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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.

Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter

The monthly meeting for Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will be held October 17 at the Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Parkway, at 6:30 p.m. (right near Pilgrim High School). They will finalize plans for the upcoming pasta supper on November 2 and asking for volunteers and donations to a raffle for the pasta supper. If you would like to volunteer for the pasta supper or want more information on the supper attend the meeting or call Brenda Nordin at 467-2692.

William Shields Jr. SAL Squadron #43 invites you join in their Three Card MEL Meat Raffle Oct. 18 amd Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Bingo style with playing cards can win you great meat prizes and gift certificates. Come for all games or just some. All are invited; bring a friend.

Craft Fair & Bake Sale

Sts. Rose & Clement Parish, 111 Long St., will be having their annual craft fair and bake sale October 19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Come and browse over 20 crafters, Giant Basket Raffle, 50/50 raffle, Children's Room with games and raffles, and baked goods, featuring homemade apple crisp with ice cream and caramel. The kitchen will be open serving breakfast and lunch for a nominal fee.

Chopstick Auction

The Oakland Beach Volunteer Women’s Auxiliary will have their annual chopstick auction October 19. Doors open at 12 noon the auction begins at 1 p.m. A chopstick for $10 will get you in all the drawings. They can be purchased at the door. Hotdogs, pizza and pastry will be available to purchase along with a cash bar. Must be 18 or older (no children).

Turkey Supper

Norwood Baptist Church RI, 48 Budlong Ave., is hosting their 67th annual turkey supper Oct. 19. Seatings are at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 per adult, $5 for children 4 through 12 years. This is a reservation only dinner; call the church office at 941-7040 to inquire about making a reservation. You may leave your name, number and a hostess will return your call to book your reservation. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Bags of Hope NE (a non-profit organization that helps children in foster care).

Harvest Fest

The 3rd Annual Harvest Fest will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, October 19 from 3-8 p.m. Activities include pumpkin carving and decorating, photo booths, slime table, vendors, raffles, food, demonstrations, rock wall and more. The Trunk or Treat will begin at 4 p.m. If you are decorating your trunk please arrive after 3.

Gateway Harvest Fest will be held Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1647 Warwick Ave. There will be lots of vendors, a 50/50 and raffles. Call if you are interested in becoming a vendor: 345-1165.

Free Lunch

As part of a community outreach program, Spring Green Memorial Church, 1350 Warwick Ave., is offering a free lunch of hot dogs, assorted sandwiches, chicken soup, cookies and beverages to neighbors in the community Oct. 20 from 12-1 p.m. Each guest is welcome to receive one grocery bag of food from their pantry. For more information call the church office at 463-8328.

75 Classic New England Foods

Jim Hale will celebrate 75 classic New England foods, from American chop suey to Yankee post roast, at a meeting of the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society Oct. 20. Learn about seasonal, hearty and comforting regional cuisine, gathered from farmland, coastal waters and generations of immigrants. Jim is president of the North Attleboro Historic Society.His illustrated program is in the community room at the East Greenwich Police Station, First Avenue, where there is easy parking and access. It begins at 2 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Gaspee Seniors

The Gaspee Seniors will meet October 22 at the Pilgrim Senior Center at 1:30 p.m. The program for the day is a Halloween theme. Bring your costume and partake in the festivities. Also, at this time there will be a food collection for the Westbay Market. They are in need of tuna, peanut butter and cereal. All food items are acceptable. New members are always welcome.

EBC Open House

Join the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center for an open house and community conversation October 23 from 5-7 p.m. in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information contact call 738-9700 or go to www.ebccenter.org.

Soil Testing

Fall is the best time to plant grass seed for next year. The soil is still warm from months of summer sun. This combination of warm soil, moderate day temperatures and cool evenings encourages fast germination and establishment of newly sown grass seed. To make sure that your newly planted lawn get the most nutrients from your soil, a soil pH test should be performed as well. On October 25, bring soil samples (instructions on gathering soil are below) to the Goddard State Park Farmers Market, 345 Ives Road, Warwick. University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners will be at the market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and can provide pH results and soil texture analysis as well as provide recommendations for the gradual improvement of your soil’s pH and health.

Historic Halloween at the Old Jail

Chills, thrills, fun, games and a little bit of history are part of a family Halloween party at the Old Jail, 110 King Street in East Greenwich, Oct. 27. Come tour the slightly spooky cells, which are rarely open to the public, with the lady jail keeper from a hundred years ago, Everlin Smith, who served for 50 years. Vintage Halloween postcards and masks will be on display. There will be old-fashioned games, crafts, fortune-telling and snacks for all who dare to venture inside the jail. The party runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets, available at the door or online at www.eghps.org, are $10 per person or free with purchase of a family membership in the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society, which includes two adults and up to three children. Halloween at the Old Jail is a fund-raiser for the Society, a 501(c)(3) non profit, all volunteer organization. Monies raised go to maintaining the 200-year old building on the East Greenwich waterfront.

