Westfield Montgomery has teamed up with 5 local non-profit organizations for a Festival of Trees.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Five quick tips for keeping toys safe for kids.
As the countdown to Christmas Day continues and parents rush out to get their children gifts this season, safety tops the list for one expert. Local Voice’s blogger Anna Schmitt from the American Academy of Ophthalmology advises parents to keep in mind their kids' eye safety. Schmitt says toys such as airsoft guns, bb guns and paintball guns can be particularly hazardous. Read more: Keep Eye Safety in Mind When Choosing Gifts this Holiday Season. Join Patch’s Local Voices! We want to provide a platform for your message. Email Tamika Smith, the Community Manager for Montgomery County, at Tamika@Patch.com to sign up.
Check out this week's Grocery Specials before stocking up on home necessities.
As you start planning your holiday menus to feed family and friends, make sure you’re getting the best deal possible at the grocery story. Patch has launched a new feature to help you save on your holiday meals — local Grocery Specials featuring local coupons you can print before shopping. Get coupons for everything from cleaning supplies to kitchen basics from all local stores including Harris Teeter, Giant and Safeway. Make sure you’re well stocked with supplies to keep guests comfortable and your wallet not-so-empty. This week’s deals include: Click here to find deals near you.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The yearly feast for the needy is a community tradition.
We're doing the hard, thoughtful holiday work so you don't have to.
Leila Jewels, Wine Harvest, Occasions Gifts, Toy Story and more.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Take note of these holiday shipping deadlines, and plan accordingly.
Time is running out for holiday gift and card shipping through the U.S. Postal Service. Mail parcels and packages by Dec. 14 for parcel post delivery by Christmas, and cards by Dec. 21, the post office's blog advises. If you miss those days, though, you're still OK—as long as you're fine with paying a little extra. Here are the absolute-last-day deadlines to keep in mind, according to the U.S. Postal Service's holiday calendar: One more date to keep in mind is Monday, Dec. 18: Traditionally, the post office's "busiest day is ... the Monday before Christmas as people mail cards and packages they prepared over the weekend," The Huffington Post reported last year. A good way to cut down on time spent waiting in line is to order your holiday…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Great for gifts or parties: Learn the delicious and artful skill of infusing olive oil with herbs, spices and flavor.
One of my absolute favorite foods is fresh baked bread dipped in good, quality olive oil. There are few other culinary combinations—to me—that are so deliciously simple. Increasingly, bread and infused dipping oils make appearances in restaurants and at parties. One might think that it is a complicated process to infuse oil, but I assure you that is not the case. Infusing olive oils—and really any oils for that matter—is a simple process that yields a classy and unique hors d'oeuvres or gift. Below are five pointers to help guide you to your own special variety of infused oil: 1) Be creative. There are so many potential combinations of ingredients with which you can infuse oil. Consider spices and herbs that you enjoy. Chances are those …
Monday, December 10, 2012
First Canine gives a sneak peek at the 2012 White House Christmas decorations in new video.
Before some 90,000 people walk through the White House to see the 2012 Christmas decorations, Bo Obama, the dog in chief, gave a behind the scenes tour in a new video. “This year’s theme is ‘Joy to All.’ It celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons: the joy of giving and service to others; the joy of sharing our blessings with one another; and, of course, the joy of welcoming our friends and families as guests into our homes over these next several weeks,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a prepared statement. The 2012 Official White House Christmas tree is an 18-foot-6-inch Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C. To continue this year's theme of service, many of the ornaments were created by military children living on U.S. Military Bases …
Friday, December 7, 2012
How to pick out the best tree for your home, preference and price point.
There are plenty of places in Potomac to pick out this year's Christmas tree, including: The River Road location is open on weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Potomac Farm Market offers fresh-cut Fraser Firs in a variety of heights from 2 to 12 feet tall, as well as wreaths, firewood and other holiday decor. Trees between 5 and 6 feet tall are $69, trees between 6 and 7 feet tall are $79 and trees between 7 and 8 feet tall are $89. The business offers a delivery service within the area for $25, and a setup service for $35. Behnke Nurseries, open weekdays and weekends this holiday season, offers fresh cut Fraser Fir trees, starting at $30. Trees measuring 6 to 7 feet tall are $54.99. Trees measuring 8 …