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Trout Lake News for Nov. 24

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Sean McGroarty, 395-9394

Kira Fogarty

Sofie Brubaker

If you are counting down the shopping days until the seasonal holiday of your choice, then you probably know that Black Friday is the nation's biggest sales day of the year, but may I suggest some ways to give this year while giving back to the community.

The Trout Lake School Holiday Market will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school's multi-purpose room. Local craftsmen of art and food will be there with a wide range of gift giving possibilities. The Holiday Market helps support the National Honor Society's trip to San Francisco this spring. Kids crafts and door prizes and holiday wreaths available. Chicken pot pies, wraps, salad and dessert served from 11:30. Space is still available if you are interested in being a vendor. Contact Laurie Sherburne: 395-2294 or

Also at the Trout Lake School is the Scholastic Book Fair from Nov. 29 through Dec. 3. Call the school for hours.

After perusing the goods at the school, head over to Destino, Trout Lake's newest addition thanks to Ardis DeFreece and Debbie Nelson. Located at 2396 Hwy 141, Destino has art classes for kids and adults this winter. On Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon to 6 p.m., Destino will have an open house to preview what the storefront will have to offer come spring. There will be art activities, tea and samples of the delicious treats they will be serving. Destino will also host a gallery space and work will be for sale at the opening. Jewelry, cards, knitted and crocheted items, paintings as well as cheese and handmade knives and archery supplies. Look for the red building with the "Nelsons" mural. For inquiries, contact them at

"Buying local" may feel like a tag phrase these days, but it means much more to the small business or craftsman who produces goods out of a labor of love. So, brave the weather and join our community in a holiday spirit that will leave out the long lines and pushy shoppers, and leave the warmth that only a handmade gift can bring.



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