Saturday, December 1, 2012
Cinema Siren's top picks for 2012.
Last year I offered my top 10 Christmas cartoons for the first time. As an animation art gallery owner of 25 years, and an animation historian, I have been studying and enjoying them a long time. What an uproar I caused! I got a veritable avalanche of emails about the cartoons I "couldn't possibly overlook." While I stand by all last year's excellent offerings, I do have some amendments this year. Here is the list with some considered additions and subtractions. The cartoons listed below are all classics and are wonderful opportunities for holiday viewing with friends and family. You can enjoy them while chomping down highly caloric peppermint bark, or swilling down highly spiked eggnog! #10. Arthur Christmas - 2011 Such a new movie…
Fun events for you and your family Sunday, Dec. 2
Check out Patch’s list of local events happening Sunday. Holiday Model Train Display and Show Toys for Tots Benefit Square Dance Holiday Shops and Craft Fairs: Library Events: Nature Highlights:
Sunday, November 25, 2012
County officials want shoppers to be savvy during the biggest online spending day of the year.
After millions of people across the nation line up outside retailers for Black Friday, millions more will plop down at their work computers for Cyber Monday, 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 …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Thursday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 25
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The holiday season kicks off with a variety of local events this Thursday through Sunday. 24th Annual Virginia Run Turkey Trot 5K Run/2K Walk Alexandria Turkey Trot 2012 Thanksgiving Day Shotgun Golf City of Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony Cool Cow Comedy Mount Vernon by Candlelight Family Moving Sculpture Workshop Children’s Theatre: A Magical Christmas Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas The Nutcracker Library Events: Nature Highlights:
Firefighters respond to some 155,000 cooking fires each year.
Frying a turkey this year could result in a juicier turkey than traditional preparation methods, but firefighters say don't put your taste for turkey over safety and sensibility. More than 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires are reported each year, causing an average of $21 million in property damage and fire deaths, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Check out the complete Kingstowne Patch Holiday Guide here. Some of those fires start when a turkey fryer is misused or left unattended, firefighters said. Leaving cooking food unattended and falling asleep while cooking is a main cause of kitchen fires. Over the years, turkey fryer manufacturers have improved the devices, but superheated oil and high temperatures still make them risky to …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Local photographer Robin Burkett offers tips for taking a great photo of your pet.
With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about purchasing gifts and decorations. An easy way to get away with staging some last-minute Christmas cheer is to snap some festive photos of your pets for guests to enjoy. Starting Dec. 1, PetSmart in Springfield will offer its Santa Claws photo event. Five dollars from each purchase will go towards local animal welfare organizations. If you want to try taking your own photos, Robin Burkett from Paw Prints Photography shared her tips for getting Fluffy or Fido to cooperate for their moment in the spotlight: 1. Don’t "manhandle" your dog or cat. Treat them like you would want to be treated—if you had someone pushing you into place you probably wouldn’t like it either. So …