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.


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/.


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.


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.

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.


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)


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

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

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