2013-11-21 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

Operation Holiday Cheer

The 11th annual Operation Holiday Cheer will be held at the National Guard Armory, 541 Airport Rd., Warwick. Donation drop off and sorting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and care packages will be assembled on Sunday, Nov. 24. Volunteers must register in advance. Visit www.ltgov.state.ri.us/ohc to volunteer or view the troops’ wish list. For more information, call 401- 222-2371.

‘Turkey Burn Off’

MWR will hold a “Turkey Burn Off” on Friday, Nov. 29, 8-11:30 a.m. The 160-minute event will be taught by several MWR fitness instructors, utilizing a variety of exercise formats. The Burn Off consists of four 40-minute classes with a 15-minute transition time between sessions. Sign up at the trainer's corner at the Chafee Fitness Center. For more information, call the gym at 401-841-3154.

Combined Federal Campaign Underway

“Loose change” fundraisers have kicked off at the naval base in support of the ongoing Combined Federal Campaign effort. Look for secure containers at commands across the base to donate spare change.

Heroes Tree Lighting

All hands are invited to honor Rhode Island’s military heroes by decorating a Heroes Tree in the Governor’s State Room at the State House on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. Bring an ornament to hang on the tree and join in honoring active, reserve, retired, and deceased veterans from all services. For more information, call 401-275-1245.

Wreath Workshop

Military Spouses of Newport will host a wreath-making workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Lower Green Lane Community Center, at the corner of Green Lane and Burma Road. Anne Huot will demonstrate how to make and care for wreaths. The cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members and guests, and includes materials. Register at milspousenewport.org by Friday, Nov. 29.

Eight Bells Lectures

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, Dec. 5. Thomas C. Hone will discuss his recentlyedited book, “The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy’s Greatest Victory.” The collection is an anthology of memoirs, oral histories, articles, and other relevant government documents focusing on events leading up to the battle, the battle itself, and follow-on interpretations. Hone is a former faculty member of the Naval War College.

The free lecture is from noon to 1 p.m. and the public is welcome, but reservations are required. Guests are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Visitors without a DoD ID card should request access at time of reservation. To reserve, call 401- 841-2101 at least one working day prior to event.

Navy Band Schools Outreach

Local schools interested in having a visit and performance by the Navy Band Northeast should contact 401-841-2479.

Choristers Christmas Concert

The Newport Navy Choristers will present “Christmas in Song” on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Lucy’s Church. The annual concert is a mix of traditional and contemporary holiday favorites and is under the direction of Joanne Loewenthal. The event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children, with a maximum of $25 per family.

Wreaths Across America

Rhode Island will participate in the national Wreaths Across America tribute on Saturday, Dec. 14 at noon at the R.I. Veterans Cemetery in Exeter. Many organizations will gather to present wreaths to recognize all the services and to honor the Rhode Island heroes who have lost their lives in service to the country. Organizations and individuals are invited to sponsor wreaths for the veterans’ graves. To sponsor a wreath, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org. For more information, email local coordinator Mike Dalmazzi at mikedal2008@yahoo.com.

Pictures with Santa

MWR will host "Pictures with Santa" at the Seaview Lanes Bowling Center on Saturday, Dec. 14, noon-3 p.m. All hands with base access are invited to attend. For more information, call 401-841- 4293.

Navy Band Holiday Concert

The Northeast Navy Band Pops Ensemble will present a free holiday concert at the Naval War College’s Spruance Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. The concert is open to the public and will feature traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. Non-DoD personnel wishing to attend the concert may contact the Naval Station Public Affairs Office to make arrangements for base access. Call 401-841-3538 or email lisa.rama@navy.mil and provide the full names of all guests attending prior to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Adults are required to present photo ID at Gate 1.

All Hands Thanksgiving

The Officers’ Club will host a traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet for all hands with base access. The celebration includes all the traditional favorites and seating times are from noon to 4 p.m. Advance ticketing is required and available at the Officers’ Club Monday - Friday, from 9-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $17.50 for children ages 8-12, and children ages 4-7 are $10.50. Children 3 and under are free but still need a ticket. For more information, call the club at 401-841-1442.

Leftovers Lunch

All hands with base access are invited to an All-You-Can-Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers Lunch at the Officers' Club on Friday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $8 and there is no advance ticketing.

Veterans Home Needs 'Elves'

The Veterans Home in Bristol is holding a Christmas Shoppe for residents on Saturday, Dec. 7. Many "elves" are needed to assist the veterans; duties may include helping a wheelchair-bound resident shop at the event, wrapping, shopping for a room-bound vet, or stocking tables with gifts. Volunteers are needed beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the home, 480 Metacom Ave. For more information, email ripost18legion@aol.com.

Fort Adams Homes Tour

The Military Spouses of Newport will offer a “Before and After Tour of Historic Homes at Fort Adams” on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Docents will conduct a guided tour of the Fort Adams Officers' Quarters, where families lived prior to the construction of Officers’ Row in the 1870s. Visitors will then tour four of the historic homes decorated for Christmas.

This is the first time these houses will be open to the public. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Fort Adams Trust and Military Spouses of Newport. Tickets are available now at milspousenewport.org or fortadams.org. Advance ticketing is strongly suggested.

Holiday Food Drive

The Chapel of Hope is running the annual Caring and Sharing program to ensure that all members of the Navy Newport community are able to enjoy traditional Thanksgiving and December holiday meals. Collection boxes are at locations throughout the base and all hands are invited to donate non-perishable items. Cash donations are also sought. For more information, call the Chapel of Hope at 401-841- 2234.

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