with Mother Nature? And where are our spring temperatures? It’s just not right!
Well, we Chicagoans will show Mother Nature that she can’t spoil our weekend
plans with her rain and cold temps!
of walkers, skaters, cyclists and volunteers honoring cancer survivors and
raising awareness to reduce cancer risk at the 44th annual American
Cancer Society Walk and Roll taking place at Soldier Field, Stadium Green (1410 S.
Museum Campus Dr.) in the South Loop this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with step-off
at 10:00 a.m. Your choices are a 5K Walk, a 10K skate or a 15K bike ride, and
since this is a fun family-friendly event, this year’s Walk and Roll is introducing its “Inaugural Kids Dash” being hosted
by Shani Davis, Chicago’s Olympic gold medalist speed skater, and sponsored by
BP and Beverly Bike & Ski! The Kids Dash will be non-competitive races on
Waldron Drive at 9:00 a.m. before the Opening Ceremonies where all the youth
participants receive a medal and get to take a group photo with Shani Davis!! The
optional post-event picnic at the Stadium Green will have food for purchase
from “Robinson’s Ribs Food Truck” after the routes begin.
prefer to run, the Chicago Cubs will be hosting the 10th annual Race to Wrigley
Charity Run at the “Friendly-Confines” Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison St.) in
the Wrigleyville neighborhood this Saturday at 8:00 a.m. presented by ATI
Physical Therapy. In recognition of the Race’s 10th anniversary, the
Cubs are introducing an additional race – “Let’s Run Two” – a 10K. However, a
5K route is also a choice with both routes taking runners through the streets
of Chicago’s scenic Lakeview neighborhood then back to Wrigley Field. All
proceeds will benefit Cubs Charities with Fundraisers earning a prize for $100,
$250, $500 and $1,000+ raised along with prizes and pre-game on-field
recognition for the Top Fundraising Team and Top Individual Fundraiser!
Artisan Producer Festival takes place at the Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton
St.) in the West Loop this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This FREE
tasting and meet-the-maker festival features almost 100 artisan producers of
cheese, bread, beer, wine, confections and other food stuffs by showcasing the
talents, and dedication, of these local, national and international producers of
craft food and beverage!
Chicago Comic &
Entertainment Expo sets-up this year at McCormick Place (2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.)
in the South Loop this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00
a.m.-5:00 p.m.) with the best in the business covering comics, movies, TV,
games, toys and much more! Some of this year’s participants include Stan Lee (creator
of Spider-Man), Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead”), Sean Astin ("The
Lord of the Rings"), author Charlain Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse"
series), and many others. An array of panel discussions, autograph signings and
screenings in addition to special events will be featured as well!!
the 2nd annual Pet Health Expo
takes place at Canine Crews (1616 N.
Washtenaw Ave.) in the Humboldt Park neighborhood this Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to
3:00 p.m. This expo features over 25 pet-related vendors as well as grooming,
training, canine massage, oral health & first aid demos, veterinarians,
specialists and more! Also, the first 50 guests receive a goodie bag!! Please
note due to the canine cough/influenza outbreak, Canine Crews requests that you leave your pets at home to keep them
Will You Be Showing Mother Nature Who’s Boss? I know I WILL!!
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Mass and procession for Cardinal Francis George takes place at noon today,
Thursday 4/23, at downtown's Holy Name Cathedral (730 N. Wabash Ave). Afterwards
the procession will travel west on the Kennedy Expressway to Irving Park Road
to pass by the Cardinal's home parish, St. Pascal's Church (3935 N. Melvina
Ave) where a simultaneous special screening of the Mass is being held. Doors
open at 11:30am. Expect traffic delays as the procession continues west to
Narragansett Ave. and Nagel Ave., then northwest on Milwaukee Ave. to Dempster
Ave., and then north on South River Rd. to All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines
where he will be laid to rest next to his parents.
The Naperville Art League's Fine
Art Center & Gallery (508 N. Center St) is holding a benefit
tomorrow, Friday 4/24, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm to raise funds for classroom
renovations. There will be music and refreshments, a silent auction, raffle baskets,
and art for purchase all for a suggested donation of $10. The Naperville Art
League offers classes and workshops for adults and children that include
various paint mediums and jewelry making.
