2018 WBNA House Tour

For long-time residents of Rhode Island, or visitors to the Ocean State alike, an opportunity to explore Providence from the inside-out comes every year with the West Broadway Neighborhood Association’s Annual House Tour. Now in its fifth year, this year’s tour ”Creative Conversions” highlights artists’ homes and gardens — where creativity flourishes in live-work spaces and local urban gardens green the city-scape.
Presented in partnership this year with the Providence Preservation Society (PPS), the 2018 WBNA House Tour is a day-long invitation to step inside a dozen private homes, studios, and gardens creatively reimagined on Providence’s West Side. The tour area is nestled beside the Cranston Street Armory between Harrison and Hammond streets, and includes conversions of an 1870’s former firehouse, a long-abandoned church, and a modern take on the mid-19th-century lightning splitter.

The self-guided tour invites visitors and families to step inside West Side houses, remade and invigorated by the creative energy of their owners, and discover the secluded gardens that pepper the neighborhood. More than just a location of beautifully restored and renovated buildings, this neighborhood of Providence has become known as a place for people, with an historic streetscape and a thriving economy that fuels the city’s magnetic, creative energy.

Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance, $15 for students, seniors, and military. Children under 12, accompanied by an adult, may take the tour for free. House Tour booklets, available to visitors at when they check-in at the Welcome Center, will feature historic information about the area and highlights along the tour route. For tickets and event details, visit www.wbna.org.

Friday, October 5 | Preview Party | 6 to 9 p.m.
Alfred T. Mansfield House, 25 Hollywood Road
Enjoy an evening in one of the Armory district’s exquisitely renovated grand homes, with a silent art auction, all- local fine food including oysters, and open bar. Preview Party ticket purchases include complimentary House Tour tickets. Space limited. Buy tickets online.

Saturday, October 6 | WBNA House Tour: Creative Conversions | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The WBNA Annual House Tour is a day-long invitation to explore a dozen private homes, artist studios, and urban gardens creatively reimagined on Providence’s West Side. Self-guided tours begin at 10 a.m. Check-in at the Welcome Center, open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 46 Dexter Street.

Southside Community Land Trust’s Annual Fundraiser Set for Sept 25

Harvesting Hope is an annual fundraiser featuring food grown by Southside Community Land Trust-supported farmers to highlight the organization’s work to build a sustainable, local food system. Attendees will hear about our recent projects, including our work to connect land owners with aspiring farmers seeking affordable property where they can grow food. Harvesting Hope will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 25, at the Squantum Association, at 947 Veterans Memorial Pkwy., Riverside, RI.

This year, we’ve invited chefs from several of Rhode Island’s most exciting restaurants – including Gracie’s, Red Fin Crudo, Walrus & Carpenter and Bayberry – to develop small plates featuring fresh produce grown by farmers around the state who participate in our land access, farmer training and apprenticeship programs. The event will also offer wines and a signature cocktail by Bottles Fine Wine and beer brewed for the event by Union Station Brewery. Last year’s event co-chair, Gracie’s Chef Matthew Varga, will continue to participate in the event. Besides the high quality of the produce grown locally, what Varga most appreciates about SCLT is its work to grow a local, sustainable food system – and healthy food itself – that is available to anyone in the state who wants it. “They do so much for Providence and Rhode Island to promote high-quality food, and to help farmers, refugees and community gardeners. It’s incredible to see how they have grown and the amount of impact they have on the community.”

Tickets run $100 for the 6-8:30 p.m. main event and $150 for 5 p.m. entry to the pre-event cocktail party. Both include two drinks and can be purchased at http://www.501auctions.com/harvestinghope. SCLT  manages a network of 52 community gardens and urban farms, 21 of which it owns in Providence’s most economically challenged neighborhoods (Olneyville, the Southside and West End), where fresh, healthy food is least available. In addition to providing access to land SCLT offers education and agricultural resources so people in Rhode Island can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways, and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable and healthy food is available to all. SCLT is located at 109 Somerset Street in Providence, RI, 02907. For more information, please call 401-273-9419, or visit www.southsideclt.org

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – August 2018

ENA Newsletter – August 2018
Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

     August will be another hot month and another great month to enjoy activities in neighborhood parks. For the first time entertainers will liven up Columbus Square at the junction of Elmwood Ave and Reservoir Ave. Summer activities continue at Peace and Plenty Park and Roger Williams Park.  It’s also time to prepare to vote in upcoming elections and to meet candidates who will be on the primary ballot in early September.

