NAMI-RI: Registration open for Family-to Family course

Posted 7/27/22

NAMI-RI: Registration open for Family-to Family course

The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is now accepting registration for its next virtual Family-to-Family …

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NAMI-RI: Registration open for Family-to Family course


The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is now accepting registration for its next virtual Family-to-Family course which begins Aug. 11. This is a free, eight-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program, which means that 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-Rhode Island’s Family-to-Family course is taught by trained family members who have lived experience with a loved one, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

For more information on the Family-to-Family curriculum and registration requirements, visit www.namirhodeisland.org or call 401-331-3060 or email beth@namirhodeisland.org.


Are you caring for someone with dementia who exhibits difficult to manage behaviors? You may be eligible to participate in a research study seeking advice and feedback from caregivers about what types of supports are needed. Enrolled participants will be compensated for their time. The study will take place (video call) through Rhode Island Hospital’s Neuropsychology Program. If interested, contact the study coordinator Dr. Kim Chapman at 401-829-4310.

Annual Pow Wow

The Narragansett Indian Tribe will celebrate its 347th recorded annual August meeting/Pow Wow on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14. Chief Sachem Anthony Dean Stanton invites Rhode Islanders to join the Tribe in celebration and share in the traditional food, singing and dancing.

Grand entry will being at 2 p.m. both days. The Church board invites all to share in services at the Tribes’ historic church (Sunday services will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.)

All activities will be held on the Narragansett Indian Reservation off Route 2 and Old Mill Road in Charlestown. Gates open at 10 a.m. both days and admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children.

National Night Out

Please join Warwick PD on Aug. 2 from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for National Night Out. For the first time ever, they will host this community event at Rocky Point Park. This family event will have something for everyone: K-9 demo, SWAT demo, WFD Jaws of Life Demo, Touch-a-Truck, vintage police cars, food trucks, arts and craft vendors and more. Fireworks will be at 9 p.m. and parking/admission is free!

CHSE Class of ‘55 Reunion

Cranston East’s class of 1955 will hold its reunion at noon on Sept. 6 at Gregg’s Restaurant in North Kingstown. Anyone interested in attending please call Margie Grossi Gemma at 401-263-2129 or Ethel Caparrelli DiPrete at 401-632-4705.

Grandma Martha

On Aug. 7, at 2 p.m., Flannel Polyester will present a “This Is Your Life” style show honoring the grand old lady of Rhode Island comedy, Grandma Martha. The event will take place at the Comedy Park, located inside the Historic Park Theater and Event Center.

A cavalcade of New England’s comedy greats, along with host Jay Burns, will look back on Martha’s life through laughs, jokes and just a couple of roasts.

For this special show, Martha has requested that we help her friends at the Hope Alzheimer’s Center in Cranston. Proceeds from the afternoon’s raffles and photo opportunities will benefit the Hope Alzheimer’s Center. Tickets are available by going to www.thecomedypark.com.

Pawtuxet Village Summer Concert & Food Trucks

The Warwick Parks and Recreation and Ocean State Food Truck Festivals will host a summer concert and food truck event at the Pawtuxet Village Gazebo on July 30 from noon to 4 p.m. Come hang out in the beer garden and grab some food while listening to the sweet sounds of the Driftwoods band.

Shakespeare under the Stars

What Cheer Shakespeare? Theatre Co. will present Shakespeare under the Stars at Governor Sprague Mansion (1351 Cranston St.). These shows are great for all those who love Shakespeare, and even better for those who struggle with the language. In Act one, the company will perform part of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” that explains all of Shakespeare’s plays in 45 minutes. In Act two, the company will perform a hilarious parody of Hamlet, “Something’s Rotten in the State of Denmark,” written by local playwright Joseph Wallace. The plays will start at 7 p.m. and will run July 29-30 and Aug. 5-6. Tickets are $10; Call 508-933-4233 for more information.

Fiddle N’ Fun

Fiddle N’ Fun will be at Pontiac Free Library on July 30 at 11 a.m. Fiddle N’ Fun is an independent music education program designed for young children (and adult caregivers). Mr. Joel delivers unique, hands-on learning experiences through singing, movement, instruments and more.

Conimicut Village Yard Sale

The annual Conimicut Village-Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date is Sunday Sept. 18). All you do is set up at your home and keep your profits. The Conimicut Village Association will advertise and publish a map to participating homes. Call 524-8404 or email conimicutvillage@aol.com to get on the map. Leave your name, phone number, address, email and whether or not you are available for the rain date if required.

CHSW Class of ’72 Reunion

Cranston High School West’s class of 1972 will hold its 50th reunion on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Cranston Country Club. The event starts at 6 p.m. There will be a social hour (cash bar), a buffet dinner and music. The cost is $65 per person.  Please contact Helene (Gelberg) Arbor at helenechsw72@gmail.com to confirm your attendance (and, if applicable, your +1) and for payment details. Please respond by Aug. 1.