The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) is hosting
Seminar for West Loop Residents on Tuesday, 4/28, at POW! Mixed Martial
Arts and Fitness (950 W. Washington Blvd) from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. WLCO Executive
Director, Carla Agostinelli, wisely states, "as the weather warms up, it's
important that residents stay extra vigilant and prepared." This free
event is open to the public to help individuals recognize threats and how to
take preemptive measures to keep yourself and home safe. Self-defense exercises
will also be taught by POW!'s owner Katalin Rodriguez-Ogren. Contact the WLCO office
at 312-666-1991 to RSVP or learn more about this helpful seminar.
Now is the time to purchase your
tickets for the Spring Wine Stroll
which takes place next Thursday, 4/30, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in the Ravenswood
and Lincoln Square neighborhoods. Various businesses will open their doors to
showcase 40 - 45 different red and white wines, paired with hors d'oeuvres.
It's your choice to take either the
Ravenswood or Lincoln Square route for $40 each, or both for $60.
With all the confusing changes in
healthcare recently, more Urgent Care facilities have been opening in various
neighborhoods, including the new Innovative
Express Care at 2400 N. Ashland Ave., to help simplify the process of
obtaining assistance when you are sick or have a minor injury. These facilities
are open 7 days per week with walk-in availability. They offer immediate
treatment for common illnesses and injuries instead of having to wait for an
appointment with your primary care physician and without the hassle and
exorbitant fees of going to your local Emergency Room. They claim to accept
most major medical insurance plans and out-of-pocket fees are relatively reasonable. Keep these alternative healthcare options in mind for yourself and loved ones.
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Use your receipts to track your purchases on sale items.
Every family purchases mostly the same items every week. Each week take a few
minutes to record the sale price and regular price of your most purchased
items. Sometimes items will be say 2 for $5 then the next week 3 for $10. There
will be a pattern you can pick up after several weeks. It only takes a little
time and should result in significant savings. Stock up at the lower price.
Start out with a few items, you can add more later. All store ads are available
Meal planning is most important. It doesn’t mean having a
specific meal for every day but instead means you have the ingredients to make
a meal at any time. I keep chicken tenders in the freezer. Thaw and grill in a
grill pan. Pair with a salad or throw into buttered noodles with parmesan. You
can buy meat on sale and freeze. A store in my area often has BOGO on meat. I
buy and use a petite sirloin for steak tacos and freeze the other for later.
Again grill and top salad or fry with green peppers, soy sauce, and beef broth.
Thicken with corn starch and pair with noodles or rice. Freeze spaghetti sauce.
It’s easy to thaw and use in a pinch. You can freeze burgers and steaks. Buy in
bulk and save!
Shop produce in season. Many vegetables can be blanched and
is boiling veggies for a few minutes then immediately plunging them in an ice
bath. Store in a freezer Ziploc®. Squeeze as much air out as you
can. Freeze berries on a tray, put in Ziplocs®.
Know the store you shop the most. All stores will provide a
store grid. Know how you shop. Make your list according to the store layout. This
will prevent impulse shopping. Beware the displays at the end of the isles.
These often have items not at sale price. Check out the shelf tags. They will
tell you the price
per ounce or pounds or whatever. I always check out the sale items.
Sometimes they are not the best buy.
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Are you like many people and you put something down but you can't find it. Now I'm still a huge fan of The Clapper for lights, but in this technology age it's no longer appropriate.
There is a new device on the market called TrackR. Have you ever played the kids game Marco Polo or Hot/Cold? This device has many similarities to both these games. It will tell you the distance between you and your item where the gadget is attached. Speaking of the device, it's about the size of a fob for your key chain so it's practical and looks pretty decent too.
The device itself is pretty intuitive. You download the app on your smartphone (both Android and iPhone ready). You tap the app and the TrackR will ring. And if you have your TrackR but can't find your phone, use the device to ring your phone even if it's on silent. There are a couple unique features. One is the Crowd GPS. If you lose your keys, for instance, and another owner of a TrackR is closer than you, you'll get a GPS update. Second you can set separation alerts so that you don't leave your item or your phone behind.
