Tree lighting, caroling event tonight

The annual tree-lighting and caroling festivites, including a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 7 in Downtown St. Joseph. The evening will include the lighting of a 17-foot Christmas tree on the outdoor plaza of Bello Cucina (the corner of Minnesota Street and College Avenue); caroling by Kennedy Community Middle School Singers, Benedictine Sisters Schola Choir and members of the St. Joseph Church adult choir; and indoor festivities, including refreshments and gift bags, at the LaPlayette. Participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for the St. Joseph Food Shelf. For more information, call Margy Hughes at 320-249-6779.

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Five steps to extend the life of your holiday trees and plants, enhance your indoor décor and reduce stress this holiday season

by gardening expert, TV/radio host and author Melinda Myers

The holidays can be a wonderful, yet stressful time. Reduce stress and enhance your families’ enjoyment this season by increasing the benefits of holiday décor and gifts and by taking a few shortcuts to properly care for holiday trees and plants.

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