Oakland Beach Association Meeting

Posted 5/11/22

The Oakland Beach Association invites neighborhood residents to its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club, 340 Oakland Beach Ave. (side entrance). Refreshments …

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Oakland Beach Association Meeting


The Oakland Beach Association invites neighborhood residents to its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club, 340 Oakland Beach Ave. (side entrance). Refreshments will be served.

Yard Sale at Asbury UMC

Spring is here and so are yard sales. Asbury UMC at 550 Fair Street in Warwick is hosting a fundraiser/community outreach the yard sale on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We have large and small ticket items. Indoor and outdoor tables hosted by Asbury members and the neighborhood. And, we wouldn’t be Methodist if we didn’t also have some food, so come a little hungry.

Scavenger Hunt

There will be a scavenger hunt at Brayton cemetery (3468 Post Road) in Apponaug on May 14 at 1 p.m. Come find headstones containing certain names, attributes and artwork. Along the way, learn about some of the folks who now permanently reside at Brayton. Participants will learn about headstone cleaning and the symbolism contained on them.

13th Annual Classic Car Show

After a two year hiatus, the 13th Annual “Cause for Paws” Classic Car Show roars to life on Sunday, June 12. There will be antiques and classic cars, plus all Corvettes, custom, muscle, hot rod, rat rod, exotics and fire trucks. There is a $15 entry per car – registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and trophies are given at 2 p.m. For spectators, admission is free. Proceeds benefit homeless animals at the Warwick Animal Shelter. For more information, email shelterhelp@friendsri.org. The event will be located 171 Service Avenue (off Jefferson Blvd.), Warwick. Rain date is Sunday, July 17, 2022.

Watercolor Painting

Join the Pontiac Free Library for a watercolor painting and educational workshop with Rhode Island artist Aileen M. Quinn on June 11 at 11 a.m.  The topic of the painting will be the Conimicut Lighthouse.  All materials will be supplied. Limited to eight participants. Registration requested: (401) 737-3292 or via our website.

Animal Program

Join the Pontiac Free Library on June 28 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for Dave’s Animal Experiences program, a fun, hands-on way to meet turtles, snakes, small mammals and Wally the alligator up close and personal! Registration requested: (401) 737-3292 or via our website.

The Invisible Immigrant Community

Most people would be surprised to learn that there were Chinatowns in Rhode Island. On May 16, Brown scholar John Eng-Wong will tell the history of immigrant Chinese communities in our state, why they settled here, the unique difficulties they encountered and how they managed to succeed. This is a virtual program sponsored by the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society. It begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to all. For the Zoom link, register at info@eghps.org. The link will be sent at least a day before the program.

Bridging the Gaps Conference

NAMI Rhode Island is the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI-RI’s Bridging the Gaps Annual Conference brings together heroes and allies in the mental health community. Discuss the issues side-by-side with peers, family members, mental health professionals, advocates, legislators, volunteers and friends. This year, the Bridging the Gaps conference will be held virtually on May 25.

NAMI Members attend for free. $10 for non-members. For more information on Mental Health awareness Month and/or to register for the upcoming Bridging the Gaps Conference, please visit https://namirhodeisland.org/btg/, call NAMI-RI at (401) 331-3060 or email beth@namirhodeisland.org.

Westbay Community Action’s Annual Farm Plant Sale

Westbay Farm will hold its annual plant sale at 1351 Centerville Road in Warwick on May 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A list of items for sale will be shared closer to the sale. As we prepare for this fun event we’re asking the community to donate some key items. We’re in need of grocery and lunch sized paper bags, three to four inch diameter plant pots, four-pack planters, black carrying trays and medium sized cardboard boxes. Please call Kendra @ 921-1249 ex. 352 with any questions.

Plant and Book Sale

On May 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date May 22), Clouds Hill Museum will host a plant and book sale in the Center for the Outdoors which is behind the museum. Plants (both annuals and perennials) were grown onsite and are available in various sizes along with some hanging baskets. The book sale will feature volumes from the library of the well-known Newport interior designer Richard Nelson. In addition there will be coffee table books, novels, thrillers and more.

