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Winter Driving Tips

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Whether you’re excited for the snow or not, it’s important to be sure you are staying safe!  Keep these tips in mind when venturing out into the snow this winter, for many of you these tips are refreshers but it’s always good to have a reminder to stay safe!

  • If you must venture out onto icy or snowy roads, wait until after the sand trucks and plows have gone by.  They should be able to break down the worst of the snow and will make it much easier for you in the long run.  Even if you have to wait a while for them to service your street, trying to drive on roads that have not been plowed or sanded is not only dangerous, but will take much longer anyways so staying inside until the plows and sanding trucks have gone by is worth the wait.
  • If you are on the road with plows and sanding trucks, DO NOT try to pass them.  Many of them have limited visibility, especially if it is snowing out.  Even though they are pretty slow, the plus side to being behind one of these trucks is that the road will be freshly plowed or sanded and that much easier to navigate.
  • Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination, there is no doubt that the snow or ice on the road will slow you down or create traffic, so be sure to leave with plenty of time to spare.
  • Decrease your speed and leave more than enough room between yourself and the car in front of you in case you have to stop.  You don’t want to skid out on  ice and rear end the person in front of you, an accident in which you would be at fault!
  • Ride the brake when driving in snow or ice, it will help you avoid skidding out and will keep you at a safe speed!  If you do start to skid out or your wheels lock up, slowly ease up on the brake until you come to a stop.
  • If there is any type of precipitation, make sure that your lights are on.  Even if it is still light out,  rain or snow can limit visibility for many drivers so you want to make every effort to remain visible on the road.
  • If you know in advance that it’s going to snow, be sure that your windshield wipers are working properly, you don’t want to get caught in the middle of a storm with a malfunctioning wiper blade!
  • Make sure you have an ice scraper in your car!  You don’t want to get stuck waiting inside your car while the defroster melts the ice on your windows.
  • Be extra careful on bridges and overpasses, these tend to freeze first and even though there may not be any ice on other parts of the road, these areas are notorious for black ice so reduce your speed and remain aware when traveling over these.
  • If your vehicle has four-wheel drive, use it!  It may use up more gas but will make your commute through the snow much easier and will provide more traction and decrease your chances of skidding out.

The most important piece of advice we can offer is to stay indoors!  Don’t drive on roads that are snowy and icy unless you absolutely must, and if you do then make sure that you are properly insured and know who to call should anything happen!  If you have any questions or would like a quick quote give us a call at MassDrive!  Our agents would be happy to answer any and all questions you may have and will make every effort to get you the lowest premium possible!

Special thanks to weather.com for many of these tips!

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Pick The Perfect Christmas Tree!

It’s that time of year again, time to hunt through a giant lot of trees in search of the perfect one to grace your home.  It’s an endeavor that families across the country take on each and every year, and sometimes finding the perfect tree can be more difficult than you think!  There’s surprisingly a lot to consider; height, length, pine needles, the list goes on and on but once you’ve found the perfect tree the fun can begin!  Keep these tips in mind when making your selection this holiday season!

  • Before you pick the perfect tree, make sure it will fit!  Measure the ceiling height in the room where you will be displaying your tree, and once you do choose a tree, make sure it is a foot shorter than the ceiling (bring a tape measure).  This will give you enough space to factor in the tree stand and should still leave you with enough room to place a tree topper on the highest point.
  • Be sure that your tree is fresh!  You don’t want to pick a tree that is dry and brittle with all of the needles about to fall off (and create a huge mess).  When you find a tree that you’re interested in, give it a good shake.  If it is fresh the needles should stay on for the most part, if it’s drying out, a lot of the needles will fall off.
  • Make sure the base of the tree is straight and will fit in your tree stand.  If it is warped and shaped strangely it will be very difficult to get it to stand upright in the stand, let alone stay in place for a few weeks.  It would be a good idea to measure your tree stand and find out if the opening is big enough for the base of the tree, another great use for that tape measure!
  • Now here comes the tricky part; getting your tree home.  Unless you own a pick up truck, this can be a very stressful task!  Most tree farms have staff on hand that can help you lift your  tree onto the roof and secure it.  Your best bet is to use bungee cords.  Once the tree is securely on top of the car, roll down the windows so that you can wrap the bungee cords over the tree, through the windows and under the roof so that the tree will stay in place.  Securing it at the top and bottom is your best bet, and be sure to wrap the bungee cord around the tree as many times as possible so it is held in tightly.  It may be a good idea to do a few laps around the parking lot with your tree just to be sure it is safe for the ride home.
  • Once you do arrive home with your tree, the fun and decorating can begin!  If you have a lot of ornaments, try to put the heavy ones near the top of the tree where the branches are thickest and strongest, smaller ornaments that are lightweight can be placed near the bottom of the tree.
  • You also have to take care of your tree if you want it to last through the holiday season, and that means lots of water.  Trees can drink a few quarts each day so it’s a good idea to check your tree throughout the day and make sure the stand still has water in it.  This will keep the needles from drying out too quickly and making a giant mess on your floor.

