Wednesday, December 12, 2018

10 DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make with Kids



The kids are getting excited as Christmas gets closer. Keeping their excitement in check can be daunting. Why not work on some of these cute DIY Christmas ornaments to give away as gifts or create a cute kids tree full of these ornaments.

1. Sesame Street Ornaments
Help your kids bring their favorite TV characters to the Christmas tree by stuffing disc-shaped ornaments with red or blue crinkle-cut paper and gluing on tiny Cookie Monster and Elmo faces. 

What you'll need: plastic disc ornament, red shredded crinkle-cut paper blue shredded crinkle-cut paper), printable Cookie Monster and Elmo templates

2. Charlie Brown Ornament
Squirt a little paint into your ornament, shake it until the color is evenly distributed, and stick on a zig-zagging strip of contact paper to nail your favorite Peanut's iconic look.

What you'll need: plastic ball ornament, yellow paint and black contact paper

3. Santa's Belt Ornament
Kids will love stuffing this cutesy bauble with fun, fluffy feathers — just make sure you leave the hot-gluing to Mom or Dad.

What you'll need: plastic ball ornament, red feathers, black glitter elastic, and a  rhinestone buckle slider.

4. Goldfish Bowl Ornament
Real aquarium gravel makes this fish bowl ornament extra convincing. Complete the underwater illusion by threading some fishing line through a vinyl goldfish and using it to suspend him.

What you'll need: plastic ball ornament, green aquarium gravel vinyl goldfish, fishing line and a  funnel.

5. Despicable Me Minion Ornament
This one is guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. Set them up with the right materials, then let them customize their Minions to build a little yellow family.

What you'll need: plastic ball ornament, yellow paint, black contact paper, aluminum foil, and googly eyes.

VISIT: GOODHOUSEKEEPING.COM to get the rest of the list and watch the video to make all these cute holiday ornaments and more.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Sell Your Lexington Home This Holiday Season

Lexington Home Sellers
If you need or want to sell your Lexington home this holiday season, there’s no need to wait! Contact me, your Lexington real estate agent, I am happy to help. There are fewer buyers out now, sure, but there are also perks to selling during the holidays!

1.  Holiday decorations help make your home look brighter and cozier.
2.  The home-selling process happens faster, because there are less transactions being processed in December. Home inspectors, mortgage lenders, etc. are less busy.
3.  There’s less competition from other sellers. There will always be buyers who need or want to sell right now, and they are serious buyers looking for a fast purchase!

When ready to begin the home-selling process in the Lexington real estate market, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent! Let’s get started! Happy Holidays!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2019 Lexington Winter Rec Programs


The 2019 Lexington Winter Rec Programs are now available to register! 

Click to Access the program


The Lexington Rec Program Mission
To provide affordable, quality programs meeting the needs of the community. We are committed to providing active and passive leisure opportunities that are educational, fun and life-enriching. The Department promotes participation by all Lexington residents in safe, accessible, and well-maintained facilities.

Activities for all ages!

 Phone:
781-698-4800
781-698-4810 Recorded Information & Cancellations

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Lexington Events December 9, 2018



Lexington Tea Burning

Sunday, December 9, 10 AM - 4 PM, Lexington Visitor’s Center (1875 Massachusetts Avenue)
Lexington Historical Society and the Lexington Minute Men invite all to the Lexington Tea Burning, an all-day event free and open to the public.

The events will take place on the grounds of another sponsor of the event, the Lexington Visitor’s Center and will begin at 10 AM with an 18th century soldier encampment, followed by musket drills, 18th century cooking demonstrations, parades, and music, and culminate with the burning of the tea at 1:30 PM.

Historic Buckman Tavern - decorated for the holidays - will be open for complimentary tours that day. Take a tour and learn more about tasty alternatives to tea that were available to patriots during the war in an interactive drop-in program from 12-1 and 2-3 PM.

Masters Singers Christmas

Sunday, December 9, 4:00pm at First Parish Church

You're invited to start your holiday celebration with this local tradition: a late afternoon holiday concert followed by a reception with Christmas cookies! The Master Singers presents a program of  rich choral music with strings and organ, including Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D and Francesco Durante’s Magnificat, which was misattributed to Giovani Pergolesi for many years. The concert will close with a selection of traditional Christmas carols, and a festive reception follows. First Parish Church is located at 7 Harrington Road on the historic Battle Green in Lexington, MA. The church is fully accessible with ample free parking behind the church. Concert tickets are $25.00 for general admission and $20.00 for seniors and students. Discounts are available from members of the chorus and to WGBH member card holders and Greater Boston Choral Consortium members. 

For information and directions, please call (781) 275-1478 or visit www.themastersingers.org.

The Master Singers of Lexington is turning 50 this year! Save these dates for our remaining concerts: a special 50th Anniversary Concert on March 23, followed by POPS: As Time Goes By on May 4.



Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Tours



Friday November 23 and Saturday November 24

Not interested in shopping this Black Friday weekend?

Come visit our historic homes this holiday season! Self-guided audio tour, social media exhibit, and wonderfully stocked museum store at Buckman Tavern, 9:30 AM - 4 PM. Guided tour and First Shot! Film at Hancock-Clarke House, 10 AM - 4PM. 




Wednesday, November 14, 2018

8 Ways to Winterize Your Car

Winter is fast approaching in Lexington and we often talk about winterizing our homes but often neglect getting our vehicles ready for winter. Many of the things on the list can be completed on your own or you just might want to leave it all to a trained mechanic. Either way spend a few minutes reviewing this list and get ready for winter!


