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The Instruments for Children Program of the Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society is seeking donation of used or new musical instruments for children (Grades 4 through 12) who express an interest in their school music programs and who would not be able to participate without assistance. The Society currently seeks flutes, trumpets, saxophones, trombones, clarinets, guitars, child-size keyboards, beginner drums, etc. The organization sees that the donated instruments are fully restored before they reach the schools.  These instruments will be provided to children for whom this activity would otherwise be a financial hardship. This eight-year old program has provided more than 100 musical instruments to students in RI schools and has witnessed some promising young musicians develop during this time. The Rhode Island Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of applicable laws.

To donate or for additional information, please contact Tom Colantonio, Program Coordinator at 401.793.1281 (Tcolantonio@cox.net) or Clevland Kurtz, President at 401.461.0012 (clevekurtz@gmail.com)  For more information about the organization, visit www.bluespreservationsociety.org


The RI Film Collaborative film discussion group has a new home!  Starting Monday, October 18 it will be meeting at the Providence Social Club, 71 Richmond Street, Providence.

The group meets weekly on Monday nights from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. to review and discuss different movies. A short film opens the meeting at 6:30 (if you have one you would like to show, let us know), immediately followed by the feature and discussion. If you love movies, come on down!


There are children throughout Rhode Island who need a safe, nurturing home. Due to various circumstances, these children cannot live with their parents. Family Service of RI (FSRI) is currently looking for loving homes for these children. Applicants must be able to read, write and speak English, be at least 25 years of age and have sufficient income to support the household. FSRI offers 24/7 support, training, and a weekly allowance to support the placement.
For more information please contact Greg Wright at 401-331-1350, extension 3305.


STB's Popular Bay Scallop Restoration Project is Back!
Help us with our scallop restoration project as we restore this charismatic species in Point Judith Pond. Volunteers are needed to help monitor the project by coming out to Spat Line Collections Days and find baby scallops. See event meeting locations, times and the full description to decide if this is the volunteer project for you!

Help Us Restore Gooseneck Cove
Join staff and volunteers of Save The Bay for Dig Days at Gooseneck Cove in Newport. Help us dig trenches to facilitate the drainage of water from the marsh. Dates are twice a month from June - August. Find out if you have what it takes to get down and dirty in the marsh!

Help Collect Species for the Exploration Center Aquarium 
Come get your feet wet! Volunteers are needed to assist with the collection of local species for our tanks at the Exploration Center and the Bay Center to be used for our education programs and public outreach. New August date added!

Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers Needed in Westerly
Do you like being on the water and learning about water quality and protecting Little Narragansett Bay? Then this is the opportunity for you. Come out on the boat and assist our South County Coast Keeper with water quality monitoring out of Westerly. Dates still available for this fall.


“Teenage Critic,” a television series produced by Clubhouse Studio and seen on Rhode Island PBS, is currently filming its second season and is in need of youth segment hosts. Candidates must be between the ages of 13 and 20, and be outgoing and energetic. The series is filmed both in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, so candidates must have reliable transportation to get to and from film shoots.  “Teenage Critic” is non-union, non-pay, with copy and credit. SAG actors are eligible however, only on a waiver status.

“Teenage Critic” connects kids to arts and culture – making it as well as critiquing it. For more information, contact Lara Sebastian at criticteen@gmail.com or call the Clubhouse Studio at 401-263-1960.


South County Community Action Head Start Program is currently enrolling children for a free Preschool Program for our 2013-2014 program year. Children enrolled in Head Start receive services in the areas of education, parent involvement, health, nutrition, social services, and mental health. Children in foster care, any child whose family is receiving FIP or SSI, and any child whose family is homeless are automatically eligible. In order to qualify for this one of a kind opportunity you must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Your child must be between the ages of three and five.Your family must meet income guidelines.
  2. Your family must reside in the following towns: Westerly, Charlestown, Exeter, Richmond, Hopkinton, West Greenwich, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Narragansett.

For more information please call 789-3016 ext. 307


The American Cancer Society seeks individuals interested in volunteering as a Cancer Resource Volunteer at area hospitals. Full training is provided to enable volunteers to provide direct outreach to cancer patients and their loved ones. Volunteers speak with cancer patients who are receiving treatment, and share information about the Society’s Cancer Resource Network of available support programs and services in areas that include housing, finances, and transportation, as well as facilitate a link to local, state, and national resources, and provide referrals and compassionate listening throughout the patient’s cancer journey.

