Sankofa EATS is back!

It’s Time For Sankofa EATS!

Sankofa Eats is a series of community meals hosted by West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation. Sankofa Eats aims to showcase local assets including local chefs, businesses, and produce while providing an opportunity for people in our community to gather and share not just a meal together, but an experience. Our next Sankofa Eats will take place on Thursday June 6 from 6-8PM in the Sankofa Community Room. 

Buy Tickets here!

Meet the Chef

This Sankofa Eats will feature one of our Sankofa Kitchen Members, Chef Jessica Zeon founder of Distinguish Catering. Distinguish Catering is a local catering business that prioritizes on giving each event a unique essence. With a Liberian background, foreign natural ingredients are incorporated to enhance your palates.

Volunteer With Us!

Sankofa Eats can’t happen without the support of our dedicated volunteers.
Interested? Send us an email!

Como Hacer Crecer Su Negocio @Washington Park Library

Serie Educacional: Como Hacer Crecer Su Negocio

10 Pasos para ayudar a crecer tu negocio (Business Education Serie 2019)

jueves 30 de mayo a las 5:30 pm 

Acompananos a este interesante taller donde conoceras los paso a tener en cuenta para crecer tu negocio. Para registrase llama al 401-781-3136 o 401-467-2700 ext 1608 (atencion en Espanol).

Empower Yourself! Solar Information Workshop

Join us for a fun workshop and solar home qualifying activity at the Washington Park Library!
Contact the library at 401-781-3136 or email to register!

You will learn about:

solar electricity science and technology basics
installation process
best conditions for going solar– do YOU have sunny roof?
federal and state incentive programs
Presented by NEC Solar. Newport Electric Construction & Service has been meeting customers’ needs with outstanding quality since 2008. At NEC Solar we are a family office that values transparency, innovation and conducting business with the utmost integrity. We’re champions of the solar industry because we care about our community, our environment and, most of all, we care about you.

27th Annual Rare & Unusual Plant Sale

Southside Community Land Trust will hold its Rare & Unusual Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, 2019, from 10 am-2 pm. Proceeds fund the organization’s nutrition education, land access, youth employment and farmer training programs aimed at increasing the supply of affordable, healthy food in low-income neighborhoods in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls. The Sale will take place at City Farm, at 168 West Clifford Street on Providence’s South Side.

SCLT members are invited to shop early from 9-10 am on Saturday. People can join ahead of time by going to SCLT’s website or sign up that morning. SCLT accepts credit/debit cards and welcomes SNAP purchases, giving an added 40% bonus for each SNAP dollar spent.

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – February 2019

ENA Newsletter – February 2019
Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

PDV Fest seeks food providers and performers
PVDFest provides a unique opportunity for local talents to share their culinary genius. All styles, cultural backgrounds, and presentations of food are welcome to be part of PVDFest. The submission deadline for vendors is February 1. Permits for peddler and mobile food service licenses, as well as Rhode Island Sales Tax must be submitted with applications for proper consideration.

From large cultural groups to solo artists, PVDFest is looking for performers who want to bring life to public spaces in their own unique way. Performances typically consist of thirty-minute sets and can be as traditional or spontaneous as the artist would like it to be. The submission deadline for performers is February 15.
For more information, contactEmily Crowell, Director of Communications,, (401) 340 8212

Get free seeds at PCL libraries
Get up to six packets of FREE seeds at South Providence Library, Washington Park Library, Wanskuck Library, and Rochambeau Library, thanks to the URI Cooperative Extension Free Seed Program, in association with Ocean State Job Lot.

The City’s Forestry Division earns international acclaim and accreditation
On January 9 Providence Monthly’s “Turning Over a New Leaf”  announced the good work of Doug Still, the City Forestry Division, and the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program (currently run by Elmwoodian Cassie Tharinger).  “…the City of Providence [has] received the Municipal Forestry Accreditation from the Society of Municipal Arborists, an association made up of communities around the world that all meet the highest municipal forestry standards. This means that Providence – the only community in Rhode Island that received this award – exceeds rigorous international standards and can join the ranks of cities like Aspen, Santa Monica, Palo Alto, and Surrey, British Columbia, honored for “implementing excellent and comprehensive management practices.”

Southside Community Land Trust comes to Broad St
SCLT has bought a building at 404 Broad St. for an exciting new project that will bring healthy food to the Southside and reclaim blighted and vacant properties in the Trinity Square neighborhood. Their aim is to help people grow more food in new gardens there, create a food processing facility for small-scale farms, lease spaces to food enterprises, and host a library of organic and heirloom seeds. They are now looking for feedback about their plans. 
For more information, contact Jazandra Barros, (401) 273 9419 ext 111.

