Beacon Buzz 05-20-21

Posted 5/20/21

By ARDEN BASTIA Socialize with PSC in-person programming After a long year, the Pilgrim Senior Center is once again offering activities and programs in-person starting this week, with more programs added after Memorial Day. Programs include Stitcher's

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Beacon Buzz 05-20-21


Socialize with PSC in-person programming

After a long year, the Pilgrim Senior Center is once again offering activities and programs in-person starting this week, with more programs added after Memorial Day. Programs include Stitcher’s Workshop on Mondays at 1 p.m., Quilting and Needlecraft on Tuesdays at 9 a.m., Yarnigans on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Studio 37 painting group on Thursdays at 1 p.m., Pilgrim Theater Stars on Fridays at 10:30 a.m., Knit Wits on Fridays at 1 p.m., and Poetry Readers on Fridays at 1 p.m.

If the reopening goes well, the center plans to add more classes like diabetes support and prevention, wood painting, ceramics, and healthy living. Any activity that necessitates distances less than 6 feet will not be offered in-person at this time.

Virtual programming will continue. Virtual programs include chair yoga on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., and low impact aerobics at 9:30 a.m. and gentle yoga at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information and to register, visit, or contact Lisa at (401) 468-4071.

Cruise RI waters…virtually!

Joint he Central RI Chamber of Commerce for a virtual tour of Rhode Island waters to celebrate the launch of the fishing season. The free event will be held today, Thursday, May 20 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Let Capt. Dan and Capt. Glenn of Natural Nine Cruises & Fishing teach you about what lives in our bay. Don’t like to fish? Enjoy the relaxing ride around Narragansett Bay and learn what’s hiding right in your own backyard. To register for the event, visit

Crepe Corner grand opening

Crepe Corner, located at 2170 Broad St. in Pawtuxet Village, is celebrating the grand opening of their second location on Saturday, May 22. The long-awaited event will feature a ribbon cutting from Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins, as well as delicious, authentic Belgian crepes and waffles, breakfast sandwiches, wraps, and smoothies, with a variety of vegan and gluten free options. To view the menu, visit

Plenty of treasures

The Caroline Caprio Scholarship & Giving Fund will be holding a yard sale to help raise funds to assist RI families struggling with a brain tumor diagnosis. 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to provide financial assistance and emotional support to brain tumor patients and caregivers. The event will be held at 3284 West Shore Road on Saturday, May 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come browse and purchase all kinds of household and personal items such as furniture, collectables, jewelry, handbags, adult and children’s clothing, sports equipment, tools, pet supplies, rugs, lamps, and more. Mask wearing and social distancing guidelines will be in place. Rain date is May 29.

Gaspee Days Proclamation celebration

Join the Gaspee Days Committee along with officials from Warwick and Cranston to officially kick off the 2021 Gaspee Days celebration. The free event will be held on Saturday, May 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring a chair to Pawtuxet Park and enjoy the music of Salters Groove. Food will be available for purchase. Masks and social distancing encouraged.

Bridging the Gaps

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting their annual Rhode Island conference on May 26. The event, Bridging the Gaps, is free for NAMI members and $10 for non-members. The conference will take place virtually, beginning at 9 a.m., and will feature keynote speaker Taylor Bryan Turner, the assistant regional administrator of SAMHSA, who will share about her lived experience as a family member who has lived through gun violence, found resiliency, and the intersection of mental illness and the opioid crisis. The conference will also feature a panel of mental health interventions in law enforcement response, a session on justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion from MANI chief strategy and operations officer Sherman Gillums, an evening session on mental health in youth, breakout sessions, and more. To register, visit or email

St. Kevin Church kicks off summer with free concert

St. Kevin Church, located at 333 Sandy Lane, is welcoming the 88th Army Band in a patriotic concert on Friday, May 28 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. In-person attendance is welcome; all current health guidelines will be followed. The event will also be live streamed on the parish website at The concert pays tribute to the military and first responders, and is a great kick off to summer.

Memorial Day outdoor marketplace

Shop over 80 vendors, crafts, and food trucks at the Crown Plaza Hotel at 801 Greenwich Ave on May 29 and 30. The event—sponsored by local craft jam business, We Be Jammin’—will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors can apply by emailing

Memorial Day Observance

On Monday May 31, at 9:30 a.m., the West Warwick Veterans Council will be holding their annual Memorial Day observance in the West Warwick Veterans Memorial Park at 2 Legion Way, West Warwick. The event is open to the public. Please join us as we honor members of the United State Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The event also features guest speaker Kevin Heise, Jr., U.S. Navy, (Ret).

Meat Raffle

The Sons of the American Legion are hosting a meat raffle on June 4, starting at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the William Shields Jr. Post American Legion Home Association at 662 West Shore Road. For any questions, call (401) 737-9711.

A day of hope

Warwick Hope Assembly of God has partnered with several local churches to organize Hope Day, an event that extends a helping hand to families, single parents, the unemployed or underemployed, and the unhoused. The event will provide free lunches, groceries, community service booklets, and goodie bags, as well as entertainment like live music and performances from local dance teams, clowns, and superheroes.

The free, drive-through event will be held on June 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Warwick Veterans Middle School on West Shore Road. For more information, call (401) 732-0634.

