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December 2021 253 Lifestyle

ISSUE NO. 36

DECEMBER 2021

Enjoying

the Season

HOLIDAY FUN IN THE 253

Q&A WITH MARILYN KIMMERLING

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CELEBRATE THE JOY OF TODAY … AND EVERY DAY

It’s the most magical time of year, as the streets and trees, businesses and

houses are adorned with lights and holiday décor, creating a feeling of

warmth, hope and excitement!

As you stroll through town, and the brightness of whites, blues, greens and

reds reflect all around you, look to these lights as a symbol that amidst the

darkness, and those difficult times we face, there is a shining glimmer of

hope and brighter future that awaits.

This month, immerse yourself in what’s around you; take in the joy; engage

in the smiles and the laughter. Despite the chaos and stress that the holidays

can bring, focus on those simple, small, everyday things that continue to

bring you contentment—not just today, but every day.

During the month, amidst the holiday decorating, shopping and

celebrations, find time to give back to those less fortunate: donating toys

and warm clothing to those children in need; making a monetary gift to

an organization that provides warm meal to the less fortunate; donating

your time ringing that bell for the Salvation Army; or by attending a local

holiday fundraiser, where proceeds go directly to benefit those in your own

community.

As we get ready to close this chapter and open up the next in 2022, count

your blessings, and recognize the blessing you have been to others, and

others to you.

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season and joyous new year.

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HOW TO HOLIDAY HAPPILY:

THE BEST WAYS TO STAY

ORGANIZED AND STICK TO A

HOLIDAY BUDGET

ENJOYING THE SEASON:

HOLIDAY FUN IN THE 253

MARILYN KIMMERLING:

2020/2021 GREATER TACOMA

PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE

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HOLIDAYS: ANCIENT

TRADITIONS BRING

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CONTENTS

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HOME

Cold-Weather Comfort: Simple items to

transform your home into a cozy winter retreat

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TRENDING

How to Holiday Happily: The best ways to stay

organized and stick to a holiday budget

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Q&A

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Marilyn Kimmerling: 2020/2021 Greater Tacoma

Peace Prize Laureate

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

The latest tips and trends about living a healthy,

active life

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TACOMA FOCUS

Enjoying the Season: Holiday fun

in the 253

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THE ARTS

Ring in the Season with Symphony Tacoma: Two

performances to brighten your holidays

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BUSINESS PINPOINT

Go Sandpoint Vacation Homes: Making dream

vacations a reality

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HOLIDAY FUN IN THE 253

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sneak peek into December ...

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ISSUE NO. 36

DECEMBER 2021

Enjoying

the Season

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FEATURE

Decorating for the Holidays: Ancient traditions

bring holiday cheer

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ENTERTAINMENT

Holiday events you don't want to miss!

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FEATURED RECIPE

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Sunny Palm Springs: The perfect place to chase away

the winter blues

Q&A WITH MARILYN KIMMERLING

2020/2021 GREATER TACOMA PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE

About The Cover

MARILYN KIMMERLING HAS BEEN A LIFE-

LONG ADVOCATE FOR PEACE, equality and

justice. To honor her dedication, she was

chosen as the 2020 Greater Tacoma Peace

Prize Laureate, holding that title for 2021 as

well, due to the pandemic. Find out more

about her involvement in the community,

her role with Radio Tacoma, the Raging

Grannies and more in this month’s Q&A on

page 28.

Photo by In-Gear Media

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Home

Cold-Weather Comfort

SIMPLE ITEMS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME INTO

A COZY WINTER RETREAT

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

Our home is our sanctuary, and that could not be truer than during the long, cold winter months we experience here in the

Northwest. As the coolness of fall has settled in, with the official start to winter right around the corner, now is the time to

focus on what’s inside, creating a warm winter oasis that leaves us—and our guests—wrapped in warmth and comfort.

Whether you are on a budget or the sky’s the limit when it comes to your financial resources, you can create an inviting, warm and

comfy space to beat the winter blues. All it really takes is a handful of items woven into your current home design style and décor.

One of the first rooms most see when entering a home is the living room or family room. Here is where one will usually find a sofa,

coffee and end tables, fireplace with mantel, and an entertainment setup with a TV cabinet, shelving, etc. This is the room that will

most likely leave a first impression and is also the room that gets a lot of use—especially during these colder months. Warming this

room up with throw pillows to complement the season, such as neutral whites, off-whites and tans, each showcasing different materials

(think furry, soft, fluffy, silky, ribbed, sequined, etc.) will automatically create a feeling of luxury and comfort, and you don’t have to

break the bank! From inexpensive big box stores to those unique upscale local shops, throw pillows can be found anywhere you look.

It’s up to you to decide the color and style to reflect what the winter season means to you while also choosing comfort. And … it’s easy

to have both comfort and style showcased in your throw pillows.

To accompany the pillows, a warm blanket or two will do just the trick. A throw over your favorite chair or the back of the couch

not only adds to the look of the space with its color and texture, but creates warmth for the space—and for you when you feel a

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chill! A great and extremely popular choice—and a bit

glamorous—for the cold season is a faux fur throw. Other

options include wool, fleece and Sherpa blankets. These

are also great to keep on hand in other rooms throughout

the house, such as at the bottom of the bed or laid across

or folded on an ottoman.

That brings us to carpeting. As more of us are opting for

hardwood, tile or laminate flooring through our homes,

which is great to help keep things cool in the summer

months, it tends to be a bit cold on our feet once the

harsher weather has arrived. But there’s a quick—and

stylish—fix! Adding area rugs throughout your home, if

you don’t have them already, is just the solution and adds

warmth to our home. Not only are they a great accent

piece, they can be changed out to go with the season. For

winter, opt to choose a lush shag rug for your living room

and bedrooms. And be sure it coordinates well with your

décor and throws! You can also add runners throughout

your home as well in entryways and hallways.