Once you’ve chosen your tree, transported it home, decorated and watered it, sit back and enjoy!  There’s nothing better than listening to some Christmas carols, drinking hot chocolate, and curling up by a beautiful tree so enjoy it while you can!

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Giving Back This Holiday Season!

The holiday season is a time for giving back to friends, family, and those that are less fortunate than ourselves.  There are many people right here in Massachusetts that need help more than ever, especially during this time of year.  We know that finances are tight but even donating your time to one of these events can make a huge difference!

Holiday Market To Benefit Breast Cancer Fund – This holiday bazaar is being hosted by William Raveis Real Estate on Saturday, December 1st at their Back Bay office in Boston.  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support a great cause at the same time.  All vendors are donating 10% of their proceeds to the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund which benefits the American Cancer Society.  Local restaurants have provided light snacks and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and many other raffle items available.  Stop by this Saturday and find a truly unique gift for that special someone!

Winter Walk 2012 – This holiday season two of Boston’s biggest charities fighting homelessness , Homestart and Hearth are teaming up for Winter Walk 2012.  This event is a charity walk on the Boston Common December 2, 2012 that is about ending homelessness one step at a time.  These charities want to educate participants of the harsh realities of living outside during a New England winter, and encourage people to find out how they can help.  The first step is signing up for this walk, you can register online or on the day of the event.   Registration begins at 1 PM and Opening Ceremonies begin at 2 PM, followed by the walk.  The route consists of two laps around the Boston Common and ends with a cup of warm tea and a celebration amongst all walkers.  Sign up or donate today, winter is especially difficult on the local homeless and you can help make all of the difference for them this season!

Cookie Swap For A Cause – Who doesn’t love cookies?  Boston Food Swap is hosting their 2nd Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2PM-5PM at Space With A Soul in Boston.   For every cookie that is swapped, the Glad to Give campaign will donate $1 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research for new and improved pediatric cancer therapies.  If you bake over 4 dozen cookies, you get free admission!  If you make less than 4 dozen cookies, or don’t plan on baking and just wanted to enjoy some sugary goodness tickets are $15.  If you don’t plan on baking and purchase your ticket after December 2nd, tickets are $20 per person.  Tickets are limited so get them while they last and take this opportunity to support this children’s charity!

Globe Santa – This yearly program benefits local families and collects donations to provide holiday gifts to children in need.  This wonderful charity began in 1956 and has continuously provided support and holiday cheer to local families. Last year they raised over $1.2 million to help 32,240 local families during the holiday season and this year their goal is even bigger, $1.4 million!  100% of all donations go to the purchase and delivery of these gifts so every penny counts!  You can even host your own event to benefit the Globe Santa and stir up some healthy competition between Santa and his Elves, for more information click here.

However you choose to give back this holiday season, keep the less fortunate in mind!  Your time and donations are what help make their holidays merry and bright, and these organizations could not do nearly as much for their beneficiaries without the help of generous donors and volunteers!

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Free Events Just In Time For The Holidays!

Who isn’t trying to save their pennies around the holidays?  Traveling, presents, parties, and other yule-tide events may take away from your budget but don’t worry, we’ve got your back!  These events are totally free, fun and will help keep your funds in line for the holiday season!

