Sankofa World Market – Every Wednesday at Knight Memorial Library

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

 

 

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

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

Join us for the Sankofa Opening Day Celebration

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

Head to Knight Memorial Library on June 20 for

 

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

Free Summer Learning Program

RISING 1ST GRADERS – RISING 5TH GRADERS

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

6  WEEK SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

Free from 9am – 5pm

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

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

What is Summer Learning Loss?

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

Summer Participants will have the following opportunities:

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

 

  • FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
  • ONLY 90 SPOTS AVAILABLE

 

MUST ATTEND A PROVIDENCE PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Spanish_SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM APPLICATION 2018

SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM APPLICATION 2018

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

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

https://www.providenceschools.org/bradford

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

 

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

https://www.providenceschools.org/bradford

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

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – June 2018

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

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

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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

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

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

ELMWOOD DEVELOPMENT NEWS

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

Good Fortune comes to Cadillac Dr

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

Southern Elmwood is designated as an Opportunity Zone

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

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

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS

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

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

Friends of Knight Memorial Library News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PVD Fest 2018
June 7-10

  PVDFest 2018 is an exciting gathering of live music, dance, food, and visual art installations that transforms the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island.  Artists from across the globe join with the Ocean State’s finest for a free outdoor party that inspires the soul, fires the spirit, and has thousands dancing in the streets. The cityscape pulses with cultural energy and urban spectacle in this Creative Capital celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENTS  RECURRING EACH WEEK

Food Truck Fridays
Fridays, 5:00 pm 

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

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

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

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

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

EVEN MORE IS HAPPENING!

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

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

Zoning Board Hears Appeal on 1292 Westminster – May 8, 2018

TOMORROWMay 9 at 5:30pm444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor

The Zoning Board of Review will hear an appeal tomorrow brought forward by a neighbor against the decision of the City Plan Commission (CPC) to grant Preliminary Plan Approval for a proposed development at 1292 Westminster.

The CPC’s decision made at its February meeting included the granting of waivers from submission of all required plans for state approvals as well as a reduction in required parking. There are conditions for these approvals such as allowing a lien on the property at 334 Carpenter for parking assurances for 1292 Westminster and several others (see February CPC minutes for details).

While the Zoning Board of Review is not scheduled to hear public testimony on May 9, it makes an impact to have a crowd of stakeholders present at the meeting. Neighbors are encouraged to attend and, if possible, make your opinion known silently by holding signs that reflect your concerns & opposition.

For background on this issue including related articles, documents, and design plans, click here.

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Details of Zoning Board of Review/Appeals Meeting 
What: Appeal of City Plan Commission decision granting Preliminary Plan Approval for 1292 Westminster Street
When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 5:30pm
Where: 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room (Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building)

Rendering of proposed five story development at 1292 Westminster, northwest view (ZDS Architects)

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – May 2018

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

May brings sun and warm weather plus building development meetings and celebrations,
community get togethers, and fundraising dinners.

Thanks to all the volunteers who help make Elmwood sparkle!
     Thanks to all the organizations who supported greening and cleaning events last month and to the volunteers who planted more than 60 trees on residential streets in southern Elmwood, on Huntington Ave, and on Broad St. The trees on Huntington Ave are a first step towards redeveloping the roadway that leads from Rt 10 through the West End to Elmwood. Special thanks to Partnership for Providence Parks, the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, the City’s Forestry DepartmentTD Bank’s Green Streets program contributed trees, tools, mulch, snacks, and guidance, and to Quisqueya in Action for organizing the Broad St planting and cleanup.

