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‘STEAM’ movement, adding arts to STEM, remains a mixed bag

In spring 2013, Susan Riley used Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky's geometric paintings to teach Maryland public school students how to measure acute and obtuse ...

November 27, 2015 | Menachem Wecker Deseret News | News Briefs

Five for Families: Live-action Christmas films to kick off the season

With December right around the corner, kick off the Christmas season with these live-action holiday films.

November 27, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | News Briefs

Surprising success: 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' turns 50

For a lot of families, tuning in to the annual broadcast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is as much a holiday tradition as decorating a ...

November 27, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | News Briefs

Alternate reality of 'The Good Dinosaur' is more curious than clever

“THE GOOD DINOSAUR” — 2½ stars — the voices of Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright; PG (peril, action and thematic elements ...

November 26, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | News Briefs

Ronan carries 'Brooklyn,' a compelling portrait of 20th-century American immigration

“BROOKLYN” — 3 stars — Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Eileen O'Higgins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent; PG-13 (a scene of sexuality and brief strong language ...

November 26, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | News Briefs

Music inspires gratitude

A few of my friends have taken on the “gratitude challenge,” posting on social media things that they are grateful for this November.

November 26, 2015 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Other Views

Stallone steals the show in Rocky spinoff 'Creed'

“CREED” — 3 stars — Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad; PG-13 (violence, language and some sensuality); in general release

November 26, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | News Briefs

McAvoy vamps it up as the legendary mad scientist 'Victor Frankenstein'

“VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN” — 3 stars — Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Bronson Webb, Daniel Mays; PG-13 (macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction); in ...

November 25, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | News Briefs

Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Sex Solicitation

Oakdale Police detectives arrested a 65-year-old man for solicitation of sex acts with a child on Wednesday, Nov. 25 after anonymous sexually explicit letters were ...

November 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Healthy Holiday Fun For Magnolia TK Kids

In celebration of a thankful season Michelle Jones' Transitional Kindergarten class began the Friday prior to Thanksgiving break with a song by Debbie Clement, "You ...

November 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Holidays Made Brighter Through Shoebox Effort


November 25, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

OPD Considers Sending Recruits


November 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Annual Cowboy Christmas And More This Weekend

An Oakdale holiday tradition – Cowboy Christmas – is among the special events coming up this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and Nov 28 for the community ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Students Enjoy Hands On Learning Approach

A custom in the Oakdale area, local school children get the chance to take a field trip to Knights Ferry and watch a little slice ...

November 25, 2015 | | Education

Kids Tackle Turkey Time

In celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday a few Cloverland Elementary second graders were asked: How do you cook a turkey? Here are their answers.

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

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Being Part Of a News Story Rather Than Covering It

Generally when I cover a story I'm rarely a participant in the subject matter but this time was a bit different. Though I am not from Oakdale or live in the city (and there have been a few disgruntled readers who have reminded me of this), I do feel part of this "community" and felt the need to volunteer for the Oakdale Children's Play Park Revitalization Project at Dorada Park when City Manager Bryan Whitemyer made the call for workers at a recent city council meeting.

October 21, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

League Split Sees Varsity Mustangs Slip In Standings

When the week started, the varsity Oakdale Mustangs boys soccer club was in first place of the Valley Oak League. By the end of the week, Oakdale sat in second place, just one game behind first place Weston Ranch. Oakdale (14-4-4, 7-1-2) defeated the winless Lathrop Spartans 5-0 on the road Monday, Oct. 12. The Mustangs firepower ran out, however, when they fell to Sierra, 2-1, two nights later.

October 21, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

11 states that spend more on prisons than on colleges

A new report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences makes the case that state investment in higher education has fallen dramatically over the past decades. Many states are now contributing only a small fraction of the cost of "state" colleges and universities.

October 21, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

6 simple costumes to homemake for Halloween

It’s that time of year again when parents are racking their brains to come up with a clever Halloween costume for their kids without breaking the bank.

October 21, 2015 | Megan Marsden Christensen | News Briefs

Now is the time to set work-life balance goals

October is a hectic month in Cubeville.

October 21, 2015 | Greg Kratz Deseret News | Business News

'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' trailer debuts

A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY - I don’t think I need to tell you, but here it comes anyway: The newest trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” has debuted, and it basically broke the Internet.

October 21, 2015 | John Clyde | ENTERTAINMENT

New British guidelines urge schools to ban these 6 sexist phrases

It’s official: Children in England should no longer be permitted to call each other “cupcake.”

October 21, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

Special needs man asks student for a handshake. See why he didn’t let go

If you’re looking for a new role model, Godfrey Coutto may be a good choice.

October 21, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

Have You Seen This? Weiner dog’s problem-solving is adorable

TURN-THE-BEAT-AROUND-TOWN — As humans, we’re often limited by our body type. Being a shorter-than-average teenage girl meant I watched many an emo concert with my nose at armpit level of all the men around me. Don’t judge my taste in music. I was young.

October 21, 2015 | Angela Treasure | ENTERTAINMENT

5 positive thinking methods that can make you rich

Positive thinking can make it easier to take necessary actions to increase your wealth. It can also make it easier for you to bounce back after a financial setback, better able to make and stick to a financial plan, and less likely to suffer from self-defeating anxiety and stress over finances. Positive thinking can be used as one tool that will help you as you work toward your financial goals.

October 21, 2015 | Laura Callisen FamilyShare | Business News

From Our Readers

(Editor's Note: As the Nov. 3 date for elections draws closer, The Leader reminds readers of our guidelines regarding political letters. In keeping with its longstanding practice to not run any political letters in the issue (Oct. 28) just prior to the election, this is the final issue for letters regarding the Nov. 3 election. Look for candidate profiles in the Oct. 28 issue.)

October 21, 2015 | | From Our Readers

Getting Technical

My kids are techies.

October 21, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Valley Home News

A Norman Rockwell evening ... children's laughter, the delicious aroma of homemade goodies, grown-ups smiling, waving to old friends ... as the afternoon sunlight faded into a rustic sunset, I took a moment to look around me, the spirit of a small community was everywhere! An 1800s buggy with pumpkins and cornstalks keeping it company beckoned Valley Home School Harvest Festival goers back to days long gone by. Hay bales became favorite sitting spots and delicious tri-tip sandwiches and cool drinks kept the crowd nourished during the evening. A delightful silent auction had bidders anxious to win the bid on their ...

October 21, 2015 | | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News

Knights Ferry lost a neighbor, friend and extremely sharp person when Bill Frias died October 12th. His financial genius helped the Oakdale Rural Fire Department, Knights Ferry School District, Knights Ferry Odd Fellows, OID, and the Knights Ferry Community Church and Knights Ferry Community Club. A celebration of life will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship in Oakdale, graveside services following at Burwood Cemetery and then a luncheon at the Knights Ferry Community Club. Bill is dancing with Evelyn as I type!

October 21, 2015 | | Knights Ferry News

Romance Theme Focus Of Concert

The St. James Concert Series presents an afternoon of Love and Romance with international opera stars Roy Stevens, Annalisa Winberg, and pianist Ron Brickman, in a program that features music from opera, operetta, Broadway, classical, popular, and Hollywood.

October 21, 2015 | | 209 LIVING

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