Health Care Revolt w/ Dr. Michael Fine at the Washington Park Library

Come visit the Washington Park Library on Thursday January 24 at 6:30pm to listen to Dr. Michael Fine speak about his recent book, “Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Health Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy—All at the Same Time,  a critical read about what we need to do for the future of our health care system in America.

Health Care Revolt looks around the world for examples of health care systems that are effective and affordable, pictures such a system for the U.S., and creates a practical playbook for a political revolution in health care that will allow the nation to protect health while strengthening democracy.

Michael Fine, MD, is a writer, community organizer, and family physician. He is the chief health strategist for the City of Central Falls, RI, and Senior Clinical and Population Health Services Officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc., and recipient of the Barbara Starfield Award, the John Cunningham Award, and the Austin T. Levy Award. He was director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, 2011–2015.

Folded Book Art Workshop at the Washington Park Library

Join us at the Washington Park Library on Thursday January 10 at 6:30pm!

Have you ever wondered what to do with your old books that are collecting dust on your bookshelf? Well, ponder no longer! Come join us for a workshop to learn how to recycle your old books into a beautiful folded book vase. Get creative and make something to keep or to gift. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is! This program is free and open to any adults interested. All materials provided.

Hosted by Amy Rosa, Library Manager at Washington Park Library. Amy has been creating book art and running similar types of library programs for the past 10 years. She loves being able to link two passions of hers-books and crafts- together. For more information on her programs, contact her at 401-781-3136 or

Kids and Teens Writing Group w/ Special Guest Author at the Washington Park Library

Join us for our new kids and teens writing group at the Washington Park Library on Tuesday January 8 at 3:30pm! This informal writing group will focus on different creative writing exercises each month. This month we will have special guest author Katie Bayerl in to host! When Katie Bayerl isn’t penning stories, she coaches teens and nonprofits to tell theirs. She currently leads the VCFA Young Writers Network and teaches classes for teens at GrubStreet. A Psalm for Lost Girls is her first novel.

This month, Katie will be showing us how to do “story sparks”–i.e., the personal interests and experiences that can feed our fiction and what happens when we link up two or more “sparks” into one story idea. Join us!

Open to ages 9 and up. Registration recommended. Please call 401-781-3136 or email Amy Rosa to sign up.

Chess Club at the Washington Park Library

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play chess but can’t find anyone to teach you? Or do you absolutely love chess and want to play against a worthy opponent? Well come to the Washington Park Library on a Thursday night! Every Thursday evening from 6:30pm to 8pm, our local chess instructor Sam will teach you how to play chess and/ or engage you in a thrilling game with other avid chess players. Recommended for ages 8 and up. All experience levels welcome, and chess boards and pieces are provided.

For more information about this program or any other programs, please contact Amy Rosa, Library Manager, at (401) 781-3136 or email

Meet Me at the Library: Welcome Event at the Washington Park Library

You’re invited!

Come visit the Washington Park Library on Thursday November 29 between 6:30 and 7:30pm to meet the new Library Manager, Amy Rosa and enjoy some light refreshments! Every Librarian has a story; find out about Amy’s and enjoy an evening treat or two. Amy began working in libraries 20 years ago, received her degree at Indiana University 10 years ago and was previously working at the Mansfield Public Library. She is very enthusiastic to bring her unique programming ideas and talents to Washington Park. Amy is a native of Taunton, MA but has resided in Providence with her family for the past 8 years. Ask Amy about her library’s new and exciting after school clubs and classes, including the new Kids and Teens Creative Writing groupCoding with Dash RobotsChess ClubBook Art Crafting programs and more.

This event is open to all ages and sponsored by The Friends of the Washington Park Library.

Washington Park Library is one of the nine neighborhood locations of Providence Community Library (PCL) and is located at 1316 Broad Street. For more information, please call Amy at (401) 781-3136 or email

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

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 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

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,

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,, (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,

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: – !

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 information

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, 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:,26708

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 info

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,, (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,


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

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:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 to 2:00 – Activities for seniors

Knight Memorial Library:


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:
Find a schedule of Fitness in the Parks classes including Saturday morning yoga at Peace and Plenty Park.


Roger Williams Park:

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


South Providence Library:
Includes Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp and zumba classes.


Southside Cultural Center

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  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:

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:

RWP monthly schedule:

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.


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, or contact  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.