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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeitung Q Friday November p 3A Expanding the expansion fund Photo submitted Judy Waring of Mission Valley Textiles presents a check to Gladys Bartllng director of Comal County Senior Citizens Center From left are Doris Wells Waring and Bartllng Buying or browsing The Christmas shopping season has arrived By RACHEL BECK AP Business Writer NEW Tlianksgiving was merely an appetizer for many consumers to the holiday ritual that really begins now the Christmas shopping season Despite a year of mediocre sales and concern over whether consumers will actually spend retailers are optimistic about the holidays But many are going to great lengths to get consumers to begin shopping early Many stores opened before dawn today and some even stayed open on Thanksgiving hoping to lure customers by offering extra discounts to those who shopped early In New York Carol Smith had a quick bite with friends early today aiming to start her shopping at The name of the game is beating the crowds and finding some good Festtage Calendar THROUGH JAN 4 NEW THE HOUDAY RIVER OF LIGHTS A spectacular drivethrough holiday light display featuring thousands of lights and animated holiday scenes nestled on the banks of the tranqutl Guadalupe River in Cypress Bend Park Enjoy this magical journey of sight sound and motion from early November to early January Contact Don Ferguson at 830 6082100 S tftlE LIGHTING Downtown Association sponsors this festive event with the arrival of Santa parade food entertainment and Santa pictures Courthouse and Plaza area lighting are the highlight of the night Downtown Plaza at Contact Pete Stocking at 8306093117 TODAYSUNDAY CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE OF ARTS AND CRAFTS Handmade arts and crafts by over 100 craftsmen Open 10 in New Braunfels Civic Center Seguin Street Contact Ellen Andrus at 8306980811 SUNDAY ADVENT VESPERS Thirtyeight year old chorale celebration presented by 15 churches and singing groups in the community First Baptist Church 733 Cross at 4 Contact Mrs Melitta Frueh at 8306256658 Sponsor Music Study Group THURSDAY WASSAILFEST FIFTH ANNUAL A magical evening of downtown festivities ranging from sampling different types of wassail holiday to enjoying the many diverse entertainment groups and strolling through downtown shops Downtown Plaza from 5 to 9 Wassail voting at Contact Lynn Fountain at 8306082100 DEC 5 VISIT WITH ST NICHOLAS Children enjoy traditional visit with German Santa at the Sophienburg Museum 401 West Coll at 2 and 6 Contact Michelle Oatman at the Sophienburg Museum at 6291572 DEC 6 CANDLELIGHT TOUR Visit Sophienburg Museum Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture and Conservation Plaza Doors open 58 Enjoy decorations sample tasty German treats Contact Michelle Oatman Dec 67 OLD GRUENE CHRISTMAS MARKET DAYS FESTIVAL lighting ceremony shops restaurants entertainment and craft vendors in Gruene Historic District Market of more than 100 craft vendors opens by 10 lighting ceremony Saturday 6 Contact Mary Jane Nalley Dec 1214 GLOWFEST 97 Texas Only Winter Holiday Balloon Festival Daily at sunrise flyover of more than 25 balloons Evening glow at Comal County Fairgrounds concessions available spectacular family event filled with music and the most unusual holiday lighting display in south Texas Contact Chamber of Commerce at 830 6252385 or 18005722626 said Smith who dressed accordingly in comfortable shoes and carried an extralarge pocketbook Retailers count on the holidays for about half their annual sales and profits Last year consumers did 10 percent of their Christmas shopping during the weekend following Thanksgiving according to the International Council of Shopping Centers a New Yorkbased trade group DEC 13 A CHRISTMAS Depiction of German historic Christmas experiences in Texas from Indianola to New Braunfels First Protestant Church at Contact Celeste Salge at 8306257693 or Jerald Schroeder at 8306097729 ext 19 DEC 13 THE FOURTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES Get into the Holiday Spirit with a the delightful and festive jqnjpsw j i years tour Enjoy the enchantment of Christmas past and present Contact Genny Hensz at 830625 6119 DEC 13 JINGLE BELL FOR FAMILY OUTREACH 5K Run Walk Kids K and Silent Auction 9 in Landa Park Contact Susan Phillips at 830609 5030 DEC 18 CAROLING ON THE PLAZA SIXTEENTH ANNUAL Arts Council sponsors community get together with friends and