Saturday, November 3, 2012
Take a look at our picks for what to do near home this weekend.
Sept. 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Event When/Where: Saturday, 6 p.m. at the Islamic Center of Boston (126 Boston Post Road, Wayland). The Buzz: Members of the Sept. 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows will be on hand as speakers during this event honoring their work toward peace and social justice and an end Islamiphobia. Price: Adults, $25; Children 12 and under, $10 Glacial Features Exploration When/Where: Saturday, 9 a.m., 170 Hudson Road, Sudbury The Buzz: It's taken many years and lots of movement to carve the ground that makes up Gray Reservation. Physicist and Sudbury Valley Trustees volunteer Bruce Porter will discuss the geophysical events that transformed the land explain where the movement of glaciers left its mark. …
Halloween is over, so it's time for the candy.
Now that trick-or-treating is finally over in Weston, there's no better topic to turn to than the candy. I inherited a sweet tooth from both my grandmothers. Nana always had a white porcelain candy jar in her hutch, and a glass bowl on the coffee table, hiding treats like mini Reese's cups or dark chocolates. Grandma loved hard candies — suckers — but also had a tin of Snickers, Milky Way and other chocolate treats on hand. So today I thank both of them for my love of candy! As a kid, trick or treating was exciting and fun, but perhaps the best part was getting home after and sitting at the kitchen table with my sister to sort and count our bounty. There were trades made, raisins given to my mom and tins stacked with mini candy bars to be …
Friday, October 19, 2012
A few homemade Halloween costume ideas to try.
Halloween is two weeks away, so we're devoting this edition of Patch Picks to the upcoming haunted holiday. In my opinion, the best Halloween costumes are the ones that are homemade. It's fun to make your own costume, and can be an affordable option if you stick to items you already have around your house. Not to mention, you get to put your creative genius (or kids) to work. Here are my picks for the best homemade Halloween costumes: I'm sure there are tons of other homemade Halloween costume ideas out there. Add yours in the comments!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
With eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV) detected in parts of Massachusetts, take these precautions to reduce the risk.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Tips courtesy Center for Disease Control.) There is no vaccine against Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) or West Nile Virus (WNV) for humans. Reducing exposure to mosquitoes is the best defense against infection with EEE and WNV and other mosquito-borne viruses. There are several approaches you and your family can use to prevent and control mosquito-borne diseases. Weston
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Now that we're fully entrenched in summer, try these easy-to-make treats to help you and family cool off.
1. Rootbeer floats This was always a favorite of mine during my childhood — and still today. And it's simple to make. A couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream, add your favorite brand of rootbeer (mine is Mug) in a tall glass, grab a straw and long spoon and you're in paradise! 2. Kiwi ice pops Pleasing to the eye, and more so to your palate, this glowing, green goodie is appealing to kids and adults alike. Ingredients: Directions: 3. Watermelon wonder Here's a two-for-one special where you combine a craft with a refreshing snack. Start by slicing off one end of the melon and setting it aside. Cut the insides into pieces, remove them, then scoop out any remaining chunks with a long-handled spoon (save the insides to make our scrumptious …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
When packing the sunscreen, beach towels and cooler, don't forget one of these books to help get you through the day.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following books were recommended by Goodnow Library in Sudbury.) By Jennifer Weiner Actors aren't the only ones trying to make it in Hollywood . . . At 23, Ruth Saunders left her childhood home in Massachusetts and headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to make it as a screenwriter. Six years later, she has hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the showrunner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on her boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials. Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Choose from classic American fare, Japanese and British-style restaurants.
70 Worcester Road, Framingham When to go: Tuesdays Why go: the great news ... kids eat free all day. Order pizza, pasta, grilled chicken, pasta, and more. 1138 Worcester Road, Framingham When to go: Sundays Why go: Kids 10 years old and younger eat for free while also receiving free cotton candy and a show presented by Magic by George between 5-8 p.m. 18 Commonwealth Ave, Concord When to go: The day after the Red Sox bring home a victory. Why go: Parents with kids 10 years old and younger will be able to celebrate a Sox win this year without breaking the bank. Kids can order hot dogs, burgers, grilled cheese sandwichs and more, all for free. They can even order a free ice cream sandwich. 39 Main St., Waltham When to go: Mondays Why go: …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Cell phones and high temperatures are not a good mix, so don't leave your phone in your car during hot days.
Want some tips for keeping your phone going strong in the hot summer heat? We've got a few answers to your phone-burning questions. Tips courtesy Marissa Dursin.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Fans of Tom Cruise, Charlize Theron and Adam Sandler are in for a treat.
2hr 3min - Rated PG-13 - Drama Director: Adam Shankman - Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige. riIf you're a fan of 80s hair bands and mullets, this movie is for you. It's the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more. 2hr 7min - Rated PG-13 - Action/Adventure/Drama/Romance Director: Rupert Sanders - Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Toby Jones, Ian McShane. This isn't the fairy …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Not sure what the old man wants this year? Here are some affordable ideas.
If your dad is someone who enjoys a cold brew while watching the big game, and is someone looking for a new hobby, this is the perfect gift. Tell him to get off the sidelines and turn the kitchen into a craft brewery where he's the brew master and his friends and family are the master taste testers. Just make sure mom is OK with losing the kitchen for a few hours. Price: $28-$48 What dad doesn't like to stoke up the grill? If yours enjoys a juicy steak or burger seven days a week, then order this nifty gadget. This digital thermometer is as smart as they come and alleviates the need for hovering over the stove or grill. They just enter the cut of meat or program a temperature or level of doneness and the thermometer announces when it's …