Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – August 2018

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

     August will be another hot month and another great month to enjoy activities in neighborhood parks. For the first time entertainers will liven up Columbus Square at the junction of Elmwood Ave and Reservoir Ave. Summer activities continue at Peace and Plenty Park and Roger Williams Park.  It’s also time to prepare to vote in upcoming elections and to meet candidates who will be on the primary ballot in early September.

Neighborhood park activities
     On July 26 fifty-seven people came out to Peace and Plenty Park to enjoy the wonderful drumming of Sidy Maiga and Friends, free ice cream cones, and good neighborhood vibes. There’s another chance to hear Sidy in Columbus Square on Tuesday, August 21.  Project 401 (a hip hop collective with positive social messages) and

the RI Bucket Drummers will also be livening up Columbus Square mid August.

     Peace and Plenty Park activities in August include free meals for kids under 18, Saturday morning yoga, and workshops to keep kids active and learning during the summer. While you’re there, check out the new fence, bulletin board, and little free library. Thanks to the Parks Department and Friends of Peace and Plenty Park for their contributions to its multi-year improvement plan and to the Partnership for Providence Parks and the City’s Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism for supporting a rich schedule of events.
Betsey Williams Cottage opens up this month at Roger Williams Park. The annual Dominican Festival takes place on August 12 at the Temple to Music. Food Truck Fridays and open air movies are great ways to celebrate the end of the week.

Meet your elected officials and political candidates
      On Wednesday, August 15 you can meet your elected officials in Ward 11 at Peace and Plenty Park.  On August 22, The RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty is hosting its City Council Candidate Forum – Housing Crisis at the Elmwood Community Center.

Neighbors for Revitalization

     A big thank you to Teresa Guaba for coming to the July Crime Watch Meeting to talk about the important work of Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) in the West end and Southside.N4R works with residents, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders to address three challenges that face West End and Southside communities: a high number of vacant and abandoned properties, lack of affordable housing, and a high concentration of social services. To learn more contact Teresa Guaba, Project Coordinator,Teresa_guaba@cycprovidence.org

Crime Watch Tips

  • It’s hot, but don’t leave open windows and doors unattended.
    Install air conditioners securely so they cannot be easily removed from the outside.
  • Be cautious of thieves who pose as home repairmen and access homes with ladders.
  • Keep doors, including garage doors, locked and keep windows secured.
  • Keep trash barrels away from open windows where they can be used as step stools to access homes.
  • If you are expecting the delivery of a package during a time when you are not home, make arrangements with a neighbor to watch for deliveries and take them in until you return home.


There are plenty of opportunities in Elmwood for keeping kids active and
entertained through the end of the summer, including new entertainment events in Columbus Square.
Farmers markets pop up weekly throughout the summer on Broad St,
Elmwood Ave, and Trinity Square.
Food trucks and movie nights have returned to RWP.
And there are plenty of opportunities to join neighbors working together
to improve Elmwood.

Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Wednesday, August 8, 9:00 – 10:30

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

KML Friends Meeting
Monday, August 6, 6:00 to 7:30
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave

For more information, contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com

Note: Friends meetings are usually held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

30th Annual Dominican Music and Cultural Festival
Sunday, August 12, 10 am to 7:30 pm
Temple to Music, Roger Williams Park
The Dominican Parade starts at the corner of Thurbers and Broad at 10 am. The festival’s performances, food sales, and information booths open at 12:00 at the Temple to Music. The festival is coordinated by Quisqueya en Acción.
Tel: (401) 996-0974
Info:  http://www.rilatinoarts.org/RILatinoFestivals.html – !

Meet your Elected Officials
Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 to 8:00 (Rain date is August 16)
Peace and Plenty Park
Spend an evening with local neighborhood officials – Senator Ana Quezada, Representative Grace Diaz and Ward 11 Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris. Ice cream cones and other light refreshments will be served.

Project 401, a grassroots hip-hop collective
Thursday, August 16, 7:00 to 8:00
Columbus Square (at Reservoir and Elmwood Ave)
Project 401 is popular hip hop group working to inspire youth and unify communities. Encourage your kids and neighborhood kids to attend this free event.
More informationhttps://www.project401.org/https://www.facebook.com/Project401/

Back to School RI: the connection between housing, childhood learning and health
Saturday, August 18, 9 am to 12 pm
West End Community Center, 109 Bucklin St
The City of Providence and Back to School RI welcomes the HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. The event will highlight work underway to address lead hazards, build awareness of the need for lead hazard control, and create lead-safe, healthy, and affordable neighborhoods. The event will include a brief speaking program, local property tour, and a family resource fair.
More info: Kimberly Gonzalez, kgonzalez@providenceri.gov or 401 680 5379, ext 5379

RI Bucket Drummers
Saturday, August 18, 5:00 to 6:00
Columbus Square (at Reservoir and Elmwood Ave)
The bucket drummers use found objects to create energetic music: 5-gallon plastic buckets, laundry detergent buckets, cat litter buckets, trash cans and a cymbal made from a metal strainer. They perform at schools, private events, community centers, and fairs, but their most fulfilling experience is performing at youth workshops. Come on down for this free event.
More info: http://providenceonline.com/stories/the-heartbeat-of-community,26708https://www.facebook.com/ribucketdrummers/

