Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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November 27, 2012
It's been a busy week in MI Town, and all of the Thanksgiving weekend activities have disappeared with the last of the leftovers.
It's amazing how many good times we can pack into four days and still have lots of energy to keep moving right along.
Gatherings of family and friends from near and far, along with football games (either watched on television or played in the backyard after dinner), board games or just good conversations with kindred folks serves to remind us how important these ties can be.
In the midst of Thanksgiving preparation and celebration, our eyes and ears were bombarded by the constant barrage of advertising by so many major department stores that seemed to be in a contest to see who could be open the earliest for the Black Friday sales.
Somewhere in all the noise were words about Small Business Saturday.
My thought is that every day should be a day to shop at our local stores -- because the dollars you spend in MI Town help to put food on your neighbor's table, or pay for their child's dancing lessons, new shoes and gas for the car.
Let's try to buy locally, whenever possible.
If you're looking for gifts for readers of all ages, the Friends of the Monmouth Library are having a next-to-new book sale this weekend, with great selections and excellent bargain prices available.
Thursday is the members-only sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you're not a member of the Friends, this is a good opportunity for you to join ($10 per year for individual memberships, $25 for family, $30 for business) and shop early. Regular sale hours are Friday from 2 until 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
It's time for Western Oregon University's annual tree lighting ceremony -- which is always such fun and a great way to begin the Christmas season. Everyone's welcome to gather in front of the Administration Building to listen to music beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with the Holiday Parade at 6 p.m. and the Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Dress warmly and get together with your friends and family to enjoy an evening of fun right here in MI Town.
Saturday is another opportunity to enjoy a good breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center before heading off to a busy day of shopping and errands. The price is right -- $6 adults and $3 children -- and the fare is excellent, especially on these chilly wintry mornings. Friendly smiles and happy conversations help make even the gloomiest day a brighter one. Don't forget to check out the gifts available in the Crafter's Corner.