There are various summer activities at the Pontiac Free Library.
Summer Reading program 2013, “Dig Into Reading,” an independent reading program for children from preschool to grade 6. Sign up now.
Storytimes for ages 3-6 Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through July 30.
Craft programs for ages 6-12. Make a pop-up puppet July 11 at 3 p.m. Fun with plants July 25 at 3 p.m. Please register with the librarian.
Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure for all ages Aug. 8 at 3 p.m.
For information call the library at 737-3292 or visit www.pontiacfreelibrary.org.
The Warwick Historical Society meets weekly at the John Waterman Arnold House on Roger Williams Circle Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and every second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m-2 p.m. All are welcome and urged to become member and volunteer. Visit www.warwickhistoricalsocietyonline.org, join them on Facebook, or call 737-4617 for more information.
Thru the Cracks
Artists’ Exchange will feature Falling Thru the Cracks Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m. in Theatre 82. Tickets are $10 in advance, $14 at door. The life story, lessons and heartfelt moments from two class clowns with a shared dream of lives to be remembered. A mix of stand-up comedy style storytelling, video sketches and movies drenched in charisma. Theatre 82 is located at 82 Rolfe Square in Cranston. For more information visit www.
artists-exchange.org or call 490-9475.
Voices of RI
The Voices of RI chapter of the Colon Cancer Alliance will hold their next monthly meeting July 6 at 10 a.m. in the small meeting room of Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick. All are welcome to come learn more about the organization, share stories and meet other survivors. Register for the 5th Annual Colon Cancer Awareness 5K Walk/Run Sunday, Aug. 4 at www.ccalliance.org/RI. For more information call 739-5623 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bingo will be held July 6 at St. Kevin’s Church Hall, 333 Sandy Lane, Warwick. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6.
Swinging Squares of RI Square Dance Summer Plus Workshops will be held on Mondays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 7-10 p.m. at East Smithfield Neighborhood Center, 7 Esmond St., Smithfield. Fee is $6 per person. Caller is Bob Butler. Contact Louise at 724-7295 for more information.
Westbay Community Action’s Education Services in Warwick will offer a summer youth employment program for young people ages 17 to 24. The program, which runs July 8 through Aug. 16, will cover work-readiness skills as well as work experience. Participants will work 20 hours a week and earn $7.75 an hour. The focus is environmental science. They will introduce beekeeping, tree stewardship and landscaping; they will not handle live bees. There will be one visit to a hive, and everyone will wear protective gear. Call 468-4065.
for Children 6-12
July 8 through August 16 on weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Creative kids crave summer stimulation, and that’s what they’ll get with art workshops like Make a Monster, Painting, Jewelry Making, Drawing, Improv Comedy, Cartooning and more. Camp runs Monday to Friday with three weeklong workshops at 9-11, 11:30-1:30, 2-4. Workshops are taught by experienced instructors with emphasis on trying new materials, stretching imaginations and having fun in a safe, encouraging atmosphere. Cost of each weeklong workshop is $80; cost for a week of three workshops is $225 (a savings of $15). Registration is easy by phone with MasterCard or Visa, or stop by with cash or check. More information can be found on FaceBook or online at www.warwickmuseum.org. Warwick Museum of Art is located at 3259 Post Road, Warwick (737-0010).
The next meeting of the Conimicut Village Association will be held July 8 at 7 p.m. in the downstairs Friendship Room of Woodbury Union Church, corner of Beach Ave and West Shore Road. All members, friends and neighbors are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
On Course Instruction during play at Tin Cup Golf Course in Coventry. Instructional golf league starts with July 9 Clinic. Six holes each Tuesday at 10 a.m. begins July 16 through Aug. 13. Luncheon and awards on Aug. 13. Featuring Rhode Island’s top golf instructors. Sign up at Tin Cup by calling 823-4653.
Tin Cup Golf Course & Driving Range in Coventry. July Camp: Fridays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10 a.m.-noon. August Camp: Fridays August 2, 9, 16 and 23, 10 a.m.-noon. Ages 7 to 17 eligible. All aspects of the game will be covered, including driving, full swing, pitching, chipping, putting, rules & etiquette. Fun tourney, lunch & prizes on final day of each camp. Featuring Rhode Island’s top golf instructors. Sign up at Tin Cup by calling 823-4653.
