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Posted 4/8/21

By ARDEN BASTIA Conimicut beach clean up The Concordia Center for Spiritual Living is hosting a beach clean up at Conimicut Point Beach on Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m. This is the first of several beach clean ups the center has planned throughout

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Conimicut beach clean up

The Concordia Center for Spiritual Living is hosting a beach clean up at Conimicut Point Beach on Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m. This is the first of several beach clean ups the center has planned throughout Warwick for the spring and summer.

PSC golf league

The Pilgrim Senior Center is looking for golfers to join a 9-hole weekly golfing league held on Mondays starting May 10. RSVP no later than April 10 by calling (401) 738-0319. There will be an open meeting as an entire league of seniors aged 65 on April 21 at Harbor Lights. League membership dues cover prizes and an end of season banquet. Full members pay $55, spares pay $30, and a spare that wants to attend the banquet pays $55. Harbor Lights also charges green fees. For questions and to RSVP, email Carol Desforges at desac63 a mindfulness workshop

Move your body, your heart, and your mind out of hibernation with a workshop that will awaken the joy of coming alive again after a long winter. The class will be held at the Warwick Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m, and taught by writing coach Lauren Sarat. No previous writing, meditation, or mindfulness experience necessary. The workshop costs $40 for WCFA members and $50 for non-members. The class is in-person, masks are required, and COVID guidelines will be followed. To register, visit www.warwickcfa.org/education/adult-classes.

Gortonites lunch at Sam’s Inn

Calling all Gortonites: now this is the last chance for reservations for lunch at Sam’s Inn on Wednesday, April 14 at 1 p.m. On the menu is baked scrod, chicken marsala, and pot roast. To RSVP, call Barbara Kane at (401) 821-0161, Fran Allen at (401) 463-8679, or Nat Nazareth at (401) 742-7433.

URI Master Gardeners online class

Join The Warwick Public Library and URI Master Gardener Angela Deller for an online class on container gardening on Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Container gardening lets gardeners grow plants almost anywhere. The event is free and open to all. To register for the Zoom link, visit www.warwicklibrary.org/node/14246/register. Registration closes April 12.

New show at Warwick Center for the Arts

The Warwick Center for the Arts, located next to City Hall at 3259 Post Road, will be hosting artwork from the local group, Painters Over Light. The exhibit opens April 17 and can be viewed Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Brayton Cemetery clean up

On April 17 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. volunteers will be cleaning up Brayton Cemetery at 3468 Post Road. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, tarps, and gloves. To sign up as a volunteer, email Danny Hall at mrhall82@live.com.

Tomorrow Fund Stroll n’ Roll

Join the Tomorrow Fund for their 18th annual fundraising event on April 18th at 10 a.m. Attendees can choose to stroll or roll around Garden City while making a difference in the lives of children with cancer. Walk-in registration and raffle ticket purchases are not available the day of the stroll. To register and purchase tickets, visit www.tomorrowfund.org.

Virtual art classes at Pilgrim Senior Center

Join Charlann Walker and the Pilgrim Senior Center for a step-by-step virtual art class on April 19 at 11 a.m. Attendees will learn to create a beautifully designed small abstract Zentangle, an easy to learn drawing method using just pen, pencil, and paper. No prior artistic experience required. To register, visit www.warwickri.gov/PilgrimVirtual


Virtual Earth Day celebration

Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co., Inc., a Cranston-based non-profit arts organization, will be celebrating Earth Day with a virtual celebration on April 22 at 7 p.m. The event also highlights a recent publication from Notable Works, Voices of the Earth: The Future of Our Planet, a collection of poetry from local authors addressing issues of climate change. Special guests include Tina Cane, Rhode Island’s Poet Laureate, as well as other local writers and artists like Aubrey Atwater, Janet Barron, David Dragone, Noreen Inglesi, Thomas Lane, Sarah Lettes, Karina Lutz, and Patricia McAlpine. The event is free and open to the public. To register for the Zoom link, email Maria at bmar980@aol.com.

Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village Art Contest

Calling young artists and wildlife enthusiasts: enter the 4th annual Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. Entries from students K-12 must be received by April 30. Endangered Species Day, May 21, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats, and learn what we can do to protect them. For complete contest guidelines, visit www.rwpzoo.org/youth-art-contest.

Join the WPL Spring reading challenge

The Warwick Public Library kicked off the Spring Reading Challenge, which runs from April 1 to April 30. To register and track reading minutes, visit www.warwicklibrary.org/reading-challenges

Socialize, exercise with PSC virtual programming

Join the Pilgrim Senior Center in virtual programs from the comfort of your own home. Classes are free, and no prior experience is necessary. Programs include the Poetry Readers group on Mondays at 1 p.m., chair yoga on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., low-impact aerobics at 9:30 a.m. and gentle yoga at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, and the Pilgrim Theater Stars on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. For more information and to register, visit www.warwickri.gov/PilgrimVirtual or contact Meg Underwood at (401) 468-4073.

Operation Stand Down helps veterans at City Hall

Starting Wednesday, April 21, members of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island will be on hand at Warwick City Hall to help veterans with housing, employment, legal services, and more. Representatives will be available every first and third Wednesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call City Hall at (401) 738-2004 or visit www.osdri.org.

FEMA Funeral Assistance

FEMA will be reimbursing people for funeral costs incurred from losing someone to COVID-19. People can apply starting April 12 by calling 1-844-684-6333. Families who have lost a loved one will be eligible for up to $9,000 in reimbursement. For more details, visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters/corornavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.

Rental Assistance

Rent Relief RI is now accepting applications from tenants and landlords seeking financial assistance. RI has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide residents with rent and utility relief. For the application and more information, visit www.rihousing.com/rentreliefri.

RI Housing offers loans

RI Housing’s Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI) program is offering zero interest, forgivable loans to eligible Rhode Island homeowners who became unemployed or underemployed due to the COVID pandemic and are struggling to make mortgage payments. Loan proceeds may provide homeowners with up to 6 months of mortgage payment assistance. Learn more and apply at www.rihousing.com/hhfri.

Be Kind RI

The RI Community Food Bank, Age Friendly Rhode Island, and Family Services of RI has launched a partnership called Be Kind RI, a program that helps high-risk individuals and communities receive the help they need during the pandemic, particularly food assistance. Be Kind RI connect neighbors with volunteers though text alerts to coordinate food deliveries from grocery stores and pantries. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and undergo a background check. Be Kind RI is open to residents experiencing COVID risk factors, including those 65, anyone with underlying health conditions, those in quarantine or isolation, anyone experiencing a lack of childcare, and those who would otherwise have difficulty obtaining food. To request assistance or to volunteer, visit www.bekindri.org.

Summer jobs with DEM

The DEM is recruiting qualified lifeguards for beaches, parks, and campgrounds. Full-time lifeguard positions are available at all state swimming areas, from Roger Wheeler and Scarborough, to Goddard Park and Burlingame Campground. Part-time positions are available for select locations. Hourly rates for lifeguards range from $13.25 to $16.25 per hour, based on location and position. All lifeguard applicants must successfully complete courses and hold valid cards in lifeguard training, first aid, as well as infant, child, and adult CPR.

The DEM is also seeking park rangers and facilities attendants to work at recreational sites across the state. Park rangers are responsible for giving directions, crowd control, conducting security checks, and are first responders in the case of an emergency. Applicants to Park Ranger level I must be 16 years of age or older, and applicants to Park Ranger levels II and III must be 18 or older. Hourly rates range from $10.50 to $11.60.

For a complete list of seasonal positions, visit www.riparks.com/employment.

Weekly meditation at MoonStone Art Studio

MoonStone Art Studio and Inspired Kundalini Yoga are hosting a weekly meditation on Sunday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the MoonStone Art Studio at 953 Namquid Drive. The next class is Sunday, April 11. The in-person meditation is open to all, no experience required. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket, pillow, or yoga mat. Chairs and extra mats are available upon request. The class costs $15 online or $10 in cash, in person. To register, visit MoonStone Art Studio on Facebook.

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