8th Annual Holidays On The Green –  This family friendly event takes place at The Pinehills in Plymouth Saturday, December 1st and has something for everyone! Children will love the petting zoo and getting their picture with Santa, followed by decorating some holiday sugar cookies! Bring your furry friends as well!  Guests can walk in or watch the “Reindog” parade where there will be tons of costumes and prizes!  Victorian carolers will be strolling the streets singing classic holiday tunes, sculptors will be whittling masterpieces out of ice, and there are a bunch of tiny shops to stop by and do some Christmas shopping.  Close out the day by watching the tree lighting on the green, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

North End Walking Tour – The North End is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods and now’s your chance to take a tour of this historic gem.  Stroll the streets where Paul Revere and Cotton Mather once walked, stop by Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli, or even sample some of the local Italian cuisine that has made the neighborhood so popular with tourists.  Hosted by Free Tours By Foot, the free tours are every Saturday at 2 PM and last about 2 hours.  Although the tour is free, reservations are required and donations are welcome!  Take advantage of these free historic tours before the weather gets too nasty, the North End is especially beautiful during the holiday season, and this tour is the perfect way to burn some calories before enjoying some Italian food!

Constructing Holiday Tradition – The USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides as it is affectionately known, is hosting a holiday event perfect for families!  Stop by the USS Constitution Museum any day from now until December 24th to make your very own holiday ornament!  This daily event runs from 10 AM – 5 PM and is completely free.  Stop by with your little one(s) and they can make their very own ornament that will decorate the Christmas tree on board Old Ironsides herself.    Ornaments made before December 2nd will be placed on the tree in time for the annual lighting ceremony that night!  If ornaments are made after the tree is lit, children can climb aboard the ship and put the ornament on the tree themselves!  Want to make your own ornament to bring home?  The USS Constitution museum will have two different types for sale, the classic wooden “anchors aweigh” ornament for $2, or a new, limited edition copper ornament for $5.  Proceeds benefit the museums educational programs so you would be supporting a wonderful cause!

La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights – This National Shrine in Attleboro, MA is famous for their annual Christmas Festival of Lights!  Beginning in 1953, this festival has grown into a massive celebration with over 300,000 lights, concerts, displays, and much more.  Stop by the shrine and see their outdoor Creche, listen to some festive music, and visit with Clopper the Christmas donkey!  The lights span over 10 acres and illuminations are from 5 PM – 9 PM daily, until January 6, 2013.  This event is free to the public but donations are always accepted and appreciated!

Get into the holiday spirit this month with these festive and free events!  They are perfect for families and there is something for everyone!

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Travel Tips For Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest travel days of the year, friends and family driving across towns, cities, even states to spend the day with their loved ones.  There are a lot of things to keep in mind when traveling, whether you’re taking public transit or driving yourself.   Be sure that you are minmizing stress and maximizing on family time this year with these tips!

  • If you’re driving to visit relatives this year and know you will be going through a toll, consider getting an E-ZPass.  The transponder attaches to the front window of your car and is linked to one of your credit/debit cards or a checking account.  Once you go through the E-ZPass lane when paying a toll, your transponder is scanned and the money is taken right out of your account!  That’s definitely much easier and less time consuming than waiting in line to pay with cash.  If you do plan on paying with cash, try and find out exactly which tolls you will be going through and how much they cost, that way you can have your money ready and waiting when it is your turn to pass through.
  • Plan your route in advance and plan an alternative route should your original option be a traffic nightmare.  Be sure that you have any necessary directions at your disposal either via GPS or designate the front passenger as your navigator.
  • Stressing about traffic?  Not anymore!  Check out our blog on Traffic Apps that will help you save time and avoid the rush when traveling to your intended destination.  No one likes sitting in traffic, but especially not when there’s a huge delicious meal waiting for you!  These apps all have unique qualities so check them out and decide which one is right for you!
  • If you are traveling via the MBTA, the majority of commuter rail and T lines will be operating on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving day itself.  However, the Fairmount, Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Needham commuter rail lines will not be operating at all on Thanksgiving.  To accomodate riders going to and from Logan Airport, the Silver Line will be adding additional service during peak travel times before the holiday, and continuing until Tuesday, November 27, 2012.   For more detailed information on each specific line,buses, and the ferry click here.
  • If you will be flying during the holiday weekend, allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at the airport and get through security, as there will likely be a large volume of passengers all weekend and lines will be longer.  Also, be sure to check the status of your flight at least 24 hours in advance to be sure that it is scheduled to depart/arrive on time.  You can visit www.massport.com  for a list of arrival/departure info.
  • The most important tip we can offer is don’t drink and drive!  If you plan on having a few drinks designate a driver!  Driving during the holidays is always dangerous because of the extra heavy volume of cars, you don’t want to risk adding alcohol into the mix!
  • Before you head out on your holiday excursion, be sure you are properly insured!  If you have any questions regarding coverages or would like a quote, give us a call at MassDrive!  Any one of our agents would be happy to help you this holiday season!

