Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Massachusetts State Police said people can drop off toys and any barracks until Dec. 17.
The Massachusetts State Police, who participate in Toys for Tots, announced their donation drive ends on Dec. 17. According to the announcement: "Donations of unwrapped, new, non-violent themed toys can be delivered to any State Police Barracks and dropped into the donation box. Any monetary donations should be in the form of a check made out to 'Toys-4-Tots.'" State police barracks aren't the only place to drop off toys. You can learn more about Toys for Tots drop-off locations in Somerville here. Some of them may be collecting toys after Dec. 17.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Make these brisket, latke, and sufganiyot recipes for Hanukkah.
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8 and ends on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 16. In Somerville, Temple B'nai Brith is holding Hanukkah services and candle lightings. You can see their calendar here, and the temple's website mentions a children's school Hanukkah party on Dec. 9, a potluck dinner on Dec. 14 and a Hanukkah "tot shabbat" on Dec. 15. For the first time ever, the city of Somerville placed a menorah on the City Hall Concourse, although there was a slight glitch with lighting it. If you're really in the party mood, check out the Workmen’s Circle Radical Hanukkah Party, which will feature local klezmer music, at Johnny D's on Dec. 8. Observing the Festival of Lights goes hand-in-hand with making special …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Somerville with fun events and delicious recipes.
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16. According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. Here in Somerville, Temple B'nai Brith in Winter Hill is holding Hanukkah services and candle lightings. You can check out their calendar here. According the temple's website, there's a children's school Hanukkah party on Dec. 9, a potluck dinner on Dec. 14 and a Hanukkah "tot shabbat" on Dec. 15. Also, for the first time ever, the city of Somerville is lighting a menorah on the City Hall Concourse. The lighting takes place…
The square's shops are open until midnight, and shoppers can get holiday discounts.
Santa will be giving out gifts, and the city will also light a menorah.
Somerville holds its annual tree lighting Thursday night, and Santa Claus will be making an appearance. The tree lighting takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the City Hall Councourse, and Santa will attend the ceremony escorted by the Somerville Fire Department. After the ceremony, Santa will be available for photos at the Somerville High School Highlander Cafe. He'll give a gift to all children who attend the ceremony, according to the city's website. In addition to the tree lighting, Somerville will, for the first time, light a Hanukkah menorah on Thursday. The Somerville High School Band, the Somerville High School Chorus and Somerville Community Chorus, and the El Sistema Somerville youth orchestra will perform.
Wednesday, December 5, 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!
Monday, December 3, 2012
Five holiday gift ideas for those who enjoy a tipple now and then.
Looking for some holiday gifts? Want to shop locally? Enjoy the occasional libation, or know someone who does? Here are five holiday gift ideas from Boston Shaker in Davis Square.
Books make great holiday gifts. Give your loved ones these books as stocking stuffers this holiday season.
Monday, December 3, 2012
When you give a child or a teen a book, you are creating a memory that will last a lifetime. What’s more, reading offers so many options. Are you trying to find a book for an early reader? Choose a picture book or a Great Beginner Read from the list below. Does your grandchild love nonfiction? Take a look at the Great Family Reads section. Has your niece read every book known to man? There are some brand new books on this list that she may not have seen yet. Do you struggle to find just the right book to entice your child to read? These selections are sure kid-pleasers that will meet any interest. The ReadKiddoRead holiday gift list has something for everyone: realistic fiction, science fiction, and nonfiction; animal stories, mythology …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Why buy eggnog at the supermarket when you can make it quickly and easily at home? Give this great recipe a try this holiday season.
"Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?" ~Clark Griswold (Christmas Vacation) Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to start thinking about Christmas. Perhaps you've started your shopping or decorating, or are heading to the stores this weekend. Or, if you are like my mother-in-law, maybe you finished all of that around Halloween. (How I wish I had her energy!) Whatever your plans may be, you deserve to treat yourself at the end of the day. This eggnog definitely fits the bill. Eggnog Ingredients: Directions: Enjoy! (Adapted from Epicurean Mom's Egg Nog recipe)
Friday, November 30, 2012
Open studios, an alien-themed story slam, artist markets galore, and—'tis the season—The Slutcracker.
Slutcracker Now in its fifth season, The Slutcracker is back at Somerville Theatre. It opens Saturday night and is performed on weekends throughout December. Read more about this burlesque adaptation of Tchaikovsky's ballet here. Winter Craft Market in Union Square Gifts include jewelry, photographs, handbags, unique electronic instruments, greeting cards, wreaths, dessert sauces, quilts, soap and more. It's Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Union Square. Vernon Street Open Studios Vernon Street Studios, a maze of artist work spaces in a huge, old brick factory building in the heart of Somerville, with creaky wooden floors and fun nooks and crannies, is hosting a holiday open studios event on Saturday and Sunday. The studios will be open …