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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

Neal & The Vipers with Dave Howard Feb. 25 from 8:30 p.m. -12 midnight. It will be $6 per person at the door. Cash bar.

Country Line Dancing Monday nights with Lori Enos, runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person.

Zumba Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Class given by Lorraine Blanchard.

MDA Volunteers Needed

The Muscular Dystrophy Association believes in living life unlimited. Currently, they’re seeking volunteers (to start in February 2017) to make telephone calls to businesses participating in the Shamrocks program (no solicitation involved). Calls will be made from their offices in Warwick between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays. If interested, email David Ciesielski at dciesielski@mdausa.org or call at 732-1910.

Ocean State Toastmasters

Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting Feb. 21 from 7-9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Road. At this meeting, they will hold their annual International Speech Contest. Guests are welcome to attend and enjoy the event. 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.

Gaspee Seniors

The next meeting of the Gaspee Seniors will be held Feb. 21. The meeting will be held at the Buttonwoods Community Center on West Shore Road in Warwick. Meeting begins at 1. They will be celebrating Mardi Gras with pancake races. This will be the last meeting at Buttonwoods Community Center as they will be moving to the Pilgrim Senior Center at 27 Pilgrim Parkway. All seniors are welcome.

Warwick Municipal Retirees Association

The next meeting of the Warwick Municipal Retirees Association is Feb. 22 at the Pilgrim Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Any questions or concerns contact Lois at 738-1768 or go to warwickretirees.com.

Trout Unlimited Meeting

The Narragansett Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU225) will host its first monthly membership meeting for 2017 Feb. 22, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Coventry/West Greenwich Elks Lodge, 42 Nooseneck Hill Road (Rte. 3, Exit 6 off of Rte. 95), West Greenwich. In addition to regular business, they will be discussing upcoming educational events and activities that the chapter will be involved in during the year. As usual, this meeting will allow members and guests to network, tell fishing and fly tying tales of the cold winter months, and other stories of interest. After a short meeting, the chapter will welcome Corey Pelletier, RIDEM Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Biologist, Habitat Conservation. He will be joined by Allan Libby, RIDEM Fish and Wildlife, Principal Freshwater Biologist. Corey will be presenting “Brook Trout in a Changing World.” Brook Trout require a certain set of necessities for survival, but what are these necessities and what is the importance of protecting them? For additional information, contact Chapter President Glenn Place 225-7712 or email GlennPlace83@gmail.com. For additional information about Trout Unlimited, visit narragansett.tu.org or www.facebook.com/Trout-Unlimited-Narragansett-Chapter.

NE Amputee Association Meeting

The New England Amputee Association Networking Meeting will be held Feb. 22 from 4:30-6 p.m. at Memorial Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation, 111 Brewster St., Pawtucket. The meeting topic is tips and techniques for living with limb loss and more. As those who live with limb loss know there are a few tricks used to help in our daily lives. If you are a long-time, amputee/caregiver come and share your experiences with newer amputees. New amputees will benefit from the experience of other amputees. If you plan to attend this meeting, let them know so they can have refreshments available. During the winter months, they may have to cancel a meeting due to inclement weather. NEAA meeting is free and open to all amputees and their families. For information visit www.NewEnglandAmputeeAssociation.com or call 978-365-2580.

Free Community Lunch

A free community lunch and food pantry will be held Feb. 25 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick. Everyone is invited to participate.

Cranston Senior Guild

Cranston Senior Guild’s next meeting will take place March 1 at 1 p.m. at Tamarisk Assisted Living, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick. There will be a short meeting followed by bingo, refreshments and a raffle. All men and women age 55 years plus are welcome to join.  Cranston residency is not required. Plan on coming for a fun afternoon.

Bingo

Bingo will be held March 4 at St. Kevin’s Church hall, 333 Sandy Lane, starting and ending with a $100 special. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6.

Blood Drive

A blood drive will be held March 5 from 8 a.m.-12 noon at the Warwick Firefighters, 750 Warwick Avenue, Warwick. Free breakfast for all donors.

Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Langevin

The Conimicut Village Association (CVA) will host a Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Jim Langevin at 7 p.m. on March 6 at the William Shields American Legion Post 43, 662 West Shore Road, Conimicut. CVA is soliciting questions/concerns from all residents. The congressman will address those issues and also take questions from the floor, as time permits. Questions may be sent to conimicutvillage@aol.com. Everyone is invited to attend and to submit questions in advance.

