Help The NCCF By Hosting a Feast That Helps Youth Living in Bethesda’s Greentree Adolescent Program Explore New Cultures

Help The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) by hosting a “Tasty Tuesday feast” that helps the youth living in the Greentree Adolescent Program (GAP) to expand their palettes and explore new cultures.

Tasty Tuesday is a program designed to keep our youth engaged during this challenging period of isolation. We come together (with safe social distancing) for an exciting meal exploring new cuisines and learning about various cultures through food. The excitement in trying a new food for the very first time with their peer group has provided a bonding experience and fostered a team atmosphere. The youth are boldly trying new flavors and enjoying learning about the culture behind the cuisine. As a group we have learned how to use chopsticks correctly; tasted a Persian dish the donor’s grandmother used to make for her when she was a child; and learned that dodgeball originated in India. Some “fan favorites” included Korean glass noodles, dumplings, Pad Thai, and Samosas.

If you would like to help serve the meal, and/or join in the cultural activity, up to 4 volunteers can participate at a safe social distance with masks and all reccomended percautions. If you would like to join us in person please reach out to Dahlia Levin ([email protected]).

Volunteer Hosts may either solicit a restaurant for an in-kind donation of the meal (nonprofit status can be provided) or may choose to support a favorite local restaurant and sponsor it themselves (see requirements below).

Requirements:

Dinner for 20 youth (individual containers preferred but will gladly accept catering/buffet style). If you would like to include staff as well, that would be much appreciated. With staff, the head count would be 25.  We can only accept food made in a commercial kitchen.

Delivery between 4:30-5:00 PM on specified Tuesday to 6301 Greentree Road Bethesda, MD 20832 Building #3 (Contact is Dahlia Levin). You pick the menu! Please be sure there is some meat/chicken/fish or other protein included. If there is a particular drink you would like to include, that would be great.

Email Dahlia ([email protected]) the menu by the Thursday before you host Tasty Tuesday; so we can prepare a fun workshop about the food/culture/country. Email Dahlia the final cost and NCCF will email you an in-kind donation receipt.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

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Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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