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Beacon Buzz 05-28-21

By ARDEN BASTIA
Posted 5/27/21

By ARDEN BASTIA Tri-City Elks Collectible Car Show The Tri-City Elks launches its 2021 car show season on May 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will take place at Lodge 14 at 1915 West Shore Road in Warwick, and will feature food from the Elks' Tiki Bar, a

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Tri-City Elks Collectible Car Show

The Tri-City Elks launches its 2021 car show season on May 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will take place at Lodge 14 at 1915 West Shore Road in Warwick, and will feature food from the Elks’ Tiki Bar, a 50/50 raffle, and live music from DJ Rob Caramante. Classic cars and motorcycles are welcome. The show is held every Thursday, weather permitting.

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 streamed on the parish website at www.stkevin-stbenedict.org. The concert pays tribute to the military and first responders, and is a great kick off to summer.

Plants for sale

Westbay Farm is hosting its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1351 Centerville Road. Plants for sale include herbs, vegetables, and flowers. Cash, checks, and credit cards are all accepted at the sale. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Westbay Farm, which provides fresh produce to Westbay Marketplace. For more information, visit www.westbayplantsale.org.

Memorial Day outdoor marketplace

Shop over 80 vendors, crafters, and food trucks at the Crowne 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 weselljam@gmail.com.

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 at the West Warwick Veterans Memorial Park at 2 Legion Way in West Warwick. The event is open and free to the public. Please join us as we honor members of the United States Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The event also features guest speaker Kevin Heise, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.).

Memorial Day wreathing laying ceremony

On Monday, May 31 at 10 a.m., Representative Camilla Vella-Wilkinson and Commander Sal Caiozzo, of the Chapter 9 Disabled American Veterans (DAV), have partnered to host a Memorial Day wreath laying and flag retirement ceremony. The event will take place at Warwick Veterans Park located at 2401 West Shore Road. The general public is invited to bring their old and tattered U.S. flags to be retired. To prepare the flag, guests are asked to cut the red and white stripes into strips; the blue field of stars may remain as a solid square.

Warwick Public Library book groups

The Tuesday Morning Book Group from the Warwick Public Library will meet on Zoom on Tuesday, June 1 at 10 a.m. to discuss News of the World by Paulette Jiles. In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging, itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multi-layered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. Email mquinn@warwicklibrary.org for a link to the meeting.

The Mystery Book Group will meet on Wednesday, June 16 via Zoom to discuss Cave of Bones by New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman. Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the Southwest desert in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series. Email mquinn@warwicklibrary.org to a link to the meeting.

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 J. Shields Jr. Post American Legion Home Association at 662 West Shore Road. For any questions, call (401) 737-9711.

ACT crash course offered by WPL

The Warwick Public Library, in a partnership with Grandview Heights Public Library in Ohio and Dr. Srinath Sampath from Test Accelerator, is hosting a free ACT crash course for high school students on Friday, June 4. The course runs from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a 30-minute break. For each of the 5 ACT sections, attendees will rapidly work out and discuss retired ACT questions in a timed setting. Students are asked to have a calculator, pens/pencils, and a notebook on hand. Register by June 2 by visiting www.tickettailor.com/events/prepaccelerator/511860.

A day of hope

The Warwick Assembly of God has partnered with several local churches to organize Hope Day, an even 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 Saturday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Warwick Veterans Middle School on West Shore Road. For more information, call (401) 732-06734.

Game on!

The Oakland Beach Summer Basketball League is searching for new players, aged 17 and older. The season starts June 19, with 7 games guaranteed, not counting playoffs. A-League meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and B-League meets on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will take place on June 5 and 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 116 Suburban Parkway. Cost is $75 per player or $600 per team. For more information, contact Carter at (401) 523-7577 or obsummerleague@gmail.com.

Support the paws that enforce the laws

Joint the Warwick K-9 Police Unit for a silent auction at the Apponaug Brewery, located at 334 Knight Street, on Saturday, June 5. Admission is free, and the event is 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.

