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TRAVEL
December 24, 1989 | FRANK RILEY, Riley is travel columnist for Los Angeles magazine and a regular contributor to this section
A hilltop hike along a trail overlooking the Basilica of Nativity in Bethlehem. A pilgrimage for scuba divers to a sculptured figure of Christ, 17 meters beneath the surface at the edge of Palancar Reef off Cozumel, Mexico. A six-mile climb to the Mount of the Holy Cross, rising to more than 14,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies. These are travel experiences that take on additional meaning at this time of year. There are others.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1995 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hang on to your eggnog. Seasonal Santa sightings, tree lightings, parades, home tours, concerts, gift bazaars and other holiday events begin hitting Ventura County this weekend faster than snowflakes at the North Pole. First up at 5 p.m. today is the lighting of Oxnard's 110-foot star pine Christmas tree at Plaza Park, at 5th and B streets. It's the first event of what's called "Hometown Holidays," intended as a monthlong, image-boosting, cash register-ringing tourism bonanza in Oxnard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1989 | Kenneth J. Garcia
Trauma counselors say the effects from a tragedy like the recent mass slaying of 14 women at the University of Montreal may trouble students, families and rescue workers for years, especially since the random massacre will forever be linked to the holiday season. "The reactions to violence are always much more intense," said Dr. Susan Solomon, director of the emergency disaster research program at the National Institute of Mental Health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
If you have time to read this, you're not shopping hard enough. Although there are some encouraging signs of an improving economy, merchants at Laurel Plaza Mall in North Hollywood are reluctant to predict how this year's shopping season will go. "It's a make it or break it year," said Vicky Goldstein, manager of Claire's Boutique at the mall. Although she says her jewelry shop is doing better than last year, she maintains that "those who don't make it are going to get closed."
BUSINESS
December 17, 1997 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a strong economy, the holiday shopping season is turning out to be weaker than expected. On Tuesday, analysts lowered their predictions for holiday sales as the shopping season entered its final week. Some analysts said retailers will be forced to take markdowns on merchandise in the coming days to avoid an inventory glut on Christmas. Analysts blamed cautious spending on high personal debt and stock market jitters.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1995 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Inner Voices didn't initially seem like a complete ensemble Sunday afternoon at the Jazz Bakery. Four singers, no back-up musicians and no instruments except for an occasional toot from a pitch pipe to set a key. But the members of the a cappella vocal quartet didn't need much aside from their voices (although they performed several numbers with a prerecorded track and piano) to create a collection of appealing holiday season music.
NEWS
December 15, 2000 | SUSAN REIMER, BALTIMORE SUN
There is nothing like the holidays to help us remember what irritates us most about family. The husband who waits until the last minute to shop. The children who poison cherished family time with grumpiness. The sister-in-law who criticizes, the father who complains, the brother-in-law who argues every topic as if he were in front of the Supreme Court.
FOOD
November 17, 1988 | TONI TIPTON
The holiday season can be a time of extreme frustration for health watchers. So the American Heart Assn. is again offering its free recipe brochure "Holidays a la Heart" to the public. The sixth edition of reduced fat, sodium and cholesterol recipes is designed to allow healthful eating during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year's Day without sacrificing tastiness or variety.
BUSINESS
December 23, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The store-closing signs that promised 70% off women's apparel at the Fashion Bug store in the Garden Grove Promenade drew in Margie Erickson for a look around. But Erickson ended her quick visit by doing what shoppers increasingly have been doing at junior women's apparel stores: She walked out without making a purchase. "It's a nice store and everything, but they just don't have anything for me," said Erickson, 57, a longtime Garden Grove resident.
NEWS
November 10, 1985 | JODY JACOBS
Les Amies, a support group of the Colleagues and indefatigable workers for the Children's Institute International (for abandoned and abused children), are usually so busy with so many activities they only schedule two social get-togethers a year. One took place a few days back with Mrs. Mortimer Kline, hospitality chairman, hosting a luncheon gathering at Jimmy's. On everybody's mind was the upcoming Christmas Gala, which is always held at the Bistro on the first Sunday of December.
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