Guest Contributor: Miss Cozy

Because of the cold weather, we usually bundle up more. As we go in and out
of temperature-controlled rooms or the thermometer rises and falls during
the day, we tend to be overdressed, causing moisture to be lost through
perspiration. For winter wear, we often choose irritating fabrics like wool
that can cause friction, more dryness, and accompanying itching and flaking. Or we may select materials (i.e., leather, nylon) that don’t allow the skin to breathe; this creates dampness that can trap bacteria against the skin
which, over the long run, causes irritations.

When dressing for winter, use non-irritating fabrics such as cotton, which
doesn’t trap moisture on the skin’s surface and can be worn for warmth or
coolness. Keep in mind, however, that cotton once wet, does not dry quickly. The best material for “wicking away” moisture from the skin is a synthetic material, like polyester or polypropylene. Also, it is best to dress in layers, so that you can add and remove clothing items to suit the changes in temperature.

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If you have the chance, try to stop by one of these great events this

Huntsville, Alabama – While we’re celebrating culture, we’re also
celebrating history – most importantly, *Veterans, during the Veterans Day
Parade.  *The Veterans Day parade usually starts on the 11th hour of the
11th day of the 11th month. Starting at 11 AM, the flag at the corner of
Williams & Lowe Avenues will be raised to full mast, followed by taps & a
three-volley rifle salute. Groups will be line-up no later than 10 AM.
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San Diego, California – Another celebration of culture, will be featured this weekend while *Fiesta de Reyes hosts an Irish-Mexican Festival* on Saturday November 13th.  The celebration honors Saint Patrick’s Brigade, a legendary artillery unit led by Irish immigrants who became a one of the Mexican Army’s most highly decorated brigade during the Mexican-American War. Featuring traditional Irish music and a blend of Mexican and Irish food, the event will feature members of the world-famous Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band making a rare appearance in full dress kilts followed by traditional Irish dance and song. In the Fiesta de Reyes plaza, $2 Guinness beers, corned beef tacos and potato flautas will be offered to the celebrants. The event begins at noon and ends at 3:30 pm – click here for more info.

Washington, D.C. – This weekend you sample tastes from around the world,especially Italy at the *The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show*. This show will include appearances by Food Network stars Paula Deen, Bobby Flay and newcomer Rachael Ray, as well as cooking demonstrations by award-winning local and national chefs. This event will be held this weekend, November 13-14, 2010 – Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday: 10 am – 5pm – Click here for more info.

Baltimore, Maryland – While we travel around celebrating culture, stop by the *Maryland Irish Festival*. The 35th annual festival kicks off Friday, November 12th at 6 pm at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The menu features Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage, plenty o potatoes. Don’t forget some Irish whiskey and beer to wash it all down. While you’re there, enjoy some of these events: Irish baking contest, Darts tournament, Speaker’s tent, Piping lessons, and Men in kilts competition.  There’s also traditional Irish music, book readings and signings, and Irish dance on the entertainment bill.  Click here for more info.

Long Island, New York – A great opportunity to taste culture this week will be at The Fifth Annual *Long Island Restaurant Week*. This promotion offers diners three course, prix fixe meals for $24.95 (not including tax and
gratuities) at over 200 restaurants including *City Cellar Wine Bar &
Grille, Porto Vivo, Besito, the Babylon Carriage House* and many more. For
more information, please click here.

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