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cover kid Five-year-old Hannah Lesniak had a blast tubing down the driveway last winter. The Lesniaks had recently moved to Yakima from the wet side, so Hannah and her little sister Lilly “loved having all that snow,” says mama Kerstin, who captured the fun on camera. Thanks for taking the time to enter our contest, Kerstin!

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This last month has been a whirlwind for me. I baked Christmas cookies before going to the pumpkin patch, if that gives you any idea. It’s been crazy, and it’s been wonderful. I’m really pleased that you like this new magazine as much as I’d hoped you would. I’m flattered by your enthusiasm and kind words, and really most appreciative of family, friends and total strangers who have called up to see how they could help. This issue has some gorgeous photos by Kelly Allan, a Terrace Heights mom and emerging star in the field of Christmas cookie photography. We’ve got tried-andtrue holiday recipes from several local mamas, as well as a cookbook review from Yakima’s own crazy-for-books blogger, Mindy Oja. And — woot! — we’ve got photographs of more than three dozen local kids, including Hannah “I love tubing” Lesniak, the cover cutie who won our wintertime photo contest. (See page 31 for details about the next contest.) I’m so excited to be able to show off our kids, our talented mamas and all the great things this Valley has to offer our families. I hope you’ll continue to feed me story ideas, calendar tips, photo submissions, and any other suggestions ... I want this magazine to be for parents, by parents. So I need to know what you want to know about. What kind of information do you need?

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ready for a visit from the Jolly Ol’ Elf with simple recipes just perfect for little helpers.

in every issue 12 christmas, Contained 3 editor’s note 6 contributors 26 storytimes 26 daily planner 34 reading for sanity

Everybody on your list will love these gifts the kids can make themselves.

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hot tamale A MexicanAmerican family treats us to a taste of tamales and holiday traditions.

17 fever RELIEVER Does a

toasty tot make you panic? We asked an ER doc for tips on treating sick kids.

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better put on some mittens: We’ve found some great reasons to get out and play this winter.

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holiday CHEER From lighted parades to the Luminaria, our extensive holiday calendar tells you all the best places to track down Santa this season.

34 READING FOR SANITY Our insatiable reader-mama gets hungry for fresh dinner ideas and eats up a new cookbook faster than you can say leftovers.

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<< KELLY ALLAN is a busy mom and photographer. When she’s not chasing around her two children (Delaney, 5, and Grady, 22 months), she’s busy shooting newborn and children’s portraits for her photo biz, 7 Safaris Photography & Design, www.7safaris.com.

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Bruce Eades, 3, helps his mom in the kitchen at least once a week. These holiday cookies from Denmark are a great choice for baking with kids because the recipe is so simple yet includes several tasks that are perfect for little helpers. Crisp and light, these cookies take just 5 minutes to bake â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nearly instant gratification for the crew.

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Danish Stars from the kitchen of Benedicte

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est Valley mom Benedicte Eades grew up making these traditional Danish Christmas cookies with her mother, who was born in Denmark. “We’ve made these cookies for as long as I can remember,” Benedicte says. “It wouldn’t be Christmas without them.” Benedicte loves to bake and includes her children in the kitchen at least once a week. At age 5, kindergartener Anna Daisy is already a pro at cracking eggs and helping Mom measure and mix ingredients. Bruce, 3, loses interest more

quickly so Mom keeps his tasks simple and fun: punching out shapes with cookie cutters, painting the cookies with an egg glaze and then sprinkling the tops with cinnamon sugar. “I think the thing about cooking with kids,” says Benedicte, pointing out a mishapen star, “cookies like this are fantastic. If there are shells in the egg, you just fish them out. It’s not going to be Martha Stewart Day.” As long as the treats are for the family, Benedicte plays it cool when the kids

lick sugar off their fingers (and then go back for more). They know not to taste the dough, however, because Mom has a no-taste rule for mixes with raw eggs that might contain Salmonella bacteria. Homemade pizza is a good option for kids who like to taste, Benedicte suggests. She sets out topping choices (meats, cheese and veggies) in bowls on the counter and lets the kids make their own pizzas. “Because all the ingredients they were going to be eating for dinner anyway, you don’t have to be so strict,” she says. ♦

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No-Bake Cookie Parties You won’t need to clean the kitchen to drop in for some holiday cookie fun at these events in Yakima and Sunnyside. Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Drop in to

decorate a gingerbread man between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 6-20 and Dec. 4-18. Cost is $5 per child. The Cake Decorator Shoppe, located in Chalet Place, 5609 Summitview Ave., Yakima. (509) 494-0975. cakedecoratorshoppe.com

Darigold’s Decorating Cookies with Mrs. Claus Over 1,000 cookies to decorate,

and Santa will be there too. Join the party from 9-11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Darigold Dairy Fair, 400 Alexander Road, Sunnyside. (509) 837-4321. Free (one canned food item encouraged to help local food banks).

Other Kitchen Workshops for Kids Fresh Taste Meals is offering a one-hour kids’ workshop at 1 p.m. Nov. 13. The

cost is $25 per child, which includes instruction and a six-portion meal. Ages 9 and up are welcome; advance registration required. Located at 2204 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima. (509) 457-7798. freshtastemeals.com

La Maison de Falaise offers professional cooking classes, including junior

classes for ages 5 and up, from a private home in Naches Heights. Call for details. (509) 961-9899. maisonfalaise.com

THE CAKE DECORATOR SHOPPE will offer a basic chocolate class from 2-4 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 6-20 and Dec. 4-18. Children ages 8 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $25 per student, which includes 1 lb. chocolate and a mold to take home as well as chocolates made in the class; call to reserve space. (509) 494-0975.

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Hall’s Hockey Puck Cookies from the kitchen of Josie Hall

WHAT YOU NEED Ritz crackers White or milk chocolate Peanut butter or Nutella spread WHAT YOU DO Stirring often, slowly melt the chocolate on the stove in a double boiler or glass bowl placed on top of a sauce pan ¼ full of boiling water. Spread peanut butter or Nutella between two Ritz crackers to make a cracker sandwich. Dip the cracker sandwich in the melted chocolate then place on wax paper to cool. Add holiday sprinkles or leave plain. Josie says: We make these to give to friends and family every holiday season. Super easy and very kid friendly!

Josie & Lilly hall, 3, made “almost homemade” cookies for Christmas gifts last year.

Photo courtesy Josie Hall.


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Get Your Craft On!

