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NOTICE: For your convenience, you can e-mail your bulletin board notices to briang@rhodybeat.com as well as mail to 1944 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 02889, or fax to 732-3110.

Tri-City Elks

Country line dancing continues from 7-9 p.m. Monday evenings with Lori Enos. Cost is $8 per person. Come kick up your heels and have some fun.

Yoga Classes with Lorraine Blanchard as the instructor. This Vinyasa Yoga flow will embody strength, balance and flexibility. Please bring your own yoga mat. Cost is $6 per person.

Oakland Beach Association Meeting

A meeting of the Oakland Beach Association will be held Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 340 Oakland Beach Avenue. Guest speakers will be Warwick Public Works Director Matt Solitro and Recreation Director James Scott. All Oakland Beach residents are encouraged to attend. 

Winter Wonderland Dinner

William Shields Jr. American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Unit 43 presents a Winter Wonderland Dinner Feb. 15 from 6-11 p.m. at 662 West Shore Road. The guest of honor will be ALA National President Kathy Dungan. The dinner will feature pot roast with all the fixings and dessert, a 50/50 raffle and Elvis impersonator Robert Black. Tickets are $20; contact Sharon at 497-4726 or D at 739-1317.

Free Lunch

As part of a community outreach program, Spring Green Memorial Church is offering a free lunch of meatball and other sandwiches, chicken soup, chips and assorted desserts to neighbors in the community Feb. 17 from 12-1 p.m. Each guest is welcome to receive a grocery bag of food from the pantry. Spring Green is located at 1350 Warwick Ave. For more information call the church office at 463-8328.

Rhode Island Disasters

James Ignasher, author of "Rhode Island Disasters: Tales of Air, Sea and Rail," will share mysterious but true aviation stories that occurred in Rhode Island during WW II. His illustrated talk, sponsored by the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society, will take place Feb. 17 in the community room of the East Greenwich Police Station on First Avenue. It is free and open to the public. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter

The monthly meeting for Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will be held Feb. 21 at the Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Parkway at 6:30 p.m. (right near Pilgrim High School), weather permitting. There will be a preliminary discussion for the April breakfast to plan the event and start getting items for a raffle. If you would like any information on any events call Brenda at 467-2692. Everyone is invited to attend.

Meat Raffle

William Shields Jr. SAL Squadron #43 invites all interested people for a “Three Card MEL Meat Raffle” Feb. 22 at the Legion Post, 662 West Shore Road, starting at 7 p.m. For more information on this event contact the William Shields Post at 737-9711.

Community Lunch

A Community Lunch and Food Pantry will be held Feb. 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick. Everyone is invited to participate.

Winter Flea Market

St. Benedict Church, 70 Transit Street, will hold an indoor Winter Flea Market Feb. 23 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thousands of items, indoor rain (snow) or shine, something for everyone. The kitchen will be open for light breakfast and St. Benedict famous hot wieners for lunch.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Course

Do you need your RI State Boating Card? Want to brush up on your skills? How about getting your family involved in safe boating? Sign up for one of two U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary courses starting February 25. The power boat course, boating skills and seamanship, runs from 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and ends April 11 – in time for you to get your boat in the water for a great summer. This course is held at the East Greenwich Police Station. Discount for second or third members of your family sharing materials. It covers jet skis, boat handling, rules of the road, aids to navigation, beginning navigation, lines and knots, federal and state regulations, electronic navigation and more. The navigation course is a 16-week course with hands-on help sessions, that takes navigation from the beginning, right up to celestial navigation and includes latitude, longitude, distance, direction, plotting a course, currents, set and drift, bearings, dead reckoning, line of position, etc. Both courses have lots of hands-on learning and individual attention. For information or to register, email roz@butziger.com or go to www.northstarflotilla.com.