Friends of Locust Grove Cemetery are needed
Thanks also to Ward Weathers and 21 friends and neighbors who aerated and mulched 80 trees in Locust Grove Cemetery, the largest open space in Elmwood. In past years residents of adjoining properties bought and planted nearly 90 trees in the cemetery. Additional fruit trees were planted with the help of the City and more residents. Want to join in this effort? Park advocates and hands on volunteers are needed to care for this historic cemetery on a more regular schedule. It will be rewarding work as the trees grow and the fruit trees bear fruit.  Contact Ward Weathers at weathersw@gmail.com to say you’re interested in becoming a Friend of Locust Grove.
Peace and Plenty Park and Garden News
With two successful cleanups in April involving over 80 participants, both the garden and park are ready for their more active seasons. And yet, more improvements are on their way. The park will get new fencing this week; a newly donated exterior bulletin board will soon be installed; and Wheeler School students will help with other maintenance on May 11. Two notable projects are underway: The Y Youth Program on Broad Street will create a large mural for the park; and the Peace and Plenty Outside Art Gallery will open its first show this summer.
Want a garden plot or to join the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park? Contact: Doug Victor at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Plants, seeds and mulch for your own gardens and street trees
     Give your own street trees a hand up this spring by aerating and mulching them. Mulch left over from tree care in Locust Grove Cemetery is available at no charge to Elmwood residents. Just bring a shovel and container to the cemetery and collect mulch left behind in several piles.
Find Rare and Unusual Plants for your gardens at City Farm’s annual sale on May 19 and 20.
And don’t forget that the South Providence Library has launched its 2018 Seed Exchange program. Everyone is welcome to receive free seeds for a summer garden. Thanks to Ocean State Job Lot, URI, and local growers for donating seeds and to URI Master Gardener Program volunteers.

Join in to refresh Elmwood Ave planters
We’re not finished greening yet! On Saturday, May 19 AARP RI sponsors a planter renewal project on Elmwood Ave. AARP is supplying ornamental grasses (and volunteers) to fill nearly 40 planters on the street. Join in!

RI Foundation hosts Together RI conversations
“Sit down with other diverse, engaged people and see what comes up—there’s bound to be common interests and healthy conversation.” RI Foundation has launched a series of 20 neighborly get-togethers called Together RI. Each session offers the chance for people to talk face-to-face with each other over family-style meals. The last of the series is in Elmwood at the Elmwood Community Center on Saturday morning, May 5. It’s a good opportunity to meet your neighbors.

Participate in a Jane’s Walk 
Join the Jane’s Walk festival on May 4, 5, and 6. Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of citizen-led walking conversations inspired by community activist Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbors. Volunteers have led free walking tours in more than 200 cities around the world, including dozens in Providence.Thirteen walks are planned in Providence this weekend.

Roger Williams Park hosts a series of spring walking tours
Participate in free walking tours to explore different elements of the park. Find details of these and other park activities at the RWPconservancy.org.
Note: On the first Saturday of the month, Providence residents get into the zoo, botanical gardens, and museum for free.

Revitalization of Bomes Theater
The revitalization of Bomes Theater, a long abandoned theater on Broad St, will soon be underway!  The Providence Redevelopment Agency  (PRA) has worked to prepare the building for reuse by completely clearing out debris inside the building, completing a structural analysis of the building, and engaging a group of graduate students from Harvard University to assist in analyzing the best reuse options for the building and assisting in marketing the site. On April 20 the PRA signed a purchase and sales agreement with a local community member who will be renovating the building back to its original splendor as a community event space with two retail storefronts on the ground floor. The revitalization of the building is a great historic preservation success story, and returns the building back to being a vital and vibrant part of Broad Street and the neighborhood.
A meeting on Monday, May 14 will address the impact on the neighborhood. A press conference will be held on Thursday, May 17.

Addressing night club and events noise

     Jesus Tintin, the owner of Broad Street’s Mi Sueno nightclub has been a generous contributor to Broad St initiatives; but the noise from Sunday afternoon “Car Shows” at the club is intruding on the peace and quiet that nearby residents seek on their weekends. Tintin has appeared before the Board of Licenses twice in response to complaints about noise emanating from the events. Tintin has been asked to reduce the volume, decrease the event hours from 12-8 pm to 12-7 pm with music shut off by 6:00, and use a noise meter to monitor the noise levels. Police have been directed to measure noise at the properties of neighbors affected by the noise. BOL has also asked for clarification of a letter signed by Safety Commissioner Pare that seemingly gives permission for noise that exceeds levels permitted by the City’s noise ordinance. The next hearing will be on Thursday, May 10.
In the meantime, The Jewelry District Association is holding a round table discussion onMay 8 to address the impact of Providence Night Life on residents. It’s a good opportunity to discuss these issues with another neighborhood group.