Neighborhood park activities
     On July 26 fifty-seven people came out to Peace and Plenty Park to enjoy the wonderful drumming of Sidy Maiga and Friends, free ice cream cones, and good neighborhood vibes. There’s another chance to hear Sidy in Columbus Square on Tuesday, August 21.  Project 401 (a hip hop collective with positive social messages) and

the RI Bucket Drummers will also be livening up Columbus Square mid August.

     Peace and Plenty Park activities in August include free meals for kids under 18, Saturday morning yoga, and workshops to keep kids active and learning during the summer. While you’re there, check out the new fence, bulletin board, and little free library. Thanks to the Parks Department and Friends of Peace and Plenty Park for their contributions to its multi-year improvement plan and to the Partnership for Providence Parks and the City’s Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism for supporting a rich schedule of events.
Betsey Williams Cottage opens up this month at Roger Williams Park. The annual Dominican Festival takes place on August 12 at the Temple to Music. Food Truck Fridays and open air movies are great ways to celebrate the end of the week.

Meet your elected officials and political candidates
      On Wednesday, August 15 you can meet your elected officials in Ward 11 at Peace and Plenty Park.  On August 22, The RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty is hosting its City Council Candidate Forum – Housing Crisis at the Elmwood Community Center.

Neighbors for Revitalization

     A big thank you to Teresa Guaba for coming to the July Crime Watch Meeting to talk about the important work of Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) in the West end and Southside.N4R works with residents, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders to address three challenges that face West End and Southside communities: a high number of vacant and abandoned properties, lack of affordable housing, and a high concentration of social services. To learn more contact Teresa Guaba, Project Coordinator,Teresa_guaba@cycprovidence.org

Crime Watch Tips

  • It’s hot, but don’t leave open windows and doors unattended.
    Install air conditioners securely so they cannot be easily removed from the outside.
  • Be cautious of thieves who pose as home repairmen and access homes with ladders.
  • Keep doors, including garage doors, locked and keep windows secured.
  • Keep trash barrels away from open windows where they can be used as step stools to access homes.
  • If you are expecting the delivery of a package during a time when you are not home, make arrangements with a neighbor to watch for deliveries and take them in until you return home.


There are plenty of opportunities in Elmwood for keeping kids active and
entertained through the end of the summer, including new entertainment events in Columbus Square.
Farmers markets pop up weekly throughout the summer on Broad St,
Elmwood Ave, and Trinity Square.
Food trucks and movie nights have returned to RWP.
And there are plenty of opportunities to join neighbors working together
to improve Elmwood.

Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Wednesday, August 8, 9:00 – 10:30

Elmwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, (401) 941-8249
Note: EBCA meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

KML Friends Meeting
Monday, August 6, 6:00 to 7:30
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave

For more information, contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com

Note: Friends meetings are usually held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

30th Annual Dominican Music and Cultural Festival
Sunday, August 12, 10 am to 7:30 pm
Temple to Music, Roger Williams Park
The Dominican Parade starts at the corner of Thurbers and Broad at 10 am. The festival’s performances, food sales, and information booths open at 12:00 at the Temple to Music. The festival is coordinated by Quisqueya en Acción.
Tel: (401) 996-0974
Info:  http://www.rilatinoarts.org/RILatinoFestivals.html – !

Meet your Elected Officials
Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 to 8:00 (Rain date is August 16)
Peace and Plenty Park
Spend an evening with local neighborhood officials – Senator Ana Quezada, Representative Grace Diaz and Ward 11 Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris. Ice cream cones and other light refreshments will be served.

