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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



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.

Chair aerobics at EPOCH on the East Side (Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side will offer chair aerobics classes for seniors on Wednesdays in December at 10 a.m. These classes will be led by EPOCH’s fitness director, Judy Thompson. Thompson has been leading fitness classes, including yoga and Zumba, for more than 35 years. Her chair aerobics class is perfect for seniors looking to become more active in a fun, laid back environment. These classes are 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.

Stephen Collins presents ‘A Christmas Carol’ at EPOCH on the East Side (Dec. 13)
EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side will welcome actor Stephen Collins for a lively reading of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Attendees can enjoy seasonal treats including hot cocoa and sugar cookies during the performance. Collins frequently travels throughout New England delivering one-man shows and seminars on Walt Whitman, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Robert Frost and contemporary poets. A seasoned entertainer well-versed in literary classics, Collins is a favorite among EPOCH residents and guests. 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.

Gary Hylander to discuss U.S. history at EPOCH on the East Side (Dec. 17)
EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side will welcome Stonehill College professor Gary Hylander for an American history discussion on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. A popular lecturer, Hylander frequently speaks at senior centers throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 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.

EPOCH book club to discuss Tropper’s ‘This is Where I Leave You’ (Dec. 29)
The book club at EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side will discuss Jonathon Tropper’s popular novel, “This is Where I Leave You,” on Monday, Dec. 29 at 3:30 p.m. The book centers on the Foxman family, who come together for the first time in years after their father’s death. As the family sits shiva to honor their late father’s last request, old tensions and secrets resurface. “This is Where I Leave You” is now a major motion picture. 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.

EPOCH on the East Side to host memoir writing group (Dec. 23)
EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side will host a memoir writing group on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. The memoir group is led by Rita Watson, columnist for the Providence Journal and Psychology Today. Also a memoirist, Watson helps attendees tap into old memories to share with their children and grandchildren and preserve their family history. This event 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.

About EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side (www.epochsl.com)

Located at One Butler Ave., EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side provides both traditional assisted living and BRIDGES®, a special program for individuals with memory care needs. This community is part of EPOCH Senior Living, a regional provider of senior living and health care options.

Children’s Friend hosts Spirit of Giving Toy and Clothing Drive, now through Monday, December 15. The Spirit of Giving Clothing and Toy Drive pairs children’s wish lists from more than 4,000 Rhode Island children, with gifts from individuals, businesses and social, charitable and religious organizations. Donations of new toys and/or clothing can be dropped off at the Children’s Friend offices, 153 Summer Street in Providence, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  until December 15.





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