New Performance at Arctic Playhouse

Posted 3/31/22

The Arctic Playhouse presents “Lie Cheat and Genuflect from March 24 through April 10. It is a comedy written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore; the play is directed by Tony Annicone. For …

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New Performance at Arctic Playhouse


The Arctic Playhouse presents “Lie Cheat and Genuflect from March 24 through April 10. It is a comedy written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore; the play is directed by Tony Annicone. For more information, visit www.thearcticplayhouse.com or call 401-573-3443.


Kids Easter Egg Hunt

Join Tri-City Elks Lodge #14 for a kids Easter egg hunt on April 9 from noon to 2 p.m. (Rain date April 10). The event is for kids ages infant to 12 years old and will take place at the Warwick City Park – at the baseball fields. There will be music, raffles, food trucks and individuals can take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bring a basket/bag for egg collecting.


Kids Fishing Derby

The Tri-City Elks Lodge #14 will host a kids fishing derby on April 16 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children ages five to 12 can participate in the event. There will be two age groups: one for ages five to eight and another for ages nine through 12. All you need is your own fishing rod and bait, and a fishing pole will be awarded to the once child in each group who catches the largest fish. Awards will be handed out at 11 a.m. and hot dogs, chips and soda will follow. Stop by the lodge (1915 W. Shore Road) to sign your children up!


SBA Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich to  Address Warwick  Rotary Club

Small Business Administration (SBA) New England Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich (Biden/Harris Administration appointee) will address the Warwick Rotary Club at its meeting on Thursday, March 31 at noon at Chelo’s on Post Road.  After the meeting, Vlacich will be joined by SBA Rhode Island District Director Mark S. Hayward and Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce President Lauren Slocum, as the group tours local small businesses including The Talent Factory and Slocum Real Estate & Insurance, who received SBA PPP loans.


Meet Local Author

Meet local author Marilyn Wade, a.k.a. Mother Love It, on Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at the Warwick Pontiac Free Library! Marilyn will talk about her book, “Keep Pushing Forward,” and sign your book. (You can purchase a copy on Amazon.com).


April Art Camp

Save the date for five full days of art camp at Warwick Center for the Arts where we will celebrate Earth Day all around the globe! Daily themes will include art projects from the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, Japan and more. All art materials included. This camp is for kids in grades one through six.

Camp will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Warwick Center for the Arts, 3259 Post Rd., Warwick, from April 18 to April 22. The cost is for the five-day camp is $250 for non-WCFA members and $200 for WCFA members. For further information: www.warwickcfa.org or 401-737-0010.


Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra of Barrington at St. John’s, led by Music Director Edward Markward, will present the fourth concert of its fifth season on April 24, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 191 County Road, Barrington.

The concert will include Prokofiev’s, Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Sibelius’, Valse triste op. 44, No. 1 (Sad Waltz, Joseph Haydn’s Concerto in C Major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob. VIIb:1.

All audience members will be required to wear masks and show proof of being fully vaccinated including a booster shot, if eligible. The concert is free, donations are welcome. More information at www.cobsj.org.


Gorton Lunch

The class of 1941 to 1955 will hold a luncheon on April 13 at 1 p.m. at the Greenwood Inn Restaurant at 1350 Jefferson Blvd. in Warwick. The cost is $25. Available food consists of broiled scallops, scrod and veal parmesan. Contact Fran Allin at 463-8679 or Barbara Kane at 821-1061 or Barbkane14@gmail.com. For further information, call Nat: 742-7433. Bring a friend!


Historical Cemeteries Awareness and Preservation Weeks

During April and May, join the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and the RI Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries for RI Historical Cemeteries Awareness and Preservation Weeks. This includes cemetery tours, clean-ups, and other programs throughout the state; it is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.preservationconferenceri.com.


Annual Electrofishing Survey

Join the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council on Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lower Woonasquatucket at River Sun Mills, 166 Valley St. Providence. Each year, they record what fish are migrating into our rivers as a way of assessing the health of our river habitat. Volunteers can choose to join the “on land” or “in water” crew to participate in a hands-on habitat assessment. All data is collected and sent to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Contact: cbrown@wrwc.org and visit our website: https://wrwc.org.