  1. Check your battery.  The chemical reactions required to generate power in a car battery slowdown in cold temperatures. At 5 degrees F, a fully charged battery has only half its rated amp-hour capacity. Also during cold weather, your engine requires more current from the battery in order to get the engine started. Combine less power output with more power requirements and you get a car that won’t start on a cold winter morning.
  2. Change your wiper blades and refill your wiper fluid.  Build-up of winter precipitation and salt on your windshield can greatly reduce visibility. Wiper blades are only good for a year. Replace yours if they look frayed or worn and consider getting “winter wiper blades”.
  3. Consider getting snow tires.  Snow tires are made of a softer rubber than all-season tires which allows them to retain flexibility in the bitterest of cold. Snow tires also have tread patterns specially designed to grip into snow and ice.
  4. Check your tire pressure. If you don’t replace your regular tires with snow tires, at least keep them properly inflated during the winter. Cold weather causes air pressure in your tires to drop. For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tire’s air pressure will drop about 1psi. A properly inflated tire ensures the best possible contact between the road and the tires which is essential for safe traction when driving in wintry conditions.
  5. Check your anti-freeze mixture. The mixture of anti-freeze and water in your radiator should be about 50:50. This will prevent the coolant in your radiator from freezing. If you want to check the composition of your radiator’s fluid, you can pick-up an inexpensive anti-freeze tester at your local auto parts store.
  6. Stock your car with emergency supplies. You never know when you’ll get stranded on the side of the road in a hellacious blizzard. Be prepared by having your car packed with emergency supplies. Examples are bottled water, blankets, small/travel snow shovel, flashlight etc.
  7. Change the oil and adjust the viscosity. In order for your engine to run, it needs proper lubrication from oil. Unfortunately, cold weather reduces the oil’s effectiveness. The colder it is outside, the thicker the oil gets, and thick oil doesn’t circulate through your engine as easily as thin oil. Consequently, your engine doesn’t get the lubrication it needs during start-up and you’re left with a car that won’t start.
  8. Check your belts and hoses. Cold temps can weaken the belts and hoses that help make your engine run. Check them for any signs of wear and tear and have them replaced if needed. If a belt snaps while you’re driving, you’ll have to wait for a tow truck to come pick your cold butt up.


   

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Home Inspection Questions for Lexington MA Homebuyers

Lexington MA Homebuyer Tips
As a Lexington MA homebuyer, it’s important that you get a home inspection done before signing the closing papers. This will allow you to renegotiate the price or terms if anything major comes up. As your Lexington real estate agent, here are questions I suggest asking your home inspector:

1.  What is major and what’s minor? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you receive the report, so ask the inspector which issues they find the most serious.
2.  Should I call in an expert? If an issue is pretty serious, your inspector might recommend that you call an expert to look into it further.
3.  Can you explain? Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification on an issue you don’t understand!
4.  Did you see this? If you think the inspector missed something, speak up.

Don’t be shy with your home inspector! Ask all the questions you need to better understand the findings. When ready to buy in the Lexington real estate market, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent! I’m here to help!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

11th Annual Lexington High School Cross Country Post-Thanksgiving 5k Race



11th Annual Lexington High School Cross Country
Post-Thanksgiving 5k Race

Where: Lincoln FieldWhen: Friday November 23rd at 9am (the morning after Thanksgiving)Registration Fee: $20



Lexington High School Cross Country/Track alumni have been coming together with the local running community the morning after Thanksgiving to compete, relive the glory days, and burn off some Turkey Day calories since 2008. Now in its 11th year, the "Alumni Race" has served as a great way to bring together the local running community to race on the team's storied 5k home course. All proceeds will benefit the Lexington High School Cross Country program.  

The Girls and Boys teams are among the top ranked teams in the state this year, and will be making a serious run at the Cross Country State Title next month. After the All-State meet we are planning on going to compete in the Nike Northeast Regional Championships where the top two teams advance to Nationals. Each kid has to pay their own way to attend this meet, and the proceeds of this race help to cover much of that expense.






Monday, October 29, 2018

Last 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for Lexington


The Facility will be Open Saturday, November 3, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Lexington residents may dispose of hazardous household products by bringing them to:
Minuteman Household Hazardous Products Regional Facility
Lexington Compost Facility
60 Hartwell Avenue 
You must bring identification and proof of residence in Lexington.

Directions to the facility:
From Rte 128 take exit 31 (Rte 4/225 heading towards Bedford).
At the first light take a right, via jug handle, onto Hartwell Ave.
The composting facility site is ¼ mile on the left just after the bike path .

Description of Services:
Residents of Lexington and participating communities may help protect the environment by taking common household hazardous products — ranging from cleaners and photography chemicals to paints, fuels and certain devices — to the Minuteman Facility on Hartwell Avenue in Lexington. Mailings with the complete schedule for the Minuteman Facility are sent to all Lexington residents annually.

Please bring identification and proof of residency with you to the center.

Please do not make multiple trips per event.  This slows down the event and it increases the cost to your town, as each town is assessed a fee based on the quantity of material per car brought to the site.
The Minuteman Hazardous Products Facility reserves the right to refuse unidentified materials or unacceptable amounts of hazardous waste.

If you cannot go to any of the Minuteman collections or are moving before the next one, Clean Harbors Environmental, Inc. holds HHW and electronic collections every Saturday from April 1 - October 31 at their Braintree facility.




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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

128 Business Expo


Join us for the 128 Business Expo

Over 100 different businesses showcase their products, goods and services.
There will be raffles and giveaways.
DON'T MISS OUT! 



Date: November 2, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Location:
Westin Waltham-Boston Hotel
70 Third Avenue
Waltham, MA 


ATTENDANCE IS FREE!!!!

​Exhibitor Fee: CHAMBER MEMBER $350 (6' table) or $700 (12' table)
                    NON-CHAMBER MEMBERS $500 (6' table) or $1000 (12' table)
                    Contact Molyna Richards for details: director@lexingtonchamber.org