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Vanessa Williams headlines the Fox with Spokane Symphony’s Holiday Pops

The Spokane Symphony, under the direction of James Lowe, and the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox have saved one of its best shows for last to wrap up the holiday season and year. Singer, actress and fashion designer Vanessa Williams headlines the Holiday Pops Concert with the Spokane Symphony at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fox.

Amazon bans sellers from using FedEx for some deliveries

Amazon is banning its third-party merchants from using FedEx’s ground service to deliver to Prime members, suggesting it thinks the service is too slow to get packages to their destinations in time for Christmas.

Kick off your holiday party with this bubbling-hot crab and spinach dip

Dips, in general, are perfect party starters because they get everyone mingling and allow guests to nibble without having to put down their drinks. But when a dip is just out of the oven, bubbling and browned, it brings a whole other level of excitement to the room.

Holiday hugs: Don’t force them for kids

While family members often span the miles to visit at holidays, close encounters with relatives from afar can pose a quandary for parents. Should you tell your children to hug and kiss people they’ve met maybe once?

In the Garden: Branching out for the holidays

Strolling through your yard looking for potential materials is half the fun. Greenery from conifers such as pines, firs, spruce, yews and junipers makes an excellent base for wreaths and swags.

Holiday Wine Festival toasts 29th year this weekend in the Cork District

For the 29th year, the wineries of the Cork District and Spokane Wine Association are celebrating the Holiday Wine Festival from Friday through Sunday. In its first year, the Holiday Wine Festival featured six wineries; this holiday season, 20 wineries are participating in the festivities.

UPS plans to hold holiday hiring steady at about 100,000

DALLAS – UPS said Monday it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers and pay them more to handle the avalanche of packages shipped between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s about the same number of people that UPS hired for last year’s holiday season. UPS is also counting on automation to keep up with the constant growth in online shopping.