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Hasn’t this year been a year to remember? The slow improving economy has taken its toll on many businesses and many families. And on a personal level, I faced losing a parent – my Dad. But with each year, all of us are faced with new beginnings and final endings. It’s the path along the way that creates the journey’s story. I will recall 2010 with joyfulness and sadness. But I look forward to this holiday and the New Year with the hope of good things to come! A sneak preview of ‘good things to come’ for the New Year of 2011 will be our hosting and participation in many community events. This year, Voice Magazine will be participating with the 4th Annual International Women's Day Celebration of Bristol, hosted by the Women's Empowerment Network of Bristol! Mark your calendars! Join us on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Country Club of Bristol. Watch for more details. Also, watch for details on Voice Magazine’s 2011 schedule for a couple of new expo events! Very exciting! As we close our 2010 chapter and focus on the new chapter, 2011, we wish to say ‘thank you’ to all! This has been a rewarding, yet challenging year, but our enduring strength comes from all our advertisers, local businesses, readers, fans, supporters and media partners. Thank you! In 2011, we will celebrate our 8th anniversary – yes – eight years ‘thanks’ to you ! We ask for your continued support as we step into another year – an unknown zone! Please visit our website : for early details of events. By the way, we are making improvements to our website, so please be patient with us. As always - we want to hear from you! Please send your suggestions, comments and press releases to: Also follow us on Facebook! Thought of the month: “When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.” ~Unknown Verse of the month: “For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.” (II Timothy 1:7) NKJV

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The Voice Magazine staff wish you and yours the very best of the holiday season! Remember – Jesus is the reason for the season! Rekindle friendships, seek new ones, and cherish each moment of good times shared! Our hope is that you have a picture postcard-perfect holiday! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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The Christmas Rush I hurried into the local department store to grab some last minute Christmas gifts. What a hassle! I hurried through all the people to the toy department, and wondered if the grandkids would even play with any of the toys. I found myself in the doll aisle, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a little boy about 5 years old holding a lovely doll. He kept touching her hair and he held her so gently. He turned to a woman, asked, “Auntie J, are you sure I don’t have enough money?” She replied a bit impatiently, “You know that you don’t have enough money for it – don’t go anywhere and I will be right back.” The boy continued to hold the doll. I turned and asked, “Who’s the doll for?” The little boy answered, “It’s the doll my sister wanted for Christmas. She just knew that Santa would bring it to her.” “Maybe Santa is going to, “I said with a smile. “No, he answered, “Santa can’t go where my sister is…I have to give the doll to my Momma to take to her.” “Where is your sister?” I asked. With sad eyes he said, “She has gone to be with Jesus. My Daddy says that Momma is going to have to go be with her. I told my Daddy to tell Momma not to go yet. I told him to tell her to wait till I got back from the store.” Then, the boy pulled out a picture that had been taken of him in front of the store and said, “I want my Momma to take this with her so she don’t ever forget me. I love my Momma so very much and I wish she did not have to leave me - but Daddy says she has to be with my sister.” Stunned and heartbroken, I reached into my purse and pulled out a hand full of bills. “Let’s count that money one more time?” So, I slipped my money in with his and we began to count it. It was plenty for the doll. He softly said, “Thank you Jesus for giving me enough money.” Then he turned to me and said, “I just asked Jesus to give me enough money to buy this doll so Momma can take it with her to give to my sister, and he heard my prayer. I wanted to ask him for enough to buy my Momma a white rose, but I didn’t ask him, but he answered my prayer with enough to buy the doll and a rose for my Momma. Momma loves white roses.” As I finished my shopping, I kept remembering a story in the newspaper several days earlier about a drunk driver hitting a car and killing a little girl, and the Mother was in serious condition. Two days later I read in the paper where the family had disconnected the life support and the young woman had died. Later that day, unsure, I bought some white roses and took them to the funeral home where the young woman was. And there she was - holding a lovely white rose, the beautiful doll, and the picture of the little boy in the store. I left there in tears, my life changed forever. The love that little boy had for his little sister and his mother was overwhelming. And in a split second a drunk driver had ripped the life of that little boy into pieces. “We make a living by what we get; We make a life by what we give.” (, Written by Annie) “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” Proverbs 19:17 Jesus is the reason for the season! Merry Christmas from the Voice Magazine Staff! And Have a Prosperous and Happy New Year!

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Start a checklist a couple weeks before the event to start arranging those ideas and the planning. Shop early. A few days before the party, figure out your menu and pick up all the ingredients. Look for great party-friendly foods from appetizers to desserts - ready-made or frozen selections that are delicious and affordable. Shop early in the day so you can relax and not feel rushed. Keep drinks simple. Fancy up plain water by adding raspberries or slices of cucumber to the pitcher. Make sparkling spritzers by combining juice with sparkling water. For an elegant touch, garnish the glasses with lemon, mint or pomegranate seeds. If serving cocktails, look for inexpensive wines and discounted alcohol beverages. (For an extra twist on your party - Have a wine-tasting party and ask everyone to bring their favorite bottle of wine under $10. It's fun to cover up the wine labels and have people vote on their favorite.) Serve a selection of ready-made appetizers, cheeses, crackers, olives and breads. A tasty idea is to transfer two containers of ready-made artichoke dip to a small oven-safe baking dish, top it with crushed pecans and bake until bubbly on the edges. Cook ahead. Think of meals that you can prepare ahead of time and serve at room temperature so you're not trapped in the kitchen worrying about timing and synchronizing dishes. For dessert, choose a ready-made dessert or a dessert you can make ahead of

