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

Community Library Discussions

You are invited!  Join us as we discuss how Providence Community Library meets your needs. We want to listen to your ideas and suggestions for making the library the best it can be for you and your community.

We invite you, your family and neighbors to join us for an informal discussion about ways we can improve our programs and services.

Meetings are from 6pm-7:30pm and light refreshments will be served.

Monday, July 24:  Knight Memorial Library  (Meeting moved to South Providence.)

Tuesday, Aug 1  Olneyville Library

Wednesday, August 2:  Smith Hill Library

Tuesday, August 8:  Mount Pleasant Library

Thursday, August 10: Wanskuck Library

Tuesday, August 15:  Washington Park Library

Wednesday, August 16:  South Providence Library

Monday, August 21:  Rochambeau Library

Tuesday, August 22:  Fox Point Library

Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park held on the Roger Williams Park Boathouse Lawn (across from food truck Fridays and Carousel Village).
Free admission.
All movies start at sunset.

Friday July 14 – Sing (PG)

Friday, July 28 – The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

Friday, August 11 – A League of Their Own (PG)

Friday, August 25 – E.T. The Extra-terrestrial (PG)

Culinary Program Seeks Applicants

Community Kitchen Interviewing for Next Class

The Community Kitchen Program at the RI Community Food Bank is now interviewing for the next class that begins in mid-September 2017. The Community Kitchen provides training in basic culinary and job readiness skills for low-income or jobless adults committed to preparing for a career in food service.

This is a FREE 14-week full-time program (attendance is required: Monday – Friday9:00 – 4:00).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be…

  • At least 18 years old
  • Eager to work full-time in the food service industry
  • Able to show the legal right to work in the U.S. and provide documentation  (Social Security card required)
  • High School Graduate or have GED. If you are unable to provide documentation we will schedule an educational assessment
  • Able to provide notarized BCI dated within 3 months class start date
  • Physically able to stand and work for 8 hours, lift 50 lbs., and tolerate a hot kitchen environment
  • Clean and sober for at least one year

Download Our Flyer for More Details

Apply Online

Download Application

To receive an application by mail or for questions, please call:

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – July/August 2017

ENA newsletter – July/August 2017

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

Welcome to the Broad St Business District!

At a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 11, Broad St Business District was officially recognized as a “go to” place to eat and shop. Beautiful signs in Washington Park and Trinity Square now welcome visitors to Broad St in 6 languages, highlighting the international character of the street. Thanks to Marilyn Cepeda-Andujar for spearheading this effort.

ENA receives grant for Elmwood Ave map

ENA has received a grant from the Department of Arts Culture + Tourism to develop a map of Elmwood Ave. The $1675 grant will pay the graphic artist and enable the Elmwood Ave Business and Community Association to print and distribute several thousand copies. The card stock map will introduce residents and tourists to nearly 50 sites on the street.

PCL receives a donation from PPS

On Thursday June 29, Brent Runyon of Providence Preservation Society presented Providence Community Library with a check for $3500. The money came from the proceeds of the Preview Party for the 2017 Festival for Historic Houses, which took place in early June in the Northern Elmwood Historic District.

Volunteer with Friends of Knight donates seed money for endowment

Harriet Dever, a 3-year volunteer for the Friends of Knight Memorial Library has donated $2000 to Providence Community Library. Harriet spent happy times as a child in the children’s library on the ground floor. Now in her 90s, Harriet regularly helps out at library book sales held in the same room. Her donation will be used to start an endowment for the preservation of Knight Memorial Library.

New legislation limits liquor store hours in Providence

At the end of June RI Senators and Representatives voted unanimously to limit the hours of liquor stores within the city of Providence.  The law will be implemented on September 1, when liquor stores will push back their opening times to 9 am. This will affect the stores in South Providence that now open at 7 am.  Thanks to all those who attended the Broad St visioning meetings and asked for this change.

