Posted 5/16/24

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May 17, Patriotic Concert sponsored by The St. Kevin, St. Rita, and St. Timothy Music Ministries, on Fri., May 17, at 7 p.m., at St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, …

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May 17, Patriotic Concert sponsored by The St. Kevin, St. Rita, and St. Timothy Music Ministries, on Fri., May 17, at 7 p.m., at St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, Warwick, to celebrate Memorial Day. This concert will feature combined church choirs, soloists, and special guest, the Ocean State Pops Orchestra. The ensemble will perform patriotic and inspirational music, some of which will be accompanied by the combined choirs. This event is a tribute to military, police, fire and first responders, and especially to active and retired veterans. The concert will open with a presentation of colors by the Warwick Police and Fire Honor Guard and the singing of the National Anthem, followed by patriotic choral music and the spectacular sound of a full orchestra and chorus. This is a free concert open to the public.

May 18, Breath of Hope RI 5K Run/Walk will be hosted by Warwick’s Vazquez family on May 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Goddard State Park, 1095 Ives Rd, Warwick.  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. $35 contribution pp (Kids under 12 free).  The event is intended to raise awareness and critically needed funds for research into a rare lung disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis (IPH), that affects children and has no known cure and has impacted the Vazquez family. The Vazquez family has been working closely with the University of North Carolina (Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine) on behalf of their 5-year-old son who was diagnosed eight months ago. All proceeds will go directly to the research of IPH at UNC. For more information visit www.breathofhoperi.org.

May 17,  It Takes a Village 5K and 1K Fun Run Annual Fundraiser will be hosted by The E.S. Rhodes Elementary PTA with a live music celebration on Fri., May 17, from  5 to 8 p.m. at Pawtuxet Village Park, 2 E. View Street, for an evening of food, fun, and music! This fundraiser allows support to host family events, coordinate after school enrichment programs, sponsor culturally-enhancing field trips and assembly events, and much more! Festivities kick off starting with live music from student and parents’ bands from You Rock School of Music. The 1K Fun Run & Walk will begin at 5:45 p.m. and the 5K will start at 6:15 p.m. The party will continue into the evening with food trucks and a beer tent. Free race t-shirts are first-come, first-served so register at: https://runsignup.com/Race/RI/Warwick/ItTakesaVillage5kand1kKidsRun

May 18 Moosup Valley Music Series is being held on Sat., May 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Moosup  Valley Church, 81 Moosup Valley Rd., Foster. Rain or shine. Bring chairs, and a picnic supper. Featured  performers: Earl Faria and Ronnee Stolzberg playing covers and original music on guitar. Pass the hat. For more information: Laurie 401‑623‑0320.

May 18, Apple Blossom Garden Club Annual Plant Sale will be held on Sat., May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blackbird Farm, 660 Douglas Pike, Smithfield.  Free samples of Organic Fertilizer Tea from “Let It Grow” from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  Great selection and pricing on perennials, annuals, herbs and Vegetables.  Over 50+ varieties of tomato plants.

May 18, Open Closet Shop Spring Fashion Show will be held on Sat., May 18 at 11 a.m., at the Open Table of Christ United Methodist Church, 1520 Broad Street, Providence. $10 admission includes refreshments and door prizes.  Tickets are available at the Open Closet Shop or email marykatheleencurtin@gmail.com.  Open Clost Shop will be open after the fashion show.

May 18, Warwick Neck Garden Club Fundraiser plant sale will be held on May 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Warwick Neck Garage, 315 Warwick Neck Avenue, Warwick. This biennial fundraiser helps beautify Warwick Neck and support educational programs. Members maintain several lovely public gardens along Warwick Neck Avenue, as well as conduct weekly litter patrols to conserve the beauty of our neighborhood. Local gardeners donate a wide selection of perennials and annuals, bulbs, and cuttings for the sale. A Presto Strange O coffee truck will be on hand.

May 18, Drive-Thru Food Pantry is available on Sat., May 18 between 11 a.m. and 12 non, at the Spring Green Memorial Church, 1350 Warwick Ave., Warwick.  Grocery bags of food will be distributed in the parking lot in the back of the church.  For more information please call: 401-463-8328 or email: springgreenchurch@yahoo.com.

May 18, Mae Organization for the Homeless is having a fundraiser Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Church, Oak Lawn Avenue, Cranston. 

 May 18 & May 19, Harmonize & Empower: Voices of Unity and Strength will be performed by the Chorus of Kent County on Sat., May 18, at 7 p.m. and on Sun., May 19, at 2 p.m. at West Warwick High School Auditorium, 1 Webster Knight Dr., West Warwick.  Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 on the day of performance.  $10 for children 10 and under (under 2 free).  For ticket information:  401-862-3105 or visit www.chorusofkentcounty.com.