time. Top off an ordinary dessert or individual servings with these cute sweets for instantly-holiday-themed desserts. Coffee and tea are inexpensive and just add a dash of cinnamon, cardamom or peppermint to transform hot drinks from ordinary to festive. Cleaning is made simple by cleaning and arranging the main party rooms. This includes making sure everything you will need is contained within this party area, including a place to store coats. Easy Quick Bites: Cranberry Goat Cheese Bites: This appetizer is the kind that every host loves. There's no preparation -- just place the ingredients on a platter or cheese board, and let your guests assemble their own servings. You get all the credit and have secretly enlisted your guests to do all the work. Caviar or Smoked Salmon Pumpernickel Toasts: Spread a bit of whipped cream cheese on toasted party pumpernickel rounds and top with caviar or slivers of smoked salmon and dill sprigs. Brie, Pear and Sugar Glazed Pecans on Puff Pastry: Cut puff pastry sheets into squares or rectangles, top with brie, finely chopped pear and a sugar glazed pecan and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Miniature Bacon and Chive Tarts: Mash together a spreadable cheese, like Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs, with cooked crumbled bacon and fresh chopped chives. Spoon into ready-made mini tart shells and bake at 400 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes. Fruit and Cheese Skewers: Cube a semi-firm cheese , cutting your favorite bread to the same size. Using a cocktail toothpick, skewer a small piece of dried apricot, prune or red grape with the cheese and square of bread. Stuffed Figs: Stuff fresh chevre cheese or Boursin Black Pepper cheese into split figs and top with cherry preserves and a toasted walnut. Honey Pistachio Cheese Cubes: Dip cubes of cheese in honey and roll in chopped pistachios. Serve skewered with cocktail toothpicks. When serving chips, add popcorn to dress it up with nuts or chocolate chips and you have an instant party food. Happy Holidays the easy way!

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Dear Viola, My best friend just lost her Mom to cancer and she is a mess. What should I say to her? And what should I do?

Ahh don't have to say anything poignant. Open your arms - wrap her into a warm hug and tell her you will always be there for her. She is a mess because she is on an emotional roller coaster ride. You will need some Kleenex, an understanding, compassionate heart, a sense of empathy, and plenty of hugs! Some people like to be around others while others want to be left alone. Regardless of which one she is, tell her how sorry you are that she is sad and going through this. Once you have told her how badly you feel that she is hurting, let your friend know that you are there for her if and/when she ever needs to

talk. And if she does want to talk - LISTEN!!! It is not about you - this is about her! At this point, your friend might open up to you and express how she is feeling or dealing with the loss. This might involve the person crying. If that happens, pat her on the back, and/or offer a hug. She might choose not talk about her feelings at this time. If she expresses that, respect her wishes! Give her some space and change the subject. You have done your best by letting her know that you are there for her. Sometimes when you have lost someone very dear you don't want to hear just want to feel love.

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Creating Meaningful Christmas Traditions for Kids By: Martha McGlothlin Gayle Bright, shiny toys…Santa on every corner…a gazillion packages under the tree. Is this what Christmas is all about? Of course not, but that’s what seems to begin every year come the first of November. Our kids need more meaningful holiday traditions, and it’s never too early to start! The most obvious and most meaningful tradition would be to help the needy. Small children can go through their toys and pick a few to give to those less fortunate. Go a step further and have children deliver the toys to others. Help in Martha McGlothlin a soup kitchen, visit a nursing home (sing Christmas carols Gayle while you’re there), or start your own food drive by boxing up items and simply delivering them yourself to families in need. My family did this for years when I was growing up. Yes, you may have to push your kids to go along with what they perceive to be embarrassing tasks, but speaking from experience, the rewards are great. Smiles on faces make the best presents! My next favorite idea is to make gifts. Homemade gifts carry far more meaning than store-bought. Do I hear some grumbling out there? You don’t have to be crafty or super-creative. Family and friends love just about anything a little child makes for them. Kids can make cards, ornaments, cookies, paint their own pottery, and draw pictures that you can put in frames. Ceramics studios such as Kil’n Time will even let you take the pieces home to paint and bring back to fire in the kiln (trust me, this is the easiest way when you have a gaggle of toddlers like I do). Let the kids help with all the Christmas fun! Decorating, wrapping gifts and baking. So what if all the ornaments are clumped at the bottom of the tree, the tape is crooked on the package and there’s a little bit (no, a lot) of flour around the kitchen? Those are the most meaningful memories you will have from the holidays. Finally, don’t forget to simply spend time visiting with loved ones during this season. Have a sing-a-long by the piano and play secret Santa. Children running around the house is what it’s all about during Christmas! Martha McGlothlin Gayle is the mom of four toddlers, all under the age of four. She enjoys making jewelry (see her website at, writing her blog (, shopping at flea markets and decorating her home with salvaged items. Martha is also president of The United Company Charitable Foundation in Bristol, Virginia.

