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, ecrowell@providenceri.gov, (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 jazandra@southsideclt.org, (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 http://www.providenceri.gov/recycling-challenges-providence/

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:http://friendsofkml.org/mrs-shaws-fund/donate-a-book/
For questions, email FKMLbooksale@gmail.com

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 info@weberrenew.org 


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 http://www.highergroundintl.org
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, Deborah@gleegum.com

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, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, (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),  zenyente@gmail.com
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, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

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, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com
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, southprovineighbors@gmail.com, (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: doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

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: https://www.cappri.org/programs/senior-services
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 Library:www.provcomlib.org/locations/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: https://rwpconservancy.org/events/2019-02/
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:http://www.provcomlib.org/locations/south-providence
Includes Spanish GED classes, Spanish classes, movie nights, craft and maker events.

Southside Cultural Centerhttp://www.sccri.org/scc-events/?view=calendar&month=January-2019
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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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 arosa@provcomlib.org to sign up.

Free Summer Learning Program


REGISTER and ENROLL your child at South Side Boys & Girls Club
1 Louisa Street, Providence, RI 02905


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








Following a recent federal district court decision, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting DACA renewal applications again.

Anyone who currently holds or has previously held DACA status (even if that status is now expired), is eligible to apply for renewal.  USCIS is still not accepting initial requests for DACA status from people who have never had it.

Those who are eligible to renew their DACA status should do so immediately. Because USCIS is accepting renewal applications under a court order, it is unclear how long this window of opportunity will remain open.

Beginning today, Dorcas International Institute of RI is now holding daily walk-in DACA clinics to respond to the community need.  We will assess an individual’s eligibility to renew his/her DACA status, and, if eligible, complete the paperwork. Applicants should bring their work permit and passport to walk-in hours. No appointment is necessary.Walk-In Hours:
– Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9-4:30 pm;
– Wed & Sat 9:00-12:00;
–  hours available by appointment: please call 401-784-8621
All fees ($495 USCIS filing fee and $100 DIIRI service fee) will be covered by funds previously donated in September 2017. DACA renewal applicants pay nothing.

National Library Services, NLS Veterans’ Benefits

The National Library Services (NLS) offers a free braille and talking books library service program for veterans and residents of the United States. By law, veterans receive preference for these library services. Veterans and residents with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical challenge that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page are eligible for special reading materials and library services. The Rhode Island Talking Books Library (TBL) provides these services to local veterans and residents with its accessible library resources. If you believe you may be eligible (Eligibility Requirements) for this program, please fill out a TBL Application Form to take advantage of the services TBL provides.

State of Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services

Complete Our Survey for a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Card!

Providence Community Library(PCL) wants to know what you think! We have compiled a short survey to find out what we are doing well and what we could do better in terms of our materials, programs, services, hours and other issues. We will use the responses to inform our strategic planning process and help us to chart a course for the future. It takes just 10 minutes to complete!

You can complete the survey online in English or in Spanish. Paper copies in English and Spanish will be available at all PCL locations. Please complete your survey by Friday, November 3 to help make your neighborhood library better! One respondent will be selected at random to win a $100 Stop & Shop gift card.

Knight Memorial Library Closed Temporarily for Mechanical and Electrical Work

Knight Memorial Library, one of the nine locations of Providence Community Library (PCL), closed temporarily on Saturday, July 22 to begin essential electrical and mechanical upgrades to the building, which is situated at 275, Elmwood Avenue. PCL apologizes for the sudden closure. After careful consideration, the Library decided that critical upgrade work should begin without delay, in order to assure safety in the building.

Patrons are encouraged to access materials, services programs at other PCL locations while Knight Memorial is closed. The decision to close was not made lightly and staff will do everything they can to minimize impact on library users and local residents. Patrons who have ordered library materials for pickup at Knight Memorial will be able to collect them from South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Avenue. Where possible, we will continue to offer some Knight Memorial programs at other locations in the Elmwood neighborhood and patrons should check the PCL website and PCL Facebook page for news and regular updates.

PCL looks forward to re-opening Knight Memorial Library once essential work is completed. If you have any questions, contact Janet Fuentes, PR and Marketing Manager  jfuentes@provcomlib.org .

Summer Learning Program: The Science and Beauty of Gardening

Summer Learning Program:
The Science and the Beauty of Gardening

Who: K – 3 Graders
When: Every Mondays and Wednesdays ǀ July 10 – August 9, 2017 ǀ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Orientation: Knowing the program and families ǀ July 5, 2017 ǀ 9:30 AM – 11 AM
Where: CSEA office on 270 Elmwood Avenue, Providence RI 02907
Cost: Free

Program Focuses:

Five-week long gardening classes will provide students with scientific knowledge and gardening skills. Throughout the program, students will learn about where food comes from, what plants need in order to grow, and how to prepare healthy snacks. Through hands-on activities and the majority of time spent in a Southside Community Land Trust garden site, the students will explore how to be stewards of the natural world and learn about plants from diverse cultures.

Application are available at CSEA office. Electronic versions can be requested by email via nittaya.saenbut@cseari.org or maggie@southsideclt.org

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017 by 5PM (EST)

For more information:
Maggie Krueger Nittaya Saenbut
Youth Farms and Education Coordinator (SCLT) Program Manager (CSEA)
maggie@southsideclt.org ǀ 401-273-9419 ext. 104 nitttaya.saenbut@cseari.org ǀ 401-274-8811

 Registration Form 2017

Providence Community Library Feb Newsletter

Snow, Ice, Rain…But Still Plenty Happening at PCL!

The weather hasn’t been so kind of late but this is New England and we don’t let a little frozen precipitation slow us down! Thanks to everyone who supported our Spelling Bee fundraiser – check out a short report here. We are excited to report on our rewarding partnerships with two Providence children’s festivals and provide a round-up on other news. Enjoy!

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A Community Conversation about the future of Broad Street

Please join us for

A Community Conversation about the future of Broad Street

on Saturday, March 11, 2017

from 10:00AM to 12:00PM

at the Southside Cultural Center (393 Broad Street, Providence).

Please pass this meeting information along to other community members who might be interested in attending

and help spread the word by sharing this event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/298587480561656/