2017 Artists For The Bay Show & Sale, Call for Artists

Artists For The Bay Show & Sale is a showcase of paintings, photography and jewelry by local artists to benefit Save The Bay. To participate, artists agree to contribute 50% of the proceeds from all sales to Save The Bay. If selected, the Save The Bay jury will choose one to four pieces for display in the show. Save The Bay will contact all artists no later than November 8.

Click here for submission forms and more information.

 

Knight Memorial Library to Reopen on October 23

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Community Library (PCL) is pleased to announce that Knight Memorial Library will reopen to customers on October 23. The building, which is located at 275 Elmwood Avenue, closed temporarily in late July for essential repairs and upgrades. Services and programs will resume during normal scheduled hours, Monday to Friday. Knight Memorial will be closed Saturdays until the end of the year and South Providence Library will continue to offer Saturday hours until the end of 2017.

 

“We regretted having to close the library over the summer to deal with urgent repairs and behind-the-scenes upgrades. Happily, we have now obtained the go-ahead to reopen safely for business” said Library Director, Jeff Cannell. “PCL is grateful to our community partners, The Center for South East Asians and the West End Recreation Center, for providing temporary accommodation for Knight Memorial’s after school and language learning programs for several weeks while the library building was closed. We also thank our customers for their patience during this difficult time.”

 

Work will continue intermittently on the historic 1922 building but PCL will do everything it can to minimize inconvenience to customers. For more information about PCL’s locations, hours, services and programs, visit www.provcomlib.org .

State Bicycle Master Plan Survey

The State is collecting data for its Bicycle Master Plan, and has set up an online survey for residents to offer input. You can find the survey here.

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – October 2017

ENA newsletter – October 2017

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

Halloween comes to Roger Williams Park 

     The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back October 5 through November 5 with 5000 intricately carved pumpkins. Spooky family overnights are planned for Saturdays, Oct 21 and 28. (https://www.rwpzoo.org/plan-your-visit/events) This year you can see the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 115 feet above the earth on the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride. Learn more at https://www.rwpzoo.org/plan-your-visit/visitor-info/soaring-eagle-zip-ride

    A series of fall tours starts up again with a Trail Walk on Saturday, October 14. Other walks include a tour of the Betsey Williams Cottage, a Bird Walk, and an evening of Urban Legends and Spooky Stories. Find out more at https://rwpconservancy.org/event/fall-tour-series-statues-roger-williams-park/

Mark your calendars: Next Street Tree Planting is October 21

      This is a fun-filled, community-building event. We’ll be planting approximately 50 new street trees along Hamilton, Melrose, Niagara, Stanwood, Potters, Laura, Mitchell, Congress, Ontario, Lexington, and Atlantic. We will rely once more on property owners, tenants, and volunteers to plant the trees. 

     For those of you who have never been to a PNPP (Providence Neighborhood Planting Program) planting, you’re in for a treat. The hard work of excavating the soil will be done by the program in advance of planting day. The City of Providence Forestry Division, in conjunction with PNPP, will prepare the tree sites and deliver the trees. The rest is up to us! If you can’t help lift a tree, you can still contribute. We need people to help shovel (or rake) soil and mulch, and sweep the soil from the sidewalks when we’re done planting. Your contribution could be as simple as keeping a watchful eye to make sure the tree is planted straight.  

     Please join us and spread the word!  Many hands make trees light! This is a great community service opportunity for students.

Sickly street trees could mean a gas leak

     Is your street tree sickly? It may be caused by an underground natural gas leak. To be sure, contact National Grid and ask them to perform a leak test: 1-800-640-1595. Learn more about gas emergencies at https://www.nationalgridus.com/RI-Home/Safety/Report-a-gas-emergency 

     Street tree pruning is also on the schedule for Elmwood. In fiscal year 2017 trees were pruned between Public St and Princeton Ave. Portions of Laura, Mitchell, Congress, Ontario, Lexington, Hamilton, and Melrose are slated for FY18, that is, by June 2018.

Peace and Plenty Garden News

     On September 29, Lincoln School performed a Community Service Day at Peace and Plenty Park and Community Garden. 41 students, 5 teachers, and 1 neighbor weeded park and garden walkways and street tree wells (on Updike and Peace Streets), mulched them with wood chips (provided by the City Forester), rehung a mural, and painted the new garden shed. Students were asked to connect their community service to social and environmental justice principles.

     Want a garden plot in Peace and Plenty Community Garden? Some gardens will be coming available. Contact Doug,doug.crimewatch@gmail.com to be added to the wait list. 

