Thursday, January 3, 2013
Boxes of food, warm clothing and toys were donated to families in need.
Louie’s Holiday Hope Project, the Bowie Baysox baseball team's program to help local families in need, helped 16 families during the 2012 holiday season, according to a news release. Partnering with the Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGFD), the Bowie Police Department and Bowie Youth & Family Services, the Baysox and the team mascot, Louie, were able to provide the families, which included 39 children, with food, coats and Christmas gifts. “Louie’s Holiday Hope Project had another very successful year of assisting families in need around the holidays,” said Baysox Marketing Director Brandan Kaiser. “Every year this program grows thanks to the great support from the community and all the donations we receive. The Baysox would like…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Need to return that ugly sweater Santa got you? Here are the shopping hours for DC area malls and retailers—including Kohl's, Best Buy, Apple store, Walmart, Target and more.
Want to know when you can start shopping with all the money relatives gave you this Christmas? Or do you just need to return the gifts you don't want? Well, many malls and retailers are opening early for the day after Christmas sales on Wednesday, Dec. 26 and some customers can return unwanted presents. Here's what's open and where they are located: Bowie Town Center 15606 Emerald Way Bowie, MD 20716 Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Mall at Prince George's: 3500 East West Highway, (Route 410) Hyattsville, MD 20782 Hours: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Beltway Plaza Mall: 6198 Greenbelt Road Greenbelt, MD 20770 Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Westfield Montgomery: 7101 Democracy Boulevard Bethesda, MD 20817 Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Westfield Wheaton: 11160 …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Happy holidays, Bowie!
With a high temperature of 49 in Bowie this Christmas Day, you may be burning a real yule log in your fireplace. But if not, enjoy this YouTube version, courtesy of WPIX-TV in New York. For the history of the video yule log, click here.
Anne Arundel Community College professor Matt Patton explains why we feel the way we do about presents.
Exchanging gifts is a major part of celebrating the holiday season, but it can also be the source of major stress. Patch spoke with Matt Patton, an Annapolis resident and psychology professor at Anne Arundel Community College, about the social science behind gift giving. It's the thought that counts An expensive gadget like an iPad or new cellphone may make a person jump for joy on Christmas morning, but Patton said that high wears off quick. Everyone has an emotional baseline or "set point." While we can feel happier or sadder in the short-term, Patton said most people return to their baseline within a few weeks. "In that sense, we are very resilient," Patton said. "Things that move that set point are having a socially connected life …
Planetary nebula called NGC 5189 that looks a lot like a glass-blown holiday ornament.
Christmas carols help bring holiday cheer to the season and sometimes evoke other emotions as well. Here are some favorites.
What's your favorite holiday song or carol? Tell us in the comments or upload the You Tube video to this post so others can enjoy!
Monday, December 24, 2012
How much will we spend this year? And what's the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Find the answers below.
We know that there were three Wise Men, 12 days of Christmas and that Santa delivers all his presents around the world in one night. But did you know... $23,439.38 How much it would cost to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the 12 Day of Christmas . 12.9 billion hours, $447 billion How many hours Americans were expected to spend shopping, wrapping and returning gifts last year. That was about 42 hours and $688.87 per person. Get your postman/postwoman a gift According to Hallmark, Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion . Nearly 1.5 billion cards are sent to friends and family every Christmas Season. (That's actually down 400 million cards since 2004.) $983 million The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from…
There will be no trash collection on Christmas Day.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
If the holidays leave you with little time to shop for gifts, try these stores in Bowie for great last-minute gift ideas.
With all of the tree trimming, cookie baking and partygoing, there is so much to do during the holidays that it's easy to leave shopping for Christmas presents until the last minute. But by then, the malls and chain stores are usually chaotic and the mere thought of battling crowds is exhausting. Here are some ideas for easy gifts that can be bought locally and require little stress: Tell us: What are some of your own last-minute gift ideas? Share in the comments below.
Vote and help a Maryland school district win $100,000.
A Maryland school district has the chance to win $100,000 if a home in its community wins our national Deck the House contest. According to users who voted, three homes—in Columbia, Bel Air and Glen Burnie—made it as finalists for their holiday light decorations. But now it's up to you to narrow the list down from our 25 finalists to the best decorated home in America. Until Dec. 28, vote for your favorite and that person could win $100,000 for his or her local school district. All you have to do is visit this page to browse a gallery of the finalists and cast your vote. On Dec. 29, we’ll announce the grand prize winner of our Deck the House contest. So, now’s your chance to tell us who has the best “decked” house in the country. Let us…