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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.


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.

The 16th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival presents the Slater Park Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The weekend festival celebrates the beauty of the park and art - and includes activities at the Daggett Farm, Looff Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and the historic Daggett House. More than 100 arts & craft vendors are showcased in this juried festival that also features an ‘open air market’ of food trucks, farmers market, craft, exhibitions, music and activities.

On Saturday at 3:00 p.m., the Main Stage comes alive as Pawtucket welcomes Spirit Family Reunion, one of NPR Music’s "favorite finds" from the 2012 Newport Folk Festival, playing homegrown American music.   At 5:30 p.m., the RI Philharmonic “Pops in the Park” presents its last concert of the season, followed by a fireworks display sponsored in part by the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance and Bristol County Savings Bank - bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information and a complete list of activities and times, please visit: www.pawtucketartsfestival.org.



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