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, 2017.

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S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

MAY MEETINGS and EVENTS

  • Wednesday, May 2  – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • Saturday, May 5  – Together RI: Meal and Conversation in Elmwood

      Saturday, May 5  – Sankofa Market Season Kickoff

Sunday, May 6  – ENA Advisory Board meeting

  • Tuesday, May 8  – Providence Night Life, a Round Table discussion by the Jewelry District Association
  • Wednesday, May 9  – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • Wednesday, May 9  & Thursday, May 10  – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Dealers Book Sale
    Wednesday, May 9 – Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
  • Thursday, May 10  – 3rd Board of License hearing re: Mi Sueno Car Show noise
  • Friday, May 11  – Peace and Plenty Park Cleanup with the Wheeler School

    Monday, May 14  – Community Meeting about Bomes Theater
    Thursday, May 17 – Press conference celebrating the development of Bomes Theater

  • Thursday, May 17  – Global Eats: An International Culinary Celebration to support Dorcas International Institute
  • Friday, May 18 – PVD Bike to Work Day
  • Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20– SCLT’s Rare and Unusual Plant Sale
  • Saturday, May 19 – Renew planters on Elmwood Ave
  • Wednesday, May 22– Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, May 23  – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting

 

  • Thursday, May 31  – Sankofa Eats presents Chef Michelle Tulloch


RECURRING ACTIVITIES in MAY

  • Weekly BOOK SALEs by Friends of Knight Memorial Library
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30; Wednesdays, 5:00 to 7:30.
  • City of Providence meetings

o   City Plan Commission meets monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 4:45

o   Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets monthly on 3rdWednesday at 4:45

o   City Council meetings 1st and 3rd Thursdays in City Hall
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MAY MEETINGS and EVENTS

Wednesday, May 2, 6:00 to 7:30 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
Location: Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave
Libraries rely on Friends groups to advocate for library needs. The Friends of Knight Memorial run frequent book sales to raise money for library programs and are developing an online site for buying new books for the library. The May meeting will report on upcoming building improvements and address cooling issues during the coming summer.
Contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com
Note: Friends meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6 – Jane’s Walks around Providence
      Thirteen walks are scheduled for the coming weekend including three in our neighborhood:

  • May 5, 10:30 to 12 – Trinity Square. Meet up at Southside Cultural Center parking lot and end at Sankofa Market’s season kickoff event. Led by long-time Elmwoodian Doug Victor.
  • May 5, 1:00 to 2:30 – Experiencing Broad Street. Meet up at Parkview Café, 1228 Broad St. Led by Elmwoodian, architect, and RISD professor Jim Barnes.
  • May 5, 3:00 to 4:30 – Discovering Roger Williams Park. Meet up at the monument to Roger Williams at the Park’s Elmwood Ave entrance. Led by Christopher Ackley, a memer of the Board of Directors of the RWP Conservancy.

Information about these and other walks: doorsopenri

Saturday, May 5, 9:00 to 10:30 am – Together RI: Meal and Conversation in Elmwood
Location: Elmwood Community Center, 155 Niagara St
Bring your ideas to the table. Share a meal and conversation with other Providence residents as part of RI Foundation’s Together RI initiative.
Register on line: https://www.togetherri.org 

Saturday, May 5, 11 am to 3:00 pm – Sankofa Market Season Kickoff
Location: Southside Cultural Center
Sankofa brings fresh produce, crafts, a food truck, and more to Trinity Square.
Note: Sankofa will pop up at the Southside Cultural Center from 11 to 3 on the 1st Saturday of each month and at Knight Memorial Library every Wednesday afternoon/evening from June 20 to October 31.

