Boredom is Banned: Keep Kids Busy with Reading, Games, Free Entertainers & Summer Fun!

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Janet Fuentes 860-550-0745 jfuentes@provcomlib.org

Boredom is Banned: Keep Kids Busy with Reading, Games, Free Entertainers & Summer Fun! 

Visit PCL’s Summer Reading Page to See What’s Happening Today!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – There’s no excuse for boredom this summer at Providence Community Library (PCL), which provides daily fun, great books, and special performances at nine neighborhood locations. The Library helps school age students get stamps for their Passports to Summer Learning, learn how to track their activities using Providence READsquared software, complete PCL game cards and earn prizes for reading just 20 minutes every day! Additionally, PCL’s Mobile Library will visit 10 Providence elementary Schools and 10 City-run Recreation Center camps on a regular weekly schedule and offer Ready for Kindergarten workshops for young children preparing to enter school in the fall. Families can access Providence Schools reading lists, eBooks, digital learning resources and stay up-to-date with the full schedule of programs and activities at www.provcomlib.org/summer.

Encouraging a child to read on a daily basis is the single most important thing a family can do for a child over the summer. Why is summer reading so important?

  • Sixty percent of Providence students experience summer reading loss;
  • Learning loss is cumulative over time and lower income children may suffer a chronic cycle compared to their wealthier peers, who are more likely to read over the summer;
  • Teachers typically spend 4-6 weeks in the Fall teaching old skills that have been forgotten due to the “summer slide;”
  • Reading just 20 minutes a day preserves reading skills and often increases them. Sign up for the Summer Reading Program and choose from thousands books and ebooks that can be borrowed from the Library for free!

PCL’s Mobile Library will visit elementary schools from July 3 to August 18, thanks to a grant provided United Way of Rhode Island.  The mobile library carries 4,000 popular books for youth readers as well as computers, WiFi access, a sound system, shade tents, tables and chairs, “life-size” board games and educational toys. Math coaches will provide hands-on math activities at each school site.

Monday
  • 9:00AM – 12:00PM         Anthony Carnevale School, 50 Springfield Street (02909)*
  • 1:30PM – 4:30PM           Pleasant View School, 50 Obediah Brown Road (02909)

Tuesday:

  • 9:00AM – 12:00PM         Harry Kizirian School, 60 Camden Avenue (02908)*
  • 1:30PM – 4:30PM           William D’Abate School, 60 Kossuth Street (02909)

Wednesday

  • 9:00AM – 12:00PM         Feinstein at Sackett, 159 Sackett Street (02907)*
  • 1:30PM – 4:30PM           Frank D. Spaziano School, 85 Laurel Hill Ave./240 Laban St. (02909)

Thursday:

  • 9:00AM – 12:00PM         Young/Woods School, 674 Prairie Avenue (02905)*
  • 1:30PM – 4:30PM           Reservoir Avenue School, 156 Reservoir Avenue (02907)

Friday

  • 9:00AM – 12:00PM         Mary Fogarty School, 199 Oxford Street (02905)*
  • 1:30PM – 4:30PM           Leviton Dual Language School, 65 Greenwich Street (02907)
    *Ready for Kindergarten sites

Ready for Kindergarten programs for children entering Kindergarten in 2017 or 2018 will consist of weekly, two-hour, morning workshops running over seven weeks under shade tents, offering interactive learning stations, circle time and special story-telling and story acting exercises. Children must be accompanied by parent or caregiver. Contact Cheryl Space cspace@provcomlib.org to register or for more information.

The Mobile Library will provide services to Providence Recreation Day Camps taking place near to the school sites in a partnership with the Healthy Communities Office and Providence Recreation Department. Youth will read and participate in literacy-rich activities every day as part of their camp experience, led by Providence high school and college students who are being hired as part of Providence’s summer youth employment program.

