Holiday Tree Lighting

Posted 11/30/22

Join Mayor Picozzi and the Parks and Recreation Department on Sunday, Dec 4th at 5pm at Thayer Arena for a night of family festivities to include: free skating (w/donation of nonperishable food), …

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Holiday Tree Lighting


Join Mayor Picozzi and the Parks and Recreation Department on Sunday, Dec 4th at 5pm at Thayer Arena for a night of family festivities to include: free skating (w/donation of nonperishable food), Santa visits, DJ, caroling with Girl Scouts of RI, ice carving demonstrations, children’s crafts and activities, costumes characters, synchronized ice skating performance by the Superettes, and food trucks from 4:00pm to 7:30pm!

Conimicut Village Tree Lighting

Celebrate the season at the Conimicut Village Annual Tree Lighting! Friday, Dec 2, 5:00pm. Donovan Park (Corner of Beach Ave. & West Shore Rd.) Enjoy Holiday music from children’s choruses of Sherman & Hoxsie Schools at Woodbury Union Church, and refreshments along with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus downstairs in the Woodbury Union Friendship room! Donated canned goods for the food pantry are welcome and encouraged!

RI Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Concerts

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra embraces the Holiday season’s festivities with three concerts this December. Handel’s Messiah, Sunday December 4, 2022, 3pm. Amica Rush Hour Series The Four Seasons, Friday December 9, 2022, 6:30pm. TACO Classical Series The Four Seasons, Friday December 10, 2022, 8pm.  All performances will be at The VETS, Avenue of the Arts, in Providence. Single Tickets can be purchased at https://tickets.riphil.org or by calling! 401-248-7000. Concertgoers can take advantage of a special deal and attend both weekends. Purchase tickets to any two concerts and save 20%. Visit https://tickets.riphil.org/offer for more details.

Winter Holidays Decorate-A-Pole Contest

The Conimicut Village Association is hosting our annual Winter Holidays Decorate-A-Pole Contest in the village! The fun begins Nov. 26th so get your entry form submitted to be assigned a pole to decorate. Open to ALL persons around Rhode Island (not businesses). Prizes for 1st/2nd/3rd place, but EVERYONE wins when the Village looks awesome for the holiday season. Visit https://www.conimicut.org/holiday-pole-decoration-contest-2023/ for the contest form and rules! Time to get holly jolly and creative!

Holiday Shopping Craft Fair

Come and check out 25+ crafters and vendors at Knights of Columbus (475 Sandy Lane, Warwick) this Sunday, December 4th from 12:00pm-4:00pm. You’ll find holiday gifts for everyone on your list! Come and get your bingo card for a chance to win a Christmas/Holiday dinner! Stop by the raffle table! It will be filled with items from all our crafts and vendors. All proceeds from the raffle table are being donated to A Wish Come True.

Storytime at the Library

The Pontiac Free Library will host two special story times to celebrate the holidays. The first being Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Thanksgiving. The story time will be followed by a craft with Ms. Diane. On Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a Holiday story time with Ms. Diane followed by a visit from the big man himself -- Santa! And of course, cookies and beverages will be provided for this event. Registration is requested for both story times. Call 401-737-3292 or visit the library’s website.

WCFA Winter Market

The Warwick Center for the Arts is gearing up for its annual Winter Market, which is designed as a festive, artful, and unique shopping experience. The event will be held at the historic Kentish Armory in Apponaug Village from Nov. 26 (Small Business Saturday), through Dec. 17. Join us for the Winter Market opening reception on December 1st from 5:30pm-7:30pm! There will be a wide variety of handmade gift items available for purchase that range from greeting cards, to toys, jewelry, ornaments, oil paintings, and more! It’s never too early to start shopping for the Holidays! Visit www.warwickcfa.org for more information.

Holiday Basket Raffle

The Friends of the West Warwick Public Library will conduct their annual Holiday Basket Raffle at the library, 1043 Main St., Monday, Nov. 28 until Saturday, Dec. 10. More than two dozen themed baskets for children and adults will be featured. Tickets are 50 cents each or 3 for $1. The drawing will be held on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.; the library will be open that Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for a special Food Festival. All proceeds will help support library programs and services.