WPD offer free workplace violence response training

The Warwick Police Department is hosting an active threat and workplace violence training on Monday, June 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. This free lecture is open to members of human resources, security, security directors, risk managers, threat assessment teams, and religious facility security teams from private businesses, commercial facilities, private schools, and houses of worship. The event will be held in the community room at the department’s headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive and will focus on perimeter protection, access control, warning signs, police response, and post incident response. The event is first come, first serve. To RSVP, email Officer Daniel Maggiacomo at Daniel.Maggiacomo@warwickri.com. Please include your title, facility name, and how many seats you will need.

Gorton luncheon

Join the classes of 1941-1955 for lunch at Top of the Bay on June 9 at 1 p.m. Lunch menu includes scrod, chicken parm, scallops, coffee, and ice cream. The cost is $25 per person. To RSVP, contact Barbara Kane at (401) 821-0161 or barbarakane14@gmail.com, Fran Allin at (401) 463-8679, or Nat Nazareth at (401) 742-7433.

Classic car show rolls to St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and 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 live vendors, a live DJ, food and beverages, and a 50/50 raffle. Raffle prizes include a TV, Air Fryer, Keurig, and outdoor fire pit. 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.

Rocky Point food truck festival

The City of Warwick, We Be Jammin’, and Ocean State Food Truck Festivals presents a food truck fest on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, held at Rocky Point Park, will feature over 100 vendors, over 20 food trucks, and live music. Admission is free. Bring a chair or blanket, and hang out with friends and family in the sprawling fields against the beautiful ocean scenery.

Breakfast boxes from Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 139 Ocean Ave in Cranston, will be offering $5 take out hot and cold breakfast boxes on Gaspee Parade Day on June 12. Boxes will be handed out from 8 to 10 a.m. The Gaspee Days Ecumenical Service will also be held on June 12 at 8 a.m. before the parade starts. Attend the service, claim your spot on the parade route, and then stop by for a breakfast box. Hot breakfast includes cinnamon French toast sticks and sausage with maple syrup and a banana. Cold breakfast includes yogurt, muffins, and a banana. Both come with a choice of coffee or juice.

Empowering women 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 Self-Denial 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 real change in the lives of women, children, and youth around the world.

Over 65 Golf League

Since 1959, the Over 65 Golf League has worked with public golf courses to offer a league for the state’s senior residents. The nonprofit organization meets on Monday nights at Harbor Lights, located at 150 Gray Street in Warwick. To be a member or a spare (sub) in the league, dues are $55, or $30 for spares. Season play is May through Sept.; playoffs are Sept. 20 to Oct. 4; scramble tournament and end of season banquet are on Oct. 13. Golfers interested in playing should contact Carol Desforges at desac63@gmail.com or call (401) 738-0319. Please indicate your name and phone number in your message.

Outdoor yoga at Conimicut Point Park

Join Yoga at the Point for a season of outdoor yoga right on the water at Conimicut Point Park. Classes offered every day, Sunday through Saturday, until August 31. All levels welcome; $10 suggested donation per class. Please bring a mat and mask. For the full schedule, visit www.yogaatthepoint.com or follow Yoga at the Point on Facebook.

Mental health education for family and friends

Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress, suicide. These are all topics many people prefer not to discuss, so the heartbreak and stigma continue. If you have a loved one, family member, or a friend who is struggling with a mental health issue, then the Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness can help. NAMI RI provides free and virtual education, support and resources. NAMI RI is currently accepting registrations for their upcoming Family-to-Family course. Visit our website, www.namirhodeisland.org, call 401-331-3060 or email beth@namirhodeisland.org for more information.

CRICC Summer Networking Series

Dust off those business cards, grab your sunglasses, and join the Central RI Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to meet new folks and reconnect with old friends during the 2021 Summer Networking Series, hosted in conjunction with 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 www.checkoutri.com/events/summer-networking. Tickets are limited, and cost $25 for CRICC members and $50 for non-members. For more information, call (401) 732-1100.

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. There will be a social hour from 12 to 1 p.m., and then a luncheon buffet from 1 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.

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 jenn@rhodesonthepawtuxet.com 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 www.warwickri.gov/personnel-department/pages/employment-opportunities.

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 holly.m.weber@warwickri.com.

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 www.warwickri.gov/personnel-department/pages/employment-opportunities.

To submit community events, promotions, academic news, or virtual events, email Arden at ardenb@rhodybeat.com. Please include a daytime phone number in case further information is required.

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