Bringing more bicycling to the Ocean State

     The City of Providence has partnered with People for Bikes to bring more biking to the South Side. People for Bikes, an organization based in Boulder, CO, now offers a look at how other cities did it. From mountain trails to parks to greenways, ‘How It Got Built’ brings you stories of the people, places, funding, design and construction behind nine awesome bike projects around the nation.

Jobs are now available for the next US Census 

     The Census Bureau has begun recruiting for temporary full- and part-time positions in support of the 2018 End-to-End Census Test. Positions are available in Providence County. The largest number of positions are Field Data Collection jobs, but other types of jobs are also available.

For more information, go to https://www.census.gov/2018jobs

A Hand-Up program comes to Elmwood Ave

     If Elmwood Ave looks cleaner, it’s thanks to “A Hand-Up”, a new endeavor for Amos House that provides paid days’ work to individuals who are homeless, unemployed and/or panhandling. The program also aims to increase their access to services and resources. Thanks to the EBCA Advisory Board, the program has added the regular cleaning of Elmwood Ave to their list of projects around the city. 

Foodworks Providence opens in the West End

     Foodworks Providence is a new, shared commercial kitchen and food business incubator located at 55 Cromwell St in the West End. Our goal is to help build and scale small food businesses—an effort that will impact the West End, South Side, and Elmwood neighborhoods. On September 24 there was a grand opening party. Welcome!

Knight Memorial Library still closed for repairs

     On Saturday, July 22, Providence Community Library abruptly closed Knight Memorial Library for essential electrical and mechanical upgrades to assure safety in the building. A date for reopening hasn’t yet been announced. Check the PCL Web site for updates: http://www.provcomlib.org

     While Knight Memorial is closed, PCL is partnering with the West End Recreation Center109 Bucklin Street, to offer afterschool services for youth 3:00 pm to 6:00 pmMondayThursday. Other patrons are encouraged to access materials, services and programs at other PCL locations. 

Visit SouthPVD.org, a new community Web site 

     Knight Memorial Library has developed a website for the greater South Side. Check it out and post your South Side news and events!  Need help? Contact Librarian Rod Burkett at rburkett@provcomlib.org 

Crime news: Safety and Security

     After a quiet summer, District Commander Lt. Remolina reported a number of unnerving and seemingly random assaults and robberies in the neighborhood in September. They included one at Adelaide and Niagara at 3:00 pm and an assault at La Base club on West Friendship St. at 2 am. Two assaults were reported on upper Broad St at 4 pm and 10 pm. and one on Taylor St in South Providence around 1:15 pm.  Several of the incidents involved knives. On September 13 a man armed with a gun attempted 2 carjackings at 8 in the morning on Peace St near Elmwood.
To learn more about incidents in the neighborhood, attend the Crime Watch meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month or get on the Crime Watch mailing list at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

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 ENA Reference Guide mailed in June.

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S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

RECURRING ACTIVITIES

October 5 to November 5 – Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park
• Wednesdays – Sankofa Market at Southside Cultural Center
• Saturdays – Broad St Farmers Market
• City of Providence Planning Meetings

o City Plan Commission meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month

o Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets on 3rd Wednesday 

OCTOBER EVENTS

 

• Monday, October 2 – Election of Community Representative to CAPP Board
Tuesday, October 3 – Harvesting Hope
Tuesday, October 3 – Interfaith Forum

Saturday, October 7 – WBNA House Tour


Tuesday, October 10 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
Wed., October 11 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Wednesday, October 11 – Citywide Conversation with Mayor Elorza
Friday, October 13  – Montessori Dance Party Fundraiser


Thursday, October 19 – Peace and Plenty Park and Community Garden Day of Service
Saturday, October 21 – Elmwood Street Tree Planting
Saturday, October 21 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Peace and Plenty Garden


Wednesday, October 25 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
Thursday, October 26 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting

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RECURRING ACTIVITIES in OCTOBER

Jack-o-lantern Spectacular, October 5 thru November 56:00 to 10:30 pm 

Location: Roger Williams Park Zoo (just follow the signs) 

     This year we will travel through time and visit with dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome. As guests wander the Wetlands trail they will delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World, and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel, and the computer. Infused throughout will be the art and music associated with each era. Imagine the history of us all on over 5000 intricately carved pumpkins.

Buy your tickets on line: https://www.rwpzoo.org/plan-your-visit/events

Sankofa Market, Wednesdays through October 25, 2 pm to 6 pm 

Location: 393 Broad St, Southside Cultural Center’s SouthLight Pavilion 

     Find fresh food, crafts, recycled books, even a food truck. 

