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Local shops, entertainers, minimize stress of holidays

I hope you are enjoying this Christmas season! Try to relax, enjoy the beautiful snowy scenery, don’t get too caught up in the commercialism and buying hype and remember to be considerate of those around you, even if they are not.

I have found that shopping locally is calmer and more satisfying than big box stores. We have some good choices in the Elk-Chattaroy area. Karen’s Gifts & More at 28114 N. Newport Highway in Chattaroy carries gifts, antiques, collectibles, as well as, new and used computers and accessories, cell phones and Internet services, satellite TV and home security systems.

Lady in the Woods is located on Laurel Road and Newport Highway just south of Riverside schools. Owner Pamela Schembri offers an eclectic array of wonderful gifts created by local artisans. The gallery is warm and inviting, which makes it a relaxing shopping experience. Call (509) 481-1698.

Rosha’s Remedies is just off Newport Highway (or Highway 2) at 4321 Eloika Road behind Toner’s Sand & Gravel. Rosha’s offers a vast variety of herbal blends for everyone in the family, including your pets and animals. All herbs are certified organic so they are of the highest potency. Rosha Lord blends and capsulates all remedies on site and the prices can’t be beat. Rosha’s Remedies is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment at (509) 292-5258 or

For the gardeners on your list, visit Aardvark Garden Supply at 323654 Highway 2 in Diamond Lake. It offers indoor and outdoor supplies including soils, nutrients, lighting and greenhouse and hydroponic supplies. Call (509) 447-4040 or

If you want more shopping choices without going into the big city, try Newport or Deer Park. There are a wide variety of shops for gifts, jewelry, kitchen items, men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, artworks, computers and accessories and plenty of places for a good meal or a nice, hot drink.

Take some time to enjoy a little seasonal entertainment. The first Riverside/Deer Park Band performance of the year will be next Thursday at 7 p.m. in the new Ken Fisher Performing Arts Center at Deer Park High School. The concert will feature the combined Riverside and Deer Park Concert Bands, as well as the Riverside Jazz Band. There will be a silent auction fundraiser at the concert.

The Elk Community Church in downtown Elk will host its Tree Lighting and Christmas Caroling on Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in and enjoy some hot cocoa.

Horse racing at the Elk VFW takes place tonight and on Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. Tonight will be the last chance to buy Rifle Raffle tickets as the drawing will be held after the races. Dinner will be available. All proceeds go to support the veterans of Elk VFW Post No. 5924.

The presentation at the Pend Oreille Playhouse on Friday and Saturday and Dec. 17-19 will be “Annie.” Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.; $10 advance and $12 at the door, 240 N. Union, Newport. Call (509) 671-3389 or

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