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JOHNSON CITY, TN: SHOP LOCALLY Annual Johnson City Christmas Parade The 2010 Christmas Parade will be on Friday, December 3rd, beginning at 7pm, in Downtown Johnson City. The Chamber is working in partnership with Friends of Olde Downtowne to coordinate this year's parade.

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Across from Boones Creek Middle School in the Wilson Center Gifts & Home Accessories Custom silk and fresh flower arrangements for any need Sympathy, Birthday, Anniversary or Just Because We carry fresh cut flowers, Peace Lilies, Dish Gardens and other green plants

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JOHNSON CITY, TN: SHOP LOCALLY Gems & Whims Beads and Jewelry offers one-of-a-kind gifts

Gems & Whims Beads and Jewelry is a locally-owned and operated JEWELRY, BEAD and GIFT shop. “We are unlike any other you will find in Johnson City, Tennessee, and in the surrounding area. We are currently celebrating our 7th year, serving the Tri-Cities area,” announced the owner, Lisa Lemmons-Powers. “If you are looking for BEADS, this is the place! You will find HUNDREDS of natural gemstone beads in all shapes and sizes, glass beads, crystal beads, bone and horn beads, plus we have a large selection of supplies and sterling silver, vermeil, gold-fill and copper findings.” The store features uniquely designed, one-of-a-kind AND custom-made gemstone jewelry and BEADS! “We make most of the beautiful, beaded jewelry you will see in our store. We can also help you create your OWN jewelry.” Do you have a special occasion coming up? Gems & Whims Beads and Jewelry can make the perfect matching necklace and earring set for that special outfit. “We also make custom wedding jewelry for brides and bridesmaids and mothers of the bride/groom. Plus - we can repair and re-design your broken, beaded jewelry.” Looking for unique and hard to find? “We have a wonderful selection of rings, pendants and earrings set with gorgeous stones, including hard to find items: Larimar, Amazonite, Aventurine, Moldavite, Jasper, Turquoise, Pyrite, Drusy Quartz and Tiger's Eye. We also have a huge array of other stones--beautiful Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst, Citrine, Onyx and much more.” Take the time to discover some of their more whimsical pieces. “Some of our whimsical pieces include --- rings, bracelets and pins set with crystals, representing

turtles, frogs, spiders, lizards, octopus, pandas, roosters, owls and more. You'll also find various genres of unique, local art.” From jewelry to skin care, Gems & Whims Beads and Jewelry has got you covered! “We are now featuring FROST COSMETICS. This is a full-service cosmetics and skin care line based here in East Tennessee. We are very excited to offer this line to our customers!” For the perfect shopping experience with friendly personal service and taking the guess work out of shopping, Gems & Whims Beads and Jewelry is the place! “We now offer layaway and GIFT CERTIFICATES! We invite everyone to come and see us at our new location and browse our large selection! We know that we have something for that special someone in your life!” Gems & Whims Beads and Jewelry 1904 Knob Creek Rd. #4 Johnson City, TN (Corner of Knob Creek and Sunset, across from Mahoney's and behind the Refinery) 423-282-1525- Find us on Facebook | Gems & Whims Beads and stay tuned for our monthly specials! Hours are Tuesday thru Friday from 10:30 AM-6:30 PM and Saturdays from 10:30 AM-8:00 PM. Sunday and Mondays by appointment only (days and hours may be expanded during the Christmas Season). Savings Gems & Whims Store-wide from 20%-75%!

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NEW LOCATION and NEW MANAGEMENT! 1904 Knob Creek Rd., Suite 4 Johnson City, TN • 423-282-1525 Landmark Village Shopping Centers (Corner of Knob Creek & Sunset, across from Mahoney's & behind the Refinery) •Tues-Fri-10:30am-6:30pm and Sat.10:30am-8:00pm

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JOHNSON CITY, TN: SHOP LOCALLY Experience yesterday’s goodies with today’s conveniences

C & C Buildings & Country Store, located 4517 Bristol Hwy, Johnson City (Near DeVault Bridge) just got their doors opened for business! “We are chocked full of Amish canned goods, baking mixes, soups, popcorn, snacks, Amish noodles, flavored ciders, apples, pumpkins, mums, old fashioned candies, fudge, glass bottled sodas, cookbooks, maple syrup, Cowboy Crackers, BBQ sauces, Amish butter, cheeses and meats, tonic, beef jerky, handmade soaps and lotions, gift baskets, fresh baked breads, pastries, desserts and more – everything from pickled garlic to TOE Jam and FROG Jam,” according to the owners, Cowboy and Connie Pike. “And also, we offer Skilled Mennonite Crafted unique outdoor furniture - and soon we will offer portable storage buildings - Rent to own with no credit check.” Cowboy and Connie Pike, proprietors of this establishment, are residents of Davidson, NC. Cowboy hails from eastern North Carolina, while Connie was homegrown right here in Blountville, TN. “We have our brother-in-law Gordon, of Piney Flats, to oversee the day-to-day operations at the store with wife Karen (Connie's sister) assisting and minding the gift baskets.” Connie and Cowboy first went into business with C & C Cook for Hire, Inc. to raise money to assist with medical bills for their son who developed cancer a few years ago. Cowboy's grandfather Sam Pike from Duplin County, NC, served as a cook in the army during WWII and over the years developed a secret family recipe for BBQ sauce. Cowboy and Connie use the secret recipe today to cater to businesses and parties

