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(BPT) - The holidays are here and parties are in full swing. At this time of year, there can be a lot of pressure to throw memorable parties that will keep people talking into the new year. Many people forget that the real cheer in holiday entertaining is spending time with family and friends.
Every year around this time, my wife and I make a $400 donation to public schools and I write a column about it. It may sound like I’m bragging about my generosity, but I’m not. See, I get the entire $400 back at income tax time. And you can do the same thing: give $200 as an individual or $400 as a couple to a public school – or spread it out over a few schools if you want – and get all your money back when you pay your state taxes. I highly recommend it. It’s a great deal, everybody wins. You get to do something good for school children, you get to feel good about yourself, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.
Let me first state that I am absolutely opposed to the acquisition of the El Conquistador property. I am also in disagreement that Oro Valley needs a community center as one of its top priorities. Lastly, I am shocked that a decision of this magnitude including financial impact to our community is allowed two weeks for input.
While The Loft Cinema has been embracing the Holiday spirit with their recent Sing-A-Long Spectacular and correlating Ugly Sweater contest, this coming Saturday (Dec. 20th) continues in the grand Loft tradition with a midnight showing of the 1975 cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” A signature event for Tucson’s premiere art theater that has lasted 36 years (and counting), this fishnet filled affair tells the story of young couple (Barry Bostwick & Susan Sarandon) who break down in the middle of nowhere and find their way to a curiously isolated castle. Once inside, they meet mad scientist/transvestite Frank N. Furter (insert knee slap here) and a group of similarly zany house guests who all participate in the creation of a “living muscle man.”
Pima Community College got word today that it will most likely have its probation lifted, based on a report by the Higher Learning Commission.
(StatePoint) The motivation to give back can come from many places: from within, from seeing someone else struggle or maybe from fighting a personal battle.
(Family Features) The holiday season brings a flurry of activity, especially when it comes to entertaining family and friends. While the formal sit-down dinner is still alive and well this time of year, casual holiday gatherings are growing in popularity.
(BPT) - The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye – have you finished shopping for gifts? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can save time, money and cut down on stress thanks to a handy gift-guide guaranteed to inspire perfect presents for everyone on your list.
(Family Features) The holidays are here, but before you leave the house for work or play, make sure you’re looking your best. The good news – almost everything you need to make your holiday season festive, fresh and fashion forward is already in your closet.
(BPT) - Everyone wants to throw the party friends rave about well into the new year. But busy folks just don’t have time to weave their own pine bough wreaths or turn paperbacks overflowing on the coffee table into an artfully arranged “tree” complete with a star and twinkling lights. You need ideas and you need them fast – and easy. You need holiday hacks for real moms! Here are six:
(BPT) - Money worries know no age limit, and financial health is important for everyone – which could explain why financial pledges are among the most common New Year’s resolutions. Still, Millennials are a bit more likely than any other age group to be tempted into spending too much, according to research by the Barna Group.
(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is ever diagnosed with breast cancer, there are three bits of good news you should know about:
(StatePoint) Unfortunately, one of the most expensive times in one’s life, is when he or she tend to be the least financially savvy -- college. But good money management during those years is the best way to keep a college career on path. Parents and guardians can help their children become more financially savvy.
(BPT) - Any time is a great time for families to talk to their children about giving back and helping those who are less fortunate. Whether you're celebrating a holiday, special occasion, or still haven’t figured out your 2015 resolution, make giving back part of the conversation - from making financial donations to volunteering time and energy, giving can be easy and enjoyable.
(NAPSI)—Here’s an eye-opening statistic: According to the National Institutes of Health, adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night, but nearly 30 percent are getting six or less.
(BPT) - Bargain hunting is practically a sport, especially during the holiday shopping season. Deloitte‘s 2014 annual holiday survey predicts the average American will drop nearly $1,300 this holiday season. With that level of spending in mind, planning to save real money elsewhere is crucial to managing a household’s bottom line.
I distinctly remember going for a walk with my husband one crisp morning after Christmas last year. There was much to be done. We had a Christmas tree to dismantle—ornaments to gently wrap and store. There was the aftermath of unwrapped gifts, the discarded wrapping paper to deal with and boxes to break down and recycle (not to mention finding a place for all the new stuff). So, too, did we have a kitchen overflowing with excess food. In short, we were full. Our bellies and most every room in our house showed proof that our holiday had been abundant in every sense of the word.
Many new jobs in local towns nationwide are coming from a somewhat unexpected place, according to new statistics. Local jobs nationwide are increasingly tied to consumers and businesses abroad, say researchers.
(StatePoint) If you’ve hired a contractor to work on your home, you may not recognize the impact you had on trends and innovation in the home improvement industry.
(BPT) - Some moments are simply too important to trust to a camera phone.
(BPT) - Holiday sales are expected to reach more than $600 billion this year, an increase from 2013 according to the National Retail Federation. For the average household, that equates to spending $804 on gifts - up 5 percent from last year. And rest assured retailers will be pulling out all the stops to get you to spend more than you initially planned. That is why it’s easy to get carried away with the spirit of the season and overspend. But before you let Scrooge-like tendencies get the best of you, here are three tips to stress-free holiday spending.
Right after the results of the midterm elections poured in and many Democrats across the country were making concession speeches, President Obama told the American people he hears their message. After last week’s actions, I’m not sure if he did.
’Tis the season… when many of us will gain unwanted weight from all the holiday parties, home-baked gifts, and irresistible goodies everywhere. “It doesn’t matter how old you are—between Thanksgiving and the New Year, people can gain weight that sticks with them the rest of the year,” says Beth Ernst, Life Enrichment Manager at Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Tucson for those 55 and better. “Yes, you can exercise and try to burn off those extra calories—but it’s much easier to avoid them in the first place.”
The 2014 fall sports season has come to a close for teams on the Northwest side. Multiple state titles were won, winning streaks were had and records were broken. Here are the best of the best, your All-Northwest selections.