TrackR has three different designs available. There is one for a pet collar, which is also water proof. There is the Metal Loop which can be attached to a key chain, but stylish enough that it can also be attached to other items like a backpack or purse. Finally there is the Water Proof, specifically designed for when you are near water.
The TrackR is currently in pre-order status. It's about the size of a quarter, with a 1 year battery life. And for those who get the Metal Loop, you can also have it engraved.
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Look! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, its budding
trees!! Yep, Wednesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day; however, Chicago
and its citizens will be sprucing things up beginning this weekend with family
events taking place from Humboldt Park to Brookfield. It’s been a long time
coming after being buried in white, gray and black snow for a good portion of
this past winter!!
started with a rundown of this Saturday’s Chicago’s
Earth Day Celebrations –
Park (1440 N.
Humboldt Dr.) -- Humboldt Park Neighborhood
spans 219 acres which includes a garden, a fishing area, a boathouse and an
outdoor swimming pool. T-shirts and gloves will be provided by the park while
supplies last. Cleanup is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a
celebration from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. which includes lunch for volunteers,
live entertainment, educational activities and more! It’s a biggie!!
Park (1331 W.
Monroe St.) – Near West Side Neighborhood
celebrate Earth Day by bringing the whole family to help clean and beautify
this park from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Park (1501 W.
Randolph St.) – Near West Side Neighborhood
work gloves and a friend to clean and lay mulch preparing this park for the
arrival of warmer weather from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Park (5010 W.
50th St.) – Garfield Ridge Neighborhood
products and tools will be provided to spruce up this park from 11:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m. The Buena Park Neighbors Association will be hosting their Spring Clean and Green this
Saturday to clean up their neighborhood and plant Monarch Butterfly-friendly
plant species by meeting up at Dollop
Coffee & Tea (4181 N. Clarendon Ave.) in the Buena Park neighborhood at
10:00 a.m. and spreading out from there (bring a pair of gloves). Then at Noon
it’s off to Michael’s Pizzeria (4091
N. Broadway St.) for a community lunch!
a day of getting down and dirty beautifying our City, treat yourself to Pet Bowl at Timber Lanes Bowling Center (1851 W.
Irving Park Rd.) in the North Center neighborhood this Saturday with a Family
Bowl from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (bumper bowling available upon request) or the
Adult Bowl from 9:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. This 7th annual benefit for
ALIVE Rescue will include unlimited bowling, shoe rental, a vegetarian food
buffet, dessert and a live auction! Plus, every person in attendance will be
going home with a Stayin’ Alive gift bag!! This event sells out every year so
be sure to purchase your tickets in advance.
Finally, Brookfield Zoo (8400 31st
St.) in Brookfield will be hosting their Party for the Planet this
Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in celebration of Earth Day. Your day will
be filled with fun and educational activities, tree planting, an eco expo, zoo
chats, a performance about endangered animals, live music
and much more for the entire family!
Will You Be in the Mood to Celebrate
Chicago’s Spring Greening or Will You Be a Stick in the Mud?
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As of 4/11, the start-up web
development company, BuildThis began its second year in business
after a successful first year. According to DNAinfo.com
this is a big step for DePaul graduate founders, Shane Higginbotham and
Sean Neilan, who started by working from home just 1 year ago and opened their
own storefront at 3240 N. Sheffield Ave. just this past February. They offer
services such as website and mobile applications development, quality
assurance, project management, and analysis with their growing team of tech
experts. So if you have a technology-based idea that you'd like to put into
motion, these folks could be a great place to start.
Tomorrow, 4/17, is the third Friday of the month of April so
it's time again for another Oak Park
Arts District Gallery Walk. The
Arts District is the half mile stretch on Harrison Street from Austin Boulevard
west to Elmwood, and every third Friday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm local galleries
stay open later than usual to give the public an interesting and unique evening
activity. Be sure to check out the website every third Thursday of the month to
see what will be featured every third Friday for your night out on the town.
