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NOTICE: For your convenience, you can e-mail your bulletin board notices to briang@rhodybeat.com as well as mail to 1944 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 02889, or fax to 732-3110.

Tri-City Elks

Zumba lessons will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. Cost is $6 per person and the instructor is Lorraine Blanchard. Come burn off some calories while having fun doing it.

Veteran Resource Fair

Operation Stand Down RI is hosting a Veteran Resource Fair at Warwick Mall on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The resource fair will include veteran service providers including Operation Stand Down’s housing and employment services, the VA flu shot clinic, VA Benefits Assistance, the Rhode Island Office of Veteran Affairs, the Rhode Island DMV, The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training and other local non-profits. The event is open to all veterans, current military members and their families.

Meat/Seafood Raffle

The Ocean State Parrot Head Club is hosting a meat/seafood raffle at the Cornerstone Pub, 273 Nooseneck Hill Road, Exeter, Nov. 12 from 1-4 p.m. There will also be basket/gift card raffles and a 50/50. Proceeds will be going to four Rhode Island charities: RI Alzheimer’s Association, Finnz Fundz, Operation Stand Down RI and the Providence Ronald McDonald Club. Contact Charlene at shoener40c@gmail.com.

StandWithUs Speaker

StandWithUs presents two special events this Veterans Day weekend as they welcome Major Elliot Chodoff to Rhode Island on Shabbat and Saturday evening, Nov. 12. StandWithUs supports Israel around the world through education, educating people to combat the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distorts the issues. Elliot is a major in the IDF reserves and a political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists. He will be speaking on the changing landscape in the Middle East and its future implications. At 12 noon he will be speaking at a special kiddush luncheon at Chabad of West Bay, 3871 Post Road in Warwick. This event is free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted (before or after Shabbat). That evening there is an event at Congregation Ohawe Shalom, 671 East Ave., Pawtucket at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. To register email brachas@standwithus.com.

Turkey Supper

The First Congregational Church of Warwick, 715 Oakland Beach Ave., is having their annual turkey supper Nov. 12 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Menu includes turkey, stuffing, turnip, squash, potato, green beans, rolls beverages and homemade desserts. Cost for adults is $14, children 6-12 is $5. Children 5 and under are free. Come early, this one sells out quick.

Turkey Trot

William Shields Jr. Post #43, 662 West Shore Road in Conimicut, is having a turkey trot Nov. 12 starting at 7 p.m. Free admission and free hot dogs.

Warwick Municipal Retirees Association

The meeting for November is a week early, which will be held Nov. 14. The Christmas luncheon will be Dec. 2 at the Islander at noontime. Call Sue Weeden at 739-3257 or Kathy Hedquist at 996-5201 to reserve your seat. Don't forget, the December meeting is cancelled.

Square Dance Workshops

Swinging Squares of Rhode Island Square Dance Workshops will be held Monday nights, Nov. 14, 21 and 28, at the East Smithfield Neighborhood Center, 7 Esmond Street, Smithfield. Fee is $6 per person. Bob Butler is the caller. Beginners are from 7-8:30 p.m., all positions 8:30-9:30. Contact AnneMarie at 508-695-4704 or fleming332@gmail.com.

Alienated Grandparents Anonymous

If you are a grandparent who is alienated from your grandchildren, join the Rhode Island members of Alienated Grandparents Anonymous. They offer support, understanding and strategies for grandparents in this heartbreaking family situation. There will be two meetings this month: Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Parkway, Warwick; and a nighttime meeting will be on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Church, 99 Peirce St., East Greenwich.

Gaspee Seniors

The Gaspee Seniors will be meeting November 15 at the Buttonwoods Community Center on West Shore Road in Warwick The meeting will have horse racing game. Bring quarters and small bills. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. AII seniors are welcome.

Ocean State Toastmasters

Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting Nov. 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Road.

Regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. For more information contact Robert Rogers, vice president of membership, at 782-7637 or Robert_Rogers@acm.org.

Trout Unlimited Meeting

The Narragansett Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU225) will host its November membership meeting Nov. 16 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Coventry/West Greenwich Elks Lodge, 42 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich. The primary focus of this meeting will be tying soft hackle wet flies with Michael Brucato, who works in the supply chain for the education system and ties flies for www.myflies.com. Combined with the instructional tying session, Michael, who fishes from time-to-time with Ronald Lasko and whose role model is Sylvester Nemes, will provide a short presentation about using the flies that each member and guest tied. In addition, this meeting will allow members to finalize the draft ballot for the board elections in December, network among other members and guests, tell fishing and fly tying tales and other stories of interest, and discuss plans for spending time outdoors while getting ready for Thanksgiving. Contact chapter vice president Dick Diamond at diamonddri2011@gmail.com with any questions.

Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter

The monthly meeting for Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will be held Nov. 17 at The Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Parkway (behind Benny’s on Warwick Avenue and near Pilgrim High School) at 6:30 p.m. They will be finalizing plans for the craft show on Dec. 3. This will be the last meeting for the craft show and the last meeting for 2016. All public is invited. For more information call Brenda at 467-2692.

Shopping Spectacular

John Brown Francis Elementary School will host their 4th Shopping Spectacular (vendors event) Nov. 18 from 5-9 p.m. There will be crafts, vendors, holiday gifts, raffles and more. Proceeds support cultural arts programs that benefit every student at JBF. Sponsored by the JBF PTA. Grab some friends and make it a night out. Vendors are wanted; for information email monynfacente@gmail.com.

Funny 4 Funds

Funny 4 Funds will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 475 Sandy Lane, Nov. 19 from 7 p.m.-12 midnight. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now. Food, fun and raffles to support the missions and ministries of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Tickets available Monday through Wednesday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Rd. (737-3127) or call Shirley Kolarik at 463-3480. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

Monthly Square Dance

The Swinging Squares of Rhode Island will have their monthly square dance Nov. 19 from 8-10:30 p.m. at the East Smithfield Neighborhood Center, 7 Esmond Street, Smithfield. The theme is Nationality Dance. Kevin Bersing is the caller; Brigit Maguire is the cuer. Contact AnneMarie at 508-695-4704 or fleming332@gmail.com.

VFW 272 Event

On Nov. 19 VFW Post 272, 840 West Shore Road, will hold a bake sale and White Elephant sale from 2-4 p.m.

Interfaith Prayer Service

St. Timothy's Church, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Mark's Episcopcal, and the West Bay Community Jewish Center, invite you to attend a Thanksgiving Interfaith Prayer Service, to be held Nov. 22 at 7pm.  This year, it will be held at St. Timothy's Church, 1799 Warwick Avenue. It will be a time of prayer, song, and reflection. Light refreshments will follow thereafter. Your family and friends are also most welcome to attend.

New England Amputee Association Meeting

The next New England Amputee Association meeting will be held Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation, 111 Brewster St., Pawtucket. Special guest is Katarzyna Matlak, a graduate student studying industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design working on her master’s thesis project concerning prosthetic socket as a physical and emotional tool. This is an opportunity for you to give inputs to our future designer of prosthetic sockets. All amputees and their families are welcome to attend meetings. Due to an expected large turnout, all attendees are required to sign-up for the meeting by calling New England Amputee Association Phone 978-365-2580 or email Rose

@NewEnglandAmputeeAssociation.com.

20-Week Raffles

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, is selling 20-week raffle tickets for $20. Drawings will be held weekly for $25 prize money with additional bonus drawings of $50, $100 and $500. The first drawing was held Oct. 31 and will run for 20 weeks. Multiple chances to win as winning tickets are put back into the pot. Tickets are available at the church Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon or after any of the weekend Masses. For more information or any questions call 737-3127. All money raised helps support the Mission and Ministries of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

As a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient, you’re all too familiar with the frustration and heartache that come from trying to stir the memory of someone you love. But when you attend this Alzheimer’s support group, held the second Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m., you can discuss the challenges you face, meet others with similar experiences and find solutions that can improve the quality of life for you and your loved one. For reservations or more information call 739-7300.

Physical Fitness Training

A local non-profit will bring organized basketball, nutrition education and physical fitness training to 160-200 youth in Warwick. The program will run through Feb. 28, and players only pay a $25 fee for the entire season. They are a registered 501©3 non profit, and they are currently close to capacity. For more information, call Stephen Pope, director, Hoop Dreams Rhode Island, at 391-1117.

Wanted: Norwood Crime Watch Participants

The Norwood Neighborhood Association Crime Watch Committee is looking for residents to be part of a crime-prevention program. If you would like to be part of this important initiative, email to norwoodna@verizon.net or call NNA at 785-0616. Minimal time is required but it could save you a lot of headaches in response to a crime.

Bowlers Needed

Bowlers are needed for a Monday night league starting at 6:30 at Meadowbrook Lanes in Warwick. Call Pat at 737-0361 or 523-7108.