With a set budget and some thoughtful planning, your

home can be transformed into a cozy oasis you’ll enjoy

all winter long.

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Wondering how to keep the holidays happy

without breaking the bank? While it can be

easy to overdo holiday shopping, it’s just as

easy to implement a few quick tips for staying organized

and preventing excess spending. This season, you can

keep both a joyful heart and a balanced budget!

Don’t let your love for the holidays be dimmed by

pressure to spend. Here are a few ways to maintain a

happy holiday without breaking the bank.

Know your holiday expenses. The list of holiday

expenses can be long, reaching far beyond shopping for

gifts. Depending on your plans for the festive season,

expenses can include decorations, food and drink for

parties and gatherings, travel costs, and much more.

While you plan your budget, outline every anticipated

expense and determine where you can afford to save

or skimp in each category.

If you’re set to host holiday gatherings this year,

consider where you can reuse decorations and get

crafty. Save on dining expenses by suggesting a potluck

or keeping your menu light with a happy hour or

dessert-based menu. Take time to consider where you

can stretch your dollar and enlist the help of guests.

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Often, the memory of the shared gifting

experience will matter more than the gift itself.

Keep your budget simple and realistic. The more clear and simple

it is, the easier it will be to stick to—this statement holds true for

many habits, and creating holiday budgets is no exception. Keeping

your spending expectations clear and concise will make it easier to

meet them.

This may look like setting a specific spending limit per person on

your shopping list or per holiday expense category, using categories

like gifts, travel, food and so on. Staying organized from the start

with parameters that are easy to meet helps ensure you don't stray

from your budgetary goals.

Learn from years past. Don’t let ghosts of holiday shopping seasons

past scare you into repeating the same patterns this year. Before

finalizing your 2021 budget, look back at your spending and gifting

habits over previous holiday seasons.

If you made choices that sent you into an expensive last-minute

spending spree or brought on debt you’re still paying off, make the

necessary changes to avoid repeating the situation.

Think back to the responses you received. Were all the gifts

enjoyed and appreciated? What smaller or least expensive gifts

made the biggest impact, and can you replicate a similar idea

this year? What about last year’s spending could be condensed or

changed? Asking yourself these questions to decide if last year’s

spending was overdone or appropriate can help you create the best

budgetary approach to this holiday season.

Streamline your shopping list. Santa may be responsible for

delivering a long list of gifts, but you don’t have to be. If your giving

spirit is outweighing your budget this year, consider a few ways to

shorten your shopping list.

Suggesting a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange among

your friend group or at a gathering of extended family members is

a great way to engage your loved ones without having the need to

shop for every single one. Often, the memory of the shared gifting

experience will matter more than the gift itself.

Use your planned budgetary limits to create a list of what you plan

to give each person on your list, then stick to it! You can organize

this down to the specific store or site you’ll shop from to streamline

not only your spending but your total shopping time.

Track your spending. Documenting your spending will be key to

staying on track this season! Thanks to mobile banking and free

finance-focused apps, tracking your expenses is easier than ever.

Download your specific bank or credit card’s app and set up your

account as you begin your holiday shopping. Keep your credit

monitoring turned on to detect and eliminate any potential fraud

right away.

Assess your travel expenses. Traveling for the holidays? Take

time to determine the most budget-friendly ways to get to your

destination. If your trip is drivable, consider the advantages of roadtripping

over flying. You could not only save on the airline costs

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that tend to skyrocket during peak holiday times, but additional

expenses like rental cars, checking bags and dinners out.

If you are flying to your destination, take the time budget for the

associated expenses and do your pre-travel research to cut costs

where you can.

Shop smart. As much as you can, shop smart, and shop early!

Keep an eye out for the inevitable sales and deals that lead up to

the holiday itself. If you’re shopping online, put your orders in

before the shipping deadlines so you aren’t scrambling in nearby

stores at the last minute. The more you can get done ahead of

time, the more time you have to relax and enjoy the season.

Consider spending time over money. Think back to the

holidays you most clearly remember. Was it the gifts or the

time spent that meant the most? Sometimes, giving shared

experiences can not only save you money on buying trendy gifts,

but can surprise you with a more memorable outcome. Gift-able

experiences include tickets to an event, admission to a class to

learn a new skill, the means to try a new outdoor activity, and

much more. Tailor the experience to what matters most to the

recipient, and your gift will be sure to make a lasting impact this

holiday season.

While so much of the holiday season is centered on the theme of

giving, that doesn’t have to bring with it a major financial setback.

This season, the joy of giving can stay joyful—with a little less

stress and a little more in your pocket—simply by implementing

a few budget-friendly habits. The key is to stay organized, plan

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Tacoma Focus

ENJOYING THE

SEASON

HOLIDAY FUN IN THE 253

BY RACHEL KELLY

There are things to do, places to see and memories to make

this holiday season, right here in the 253. From parades to

small-business events, from lights to hot chocolate, here

is your one-stop summary of all that’s going on in our

community this holiday season.

December begins with shopping local for all your holiday gifts and

stocking stuffers. This year the sixth annual Holiday Haul Crawl

in Tacoma has returned, with two separate holiday shopping days

to double the fun. The first day will be held at Antique Row on

December 4, from 11am to 5pm, and will have carriage rides, Santa

photos, gift wrapping and an Elf on the Shelf contest. Businesses

such as Me Hunt You Buy, Sunny’s, Uncorked Canvas, Liftbridge

Coffee and much more will be offering promotional discounts and

gifts. The second day will be on December 11, at the same time,

on the UW side of Pacific Avenue. The above activities will also

be happening, with the addition of a snow globe photo booth.

Businesses participating include Hello Cupcake, Melting Pot,

The Studio and more! For additional information, please see the

Downtown Tacoma Holiday Haul Crawl on Facebook or visit them

online at DowntownTacomaPartnership.com.