A Day of Spiritual Exploration

ECKANKAR presents a Day of Spiritual Exploration, a free event being held on December 3rd rom 11:30am-5:15pm at the Hilton Garden Inn (1 Thurber St, Warwick). Featuring workshops on past lives, dreams, and soul travel, HU, and your key to spiritual living. As well as creative arts, discussion circles, and panel discussions such as How to See the Blessings in a Challenge. For more info, call 738-4727 or email eckankar.ri@gmail.com.

Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Spring Green Memorial Church, 1350 Warwick Ave, Warwick RI. Please join us for crafters, jewelry, a penny social of gift cards, a bake table, children’s grab bags, and a café for lunch at reasonable prices. Tables are available for crafters to rent for $15 each. Any interested crafters can contact the church office at 463-8328 from 10am to noon on Tuesday to Friday to rent a table.

10th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) announces that the 10th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo will be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island. The Expo will feature over 100 published Rhode Island authors. Books on display from participants will represent a wide variety of genres including romance, mystery, horror, history, biography and children's. Hundreds of autographed books will be available for purchase. A list of participating authors is posted on the website www.riauthorexpo.com. Parking and admission to the expo will be free. In addition to book signings, the expo will feature several panels and speakers. The Rhode Island Author Expo is co-sponsored by Cardi’s Furniture, WADK, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Stillwater Books. The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of local, published writers of both fiction and non-fiction committed to raising awareness of the outstanding written works crafted by writers in Rhode Island. More information about the group can be found on its website www.riauthors.org.

Greenwood Community Church Presbyterian Women’s Biennial Cozy Christmas Bazaar

Come enjoy a warm cup of cheer from our Snowflake Cafe and shop our Fresh Greens creations, grab a Perfectly Packaged gift, and browse our fabulously festive handmade items for yourself or gifts for others! Don't forget to grab a Baked Good to bring to your next Holiday Party or for your own Festive Fete! Sat, Dec 3, 9AM-2PM. Fellowship Hall of Greenwood Community Church, 805 Main Ave, Warwick (Entrance is at the Rear of Church, use Handicapped Accessible Area) Also, join us for our Toy Drop! 9AM-1PM at the FRONT driveway! Please use the Drive-Thru to drop off new, unwrapped toys/games/project kits/gift cards for all ages for local neighborhood community agencies! Any donation made will receive a $1 off coupon for any item at the Bazaar downstairs! For more details visit: pwgccp.square.site, email PWGCCP@gmail.com, or visit  facebook.com/PWGCCP/  for a Sneak Peek!

Brown University Lecture Series 

Nonfiction@Brown lecture series presents Liza Yeager, “Listening as Action.” Liza Yeager, audio producer, reporter and editor, delivers a lecture on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Pembroke 305, 172 Meeting St., Providence. This event is free and open to the public! Please visit go.brown.edu/nonfiction_now for more information about Liza Yeager and the Nonfiction@Brown lecture series.  

Winter Celebration

Join Asbury United Methodist Church for a joyful gathering outdoors and indoors to celebrate the season with caroling, kid’s and adult’s crafts, hot beverages, and festive lights! (Even will be moved indoors for inclement weather). Saturday 12/10, 4:30-7pm, 550 Fair St. Warwick.

Winter Bazaar

The First Congregational Church of Warwick  is hosting Winter Bazaar on Saturday December 10th @9am-3pm and  Sunday Dec 11th @12pm - 5pm. $25.00 to rent table. Table submissions must be in no later than Dec 3rd. Please contact  Is the 1st communicational church of Warwick at (401) 738-3377  If you have any questions.

Warwick Symphony Orchestra

The Warwick Symphony Orchestra presents “Joyeux Noel,” both French classical and holiday works. See the show Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at St. Bernard Church (Tower Hill Road, NK), or Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., at Scottish Rite Auditorium (Broad St, Paxtuxet Village, Cranston). Visit www.WSOri.org for more info.

Christmas Concert

The New England Ringers will present a handbell concert, 2022 Christmas Past and Christmas Present(s), at Woodbury Union Church, Presbyterian, 58 Beach Street, Warwick, RI. It will be held at 4 pm on Sunday, December 11. No tickets necessary-donations greatly appreciated. Light refreshments to follow. The New England Ringers are a highly acclaimed handbell group with members coming from all over New England, celebrating musical excellence in handbell ringing.