Gorton High School monthly luncheon for all classes 1941-1955 will be held July 10 at Bassett’s Inn, 2227 West Shore Road, at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $15. Call Dot at 463-9535 or email email@example.com.
New England Steel Guitar will present the band Al Carter and the Nashville Boys July 14 from 1-5 p.m. at Post 15, Main St., East Greenwich. Donation is $7.
The Warwick Summer Concert in the Park Series kicks off Wednesday, July 17 at Conimicut Point Park at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Bayside Beat, a Conimicut Village-based band playing classic rock and country. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the music and the view. The concert is free of charge and runs from 6:30-8 pm.
Daughters of Isabella
The Rhode State Circle of the Daughters of Isabella is holding its annual fundraiser July 21 to be held with an 11 a.m. brunch at the Riviera Restaurant, 580 North Broadway, East Providence, followed by a play, “Hollywood Arms,” presented by The Community Players in Pawtucket at 2 p.m. Cost is $35, raffles and split the pot. Call Agnes King for reservations, 738-6797 before July 14. All are welcome.
One-Act Play Festival
Artist’s Exchange will present their 8th annual One Act Play Festival Wave I July 12-21; Wave II July 26-Aug. 4 Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at door. One-act plays of all genres presented in two-week “waves.” Theatre 82 is located at 82 Rolfe Square in Cranston. For more information visit www.artists-exchange.org or call 490-9475.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School will be held at Woodbury Union Church July 29 to Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-12 noon. The theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair,” a circus theme for ages 3 years to 4th grade. Deadline to register is July 15.
Cornerstone Vacation Bible Time
Cornerstone Church will hold its Vacation Bible Time from July 15 through July 19. The free event will run from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, and is open to children 4 years old through 6th grade. The church is located at 1990 Elmwood Avenue, Warwick. Call 781-6121 to register children.
Country & Western Variety Show
Trudeau Memorial Center presents its first country & western variety show July 26 at 11 a.m. at the Larkin Recreational Building.Music, dance, magic, roping and much more will be featured. Please arrive at 10:30 for great pre-show events.
Lend A Hand Charity Golf Tournament
Lend A Hand Therapeutic Riding Foundation is hosting its 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Alpine Country Club, Cranston, August 19. Registration $150/individual golfer. Dunkin Donuts brunch 10:30 a.m., food and BBQ during play, Tuscan Antipasto Bar and hors d’oeuvers immediately following event. Competitions, raffles, silent auction and prizes, 50/50 drawing. Shotgun start at 12 noon. 50/50 tickets on sale now, don’t have to play to purchase. Proceeds to benefit the Lend A Hand therapy riding program for special needs children. Call 862-7719 or visit www.lendahandri.org.
Tri City Elks Lodge #14, 1915 West Shore Rd., Warwick, is having a family picnic Saturday, Aug. 10 at 12 noon. Advance tickets are $15 at the bar. Children under 5 get in free, ages 6-12 $5. Music by Here Again Band. Chowder, clam cakes
burgers hotdogs, french fries, onion rings, corn and watermelon and games for the kids.
Pilgrim Senior Center Trips
The Tuesday Pilgrim Senior Center singing group is sponsoring the following trips: Aug. 30, a seven-night cruise to Bermuda with ex-mayor Buddy Cianci. Also, a nine-night cruise to Puerto Rico, Bermuda, St. Marteen and Haiti on April 24-May 3. Call Diane at 738-8588 for prices.
Womens Golf League
Women Golfers Wanted Harbor Lights Ladies League is looking for women golfers for a Thursday night 4:30 league. Golfers should call Dee and 391-9957 for more information and/or with their GIN.
The Village Singers
The Village Singers, an adult vocal ensemble, is seeking new members for all voice parts: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone.Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Scandinavian Home, Broad St., Cranston. Their mission is to share musical experiences and appreciation across generational and socio-economic linesin a variety of settings, includingcommunity centers, health care facilities, etc. Contact Dennis Robbins at 465-6342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sing the Blues Away
Winter blues have you down? Time for something different? Join us every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and learn four-part a capella harmony. Reading music not required. Learn music from prepared tapes. Bring enjoyment to others by entertaining at Retirement centers, clubs and parties.
