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There's a lot going on this time of year

Published: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 3:10 p.m. CST

Last week, I told you about the drop-off sites for Toys for Tots. Since then, coordinator Jim Hill provided an updated list of locations. Many are the same, but the most current list of sites can be found on page 7. Of course, if you have any questions, you should call Hill at 847-417-9861.

Along with all the volunteer and giving opportunities, there are plenty of ways to just have fun this holiday season.

Take the kids to Waterman for a ride on the Holiday Lights Train. Reporter David Thomas checked it out, and details are available on page 6.

The whole family will enjoy shows at the Sandwich Opera House. Read about a couple of them on page 8. There’s never a bad time to see a show at the Opera House.

Area seniors have opportunities for some fun this holiday season, too. The Golden Harvesters will be treated to the music of two handbell choirs at the group’s Dec. 14 potluck dinner meeting. If you’ve never been to a potluck hosted by the Harvesters, you should check it out. They are a fun, lively group. Get all the details on page 9.

Also on page 9 are details about holiday events at the Fox Valley Older Adults Center on Suydam Road in Sandwich.

And if you’re entertaining at home this holiday season, Chef Darrel Anderson has provided a basic onion dip recipe on page 10. It’s a great starting point to unleash your own culinary creativity.

For the sports lovers out there, reporter Doug Oleson caught up with the Newark basketball coach when his Norsemen played much larger teams in the Strombom Tournament in Sycamore.

The small Norsemen squad has just one more player than Sycamore has coaches. Read about coach Rick Tollefson’s reasons for entering the tournament on page 15.

Remember to take care of yourself during the hectic holiday season. Take a breather and enjoy this week’s issue of the Valley Free Press.

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