Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Don't throw away your live tree or holiday lights this year when you can recycle them in Maryland Heights.
Once the holidays are over it's easy to chuck everything to the curb and get on with the long winter ahead. Before you do, consider some of the great recycling options in Maryland Heights. Don't let your tree end up in a landfill this year. It's all organic matter, so it still has plenty of use left in it. St. Louis Compost here in Maryland Heights will recycle your dead Christmas Tree for $1. Bring it by any time between 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. They're located at 11294 Schaefer Road. If your holiday lights no longer twinkle, you can contribute them to St. Louis Green's holiday recycling drive. They're accepting broken holiday lights at locations around the metro area, including Car-X here in Maryland Heights. They've kept …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Submit your photos by clicking on the "Submit photos" button right above the photo of this article!
Here's the deal: We want to see Maryland Heights' best Christmas morning photos! Kids opening gifts, parents struggling with way-too-complicated assemble-yourself instructions or even your pets enjoying the holiday season! We want to see it all! Submit your photos by clicking on the "Submit photos" button right above the photo of this article! Check out our other holiday-related stories at our Maryland Heights Patch Holiday Guide.
Whether you’re a lifelong Grinch or new in town and lonely, we went in search of how you could spend a busy Christmas Day in Maryland Heights.
Christmas is a season when happy families gather around a tree and children can rip into packages Santa left behind. The picture's pretty, but what if you're single with no kids whose parents moved to Florida? You can enjoy a Christmas of Chinese food and rental movies, but we're looking for something more. Whether you're a lifelong Grinch or new in town and lonely, we went in search of how you could spend a busy Christmas Day in Maryland Heights. Begin with breakfast at Denny's. They're open 24 hours on both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Nothing says holiday spirit like a Grand Slam served by a waitress counting the hours until she can get home to her kids. Fueled by sugar, carbs and grease, it's time to venture into Harrah's. The …
Monday, December 24, 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.
They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap, and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. 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. The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Commander-in-Chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page, which has more than …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Snow is in the forecast for much of the St. Louis area on Thursday. And an early peak at the Christmas Day forecast calls for occasional showers during the day, and a snow shower or two on Christmas night.
Winter Storm Draco, which made its way through the Rocky Mountains and is now wreaking havoc across the northern Midwest, will avoid dropping large amounts of snow on the St. Louis-area. But that doesn't mean a light dusting could be in the mix for our area. According to the National Weather Service, snow is likely for much of St. Louis' forecast, mainly after 9 a.m. Here's the forecast for Maryland Heights: Rain likely before 9 a.m., then snow likely. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 32 by 5pm. Windy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west 28 to 33 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Thursday night, mostly clear, …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Need to find something for the gamer in your life? Check out our handy holiday shopping guide.
If you’re unfamiliar with the world of video games, stepping into the games section of a Best Buy or entering a Gamestop can be a bewildering experience. Perhaps you're a parent wanting something fun and wholesome for your kid, a girlfriend wondering what her refuses-to-grow-up boyfriend might like or a grandparent trying to impress a grandchild with your grasp of technology. Have no fear, for Patch has complied a list of some the holiday’s best and biggest games, along with some recommendations for who might enjoy them. Adults (Teens 17+) "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" $59.99, Mature (Xbox 360, Playstion 3, PC, Nintendo Wii U) – For some seasoned parents of video game-obsessed kids, this name may sound familiar, and it should. The “Call of …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Buy your annual holiday cards from a local charity this year.
Every holiday season, families across the country send cards to their loved ones, filling them in on the last year and wishing them a happy new one. For families planning to buy holiday cards this year, nonprofit organizations around the area are offering unique cards that benefit their missions. That way, each card sends holiday cheer while supporting a worthy cause. Here is our round-up of holiday cards for charity. Operation Food Search Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Our Little Haven Saint Louis Zoo Is your non-profit organization selling cards this holiday season? Add your photo and information to the story by clicking the Upload Pictures and Video button.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The National Retail Federation released its annual holiday shopping forecast. Americans are shopping earlier than ever, the survey shows, which could lead to a 4.1 percent increase in national sales.
Accustomed to pinching pennies thanks to years of economic downturn, holiday shoppers this year will look for ways to cut corners, comparative shop online and even plan to travel less, if not at all, the National Retail Federation said in its annual shopping forecast for the Christmas season. On average, the NRF expects holiday consumers to spend $749.51 on holiday gifts, decor, greeting cards and more in 2012. That's more than the $740.57 shoppers actually spent in 2011. And before you think Patch is reporting on the holiday season, think again. According to the survey, nearly half of Americans say they've begun holiday shopping before Halloween—12.3 percent of those surveyed before September; 7 percent during September; and 22.1 percent…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Yes, it's still a little early to think about Christmas shopping. I understand. But it's coming up soon. And we all know that one person who is extremely hard to buy for. What do you do?
I will make no apology for this edition of our weekly "Conversation Starter." I'm selfishly motivated by the need for your help. And I don't care that Halloween is still three days away. Or that Christmas is still nearly two months off. We need all the time we can get. See, here's the problem: My father is in his early 70s; my father-in-law is in his early 80s. If anything, they're trying to get rid of things. What do you buy for the hard-to-buy-for? What do you do to make the Christmas merry for the folks who seem to have everything, don't need anything or who won't let themselves get pinned down? Here's another stumper for you: My son is 17. He's a drama kid, a singer, a World of Warcraft fanatic. He is every bit as hard to buy for as my…
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Open until New Year’s Day, visitors can enjoy an entire mile of holiday magic.
Now in its 26th year, the Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park boasts more than one million twinkling lights, making it a magnet for families from around metro St. Louis. “It’s a family tradition,” said Justin Hirsch, Special Events Coordinator for St. Louis County Parks. Whether this is your first year to visit the Winter Wonderland or you have visited many times, you will find holiday scenes new and old. “The display changes every year,” said Hirsch. New and traditional sights New this year is a series of Christmas trees with lights that are synchronized to music. Also new are portions of the lighted tunnel and a snowflake effect that hangs over the roadway. Some of the previous years designs are in different locations this year. Look for …