On Sunday, December 5, the eighth annual Tacoma Santa Parade

will arrive on South Tacoma Way, with the parade starting at

4:30pm. This event is free for the community. Parading down the

street will be carolers, street performers, floats, businesses and (of

course) Santa! Arrive early to grab a bite from one of the local food

vendors or to hear the local bands rocking holiday sounds. There

will also be local artists and businesses on the street and in the newly

minted Edison building for unique holiday shopping. Also in the

Edison are holiday cocktails for purchase. Local businesses up and

down South Tacoma Way will also be participating in the holiday

fun. For more information, check out SantaParadeTacoma.com.

On December 18 and 19, the Tacoma Art Market and the Tacoma

Art Walk present the Christmas Bash Art Market. There will be live

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music, live performance art, a beer garden, and of course, a variety of

local businesses and artists. This is one of several events happening

throughout the city to encourage local shopping this holiday season,

especially when looking for personal and unique gifts just a week

before Christmas. Young or old, friend or family, you are sure to find

something special for everyone on your list from local businesses.

Shopping is certainly not all there is to the holidays, and shopping is

not all that is happening. There are a lot of well-known family activities

and outings throughout that are a deep part of our family traditions.

There are of course the religious observations, such as Christmas Eve

candlelight services and temple Hanukkah candle lighting ceremonies.

But there’s also family fun to be had, such as Zoolights at the Point

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Another notable place to visit this holiday season is Tacoma’s Museum

District, with each museum hosting various exhibits on display each

month, including the holiday season. The Washington State History

Museum is hosting the 25th annual Model Train Festival from

December 17 to January 2. Seeing trains decked out in all their glory

always brings to mind old-time holiday cheer.

The LeMay Car Museum is calling all car clubs to convene at the museum

for the Take a Drive, Make a Difference event now through December

19. Car clubs are invited to drive on over and donate toys, blankets,

socks, etc. for the Tacoma Rescue Mission and the Toy Rescue Mission.

Car club members will then display their cars in the Anderson Plaza

to show community support. To reserve a date, please contact Patricia

Borgardt at Patricia.Borgardt@americascarmuseum.org.

The Museum of Glass will host the Twedt Holiday Musicale throughout

the day on December 11. Students of Paul and Phyllis Twedt will

perform in the Grand Hall (lovely acoustics in there). For more

information on that event, visit MuseumofGlass.org. And, as always,

the third Thursday all museums are open late for free admission to

the community. Sometimes special events are held on these evenings,

for an extra special outing. This December, check out each individual

museum for their various exhibits, or just visit all of them in an evening

museum marathon.

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Holiday events this year don’t just encompass paid activities,

there are also plenty of free things to do around town. The

Children's Museum is always pay-at-will throughout the year,

as well as the outdoor display at the Museum of Glass. Grab

a hot chocolate or coffee and warm jackets, and take a night

walk over the glass bridge for a beautiful light display. Where

permitted, recreational fires on the beach are also an option for

a late-night sojourn onto hidden Tacoma beaches (you know

the ones!).

An especially exciting free event is the returning Tacoma Light

Trail, which is happening December 31 through January 16.

The Tacoma Light Trail is a light art and sound event that is

drivable, walkable and rideable. The event is meant to remind

us of the joy and hope that exists in each of us, bringing light

in dark places. There will be a light parade along Pacific Avenue

on January 13, light performances in the Tollefson Plaza on five

different days, and a light trail that can be seen throughout the

extent of the event. For updated information, including a map

of the light trail, please see TacomaLightTrail.org.

This holiday season is sure to be special, not just because of

community events, but because the holidays highlight just how

invaluable our local community is. From us to you, we wish the

greatest cheer and prevailing peace. Happy holidays.

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AS MUCH AS A CONNECTOR AND

A JOINER. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE

PEOPLE TO BE DIRECT, TAKE

ACTION AND CREATE LEADERS."

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In 1969, Marilyn Kimmerling met a scientist

from Salmon Beach in Tacoma. She was

enthralled by his tales of a community of

artists and scientists who were doing things

differently (and they were working on lasers,

which fascinated her). Kimmerling was hooked

after a visit to Salmon Beach. She fell in love with

the area, moved here that same year, and has called

Tacoma home ever since. With a life enthralled in

civic engagement, Kimmerling was selected by the

Board of Directors of the Greater Tacoma Peace

Prize as the 2020/2021 GTPP Laureate.

Marilyn received a specially designed medallion

at the International Day of Peace event at Thea’s

Park on September 21, 2021, and will be honored

at the GTPP Laureate Recognition Banquet (which

had to be postponed twice due to the pandemic),

scheduled for February 17, 2022.

Q. What drew you to community activism? How

long have you been an activist?

A. I’ve been an activist for a long time. I remember

when I was still back East, living in D.C., being in

the Vietnam War march. I had friends in college

who left, were drafted, and when they came back,

they were horribly wounded. I remember when I

made black friends in California, someone tried to

run us down.

I was born Jewish, back when it meant something

different. I remember being slammed against the

wall and beaten, because “I killed Jesus.” I’m not a

practicing Jew, but one of the things I learned was

that you fight for justice. I just want to make the

world a better place, the best I know how.

Q. What did it mean to you to be honored as the

Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate?

A. I have a dear friend named Nancy Farrell,

an absolutely remarkable selfless woman. She

submitted my name every year—until I won.

Nancy is a woman who cannot be told no. What it

means to me? I don’t see myself a leader as much

as a connector and a joiner. I want to encourage

people to be direct, take action and create leaders.

Winning this prize is a tribute to Nancy and her

determination, as well as to all the people out there

who aren’t big names or big money, but who do the

work. People that love Tacoma. I consider the prize

to be for all these different groups of people who

are doing something good for Tacoma.

