission to Countdown with a purchase of a desert at Wingers, where they also have wristbands at the regular price. Happy New Year. Be safe, don’t drink and drive.
Provo City’s New year’s celebration, this year called Countdown in Provo, draws between 12,000 and 15,000 people. After speaking to Brian Smith, Provo Parks and Recreation’s Community Programs and Senior Services Supervisor, it’s easy to see why. Because of the celebration’s increasing popularity, planners made the decision a few years ago, to move it to the Provo Towne Centre where they can spread out and beat the cold weather. Brain said that they have sectioned Countdown In Provo into two categories—before and after the spectacular fireworks show at 9:00 pm. Before the 9:00 pm fireworks, you can expect to find magic shows, face painting, balloon artists, laser tag, a rock climbing wall, karaoke, and more...all included in your ticket price of only $3.00 for children 12 and under and $4.00 for adults and children 13 and over if you purchase your wristbands in advance. December 2010 | 31
December Events Through December 31 Old West Dinner Adventure
December 3 & 5 Lily in Winter: A Medieval Christmas
Showtime Utah Address: 20 S. Main, Pleasant Grove 7:00pm-9pm Phone: 801-636-9669 Admission: $24.95
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City, Utah Friday: 8:00pm Sunday: 7:00pm Admission: free-will offering, pay as able (suggested donation, $15 general/$12 seniors/ $10 students)
November 26–Dec 23 Christmas Carol OR Scrooge Rodgers Memorial 292 E Pages Lane Centerville
November 28–December 23 A Christmas Carol Hale Centre Theatre 3333 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City Adults: $24 to $30 and Children $17 to $20 225 West 400 North, Orem $15.50-$19.50
November 27–January 1 Ogden’s Christmas Village 2500 Grant Avenue, Ogden
December 1–December 4 Simple Treasures Holiday Boutique in Farmington Legacy Events Center Davis Fairgrounds in Farmington Admission: $1
November 26–December 4 The Old World Christmas Market The Gateway Mall in the Union Pacific Depot Grand Hall Monday-Saturday 11am to 10 pm
December 1–December 25 Breakfast with Santa Discovery Gateway 444 West 100 South, Salt Lake City Sunday-Saturday 8:00 a.m-10:00 a.m. www.discoverygateway.org/
December 4 Lily in Winter: A Medieval Christmas Holy Family Catholic Church, 1100 E 5550 S, South Ogden 7:00 PM Admission: free-will offering, pay as able (suggested donation, $15 general/$12 seniors/ $10 students)
December 3–December 27 Christmas Cruise CLAS Ropes Course 3606 West Center Street, Provo $7 Person, $28 Family 6:30pm-9:00pm M-T, 6:30pm-9:30pm F-S 801-373-1897
December 3–December 18 Joyful Noise: Handel wrote the Messiah Covey Center for the Arts—Black Box Theater Address: 425 West Center Street, Provo 801-852-7007
December 3–December 24 Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Pioneer Theatre Company Mon-Thurs 7:30pm, Fri 8:00pm, Sat 2:00pm and 8:00pm 300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City 801-581-6961
December 4–5 No Place Like Home-Pet Adoption Saturaday 10:00-7:00 Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm 389 West 1830 South
Pet Photos with Santa Claws! go to www.utahpets.org/nmhcms/Home/ NewsEvents/UpcomingEvents/PetPhotoswithSantaClaws/tabid/190/Default.aspx for dates and locations
December 4–December 6 The Nutcracker Box Elder High School 380 South 600 West, Brigham City $8.00 Single Admission, $30.00 Group of Five, $16.00 Ballet & Tea, $10.00 at Door www.dreampointeballet.org
December 04–December 21 We Need a Little Christmas Empress Theatre 9104 West 2700 South, Magna 7:30pm-9:30pm Monday & Thursday Evenings & Matinees: $9 Friday and Saturday Evenings Adults $11 Seniors and Students $9 Children (12 and under) $9 Groups (15+) $9
December 04–December 31 The Nutcracker Ballet West Address: 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City www.balletwest.org/
December 5–December 6 Holiday Open House and Art Show Red Butte Garden and Arboretum 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City Sunday-Monday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free Admission
BURRRR. It’s cold outside. You’ve been shoveling your walks, scraping your windows, and doing all the other chores that come with living through the winter Northern Utah. You do your fair share of hunkering down in front of the tube. What you’d rather be doing is getting a fix on you’re golfing, hiking and biking addiction. Or you might be thinking, “Forget all the stress, I just want a day at the spa.” The perfect solution to your winter doldrums is to pack up your car and head to Southern Utah for a long weekend of rejuvenation.
