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
Keep your holiday incident free by following a few tips.
Thanksgiving Day is the busiest day for the fire service, says the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. More property damage and lives are lost in residential structure fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. The increase applies mostly to cooking fires in family homes. An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $121 million in property loss. Over the last several years, turkey fryer fires have contributed significantly to the increase in cooking fires. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and destruction of property. The following safe…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Some Fairfax County offices and services will be closed on Friday as well as on Thanksgiving.
The Thankgiving holiday will stretch over several days for many Fairfax County offices and agencies. Here is a look at what is open and what is closed. County Government – Closed Nov. 22-23. Courts – Close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21; closed Nov. 22-23. Public Schools and School Offices – Two-hour early closing for students only on Wednesday, Nov. 21; closed Nov. 22-23. Library – Closed Nov. 22-23. Fairfax Connector – Nov. 22 - Sunday schedule. Routes with Sunday service operate according to the Sunday schedule. Routes without Sunday service will not operate. Nov. 23 - Holiday weekday schedule. Routes with weekday service operate according to the weekday schedule except 335, 395, 585, 595, and 597, which will not operate. (These routes …
What do you and your family do on a holiday weekend?
Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. Sure, we all know what the actual holiday has in store, most commonly a feast and some football viewing (the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at 4:15 p.m. Thursday). But if you have holiday house guests, there is lots more time to fill. What do you suggest? Shopping? A hike at Great Falls National Park? A trip to see the monuments and museums in DC? Help your neighbors out by suggesting some of your favorite day trips or other local outings. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Elementary schoolers try for a shot at their work being featured on K3's Thanksgiving card.
Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) recently teamed up with K3 Construction Group to sponsor the annual Thanksgiving Card Challenge for schools participating in the GRACE Art program. This is the seventh year that K3 has sponsored the program to select artwork that will be featured on its annual Thanksgiving card, and the sixth year that schools participating in GRACE Art program have been invited to participate. Twenty-nine students from seven area elementary schools, including: Academy of Christian Education, Dranesville Elementary, Forestville Elementary, Green Hedges School, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School, Terraset Elementary, and Westbriar Elementary, submitted entries. The school art teachers selected a maximum of five …
Brining a turkey takes time and effort, but results in a moist and flavorful bird.
“Brining” has always been the secret method that chefs use to make a moist and flavorful baked turkey. Many years ago I asked a chef why her turkey meat tasted so good, and she led me back to the kitchen’s large, walk-in cooler filled with birds soaking in a fragrant bath. I immediately got her recipe. But what is brining? There are two types: wet and dry. Dry brining is simply rubbing a turkey in a salt and herb mixture and letting it sit (refrigerated of course) for many hours (usually about one hour per pound). It's somewhat easier and more convenient than the alternative wet option, and advocates insist dry brining makes for a bird with a firmer meat texture, and the skin is sensational. Wet brining, which does seem to be the most …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
If you need a new recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey, give one of these non-traditional twists a try.
There are many ways to cook everyone’s favorite holiday bird. Each family has its own special technique for cooking a turkey, whether it's using an old family recipe, adding a secret ingredient or shopping at a certain store in town that helps make the turkey taste all the better. When making your shopping list to fix that fabulous recipe, you have several stores in Maple Grove that can find the items you need such as Trader Joe's, Cub Foods, Rainbow Foods and Target. If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, you can try any of the recipes below to add a new kick to your feast. If you're attending someone else’s dinner, hopefully their turkey will taste as good as one of these! Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water. An …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Donate soon to help others on Thanksgiving.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Karen Goff
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Reston Community Center's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, in partnership with Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith, will begin on Monday. Donations will be accepted Nov. 5 through Nov. 19, and volunteers will sort and deliver donations on Thanksgiving Day. The Food Drive was previously planned to begin on Nov. 1 and was delayed due to the impacts of Superstorm Sandy. Look for donation bins at RCC's Hunters Woods and Lake Anne locations, as well as at many Reston businesses. The drive leads up to a community-wide volunteer event on Thanksgiving Day, when volunteers will sort all of the donations at RCC and then deliver them to Reston Interfaith’s food storage facility. “The Thanksgiving Food Drive gives us an …
Friday, November 25, 2011
"Black Friday" creeping into Thanksgiving Thursday. Will you take part?
Ah, the traditions of Thanksgiving past. You know, like lining up when stores open at 5 a.m. the day after the holiday. Not so, anymore. Black Friday begins on Thursday now. Walmart is open all day, with Black Friday deals starting at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Best Buy, Target and Kohls open at midnight Friday. The stores at Reston Town Center will open at 8 a.m. Friday. The National Retail Federation says 152 million people plan to shop Black Friday weekend, up from 138 million who said they planned to last year. Meanwhile, more than 190,000 have signed a Target worker's petition to protest opening the store barely after the Turkey Day leftovers have been stored. More Black Friday backlash - there has been an Occupy Black Friday movement, …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tell us your thoughts.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Karen Goff
Thursday, November 24, 2011
What's your favorite part of this holiday? Chime and let us know.