May 19, Cardi’s Community Marketplace is sponsored by We Be Jammin’ Events on Sun, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Cardi’s Furniture and Mattresses, 1681 Quaker Lane, West Warwick.  Shop from 65 local vendors. Food trucks, one-of-a-kind items, music.  Free admission and parking. For more information contact: webejamminevents@gmail.com.

May 20, Eckankar Center of Rhode Island Free Event on Mon., May 20, Sound of Soul, "Prophecy and Waking Dreams” at  6 p.m., at the Eckankar Center, 2914 Post Rd, Warwick. Ways to tap the God-Knowledge within you. Find your own proof the easy way.  HU is a sacred sound and ancient mantra. It is an ancient name for God that has been sung for thousands of years in many lands for spiritual unfoldment. HU can uplift people of any religion, culture, or walk of life. You’re invited to experience chanting HU, contemplative time, and spiritual conversation with others of like heart. For more information: 401-738-4727.

May 21, The Gaspee Seniors will meet on Tues., May 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Parkway, Warwick . After the business meeting , coffee and pastries will be served. The program for the day is a Strawberry Festival with games. New members are always welcome!

May 25, Community Pet Vaccine Clinic (dogs and cats only) will be hosted by The Rhode Island SPCA Animal Health Center, 155 Plan Way, Warwick, on Sat., May 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while supplies last. No appointment necessary. Dogs must be leashed, and cats must be in carriers. We are offering rabies, distemper, and microchipping for $20 each or all 3 for $50. Pets must be at least 8 weeks old for Distemper and 12 weeks old for Rabies. To be eligible for a 3-yr. rabies vaccine, owners must provide proof of prior vaccination.

May 29, The Art of Book Binding will be held on Wed., May 29, at 7 p.m. at JHS Museum, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston.  The Johnston Historical Society will host their next guest speaker, Ruth Strach, owner of the At Last! Studio, who will discuss bookbinding and book conservation. Founded in 1993, the At Last! Studio is a small, fully equipped hand-bindery located in Scituate. Combining techniques which are centuries old with the best “up-to-date”  binding and conservation practices, Ruth strives to ensure that the books she binds, conserves, restores, and/or preserves will continue to be used and enjoyed for many years. It is hoped that attendees will learn some handy tips for taking care of their own books, as well as gain an understanding of what items are worth preserving.  The event is free and open to the public.

 May 29, The RI Chapter of Trout Unlimited will begin its summer meetings with a cookout at the check station on Route 165 in Exeter, on May 19, at 5 p.m. The meeting is at 6 p.m. If planning to attend, please e-mail President Glen Place at: tu225president@gmail.com.

June 2, Music on the Hill will be held on Sun., Jun 2, at 3 p.m., Cloud Hill Museum will host Narragansett Brass Concert on the lawn at 4157 Post Road, Warwick.  For more information  www.musionthehillri.org or 401-884-9490.

June 8 & 15, "Seascapes in Acrylic with Barbara Larned" a 2-part workshop will be held on Sat., June 8 & 15 from noon to 2 p.m., at the Warwick Center for the Arts, 3259 Post Rd., Warwick. Cost: $65/$50 WCFA Members, plus $10 materials fee. Description: “Love the Beach?”  Using acrylic paints, we'll go through the step-by-step process of creating beautiful seascapes working off photographs that are supplied or that participants bring. Artists of all levels welcome. For further information, please call 401-737-0010 or warwickcfa.org

June 8, Rummage Sale is being sponsored by Phillips Memorial Baptist Church, on Sat., June 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, 565 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston.  Seasonal clothes men, women, kids, shoes, accessories, used toys, linens, household items, and lots more. Church is wheelchair accessible.

June 9, 15th Annual Cause for Paws Car Show will be hosted by Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter on Sun., June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 171 Service Avenue, Warwick (rain date July 21). Classics, Customs, Exotics, Hot Rods, all-year Corvettes, Antique Firetrucks, etc. are invited. $20 per registered car, goody bags, trophies, dash plaques. Free for spectators. Enjoy oldies music, food trucks, door prizes and raffles. Meet shelter dogs! For more information: www.friendsri.org or shelterhelp@friendsri.org

June 12, NAMI-RI: Registration open for Family-to Family Course The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI) is now accepting registration for our June/July session of NAMI’s Family-to-Family course which begins Wed., June 12.  Course is on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This is a free and virtual, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidence-based program, which means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition. NAMI-Rhode Island's Family-to-Family course is taught by trained family members who have lived experience with a loved one, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. For more information on the Family-to-Family curriculum and registration, visit namirhodeisland.org or call 401-331-3060 or email beth@namirhodeisland.org.

