Saturday, December 22, 2012
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek offers tips for keeping your home safe over the holidays.
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office release. * Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the window so it’s easily visible. A burglar could smash the window and grab the packages. * If you are away on a trip, ask a neighbor to help create a "lived in" look for your home. Use a light timer when you are away and ask a neighbor to keep the front of your home clean of papers and debris. A neighbor could even park a car on your driveway. * Don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, or above door ledges. Instead give the spare key to a trusted neighbor. * Don't announce that you are out-of-town on social media sites. Post your vacation photos on facebook when you return from your out-of-town …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Need the advice on a perfect pairing? Need a good gift idea? Ask our pros all your vino questions in the comments section below.
The holiday season is a time of celebration, good food and, of course, an adult beverage here or there. Whether you're entertaining, attending a holiday party or need to pick up an easy gift, a good bottle of wine goes a long way. But, with so many options, which brand, flavor or color do you choose? What is a tasty dessert wine? What sets off the main course perfect? Is there an inexpensive bottle that's perfect to bring to a gathering? Here to help answer all your holiday wine questions are three "Patch Pros"—local industry workers, managers and wine buffs: Add your question in the comments section below and our experts will get back to you with their suggestions.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Kids have started making their lists and checking them twice. How do you help them make their lists?
When I was a kid, the excitement that would blow through the Burgess home as the holiday shopping season began can be pinpointed to one thing: The Toys-R-Us catalog arriving. My sister and I would pore over the pages, carefully dog-earring them to call special attention to the items circled therein. We would proudly hand it to our parents, believing we had done them a great service. (There would be no way they could disappoint us if they took our direction on the gifts.) Of course, I never got that electric Barbie car. (Sigh) A paper catalog seems a little old school now with the Internet and so many shops to choose from. So, how do you help plan your kids' gift lists? Do you take them to the store? Supervise them online? Or do you wait …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
If you don't have a lot of money, you still can give gifts from the heart.
As you look over the list of gifts you need this holiday season, an unsettling feeling starts. How will I pay for all these gifts? Gift-giving is meant to be a time for sharing how much you appreciate others, but rising prices and tight budgets take the feel-good vibes right out of gift-giving traditions. This year, take the money stress out of the holidays by turning to homemade gifts. Homemade gifts are a great way to show you appreciate someone while also adding a personal touch. Gifts don’t need to be expensive to be special. Get the family involved in the fun and you will be creating memories while making unique gifts for those who mean the most in your life. Let’s explore the homemade holidays in hopes that you will find something to…
The daily grind can be overwhelming, so here are some antidotes to all that stress.
In this increasingly digitalized world, we can’t go anywhere without packing the chargers, the battery packs, the DVDs and the game systems. But what happens when the power goes out? How do we escape from it all? Yes, there truly is life and entertainment outside of the electrically-charged world. Here are a few gift ideas to help friends and family unplug and recharge. Books Check out Half Price Books or Sam's Club for the newest bestsellers or tried-and-true classics. Bookstores’ shelves are stocked with adventures waiting beyond the front cover. Have a traveler in your posse? Check out the travelogues. So your mother-in-law is hooked on reality TV shows? You’ll find plenty of drama in the fiction section. Nothing beats cozying up in …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Things to do in the area during our most savory holiday.
Everything is sprinkled with autumnal décor this time of year. Heck, your child has probably already brought home a tracing of their hand, called it a turkey and made you put it on the fridge. But decorations aren't the only thing getting us in the spirit this year. There is plenty to do in the Cities this Thanksgiving weekend, starting tonight. Just in case you wanted to venture out of the house for a few hours and take in some local happenings, Patch gives you five Thanksgiving weekend events happening in our area: 1) Turkeys On Ice: The St. Louis Park Rec Center may be closed tomorrow, but turkeys sure are welcome to hit the ice today. For free. From 7:30-9:00pm, people of all ages are welcome to come to the indoor ice rink at the Rec, …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Have a dish that's to die for? Let other Patch readers know your secret.
The holiday season is upon us, which for many means a time of great meals with the ones we love. And great meals start with great recipes, passed down from generation to generation. These family cooking traditions bring people together during the holidays. Patch editors and readers from across Minnesota have rounded up a few of their favorite family recipes, which we are sharing with you. If you have a great holiday recipe of your own to share, please post it in the comments section below. You can also add a photo of your delicious dish by clicking on the "submit photo" button below. Happy holidays, from all of us at Patch. *** Pumpkin Pie Dip Mix pumpkin with brown sugar, vanilla and spices, blend well. Mix in yogurt. Fold in Cool Whip …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Children will welcome Rosh Hashanah at sundown tonight with their own handcrafted rams' horns, signaling the Jewish spiritual New Year and the start of a three-week High Holy Day season.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Todd Svanoe
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
“God’s shofar will travel,” said a smiling Rabbi Mordechai Grossbaum, who brought a box of rams’ horns and power tools to a Heilicher Jewish Day School classroom in St. Louis Park on Thursday. Grossbaum’s mission is “to make Judaism come alive,” driving his Shofar Factory-on-wheels daily to kids at eight citywide Jewish schools and synagogues whose families are about to enter the High Holy Days, beginning with Rosh Hashanah at sundown tonight. “You can push a book in a kid’s face or you can involve him so he enjoys it,” said Grossbaum, as children with hacksaws cut a mouthpiece into the horns, used as home versions of the sacred trumpets that will blast 100 times in temples around the world to awaken spiritual sleepers for a three-week …