Sunday, May 5, 2013
Show us your best Cinco de Mayo party pictures.
Cinco de Mayo is Sunday, and many Northern Virginians are stocking up on tacos, tequila, and Coronas. Why do we drink all these margaritas, anyway? Cinco de Mayo is a holiday commemorating the Mexican army's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Mexican-American culture, complete with parades and parties. How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend? Share your party ideas and events in the comments below, and be sure to upload your best Cinco de Mayo party photos to our gallery by clicking "Upload Photos and Video" above.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Fairfax County Police Department is urging residents to drive safely this holiday season and watch their alcohol consumption.
A total of 607 drivers have been linked to reported crashes after consumption of alcohol in 2012, according to statistics from the Fairfax County Police Department. Of those 607 drivers, 481 were male drivers and 60 drivers were underage at the time of the crash. The statistics were released by the police as part of their Safe December efforts to raise awareness and publicize their goal of alcohol enforcement this holiday season. The release further states that officers arrested 372 drunk drivers during Safe December efforts in 2011, a 17 percent increase compared to 2010. Of those drivers, 85 were female and 287 were male. Seventy-two of those drivers were involved in reported crashes after alcohol consumption. Police arrested a total of …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Museum shop has locally made items - as well as Reston-themed gifts.
Looking for a special holiday gift for a Restonian The Reston Museum and Historic Trust gift shop has many items - including pottery, jewelry and handmade ornaments - made by local artisans - as well as items uniquely Reston. Some top sellers: Reston T-shirt ($12.95) "The Nature of Reston" book by Chuck Veatch and Claudia Thompson-Deahl, featuring fine nature photos shot in Reston ($20.00) Reston Roast Coffee - Reston Roast is the RHT's own custom blended coffee. Available in four-ounce packets of organic, free-trade, ground coffee in either Sumatra or Lake Anne blend ($6.25/half pound). Museum members enjoy a 10 percent discount on nearly all store items. Stop by the museum or visit the online store by clicking here.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Reston's Bow Tie Cinemas presents four classics on the big screen in December.
The Cine Classics series at Reston's Bow Tie Cinema will feature holiday movies each weekend in December leading up to Christmas. Catch the holiday spirit at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays with some of your favorites on the big screen. Tickets are $5 ($4 for Bow Tie Criterion Club members). Schedule Dec. 1 and 2 - White Christmas Dec. 8 and 9 - Miracle on 34th Street Dec. 15 and 16 - A Christmas Story Dec. 22 and 23 - It's a Wonderful Life
Monday, November 26, 2012
Fairfax County County officials want shoppers to be savvy during the biggest online spending day of the year.
Millions of people across the nation lined up outside retailers for Black Friday, and now millions more will log on to their computers for Cyber Monday on Nov. 26. According to BusinessWeek, digital specialists at the National Retail Foundation created Cyber Monday in 2005. The shopping holiday was meant to entice office employees who were still riding the high of Black Friday and were able to shop from their work computers. It has since become the centerpiece of online holiday shopping. In 2005, shoppers spent a total of $484 million nationwide, comScore reports. In 2011, they spent $1.25 billion, making it the biggest online spending day in history. Retailers like Wal-Mart are going one step further, advertising Cyber Monday bargains on …
Sunday, November 25, 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 bill.
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America — the best “decked” house in the country —the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16 (Check back here Monday for a direct link to our contest page so you can enter). Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local …
Virginia's economy is relatively strong, but retailers only expect a modest increase in spending this year nationwide.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, gift giving, holiday parties — it's an expensive time of year. According to the National Retail Federation's national holiday consumer spending survey (conducted by BIGinsight), the average holiday shopper will spend $749.51 on gifts, décor, holiday cards, entertaining and other things this season. That's a minor increase from $740.57 — the amount shoppers spent last year. Two-thirds of respondents to a recent poll by the NPD Group said they “plan to spend about the same” as last year, while 10 percent planned to “spend more.” Will you be more creative with your gifting, or are you planning to rely on more social shopping sites like Groupon and Living Social for cheaper gifts? Or, are you less …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Shoppers line up on Thanksgiving to get an early start for holiday shopping.
Doors opened for Black Friday sales on Thursday for shopperss to get a jump on Black Friday barely before the Thanksgiving leftovers had been put away. Reston's Target and Best Buy has lines around the building when the doors opened at 9 p.m. Eager shoppers at Best Buy bided their time playing soccer in the parking lot and snuggling up in blankets. The first in line at Target had gotten there before sometime 7 p.m. on Thursday, while the first in line at Best Buy said he arrived at 7 p.m on Tuesday in hopes of scoring a bargain on a new TV.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Do you love dogs and want to make a difference? Consider becoming a foster family for a rescue dog during the holidays.
I’ve written a few articles over the past two years about fostering dogs, and multiple readers from the Patch community have stepped up to become foster families. It’s great to see more and more people becoming aware of dog rescue, getting involved, and understanding the importance and vital need of fostering. Fostering is the backbone of rescue, and we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. It was only a few years ago that I learned about fostering and how it works. Fostering involves opening your heart and home to a pup in need, giving them a safe place to land and some TLC until they’ve found their new home. Some foster pups are easier than others, but all bring great joy and …
A few tips on beating the traffic while holiday shopping during Black Friday weekend.
This year, about 147 million people plan to go shopping during Black Friday weekend, according to a recent National Retail Federation survey. That is down from last year’s 152 million who planned to shop during the same weekend. NRF’s survey shows that 71 million said they would shop and another 76 million said they would wait and see what retailers have ito offer that weekend. “Though the Black Friday tradition is here to stay, there’s no question that it has changed in recent years; already there is a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation surrounding retailers’ Thanksgiving and Black Friday promotions,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. With that said, shopaholics everywhere are gearing up for a weekend marathon of …