June 13, The Warwick Neck Improvement Association Annual Meeting will be held at the Warwick Country Club, 394 Narragansett Bay Ave., Thurs., June 13, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This year’s guest speaker is George Shuster, incoming president of Save The Bay, speaking on “Save The Bay and Warwick: 39 Miles of Connectivity.” Established in 1970, Save The Bay is dedicated to protecting and improving Narragansett Bay. All are welcome. Admission free. Cash bar. For further information visit office@warwickneckri.com.

June 22, 2 Inspired 2 Be Tired Community Walk is sponsored by the Warwick Health Equity Zone and will be held on Sat., June 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Confreda Sports Complex, 80 Bend St., Warwick.  Festivities include: Free arts and crafts, refreshments and snacks, face painting and lawn games.  Raffle tickets: 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.  All raffle proceeds will go to Rhode Island Parent Information Network. Joining the festivities will be members of the Warwick Police and Fire Departments.  Warwick Health Equity Zone focuses on families living through disabilities. 

June 24-August 16, Warwick Center for the Arts 8-week Summer Art Camp will be held from June 24-August 16 at Warwick Center for the Arts, 3259 Post Road, Warwick from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., 12:00-2:30 p.m. or a full day 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost varies. Description: Spark your child's creativity this summer with our weekly themed, affordable Summer Art Camp for ages 5-15. We provide the supplies, inspiration, and guidance -- campers provide the creativity! For further information, please call 401-737-0010 or warwickcfa.org

July 20, Cranston High School East Reunion Class of 1974 will hold its 50th Reunion on Sat., July 20, at the Radisson Hotel (Airport), 2081Post Road, Warwick, from 6 to 11 p.m. The reunion features live music by Brass Attack, a dinner buffet, and a cocktail hour with live piano music. Tickets: $100 pp. Send checks to: CHSE Reunion, 301 Oaklawn Ave, Apt. 205, Cranston, RI 02920. Keep up with Reunion news on the class Facebook page: CHSE Cranston East High School Class of 1974. Email your contact information or ask questions: chse1974reunion@gmail.com. There are rooms at the hotel at a special group rate for attendees. Call (401) 298-2294 and mention CHSE Class of 1974 Reunion or see the link on the class Facebook page.

 July 27, Tolman High School Class of 1964 Reunion will take place on Sat., July 27, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Wyndham Newport Resort, 240 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown.  Reservation deadline is July 1.  For more information, please contact:  nwalshdsigns@gmail.com.

Aug. 22, AARP CHAPTER 2210 Ogunquit Maine Day Trip will take place on Thurs., Aug. 22. The trip includes lunch at Jonathan's Restaurant followed by a matinee performance of "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Depart from the Park & Ride, Hopkins Hill Road at Exit 19 in West Greenwich at 8:30 a.m. and approximate return time is 8 p.m. Cost is $179/person. Call Maureen, 401-828-5188 or Anne, 401-263-4274 for reservations or for more information. 

Sept. 14, Cranston High School East Class of 1964 Reunion will be holding its 60th reunion on Sat., Sept. 14, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Prata Club, 29 Walnut Grove Ave., Cranston.  Music by Ron Giorgio.  Menu: Chicken Francaise/NY Sirloin/Honey Mustard Salmon. Tickets: $65 pp.  Check’s payable to Lucille Lonardo, 129 Colwell St., Cranston, RI 02920. Please RSVP your choice of dinner to Marie Spolidoro Monti (401-944-9646) or Cheryl Mangasarian Klein (401-575-0659).  Seating is limited.

Sept. 28, Pilgrim High School Reunion Class of 1974 will hold its 50th reunion on Sat., Sept. 28, at the Quonset O Club, 200 Lt. James Brown Rd., North Kingston, at 6 p.m. Please contact Jack at bosjpb1bender@gmail.com or Sue at srice311@gmail.com for further information. Registration deadline: Sept. 14.

Oct. 19, 4th  Annual No More Hunger Walk will be held on Sat., Oct. 19, to raise fund for local food pantries.  Over $30,000 has been raised in the past three years. The walk will begin at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick and proceed along West Shore Road to Donovan Park in Conimicut Village.  Many local groups and churches will be participating.   Any interested churches, organizations, and individuals are invited and encouraged to join in.   Save the date. Call 401-737-8232 or e-mail  WoodburyChurchRI@gmail.com for details.

