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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

Meat raffles on Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. There will be four tables loaded with meat and prized. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.  Proceeds will be donated to Rosemary's Wish Kids.

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 Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. The Vinyasa Yoga flow will embody strength, balance, and flexibility. Please bring your own Yoga mat. Cost is $6 per person.

The Annual Fishing Derby for boys & girls ages 5-12 will be held April 20 at 7 a.m. Stop in after 3 p.m. at the Lodge and sign your kids up. There are two age groups: ages 5-8 and 9-12. A fishing pole will be awarded to one child in each group that

catches the largest fish. Fish weigh in will be at 11 a.m. Burgers, chips and soda will follow.

Meadowlark Seniors

The 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 canceled due to inclement weather.

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 5 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.

Warwick Rotary Meeting

On April 11 The Warwick Rotary Club hosts John Concannon from the Gaspee Days Committee to talk about the history of and current events surrounding Gaspee Days. The Warwick Rotary is a globally-minded membership club that inspires positive changes within the community. They meet Thursdays at noon at The Radisson Hotel: 2081 Post Road in Warwick. If you are interested in attending a meeting, contact Mark Arnold at mark.arnold@scouting.org or visit warwickrotaryri.com.

Oakland Beach Association

The monthly meeting of the Oakland Beach Association will take place April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 340 Oakland Beach Avenue. The guest speaker will be Matt Solitro, director of Public Works. Refreshments will be served.

Spring Used Clothing Sale

Westminster Unitarian Church, 119 Kenyon Avenue, East Greenwich, is holding a spring used clothing sale April 12 and April 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday is bargain day: $5 for a paper bag full of clothing items. For directions or more information, call the church office weekday mornings at 884-5933.

Thrive Behavioral Health Job Fair

Thrive Behavioral Health will be holding a job fair April 12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at 2756 Post Road in Warwick. They will have hiring managers on site to answer questions and discuss job opportunities; bring your current resume. They are hiring for clinical and non-clinical positions: clinicians, clinical team leader, case managers, direct support professionals, administrative assistants, and per diem drivers. Benefits are available to full-time and part-time staff working at least 17½ hours per week.

London Bridge Fundraiser

London Bridge learning center is hosting a comedy fundraiser by Funny4funds April 13 at 7 p.m. at the East Greenwich Firemans Hall. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Janet at 338-5406 or go online to Funny4funds.com.  All proceeds benefit London Bridge Learning Center in East Greenwich.

Conimicut Easter Egg Hunt

The Conimicut Village Association will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt April 13 at Clegg Field on Winter Avenue. The hunt will start at 10:30 sharp. All children 10 and under are welcome to attend and meet the Easter Bunny. Children will be divided into two separate groups (5 and under/6 and above). Remember to bring a basket to collect eggs. Rain date is April 20 at 1 p.m.

Free Lunch

As part of a community outreach program, Spring Green Memorial Church, 1350 Warwick Ave., is offering a free lunch of hot dogs and assorted sandwiches, chicken soup, chips and assorted desserts to neighbors in the community April 14 from 12-1 p.m. Each guest is welcome to one bag of food from the pantry. For more information call the church office at 463-8328.

Food Bank Benefit Concert

The 17th Annual RI Community Food Bank benefit concert, “A celebration of Christian music with performances from multiple churches,” will be held Palm Sunday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Lakewood Baptist Church, 255 Atlantic Ave., Warwick. Admission is at least one non-perishable food item. A free will offering will also be taken (check payable to RI Community Food Bank). Refreshments and fellowship following the concert.

Easter Musical

Phillips Memorial Baptist Church, 565 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, will hold their Easter Musical, "The Power of the Cross,” narrated by David Barber and Sally Riley. This moving performance will be presented by Phillips' Chancel Singers, soloists, and orchestra under the direction of Dr. Martha Sobaje on Palm Sunday, April 14, during the 10 a.m. worship service. All are invited to attend this poignant reminder of Christ's sacrifice of love, His triumph over death, and His promise of redemption for all of us. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information call the church office at

467-3300 ext. 1 or visit www.phillipschurch.org.

Book-signing and Talk

The East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society will host James Ricci, author of The Newport Bridge, April 15. At his talk and book-signing Jim will tell about the long and contentious effort to build the state's iconic bridge. The event is at the Society's headquarters, the Old Jail at 110 King Street, East Greenwich. The meeting begins with a potluck supper at 6:30; Jim's program begins at 7:30. It is free and open to the public. Call Sue Curado at 884-4643 or email her at lensu@cox.net for more information.

Cemetery Clean-up

Saturday, April 13 is RI Historical cemeteries  awareness and preservation day. The Warwick commission on Historical Cemeteries will be cleaning Brayton Cemetery in Apponaug from 9-11:30 a.m. Volunteers are welcome and would be appreciated. Snacks will be provided. If you have any community service requirements this event will help. For more information contact Pegee at 527-1823 or Sue at susan.w.cabeceiras@warwickri.com.