We want everyone to have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving so follow these tips to be sure you’re staying safe and beating the traffic this holiday!

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How Many Of These Traditions Do You Celebrate On Thanksgiving?

Hard to believe but Thanksgiving is only one week away!  We know there are a few things we can always count on; food, football, fun, and family.  Everyone has their own traditions around the holidays but there are a few that are pretty widespread.   Between the Macy’s Day Parade, football, breaking the wishbone, and of course the turkey, there are so many traditions to enjoy and squeeze into one day!  Which of these are your favorites?

Macy’s Day Parade – This is a Thanksgiving favorite!  Each year millions of people tune in from home and line the streets of New York to see this wonderous display of floats, bands, performances, and balloons trail through the city.  Beginning in 1924, this is the 86th year of the Parade and it gets better and better each time.  It begins at 9 AM, however if you plan on attending the actual event in New York City, spectators have been know to arrive as early as 6:30 AM!  With over 10,000 participants including the NYPD Marching Band, performance groups, clowns, and Santa himself, the event is sure to please viewers of all ages, as it does every year.  Tune into NBC Thanksgiving morning while you get ready for the day and enjoy the show!

Football – Thanksgiving is one of the biggest football days of the year, it is as much a part of the holiday as the turkey itself (at least for guys).  So what can you expect for games on the big day?  In terms of the NFL, there will be three games on CBS, the first between the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions at 12:30 PM, second between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at 4:15 PM, and the night will close out with the New England Patriots vs the New York Jets at 8:20 PM.  Many towns also have high school football teams play against their biggest rival on Thanksgiving, so that is a great social event to take advantage of before the feast begins!  Another way to enjoy some football?  Why not head outside after the big meal and work off some of those calories with a quick game?

The Wishbone – Wishbone’s can be found in the chest area of all turkeys and chickens, and breaking it is a fun way to celebrate, especially with children.  Legend has it that two people each hold an end of the wishbone, make a wish, and then pull on the ends until it breaks, whoever has the larger piece gets their wish!  Breaking the wishbone can be tricky, especially if it hasn’t had time to dry out.  Be sure to give it some time to dry and become brittle, if you want, save this year’s wishbone until next Thanksgiving and break it then, so that each Thanksgiving going forward you can split the wishbone from the previous years’ turkey.  This is a fun tradition to participate in with siblings, your better half, or anyone you enjoy stirring up some competition with!

Giving Thanks – During this time of year, we need to remember why we come together to celebrate and keep in mind why we give thanks.  Everyone has something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, whether it be friends, family, health, or happiness, or a day off of work.  Whatever you are thankful for, take a moment before the big meal to go around the table and have each family member share their thoughts, it will make everyone feel better and celebrates the true meaning behind Thanksgiving!  At this time of year, not only should we be thankful for what we have, but it’s important to remember those that are less fortunate than ourselves.  See if there’s any way you can give back in your neighborhood this year!  Many towns have food drives, soup kitchens, or even races to benefit the homeless on or around Thanksgiving, so look up some local events and see how you can get involved!

These traditions are only a few of the ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, however you spend the holiday, keep in mind the origins and remember to be thankful for all of your blessings!

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Things To Do In Plymouth!

Everyone across the country knows of Plymouth, MA, the site of the first Thanksgiving!  How lucky are we that we have so much history only a short drive away?  Head down to the south shore this weekend and stop by Plymouth, there are tons of museums and historical points of interest, including Plymouth Rock of course!  Remembering how Thanksgiving began reminds us of why we are thankful for friends, family, health, and happiness.  What better time of year to stop by one of the most historic towns in America than the weekend before Thanksgiving?