Homecoming Celebration

St. Francis Xavier Academy Alumnae Association (SXA) announced its Homecoming celebration will be October 23, 2022, with an 11 a.m. mass at St. Timothy Church, Warwick, followed immediately by lunch at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. This year, due to prior Covid restrictions, the classes of 1970, 71 and 72 will be honored.  Scholarships are announced during lunch.  Alumnae may sponsor students for scholarships to Catholic High Schools.  For more information on Homecoming or scholarship applications, contact Margaret Mathias at 401-232-9006.


Memory Care Workshop

The Cranston Department of Senior Services will host a memory care workshop with presenter Geoffrey Tremont, the Director of Neuropsychology for Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital. The event titled “Behavioral Strategies to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia,” will take place at the Cranston Enrichment Center at 1070 Cranston Street in Cranston on April 6 and run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The workshop will address age-related memory changes, healthy brain aging, risk factors related to brain health and lifestyle strategies reducing risk of memory decline. The program is free and open to the public. Space is limited so register by emailingdquiroa@cranstonri.org or calling 401-780-6000. Respite will also be available at no charge in the on-site adult day services. Pre-registration is required.


Hearts for Hospice

Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice (VNH&H) is asking for individuals to support their hospice programs by giving $20 or more to their Hearts for Hospice campaign. People can dedicate their gift to a loved one who is always in their heart; all dedications will be listed on the organization’s website. You can make your donation at www.visitinghursehh.org/giving/ or by calling 401-682-2100 extension number 1631.


Cranston East 50th Reunion

Cranston East’s 50th year Reunion Committee will hold its 50th reunion on June 25 at 6 p.m. at the Bonnet Shores Beach Club; DJ Luke Renchan will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $71 per person and individuals must RSVP by May 25. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact any members of the Reunion Committee. If you would like to help out in some way, please let them know! Dan Barry at dbarry@drbassociates.net; Pat Giarrusso at giarrussopat@gmail.com; Ed DeJesus atexdejesus@gmail.com; Jean Colaneri McGovern at jbbongo@icloud.com.


CHSE Class of ’65 Reunion

Save the date: The Class of CHSE 65 will be celebrating the belated 55th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at the Radisson Hotel, 2081 Post Road in Warwick. The reunion committee is looking forward to seeing you for dinner, dancing and fun.


Calling All Cribbage Players

Do you play cribbage? If so, consider joining a small group of cribbage players from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Friday who meet and play at the East Greenwich Community Center located on Pierce Street in East Greenwich. This is a social group where all levels of players are invited to play and meet new friends; there is no cost involved. If you are interested in joining, contact Barbara at 737-6477.


Consider Donating Blood

The Rhode Island Blood Center is in need of blood. Individuals wishing to donate must book an appointment at the donation center; walk-ins are only accepted if safe distancing allows at the person’s time of arrival. Nearby areas to donate include The Shops at Greenwood, which is located at 615 Greenwich Ave., in Warwick. This center can be reached at 401-453-8383. To schedule an appointment online, visit www.ribc.org.


Wiley Center Coat Drive

This winter, the George Wiley Center is collecting donations for a coat drive to help keep people warm this season amidst the housing crisis.

We are collecting new and gently used clean coats, as well as boots, shoes, blankets, mittens, hats and hand warmers. With the threat of eviction and utility shutoffs, and the financial burden of the pandemic, many Rhode Islanders are in need of basic winter necessities to keep warm. Together, we can work toward solutions to the housing crisis. You can drop off donations to our office at 32 East Ave. in Pawtucket, on Wednesday afternoons and evenings every week! As always, you are invited to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 6:30, where you can take action for housing and utility justice, apply for rental and utility relief, meet members of your community and enjoy pizza.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

BBBSRI has opened a new Donation Drop-Off Center at 993 Oaklawn Ave., in Cranston. BBBSRI’s main headquarters has been located on Pontiac Avenue for 12 years. With its headquarters moved from Providence this November, BBBSRI had to find a new location for its Cranston drop off center.


Walk and Talk at Rocky Point

Come join the “Rocky Point Pacers” for a walk around Rocky Point every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m., weather permitting. They meet at the gate on Rocky Point Avenue. Get some sunshine and burn off some holiday pounds.


