Wednesday, December 5, 2012
We've put together a list of our top 10, now we want to know what puts you in the spirit.
You're not a true superstar in the world of music until you've made it big with a holiday classic. Who can forget Bing Crosby and David Bowie's Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy. Dean Martin had a hit with Let it Snow. And more recently, Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You seems like it's everywhere. We've put together a list of our Top 10 favorites this holiday season, but what we really want to know is what's yours.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The DuPage County Health Department offers tips to ensure trees, decorations and lights look pretty and work safely.
Those holiday decorations are beautiful to look at with lights twinkling and tinsel sparkling. Taking steps to make sure the lights, decorations and trees are used properly will make the holidays safer. When decorating for the holidays its important to take safety measures to keep all the sparkle from going up in flames or causing family members injury, according to officials. The DuPage County Health Department offers a number of tips to keep your holidays merry and bright this holiday season. Here are some tips for tree, light and decoration safety: Source: DuPage County Health Department Let Patch save you time. Get more local stories like these delivered right to your inbox or smartphone with our free newsletter. Fast signup here. …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and DuPage County Health Department offer tips to help consumers make safe toy purchases this holiday season.
Remember the days of breaking out the Sears or JCPenney catalog to peruse all the toys while making that list for Santa? Needless to say, safety was rarely a concern when dreaming of what would arrive under the tree. Irwin Mainway’s Bag O’ Glass might have even looked attractive to some kids. But, for most parents safety is a major concern when choosing toys for children. To ensure that a child will be safe after opening those holiday gifts, the DuPage County Health Department and Consumer Product Safety Commission are offering tips for parents to consider before buying and before toys are used. Before purchasing a toy the DuPage County Health Department suggests: Before allowing children to play with toys: The Consumer Product Safety …
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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Do you craft the most perfect Christmas cookie in town? Do your family and friends drool at the sight of your sugary creations? Enter your cookie in Patch's contest for a chance at a $100 gift card and other sweet prizes.
Friday, November 30, 2012
The U.S. Postal Service anticipates this will be its busiest holiday shipping season. Find out when items should be mailed by and where you can mail items on select Sundays in December.
The holiday rush is about to set in. Along with waiting in line to buy gifts at stores, the lines can be even longer at the post office as gift givers mail cards and packages to friends and family across the county and around the world. In St. Charles, residents have an extra day to mail packages from the Post Office. The U.S. Post Office, 2600 Oak St., will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, according to the St. Charles Post Office. The U.S. Postal Service, on its website, reports that it is anticipating this will be its biggest holiday season in its 237-year history. The Postal Service expects it will deliver 365 million packages this holiday season — a 20 percent increase over 2011. The busiest mailing day for …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Downtown St. Charles Partnership celebrates Holiday Homecoming success, says parade turnout is largest in recent history.
They were two nights to remember, officially kicking off the holiday season in St. Charles and culminating with the annual Electric Christmas Parade along Main Street. There was no question that crowds turned out for both events — especially the parade, which had more than 50 entries this year. Now, it’s official: The St. Charles Police Department estimates that more than 13,000 people turned out for Saturday’s parade, its best turnout in recent years and perhaps the best in its 20-year history. Downtown St. Charles Partnership trumpeted the number in a release issued Thursday. Marketing and Development Manager Scott Piner said the police department’s crowd estimate this year was greater than those of the previous three years. Prior to …
Enjoy superb holiday music and see some beautiful Geneva architecture Sunday, Dec. 9.
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- Rick Nagel
Thursday, November 29, 2012
As part of the always popular Christmas Walk and House Tour weekend in Geneva, the Steeple Walk returns from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Now in its fourth year sponsored by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission, it features a variety of seasonal music concerts at four Geneva churches, all within easy walking distance. The well-known Geneva High School Viking Ensemble Jazz Choir, led by Roxane Curtis, will perform at the United Methodist Church at Second and Hamilton Streets. The accomplished Hanson String Quartet, from the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, will appear at the Lutheran Church on South Third Street. Singing at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Second Street will be the women’s chorus from DeKalb, Bread and Roses. Opposite …
Thanks to a very special U.S. Postal Service program, "Santa" will reply to children who mail him their Christmas wish lists this holiday season.
Every year, millions of children sit down to make a wish list for Santa, hoping he will make all of their Christmas dreams come true. But what if Santa actually wrote back? The U.S. Postal Service is accepting "Letters From Santa," a program that allows parents and caregivers to play Santa by sending a letter signed by St. Nick to a child. According to a postal service news release, “The ‘Letters From Santa’ program helps parents fulfill the dreams of their own children.” Instructions to send a letter from Santa: Write a letter to your child from Santa Claus and sign it "From Santa." Put the letter in an envelope addressed to your child with the return address SANTA, NORTH POLE. Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope. …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Dec. 15 event at the ballpark includes ornament and cookie decorating stations. Bring a coat or sweatshirt and get four free Cougars ticket vouchers.
The Kane County Cougars will host a Christmas Meet and Greet event, featuring Santa Claus and Ozzie T. Cougar, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, inside the upper deck level at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Children can meet Santa and Ozzie, pose for photos, as well as take part in numerous holiday activities inside the upper deck level. Those activities include a coloring station, ornament decorating station and a cookie decorating station. The event is free, although there is a nominal cost for participating in the ornament and cookie decorating activities. A portion of proceeds will benefit Ozzie’s Outreach, the Cougars’ charitable foundation. Fans are also asked to bring a gently used coat or sweatshirt. All collected items will be …