Youth up to age 18 who visit the mobile library, either independently or with their families, will qualify for a free breakfast at the morning school sites (9:00 – 10:00) and a free lunch at the afternoon school sites (1:30 – 2:30) from July 3 to  August 18 as part of the City of Providence’s Summer Meals Program. The Program is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, which provides kids and teens in low-income areas with free meals during the long summer recess.

“We are delighted to support the Mayor’s summer learning initiative and work with our partners Providence Schools, the Healthy Communities Office and the Providence Recreation Department to keep Providence children reading and learning throughout the summer.” said PCL Library Director, Jeff Cannell. ”We want to create a love of lifelong learning in the students because that’s the most important thing that the library can do,” he added.

For more information about PCL’s summer learning opportunities, visit www.provcomlib.org/summer.

Free Coding Classes for Adults

Are you an adult new to coding?

There are three free 10-week Rhode Coders cohorts starting the week of July 8th with some seats left.

Monday nights – JavaScript – Providence Public Library – 16 of 25 seats are filled

Wednesday nights – HTML/CSS – Providence Public Library – 19 of 25 seats are filled

Saturday afternoons – HTML/CSS – Cranston Public Library – 11 of 18 seats are filled

Please follow the link for Providence Public Library or Cranston Public Library for more information and to register.

To register for Providence cohorts:  prov.pub/ProvRCC

To register for the Cranston cohort:  prov.pub/CranstonRCC

Providence Children’s Museum 40th Anniversary Birthday Bash

Celebrate Providence Children’s Museum’s 40th anniversary at a wild Birthday Bash with free admission, special membership discounts and giveaways, and fun for the whole family. Make festive party hats and noise makers for a birthday parade, enjoy special performances, and help blow out the candles on a giant birthday cake.

Museum admission is FREE from 9AM to 6PM!

Also check out the Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival exhibition from June 16 – September 4.

Summer Learning Program: The Science and Beauty of Gardening

Summer Learning Program:
The Science and the Beauty of Gardening

Who: K – 3 Graders
When: Every Mondays and Wednesdays ǀ July 10 – August 9, 2017 ǀ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Orientation: Knowing the program and families ǀ July 5, 2017 ǀ 9:30 AM – 11 AM
Where: CSEA office on 270 Elmwood Avenue, Providence RI 02907
Cost: Free

Program Focuses:

Five-week long gardening classes will provide students with scientific knowledge and gardening skills. Throughout the program, students will learn about where food comes from, what plants need in order to grow, and how to prepare healthy snacks. Through hands-on activities and the majority of time spent in a Southside Community Land Trust garden site, the students will explore how to be stewards of the natural world and learn about plants from diverse cultures.

Application are available at CSEA office. Electronic versions can be requested by email via nittaya.saenbut@cseari.org or maggie@southsideclt.org

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017 by 5PM (EST)

For more information:
Maggie Krueger Nittaya Saenbut
Youth Farms and Education Coordinator (SCLT) Program Manager (CSEA)
maggie@southsideclt.org ǀ 401-273-9419 ext. 104 nitttaya.saenbut@cseari.org ǀ 401-274-8811

 Registration Form 2017

Free Summer Learning and Recreation Camp at Knight Memorial Library

Free
SUMMER LEARNING & RECREATION CAMP

Activities and Games !

Improve Math, Reading, & Writing !

Breakfast & Lunch !

SWIMMING !

Field Trip to a College Campus !

WHO: Students entering 6th & 7th grades

WHEN: 3 Days per Week
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 9:00AM – 1:30PM
6 weeks July 5th – August 10th

WHERE: Knight Memorial Library 275 Elmwood Ave Providence

***Children need to commit to attending all 6 weeks of the program***

INTERESTED ? PLEASE CONTACT
Sue Greenfield (Program Coordinator)
Call or text: (401)369-0030 OR e-mail: greenf56@cox.net
Español: Deborah Schimberg (401)439-0116

Can submit application to Knight Memorial Library to insure your spot in the Camp

CAMPAMENTO ACADEMICO & DE RECREACION
sin costo

Actividades y Juegos !