For more information, please contact Alexandra Fiore at 401.243.2640 or Alexandra.fiore@cancer.org.

July

Summer is a big time for volunteering at Save The Bay. Please visit www.savebay.org/volunteer and click on the Join An Event tab to get full details on the many roles available to volunteers.

The Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport is now open seven days a week. If you are interested in helping kids appreciate creatures like sea stars, dogfish sharks, octopuses and more, then come to an orientation. We are looking for volunteers who are 16+, so this is a perfect opportunity for high school students to get summer volunteer hours. Upcoming orientations:

  • Sunday, June 29, 2-3 PM
  • Sunday, July 27, 2-3 PM
  • Can't make those dates? You can schedule an individual orientation.

The CVS Caremark Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, June 22, Monday, June 23, and Tuesday, June 24. This is a major fundraiser for local non-profits, including Save The Bay. Save The Bay manages parking at the Seekonk Speedway in support of this event, and our volunteers help flag cars into the lot. This is a great volunteer opportunity for both individuals and teams of up to 5 people. Shifts are 5:30-10 AM and 9:30 AM-2 PM. We most need volunteers for the early morning shifts. Must be 18+. Volunteers get a free hat & t-shirt, plus two free passes to the tournament.

Save The Bay Swim on July 19
The annual Save The Bay Swim is back. Starting in Newport and ending in Jamestown, this major fundraising event will be run with the help of almost 200 volunteers. Groups of up to 20 people are welcome.

After Work Beach Cleanup in Jamestown
Relax after work by cleaning up the beach with a fun group of volunteers.
Sunset Beach Cleanup in Jamestown
43 Seaside Drive, Jamestown
Wednesday, July 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Free Tai Chi classes at EPOCH on Blackstone Boulevard (July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard will offer free Tai Chi classes for seniors on Tuesdays in July at 10 a.m. These classes will be led by eastern fitness instructor Bob McManus, who has 13 years’ experience teaching Tai Chi. All seniors in the community are welcome to attend and learn the ancient Chinese system for meditative exercise. These classes are free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call 401-273-6565. EPOCH Senior Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

Division of Elderly Affairs presents on elderly abuse at EPOCH (July 2)
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard will welcome Larry Grimaldi from the Division of Elderly Affairs on Wednesday, July 2 at 1:30 p.m. Grimaldi will discuss elderly abuse, fraud and tips for seniors to protect themselves. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call 401-273-6565. EPOCH Senior Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

Steve Burke to perform at EPOCH on Blackstone Boulevard (July 4)
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard will welcome musician Steve Burke for a performance on Friday, July 4 at 2 p.m. Burke is a jazz musician who expertly plays the saxophone and piano. He entertains audiences with his upbeat, interactive performance style. This concert will be held outdoors on the patio, weather permitting. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information, call 401-273-6565. EPOCH Senior Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

Connected Living Discussion Groups at EPOCH (July 7, 14, 21, 28)
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard will host multimedia discussion groups with Connected Living on Mondays in July at 1:30 p.m. Topics include:

  • July in History Trivia, July 7 – From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the Battle of Gettysburg to Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, learn about historical milestones and holidays that happened during July.
  • Bastille Day, July 14 – So many aspects of the American Revolution served as a model for the French that they gifted us with the Statue of Liberty in honor of “Liberté, Égalité Fraternité,” Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood. Learn about the customs of this lively French holiday.
  • Tales of Talent and Discovery, July 21 – Learn about a few of the most famous new talents to rise and shine in our modern entertainment age. We’ll also look back at early radio and TV precursors such as the Major Bowes and Ted Mack Amateur Hours. Bring your own special talent to the show and we’ll make a star out of you!
  • Ellis Island, July 28 – Does Ellis Island play a role in your family’s journey to the United States? Join us as we celebrate cultural heritage and document our unique family histories. Share your stories and learn about the resources available on the Internet to help you research and document your heritage.

