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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herakj-Zettung p Friday, November 28,1997 O 3A Expanding the expansion fund m I i hi it ii ii rnO® SLDfTWuGG Jurty Waring ofMtoatan VaMuy Tattoo, Inc^ pmonte rn 81,000 chack to Glady Baning, <ridorol|» Com! County Bontee CMjmm Conter. From tall am Dorin Watts, Waring and Porting. Buying or browsing? The Christmas shopping season has arrived 5 Q, 9----tAMtnj business writer NEW YORK *— Thanksgiving was merely an appetizer for many consumers to die holiday ritual that really begins now: the Christmas shopping season. Despite a year of mediocre sales and concern over whether consigners will actually spend, retailers are optimistic about die holidays. But many are going to great lengths to get consumers to begin shopping early. Many stores opened before dawn today aid some even stayed open on Thanksgiving, hoping to lure customers by offering extra discounts to these who shopped early. In New York, Carol Smith had a quick bite with friends early today, aiming to start her shopping at 7:30 am “The name of die game is beating the crowds and finding some good Festtage Calendar THROUGH JAN. 4 NEW THE HOLIDAY RIVER OF LIGHTS — A spectacular drive-through holiday light display featuring thousands of lights and animated holiday scenes nestled on the banks of the tranquil 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 830-606-2100. Tryvyr nneaiMTPWiJ •WMmStoTrilEE LIGHTING ^ The 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 5:30 pm Contact Pete Stocking at 830-609-3117. TOOAY-SUNDAY CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE OF ARTS AND CRAFTS — Handmade arts and crafts by over IOO craftsmen. Open 10 am. in New Braunfels Civic Center (Seguin Street) Contact: Elen Andrus at 830-696-0611. SUNDAY ADVENT VESPERS — Thirty-eight year old chorale celebration presented by 15 churches and singing group* in the community . First Baptist Church (733 Cross) at 4 pm. Contact Mrs. Metttta Frueh at 830-625-6666 Sponsor. Music Study Group THURSDAY WASSAILFEST (FIFTH ANNUAL) — A magical evening of downtown festivities ranging Bom sampling different types of wassail (holiday punch), to enjoying the many diverse entertainment groups and strolling through downtown shops. Downtown Plaza from 5 to 9 pm. (Wassail voting at 8:30 pm.) Contact: Lynn Fountain at 830-608-2100. DEC 5 VISIT WITH ST. NICHOLAS — Children enjoy traditional visit with “German" Santa at the Sophienburg Museum (401 West Colo at 2 pm. and 6 pm. Contact: Michelle Oatman at the Sophienburg Museum ai 830-629-1572. DEC. 6 CANDLELIGHT TOUR — Visit Sophienburg Museum. Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture and Conservation Ptaza. Doors open 5-8 p.m. Enjoy decorations, sample tasty German treats. Contact. Michelle Oatman. Dec. 57 OLD GRUENE CHRISTMAS MARKET DAYS FESTIVAL — Town lighting ceremony, shops, restaurants, entertainment and craft vendors in Gruene Historic District Market of more than IOO craft vendors opens by 10 am., lighting ceremony, Saturday 6 pm. Contact Mary Jane Nalley. Dec. 12-14 GLOWFEST *97 — Texas’ Only Winter Holiday Batoon Festival — Daily at sunrise flyover of more than 25 batoons. Evening "glow" at Comal County Fairgrounds concessions available, spectacular family event fitted with music and the moot unusual holiday lighting display in south Texas. Contact Chamber of Commerce at 830-625-2385 or 1-800-572 2626. Ice workers using phones should be seen and not heard deals,** said Smith, who dressed accordingly in comfortable shoes and carried an exlre-large pocketbook. Retailers count on the holidays for about half their annual sales and profits. Last year, consumers did IO percent of their Christmas shopping during the weekend following Thanksgiving, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York-based trade group. DEC. 13 A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY — Depiction of German historic Christmas experiences in Texas from Indianola to New Braunfels. First Protestant Church at 5:30 pm. Contact: Celeste Satge at 830-6257693 or Jerald Schroeder at 830-609-7729 ext. 19. DEC. 13 THE FOURTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES — Get into the Holiday Spirit with a vie* lo the dohgrtful and festive on fto year s tour. Enjoy the enchantment of Christmas past and present. Contact: Genny Hensz at 830-625 6119. DEC. 13 JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK FOR FAMILY OUTREACH — 5K Run, Walk, Kid's K and Silent Auction. 9 am. in Landa Park. Contact: Susan Phillips at 830-609-5030. 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 pm. Contact: Elizabeth Elliott at 830-625 4824 DEC. 22 HARVEST FROM THE HEART (FOURTH ANNUAL) — Community Christmas Dinner at Civic Center. 5-8 p.m. Contact: Rita at 830-825-2661 or Judy Kraft at 830-625-2322; Founders are Robert Konkel and Dana Overstreet Christmas New Braunfels’ 15th Annual ShowcaseArts CraftsNovember 29 & 30 Sat 10-5 Sun. 10-5ew Braunfels’Civic Cento] DEAR ABBY: I work in a large office where people are clustered into numerous “pods.** These groupings are separated only by partitions. We use speaker phones that allow us to converse 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, hands-free 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 nae the telephone lo a manner that diatarba those nearby. Talk to yonr supervisor about the disruption tad 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 wasn't enough to dissuade shoppers intent on making their first holiday purchases A fire was reported at 9:29 p.m. Thursday at Mailboxes Etc., just a few yards away from the popular department store and several other smaller stores rn the two-block North 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 evident,” said a woman at Solo Serve, who was too busy to give her name. ‘‘(But) nobody’s been paying attention” 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 tune. Fire Department officials said no one was injured. No damage estimates or cause of the fire was immediately available. The Deals are Better at Becker 1997 Dodo« Rain 1500 Chit Cit VS. Long Bid, 5 Speed. VC. Tilt Cruise. Cassette, Receiver Hitch 1997 CfcfwHr Ganado 4 Door, A/Trane., VB, OC, Leather. Tilt I P/Lochs, Cruise, Infinity Cassette. Defroster. P/Mirrors. P/Wmdows, Aluminum Wheels 1994 Bunin How Tartar 4 Door. VB, A/Trans. A/C, Ti, Infinity CD, Cruise. P/Wmdows, P/Locks. P/Seat He began our last conversation with me by saying, ‘‘So, when are you moving in?” I told him I can’t move in with him unless we are married. He became angry and said, -“Marriage is only a piece of paper.” I said it’s the only right thing to do. We haven’t spoken since. At this point, I don’t know what to do. Please help me. — OLD-FASHIONED IN LA. DEAR OLD-FASHIONED: From my perspective, yon have done everything right. Yon have made your position clear. Now stick to your guns. Greg will either come around and decide to marry yon, or he won’t, lf he doesn’t, consider yourself lucky to have come to your senses before investing any more time with a man whose values differ so greatly from yonr own. 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 spittle-filled 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. Abb/, 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 I’ve ever received, it is a problem for jewelers that deserves to be addressed: Readers, if yonr ring is so tight yon must Bch yonr finger in order to remove it, ifs time to have it resized, or retire it. 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