Trabajamos en Matematica, Lectura & Escritura

Desayuno y Almuerzo !

Natación !

Excursion a una universidad local !

¿QUIEN?: Estudiantes entrando a sexto o septimo grado

¿CUANDO?: 3 Días a la semana
martes, miércoles, jueves 9:00AM – 1:30PM
6 semanas 5 de julio – 10 de agosto

¿DóNDE?: Knight Memorial Library 275 Elmwood Ave Providence

***Niños tienen que atender a las seis semanas completas***

INTERESADO? POR FAVOR CONTACTA
Sue Greenfield (Coordinadora del Programa)
E-mail: greenf56@cox.net
Para Español: Deborah Schimberg (401)439-0116
lleve la applicacion a la Biblioteca Knight Memorial para asegurar su especio en el campamento

2017 Summer at Knight application form

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – June 2017

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, sharon@sharonsteele.com and Olin Thompson, ot@olinthompson.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/

RSVP on that site, on Facebook, or email us!

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, apenniman@providenceri.gov.

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.

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S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

RECURRING ACTIVITIES

  • 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

JUNE EVENTS

  • ThursdaySunday, 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

JULY EVENTS

  • Movies in Roger Williams Park and Food Truck Fridays
  • Deadline for applying for street trees

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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

Tickets: $15-$35. Call 401.400.7100 or go to www.thewilburygroup.org

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.

More information: http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/RogerWilliamsPark.aspx

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

ThursdaySunday, 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, karen_ena@earthlink.net

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, deborah@gleegum.com

Thursday, June 8, 6:00 to 7:00 – Roger Williams Park Community Meeting

Location: Boathouse

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.

Information: http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/CampaignforRogerWilliamsPark.aspx

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/

Contacts: Sharon Steele, sharon@sharonsteele.com and Olin Thompson, ot@olinthompson.com

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.

For more information: contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.com or (401) 369-1334.
Note: SPNA meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

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, 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, 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, christine.rayner1968@gmail.com

ENA COMMUNICATIONS

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June Tour Series at Roger Williams Park

The Roger Williams Park Conservancy is thrilled to announce our June Tour Series at RWP! Hope you can join us for a tour or two …or all five!

All Tours Depart from the Dalymple Boathouse (unless otherwise noted).

Thursday, June 1st, 5:30 pm
Architectural Elements in Roger Williams Park
Guide: Lauren Drapala
Board Member, Roger Williams Park Conservancy
Historic Preservation Specialist, DBVW Architects

Sunday, June 11th, 1 pm
Roger Williams Park By Boat
Guides: Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
* Meet at the Kayak Launch behind the Temple to Music *

Thursday, June 15th, 5:30pm
Notable Trees of Roger Williams Park
Guide: Doug Still, Providence City Forester

Thursday, June 22nd, 5:30 pm
Waterways and Landscape in Roger Williams Park
Guides: Megan Gardener, Landscape Architect, City of Providence
Brian Byrnes, Deputy Superintendent, Providence Parks Department

Thursday, June 29th, 5:30 pm
Statues of Roger Williams Park
Guide: Jessica David
Chair, Roger Williams Park Conservancy
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Community Investments
The Rhode Island Foundation

For more information and to RSVP: www.rwpconservancy.org

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – May 2017

ENA newsletter – May 2017

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

 

April is always busy with tree planting and cleanups. Not so obvious is the work done by residents to call attention to the inequalities in our city and to challenge policies that promote segregation and economic disparities among Providence residents. South Providence Neighborhood Association has been leading the way to address some of these issues that are not bound by neighborhood borders. Also in April, the Mayor announced new initiatives for Broad St while working on the EveryHome project to reclaim and renovate vacant homes. On the Elmwood corridor we’ve lost 2 eateries: The Elmwood Diner closed and Bamboo Garden moved to upper Broad St where there’s more parking.

