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  • Tips for a perfect celebration
    A perfect celebration with four must have items
    Hosting a large celebration or intimate party doesn't have be to stressful. A few key tips can make any gathering a successful one. Even if your family rarely hosts guests, a lovely gathering can be successful with four factors.Here are a few...
  • Ciroc vodka cocktails
    Toast to new beginnings with CIROC Vodka
    As one year ends, a set of new beginnings arrives. Whether you resolve to do better, feel better or just enjoy life, a new year brings many possibilities.For a New Year celebration or a just because moment with friends, CIROC has several cocktails...
  • Gin and Cranberry Cocktail
    Spirited cocktails perfect for the season
    During this busy time, a cocktail shared with family and friends is a lovely way to relax from the hustle and bustle. Instead of the traditional, well-known classics, Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, from the Cooking Channel have curated specialty...
  • Interstellar: A cinematic disappointment
    Interstellar: A cinematic disappointment
    Director Christopher Nolan is back with another mind bending sci-fi flick focusing on a man whose been called upon by NASA to help a team of astronauts travel through a worm hole in a risky attempt to save Earth. Nolan co-wroteInterstellarwith his...
  • "Twelve drums a drumming"
    Twelve Days of Christmas: My True Love gave to me, Twelve Drummers drumming
    Often when a big announcement is forthcoming, we will hear a “drum roll!” This is a specific rhythm used by the drummer. And sometimes there is not even a drum in sight; and folks will make an imitation noise with their voices...
  • Holiday meal recipes to enjoy with family and friends
    Holiday meal recipes to enjoy with family and friends
    Whether you will celebrate the holidays at home with your family, get together with friends for New Years or bring a dish to an extended family holiday gathering, enjoying a meal with family and friends is a long-standing holiday tradition.Turkey,...
  • Day of Family Fun
    Cleveland Foundation Day of Family Fun
    Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest around today. On Dec. 30, they are giving a gift to the community with their day of family fun. This will include free activities...
  • The Heights, and then the depths
    The Heights, and then the depths
    Five famous novelists died on five consecutive days of the month this week -- in different years, of course, but still.English novelist Emily Bronte died on December 19, 1848. She had published Wuthering Heights the year before, at age 29. She...
  • "Eleven pipers piping"
    Twelve Days of Christmas: My True Love gave to me, Eleven pipers piping
    Hmmm…pipers piping. Today we would assume that this would be eleven gentlemen smoking their pipes and polluting the air. An often used old sarcastic remark is used when we are telling someone that if they don’t like something we say ...
  • Explore back trails during Wolf Moon at Robert E. Lee Park
    Explore back trails during Wolf Moon at Robert E. Lee Park
    January and February are generally the coldest months of the year. During the worst times, midwinter snows cover the landscape. Long ago hungry wolves would howl outside northeastern Native American villages - resulting in January’s moon...
  • LaGuardia Community College of Long Island City to renovate its library
    LaGuardia Community College of Long Island City to renovate its library
    On December 5th, Long Island City's LaGuardia Community College commemorated the beginning of the renovation and subsequent expansion of its library. New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, LaGuardia Community College President...
  • New Year's Day meals at Chicago restaurants
    New Year’s Day meals to start the year right
    After the champagne is finished and the ball has dropped, 2015 is ready for a fantastic start. Hopefully, the start of the New Year is bright eyed and hangover free. Luckily many Chicago restaurants are ready to celebrate new beginnings with...
  • Holiday gifts
    Top 10 Gifts to Give Your Teen This Holiday Season
    It’s so difficult to shop for our teens. If they need it, they probably already have it. If they want it, do we dare trust ourselves to pick the right one out? Even if we get it spot on, trends are fleeting, and technology is practically...
  • "Ten Lords a leaping.
    Twelve days of Christmas: My True Love gave to me Ten lords a leaping
    What exactly is a “lord” and why in the world would they be leaping? And why would this have been a “great” gift for his True Love? A little research is needed here, wouldn't you say?Let’s start by eliminating...
  • 10 Best Christmas crooners: Favorite Christmas songs and singers
    10 Best Christmas crooners: Favorite Christmas songs and singers
    One of the best things about the Christmas season is the music. We can listen to the classics of Christmas songs and carols by crooners such as Gene Autry and Bing Crosby to more modern renditions sung by Clay Aiken, Bare Naked Ladies or Blink 182...