Q. Can you share with our readers why having a

public access radio station like Radio Tacoma is

so important for our community?

A. Well, about six or seven years ago, I heard that

the FCC was granting licenses for the radio dial.

So much of the media has been conglomerates.

At that time, it was almost impossible to have

local radio.

We want to provide voice to what’s happening in

Tacoma, and to give voice to the less heard. We

love to give voice to the Tacoma refugee choir. It’s

KTAH, 101.9 on FM. Or go to RadioTacoma.org.

We’ve had local poets on there. All kinds of local

storytellers. News. Information. Local musicians. I

belong to a group called Veterans for Peace, and

they did a section on how militarization effects

climate change. Veterans for Peace talk peaceful

solutions, how war is not the answer. I belong to

Jewish Voice for Peace. They pursue justice. I also

belong to the Industrial Workers of the world,

addressing a labor issue. All these people are local

voices that I think are important voices to be heard,

and the radio helps do that.

Q. How did you become involved with the

"Raging Grannies"? Is there a minimum age

requirement?

A. Oh yeah! I was still working as a counselor and

therapist for children and families, and one of

my co-workers suggested the Raging Grannies to

me. She knew I liked to sing. Most of them were

psychiatric nurses! Which was right in my area.

When the leader of this chapter moved on, they

passed on the baton to me. The Raging Grannies

started in B.C. but are quite international. Not

everyone is a grandmother, but the women in

the Raging Grannies are “of a certain age” as they

say. Most people consider grandmothers to be

unthreatening. This allows us to say things that

normally might not be well received. We dress

comically, rewrite the lyrics to popular songs, and

show up to various protests or rallies invited or not.

And we show up and sing. Lots of people get cut

off when they’re singing their truth, but nobody

cuts off the Raging Grannies. It wouldn’t look

good to cut off a bunch of older non-threatening

older women.

Q. You have a long history of activism in our

community. What are you most proud of that

you feel "made a difference" or was a success?

A. In 2017, I was one of six people that locked

down the LNG storage tank. What we were trying

to do was to bring attention to what was being

planned and why it was dangerous. There were

16 cop cars and six of us. Of us six, Cynthia Linet

and I went to trial to bring further attention to the

cause. We were older and felt like we could do that.

We won. That first action motivated a whole chain

of events. It’s still going on. We’ve managed to slow

it down. The LNG storage tank poses a danger of

explosions, treaty violation and danger to marine

life. I’m proud of being a part of that. I also fought

against the methanol plant and the nuclear power

plant. I’m very passionate about the earth. This

assault against the planet always affects the people

that live close to the hazard; people that usually

aren’t given much of a voice.

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“Even the Grinch would love this concert!” - Holiday

Favorites Conductor Geoffrey Boers

Holiday traditions are as varied as the toys in Santa’s

workshop. Gatherings with family and friends from near

and far, revered spiritual observances, re-watching a favorite

holiday movie—everyone has their own way to revel in

the season. One thing these celebrations have in common:

a soundtrack of festive music that proclaims, “It’s the most

wonderful time of the year!”

Every December, Symphony Tacoma has brought the sounds

of the season to the South Sound. After a break from live

performance last year, all the musicians are overjoyed to

rekindle the tradition this season.

On December 5, the orchestra will take the Pantages stage

for Holiday Favorites, its annual collage of seasonal music

for kids from 1 to 92. Selections from The Nutcracker will

open the program, providing the audience an opportunity

to enjoy the complex beauty of Tchaikovsky's tour de force

score. The 70-member Symphony Tacoma Voices chorus

will take the stage to perform a medley of Christmas songs

from holiday movies, TV shows and other favorites—from

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s My Favorite Things to selections

from Disney’s Frozen.

Seattle Jewish Chorus’ Jacob Finkle will light the menorah

to Candle Blessing, a piece by Juilliard’s Dean of Music David

Ludwig. And always a favorite, the audience sing-along will

fill the theater with joyful voices.

For those looking for something more sacred, the orchestra

and chorus are set to perform Handel’s beloved Messiah on

December 17. Perhaps the world’s most well-known choral

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work, this piece has become a Christmas season classic

shared by audiences and musicians around the world. "After

all, what is Christmas without the Messiah?” says Music

Director Sarah Ioannides.

Ioannides, who will take the podium for this performance,

is excited for this program for more than one reason. “Last

year, when we could not gather, we produced A Messiah for

Our Time, a virtual program we shared on our YouTube

channel. This year, as we celebrate our 75th anniversary, it

is so wonderful to perform live again, as well as pay tribute

to the Symphony Tacoma’s first performance—Messiah in

December 1946!"

Lending their voices are soloists Tess Altiveros (soprano),

Laurel Semerdjian (mezzo-soprano), John Marzano (tenor)

and Zachary Lenox (bass). The magnificent Hallelujah

chorus will once again ring powerfully through the hall.

Holiday Favorites will take the stage Sunday, December 5,

at 2:30pm in the Pantages Theater. Tickets are priced $24

to $85. Handel’s Messiah is scheduled for Friday, December

17, with the performance beginning at 7:30pm at St. Charles

Borromeo Church. Tickets are $48 reserved and $30 general.

Tickets are available through the Symphony Tacoma Box

Office at SymphonyTacoma.org or 253.272.7264 ext. 1.

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Health

RELAX

Don’t let the holidays stress you out!

BY MISSI BALISON

While the holidays are an amazing and magical time of year,

it can also bring with it a load of expectations. There’s

time pressure, gift-giving pressure, social pressure and,

for some, the pressure to make it through the holidays with a smile.

Because we live in a colder/darker climate, add this: There’s also less

sunshine, which can put a real damper on your mood if you’re one of the

many people who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Plus, some of us feel pressure to make the holidays absolutely perfect

for our loved ones, and to recapture the magic we remember from our

childhood.

Wow. That’s a lot, right?