Norwood Neighborhood Association

The Norwood Neighborhood Association will hold a general meeting March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Norwood Boys & Girls Club, 43 Frederick St. The guest speaker will be Mayor Joseph Solomon, who will present a vision of his administrations goals for the City of Warwick. Also, a Community Police Officer will provide an update crime report on current trends in the neighborhood. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Cookies & Cocktails

Local chefs will be creating delicious desserts using everyone's favorite treat, Girl Scout Cookies, at the Cookies & Cocktails event being held March 7. Attendees will enjoy savory hors d'oeuvres, tasty Girl Scout Cookie creations, and the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Tickets to this 21 event are $60 per person. The evening will be emceed by the one and only Mario Hilario WJAR.

Ocean State Orchid Society Meeting

The Ocean State Orchid Society will have a meeting March 9 at 1 p.m. at the Rocky Hill Grange, 1340 South County Trail, (Rte. 2), East Greenwich (enter through door at rear of building). Club member Kyle Fiedler will lead this meeting, entitled Growing Orchids in LECA as a medium.” LECA, or light expanded clay aggregate, is an aggregate made by heating clay to a high temperature in a kiln. Members are asked to bring in a plant that needs re-potting and the club will supply the LECA. There will also be the usual Grow and Show table and raffle. The public is welcome.

Academic Decathlon Volunteers Needed

Rhode Island Academic Decathlon is actively recruiting volunteers for their March 10 state competition. Volunteers evaluate the speech and interview skills of high school students or assist with exams and event management. The competition is hosted by CCRI in Warwick, and most volunteers serve from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Training is provided on the day of the event. Sixteen teams from high schools across the state are competing. For more information on the RI Academic Decathlon, visit www.acdec.net or email frank.lenox@acdec.net or jen.randall@acdec.net. To register as a volunteer, visit riadregistration.org/decathlon/volunteers.pl.

Reception for Col. McCartney

Retired Col. Stephen M. McCartney, who served as chief of Warwick Police, will be honored at a reception March 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza. Tickets at $25 are available at the Greenwood Credit Union, the Crowne Plaza, Central RI Chamber of Commerce, Warwick Beacon and Police Headquarters.

Corned Beef Dinner and Auction Fundraiser

Southern RI 4-H Fair will hold a corned beef dinner as a fundraiser event March 16 at 5 p.m. at the Metcalf School, 30 Nooseneck Hill Road, Exeter. It's not just a dinner; an auction and a penny social will be held during this event as well. Advanced tickets only; corned beef and cabbage are $12. For tickets call Sandi at 741-1609 or Carol at 269-1769. Raffle and Auction donations are welcome; call Sandi or Carol to make arrangements for pickup.

Meat Raffle

West Bay Anglers are holding a meat raffle every Saturday through March 16, 2019 at the Warwick Firemen’s Club, 750 Warwick Ave. Doors open at 12 noon, raffle starts at 1:30. Tickets are six for $5.

Phantom of the Opera

Have you always wanted to see “The Phantom of the Opera?” How about dinner before, and transportation to the show? No worrying where you are going to park and how far you will have to walk to PPAC. The Kent County YMCA is offering a bus trip to the PPAC to see “Phantom of the Opera,” which also includes a buffet dinner before the show, on March 28. The cost for YMCA members is $80 and the cost for those that are not current members of the Kent County YMCA is $90.  Email Dom Doiron at ddoiron@gpymca.org.   

Preschool Registration

The Title I Office for Warwick Public Schools announces that preschool registration for the 2019/2020 school year has started. The Title I preschool program is a half-day program held at Oakland Beach Elementary School. This program is free of charge and is offered to families living in the Oakland Beach, Lippitt, Hoxsie, Park and Norwood areas.  Parents are required to attend three sessions per year for informative workshops to support family learning and kindergarten readiness. If you are or know of a family with a child who will be 4 years old by September 1 and are interested in this program, call Carol Maloney at 298-4034.  

Fundraiser Yard Sale

The Chorus of Kent County is looking for donations of books, CDs and DVD s for their upcoming scholarship fundraiser yard sale/book sale. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit Kent County high school seniors looking to pursue a degree in the music arts. Contact CKCfundraisers@gmail.com or call 821-6539 to arrange pickup or delivery of items.

