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  1. Things to do: Dec. 28 and beyond

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    Charity Gift Wrap: Give yourself a break and let volunteers do your gift wrapping. Benefits Light of Christ Life Teen/Edge programs and Gracie G. Purdy Foundation. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Light of Christ Catholic Church, 2176 Marilyn St., Clearwater. (727) 742-2691.

  2. Thursday's letters: Vaccines can save lives of millions

    Letters

    In fight on Ebola, no room to let up | Nov. 19, editorial

  3. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bars recipe

    Cooking

    ½ cup unsalted butter

    ½ cup packed light brown sugar

    1½ cups all-purpose flour

    Pinch of salt

    2 cups chopped walnuts

    ¼ cup heavy cream

    1 cup confectioners' sugar

    2 teaspoons peppermint extract

    Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bars
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  4. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Ginger and Lemon Cookies recipe

    Cooking

    For the topping:

    2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon crystallized ginger

    3 tablespoons granulated sugar

    For the cookies:

    Ginger Lemon Cookies
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  5. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Marbles recipe

    Cooking

    2 cups all-purpose flour

    ½ teaspoon baking powder

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    ½ cup light brown sugar, packed

    ½ cup granulated sugar

    Marbles
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    Tips for avoiding the mall rush this holiday season

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