A few years ago, Healthline surveyed people about their feelings during

the holidays, and 62 percent said they felt “very” or “somewhat” stressed

during their holidays. Only 10 percent reported no stress. Ten percent!

Researchers found that people reported they were more likely to “behave

in sedentary ways like watching TV, sleeping, eating and drinking to

manage their stress. Many individuals engage in comfort eating and

other unhealthy behaviors to cope with their stress levels.”

Well, I’ve got some other ideas to help turn your mood around—try not

to take them as added pressure but as ways to blow off some steam (or

avoid the steam altogether)!

Turn on some music and move! A solo dance party will turn cleaning up

the kitchen (or cooking, or wrapping gifts, or cleaning the guest room)

into less of a chore. I like to call it “cardio cleaning.”

Plus, getting your heart rate up helps your body release feel-good

hormones that’ll boost your mood.

Get outside. Take a quick walk outside and enjoy nature—or your

neighbor’s decorations. There’s nothing like a change of scenery and

fresh air to shift your perspective. If it’s a little cold, then bundle up and

get out, even if just for a short time.

Stay away from social media. If there ever was a time to cut back on

your scrolling time, it’s now! When you’re feeling stressed, it’s easy to

compare your situation with that of others. Remember: We all know this,

but in the scroll it is easy to forget that social media is where people

generally show their “perfect” life, not their “real” life.

Give someone a compliment. One of my favorite things to do when I

go to the post office or grocery store is to give a total stranger a sincere

compliment. I especially love complimenting seniors, because this can be

a lonely time of year for many of them. Give a sincere compliment and

watch how another's eyes light up—your body will respond with equally

happy hormones that are so good for you!

Distract yourself! Watch a comedy, work out, play a game, or even tackle

an unrelated household chore (hello, organized sock drawer).

Bonus tip: Breathe. Do five minutes of breathing exercises—all you need

to do is just sit back and focus on your breath. Feel your belly and chest

rise as you breathe in and sink as you breathe out. This can be an amazing

“reset” for your mood because it helps relieve anxiety.

An important note: There’s a difference between stress and feeling true

anxiety and depression. If you’re feeling truly distressed, be sure to check

in with your doctor. There’s no need to handle all of that by yourself.

Have a beautiful, happy, healthy holiday season.

Missi Balison is a personal trainer, exercise physiologist and Certified

Precision Nutrition coach.

There’s nothing like a change of scenery and fresh air

to shift your perspective.

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Health

DIET AND AGING

Why sugar is your worst enemy

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN

With obesity rates near 80 percent in America, and the

rate of metabolic disease, heart disease, dementia and

diabetes climbing annually, there are a lot of reasons

to choose a healthy, whole-food diet. But did you know that high sugar

and processed diets also contribute to premature aging of the skin,

leading to more wrinkles, sagginess, lost volume and poor texture? A

process called glycation is to blame, and below we break down all the

details and how you can stop premature aging, inside and out.

What is glycation?

Glycation is a process that happens on a cellular level in the body when

sugar molecules attach to either protein or fat molecules. One of the

protein molecules that they attach to is collagen, the primary structural

protein in the extracellular matrix of the body’s connective tissue, and

together they produce harmful free radicals called advanced glycation

end products (AGEs). The more AGEs that accumulate from the sugar

consumption, the more collagen proteins are damaged. Therefore, an

excess of sugar in the body breaks down collagen and elastin more

rapidly than the natural aging process, resulting in premature aging.

Can glycation be reversed?

Unfortunately, glycation cannot be reversed, and it is best to prevent it

in the first place. However, if years of high sugar consumption have left

you with loose skin and wrinkles, you can make some dietary changes

to prevent further damage. Swap out sugary treats for nature’s dessert of

fresh berries, and be sure to consume enough water (roughly half your

body weight in ounces) daily. Water is essential for collagen and elastin

production, and proper hydration can improve your body’s ability to

counteract the negative effects of glycation. Additionally, a diet rich in

antioxidants can help to combat free radicals that break down collagen.

Broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes and asparagus are just a few foods that

help to brighten the complexion and halt glycation.

What other foods cause glycation?

While sugar is the biggest culprit for producing AGEs, other foods can

also trigger glycation and premature aging. Meat, especially red meat,

fried foods, vegetable oils and processed foods also contribute to the

breakdown of collagen. Steer clear of these offenders and opt for lean

white meats, fresh produce and whole foods to preserve your health

and skin.

A diet that helps you to age gracefully on the outside will also help

to preserve your internal health. Your skin is your largest organ and

reflects the cellular processes occurring internally. Nurturing your

skin and body with whole foods and avoiding processed and sugary

foods will improve your appearance, but more importantly, will make

you healthier!

Did you know that high sugar and processed diets also

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BY COLIN ANDERSON

Sandpoint, Idaho, offers a truce slice of North Idaho heaven, and has been

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travelers to the area quickly fall in love with the small-town charm and

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Imagine yourself preparing a meal on top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances,

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hiking the beautiful trails or meandering quaint downtown and the local

shops. Instead of a hotel wake-up call, rise to a beautiful sunrise as you watch

out your back patio for deer, birds and other wildlife roaming the course and

surrounding forests.

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At The Idaho Club, you can enjoy living life to the fullest

no matter what your agenda entails. Both families and

corporate executives have found it the perfect place to

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As the winter season has arrived, The Lodges at The Idaho

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DECORATING FOR THE

HOLIDAYS

ANCIENT TRADITIONS BRING HOLIDAY CHEER

BY RACHEL KELLY

The simple beauty of Christmas décor is steeped in ancient tradition, as

well as providing frivolous beauty. Here in the Northwest, our holiday

cheer and decorations hold special significance because of our long and

dark winters. Though they’re not as cold as some, the days are certainly short.

