t’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Christmas!!
What a wonderful time of year! The aroma of cider, the decorations, the cool weather, the Christmas music…..all the trappings of the season. Somehow, this time of year has a way of bringing out the best in everyone-and it should. The reason we celebrate Christmas, according to the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, is to remember the birth of Christ. But can we celebrate the greatest gift of all time without being moved to give ourselves?That’s what Christmas is all about. We give gifts to those we love and we give part of what we have been blessed with to others whose lives may not have been enriched as greatly as our own.

Santa’s Helpers Now Wearing Cub Scout Uniforms?
Anderson and Benjamin Boggs, of Johanna Woods, are part of Cub Scout Pack 903. They would like to volunteer their services to any of their neighbors in the community who might need a little help for Christmas. If you have a small task that they could help with (small because they are small!) like walking or feeding a dog, setting your trash out by the curb, helping carry in packages or groceries, etc., they would love to help you! You can make your requests for assistance by leaving a message at 355-4799 or via e-mail @ RICHNBLES@AOL.COM

Thanks guys for giving yourselves to others for Christmas!

Holiday Cook’s Corner
Pumpkin Bread/Pumpkin Cake:

3 Cups Suga
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 2/3 Cups Flour
2 Cups Pumpkin
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 Eggs
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 Cup Oil
2 teaspoons soda
2/3 Cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Cup chopped pecans

1 container, any brand, ready to spread white cream cheese frosting

Baking Directions:
Mix all the ingredients together and bake in greased loaf pans at 325 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour-until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean- or make this into a cake by baking in a well greased bundt pan for 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees. If you bake this in a bundt pan, allow to cool for 30 minutes before you turn it out. Warm the cream cheese frosting slightly so you can drizzle it over the top of the cake after it cools the rest of the way. It’s marvelous. If you prefer to bake it in the loaf pans, it will make 3 to 4 loafs. Enjoy-and don’t forget to share a slice with your neighbor! This was my grandmother’s recipe-so if you don’t like it, don’t tell me!

Congratulations to the Winners of the November Turkey Drawing!!!
The Jason Tennyson Family
The Terry Moore Family
The Robert Sewell Family
John Hobson
The Don Metzer Family
The Carol Little Family
The Glen Adams Family
Priscilla Fletcher
The Teresa Kinnard Family
The Ryan Boyle Family
The Jeronimo Becerra Family
The Chad Cannon Family
The Albert Guerrero Family
The Craig Rinehart Family
The John Lile Family
The Tole Lay Family
Virginia Shields
The Eric Haws Family
The Dan Merkling Family
The Roy Hannah Family
Jay Strong
Robert Bewley
The Jim Stocking Family
The Shel Cox Family
The Charles Burris Family

Community Calender
Take Note of these Dates…

December 9th-Johanna Woods Free Dump Day, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
December 12th– there is a City election. So come out and vote! The polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
December 22nd and December 25th-the office will be closed for Christmas. We hope that each of you have a wonderful time with your families!

For Johanna Woods Residents Only…
Have you checked your smoke detector lately? I like to remind everyone at least once a year to do this. And, as always, if you don’t have a working smoke detector, please contact the community office. These alarms are very inexpensive but can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire. Johanna Woods will make sure that you are provided with a smoke detector and that it is properly installed if your home does not currently have one. If it has been a while since you checked your batteries, please take a moment to do that now. And if you find that your unit doesn’t work call the office right away at 355-1681. Let’s take care of this important safety item today!

Also for Johanna Woods Residents Only…
As I mentioned in the last Newsletter, we want to provide you with the opportunity to get rid of some unwanted “stuff” that may be taking up space inside your home or cluttering up the outside of your home. So, on Saturday, December 9th, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm you can bring that “stuff” down tothe storage area and dispose of it for free! We can take just about anything, but there are a few items we will be unable to accept. These are: liquids, tires, old fireworks or explosives of any kind. Anything else-Bring it on down and we’ll help you get rid of it!!