 

With spring finally here May offers lots of ways to get out and meet neighbors. The hard work of meetings and discussions continues; but many events are coming up for exploring and enjoying the neighborhood: three Jane’s Walks, a celebration of Roger Williams Park, the Urban Pond Procession that celebrates nearby Mashapaug Pond, and lectures about the historic parts of Elmwood as prequels to the Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historic Homes in early June.

 

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Taking care of our trees

Working together, Elmwood neighbors continue to make our neighborhood a healthier and more verdant place.  During the month of April, an additional 50 street trees were planted in Elmwood.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Residents with street trees are reminded to weed and mulch the tree wells around their trees.  Young trees especially need regular watering from April to October. They need 15 gallons per week.

Within the next few weeks the City Forestry Department will prune older street trees in Elmwood between Public and Princeton.

 

Peace and Plenty Park and Community Garden

On a cold and gloomy Earth Day, 35 volunteers worked to brighten up Peace and Plenty Park. Charter Care, WINNCO, and neighbors pitched in to freshen our park for the upcoming season.  Another workday is scheduled for May 12.

Plant a garden this spring. Grow your own veggies. Peace and Plenty Garden still has a few plots available.  Contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

Addressing trash and litter

Are you tired of all the trash littering Elmwood streets? Are you ready to work on solutions? Christine Rayner has offered to head a task force to deal with the poor rate of recycling and the abundance of litter in our neighborhood. Please contact her at psyclorama@yahoo.com to join in. She is hosting a first task force meeting on Thursday, May 18.

 

The Mayor lays out plans for Broad St renewal

In an April 13 announcement at the Southside Cultural Center, Mayor Elorza described $4.3 million in funds and programs geared to revitalize Broad St. They include safety improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians and cultural tourism initiatives:

http://lprnoticias.com/2017/04/13/mayor-elorza-announces-expanded-investments-along-broad-street-corridor/

 

South Side development in the news

On April 10 the Providence Journal published an op ed about the concentration of poverty in the South Side of Providence. Thanks to Casby Harrison for writing this compelling piece: Concentrated Poverty, Concentrated Problems. Casby wrote that, “the Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits housing decisions that disproportionately adversely affect predominantly minority inner-city areas.”

Meanwhile, affordable housing advocates are asking for new rules to allow them to construct new housing units with higher population density allowances.The ProJo posted an article on April 21 that describes this view: http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170420/in-providence-affordable-housing-advocates-urge-building-rules-that-allow-for-higher-density

April 25 was the date scheduled to begin a 30-day public comment phase on the regulations of the Affordable Housing Bond. If housing policies and practices are the root cause of the economic segregation of our neighborhoods, then the proposed changes to density allowances need to be carefully considered.

On April 28, Providence Business News posted an article about the process of city planning: Some of Providence’s poorest neighborhoods are attracting developers. Residents want a say in what happens next.

 

EveryHome program expands control over vacant properties

On February 23 WPRI published a related article about housing: Providence agency seeks to acquire hundreds of vacant city homes. It describes the aim of the Providence Redevelopment Agency to take control of more than 300 vacant homes throughout Providence. This is the latest phase of Mayor Elorza’s EveryHome program. (Please note that there are errors in the article’s chart of addresses. Several Ward 9 addresses are listed as Ward 10 locations.) 

 

Working with Crossroads to improve the quality of life in South Side neighborhoods
     On Thursday, May 25, Karen Santilli of Crossroads Rhode Island will meet with South Side residents to provide information about their current activities & initiatives. This is an opportunity to engage in an in-depth dialogue on related challenges in our community, and identify ways that Crossroads might work with neighbors to address the issues together.

The meeting is hosted by South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA). For more information, contact Dwayne Keys atsouthprovneighbors@gmail.com or (401) 369-1334.

