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Tri-City Elks

Zumba Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Class given by Lorraine Blanchard. Come burn off some calories before the holidays.

Christmas Cheer Party Dec. 10 with music by the Oak Hill Band along with buffet style food at 7 p.m. Bring a new unwrapped toy and a non-perishable item for food baskets as your entrance fee.

Life-Line Screening is coming to Tri-City Elks Dec. 14 in the downstairs hall. Pre-registration is required. To receive a special $10 discount, call 1-888-653-6450 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.

Roger Ceresi & The All Starz will be in the upstairs hall Dec. 31. Doors open at 7 p.m., music from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Champagne, toast and noisemakers. Tickets are $20.

Country line dancing will be back Jan. 9. Lori Enos is back. Runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $6.

Ocean State Toastmasters

Ocean State Toastmasters will hold a members-only meeting Dec. 6 at an offsite location. There will be no meeting at Warwick City Hall on this date. The next public meeting will take place Dec. 20 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. The club is one of some 13,500 in Toastmasters International, a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the development of public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has approximately 280,000 members in 116 countries. For more information, contact Robert Rogers, vice president of membership, at 782-7637 or Robert_Rogers@acm.org.

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 a meeting Dec. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Pkwy. Future daytime meetings will be announced. Their next nighttime meeting will be Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Church, 99 Peirce St., East Greenwich. There will be no meeting in January; meetings at St. Luke's will continue in February on the third Monday of each month. For more information on meetings, write to AGA-RI@cox.net. For more information on grandparent alienation visit www.aga-fl.org.

Gaspee Seniors

The Gaspee Seniors will be meeting Dec. 8 at the Shriner's Banquet Room on Broad Street in Cranston for their annual Christmas banquet. Arrival time is 11:30 a.m. Lunch will at 12 noon. Bring your articles for the basket raffle.

Meadowlark Seniors

Meadowlark Seniors, a social club for seniors, will hold their weekly meeting Dec. 8 at the St. Kevin Parish Hall, 333 Sandy Lane at 1:30 p.m. A brief meeting will be followed by coffee and refreshments. The activity for this week will be horse racing. In keeping with the Spirit of Christmas, there will also be a collection to be given to the First Congregational Church, Oakland Beach Ave. All seniors are invited to visit and see what they are all about. New members are welcome.

Three Card Mel

William Shields Jr. Post #43, 662 West Shore Road, will be having a meat raffle Dec. 9 starting at 7 p.m.

Christmas Concert

St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, will present a Christmas concert Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. The St. Kevin Choir will team up with the choir of St. Rita for an outstanding Christmas concert with special guests Harmony Heritage (an all-women's barbershop chorus), talented soloists singing Christmas favorites and Broadway, and even Santa all the way from the North Pole. For more information contact the church rectory at 732-8386. A canned good donation for their food pantry would be greatly appreciated.

Warwick Figure Skaters

Warwick Figure Skaters will hold an open registration at Thayer Arena, 975 Sandy Lane, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m. in Thayer Arena lobby and Dec. 11 from 1-3 p.m. in Warburton Arena (back rink) lobby. Their learn to skate group lesson programs taught by professional instructors will begin Jan. 7 and end Feb. 26 (8 weeks). Warwick Figure Skaters is a nonprofit founded in 1970. Club information is available on their website, www.warwickfs.org.

Greenwood Volunteer Fire Co. Open House

The Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company #1 and Museum will have an open house Dec. 11 from 2-5 p.m. Come and enjoy the Christmas spirit.

Bingo

The Friends of the Warwick Senior Centers, Inc. is having bingo Dec. 11 at the Pilgrim Senior Center. Doors open at 11 a.m.; please be prompt. As usual, they are collecting toiletries for the homeless. Bring a friend and have a great day.

Greenwood Concert Choir

The Greenwood Concert Choir presents “Come! Let Us Adore Him” Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. at Greenwood Community Church, 805 Main Ave. Enjoy hearing all your Christmas favorites from the Greenwood Concert Choir, children's choir, vocal soloists, handbells and much more. Join for an evening of beautiful music and celebration while worshiping our Lord. Free admission; freewill offering collected. For more information visit www.greenwoodconcertchoir.org, call 737-1230 or email music@gccp.org.