of any size. (Visit their website for more on Grandpa Sam and how the Pikes support our troops.) Next to evolve was Cowboy Crackers. “It too is a secret recipe – the crackers are marinated spicy crackers to be eaten alone, topped with almost anything or used in recipes. They are loved!” Cowboy and Connie loved visiting Amish country in Lancaster County, PA, and Holmes County, OH, and with love comes their business C & C Buildings & Country Store. With a location in Concord, NC, and this location in Johnson City, TN, the Pikes hope to open another in Salisbury, NC soon. Conveniently located on Bristol Hwy, Cowboy and Connie invite all of you to stop by. “Come by, sit a spell and enjoy an ice cold sodie pop. You'll be glad you did!” C & C Buildings & Country Store 4517 Bristol Hwy. Johnson City, TN 37601- 423-952-2222 Mon- Fri- 10:00am- 6:00pm, Sat- 9:00am- 6:00pm, Sun- 12:00pm – 6:00pm

C & C Buildings & Country Store Holiday Gifts/Baskets • Fresh Poinsettias • Fresh Christmas Trees & Order Your Fresh Baked Goods for Holiday Dinners Amish canned foods, mixes, snacks, flavored ciders, butter, meats, cheeses, fresh baked goods, Cowboy Crackers, candies/fudge, cookbooks, handmade soaps, gift baskets, seasonal fruits & floral, skilled Mennonite crafted outdoor furniture & coming soon- portable storage buildings (no credit check - rent to own) Holiday hours: 7 days a week 12-8 PM

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Positive Planning

Adventures in Planning By Brandi Woodall, Positive Approach Events & Consulting

By Crystal Robertson, UT Extension Agent

Here are some ideas for easing the budget without feeling like a grinch: Give A Priceless Gift: When you make a gift, you give of your time - the most valued gift of all. Make a “Gift of Time” certificate for a chore an older relative cannot easily do, or a trip to the park, or a slumber party for the kids. Think outside the gift box. Buy a single gift for the entire family, such as an entertainment basket filled with DVDs, microwave popcorn, and gift certificates to the movies. Consider giving an environmental excursion, such as kayaking or camping. Make edible gifts such as breads, cookies, or dry jar mixes, which the recipient can prepare later. Package them in reusable tins, baskets, jars, or decorative bags or boxes. Send e-mail holiday greeting cards. This saves money and the environment. Draw, design, and print your own cards, gift tags, and mailing labels from old cards or recycled paper. Holiday plants such as poinsettias, chrysanthemums and Christmas cactus make wonderful “green” gifts for any budget. Plants can be enjoyed long after the holiday season is over. Give local products like locally grown citrus, honey, or work from a local artist.

On entertainment: Trade and borrow outfits with your friends for new holiday attire. You may be able to give each other a little facelift this season, instead of you both heading to the store. Rather than cooking or catering for the entire dinner party, offer a potluck and invite everyone to bring a dish. This is great time to enjoy a gourmet coffee date instead of lunch or dinner out – less than $10. Make sure your Christmas lights aren’t coming on too early or staying on all night watch the energy bills right along with all the other money leaks! Most of all enjoy the spirit of giving and celebrating. Don’t get hindered trying to impress with an elaborate party or purchase the most expensive items on the market. Spending time with your loved ones and giving gifts from the heart are more valuable than gold!

Holiday Trivia for Fun 1) The real St. Nicholas was born in what modern-day country? A: Israel, B: Pakistan, C: Iraq, D: Turkey

4) What year was Santa's wife, Mrs. Claus, first introduced to the world? A: 1889, B: 1902, C: 1929, D: 1935

2) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created as a promotion for what department store? A: J.C. Penney, B: Montgomery Ward, C: Macy's, D: Nordstrom

5) Eggnog was first consumed in what U.S. city? A: Jamestown, Virginia, B: Provincetown, Massachusetts, C: Boston Massachusetts, D: New York, New York

3) In "The Twelve Days of Christmas", there are how many drummers drumming? A: six, B: eight, C: ten, D: twelve


First, create an overall holiday spending limit. This should not only include gifts, but other things such as clothes, wrapping paper, special meals, and travel, if necessary. At the same time, look at the rest of your budget and estimate how much you can afford to spend without racking up debt. Keep track of what you actually spend and compare it against your budgeted amount. If you overspend in one area, you must reduce costs in another. If you have already gone over your budgeted amount, you still have many options without going into debt. This is supposed to be a joyous time; don’t let the temptation to overspend ruin your holidays and make you pay for months afterward.

As many of the Voice Magazine for Women readers know, I am an Independent Event Planner. Basically, that means I can plan events all over the region both for corporate clients and individuals. And now we’re adding something else to our list of offerings, a new event space! VENUE is located in Brandi Woodall downtown Johnson City, Tennessee in the historic King Centre. We’re the entire second floor as a matter of fact! When people ask how to get there, we simply say, “Come into the building, get on the elevator, and press 2.” The elevators actually open onto the space. Once inside, you’ll see almost 10,000 square feet of original hardwood. We were so amazed that a space of this size has been kept a secret for so many years. Imagine a space that you can tailor to your every event dream. From draping walls, to hanging rigs or lanterns, this is one neutral space that you can create a masterpiece in. And we haven’t even told you what the crowning jewel of this space is! VENUE offers two FULL walls of windows and exposed brick that overlook downtown Johnson City’s streetscape. If you’ve ever dreamed of loft living, or hosting an event in a cool, urban setting, then we have the space for you! Our motto is “One Space. Countless Possibilities”. And it’s so very true! But there’s even more! In addition to hosting private events, we’re also creating events for you to attend! That’s where the independent in me takes over! Recently we held live music, as well as a Halloween Party. Both events were ticketed and open to the public. Next on our list is New Year’s Eve! So if you haven’t made plans yet, keep us in mind. VENUE is located at 300 E. Main Street, Ste 200Johnson City, TN 37601. Visit us on the web at, and call (423)926-2693 to take advantage of our “Grand Opening” specials that will expire on 12-31-10.