Project 401, a grassroots hip-hop collective
Thursday, August 16, 7:00 to 8:00
Columbus Square (at Reservoir and Elmwood Ave)
Project 401 is popular hip hop group working to inspire youth and unify communities. Encourage your kids and neighborhood kids to attend this free event.
More informationhttps://www.project401.org/https://www.facebook.com/Project401/

Back to School RI: the connection between housing, childhood learning and health
Saturday, August 18, 9 am to 12 pm
West End Community Center, 109 Bucklin St
The City of Providence and Back to School RI welcomes the HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. The event will highlight work underway to address lead hazards, build awareness of the need for lead hazard control, and create lead-safe, healthy, and affordable neighborhoods. The event will include a brief speaking program, local property tour, and a family resource fair.
More info: Kimberly Gonzalez, kgonzalez@providenceri.gov or 401 680 5379, ext 5379

RI Bucket Drummers
Saturday, August 18, 5:00 to 6:00
Columbus Square (at Reservoir and Elmwood Ave)
The bucket drummers use found objects to create energetic music: 5-gallon plastic buckets, laundry detergent buckets, cat litter buckets, trash cans and a cymbal made from a metal strainer. They perform at schools, private events, community centers, and fairs, but their most fulfilling experience is performing at youth workshops. Come on down for this free event.
More info: http://providenceonline.com/stories/the-heartbeat-of-community,26708https://www.facebook.com/ribucketdrummers/

Sidy Maiga, Master Drummer from Mali, West Africa
Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 to 8:00
Columbus Square (at Reservoir and Elmwood Ave)

     Sidy Maiga plays traditional Malian music and a fusion of Malian music with Latin, Blues, and Brazilian. He has been sharing the joy of drumming with students for 16 years. He brings alive the voice of the djembe, a West African drum.
More infohttp://sidymaiga.com/

Providence City Council Candidate Forum – Housing Crisis
Wednesday, August 22, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Elmwood Community Center on Atlantic Ave
This forum is sponsored by the RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty.

Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence – canceled
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 – 7:30
Note: Crime Watch meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.

South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting – canceled
Thursday, August 23, 6:00 to 8:00

To get on the SPNA mailing list for agendas of upcoming meetings, contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.com, (401) 369-1334
Note: SPNAmeetings are generally scheduled for the 4th Thursday of each month.

ENA Advisory Board meeting
Sunday, August 26, 5:30

Location to be determined.
More information: Paula Donovan, paula.on.lenox@gmail.com


Food Truck Fridays
Fridays, 5:00 pm
Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park
Enjoy over 15 locally owned food, beer, and wine trucks while listening to live music. There’s limited seating so bring a chair or blanket to use on the lawn. See the full list of food trucks attending at https://www.foodtrucksin.com/food-truck-events.

Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sales
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30
Wednesdays, 2:30 to 5:30
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave
Over 12,000 items are in stock, including books, DVDs, CDs, videos, LPs. It’s the best little book sale in town! To reduce stock, deep discounts continue on these items: soft cover fiction, 10/$1.00. Videos, 6/$1. Select LPs, 10/ $1. Select CDs, 4/$1. Select DVDs, 2/$1.

Sankofa World Market
Saturdays, 11 – 3 at Southside Cultural Center through December

Wednesdays, 2 – 6 at Knight Memorial Library Lawn (June 20 to Oct 31)


Broad St Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 -12
 at 807 Broad St (June 16 to Oct 27)


Columbus Square (at Reservoir and Elmwood Ave)

  • Thursday, August 16, 7:0 to 8:00 – Project 401, a grassroots hip-hop collective
  • Saturday, August 18, 5:00 to 6:00 – RI Bucket Drummers
  • Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 to 8:00  – Sidy Maiga, master drummer


Elmwood Community Center: https://www.cappri.org/programs/senior-services
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 to 2:00 – Activities for seniors