More information: http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets_details.php?market=622

 

Broad St Farmers Market, Saturdays through October 288 to 11:30 am

Location: Algonquin House lawn, 807 Broad St

     The Broad St Market opened in 2002 and offers a diverse selection of fruits and vegetables. The market also offers the Healthy Foods, Healthy Families program.

What’s at the market: http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets_details.php?market=3

City of Providence Commission Meetings

Location: 444 Westminster St, Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room

Agendas are published at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting and are available at http://sos.ri.gov/openmeetings/

• City Plan Commission meets monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 4:45
• Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 4:45

OCTOBER EVENTS

Monday, October 2, 6:00 pm – Public Meeting to elect Community Representative to CAPP Board of Directors

Location: Elmwood Community Center, 155 Niagara St.

     We need you! All are welcome to Monday’s meeting to learn about CAPP, vote for a Community representative, or be nominated for election to the Board of Directors. CAPP needs candidates with a strong desire to serve the community and a belief in our mission: “CAPP, working in partnership with the community, provides culturally competent supportive services and programs to Providence residents in need to promote their achievement of economic self-sufficiency.”

     Read more about requirements and voting: https://www.cappri.org/vote

Contact: Jess Duckett, Communications Coordinator, Community Action Partnership of Providence(401) 273-2000 x108

Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 – 8:30pm – Harvesting Hope, Southside Community Land Trust’s Annual Fundraiser

Location: Squantum Association, 947 Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, East Providence

     We’re building a fantastic food-and-fun-filled auction featuring the work of local artists, artisans, businesses, restaurants and performing arts organizations. Featuring Matt Varga of Gracie’s, this year’s Co-Chair and Guest Chef and delicious offerings by many local businesses and restaurants. Learn more here: http://www.southsideclt.org/harvesting-hope-2/. Read how Chef Varga and others are growing RI’s food system: https://www.southsideclt.org/harvesting-hope-gracies-chef-matt-varga-on-growing-ris-food-systems/

    Peace and Plenty Garden is a SCLT garden and provides many resources to ensure the garden is an asset in the neighborhood.

Buy tickets: https://www.southsideclt.org/event/harvesting-hope/?event_date=2017-10-03

Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 – 8:30pm – Interfaith Forum

Location: Islamic Center of Rhode Island, 39 Haskins Street (Upper South Providence)

     We’re looking to bring different organizations, faith communities, public safety officials, Muslims, and non-Muslims together for an informational event that highlights both the Muslim community and the religious diversity here in Providence.

     Interfaith representatives, community organizations, and public safety officials will gather at this event to promote inter-religious dialogue, and diversity education, and cover various topics including: Prejudice and Hate Crimes; Community Safety; Municipal ID’s. We hope you will be able to join us.

Contact: Jordan Van Leesten, (401) 421-2489, ext 5379

Saturday, October 7, 10 am to 4 pm – WBNA House Tour: From Vacant to Vibrant

Welcome center: Providence Revolving Fund office, 372 West Fountain St

     Once a disinvested neighborhood, the West Side has awakened as one of the most vibrant places to live, work, and play in RI. Over a dozen houses are opening their doors for a self-guided House Tour that features both homes and businesses. Tickets are only $20 in advance.

Learn more and buy tickets: https://www.wbna.org

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting

Location: 305 Dudley St, South Providence

     All library users are invited to attend this meeting to help the Friends group reopen the library.

Contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com

Note: Friends meetings are now held on the second Tuesday of each month. Next meetings are November 14 and December 12.

Wednesday, October 11, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

      Thanks to advisory board members who distributed Elmwood Ave maps. What are the next steps in Elmwood Ave beautification? 

RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net(401) 941-8249

Note: EBCA meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, October 11, 6:00 pm – Citywide Conversation with Mayor Elorza

Location: Mt Pleasant High School, 434 Mt Pleasant Ave

     All are welcome to join Mayor Elorza and other City officials for an open discussion about working together to benefit our neighborhoods.

For more information: Alexandra Batista, abatista@providenceri.gov(401) 421-4289 ext. 5567

Friday, October 13, 7:30 – Montessori Community School of RI’s Anniversary Dance Party Fundraiser

Location: 73 Stanwood St

    Come out and dance the night away to celebrate MCS RI’s Anniversary and help raise funds for our scholarship program. We will kick off the evening with hors d’oeuvres and drinks (included in the ticket price). And as the night progresses, we will be dancing to a mix of pop, hip hop, and Latin music. Note: This is a grown up party only.

Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mcs-ris-anniversary-dance-party-fundraiser-tickets-37887521597     

Thursday, October 19, 9:00 – 3:00pm – Peace and Plenty Park and Community Garden Day of Service

Location: Peace and Plenty Park and Garden

     Join Youth Build Preparatory Academy’s Day of Community Service. Come anytime. There is always lots to do to keep the park and garden in tip top shape.  Snacks and water on us!

Contact: Doug Victor, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Saturday, October 21, 8:00 am – Elmwood Neighborhood Street Tree Planting

Meet up location: Locust Grove Cemetery Entrance, 19 Melrose St (at Laura St)     

     We’ll be planting approximately 50 new street trees along the Elmwood streets of Hamilton, Melrose, Niagara, Stanwood, Potters, Laura, Mitchell, Congress, Ontario, Lexington, and Atlantic. Please wear closed-toed shoes or work boots and work gloves. Please bring shovels, brooms, friends and family!

Please RSVP in advance: Ward Weathers, weathersw@gmail.com(401) 324-9273

 

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Peace and Plenty Garden

Location: Peace Street between Elmwood and Broad  

     Celebrate the completion of the new tool shed in the Garden.

Contact: Doug Victor, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 25, 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 in the previous month. Talk face to face with the district commander to resolve quality of life issues. Learn about programs to reduce crime from invited guests. Get to know your neighbors and their concerns. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting. 

For agenda updates, contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com


Note: Crime Watch meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime watch window placards are available at each meeting. 

Thursday, October 26,  – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting 

Location: Community Prep School, Somerset St. in Upper South Providence

     In September members of the Providence Center provided information on & received neighbor feedback about their Recovery Navigation Program based at Emmanuel House on Public Street. In addition, we received information & updates from Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R)–a collaboration of neighbors & organizations addressing the issues of blighted properties in Providence–on additional actions & participation opportunities for neighbors. SPNA is a member organization of N4R.

To get on the SPNA mailing list, contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.com or (401) 369-1334.
Note: SPNA meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month. However, due to upcoming holidays, next meetings will be held on Thursdays, November 16 and December 14.

New at South Providence Library: The Learning Lounge

Providence Community Library is partnering with Providence Public Library to bring the Workforce Development Learning Lounge to South Providence Library at 441 Prairie Avenue. The Learning Lounge offers technology enabled learning on a weekly basis to adults looking to acquire or improve skills from online job search to basic computer use to reading, writing, and math. Drop-ins are encouraged and no appointments required.

Wednesdays from October 4
10:00AM -12:00PM

Play & Learn at the library to help your child get Ready for Kindergarten!

To register for this FREE program call or visit your library!

Wanskuck Library
Mondays starting September 18 10:30-12:00
233 Veazie Street
401-274-4145

South Providence Library
Mondays starting September 18
10:00-11:30
441 Prairie Avenue
401-467-2619

Mt. Pleasant Library
Wednesdays starting September 13 10:30 – 12:00
315 Academy Avenue
401-272-0106

Rochambeau Library
Thursdays starting October 5
10:30 – 12:00
708 Hope Street
401-272-3780

Ready for K! is for children entering
kindergarten in 2018 or 2019 and their parent or caregiver.
Free books, school supplies, and a string backpack for each child!

Diviértete en la biblioteca y ayuda a tu hijo a estar

¡Listo para el Kindergarten!

¡Para registrarte a este programa  gratis llama o

visita tu biblioteca hoy!

Wanskuck Library
Los lunes empezando el 18 de septiembre a las 10:30
233 Veazie Street
401-274-4145

South Providence Library
Los lunes empezando el 18 de septiembre a las 10:00
441 Prairie Avenue
401-467-2619

Mt. Pleasant Library
Los miércoles empezando el 13 de septiembre a las 10:30
315 Academy Avenue
401-272-0106

Rochambeau Library
Los jueves empezando el 5 de octubre a las 10:30
708 Hope Street
401-272-3780

¡Ready for K! es para niños que entrarán al kindergarten en el año 2018 o 2019 y sus padres o cuidadores.
Libros, útiles escolares y una mochila de cuerdo
para cada niño. ¡Gratis!

WBNA House Tour 2017

The West Side has a story…
WBNA House Tour 2017
…You can explore the story! Satisfy the curiosity you have of the West Side, either as a long-time resident, frequent visitor, or even an inquisitive first-timer!

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 10am-4pm, fifteen houses are opening their doors to WBNA House Tour ticket holders. This self-guided tour explores the theme “From Vacant to Vibrant,” and features homes and businesses on the streets of Knight, Brighton, Battey, Carpenter, and cobblestoned West Fountain.

