Out and About – Week of December 5th

Last Monday, November 28, we had the privilege of attending a reception for an art exhibit on display at the Flora Kirsch-Beck Art Gallery, located on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College. Titled “A Retrospective of 22 Years at The Oaks”, the exhibit featured the works of Professor Michael Northrup. The 32 piece exhibit included oil paintings, pastels, egg tempura, stained glass, blown glass, and hand-drawn lithographs. Michael’s husband Johann provided an array of international delicacies for refreshments. This is definitely a must-see for art enthusiasts.

Michael’s artwork will be on display through December 16, when the college is open. The gallery will reopen January 11, 2023 and Michael’s exhibit will be available for viewing through February 1. The gallery hours are from 11 AM until 1 PM.

The Christmas holidays include many family gatherings and home-cooked meals. If you are the one preparing some of those meals, here are several helpful hints:

When using the oven, use the oven light to check the food. Every time the oven door is opened, the temperature inside is reduced by up to 25 degrees.
When possible, make use of a slow cooker, microwave, toaster oven, or warming plate. These appliances use less energy than an oven and stove top.
Let hot food cool to room temperature before placing it inside the refrigerator. This ensures you don’t increase the temperature inside your fridge and cause it to use more energy to cool down.
This is only the beginning of December, but it’s not too early to send those Christmas gifts to family and friends who live out of town. As Christmas Day draws closer, the post office gets busier, and the chances of your packages arriving on time gets smaller. If you are concerned about your parcels getting there too early, just put stickers on the packages saying “DON’T OPEN UNTIL CHRISTMAS”.

Your car or truck is the second most expensive item you’ll ever buy. It should be treated like a member of the family. It even has its own room, as long as you have space in your garage. It makes sense to provide the proper care for such an expensive investment. Here are five things you might do for your vehicle during this change of seasons:

Clean your engine. By doing so, it will make it easier to spot the source of any leaks, should they arise. This should be done at least twice a year. You can use any one of many commercial engine de-greasers. Spray the engine, then rinse it off with a garden hose.
Buy new wiper blades. Make sure the lengths are correct, because the driver’s side may be different from the passenger side. Most auto stores will install them for free.
Scrub your battery. Battery corrosion is like a cancer under your car’s hood. Check the battery terminals. If there’s white or blue-green buildup, remove the connecting cables, mix some baking soda and water, pour it on the terminal and scrub it off. Wear hand and eye protection.
Keep your tires properly inflated. Keeping your tires properly inflated helps the tires last longer, improves fuel mileage and makes your car safer to drive.
Review your owner’s manual. By reviewing your manual, you’ll find answers to questions you might have concerning the operation of your vehicle.
Remember, if you take care of your car, it will take care of you.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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