Greenwood Choir

The Greenwood Concert Choir seeks members for its spring 2019 season. Our exciting program includes music from Haydn's "Creation" and timeless sacred music exploring the glory of God's creation. Rehearsals are fun and begin in late January. No experience required. This is a fun free activity for all adults (high school age and beyond). To inquire, email membership@greenwoodconcertchoir.org or call 737-1230. 

Women’s Auxiliary

A women’s auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the William Shields Jr. American Legion Post 43, 662 West Shore Road. It is an open invitation to all eligible women who wish to participate in supporting our veterans. Eligibility to join is related to a veteran as a mother, wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, grandmother or step-relative.

Bingo Volunteer Needed

A bingo volunteer is needed at the Pilgrim Senior Center Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3:15 p.m. Contact Kathleen Bennett if interested: Kathleen.m.bennett@warwickri.com or 468-4074.

Bingo Night

Bingo night is held at St. Kevin Church Hall, 333 Sandy Lane, the first Saturday of the month. Doors open at 5 p.m., Bingo starts at 6. Join in for fun, prizes and refreshments.

Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company Rental

The Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company Museum, 45 Kernick St., with a hall capable of seating 70, is available for rent seven days a week. There is ample parking and cooking facilities. Contact Robert Carlow at 302-1120 for details.

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point is a free walking group that meets on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. and Thursdays evenings at 4 p.m. They meet at the front gate. They walk at a moderate pace on the paved path that is about two miles. Dogs on leashes and children in strollers are welcome. The group calls themselves the “Rocky Point Pacers.” Call Cindy at 497-5656 for more details.

Cornerstone Church Food Pantry

Cornerstone Church, 1990 Elmwood Ave., Warwick, is member of the RI Community Food Bank. Hours of operation are the first and third Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m. Walk-ins welcome. For more information call 781-6121.

Pilgrim Senior Center

The Pilgrim Senior Enrichment Center, located at 27 Pilgrim Parkway, offers educational, nutritional and recreational programs to folks 55 years of age and older. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Chess players wanted at the Pilgrim Senior Center. Join in this game of strategy on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Billiards Room. They will teach new players, so come give it a try.

Evening Adult Enrichment Square Dance Program classes are Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Participants must be 18 years old. Call Kathleen at 468-4074 for more information.

Hall Rentals

William Shields Post #43 has hall rentals for your special occasions coming up. They specialize in weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, events for fundraisers, etc. Call Diane O’Brien for more information at 486-5778. Also, every Friday night they have karaoke.

Warwick Historical Society

The Warwick Historical Society is open weekly at the John Waterman Arnold House at 25 Roger Williams Circle Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and every second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. All are welcome and urged to become members and come learn about Warwick's history by helping as a volunteer. Visit www.whsri.org, join them on Facebook or call 737-4617 for more information.

Meadowlark Seniors

Meadowlark Seniors, a social club, holds weekly meetings every Thursday at the St. Kevin Parish Hall, 333 Sandy Lane, at 1:30 p.m. The meetings are followed by coffee and refreshments. After refreshments, an activity follows. All seniors are invited to attend a meeting and see what they are all about. (Scheduled meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather).

Free Pet Food

Bonniedale Farm in North Scituate offers dog and cat food at no cost to struggling pet owners, hoping to provide for the animals while easing the burden on community members facing tough times. Those wishing to donate or in need of pet food can contact Dan MacKenzie at 574-6056. The mailing address for the farm is 1097 Chopmist Hill Road, North Scituate, RI 02857, while the physical address is 1056 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. MacKenzie asks that visitors call before making the trip. More information can be found online at www.bonniedale.org.

Singers Wanted

All In A Chord Women’s Barbershop Chorus is looking for singers on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Annex, 389 Greenwich Ave., Rt.5, Warwick. Call Shirley at 739-0907 or e-mail allinachord1@cox.net.

Free Sunday Lunch

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 389 Greenwich Ave., is offering a free lunch for anyone in need of a meal or companionship. All are welcome every Wednesday and Sunday from 11:15-11:45 a.m. For more information call 737-6758.