Knight Memorial Library: www.provcomlib.org/locations/knight-memorial


Peace and Plenty Park

  • Monday through Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 – Free Meals for kids under 18
  • Mondays from 11 to 1:00 – Y Youth Program presents Bee Pollinator and Outdoor Exploration with lunch on the hill
  • Tuesdays at 10 am – Miss Allison, Children’s Librarian from Knight Memorial Library, hosts Reading in the Park for little ones.
  • Tuesdays 10 to 12 – Park Care with Ground Works RI Green Team
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:00 – Y Youth Program hosts Gardening for Kids
  • Wednesdays starting Aug 8 at 10 am – Nature Workshops
  • Thursday, August 2 at 10 am – Nature Workshop
  • Saturdays from through August 25 from 9:00 to 10:00 am – Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Nikole


Providence Parks Department: https://www.facebook.com/PVDParks/
Find a schedule of Fitness in the Parks classes including Saturday morning yoga at Peace and Plenty Park.


Roger Williams Park: https://rwpconservancy.org/events/2018-08/

Includes the opening of Betsey Williams Cottage, belly dancing class, yoga in the park, movies, and general fitness.


South Providence Library: http://www.provcomlib.org/locations/South-Providence
Includes Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp and zumba classes.


Southside Cultural Centerhttp://www.sccri.org/scc-events/?view=calendar&month=August-2018

Includes improvisation performances, tai chi class, West African drum class.


ENA Newsletter – August 2018 – addenda
Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

Elmwood Ave developments
      A recreational area at Dorcas International (645 Elmwood Ave) is one of two summer DownCity Design building projects. Dorcas volunteers have cleaned out the overgrown playground/garden area next to the building so that DownCity student designers could remodel the recreation area.  The target date for completion is August 10.

     Sankofa market vendors have been fighting tree limbs to make room for their pop up booths in the shade. Thanks to City Forester Doug Still for sending out a crew to trim the trees.

     Karen Morin and her staff of Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation have distributed tool kits to businesses willing to help care for planters. AARP RI, Elmwood Neighborhood Association, Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation, and MB Management Jammat Housing contributed to the toolkits.

Broad St developments

     Alvarez High School students have designed and erected public art at 358 Broad St near Trinity Square. The design relates to a shared desire to acknowledge life’s joys and challenges. Teaching artist Anna Snyder led the design process. Learn about the process at http://artculturetourism.com/what-is-your-story/  The dedication was on Tuesday, July 31.

   The building at 1043 Broad St was demolished on Thursday, August 2. The building had been abandoned and uncared for for many years.

MORE not-to-be-missed EVENTS

Grand Opening: AARI Pop-Up Farmers’ Market

August 3, 3:30 to 7:00pm

Entry to Roger Williams Park (at Broad St and Miller Ave)
A variety of fresh produce, games, and live entertainment. Hosted by the African Alliance of RI.
More information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1691164627679539/

RI Philharmonic Orchestra Pops Concert
Roger Williams Park, Temple to Music
August 10, 7:00 pm
     The RI Foundation once again presents RWP Pops Concert featuring the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Francisco Noya. See the program: https://rwpconservancy.org/rwp-pops-concert-2018/

RWP monthly schedule: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1121995519462&ca=dfc986bc-df1c-47dd-90e8-aad245fb5e92

Trinity Square Block Party
Saturday, August 11, 12 to 4 pm
Southside Cultural Center at Broad and Elmwood (enter at 2 Bridgham St)
Free music and live performances, face painting, and kids activities; food venders from local restaurants. Sponsored by SWAP, kite, Empire Loan, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and the Trinity Square Working Group.


Roger Williams Park Conservancy Presents ‘Movies in the Park’

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Roger Williams Park Conservancy is presenting free, family-friendly films on Friday evenings at sunset on the Roger Williams Park Boathouse Lawn, across from the Carousel Village.  Presented in partnership with the Providence Children’s Film Festival, all events start with a selection of short films and will last approximately two hours.  Film screenings follow Food Truck Fridays at the Carousel Village, allowing audiences to enjoy a night out at Roger Williams Park for dinner and a movie.