Unless you filed for an extension,
yesterday was the deadline for filing your 2014 IRS taxes! According to IRS.gov,
there is a 3 - 7 year Period of Limitations for amending your tax returns so
it's wise to hold onto your records. So now that another tax year has passed,
you can shred some of your older documents during the Document
Shredding and Electronics Recycling Day this Saturday, 4/18, from
10:00am to 1:00pm at St. Thecla Parish (6725 W. Devon Ave.). There is a limit
of 3 bags or boxes per resident for shredding plus you can recycle your
electronics such as TVs, microwaves, and printers for free as well.
Spring is in full swing with tons of events coming
up by the end of April. Here's a heads up for the 5th
Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival next weekend, Saturday 4/25,
from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton St.),
presented by The Specialty Food Association. This free event will include
cheese, bread, wine, and confectionary tastings and demonstrations from local and
There's a bit of star power coming to
the Gold Coast soon. Gwyneth Paltrow's designer lifestyle pop-up shop, Goop, will have a 2-week residence at the Waldorf Astoria (11 E.
Walton St.) from Saturday 4/25 through Sunday 5/10. This will be Goop's third
pop-up launch after setting up temporary shops in Los Angeles and Dallas. Goop
began as a website in 2008 where Ms. Paltrow shared her well-curated interests
of all things from fashion to healthy eating, travel and activities to fitness
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I am afflicted every winter with what is commonly known
as “winter itch”. The extreme dry
conditions we experience in the Midwest during the winter only exasperates my
already very dry skin and hair. Even the most expensive lotions give little
relief. I’ve seen coconut oil touted as a dry skin remedy and have decided to
give it a try.
Use it as a moisturizing lotion. Simply combine ¼ cup
coconut oil with ¼ cup beeswax
(available at health food stores) and ½ cup almond or olive oil. You can add
essential oils that you like such as chamomile, lemon or lavender. Store in a
mason jar. Use coconut oil full strength on rashes and cuts and scrapes.
Coconut oil makes an excellent makeup remover. It can
also soften fine wrinkles. I don’t have trouble with acne but I’ve seen in many
blogs and articles that it is very effective. It has antibacterial properties.
It also works wonders on even the worst cases of diaper rash.
I have very curly hair. Like most blessed with this this
lovely hair it is also very dry. Use coconut oil as a deep conditioning
treatment. Apply to your entire head, all the way to the ends. Wrap your head
in a warm damp towel and cover with a shower cap. Leave on a minimum of 15
minutes. Wash your hair as usual. For a quick frizz treatment rub a small
amount in your palms and distribute through your hair.
Cooking with coconut oil is still very controversial.
Modern medicine has declared it an almost dangerous saturated fat. Newer thinking
is that saturated fats are not the boogey men we were led
to believe. Besides, coconut oil’s saturated fats contain Medium-chain
triglycerides. These are more beneficial than most triglycerides from
meat and other saturated fats that are long- chain. It also contains Lauric
acid that kills bacteria, viruses and fungi. I admit I don’t understand
all I’m reading but I think it’s worth a try to exchange some of the oils and
fats in my cooking with coconut oil.
Organic coconut oil is best. I found mine at my local
grocery store but you might find better prices looking online. Check for health
food stores and organic sites too.
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It's being touted as "Mobilegeddon" among other names, but the main thing to understand is that Google is once again changing their algorithm for search engines. On April 21, if your website is not ready for mobile search, it will adversely affect your current ranking position.
Mobile devices are the product of choice when searching the web. By definition, mobile friendly sites change their layouts according to the device screen size. Some websites have a separate page created specifically for mobile and this is not necessarily going to be the best use of a site. The recommendation from Google and pretty much all other web designers is that you should have a Responsive Design. You can also take the mobile friendly test to see if your site is ready for the change.
According to Adam Dorfman of Search Engine Land, "Relax. Google is simply nudging the market in a direction we've all been heading for quite some time." Further Dorfman talks about how this is not a surprise to most designers or SEO specialists. When looking at a site, you want to view Expedia or Airbnb for their responsive designs. Or you can go the route of Breastcancer.org which has a separate mobile site altogether. Even if your move to mobile goes slower than expected, your site will start to see quick benefits.
With these new changes to searching it could be quite an adventure of
finding information while sites get themselves prepared for this newest search algorithm from Google.
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weekend’s jam-packed days, this weekend is the exact opposite, as Chicagoans
will be passing their time just waiting for summer and its jam-packed weekends!
again, CHIRP Record
Fair & Other Delights returns to Journeymen Plumbers Hall (1340 W.