1.D: Turkey 2.B: Montgomery Ward 3.D: Twelve 4.A: 1889 5.A: Jamestown, Virginia

Crystal Robertson

The holiday season is upon us once again. Sure you have a holiday budget, but did you ever stop and add up all the sneaky hidden costs of the holidays, such as entertainment, new holiday attire, and Christmas greetings? The spirit of giving and celebrating has a strong pull on us, and it is a wonderful time to catch up with friends and family. We can still give and enjoy the holidays while spending less and even helping the environment along the way.

Green Market Pasta Fresh Pasta and Fine Italian Foods

Christmas Cheese Ball How to Set a ʻSimpleʼ Dining Room Table Identify how many guests you will be having and it is always a good idea to sit people strategically. Husbands and wives together, but also make sure that everyone is in a position to get to know each other better if it is a "mixer" dinner party. Clean off table and add a linen table cloth. Place the plates down first. Main course plates in front. Salad plate up and to the right. Place napkins on left side of plate. Salad fork (smaller) on furthest outside left of plate. Add dinner fork to the right of that. On the right side of the plate, place knife, blade turned towards plate. Then place spoon(s) next to that. Dinner spoon first then soup spoons (if necessary) on the right of the dinner spoon. Place glasses on upper right hand side of seating and have the flower arrangement and candles in the middle of the table.

A family holiday favorite. We love this recipe, and could eat it more often, but save it for the holiday season and for neighborhood gifts to keep it a special holiday tradition. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 4 ounces Velveeta cheese 8 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese 4 ounces port wine cheese 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped onion 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 box Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal

Fresh pasta Gourmet ravioli Take & bake lasagna Pasta sauces Pesto

1. Soften cheeses. 2. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly by using hands and squeezing through fingers (fun!). 3. Form into three (3) equal balls or logs. 4. Crush approximately 2 cups of Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal by placing in large plastic ziploc bag, close, and use a rolling pin to crush to desired texture. 5. In a large bowl, gently roll balls or logs in Craklinʼ Oat Bran cereal. 6. Chill and serve with pretzels and crackers.

Handcrafted with premium ingredients– all natural. Enjoy a fresh, gourmet Italian meal which you can quickly and easily prepare in the convenience of your home. All orders require advance notice– email or call ahead! 215 E. Main St. (At the Blue Moon Dinner Theater) Johnson City, TN (423) 737-0760 Find us on Facebook

Countryside Vineyard and Winery Received Two International Gold Ribbon Awards Voted as the #1 Local Winery Enjoy the taste of our “award winning” wines!

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• Made fresh daily • All natural - no preservatives Kids under 12 receive 1 free small gelato on birthday!

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Directions: Exit 63 off I-81, go past old Sam’s Club building and the water tower. Take the third road on the left - Henry Harr Rd. - and continue for 1/2 mile and you will see us on the left. Approximately 1.5 mi. from the exit. WORTH THE DRIVE!

CALL US OR STOP BY! 423-323-1660 Monday -Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm • Sunday 1:00pm - 6:00pm

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Get the Look Salon has been a contributing business in the Tri-Cities area for more than a decade. It was founded in 1995 by Rhonda Parvin and Melissa Brock, both trained and eager professionals. The business originally provided for all hair care needs, and only later added spa services to their menu. Rhonda Parvin has been a certified master educator for numerous cosmetic companies such as Matrix, Joico, The Helix Academy, and Bio Elements. She is currently the the lead aesthetician for Frost Cosmetics. Rhonda has been an avid hair designer for over 30 years, and still enjoys her chosen profession. Melissa Brock, the former manager and current owner of the salon, is an educator for many international color and design companies. Since 2005 she has been a traveling educator for Economy Beauty Supply, teaching other stylists the proper techniques for companies such as BES Italian Color Company based in Milan, Italy, Milkshake, and All-Nutrient. She is an active contributor to her com unity as a member of the Gray Community Chest, and the Appalachian Fair Board.

What: Networking & socializing with other business owners When: Thursday, December 16, 2010 6:00pm - 9:00pm Where: Get the Look Salon & Day Spa 5205 Bobby Hicks Hwy., Gray, TN, 423-477-9700 FREE to attend! All are welcome! Drinks provided. Bring your favorite covered dish to share or donate $2.00. For more information and to RSVP, call 423-926-9983 or 423-477-9700 by Tuesday, December 14. Great opportunity to get your “Voice” out there!

