Beacon Buzz 5-06-2021

Posted 5/6/21

By ARDEN BASTIA 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 on Sunday, June 13. Vendors can purchase a 10x10 table

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Beacon Buzz 5-06-2021


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 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.

Cindy-Wood Garden Club back in bloom

The Cindy-Wood Garden Club is hosting a bargain plant sale on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 99 Pierce Street in East Greenwich. Top quality flowers, plants, bushes, small trees, flower arrangements, seeds, planters, gently used garden tools, and more will be available, just in time to find a gift for Mom. For more information, contact Gloria at

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 Ave 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 Nest restaurant at 288 Arnold’s 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 Nazareth at (401) 742-7433 and

Grow your business with podcasts

The amount of podcast listeners is growing exponentially, and the Central RI Chamber of Commerce is here to help you learn how to incorporate podcasting into your business. Join The CRICC on May 12 at 9 a.m. for a virtual workshop led by Patricia Raskin of Raskin Resources Productions. The workshop will cover the elements of a compelling podcast, selecting content and stories, and finding expert guests. To register for the Zoom link, visit The event is free for CRICC members and invited guests.

Oakland Beach Association to meet on May 13

Mayor Frank Picozzi will be the special guest at the Oakland Beach Association’s meeting on Thursday, May 13 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the skateboard park across the street from Oakland Beach Elementary School. Members should bring lawn chairs and questions. All Oakland Beach residents are welcome to attend.

Next month, featured gests at the June 10 meeting will be Luke Murray of the city planning office, and Bill Facente of community development. They will provide updates and take questions on improvements to the beach that are underway with funding from federal and state grants. More details to follow.

Friends of Salter Grove launch new online guide

On Saturday, May 15, join the Friends of Salter Grove and special guests Mayor Frank Picozzi and Parks and Recreation Director Bev Wiley to celebrate the launch of the new Salter Grove online guide, The event will take place at George B. Salter Memorial Grove on Narragansett Parkway at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to wear masks and follow social distancing.

Dining out at St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on West Shore Road will offer an outside pasta dining experience on 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 p.m. The cost is $12 per person, children 5 and under are free. Credit cards are accepted in person or online at In the event of rain, it will be a take out dinner.

Food trucks return to Crowne Plaza

Warwick Food Truck Night rolls back to the Crowne Plaza on Thursday, May 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free to attend, just pay for what you eat and drink. With over 30 food trucks participating, you can eat at your local favorite or try something new. Food trucks accept cash, credit, or debit. For a full list of participating trucks and for more events around the state, 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

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting a series of free, virtual presentations throughout the month of May. Each session will include two speakers, one who shares an informative, research-based presentation, and one who is a young adult with a mental health condition who speaks on their journey of recovery. Audience members will be allowed to ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement and end the stigma. To register for the Zoom links, contact Beth with your name, city/town, and phone number at

On Monday, May 10 from 6 to 7 p.m., NAMI is presenting Ending the Silence for Families. This free session is available to anyone, but content is geared towards adults with middle or high school aged youth. In the presentation, participants will learn the warning signs of mental health condition, facts, and statistics, how to talk to your child about mental health, and how to work with school staff.

On Wednesday, May 12, NAMI is presenting Ending the Silence for School Staff from 4 to 5 p.m. This free session is available to anyone, but content is geared towards teachers, administrators, and school staff of middle and high school students. Participants will learn facts, statistics, and how to approach students and work with their families.

On Monday, May 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. NAMI is hosting Ending the Silence for Students, a free session geared towards middle and high school students, on how to get help for themselves or a friend. Participants will learn facts, statistics, and ways to talk to peers, parents, and school staff.

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, please contact Ginny from Woodbury Union at (401) 737-8232 or

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 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

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 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


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