Oct. 19 & Oct. 20, Saturday, Artist Aileen Quinn the West Bay Open Studios on Sat., Oct. 19 and Sun. Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Clouds Hill Museum will host artist Aileen Quinn, on the West Bay Open Studios tour.  For more information visit West Bay Open Studios | Warwick Center for the Arts warwickcfa.org

Nov. 30, Warwick Veterans Memorial High School 50th Reunion, Warwick Veterans Memorial High School Class of 1974, will hold its 50th Reunion on Sat., Nov. 30, at the Quonset "O" Club, 200 Lt. James Brown Rd., North Kingstown. The Reunion Committee is actively seeking to contact our classmates.  Please email your current address as soon as possible to receive an invitation to: wvmhs7450@gmail.com.  Go Hurricanes!"

Jan. 5 – 7, 2025, AARP CHAPTER 2210 ATLANTIC CITY TRIP has planned a trip to Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City from January 5-7. The Tour includes 2 nights’ accommodations, 2 meal credits (up to $20 value each) & $20 slot play. Bus pickup from the Exit 19 Park & Ride on Hopkins Hill Road at 7 a.m., return time is approximately 6 p.m.. Cost is $299/person (double occupancy), $279/person (triple occupancy) or $399/person (single occupancy). For more information call Maureen at 828-5188 or Anne at 263-4272.

Every Monday,  Gaspee Celtic Jam - The Gaspee Celtic Jam meets at the Pawtuxet Village Baptist Church, 2157 Broad St., Cranston, every Mon. from 7 – 9 p.m. Do you play fiddle, guitar, Irish flute, pennywhistle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, concertina, accordion, folk harp, hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, acoustic bass, ukulele, keyboard, recorder, or sing? All skill levels welcome. Visit gaspeecelticjam.org for more info (including the current tune list/tune book) or to send us any questions. No specific Celtic music experience is required.

Every Monday, Tri City Elks Lodge #14 Country Line Dance Lessons, 1915 W. Shore Rd, Warwick. Instructor Melissa from Get in Line RI from 6:00 to 8pm. $10 per class. Come in and enjoy the fun!

Every Second Tuesday West Warwick AARP Chapter West Warwick AARP Chapter meets the second Tues. of the month, 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Church Hall, 70 Church Street, West Warwick.  Looking to expand its membership. All are welcome to come to enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with new friends.

 Every Second and Fourth Tuesday the Fall River Toastmasters Meeting, serving both Rhode Island and Southern Mass the Fall River Toastmasters holds its meetings. Doors open at 6 p.m. and meeting is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Join us at The Chamber, 200 Pocasset St, Fall River, MA, 2nd floor. For more information, call Sean DaCosta at (508)-840-6621. All are welcome!

 Every Wednesday, Calling All Seniors: The Dance ‘50’s, ‘60’s, 70’s, & 80’s Music at the American Legion, 662 West Shore Rd., Warwick.  Light snacks for free and refreshments for purchase.  No outside alcohol is permitted.  Cover: $10pp at the door.  For more information:  Mary 401-256-1169.

 Every Wednesday, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Meets every Wed. night with weigh-in at 5:45 p.m. at St. Rita's Church, 722 Oakland Beach Avenue, Warwick.  TOPS is a great way to improve your health.  Stop by for free.

 Every Third Wednesday Old Warwick Grange #41 The Grange Hall is located at 1175 West Shore Road, Warwick, meets the third Wed. of the month at 7:30 p.m. For information, please call either Joan Clegg at 401-465-7259 or Mike Osiensky at 508-954-9712.  The Grange is a fraternal community service, nonprofit organization with a special interest in rural life and the traditions of faith, patriotism, leadership and family values. It’s a place where the whole family can go and grow. Help us to help others. There are no meetings in July and August.

 Every Thursday, Pick-Up Hockey 55 and older, coed: $5pp. Thayer Ice Rink, 975 Sandy Ln., Warwick, from 8:45 to 10:00 AM.  Full Equipment required.  For more information contact:  Lon Krueger 302-229-3457 or bethlon@verizon.net.

 Every Thursday, Take Off Pounds Sensibly TOPS #38 is  meeting every Thurs. morning at St. Luke's Episcopal Church (lower level), 99 Pierce Street, East Greenwich. Weigh-in begins at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is from 10 – 11 a.m. Enter from the side parking lot, go down the stairs to the kitchen area. All are welcome as well as any canned food donations.  For information, call:  Angela Henderson at 401-225-6174.