 

Broad St bus shelter becomes temporary housing for homeless people

     Although the new bus shelters on Broad St were intended to shelter RIPTA bus riders, the bus shelter in front of Salvation Army has become temporary housing for homeless people. It’s also a visible reminder that much work needs to be done to address poverty and homelessness in the South Side.

The South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA) is forming a task force to address the challenges of that location. To participate contact Dwayne Keys at (401) 369-1334 or southprovneighbors@gmail.com

You can help bring RIPTA into the discussion by reporting complaints and concerns about this site to RIPTA’s Customer Support Services. Contact RIPTA at (401) 784-9500, x 2012, Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm, and Saturday from 8am until 4pm. Or report online at http://www.ripta.com/contact-us.

 

Crime Watch Tips

Spring is in bloom. Better weather often brings an increase in suspicious activities in our neighborhoods. But it’s also a good time to take walks around the neighborhood, greeting people you meet, catching up with old friends, welcoming new residents to the neighborhood, and thereby building familiarity and community. Be cautious about leaving open doors and windows unattended. Report all incidents and suspicious activities to 272-1111. The May CW meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23.

 

Keep reading for meeting and event details and to see what else is happening.

 

Find general information about greening Elmwood, community policing, and city services in the reference guide emailed seasonally.

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S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

 

RECURRING ACTIVITIES

 

  • ·      May 18 – June 4 – The Wilbury Theatre Group presents Spring Awakening 
  • ·      
Tuesdays & Thursdays – Friends of Knight Book Sale

 

MAY EVENTS

 

  • ·      May – ECAS Teatro hosts creative theater workshops
  • ·      Saturday, May 6 – Celebrate Roger Williams Park
  • ·      Saturday, May 6 – Friends’ Book Sale
  • ·      Saturday, May 6 – Jane’s Walk: Roger Williams Park
  • ·      Saturday, May 6 – Jane’s Walk: Revisiting a Northern Elmwood Neighborhood in the Making
  • ·      Saturday, May 6, 6:00 pm – REVEL! A Gala for The Wilbury Group
  • ·      Sunday, May 7 – Jane’s Walk: Providence’s Latino Cultural Corridor: La Broa’/Broad St
  • ·      Monday, May 8 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • ·      Wednesday, May 10 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • ·      Wednesday, May 10 – PPS Spring Lecture:  The Knights of Elmwood
  • ·      Friday, May 12  – Work Day at Peace and Plenty Park
  • ·      Saturday, May 13 – 10th Annual Urban Pond Procession
  • ·      Thursday, May 18 – Meeting of Task Force for recycling & litter
  • ·      Saturday, May 20 – Meetup in Roger Williams Park
  • ·      Tuesday, May 23 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence (note date change)
  • ·      Wednesday, May 24 – PPS Spring Lecture: Historic Elmwood: An Architect’s View Inside and Out
  • ·      Thursday, May 25 – SPNA Meeting with Crossroads

JUNE EVENTS

  • ·      Multiple dates – Roger Williams Park Conservancy Tours of the Park
  • ·      Friday/ Saturday, June 2 & 3 – PPS Festival of Historic Houses
  • ·      Saturday, June 3 – Friends’ Book Sale

 

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RECURRING ACTIVITIES

 

 

May 18 – June 4 – 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

Tickets: $15-$35. Call 401.400.7100 or go to www.thewilburygroup.org

 

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

 

MAY EVENTS

 

May – ECAS Teatro presents creative theater workshops

Location: 57 Parkis Ave.

ECAS presents Creative Workshop Feat with Gustavo Ott, the Venezuelan playwright and a Children’s Theater Workshop.

For dates and details, phone 401 421 4327 or see Facebook (ECAS Theater, Inc.)

 

Saturday, May 6, 11 to 3 – Celebrate Roger Williams Park

Location: Roger Williams Park

Activities for all throughout the park including PVD Flea and food trucks, Joe’s Backyard Band, Jane’s Walk, guided trail walk, yoga at the Temple to Music, and free admission to the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium and the Botanical Center.

