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Mile High to swing dancing, grandparents as parents and Christmas

Kim Riggs
For the Appeal

November Jazz, a program of big-band jazz for listening and dancing, will be right here in Carson City. You can learn to swing dance prior to the performance by the Mile High Jazz Band.

The band starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, which includes five trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, keyboard and bass. But from 6-7:30p.m., with an additional $5, you can learn to swing.

This is a fun way to start the week, and what else is going on Tuesday night in the capital? Get those dance shoes out, and come down to swing the night away at Comma Coffee.

November Jazz

WHAT:Mile High Jazz Band

WHERE: Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St.

WHEN: 8-10 p.m. Dance instruction: 6-7:30 p.m.

COST: General admission is $5 at the door, free for 18 and under; $5 for dance lessons

CONTACT: Call June Joplin at 775-883-2662. For information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154, or visit

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These days, many grandparents raise children – one of the most remarkable demographic changes in American society over the last few decades.

Having had experience with children in care of grandparents while working the with the school district’s homeless program, I know first-hand this is a growing population that needs assistance.

During my years at the school district I had the pleasure of working with several grandparents. One was this wonderful lady, Phyllis Trail, who is now providing an outreach support group to grandparents as well as other relatives raising children.

Phyllis points out, “So many relatives, especially grandparents, need encouragement, the knowledge of available resources and experienced advice for medical, dental, financial assistance.”

She has designed a support group, Grandparents as Parents, and I think it is worth your time to visit.

If you are raising your grandchild or any of your relatives’ children, there are lots of resources and local support, that are available to help you do the best job possible. Check out and

Grandparents as Parents

WHAT: Grandparents As Parents Program, open to anyone raising a relative’s child

WHERE: Behavioral Health Services, 1001 N. Mountain St. Ross Building, Suite 3 H

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

COST: Free

CONTACT: Phyllis Trail at (775) 888-9148

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When I saw this one in my e-mail, I thought, Christmas already? But get ready because there are only 52 days left.

It took me by surprise, but Christmas is right around the corner, folks.

Your grandchildren and children will love this Christmas tale, answering once and for all how Santa Claus made the first toy, why he climbs down chimneys and, most of all, how he learned to laugh that great ho, ho, ho.

This is worth getting tickets to. It’s a perfect holiday entertainment for the entire family, and the cost is reasonable.

CarsonPerforming Arts

WHAT: “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus”

WHERE: Brewery Arts Center Donald W. Reynolds Theatre, 449 W. King St.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8; and 2 p.m. December 2, 3, 9, 10

COST: $5 children, $7 students/seniors/BAC members, $8 general admission, and $25 family (based on a family of four)

CONTACT: Call 883-1976 to purchase tickets or for additional information.

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