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A Holiday Tradition

From waltzing snowflakes to mystifying Arabians and even dancing elephants, don’t miss this year’s performance of the "Nutcracker," Friday, Nov. 29, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by Park City Dance, this is a holiday tradition your family will not want to miss. For more information, call (435) 655-3114.

Park City Education Foundation teacher grants

The Park City Education Foundation is busy handing out presents early this year through its Teacher Grant program. This year’s winners are being surprised at their schools, and all of them will be listed on PCEF’s Web site soon. Past winners include Trailside Elementary School’s Sam Thompson for Nintendo DS Consoles & Brain Age games. For more information, contact Monika Guendner at (435) 615-0235.

Beat the statistics and read more

American youths are reading less in their free time than a generation ago, a report by the National Endowment for the Arts says. The report, "To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence," synthesized information on the nation’s teenagers and adults ages 18 to 24. The report draws "three unsettling conclusions," stating: "Americans are spending less time reading reading-comprehension skills are eroding and the declines have serious civic, social, cultural, and economic implications." Perhaps new books should be on wish lists this year.

Keep children safer while shopping

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) issued child safety tips for keeping children safe while shopping and traveling this holiday season. Suggestions included: accompanying and supervising children in public facilities; having a plan in place in case you become separated, including a pre-designated spot to meet; teaching children to look for people who can help, such as a uniformed security officer, salesperson or mother with children. For more information, go to NCMEC’s Web site at http://www.missingkids.com


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