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Silver bells: Christmas wonderland celebrates 25 years

There’s Christmas spirit, and then there’s allowing the hoopla of the season to seep into every aspect of life. For the last 25 years, Tom Devoe has comfortably managed somewhere in the middle. The 69-year-old’s white hair and bristly beard are his signature look from March to Dec. 26. Neighbors, grandkids and strangers greet him as “Santa.”

Springs Preserve offers year-round adventures

With numerous holiday events, the opening of the Nevada State Museum and the Bet on the Farm! Farmers Market, Jim Johnson, public relations manager at the Springs Preserve, said there are activities for every member of the family.

UNLV students devise ways to draw more people downtown

Further progress of downtown Las Vegas’ transformation could depend on a handful of University of Nevada, Las Vegas undergraduate students, thanks to a partnership between a marketing class and the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance.

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Class sizes could rise if teacher layoffs go through

Any outcome in the pending arbitration between the Clark County School District and the Clark County Education Association could be devastating. If the district wins, teachers will have to pay back thousands in raises. If the teachers win, they keep the money, but the district warns that about 1,000 of them will need to be laid off.

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Culling citrus key to a healthy tree

Question: I have a Meyer lemon in a container that still has lemons on it. They are not totally ripe. What trimming should be done and what time of year?

Dogs offer comfort to hospice patients through therapy program

The Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program at Nathan Adelson Hospice includes a pet therapy component, which has volunteers bringing in their dogs (and one cat) for one-on-one visits with patients, which they say can have a dramatic effect.

Dining pick of the week: The Chicken Shack

Steve Plummer has gone uptown with his delicious chicken. He is now inside Cactus Jack’s Saloon, where there are comfortable booths, plasma televisions and the pleasant atmosphere you get from a neighborhood saloon.

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