Men’s Wednesday Senior Softball League

The Senior Softball League is looking for more players to join its Wednesday morning games. There are six teams that play doubleheaders on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. The season starts on April 27. All games are at City Park in Warwick on Asylum Rd. Registration is $25. Checks can be made out to Wed. Sr. Softball League. The season ends on Oct. 19, yet many members continue playing until mid-November. This is not a beginner’s league; it is competitive but a lot of fun. You must be 57 years of age to participate, shirts are provided and a pizza party is also included. Applications can be obtained by emailing wednesdaySSB@gmail.com.


Be Kind RI

Be Kind RI is a new program that connects volunteers to their neighbors across RI through text alerts to coordinate food deliveries from grocery stores and food pantries. To sign up go to www.BeKindRI.org. Volunteers must be 18 or older and undergo our background check. Be Kind RI is open to those in RI experiencing COVID-19 risk factors including seniors 65+, anyone with underlying health conditions, those in quarantine or isolation, anyone experiencing a lack of childcare, and those who would otherwise experience difficulty in obtaining food. For assistance signing up, call 877-958-8785.


Meals on Wheels in Need of Volunteers

Meals on Wheels of RI is in immediate need of volunteers for its Home-Delivered Meal Program in Warwick. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program helps homebound seniors remain healthy, safe and happy at home. For more information and a volunteer application, visit www.rimeals.org.


ESL classes at WPL

The Warwick Public Library and the RI Family Literacy Initiative host English as a Second Language (ESL) classes starting on Sept. 20. Practice your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in small groups. Classes are free and meet twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. For more information, call (401) 455-8041.


Citizenship Prep Classes at WPL

Prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Interview with Citizen Preparation classes at the Warwick Public Library. Practice citizenship vocabulary, learn the necessary civics content, and work on interview skills using the N-400 application form. Classes meet on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting Sept. 25. Sign up at the library. For more information, call (401) 455-8041. These free classes are offered by the RI Family Literary Initiative.


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 Ave. in Cranston. We Make RI offer 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 www.wemakeri.com/get-a-job-thursday or contact Mike at (401) 232-0077 x109.


Share Your Hope: Volunteer at NAMI-RI

The RI chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness provides free family support groups and educational programs. These resources exist because friends and family members like you are passionate about sharing what they’ve learned and determined to pay it forward. The value of your voice, shared experience, and leadership is truly priceless to those who are struggling. Please consider reaching out and helping to create healthy, supportive communities across Rhode Island where good mental health for all can be our shared reality. NAMI Family-to-Family is a free eight-session educational program for families, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. NAMI-trained family members lead the course with presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises. If you would like to learn more about how to qualify to teach NAMI Family-to-Family, please visit the Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at www.namirhodeisland.org, call 401-331-3060 or email www.namirhodeisland.org.


Prepare RI High School Internships Program

Calling all RI public high school juniors: The 2022 PrepareRI High school Internship Program is accepting applications to participate in on-site/in-person, paid summer experiential learning internships with local employers across the state. This program will help you earn, learn and connect with employers across Rhode Island. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit https://skillsforri.com/prepareri for more information.


RI Pre-K lottery applications

The 2022-23 RI Pre-K Lottery Email Notification Sign-Up form is now available. Please note that this is not the RI Pre-K Lottery application. This form will sign you up to stay informed of the lottery opening in late spring. You will only need to complete and submit this form once. You can access the RI Pre-K Lottery Email Notification Sign-Up in three locations: 1. By visiting http://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSdn.../viewform to go directly to the Google Form; 2. By visiting the RIDE homepage and clicking the round “Pre-K Lottery Email Notification Sign Up” badge on the right toolbar and 3. By visiting the RI Pre-K web page on the RIDE website and clicking the “Lottery Application” menu to reveal the link to the form. To be eligible for Pre-K, your child must be four by Sept. 1.



Arts Scholarships for Youth

Do you know a student aged 11 – 14 who loves to create and to perform? Encourage them to apply to our ARTS Scholarships 2022 program! Applications and guidelines are now available at ppacri.org/artsscholarships. The ARTS Scholarships 2022 program, sponsored by the Textron Charitable Trust and the PPAC Annual Fund with support from WPRI 12 and Ocean State Charities Trust, offers young artists an opportunity to participate in local summer arts education program that will broaden their experience in their chosen area of study. Qualified students must be aged 11 – 14 by June 1 of this year and reside in and attend school in Rhode Island.

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