Reindeer Cookies

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Gifts in a jar are a great way to get kids involved in holiday gifting. These thoughtful, homemade gifts are great for teachers, baby sitters, Grandma and even other children. The choices for “fillers” are virtually endless, so you should be able to think of something suitable for nearly everyone on your list. Is Dad hard to shop for? Can’t go wrong with a container of his favorite munchies tied off with a fishing lure... or some other trinket or sticker related to his hobbies. To include kids in the process, start with a visit to the craft store to help select interesting containers. Choose small jars, no more than a pint, for candies and quart-sized containers for cookie mixes or baked goods. Even your littlest helpers can fill containers with wrapped candies or help mix together bath salts. Older kids can help with layered mixes. To finish it off, ask the kids to decorate the jars with stickers or draw a picture to hang on the tag. Tie a ribbon around the neck and you’re set. Here’s a few more ideas for fillers: • Cocoa & Marshmallows • Pancake Mix • Herbed Rice • Coffee Beans • Dog Biscuits • Desk Supplies

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Oatmeal C hocolate C hip Cookies in a Jar WHAT YOU NEED 1 cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 ¼ cups rolled oats ½ cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup chopped nuts ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips WHAT YOU DO With wire whisk, mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Pour into a 1-quart mason jar, pack down level with heavy object. Pack oatmeal on top of flour in jar. Add white sugar and pack down. Add brown sugar and pack down. Layer chopped nuts on top of brown sugar. Finish layering jar with mini or regular chocolate chips until even with the top (no more than ½ cup). Decorate the jar as you like. Print out the following directions to attach to the jar: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Preheat oven to 375° F. Spoon chocolate chips and nuts into small bowl, set aside. Spoon brown and white sugar into mixing bowl, add ½ cup margarine or butter, cream well. Add 1 egg and ½ teaspoon vanilla, mix well. Pour oatmeal and flour mixture from jar into bowl, mix thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Roll into walnut size balls, place on slightly greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 min. INGREDIENTS: flour, oatmeal, brown and white sugars, soda, baking powder, chocolate chips, nuts. Makes 3 dozen.

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Hot

Tamale!

A taste of a MexicanAmerican Christmas

Abuela’s Atole

k as porridge or with no lumps. It can be as thic Atole should always be creamy be a superstition,” may than hot chocolate. “This is thinned down to slightly thicker starts stirring. It dy ebo som e onc pot can stir the Elisabeth says, “but nobody else curdles.” WHAT YOU NEED 2 lbs masa harina (corn dough) 3 large piloncillo (Mexican sugar cones), r or substitute 2 cups brown suga

Forget cookies. To Elisabeth Pulido, nothing says Christmas like a hot tamale. “We have a very traditional Turkey Day, a very American, traditional Turkey Day,” says Elisabeth, a Yakima mother of four. “But I want tamales for Christmas or it’s not Christmas, you know?” Tamales always go with atole, Elisabeth says, describing the traditional Mexican hot drink made from milk and masa, corn flour. Though not necessarily surprising, it’s interesting to me that my MexicanAmerican friend has such different foods associated with the holiday we both celebrate. But the menu only hints at the differences between our holiday traditions. Frankly, I’m astounded: Despite everything I’d always heard about his magical sleigh ride around the globe, Santa doesn’t stop in most Mexican homes or even at the Pulidos’ house right here in Yakima. Elisabeth’s festivities are more deeply

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rooted in religious tradition, but there’s also plenty of excuses to party. The season kicks off with Las Posadas, a nine-evening event culminating with a late mass on La Bueno Noche, Christmas Eve. Las Posadas, which means “the inn,” recreates Joseph and Mary’s pilgrimage in search of lodging. Each night from Dec. 16-24, a different family hosts the party. Visitors arrive outside the home and sing the versos, a song asking for shelter. Once they’re invited inside, treats are served along with something to drink, perhaps some atole or a mug of ponche, a hot fruit drink made with walnuts, orange juice, prunes and cinnamon. Each night, the children get to break a piñata filled with peanuts, mandarins and different wrapped candies. “There has to be oranges and peanuts for sure,” Elisabeth says. “That’s a for sure thing, and then you can add whatever else.” During the day of Christmas Eve, La Buena Noche, Elisabeth’s mother Emma Vasquez is busy making tamales. They’re made from corn meal dough filled with meats, cheese or sweet corn. Abuela, or grandmother, will make about 250 tamales that will be served with sour cream and salsa during that night’s party, which begins after an 8 o’clock mass. About 100 friends and family may come and go throughout the evening for music, dancing and a game of Lotería, Mexican bingo. There’s a gift exchange at midnight, and each child receives a small gift from each family. On Christmas day, Navidad, the YAKIMABUSYBEE.COM • NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2010

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three-year-old Natallie Piñon Vasquez, opposite page, giggles when her tía Elisabeth tickles her. On this page: Looks like Emily Pulido, 2, and brother Gabriel, 4, love Grandma’s tamales! Big sister Emanai, 6, at left, leans in to smell the steaming treat.

events are pretty low-key. “There’s always lots and lots of leftovers.” But the festivities aren’t complete until Jan. 6, El Día de los Reyes, known in English as the Epiphany, which recognizes the day when the Three Wise Men, following the star to Bethlehem, arrived bearing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the Baby Jesus. This is the day many children in Spain, Mexico and other Latin countries receive the majority of their gifts. The Pulido children will find that one of their shoes has been filled with a gift, left by their godparents. “It has to be a toy,” Elisabeth says. “That’s what they want.” On Jan. 6, it’s traditional to eat la rosca (see right). Whoever finds the sweebread’s hidden figurine is on the hook for tamales at the next party. ♦

La Rosca de Reyes is a ring-shaped sweetbread decorated with candied fruit served on Jan. 6, Three Kings’ Day. Hidden inside is a small figurine of the Baby Jesus. According to tradition, the person who finds the figurine is expected to provide tamales and host the celebration of Candelaria, or Candlemas, on Feb. 2. That date marks the end of the holiday season. Time to put the nativity away — and eat a few more tamales!

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■ check it out|latino art & lit

los libros de Navidad Yakima Valley Libraries offer a number of children’s books in Spanish, as well as many books in English that celebrate Latino culture. Ask the librarian to point you toward the holiday shelf for books about Las Posadas, the Day of the Dead and other Mexican traditions. Here are a few Navidad-themed picture books I enjoyed reading with my children:

DAY OF THE DEAD (Nov. 2) The Yakima-Morelia Sister City Association will host its 6th annual Día de los Muertos Community Altar Exhibit in downtown Yakima. Open daily from 12-6 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 7, the exhibit featuring two dozen community-created altars is located in the former Yakima Mall at 317 E. Yakima Ave. Admission is free. The vibrant, colorful altars feature elaborate sugar skulls, artwork and flowers to honor those who have died. Día de los Muertos is a festive celebration that’s not at all gruesome and is appropriate for children. For more information, visit yakimamorelia.org. Another colorful art exhibition featuring a huge sand painting and community altar will be open from 2-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 21 at the Mighty Tieton Warehouse, 608 Wisconsin Ave., Tieton. (509) 494-2009. mightytieton.com/events

• The Legend of the

Poinsettia, written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. A young girl with a big heart finds herself without a gift for the town’s nativity. This colorful picture book retells the Mexican legend of how la Flor de Nochebuena, the Flower of the Holy Night, came to be. Too Many Tamales by Gary Sota with illustrations by Ed Martinez. When Maria thinks she’s lost her mother’s ring, she and her cousins make a desperate and funny attempt to eat themselves out of trouble.

Pancho’s Pinata by Stefan Czernecki and Timothy Rhodes. This vibrant book tells a very sweet story of the legend of the piñata that begins and ends with Las Posadas. Farolitos of Christmas by Rudolfo Anaya, illustrated by Edward Gonzales; 1996 Winner of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. Set in northern New Mexico, the traditions in this warm story won’t be familiar to the Yakima Valley’s families with roots in Mexico. Nevertheless, it’s a charming story that lights up the season with luminarias similar to our Yakima Area Arboretum’s annual event (see page 25), so I’ve decided to include it on this list. For very young children, try Uno, Dos, Tres, Posada!, a counting book by Virginia Kroll, or N is for Navidad by Susan Middleton Elya and Merry Banks. — Sara Bristol

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Learn how to call your doctor or clinic after hours, and call if you have questions or concerns about signs of illness.