 Every Thursday Meadowlark Seniors  the Meadowlark Seniors meetings will meet at 1:30 p.m., at St. Kevin Church Hall, 333 Sandy Lane, Warwick. Short meetings, fun activities, and socializing. Come join us.  New members are welcome. 

 Every Thursday - Get a Job Thursdays We Make RI, 200 First Ave., Cranston. An organization that provides free manufacturing training, hosts a series of job fairs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon.  We Make RI offer job seekers a chance to meet with employers, get career counseling, resume help and more. Some employers include Swissline Precision, Admiral Packaging, KB Surfaces, Warwick Hanger and Hitachi Cable. For more information about this event or other training opportunities, visit www.wemakeri.com/get-a-job-thursday or contact Mike at (401) 232-0077 x109.  

 Every Friday Cribbage Players Do you play cribbage? If so, consider joining a small group of cribbage players every, who meet and play at the East Greenwich Community Center, Pierce Street, East Greenwich every Fri., from 9 to 11 a.m. This is a social group where all levels of players are invited to play and meet new friends; there is no cost involved. If you are interested in joining, contact Barbara at 737-6477.

 Every Third Saturday of the Month Food for the Soul: A Meal Provision Charity thru May 18, 2024, sponsored by the Asbury United Methodist Church and Lakewood Baptist Church partnership. Held at the Lakewood Baptist church, 255 Atlantic Avenue, Warwick from 10: 30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you need a hot meal, we are offering one for you to pick up at this location.  Please contact Jill 401-408-5258 for further information.

Every Saturday, Citizenship Prep Classes at WPL Prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Interview with Citizen Preparation classes at the Warwick Public Library, from 10 a.m. to noon. Practice citizenship vocabulary, learn the necessary civics content, and work on interview skills using the N-400 application form.  Sign up at the library. For more information, call (401) 455-8041. These free classes are offered by the RI Family Literary Initiative.

Pilgrim High School Class of 1975 50th Reunion, “Time in a Bottle,” is currently being planned. Organizers need to find contact information for classmates as well as information regarding those who have passed.  Organizers are looking for email address, cell phone numbers, home phones and mailing addresses. If you are not a PHS 1975 graduate, but have a family member or friend who is/was, please contact: Dean Plowman dean695@gmail.com.  The date, time and venue for the reunion has not yet been determined but will be forthcoming.

 NAMI-RI Offers Family Support Groups  The RI chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI) offers free support groups for families and friends of loved ones who are struggling with their mental health. The groups are led by trained facilitators who also have lived experience as family members themselves. The group meetings last about 1.5 hours, and everyone who participates in the meeting gets a chance to share.  The other members of the group try to offer help and resources, when appropriate, based on their own experiences. More information and full schedule can be found at namirhodeisland.org. or call 401-331-3060. No pre-registration for these monthly groups is necessary.

First Thurs. at 6 p.m.  IN PERSON ONLY at the Rochambeau Library in the Community Room, Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence (NEW-starts Aug.)

Second Tues. at 5 p.m.  IN PERSON ONLY at the Middletown Public Library in the Community Room. Middletown Library, 700 West Main Road, Middletown.

Third Tues. at 6:30 p.m. MEETS VIA ZOOM ONLY Please call 401-331-3060 or email info@namirhodeisland.org for the Zoom link

Fourth Wed. at 6 p.m. IN PERSON ONLY at the Hope Valley Grange, #71116 Main Street, Hope Valley.

 Volunteer with NAMI-RI The RI chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI) is currently seeking volunteers to facilitate our family programs in 2024. Free training is required and available for interested persons who have a loved one struggling with mental health issues. Together with our grassroots volunteers, we work every day to provide help and hope to millions of Americans. Volunteers are essential to the work that we do at NAMI Rhode Island, and we are always seeking enthusiastic people to help us achieve our mission. For more information about our family programs and volunteer training, email beth@namirhodeisland.org, call the NAMI-RI office 401-331-3060 or visit our website at namirhodeisland.org.

Coventry Senior Band The Coventry Senior Band is looking for musicians. A group of retired volunteers, we play gigs at Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, etc.  If you are over 55 and play an instrument call David at (401) 368-6895 or email at walshdavid170@gmail.com

 Hearts for Hospice Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice (VNH&H) is asking for individuals to support their hospice programs by giving $20.00 or more to their Hearts for Hospice campaign. People can dedicate their gift to a loved one who is always in their heart; all dedications are listed on the organization’s website. You can make your donation at www.visitinghursehh.org/giving/ or by calling 401-682-2100 extension number 1631.

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