1. Golf “Ninety-seven percent of Core golfers we surveyed who are five or fewer years away from retirement report they’ll definitely or probably still be playing in five years. And, 95% of Core golfers who are 20 years from retirement (in their early 40s today) say they’ll still be playing 20 years from now. -www.worldgolf.com The number one reason boomers head to Southern Utah in the winter is golf. In a less than a 40 mile radius from the center of St. George, you will find 20 golf courses, many of them award winning. A golfer’s nirvana! The spectacular views each course has to offer adds a special element to the game. There is nothing more satisfying than hitting the links early and watching the course come alive as the sun casts it’s rays on the desert flats or the rocky canyon walls. You may be wearing a jacket on the first hole, but by hole 18 you’ll have stripped down to your shirtsleeves. Temperatures in Washington county average a high of 55 degrees in December and January. Historically, Mesquite has a slightly higher average at nearly 60 degrees. Either way, it’s a far cry from the near freezing temperatures you left behind.
6th Hole at Coral Canyon. Photo courtesy of Fairways Media
2. Biking/Hiking If golf isn’t your thing, Southern Utah offers unbelievable sites available to bikers and hikers. Trails are open year round and the temperature during the winter months can fluctuate between the low 50s to the low 70s, perfect temperatures for seeing some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. Zion National Park is open to the public every day of the year. In addition to the famous Zion, there many other canyons to enjoy, including Escalante, Green Canyon and Bryce Canyon. All have hiking and biking trails year round. You can either head out on your own or book an excursion with one of the many tour companies. Most tour companies offer equipment rentals. Other sports available are canyoneering and rock climbing and you don’t have to be an adrenalin junky to enjoy them. Dean Woods from Zion Rock and Mountain Guides tells us that one of the most popular tours they offer is canyoneering (repelling down slot canyons). Weather you are into extreme sports or are just interested in a leisurely hike to enjoy the scenery, there is definitely something in Southern Utah to satisfy. Photo courtesy of www.nps.gov/zion/photosmultimedia
Southern Utah is fast becoming famous for it’s spas. Whether you’re interested in shedding those extra holiday pounds, getting a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions, or just need a day of pampering, you have many options available. If you are a fan of the Biggest Loser, then it’s no secret that there is Biggest Loser Resort in Ivins, Utah. It offers a boot camp approach for men and women of any fitness level. The Green Valley Spa offers everything from a 3 week, intensive weight loss clinic, to a 3 day tennis clinic. According to Randy Hansen they have a stress program that deals with the physiological aspects of stress hormones and their long term harmful effect on the body. Boomers love it. If it’s just a day of pampering you want, there are many day spas to choose from. Most have packages are similar to the About Face Salon in St. George where you can purchase a Queen for a Day package that includes a European facial, massage, spa pedicure, lunch, manicure and shampoo and style. Only have time for a massage? There’s that too. And plenty to choose from. Most spas offer many different massages such as Aromatherapy, Russian fusion, Swedish, deep tissue, stone therapy massage… the list goes on and on. Photo courtesy of Green Valley Spa
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Utah boomers love gaming. According to Marleen Szalay, Vice President of Hotel Operations at Black Gaming, a large majority of the guests at the CasaBlanca and Virgin River, are Utah baby boomers. Just one half hour drive from St. George to Mesquite and you will find 3 main casinos: the CasaBlanca, the Eureka, and the Virgin River. You can play everything from slots to Pai Gow Poker. If you’ve been playing the slots and want to venture into table play, many casinos have beginner tables that move a bit slower and have lower minimum bets. Don’t hesitate to ask the dealer for help. Most casinos have frequent player cards. These will tally up your game play and provide you with points that are good for cash back, meals, rooms, golf and spa treatments. Another benefit to using the card is getting mailings on special events and promotions that the casino has to offer. Visit www.visitmesquite.com/dining-entertainment/casinos/ gaming-guide to view all the games available as well as general rules on how to play each game.