Take the fear out of fever It’s a familiar situation: Your child wakes you in the middle of the night, flushed and sweaty. He says he doesn’t feel well. You put a hand on his forehead and he feels warm. You suspect your little guy’s got a fever, but you’re not sure what to do. Should you get out a thermometer? Call the doctor? A suspected fever is the most common reason parents bring children to the ER, says John Zambito, DO, emergency room medical director at Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center and father of three. “A lot of times parents will react almost immediately to a fever without trying anything at home (to reduce the fever).” A fever is a sign that the body’s fighting an infection, Zambito says, but most fevers aren’t dangerous. “Fevers become dangerous in children especially when they come on quickly,” the doctor advises. You should head to the ER immediately if your child is having difficulty breathing, experiencing severe stomach pain, needs an X-ray outside of normal office hours or shows other signs of illness.

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In most situations, a few simple steps at home may save you a stressful (and costly) trip to the hospital. • First, confirm the temperature. You should have a reliable thermometer and home and know how to use it. “It’s a tool all parents should have,” Zambito says. “More often than not, I’ll be told, ‘I don’t have a thermometer. They just felt warm.’” A fever is an elevated temperature (over 100.4 degrees) that occurs when the body’s internal thermostat kicks in to fight infection. Although fever can be a warning sign of a serious infection or illness (not disease), a temperature in itself may be uncomfortable but isn’t dangerous in most circumstances. • Give a dose of children’s medicine (a product with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, such as Tylenol or Motrin) to reduce the fever. Be sure to read the instructions and call your doctor if needed to confirm the correct dosage. • Keep the child hydrated. Fever will cause a child to lose fluids more quickly, so offer plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Especially with infants, keep an eye for

signs of dehydration including crying without tears, a dry mouth, and fewer wet diapers. • Do not bundle up a child with a fever — it can make a fever go higher. • Do not give the child an ice bath or alcohol bath. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents to never to put rubbing alcohol in the water, as it can be absorbed into the skin or inhaled and can cause serious problems including coma. Sponging a feverish child with a wet cloth can help reduce fever and make a child more comfortable. • Look for signs of serious illness, including high-pitched crying, extreme fussiness, lack of alertness, pain, irritability, not eating, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained rash, pain, seizures, dry mouth, cough or swelling. Call your doctor if you have any concerns. — Sara Bristol

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The Summit

The Summit Tubing Center

Actually four different ski areas in one, The Summit at Snoqualmie is one of the few in the region that offers tubing (with a rope tow at that!). Formerly known as Snowflake Tubing, The Summit Tubing Center is only 90 minutes from Yakima via Interstate 90. Tubing sessions run in two-hour increments on the weekends from 9 a.m. into the night. Rates from $5 for ages 5 and younger, $16 to $19 for kids ages 6-12 and $18 to $21 for adults (depending on time of day). There are several dining options in the Central lodge and the rest of the resort. Directions: From I-90, take Exit 53 and follow the signs. (425) 434-7669 www.summitatsnoqualmie.com/ Activities/Tubing

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Leavenworth Ski Hill

Located 90 minutes north of Yakima, the Bavarian-theme village of Leavenworth packs a winter punch that includes the 100-foot Lt. Michael Adams Tubing Park at the Leavenworth Ski Hill just north of town. The tubing park has a rope tow and groomed runs. Rates are $15 for 90 minutes, and that includes night tubing. Waivers are required, and kids under the age of 8 must be supervised by an adult. While you’re there, be sure to check out the historic Depression era lodge (not to mention the nice warm fireplace and some food). The ski area is open four days a week including weekends; check the website for hours and holidays. www.skileavenworth.com

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Operated as a non-profit by volunteers, Yakima’s venerable ice rink sits adjacent to I-82 on Beech Street, just south of Kiwanis Park. Public sessions usually run from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Learn to skate sessions every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Check the website for up-todate times. Sessions are $6 plus $1 for skates. Beginner youth hockey program Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The facility is also available to rent for birthday parties and other events. The concession stand is fully stocked with snacks and beverages, hot and cold. The season runs through the end of March. Yakima Ice Rink, 1700 Beech St. (509) 469-0597 www.yakimaicerink.com

There’s a year-round ice rink called the Toyota Arena in Kennewick. Check the website at yourtoyotaarena.com for times.

Suncadia Resort 2010 Yakima Ski & Snowboard Swap Find new and used snowboards, skis, boots and clothing at this 45th annual sale hosted by the White Pass Ski Patrol. The location is the Modern Living Building at State Fair Park, and the dates are Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash and credit cards only. For more information, contact Ken Lust at (509) 966-4162 or visit yakimaskiswap.com.

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You don’t need to stay overnight to enjoy outdoor ice skating and snow tubing at this recreational getaway just east of Cle Elum. The resort’s tubing hill has a rope tow and the fire pit near the Amphitheater ice rink is perfect for warming up with a sip of cocoa or a s’more. Skating and tubing sessions are offered several times daily most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday sessions are offered during holiday breaks. Waivers are required for both activities; youth ages 17 and under must have a parent or guardian signature. For times and prices, check the online schedule at suncadiaresort.com or call (509) 649-6461. Special activities kick off Thanksgiving weekend during Winterfest, a month-long celebration featuring horse-drawn sleigh rides, holiday crafts and bedtime tuck-ins from a crew of elves. The resort also offers opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiles tours and winter fly fishing.

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Hyak Sno-Park

Out of some 120 Sno-Parks maintained by the state Parks Department during the winter, five have designated areas for tubing and “general snow play” — the rest are mostly for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The closest snow play Sno-Park to Yakima is at Hyak, west of Cle Elum near Snoqualmie Pass. To get there, take Exit 54 from I-90, turn left and go about 1/8 mile. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are 150 parking spaces, but it can get crowded some days. Restrooms are available. Be forewarned: a $20 Sno-Park permit is required. For more information, including how to purchase a permit, go to parks.wa.gov and click on the link for winter recreation.

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Harman Center Holiday Bazaar New and

homemade arts and crafts. Breakfast $4, lunch $3. Nov. 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harman Center, 101 N. 65th Ave., Yakima. (509) 575-6166.

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Mountainview Christian Fellowship Holiday Craft Bazaar Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to

3 p.m. Lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Life Choices. 7105 Alpine Way, Yakima, corner of 72nd Avenue and Summitview. (509) 966-5422.

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Great Russian Nutcracker The

Moscow Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic. Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50. Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St., Yakima. (509) 853-2787. www.capitoltheatre.org 22

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever The nasty

Herdman family bring a fresh take on the age-old story; based on the bestselling book. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 25-27; Dec. 2-4 and 9-11. Special matinee Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. $15 adults/$12 students and seniors. Akin Center Theatre, 2608 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima. (509) 248-2787. akintheatre.com

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King Island Christmas

Based on a children’s book, this story of a remote Alaskan community that pulls together on Christmas Eve has been described as an American holiday tradition in the making. Evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26-28, Dec. 2-4 and 9-11. Matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 4. Adults $17.50, students and seniors $15. The Warehouse Theatre, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima. (509) 966-0951. www.alliedartsyakima.org The Best Christmas Pageant Ever See

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Toy Train Christmas Visit

Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also Saturdays and Sundays in December through the 19th. Adults $6, children $4. Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 S. Asotin Ave., Toppenish. (509) 865-1911. www.nprymuseum.org The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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King Island Christmas See Nov. 26.