Apply by July 15 for fall planting of street trees

Would you like to have a street tree in front of your house or business? Once again, Elmwood residents are applying for a street tree grant from the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program. Applications must include at least five participating properties. Applicants for this round will plant the trees together as a community on a Saturday in October.
If you live in one of the following areas, and want a *free* street tree, please make contact as soon as possible in order to be included.

  • Sumter, Gallatin, Warrington, and Sacket between Broad and Niagara Streets. Please contact Paula at(401) 941-5697.
    • Areas within one block of Hamilton Street, from Public Street to Atlantic Ave. Please contact Brooke

Those outside of the areas above can organize and apply for their own tree grant.  Contact the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program or reach out to one of the veteran tree leaders above for information and support.
There has been great progress toward making Elmwood a greener, healthier neighborhood, but many more trees are needed. Every tree helps! Tree planting is fun and a great way to meet your neighbors.

Peace and Plenty Garden News

Gardeners are ecstatic. The New England Grassroots Environmental Foundation has awarded the garden a grant to purchase tools and build a tool shed. The structure will be designed to complement the rain barrel shelter designed and built by Down City Design a few years back. Stay tuned for a call for volunteers to help on the build day!

Stop by the garden to check out the newly installed Bug Hotel provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Service.

On Wednesday, June 21 the garden opened the Outdoor Classroom with 54 first graders from the Bailey School having a hands-on garden experience. The students planted okra, and picked and tasted rhubarb and mint before releasing ladybugs.

Celine Schmidt, a Brown/RISD student has completed a documentary on the garden. There will be a public viewing onJuly 12 at 10:30 at Elmwood Nursing and Rehab.

The Center for Southeast Asians and Southside Community Land Trust are running a summer camp two mornings a week focused on gardening and nature stewardship. CSEA has a plot in the garden where they’re growing delectable edibles.

The garden is pleased that these neighborhood businesses and non-profits also have plots in the garden: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Elmwood, the Y Youth Program on Broad, and the WIC Program at Charter Care in the Saint Joseph’s facility.

Peace and Plenty Park Summer Activities

Friends of Peace and Plenty Park have a busy schedule this summer including a free lunch program, yoga, reading for kids, nature classes, and physical activities with the Y. Ice cream and entertainment events are also being planned.

Roger Williams Park Activities

RWP has a great lineup of events this summer: Food Truck Fridays, Movies in the Park, Shakespeare in the Park in July, and RI Philharmonic’s free concert in August. When visiting the park, remember that the traffic patterns have changed. The long loop around Cunliff and Edgewood Lakes, along Frederick C. Greene Memorial Boulevard is now a one-way greenway with separate lanes for walking/bicycling, driving, and parking.

Find a map at the Web site below. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a calendar of events:

Summer noise too loud?

Fourth of July weekend is always noisy in Elmwood, and we can expect loud outdoor parties throughout the summer despite ordinances that restrict the noise level and hours of loud music. Police have begun fining party hosts when noise is excessive. Voice a complaint at 272-3121. If your concerns are dismissed, ask to speak to the Desk Sergeant at 243 6191.

Summer Safety Tips

Unattended open doors and windows are invitations to thieves. Keep valuables away from windows. Don’t advertise flat screen TVs and laptops by exposing them to the street. Secure air conditioners from the inside as thieves can easily remove them to gain entry into a house.

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.


S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S


  • Various days – Activities in Peace & Plenty Park
  • Wednesdays – Sankofa Market and book sale
Tuesdays & Thursdays – Friends of Knight Book Sale
  • Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park
  • Fridays – Movies in Roger Williams Park


  • Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park
  • Wednesday, July 12 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • July 15 – Deadline for applying to PNPP for street trees
  • Thursday, July 20 – Shakespeare in the Park
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, July 27 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting


  • Friday, August 4, 7:00 to 9:00 pm – RWP Pops
  • Sunday, August 13, Dominican Parade and 29th Annual Dominican Music and Cultural Festival
  • Wednesday, August 23, 6:00 – 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, August 24 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting



Various Days – Activities in Peace and Plenty Park

Free Lunch Program, Mondays through Fridays from 11:00 to 1:00, July 5 through August 18.
Anyone under 18 qualifies for a free lunch. The program is a partnership of the City’s Healthy Communities Office and SODEXO.

