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December 13, 2009
Tau Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. launches its PEAK (Puzzles Enriching Aspiring Kids) program on Friday. The chapter has purchased and will distribute age-appropriate puzzles as Christmas gifts to 3- and 4-year-old Head Start children in Howard County. Call 410-313-6440 for more information.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | December 12, 2013
Howard County police are sponsoring two holiday-themed charity events this weekend and a third event late next week. On Saturday, Dec. 14, police are participating in "Shop with a Cop" and the BearTrax holiday party, both of which are for local children. “The kids are always excited and appreciative, not just with the gifts, but with the opportunity to spend some time with an officer,” said Police Chief Bill McMahon. “I also know that the officers walk away feeling as good as the kids do.”  During "Shop with a Cop" police will spend the afternoon with school-age children, who are often in need, shopping for holiday gifts.
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NEWS
By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 13, 1997
QUIT COMPLAINING. This is normal weather for November: cold, wet and unpredictable.What is predictable is that you will soon be shopping for holiday gifts. Why not pick up something for a client of the Severna Park Assistance Network.SPAN helps Anne Arundel County families in crisis. More than half the families SPAN assists include children younger than 16.Since 1991, SPAN has participated in the Holiday Sharing Program, which is jointly sponsored by the county's Medical Society Alliance and the Department of Social Services.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
So many friends, so many gifts to buy. Such tsuris, this holiday business. But not to worry. Midweek Madness wants to make things easier for you by offering some unique gift suggestions, starting today with this recording, the ultimate prize for any music lover on your shopping list.  
NEWS
By KATE SHATZKIN | December 22, 2008
With Hanukkah under way and Christmas coming on Thursday, Baltomommie asked if it's really necessary to have her children write thank-you notes for holiday gifts, or whether they can just dictate their thanks or call. "I want well-mannered children who express their appreciation, but the thank-you notes are always a struggle!" Joan Grayson Cohen, a licensed clinical social worker at Jewish Community Services, says thank-you notes teach important lessons. "These include being gracious about receiving gifts and valuing the gesture of gift-giving," she wrote in an e-mail.
NEWS
By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | November 17, 1997
A book fair on an autumn afternoon is a simple pleasure, a truth widely acknowledged yesterday in Owings Mills.For Jon Goldman, 23, of Charles Village, the paperback of Emily Dickinson love poems he found at the crowded Brandeis Book Fair was just the thing to give the right person -- his future girlfriend, when he finds her.For 61-year-old Betty Barth, it was a way to stock her winter bookshelves with the mysteries she curls up with during the "hibernating" season....
FEATURES
By Maria Hiaasen and Maria Hiaasen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 14, 1997
Gift wrapping used to be so simple. Either you picked up a few rolls of paper, foil and some stick-on bows at the discount store, or you paid someone at the mall to wrap for you. A primary print for the kids and a conservative stripe for the grown-ups, and you were set.Now, you can be stymied by the multitude of gift-wrap choices. Paper? Choose plain brown paper, a splashy print or a textured handmade style. Select a shade in neon, metallic or earth tones. Or, opt for sheets of Mylar or cellophane.
NEWS
By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 12, 2004
The Niece You think it would be easy to buy a 6-year-old girl a gift. Then you realize that the girl already has everything. Get her a handmade felted wool purse that's bright and playful, not to mention the perfect size to tote around her iPod, Starbucks card and her M.A.C. lip gloss. Samii felted wool purse in pink or aqua, $28, at www.garnethill.com, or by calling 800-870-3513. The Boss The Boss is always talking about money not growing on trees and informing you of the rising cost of paper clips.
NEWS
October 17, 2007
Do friends gush over your holiday gifts of homemade flavored oils or pasta sauce? If so, we want you to enter The Sun's first Gifts from the Kitchen contest. We're looking for distinctive gifts (think meat rubs, syrups, cakes, sauces), and tips on the best way to package them. Send your recipes to Kate Shatzkin, Food Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, fax them to 410-783- 2519 or e-mail them to food@baltsun.com with "Gifts from the Kitchen" in the subject line. Please include your name, address and phone number so we can contact you. The deadline is Nov. 7. Our picks will be published in early December.
NEWS
October 30, 2002
The aroma of fresh-baked bread. The sweetness of fudge. And the flavor of homemade chutney. These can be among the most welcome of holiday gifts. If you have a favorite gift from your kitchen, we would like to hear about it. We are looking for a range of food- gift ideas - sauces, tea blends, breads, candies and more that can be made in a fairly short time. We will print the best recipes in early December. Please send recipes along with your name and daytime phone number by Nov. 15 to Liz Atwood, Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore MD 21278, or e-mail to food@baltsun.