Meadowbrook Bingo

Meadowbrook Terrace bingo is held every Friday night at 6 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Snacks will be available. All are welcome.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

As a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient, you’re all too familiar with the frustration and heartache that come from trying to stir the memory of someone you love. But when you attend this Alzheimer’s support group, held the second Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m., you can discuss the challenges you face, meet others with similar experiences and find solutions that can improve the quality of life for you and your loved one. For reservations or more information call 739-7300.

TOPS #44 Warwick

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) RI Chapter #44 Warwick meets every Wednesday night at St. Rita's Church, 722 Oakland Beach Avenue, Warwick. Weigh-in is from 6-6:30 p.m. The meeting will follow from 6:35-7:30. Weekly dues are $2; yearly dues are $32. For more information about this chapter or others around the state, contact TOPS Leader Nicole Johnson-Morais at 332-7616, nicoleistops2015@yahoo.com or visit www.tops.org.

Old Warwick Grange #41

The Grange is a fraternal non-profit organization with a special interest in community service. Their history is as an agricultural organization and the traditions of faith, patriotism, leadership and family values. Their meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; no meetings in July or August. The Grange hall is located at 1175 West Shore Road, Warwick. For more information call 465-7259.

Mentoring

Do you have an hour a week to spare? That’s all it takes to make a difference in the life of a child. Today’s children need positive, caring adult role models to help them develop confidence, self-esteem, and a desire to stay in school. For more information on the Warwick Mentor Program, call 732-7700 or visit the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership website at www.mentorRI.org.

Developmental Screening

The Child Outreach Department of the Warwick Public Schools, in cooperation with the Volunteers of Warwick schools (VOWS), conducts regular preschool screening clinics. All Warwick preschool children between the ages of 3 and 5 are offered the Early Screening Inventory-Revised (ESI-R). This is a free service provided by the Warwick Public Schools. Participation in a Developmental Screening is a long established program of the Warwick School Department that provides families with information about their child’s development and offers information about community resources. For more information, or to arrange a clinic appointment for your preschool aged child, call the VOWS office at 734-3230.

TOPS #38 East Greenwich

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Rhode Island Chapter #38 East Greenwich, meets every Thursday at the Women & Infants Center, 1050 Main Street,

East Greenwich. Weigh-in begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 9:50 a.m. The meeting will follow at 10 a.m. Weekly dues are $1.50; yearly dues $32. For more information about TOPS, call Barbara Laprocina at 996-3984, call (800) 932-8677 or visit www.tops.org. In a world of quick fixes, TOPS offers an affordable, doctor-recommended

alternative that’s realistic and effective no matter how much you have to lose. Watch the scale go down, not your bank account. First meeting is free.

Moms for Moms

Support a new mother, share your experience and make a new friend. You can make a difference with just one hour a week. Moms for Moms/Families First RI helps pregnant women and new mothers deal with an enormous transition by matching them with trained volunteers who are mothers themselves. The program provides emotional and social support and strives to connect new moms to resources within their own communities. Mentors develop a warm, supportive relationship while spending time with the new mom in their homes, accompanying them on outings and attending mom gatherings. They will train you and provide supervisory support to volunteers. Dont miss out on this opportunity. Contact 383-9933 or email admin@familiesfirstri.org.

Greenwich Bay Women’s Club

The Greenwich Bay Women’s Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Atria Harborhill, 159 Division St. on the Warwick/East Greenwich line) to work together to make a difference in local communities. There are no age or residency requirements to join and meetings are open. If you would like further information, contact membership chair Diane Gadoury at 860-465-7987.

Photographic Society of RI

The Photographic Society of Rhode Island welcomes camera enthusiasts of all abilities. Meetings are held on the second, third and fourth Tuesday of each month, September through May at Lakewood Baptist Church, 255 Atlantic Ave. For more information, visit www.psri.us.

Hospice Volunteer Informational Meeting

The VNA of Care New England conducts weekly hospice volunteer informational meetings at the VNA of Care New England, 51 Health Lane, Warwick. Have you ever wondered how you can make the difference in the life of a family whose loved one is in hospice care? Do you want to join with a dedicated hospice volunteer program that provides training and ongoing support in this most rewarding work? Come and find out more about the VNA of Care New England hospice Call Carolyn McDonough, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 921-7614 to register.