Saturday Morning Yoga from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Saturdays, July 8 through August 26. All are welcome, including kids.

Summer Reading for Kids (ages 3 – 7) begins at 10:00 am on Tuesdays, July 11 through August 16. Bring your kids for story time with Miss Allison from Knight Memorial Library.

Get Physical for Kids with the YMCA Youth Program, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 – 12:00 noon until August 18.

Nature Classes – Dates and times to be determined. The National Fish and Wildlife Service and Providence Parks Department will be offering nature classes. More details to follow.

Ice Cream and Entertainment – We’ll have some great music and other fun and, as usual, ice cream cones for everyone. Stay tuned for more information.

Contact: Doug,

Wednesdays, July 5 to 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:

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,

Food Truck Fridays, 5 to 9 pm

Location: Roger Williams Park by the Carousel Parking Lot

Take the family to the carousel and playground, take a walk around the park, bicycle on the newly paved streets. And sample a variety of delicious food and drinks sold by Providence area food trucks. On Friday, August 4 food trucks will be at the free RWP Pops Concert at the Temple to Music.

More information:

Fridays, Movies in the Park, sunset

Location: Dalrymple Boat House Lawn

Visit the food trucks at Carousel Village. At sunset take a blanket or chair to the Boat House lawn to watch a movie:Sing (July 28); The Secret Life of Pets (July 14); A League of Their Own (August 11); E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (August 25).

 More information:


Tuesday, July 4, 7:00 pm – Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park

Live entertainment from Soraiya and Navy Band Northeast, food corral featuring culinary delights from the Ocean State, Fireworks over Narragansett Bay.

Wednesday, July 12, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

Next steps in map distribution and Elmwood Ave beautification.

RSVP to Karen,, 401 941 8249

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

Wednesday, July 12 10:30 pm – Showing of a new short film about Peace and Plenty garden

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

Celine Schmidt, a Brown/RISD student has completed a documentary on the garden. Come learn more about the garden.

Contact: Doug Victor,

July 15 – Deadline for applying for next round of street trees

Applications for the next round of Providence Neighborhood Planting Program’s street trees must be postmarked byJuly 15. Read more above about streets in Elmwood that have already applied for trees. Learn more about the program and download an application at

Contacts: Paula, (401) 941-5697 and Brooke,

Thursday, July 20, 7 pm to 9 pm – Shakespeare in the Park

Location: Roger Williams Park, The Temple to Music

Presented by RI Latino Arts and Trinity Repertory Company, this is a bilingual English-Spanish production.

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.

To confirm the date, contact Dwayne Keys, 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 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,

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


Friday, August 4, 7:00 to 9:00 pm – RWP Pops

Location:  Roger Williams Park, Temple to Music

You’re invited to a free concert featuring the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy inspiring favorites like the 1812 Overture, Fanfare for the Common Man, Stars and Stripes Forever, and Star Wars. Food Truck Friday will relocate to the Temple to Music for this special event.

More information:

Sunday, August 13, Dominican Parade and 29th Annual Dominican Music and Cultural Festival

10 am to 12 noon: Dominican Parade on Broad St

12 noon to 7:30 pm: Festival at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park

A day of cultural pride and music of the Dominican-American community in Rhode Island. This year the organization celebrates its 29th Annual Festival. The Dominican Festival is one of the most attended events in Rhode Island. The activities are coordinated by Quisqueya en Accion.

Contact: 401 941 2749


Wednesday, August 23, 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. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.

For agenda updates, contact Doug,

Note: Crime Watch meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. 

Thursday, August 24 – 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.

To confirm the meeting, and/or to get on the SPNA mailing list, contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.comor (401) 369-1334.
Note: SPNA meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

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

CONTACT: Janet Fuentes 860-550-0745

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

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.

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


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


  • 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)


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


  • 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 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

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:

To register for the Cranston cohort:

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 or

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

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

 Registration Form 2017