Washington Blvd.) on the Near West Side for its 13th year. It’s a
music collector’s paradise featuring thousands of crates of vinyl records along
with DVDs, CDs, posters and more! Your Other Delights will include a
Chic-a-Go-Go party, a special “first time” performance, a CHIRP Music Quiz,
guest DJs, signings and so much more while benefitting the Chicago Independent
Radio Project. And, if you don’t know what a vinyl record is, perhaps you
should check-out this fair!!
Celebrate International Table Top Day with board
gamers from all around the world at one of these events:
Geek Bar Beta (1941 W. North Ave.) in the West Town
neighborhood will be hosting International
TableTop Day beginning Saturday at 12:00
p.m. and ending Sunday at 2:00 a.m. You’ll get to choose any game from the bar’s collection with no rental fees all day. Game Hosts will be showcasing various games
throughout the day as well so be sure to check-out the Hosted Gaming Schedule! Also,
the bar will feature a special games-themed menu for the day beginning at 1:00
p.m. along with $2 off all large-format Shareable beers. Bring a friend, meet
new ones and learn a new game!
Cat & Mouse Game Store (1112 W. Madison St.) in the West
Loop along with Board Gamers Worldwide will be hosting Neighborhood
Game Day this Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00
p.m. This FREE event for all ages will feature crafts, various tournaments, a
range of general gaming, and more which will be ongoing throughout the day! You’ll
also have the opportunity to play jumbo-sized games from Skokie’s Mayfair
Games, or learn to play the world’s most popular modern board game “Settlers Of
Catan,” or try your hand at the Prize-Wheel-O-Wonder for prizes such as gift
certificates, promotional items and FREE games!
outdoor events planned for the weekend are:
Chicago Be The
Match Walk + Run
is taking place at Montrose Harbor, Grove
16 (600 W. Montrose Ave.) in the Uptown neighborhood this Saturday from
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Help cure life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia
and lymphoma by joining this event which offers a 5K, 1K or Tot Trot! Be
The Match raises funds to help patients overcome financial barriers to
transplant since insurance doesn’t cover all the costs as well as growing the
Registry to create more matches and funding life-saving
is taking place at MB Financial Park
(5501 Park Place) in Rosemont this Sunday beginning at 9:00 a.m. Although this
5K Race will start in the stadium you’ll soon be winding through the Village of
Rosemont raising proceeds for Bear
Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation! Be sure to dress up as your
favorite super hero too!!
Finally, Block Thirty Seven (108 N. State St.) in
The Loop is the place to be this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for the Open Casting Call for CBS’ Big Brother!
There’s a grand prize of $500,000 to be won this season!!
How Will You Pass Your Time?
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West Ridge, Chicago
Announcing a Price Reduction
on 6726 North Artesian Avenue, a 3 bath, 5 bedroom three-flat. Now
4535 N. Lincoln Ave. has morphed from
Bad Dog Tavern into Mash,
the new eatery by the same owners, Bonehead Entertainment. After 7 years in
business, Bad Dog closed on February 8th and has been being going through a makeover
ever since. The interior decor and menu has been upscaled to include fresh
seafood such as oysters, crab, and lobster but the dog-friendly patio will
remain. Also still expect to have plenty of local craft beers on tap.
I don't know about you but leaning this
was news to me: Saturday, 4/11, is National
Cheese Fondue Day. Although discovering the origins of the day have
proven to be difficult, we know it exists because purveyors of fondue across
the nation are keeping this unofficial holiday alive. Geja's Café at 340 W.
Armitage is one such purveyor and claims to be recognizing a full week of
cheese fondue appreciation which began Monday, 4/6, and continues through
Sunday, 4/12. According to Patch.com,
premier diners will receive a $5 discount for mentioning "National Cheese
Fondue Week" at the restaurant.