neighbors to sing traditional Christmas carols Downtown Plaza at 6 Contact Elizabeth Elliott at 830625 4824 DEC 22 HARVEST FROM THE HEART FOURTH ANNUAL Community Christmas Dinner at Civic Center 58 Contact Rita at 8306252661 or Judy Kraft at 8306252322 Founders are Robert Konkel and Dana Overstreet New Braunfels 15th Annual Christmas Showcase Arts Crafts November 29 30 Sat 105 Sun 105 few BraunfelsChic Center Office workers using phones should be seen and not heard DEAR ABBV I work in a large office where people are clustered into numerous These groupings are separated only by partitions We use speaker phones that allow us to without lifting the handset Some of the people never pick up their handsets Instead they yell into the speaker so the caller can hear them They turn the volume up as loud as it will go so they can hear their party anywhere in the office This is very disturbing to those who are trying to concentrate on their work Many of these same people use the speakers to retrieve long personal messages from their voice mail I am offended when my co workers are too lazy to pick up their phones Certainly handsfree has its benefits but where do you draw the line Abby what is the proper etiquette in this situation FRAZZLED IN FLORIDA DEAR FRAZZLED No one should use the telephone in a manner that disturbs those nearby Talk to your supervisor about the disruption and ask that a company policy be formulated and given to employees Offer to help write the policy and to hold a training session on telephone etiquette should management deem this a good idea DEAR ABBY I have been dating Greg for almost a year He is 32 and I am 27 For the last three months Greg has been pressuring me to move in with him Every time he brings it up I change the subject Nearby fire fails to smoke out shoppers SAN ANTONIO AP Sirens blared and the smell of smoke permeated the shopping center but that wasnt enough to dissuade shoppers intent on making their first holiday purchases A fire was reported at Thursday at Mailboxes just a few yards away from the popular department store and several other smaller stores in the twoblock Ndrth Side shopping center open for Thanksgiving Day Firefighters arriving at the scene encountered hordes of shoppers trying to find parking places prompting a call to police for help with traffic control The smell is real said a woman at Solo Serve who was too busy to give her name nobodys been paying The store sustained major fire and smoke damage It was closed when the fire broke out and no one was believed to have been inside the structure at the time Fire Department officials said no one was injured No damage estimates or cause of the fire was immediately available The Deals are Better He began our last conversation with me by saying So when are you moving in I told him I cant move in with him unless we are married He became angry and said is only a piece of I said its the only right thing to do We havent spoken since At this point I dont know what to do Please help me OLDFASHIONED IN DEAR OLDFASHIONED From my perspective you have done everything right You have made your position clear Now stick to your guns Greg will either come around and decide to marry you or he wont If he doesnt consider yourself lucky to have come to your senses before investing any more time with a man whose values differ so greatly from your own DEAR ABBY In the scheme of things this is not a big deal but we would like to share with your readers a pet peeve that we jewelers have Sometimes customers come into our store for repairs and have trouble removing a tight ring so they lick their fingers to facilitate its removal This is gross How would you like to be handed a spittlefilled ring and then have to examine it to determine what repairs are necessary Jewelers have lubricants available for ring removal and it is not necessary to share your spit not to mention germs with us on behalf of jewelers everywhere we hope you print this FED UP WITH SPIT IN WHITEFISH BAY WIS DEAR FED UP While this may not be the most appetizing letter Ive ever received it is a problem for jewelers that deserves to be addressed Readers if your ring is so tight you must lick your finger in order to remove it its time to have it resized or retire it Jewelers place your lubricant in an obvious location where customers cant miss it Put a sign by it if necessary explaining its purpose BUDGET AUTO TINT per car warranty Llumar Film We come to you RADZOI 10 MINUTE oil 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