A little snow goes a long way toward brightening up the landscape, but in the

meantime, a few evergreen boughs, candles and Christmas lights bring cheer

during the (seemingly) everlasting winter.

It’s thought that bringing evergreen boughs into the home originated as long ago

as ancient times, even dating back to the Vikings. Before there was electricity,

and food was made in a hearth, the everlasting green of the branches served as

a symbol of hope that spring would come again; that the sun would shine again

in the mornings and evenings; and that the trees would once again fill with

songbirds. It goes without saying that decorating the home, and decorating

with neighbors, was an excuse to connect with nature and friends during a time

when the weather kept everyone indoors. Today that tradition lives on in our

long ropes of evergreen, tinsel, and in our rich Christmas colors.

The modern Christmas tree, versus evergreen boughs, came much later. In the

late 1500s in Germany, it was a common tradition to decorate bare trees with

nuts and fruit. The ornamentation filled up the empty space left by the absent

leaves and was a fun source of entertainment. However, it wasn’t until 1605 that

a fir tree was brought inside and decorated with paper flowers and treats. The

idea spread across Germany for obvious reasons and flourished for a couple

hundred years. In the 1800s, German immigrants brought the tradition with

them, where it became popular in the United States. Decorations expanded to

include whatever the decorator had on hand: popcorn, cranberries, streamers

… and often weren’t too extremely extravagant.

Lights were a common theme when decorating the tree and the home. Long

before electric lights came along, trees were decorated with candles adorned

with foil, which was used to reflect the light around the room. The family would

nightly re-ornament and light the worn-down candles to bring a bit of cheer to

the early evening.

It wasn’t until the 1800s that ornamentation on the tree became more

extravagant. During that time, Hans Greiner in Germany began making glass

“baubles,” which were sculpted glass balls of various colors. The simple glass

ornaments reflected the light and added a certain flair to the humble Christmas

tree. While popcorn necklaces and cranberries were still used, the ornament

certainly upped the decorating game. In the late 19th century, F.W. Woolworth

brought the idea to America, and it quickly caught on. The ornaments were

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available in department stores across the country.

Eventually the ornaments were injected with molten

glass to make new shapes. At some point ornaments

began to be made with moldable plastic to allow for an

even greater variety of shapes and variations, resembling

the ornaments that we have today.

Still more of our Christmas décor originates with

Christian and Jewish traditions. The lighting of the

menorah is meant to be a testament of God’s provision,

symbolizing the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight

days instead of one. The menorah is not traditionally

used as a practical light, such as something to read or

write by. It is only ornamental and is placed in Jewish

windows to stand as a reminder of God’s blessing to

the temple and his people. The Christmas star on the

top of the Christmas tree is a symbol of the star that

led the three wisemen to Jesus after he was born, an

event that Messianic Jews also celebrate in their homes.

The very popular candy cane was originally created

as a clever treat that was used to bribe children to sit

during Christmas services. The simple “J” shape was

chosen because it was the shape of a shepherd’s crook.

It was a perfect accompaniment to the story of Jesus’

birth, whose first witnesses were shepherds. Originally

the candy was made without stripes or peppermint

flavoring, simply being sugar sticks. It wasn’t until later

that the red stripes and peppermint flavoring were

added with the intention of the red being the color of

hope and peppermint symbolizing cleansing.

Today our ornamental decorations, as well as our

favorite candies, are personal expressions of our faith,

our families and our hopes for the future in the midst

of winter—much like they always have been throughout

history. However, we have the luxury of being

considerably more versatile. Often glass ornaments

commemorate births of loved ones or wedding

anniversaries. Some ornaments might remind us of

special places such as a memorable vacation, a faraway

home, or dear friends that we once knew and hope to

see again. During Christmas we use our decorations to

remind us of moments of past joy and symbols of hope

for the future. Our ornaments, lights, stars, trees, candy

A little snow goes a long

way toward brightening

up the landscape, but

in the meantime, a few

evergreen boughs, candles

and Christmas lights

bring cheer during the

(seemingly) everlasting

winter.

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and evergreen wreaths are used as remembrances

of birth, life and peace. In this season we find our

strength in our intentional dwelling on all that

is good. Decorations seem almost frivolous at

times, and yet they are part of a deeper ritual that

keeps us focused on all that is right and new.

This year, there are all sorts of places to go and

memories to be had in our community. We

honor the age-old tradition of decoration and

celebration by venturing out to be with our

neighbors, and coming together to celebrate.

There are a lot of special places to find just what

seems right in our homes, and on our trees.

There are some businesses where “baubles” can

be made with family and friends, and some

places where they can be bought. Whatever you

plan on doing, there are some great places to look

for things that serve as reminders of some of our

favorite local memories.

This season, may your home be a place where

all your hopes, cheer and joy find residence. As

we enter into long nights, and occasional rough

storms, may your home be a place of respite. May

it be a place of lights, baubles, candles, warmth,

comfort, hope and greenery. And when you go

out to shop, or just to be with friends, may it be

an activity that brings you joy rather than stress.

This year is a year of new and old traditions, and

of faith in the coming year.

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Broadway to 6th are a series of old buildings that showcase various antiques and unique items; they pull

out all the stops during the holiday season. Places like Broadway’s Best Antiques and Me Hunt You Buy

make a trip down Broadway a must for the holiday season. Not just for holiday décor but also for unique

gifts and upscale second-hand goods.

A stroll down Proctor is also a must, which showcases stores like Pacific Northwest Shop and Compass

Rose, both of which sell local products and décor.

Venturing a little outside of Tacoma there’s the newly opened Craft Theory in Lakewood. This bright

shop holds almost weekly craft-making events. This holiday season Craft Theory will hold various classes

on wreath, ornament and holiday decoration making. They also sell a variety of local products from

artists and small businesses, making it a perfect stop for both gifts and décor.

