Monday, February 18, 2013
Taking your new iPhone or Android device for a spin? Don't forget to download the Patch app and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Monday, February 18
Lucky enough to get a new mobile device this holiday season? Patch has apps for iPhones and Android phones! Here's a look at a few ways you can connect with Patch through your mobile device. Twitter and Facebook When you download your Facebook and Twitter apps, be sure to follow us on Twitter and fan us on Facebook. Patch for iPhone Patch for iPhone keeps you connected to the latest news, weather, local business listings and current events. Patch’s app will keep you engaged and mobile by delivering 24/7 local community coverage. Patch app's useful features include: Plus, you can save anything from favorite stories to business listings direct to the iPhone for easy offline access. Patch Places for Android Patch Places is the go-to …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
A look at some of the lights and other seasonal sights.
If you decorated your home for the holidays, check out Patch's Deck Your House contest. Enter and win. Deadline is Monday.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Get out the lights and holly. Your decorating could net $100,000 to our schools.
Patch.com is launching a nationwide contest to find the best dressed home in its Patch communities, and the winner’s school district will receive $100,000, no strings attached. Here’s how the contest works. Beginning on Dec. 8 and continuing through Dec. 26, you can nominate your home by uploading a photo to the contest entry form on the site. During that same time period you and your neighbors will also be able to vote for your favorite festive home. The winning entry will be forwarded to a national Patch judge that will select 24 finalists. Each finalist will receive $500 that they can apply to their December electric bill. From Dec. 30 through Jan. 8 you will be able to vote for the Best Decked House in all of Patch. The grand prize …
The U.S. Botanic Garden's Garden Railway holiday exhibit is a refreshing and manageable family excursion.
The holidays really are fun. However, with family and friends and cooking and wrapping, even the most die-hard elf can get a little stir crazy. If you’re craving a festive-yet-Santa-free excursion that will appeal to both kids and grownups, check out the U.S. Botanic Garden. Running until Jan. 2, the Garden Railway truly is magical. On a tip from another savvy Warwick mom, I took my family to the Botanic Garden this past week. While I expected the pretty tree and poinsettia displays, I was particularly awe-struck by the creativity of the Garden Railway exhibit in the East Gallery. Miniature rails weave model trains from floor to ceiling through a magical forest, full of tiny critter houses and fairy castles. Completely constructed from …
Every other day of the year, NORAD tracks planes, space ships and other flying objects.
For 364 days out of the year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) spends its time tracking airplanes, missiles, space ships—anything flying near the United States and Canada. But on Christmas Eve, a team of volunteers spends the night tracking a very special pilot: Santa Claus. "We are the only organization that has the technology, the qualifications and the people to do it," NORAD said on its website. "NORAD tracks Santa, but only Santa knows his route, which means we cannot predict where and when he will arrive at your house." Santa usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west, NORAD noticed, meaning he moves from the South Pacific to New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe…
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Looking for a gift? Go local and find something perfect for the jewelry addict in your life!
Know someone who loves jewelry? Someone who always has the hottest accessories and wears jewelry to go with the season’s colors? From classic gemstone pieces to vibrant handmade jewelry, they can never have enough shiny baubles, which makes shopping at any of the area jewelry stores a cinch! Nothing says love, appreciation or respect like a simple set of diamond earrings, but bright jewel tones or chunky modern pieces can also be perfect for the special person in your life. Men even love jewelry in the form of rings, bracelets and watches, though be sure to check sizes before purchasing any big ticket items. Not looking to break the bank this week? Ask these questions before you head out to the store. Shopping for jewelry can be …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Looking for a gift? Go local and find something perfect for the drink master in your life!
The moment you don’t have a drink in your hand, the drink master at your side with the next cocktail of the evening. They pour only the best, with subtle flavors you’ve never experienced before, but you know you'll be sure to love whatever concoction is on their menu. For beer lovers, home brewing is quickly picking up steam as a national trend. Patch spoke with Jay's Home Brewing in Clifton earlier this year about why it's become so popular and why it's not as complicated as you might think. In addition, you can explore the area wine and liquor stores this holiday season to fill the missing piece in any drink master’s collection or find their dream bar accessory. Putting a smile on your drink master’s face is as easy when they realize …
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Looking for a gift? Go local and find something perfect for the crafter in your life!
The crafter in your life loves working with their hands to create something unique and more often not, extremly useful. Knitting, quilting, scrap booking, jewelry making and other crafts take years of dedication to truly master but can be picked up at nearly any age or skill level. The best part about most mainstream crafts is that fact that for under $25 just about anyone can get started in their chosen field. Not sure what you were going to get somebody special? Introduce them to a new craft and give them the gift of a life long hobby and maybe you'll get a scarf or two of your own. Fibre Space 102 N Fayette St, Alexandria (703)-664-0344 The Yarn Barn 9413 Old Burke Lake Rd, Burke (703)-978-2220 Beads Limited 1801 Belle View Blvd, …
Debating the merits of including the entire family in the photo.
It’s been awhile since I’ve sent out Christmas cards. It’s been years, in fact. Each holiday season, I consider ordering something simple and, just as quickly, I remember all of the work involved and make an executive decision that we’ll definitely, most certainly, send out Christmas cards the next year. Besides, isn’t everyone on Facebook anyway? It’s not like our life is a mystery to our friends and family. To complicate matters further (if holiday cards can be considered even remotely complicated), my husband is of the absolute belief that holiday cards, which include photos, should always include the entire family in the photo. He’s not interested in seeing just other people’s kids from year to year. He wants the full monty—the entire …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Bringing a little cheer to those who need it most.
For some time now, I've been trying to figure out a way for our family to volunteer together. At 1 and 3 years old, the girls are a little young to actively participate in most volunteer events. It is now a week until Christmas. With out-of-town family on the way, I am still working out our holiday agenda. Possible activities include a trip down to Mount Vernon Estate, exploring the U.S. Botanic Garden and checking out the National Christmas Tree and Pathway of Peace downtown. In the midst of the bustle, I keep searching for something unique and meaningful. On Christmas Eve, we will be going to church. But what about Christmas Day? I explained Christmas to my 3-year-old as a birthday party for Jesus. We decorate our house, get together…