Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thanksgiving Briefs

PHOENIX (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – For folks in Arizona, Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) won’t come cheap. According to the American Farm Bureau, a turkey dinner with all the trimmings costs families in Arizona $8.20 more than the national average. Arizonans will spend $52.81 on a Thanksgiving dinner for 10, or $5.28 per person. The cost of turkey in Arizona has risen 3.5 percent over the past year.

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. – The United Methodist Church in New Providence, New Jersey, is hosting their second annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on November 24. They’re hoping to get people of various faiths together to give thanks, and everyone is invited. The offering of the service will be given to StarFish Pantry, a combined Jewish and Christian organization that provides emergency aid to thousands of people in the area, many of whom are kids.

QUINCY, Mass. – Thanksgiving is the No. 1 day for home cooking fires and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) wants to make sure your feast doesn’t go up in smoke. In 2006, there were 1,400 home structure fires on Thanksgiving involving cooking equipment, more than three times the daily average. The NFPA says Turkey Day fires can be prevented by following simple precautions, such as staying in the kitchen when preparing a meal, using a timer to remind yourself that the oven is on, and keeping kids away from cooking areas.

TAMARAC, Fla. – Runners all the way in Baghdad, Iraq, will be joining the 28th Annual Turkey Trot race in Tamarac, Florida, on Thanksgiving. While runners cruise the 5k track in the Sunshine State, 74 overseas servicemen and women will be running a parallel Turkey Trot race in laps around their military base in Iraq. The soldiers are hoping their far away race brings them closer to their loved ones who are running the traditional Turkey Trot at the same time in Florida.
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CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Students at Chicago-Kent College of Law are knitting to save lives. This Sunday (Nov. 23), students will gather for their “Knit One, Save One” campaign where they’ll knit caps for newborn babies in poor countries. The grassroots effort – which is part of the global humanitarian organization Save the Children and the Warm Up America Foundation – hopes to get knitters and crocheters together who want to make a warm and fuzzy difference. Students may be available for comment. Press inquiries: Gwen Osborne; (312) 906-5251;

NEW YORK – Hip-hop superstar Ludacris is taking over Rockefeller Center in New York today (Nov. 20). He’s appearing live at the SIRIUS XM Radio studios to perform tracks from his upcoming album, Theater of the Mind, which drops November 24. Luda’s mini-concert will air on Hip-Hop Nation SIRIUS channel 40 and XM channel 67. PR info: Samantha Bowman; (212) 901-6644;

HOLLYWOOD – A random mix of stars are coming out for the 16th Annual Diversity Awards this Sunday (Nov. 23) in Hollywood. Among the diverse attendees are Angela Bassett, Annette Bening, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Mila Kunis, Queen Latifah, Debra Messing, Meg Ryan, Paul Walker, Denzel Washington, and Forest Whitaker. The Black Tie evening – which includes a silent celebrity auction, dinner catered by Wolfgang Puck, and the awards show – is open for the public to attend, as long as you can shell out $300 and up for tickets. For reservations and info, visit Media info: Steve Moyer; (818) 784- 7027;

WESTMINSTER, Calif. – If you have what it takes to work for HUSTLER, now’s your chance to bag a job with the adult company. Today (Nov. 20), Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in Westminster, California, is holding a casting call for ladies 21 and up who want to be the new hottie with a body of HUSTLER. The casting is between 2 PM PT and 11 PM PT, and will include a sexy dance contest where ambitious gals can win $2,000 in prizes. Media info: Julie Ambrose; (323) 651-5400, ext. 7492;

NEW YORK – With all the buzz about Michelle Obama’s flawless fashion sense, it was only a matter of time before a book was written about her style. Avon Books has acquired rights to an untitled Michelle Obama style guide, to be written by magazine editor-in-chief, Mandi Norwood, which will hit shelves in spring 2009. The First Lady book will include design sketches, tips on how to achieve Michelle’s iconic style, and numerous related sidebar fashion features. The author is available for interviews. Media requests: Christine Maddalena; (212) 207-7344;

NEW YORK – 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Motown, and Vanity Fair has the scoop on the music from those who built it. Motown royalty like Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy Jr., Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, and Otis Williams discuss the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson, inaccuracies in Dreamgirls, racism, life on the road, inspiration, the Motown family, and how their music changed the world in a new Vanity Fair article. PR rep: Jonathan Wolfson; (818) 615-0499;
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