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Prosser Family Christmas Festival Bring your sticks

to roast marshmallows over outdoor fire pits. Caroling, hot chocolate, hot dogs and Santa. Nov. 28, 4 to 6 p.m. Christmas tree lighting at dusk. Prosser Depot Square, downtown Prosser. (509) 786-3177. King Island Christmas See Nov. 26.

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Mighty Tieton Winter Crafts Bazaar Local and

regional crafts, plus the second-annual chandelier festival. Dec. 3 preview, 5-8:30 p.m. ($10 admission); Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mighty Tieton Warehouse, 608 Wisconsin Ave., Tieton. (509) 494-2009. www. mightytieton.com The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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King Island Christmas See Nov. 26. Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Ceremonies Located 90 minutes north

of Yakima, Leavenworth surely ranks as one of the most Christmasy places in the country. The key times are at 4:30 on Saturdays and Sundays, when the village and the trees in Front Street Park come alive with spectacular lights and color. Dec. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19. leavenworth.org continued on next page >>

the historic Toppenish train depot (all decked out for the holidays with Christmas trees and operating toy trains), then take a short ride on a real caboose to see Santa.

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Holy Family Church Christmas Breakfast

Pictures with Santa, children’s raffle, silent auction, purchase gifts at the Country Store. $7 adults/$4 children ages 3-12. Dec. 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sponsored by Catholic Daughters of the Americas at Holy Family Church, 5315 Tieton Drive, Yakima. (509 930-1130 or (509) 972-0661. Selah Breakfast with Santa Dec.

4, 8:30 to 10 a.m. $10 adults/$8 kids (ages 2 and younger free). Limited to first 100 guests. Reservations required. Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St. (509) 698-7303.

Darigold Dairy Decorating Cookies with Mrs. Claus See page 10. Gingerbread Cookie Decorating

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The Greatest Gift: A Nativity Presentation Family musical matinee.

Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. Open to the public; free admission. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 705 S. 38th Ave., Yakima. (509) 965-0584. Yakima Valley Museum Holiday Open House Three performances

in the Neon Garden. Dec. 4 at noon (Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra), 1 p.m. (Yakima Children’s Choir) and 2 p.m. (Melody Lane Singers). Free. Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima. (509) 248-0747. yakimavalleymuseum.org Whispers of Christmas Caroling,

horse-drawn wagon rides, snacks, hot chocolate and Santa. Free. Dec. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St., Selah. (509) 698-7303.

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Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade The Northwest’s premier

lighted parade since 1989 features over 50 farm implements, vehicles and floats with decorative lights. Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Parade route: Warehouse Avenue to Sixth Street. south to Edison Avenue, east to Mid-Valley Mall parking lot. For details about Breakfast with Santa, pancake feed and chili feed that take place earlier in the day, contact the Sunnyside Chamber, (509) 837-5939. Crafts fair at Mid Valley Mall, Dec. 3-5.

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A Victorian Christmas

Step back in time to the Victorian era and the cozy atmosphere of the Gilbert House. Free. Dec. 5, 1 to 4 p.m. (Christmas tree candle lighting at 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15) H.M. Gilbert Homeplace, 2109 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima. (509) 2480747. yakimavalleymuseum.org Yakima Holiday Light Parade

Toy Train Christmas See Nov. 27.

Yakima’s annual Christmas parade starts at Sixth Avenue and heads east on Yakima Avenue to Third Street, followed by the lighting of the community Christmas tree at Millenium Plaza. Santa will be on hand with candy canes for kids, and the Stone Church Choir will perform. Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. (509) 5735501.

Mighty Tieton Winter Crafts Bazaar

Toy Train Christmas See Nov. 27.

The Jazz Nutcracker Dec. 4 at 7:30

p.m. $15. The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave., Yakima. (509) 4531888. wwwtheseasonsyakima.com

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Mighty Tieton Winter Crafts Bazaar

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See Nov. 25.

King Island Christmas See Nov. 26. Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Ceremonies See Dec. 3. 24

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Yakima Valley Community Band Holiday Concert

Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Eisenhower High School’s Little Theatre, 702 S. 40th Ave., Yakima. 509-969-1624.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

See Nov. 25.

King Island Christmas See Nov. 26.

Santa Trolley Dec. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 306 W. Pine St. at South Third Avenue. (509) 249-5962. www. yakimavalleytrolleys.org

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Yakima Symphony Chorus Winter Concert. Handel’s Messiah. $15 to

$50. Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St., Yakima. (509) 248-1414. www.yakimasymphonychorus.org

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating

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Toy Train Christmas See Nov. 27.

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19th Annual Luminaria

Take a mile-long candlelit walk through the Yakima Area Arboretum’s wintry landscape, featuring an 80-foot Norwegian Spruce Christmas tree. Find little surprises along the trail and warm up afterwards with hot freshly pressed cider, coffee, snacks and music at the Jewett Interpretive Center. Kids can make their own Luminaria bags to take home. Free. Dec. 10 and 11, 6 to 9 p.m. Yakima Area Arboretum, 1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima (entrance across from K-Mart, Nob Hill Boulevard and SR 22). 509) 248-7337. www.ahtrees.org The Best Christmas Pageant Ever See

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King Island Christmas See Nov. 26. Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Ceremonies See Dec. 3.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Here’s a rare opportunity to see the Jimmy Stewart classic on the big screen. $5. Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave., Prosser. (509) 7862180. Earlier in the day, a holiday market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Green Room next door. Also, the theater will show cartoons in the morning and an afternoon holiday matinee; admission by donation. www. theprincesstheatre.net Toy Train Christmas See Nov. 27. Gingerbread Cookie Decorating

19th Annual Luminaria See Dec. 10.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Ceremonies See Dec. 3.

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Toy Train Christmas

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Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. $5 adults (18 and under free). Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St. (509) 248-1414. www.yyso.org

Toy Train Christmas See Nov. 27.

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Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party

Downtown Yakima’s 6th annual alcoholfree New Year’s Eve bash gets under way at 6 p.m. Live music, a kids tent, food vendors and fireworks at midnight, and all at a very good price — free! Millenium Plaza, South Third Street across from the Capitol Theatre.

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storytimes BORDERS, 1700 E. Washington Ave., Union Gap; 509-248-4018. Story time and craft, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Holly & Hal Moose Story Time, 11 a.m. Nov. 13. IMAGINATION LIBRARY STORY HOUR. A story hour for children up to age 5, organized by Catholic Family & Child Service. At 10 a.m., the program is in English, followed by Spanish at noon. Meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509965-7100 ext. 1019. INKLINGS BOOKSHOP, located at Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-965-5830. Toddler story time, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. YAKAMA NATION LIBRARY, located in the Yakama Nation Museum & Cultural Center, Spiel-yi Loop, Toppenish; 509-865-2800 ext. 6. Storytime on alternate Wednesdays, call for details.

