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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.


Connected Living Discussion Groups at EPOCH (August 4, 11, 18, 25)
—EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard will host multimedia discussion groups with Connected Living on Mondays in August at 1:30 p.m. Topics include:

  • Exotic Pictorial Travelogue, Aug. 4 – From China to Russia, Finland, Romania, the Maldives and the hidden hills of Arizona and Wyoming, take a virtual tour of 33 sites and sights that your eyes will barely believe.
  • Greece on Google, Aug. 11 – Explore timelessly beautiful regions, islands and cities of Greece using Google Earth. We will also learn about well-known monuments, festivals and Greek culture.
  • Healthy Habits, Aug. 18 – Learn about cognitive restructuring and how to replace negative habits with positive practices. These small changes can enhance your life and wellbeing.
  • Labor Day, Aug. 25 – A celebration of work and workers, we’ll look at the historic roots of this American holiday and possible jobs of the future. Come with your own ideas about what your life’s work means to you.

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.

Susan McLeod to perform at EPOCH (Aug. 8)
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard will welcome Susan McLeod for a pub hour performance on Friday, August 8 at 4 p.m. Known as “The Orchestra of One,” McLeod integrates the acoustical accordion with state-of-the-art music technology to emulate a full orchestra. 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 (Aug. 16)
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard will welcome musician Steve Burke for a performance on Saturday, August 16 at 1 p.m. Burke is a jazz musician who expertly plays the saxophone and piano. He entertains audiences with his upbeat, interactive performance style. 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.

Free Tai Chi classes at EPOCH on Blackstone Boulevard (Aug. 19, 26)
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard will offer free Tai Chi classes for seniors on Tuesday, August 19 and 26 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.

Pub Hour with Connie Giso at EPOCH on Blackstone Boulevard (Aug. 20)
Pianist Connie Giso will perform for pub hour at EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard on Wednesday, August 20 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.


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.

Rhode Island SPCA’s Marvin Memorial Walk for Animals
date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
location: Goddard State Park
description: Join us for our signature event! In its 12th year, the dog walk is a great way to support the Rhode Island SPCA!
Join us with your friends, family and dogs for a great day in Goddard Park! Interact with our vendors, participate in the raffles and contests, enjoy a canine agility demonstration, state police dog demonstration, and a beautiful one-mile walk through the wooded trails of the park. Great prizes, giveaways and more!
web address: www.rispca.com
contact information: (401) 438-8150 or jmcgee@rispca.com

City of Pawtucket Announces 16th Annual Photo Contest
Pawtucket:  A City in Focus
Theme:  “Coloring Pawtucket”

Deadline for entry:  August 12, 2014

Pawtucket:  Grab your cameras and compose that picture!   The City of Pawtucket and The Camera Werks of Providence announce the 16th Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest.  Twelve winning photos will be selected by several local professional photographers which will make up the City of Pawtucket’s 2015 city calendar. This annual contest provides an opportunity to bring awareness to daily life, historic locations and the ever changing landscape of Pawtucket through the lens of a camera. This contest is open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must be taken in Pawtucket.  This year’s contest theme is “Coloring Pawtucket”. 

Contest Rules:  All photo submissions should follow contest theme and have been taken within the past year.   All photos must be taken in the City of Pawtucket to qualify for this contest.  Only one entry per contestant will be accepted and must be submitted by the photographer. Photos may be color or black & white.  Film or good quality digital prints will be accepted. All photos must be of good quality and suitable for reproduction.   Submitted photos should be mounted on foamcore or mountboard, but not framed; overall size of the mounted photo should not be smaller than 8”x10” or larger than 12”x18”.  All photos will be on display at the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center during the City of Pawtucket’s Arts Festival during the month of September.  Mayor’s Choice Award will receive $100 cash prize, First Place will receive $75.00 cash prize, 2nd Place will receive $50.00 cash prize with remaining winners receiving gift certificates.  All winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket’s 2015 Calendar. Winners of this contest will be announced on Sunday, September 28 at 4pm in the Visitors Center Gallery. Deadline for Entry:  August 12.    For further information, call #401-273-5367.

The van Beuren Charitable Foundation in Newport invites the public to the inaugural talk in its Landscapes and Built Environment speaker series, “The Future of Historic Cities: Perspectives on Managing Change,” at the Stanford White Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street, Newport, RI. The event will be held on Friday, August 15th from 9:00 - 11:00 am.

The topics, “Preservation Futures” and “The Road to Immortality: Adaptive Reuse Past and Present,” are presented by Dr. Randall Mason, Chair of Historic Preservation, School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and Liliane Wong, Chair of Interior Architecture, Division of Architecture and Design at RISD.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Please RSVP online at www.vbcfoundation.org.  Please contact the Foundation office at 401-619-5910 if you have any questions.

Conimicut Village is hosting its annual Craft Fair at the Conimicut Point Park, Point Avenue, Warwick, on Saturday, August 16th from Noon until 5 pm.   There will be both craft and food vendors on site, and there will also be live music and activities for children.  Come enjoy the cool breezes and panoramic views of Narragansett Bay and Conimicut Lighthouse at Conimicut Point Park, Warwick, RI.  The park is located on the water, and there are picnic benches, bathrooms, a sandy beach and a playground for children.  There is no charge to enter the park or to use the facilities.  Visit www.conimicut.org for more information and directions.


Local Brew Events' 4th annual Fiddle n Folk Fest
Saturday, September 13 (rain date Sept 14)
11:00 - 5:00 plus a fiddle jam with Michelle Kaminsky from 9:30 - 11:00
Haines Park in Barrington (on Narragansett Avenue near the marina)

Looking for a blue-grassroots local music fest? You don't have to go far, as Local Brew Events' 4th annual Fiddle n Folk Fest is in Barrington’s Haines Park on Saturday, September 13 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (raindate is September 14). Last year's event drew hundreds of foot-tapping, hand-clapping, dancing music lovers from throughout southern New England. Come to see old friends, meet new ones, hear steadfast band favorites, and listen in awe to some newcomers.

This year promises a great variety of music including traditional, swamp fiddle, bluegrass, celtic, cajun, and twin fiddles. Performers include Pendragon, Bluegrass Invitation Band, Magnolia, Andy Grover, Golden Bantams, Shamanic, John Fuzek, Mr. Whodo, Barry Brown, Sunday Night Jammers, Bay Spring Folk, and of course, Old Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island. Join the all fiddlers jam from 9:30 - 11:00 with Michelle Kaminsky. Sign up for these workshops at sydney_mike@fullchannel.net

Craft vendors will sell their goods, food trucks will fill you up, lemonade makers will quench your thirst, and kids activities will keep the little ones happily moving to the beat of the music.

The day's events are free, thanks to generous support from RI State Council on the Arts, Wildflour Vegan Bakery, Barrington Public Library, The Bay Team, Friends of the Bay Spring Community Center, Barrington Recreation and Leisure Services, RIDEM, and many generous individuals. For more information go to facebook.com/FiddleNFolkFest.


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