National Cupcake Day

Thursday, December 15 is National Cupcake Day, and several businesses are offering freebies to celebrate.

Marble Slabs (one location in Lindenhurst, Long Island) and MaggieMoos (locations throughout New Jersey and one in Queens) are giving away a free ice cream cupcake to all customers between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at participating locations.

Visit MarbleSlab.com and MaggieMoos.com for more information and to find the closest store near you.

In addition, many restaurants in New York City will be featuring a special cupcake dessert. They include Atlantic Grill, Bill's Bar & Burger, Blue Fin, Blue Water Grill, Dos Caminos, Isabella's, Kibo, Ocean Grill, Primehouse New York, Ruby Foo's and Wildwood BBQ.

Be sure to check with your local bakery or cupcake shop to see if it is offering any special promotions to mark the day.



What follows the epic shopping day that is Black Friday is the online bonanza known as Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday started in 2005, when Shop.org, part of the National Retail Federation, coined the phrase in a press release touting the Monday after Black Friday as one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. Since then, Shop.org has launched CyberMonday.com to highlight the best deals from more than 700 online retailers.

CyberMonday.com helps you find special offers, including free shipping at hundreds of merchants during the holiday and even throughout the year. Today, there will be hourly specials and exclusives from your favorite online retailers. Sneak peaks of the hourly deals will be shared via email alerts, so sign up for special savings and the latest offers.



Hitting the stores today for some fabulous Black Friday deals? Before you head out (if you haven't left yet), be sure to check out BlackFriday.com  for a list of up-to-the-minute ads and deals!

The website also offers shopping tips ad cans and Black Friday doorbuster information from your favorite retailers.

You can also sign up for free to be notified of insider deals, plus daily prize giveaways!


Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Cooking Guide

Happy Thanksgiving! It's a day for food and family, and while you might be a seasoned turkey-cooking pro, maybe you're relatively new to the process. It might even be your first time preparing the signature dish.

So if you don't know the first thing about buying and cooking a turkey, The Morning Link and StartCooking.com  are here to help!

StartCooking.com has posted a blog entitled The Ultimate Guide to Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey, which walks you through the process from supermarket to dining room table. It even has pictures to illustrate exactly what to do so that you end up with well-fed guests instead of a dry, boney bird.

CLICK HERE for your one-stop Thanksgiving turkey guide!


The 36th Annual Great American Smokeout

Today is the American Cancer Society's 36th annual Great American Smokeout, so what better day to curb the habit? The event encourages smokers to use make a plan to quit or to go cold turkey and quit smoking today. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life, one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year.

Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. The American Cancer Society can tell you about the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide the resources and support that can increase your chances of quitting successfully. To learn about the available tools, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. You can also find free tips and tools by visiting Cancer.org/Healthy/StayAwayfromTobacco/GreatAmericanSmokeout/.



Target Free Thursdays at Lincoln Center

The new season of Target Free Thursdays at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center kicks off tonight (November 3), offering free concerts, musical theater and spoken word performances. 

An exciting range of performances, including jazz, world, vocal, classical, country/bluegrass, and rock music, a commissioned cartoon musical theater premiere, a 30-piece circus punk marching band, a celebration of the music of British art-pop icon Kate Bush, and an evening of new poetry, highlight the fall/winter schedule, the second full season of the popular, free series that regularly features "sell-out" crowds. All performances are at 8:30 p.m. at the Atrium located at Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets.

Launched in November 2009, Target Free Thursdays offers free public performances by a wide-range of artists every Thursday night throughout the year at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, a vibrant new public facility on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

ADMISSION IS FREE. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The David Rubenstein Atrium is located on Manhattan’s Upper Westside at Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. The ‘Wichcraft Cafe, serving food and drinks, is open. For more information, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

Visit http://new.lincolncenter.org/live/index.php/atrium-performances-calendar for a full schedule of free events.



National Mammography Day

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the National Cancer Institute recommends annual mammograms for all women over 40. October 21 is National Mammography Day, and many clinics and doctors' offices nationwide are offering free or reduced price mammograms today.

Sponsored by National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is celebrating 25 years of service, National Mammography Day seeks to encourage millions of women to receive a mammogram and become empowered in the fight against breast cancer.

Mammogram facilities that would normally charge full price will provide free or low-cost exams to women today, and some will extend the free test to other days.

For more information, visit NBCAM.org. Use the Accredited Facility Search tool to find screening locations, and Click here to find low-cost screening information near you.


The High Line Open Studios Exhibition and Walking Tour

Looking for something cool and free to do this weekend? Then check out the High Line Open Studios 2011 Art Exhibition and Walking tour, sponsored by AT&T and showcasing the artists who live and work in the area around the High Line in New York City.

Beginning Friday, October 14 and ending Sunday, October 16, the studio will be open from noon to 6 p.m. daily.

The self-guided tour begins at the West Chelsea Arts Building at 508-526 West 26th Street between 11th and 12th avenues. The tour is free and open to the public.

High Line Open Studios was created by artists for artists to raise awareness of the multitude of studios located among the galleries of the West Chelsea Arts district in Manhattan. The annual event has grown from a single building in 2007 to include studios that span the entire length of the High Line from 14th Street to 30th Street.

This year's featured artists will include Andy Warhol protégé Ultra Violet, James Kennedy, Jackie Lipton, Ian Mack and others. A full list of artist and a map of the walking tour can be found at HighLineOpenStudios.org.



The Best Candy of All Time Bracket Challenge

This Halloween, the blog YumSugar is skipping tricks in favor of treats. Lots of them. And while some people prefer M&Ms or Butterfingers, others might like Twix or Snickers. Now, YumSugar is settling the sweet debate once and for all with the Best Candy of All Time tournament challenge, a bracket-style competition pitting candy favorites against each other.

To fill out your bracket, visit YumSugar.com/Best-Candy-All-Time-List-19532153.

After the votes are tallied, two lucky contestants will win a $250 gift certificate to Dylan's Candy Bar. But who needs a prize when you're helping to determine the greatest candy of all time? 


National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day, the internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual and transgender issues.

In honor of that, the Human Rights Campaign offers the Coming Out Project, which helps people of all orientations live openly and talk about their support for equality at home, at work and in their communities each and every day. For information and resources about coming out, visit http://www.hrc.org/issues/coming_out.asp.

Also, for more on National Coming Out Day and to download the App, visit http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/national-coming-out-day