Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Law enforcers say people who get behind the wheel after drinking never think they will lose control of that vehicle, but statistics indicate otherwise. Here's a safer alternative.
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Locally, to help celebrate the holiday period between Christmas and New Year's safely, there are a number of transportation companies through which rides can be set up ahead of time. Some suggest the following backup plan if you don't have a designated driver after drinking at parties: Write the name and phone number of a cab company, along with your address onto a paper or the back of a business card that you can stick in your wallet or shirt pocket. Hand this information to a bartender before you've had too many, so that he or she can call a cab for you when the party is ready to shut down for the night. Companies Available for Transportation Assistance: Scooter Guy: 314-…
Monday, December 24, 2012
See what's still open Christmas Eve and Day in the area.
With the holidays this week, businesses and offices are closing or going on special schedules. Ballwin and Ellisville government offices are closed Dec. 24 and 25. The Pointe at Ballwin Commons is open Christmas Eve 5:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed Christmas Day. In Ellisville, trash, recycling and yard waste pick-up is Thursday. For Ballwin residents, trash pick-up will occur the day after the regular schedule. If you're looking for that last-minute grocery trip, Schnucks and Dierbergs locations close at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and are closed Christmas Day. Target in Ballwin is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and is closed all day on Christmas. W Know of a place that's open on Christmas? Tell us in the Comments.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Homemade cookies will be for sale by the pound, along with jams, jellies, breads and other food items, plus holiday gifts.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Come join the merchants of Olde Towne Plaza, the West St. Louis County Rotary, West NewsMagazine and the City of Ballwin at their annual Tree Lighting and Canned Food Drive.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Now is a good time to secure tickets for the upcoming, annual holiday performance, based upon students throughout the Rockwood School District.
Tickets for Holidazzle—Rockwood Community Education's annual holiday performance—are on sale. The show features all new performances by the Rockwood Show Choir and Intermediate Honor Orchestra members. Two performances will be conducted Dec. 15 at Lafayette High School in Wildwood. The first show is at 3 p.m., the evening show starts at 7 p.m. District representatives believe demand for Holidazzle tickets will be high again this year. Ticket prices are: Children who wear their best holiday attire to the 3 p.m. matinee will receive a free gift. Purchase tickets online or call 636-733-2169.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The holiday patriarch will make visits to malls in the West County area up until Christmas Eve.
Santa Claus will be making peroidic stops near Ballwin and Ellisville and the West County area up until Christmas Eve at the Chesterfield Mall and West County Center. Families can find Santa from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday in the lower level of Chesterfield Mall in the Dillard's Court. At West County Center, the jolly old elf will be in lower level in the north court. West Newsmagazine is reporting that Santa Claus will also be going high tech this year. Shoppers with smart phones can download the Santa's Fun App, which allows children to write letters to Santa and read his responses. It can also be used to organize gift lists and track Santa's journey on Christmas Eve. Visits are free, with photo packages…
St. Louis-based Gateway to Peace Museum, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way of Greater St. Louis are among the nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.
Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season? A partnership of nonprofits hopes so. For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving Day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week. Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet—Giving Tuesday. The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations." …
When shopping for wine, visit a local wine shop where experts are on hand to help you select the perfect vintage.
Patch asked three local wine experts what they would recommend for holiday gift giving and was suprised to get the same answer. “What do they like to drink?” In the world of wine, there’s no one perfect bottle. The best gift wine is given with ample thought towards the recipient. Do they like sweet dessert wines or a bold Cabernet Sauvignon? Would they like a bottle from a far away land, or one from their favorite local Missouri winery? When pushed, wine experts will reluctantly give a few recommendations. But they’d much rather talk with you in person where they can show you around the shop and point out popular or underappreciated wines. Straub’s (Clayton, Webster Groves) “The hottest category in wines are pinot gris from Oregon,” said …
Monday, November 26, 2012
With Cyber Monday right around the corner, shoppers can expect to see a lot of great deals, and a ton of online scams.