Here's hoping this extreme rain clears
out for the weekend! Bike 45
is honoring the re-election of their founder, Alderman John Arena, with a
victory ride as their first ride of the season. The social group began to
promote safety, fitness, and the appreciation for the neighborhoods of the 45th
Ward which include parts of Portage Park, Irving Park, and Jefferson Park. The
group ride begins this Sunday, 4/12/15, at 9:00am in front of Mia's Gelato
(4200 N. Central Ave) and will take a tour of some of the ward's best bakeries including Delightful Pastries, Chicago Sweet Connection, and Ideal. Expect to
bike up to 10 miles and be sure to wear your helmet and bring a backpack for
carrying water and any tasty treats you might pick up along the way.
Eating to promote a good cause is a
wonderful pastime, don't you think? Artisan bakery, Hewn (810 Dempster St), is
throwing a benefit
event for Hazzard Free Farm whose business
suffered major losses of crop and equipment due to a recent fire in Pecatonica,
IL. Hazzard Free Farm's flour and oats will be on sale and Hewn will donate some of their sale proceeds towards the cause. Plus they will be raffling off products from other neighboring businesses who have rallied in
support of Hazzard Free Farm's owner, Andrea (Andy) Hazzard. Attend the benefit
this Sunday, 4/12, from 8:00am to 1:00pm.
The Law Project at 100 N. LaSalle St., Suite 600,
is a community-based legal assistance resource that keeps on giving to small
businesses, first time home buyers, and nonprofit organizations. They provide
affordable and free services and seminars to support lower income organizations
and entrepreneurs in navigating the often times bumpy track of business-related
legality. One interesting upcoming event is their 2 day Nonprofit
Compliance Bootcamp taking place at the office on Tuesday 4/21 and
Thursday 4/23 from 9:00am to 12:00pm, both days. This affordable class is
intended for the board chair, president, or executive director of any newly
recognized 501 c3 nonprofit organization looking to start out on the right
foot. Search the website for other events and resources that The Law Project
provides to guide your organization towards success.
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Fire safety is often not thought of. We put up a smoke
alarm and that’s pretty much the end of things. There are many other things we
can do to prevent fires and reduce the danger of them starting.
Make sure all detectors
are in working condition. Test twice yearly to ensure proper performance. A
good rule of thumb is to schedule this at clock changing time. A better
solution is to purchase one of the new generation of smoke and carbon monoxide
detectors. These have lithium ion batteries and will last up to ten years. I
would still test annually.
It’s good to have an evacuation
plan in case of fire, especially if you have young children. Everyone
should know two ways of egress from every room. Make sure all windows unlock
and open easily. Have a place outside where everyone gathers after evacuation.
This will ensure that everyone has escaped safely. Teach children how to leave
a burning building quickly and never to return.
Keep the furnace and chimney in good working condition.
Have professionals clean and check both annually. If you use space heaters or
wood stoves they must be monitored closely. Keep them clean and the areas free
of combustible materials like newspapers and magazines. The areas around the
furnace and water heater should be cleared also.
Many fires are started by faulty electric cords. Make
sure all cords attached to lamps and appliances are in good condition. Use of
extension cords should be minimal and temporary. Make sure the extension cord
for the appliance you are using it on. Make sure the cord is never covered with
rugs or other materials.
Store all flammable
liquids in their proper place in an approved container. Teach children
the danger of these materials. Keep only the necessary amounts.
With a little preparation and planning you can assure
your family’s safety to preventing fires
and how to survive in case there is one.
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This past week I was traveling and had to use my Google Maps to get directions to my destination. Then I looked at the bottom of the screen and there was this image of Pac-man on the lower left of the screen. Of course, being the curious person I am and a fan of the game, I had to click the square.
According to Google, the game will only be around for a little while and ironically it was announced on April Fool's Day. It's the real version of Pac-Man with Inky, Pinky, Blinky and Clyde. The game rules remain the same as the original arcade game. Pac-man needs to avoid the ghosts, eat the dots, us the power pellets to attack the ghosts for doubling point values and watch out for blinking ghosts that may turn back and you'll lose a turn. The game also comes with the extra points items like the strawberry (300 points), orange (500 points), cherry (100 points) and the like.
You can play on both your mobile and computer but it's best played on your computer as your mobile has limited options. And of course, Wired Magazine has already come up with the top 15 places to play. Here's the caveat. They are all cities where Wired has offices or employees who found the most interesting locations.
Whatever you do, don't get caught!
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