West Bay Chorale -- The Gift

The West Bay Chorale is presenting their holiday concert on Dec.  11 at 6:30 p.m.  A dramatic reading of The Other Magi by Henry van Dyke will be part of the concert.  The music includes three new arrangements of traditional carols by composer Dan Forrest.  Peter, Paul and Mary’s Light One Candle and Shalom by Dan Forrest offer hope for peace during this winter season.  Norwegian born Ola Gjeilo’s setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem The Rose is a vibrant interpretation reminiscent of the traditional carol Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.  The audience will join the Chorale in singing two traditional carols. The concert concludes with a new arrangement of Silent Night by Dan Forrest.  The concert is held at St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.  Check out the West Bay Chorale Facebook page or website for further information or call 401-751-1525.

Need Christmas Help?

Families residing in Coventry, Cranston, Scituate, Warwick and West Warwick in need of Christmas help may apply for assistance from Little Free Pantry in Warwick by Nov. 26. Our goal is to provide one to three items per child: value of your gifts range from $5 to $35 dollars as this is a helping hand. We do our best to help as many as we can, we do not guarantee help. The application process is simple. Please send us a message with the following information.

  1. Your Name, a picture/copy of a recent utility bill in your name (your photo ID will be required at pick up) please block out account numbers, we just need to verify address and name. We can not accept people signing up for others, your Facebook name must be similar to your real name.
  2. For each child up to age 17, Child name (first name only), age, gender and wish list or a list of likes (of mixed value max $35 per item). You must provide a list because we can not fill requests without it. Please note we will consider children over age 17 with special needs, please PM us in regards to our requirements. No requests for gift cards/tickets, as well as any video games/systems (exception would be inexpensive headphones and accessories ) will be honored.
  3. List of other programs you have signed up for, or intend to sign up for.
  4. Due to dishonesty about children, we now require birth certificate at pick up, your ID must match one of the parents listed on the birth certificate. Exception for those with legal custody paperwork will be required. This for visual inspection in person only!

While we never ask for income verification and reserve the right to ask for additional information for children as you may only sign up your children that live with you full time. Our pick up location is in Warwick, near RT 37. We provide this information when pick up times are arranged. This is borrowed space afforded to us by a local business in which we are allowed to use after business hours.

Abstract Intuitive Painting

Warwick Center for the Arts will host “Abstract Intuitive Painting” on the first Thursday of October, November and December from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Individuals will learn to select colors intuitively and apply various textures and marks to a wood panel using a variety of materials to create an 11x14 abstract acrylic painting on a wood panel. The cost for members is $35 per class and $45 for non-members. The materials fee is $10 (for the first class only). For further information, visit www.warwickcfa.org or call 401-737-0010.

New Members Welcome

Meadowlark Seniors meet Thursdays at 1:30pm at St. Kevin Church hall, 333 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI 02889. Short meeting, fun activity, and socializing!! Come join us!!!

Young Musicians Scholarship

The Music on the Hill scholarship directly supports the study of classical music performance. Awards will be disbursed directly to the winner’s designated instructor, ensemble program, summer opportunity, school, conservatory or college music fee. The first prize includes $400 and a performance opportunity in Music on the Hill’s 2023 festival. The second prize is $200. Applicants must be Rhode Island residents between ages 13 and 18. This scholarship includes all instruments and voice. Chamber groups may apply together and share the prize. The application includes a four to eight minute recorded video audition. There is no application fee. The application deadline is Nov. 15. Full details can be found at www.musiconthehillRI.org.

Library looking for podcast geeks

Are you a fan of listening to podcasts? Do you have a lot of technical skills you would like to apply to a great community resource? The library has its own weekly podcast, Warwick Radio Online, and is building a team to help run it.

Warwick Radio Online (https://warwicklibrary.org/warwick-radio-online-4) highlights the wonderful things that make Warwick great from community resources to opportunities for entertainment to the background and history of the city. They are looking for folks who would like to be technicians to operate the recording studio and edit episodes of the show, on-air talent to serve as hosts of episodes, or managers to supervise and schedule podcast episodes. Those interested can serve in one or all of these roles. Tasks could include recording content in the studio, hosting/co-hosting, interviewing, scriptwriting, editing sound, and experience with Apple computers and the GarageBand audio-editing software. Experience would be helpful, but the library can also help you learn the skills you would need to work on the podcast.

If you are interested in joining our podcast team or would like more information, please contact Wil Gregersen, the library’s Community Services Librarian, at wgregersen@warwicklibrary.org or 401-921-9758.