Plimoth Plantation – Stop by Plimoth Plantation to experience a “hands-on, living history experience dedicated to the Native Wampanoag and Pilgrim colonists of the 17th century.  Costumed guides and modern artisans all add to the educational experience that spans across four award-winning exhibits.  The plantation replica is situated along the Eel River wetlands that overlooks Cape Cod Bay, so not only will you enjoy an entertaining historic discussion, there will also be some amazing views to enjoy before the winter chill sets in.  The museum is open daily from 9 AM – 5 PM and be sure to stop by their gift shop where you can find specialty gifts and crafts!

Native Plymouth Tours – Get an inside look at historic Plymouth through the eyes of a Native American!  Native American guides will lead guests on a walking tour that lasts about an hour and a half and is a mile long, through some of the most famous sites in Plymouth, along with a few that are not as well known.  The Native Americans will give you an educational and historic look back at the relationship between the Wampanoags and the Pilgrims from their perspective.  The tour begins at Plymouth Rock and runs until November 25th.  Friday and Saturday, walk up tours are available at 5:30 PM but require a reservation Sunday-Thursday.  Guests interested in taking the tour after any time after November 25th will require a reservation as well.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for children ages 5-18.

Plymouth Rock – Located in Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Plymouth Rock is one of the most famous attractions to visit in Plymouth.  Engraved with the year “1620” the rock is a constant reminder of the original Pilgrims that landed and made Plymouth their home.  The park has over 1 million visitors per year, and it’s no wonder with the beautiful views of Plymouth Harbor to enjoy.  The park is also home to The Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower that first brought the Pilgrims from Europe to America.  Stop by Pilgrim Memorial State Park and get your history fix before Thanksgiving while also taking in some amazing views!

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving – We mentioned this event in our blog posting Events This November! but wanted to remind everyone that this yearly event is this weekend! It takes place from the 16th-18th and guests will be able to get a glimpse back in time and learn what the first Thanksgiving was actually like!  We recommend stopping by the Wampanoag Pavillion on Saturday the 17th from 11 AM to 4 PM, where you will be able to ask questions about the first Thanksgiving that will be answered by Colonial and Wampanoag interpreters during the event.  In addition to this info session, there will also be crafts, a harvest festival, photo gallery, historic village, music, living historians who will reenact military events, and artisans creating and selling goods.  Take a step back in time and celebrate the history of Thanksgiving this weekend!

Even though we love to enjoy Turkey Day with tons of food and football, it’s important to keep in mind how the tradition started and remember that we need to be thankful for each other!  Take a step back in time and stop by Plymouth this weekend for a dose of American history and a sense of the traditions that started the first Thanksgiving feast!

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Charity Events This November

The holidays are approaching quickly and it’s the time of year when we count our blessings and recollect on what we are thankful for while also doing what we can for those in need.  If you’re looking for a way to get involved in a charity event this month, check out these options below.  These events benefit local homeless people and pets, children living in at-risk circumstances, and our military members and veterans.  All of these groups need our support year round, but especially during the holidays.  Take some time to give back this month, in addition to providing aid to those in need, attending or donating to these events will make you feel great as well!  What better time to give back and celebrate what we’re thankful for than before Thanksgiving?

Boston River Run 5k – Veteran’s day is right around the corner, what better way to spend it than running through Boston in memory of Corporal Andrew Graham Narcus?  Andrew was a U.S. Marine who was tragically killed in a vehicular homicide accident while on his way home for Christmas and the case remains unsolved.  His family and friends invite you to run in the Boston River Run 5k on Sunday, November 11th in his memory.  All proceeds and donations benefit the Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund, which benefits one student in need from the Lincoln Sudbury regional high school each year and grants them a scholarship to be used for higher education.  The race begins and ends at Artesani Park in Boston, with a start time of 9AM and ends at 12 noon.   The registration fee is $35 and you can sign up here. There will be plenty of FREE parking at the event as well.

Pets In Need Silent AuctionPets in Need is a small adoption program that is privately run by volunteers.  They are strictly no-kill and often rescue unwanted dogs and cats that are at risk of being euthanized due to behavioral issues, overcrowded shelters, or financial burden.  If you are an animal lover, this is a very worthy cause to support as all proceeds directly benefit the animals.  Friday, November 16th they are hosting a silent auction at the Somerville City Club in Somerville, MA from 7-9 PM (bidding ends at 8:30 PM).  There will be music and food as well as many items to bid on.  Items are varied but include restaurant gift cards, sports memorabelia, hotel stays, tickets and passes to local museums and activities, and retail gift cards.  If you can’t stop by the event itself, consider volunteering!  Pets in Need relies on foster families to house their animals so every volunteer means another life saved!