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In 1998 Rhonda decided to expand her venture by opening Get the Look Too in Gray. This location thrived, and soon became a local hot-spot. In mid-2003 Melissa Brock purchased the business from her mother, and consolidated the two locations into a bigger venue in the midst of Gray at 5205 Bobby Hicks Highway. At this new location Melissa broadened her client-appeal by adding full day spa services including manicures, pedicures, massages, and facials. The salon has remained a fruitful part of the Gray community for seven years, and continues to prosper. In July 2010 Plus Sized Consignment and Little Boutique merged with Get the Look. They now offer spa, cosmetic, and hair care services along with consignment and what-not needs. They recently acquired Frost Cosmetics, a national line of skin care and make-up products, exclusively available at the salon. The staff of Get the Look remain up to date with the latest styles and fashions by attending national hair shows and seminars. The salon is a family run business, boasting the employment of Melissa's husband and children. The remainder of her staff consists of dedicated employees including Jennifer Hodge Price who has remained in the employment of Get the Look from the beginning, Ronnie Dunford, Denise Dodge, Kim Thomas, Johnna Barron, and Wanda Robinson. Due to the fine services provided by these individuals, Get the Look was voted one of the top three salons in the Tri-Cities area. Get the Look Salon an Day Spa participates in many charitable events and causes. In October of 2010 the staff of Get the Look walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. They have been members of the Locks of Love foundation since 2003, and contribute to numerous community charities. Get the Look has made it their goal to be a family-centered salon, portrayed by their motto, “caring for you.”

Plus Get the Look Size Consignment


Now Featuring Little Boutique (New Items) For Truly Plus Size Women

20% Off All Jeans & Shoes! Many More Discounts throughout the Store! Size 14 to 4X Taking Fall & Winter Clothing Now! We Also Take Jewelry, Purses and Accessories! Call for Appointment

Free In-Home Consultations! 744 Gray Station Rd. • Gray, TN • 423-979-0001

5205 Bobby Hicks Hwy. Gray, Tennessee •423-328-0843 Locally Owned & Operated

Full Service Hair Salon Manicures • Pedicures • Facials Massage • Wax Hair Removal


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Steps for a Stress-Free Holiday Get active - Physical activity pumps up your feel-good endorphins and refocuses your mind on your body's movements. Meditate - During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Laugh - When you start to laugh, it lightens your mental load and actually causes positive physical changes in your body. Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure, producing a good, relaxed feeling. So read some jokes, tell some jokes, watch a comedy or hang out with your funny friends. Connect - Social contact is a good stress reliever because it can distract you, provide support, help you weather life's up and downs, so take a coffee break with a friend, email a relative, volunteer for a charitable group, or visit your place of worship.


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Assert you - Learn to say no to some tasks or to delegate them. Accept that you can not do it all. Sleep - Stress often gives sleep the heave-ho. You have too much to do — and too much to think about — and your sleep suffers. If you have sleep troubles, make sure that you have a quiet, relaxing bedtime routine, listen to soothing music, put clocks away, and stick to a consistent schedule. Get musical - Listening to, singing with, or playing music is a good stress reliever because it provides a mental distraction, reduces muscle tension and decreases stress hormones. Crank up the volume and let your mind be absorbed by the music. And dance - it’s for the mind and the body! Read the ‘free’ local women’s magazine –Voice Magazine for women! Very relaxing!

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Janet Hatcher Rice, DDS Cosmetic, Spa Dentistry 136 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. • Bristol, TN 37620 423-989-7690 •

“Where Quality of Life Comes First”

Services Include: • Ambulation Assistance • Bathing • Changing bed linens • Cleaning bathrooms & kitchen appliances

• Companionship • Dressing • Dusting • Emptying trash • Grocery shopping

• In-home respite • Prescription pick-up • Laundry • Toileting •Meal preparation • Washing dishes • Medication reminders • 24/7 care available • Mopping Phone: 423.257.7754

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Voice Magazine for Women December 2010 Calendar of Events First Day of Hanukkah

“First Thursday” Discover Downtown Kingsport Shops open until 7:00 pm

Get your New

First Friday Festival in Downtown Johnson City, TN

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Mountain Music Showcase is now seen each Saturday morning from 8:30 - 9:00 on MyTriCities WAPK channel 6 on most cable systems.

Last Day of Hanukkah

Washington County VA Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Virginia Ball Room – Every Third Thursday at 7:30am

Mountain Music Showcase is now seen each Saturday morning from 8:30 - 9:00 on MyTriCities WAPK channel 6 on most cable systems.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Business Networking Event) See ad on page 21.

First Day of Kwanzaa

Mountain Music Showcase is now seen each Saturday morning from 8:30 - 9:00 on MyTriCities WAPK channel 6 on most cable systems.

Winter Solstice

Christmas Eve

Watch Voice Magazine on Daytime Tri-Cities WJHL-11 at 10 am.