Movies in the Park 2018 schedule:

Friday, July 20: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Charlie, a poor but hopeful boy, seeks one of five coveted golden tickets for a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory – a mind-bending world of pure imagination.

Friday, August 3: Landfill Harmonic (2015)

A film about the transformative power of music, Landfill Harmonic shares the true story of an unlikely orchestra: a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from Paraguay who play instruments made from repurposed junk.

Friday, August 17: The Muppets (2011)

When three Muppet fans learn that a greedy oil mogul wants to drill under the Muppet Theater, they set out to regroup the Muppets and put on one last show to save the theater.

For more information about Movies in the Park and other summer events presented by the Roger Williams Park Conservancy, visitwww.RWPConservancy.org or contact Info@RWPConservancy.org.  For Movies in the Park news and schedule updates, follow the Roger Williams Park Conservancy on Facebook or Twitter.

Sankofa World Market – Every Wednesday at Knight Memorial Library

For the past 4 years, the Sankofa World Market  has been celebrating the food, culture, and community that makes up the West End of Providence! This year, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation will be  celebrating the beginning of our 5th Market season with entertainment, food, and more!



Head to Knight Memorial Library on EVERY Wednesday from 2 to 6pm for:

  • Produce grown locally by our Sankofa Market Vendors
  • Fun family-friendly activities
  • Live performers from our community
  • Local artisan crafts and food
Want to be involved behind the scenes? We are looking for people to volunteer with set-up, assist us during the event, and break-down. 

Join us for the Sankofa Opening Day Celebration

For the past 4 years, the Sankofa World Market  has been celebrating the food, culture, and community that makes up the West End of Providence! This year, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation will be  celebrating the beginning of our 5th Market season with entertainment, food, and more!

Head to Knight Memorial Library on June 20 for


  • Produce grown locally by our Sankofa Market Vendors
  • Fun family-friendly activities
  • Live performers from our community
  • Local artisan crafts and food
Want to be involved behind the scenes? We are looking for people to volunteer with set-up, assist us during the event, and break-down. 

Free Summer Learning Program


REGISTER and ENROLL your child at South Side Boys & Girls Club
1 Louisa Street, Providence, RI 02905


Free from 9am – 5pm

Monday, July 9, 2018 – Friday, August 17, 2018

Don’t want your children to fall behind in school and be ready for to start the school year? Enroll them into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence Summer Learning Program and let’s prevent their summer learning loss together!

What is Summer Learning Loss?

Summer learning loss is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer holidays. The loss in learning varies across grade level, subject matter, and family income. For some students, they can generally lose about 2 months of reading achievement.

Summer Participants will have the following opportunities:

  • Academic supports in reading, writing, math and science
  • Swimming
  • Free play
  • Yoga
  • Art
  • Providence Children’s Museum







The $750 Bradford Scholarship for Providence Public School Students is now open and accepting applications through June 15th, 2018.

The scholarship will be granted to students without reference to excellence in scholarship and prefers students unable to obtain other aid. Please click below for more information, as well as the application form.


We hope you take this opportunity to share news of the Bradford scholarship to any seniors graduating from public high schools in Providence, or young people currently enrolled in technical or undergraduate degree-granting programs!


La beca Bradford de $750, para estudiantes de escuelas públicas de Providence, está abierta y aceptando solicitudes hasta el 15 de junio del 2018. La beca se otorgará a estudiantes sin referencia a excelencia academica, y prefiere estudiantes que no puedan obtener otra ayuda. Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para obtener más información, así como el formulario de solicitud.


Esperamos que aproveche esta oportunidad para compartir la noticia de la beca Bradford con cualquier estudiante de último año que este graduandose de una escuela secundaria pública de Providence, o con jóvenes que actualmente están inscriptos en programas de licenciatura técnica o de universidad.

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – June 2018

ENA Newsletter – June 2018
Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

Elmwood is now on Facebook and GoProvidence
Elmwood Neighborhood Association now has a Facebook page thanks to Elmwoodian Richard Bradley.
Please spread the word and like the page at ElmwoodPVD.

