There are 25 days between Black Friday and Christmas this year, compared with 31 days last year. That gives shoppers who waited until today or Black Friday to start shopping six fewer days to mark gifts off their lists.
Samantha Cormier acts in a scene from "Jack and the Beanstalk" during Mildred & Dildred toy store's featured monthly play. On Saturday, the store at La Encantada shopping center will host a Carnival for Charity, which will combine a host of fun events for kids and at the same time raise …
Mildred & Dildred owner Autumn Ruhe reads aloud from "Harry Goes to Dog School" during the production.
Andy Vandergraaf, 4, and other kids get into the performance in a courtyard outside the store.
Samantha Cormier, left, waits "backstage" for her cue to enter the "Jack and the Beanstalk" play. The 20-minute play was staged on Saturday. Kneeling in front of a group of kids and parents is Autumn Ruhe in the role of Jack.
As Nikki Brzescinski narrates in the background, Cormier, front, speaks to the young audience.
The carnival will raise funds for two groups, including Katie's Heart, started by Katie Sutherland, left. Katie was with Autumn Ruhe of the Mildred & Dildred toy store.
The mercury is expected to inch into triple digits again next weekend, and local toy store Mildred & Dildred hopes to ignite some fundraising heat with kid-tailored fun to benefit two local nonprofits: Katie's Heart and Make Way for Books.
A childhood memory prompted Autumn Ruhe, owner of Mildred &
Dildred, to feature monthly plays outside the La Encantada toy
Anna Wheeler, left, looks over the script as Autumn Ruhe reads to the audience before the performance of "Jack and the Beanstalk." Mildred & Dildred, a locally owned toy shop, features monthly plays written and performed by employees.
The audience applauded during the "Jack and the Beanstalk" play held Saturday outside Mildred & Dildred toy store at La Encantada. The store holds plays that are meant to be interactive.
About 100 people attended Saturday's 20-minute play. Go to mildredanddildred.com and click on "Upcoming events" for information about happenings at the store.