Make a day of it! For $20 you’ll be invited to step inside an eclectic mix of different houses at your own pace and, along the tour route, you’ll find a lively scene of restaurants, shops, bars, and businesses in and around the newly reconstructed Luongo Memorial Square.

See how a decades-long urban transformation has impacted this well-known pocket of Providence.
The annual WBNA House Tour invites you to explore!

Saturday, Oct. 7th, from 10AM to 4PM
Advance tickets: $20; day-of, $25.
Start at the Welcome Center, located at Providence Revolving Fund, 372 West Fountain Street
Want more? How about a Preview Party! Support the WBNA while you enjoy a lively evening with local folks, food, drinks, and music. Join us on Friday, Oct. 6th, 6:00-9:00PM, at the Patrick F. Hoye House, 232 Broadway.

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – September 2017

ENA Newsletter – September 2017

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

 

Changing the culture of Trinity Square

Trinity Square is the unwelcoming gateway to three neighborhoods. Vagrancy, drug use, and public drinking, and illegal activities have become key elements of the Trinity Square culture. Over the last 7 months the police department has engaged with three other groups who are taking various approaches to deal with these problems. SWAP has installed new fencing and plantings around Grace Cemetery. Amos House has sent outreach workers to the area. Local businesses have fenced off properties where vagrants gathered. The Providence Police are scheduling officers in the area on a regular basis.

District Commander Lt Remolina is one of four people from Providence who participated in Safe Growth training in Chicago. Their group will host its first event in Trinity Square on September 11 – a chess and domino event on the sidewalk for community residents and service providers. This is an opportunity for the community to take back the public space and replace illegitimate activities with healthy ones. The Safe Growth team will be sponsoring additional pop up activities in the area. (Read more about Safe Growth projects at http://safe-growth.blogspot.com)

At the end of June RI State Senators and Representatives voted unanimously to limit the opening hours of liquor stores within the city of Providence. The law goes into effect on September 1, when liquor stores are required to push back their opening times to 9 am. One of only two liquor stores in Providence that had been opening at 7 am is located on upper Broad St. It’s hoped that the change in hours will also help change the culture of the street.

 

Knight Memorial Library closes temporarily for repairs

On Saturday, July 22, Providence Community Library abruptly closed Knight Memorial Library for essential electrical and mechanical upgrades to assure safety in the building. It’s hoped that the library will open its doors again sometime in September.  In the meantime, patrons are encouraged to access materials, services and programs at other PCL locations.

Read details at http://www.provcomlib.org/news-events/news/2017/knight-memorial-library-closed-temporarily-mechanical-and-electrical-work. Check the PCL Web site for updates.

 

Wilbury Theatre gets a new home in Olneyville

It’s sad to see Wilbury Theatre leave the neighborhood and the Southside Cultural Center, but it’s great to know that they’ve achieved their dream of a new permanent home. According to their announcement, “Situated at the top of the bike path on the banks of the Woonasquatucket River in the Olneyville neighborhood, this 7,000 sq. ft. former garage space and showroom is the flexible, ‘one-room theatre’ home that we’ve been looking for, and we’ve committed to making it the home of The Wilbury Group for a long time.” See pictures at http://thewilburygroup.org/give.html

Wilbury’s 2017-18 season opens September 14 with the Caretaker at their new location at 40 Sonoma Ct in Olneyville. Keep up with their performances at www.thewilburygroup.org

 

Elmwood Ave map aims to increase business

The Elmwood Ave Business and Community Association (EBCA) will soon be distributing thousands of maps of Elmwood Ave. The colorful, illustrated, informative card stock map will introduce residents and tourists to nearly 50 sites on the street. Look for it at Elmwood Ave businesses.

 

Get free wood chips at Peace and Plenty Park

Use them for mulching trees and other yard projects. Brought to you by the Friends of the Park and the City Forester. Just come and take what you need.

 

Peace and Plenty Community Garden opens its gates to youth

This summer the opening of the Outdoor Classroom made the garden’s gates more permeable to neighborhood youth. Several youth programs were held in the park. Three first grades from the Sayles School made their end-of-year school trip to the garden where they planted okra, tasted rhubarb and mint, and released ladybugs. The Center for Southeast Asians and Southside Community Land Trust collaborated in a 5-week summer camp program focused on gardening and nature stewardship. The US Fish and Wildlife Service conducted Nature Appreciation Workshops for more than 30 children. The Y Youth Program brought neighborhood kids to their small plot in the garden. As a result of these varied programs, approximately 100 neighborhood kids had meaningful gardening experiences this summer.

