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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


EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard is now hosting monthly support groups for dementia caregivers. The first support group will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia comes with tremendous responsibility. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed. Talking with trained professionals and families facing similar situations can help alleviate some of that stress and equip you with techniques to make caregiving a little easier. Whether you care for a spouse, parent, relative or friend, we invite you to join us to share your concerns in a safe, confidential environment.

Attending support groups can be difficult for family caregivers because they have to make arrangements for their memory-impaired loved one. EPOCH’s support group makes it easier for caregivers to receive support, encouragement and education by welcoming the person they care for. While caregivers participate in the support group, their loved ones can enjoy community programs.

The support group discussion will be facilitated by Doreen Putnam, Alzheimer’s and dementia specialist. Putnam has 16 years of experience developing and facilitating programs for individuals with memory impairment and support groups for their caregivers.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served. The support group discussion is free but space is limited. To RSVP or learn more, please contact Doreen Demers or Gina D’Amore Brown at 401-273-6565. EPOCH Assisted Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

Free Tai Chi classes at EPOCH on Blackstone Boulevard (Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25)
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard will offer free Tai Chi classes for seniors on Tuesdays in November 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 Assisted Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

1940 USO Show at EPOCH on Blackstone Boulevard (Nov. 15)
EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard will host a 1940 USO Show on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. The versatile comedy-and-cabaret show band Two of Hearts will perform patriotic numbers by George M. Cohan and others. Audience members will receive hats and small flags during this fun show. Two of Hearts is comprised of Carol B. Lyon and Audrey Kaiser, who have been touring the United States together for more than 25 years. 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 Assisted Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

Thanksgiving Open House at EPOCH on Blackstone Boulevard (Nov. 28-30)  
Over Thanksgiving weekend, EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard will host an open house from Friday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 30. On your way to visit friends and family, stop by and meet EPOCH’s welcoming residents and staff. They’d love to meet you and show you around their beautiful community. Enjoy light delicious treats as you tour the community and learn about EPOCH’s array of amenities, programs and services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 401-273-6565. EPOCH Assisted Living is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd.

Connected Living Discussion Groups at EPOCH (Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24)
EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard will host multimedia discussion groups with Connected Living on Mondays in November at 1:30 p.m. Topics include:
  • The Power of Giving, Nov. 3 – Share your volunteer experiences and learn about people around the world who have dedicated their lives to helping others.
  • Veterans Day, Nov. 10 – Learn about the history of the holiday and the heroism of the men and women who fought for our many American freedoms.
  • Cuisine & Heritage, Nov. 17 – Food traditions can provide insight into different regions, time periods and people. Join us as we travel the globe to highlight the most flavorful foods. We’ll share our favorite recipes and stories behind them.
  • Tour Poland, Nov. 24 – Join us on a virtual trip to Poland where we’ll explore its cities, history and culture.

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.



If you or someone you care about has Medicare, make sure you mark your calendars: Medicare Open Enrollment starts on October 15 and ends on December 7.

Use this opportunity to review your current Medicare choices and compare them to coverage that is available for 2015 to make sure you have the plan that is right for you. You may be able to save money, get better coverage or both. It’s worth it to take the time to review and compare.

The Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs sponsors more than 100 Medicare open enrollment events across the state from October 15 through December 7. Find one close to you! Make an appointment to see a Senior Health Insurance Program counselor to discuss your options.

For a schedule of events, call 401-462-3000, or go to dea.ri.gov. You can also call THE POINT at 401-462-4444.

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Division of Elderly Affairs is joining its community partners to sponsor 100 Medicare open enrollment events across the state between now and December 7.  Trained Senior Health Insurance Program staff and volunteers will be available at all open enrollment events to offer free, unbiased, confidential, and individual counseling to help beneficiaries identify their coverage options. Appointments are required. To schedule an open enrollment counseling session, call the local event site. The full open enrollment event schedule is available by calling the Division of Elderly Affairs at 401-462-3000, or at www.dea.ri.gov. TTY users can call 401-462-0740. The schedule is also available by calling THE POINT, Rhode Island’s Aging and Disability Resource Center at 401-462-4444.


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