Pilgrim Senior Center Events
The Pilgrim Senior Enrichment Center, located at 27 Pilgrim Parkway, offers educational, nutritional and recreational programs to folks 55 years of age and older. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
All meals require a reservation; call 468-4076.
Center is closed July 4
Play bingo Mondays and Thursdays at 1:30
Cribbage League: This new group is looking for players. They meet every Friday at 1 p.m.
Meditation Program: Come to this very relaxed program and learn about the health and wellness benefits that can be gained from this age-old practice of meditation. This program is appropriate for those with an established practice as well those new to meditation. You will have the opportunity to learn several different ways to meditate, look at ways of integrating mindfulness into daily life, and leave feeling relaxed and renewed. Please wear comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga mat or cushion to sit on. It is not necessary to come to the floor. Your practice can be in a chair. Linda Morse has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 15 years. Her relaxed and humorous approach creates a safe and enjoyable setting. Ongoing Classes are Wednesdays (except the last week of each month) 11 a.m., $3 per class.
Do you have questions? Housing? Heating Assistance? SNAP? Medical Insurance? Prescription Assistance? Need help stretching the dollar? Call Alyson, Information Specialist, 468-4079 or stop by the Lobby and visit with her on June 19 between 11 a.m.-12 noon concerning various assistance programs available.
Zumba Gold: Have some fun with exercise and join the party. Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance fitness class that incorporates international and Latin music with freeing, stress-relieving movements. It is great for the mind, body and soul; any age or fitness level is welcome. This class is held Tuesday mornings at 8:50 a.m. and the fee is $3 per class.
Zumba/Toning: This is a Zumba class using weights for toning and is held on Mondays at 6 p.m. and the fee is $45 for a 10-week session. You can register and pre-pay at the welcome desk. For more information call Holly at 468-4074.
Outdoor games on Thursdays at 10 a.m. weather permitting.
Ceramics 12:30-3 p.m. Are you interested in trying something new? We have an instructor ready to guide you through a project or to just be there ready to help. This group meets Tuesdays at 12:30-3 p.m. $4 per class. No sign-up necessary.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Rhode Island Chapter No. 38, East Greenwich meets every Thursday at the Women & Infants Center, 1050 Main Street, East Greenwich. Weigh-in begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 9:50. The meeting will follow at 10. Admission costs $1.50 per week. For more information about TOPS, call TOPS Greeter Carole Paster from Exeter at 295-8381, e-mail at email@example.com, call (800) 932-8677 or visit www.tops.org.
On the first and third Tuesday of every month, the Gaspee Seniors will be meeting at the Buttonwoods Community Center, West Shore Road, Warwick, at 1:15 pm. New members are more than welcome. Come and join the fun.
If you have experienced the loss of someone you love and are ready to begin or continue the healing process, then you are welcome to come to a grief support group. The group meets at the Christ Church Office condo, 61 Cedar Ave. #6, East Greenwich, Sundays from 2-4 p.m. For more information visit the Christ Church website (www.christchurchec.org), call the Church office (884-8632) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening Counseling Available
If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or overwhelming stress coupled with an addiction to or dependence on drugs or alcohol, then The Kent Center’s new evening program may be right for you. The Kent Center is offering an intensive outpatient program for people battling co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Program hours are 4:40-8 p.m., making it accessible for people who work. The program is confidential and personalized to meet individual needs. For more information call 732-5656.
Help for Victims of Crime
Are you a victim of physical or sexual assault, domestic violence, untreated childhood abuse, or another crime or traumatic event? Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, increased substance use or other emotional difficulties? If so, you may be eligible to receive counseling services free of charge at The Kent Center (www.thekentcenter.org). Victims of crimes and other traumatic events often experience debilitating psychiatric symptoms that may have long-term affects if left untreated. Seek treatment today at 732-5656.
Volunteers needed to Sew
Looking for something to do to help foster kids? Organizers of The Sewing Project to Help Foster Kids are looking for volunteers who want to help sew pillowcase or duffel bags for foster children. Currently their belongings are sometimes put in black trash bags. Foster parent Adriane Grimaldi in Scottsdale, Ariz. started the Sewing Projectin February 2008 for children taken from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) to make kid-friendly bags for carrying their belongings instead of trash bags. To date, people have made 6,700 pillowcase bags for foster kids. Pillowcase bags are delivered to CPS to use instead of trash bags. The Sewing Project has opened a new Rhode Island Chapter working with the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and is in need of volunteers to sew. For more information contact Hollie Galloway at email@example.com.
