ENA newsletter – June 2017
Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association
Recreation Activities Abound
PVD Fest: Back for the third year. This year the City has encouraged neighborhoods and neighborhood groups to host events during the 4-day festival. Most activities will happen downtown, but here in Elmwood the Providence Preservation Society is holding its Festival of Historic Houses, and The Friends group at Knight is holding a blow-out book sale-–both on Saturday, June 3. You have plenty of time to get to these neighborhood events in the morning and afternoon before heading downtown for evening entertainment.
Make Music: Celebration of music on the summer solstice. Launched in 1982 in France, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. Sharon Steele, firstname.lastname@example.org and Olin Thompson, email@example.com are promoting the celebration in Rhode Island. You can help bring it to Elmwood by gathering musicians to play in one of Elmwood’s public places (e.g., Columbus Square, Knight Memorial lawn). Sharon and Olin recommend registering at http://www.makemusicday.org/rhodeisland/
Roger Williams Park: Changes in traffic patterns. Around June 1, the long loop around Cunliff and Edgewood Lakes, along Frederick C. Greene Memorial Boulevard will become a one-way greenway. Separate lanes for walking/bicycling, driving, and parking will encourage more and safer bicycling and walking. See a map and read more here.
Roger Williams Park Conservancy: Free tours. Learn about the architectural elements of the park, waterways, notable trees, landscape, and statues. For more information, go to https://rogerwilliamspark.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/2017-rwp-june-tour-series/
City’s Summer Camps: Registration has opened. Find information about sports programs and registration: http://www.providenceri.com/parks-and-rec/recreation/programs. The fee for sports camps is only $5 a week for children ages 5 to 13. Information about Pools and Waterparks is found athttp://www.providenceri.com/parks-and-rec/recreation/pools-water-parks.
Congratulations to Wilbury Theatre Group
American Theatre, a print and on-line theater publication has discovered Wilbury, a theater group that makes its home in the Southside Cultural Center. Read the interview with Founder/Artistic Director Josh Short to learn what makes this group unique: http://www.americantheatre.org/2017/05/30/know-a-theatre-the-wilbury-theatre-group/
Thanks to Urban Pond Procession for 10 years of contributions
Urban Pond Procession held its 10th and final procession to nearby Mashapaug Pond on May 13. The group then passed the torch of ownership to several community groups. Through their innovative approach to arts education, UPP worked with artists, scientists, environmentalists, indigenous communities, and young people to improve the health and vitality of our urban waters and the communities around them. UPP Arts created 24 unique projects working with 13 in- and out-of-school time programs in Providence and Cranston, involving over 35 teachers, 20 teaching artists, and nearly 1000 students.
Broad St has City’s attention; Your input is still needed
Thanks to the 50 community members who participated in the Broad Street workshop on May 13. During the workshop, the City summarized the input received at the March 11 “Community Conversation about the Future of Broad Street” and on an online survey. (Read the results at http://issuu.com/provplanning/docs/170519_survey_results.) Next, attendees weighed in on how to take action on the prominent ideas. Couldn’t make the meeting, but still want to voice your opinion? Complete the survey online at https://goo.gl/forms/F2M4s8kdTvhjFWuF2. Please encourage your neighbors to do so also. And if you’d like the City to conduct in-person outreach at an event, please contact Principal Planner, Allen Penniman to make arrangements: 401 680 8523, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepare now for fall street tree planting
Applications for the next round of Providence Neighborhood Planting Program’s street trees must be postmarked by July 15. Learn more and download an application at http://pnpp.org
Keep reading for meeting and event details and to see what else is happening.
Find general information about community groups, greening Elmwood, community policing, and city services in the reference guide soon to be emailed.
S C H E D U L E O F E V E N T S
- through June 17 – The Wilbury Theatre Group presents Spring Awakening
- Various dates – Roger Williams Park Conservancy: Free Tours of the Park
- Tuesdays & Thursdays – Friends of Knight Book Sale
- Thursday – Sunday, June 1-4 – 3rd annual PVDFest
- Friday/ Saturday, June 2 & 3 – PPS Festival of Historic Houses in Elmwood
- Saturday, June 3 – Friends’ Big Book Sale
- Monday, June 5 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Meeting
- Thursday, June 8, 6:00 to 7:00 – Roger Williams Park Community Meeting
- Wednesday, June 14 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
- Wednesday, June 21 – Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Make Music RI
- Thursday, June 22 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting
- Wednesday, June 28 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
- Thursday, June 29 – Elmwood Trash Task Force Meeting
- Movies in Roger Williams Park and Food Truck Fridays
- Deadline for applying for street trees
RECURRING ACTIVITIES in JUNE
through June 17 – Wilbury Theatre Group presents Spring Awakening
Location: South Side Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street
In late 19th-century Germany, teenagers struggle to cope with the sexual mysteries of puberty. Spring Awakening is the contemporary musical adaptation of one of literature’s most controversial plays.
