Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday time


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

OK, folks, here we go into the last two weeks of the year, highlighted by Christmas next weekend. What a year it has been. Because of these poor economic times we all have had to tighten our belts a notch as we are all kind of light in the pocket. So, how do we show our appreciation to our loved ones this season? Here are a few ideas:

Take your significant other to any place in the county where you had a quarrel and apologize right there at the same spot. How cool is that? Or, take a pal to the weekly Hunger Coalition dinner.

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Dine like a king for nothing. Get a local bus pass for a friend without a vehicle or just take him to work until he gets on his feet. How about making original playthings and donating them to Toys for Tots? Why not spend some time with an elderly person at Blaine Manor? Take your parents to a lecture or program at the Community Library. Go around town and introduce your out-of-town guests to all your friends. Attend the free Christmas events in town, like the lighting of the tree in Ketchum or the ice skating show in Sun Valley on Christmas Eve followed by the torchlight parade on Dollar Mountain or take your date to visit Santa Claus or go see the ice sculptures by the Lodge. Tour the Ski Heritage Museum, the Blaine County Museum or walk along the illuminated fences on Sun Valley Road.

There's a huge variety of things to do for free in this area. You just have to look for them and make plans to enjoy all that we have up here. At Christmastime, would you want to be anywhere else?

Happy Holidays and nice talking to you.




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