Boston Thanksgiving Bootcamp Blast For Charity – This event will leave you feeling great on the inside and out!  Head over to the Boston Common on Thanksgiving morning (November 22nd) at 9AM for a workout that will help you work off all those Thanksgiving calories before you even eat!  The workout lasts from 9 AM- 10:30 AM and costs $25 to register, with proceeds benefitting the St. Francis House.  The St. Francis House is a day shelter located across from the Boston Common and offers programs to it’s guests that help them rebuild their lives.  If possible, participants are also encouraged to bring gently used clothes with them, which can then be donated to the St. Francis House right after the event.  As the cold weather approaches, charities that help the homeless need more assistance than ever so anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated!

Stuff-A-Truck Boston – This event is being hosted by the Home For Little Wanderers and WCVB-TV Ch. 5 to benefit local children living in at-risk circumstances.  The Home For Little Wanderers aims to assist children and vulnerable families alike by providing necessary programs that keep children safe in their communities.  Services include behavioral health, special education, adoption, foster care, and many additional vital programs that enrich the lives of these children in need.  The organization also helps children make the transition from state systems of care to adulthood.  WCVB-TV Ch. 5 is helping to promote this event where participants are being challenged to fill up a Bernie and Phyl’s truck with new, unwrapped toys for children from the home.  The truck will be on the Boston Common in front of Park Street station on November 29th from 11 AM – 7 PM.  There will also be another truck located in Dedham at Legacy Place.

Step out and support one of these wonderful causes this month!  All of these events benefit very worthy local charities and need your help more than ever!  While we are remembering what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving, please keep the less fortunate in mind and if you can’t attend these events themselves, consider donating or volunteering, there are always ways to help!

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Free Events This November!

The holidays are on their way and will be here before we know it!  If you’re trying to save your pennies for Christmas shopping and presents, check out some of these events this month.  All of them are going on in Boston and are totally FREE!  Now you can enjoy a girls night, soak in some Christmas cheer, get a great workout, and get some tips on healthy choices for you and your family all while saving up for the holiday season.  Does it get much better than that?

Alex and Ani Girl’s Night OutAlex and Ani bracelets are becoming more and more popular every day.  Their eco-friendly and and positive energy products feature unique designs and sayings that have become well-known across the country.  Now’s your chance to stop by their Newbury St. store for a private shopping event for you and your girlfriends!  All you have to do is RSVP online and you can head over to their store on Tuesday, November 13th from 6-8 PM and you can enjoy some free cocktails and sweets while shopping the night away, what more can you ask for in a girl’s night?

Healthy Choices For A Healthy Family: Nutrition and Weight Management – Nutrition and fitness are becoming more and more important to focus on than ever!  With obesity related health issues on the rise, it is vital to maintain and promote a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family.  Stop by this free workshop at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston in Tuesday, November 13th from 6-7:30 PM for the latest info on nutrition and resources throughout the community that are meant to help keep families healthy.  Brigham and Women’s Hospital nutritionist Kathy McManus, MS, RD will be on hand to lead the discussion and healthy refreshments from Perry’s Catering will also be served.  Guests can also enter a raffle for $50 holiday gift certificates.  To RSVP please contact Charlotte Vieira at (617) 264-8750 or cchhe@partners.org.

Pilates Boot Camp With Jennifer Phelan – Now’s you chance to get a world class work out with Boston’s #1 rated Pilates instructor right in the middle of Faneuil Hall!  Jennifer Phelan is a nationally certified and award winning Pilates instructor who is offering a free 45 minute workshop on Saturday, November 17th from 9:15-10 AM.  Stop by the upper rotunda of the Quincy Market building and get your workout on!  Pilates helps to improve flexibility, muscle strength, endurance, and focuses on developing a strong core, steady breathing, and improved balance.  This is the perfect opportunity to test the waters and see if Pilates is right for you!  This event is free for people of all ages, although participants are expected to bring their own mat.

