How to find happiness in November


November is one of those dreary months that needs a lot of help. Poor thing doesn't have a holiday to call its own until the whole thing is nearly over. So I offer this column as an effort to bolster community health and well-being.

Winona Health volunteers have come to the rescue. Today starts the annual Holiday Happiness sale on the third floor of the hospital building on Mankato Avenue. It runs through Saturday. I got a sneak preview of the items offered for sale by the Glady Miller Gift Shop at this annual event, and it's bound to brighten up anyone's November. There are many, many home and holiday decorations, lots of adorable and funny children's gifts, clothing, baked goods, gourmet foods, jewelry"so much it's hard to take it all in.

As in the past, there will be a craft sale on the first floor of the hospital, too. But be sure to take the elevator to the third floor for a real month-brightener.

After Holiday Happiness comes Fantasy of Trees, which is held November 18 and 19 at the Watkins Home. Scads of already decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces are offered for sale, and a raffle is being held to win one of two gorgeous pinecone trees. Nearly every church in the area has some sort of holiday fair or sale, too.

The Winona Post holiday cookbook is due out November 20. (Yes, Joan, I'll save an extra one for you.) For arts fans, there is a wide spectrum of offerings that you can find in each edition of the Post "” concerts, plays, gallery exhibits, you name it.

See, November isn't all bad! In fact it's packed with so much to do next thing you know it will be December and time for my birthday. (Christmas and Hanukkah, too.)


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