Painting on the Grounds

On May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date May 22) artists are invited to paint on the grounds of Clouds Hill Museum. From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the resulting works may be displayed on the porch of the house for sale by the artists. Anyone participating may have their work judged with awards for first through third place. The registration fee is $45 and $60 to include a bag lunch delivered to your painting location. For further information and registration, contact Warwick Center for the Arts at www.warwickcfa.org or call 401-737-0010.

Lawn Concert

On May 29 at 3 p.m. the 2022 Music on the Hill Chamber Music Festival will host the Narragansett Brass Quintet, performing under the porte-cochere at Clouds Hill Museum. Bring your chair and some munchies and settle in on the north lawn for an hour of music. For further information and tickets, contact Music on the Hill at www.musiconthehillri.org.

Theatre Summer Programs

The Rhode Island Youth Theatre Summer Programs will have two summer programs at the Historic Park Theatre and Event Center. “The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition” is for ages 7 to 16 and will take July 25 through August 6. No experience needed. Shows will take place August 5 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and August 6 at 7 p.m. The second program is “The Music Man, Jr.” which will run from August 8 to August 19. No experience needed. Shows will take place August 19 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and August 20 at 7 p.m. Visit www.riyt.org to register. Scholarships available for all programs, email ann@riyt.org.

Comedy Fundraiser

There will be a comedy fundraiser featuring top local comedians to benefit Greenwood Fire Company Museum on May 14 at the Warwick Firefighters Association 120, (750 Warwick Avenue, Warwick).  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. BYOS (Bring Your own Snacks), cash bar, raffles, 50/50 drawing, auctions. 18+ event. Cost $25.00.  For tickets to donate or sponsor (to be a sponsor costs $100.00.  Names placed on a large banner with other donors, flyers on the table regarding your organization), please visit funny4funds.com/events. For more information, please contact Donna Halsband at 401 742-4937. 

Featured Speaker

Italian American Historical Society member Bernadette Conte will be the featured speaker at Santa Maria di Prata, Cranston, on May 15 in the event honoring our mothers. Her book, “Under the Pear Tree,” fulfills the commitment she made to her mother Caterina (Gaetanina) Cardi Capotosto, to write the family history.  This book is an account told by one Itrani family of the difficulties and struggles the Italian immigrant experienced at the turn of the 19th century in Knightsville, Cranston, Rhode Island. The event starts at 11 a.m.

The Art of the Fan

Clouds Hill House Museum presents “The Art of the Fan” which will run through May 15. Dozens of fans belonging to past generations will be on display. Fixed, cockade, fontage, brisé and pleated fans of lace, paper, cloth and feathers will be included with interesting and fun facts about fans. Reservations are required and regular admission rates apply.

Comedy Night Fundraiser

Sts. Rose & Clement Parish, 111 Long Street, Warwick is holding a comedy night fundraiser presented by Funny4Fund$ on May 21.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.  This adult only (18+) event will feature church appropriate comedy, raffles, 50/50 and the drawing of the Grand Raffle winners. BYOS (bring your own snacks). Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets for this event cost $20and can be purchased online at funny4funds.com/events (event #812).  For more information, please contact Kim Jones at 401-480-1250.

AARP Martha’s Vineyard Trip

AARP Chapter 2210 has planned a Martha’s Vineyard trip for July 7. Bus pickup from the Exit 6A Park & Ride at 8 a.m., return time is approximately 7:30 p.m. Cost is $129/person. Trip includes motor coach transportation, ferry ride from Falmouth, guided bus tour of Martha’s Vineyard and sightseeing in Edgartown with a stop at Bertucci’s for dinner on the way home. For more information, call Maureen at 828-5188.

Poetry, Music and Performance at Audubon in Bristol

Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co., Inc. and Audubon Society of Rhode Island will host a poetry, music and performance at the Audubon in Bristol. The event will take place on June 12 and run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-Registration is required, space is limited. Ages 18 and older. Please visit https://notableworks.org or http://www.eventbrite.com (search: Poetry, Music and Performance at Audubon).

