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Posted 7/8/21

Oakland Beach meeting is tonight The Oakland Beach Association will hold its monthly meeting today, Thursday, July 8, at 6 p.m. (note time change). Guest speakers will be Public Works director Eric Earls and Parks & Rec director Bev Wiley. Location: Boys

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Oakland Beach meeting is tonight

The Oakland Beach Association will hold its monthly meeting today, Thursday, July 8, at 6 p.m. (note time change). Guest speakers will be Public Works director Eric Earls and Parks & Rec director Bev Wiley. Location: Boys & Girls Club, 340 Oakland Beach Ave., side entrance. All residents of Oakland Beach are welcome.

Pick your own blueberries at Rocky Point Farm

Blueberry season is back at the Rhody Point Farm. Guests can pick their own berries Monday through Thursday as well as Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon. Price depends on how much you pick. For more information, call (401) 737-4017. 

Blood drive in honor of Gianna Cirella

During Gianna Cirella’s 16-day battle with sepsis, she needed 174 blood transfusions. Every one of them came from RI Blood Center donors. Not every story has a happy ending, but everyone deserves a fighting chance. Honor Gi’s life and spirit by donating blood at the American Legion - William Shields Post #43 on Thursday, July 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. Appointments are required, walk-ins only accepted if space allows. To register, visit and use the sponsor code 0087.  

Get a Job Thursdays

We Make RI, an organization that provides free manufacturing training, is hosting a series of job fairs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their offices at 200 First Avenue in Cranston. The next job fair will take place today, July 8. We Make RI offers job seekers a chance to meet with employers, get career counseling, resume help, and more. Some employers include Swissline Precision, Admiral Packaging, KB Surfaces, Warwick Hanger, and Hitachi Cable. For more information about the event or other training opportunities, visit or contact Mike at (401) 232-0077 x109.

WPD Youth Leadership Camp

Registration is now open for the Warwick Police Department Leadership Camp. The Youth Leadership Camp is a four day long camp serving youth in the city of Warwick from ages 11-14.  Kids will learn team building skills, through activities, field trips and guest speakers. The cost to attend the camp is $50. 

The Youth Leadership Camp will run on August 3 to 6 and August 10 to 13. Please select your first choice for which week you would like your child to attend the camp. To register, visit 

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, July 10 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.

RIPIN drive-up vaccine clinic

On Saturday, July 10 from 9 to 11 a.m., the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) will be hosting a drive-through vaccine clinic. The event will take place at their office parking lot, located at 300 Jefferson Blvd. The clinic is open to all ages 12 and older, but is particularly ideal for children, youth or adults with disabilities, or for anyone for whom it is difficult to get a vaccine at another site. Registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. Visit to register.

Warwick Library book groups

On Thursday, July 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. the Warwick Public Library history book club will meet to discuss Empire of the Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws’ Bloody Reign by Stephan Talty. The group will meet in the Idea Studio or outside on the lawn (weather permitting). Contact the Reference Desk at (401) 739-5440 x4 or email for more information.

Aldrich High School reunion

Nelson W. Aldrich High School’s class of 1955 will hold its 66th reunion on Tuesday, July 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Richard’s Pub on South County Trail in East Greenwich. The event will be casual dress. Please RSVP to Roberta at (401) 789-9530 or Joan at (401) 440-4467.

imPossible Dream food truck night 

Ocean State Food Truck Festivals is bringing local food trucks to the imPossible Dream Playground at 575 Centerville Road on Thursday, July 22 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, just pay for what you eat and drink. Food trucks accept credit, debit, and cash. The event will also feature live music and a beer garden. 

Crafts for teens at Warwick Public Library

Drop by the Warwick Public Library to pick up the latest teen grab and go craft kits. Tie-dye socks will be available from July 26 to July 31 while supplies last. Create a variety of designs to make your socks one-of-a-kind! All the supplies are in the bag.  

On Monday, August 2 from 3 to 4 p.m., the library will host a make your own beeswax candle class for teens in grades 6 through 12. All materials are provided, but due to limited space registration is needed. Registration opens July 12 and can be found at

Vets High School class of 1980 reunion

The Warwick Veterans High School class of 1980 will be holding a belated 40th reunion on Saturday, July 31. For more information, please visit the WVMHS Class of 1980 Facebook page or contact Lynn Wells Stephen at (401) 595-9888.

WPD National Night Out

The Warwick Police Department, the Oakland Beach Crime Watch and the Neighborhood Crime Watch Groups from around the city, in conjunction with the Citizen's Police Academy Alumni and Warwick Youth Advisory and Prevention Committee, would like to invite you to participate in National Night Out 2021 on Tuesday, August 3 from 5 to 9 p.m.

We will have thousands in attendance, over 50 exhibitors, entertainers and complementary food and drink followed by a fireworks display. Please come out as we educate our citizens on how to fight crime in their own neighborhoods. The event will take place at the Oakland Beach Commons at the end of Oakland Beach Avenue in Warwick. 

If you would like to reserve a table to promote your business or donate to the event, please contact Jeremy Jordan @ 742-2364.

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. Yoga, pilates, group fitness, and sound meditation 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 or follow Yoga at the Point on Facebook.

Goddard Park farmers market

The farmers market at Goddard Park is back for the season, every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October. Enjoy over 20 vendors and fresh Rhode Island produce, meat, and other local delicacies. For more information and a full list of vendors, visit

Warwick Summer Concert Series

The City of Warwick is hosting a series of free summer concerts. For a full line-up and more local events, visit

Salter’s Groove, a RI-based cover band with a wide arsenal of good tunes, will be at Pawtuxet Park on July 17 at 2 p.m.