Pontiac Free Library

Coming to the Pontiac Free Library:

Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure April 16 at 2 p.m.

April Vacation Movie, viewer’s choice, April 18 at 2 p.m.

Home Buying 101 Seminar April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Norwood Neighborhood Association

The Norwood Neighborhood Association will hold a general meeting April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Norwood Boys & Girls Club, 43 Frederick St. The topic will be “The Opiate and Overdose Crises” by Christine Harkins, president and CEO of Bridgemark Addiction and Recovery Services. Join for an interesting and informative evening. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Ocean State Toastmasters

Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting April 16 from 7-9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Road. Regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The club is one of 13,500 in Toastmasters International, a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the development of public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has approximately 280,000 members in 116 countries. For more information, contact Merrill Winoker, Vice President of Membership, at 688-4741 or merrillwinoker@icloud.com.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, April 17 is the Kent County YMCA’s National Healthy Kids Day. This event will occur from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. is free and open to the community. Participate in family hikes throughout the Y’s 117 acres of outdoor space, go on a family scavenger hunt, participate in an obstacle course, kids fun run, arts and crafts, face painting, learn about summer camp and so much more. For more information visit gpymca.org or call 828-0130. If you are interested in being a vendor, email Kristen at kcarlson@gpymca.org.

Friends of WarwickPonds

Friends of Warwick Ponds will hold their next meeting April 18 at the Warwick Public Library at 6 p.m.

Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter

The monthly meeting for Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will be held April 18 at the Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Parkway, at 6:30 p.m. They will get the results from their successful breakfast and raffle. Also, this is the last meeting before the Crafting for Critters craft show to be held at Pilgrim Senior Center on May 11. If you would like any information on any events call Brenda at 467-2692. Everyone is invited to attend our meetings.

Easter Egg Hunt

Riverview Neighborhood Association’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place April 20 at 10 a.m. at Lippitt Park. Children 10 years old and younger are welcome to take part in the fun. Invite your family and friends…just inform so they know how many kids will be joining. RSVP by April 15 to keise1@cox.net.

Toll Gate National Honor Society

Toll Gate High School will hold its National Honor Society installation April 23 at 6 p.m. in the Robert J. Shapiro Cultural Center. Greetings will be presented by Miss Candace Caluori, principal of Toll Gate High School. Teacher of the Year will be announced and Book Awards will be presented. Forty-four juniors will be introduced and inducted into the National Honor Society and 36 seniors will receive their certificates and honor cords. A reception will follow in the cafeteria.

Human Services Retirees Luncheon

State Department of Human Services Retirees’ Luncheon will be held April 25 12 noon at Sam’s Inn, 2227 West Shore Road, Warwick. All retirees and friends are welcome. If interested, call Dolores Levasseur at 737-6454 for details. 

Buckeye Brook Cleanup

The Buckeye Brook Coalition 20th Earth Day Clean Up will be held April 27 from 9 a.m.-12 noon. The event will start at the Knights of Columbus, 475 Sandy Lane. Volunteers are required to register by signing a waiver of liability form by an adult. Once organized, participants will be directed to several offsite locations through the area for Earth Day cleanups. They are in need of persons who can act as team captains in advance of the date. Dress weather appropriate (sturdy shoes and gloves). Insect repellent suggested for ticks. Pizza and water served after event. Contact Paul Earnshaw 479-5656 brookeye10@gmail.com for questions or sign up to be a team captain.

Car Wash

Are the spring birds using your car as target practice? Then let the boys of BSA Troop 1 Conimicut wash it clean. Come down to the Pilgrim Senior Center on April 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Any donation accepted. See you then. And thank you for your support.

Cranston Senior Guild

Cranston Senior Guild’s next meeting will take place May 1 at 1 p.m. at Tamarisk Assisted Living, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick. There will be a short meeting, followed by bingo, refreshments and a raffle.  All men and women age 55 years plus are welcome to join. Membership is $12 for the year. Cranston residency is not required. Plan on coming for a fun afternoon.

Flea Market Vendors Wanted

Ss. John and James Parish, 17 St. John Street, West Warwick, is hosting a Flea Market on May 4 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. They are looking for vendors to rent tables, $20 for a 6-foot table-indoors and $15 for a 6-foot table outside (no food vendors). For more information call the parish office at 821-7661.

Annual Conimicut Spring Fling Fundraiser

The Annual Conimicut Spring Fling Fundraiser is scheduled for May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the St Benedict's Parish Hall. Tickets are $29 per person ($12 for children 4-11) and include a buffet catered by Cassarino's Restaurant (chicken marsala, pasta, meatballs roasted potatoes, salad, dessert, coffee, tea), DJ entertainment, cash bar, raffle baskets, silent auction and door prizes. Buy tickets online at www.conimicut.org, at Davies' Service Station (1008 West Shore Road) or by calling 524-8404. All proceeds go towards the flowers and flags displayed along West Shore Road from May through September.