Cornerstone Church, 1990 Elmwood Ave., Warwick, is a member of the RI Community Food Bank. Hours of operation are the first and third Saturday from 9-11 a.m. and the second and fourth Monday from 6-8 p.m. For more information call 781-6121.
Domestic Abuse Support Groups
The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center is a non-profit agency providing services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The agency offers morning and evening support groups for adults dealing with current or past domestic abuse. Groups provide a safe place to talk with others who have shared similar experiences. The groups are confidential and free of charge. For more information, call Jessica at 738-1700.
Free Health Care
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital has an outreach coordinator to assist women in getting free health care. If you are between the ages of 40-64 and are underserved or uninsured, call Maria at 456-3105 for a confidential assessment. You may be eligible for free care including a mammogram and gynecological care.
Mentor a Child
Do you have an hour a week to spare? That’s all it takes to make a difference in the life of a child. Today’s children need positive, caring adult role models to help them develop confidence, self-esteem and a desire to stay in school. For more information on the Warwick Mentor Program, please contact Pamela Sherman at 732-7700 x117 or visit the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership web site at www.mentorRI.org.
Old Warwick Grange #41
The Grange is a fraternal community service, non-profit organization with a special interest in rural life and the traditions of faith, patriotism, leadership and family values. Grange where the whole family can go and grow. Help them to help others. The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. No meetings in July or August. The Grange hall is located at 1175 West Shore Rd.
The Child Outreach Department of the Warwick Public Schools, in cooperation with the Volunteers of Warwick schools (VOWS), conducts regular preschool screening clinics. All Warwick preschool children between the ages of 3 and 5 are offered the Early Screening Inventory-Revised (ESI-R). This is a free service provided by the Warwick Public Schools. Participation in a Developmental Screening is a long established program of the Warwick School Department that provides families with information about their child’s development and offers information about community resources. For more information, or to arrange a clinic appointment for your preschool aged child, call the VOWS office at 734-3230.
Free Sunday Lunch
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 389 Greenwich Ave., is offering a free lunch for anyone in need of a meal or companionship. All are welcome every Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information call 737-6758.
Rhode Island Pet Bird Club
The R.I. Pet Bird Club welcomes anyone who owns birds or has an interest in exotic birds. Meet other people who have birds, listen to guest lecturers and more. The meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. For more information call Michele at 739-7290 or visit www.orgsites.com/ri/ripbc.
Photographic Society of RI
The Photographic Society of Rhode Island welcomes camera enthusiasts of all abilities. Meetings are held on the second, third and fourth Tuesday of each month, September through May at Lakewood Baptist Church, 255 Atlantic Ave. For more information visit www.psri.us.
There will be bingo every Friday at 6:45 p.m. at Meadowbrook Terrace on Warwick Ave. in the Community Hall.
The Donate Shop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit thrift store that provides free clothing to families in crisis. They are an all-volunteer organization that relies solely on the support of the community to continue this endeavor. The shop has a new location at 400 Warwick Ave., Unit #14, between Dunkin Donuts and Shaw’s. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The phone number is 533-9944, the website is www.thedonateshop.org and Like them on Facebook for special updates.
Gambling Counseling Offered
Bridgemark now offers individual, group and family counseling for problem gambling. If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulties as a result of gambling, call for discreet and confidential assistance, 781-2700. Deaf services are also available; call their videophone number 1-866-730-9573.
Fife and Drum Corps
The Kentish Guards Fife and Drum Corps rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the Kentish Guards Armory on Pierce St. in East Greenwich. Free lessons on playing the fife are provided to men and young men interested in joining the corps.
Fife & Drum Corps
Join the Pawtuxet Rangers Fife & Drum Corps of Warwick and continue the great tradition of Colonial/Revolutionary history through music. The Fife & Drum Corps meets every Wednesday night at Wyman Elementary School from 6:30-8 p.m. The corps is open to anyone over the age of 12. Drum and fife instruction is available to beginners.