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At 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015, Sandywoods Center For The Arts in Tiverton, RI will host its fourth annual free Thanksgiving community dinner.

The event is open to the public and they will be serving Turkey with the Fixings, and will also include a Vegetarian Main Course.

Sandywoods invites the community to “bring yourself, your family and your friends”. Musicians are invited and encouraged to bring their instruments and take to the Sandywoods stage.

While not necessary, if you are able to, please bring along a side dish, dessert, or beverages to share.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate towards the success of this community event, you are invited to donate food,  or make a financial contribution towards the cost of the free dinner.

Please e-mail:, call  401-816-5600 or 401-835-6639,  or bring your donation to their office in the main building at 43 Muse Way in Tiverton.

Most of the food preparation and cooking will be done on Wednesday, the 25th, in the Sandywoods Incubator Kitchen.  If you would like to help out on that date, please contact them via email or the phone numbers above.

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