Beacon Buzz 4-29-2021

Posted 4/29/21

By ARDEN BASTIA Run for the Roses COVID won't stop the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center's Traditional Kentucky Derby fundraiser, although participants won't be gathering at the Warwick Country Club in their best of derby finery to watch the race. Instead,

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Beacon Buzz 4-29-2021


Run for the Roses

COVID won’t stop the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center’s Traditional Kentucky Derby fundraiser, although participants won’t be gathering at the Warwick Country Club in their best of derby finery to watch the race. Instead, the derby will be celebrated virtually with an online auction and live stream of the race on Saturday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. But you needn’t wait until May 1 to participate. The online auction starts April 27 and runs through April 30. Visit for additional information or call the center at (401) 738-9700.

Endangered Species 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 is May 21, and 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

Mother’s Day Art Fest

Support small businesses by shopping local for Mom this year. Find one-of-a-kind gifts at the Charitable Artisan’s Mother’s Day Art Fest on Sunday, May 2. The fest will be held at the Tri-City Elks Lodge at 1915 West Shore Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Face masks are required for both attendees and vendors.

Crafting for Critters craft fair supports homeless animals

Hosted by the Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter, over 50 artisans will be selling their handcrafted wares just in time for Mother’s Day. The fair will be held outdoors on Saturday, May 8 at the Airport Professional Park, 2348 Post Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free, and food trucks will be on site. While hosted by animal lovers, pets are not allowed at the event. Donations of wet cat food and wet dog food are welcome. For updates, visit the Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter on Facebook or email

Pontiac Free Library book sale

The Pontiac Free Library at 101 Greenwich Avenue is holding an outdoor book sale, weather permitting, on Saturday, May 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call the library at (401) 737-3292.

Gortonite luncheon

The next luncheon for Gortonites will be held at the Crow’s Next restaurant at 288 Arnolds Neck Drive on May 12 at 1 p.m. The cost of attendance is $25. For any questions or to RSVP, call or email Nat Nazarath at (401) 742-7433 and

Dining out at St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on West Shore Road will offer an outside pasta dining experience Sunday, May 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the church. To reserve or order call 401-737-3127 Monday through Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the cost is $12.00 per person, children 5 And under are free.  Credit Cards accepted in person or through the website: In the event of rain it will be a take out dinner.

Crepe Corner grand opening

Pawtuxet Village welcomes a new crepe restaurant featuring authentic Belgian crepes and waffles. Crepe Corner, located at 2170 Broad Street in Cranston, is celebrating their grand opening on Saturday, May 22. The celebration will feature a ribbon cutting from Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins at 2 p.m. For the menu and more information, visit

Cause for Paws car show

CARS FOR A CAUSE : While this image is from a previous event, the Cause for Paws Classic Car Show promises to be a success this year. The Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter are hosting the event to support homeless animals in the city. This year’s car show will take place on Sunday, June 13 at 171 Service Place. Admission is free for attendees, $15 to showcase your car. The event will feature live music, refreshments, and door prizes.

The 13th annual Cause for Paws Classic Car Show rolls back into town on Sunday, June 13. Classic Cars, all-year Corvettes along with antique, hot rod, muscle, exotic, custom cars, and more are invited to exhibit. Vehicle registration is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with free goodie bags and commemorative dash plaques for the first 100 entries.

Entry fee is $15 per car; admission is free for spectators. Trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m. to the top 50 cars, as voted by attendees. Prizes will also be awarded for Best in Show, People’s Choice, and the special “Mo” Award. Enjoy oldies music from Cruisin’ Bruce Palmer and refreshments from food trucks. Bring a can of wet cat or dog food for additional door prize tickets. Rain date for the event is Sunday, July 18. For more information, visit the Friends of Warwick Animal Shelter on Facebook or contact Ruth Napolitano at (401) 480-9769.

The Groden Network’s Non-Gala Gala

On Thursday Jun 17, join event chairs Mary and Ed Cooney Jr. and WJAR News 10’s Alison Bologna for this year’s virtual Non-Gala Gala. The evening will include a virtual concert by Rhode Island’s own, and The Voice runner-up Billy Gilman, along with a raffle for 5 fabulous prizes including a luxury vacation in Las Vegas.

The Groden Network’s mission is to provide caring, person centered and comprehensive supports for individuals with autism and associated developmental and intellectual disabilities to lead productive, dignified and satisfying lives. To learn more go to or call (401) 274-6310 x 1230.

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 is now open and can be viewed Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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 or contact Meg Underwood at (401) 468-4073.

Operation Stand Down helps veterans at City Hall

Members of Operation Stand Down 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

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

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

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

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 connects neighbors with volunteers through 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

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, May 2. 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.

Focus on mental health

NAMI Rhode Island is the state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It offers an array of education and training programs and services for individuals living with mental illness, family members, schools, providers, and the general public. These programs draw on the experience of individuals with mental illness and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and are eager to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.

Programs are free and virtual. For more information on programs or becoming a volunteer, visit, call (401) 331-3060 or email

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