Gorton High School Monthly Luncheon

The Gorton High School Monthly Luncheon will be held March 8 at Top of the BayOakland Beach, at 12 noon. Cost will be $17 per person. If you plan to attend, contact either Barbara at 821-0161 or barbkane14@gmail.com or Fran Allin at 463-8679. All Gorton High School classmates from 1941-1955, spouses and friends are welcome.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church Italian Night

St. Mark's Episcopal Church Italian Night, sponsored by Rigatoni's Restaurant, will be held March 11 from 6-9:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 475 Sandy Lane, Warwick. Tickets are $12 for adults, children 5 to 12 are $5, and children under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, or by calling 737-3127. Dinner includes calzones, salad, pasta and meatballs, sausage and peppers, bread and assorted desserts. Music by Musical Explosion.  There will be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle. All funds raised support the mission and ministries of St. Mark's.

Call for Vendors at Annual Yard Sale

Vendors are wanted for the annual yard sale at Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad Street, Cranston. The yard sale takes place March 11 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Table fee is $25 per table, $20 if you bring your own (6-foot maximum). For information/reservations email office@edgewoodchurchri.org or call 461-1344.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

There will be a corned beef and cabbage dinner at Summit Baptist Church, 1176 Victory Highway (Route 102), Greene, R.I. March 11 at 5 p.m. Menu includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots & onions, bread, desserts and beverage. Adults $12, kids $6 (ages 6-12), under 5no charge. For reservations/tickets call 397-7069 or 392-0232.

Academic Decathlon Seeking Volunteers

Rhode Island Academic Decathlon is actively recruiting volunteers for their March 12 state competition. Volunteers evaluate the speech and interview skills of high school students or assist with exams and event management. The competition is hosted by CCRI in Warwick, and most volunteers serve from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Training is provided on the day of the event. Twenty-five teams from high schools in Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, Johnston, Providence, North Kingstown, North Providence, South Kingstown, Warwick and Westerly are competing. For more information on the RI Academic Decathlon, visit www.acdec.net or email Mary at mary.johnson@acdec.net. To register as a volunteer, visit riadregistration.org/decathlon/volunteers.pl.

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 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 proceeds benefit The imPossible Dream and Take A Kid Fishing.

Botanical Center Concert

A concert at the Botanical Center in Roger Williams Park featuring Slippery Sneakers Zydeco Band will be held March 19 from 4-6 p.m. It’s hard to stay seated when this band plays. $15 admission, $10 members of the Botanical Center Conservancy. Visit www.bccrwp.org or call 384-0718.

Men’s Senior Softball

Registration is now underway for men 57 and older to join the Warwick Senior Softball League. It is a recreational league whose priorities are fun, safety and friendly competition. You do not have to be a Warwick resident to join. All games (double headers) begin at 9 a.m. and are played at Buttonwoods City Park in Warwick on Wednesday mornings. The fee is $25. Deadline for registration is March 31. The playing season is from May 3 to August 30. For more information contact Bill Russo at 714-9597 or email wrusso7@yahoo.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.

Chartercare Scholarships

The Chartercare Foundation is now accepting applications for nursing scholarships; applicants must be Rhode Island residents and have been accepted to or currently enrolled in a Rhode Island accredited nursing program. Deadline is April 30.  For details and application visit www.chartercarefoundation.org; click on scholarships.

Meadowlark Seniors

Meadowlark Seniors, a social club, holds weekly meetings every Thursday at the St. Kevin Parish Hall, 333 Sandy Lane, at 1:30. The meetings are followed by coffee and refreshments. After refreshments, an activity also follows. All seniors are invited to visit and see what the club is all about.

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.

Bowlers Needed

Bowlers are needed at Meadowlark Lanes Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. Contact Rusty at 714-6633, rmbudlong@cox.net or Everett at 739-5343, everettg1@verizon.net.

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.

TOPS

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) RI Chapter #44 Warwick meets every Wednesday night at St. Rita's Church, 722 Oakland Beach Avenue, Warwick. Weigh-in is from 6:30-6:45 p.m. The meeting will follow at 6:50. Weekly dues are $2; yearly dues are $32. For more information about this chapter or others around the state, contact TOPS Leader Nicole Johnson-Morais at 332-7616, nicoleistops2015@yahoo.com or visit www.tops.org.

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 (TOPS), Rhode Island Chapter #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. Weekly dues are $1.50; yearly dues are $32. For more information about TOPS, call TOPS Greeter Carole Paster from Exeter at 295-8381, e-mail 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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