Whiskey Rhode will be performing classic country hits at Conimicut Point Park on July 21 at 6 p.m.

Keturah’s Dream, a Fleetwood Mac cover band, will perform at Oakland Beach on July 28 at 6 p.m.

Podcasting in Seven Easy Steps: an Online Series

The Warwick Public Library and the Barrington Public Library are teaming up to host a free series of virtual workshops to learn tips and tricks to podcasting. All events will take place at 7 p.m. To register for the Zoom links, visit or call (401) 739-5440.

On July 7, join Jessica D’Avanza and Siobhan Egan from Rhody Radio: Rhode Island Library Radio Online for Step 1: What is a podcast and why make one?

On July 14, meet Kristen Meinzer from the award-winning podcast By the Book and explore Step 2: How to build your podcast and give listeners what they want.

On July 21, Jason Moon from New Hampshire Public Radio walks you through Step 3: How to write scripts that tell stories.

On July 28, tune into Tom Shaker from WICN Public Radio and Step 4: How to use your voice to create a persona.

On August 4, meet Ian Donnis from The Public’s Radio: Rhode Island Public Radio and hear Step 5: Tips for hosting, co-hosting, and interviewing guests.

On August 11, join Alex Borden from WQRI Radio for Step 6: Boost your stories with editing, music, and sound clips.

On August 18, learn Step 7: How to broadcast and promote your podcast.

Yoga with Patricia at Rocky Point

Outdoor yoga at Rocky Point Park is back for the summer. Join Patricia on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6 p.m. at the old saltwater pool for an all-levels yoga class. Suggested donation $10. Follow scheduling updates on Facebook at Peace, Love, and Wellness with Patricia.

Pilgrim High School reunion

The Pilgrim High School classes of 1966 to 1969 are invited to a reunion barbeque on August 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. The event will be held at Fort Getty in Jamestown. Food will be served at 2 p.m. and includes pulled pork chicken, ribs, coleslaw, cornbread, and dessert. Gas grills are available to use. There will be a dance floor, volleyball court, and beach with swim access. The location is handicap accessible, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair and drinks. Tickets are $40 per person, and RSVPs must be made by August 1. Contact Linda Sprague-Eichenfeldt for tickets at (401) 965-8035 or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to 20 Sweetfern Road, Warwick, RI 02888 for a ticket. Attendance is limited.

Beach passes sold at Library

The Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane branch, is selling Warwick beach passes. Beachgoers will be able to purchase passes anytime the library is open. Passes are $20 for residents, per car; $40 for non-residents, per car; $10 for seniors (60), veterans, and disabled residents, per car; and $20 for seniors (60), veterans, and non-residents, per car. Day passes are sold at individual beaches. Passes are good from July 1 to September 6. Proof of residency is required, with a state ID/license and car registration. Proof of age, veterans, and disability status is also required. Cash, check, or money order made out to the City of Warwick will be accepted.

Ben Boyle & Ron Kostyla Golf Classic

Registration for the 38th Annual Ben Boyle & Ron Kostyla Golf Classic for SHARE is now open. The event will be held at the Richmond Country Club on Sunday, August 29, with tee-off at 8 a.m. Day-of registration will open at 7 a.m., with dinner and awards following the end of last play. Golfers are invited to participate in remembrance of Boyle and Kostyla, two community members who dedicated their lives to helping others. The golf package includes a full game of 18 holes, access to refreshments in the morning and lunch in the afternoon, a swag bag, team awards, event prizes, and a sit-down dinner reception. A raffle will also be available. Prizes include a weekend getaway to New Hampshire, 40” Smart TV, Kindle Fire tablet, $100 Amazon gift card, and a grill. The cost is $150 per player for golf and dinner, or $30 for dinner only. To register for the event, contact Bob Bjorklund at (401) 585-0156 or email

AARP field trips

The 210 chapter of AARP is hosting a series of field trips. The first is on Thursday, September 16 to the Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant for a buffet lunch followed by a performance of Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. The lighthearted and entertaining comedy follows the story of a love triangle that takes place at the Howard Johnson’s Motor Inn. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. from the I-95 Park & Ride at Exit 6A, Coventry, and will return around 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $109 per person and payment is due by August 16. To purchase tickets, contact Maureen Murphy at (401) 828-5188 or Mary Ouellette at (401) 828-3227.

From Sunday, November 7 to Tuesday, November 9, AARP is hosting a trip to Atlantic City. On the 7th, attendees will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the I-95 Park & Ride at Exit 6A, Coventry and travel to Atlantic City’s first casino, Resorts. Upon arrival, guests will receive $20 casino slot cash, $50 in food credits, and a casino show. The bus will return to RI around 7:30 p.m. on the 9th. The tour cost is $269 per person for a double room, $259 per person for a triple room, and $369 per person for a single room. A $50 deposit is due at sign up, and final payments must be made by October 7. For reservations contact Maureen Murphy at (401) 828-5188 or Mary Ouellette at (401) 828-3227.

Registration open for NAMI Family-to-Family course 

NAMI Rhode Island

is offering a Family-to-Family course beginning Wednesday, July 14 at 6:30 pm. This is a free, virtual 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by trained family members who have "been there" and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support.

For more information and/or to register for this evidence-based program, visit, call 401-331-3060 or email

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 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.

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 an 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.

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