The garden also provided hands on experiences for teens. New England Grassroots Environmental Fund (NEGREF) had granted the garden the resources to buy gardening tools and build a shed to store them. Teens from Youth Build constructed the shed as a 5-week project; and 3 neighbors helped to paint it. It looks great and will serve the garden community well in future seasons. Stay tuned for the announcement of a ribbon cutting ceremony.

 

Peace and Plenty Park finishing up a rich summer season

Programs for both kids and adults created a rich summer schedule: nature workshops, yoga, reading by library staff for little ones, Y on the Move, free lunches for anyone under 18, and park care events. The Little Library continues to supply free quality books to kids, teens and adults. On August 16, Sidy Maiga and Friends drummed at a convivial evening gathering that drew 50 neighbors and friends. (Sidy is a master percussionist from Mali, West Africa.) Ice cream cones and a free book table rounded out the evening.

Don’t miss the park’s next musical event on September 13 at 6:00 pm. Yudus Quddus will provide an evening of entertainment with magical poetry fusioned with hip hop.

 

Roger Williams Park Evolves

Changes in Roger Williams Park continue. New sidewalks are being laid in some sections, and striping is being painted for dedicated bike lanes. Check out the park’s new Web site with an informative calendar of events:https://rwpconservancy.org

 

Next Street Tree Planting in Elmwood

Mark your calendars for a street tree planting event Saturday, October 21. We’ll be planting approximately 50 new street trees along Hamilton, Melrose, Niagara, Stanwood, Potters, Laura, Mitchell, Congress, Ontario, Lexington, and Atlantic.

Street tree pruning is also on the schedule for Elmwood. In FY 17 trees were pruned between Public St and Princeton Ave. Portions of Laura, Mitchell, Congress, Ontario, Lexington, Hamilton, and Melrose are slated for FY18, that is, by June 2018.

 

Hope for reducing noise from ATVs

Off road vehicles have become a noisy urban nuisance as riders crisscross the neighborhood at break-neck speeds. A new ordinance makes it illegal to ride unregistered ATVs on Providence city streets. While some ATVs are legal, the law will not register ATVs that lack brake lights and turn signals. Voice a complaint at 272-3121. If your concerns are dismissed, ask to speak to the Desk Sergeant at 243 6191.

 

Crime news: Safety and Security

District Commander Lt. Remolina reports that violent crime has been down for several weeks in Elmwood and South Providence. A quiet season was interrupted by shots fired on August 26 at 05:49 am at 374 Potters Ave. Luckily a witness provided a vehicle description that led to the apprehension of three men. The report has been given to the nuisance task force.

As residents make improvements in their properties this fall, be wary of home break ins. Thieves can pose as construction workers who boldly access homes with ladders through open second floor windows. To prevent such happenings let neighbors know when repairs are actually being done and ask neighbors to contact police if suspicious workmen are at your house and in your neighborhood. Thieves are particularly interested in copper piping and unsecured tools left behind by authentic workmen.

 

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 ENA Reference Guide mailed in June.

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S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

 

RECURRING ACTIVITIES

 

  • Wednesdays – Sankofa Market at Knight
  • 
Tuesdays & Thursdays – Friends of Knight Book Sale (pending reopening of Knight)
  • Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park
  • Saturdays – Broad St Farmers Market
  • City of Providence Planning Meetings

o   City Plan Commission meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month

o   Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets on 3rd Wednesday

 

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

 

  • Wednesday, September 6 – A Community Conversation about the Future of Broad St
  • Thursday, September 7 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • Monday, September 11 – Chess and Dominoes in Trinity Square
  • Monday, September 11 – Public Hearing: City Council Urban Redevelopment, Renewal & Planning Committee
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • Wednesday, September 13– Poetry/hip hop event with Yudus Quddus
  • Thursday, September 14 – Urban Greens Groundbreaking Event
  • Sunday, September 24 – St Michael’s International Community Festival
  • Tuesday, September 26 – Walking Tour: Upper South Providence
  • Wednesday, September 27 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, September 28 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting
  • Friday, September 29 – Peace and Plenty Park Work Day
  • Saturday, September 30 – Friends Book Sale at Knight (pending reopening of Knight)

 

 

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RECURRING ACTIVITIES

 

Wednesdays, through October 25, 2 pm to 6 pm – Sankofa Market

Location: Knight Memorial Library lawn, 275 Elmwood Ave

Find fresh food, crafts, recycled books, even a food truck.