More information: www.rwpconservancy.org

 

Saturday, May 6, 12 to 4 – Friends’ Book Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

Shop here for Mother’s Day gifts!  Featured this month: children’s nonfiction and fantasy, gardening, home repair, cookbooks, baseball and boating, mystery, memoir and biographies.

To help with monthly sales, contact: Karen, karen_ena@earthlink.net

 

Saturday, May 6, 10 to 11 – Jane’s Walk: Roger Williams Park

Meet up location:  Statue of Roger Williams near Betsey Williams Cottage.

The RWP Conservancy will lead a walk through Roger Williams Park, describing some of the history, venues, sculpture, and landscape of the Park.

More information: http://janeswalk.org/united-states/providence/roger-williams-p/

 

Saturday, May 6, 12:30 to 2 – Jane’s Walk: Revisiting a Northern Elmwood Neighborhood in the Making

Meet up:  Dialysis Center of RI parking lot, 9 Plenty St

Jane’s Walk invites neighbors to lead walks in their neighborhoods. Doug Victor’s walk in northern Elmwood has been very informative in the past. Learn about the sites on his tour at http://janeswalk.org/united-states/providence/revisiting-northern-elmwood-neighborhood-making/

To register, go to: http://janeswalk.org/united-states/providence/

 

Saturday, May 6, 6:00 pm – REVEL! A Gala for The Wilbury Group

Location: Lobby of The Superman Building, 111 Westminster St.

Modern jazz by The Ben Shaw Quartet and Shakespeare-inspired rock by Bard the Band and performances by local artists Vanessa Gilbert and David Higgins while guests enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.  Desserts by local purveyors will sweeten the deal and pop-up performances by local entertainers will have guests wondering what theatrical adventure will arrive next!

Get tickets: http://thewilburygroup.org/revel.html

 

Sunday, May 7, 12 pm – Jane’s Walk: Providence’s Latino Cultural Corridor: La Broa’/Broad St

Meet up: 1070 Broad St

Broad Street is the city’s Latino Cultural Corridor where you can find Latin American restaurants, bakeries, bodegas and Chimi Trucks galore! Bring your appetite and be ready to enjoy music, dance, food and a day that will bring you closer to the place which Latinos refer to as La Broa’ and Providence’s Latino Cultural Corridor.

More information: http://janeswalk.org/united-states/providence/latino-history/

 

Monday, May 8, 6:00 to 7:45 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

Hot summer days demand library closures. What can be done to reduce the number of closures this summer? Participate in discussions about building improvements and library programs.

Contact: Debbie, deborah@gleegum.com

 

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

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

Meet with Rebecca Pazienza, a public relations consultant, to help her describe Elmwood for the GoProvidence Web site. Businesspeople are welcome to bring Elmwood Ave issues to the table at these meetings.

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

 

Wednesday, May 10, 6:00 to 7:00 pm – PPS Spring Lecture – The Knights of Elmwood

Location: Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

A lecture by art historian and board member, Deborah Del Gais in anticipation of PPS’s 2017 Festival of Historic Houses on June 2 and 3. There will be a light reception at 5:30 pm, with the lecture beginning at 6 pm.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pps-spring-lecture-the-knights-of-elmwood-tickets-32502059535

 

Friday, May 12, 10:00 am – Work Day at Peace and Plenty Park

Location: Peace and Plenty Park
Join the Wheeler School for a community service morning at Peace and Plenty Park. All are welcome. Weather permitting we will be re-staining the picket and stockade fences, priming the back of a neighbor’s garage for a future mural, and more!
Contact: Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

Saturday, May 13, 5:30 – 9:00 – 10th Annual Urban Pond Procession

Meet up location: Mashapaug Pond boathouse, behind Ocean State Plaza, 361 Reservoir Ave

The mile-long procession celebrating Mashapaug Pond will stop at Reservoir Avenue School and then proceed to Mashapaug Cove. The Extraordinary Rendition Band, What Cheer Brigade, and Big Nazo puppets will lead the way. This is UPP Arts’s 10th and final procession. After 10 years of supporting the Procession, UPP Arts will be passing the torch to community ownership.

