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Finally a Hanukkah sweater — and it’s not even ugly

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Every holiday season, Carin Agiman pawed through her closet, searching for something to wear to her friend's ugly sweater party.Having no luck, Agiman, who is Jewish, glued felt menorah cutouts and blue sequins to a white thrift store sweater. But the clumsy DIY look never quite matched the breadth of bright sweaters with reindeer and snowmen. And it certainly didn't show off Agiman's Hanukkah pride.

December 15, 2012 | By Jessica Yadegaran Contra Costa Times | Life top stories


Holly, cranberry bushes add colorful seasonal contrast to landscape

Winter does not have to equate to a dreary garden devoid of excitement. There are many types of berry-bearing shrubs, woody plants and winter flowers to brighten the landscape.

December 14, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


Spoon up some traditional potato cakes for Hanukkah

At countless Hanukkah celebrations, latkes will be there.

December 12, 2012 | By Susan M. Selasky Detroit Free Press | Life top stories


Students whip Santa into shape with school play

Last year, all those cookies finally caught up with Santa and he got stuck in a chimney.

December 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Teens and elementary students all learn while teaming up for stage production

Nothing is cuter than a room full of dalmatian puppies ... unless of course they elementary students dressed up as puppies.

December 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Chattahoochee Baptist Association is handing out toys for children

No one would argue that Santa's got a big job to do on Christmas Eve.

December 08, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gingerbread houses go pro in stunning holiday displays

NEW YORK- Out of the kitchen and into the hotel lobby: Gingerbread houses have gone from being a homemade project done with mom to professional exhibits designed by pastry chefs and sometimes even architects.And never mind the humble miniature: Some displays are life-size, while others depict entire villages. A few extravaganzas raise money for charity, while some include contests for home bakers. Many are part of larger Christmas celebrations at luxury hotels that also showcase decorated trees, Santa visits and holiday menus.

December 07, 2012 | By Beth J. Harpaz Associated Press | Life top stories


Light libations set the holiday mood

Back during my days at Gourmet magazine, my many duties included teaching cooking classes. I used to tell my students - especially the cooking-impaired ones - that if they made sure to greet dinner party guests with a special homemade drink, they would always win, no matter what else happened that evening.

December 05, 2012 | By Sara Moulton Associated Press | Life top stories


Quinlan Visual Arts Center uses grant to reduce its lighting costs

The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is getting a little greener. But it's not because of any new art display.

December 04, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Marching toward the future

Students of the East Hall High School band marched around their school's track last week blasting holiday tunes with a finesse that can only be earned through many hours of practice.

December 03, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Cleveland’s Luke Pilgrim rising on country charts while creating his own music videos

Luke Pilgrim never thought of music as a hobby or a side gig.

December 02, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville's Mormon church displays hundreds of nativities

A Gainesville church is opening its doors to celebrate the reason behind the Christmas season this weekend.

December 01, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Planting tips in Farmer’s Almanac, other sources often based on science

Recently, a local news channel that reported a story about garden and weather folklore.

November 30, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


New breed of grandma's skillet topping holiday gift lists

One of the hottest items on cooks' holiday lists this year is one of the oldest types of cookware around: cast iron.

November 28, 2012 | By Noelle Carter Los Angeles Times | Life top stories


Hit TV series, Schwarzenegger movie filming on Lanier

Lake Lanier isn't just an attractive location for tourists and fishing enthusiasts.

November 26, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


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Celebrate holidays with 'green' on your mind

As we get closer and closer to the height of the holiday season, being excited for Father Christmas is no excuse to forget about Mother Nature.

November 28, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Going nuts for coconuts

Calliope Sweets owner Patty Phillips prides herself on her Southern hospitality, her roots and her skills in the kitchen.

November 26, 2014 | BY JESSIKA BOUVIER jbouvier@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


A place for pets in the hospital

Pet therapy is a common form of treatment for many individuals. However, patients who are hospitalized for long periods of time often spend weeks and even months away from their pets since animals are not allowed in hospitals.

November 25, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Hospital offers surgery to help ease symptoms of Parkinson's disease

For the 1 million Americans living with Parkinson's disease and especially those who are responding well to medication, more good news is at hand.

November 24, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Veterans seek to add more to soldiers memorial

The plot of land began years as ago as a gateway to a string of parks connecting downtown Gainesville to Lake Lanier, with park benches and paths winding between trees and landscaped areas.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories


L.A.M.P. to serve homeless Thanksgiving meal today

It's an unfortunate fact of life that, even in Hall County, not everyone has a home for the holidays.

November 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Feasting on allergy-free food this Thanksgiving

When I was a kid, I always looked forward to holidays because it was a guarantee that my mom served all the dishes I loved. I always counted on a turkey, a sweet potato dish and green beans at Thanksgiving for example.

November 19, 2014 | Gillan Ludlow | Life top stories


Forsyth veteran rejuvenates military jeep

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Many retirees pick up a hobby to keep themselves occupied, but Claude Whittle of northwestern Forsyth County rebuilt a 1952 Willys M-38 jeep, affectionately known as Col. Maggie.

November 18, 2014 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Life top stories


Gainesville baby survives premature birth and thrives

Melissa Payne carefully sorts through the objects inside a decorative box on her kitchen counter, handling each one with care.

November 16, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Upcycled furniture goes from rugged to refined

What's old is new again.

November 14, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


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