More information: http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets_details.php?market=622

 

On hold until Knight reopens: 

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, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

Food Truck Fridays, Fridays through September, 5 to 8 pm

Location: Roger Williams Park by the Carousel Parking Lot

Take the family to the carousel and playground, visit the Japanese Garden, bicycle on newly paved streets. And sample a variety of delicious food and drinks sold by Providence area food trucks.

More information: https://www.rwpzoo.org/carousel-village/plan-carousel-village-visit/food-truck-friday

 

Broad St Farmers Market, Saturdays through October 288 to 11:30 am

Location: Algonquin House lawn, 807 Broad St

The Broad St Market opened in 2002 and offers a diverse selection of fruits and vegetables. The market also offers the Healthy Foods, Healthy Families program.

What’s at the market: http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets_details.php?market=3

 

City of Providence Commission Meetings

Location: 444 Westminster St, Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room

Agendas are published at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting and are available at http://sos.ri.gov/openmeetings/.

  • ·       City Plan Commission meets monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 4:45
  • ·       Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 4:45

 

 

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

 

Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 – 8:30 am – A Community Conversation about the Future of Broad St

Location: Iglesia Visión Evangelica, 1014 Broad Street

Join Mayor Elorza, Councillors Harris, Castillo, and Aponte, and Planning Director Nickerson for a community conversation about the future of Broad St. This meeting will offer an additional opportunity for stakeholders to share aspirations for the future of Broad Street, the City will provide updates on several projects for improving the Broad Street corridor, and together we’ll workshop strategies for translating community aspirations into actionable projects. If you were not able to join us at previous community conversations about Broad Street or if you wish to offer additional feedback, please join us! Refreshments will be served.

Contact: Allen Penniman, Department of Planning + Development, apenniman@providencere.gov(401) 680-8523

 

Thursday, September 7, 6 to 7:30 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting

Location: 305 Dudley St, South Providence

Questions for discussion: How do we increase circulation, improve attendance and develop high interest adult programming?

Contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com

 

Monday, September 11 (time TBA) – Chess and Dominoes in Trinity Square

Location: On the sidewalks in Trinity Square

Safe Growth presents an open air chess and domino competition. Come to play, learn, or just watch and help change the culture of the street.

 

Monday, September 11, 5:30 pm – Public Hearing: City Council URRP Committee

Location: Providence City Hall
     Calling All Neighbors!  The City Council’s Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal & Planning will hold a Public Meeting to receive comments on a proposed ordinance: To grant the Providence Redevelopment Agency (PRA) the ability to acquire privately-owned properties identified as abandoned, vacant, or otherwise blighted and designate them as a Redevelopment Project Area.

For a copy of the proposed ordinance, please contact Dwayne Keys, (401) 369-1334, southprovneighbors@gmail.com.

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

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

Agenda: Next steps in Elmwood Ave beautification, working with AARP and Hand Up Program at Amos House.

RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, (401) 941-8249

Note: EBCA meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month.

 

Wednesday, September 13, 6:00 pm – Poetry/hip hop event with Yudus Quddus

Location: Peace and Plenty Park

Don’t miss an evening of entertainment with magical poetry fusioned with hip hop by Yudus Quddus. Yudus is a writer, performer, poet, actor and storyteller. He has taught at Johnson & Wales, RISD, and CCRI and conducted workshops for children at various schools in New England. He’s performed at Brown, Providence College, Yale, and RISD and recently finished 1st place at Boston’s First Night’s poetry slam and 2nd place in poetry competitions in Cambridge and Providence.

 

Thursday, September 14, 4:30 pm – Urban Greens Groundbreaking Event

Location: 93 Cranston St, West End

Celebrate the groundbreaking of Urban Greens new cooperative market. Festivities include music of the Sankofa drummers, small snacks for everyone, and a visit from the Mayor. Bring your own shovel (BYOS) to help make this a community-involved groundbreaking.

Not yet a member? Now’s the time to join! And if you are already a member, tell a friend or neighbor to join! Becoming a founding member-owner is a huge way to help support Urban Greens and ensure our success in opening and thriving!

Contact: Urban Greens Food Co-op, info@urbangreens.com>

 

Sunday, September 24, 11:00 am to 5 pm – St Michael’s 42nd Annual International Community Festival:  a Carnival of Cultures

Location: St Michael’s Church, 239 Oxford St, South Providence

Everyone is invited to St. Michael’s annual event. Enjoy ethnic food. Play games. Win raffle prizes. Dance to live music.