Volunteer with Westbay Community Action

Do you have a passion and desire to make a difference in your community? Westbay Community Action’s ‘Marketplace,’ the second largest food pantry in RI, needs volunteers who are interested in a fun and rewarding experience working with like-minded people. Volunteers 17 years or older will be stocking shelves, unpacking trucks and helping individuals with picking up their food. Youth volunteers 16 years or younger may also volunteer when accompanied by an adult over 18. Call Kendra Anderson at 401-921-1249 ext.352 to get started!

Bowlers Needed

The Warwick Men’s Church Bowling League is in need of some new bowlers. The league was established in 1951 and is still bowling duckpin at the Meadowbrook Bowling Alley in Warwick. The group bowls on Tuesday nights from September until April. A weekly fee of $15 provides three games of bowling, small events and a banquet at the end of the season with cash prizes. You do not have to be an active church member to join. Please contact wchurchleague@yahoo.com to join or submit questions.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) #38 in East Greenwich has returned to having meetings every Thursday morning at St. Luke's Episcopal Church (99 Pierce St., East Greenwich) at the lower level. The meeting will be ongoing. Weigh-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10 a.m.

The meetings will last no more than one hour beginning to end and anyone is welcomed. If you know someone that is interested in weight loss, they are more than welcome to attend. For more information about TOPS, call Joan Tinkham at 401-739-5322.

Collectable Car Show

Tri City Elks Lodge 1915 W. Shore Rd. Warwick presents a Custom Collectible Car Show on Thursdays at 5 p.m. around the back of the lodge. Bring your auto and show it off or just come and enjoy the night. There will be music and food for sale and the Tiki Bar will be open for beverages! Additionally, Tuesdays are the lodge’s Jeep Night at 5 p.m.  Jeeps and 4x4's of all shapes and sizes are welcome. The Tiki Bar will be open; food by PB&J's will be available to purchase.

Old Warwick Grange 41

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.

The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. There are no meetings in July and August. The Grange Hall is located at 1175 West Shore Road in Warwick.  For information please call either Joan Clegg at 401 465-7259 or Mike Osiensky at (508) 954-9712.

West Warwick AARP Chapter

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

Hearts for Hospice

Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice (VNH&H) is asking for individuals to support their hospice programs by giving $20 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 will be 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.

Calling All Cribbage Players

Do you play cribbage? If so, consider joining a small group of cribbage players from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Friday who meet and play at the East Greenwich Community Center located on Pierce Street in East Greenwich. 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.

Consider Donating Blood

The Rhode Island Blood Center is in need of blood. Individuals wishing to donate must book an appointment at the donation center; walk-ins are only accepted if safe distancing allows at the person’s time of arrival. Nearby areas to donate include The Shops at Greenwood, which is located at 615 Greenwich Ave., in Warwick. This center can be reached at 401-453-8383. To schedule an appointment online, visit www.ribc.org.

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point

Come join the “Rocky Point Pacers” for a walk around Rocky Point every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m., weather permitting. They meet at the gate on Rocky Point Avenue.

Be Kind RI

Be Kind RI is a new program that connects volunteers to their neighbors across RI through text alerts to coordinate food deliveries from grocery stores and food pantries. To sign up go to www.BeKindRI.org. Volunteers must be 18 or older and undergo our background check. Be Kind RI is open to those in RI experiencing COVID-19 risk factors including seniors 65+, anyone with underlying health conditions, those in quarantine or isolation, anyone experiencing a lack of childcare, and those who would otherwise experience difficulty in obtaining food. For assistance signing up, call 877-958-8785.

Meals on Wheels in Need of Volunteers

Meals on Wheels of RI is in immediate need of volunteers for its Home-Delivered Meal Program in Warwick. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program helps homebound seniors remain healthy, safe and happy at home. For more information and a volunteer application, visit www.rimeals.org.

Citizenship Prep Classes at WPL

Prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Interview with Citizen Preparation classes at the Warwick Public Library. Practice citizenship vocabulary, learn the necessary civics content, and work on interview skills using the N-400 application form. Classes meet on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting Sept. 25. Sign up at the library. For more information, call (401) 455-8041. These free classes are offered by the RI Family Literary Initiative.

Get a Job Thursdays

We Make RI, an organization that provides free manufacturing training, is hosting a series of job fairs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their offices at 200 First Ave. in Cranston. 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 the event or other training opportunities, visit www.wemakeri.com/get-a-job-thursday or contact Mike at (401) 232-0077 x109.

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