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|Donate Blood! - RI Blood Center is
always in need of blood donations, but especially at holiday times. The
donation process - medical review, donation & refreshments
- takes less than one hour! Please call the Blood Center at 800-283-8385.
The local center is at 700 Aquidneck Ave. (the Polo Center shopping
area) their number is 848-7422
Food & other Donations/Help
Many local centers need donations of food items and/or
volunteers to help gather, serve, drive and other jobs as needed. Food
items generally need to be non-perishable: canned goods, stuffing and/or
mashed potato mix, cranberry sauce, cereal, etc. Some places will gladly
accept monetary donations to buy larger or perishable items to distribute.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center -
The RI Community
Food Bank - 401-826-3073
ECHO (Ecumenical Help and Outreach) is an all
volunteer agency that gives rides to elderly and infirm patients so
they can make their medical appointments. Helpers are needed to answer
the phone, set up rides and work with volunteer drivers. Hours are
Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm, training is provided. Volunteers
can work on a weekly, monthly or substitute basis. For more information
call Mary Lou Proffett at 253-6353 or Mary Clair at 253-3351.
Special Olympics has a program called "Recycle for
They will collect old cars in ANY condition
and recycle them. The money raised goes to pay for training and to provide athletic
competition to Special Olympic athletes across the state. For info on how to
have your old car taken away call 800-590-1600 (you may even qualify for a tax
Click here for more
information on Donating and Volunteering
FDA's Food Safety Site USDA
Food Safety and Inspection Service
TV chef's Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse & Sara Moulton are featured
Birds Eye Vegetables
Butterball Turkey site - "Turkey
headquarters on the internet"
Chicken of the Sea
Eagle Brand Milk
Epicurious - over
10,000 recipes (206 just for turkey)
The yeast folks
Hungry Pilgrim, The - New England Style Recipes
Kitchenlink - recipes and more.
Land O'Lakes Holiday Bakeline
Nestle Baking Family, The
North Pole.com - cookies and lots of other recipes
Site - Recipes
Recipe Site - Canada
ideas from Reynolds Wrap
ThanksgivingRecipe.com - "Thanksgiving all the time"
Traditional Christmas Recipes
Vegan Christmas or Yule
Plimoth Plantation - A step
back in time, great trip during this time of year.
AARP - about Hanukkah
History of Hanukkah - from TV's The History Channel
Hanukkah - World Book
Hanukkah History - Games, Free Printable Activities and Lesson Plans
Holiday History - Games, Free Printable Activities
Jewish Year, The - A
calendar showing the Jewish Holidays and information about them
Hanukkah Links and Info
in Newport -a city-wide celebration fostering the historic
traditions of the holiday season.
at the Newport Mansions -
The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you
tour The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House decked out in Yuletide
finery, with thousands of poinsettia plants, spectacular evergreens,
trees, wreaths and fresh flowers. Dining tables set with period silver and china and mannequins dressed in authentic costumes complete the elegant setting.
All three houses are decorated and open daily for tours from November 12 through January 1.
Christmas Tree Farms -
Tagging and cutting:
list of RI grown Christmas Tree choose/tag, choose/cut places
Escobar's Highland Farm
- 133 & 251 Middle Rd, Portsmouth
9 am to dusk, Nov - Dec. 683-1444 Web
Sweet Berry Farm
19 Third Beach Rd,
9am to dusk daily mid Oct - December
Spruce Acres Nursery
East Main Rd at the Portsmouth - Middletown line
Quonset View Farms
895 Middle Rd Portsmouth
8am to dusk weekends only
Braman's Lane Christmas
Tree Farm - Braman's Lane (off East Main Rd), Portsmouth
Thurston Tree Farm -
664 Union St, Portsmouth 846-6789
Early Dec. until Christmas Eve - 8am to 4pm
You cut it with saw provided by farm
Around the World
Christmas Carols & songs
Claus.com - family & kids site
History of Christmas - from TV's The History Channel
Santa Tracking provided
Say Merry Christmas in many languages
PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATED DATES OF TREE PICKUP ONCE THEY ARE KNOWN
Jan. -- - Newport: Christmas tree pickup
Christmas trees will be collected on residents' regularly scheduled collection
day. Trees must be curbside and clean of any tree bags, ornaments, tinsel, etc.
For more information call Clean City Program at 845-5613 or see the collection calendar
Jan. -- - Portsmouth: DPW picks up Christmas trees
The Department of Public Works will pick up discarded Christmas trees on weekdays. Do NOT put them in plastic bags. Trees must be totally stripped of all decorations and tinsel! Leave them curbside by 7am on your collection day. Christmas trees cannot be accepted at the transfer station, but will be accepted at the Department of Public Works 143 Hedley St. 683-0362. Trees are recycled into mulch that will be free and available to Portsmouth residents. Call 682-0362 for information. Check the town web site for more info. The schedule for tree pick up follows your voting precinct area ...
Monday January 4, 2010 - Precinct 2702, 2703 and 2704 (If you voted at the Roger Williams Conference Center 2702, the Portsmouth Senior Center 2703 or the Common Fence Point Community Hall 2704)
Tuesday January 5, 2010 - Precinct 2705 and 2706 (If you voted at Hathaway School 2705 or Portsmouth High School gymnasium 2706
Wednesday January 6, 2010 - Precinct 2707 and 2708 (If you voted at Town Hall 2707 or Melville School 2708)
Thursday January 7, 2010 - Precinct 2709 and 2710 (If you voted at Portsmouth Middle School 2709 or St Barnabas Church 2710)
Friday January 8, 2010 - Precinct 2712 (If you voted at Aquidneck Island Christian Academy 2712)
- - Middletown: Christmas Tree Pickup
www.middletownri.com Christmas Trees are collected at curbside on your regular collection day the first week of January. online information can be found here.
** All ornaments, decorations, tinsel,
etc. should be removed from trees.
** Trees should NOT be In plastic
** All trees must be placed at curbside
by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
History of Kwanzaa - from TV's The History Channel
Kwanzaa - World Book
Happy New Year!:
New Year - World Book
Opening Night- Newport
of links to around the world New Years sites
Luther King Jr. Day:
The King Center
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
Martin Luther King, Jr. Addresses
the March on Washington ("I have a dream...")
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Holiday - On the Net
Happy Easter Store
To On Aquidneck's