Yakima Valley Libraries, yvl.org NOTE: All libraries will be closed Nov. 11 (Veterans’ Day), Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving) and Dec. 25 (Christmas). Libraries will close at 1 p.m. Dec. 24. BUENA, 801 Buena Road; 509-865-3390. BLAST After School Tutoring for grades K-5, 3:30 p.m Tuesdays-Thursdays; for grades 6-8, 5:30 p.m. TuesdaysThursdays. GRANGER, 508 Sunnyside Ave.; 509-854-1446. School-age Story & Activity, 3 p.m. Nov. 10 & 17 and Dec. 8. MOXEE, 255 W. Seattle; 509-575-8854. Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m. Mondays through Dec. 6. Kito Manga Teen Club, 4 p.m. Nov. 2 & 9. NACHES, 303 Naches Ave.; 509-653-2005. Preschool Storytime, 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays, except Nov. 24. Kid Zone activities for school-age children, 4 p.m. Nov. 4 & 18, Dec. 9 & 23. Teen Time, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 & 18, Dec. 2 & 16. Seasonal music performed by Jeff Main and Friends, 1 p.m. Dec. 18.

Monday, Nov. 1 MOM & BABY — 10 a.m. to noon. Discussion group for moms with infants under 1 year. Sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Community Education. Meets at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10203 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509-575-8484. ITTY BITTY ART — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Drop-in studio

time for parents and kids ages 5 and under. Cost is $5. Red Art & Sunflower Studio, 2522 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-469-2766.

OPEN ART STUDIO — 4-5 p.m. Drop-in studio

time for all ages. Cost is $12. Red Art & Sunflower Studio, 2522 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-4692766.

Tuesday, Nov. 2 Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. Drop-in playtime for parents and tots up to 3 years. Cost: $3.75 adults; kids 3 and younger are free. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046. MOMSNEXT — 7 p.m. Open to all mothers with children in grades K-6. Enjoy dessert and time with other moms. Free; no childcare. West Side Church, 6901 Summitview Ave., Yakima; Tera, 509-972-3001.

Wednesday, Nov. 3 MOMMY CONNECTION — 9:15-11:30 a.m. Faith-based mothers’ group includes activities with the kids, then just for moms. All ages welcome. For child care reservations, call 509966-1900. For more information, email katejoyt@ hotmail.com. Meets at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6015 Summitview Ave., Yakima. Open art studio — 4-5 p.m. See Nov. 1.

SELAH, 115 W. Naches Ave.; 509-698-7345. Baby Lapsit, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 3 and 10. Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Teen Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 23.

Thursday, Nov. 4

SOUTHEAST YAKIMA, 1211 S. Seventh St.; 509-576-0723. Girls’ Club, crafts and conversation for girls 10-12, 3:30 p.m. Fridays.

will meet at 4 p.m. Teen workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. Free. Naches Library, 303 Naches Ave.; 509653-2005.

SUMMITVIEW, 5709 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-966-7070. Baby Lapsit, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 7. Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 8.

Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. See Nov. 2. ORIGAMI WORKSHOP — School-age children

SUNNYSIDE, 621 Grant, Sunnyside; 509-837-3234. Baby Lapsit, 11 a.m. Thursdays. Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Fridays, except Nov. 26 and Dec. 24. TERRACE HEIGHTS, 4011 Commonwealth Drive, Yakima; 509-457-5319. Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. TOPPENISH, 1 S. Elm St.; 509-865-3600. Preschool Storytime, 10:45 a.m. Fridays, except Nov. 26 and Dec. 24. YAKIMA, 102 N. Third St.; 509-452-8541. Baby Lapsit, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Hora de Cuentos para Preescolares/Spanish Preschool Storytime, 2 p.m. Saturdays. 26

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daily planner ■ A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM — 7 p.m. Nov. 4-6, 11-13. An updated script of a Shakespearian comedy featuring masked fairies and great costumes set in the magical world of the woods. Zillah High School Performing Arts Center, 1602 Second Ave., Zillah. Tickets: $5/$7.50; call 509-829-5565 or zcenterstage.com.

Friday, Nov. 5 FIRST PRES MOPS — 9-11:15 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. Special tables for Spanish speakers and grandmothers raising grandchildren. Supervision for home-schooled children. First Presbyterian Church, 9 S. Eighth Ave., Yakima; Julie, 509-307-4887. ITTY BITTY ART — 10 a.m. to noon. See Nov. 1. FUNKY FRIDAY NIGHT — 7-8:30 p.m.

Recreational swim featuring loud ‘80s music. Special rates: $1 adult, 50¢ youth. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM — 7 p.m.

See Nov. 4.

CIRQUE LE MASQUE: CARNIVALE — 7:30

p.m. European-style circus fantasy featuring acrobats, aerial artists and gymnasts. Tickets are $10/$30/$45/$60. Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St., Yakima; capitoltheatre.org; 509-853-2787.

Monday, Nov. 8

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID RELEASE PARTY —

WEST SIDE MOPS — 9-11 a.m. Mothers of

Preschoolers. West Side Church, 6901 Summitview Ave., Yakima; Christy, 509-457-2888.

MOM & BABY — 10 a.m. to noon. Discussion

group for moms with infants under 1 year. Sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Community Education. Meets at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10203 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509-575-8484.

ITTY BITTY ART — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Drop-in studio

time for parents and kids ages 5 and under. Cost is $5. Red Art & Sunflower Studio, 2522 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-469-2766.

Open art studio — 4-5 p.m. Drop-in studio

time for all ages. Cost is $12. Red Art & Sunflower Studio, 2522 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-4692766.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. Drop-in

playtime for parents and tots up to 3 years. Cost: $3.75 adults; kids 3 and younger are free. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

6 p.m. Book discussion, games, art activities for Wimpy fans ages 8-12. Borders, 1700 E. Washington Ave., Union Gap; 509-248-4018.

LA LECHE LEAGUE — 6 p.m. Support for pregnant and breast-feeding mothers. Children welcome. Meets at Creekside Women’s Health, 1601 Creekside Loop, Yakima. For nursing help or questions, call Katy at 509-248-2610 or Denita at 509-388-6866.

Wednesday, Nov. 10 MOMMY CONNECTION — 9:15-11:30 a.m. Faith-based mothers’ group includes activities with the kids, then just for moms. All ages welcome. For child care reservations, call 509966-1900. For more information, email katejoyt@ hotmail.com. Meets at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6015 Summitview Ave., Yakima. HOME SCHOOL ART CLASS — 11 a.m. Special art class for home schoolers, $13.50. Plus, home schoolers receive 10% discount all day. Hands On Art, located at Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview avenues, Yakima. (509) 966-4248.

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Saturday, Nov. 6 2010 yakima ski & snowboard sWAp — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. New and used gear for sale,

cash and credit cards only. Organized by the White Pass Ski Patrol at the Modern Living Building, State Fair Park, Yakima. yakimaskiswap.com

HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOP — 9 a.m. to noon. Drop-in wood crafts for ages 5-12. The Home Depot, 2115 S. First St., Yakima; 509-4523016. ACE KIDS CLUB — 10 a.m. to noon. Drop-in crafts for ages 3-12. Hometown Ace Hardware, 3700 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509-972-4400. LEGO ATLANTIS KIDS PARTY — 2 p.m. Games and giveaways for LEGO lovers ages 8-12. Borders, 1700 E. Washington Ave., Union Gap; 509-248-4018. CIRQUE LE MASQUE: CARNIVALE — 2 and

7:30 p.m. See Nov. 5.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM — 7 p.m.

See Nov. 4.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — 7-9:30 p.m. Games, swimming, skits and other activities for youth ages 7-15. Free. Sign-in required. Yakima Family YMCA, 5 N. Naches Ave., Yakima; yakimaymca. org; Doug Berndt, 509-972-5269.

