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Inside November


At the Condors' season opener game, I experienced Rabobank Arena in a whole new way and saw the ice from a unique perspective. My daughter's elementary school choir joined together with other schools to sing on the ice during the first intermission break. Lucky me, along with a few other parents, escorted these running, screaming, excited kids through the "Do Not Enter" doors, along the cement corridors, which created a fantastic echo effect, and down two flights of stairs. Standing front and center with the ice just steps away and packed into a small space in front of the parked Zamboni, the choirs from American, Independence, Centennial, and Del Rio Elementary Schools and the Rosedale Middle School Choir under the direction of Eric Dyer, practiced singing their patriotic tunes. At the buzzer, they entered the rink. In the midst of a sea of blue polo shirts, my daughter, Bryce, sang her heart out. And, as I stood in the wings, I couldn't have been more proud!

As these children sang in earnest, I felt thankful for many things – my family, our country, and a community that gives our children such wonderful opportunities. The month of November is a great time to reflect about the things we have in our lives.

In our "Mothers, Shakers, and Community Makers" section on page 8, I interviewed a remarkable woman, Susan Raye Wiggins, who has experienced fame and never let it interfere with raising her family. Each Thanksgiving dinner, she writes a personalized thank-you note for each of her guests and sets it on their plate. She says it's a great way to let them know how much she appreciates them and also teaches her younger guests to be more grateful.

In addition to adorning your Thanksgiving table with notes of gratitude, you can embellish it with decor to reflect the season. In our "You Can Do It" section, Crafty Mama Tracie Grimes gives you step-by-step instructions on how to make a Harvest Circle Candle Centerpiece using pumpkins, silk leaves, berries, and tealights. She also outlines how to make napkin holders and, exclusive to our website; a festive table runner.

In his "Day Trippin'" article, Dave Hook shares his knowledge of Kern County and gives us another idea for a fun-filled getaway. He writes about the Tule Elk State Preserve and how seeing these magnificent animals can be a great family activity.

The day after Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days, and it's not just for the turkey leftovers – it's the biggest shopping day of the year. A self-professed shop-a-holic, I love this day – give me the crowds, the sales, the chaos. As my husband always says, "My wife loves to pump up the economy." This year, especially, I say it needs my help!

So, during this month of gratitude while you're eating turkey, making crafts, checking out elk, or hitting the mall, take a moment, share a smile, and say, "Thanks!" to all those people in your life that make it better. I know I have a lot of thanking to catch up on. Let me start by telling you, our readers, thanks for reading!

P.S. Did you notice Tommy Turkey on the front cover of this month's issue? This little guy could help you win a free turkey for your family. All you need to do is count how many times you see his cute face on the pages of advertising and editorial in this issue and tell us how many you found. Make sure you look throughout the whole issue, even the shopping section. You can enter online at www.kerncountyfamily.com or send in your entry to our office by November 15th. Winners will be chosen at random.

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