American Legion Baseball Meeting

American Legion Baseball is having a community meeting Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at the William Shields Post, 662 West Shore Road. Their program costs include: out-of-season baseball instruction (pitching/hitting/fielding); speed/agility clinics and strength training; a summer season of 30-40 games including overnight out-of-state tournaments; all home games played on college fields; in-season position instruction from professional instructors; hitting at R.I. Baseball Institute prior to every game; fall season regular academic counseling and tutoring for any (at-risk) student/athlete; and college guidance counseling for those students/athletes preparing for college. For more information contact Coach Jim Dawber at 524-2008 or dawberball@cox.net.

GFWC Warwick Women’s Club

The GFWC Warwick Women's Club will hold its monthly meeting Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center in Warwick. At this meeting, members will be wrapping Christmas gifts, which they provided, for four families. This is their second annual gift-giving wrapping session. Refreshments will be available. If you wish to attend this meeting call 739-1157. If you would like further information about this organization, visit www.gfwcri.org.

Gorton High School Christmas Luncheon

The Gorton High School Christmas Luncheon will be Dec. 14 at Sam's Inn, 2227 West Shore Road, at 12 noon. Cost will vary between $13 per person or $8 per person depending upon what your menu choice will be. If you plan to attend, call or email Dot McGuinn at 463-9535 or mcguinn@cox.net. All Gorton High School classmates from 1941-1955, spouses and friends are welcome.

West Bay Chanukah Events

Menorah lighting, Chanukah songs, hot latkes and gelt will be offered Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway & Post Road, Warwick.

Chanukah at Warwick Mall be will held Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. featuring Jewish music by Stan Freedman and Sounds of Simcha, lighting a giant menorah, latkes and gelt, and arts & crafts.

A menorah lighting will be held at Cranston City Hall, 869 Park Ave., Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. with arts & crafts, hot latkes and more.

For more information call Chabad of West Bay at 884-7888 or visit www.RabbiWarwick.com.

Christmas Pageant

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, is hosting a Christmas pageant at 10 a.m. Dec. 18. They are inviting young neighbors (pre-school through grade 5) to take part. Rehearsals will be Dec. 10 (9-10:30 a.m.) and Dec. 17 (10 a.m.-noon) at the church. Call 737-3127 or email rector@stmarkswarwick.org to let us know you will participate. All are welcome.

Trout Unlimited Meeting

The Narragansett Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU225) will host its final monthly membership meeting for 2016 December 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Coventry/West Greenwich Elks Lodge, 42 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich. This meeting will primarily be a celebration of December holidays and will provide an opportunity to thank members for the many volunteer hours they contributed to conservation, habitat, access improvement and water monitoring projects completed in 2016 in local watersheds. In addition, this meeting will allow members and guests to network, share some vittles, tell fishing and fly tying tales and other stories of interest, and wish your friends in the Chapter a happy 2017. Members will also approve the ballot and vote for next year’s board members. Lastly, the Chapter will sponsor a gift exchange among members and guests in preparation for larger-scale events scheduled later in the month among Chapter’s family and friends. Contact Chapter president Ron Marafioti at 463-6162 with any questions.

Canned Good and Clothing Drive

Norwood School, 266 Norwood Avenue, Warwick, is collecting canned goods and new hats, mittens and scarves during the month of December. The canned goods will be donated to Norwood Baptist Church and St. William’s Church. The clothing items will be donated to McAuley House. Items can be dropped off at the school.

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.

Lobster Raffle

A lobster raffle will be held every Saturday through March 19 at the Warwick Firefighter’s Hall, 750 Warwick Ave. Doors open at 1 p.m., raffle starts at 1:30. There will be no raffle held Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. There is a general merchandise table, lobster and meat table, an entire dinner table, 50/50 raffles and a finale of large lobsters, a large screen TV and small electronics every week. Refreshments and lunch are available. All proceed benefit The impossible Dream and Take A Kid Fishing.

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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