More information: http://thewilburygroup.org/spring-awakening.html
Various dates – Roger Williams Park Conservancy: Free Tours of the Park
Explore the architecture, waterways, trees, landscaping, and statues. There is also a bird watching event, a tour of the rose garden, a butterfly hunt, and a meetup discovery walk.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave.
Browse through 1000s of books, videos, LPs, CDs, DVDs and original art works and prints. Proceeds support library programs and improvements.
To help sort books on Tues and Thurs mornings, contact Doug, email@example.com
Thursday – Sunday, June 1-4 – 3rd annual PVDFest
PVDFest 2017 is a gathering of live music, dance, food, and visual art installations that transforms the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence. Artists from across the globe join local artists for a free outdoor party. Last year’s festival brought over 75,000 spectators. This year’s PVDFest will include over 800 artists, 15 stages, 30 food vendors, and 11 local art organizations.
Information & schedule: http://pvdfest.com/
Friday/Saturday, June 2/3 – PPS Festival of Historic Houses
Location: Upper Elmwood Historic District
Enjoy self-guided tours of a dozen private, historic homes on Saturday. A Festival Preview Party to benefit PPS and Knight Memorial Librarytakes place on Friday, June 2 at the architecturally stunning Webster Knight House (c.1897), built by the founder of Fruit of the Loom. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended!
Information & registration: http://www.ppsri.org/events/view/139
Saturday, June 3, 11 to 4 – Friends’ Big Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
The final book sale of the spring season includes extended hours, activities on the lawn, a food truck, and lots of discounted books. It’s a good time to stock up on summer reading. The next sale won’t be until August.
To help with monthly sales contact: Karen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, June 5, 6:00 to 7:45 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
Get ready for summer programs including summer tutoring for middle school students. Participate in discussions about building improvements and other library programs.
Contact: Debbie, email@example.com
Thursday, June 8, 6:00 to 7:00 – Roger Williams Park Community Meeting
Hear about the latest Roger Williams Park updates and activities. These quarterly meetings, hosted by the Roger Williams Park Conservancy and Providence Parks Department, are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, June 14, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Main agenda item: How do we identify and recognize sponsors of each planter to make sure they are regularly cleared of trash and filled with healthy plants? All Elmwood Ave businesspeople are welcome to bring additional Elmwood Ave issues to the table at these meetings.
RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, 401 941 8249
Note: EBCA meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, June 21 4pm to 10pm – Celebrate the Solstice with Make Music Rhode Island
Locations: around RI, and possibly in Elmwood
Make Music is a celebration of music on the summer solstice that is performed by anyone and enjoyed by everyone. It was launched in 1982 in France and is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. Events are scheduled around the city and state. You can help bring it to Elmwood by registering at http://www.makemusicday.org/rhodeisland/
Thursday, June 22 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting
Location: Community Prep School, Somerset St.
SPNA has quickly become active in Ward 11 by addressing a variety of issues on upper Broad St, including the large numbers of homeless people, the people who prey upon them, and their impact on South Side neighborhoods.
Wednesday, June 28, 6:00 – 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
Location: 640 Broad St, YMCA for Youth Development Community Room (across from St Joseph’s)
Meet with police who report on incidents since our last meeting. Other speakers often attend to address crime-related and quality of life issues. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.
For agenda updates, contact Doug, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Crime Watch meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime watch window placards are available at each meeting.
Thursday, June 29, 7 pm – ENA Task Force Meeting
Location: 196 Congress Ave
Leah Bamberger, sustainability Officer for the City of Providence attended the last meeting, which generated a lot of ideas for reducing trash on our streets and improving the recycling rate in Elmwood.
Contact: Christine Rayner, email@example.com