Post Card Show

The 57th Annual Post Card Show & Exhibit will be held at the Knight of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett St., North Providence Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., sponsored by the Rhode Island Post Card Club. For further information call 315-2114

East Greenwich Art Club

The East Greenwich Art Club will be showing their art exhibit, “Art is Wonderful," in the Conference Room of the Warwick Public Library on Sandy Lane from November 2 until it is taken down on November 30. Paintings in oil, watercolor, pastels, mixed medial as well as photography will be on view. The exhibit is being judged by award-winning artist Lorena Pugh and prizes will be awarded at the opening reception November 9 from noon until 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available and all are welcome to attend.

JONAH Steak Fry

JONAH will hold “Christmas in November” Nov. 8 at the Oakland Beach Fireman’s Club, 645 Oakland Beach Ave. Tickets are $20 per person. All proceeds benefit the JONAH holiday dinner and toy program. For tickets and information call Beverlee at 739-2219.

Harvest Bazaar

Saint Vincent de Paul church holds its annual Harvest Bazaar November 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and November 10 from 10 am.-3 p.m. at 6 St Vincent de Paul Street in Coventry inside the school auditorium. Admission is free. There will be breakfast and lunch available as well as baked goods and pork pies for sale, specialty basket raffles, cash raffles, roll-ups, craft booth, grandma’s attic, candy booth and children’s games. For more information call 821-8719 or visit olcsvp.org.

Tri-City Elks

Country line dance lessons every Monday 6:30-8:30 p.m. Classes taught by Lori Enos. $8 per lesson, proceeds go to benefit Elks charities.

Yoga class runs through Dec. 3 for 10 weeks for $60 or $8 per class for walk-ins. Lessons by Lorraine Blanchard. Proceeds go to benefit Elks charities.

Red Hat Group Cruise

The Red Hat Goddess group that meets at the Pilgrim Senior Center is sponsoring a seven-night cruise May 23-30, 2020 aboard the Norwegian Pearl from New York to New England and Canada. Those interested in learning more about the cruise should contact Diane Carley at 738-8588.

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.

Mentor Rhode Island

Help support kids by becoming a mentor. MENTOR Rhode Island is seeking volunteers from the community to become a mentor in Warwick Schools through the Warwick Mentoring Program. In just one hour each week, you can be the person that helps expand the horizons of a young person from your community and put them on a path to success. Screening, training and ongoing support is provided. For more information or to apply, contact MENTOR Rhode Island at 732-7700 or visit www.MentorRI.org.

Meditation Classes

Pilgrim Senior Center is holding meditation classes. Learn different ways to meditate and leave feeling relaxed and renewed. You may bring a yoga mat or use a chair. Drop in anytime. Call Linda with any questions at 318-0303. Classes meet every Thursday at 1 p.m.; cost is $3 per class. Wear comfortable clothing.

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 6 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.

Art Supplies Needed

Thrive Behavioral Health’s Housing First Program would greatly appreciate donations of used or new art supplies to support therapeutic art activities for the chronically homeless population and those who struggle with mental illness. Creating art reduces stress, anxiety, fears and depression in people with mental illness and raises a person's quality of life. The center, which helps over 3,000 Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness and mental illness each year, is in constant need of art supply donations such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, acrylic paint, construction paper, pipe cleaners, fabric, buttons, coloring books, etc. Contact Ashley Bunker at 200-4081 for more information, or drop off tax-deductible donations at 344 Washington Street, Providence.

EBC Center Volunteers Needed

Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center is a non-profit agency located in Warwick serving victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. They are currently in need of volunteers to assist with answering their hotline and/or providing childcare while clients attend weekly support groups. They are looking for a weekly commitment of two to three hours. If interested, call 738-9700 or email sbarbosa@ebchouse.org.

Cardiac for Women

Cardiac for Women is an informal support group for women with cardiac issues. For more information call 258-2400.

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.

All In A Chord Meetings

All In A Chord, an a capella chorus singing four-part harmony, is now meeting at 2-4 p.m. every Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 389 Greenwich Avenue, downstairs in the adjacent building. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to come and visit any Tuesday afternoon. They are a group of friendly women with a common interest to sing. No experience is necessary except to be able to sing on key and have fun doing so. They sing music from the ’40s, show tunes, patriotic medleys and holiday music. For more information, contact Shirley Lawton at 739-0907.

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 anyone 14 years of age or older interested in joining the corps.

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.

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. 

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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