Also outside Tacoma is Watson’s Greenhouse in Puyallup. Watson’s carries everything you might need

for Christmas greenery, but doesn’t stop there. They pull out all the tinsel and bright red paper, decking

out the greenhouse with a large variety of beautifully decorated trees with a section for locally made gifts.

It’s also an adorable spot to stop for lunch, or to take the kids to visit the live reindeer.

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GET READY

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LACE UP YOUR SHOES FOR THIS

FESTIVE HOLIDAY EVENT

By Jillian Chandler

The countdown is on! This month, get ready to get outdoors to

share in the spirit of the holiday season with Santa Runs Tacoma.

Sponsored by Bud Light, get those running—or walking—shoes

ready, as this year’s Santa Runs Tacoma half marathon and 5k return

Saturday, December 11!

A Tacoma tradition since 2009, the Santa Runs Tacoma races are a festive

family affair, with distances for all ages and levels—including the Donner

& Blitzen Half Marathon, the Frosty’s 5k, and the Kids Run for those 12

and younger. Participants are encouraged to dress in their most merry

holiday attire and accessories to help brighten the spirit of the morning.

“Our goal is to bring runners out for a fun, festive and scenic race through

Tacoma!” shares Sherry Clarke, director or operations for the Tacoma

City Marathon Association. “This festive family affair offers a distance

for everyone and is a great way to gather with the running community to

celebrate the most RUNderful time of the year!”

The half marathon and 5k are chip-timed events, with age division

ribbons awarded to the top five finishers in each age group. The 5k

course is a USATF-certified course, though the half marathon course

certification is pending. Each half marathon and 5k finisher will receive

a festive holiday finisher’s medal, an embroidered beanie and collective

bib number. All Kids Run finishers receive a finisher's ribbon.

According to Sherry, they’re hoping to see 1,000 participants between

the half marathon and 5k events, while the kids’ race usually draws

anywhere from 50 to 100 kids.

Start times are as follows: 8:30am for the Donner & Blitzen Half Marathon;

9am for Frosty's 5k Run/Walk; 10:15am for the Kids Run. Registration

for the half marathon is $95 through December 8 and increases to $100

December 9 and 10. The 5k is priced $55 through December 8 and will

increase to $60 on December 9 and 10. The kids’ fun run is $10. Online

registration continues through December 10. For additional information

and to register, visit TCMAEvents.com/Santa-Runs-Tacoma.

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SANKTA LUCIA CELEBRATION

Admission is free to attend the 2021 Sankta Lucia celebration at Pacific

Lutheran University. Scheduled for Sunday, December 12, from 4 to

6pm, festivities will take place in the Scandinavian Cultural Center. The

annual celebration recognizes the Sicilian saint, Sankta Lucia, who stood

up for her beliefs in the face of persecution. The appointed Lucia, who is

chosen based on applicant essay and interview process, and demonstrates

dedication to service and honoring the core elements of Lutheran higher

education, will be recognized with a $1,000 scholarship and a crown of

candles. For additional details, visit PLU.edu/ScanCenter/Sankta-Lucia.

MESSIAH: SYMPHONY TACOMA VOICES

Join Symphony Tacoma as they celebrate their 75th season by attending

Messiah on Friday, December 17, at 7:30pm. Held at St. Charles Borromeo

Church in Tacoma (7112 South 12th Street), Handel’s beloved classic—

and a tribute to Symphony Tacoma’s first-ever performance in 1946—this

holiday classic oratorio is performed by the talented orchestra and vocalists

of Symphony Tacoma Voices. Featuring Sarah Ioannides, conductor;

Geoffrey Boers, Symphony Tacoma Voices director; Tess Altiveros,

soprano; Laurel Semerdjian, mezzo-soprano; John Marzano, tenor; and

Zachary Lenox, bass. Tickets, which are priced $30 for general admission

and $48 for reserved, can be purchased online at SymphonyTacoma.org.

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

The Tacoma Yacht Club once again hosts the annual Lighted Boat Parade.

This year, the Ruston/Tacoma waterfront will come to life with the bright

lights and decorated boats to celebrate the joy of the holiday season on

Saturday, December 18. The boat parade begins at 5:30pm in front of the

Tacoma Yacht Club and will travel along the Ruston waterfront and into the

Foss Waterway. Dress warm and come out to enjoy this holiday tradition.

For additional details, call 253.752.3555 or email info@tacomayachtclub.org.

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take place as

planned. Due to the continuing pandemic, there is the possibility that event schedules

may change or events canceled completely. Be sure to visit event websites to stay up to

date with current information.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp. instant coffee

1 tbsp. Lakanto or Swerve brand sweetener

2 tbsp. boiling hot water

½ oz. chocolate liqueur

1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk

½ oz. Frangelico (hazelnut) liqueur

1 tsp. dark chocolate, shaved

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• To make the whipped coffee, add the instant coffee,

sweetener and hot water to a medium-sized bowl, and whip

on high speed with a hand-mixer until stiff peaks form, about

5 minutes.

• To layer the drink, pour chocolate liqueur into a glass,

add ice then milk and Frangelico liqueur. Top drink with the

whipped coffee and garnish with shaved dark chocolate. Stir

whipped coffee into the drink before drinking.

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SUNNY PALM SPRINGS

THE PERFECT PLACE TO CHASE AWAY WINTER BLUES

BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

Sunny Palm Springs is the perfect destination for a winter getaway. Luxury destination resorts abound with

exotic pools and renowned golf courses. Art and architecture aficionados will love the mid-century modern

aesthetic and vibe. This is foodie heaven, with the agricultural bounty of the Coachella Valley inspiring local

chefs. Activities abound, or you can just relax by a pool. It really is the perfect destination for a winter getaway.

Where to Stay

There are so many beautiful resorts in the area that it can be tough to decide where to stay. These two Marriott

properties are very family friendly, and both recently completed extensive multimillion dollar renovations and

upgrades.

