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Make the most of the holiday weekend with local, festive events

There’s one weekend left before it’s time to settle in with family and friends, overeat, open presents and generally bask in yuletide cheer. Whether you’ve not quite gotten into the festive spirit or you’ve been belting carols since Halloween, here are a few weekend activities to kick-start your holiday. […]

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UR Here: Finding the nativity in your own community

Whether one believes in the literal or religious truth of the Christmas story or not, it remains a powerful and influential tale, obviously for Christians, but even for many non-Christians. Over the years, as the Yuletide celebration commences, I have often discovered new ideas in this simple yet profound tale. This year, the story of the nativity has helped me understand something about what is important for community. […]

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Holiday craft fairs are like real life Etsy — and benefit local artists

When we choose to shop small and local, we keep more of our money in the community, which encourages more business, more artists and more jobs. Small businesses and local artists depend on the holiday season, just like the big boxes do. […]

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Watch an Iowa man propose via New Year’s Eve flash mob

Love!

A West Des Moines resident proposed to his girlfriend amid a flash mob of more than 100 people this New Year’s Eve, and the footage is pretty adorable. Groom-to-be Sean Ratliff incorporated dancers from Becky Nalevanko’s Dance and Tumbling studio along with choreography by his friend Carlton Oglesby, KCCI reports. With the help of his […]

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UR here: A traditional spice takes center stage

Cooking with Dean

As autumn segues to winter, my seasonal spice shifts, too. Since September, it’s been all about nutmeg for me, the one essential ingredient to my apple crisp (aside from Wilson’s Orchard apples, of course). But as Thanksgiving passes to Yuletide, nutmeg yields to cardamon. Oh sure, I’ll still sprinkle a little nutmeg on the old […]

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