The end of November can be one of the dullest and darkest times of the year. The days are short, the nights long and most think it’s still just a bit to early to for Christmas chatter. But don’t delay your holiday planning for too long. We spoke to catering expert Tami Collins from Steel Grill about why getting a head start on your holiday planning can help keep your festivities stress-free and focused on what’s really impor-tant: family and friends. From what to consider when putting together a holiday menu to how to stay calm when entertaining dozens of guests, let Collins be your go-to guru for get-ting through the Christmas season. She shares her holiday hosting tips with readers on Page 6. There’s nothing like a little contro-versy to get people talking, and who would’ve thought a community Santa Claus parade would cause such a seasonal squabble. The Hyde Park Santa Claus parade has been around for ﬁve years, but has faced repeated backlash from organizers from the City of London parade who say there just isn’t room in the city for two Santa Clause parades. Hyde Park thinks otherwise. The parade is ballooning in popularity and gives local families a fun alterna-tive to the downtown spectacle. We caught up with organizers to talk about the parade’s past, it’s future and what people can expect this Saturday. This edition of LFP Neighbours also features information on two local high school productions: Blood Brothers, put on by the students at St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Little Mermaid Jr., produced by students at Oakridge. Both sets of students have been pouring their blood, sweat and tears into their respective performances and promise to deliver an evening of fun entertainment for the whole fam-ily. To ﬁnd out more about the plays and how you can get tickets, check out Page 4. As always, our goal each week with LFP Neighbours is to keep our read-ers connected to the community that matters to them. From local news stories, to features on new business-es and neighbours who are making a diﬀerence in the community, we strive to keep readers engaged. To do this we need your help. Planning a local event? Have a neat story idea? Or know somebody who deserves recog-nition? Reach out. Send us an email at
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PROUDLY PRINTED IN LONDON, ONTARIOThursday, November 28, 2013
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