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How to place a classified ad: $25.00 for up to 40 words and .10 for each additional word. Line border is included. Bold and or one-color additional. Must be received by the 15th. All ads subject to approval. Call 423-926-9983 or email: How to place a display/classified ad: Contact by phone 423-926-9983 or e-mail Editing: We reserve the right to edit for taste, clarity and length. Most submissions are edited to shorten, clarify confusing statements or correct grammatical errors. If a submission is potentially libelous, slanderous or appears to have been written with malice or harmful intent, it will be edited or rejected. This applies to submissions for the magazine and for our website How to subscribe: Send $28.00 for one year for 12 issues to: Voice Magazine, P.O. Box 701, Johnson City, TN 37605 How to submit items to “update” and “up & coming events”: We encourage submission of press releases about news and up & coming events. Email your press releases to

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This is the Christmas show for all of the Celtic music fans in the Tri-Cities area! On Thursday evening, December 9th, the Abingdon Senior Center is proud to present the fabulous Celtic band from Williamsburg - Coyote Run! This is their "seasonal show" and it is a great privilege to have them bring this special show to Abingdon once again! The group was in Abingdon last December and it is thrilling to give folks in the area a chance to see this fantastic evening of music once more! An evening of family-friendly, holiday entertainment ranging from outrageous to poignant to sacred to "wow"! This enormously popular Celtic band takes you on a holiday visit to the imagined Celtic town of Inis Veil where holiday celebrations are under way. Powerful music, storytelling, passionate musicianship and killer harmonies - this show has it all! Says Sarah Meador of - "Coyote Run perfectly captures the mix of rejoicing and contemplation that is the holiday season at its best!" The house opens at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $12.00 ($10.00 for Senior Center members) and children ten and under are admitted free. Call or visit the website for more information: (276) 628-3911 You can visit Coyote Run on the web at: Bristol, TN/VA Bristol Christmas Parade will be held December 02, 2010. An annual family favorite through historic downtown Bristol, offering decorative floats, marching bands, and Old St. Nicholas himself. Parade begins at 7pm. Contact- Bristol Chamber of Commerce for information 423-989-4850 or visit

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Abingdon, VA 2010 Annual Abingdon Christmas Parade- December 4, 2010 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Abingdon and Town of Abingdon. For more info visit

On Thursday December 2nd, 2010 Scythian, a crowd favorite at the 2008 & 2009 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, will return to Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN Train Station. Tickets are available for the show on where you can use a credit card and print your tickets at home or cash and check buyers can call 423-3832901 to arrange pick up. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This is an all age's show and promises to have people talking about it for a long time. Doors will open at 7:30 with the concert beginning at 8:00 p.m. with no opening act. There will be a cash bar on the main floor presented by the Southeast Culinary and Hospitality College. 4th Annual International Women's Day Celebration of Bristol- This event is hosted by the Women's Empowerment Network of Bristol! Mark your calendars! Join us on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Country Club of Bristol (registration & cocktail time will begin at 5:30pm) Buffet dinner, entertainment (Belly dancers), and an inspirational speaker (still to be determined). Cost $30 per person (pre-

register with a friend and each receives $5 off their ticket) Charity still TBD. A fun and entertaining event! Voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2008, Ralphie May next appears opposite Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Sedaris in the feature film, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST. After a record-setting three separate 1-hour Comedy Central Specials in the past three consecutive years, all of which were among the networks most highly-rated, Ralphie’s relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever. Ralphie May will perform at the Paramount Center on Thursday, January 13, 2010 @ 7:30PM. For Tickets visit the Paramount Center for The Arts Box Office, online at or charge by phone at 1-423-274-8920. Saturday, December 11th at 7:30PM and Sunday, December 12th at 2:30PM Bristol Ballet presents “Christmas Illuminations”, a ballet in two acts. “Les Patineurs” (The Skaters), opens the show. This charming ballet shows people in the 19th century enjoying an afternoon of skating in an outdoor park. First done by the Sadler’s Wells Ballet in 1939, it has enjoyed popularity in the United States but has not been produced in the Tri-Cities in over a decade. “Cool Christmas” is the second act of the show, which is a collection of dances to Christmas music arranged in a “cool”, contemporary fashion. The production includes local dancers from Bristol Ballet and special guest dancer Fernando Moraga. Originally from Santiago, Chile. Mr. Moraga was a soloist for Ballet de Santiago and has been a soloist for Houston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Ballet Florida. $15 Adults, $5 Children , $8 Student/Seniors. Paramount Center for the Arts in Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. For tickets call the Box Office 423-274-8920 or on-line Monday, December 13th at 7:00 PM East High School Band and Chorus Christmas Concert- East High School present their annual Band and Chorus Christmas Concert. Donations at the door are gratefully accepted. Tuesday, December 14th at 7:30PM BRANSON ON THE ROAD “A Bristol Christmas”- The first national touring show named for the famous city, Branson On the Road combines great classic country, rockabilly and gospel music with rhinestone costumes and hilarious comedy. After 20 years performing on “The Strip” in Branson, the show delivers lots of good, clean, family fun wherever they go. Adult $24; Senior/Student $20. Group rates available. Paramount Center for the Arts in Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. For tickets call the Box Office 423-274-8920 or on-line Thursday, December 16th at 7:30PM SENIOR SHOW CHOIR-The Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir is ready again to ring in the Holiday with their brand new Christmas