Old Warwick Grange #41

The Grange is a fraternal non-profit organization with a special interest in community service. Their history is as an agricultural organization and the traditions of faith, patriotism, leadership and family values. Their meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; no meetings in July or August. The Grange hall is located at 1175 West Shore Road, Warwick. For more information call 465-7259.

Transformation Tuesday

Transformation Tuesday is held at Kon Asian Bistro, 553 Main Street, East Greenwich, the third Tuesday of every month from 7 p.m.-8:30. Mingle and hear solutions for weight loss, having more energy, raising your performance and healthy aging. Come ready to sample products. To register or for more information call at Cindy 497-5656.

TOPS

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 cpaster1@verizon net, call (800) 932-8677 or visit www.tops.org.

Moms for Moms

Support a new mother, share your experience and make a new friend. You can make a difference with just one hour a week. Moms for Moms/Families First RI helps pregnant women and new mothers deal with an enormous transition by matching them with trained volunteers who are mothers themselves. The program provides emotional and social support and strives to connect new moms to resources within their own communities. Mentors develop a warm, supportive relationship while spending time with the new mom in their homes, accompanying them on outings and attending mom gatherings. They will train you and provide supervisory support to volunteers. Dont miss out on this opportunity. Contact 383-9933 or email admin@familiesfirstri.org.

Greenwich Bay Women’s Club

The Greenwich Bay Women’s Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Atria Harborhill, 159 Division St. on the Warwick/East Greenwich line) to work together to make a difference in local communities. There are no age or residency requirements to join and meetings are open. If you would like further information, contact membership chair Diane Gadoury at 860-465-7987.

Warwick Historical Society

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.whsri.org, join them on Facebook or call 737-4617 for more information.

Hi-Lo-Jack League

The Warwick Senior Citizens Hi-Lo-League is held Mondays at the Buttonwoods Community Center, Tuesdays at the Pilgrim Senior Center and Thursdays at the Buttonwoods Community Center, all starting at 12:30 p.m. Call Ray Walsh at 497-8097 or George Gange 739-6682.

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.

Hospice Volunteer Informational Meeting

The VNA of Care New England conducts weekly hospice volunteer informational meetings at the VNA of Care New England, 51 Health Lane, Warwick. Have you ever wondered how you can make the difference in the life of a family whose loved one is in hospice care? Do you want to join with a dedicated hospice volunteer program that provides training and ongoing support in this most rewarding work? Come and find out more about the VNA of Care New England hospice Call Carolyn McDonough, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 921-7614 to register.

Moms RI

Support a new mother, share your experience and make a new friend. You can make a difference with just on hour a week. Moms for Moms RI helps pregnant women and new mothers deal with an enormous transition by matching them with trained volunteers who are mothers themselves. The program provides emotional and social support and strives to connect new moms to resources within their own communities. Mentors develop a warm, supportive relationship while spending time with the new mom in their homes, accompanying them on outings, and attending mom gatherings. You will be trained and provided supervisory support from volunteers. Contact Sally at 383-9933.

Mentoring

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, contact Pamela Sherman at 732-7700 x117 or visit the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership website at www.mentorRI.org.

Aphasia Conversation Group

On the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m., Sargent Rehabilitation Center, 800 Quaker Lane, Warwick, holds an aphasia conversation group. This group provides a supportive meeting place for people with aphasia to socialize and share their communication challenges and strategies. There is no charge for participation. Attendance is limited to individuals with aphasia only. For more information contact Lucia Watson, MS, SLP at 886-6600 or visit www.sargentcenter.org.

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.

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 11:15-11:45 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.

Free Pet Food

Bonniedale Farm in North Scituate offers dog and cat food at no cost to struggling pet owners, hoping to provide for the animals while easing the burden on community members facing tough times. Those wishing to donate or in need of pet food can contact Dan MacKenzie at 574-6056. The mailing address for the farm is 1097 Chopmist Hill Road, North Scituate, RI 02857, while the physical address is 1056 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. MacKenzie asks that visitors call before making the trip. More information can be found online at www.bonniedalefarmanimalsanctuary.com.

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.

Grief Support

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 info@christchurchec.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 Project in 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 holliegal@verizon.net.

Cornerstone Church

Cornerstone Church, 1990 Elmwood Ave., Warwick, is member of the RI Community Food Bank. Hours of operation are the first and third Saturday from 9-11:30 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.

Developmental Screening

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.

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