Monday, December 26, 2011
If the holidays brought a new mobile device into your life, add the Patch App for the Android or the iPhone.
Patch for iPhone keeps customers connected to the latest news, weather, local business listings and current events happening in their neighborhood. Patch’s app will keep you engaged and mobile by delivering 24/7 local community coverage. Features include: Plus, you can save anything from favorite stories to business listings direct to the iPhone for easy offline access. Customer opinions are extremely valued, so please send app feedback to the Patch team! Patch Places for Android is the go-to directory of local businesses in 800+ Patch towns. Any Patch community can be selected to connect to a mobile directory of every place nearby with Patch Places for Android. From local businesses and organizations to government offices and public parks…
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Follow Santa and see when he will hit St. Charles County.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is charged with keeping the United States and Canada safe from dangers originating from the sky or space. Tonight, however, the Colorado-based government agency adds one more important task to its daily list of duties. The agency will again provide its Official Santa Tracker that marks the Big Man's every move as he makes his way throughout both hemispheres. Local families will be able to see Santa's progress and be prepared for his arrival in Wentzville. Included on the site is a countdown and activity page and a flight tracking system. Kids and adults can enjoy this very entertaining site that will have sugar plums dancing through everyone's head before retiring.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Patch wants to know.
With a week to go before Christmas, Patch wants to know what you watch this time of year. Holiday movies are practically a requirement for the season along with decorating the house, baking cookies and wrapping presents. So what is your must watch holiday movie? Take our poll and tell us why you watch your favorite each year in the comments below.
Friday, December 2, 2011
As new holiday cards to benefit charity come out, we'll list them here.
If you’re hoping to buy your annual holiday cards from a non-profit this year, you’re in luck. There are tons to choose from—so many, in fact, that we couldn’t contain them all in one story. After publishing our holiday guide for cards, we received news about several more cards in the St. Louis area. As we hear about new cards, we’ll update the list. Check back for updates. If you are a local charity with a holiday card for sale, please add your photo and information to our gallery.
Patch Associate Local Editor Joe Scott takes on a pre-Black Friday Thanksgiving retail challenge and comes out on the wrong end.
One thing you should know is that I never go shopping on any “Black” day, especially Black Friday. I’m not camping in a parking lot so I can save $50 on a DVR. I have always resisted the siren call of bargains, calling me to dash my patience and self-respect on the rocky racks of flat-screen TVs, iPhones and game systems. I’d gladly spend an extra $100 on a laptop so I can walk into a store, point, buy it and walk out faster than a ninja could whack you with nun chuks and be out the window in his black pajamas. So the first few times my wife asked if I would go out on Thanksgiving night to get a $158, 14-foot trampoline replete with protective mesh netting, I just laughed. “Think of the odds,” I thought. The call of the bargain However, …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
What's the story behind your favorite Christmas ornament? Whether you made it in kindergarten or it's been handed down through generations, share it on Patch.
I remember a seventh-grade classmate who complained loudly when her mother decided to make a magazine-inspired fashion statement out of the Christmas tree. Instead of hauling out boxes of old ornaments, the snow-flocked tree was covered with red bows, tiny apples and naked cherubs. That classmate believed, as I do, that a Christmas tree is meant to tell a family's history, and she missed the handmade ornaments, the mementos of family milestones and other odd bits that find themselves tied to an evergreen branch each December. We'd like to know what ornaments are special to you and your family. Is it a precious heirloom blown-glass figurine? A gift from a teacher? A souvenir of a vacation or other important event in your life? Post a …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The stores, sales and strategies you need to optimize your all-night shopping blow-out.
Here’s a new holiday tradition to try: Say grace, eat turkey, head to the mall. Black Friday sales start at midnight this year at some of the regions biggest stores, including Walmart, Target, Kohl’s and Best Buy. We’ve read through the ads and compiled everything you need for the best all-night holiday shopping blow-out possible. And for each sale, we've highlighted the items we think would make the best gifts (at the best prices!) Check back on Black Friday for updates and tips, and if you hit the sales, tag your tweets with #BlackFridaySTL or mention @StLouisLindsay. And don't forget: Black Friday sales are already starting online at popular big box stores. Best Buy said they've already sold out of popular $80 TVs and $150 laptops, but …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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. The Salvation Army – St. Louis Smiling bell-ringers in front of Downtown St. Louis’ Peabody Opera House greet recipients of this 2011 holiday card. Pick up yours at The Salvation Army office near Forest Park and support youth programming and homeless assistance throughout Missouri and southern Illinois. Cost: $10 for 10 …
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Collection sites are springing up for toy donations.
On this Veterans Day weekend, Patch wanted to highlight the humanitarian work of the military, specifically the work of the U.S. Marines. The Toys for Tots campaign is organized by local Marines and provides toys to children that may not have a Christmas holiday. According to Toys for Tots, since 1947, the campaign has provided toys to more than 200 million needy children. In the past three years alone, the St. Louis area Toys for Tots campaign - which includes St. Charles County - has steadily increased toy collections and monetary donations each year by eight to nine percent. In 2010, toys were distributed to more than 195,000 area children and the campaign collected over $225,000 to purchase additional toys. The Toys for Tots campaign …