Story Time With The Grinch! – Join the Citi Performing Arts Center for an interactive reading of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! This classic Christmas story will be led by Citi Center’s Artist Fellow, Toni Bee and will last for about an hour.  There will also be an original poetry workshop and costume contest so be sure to dress up as your favorite Whoville character to spread the holiday cheer!  Costume contest participants will also be entered into a drawing to receive tickets to How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical which will be playing at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, from November 23rd until December 9th.  This event begins on Saturday, November 17th at 3PM but be sure to get there early and get a good spot!  Afterwards, take a walk outside and stop by the Blink! Launch Event which we mentioned last week in our blog on events this November.  This is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and what’s even better is that both events are totally free!  Story Time With The Grinch also takes place on November 24th at 10 AM, December 1st at 10 AM, and December 8th at 10 AM so there will be plenty of opportunities to stop by if  you can’t make it on the 17th!

All of these events sound like a great time, especially since they are free!  Now you can enjoy an exclusive shopping experience, world class workout, health workshop, and day of Christmas cheer all on a budget!  These events are perfect for college students, friends, families, couples, and anyone looking to have a good time this month so get out there and enjoy!

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Events This November!

Can you believe it’s already November?  Time flies when you’re having fun, and it will go by even faster with these events to look forward too!  Before the Christmas rush begins, take some time to relax and enjoy these events this month, there’s something for everyone whether you want to go out with friends, family, or out for date night, we’ve got you covered!

Fall Wine Fest – Sounds good already doesn’t it?  Get your tickets before they sell out!  This wine tasting event is this Saturday, November 3rd at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts in Boston and there are three tasting sessions to choose from.  The matinee tasting is from noon-2:30 PM, followed by the afternoon tasting from 3PM-6PM (recently sold out), and final tasting is from 7PM-10PM.  Prices vary depending on which tasting you want to attend, but you can get more information here.  Guests will get their “passport” to guide them through the event and the different regions of wine.  There will also be music from DJ Karl and food samples to enjoy with your wine.  This event is limited to members or guests of members, but membership is free and you can subscribe here.  This event is 21+ and we want all attendees to enjoy responsibly and designate a driver!

Royal Tea At The MFA – Beginning this Sunday, November 4th the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is hosting an afternoon tea session to compliment the exhibition “Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits“.  It will run each Sunday from November 4th until December 16th from 3PM-4:30 PM and is $28.00 per person.  There will be a wide assortment of finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones whipped up by their pastry chef and guests can also add in a glass of wine, sherry, or brandy for an additional fee. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Open Table or by calling (617) 369-3474.  This event sounds like a great way to relax on a Sunday afternoon with friends or family.  Who doesn’t love a warm cup of tea and some pastries on a fall afternoon?

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving – Plymouth Rock put Massachusetts on the map when the pilgrims landed and celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the Native Americans.  Take a drive to Plymouth from November 16th-18th and prepare for Thanksgiving at a celebration aimed at preserving the history of the holiday as well as remembering those that have fought and sacrificed to protect the American dream.  There will be a parade, military reenactments, a food festival, entertainment, and much more.  This is a great event for the whole family this fall as it celebrates the holiday while also remembering the important history behind it.  There will also be crafts, a Harvest festival, and a Wampanoag pavillion set up to teach visitors what the first Thanksgiving between the Natives and Pilgrims was really like.  Take a drive down to Plymouth this weekend, check out the Mayflower, and enjoy the holiday season while also keeping in mind the origins of Thanksgiving!

Blink! Launch Event – Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Pops for the first annual Blink! Launch Event!  This exciting tradition features the music of the Boston Pops and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Faneuil Hall!  This is the perfect event to kick of the holiday season and will definitely get you in the spirit!  Stop by with the family and enjoy this festive event that begins at 5:30 PM on Saturday, November 17th.  There will be food vendors, plenty of shops to check out, and entertainment before the main performance begins!  The Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting is a Christmas tradition and Blink! is a new spin on this classic outing that is perfect for family and friends of all ages.  Be sure to arrive early so you can get a good spot!

Head out to one of these events this month before the Christmas madness begins!  Whether you’re looking for the perfect girls night, family event,  or for a taste of some culture there is an event for you this month!  There’s plenty of time to enjoy the holiday season before the pressure’s on, so head out with family and friends this month, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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