We've updated our map of festively decorated Plainfield homes.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Jensen Lage was one of 100 hearing-impaired kids who got to meet St. Nick himself on Dec. 13.
Jensen Lage of Plainfield, 1, was apprehensive about meeting Santa recently, even while being held by his mom Jennifer. The Lages were among 200 persons who attended a pizza and holiday gifts party for 100 hearing-impaired kids and their caregivers and teachers in Aurora Dec. 13. Jennifer Lage is an audiologist for the Sycamore-based Northeastern Illinois Association, party co-sponsor with the Aurora Noon Lions Club. Center is Jeanne McDonald of Naperville, deaf teacher at Allen Elementary School in Aurora. The NIA, a regional special-education cooperative, serves children with special needs--autism, hearing impairment, vision impairment--from communities including Aurora, Geneva, and Sandwich in 10 northern Illinois counties. .
Monday, December 24, 2012
NORAD tracks Santa every year, and children can find out where Santa is as he travels the world delivering presents.
While Santa Claus makes his trip around the world, with Rudolph lighting the way, the men and women at NORAD will be tracking his travels and alerting children of his progress. Santa's magic is powerful and much more technologically advanced than that of NORAD, the North American Air Defense Command, said U.S. Army Major Mike Humphreys. Humphreys is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The command is confident that Santa will be able to handle anything he encounters on his Christmas Eve trip. "We have satellites in space that pick up heat signatures, and those satellites pick up threats," Humphreys said. "Rudolph's nose comes in quite well on those satellite images. We also have 47 radar sites that are able to …
For your dining, driving and last-minute food and gift-giving pleasure, a handful of businesses are open on a day when most of us are celebrating.
This Christmas Day, not everyone will be basking in the glow of the family hearth feeling nothing but goodwill toward men after downing a huge feast and tearing open a bounty of presents. Some folks will be manning cash registers, working in kitchens and overseeing gas pumps to guarantee you can not only get to grandma's house, but that you can pick up that last-minute bottle of booze, box of candy or present for Aunt Mildred along the way. And just in case the Bumpus' hounds make off with your turkey, several Chinese restaurants will be open for your dining pleasure. Some local watering holes will open up late in the day. Here are some places you may or may not know are open on Christmas: RELATED: The Reason for the Season: Plainfield …
Friday, December 21, 2012
A step-by-step guide on how to make your own elegant additions to the Christmas tree, and avoid expensive manufactured ornaments.
This past holiday season, I set out to look for new decorations for my Christmas tree. My living room was newly decorated with items from Thailand, accented with warm blues, greens, and browns. I hoped to find ornaments that would compliment the color additions to my home. Unfortunately, most of the holiday decorations were bright green, red, and white, and none of them matched my decor. I eventually discovered a glass ornament stand on the upper-level of the mall filled with a spectrum of swirling tones in warm rich colors. I selected a few that I loved the most and checked the price tags - $35 each! Disappointed but not defeated, I sought out a less expensive way to decorate my tree and still keep a sophisticated look. Using a little bit…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
If you've got wit, add your caption to Patch's weekly comic challenge and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to Louis W. Sagan, who provided the winning punchline to last week's Doctor and Bear cartoon: If you think I'm letting you anywhere near me with a scalpel, you can…
Ryan and Josh McKeown have blown away their $100 fundraising goal.
A pair of Plainfield brothers has come up with a creative way to help other kids this Christmas. Walker's Grove Elementary students Ryan McKeown , 8, and little brother Josh, 6, are putting their artistic talent to good use, selling their artwork to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Ryan said he was watching TV one Saturday morning when he saw a commercial about a 9-year-old boy who launched an effort to help others. As he and Josh sat at their Plainfield home, drawing and coloring pictures, they got an idea for a way they could give back, too. Sign up for the Plainfield Patch newsletter. “We were drawing pictures and I thought that would be easy,” Ryan said. So the boys and their mom, Nikki, started brainstorming, trying to …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Share photos and videos of your holiday display on Patch, or just tell us where we can see great lights in Plainfield.
By now, you should know about Patch’s “Deck the House” contest, which launched this month and gives dedicated decorators the chance to win $100,000 for their local school district by entering photos or videos of their holiday light displays. (You can check out Plainfield entries and cast your vote by clicking here.) There’s also the Plainfield Park District’s outdoor holiday decorating contest — the deadline to enter that one is Dec. 12, and winners will be announced Dec. 19. But we can’t all be Clark Griswold. Maybe your holiday display is a little more low key — or maybe you’re just not the contest-entering type. That’s no reason to hide your light. We think your holiday display deserves to be shared. So we’re asking Plainfield holiday …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Is your organization hosting a holiday fundraiser? Coat drive? Christmas party? Share it with Patch in just a few easy steps!
Monday, December 3, 2012
This season, Patch is highlighting local businesses to help you get a head start on your gift-giving.
Acorn Portraits, 24027 W. Lockport St. Hours: By appointment; sessions available seven days a week To book a session: 815-556-8932 www.acornportraits.com ----------------------------- READ: Christmas 2012 Gifts: What Are You Hoping to Get? Check out Plainfield Patch's Holiday Guide 2012