Historic Cemetery Ceremony

The Pawtuxet Rangers will participate in a ceremony May 5 at 2 p.m. at Cranston Historic Cemetery #36 on Park Avenue in Cranston. The Rangers, Cranston Historic Cemetery Commission, Sons of the American Revolution and Society of Colonial Wars will be some of the participants. The cemetery has had a refurbishment and the group will recognize four Revolutionary War veterans, one of whom was amongst the first officers on the Continental Navy. There will be a new veterans grave marker unveiled and an interpretive sign.

Chamber Chorus Concert

The Chamber Chorus of the Rhode Island Children's Chorus (RICC) will give a concert at Greenwood Community Church, 805 Main Ave., Warwick, May 5 at 2 p.m. The chorus is the premier auditioned group of high school singers from the more than 200 members of RICC. The ensemble will be performing an impressive, varied repertoire, including everything from spirituals to classical works and contemporary choral gems. The chorus regularly tours and performs at high-profile invitational events and will have just returned from a special performance at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

Spring Fling Bazaar

A Spring Fling bazaar will be held May 11 at American Legion Post 15, 1016 Main St., East Greenwich, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For questions on tables or donating call Kay at 523-6070.

Greater Warwick Lions Scholarship

The Greater Warwick Lions Club announces its Academic and Community Achievement Award eligibility program. They will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship this year available to Warwick high school seniors residing in Warwick. The Greater Warwick Lions Club is a chartered member of Lions Club International and dedicated to the concept of community service. This award takes into account financial need and academic achievement as well as demonstrated community service of the applicants. To receive an application, contact your guidance department or send a request to Ron Bergeron, GWLC Scholarship Chairman, 106 Wilson Avenue, Warwick, RI 02889. The application submission deadline is May 15.

Scholarships available

Applications for the James V. Johnson Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by J.O.N.A.H., Inc. are now available. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors who reside in Warwick School District 2. District 2 includes Wards 4, 5 and 6. Deadline for applications is May 15. The committee aims to award three $1,000 scholarships. Call Beverlee Sturdahl at 739-2219 for applications.

National Senior Health and Wellness Day

Visit the Kent County YMCA May 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for this free Community Event in honor of National Senior Health and Wellness Day. There will be free blood pressure screenings, participate in a chair yoga class or Tai Chi, join the book club, learn about the knitting club, and so much more. If you are interested in being a vendor at this Health Fair, email Kristen at kcarlson@gpymca.org.

Apply for Boys and Girls State 2019

The American Legion Boys State and the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State will take place June 16-21 at St. Andrew's School in Barrington. The course is on the workings of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Students form their own political parties, formulate party platforms and conduct spirited campaigns for public office. All high school juniors are encouraged to apply. Scholarships are available. Expenses are paid for by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. Boys State applications can be found online at www.littlerhodyboysstate.com. Girls State applications can be found online at www.rialaux.org. If you have questions, email ronriveterans@yahoo.com or raineyrose@outlook.com.

Swim Lessons

McDermott Pool is now offering swim lessons and lifeguard certification classes. For more information visit www.warwickri.gov/parks-and-recreation or call 921-9626.

New Counseling Program Available

If you are experiencing a substance use problem with alcohol or drugs or a substance use problem coupled with a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety, a new program at Thrive Behavioral Health (formerly known as The Kent Center) may be right for you. Thrive is offering an intensive outpatient program for people battling substance use disorders and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. The program is confidential and personalized to meet individual needs. For more information or to schedule an assessment call 732-5656.

Green Airport Military Lounge Seeks Volunteers

The Rhode Island Military Organization (RIMO) Military Lounge at T.F. Green Airport is seeking volunteers to staff the lounge. Open 12 hours every day, the primary goal of the lounge is to provide a welcoming place for military service members, veterans and their families to relax and regroup during their travels. Approaching six years in operation, nearly 15,000 visitors have passed through the lounge doors. Yet, it’s the dedicated volunteers who keep the lounge open, clean, stocked and comfortable while providing a welcome smile and warm greeting to each visitor. Volunteers are asked to work four-shifts and may select their own work schedule but are asked to dedicate a minimum of four hours per month. Also, volunteers enjoy free parking at the airport. A great opportunity to give back to the community and thank our active duty and veterans for their service. All volunteers are required to fill out the RIMO application, acquire a background check, and attend a short training class. New volunteers can begin the process by contacting the RIMO office at 921-4393.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

VNA of Care New England is looking for hospice volunteers. Have you ever wondered how you could make a difference in the life of a family whose loved one is on hospice care? Do you want to join a dedicated hospice volunteer program that provides training and ongoing support? For more information visit www.carenewengland.org or call Barbara Fletcher, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 921-7661. 

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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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