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Celebrate the season at the Hall of Science


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

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The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Corona is kicking off the holiday season with dozens of displays and events, offering a different way to celebrate the season.

“It’s a really fun way of imaging the holidays during this particularly festive and busy time,” said Liz Slagus of NYSCI.

From December 27 through December 29, “ReMake the Holidays” will include workshops, demos and art installations that will cover everything from light, to sound, to water. All displays are open to the public and free with admission, although some require pre-registration.

Through one of the more notable displays, NYSCI attendees can witness artist Bill Bywater create a sculpture out of ice, partake in a discussion, and even get a tutorial from Bywater himself.

Other workshops allow the public to make their very own giant “lite brite” to ring in the New Year, or turn recycled material into a musical instrument.

“They’re fun family events, it’s something for everyone,” said Slagus. “They ask people to reimagine how we celebrate.”

For more information and to register for upcoming events, visit the NYSCI website at www.nysci.org.

Personalize gifts for an extra special touch


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Choosing the perfect gift for your loved ones can be a difficult task. However, you don’t have to stress about going from store to store wondering if you’re picking out the right size or color or whether it fits your budget.

If you find yourself struggling to find the perfect gift this holiday season, consider taking a different approach – personalize gifts you know your friends, family and coworkers will love unwrapping. Personalized gifts show that you care enough to invest your time and energy to create the perfect present. In particular, photos from an event or family trip will often hold special meaning and can serve as the inspiration to a myriad of gift giving options.- Here are a few ideas:

Bring memories back

Opening a gift featuring memories of the great moments over the past year will have your loved ones beaming with happiness. Help the recipient keep track of important dates and meetings while also reliving favorite events of the past with a photo calendar. Need another gift for your loved ones? Use those same favorite pictures to create personalized photo books which make great stocking stuffers.

Create something artistic

You can really wow your loved ones this holiday season with a personalized gift that has an artistic touch – even if your talents are limited to stick figures. Photographs are one form of art, and you can turn a favorite photograph – whether it’s of a person, landscape or really intricate design – into a large mural. One way to really make the photo mural stand out is to frame it to perfectly match the decor of the room where it will be hung.

Frame it your way

If you don’t have time to put a collage together for a calendar or photo book, a great last minute gift option is a basic photo enlargement. You can purchase a lovely frame to turn a simple picture into an elegant gift or have a larger version mounted or laminated.

Finding ways like these to personalize gifts will show the recipients just how much you care, and how much thought you put into making the perfect present. That extra touch will be just what’s needed to make your loved ones feel special.

Healthful tips for enjoying the holiday season to the fullest


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but are you able to enjoy the holidays completely? The approaching holiday season means quality time with family, special deliveries in the mail and goodies that delight the taste buds. But it’s important to be prepared and stay healthy throughout the season so you can enjoy every festive moment.

Consider these holiday health essentials that allow you to enjoy the season to the fullest:

1. Do you see what I see?

The sights of the holidays are a delight, but for the millions of people who have trouble seeing small images and print, many traditional holiday activities can be difficult to do. An easy solution is a stylish pair of reading glasses. Consider LightSpecs(R) , reading glasses with a light that can be turned on to help you see better in dim areas, ideal for when you want to read holiday greeting cards or recite “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to the kids. Another option that is perfect for traveling is reading glasses that fold to a compact size to easily fit in a shirt pocket or purse, so you can be prepared no matter where your holiday adventures takes you.

2. Avoid a blue Christmas

The holiday season is a special time of year that coincides with another, less anticipated time: cold and flu season. No one wants to end up stuck in bed with a nasty bug missing out on all the festivities. That’s why now is the time to stock up on soap and hand sanitizer. Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, so be sure to scrub up often, including before you cook, bake, eat or hold your precious grandchild.

3. Bundle up to walk in a winter wonderland

Winter and the holidays go hand-in-hand, which means colder weather is to be expected, including ice and snow. Keep healthy by protecting your body from the elements. When running about town shopping and grabbing holiday essentials, be sure to wear a scarf, mittens and boots if the weather is chilly so you can stay warm and dry. The winter wonderland atmosphere is sure to enhance your holiday mood, but catching a cold, or worse yet, frost bite, will leave you feeling like a Grinch.

4. Too many cups of cheer? Medication can help

Sugar plums, roasted chestnuts, figgy pudding – while your holiday meals may not include these types of historic holiday fare, you’re probably noshing on a variety of treats you don’t eat at other times of the year. Eating rich foods and trying new dishes is naturally a part of celebrating the season, but it can leave you with an upset stomach. Whether you’re hosting an event at your home, or you’re traveling to another location for the holidays, be sure to stock up on antacid and other over-the-counter remedies for stomach troubles.

With a few simple steps, you’ll prepare yourself for your best holiday season yet, one where you feel healthy and enjoy every moment. From buying a new pair of reading glasses at your local drug stores, such as CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens or online, to stocking up on some common medications, you’re sure to have a happy holiday and joyful new year.

Holiday season kicks off with tree lighting


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Three . . . two. . . one. . . holiday lights!

To kick off the holiday season, hundreds of people of all ages gathered for the ninth annual tree lighting ceremony at Queens Center Mall this past weekend.

With special guests, including Santa Claus, children and adults were dancing to the DJ’s music as they welcomed the holiday season.

The Christmas Spirit in Howard Beach


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Dozens of doe-eyed children craned their necks to gaze up at the unlit 30-foot tree, each hoping to be the one to flick the switch this year.

And when they were all chosen to collectively light the largest Christmas tree in Howard Beach, it might as well have already been December 25 for Mario Faulisi, president of the Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation Inc.

“Just to see their smiles waiting to light the tree, it’s like having a kid open a toy on Christmas,” said Faulisi, who has sponsored the tree lighting at St. Helen’s for the last five years. “It’s amazing, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Howard Beach residents gathered outside of St. Helen’s School on Saturday, December 3 to watch the neighborhood’s traditional Christmas tree burn bright for the first time this holiday season.

For Howard Beach resident Linda Vitti, the tree lighting meant escaping the world for a while with her granddaughter.

“I live here, but I’ve never been here before,” she said. “It’s really nice. It’s beautiful, and it makes me feel happy and forget about what’s going on in the world.”

For others, the tree lighting marked the start of a joyous holiday season.

“It’s a good beginning for a good Advent. It’s good preparation for Christmas,” said Monsignor Joseph Pfeiffer of St. Helen’s Parish, who stood staring at the ornamented tree — adorned with hundreds of multicolored lights — even after the crowd had all gone home. “This tree is beautiful. They really did a great job,” he said.

The tree – located at 83-09 157th Avenue – will be on display throughout the holiday season into the New Year. It took three men, two days and one bucket truck — though no partridge in a pear tree — to dress up.

“It means a lot for the community and the kids,” said tree decorator John Plunkett. “It’s just an awesome feeling. I look forward to this every year,” he said.