2018 WBNA House Tour

For long-time residents of Rhode Island, or visitors to the Ocean State alike, an opportunity to explore Providence from the inside-out comes every year with the West Broadway Neighborhood Association’s Annual House Tour. Now in its fifth year, this year’s tour ”Creative Conversions” highlights artists’ homes and gardens — where creativity flourishes in live-work spaces and local urban gardens green the city-scape.
Presented in partnership this year with the Providence Preservation Society (PPS), the 2018 WBNA House Tour is a day-long invitation to step inside a dozen private homes, studios, and gardens creatively reimagined on Providence’s West Side. The tour area is nestled beside the Cranston Street Armory between Harrison and Hammond streets, and includes conversions of an 1870’s former firehouse, a long-abandoned church, and a modern take on the mid-19th-century lightning splitter.

The self-guided tour invites visitors and families to step inside West Side houses, remade and invigorated by the creative energy of their owners, and discover the secluded gardens that pepper the neighborhood. More than just a location of beautifully restored and renovated buildings, this neighborhood of Providence has become known as a place for people, with an historic streetscape and a thriving economy that fuels the city’s magnetic, creative energy.

Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance, $15 for students, seniors, and military. Children under 12, accompanied by an adult, may take the tour for free. House Tour booklets, available to visitors at when they check-in at the Welcome Center, will feature historic information about the area and highlights along the tour route. For tickets and event details, visit www.wbna.org.

Friday, October 5 | Preview Party | 6 to 9 p.m.
Alfred T. Mansfield House, 25 Hollywood Road
Enjoy an evening in one of the Armory district’s exquisitely renovated grand homes, with a silent art auction, all- local fine food including oysters, and open bar. Preview Party ticket purchases include complimentary House Tour tickets. Space limited. Buy tickets online.

Saturday, October 6 | WBNA House Tour: Creative Conversions | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The WBNA Annual House Tour is a day-long invitation to explore a dozen private homes, artist studios, and urban gardens creatively reimagined on Providence’s West Side. Self-guided tours begin at 10 a.m. Check-in at the Welcome Center, open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 46 Dexter Street.

Southside Community Land Trust’s Annual Fundraiser Set for Sept 25

Harvesting Hope is an annual fundraiser featuring food grown by Southside Community Land Trust-supported farmers to highlight the organization’s work to build a sustainable, local food system. Attendees will hear about our recent projects, including our work to connect land owners with aspiring farmers seeking affordable property where they can grow food. Harvesting Hope will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 25, at the Squantum Association, at 947 Veterans Memorial Pkwy., Riverside, RI.

This year, we’ve invited chefs from several of Rhode Island’s most exciting restaurants – including Gracie’s, Red Fin Crudo, Walrus & Carpenter and Bayberry – to develop small plates featuring fresh produce grown by farmers around the state who participate in our land access, farmer training and apprenticeship programs. The event will also offer wines and a signature cocktail by Bottles Fine Wine and beer brewed for the event by Union Station Brewery. Last year’s event co-chair, Gracie’s Chef Matthew Varga, will continue to participate in the event. Besides the high quality of the produce grown locally, what Varga most appreciates about SCLT is its work to grow a local, sustainable food system – and healthy food itself – that is available to anyone in the state who wants it. “They do so much for Providence and Rhode Island to promote high-quality food, and to help farmers, refugees and community gardeners. It’s incredible to see how they have grown and the amount of impact they have on the community.”

Tickets run $100 for the 6-8:30 p.m. main event and $150 for 5 p.m. entry to the pre-event cocktail party. Both include two drinks and can be purchased at http://www.501auctions.com/harvestinghope. SCLT  manages a network of 52 community gardens and urban farms, 21 of which it owns in Providence’s most economically challenged neighborhoods (Olneyville, the Southside and West End), where fresh, healthy food is least available. In addition to providing access to land SCLT offers education and agricultural resources so people in Rhode Island can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways, and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable and healthy food is available to all. SCLT is located at 109 Somerset Street in Providence, RI, 02907. For more information, please call 401-273-9419, or visit www.southsideclt.org

Roger Williams Park Conservancy Presents ‘Movies in the Park’

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Roger Williams Park Conservancy is presenting free, family-friendly films on Friday evenings at sunset on the Roger Williams Park Boathouse Lawn, across from the Carousel Village.  Presented in partnership with the Providence Children’s Film Festival, all events start with a selection of short films and will last approximately two hours.  Film screenings follow Food Truck Fridays at the Carousel Village, allowing audiences to enjoy a night out at Roger Williams Park for dinner and a movie.

Movies in the Park 2018 schedule:

Friday, July 20: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Charlie, a poor but hopeful boy, seeks one of five coveted golden tickets for a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory – a mind-bending world of pure imagination.

Friday, August 3: Landfill Harmonic (2015)

A film about the transformative power of music, Landfill Harmonic shares the true story of an unlikely orchestra: a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from Paraguay who play instruments made from repurposed junk.

Friday, August 17: The Muppets (2011)

When three Muppet fans learn that a greedy oil mogul wants to drill under the Muppet Theater, they set out to regroup the Muppets and put on one last show to save the theater.

For more information about Movies in the Park and other summer events presented by the Roger Williams Park Conservancy, visitwww.RWPConservancy.org or contact Info@RWPConservancy.org.  For Movies in the Park news and schedule updates, follow the Roger Williams Park Conservancy on Facebook or Twitter.

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.

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)