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Date Night Salvation

“Dinner and a movie tonight?” This is the typical question one partner says to the other on when that sweet Friday comes around. Sure, dinner and movies are fun, once in a while, but they are also costly and can be, well, stale.

Studies show that engaging in new activities with your partner can bring you emotionally closer to one another. So, let’s bring you two closer and feeling good about yourselves with these 5 new and fun date ideas:

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Help Make Wishes Come True

What if you have the chance to share the power of a wish? For over 30 years the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human process with hope, strength, and joy. Originating in Arizona the foundation has become internationally known and has local chapters throughout the country and world.

In 1983, the Metro New York chapter opened their doors and serves the five boroughs and Long Island's Nassau County. As of September 2011 the chapter teamed with the Western New York chapter and now serves over 23 counties in New York State. The first wish granted by this local chapter was for a 7-year-old boy who wished to meet Catherine Bach, who portrayed Daisy Duke in the famous series Dukes of Hazard. In 2013, the chapter will grant its 10,000th wish.

DO-GOODERS
Trace Adkins Helps Improve the Community

Last week, country music star Trace Adkins joined Maxwell House and volunteers to help renovate the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Drops of Good: The Maxwell House Community Project is put together by Rebuilding Together and brings together loyal Maxwell House drinkers and communities that could use their help.

The project has helped to create safe and healthy homes and communities. The Urban Ministry Center was voted by the public to be one of the three community centers receiving the makeover of a lifetime, with up to $50,000 in renovations, from Maxwell House. Trace Adkins helped out with the project and was also on hand to cut the ribbon to officially unveil the completed work. Check out Trace in action!

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Solving the Homeless Cat Crisis in NYC

The Homeless Cat Crisis

Right now, tens of thousands of homeless cats are struggling to survive on the streets of New York City. These cats, suffering from disease, starvation, and neglect in all weather extremes, continue to grow in number each year. Overburdened, city shelters are forced to euthanize seventy percent of all incoming cats.

Adoption versus TNR

To solve our city's homeless cat crisis, we have to distinguish between stray cats, whom are domesticated, friendly to humans and prime for adoption, and feral (wild) cats, whom are not socialized and unable to be adopted.

GADGETS
App-y New Year!

New year, new you, right? Every January, millions of people pledge to take on a challenge to better themselves. But according to the online Goal Setting Guide, 20% of people drop their resolutions after the first month and by July it's estimated that over half of the remaining resolution-keepers give up. Often times it's easier to keep a resolution when you have someone, or something, to hold you accountable. Try out some of these highly recommended apps to keep you on track all year long.

HAPPENINGS
Today is National Make a Difference Day


Today is Make a Difference Day, a perfect time to put all of life's stresses aside and set out to do something good for others.

Millions of volunteers around the world are going out and helping one another, showing us the interconnectedness of our globe, and the universal need for help and charity.

Be it food drives, green space expansions, community building renovations, or a simple act of kindness, any small do-gooder deed will help change our world for the better.

The best part? Everyone can (and should!) participate. Find a cause in your community and dive on in! You'll be surprised and how easy it is to lend a hand, and how kindness will add up to truly help transform our world!

HAPPENINGS
Have you ever wondered who is behind Central Park's great year-long happenings?

New York City may be called the Concrete Jungle, but, of course, that’s not the whole truth. Stretching over two miles between 59th and 110th st is Central Park, an 843-acre public park in Manhattan that has become a model for city parks around the world.

And here is our Weekender, a short list of events coming up this weekend that you shouldn’t miss out on!

Friday, July 29th: Shakespeare in the Park: Measure for Measure at Delacorte Theatre

8:00PM-11:00 PM

This is the last Friday to catch one of NYC's most beloved traditions! Come out to Delacorte Theatre for a free show of Shakespear's Measure for Measure. Deemed as "Shakespeare at his grittiest," Measure for Measure is a bracing and bawdy glimpse of what happens when those in power allow their basest human impulses to range unchecked.

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Have Fun While Lending a Hand

How many hours do you spend at home on facebook? How about on your iphone, trying to figure out how to tweet in less than 140 characters the mishaps of your previous night's bar hopping on the Lower East Side? (or staying at home and innocently playing board games while drinking Sprite, for the underage).

The answer? Probably many, many hours.

So why don't you sacrifice some of those hours and get outside and do some good while having fun?! Here are some upcoming volunteer opportunies that are guarenteed to lend a helping hand while providing you with solid, rewarding fun.

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Nourishing NYC, one bite at a time

It seems that in the past few years, our national attitude about food and nutrition has spiraled off into two different directions. On the one hand, there has been an explosion of all things "healthy"- phrases like organic, all-natural, and un-processed have been flooding our grocery aisles. The irony to this new health craze is a parallel preoccupation with cheap fast food; Taco Bell's "Why Pay More" motto includes an 89-cent Potato Taco, and McDonald's holds faithful to their Dollar Menu with items such as the McDouble, a Sausage Biscuit, and a Hot Fudge Sundae.