Connected Living offers computer training and support for seniors, families and senior living communities. These presentations are free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call 401-273-6565. EPOCH Senior Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

Michael Jackson impersonator to perform at EPOCH (July 19)
Michael Fisher will perform at EPOCH on Blackstone Boulevard on Saturday, July 19 at 2 p.m. Fisher is a popular Michael Jackson impersonator in Rhode Island and frequently channels the spirit of the late great pop icon at weddings, birthdays, anniversary parties, corporate events and more. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, call 401-273-6565. EPOCH Senior Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

Larry Pearlman Duo to perform at EPOCH (July 27)
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard will welcome the Larry Pearlman Duo for a performance on Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. The duo frequently performs Dixieland jazz on piano and the upright bass. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, call 401-273-6565. EPOCH Senior Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

Pub Hour with Connie Giso at EPOCH on Blackstone Boulevard (July 30)
Pianist Connie Giso will perform for pub hour at EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard on Wednesday, July 30 at 4 p.m. Giso is an energetic  performer and encourages audience participation. She frequently performs at EPOCH and other venues throughout Rhode Island. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call 401-273-6565. EPOCH Senior Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

Dr. Kane to present on Louis Armstrong, big band and more at EPOCH (July 4)
On Friday, July 4 at 2 p.m., EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side will welcome Dr. Steven Kane for a discussion on Louis Armstrong, big band and more. Music fans are welcome to discuss the life and legacy of the influential jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans. Dr. Kane is a psychotherapist and part-time professor of anthropology at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. He is a popular lecturer in the community and speaks frequently at EPOCH. This presentation is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, call 401-275-0682. EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side is located at One Butler Ave.

Gary Hylander to present on American history at EPOCH (July 12)
EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side will welcome Stonehill College professor Gary Hylander for an American history discussion on Saturday, July 12 at 2 p.m. Hylander is a popular speaker and frequently gives history lectures at local venues. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call 401-275-0682. EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side is located at One Butler Ave.

Jack Craig to perform at EPOCH (July 15)
EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side will welcome Jack Craig for the program, “Songs and Stars of Vaudeville,” on Tuesday, July 15 at 2 p.m. Craig is a popular pianist and singer who performs throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He frequently performs at EPOCH and is a favorite among residents, staff and guests. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call 401-275-0682 to RSVP. EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side is located at One Butler Ave.

EPOCH book club to discuss ‘The Turn of the Screw’ (July 21)
The book club at EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side will discuss Henry James’ renowned 1898 novella, “The Turn of the Screw,” on Monday, July 21 at 2 p.m. The book has been hailed as one of literature’s best ghost stories. The book club discussion is free and open to all, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call 401-275-0682. EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side is located at One Butler Ave.

August

EAT DRINK RI PRESENTS TWO "FOOD WILL HELP RHODE ISLAND GROW™"
TOWN HALLS — GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES ON AUGUST 13,
PROVIDENCE MAYORAL CANDIDATES ON AUGUST 18

sponsored by Sons of Liberty Spirits, Wildwood, the RI Food Policy Council, the RI Small Business Journal and Easy Entertaining, Inc.

Candidates for Rhode Island governor and candidates for Providence Mayor will square off during two Town Hall style forums focusing on the food and beverage industry. Specifically, candidates will be asked how they plan on encouraging further growth in the industry, and their plans to work with and assist culinary businesses grow our economy. Sponsored by Eat Drink RI, Sons of Liberty Spirits, WildwoodEasy Entertaining, the RI Small Business Journal, and the RI Food Policy Council, the Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates forum will be on Wednesday, August 13th, at the Sons of Liberty Spirits Distillery in South Kingstown, and the Providence mayoral candidates forum will be on Monday, August 18th, at The Café at Easy Entertaining in Providence. Both forums will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception immediately following.

Some of the questions to be asked at each Town Hall will be collected by Eat Drink RI from Rhode Islanders who own businesses or work in the food and beverage industry. While organizers expect high attendance by industry professionals, the events will be open to the public, with registration for free tickets at eatdrinkri.com. Topics to be discussed may include support for existing culinary businesses, regulatory reforms, how to incubate new business, access to healthier food and increasing local purchasing.

Rhode Island Gubernatorial Candidates Town Hall
·      Confirmed: Ken Block, Allan Fung, Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras
·      Wednesday, August 13th, 6:30 p.m. at Sons of Liberty Spirits, 1425 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown, RI 02879
·      Moderated by Eat Drink RI's David Dadekian and Wildwood's Jessica Wood
·      There will be a reception sponsored by Sons of Liberty and Wildwood following the session with the candidates

Providence Mayoral Candidates Town Hall
·      Confirmed: Lorne Adrain, Jorge Elorza, Dan Harrop, Brett Smiley and Chris Young
·      Monday, August 18th, 6:30 p.m. at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Providence, RI 02909
·      Moderated by Eat Drink RI's David Dadekian and Easy Entertaining’s Kaitlyn Roberts
·      There will be a reception sponsored by Easy Entertaining following the session with the candidates.

September

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