Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Do you have items you no longer need? A number of holiday collections are underway and items can be easily donated at one location. Find out more!
Are you buying a new winter jacket? Do you have holiday lights that no longer work? Did your kids get duplicate toys this year? Did Santa bring you a new cell phone? If you have items you’d like to toss but aren’t sure what to do with them, a number of collections are taking place in Prince George's County and items can be dropped off right at the Salvation Army at 3304 Kenilworth Avenue Hyattsville, MD. You can also drop off items at Goodwill of Greater Washington at 10 South Glebe Road in Arlington, VA. Have any unwrapped, unused toys? They can be donated to Toys for Tots in 2013. If you have coats you no longer need, donations are being collected through many local churches. Cell phones piling up because you have the newest and best …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
It is the 26th annual presentation of The Living Christmas tree, presented by Riverdale Ministries.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
What's the latest you can send a package this year to ensure pre-Christmas delivery? We run down the options around Upper Marlboro
If you're the type to put off holiday shopping until the last minute, not to worry—there are plenty of speedy ways to ship your items nationwide that you want to arrive before Dec. 25. Below is a rundown of some USPS, UPS, and FedEx deadlines for pre-Christmas arrival. Cost, of course, goes up with the speed of the service. U.S. POSTAL SERVICE Method Last day to ship First Class Mail Thursday, Dec. 20 Priority Mail Friday, Dec. 21 Express Mail Saturday, Dec. 22 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F 9 a.m. to noon, Sat. 5 p.m. on weekdays, noon on Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F noon, Sat. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M-F 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sat. FEDEX Method Last day to ship FedEx Express Saver Wednesday, Dec. 19 FedEx 2Day Thursday, Dec. 20 FedEx Standard…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Looking for exciting things to do? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. To submit an event in the Patch events calendar, click on “Events” at the top of the page and then click on the green "Add an event" button on the right side of the page. Christmas Greenery Workshop The Legend of the Civil War Santa Holiday Trains and Planes Breakfast with Santa College Park Moose Lodge #453 Hosts a Christmas Dinner Dance Mishkan Torah Synagogue Annual Chanukah Party Bowie Senior Chorale Holiday Concert Maryland: A House Divided, an Exhibition Holiday Ornament Emporium Evangel Cathedral Christmas …
While the two holidays fall in close proximity to each other and are celebrated in popular culture together, Hanukkah does not hold the religious significance for Jews that Christmas holds for Christians.
Each year, Hanukkah falls in close proximity or during Christmas according to the Hebrew calendar. Because of that, the two are celebrated side by side under the “Happy Holidays” moniker. But in terms of religious significance, Hanukkah doesn’t rank as high for Jews as Christmas ranks for Christians. “It’s hard to not make a big deal of out Hanukkah living in America, and I’m not sure it’s a bad thing,” said Rabbi Rhoda Silverman of Temple Emanuel in Reisterstown. “That’s not a problem for me as long as we don’t forget about everything else that makes us Jewish.” Jonathan Schwartz, senior aide to Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond and a member of Temple Emanuel, sees Hanukkah as having two roles in the lives of American Jews…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
"Why is the military reporting on Santa?" you ask. Well, it started with a bad phone number that had kids calling an important colonel who was trying to defend the United States and Canada.
Now just why does a military group with a serious name like North American Aerospace Defense Command track Santa and take notes on just where he is and what he is up to? This doesn't make sense. Any kid can tell you, the man who says, "ho, ho, ho" is no danger to anyone. He may eat one too many a cookie, especially if they're chocolate chip, but that's no crime. So why is the military watching him? Good question. Well, it all started with a wrong number. But we'll get to that. For more than 50 years NORAD and a group that came before it, CONAD, have tracked Santa on Christmas Eve. Here is NORAD's scoop on why (with a little commentary from the peanut gallery ... that would be me.) The adventure began in 1955 after Sears put the wrong …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Looking for some exciting things to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. To submit an event in the Patch events calendar, click on “Events” at the top of the page and then click on the green "Add an event" button on the right side of the page. Holiday Candlelight Tours Maryland: A House Divided, an Exhibition Holiday Ornament Emporium Santa's Cookies and Crafts Winter Wonderland Vansville Elementary 3rd Annual Winter Bazaar Red Note Art Exhibit - ART FINALE Evangel Cathedral Christmas Celebration 13th Annual, Gingerbread House Contest and Show Winter Festival of Lights Holidays in the …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16 to deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/uppermarlboro Only residents of Patch towns -- but this means University Park residents too -- are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.
Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant. The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.) The strike action …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
How will your finances affect your holiday spending?
Two-thirds of respondents to a recent poll by the NPD Group said they “plan to spend about the same” as last year, while 10 percent planned to “spend more.” With the economy and job situation still in flux for many families, we want to know what families in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County plan to do for Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa gifts in 2012. Will you be more creative with your gifting? Use sites like Groupon, Living Social, etc? Brave Black Friday sales? Cook or bake for familty and friends?