Women and Infants Hospital 2022 Gala

There will be a celebration of mother and earth on June 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the WaterFire Arts Center located at 475 Valley St., Providence. This event is important for raising critical funds for a new labor and delivery center at the hospital. For sponsorship opportunities and event information, contact Cezarina (Sue) Jackson, 401-921-8508, or cajackson@carene.org.

URI Music Department and Notable Works’ Spring 2022 Concert

This event will take place in URI’s Recital Hall within the Fine Arts Center on May 15 at 3 p.m. and features the American Band, Directed by Brian Cardany. The American Band will be honored at this event by the RI Music Hall of Fame. The main focus of this event is to illustrate how Rhode Island is dealing with the climate crisis, highlighting revitalization efforts in our communities, as well as practicing current outreach strategies to connect to a wider and more diverse workforce, while broaching the question: “What can each of us do to work together to help build a more sustainable future?” This performance is free and open to the public; however, donations for Notable Works will be graciously accepted. CDC State Covid-19 guidelines will be followed. Complimentary refreshments will be provided following the concert. For more information, please call 401-874-2431 or visit http://www.uri.edu/music/events or https://notableworks.org.

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.

Food for the Soul is a food provision mission for those in need of a meal. Asbury UMC has partnered with Lakewood Baptist Church in Warwick to provide “grab and go” meals once a month. Pick up dates are May 21 and June 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Lakewood Baptist Church 255 Atlantic Avenue, right on a bus line. Come as you are, leave feeling loved and cared about.

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.

AARP Chapter 2210 Lobster Clambake and Foxwoods Trip

AARP Chapter 2210 has planned a Clambake at Captain Jack’s and Foxwoods Casino trip for May 26. Bus pickup from the Exit 6A Park & Ride at 10:30 a.m., return time is approximately 5:30 p.m. Cost is $99 per person (must be paid before May 12). For more information, call Maureen at 828-5188. Be sure to watch for future trips to Martha’s Vineyard (July 7), Newport Playhouse (August 17) and Atlantic City (October 16-17).

Homecoming Celebration

St. Francis Xavier Academy Alumnae Association (SXA) announced its Homecoming celebration will be October 23, 2022, with an 11 a.m. mass at St. Timothy Church, Warwick, followed immediately by lunch at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. This year, due to prior Covid restrictions, the classes of 1970, 71 and 72 will be honored.  Scholarships are announced during lunch.  Alumnae may sponsor students for scholarships to Catholic High Schools.  For more information on Homecoming or scholarship applications, contact Margaret Mathias at 401-232-9006.

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.

Cranston East 50th Reunion

Cranston East’s 50th year Reunion Committee will hold its 50th reunion on June 25 at 6 p.m. at the Bonnet Shores Beach Club; DJ Luke Renchan will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $71 per person and individuals must RSVP by May 25. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact any members of the Reunion Committee. If you would like to help out in some way, please let them know! Dan Barry at dbarry@drbassociates.net; Pat Giarrusso at giarrussopat@gmail.com; Ed DeJesus atexdejesus@gmail.com; Jean Colaneri McGovern at jbbongo@icloud.com.

CHSE Class of ’65 Reunion

Save the date: The Class of CHSE 65 will be celebrating the belated 55th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at the Radisson Hotel, 2081 Post Road in Warwick. The reunion committee is looking forward to seeing you for dinner, dancing and fun.

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

BBBSRI has opened a new Donation Drop-Off Center at 993 Oaklawn Ave., in Cranston. BBBSRI’s main headquarters has been located on Pontiac Avenue for 12 years. With its headquarters moved from Providence this November, BBBSRI had to find a new location for its Cranston drop off center.

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. Get some sunshine and burn off some holiday pounds.

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.

ESL classes at WPL

The Warwick Public Library and the RI Family Literacy Initiative host English as a Second Language (ESL) classes starting on Sept. 20. Practice your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in small groups. Classes are free and meet twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. For more information, call (401) 455-8041.

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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