NEWS
December 3, 2013
Meet more than 35 local writers and artists and shop for unique gifts on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the free "Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale. " The event will be held at the Bel Air Armory at 41 N. Main St. in Bel Air., Shoppers will be able to choose artwork in all types of media, including oil paintings, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, photography, glass ornaments, prints, note cards, artisan gourds and hand sewn fabrics. Books will be available in various genres, including historical novels, suspense, genealogy, nature, fine photo journals and children's books as well as local poetry.
NEWS
November 26, 2013
Below is a schedule of some of of this year's Towson Winterfest, which kicks off with the annual tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 29 and is highlighted by Fire & Ice Night on Dec. 13. Friday, Nov. 29 All-day special promotions downtown 6 to 8 p.m.-Baltimore County Tree Lighting, Olympic Park. Event includes: • Santa's arrival by fire engine • Tree lighting ceremony • Opening of Santa's Workshop at old Hutzlers with Beau and Tinsel, the talking reindeer Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12, 19 Ho Ho Happy Hours: food and drink specials at participating businesses Saturday, Dec. 7 • 9 a.m.-Breakfast with The Grinch, Souris' 537 York Road, Towson Circle: holiday breakfast: $5 children, $10 adults • 9:30 to 11 a.m.-Holiday movie and Santa's Workshop, 1 E. Joppa Road, Towson Circle: children create holiday gifts, 10:30 a.m.-watch "The Grinch" Friday, Dec. 13 (rain date Dec. 20)
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | October 15, 2013
 Most consumers will spend the same as or more than last year on holiday shopping, the NPD Group Inc. reported late Tuesday. The group's annual holiday spending survey showed that nearly 80 percent of shoppers will spend about the same or more compared to the 2012 holiday season. About a fifth of those polled said they plan to spend less this year. “Consumers are feeling better about the economy compared to last year and they plan to take advantage of sales during key periods,” said Marshal Cohen, NPD's chief industry analyst.
FEATURES
November 27, 2012
Every good teacher deserves a gift   - rare tokens of appreciation for their hard work. But, Andrea Segovia, third-grade teacher at Ashburton Elementary School in Bethesda, was a little concerned when she unwrapped an expensive-looking necklace stuffed in a Ziploc baggie. She suspected the “gift” from a boy in her classroom probably came from his mother's jewelry box. She was right. “I could just tell that it was someone else's necklace,” Segovia says. Almost every teacher has at least one story of the unusual holiday gift.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2011
The moment was 20 years in the making. That's how long Earl Geoghegan of Pasadena had tried talking his wife, Michelle, into buying a crossbow. . But there were the Geoghegans last Thursday morning waiting in line, like thousands of other local outdoors enthusiasts, turning their Christmas and holiday gift cards into guns, bows, fishing rods, camping equipment and other coveted necessities — and a few luxuries — to help them pursue their favorite...
NEWS
December 26, 2011
If I drove around Baltimore long enough, I probably could find enough discarded wrapping blowing along the streets to wrap all our family's holiday gifts. In the best-case scenario, all this trash came out of someone's uncovered recycling bin; in the worst case, it's from someone unwrapping presents in a car or outside their home and throwing it in the street. In Baltimore, either of these is a possibility, and because of this and other uninviting features of city it will be hard to add 10,000 new residents over any period of time.
NEWS
December 26, 2011
If I drove around Baltimore long enough, I probably could find enough discarded wrapping blowing along the streets to wrap all our family's holiday gifts. In the best-case scenario, all this trash came out of someone's uncovered recycling bin; in the worst case, it's from someone unwrapping presents in a car or outside their home and throwing it in the street. In Baltimore, either of these is a possibility, and because of this and other uninviting features of city it will be hard to add 10,000 new residents over any period of time.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2011
This week we asked our b staff and guests where they go to cross off what's left on their holiday shopping lists. Here's what they had to say.  I know this is terrible and immoral and exploitative and all that, but Walmart has some really good deals.  Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun The gift-card kiosk at Giant. No one has complained yet about an iTunes gift card.  Anne Tallent, editor, b If we're talking really last minute, it's the grocery store.
FEATURES
Susan Reimer | December 8, 2011
It is the time of year for angel trees. They pop up in just about every mall, decorated with little angel-shaped tags with the name of a child, his age and his Christmas wish. When my kids were little, it was an essential part of the holiday. We would shop for a girl and boy, and leave the gifts in the box under the angel tree. It was never the feel-good moment that it is meant to be. My kids were grouchy about buying toys for somebody else. If it left a strong impression on anybody, it was probably me. That's why the "Be a Santa to a Senior" campaign hit me as hard as it did — right there in the Hallmark spot in my heart that is particularly tender at this time of year.
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