Thursday, February 14, 2013
Some area businesses are sharing the love this Valentine's Day.
Thursday, February 14
Some businesses are sharing the love this Valentine's Day with freebies. Check out these free and buy-one-get-one deals at Starbucks, Qdoba, and Redbox. These offers are good for Feb. 14 only, so carpe diem (and if you know of any others, tell us in the comments). QDOBA You'll have to pucker up to claim this Valentine's freebie. Kiss your mom, your baby or a understanding stranger. After that, you can buy one entree and get a second one of equal or lesser value for free. Read all about it on Qdoba's Facebook page. Locations: The closest Qdoba locations to Laurel are 6476 Dobbin Center Way in Columbia or 12265 Tech Rd. in Silver Spring. Find other locations on the company's store locator. REDBOX One day free DVD rental. The code for the …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A dating-auction website claims that more than 2,500 men in the DC area already have done so.
Valentine's Day can be challenging for people with sweethearts. Trying to figure out the perfect gift can really be stressful. For singles, the day can be even more difficult, but a dating website with a twist aims to boil it all down to something just about everyone can understand—a straight monetary exchange. Apparently, it's a pretty attractive proposition in the DC area. WhatsYourPrice.com recently released the results of a study of singles that found that 369,282 men nationally made offers for first dates in the month leading up to Valentine's Day, with nearly 2,700 of them in the DC region. WhatsYourPrice.com starts out like most other dating sites—a participant uploads a photo and a personal profile. Where it differs is in the "…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Help us decide which couple will win a gift card to Famous Dave's!
Tuesday, February 12
Do you and your spouse still hold hands after all these years? Do you exemplify commitment, loyalty, and friendship? Then enter Howard County's Cutest Couple Contest! If you and your partner live in Howard County, the City of Laurel, or Maryland City and would make even Saint Valentine blush, submit a photo of the two of you for a chance to win some Patch swag and a gift certificate to Famous Dave's. Just upload your image by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2013, and don’t forget to include your names in the tagline. (You need to be a registered Patch user, log into the site, click on this story, then select "Upload Photos.") The contest begins on Jan. 18, 2013. Voting will begin on Feb. 9 and end on Feb. 13, 2013. Winners will be based on reader …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
A Pet wedding, campfire, underwear run and more in our Valentine's guide.
- VALENTINE'S DAY GUIDE
- Ben Gross
Sunday, February 10
Dinner at a dimly-lit local restaurant. A bouquet of red roses and a heart-shaped box of chocolates. An intimate home cooked meal for two by candlelight. While the "old stand-bys" can offer a nice time on Valentine's Day, what if you are single, are trying to diet and don't want the chocolate or just feel like you're stuck in a rut? Shake things up this year and try one of these alternatives to the traditional Valentine's Day activities: Brookside Gardens in Wheaton will host a Singles' Campfire on Friday, February 8 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Singles aged 35-50 can enjoy hot cider and engage in ice-breakers, warm-up and some nature-themed games around a blazing campfire. The AFI in Silver Spring is featuring a series of great movie romances …
Nineteenth-century love letters and modern sweet tweets prove that communication for couples is timeless.
By Allison Goldstein, Capital News Service When U.S. Navy Surgeon David Shelton Edwards was serving at the Washington Navy Yard in the late 1830s, he kept the spark in his marriage alive by writing eight love letters home to his wife, Harriet Eliza Henry. "Your letters are a sweet cordial to this loving heart of yours, for there can be no substitute for them until I have your own dear self here," Edwards wrote in a July 1835 note to Henry. Over a 13-year span from 1835 to 1848 working in Washington, Pensacola Navy Yard, FL, and aboard several Mexican-American War naval vessels, Edwards wrote his “dearest Eliza” more than 40 notes now part of the National Postal Museum’s collection of thousands of letters in Washington. Today, Skype and …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
From Charlotte's Web to Where the Wild Things Are, share these classic books with your children and encourage their love for reading.
“Where’s Pa Going with that Axe?” The Enduring Quality of Children’s Classics By Anita Silvey Courtesy of James Patterson's Read Kiddo Read Foundation The opening line of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web— “Where’s Pa going with that axe?”—has now been read by adults to eager young listeners for more than 60 years. Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day have been picked up with enthusiasm for more than 50 years. For 75 years, parents have shared The Hobbit, and this year Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are turns 50. These books and others like them (Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables) bring …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Are you and your partner the epitome of cute? Enter our contest to win a gift card to Famous Dave's!
Friday, February 10, 2012
Readers overwhelming agree Salute Restaurant is the place to be on V-Day.
Looking for a local spot that fits the Valentine’s Day bill? After inquiring where in Laurel is the best place to take that special someone on Facebook and Twitter, readers overwhelming recommended Salute Ristorante Italiano on Main Street. The small, Italian restaurant opened late last year to rave reviews from residents and Laurel politicians. Patrons can expect to dine on freshly made cuisine, in a romantically lit atmosphere with photos reminiscent of the Italian film 8 ½ hanging on the wall.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Read the best of our columns and features from around the region.
All of you regular Patch readers know we’re all about objective news and information. But we also like to get things off our chest and hear from readers about their opinions, too. This week we’ve got the latest on the return of the Natty Boh, the romance of running, and why do kids like to jump? ‘Natty Boh’ Drinkers Tap Into Nostalgia Isn’t that Natty Boh, hon? For the first time in 15 years, Baltimore favorite Natty Boh, also known as National Bohemian Beer, is back on tap at area bars and restaurants. Columbia Patch has the brewing details. Parents ‘Click’ With Technology Night at Arbutus Elementary Overhead projectors are a thing of the past at Arbutus Elementary School. They have been replaced by video viewers, projecting images onto a…
Sunday, February 13, 2011
What's the carbon footprint of those chocolates? How "green" are your red roses?
Sunday, February 13, 2011
WASHINGTON - Valentine's Day, with estimated sales of $15.7 billion, is a huge boon for retailers in an otherwise bleak economy, but if you're a socially conscious consumer, finding one of the top-selling items -- chocolate, jewelry or flowers -- that fits your ideology may pose significant challenges. From environmental concerns to labor rights to civil wars, American consumers may be hard-pressed to find ideologically pure valentines. Take flowers, for example. Last year, the United States Customs and Border Protection processed 320.8 million cut flower stems from Jan. 1 to Feb. 14, with 66 percent of them trucked in from Colombia and 33 percent from Ecuador. The lengthy transport on refrigerated planes and trucks burns fossil fuels, …