Broad St and the Elmwood neighborhood are parts of the new neighborhood guide at GoProvidence.com.
Some corrections need to be made, but it’s a good start that puts
the South Side on the tourism map.


Welcoming Rhode Island Festival seeks artisans by June 4
Dorcas International hosts a festival on June 24 to embrace diversity in the Ocean State. This free, family friendly community event celebrates culture and ancestry during Immigrant Heritage month. Everyone is welcome, and around 1000 are expected to attend. Are you a craftsperson or artisan who’d like to showcase your arts and crafts and sell your products there? If so, please contact Baha Sadr at bsadr@diiri.org or (401) 784 8611 by Monday, June 4. Each vendor will need to pay just $10 for the one-day vendor’s license.

Food venders can still participate in PVDFest 2018
PVDFest 2018 is coming soon to downtown Providence. The Food Village at the festival provides restaurants and food trucks the opportunity to serve their signature dishes to a large, diverse audience. Located in the greater Kennedy Plaza on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. Over 40 food trucks will line the perimeter of Kennedy Plaza and over 20 Providence restaurants and food purveyors will be at the heart of the Village to sell, mingle, and demo some of their finest dishes.
If you are interested in participating and serving some of your wonderful and delicious cuisines or know of any food vendors who may be interested, please contact Kimberly Gonzalez, Community Relations Representative for an application: kgonzalez@providenceri.gov, (401) 680-5379 | Ext: 5379
The City still has space and is offering a reduced fee of $100 for participation! Go to http://pvdfest.com/food-village/

PVD Fest 2018 is calling for volunteers
The City of Providence invites you to be part of PVDFest 2018, the City of Providence’s fourth annual vibrant and multicultural arts festival. Volunteer support is a critical part of the festival’s success. This year’s festival will take place from June 7-10, 2018, with the showcase on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and June 10, 2018. Volunteer shifts last around 5 hours. *Volunteers will receive an exclusive event T-shirt and other surprises at the end of their shift.*
For questions please email Hernan Jourdan at hjourdan@providenceri.gov.
Please register at http://pvdfest.com/volunteer/.


Sissieretta Jones to get a headstone in Grace Cemetery
Sissieretta Jones, a pioneering black soprano, has been buried in an unmarked grave following her death in 1933. A GoFundMe campaign has just raised about $7,000 for a headstone. Events that celebrate her life will be held from June 7 to June 9. The celebration closes with a reception at the Southside Cultural Center at 5:00 on Saturday, June 7 followed by a headstone ceremony. Find details of all the events at http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180508/sissieretta-jones-to-get-headstone

Good Fortune comes to Cadillac Dr

Good Fortune Supermarket has opened at the corner of Cadillac Dr and Niagara St. Yelp gives it 5 stars and one $ for affordability. The supermarket brings activity back to the former Cadillac showroom and to an area of Elmwood that has become a meeting place for drug activity. See pictures and read reviews on Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/good-fortune-supermarket-providence.

Southern Elmwood is designated as an Opportunity Zone

The census tract from Ontario St south to I 95 has been designated as an Opportunity Zone by the U.S. Treasury. (It is one of 25 census tracts that Gov. Raimondo submitted for consideration for the program.) Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The program encourages long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. The Opportunity Zones program provides a tax incentive for investors. Read more at http://eig.org/opportunityzones

Bomes Theater renovations have begun
Bomes Theater, the long abandoned theater on Broad St, will soon be renovated thanks to local developer, Fernando Taveras. The city reviewed several plans for the building over the past few years and has accepted the plan to renovate the historic space for receptions and other events. Read about the May 17 Press Conference at gcpvd.org and on the Providence Preservation Societysite.


