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Holiday Season

Donations/Volunteers Thanksgiving Hanukkah      Christmas
Kwanzaa Cooking/Baking New Year
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Easter Send a greeting to a military service person.

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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 - 401-846-4828

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 Gold". 
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 break!)

Click here for more information on Donating and Volunteering


FDA's Food Safety Site        USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

ABC TV chef's Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse & Sara Moulton are featured here. 
Betty Crocker
Birds Eye Vegetables
Butterball Turkey site - "Turkey headquarters on the internet"
Carnation Milk
Carolina Rice
Cheese Lovers
Chicken of the Sea

Duncan Hines
Eagle Brand Milk
Epicurious - over 10,000 recipes (206 just for turkey)
Fleischmanns.com - The yeast folks
Grey Poupon

Holiday Recipe.com
Hungry Pilgrim, The - New England Style Recipes

Kitchenlink - recipes and more.

Land O'Lakes Holiday Bakeline

Libby's Pumpkin

National Cherries

Nabisco Recipes
Nestle Baking Family, The
North Pole.com - cookies and lots of other recipes
Ocean Spray Site - Recipes
Perdue Farms
Planters Nuts
Quaker Oats Recipe Site - Canada
Recipe ideas from Reynolds Wrap
- "Thanksgiving all the time"
Traditional Christmas Recipes

Vegan Christmas or Yule
Vegetarian recipes


Plimoth Plantation - A step back in time, great trip during this time of year.

Thanksgiving -World Book



AARP - about Hanukkah
History of Hanukkah
- from TV's The History Channel
- 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
Touro Synagogue



Christmas in Newport -a city-wide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season.

Christmas 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:

D.E.M. 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 Site

Sweet Berry Farm
19 Third Beach Rd, Middletown
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
683-1254 - 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

Christmas Around the World
Christmas Carols & songs

- family & kids site
History of Christmas
- from TV's The History Channel
Newport Mansions
Santa Tracking provided by NORAD
Say Merry Christmas in many languages


Jan. --  - Newport: Christmas tree pickup
               Discarded 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 bags.
        ** All trees must be placed at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.


AARP - about Kwanzaa
History of Kwanzaa
- from TV's The History Channel
World Book

Happy New Year!:

The New Year - World Book
Opening Night- Newport

Lots of links to around the world New Years sites

Martin 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


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