Recycling continues to be challenging
If you try to recycle plastic straws, don’t. They get caught in RIRR machinery. If you put plastic bags full of recyclables in your recycle bin, stop. Please dump the contents loosely into the bin, and return the plastic bags and films to collection sites at supermarkets. If you think that nappies are recyclable, think again. They contaminate entire truckloads of actual recyclables. If you’re still unsure about what can and cannot be recycled, get the details at

Spaces available in free English classes
Envision Providence on Early St is offering English classes on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30. People are welcome to enroll anytime.  The classes are free and open to anyone regardless of background or language ability.  We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes and currently have a few openings in each class.  We ask students to purchase their books for $10.
Contact:Rob Childs, Envision Providence, 184 Early St, ChildsR@weareenvision.comfor English, call or text (330) 280-3249; for Spanish, call or text (774) 719-7619

Reminder for winter storms 
During the arctic blast, be mindful of neighbors who need help keeping warm, clearing sidewalks, getting out for food and other supplies. Remember that homeowners are responsible for clearing sidewalks after a storm to make it safe for pedestrians and postal workers. If you usually park on the street, find off street parking in case of parking bans. Drive safely on roads that may be slick. Be especially alert and patient to pedestrians, bicyclists, and buses on the roadways.

Support Knight Memorial Library through Mrs. Shaw’s Fund
Want to support your local library? Buy new books through Mrs. Shaw’s Fund. Knight Memorial Library has limited funds to update its collection and buy new books. Friends of the library have developed a wish list for people who’d like to buy a book to support your neighborhood library. Mrs. Shaw’s Fund will include a nameplate on each book you buy, so buying a book is a good way to honor or remember someone. You can now choose from children’s books, cook books, language, law, real estate, and job seeker books.
Web site:
For questions, email

Broad St Developments
In January Project Weber/RENEW opened at 640 Broad St. The site offers harm reduction and overdose prevention drop in spaces and provides services to a high-risk population, including Narcan, condoms, needle exchange, Fentanyl test strips, HIV and Hep C testing, health care navigation, support groups and recovery coaching. 
For more information, contact 


A Taste of the African Diaspora – Fundraiser for Henrietta White-Holder
Friday, February 1, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Sankofa Community Space, 70 Westfield St, West End
    Henrietta, a bright light in the South Side community, is now battling cancer. She has worked tirelessly with the West African and Congolese immigrant communities here in Providence and in the development of Liberian communities in West Africa. She founded Higher Ground International located on Prairie Avenue. Read about her work at
Fee for fundraiser: $25.00. It includes African/American food, music, raffles, and cultural activities.

KML Friends Meeting
Monday, February 4, 6:00 to 7:45
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave

Have an idea for Knight Memorial Library programs or events?  Want to work on building improvements? Have a flair for fundraising events? Have social media skills? Enjoy recycling books with friends and community? Join this award-winning Friends group and put your energy and skills to good use.  
Contact:Debbie Schimberg,

Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Wednesday, February 12, 9:00 – 10:30 am
Elmwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Join a group committed to improving Elmwood Ave and enlivening its public spaces with entertainment and community activities. We are now working with DPW to move some troublesome planters to new locations and to refresh planters this spring. Ward 8 Councilman James Taylor plans to bring electricity to Columbus Square this year in order to support more events there.
RSVPto Karen,, (401) 941-8249

Note: EBCA meetings are held on the 2ndWednesday of the month.

Community Contra Dance
Friday, February 15, 7:30 to 10:30
Southside Cultural Center Theater
Experience the joy of community contra dancing. Parents and children, siblings and strangers get a chance to dance together as they change partners throughout the dances.  Walking is the only skill needed; and all dances are taught.  Wear comfortable informal clothing and shoes. Recommended dance age is 8-80+. Families are very much welcome; children must be accompanied by parents. 
Contact:Paul Wilde (dance caller),
Note: Dances are being scheduled for the 3rd Friday of each month.

Super Saturday at Knight: Book Sale and performance by Master Drummer, Sidy Maiga
Saturday, February 16, 12:00 to 4:00; musical performance at 1:30
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave
Saturday book sales return to the library, this month accompanied by djembe drummer Sidy Maiga. It’s a month to celebrate African Americans, our Valentines, and Presidents. It’s the best book sale in town!
To volunteer, contact: Doug,

Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence 
Wednesday, February 27, 6:00 – 7:30
YMCA Offices, St. Joseph’s, 6thFloor Conference Room (20 Peace St at Broad)
Meet with Lt James Barros to learn about recent police matters in Police District 2. Speak directly with police about quality of life issues concerning you. See the new YMCA meeting space, meet your neighbors, and see the stunning views of our neighborhood from a 6th floor vantage point. All are welcome.
For agenda updates, contact Doug,
Note: Crime Watch meetings are held on the 4thWednesday of the month. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting for Elmwood, South Providence, Trinity Square, Elmwood Ave, and Broad St 

South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting
February 28, 6 to 8 pm
1stFloor Conf Rm, Community Preparatory School
(at Somerset & Prairie Ave in South Providence)
At January’s meeting, South Providence neighbors learned more about Phase II of the City Walk project that focuses on Pine, Friendship, and Broad Streets. 
Contact:Dwayne Keys,, (401) 369 1334
Note: SPNA meetings are generally held on the 4thThursday of the month. Get on Dwayne’s email list for agendas and schedule updates.


Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sales
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave
Check out the newly organized Book Sale. More genres are for sale, including books by the foot to decorate your living spaces. Featured themes in February: African American, Valentines Day, Presidents Day. Selected paperback fiction are still 10 for $1. Over 8000 items are in stock, including books, DVDs, CDs, videos, LPs. You’ll be surprised what treasures you can find. It’s the best little book sale in town and the only one in the South Side!
Want to volunteer? Want to donate books, LPs, CDs, DVDs? Contact Doug:

CAPP’s Food Pantry
Elmwood Community Center, 85 Atlantic Ave
Mondays, 12 to 4 for Intake/Resident Registration
Wednesdays, 10 to 2 for Food distribution and pick-up
CAPP’s Food Pantry serves over 600 families in the 02907 zip code. It provides proteins, vegetables, bread, and nonperishable food.
Contact:Jailine Ortiz, 401 654-4970 x305


Elmwood Community Center:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 to 2:00
Activities for seniors include catered meals, monthly field trips and special weekly activities, holiday celebrations, and access to ECC Food Pantry every other Tuesday at 1:30.

Knight Memorial
Includes maker workshops for school age and teens, teen movie night, book sales, story time events, guitar lessons; citizenship, ESOL, and GED classes; crochet and knit club. Sidy Maiga, master drummer, performs on Saturday, February 16.

Roger Williams Park:
First Saturdays of month: free admission for residents to Zoo, Natural History Museum, and Botanical Center. Half price admission to Zoo in February. Long-awaited “Faces of the Rainforest” exhibit now open.  February activities include planetarium shows of the winter sky, guided trail and bird walks. Week of STEM activities for kids during school break, starting February 16.

South Providence Library:
Includes Spanish GED classes, Spanish classes, movie nights, craft and maker events.

Southside Cultural Center
February begins with FundaFest poetry reading and storytelling, and includes tai chi, improvisation performances, intergenerational chess, and contra dancing on 3rdFridays.

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Reach of the ENA newsletter: 61 members of the Elmwood Exchange and 190 additional neighbors, city officials, and staff of community organizations.
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PVD Adult Makers Night at the Washington Park Library

Makerspace isn’t just for kids, any age can make with us! Adults can join us after our PVD young makers program for their very own makerspace evening. Join us every other Thursday night from 6 to 8pm at the Washington Park Library and have access to our sewing machines, 3D printer, coding robots, and vinyl cutter & heat press to make designs on fabrics. If you wish to design a logo on a T-shirt, clothing, fabric, etc. please bring the T-shirt/fabric with you.

For more information, contact Amy Rosa at 401-781-3136 or email

Providence Talks Playgroup at the Washington Park Library

Join us for a free playgroup focused on language development and school readiness every Wednesday morning at 11am at the Washington Park Library. Providence Talks Groups are designed for parents and their children ages 1 to 3.5 years old. The group of eight weeks includes fun activities, story time, playtime, music, activities and free books.

For more information, and to sign up for this playgroup call Patricia Castillo at 401-660-5589.

Animation Creation Studio

Bring your characters and their stories to life through animation! Join us at the Washington Park Library on Tuesday February 19 at 2pm for this short workshop presented by the Providence Children’s Film Festival. This workshop gives kids an opportunity to create and learn about animation using storyboards to plan it and easy stop motion techniques to film it! Presented in partnership with Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA).

Ages 8 plus or Under 8 accompanied by an adult.

The Washington Park Library drop-in workshop is admission-free. Register by contacting Amy Rosa at 781-3136 or email sends e-mail

21st Annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling

Join us on Thursday January 31st at 4:30pm at the Washington Park Library as the Rhode Island Black Storytellers share their stories with us and promote awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, educational, and cultural experiences. Learn all about the richness of Black history and African culture worldwide. Don’t miss out on this wonderful event!


For more information, please contact Amy Rosa at 781-3136 or email

Stop Motion Animation Workshops at the Washington Park Library

Over the course of 5 weeks starting on Tuesday January 15 at 3:30pm, learn a variety of stop motion animation techniques used to create illusion with RIMOSA! The RIMOSA Animation Station is a one stop shop for creating animations.  Using an iPad, and an app named “stop motion,” users can take a series of still images that are strung together to create animated movies.  The iPad is attached to an arm that allows you to shoot downward and use the exhibit’s table as a backdrop, or to shoot horizontally for a more three dimensional look — all while seeing your creation come to life on a large overhead monitor.

Participants will experiment with object animation, cut paper animation, claymation, & pixilation. They will create characters and storyboards while working to create their own Stop Motion Animation Films.

For school-age kids and teens. Class space limited – please sign up by contacting Amy Rosa, Library Manager, at (401) 781-3136 or email