Free Canoe Rides

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council is once again offering free canoe rides on the Woonasquatucket River in Providence on Thursday evenings from 4-6 p.m. throughout July and August. Meet at the Fish ladder at Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo St., Providence. On-site registration is required for adults and children, and all ages are welcome.

The WRWC’s experienced paddle team will guide participants up and down the river for about a 10-minute loop, where you will likely see painted turtles basking on the banks and red-winged black birds flying ahead on this surprisingly peaceful stretch of the river. 

Paddles and life jackets are provided by the organization. Participants must sign a waiver and wear a life jacket in order to ride. All youth must be accompanied to the launch site by a parent or guardian.

This Community Canoe Program is made possible thanks to the generous support of AARP RI and REI COOP.

FOWPS Meeting

Friends of Warwick Ponds will have a 6 p.m. meeting on Aug. 17 at the Warwick Library. This meeting will be available on Facebook; there will be no meeting in July. 

Side by Side Exhibit

Warwick Center for the Arts will hold its Side by Side Invitational Group Art Show from July 23 to Aug. 20. In a time when the importance of unification represents a catalyst toward healing, the idea of residing together as a whole birthed the exhibit “Side by Side.” This exhibit encourages partnership between peoples -- partnerships with the capability to grow through what can be optimistically shared, visually articulated and expressed in a manner of the language we call art. This show is curated and juried by Angel Beth Smith. For further information, visit warwickcfa.org or call 401-737-0010.

Free parking is on street or behind building in the parking lot; handicapped entrance at rear of building (call for assistance). The center is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

JHS Class of ’82 Reunion

Johnston High School Class of 1982 will celebrate its 40th reunion on Oct. 28 at the Alpine Country Club. For more information, email johnstonclass82@gmail.com.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) #38 in East Greenwich has returned to having meetings every Thursday morning at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (99 Pierce St., East Greenwich) at the lower level. The meeting will be ongoing. Weigh-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10 a.m.

The meetings will last no more than one hour beginning to end and anyone is welcomed. If you know someone that is interested in weight loss, they are more than welcome to attend. For more information about TOPS, call Joan Tinkham at 401-739-5322.

WVMHS ’72 reunion

The Warwick Veterans Memorial High School Class of ’72 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Sept. 17 at the Potowomut Golf Club (439 Ives Road, East Greenwich). The event starts at 6 p.m. and there will be cocktails (cash bar), followed by a buffet dinner. Tickets are $70 and individuals can purchase tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wvmhs-1972-50th-reunion-tickets-362596635297. For questions, contact David Revens at DavidR@rrswlaw.com.

CHSE Class of ’65 reunion

Join the Cranston High School East Class of 65 for a belated 55th reunion on Sept. 17 at the Radisson Hotel (2081 Post Road, Warwick), from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Join the class for dinner, dancing and seeing old friends. Tickets are $65 per person. For more information, contact michaeljsepe@yahoo.com.

Sounds of Korea

Sounds of Korea will take place on Aug. 14 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the McVinny Auditorium in Providence. The event includes traditional music and dance in celebration of Korean Independence Day. Admission if free and Korean food will be served.

Collectable Car Show

Tri City Elks Lodge 1915 W. Shore Rd. Warwick presents a Custom Collectible Car Show on Thursdays at 5 p.m. around the back of the lodge. Bring your auto and show it off or just come and enjoy the night. There will be music and food for sale and the Tiki Bar will be open for beverages! Additionally, Tuesdays are the lodge’s Jeep Night at 5 p.m.  Jeeps and 4x4’s of all shapes and sizes are welcome. The Tiki Bar will be open; food by PB&J’s will be available to purchase.

EP Class of ‘72 Reunion

The East Providence High School Class of 1972 will hold its 50th reunion on August 14 at the East Providence Yacht Club (9 Pier Road, East Providence). At 1 p.m. there will be a meet and greet, while “Tanya McEntire and the Professors” will provide music from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pub-style food and drinks are available for purchase, and the event is free for all class members and their partners. Donations will be appreciated toward a gift from the Class of 1972 for the new East Providence High School. Contact Dave Marchetti: pondguy54@gmail.com or call 401-258-6412.

St. Xavier Academy Reunion

St. Xavier Academy’s class of 1970 will celebrate its 50th +2 reunion at Chelo’s Bar and Grille at 2225 Post Road, Warwick on Aug. 21, 2022 from noon to 4 p.m. Please email Nancy Tyrell Miley at Nmiley44@gmail.com or Pat Caldwell Carvalho at Patanncarvalho@gmail.com for additional information.

Old Warwick Grange 41

The Grange is a fraternal community service, nonprofit organization with a special interest in rural life and the traditions of faith, patriotism, leadership and family values. It’s a place where the whole family can go and grow. Help us to help others.

The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. There are no meetings in July and August. The Grange hall is located at 1175 West Shore Road in Warwick.  For information please call either Joan Clegg at 401 465-7259 or Mike Osiensky at (508) 954-9712.

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