The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa celebrates the 10 Days of Esmeralda from December 23 to January

2, 2022. There are special activities each day for couples, friends and families. Christmas Brunch with Santa on

December 25 is a highlight. Gingerbread house decorating, family fun train rides in the lobby terrace, and cookie

decorating at Camp Esmeralda are just a few of the many activities planned. Adults will enjoy a paint hour, caricature

artist and a New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet. When booking, look for the 10 Days of Esmeralda Package, which includes

festive extras the whole family will love.

Indian Wells is a beautiful location for this stunning resort. The refreshed rooms are some of the largest in the Palm

Springs area with mid-century modern design and vivid colors common in the Southern California landscape. The

23-acre grounds include lush Mediterranean-inspired gardens, waterfalls and lakes. The pool has a beach entry,

literally with a sandy beach flowing to the walk-in pool.

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The holidays are a special time at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort &

Spa. What makes the resort so unique is it has 18 acres of lakes and waterways.

Electric boats pick you up in the lobby for rides throughout the resort. Look

for special Boat Rides with Santa. Winterland meets the desert in over-the-top

decorations sure to get you in the holiday spirit. The JW takes family friendly

to a whole new level with the incredible JW Entertainment Zone featuring an

arcade game room with supersized classic games like Pac-Man. You’ll also find

skee-ball, duck bowling and virtual reality games, as well as seasonal activities.

The newly designed resort rooms have a calming aesthetic with hardwood floors

and soothing shades of blue, grey and crisp white for the décor. Plush bedding,

quartz vanities and rain-style showers add to the opulence. In addition to golf,

there are so many other activities to participate in such as tennis, volleyball,

bike rentals, a variety of lawn games, a putting green and multiple pools.

Pro Tip: When you arrive, make sure to pick up a copy of the Passport Family

Activities, which lists family activities held each day at the resort.

Where to Eat

Maybe the question should be where not to eat, because there are just so many

options! Wilma & Frieda is located in the El Paseo shopping district known as

the greater Palm Springs area’s Rodeo Drive. Serving up comfort foods with

a twist, you will find jazzed-up dishes from your childhood with a grown-up

flare. Where the restaurant really shines is with brunch. Start with a housemade

Poptart—which in no way resembles the cardboard-textured ones of your

childhood. Flaky pie pastry stuffed with a triple berry filling then drizzled with

icing is a wonder to behold. Bennies, the restaurant’s take on Eggs Benedict,

steps up the game with house-made English muffins and other fresh, local

ingredients. Well worth the stop and super popular, so you will want to arrive

early to snag a table.

For a splurge meal, head over to the La Quinta Resort and Club to dine at

Morgan’s in the Desert, the resort’s signature dining venue. The restaurant is

beautiful inside with the feel of a hacienda, and outside in the courtyard, the

twinkling lights help to create a magical atmosphere. Dine on contemporary

American cuisine sourced from the bounty of the Coachella Valley. Traditional

cooking methods highlight the region’s best ingredients and products. Eat a

composed dish highlighting the chef ’s skills, or order your choice of protein à

la carte, add toppings or sauces and pick your sides for a meal tailored to your

taste. The La Quinta Resort is lovely at night. After dinner, head over to one of

the other venues to enjoy a cocktail and live music in the Plaza.

Located on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, a trendy street in the

Uptown Design District with shops, galleries and sidewalk cafés, Eight4Nine

Restaurant & Lounge is one that stays busy. The food is fantastic, but the

presentation adds so much to the experience. Try the signature Watermelon

Gazpacho, a chilled watermelon soup with piquillo peppers, lime, garlic, burrata

cheese and micro mint. Poured tableside and so good. Another highlight is

the Brandini Toffee S’Mores Fondue. This is such a delicious dessert. Skewer

a house-made marshmallow garnished with locally made Brandini Toffee and

lightly torched, dip in the decadent chocolate, then roll in crushed graham

crackers. So memorable with the light fluffy texture of the marshmallows.

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What to Do

Shields Date Garden is a kitschy ‘50s-style tourist stop which charms with its vintage vibe. Stroll the date garden to

see the vignettes on the life of Christ. In the Romance Theater, watch the original movie, “The Romance & Sex Life

of the Date,” quite a racy title when it originated in 1953. There is a cute café in a courtyard overlooking the garden,

or you can grab a Date Shake at the soda counter.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a must stop while in the area. Take the rotating tram as it follows the cliffs of

Chino Canyon to the Mountain Station with an elevation of 8,515 feet. Head outside to enjoy the stunning views

and explore the pristine wilderness found in Mt. San Jacinto State Park, which offers more than 50 miles of hiking

trails. Inside are two restaurants, a natural history museum, two theaters and a gift shop. Note the temperature is

much cooler than the desert below, so bring a jacket or sweater for your visit.

Even adults will love going to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens; one of only two zoos in the United States that

specializes in deserts. The newly opened Rhino Savanna is the closest you will get to experiencing an African safari

without leaving the United States. In addition to the animals, explore the immersive botanical gardens which flow

throughout the zoo. Just gorgeous. The zoo owns 5 miles of private hiking trails into the desert for use by visitors.

Make sure to stop by the San Andreas Fault line exhibit.

The greater Palm Springs area has so much to see and do—but don’t underestimate the relaxation factor of nestling

into a poolside cabana and sipping a craft cocktail far away from the winter blues.

The Specifics

INFORMATION

VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com

WHERE TO STAY

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells-

Marriott.com

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa- Marriott.com

WHERE TO EAT

Wilma & Frieda - WilmaFrieda.com

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge - Eight4Nine.com

La Quinta Resort & Club Dining - LaQuintaResort.com/dining

WHAT TO DO

Shields Date Garden - ShieldsDateGarden.com

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - PSTramway.com

The Living Desert and Garden - LivingDesert.org

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