GIVE THANKS! Here’s a cute idea for a Turkey Day hostess gift or favor for the kids’ table. We used a small mason jar from the craft store, but recycled baby food jars would be even better. Ask your kids to fill each jar with candy corn or Indian corn (chocolate), then tie a ribbon and attach a label that says “Turkey Toes” and you’re set!

Sunday, Nov. 7 2010 yakima ski & snowboard sWAp — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See Nov. 6. YAKIMABUSYBEE.COM • NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2010

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Open art studio — 4-5 p.m. See Nov. 8.

MOMMY CONNECTION — 9:15-11:30 a.m. Faith-based mothers’ group includes activities with the kids, then just for moms. All ages welcome. For child care reservations, call 509966-1900. For more information, email katejoyt@ hotmail.com. Meets at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6015 Summitview Ave., Yakima.

MOUNTAINVIEW MOPS — 6-7:30 p.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. Mountainview Christian Fellowship, 7105 Alpine Way, Yakima; Tabitha, 509-972-3723.

Thursday, Nov. 11 VETERANS DAY — 11 a.m. Bands, scouts,

military personnel and veterans parade up Yakima Avenue from Naches Avenue to Sixth Avenue. 509-457-5400.

Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. See Nov. 9. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM — 7 p.m.

See Nov. 4.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM — 7 p.m.

See Nov. 4.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — 7-9:30 p.m. Games, swimming, skits and other activities for youth ages 7-15. Free. Sign-in required. Yakima Family YMCA, 5 N. Naches Ave., Yakima; yakimaymca. org; Doug Berndt, 509-972-5269.

ITTY BITTY ART — 10 a.m. to noon. See Nov. 8.

Sunday, Nov. 14

GYMKIDS FUN FRIDAY — 6-9 p.m. Drop off

DRAWING CLASS — 1 p.m. Appropriate

kids ages 3-10 for open gym, games and pizza. Cost: $20 first child, $18 siblings. Reservations not necessary. Selah GymKids, 709 North Park Centre, Selah; 509-698-5437.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM — 7 p.m.

See Nov. 4.

FUNKY FRIDAY NIGHT — 7-8:30 p.m. Recreational swim featuring loud ‘80s music. Special rates: $1 adult, 50¢ youth. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

Saturday, Nov. 13 LOWE’S BUILD & GROW CLINIC — 10

a.m. Reservations recommended. Free building workshop for children and parents. Today’s project: Periscope. Lowe’s, 2500 Rudkin Road, Union Gap; 509-248-3032. lowesbuildandgrow.com

GYMKIDS SATURDAY PLAYDATE — 10-11:30

a.m. Open gym, zip line and popcorn for kids ages 1-4 with their parents. Cost: $10. Selah GymKids, 709 North Park Centre, Selah; 509-698-5437.

Open art studio — See Nov. 15. ORIGAMI WORKSHOPS — Free origami

workshop. Grades 3 through teen, 3 p.m. Granger Library, 508 Sunnyside Ave.; 509-854-1446. Schoolage students meet at 4 p.m. and teens meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Buena Library, 801 Buena Road; 509-865-3390.

Thursday, Nov. 18

ORIGAMI WORKSHOP — 3 p.m. Free

Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. See Nov. 16.

workshop for students in grades 3-5. White Swan Library, 391 First St., White Swan; 509-874-2060.

Monday, Nov. 15 MOM & BABY — 10 a.m. to noon. Discussion group for moms with infants under 1 year. Sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Community Education. Meets at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10203 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509-575-8484.

ORIGAMI WORKSHOPS — Free origami

workshop. School-age workshop at 4 p.m. at the Wapato Library, 119 E. Third St., 509-877-2882; Naches Libary, 303 Naches Ave., 509-653-2005; and Sunnyside Library, 621 Grant, 509-837-3234. Teen workshop offered at 5 p.m. in Sunnyside and 5:30 p.m. in Naches.

Friday, Nov. 19

ITTY BITTY ART — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Drop-in studio

NILE VALLEY MOPS — 8:45-11:15 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. Nile Valley Community Church, 60 Bedrock Lane, Naches; 509-658-2904.

Open art studio — 4-5 p.m. Drop-in

studio time for all ages. Cost is $12. Red Art & Sunflower Studio, 2522 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-469-2766.

FIRST PRES MOPS — 9-11:15 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. Special tables for Spanish speakers and grandmothers raising grandchildren. Supervision for ages 0-5 and home-schooled children. First Presbyterian Church, 9 S. Eighth Ave., Yakima; Julie, 509-307-4887.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

MEMORIAL BIBLE MOPS — 9-11:30 a.m.

time for parents and kids ages 5 and under. Cost is $5. Red Art & Sunflower Studio, 2522 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-469-2766.

playtime for parents and tots up to 3 years. Cost: $3.75 adults; kids 3 and younger are free. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

ORIGAMI WORKSHOP — School-age children,

ORIGAMI WORKSHOP — 4 p.m. Free

Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. Drop-in

workshop for teens. Moxee Library, 255 W. Seattle; 509-575-8854.

tell us about your event! Do you organize an event that local parents should know about? Busybee would love to hear from you! Call Sara at (509) 965-1686 or email sara@yakimabusybee.com. Calendar listings are free, subject to space availablity and the discretion of the editor. 28

MOMS CLUB OF YAKIMA — 9:30-11 a.m. Group organizes daytime activities for stay-athome moms and their kids. Meets at Central Lutheran Church, 1603 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima. Email: momsclubofyakima@gmail.com

for all ages and skill levels. $15. Hands On Art, located at Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview avenues, Yakima. (509) 966-4248.

KIDS’ YOGA — 10:30-11 a.m. Drop-in workshop for kids ages 4-8 introduces yoga basics. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. Cost: $13 per family. Arrive 10 minutes early for first session. Yakima Yoga, 25 N. Front St., Suite 4, Yakima; 509225-0650; yakimayoga.com. 11 a.m. Teens, 3 p.m. Free. Summitview Library, 5709 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-966-7070.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Mothers of Preschoolers. Memorial Bible Church, 111 Old Stage Way, Gleed; Mandy, 509-966-7442.

ITTY BITTY ART — 10 a.m. to noon. See Nov. 15. ORIGAMI WORKSHOP — 3:30 p.m. Free

origami workshop for school-age kids at the Southeast Yakima Library, 1211 S. Seventh St.; 509-576-0723.

FUNKY FRIDAY NIGHT — 7-8:30 p.m. Recreational swim featuring loud ‘80s music. Special rates: $1 adult, 50¢ youth. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

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GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER — 7:30 p.m.

Moscow Ballet presents this traditional holiday show featuring Russian dancers as well as local students. Tickets are $27.50/$37.50/$47.50/$67.50. Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St., Yakima; capitoltheatre.org; 509-853-2787.

Saturday, Nov. 20 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — 7-9:30 p.m. Games, swimming, skits and other activities for youth ages 7-15. Free. Sign-in required. Yakima Family YMCA, 5 N. Naches Ave., Yakima; yakimaymca. org; Doug Berndt, 509-972-5269.

Monday, Nov. 22 WEST SIDE MOPS — 9-11 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. West Side Church, 6901 Summitview Ave., Yakima; Christy, 509-457-2888. MOM & BABY — 10 a.m. to noon. Discussion group for moms with infants under 1 year. Sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Community Education. Meets at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10203 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509-575-8484. TEEN ORIGAMI WORKSHOP — 4 p.m. Free origami workshop for teens. Terrace Heights Library, 4011 Commonwealth Drive, Yakima; 509457-5319.