Get details: http://www.upparts.org

To volunteer, contact Holly Ewald, holly@upparts.org

 

Thursday, May 18, 7 pm – Meeting of Task Force for recycling & litter

Location: 196 Congress Ave

Are you sick of all the trash littering Elmwood streets? Are you ready to work on solutions? Christine Rayner has offered to head a task force to deal with the poor rate of recycling and the abundance of litter.

Please contact her at psyclorama@yahoo.com to join in.

 

Saturday, May 20, 9:00 to 11:00 am – Meetup in Roger Williams Park

     There’s a monthly Meetup event on the third Saturday of the month for people wanting to explore the park’s beautiful 435 acres. Meet at the statue of Roger Williams between the Betsey Williams Cottage and the Casino in the Elmwood Ave side of the park.

Sign up at https://www.meetup.com/Exploring-Roger-Williams-Park/

 

Tuesday, May 23, 6:00 – 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence (note date change)

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. In April Angela Montiero and Matthew Peterson from Child and Family Services of RI presented a program on Foster Care. 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. 

 

Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 to 7:00 pm – PPS Spring Lecture – Historic Elmwood: An Architect’s View Inside and Out

Location: Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

A lecture by Elmwood resident and architect, Jim Barnes in anticipation of PPS’s 2017 Festival of Historic Houses on June 3. A light reception begins at 5:30 pm; the lecture begins at 6 pm.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pps-spring-lecture-historic-elmwood-houses-an-architects-view-inside-and-out-tickets-32502236063

 

Thursday, May 25 – SPNA Meeting with Crossroads

Location: To be determined

Meet with Karen Santilli of Crossroads Rhode Island to learn about their current activities & initiatives, have an in-depth dialogue on related challenges in our community, and identify ways that Crossroads might work with neighbors to address the issues together. The meeting is hosted by South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA).

For more information: contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.com or (401) 369-1334.

JUNE EVENTS

 

In June – Roger Williams Park Conservancy 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 lots more.

More information: http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/RogerWilliamsPark.aspx

 

Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3 – PPS Festival of Historic Houses

Location: Upper Elmwood Historic District

Enjoy self-guided tours of more than one dozen private, historic homes on Saturday, June 3, plus a neighborhood fair showcasing the area’s rich diversity. A Festival Preview Party to benefit PPS and Knight Memorial Library takes 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!

More information and registration: http://www.ppsri.org/events/view/139

 

Saturday, June 3, 12 to 4 – Friends’ Book Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

This is the final book sale of the spring season. It’s a good time to stock up on summer reading. There’s always something new at the book sale.

To help with monthly sales contact: Karen, karen_ena@earthlink.net

 

ENA COMMUNICATIONS

 

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Money Smart Workshops at Knight Memorial Library

Money Smart Workshops
FREE programs taught by experts! Refreshments provided at all workshops!

Money Management
Wednesday April 26 • 6:00pm
Learn skills about money management by an expert from Santander
Bank. There will be a question and answer period to discuss
your questions and issues. Refreshments provided.

Cyber Security
Saturday April 29 • 1:30pm
Rhode Island State Police will talk about the many forms of cyberterrorism
and online threats, plus teach smart Internet behavior, including the
implementation of safeguards against identify theft.
Refreshments provided.

Registration recommended: sign up at the front desk or call 467-2625.
For more Money Smart workshops (April 20 – May 18) about Understanding Social Security,
Medicare & Benefit Programs, Financing Education, Buying a First Home, Basic Banking,
Protecting Yourself from Cyber Threats, Budgeting & Building Credit, and programs
for Youth and Families, visit: www.provcomlib.org/money

Sponsored in part by a grant from Santander Bank.