Thanks to all who helped renew Elmwood Ave’s planters
Special thanks to Darlene RezaRossi at AARP RI for purchasing 50 pots of ornamental grasses to replace missing or dying plants, for keeping everything on schedule every step of the way, for rounding up volunteers, and providing lunch. Thanks to Kali Otto-Gentry and A Hand Up program at Amos House for deep cleaning the planters, preparing the soil, helping with planting, and continuing to keep them watered.  Thanks to Cassie Tharinger of PNPP for advising the project. Thanks to PPD2 Neighborhood Crime Watch for purchasing a replacement planter liner at the last minute. To Pastor Charles Berkley for hosting the staging event at Providence Assembly of God Church. And to Doug Victor for the seemingly endless footwork involved. Keep your eyes on ElmwoodAve as the ornamental grasses fill out the planters over the summer.

Peace and Plenty Park and Garden News
The Friends of Peace and Plenty Park are keeping the park, as the park motto communicates, “Clean, Friendly and Safe”. Various Friends of the park are taking part in a newly implemented daily litter/ safety check. They are also spreading new fibar mulch in the play areas to help soften kids’ landings off the play equipment. The next service day there is Friday, June 16.
The garden is full of early growing season activity. A driveway was dug up this season to create yet another plot where neighbors can grow food. There are now 46(!) garden plots. Students from Lincoln School did community service last month by distributing 20 cubic yards of compost to the garden plots, weeding pathways, and painting. Gardeners are enjoying convenient access to tools in the new tool shed. (It was added last year thanks to a grant from the New England Grassroots Endowment Fund.)
To join the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park, or to get on a garden wait list for next season, contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Friends of Knight Memorial Library News

Did you see the tulip display this month on the library lawn? Thanks to the Friends group for planting them last fall and to volunteers who tended gardens flanking the main stairs this past week. In May the Friends group also successfully conducted the first 2-day Dealers’ Book Sale. To show the library staff’s appreciation for Friends’ efforts to raise money for the library, Allison Riendeau, Children’s Librarian, engaged a teen to design wonderful buttons for all the BOOK SALE volunteers. Want to become a volunteer? Help is needed with weekday BOOK SALEs and its presence at the upcoming Sankofa Market summer sales. Contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.

Peace Poles are coming to Knight and Peace and Plenty Park
The Peace Flag Project has donated all materials to create two peace poles. They’ll be designed by young people at Knight Memorial Library and Peace and Plenty Park where they’ll be installed this summer.

Large and small events celebrate Providence culture, RI immigrants,
Sissieretta Jones, and Mamá Tingó.
Farmers markets return to Broad St and Elmwood Ave.
Food trucks return to Carousel Village in RWP.
And there are plenty of opportunities to join neighbors
working together to improve Elmwood

Teatro Ecas presents Descubra la Danza de Mingo
Friday & Saturday, June 1 & 2, 7:00 pm
57 Parkis Avenue
Florinda Soriano – also known as Mamá Tingó – was born in Villa Mella, Dominican Republic, and fought for the rights of the landless and oppressed, taking on a ruthless government. She paid a very high price to change history. Discover her remarkable story told to the rhythm of drums and dance in La Danza de Mingó, an original play by Haffe Serulle. Performance in Spanish. The performance will also be held on June 15 & 16.

KML Friends Meeting
June 6, 6:00 to 7:30
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave
PCL neighborhood libraries rely on Friends groups to advocate for library needs, riase money, support programs. For more information, contact: Debbie SchimbergDeborah@gleegum.com
Note: Friends meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Celebrate Sissieretta Jones with three days of events
June 7 to June 9

A free concert, a play, exhibit, walking tour of Sissieretta Jones historic sites, concert, reception, headstone ceremony in Grace Cemetery. Find details at http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180508/sissieretta-jones-to-get-headstone.

PVD Fest 2018
June 7-10

  PVDFest 2018 is an exciting 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, Rhode Island.  Artists from across the globe join with the Ocean State’s finest for a free outdoor party that inspires the soul, fires the spirit, and has thousands dancing in the streets. The cityscape pulses with cultural energy and urban spectacle in this Creative Capital celebration.

Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Wednesday, June 13, 9:00 – 10:30

Elmwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Debriefing of Elmwood Ave planting, update on current Elmwood Ave issues, next steps. RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, (401) 941-8249
Note: EBCA meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 to 7:30

Sankofa Community Room, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, 70 Westfield St, West End
Work with residents, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive community-based strategy for resolving the large number of problem properties in the West End and South Side.
Learn more: Follow us on Facebook at Neighbor for Revitalization or visit http://cycprovidence.org/neighbors-revitalization.
Join the group: Contact Teresa Guaba, Project Coordinator, Teresa_guaba@cycprovidence.org.
Note: N4R meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Teatro Ecas presents Descubra la Danza de Mingo
Friday & Saturday, June 15 & 16,  7:00 pm

57 Parkis Avenue
Florinda Soriano – also known as Mamá Tingó – was born in Villa Mella, Dominican Republic, and fought for the rights of the landless and oppressed, taking on a ruthless government. She paid a very high price to change history. Discover her remarkable story told to the rhythm of drums and dance in La Danza de Mingó, an original play by Haffe Serulle. Performed in Spanish.

Peace and Plenty Park maintenance
Friday, June 16, 9:00 – 11:30

Peace and Plenty Park
Join the Food Bank Community Service group at the Park. To join the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park, contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.

City Walk Demonstration Event
Saturday, June 16, 10 am – 4 pm

Broad St between Public and Potters
What would City Walk look and feel like? Come out for a temporary demonstration event and experience it for a day. There will be artwork by Providence artists, a Laotian dance flash mob, temporary protected bike lane, temporary public plazas, chimi trucks, and family fun.

ENA Advisory Board meeting
Sunday, June 17, 5:30 

Home of Jon Andrade, 239 Adelaide
The June meeting will focus on developing a strategic plan for ENA and outreach efforts.
RSVP to Jon Andradejon.andrade@gmail.com or Paula Donovan, paula.on.lenox@gmail.com

Welcoming Rhode Island Festival
Sunday, June 24, 12 to 4 pm

Roger Williams Park Casino
Dorcas International’s annual World Refugee Day has transformed into the Welcoming RI Festival to include our Student Recognition Ceremony and to further embrace diversity in the Ocean State. This free, family-friendly community event welcomes everyone to celebrate culture and ancestry during Immigration Heritage month. There will be live music, outdoor games, children’s activities, and diverse foods. For more information visit diiri.org or follow us on Facebook at DorcasInternational.

Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
Wednesday, June 27, 6:00 to 7:30

640 Broad StYMVA for Youth Development Community Room (across from St. Joseph’s)
Meet with Lt. James Barros, who reports on incidents in the previous month. Talk face-to-face wo police to resolve quality of life issues. For agenda updates, contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com
Note: Crime Watch meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.

South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting
Thursday, June 28, 6:00 to 8:00

Community Prep School on Somerset St, Upper South Providence
To get on the SPNA mailing list for agendas of upcoming meetings, contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.com, (401) 369-1334
Note: SPNA meetings are generally scheduled for the 4th Thursday of each month.


Food Truck Fridays
Fridays, 5:00 pm 

Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park
Enjoy over 15 locally owned food trucks and local beer from Trinity Brewhouse, wines from Gooseneck Vineyards while listening to live music. There’s limited seating so bring a chair or blanket to use on the lawn. See the full list of food trucks attending at https://www.foodtrucksin.com/food-truck-events.

Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sales
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30
Wednesdays, 5 to 7:30

Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave
Over 12,000 items are in stock, including books, DVDs, CDs, videos, LPs. It’s the best little book sale in town! To reduce stock, deep discounts continue on these items: soft cover fiction, 10/$1.00. Videos, 6/$1. Select LPs, 10/ $1. Select CDs, 4/$1. Select DVDs, 2/$1.

Sankofa World Market
Saturdays, 11 – 3 at Southside Cultural Center through December
Wednesdays, 2 – 6 at Knight Memorial Library Lawn (June 20 to Oct 31)

Broad St Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 -12
 at 807 Broad St (June 16 to Oct 27)


Knight Memorial Library: www.provcomlib.org/locations/knight-memorial

Southside Cultural Center: www.sccri.org/scc-events/?view=calendar&month=June-2018