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Tuesday, Nov. 23 Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. Drop-in playtime for parents and tots up to 3 years. Cost: $3.75 adults; kids 3 and younger are free. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046. ORIGAMI WORKSHOP — Free origami

workshop for school-age kids at 3 p.m., teens at 4 p.m. at the downtown Yakima Library, 102 N. Third St.; 509-452-8541. Teen workshop begins at 3:30 p.m. at Selah Library, 115 W. Naches Ave.; 509-698-7345.

Thursday, Nov. 25 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Saturday, Nov. 27 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — 7-9:30 p.m. Games, swimming, skits and other activities for youth ages 7-15. Free. Sign-in required. Yakima Family YMCA, 5 N. Naches Ave., Yakima; yakimaymca. org; Doug Berndt, 509-972-5269.

Sunday, Nov. 28 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT WORKSHOP — 1 p.m. Make-and-take workshop appropriate for all ages and skill levels. $15. Hands On Art, located at Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview avenues, Yakima. (509) 966-4248. continued on next page >>

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■ daily planner Monday, Nov. 29

Carter, emma & Adrian young

MOM & BABY — 10 a.m. to noon. Discussion group for moms with infants under 1 year. Sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Community Education. Meets at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10203 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509-575-8484.

Tuesday, Nov. 30 Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. Drop-in playtime for parents and tots up to 3 years. Cost: $3.75 adults; kids 3 and younger are free. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Mallory & Natalie Keller

MOMMY CONNECTION — 9:15-11:30 a.m. Faith-based mothers’ group includes activities with the kids, then just for moms. All ages welcome. For child care reservations, call 509966-1900. For more information, email katejoyt@ hotmail.com. Meets at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6015 Summitview Ave., Yakima.

Thursday, Dec. 2 Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. See Nov. 30.

Friday, Dec. 3 FIRST PRES MOPS — 9-11:15 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. Special tables for Spanish speakers and grandmothers raising grandchildren. Supervision for home-schooled children. First Presbyterian Church, 9 S. Eighth Ave., Yakima; Julie, 509-307-4887. FUNKY FRIDAY NIGHT — 7-8:30 p.m. Recreational swim featuring loud ‘80s music. Special rates: $1 adult, 50¢ youth. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

Saturday, Dec. 4 HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOP — 9 a.m. to noon. Drop-in wood crafts for ages 5-12. The Home Depot, 2115 S. First St., Yakima; 509-4523016.

CHANE & Lilly Hall

ACE KIDS CLUB — 10 a.m. to noon. Drop-in crafts for ages 3-12. Hometown Ace Hardware, 3700 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509-972-4400. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — 7-9:30 p.m. Games, swimming, skits and other activities for youth ages 7-15. Free. Sign-in required. Yakima Family YMCA, 5 N. Naches Ave., Yakima; yakimaymca. org; Doug Berndt, 509-972-5269.

Monday, Dec. 6

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MOM & BABY — 10 a.m. to noon. Discussion group for moms with infants under 1 year. Sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Community Education. Meets at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10203 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509-575-8484.

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ITTY BITTY ART — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Drop-in studio time for parents and kids ages 5 and under. Cost is $5. Red Art & Sunflower Studio, 2522 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-469-2766.

Open art studio — 4-5 p.m. Drop-in

studio time for all ages. Cost is $12. Red Art & Sunflower Studio, 2522 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-469-2766.

Tuesday, Dec. 7 Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. Drop-in playtime for parents and tots up to 3 years. Cost: $3.75 adults; kids 3 and younger are free. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — 7-9:30 p.m. Games, swimming, skits and other activities for youth ages 7-15. Free. Sign-in required. Yakima Family YMCA, 5 N. Naches Ave., Yakima; yakimaymca. org; Doug Berndt, 509-972-5269.

Sunday, Dec. 12 SNOW GLOBE WORKSHOP — 1 p.m.

Appropriate for all ages and skill levels. $50. Hands On Art, located at Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview avenues, Yakima. (509) 966-4248.

Monday, Dec. 13 WEST SIDE MOPS — 9-11 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. West Side Church, 6901 Summitview Ave., Yakima; Christy, 509-457-2888.

MOMMY CONNECTION — 9:15-11:30 a.m. Faith-based mothers’ group includes activities with the kids, then just for moms. All ages welcome. For child care reservations, call 509966-1900. For more information, email katejoyt@ hotmail.com. Meets at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6015 Summitview Ave., Yakima.

MOM & BABY — 10 a.m. to noon. Discussion group for moms with infants under 1 year. Sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Community Education. Meets at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10203 Tieton Drive, Yakima; 509-575-8484.

Open art studio — 4-5 p.m. See Dec. 6.

time for parents and kids ages 5 and under. Cost is $5. Red Art & Sunflower Studio, 2522 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-469-2766.

MOUNTAINVIEW MOPS — 6-7:30 p.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. Mountainview Christian Fellowship, 7105 Alpine Way, Yakima; Tabitha, 509-972-3723.

Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. See Dec. 7.

Friday, Dec. 10 ITTY BITTY ART — 10 a.m. to noon. See Dec. 6. GYMKIDS FUN FRIDAY — 6-9 p.m. Drop off

kids ages 3-10 for open gym, games and pizza. Cost: $20 first child, $18 siblings. Reservations not necessary. Selah GymKids, 709 North Park Centre, Selah; 509-698-5437.

FUNKY FRIDAY NIGHT — 7-8:30 p.m. Recreational swim featuring loud ‘80s music. Special rates: $1 adult, 50¢ youth. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

Saturday, Dec. 11 GYMKIDS SATURDAY PLAYDATE — 10-11:30

a.m. Open gym, zip line and popcorn for kids ages 1-4 with their parents. Cost: $10. Selah GymKids, 709 North Park Centre, Selah; 509-698-5437.

KIDS’ YOGA — 10:30-11 a.m. Drop-in workshop

for kids ages 4-8 introduces yoga basics in a fun, non-competitive environment. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. Cost: $13 per family. Arrive 10 minutes early for first session. Yakima Yoga, 25 N. Front St., Suite 4, Yakima; 509- 2250650; yakimayoga.com.

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■ daily planner Open art studio — 4-5 p.m. Drop-in studio

Liam, Natalie and Reilly Cavanaugh

time for all ages. Cost is $12. Red Art & Sunflower Studio, 2522 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-4692766.

Tuesday, Dec. 14 Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. Drop-in playtime for parents and tots up to 3 years. Cost: $3.75 adults; kids 3 and younger are free. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046. LA LECHE LEAGUE — 6 p.m. Support for pregnant and breast-feeding mothers. Children welcome. Meets at Creekside Women’s Health, 1601 Creekside Loop, Yakima. For nursing help or questions, call Katy at 509-248-2610 or Denita at 509-388-6866. MOMSNEXT — 7 p.m. Open to all mothers with children in grades K-6. Enjoy dessert and time with other moms. Free; no childcare. West Side Church, 6901 Summitview Ave., Yakima; Tera, 509-972-3001.

