Sunday, December 23, 2012
If the holidays leave you with little time to shop for gifts, try these stores in Arlington for great last-minute gift ideas.
With all of the tree trimming, cookie baking and partygoing, there is so much to do during the holidays that it's easy to leave shopping for Christmas presents until the last minute. But by then, the stores are usually chaotic and the mere thought of battling crowds is exhausting. Here are some ideas for easy gifts that can be bought locally and require little stress: Happy shopping! And remember to call ahead to check seasonal hours before heading out. Tell us: What are some of your own last-minute gift ideas? Share in the comments below.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
EPA offers easy ways to help keep the green in the environment during the holidays.
Some 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That's only one of the holiday increases that can negatively impact the environment. Electricity, paper and water are among the other resources whose use increases in December. The EPA provides these tips for reducing holiday waste:
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tips for getting the presents they want without having to hoof it from Arlington to the North Pole.
Santa’s awesome, but he doesn’t always deliver the hottest toys of the season to Arlington, no matter how nicely we ask. If the kids — or wannabe kids — in your life happen to have their hearts set on presents that are hard to come by, it can be torturous running from store to store only to find what they really want just isn’t available. Whether your little girl has her sights on the latest Lalaloopsy, your son wants a Hot Wheels R/C Terrain Twister or that “big baby” in your life is yearning for a copy of Halo 4, here are some ideas on how to track down what’s in demand without spending hours on the road in the process: Tips for Shopping in Town If you hate ordering online and love the gratification of being able to hold the present you’…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Arlington Academy of Hope among 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. Several Northern Virginia nonprofits are using their websites and social media to kick off the first ever Giving Tuesday. The Arlington Academy of Hope, which supports education and healthcare initiatives for children in rural Uganda, is among them. See the full list of participating Virginia-based nonprofits here. A follow-up to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, national and local organizations are asking residents to give back on Tuesday. The Giving Tuesday website bills the effort, coming on the heels of several days devoted to consumerism, as aimed at creating "a national day of giving at the …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Target, Kmart included in turkey day sales. Is it too early to start Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day?
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: Area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year — starting Thanksgiving Day, right after you put away the pumpkin pie. Walmart, Target and Kmart are planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Why doze off in a turkey slump watching football when you can be out taking care of holiday shopping business? Walmart will offer, beginning at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, holiday gifts for the entire family while supplies last. That includes an electric scooter for $79, a steam mop for $39 or men's jeans for $9.50. (Why do mom and dad always get the boring presents?) Target's deals begin an hour later, at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked online, the …
The band famous for the 1982 hit "867-5309" will perform Saturday at the outdoor ice-skating rink outside Pentagon Row.
The outdoor ice-skating rink at Pentagon Row is celebrating their seasonal opening with the band that sang the 1982 hit “867-5309/Jenny.” The ‘80s pop band, Tommy Tutone, will perform their hits live at the “Neon Night Ice Skating Party” that takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the rink outside the Pentagon Row shopping center at Army Navy Drive and South Joyce Street in Pentagon City. There will also be giveaways and autograph opportunities. The rink is open for the season and hosts a nightly "snow fall" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning today through Dec. 31. Ice skating hours are below. Skating is $8 per person, $7 for children 12 and younger, $7 for those 55 and older, and $3 for a skate rental. More information on …
Pentagon City, Shirlington, Ballston shopping areas announce Santa schedule for the holiday season.
It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but local malls have already announced their holiday programming, beginning with the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, which is starting to offer "Photos with Santa" today. A round up of the upcoming events announced so far. Know of an event that isn't on this list? Add it to our events calendar or post it in the comments below and we will add it to this list: The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City The Ballston Mall Village at Shirlington Market Common Clarendon