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11/20 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

November 19, 2013

Call me MI Town's Grinch if you please, but it seems as if there's an awful lot of Christmas advertising already this year. We still have leftover Halloween candy in the pantry and Thanksgiving is a week away, but so many of the major retailers are bombarding the airwaves and decorating their stores earlier than ever.

The Thanksgiving holiday is such a wonderful time of year, with kids home from college and families traveling near and far to gather together to share food and good times with one another. It's always been a meaningful holiday to those of us who reflect on the gathering together of our country's first colonists with the Native Americans so many years ago.

Let's take time to celebrate one holiday at a time and enjoy each of them.

The 2013 Polk County Craft Festival will be at the fairgrounds in Rickreall Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. This is the perfect opportunity to find all kinds of unique and custom-designed items for the upcoming Christmas season, and to see so many interesting items for gift giving or decorating. Admission is free and there is plenty of space for parking. Food items are also available for purchase. For more information: 503-623-3048.

We've all driven by that big, old house on the corner of Ninth and Monmouth streets in Independence and watched during the months it's been transformed from a tired and weary old building to a bright and welcoming yellow house. On Nov. 30, for a $10 donation and a can of food, you'll have the opportunity to tour this home from 1 to 3 p.m., enjoy refreshments and help the Friends of the Independence Library provide funding for children's programs at the library during the holiday season.

Monmouth Garden Club is getting ready for its annual Holiday Greens Sale, which will be held at Central Baptist Church on Highway 99W in Monmouth. Sale hours are from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5, and 10 a.m. until noon on Dec. 6. Special orders may be placed in advance by calling Birdie Christensen at 503-838-0293 or Diane Ostrom at 503-838-2980.

Thanksgiving is a season for sharing our favorite recipes and bringing out our best tablecloths, china and silver. For some families and single people, it's another day of hoping to be able to keep warm and dry and have enough to eat. Warm clothing, blankets and canned food items are especially needed and welcomed at the Ella Curran Food Bank this time of year.

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