Wednesday, Dec. 15 MOMMY CONNECTION — 9:15-11:30 a.m. Faith-based mothers’ group includes activities with the kids, then just for moms. All ages welcome. For child care reservations, call 509966-1900. For more information, email katejoyt@ hotmail.com. Meets at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6015 Summitview Ave., Yakima. MOMS CLUB OF YAKIMA — 9:30-11 a.m. Group organizes daytime activities for stay-athome moms and their kids. Meets at Central Lutheran Church, 1603 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima. Email: momsclubofyakima@gmail.com Open art studio — 4-5 p.m. See Dec. 13.

Thursday, Dec. 16 Baby & Me Swim — 10-11 a.m. See Dec. 14.

Friday, Dec. 17 NILE VALLEY MOPS — 8:45-11:15 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. Nile Valley Community Church, 60 Bedrock Lane, Naches; 509-658-2904.

Riley Wilcox

FIRST PRES MOPS — 9-11:15 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers. Special tables for Spanish speakers and grandmothers raising grandchildren. Supervision for home-schooled children. First Presbyterian Church, 9 S. Eighth Ave., Yakima; Julie, 509-307-4887.

FIND MORE holiday events on pages 22-25.

MEMORIAL BIBLE MOPS — 9-11:30 a.m.

Mothers of Preschoolers. Memorial Bible Church, 111 Old Stage Way, Gleed; Mandy, 509-966-7442.

ITTY BITTY ART — 10 a.m. to noon. See Dec, 13.

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perfect dinner ■ Saturday, Dec. 18 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — 7-9:30 p.m. Games,

swimming, skits and other activities for youth ages 7-15. Free. Sign-in required. Yakima Family YMCA, 5 N. Naches Ave., Yakima; yakimaymca. org; Doug Berndt, 509-972-5269.

Monday, Dec. 20 MOM & BABY — 10 a.m. to noon. See Dec. 13. CHRISTMAS BREAK SWIM — 1-3 p.m. Dec. 20-

23. Free with non-perishable food donation. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

Tuesday, Dec. 21 BABY & ME SWIM — 10-11 a.m. Drop-in playtime for parents and tots up to 3 years. Cost: $3.75 adults; kids 3 and younger are free. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046. SNOW GLOBE WORKSHOP — 1 p.m.

Appropriate for all ages and skill levels. $50. Hands On Art, located at Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview avenues, Yakima. (509) 966-4248.

CHRISTMAS BREAK SWIM — 1-3 p.m. See Dec.

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Wednesday, Dec. 22 xMAS BREAK SWIM — 1-3 p.m. See Dec. 20.

Thursday, Dec. 23 BABY & ME SWIM — 10-11 a.m. See Dec. 21. CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT WORKSHOP — 1

p.m. Make-and-take workshop appropriate for all ages and skill levels. $15. Hands On Art, located at Chalet Place, 56th and Summitview avenues, Yakima. (509) 966-4248.

xMAS BREAK SWIM — 1-3 p.m. See Dec. 20.

Friday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve — Hang your stockings and set out a few cookies for Santa!

Saturday, Dec. 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, Dec. 28 BABY & ME SWIM — 10-11 a.m. Drop-in playtime for parents and tots up to 3 years. Cost: $3.75 adults; kids 3 and younger are free. Lions Pool, 509 W. Pine St., Yakima; 509-575-6046.

Thursday, Dec. 30 NEW ISSUE OF BUSYBEE TODAY! BABY & ME SWIM — 10-11 a.m. See Dec. 28.

Friday, Dec. 31 HAPPY NEW YEAR! See page 25.

Salsa Verde Chicken with Herbed Cornmeal Dumplings Recipe from Perfect One-Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson Serves 6. This stew can be made 2 days ahead up to the point of making the dumplings. Reheat it before topping and baking. If you want to double the recipe, use a large heavy roasting pan set over two burners. Chicken ½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 can (14.5 ounces) chicken broth 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk 1 large rotisserie chicken, meat deboned and left in large chunks (about 6 cups) Dumplings 1 cup whole milk 3 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 ½ cups bleached all-purpose flour ½ cup yellow cornmeal 1 tablespoon baking powder ¾ teaspoon salt ¼ cup thinly sliced scallion greens ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS Chicken: Heat butter over medium-high heat in a large (11 to 12 inch), deep ovenproof skillet or 5 to 6 quarts Dutch oven. Whisk in flour to make a paste. Mix broth, salsa verde, and evaporated milk and whisk in all at once. Whisk, vigorously at first, until mixture simmers and thickens to sauce consistency. Stir in chicken, heat through, and cover to keep warm. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Dumplings: Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan until steamy. Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, scallions, and cilantro in a medium bowl with a fork. Stir in milk mixture to form a smooth, firm dough. Pinch off Ping-Pong-ballsize pieces of dough with your fingers and drop into chicken mixture. Return chicken to simmer over medium-high heat. Cover and transfer pan to oven and bake until dumplings are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve.


■ reading for sanity|by Mindy Oja

Whether you are a cooking connoisseur or a talentless hack, you’ll find a lot to love about Perfect One-Dish Dinners.

I Other Foodie Recommendations School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister | 5/5 stars | An exquisite blend of short stories surrounding an unusual cooking class and its participants. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver | 5/5 stars | A captivating jaunt into the life of a locavore. The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook | 5/5 stars | Tried and true, classic recipes. Eat My Globe: One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything by Simon Majumdar | 4/5 stars | Often humorous, occasionally gross, but mostly delicious.

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don’t know about you, but in our house Mommy is the line cook and Daddy is the chef. It’s not that I don’t know my way around a kitchen. I measure. I pour. I stir. But, try as I might, I cannot get all the different dishes to finish at the same time; I usually end up with a piping hot entrée, lukewarm bread and stone-cold soup. I am the Goldilocks of the culinary world, and it’s giving me fits. Pam Anderson’s Perfect One-Dish Dinners feels like it was written with my needs in mind. It claims to have the ability to “wow the family and guests, calm the cook, and at the end of the night, impress the dishwasher.” Sold. Where do I pay? I have been slicing and dicing my way through this cookbook so fast, you’d think it is a bestselling novel. Despite the fact that some of the meal titles look intimidating, closer examination reveals a cookbook that is gloriously simple with inspiring photos, helpful directions, and easy to follow recipes using readily available ingredients. Each entrée recipe comes with appetizer, salad and dessert recipes that complement the meal, just in case you are trying to be fancy or feeding a crowd. The author also provides instant alternatives, quick substitutions, and make-ahead ideas for meals if you are running short on time or ingredients. Not only were these meals healthy and gorgeous, they were huge hits with my family, which means

I don’t have to listen to a rousing chorus of “I don’t like this!” while I pick at a mediocre meal. Among many others, I have made the Carnita Style Beef with Roasted Peppers and Onions (my family devoured it), Spicy Chicken Enchiladas Verde with Sour Cream and Cilantro (my personal favorite), the Tandoori Platter (a delicious dish with just the right amount of heat) and the Salsa Verde Chicken with Herbed Cornmeal Dumplings (impressively beautiful and tasty, to boot). My husband actually asked me to leave the latter on the table so he could eat another helping after he got back from a meeting. What few dishes I had were licked clean and the leftovers weren’t left over for long. I was stunned. Is this what Paula Deen feels like? A girl could get used to this. Questions or Comments? Email Mindy at mindyoja@ hotmail.com. For more reviews and recommendations, visit Reading For Sanity: A Book Review Blog at http://readingforsanity.blogspot.com.

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