Sidy Maiga, Master Drummer from Mali, West Africa
Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 to 8:00
Columbus Square (at Reservoir and Elmwood Ave)

     Sidy Maiga plays traditional Malian music and a fusion of Malian music with Latin, Blues, and Brazilian. He has been sharing the joy of drumming with students for 16 years. He brings alive the voice of the djembe, a West African drum.
More infohttp://sidymaiga.com/

Providence City Council Candidate Forum – Housing Crisis
Wednesday, August 22, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Elmwood Community Center on Atlantic Ave
This forum is sponsored by the RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty.

Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence – canceled
Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 – 7:30
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 – canceled
Thursday, August 23, 6:00 to 8:00

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

ENA Advisory Board meeting
Sunday, August 26, 5:30

Location to be determined.
More information: Paula Donovan, paula.on.lenox@gmail.com


Food Truck Fridays
Fridays, 5:00 pm
Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park
Enjoy over 15 locally owned food, beer, and wine trucks 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, 2:30 to 5:30
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)


Columbus Square (at Reservoir and Elmwood Ave)

  • Thursday, August 16, 7:0 to 8:00 – Project 401, a grassroots hip-hop collective
  • Saturday, August 18, 5:00 to 6:00 – RI Bucket Drummers
  • Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 to 8:00  – Sidy Maiga, master drummer


Elmwood Community Center: https://www.cappri.org/programs/senior-services
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 to 2:00 – Activities for seniors

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


Peace and Plenty Park

  • Monday through Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 – Free Meals for kids under 18
  • Mondays from 11 to 1:00 – Y Youth Program presents Bee Pollinator and Outdoor Exploration with lunch on the hill
  • Tuesdays at 10 am – Miss Allison, Children’s Librarian from Knight Memorial Library, hosts Reading in the Park for little ones.
  • Tuesdays 10 to 12 – Park Care with Ground Works RI Green Team
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:00 – Y Youth Program hosts Gardening for Kids
  • Wednesdays starting Aug 8 at 10 am – Nature Workshops
  • Thursday, August 2 at 10 am – Nature Workshop
  • Saturdays from through August 25 from 9:00 to 10:00 am – Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Nikole


Providence Parks Department: https://www.facebook.com/PVDParks/
Find a schedule of Fitness in the Parks classes including Saturday morning yoga at Peace and Plenty Park.


Roger Williams Park: https://rwpconservancy.org/events/2018-08/

Includes the opening of Betsey Williams Cottage, belly dancing class, yoga in the park, movies, and general fitness.


South Providence Library: http://www.provcomlib.org/locations/South-Providence
Includes Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp and zumba classes.


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

Includes improvisation performances, tai chi class, West African drum class.


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

Elmwood Ave developments
      A recreational area at Dorcas International (645 Elmwood Ave) is one of two summer DownCity Design building projects. Dorcas volunteers have cleaned out the overgrown playground/garden area next to the building so that DownCity student designers could remodel the recreation area.  The target date for completion is August 10.

     Sankofa market vendors have been fighting tree limbs to make room for their pop up booths in the shade. Thanks to City Forester Doug Still for sending out a crew to trim the trees.

     Karen Morin and her staff of Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation have distributed tool kits to businesses willing to help care for planters. AARP RI, Elmwood Neighborhood Association, Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation, and MB Management Jammat Housing contributed to the toolkits.

Broad St developments

     Alvarez High School students have designed and erected public art at 358 Broad St near Trinity Square. The design relates to a shared desire to acknowledge life’s joys and challenges. Teaching artist Anna Snyder led the design process. Learn about the process at http://artculturetourism.com/what-is-your-story/  The dedication was on Tuesday, July 31.

   The building at 1043 Broad St was demolished on Thursday, August 2. The building had been abandoned and uncared for for many years.

MORE not-to-be-missed EVENTS

Grand Opening: AARI Pop-Up Farmers’ Market

August 3, 3:30 to 7:00pm

Entry to Roger Williams Park (at Broad St and Miller Ave)
A variety of fresh produce, games, and live entertainment. Hosted by the African Alliance of RI.
More information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1691164627679539/

RI Philharmonic Orchestra Pops Concert
Roger Williams Park, Temple to Music
August 10, 7:00 pm
     The RI Foundation once again presents RWP Pops Concert featuring the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Francisco Noya. See the program: https://rwpconservancy.org/rwp-pops-concert-2018/

RWP monthly schedule: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1121995519462&ca=dfc986bc-df1c-47dd-90e8-aad245fb5e92

Trinity Square Block Party
Saturday, August 11, 12 to 4 pm
Southside Cultural Center at Broad and Elmwood (enter at 2 Bridgham St)
Free music and live performances, face painting, and kids activities; food venders from local restaurants. Sponsored by SWAP, kite, Empire Loan, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and the Trinity Square Working Group.


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