Contact: Janet Rivard, jananddani@cox.net

 

Tuesday, September 26, 5:00 pm – Walking Tour: Upper South Providence

In partnership with the Providence Preservation Society (PPS), South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA) will host a Walking Tour of Upper South Providence! Please join us as Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11 – Providence) and architect Peter Borgemeister explore the history, architecture and shifting demographics of Upper South Providence. You’ll explore how the forces of institutional expansion, segregation, gentrification and community pride have shaped the upper section of our vibrant & diverse South Providence neighborhood.

For details & instructions to register, contact Dwayne Keys, (401) 369-1334southprovneighbors@gmail.com

 

Wednesday, September 27, 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 Lt Remolina who reports on incidents in the previous month. Talk face to face with him to resolve quality of life issues. Learn about programs to reduce crime from invited guests. Get to know your neighbors and their concerns. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.

For agenda updates, contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Note: Crime Watch meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime watch window placards are available at each meeting. 

 

Thursday, September 286 to 8 pm – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting

Location: Community Prep School, 135 Somerset St.

Members of the Providence Center will provide information about their Recovery Navigation Program based at Emmanuel House on Public Street in South Providence. This is an excellent opportunity for neighbors to learn more about an existing service & discuss ways that this program can address the challenges of our neighborhood.  We’ll also receive information & updates from Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R)–a collaboration of neighbors & organizations addressing blighted properties in Providence–on actions & participation opportunities for neighbors. SPNA is a member organization of N4R.

SPNA has quickly become active in Ward 11 by addressing a variety of issues on upper Broad St, including blighted properties, large numbers of homeless people, the people who prey upon them, and their impact on South Side neighborhoods.

To confirm your attendance, and/or to get on the SPNA mailing list, contact Dwayne Keys,southprovneighbors@gmail.com or (401) 369-1334.
Note: SPNA holds regular meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month.

 

Friday, September 29, 9:00 – 12:00 noon – Peace and Plenty Park Work Day

Location: Peace and Plenty Park

Join Lincoln School for a morning of community service at Peace and Plenty Park. On the “to do” agenda: park, garden, and urban tree care.  Refreshments provided.

Contact: Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

Tentatively planned, pending the reopening of Knight Memorial Library:

Saturday, September 30, 12 to 4 pm – Friends Book Sale

Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

Pending Knight’s reopening, a series of fall book sales starts up again after a summer break. Find fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults.
To confirm, visit http://www.provcomlib.org.

Peace Flag Workshops at Providence Community Library

Too scared to turn on the news? Yes, life can feel that way these days but here’s an antidote. In September, PCL will host a series of workshops that is dedicated to the ideals of non-violence.

The Peace Flag Project is inspired by the tradition of Tibetan Prayer Flags. Tibetans believe that prayers for peace, compassion and kindness are carried on the wind around the world. Founded by Ginny Fox, the Peace Flag Project began in Rhode Island as a personal therapy to cope with illness but gradually grew into a nonprofit initiative in which diverse organizations and individuals now make thousands of peace flags on an annual basis. Each flag is a personal, creative experience and a quiet reflection on what its maker believes would make the world a better place.

The flags will remain on display at each library in celebration of the Month of Peace and the International Day of Peace (September 21st ).Learn more about the Peace Flag Project here.

Mount Pleasant: September 11 at 4:00PM
Washington Park: September 13 at 3:00PM
CSEA**: September 14 at 3:30PM
Rochambeau: September 18 at 3:30PM
Wanskuck: September 20 at 3:30PM
Fox Point: September 21 at 3:30PM
Smith Hill: September 25 at 4:00PM
Olneyville: September 27 at 3:30PM

** Center for South East Asians, 270 Elmwood Avenue, across the road from Knight Memorial Library

West Side Thursdays – July 20 Edition

West Side Thursdays presents
Lindsay Meehan + K.C. Moaners 

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 5:30-7pm, Dexter Training Ground

Enjoy this week’s West Side Thursdays summer performances with children’s music artist Lindsay Meehan followed by rollicking jug band K.C. Moaners as part of the City of Providence’s 2017 Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative.

Set against the backdrop of the Armory Farmers Market, West Side Thursdays – now in its 14th year – is WBNA’s free and family-friendly destination event that takes place over three Thursdays in July. These public performances bring neighbors together while showcasing local artists and musicians, and feature activities for kids as well as the Armory Farmer’s Market Beer Garden by Laughing Gorilla Catering and Revival Brewing Company.

At this second event on July 20, kids can build their own creations with West Side Play Space’s Imagination Playground, known by its “big blue blocks.”

  • 3:30-7pm Armory Farmers Market and Beer Garden
  • 5:30pm Imagination Playground by West Side Play Space
  • 5:30pm Children’s music artist Lindsay Meehan followed by K.C. Moaners