Aphasia Conversation Group

On the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m., Sargent Rehabilitation Center, 800 Quaker Lane, Warwick, holds an aphasia conversation group. This group provides a supportive meeting place for people with aphasia to socialize and share their communication challenges and strategies. There is no charge for participation. Attendance is limited to individuals with aphasia only. For more information contact Lucia Watson, MS, SLP at 886-6600 or visit www.sargentcenter.org.

Fife & Drum Corps

Join the Pawtuxet Rangers Fife & Drum Corps of Warwick and continue the great tradition of Colonial/Revolutionary history through music. The Fife & Drum Corps meets every Wednesday night at Wyman Elementary School from 6:30-8 p.m. The corps is open to anyone over the age of 12. Drum and fife instruction is available to beginners.

Rhode Island Pet Bird Club

The R.I. Pet Bird Club welcomes anyone who owns birds or has an interest in exotic birds. Meet other people who have birds, listen to guest lecturers and more. The meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. For more information call Michele at 739-7290 or visit www.orgsites.com/ri/ripbc.

Fife and Drum Corps

The Kentish Guards Fife and Drum Corps rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the Kentish Guards Armory on Pierce St. in East Greenwich. Free lessons on playing the fife are provided to men and young men interested in joining the corps.

Grief Support

If you have experienced the loss of someone you love and are ready to begin or continue the healing process, then you are welcome to come to a grief support group. The group meets at the Christ Church Office condo, 61 Cedar Ave #6, East Greenwich, Sundays from 2-4 p.m. For more information visit the Christ Church website (www.christchurchec.org), call the Church office (884-8632) or email info@christchurchec.org.

Evening Counseling Available

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or overwhelming stress coupled with an addiction to or dependence on drugs or alcohol, then The Kent Center’s new evening program may be right for you. The Kent Center is offering an intensive outpatient program for people battling co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders Program hours are 4:40-8 p.m., making it accessible for people who work. The program is confidential and personalized to meet individual needs. For more information call 732-5656.

Help for Victims of Crime

Are you a victim of physical or sexual assault, domestic violence, untreated childhood abuse, or another crime or traumatic event? Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, increased substance use or other emotional difficulties? If so, you may be eligible to receive counseling services free of charge at The Kent Center (www.thekentcenter.org). Victims of crimes and other traumatic events often experience debilitating psychiatric symptoms that may have long-term affects if left untreated. Seek treatment today at 732-5656.

Volunteers Needed to Sew

Looking for something to do to help foster kids? Organizers of The Sewing Project to Help Foster Kids are looking for volunteers who want to help sew pillowcase or duffel bags for foster children. Currently their belongings are sometimes put in black trash bags. Foster parent Adriane Grimaldi in Scottsdale, Ariz. started the Sewing Project in February 2008 for children taken from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) to make kid-friendly bags for carrying their belongings instead of trash bags. To date, people have made 6,700 pillowcase bags for foster kids Pillowcase bags are delivered to CPS to use instead of trash bags. The Sewing Project has opened a new Rhode Island Chapter working with the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and is in need of volunteers to sew. For more information contact Hollie Galloway at holliegal@verizon.net.

Domestic Abuse Support Groups

The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center is a non-profit agency providing services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The agency offers morning and evening support groups for adults dealing with current or past domestic abuse Groups provide a safe place to talk with others who have shared similar experiences. The groups are confidential and free of charge. For more information call Jessica at 738-1700.

Bowlers Needed

Bowlers are needed at Meadowbrook Lanes Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. Contact Rusty at 714-6633, rmbudlong@cox.net or Everett at 739-5343, everettg1@verizon.net.

Wanted: Norwood Crime Watch Participants

The Norwood Neighborhood Association Crime Watch Committee is looking for residents to be part of a crime-prevention program. If you would like to be part of this important initiative, email to norwoodna@verizon.net or call NNA at 785-0616. Minimal time is required but it could save you a lot of headaches in response to a crime.

Bowlers Needed

Bowlers are needed for a Monday night league starting at 6:30 at Meadowbrook Lanes in Warwick. Call Pat at 737-0361 or 523-7108.

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