The Washington Specialty Shops are hosting a Candlelight Stroll at the Washington Square on Thursday, December 3rd from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This event will be a little different from years past as we all try to stay safe and healthy! This fun evening to kick-off the Christmas season includes:
• Santa will not be able to have kids sit on his lap this year, but he will be walking around the square handing out candy canes to kids from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
• Our Savior Lutheran Chruch will be providing music beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Lutheran Bell Choir will then play from 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
• The Town Tree Lighting will be at 6:00 p.m. with the Community Sing immediately following until 6:30 p.m.
• All the stores will be open late for shopping! Please wear masks and social distance.
With so much information changing on a daily basis, the Washington Park District has decided to go forego printing the traditional Winter/Spring Program Guide and moving it to an online version only. The Winter/Spring edition features program information for the Decebmer 2020 - April 2021 timeframe. This online-only guide allows staff to revise and make changes much easier.
Check the District website beginning on December 7th for the updated Program Guide at https://www.washingtonparkdistrict.com/
Visit https://washingtondl.org/ for some great activities at your local library. A few highlights include:
DIY Snow Storm
Join Cassie & Ali from the Youth Services Department, for a Facebook LIVE STEAM event. They will walk you through how to create this month’s experiment, DIY Snow Storm. STEAM Kit Pick-Up is Thursday, December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. If you were not able to get a kit, a list of materials and instructions is posted in the event discussion tab on the Facebook LIVE event. View this event at https://www.facebook.com/events/945625125949993/
Call 309-444-2241 to register to pick-up a free Gingerbread House Kit for your child! This kit comes with all the supplies needed to make a sugary holiday home. Pick-up will be through the drive-up window.
Craft Along - Winter Scene Ornament
Join Emily for a Facebook LIVE crafting event. She will walk you through how to create this month’s Teen craft, a Winter Scene Ornament. Craft Kit Pick-Up is Thursday, December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. View this event at https://www.facebook.com/events/379652816532227/
As we prepare for Christmas, now is the time to rally around the businesses in our community! Order from restaurants, shop small businesses, buy gift cards from local stores...whatever you can do to help make a difference during this holiday season.
Do not forget about food from the Washington American Legion on Friday nights. They are offering curbside with a full menu on Fridays only from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Orders open at 4:00 p.m. Call 309-745-8968.
A community event to allow local families in need to come Christmas shop at no cost from an array of gently used and new donated items. Individuals will be guided through the shopping areas and held to limits to allow the most families to benefit overall. Masks will be required and we will limit number of people in the building at a time.
The event is tentatively set for Friday, December 18th from 12:00 p .m. - 6:00 p.m. at 25234 Spring Creek Road in Washington.
Any cash donations will go toward providing holiday meal packages as well. Drop off donation locations will be posted on Facebook.
For updates and a Volunteer Sign Up Link, visit: https://www.signupgenius.coml/go/10c0848a5a82da1f85-christmas
A new 2020 report on passwords shows many people are not improving the security of their passwords. The most common password being used is still “123456”, and “password” is the fourth most frequently used. It takes a hacker less than one second to crack these types of passwords, and in 2020, “123456” was exposed over 23 million times!
When selecting a password, you should avoid patterns or repetitions, such as letters or numbers that are next to each other on a keyboard. Adding a capital letter, symbols, and numbers in unexpected places is important for security -- and in all cases, do not use personal information, such as birthdates or names.
Abbreviated passwords also work well. Choose a phrase like ‘I want to go to England” and abbreviate it by using the first letters in each word and change the word “to” to the number “2” for the result of iw2gtne. Make it even more complex by adding a symbol like “&”.
Thursday, December 10th
7 p.m. – Silent Night – A Song For The World (CW) Special
A musical film documentary about the creation and cultural impact of the world’s most famous Christmas carol, composed in 1818 in Salzburg. Translated into 140 languages, Silent Night caused a Christmas ceasefire in World War I, while Bing Crosby’s version is the third best-selling single ever. In short: A song for the world! The film tells the story of Silent Night, narrated by Hugh Bonneville, with new recordings by global stars in different languages with a cast including Kelly Clarkson, Joss Stone, John Rhys-Davies, David Foster, Kathrine McPhee, Randy Jackson, Gavin Rossdale, Sheléa, Ailee, Josh Groban, The Vienna Boys Choir, Anggun, Lina Makhoul, The Tenors, Rolando Villazón and many more. The special was created and directed by Award winning director Hannes M. Schalle and produced by Marlene Beran of Moonlake Entertainment.
Need some fun or last-minute gifts? Here are some practical, and unique tech gift ideas for the house and the family. https://www.theverge.com/21558887/home-tech-holiday-gift-guide-kitchen-speakers-work
Wednesday, December 9th
7 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical! (NBC)
NBC is bringing Dr. Seuss to life this holiday season with a fun-filled two-hour production of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical… from the Troubadour Theatre in London.
Friday, December 4th
9:00 p.m. on CBS
Blue Bloods returns for its 11th season premiere with “Triumph Over Trauma” - Amidst a shifting political climate, Frank goes head-to-head with City Council over protests against police brutality. Jamie and his nephew Joe Hill (Will Hochman) work together to locate Danny and Baez when they go missing while searching for a killer, and Eddie steps up to help an abrasive woman find her father’s body after it was misplaced during the outset of the pandemic.
Sunday, December 6th
7:30 p.m. – A Holly Dolly Christmas (CBS)
Performing from an intimate, candlelit set, Dolly brings both powerful, faith-ﬁlled hymns and light-hearted holiday classics to help viewers celebrate her favorite time of year. The legendary country star also showcases tracks from her new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas.
Wednesday, December 9th
7 p.m. – The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) Special Series
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as ABC’s tree-mendously popular decorating competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” takes over Wednesdays in December as it returns for its eighth season with back-to-back episodes starting WEDNESDAY DEC 9 at 8/7c, for three consecutive weeks. America’s brightest houses bring joy to the world with the help of celebrity judges – lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak. All isn’t always calm, but all is definitely bright as the Christmas classic takes viewers across the country to the most elaborate and awe-inspiring holiday displays in the nation.
We've had many requests for this one! MTCO digiMAX just added Newsmax channel to its Select package. You can now view Newsmax on channel 118 in SD and in HD on channel 516.