Show . The 70 member senior adult cast will have audience young and old plus all those in between singing, laughing and remembering many special holiday memories. Most of all, each one will leave with a smile on their face and the songs of the season in their heads. Characters such as Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, the Wooden Soldiers, and a special rendition of the Nutcracker will be some of the musical acts you will not want to miss. As with each of their holiday programs, the 70 minute show will conclude with a dramatic musical story of the birth of Jesus and the nativity. This very unique musical group is sponsored by the Bristol Virginia Parks and Recreation Department and admission is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person at the door. For more information call 276-645-7375. Paramount Center for the Arts in Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. Saturday, December 18th at 8:00PM Eddie Miles “Elvis Blue Christmas�- Hailed as the best by the people who knew and performed with Elvis, J.D. Sumner, Charlie Hodge, Ed Enoch, Terry Blackwood, and many others agree that EDDIE MILES reproduces the sound and look of Elvis better than any other. Screams, Cheers, and Standing Ovations are common at Eddie's Concerts. Miles has performed for years all over the country to exuberant SOLD OUT audiences. Some of his shows include headlining at The Largest Elvis Festival in the World in Collingwood, Canada, headlining in Memphis, TN during the 25th and 30th Anniversary, Numerous Television specials, plus Owning and Operating his own Theaters in Pigeon Forge, TN. and Myrtle Beach, SC. Reserved tickets $25. Paramount Center for the Arts in Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. For tickets call the Box Office 423-274-8920 or on-line SUNDAY AFTERNOON, December 19th at 2:00PM THE MOVIE: "It's a Wonderful Life.� It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra and based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" written by Philip Van Doren Stern. If picking up tickets in advance is not possible, please call Oakley-Cook at 423-764-7123, tell us the number of tickets you want and the names of the people who will be using them, and you can pick them up at The Paramount on the afternoon of the movie. Johnson City, TN Annual Christmas Parade - The 2010 Christmas Parade will be on Friday, December 3rd, beginning at 7pm, in Downtown Johnson City. The Chamber is working in partnership with Friends of Olde Downtowne to coordinate this year's parade. The Poetry Society of Tennessee, Northeast Chapter, holds its monthly meeting on Saturday, December 11, 2010 on the campus of Northeast State Community College in the Wayne G. Basler Library - room L106. The program will include a silent auction and a look back at the organization and individual poets' accomplishments for the past year. A pot luck luncheon will follow. All lovers of poetry are invited to attend for readings, reviews, and contest information. Annual dues for the PST-NE are $25 per year, which includes membership in the local, state, and national organizations. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am

and conclude at 12:00 pm. Contact Todd Bailey at 423-3670532 or Rose Klix 423-477-2223 for more information. Version for Calendar entries: The Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Chapter, (PST-NE), will conduct its monthly meeting on Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 10:00am until 12:00pm on the campus of Northeast State Community College in the Wayne G. Basler Library room L106. The program will include a silent auction and a look back at the organization and individual poets' accomplishments or 2010. Contact Todd Bailey at 423-367-0532 or Rose Klix 423-477-2223 for more information.



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Kingsport, TN “Christmas In the Country" at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in     Kingsport, will be held Saturday, December 4, from 10 am 4:00 pm. The celebration features the sales of fresh YWCA Junior Board presents the 12th Annual Luncheon & Silent Auction greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and heritage foods and folk arts, as well as demonstrations of December activities on the mid19th century farm. The traditional Yule Log Ceremony with carol singing around the bonfire begins featuring a panel of diverse & powerful women: at 4:15 p.m. Admission is free. The Overmountain D r. Va n e s s a F i t s a n a k i s , K i n g C o l l e g e P r o f e s s o r Weavers will be offering a Cornelia Kodkani-Laemmli, Symphony of the Mountains parent-child workshop Susan Lapis, Southwings Pilot each hour at the event. Jeannie Price, Regional HUD Housing Coordinator Children will learn how to weave a Christmas Tree Ornament while parents use Tole painting techniques to create ornaments Bristol Motor Speedway, Bruton Smith Building, Third Floor Banquet Room of their own. The workshop is open for children ages 8 to 14. Pre-registraTickets $20. For reservations, call YWCA Bristol at 423.968.9444. tion is required. The woven ornament will cost $3.00 for materials and the painted ornaments are $1.00 each. For more inYWCA Bristol - 106 State Street, Bristol TN formation or to register for workshops, call 423.968.9444 6071.

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Emily Sizemore in Huntington, WV We would like to show off your vacation! Have your photo taken with Voice and send it to us! Include your name, address, phone number and submit your digital photos to or mail a snapshot to P.O. Box 701 Johnson City, TN 37605.

Across 1. Aspirations 6. Barks 10. Absorbed, as a cost 13. Dickens's ___ Heep 14. "Four Quartets" poet 16. "What's ___?" 17. Place to buy car fuel (pl.) 19. Athletic supporter? 20. Flying high 21. Site of Disneyland 23. Ado 25. Anchovy containers 26. Infomercials, e.g. 29. Island rings 31. Cupid's projectile 33. Congers 35. Hideous 37. Implied 39. 1935 Triple Crown winner 41. Clod chopper 42. Having thorns 43. Romance, e.g. 44. Exactly 46. Approach 47. Floating mass of ice (pl.) 49. "Check this out!" 51. "Malcolm X" director 52. Particular, for short 53. Mountain pool 55. Exodus figure 58. Tenant 62. "Fantasy Island" prop 63. To pretend to be 65. Big, fat mouth 66. Silly trick 67. Pasta choice 68. "Star Trek" rank: Abbr. 69. "I had no ___!" 70. Appropriate

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1210 Voice Magazine For Women December issue  

1210 Voice Magazine for Women December Issue

1210 Voice Magazine For Women December issue  

1210 Voice Magazine for Women December Issue