Thursday, May 28, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day as we remember the many heroes who have served our country.

Think You Know Your Geography? These Online Quizzes Put Your Knowledge to the Test!

Do you think that you’re pretty well versed in the world’s geography? Can name all 50 states and their corresponding capitals? Put your geography skills to the test with these fun and educational online games—you just may find yourself stumped somewhere around Eastern Europe!

Shepard Software’s U.S.A. Capitals
This challenging game combines both the state capitals and the state’s physical location in the country to test your geography skills all at once. Players are given a state capital and then asked to choose the corresponding state from a blank map of the U.S., which means that even if you know the right state, you still might not get the answer right.

Capitals of the World
Expand your horizons outside of the country as you attempt to identify all of the countries in the world. Begin by clicking a continent from the game’s colorful world map, and then answer questions based on countries within that continent.

Shepard Software’s U.S.A. States
Once you tire of the state capitals, move on to testing your knowledge of their geographical locations. This game from Shepard Software features a blank map of the U.S., and players must click on the proper location of each state presented.

Did You Know That Movie Tickets Are Discounted on Tuesdays at Marlow 6 Theatre?

If you arrive at Marlow Cinema 6 on a Tuesday, you may just encounter a crowd. That's because every Tuesday at this Temple Hills movie theater is "Bargain Tuesday," when movie tickets are discounted to just $6 all day long.

Of course, there's more on offer at Marlow Cinema 6 than just discounts. This state-of-the-art theater comes equipped with all the amenities you'd expect from a modern movie theater: all-digital projection, digital surround sound, 3D capabilities, comfortable seats, and — because no movie is complete without snacks — a fully-loaded concessions stand. (Be sure to order a snack bundle to get the best deals on soft drinks, buttery popcorn, and candy!)

Check out Marlow Cinema 6 on Facebook to keep tabs on special discounts and advanced ticket sales.

Phoenix Big Cinemas Marlow Cinema 6
Marlow Heights Shopping Center
3899 Branch Ave #1
Temple Hills, MD 20748
(301) 702-2829

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day! How are you planning to celebrate mom today?

Topolino Italian Cuisine & Buffet: Fill Up On All-You-Can Eat Italian Fare

Few things exemplify authentic Italian cooking better than a wood burning brick oven, and that's exactly what serves as the cornerstone of Topolino Italian Cuisine & Buffet. This casual yet classy Italian eatery uses a traditional brick oven to prepare everything from blackened seafood to housemade pizzas, and it does so in a relaxing dining room with the oven right in the center. Pastas and antipasto appetizers are also very popular menu items.

Topolino offers an extensive buffet filled with a number of basic dishes that everyone loves, and there is even a Sunday brunch buffet with all-American breakfast items in addition to the usual Italian options. Whether you come for brunch or dinner, you’ll see why Topolino is so popular among area residents.

Topolino is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Topolino Italian Cuisine & Buffet
6320 Old Branch Avenue
Temple Hills, MD 20748
(301) 449-6160

Don’t Skip the Fried Fish Nuggets at Food for Life in Suitland

Boasting a fish-centric menu, Food for Life strives to use fresh, organic ingredients with no added preservatives, according to its website. This Suitland restaurant’s specialty is its fish nuggets—fried morsels of whiting fish. Order them plain or tossed in a spicy or sweet sauce. Yelp reviewers love the fresh dill sauce, which is the restaurant’s version of tartar sauce. It's reportedly the idea accompaniment to the plain fish nuggets.

If fish is not what you prefer, Food for Life serves two chicken dishes: a wrap and chicken fingers. There is also one vegetarian option: a fried portabella mushroom in honey barbecue sauce with other veggie toppings.

Because Food for Life is a popular dining destination, you might encounter a wait here. Yelpers suggest calling ahead to order. Food for Life is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Food For Life
4929 Suitland Road
Suitland, MD 20746

How to Make Your Own Play Dough

If your kids love to play with play dough, you might consider making your own version at home instead of purchasing store-bought brands. Whether you’re concerned with your child’s health or you simply want to save a few bucks, both you and your child are sure to love these three play dough recipes.

Colored Play Dough []
If you’re most concerned with achieving bright, vibrant colors in your play dough, this is the recipe to use. It uses less than 10 common household ingredients to make, and you can use whichever types of food coloring you prefer to create a rainbow of bold colors.

No-Cook Play Dough []
This recipe makes moldable, smooth play dough that your children will love, and it requires absolutely no cooking to do it. If you’re in a hurry or already have dinner in the oven, this recipe is quick and convenient.

Edible Play Dough []
No matter how much you try, you child just won’t stop putting the play dough in his or her mouth. Luckily, this completely edible play dough recipe is the answer to your problems. It’s completely safe for human consumption, and although it doesn’t taste great to adults, kids seem to love it.

There’s Way More Than Just Books in the Catalog at Spauldings Library

More than 60 public computers. Two study rooms and one conference room. One whimsically decorated children's area and a teen zone. A cafe, free Wi-Fi, and countless books.

These are just a few of the amenities on offer at the Spauldings Library. It's not surprising, then, that this public library in District Heights attracts countless locals through its doors every day. Some arrive to browse the stacks in search of new, undiscovered books, while others come to the Spauldings Library for its rich and varied community programming. Catering to residents of all ages, programming runs the gamut from homework help and toddler storytime to computer classes and poetry workshops. Social clubs meet here, too, converging due to a shared interest in certain literary genres, chess, and foreign languages.

The Spauldings Library is open daily. Check the library's online calendar to keep tabs on upcoming events.

Spauldings Library
5811 Old Silver Hill Road
District Heights, MD 20747
(301) 817-3750

Get Into the Swing of Things at Henson Creek Golf Course

Henson Creek Golf Course may be a public course, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in amenities. To the contrary, this nine-hole, par 33 golf course in Fort Washington is equipped with an 18-station driving range, a pro shop, and its own club house, which frequently plays host to duffers refueling with a post-game brew and a bite.

As for the course itself, you can expect to encounter well-maintained fairways over its 50-plus acres. Many golfers opt to zip around on electric golf carts, which are available for rent at Henson Creek Golf Course for $7 to $11. Golf clubs may also be rented, and if you'd like to practice your swing at the driving range, you can grab a bucket of balls for no more than $6.

Perhaps best of all, Henson Creek Golf Course is open year-round.

Henson Creek Golf Course
1641 Tucker Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
(301) 567-4646

Happy Spring!

Everything is starting to bud and bloom! What are you doing to enjoy this lovely change in weather?

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