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!

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

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 atbrookehammerle@gmail.com

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

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.

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S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

 RECURRING ACTIVITIES

  • 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

JULY EVENTS

  • 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

AUGUST EVENTS

  • 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

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RECURRING ACTIVITIES in JULY & AUGUST

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, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

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

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

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: https://rogerwilliamspark.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/movies-in-the-park/

JULY EVENTS

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, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, 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, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

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 http://pnpp.org

Contacts: Paula, (401) 941-5697 and Brooke, brookehammerle@gmail.com

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, 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 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. 

AUGUST EVENTS

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: http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/RWPPops.aspx

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

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1762694950641207/

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, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

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!

​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