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I a. Thursday, December ]8, 2008 News- Kimball, MN Make Holidays harmonious for pets Education Celebrants all over may look Set aside a quiet space your forward to the holidays for the pets can retreat to when there's bustle and bustle they bring, but just too much commotion in Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., the same sentiments may not be expressed by pets ... if they could talk, that is. Pets that aren't used to a lot of foot traffic in a home or loud events could become anxious when holiday guests arrive and the fun ensues. Further stress could be added by lack of atten- tion on the part of pet owners and the changes of the home environ- ment through the addition of dec- orations and a Christmas tree. Christmas and New Years also present a host of hazards to pets. It's important to be aware of these dangers to keep pets safe. Keep these pointers in mind: Don't use poisonous plants in your holiday decor. Holly, ivy, mistletoe, and poinsettias can be deadly if consumed by most ani- mals. Go with faux plants instead if you desire the look. Keep your pets on a steady diet and resist the urge to feed them leftovers from holiday din- ner. Abrupt changes in your dog or cat's diet can cause stomach dis- tress, vomiting and diarrhea. another area of the house. How- Kimball school board meeting. ever, putting a dog in the backyard (320) 398-5585. if it is extremely cold is simply off Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 24- limits. A dark bedroom away'from Jan. 1, NO SCHOOL (Winter the activffy is best. break). Cats love to climb and may Friday, Jan. 2, Kimball schools take to your Christmas tree. Safe- resume. guard against the tree tipping over Monday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m., Kimball by securing it with a piece of fish- FFA meeting. ing line anchored into the ceiling Monday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m., Kim- or a wall. Also, don't put lit candles ball Sports Boosters. or breakables on areas where cats Tuesday, Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., P.I.E. like to pounce. Involve pets in the festivities by buying a special treat that they can enjoy for good behavior dur- ing the holidays. A new chew or chase toy is a nice idea. If you will be traveling during " Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., the holidays, make sure your pets Kimball School Board meeting; are adequately secured in the car (320) 398-5585. and not allowed to roam freely. Monday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., For- Use a travel crate or a special seat est Prairie Township meeting. beh to keep the animals in place. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m., Maine With some planning and care,Prairie Township meeting; (320) you can ensure your pets will be 398-2905. comfortable and content during Monday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m., Kimball the holidayseason. City Council meeting, Kimball "Metro Editorial Services City Hall. (320) 398-2725. Monday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m., Watkins Fire Dept.; 7:30 p.m., Watkins Res- Dessert gifts they'll devour cue Monday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m., There s the annual holiday joke room temperature, then mix into Fairhaven Township, F.H. Town about fruit cake gifts and those egg/sugar mixture with a wire Hall. (320)251-3425. who cringe at the sight of them. whisk. Sprinkle flour into bowl and Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Kings- Very few people find fruit cakes mix gently to incorporate. Pour ton Township, Kingston Commu- palatable. But don't let the dubious batter into a greased and floured nity Center. (320) 398-8400. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., Eden Valley council meeting, E.V. City Hall. (320) 453-5251. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Fire & Rescue meeting. fruit cake deter you from giving a 9 -inch round baking pan and bake gift of dessert this year. Just make until center is set, or 30 minutes. sure it's delicious. With the follow- Garnish with powdered sugar and ing two recipes, you probably can't chocolate curls, if desired. go wrong. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Chocolate Decadence Gooey chocolate chips, spiced This light textured, but richly pumpkin cake - could there be a flavored cake will delight choco- holies everywhere. Make as a sin- better combination? 1 can pumpkin puree for individual treats. 4 eggs 1 c. sugar 1 pkg. bittersweet chocolate baking squares 1 1/2 sticks butter 1/2 c. flour Powdered sugar to garnish Chocolate bar (to create choco- 1/2 c. vegetable oil 2 c. sugar 2 c. flour 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. baking powder 1 small bag chocolate chips Cinnamon or pumpkin pie sea- soning to taste Wednesday, Dec. 17, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti supper sponsored by KUMC youth, at Kimball United Methodist Church; suggested donation $2. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2-4 p.m., Santa is coming to the Kim- ball Legion. (See ad on page 3 for details.) Saturday, Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m., Old-fashioned country Christmas program at Salem Community Church in rural Paynesville. (320) 243-1774. Monday, Dec. 22, 6-7 p.m., Pick up gifts for 'The Giving Tree' proj- ect, St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball. For more information, call Mary at (320) 398-6168. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m., Lille- julaften Norwegian language ser- vice at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m.- 12:30 a.m., New Year's Eve free family night with movies, food and activities. Contact Dave Milz at 398-7151. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Kimball Legion. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m., Wat- kins Legion. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti supper sponsored by KUMC youth, at Kimball United Methodist Church; suggested donation $2. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2-6 p.m., Cel- ebration of Scott Lindemann's retirement from U.S. Postal Ser- vice; RSVP to Scott. Monday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m., Kim- ball Lions. Tuesday, Jan. 20, Kimball Blood- mobile. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti supper sponsored by KUMC youth, at Kimball United Methodist Church; suggested donation $2. Monday, Jan. 26, 7-8:30 p.m., Colorectal cancer support group at Christ the King Church in Hutchin- son, sponsored by Hutchinson Area Health Care. Contact Keith or Jeanette Krommenhoek (320) 587- 8181, or Duane or Deb Thorpe at (320) 587-6089. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Kimball Legion. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., Wat- kins Legion. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti supper sponsored by KUMC youth, at Kimball United Methodist Church; suggested donation $2. Monday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m., Kim- ball Lions. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti supper sponsored by KUMC youth, at Kimball United Methodist Church; suggested donation $2. Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7 p.m., Kimball Legion. Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m., Wat- kins Legion. Wednesday, Mar. 4, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti supper sponsored by KUMC youth, at Kimball United Methodist Church; suggested donation $2. 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