Sunday, May 6, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – ENA Advisory Board meeting
Location: Home of Jon Andrade on Adelaide Ave
Advisory board meets monthly to develop outreach efforts and define the direction of ENA. Jon will be preparing Peruvian taste treats so please RSVP to him and/or Paula in advance and ask for his house number.
Contacts: Paula Donovan, paula.on.lenox@gmail.com or Jon Andrade,jon.andrade@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 8, 5 pm – Providence Night Life, a Round Table discussion by the Jewelry District Association
Location: South Street Landing, Rm 498, Jewelry District
The Jewelry District Association invites the public to attend a round table discussion that includes Police Chief Hugh Clements, Public Safety Commissioner Pare, and representatives from the Board of Licenses, Responsible Night Life Organization, and City Council.

Contact via http://www.jewelrydistrict.org/

Wednesday, May 9, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Final planning for the revitalization of Elmwood Ave planters, scheduled for May 19. Report from a discussion with Paul M Farber of Philadelphia’s Monument Lab, a series of events that engaged residents in discussions about the city’s monuments.
RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, (401) 941-8249
Note: EBCA meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday May 9, 5:00 – 7:30 & Thursday May 10, 10:30 – 12:30 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Dealers Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
Book dealers are invited to take a close look at 12,000 donated books and more. All dealers are welcome.
For more information, contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 – 7:30pm – Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
Location: Sankofa Community Room, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, 70 Westfield Street, West End
Work with residents, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive community-based strategy for resolving the large number of problem properties in the West End and South Side.
Learn more: Follow us on Facebook or visit our website.
Join the group: Contact Teresa Guaba, Project Coordinator, Teresa_guaba@cycprovidence.org.
Note: N4R meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, May 10, 5:00 – 3rd Board of License hearing re: Mi Sueno Car Show noise
Location: Probate Courtroom, City Hall, 5th floor
Prior to the next BOL hearing, read the meeting minutes for reasons why the BOL has allowed car shows to continue at Mi Sueno through May 6. Listen to the audio tape of the hearing starting at about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Friday, May 11, 9:30 to 12:30 – Peace and Plenty Park Cleanup with the Wheeler School
Location: Peace and Plenty Park
Join the Friends of the Park and Wheeler School students for park maintenance.
Contact: Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Monday evening, May 14  – Community Meeting about Bomes Theater
Location: TBD 
Bring your concerns about the development of Bomes Theater as an events center, including locations of parking. The new owner, Mr. Taveras and Rep. Grace Diaz will attend.
For more information: Paula, paula.on.lenox@gmail.com

Thursday, May 17, 12 noon – Press conference celebrating the development of Bomes Theater
Location: Bomes Theater, Broad St at Gallatin
     Join Mayor Elorza, the PRA, the new owner of Bomes Theater, and other community and preservation leaders to celebrate!

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 to 9:00 – Global Eats: An International Culinary Celebration to support Dorcas
Location: Fete Music Hall, 103 Dike St, Olneyville
Join Dorcas International Institute of RI for an international culinary celebration to support our work and honor the vibrancy of RI’s diverse community. For this unique fundraising event, local chefs will recreate family dishes from around the world. Participating chefs represent Waterman Grille, Leon’s, El Rancho Grande, Laughing Gorilla, Troup, Jamestown Fish, Red Fin, Los Andes, XO Café, and more.
Get tickets and more information: globaleats.org or email info@globaleats.org

Friday, May 18th, 7am to 10am – PVD Bike to Work Day
Meet up location: Burnside Park in Kennedy Plaza downtown
Bike to Work Day is the origin of all National Bike Month events. Started in 1956, this day is a time to try out commuting to work by bike. This year there will be a big celebration in Burnside Park downtown from 7 to 9 am with free food, booths with community organizations, and a few special guests to applaud your bicycling efforts. There will also be bike trains coming into downtown from all parts of the city, so you don’t have to bike alone.Thanks to the City of Providence for helping make this event happen every year!
Join us later in the day for the Bike to Work Afterparty!

Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 10 am to 2 pm – SCLT’s Rare and Unusual Plant Sale

Location:  City Farm, 168 West Clifford (at Dudley) in the Southside
Southside Community Land Trust’s spring sale features hundreds of varieties of sustainably grown annuals, perennials, and fruit and vegetable plant starts – roughly 20,000 in all. Local performers entertain shoppers with live music. Experienced gardeners are on hand to answer your gardening questions. Proceeds support SCLT’s education and community outreach programs.
More informationhttps://www.southsideclt.org/rare-unusual-plant-sale/

Saturday, May 19, 10:30 to 12:30 – Renew planters on Elmwood Ave
Meet up location: Providence Assembly of God Church, 353 Elmwood Ave
Help AARP volunteers and the Elmwood Ave Business and Community Association (EBCA) renew the planters on Elmwood Ave with ornamental grasses. Planting will be followed by lunch at the church.
Contacts: Darlene Reza Rossi, drezarossi@aarp.org; Doug Victor,doug.crimewatch@gmail.com; Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net

Wednesday, May 22, 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. James Barrows, who reports on incidents in the previous month. Talk face to face with the police commander to resolve quality of life issues.
For agenda updates contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com
Note: Crime Watch meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 to 8:00 – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting
Location: Community Prep School on Somerset St, Upper South Providence
To get on the SPNA mailing list, contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.com, (401) 369-1334.
Note: SPNA meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Thursday, May 31, 6:00 to 8:00pm – Sankofa Eats presents Chef Michelle Tulloch
Location: Sankofa Community Room, 70 Westfield St in the West End

     West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation (WEHDC) is proud to host its firstSankofa Eats! – a series of community meals. The series is a way to gather community residents, allies, and business owners in support of transformative programming offered by WEHDC. Sankofa Eats! will be focused on improving nutrition and ways that individuals can receive access to local healthy foods.
Our initial meal will celebrate the completion of our community kitchen and greenhouse. Michelle Tulloch, our chef of the evening is the creator of Eden’s Bowls, a business that offers meal prep and planning services based on a whole foods and a plant-based diet, and catering services.
Get tickets on eventbrite.
More information: (401) 453-3220, ext 11; sankofamarket@westelmwood.org

RECURRING ACTIVITIES in MAY

BOOK SALEs by Friends of Knight Memorial Library
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30; Wednesdays, 5:00 to 7:30
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
May features a great selection of books on gardening, nature, pet care, baseball, golf, boating, and Jewish experience at unbeatable prices, plus these fantastic discounts:  Soft cover fiction, 10 for $1.00. VHS tapes, 6 for $1.00. Select LPs, 10 for $1.00. Select CDs, 4 for $1.00. Select DVDs, 2 for $1.00.
With over 12,000(!) items in stock we are known for our quality and prices. Called “The best little book store in town.” Proceeds support our historic Knight Memorial Library. Book, LP, CD, DVD donations are happily accepted during open hours.
Want to volunteer? Contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.

City of Providence Commission Meetings
Location: 444 Westminster St, Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
Many neighborhood decision-making discussions have taken place in such meetings.Agendas are published at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting and are available athttp://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
  • City Council meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays in City Hall

ENA COMMUNICATIONS

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Reach of the ENA monthly newsletter: 58 members of the Elmwood Exchange and 158 additional neighbors, city officials, and staff of community organizations. To unsubscribe from ENA mailings, please email Karen at karen_ena@earthlink.net.

SustainPVD Fair to be held May 19th — Now Seeking Exhibitors! – May 2018

Building off the success of last year’s Community Energy Fair, the Office of Sustainability is once again partnering with the Rhode Island Sierra Club, People’s Power & Light, and others to host this year’s SustainPVD Fair.

Events will include the Compost WorkshopRain Barrel Workshop, information on how to reduce waste and make your home more energy efficient, and how to go solar. There will also be a special workshop hosted by the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee to learn about Energy Democracy and the City’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. This community event will be family friendly and include free food and music.

We are looking for vendors to complete the event with interactive exhibits. Attendees will be guided through the event with volunteers and a worksheet to help them take in all the information and encourage them to engage with vendors. Apply via this form by April 30th. Space is limited and preference will be given to those who demonstrate creative and active displays, as well as those who can provide information in Spanish. The goal of the event is for participants to walk away with resources and information to help them take action in their home, at work, and throughout their community to help make Providence greener and healthier.

Please email any questions to SustainPVD@ProvidenceRI.gov.

Apply Here!