Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Family fun, ice sculptures, musical performances and more.
From the Waterfront to Fenway; Shakespeare to Indie rock; family celebrations to fireworks on the Common, Boston's 2013 First Night celebration has it all...and then some. The city's 37th annual festival features world class performances of art, music, film and dance, and showcases more than 1,000 artists and 200 exhibitions. Events will take place Monday from noon to midnight all over Boston. All First Night outdoor events are free, but buy an $18 button (children under 4 are free) for access to all indoor events, and be sure to check out the whole schedule online. Organizers strongly encourage using the online interactive planner to sign up for activities. Highlights:
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Add to the list if you know of more places.
Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, and it may even snow, giving you even fewer reasons to leave the house. Here's a handy list of what's open (and closed) during the holiday:
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website that now offers a Santa tracker mobile app to follow the jolly man's magical flight.
Their wish lists have been made, their photos have been taken with the big guy and cookies and carrots are at the ready for Santa and his reindeer, but do your children ever ask: Where does Santa go on Christmas Eve? How does he travel to everyone's house? Thanks to the folks behind the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Website, families worldwide can now follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time. In addition to tracking Santa's whereabouts, there is plenty to do at NORAD's Santa-tracking website. Check out the Kids' Countdown Village where there are two dozen games to play. Not near a computer today? NORAD's Santa Tracker is mobile, too. Download the Android or iPhone app and let your kids track Santa from your phone…
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is urging residents to drive safety and use public transportation.
During the holidays, we're all in a rush to get to our respective celebrations and enjoy the holidays. But also during this time of the year, the weather doesn't always cooperate. Information for Drivers With some wintry weather in the forecast, drivers should be prepared to encounter varying roadway conditions as they head to their holiday destinations, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT.) MassDOT encourages residents and visitors to drive safely and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holidays. Although holiday traffic is the worst around Thanksgiving, road conditions can still get pretty congested during peak travel times. “Historically the days surrounding Christmas and New…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Last month, the Lawsons turned to the community to help raise money for surgery for their injured dog, French Fry. French Fry returned from surgery this week.
One month ago, French Fry could barely stand, today, he is recovering from surgery – thanks in part to the community of Jamaica Plain and beyond. Jenn and Chris Lawson’s Springer-lab mix, French Fry, was in need of an expensive surgery after sustaining a knee injury last summer. Meghann Martin, a friend of the Lawsons, started a GoFundMe site asking for donations from the community, setting the goal at $3,500, the cost of the surgery. Through the site, the family received $2,765 from 72 people in 16 days, which was enough for the surgery. The South Huntington Avenue family is grateful their dog got the gift of movement this holiday season. “We got donations from people all over the world who helped us to raise over $2,700! This was all …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Kwanzaa is celebrated in the United States from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The seven-day festival of Kwanzaa, which celebrates African-American heritage and culture, starts Wednesday, Dec. 26 and ends Tuesday, Jan. 1. Here are some facts about the week-long holiday. Tell Us: Do you have any facts about Kwanzaa that you would like to share? Please write them in the comments section below. This list was compiled with information from City News Service.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Feeling overwhelmed this season? Check out the list below for ways to stay healthy and have fun.
It’s that time of year again: the holiday season. There are gifts to buy, parties to attend, family to visit ... and it all happens around your existing crazy schedule. This can be a time for joy and celebration but it can also be a time when people experience sadness, anxiety, stress and exhaustion. Here are 10 ways to stay healthy this holiday season: 1. With the exception of one night a week, stick to the same sleep schedule. Don’t try to make up for lost sleep by sleeping late. Instead, try to nap once or twice during the day for 15 minutes. Drink lots of water or other vitamin infused drinks. Use cold compresses on your eyes to decrease swelling and increase brightness. 2. Set a limit for gift giving and stick to it. Use cash as …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
All subway, bus and commuter rail lines will be free after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
The MBTA has announced its holiday season schedule. Some highlights include:
The local gift shop was mentioned in the magazine’s holiday gift guide.
Looking for a paperclip-like red stool as a holiday gift? Boston Magazine says you can find one at a Jamaica Plain gift shop. This red stool, which can be found in Room 68 at 68 South St., was highlighted in Boston Magazine’s article “Shop Around: Holiday Gift Ideas from 10 Boston Neighborhoods.” “This colorful, paperclip-like stool—dreamed up by Giacomo Castagnola, a Peruvian designer studying at MIT—doubles as a work of art,” the magazine said. The powder-coated steel and bamboo stool, “Tripode,” costs $399, according to Boston Magazine.
Here are 10 ways to have fun and spread holiday cheer in Jamaica Plain without breaking the bank.
This year’s holiday season can be special for you and your family regardless of your budget. Here are some fun tips for creating new holiday traditions while saving money. 1) Make your cards from recycled materials. Cards can be made from paper grocery bags, cereal boxes, used file folders and even last year’s holiday cards. Feature your family’s artwork and use recycled wrapping paper or paper from catalogs and magazines for backgrounds. A great resource for making cards from recycled materials is "Creative Correspondence" by Michael and Judy Jacobs, available at Jamaica Way Books & Gifts or on Amazon.com. 2) Have fun together and create a festive decoration by making a gingerbread house. You can bake the gingerbread yourself and…