Support the paws that enforce the laws

Join the Warwick K-9 Police Unit for a silent auction at the Apponaug Brewery, located at 334 Knight Street, on June 5. The event is free and open to the public. Bid on over 100 items as often as you’d like between 12 and 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit K-9 Garry and K-9 Haki. For more information, contact Debbie Wood at (401) 527-0414.

Classic car show rolls to St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the West Shore Health Center are hosting a classic car show on Saturday, June 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature vendors, live DJ, food and beverages, and a 50/50 raffle. Raffle prizes include a TV, Air Fryer, Keurig, and outdoor fire put. Silent auction prizes include a kayak, Ring doorbell, and Google Assistant. Come enjoy the day and the classic cars. For more information, call the church at (401) 737-3127.

First arts show at Oakland Beach Fireman’s Club

The Oakland Beach Fireman’s Club is seeking photographers and artists for their first annual arts and crafts show. The event will be held on Sunday, June 13. Vendors can purchase a 10x10 table space for $25. Those interested in showcasing their art, contact Kevin at (401) 737-4786.

CRICC Summer Networking Series

Dust off those business cards, grad your sunglasses, and join the CRICC for the opportunity to meet new folks and reconnect with old friends during the 2021 Summer Networking Series hosted by the Central RI Chamber of Commerce and Bay Coast Mortgage Company. Events include Brews & Bites at the Apponaug Brewing Company on June 17, Music & Mudslides at Harbor Lights on July 21, and Wine & Nibbles at Revolution American Bistro on August 19. All events are 5 to 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at Tickets are limited, and cost $25 for CRICC members and $50 for non-members. For more information, call (401) 732-1100.

Empowering woman through prayer

Join Shepard of the Valley UMC at 604 Seven Miles Road for a Day of Prayer on June 19. The United Methodist Women will open their church and labyrinth from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Prayer and Self0Denial Celebration. Join anytime during the day to take part in contemplative, reflective and interactive opportunities of prayer. The theme of this year’s Day of Prayer is She Leads: Empowering Women to Make a Difference. A free-will collection will be available, and offerings can be made to make a real change in the lives of women, children, and youth around the world.

Warwick Vets reunion rescheduled

The Warwick Veterans Memorial High School class of 1960 reunion has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18. The event will be held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet at 1 Rhodes Place, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Checks can be made out to Kathy Bouthillier and mailed to 94 Colonel John Gardner Road, Narragansett, RI 02882. Payments must be received by July 23, as tickets will not be sold at the door. For questions, contact Sally (Anderson) Allen at (401) 783-0205.

No More Hunger Walk planned for October

A group of local churches, Woodbury Union, Lakewood Baptist, St. Benedict, St. Kevin, and St. Mark’s, are organizing a walk to end hunger. The No More Hunger Walk, an event to raise awareness of and end food insecurity in the community, is currently being planned for October. If you or your organization would like to be involved in planning and help raise money for local food pantries, contact Ginny from Woodbury Union at (401) 737-8232 or

Operation Stand Down helps veterans at City Hall

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

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

Fez-tival of Trees returns to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is now accepting applications for crafters, vendors, and artists for the 7th annual Rhode Island Shriners Fez-tival of Trees. The event is scheduled for November 27 and 28. In 2019, over 3,000 guests strolled through the fundraising event.

Vendors have a few space options this year. Options include 8’ table in the mezzanine area for one day at $75, 8x8 front lobby space for both days at $200, and 10x10 front lobby space for both days at $250. Electricity is available for an extra $25, and advance notice is required.

If interested, email and request a vendor packet.

Summer employment opportunities

The Warwick Departments of Recreation, Public Works, and the Sewer Authority are hiring for a number of positions. To be eligible, applicants must be Warwick residents with plans to continue their education full-time in September. The deadline for all applications is June 4, and applications can be accessed at

The Department of Public Works and Warwick Sewer Authority are hiring summer laborers. The position is full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The pay rate is $11.50 to $15 per hour, depending on experience. All applicants must be 18 years old as of June 15.

The Department of Public Works is also hiring for the beach litter crew. This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The pay rate is $11.50 per hour, and students aged 14 to 17 are encouraged to apply. Working papers are required for anyone under 18 years old.

The Parks and Recreation Department is hiring beach fee collectors. This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, but some part-time positions may be available. Applicants must be available to work weekends and holidays. The pay rate is $11.50 per hour, and applicants must be 18 years old as of June 15.

Parks and Recreation in need of lifeguards

Lifeguards are needed for all city indoor and outdoor swimming facilities for the summer 2021 season. There is no residency requirement for the lifeguard positions. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and must bring a photo ID with verification of birth to apply. Lifeguard certification cards must be original, up-to-date, and not due to expired before Sept. 30, 2021. For more information about lifeguard positions, contact Holly Weber at (401) 921-9622 or email

Both full-time and part-time beach lifeguard positions are available for City Park Beach, Conimicut Beach, and Oakland Beach. Applicants must be able to work holidays and weekends. All applicants must be pool certified and have Rhode Island Non-Surf Lifeguard certification. The pay rate is $13.25 to $16.25 per hour, depending on experience.

Both full-time and part-time positions are available for McDermott Pool. Applicants must be able to work weekends and holidays, and pool certification is required. The pay rate is $13.25 to $16.25 per hour depending on experience.

If applicants are not lifeguard certified, but are competent swimmers and comfortable in deep water, they may be eligible for training and certification by the City of Warwick. Training will be available in June. Please submit an application for employment and indicate interest in participating in the lifeguard certification training.

All lifeguard applications can be found at

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