Southern Utah has no shortage of entertainment. Tuacahn will be offering Christmas programs throughout December including Nathan Osmond and Noteworthy’s Christmas Concert, Kurt Bestor and, Now That’s Christmas. The 2011 schedule will be include concerts from boomer favorites like REO Speedwagon, Air Supply and Don McClain. The Dixie State Symphony Orchestra will join with the Southern Utah Heritage Choir to fill the Cox Center with the music of Christmas.
If you haven’t finished your shopping or you got a little extra money in your stocking, there are a lot of places to fill your needs. St. George has Ancestor Square with its unique shops and galleries. If frugality is more your thing, you can hit the outlet stores at Zion Factory Stores & Promenade where you’ll find Polo/Ralph Lauren, Dress Barn, Carters too name but a few. If your looking for a the major anchors such as Dillards, JCPenney and Sears, you’ll find them at Red Cliff Mall.
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No matter where you go or what you do this holiday season: BE SAFE Drive Carefully, Play Cautiously, Drink Responsibly, Eat Healthily. We want you back. Utah Boomers Magazine 36 |
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Autumn Glow Center 81 East Center Kaysville, UT 84037 Phone: 801.544.1235 Golden Years Center 726 South 100 East Bountiful, UT 84010 Phone: 801.295.3479 Heritage Center 140 East Center Clearfield, UT 84015 Phone: 801. 773.7065
Salt Lake County Columbus Senior Center 2531 South 400 East Salt Lake City, UT 84115 Phone: 801.412.3295 Draper Senior Center 12350 South 800 East Draper, UT 84020 Phone: 801.572.6342 Eddie P. Mayne Kearns Senior Center 4851 West 4715 South Salt Lake City, UT 84118 Phone: 801.965.9183 Friendly Neighborhood Center 1992 South 200 East Salt Lake City, UT 84115 Phone: 801.468.2781 Harman Senior Recreation Center 4090 South 3600 West West Valley City, UT 84119 Phone: 801.965.5822 Kearns Senior Center 4850 West 4715 South Salt Lake City, UT 84118 Phone: 801.965.9183 Liberty City Center 251 East 700 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111 Phone: 801.532.5079 Magna Center 9228 West 2700 South Magna, UT 84044 Phone: 801.250.0692 Midvale Senior Center 350 West Park Street 7610 S) Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 801.566.6590
Mount Olympus Senior Center 1635 East Murray Holladay Road Salt Lake City, UT 84117 Phone: 801.274.1710 Riverâ€™s Bend Senior Center 300 North 1300 West Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Phone: 801.596.0208 Riverton Senior Center 12891 South Redwood Road Riverton, UT 84065 Phone: 801.254.7609 Sandy Senior Center 9310 South 1300 East Sandy, UT 84094 Phone: 801.561.3265 South Jordan Senior Center 10778 South Redwood Road South Jordan, UT 84095 Phone: 801.302.1222 Sunday Anderson Westside Senior Center 868 West 900 South Salt Lake City, UT 84104 Phone: 801.538.2092 Taylorsville Senior Citizen Center 4743 South Plymouth View Dr. Taylorsville, UT 84123 Phone: 801.293.8340 Tenth East Senior Center 237 South 1000 East Salt Lake City, UT 84102 Phone: 801.538.2084 West Jordan Center 8025 South 2200 West West Jordan, UT 84088 Phone: 801.561.7320
Washington County Council on Aging www.washco.utah.gov/contact The Washington County Council on Aging provides services for senior citizens 60 and older. These include classes (pottery, painting, aerobics, yoga, square dancing, and computer training) tax assistance during tax season and other services. Nutrition is a main focus of the senior centers. In-house meals are served as well as Meals on Wheels. The following centers are supported in part through the donations of those patrons who use the facilities. Gayle & Mary Aldred Senior Center 245 North 200 West St. George , UT 84770 435.634 . 5743 Washington County Senior Citizens 150 East 100 South Street Enterprise, UT 84725 435.878.2557
Hurricane Senior Citizens Center 95 N 300 W Hurricane, UT 84737 435.635.2089
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