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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

Tri-City Elks continue with the "Classic Car Show" each Thursday evening at 5 p.m. Bring your custom collectible car and show it off or just come and enjoy. Motorcycles welcome. There will be music and food for sale. The Tiki Bar will be open for beverages.

Country line dancing has ended for the summer, but will resume in September.

Zumba Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Instructor is Lorraine Blanchard. Cost is $6.

Free Community Lunch

A free community lunch and food pantry will take place May 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick. Everyone is invited to participate.

SPRED Liturgy

St. Benedict Parish, 135 Beach Ave., will hold a SPRED Liturgy at the 4 p.m. Mass May 27. SPRED (Special Religious Development) is a religious program for the physically or mentally challenged. They have special friends from St. Benedict, St. Kevin, St. Timothy, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Gregory the Great, St. Clements,and St. Francis de Sales who will be preparing the altar and bringing up the gifts during Mass. All are welcome to attend the open house that will follow. Refreshments will be served.

Karaoke

The Oakland Beach Volunteer Fire Company will hold karaoke May 27 starting at 7 p.m. Sing with Brandy.

Plant Sale

Westbay Farm, 1351 Centerville Road, is having a plant sale May 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fun for the family, take a tour of the farm and enjoy a day with goats and chickens. All the proceeds from this event go to the Westbay Farm, which provides fresh vegetables to Westbay Market Place Pantry and various senior housing.

Memorial Day Parade Invite

The Warwick Veterans Council would like to invite the general public to attend the annual City of Warwick Memorial Day Parade. The parade is scheduled for Memorial Day, May 29, and will begin at 9:15 a.m. The parade will start at Bishop Hendricken High School and travel south down Warwick Avenue, turning west on West Shore Road and end at Warwick Vets Memorial Park (in front of Warwick Vets School). Joining the parade this year will be the Honorable Gina Raimondo, Mayor Scott Avedisian, as well as other City councilpersons and local state representatives. Persons or groups interested in participating may contact Tony Rodrigues at 919-8951.

Rocktail Remix

Trudeau Memorial Center welcomes Rocktail Remix May 31 at 1:15 p.m. in the Patterson Building cafeteria. They will be playing songs you remember and will never forget.

Trout Unlimited Meeting

The Narragansett Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU225) will host its monthly membership meeting May 31 starting at 6 p.m. at the Arcadia Management Area Check Station, Rt. 165 (Ten Rod Road), at Wood River, Exeter. This will be the first of four streamside meetings held by the chapter. Members and guests are invited to come at 5 p.m. to enjoy a cook-out of hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, chips and soda/water provided by TU225. Remember that the Park Regulations for the Arcadia Management Area do not permit consumption of alcohol. A short meeting will take place, discussing upcoming educational events, projects and activities that the chapter will be involved in during the year. There will be a 50/50 raffle and “gear” raffle, with proceeds benefiting the chapter and supporting their mission. After the meeting, Chapter member Vinny Diodato will be demonstrating spey casting. Those wishing to participate are invited to bring their own spey or switch equipment. Vinny will have additional rods for those of you who want to learn this casting “art.” For additional information, contact Chapter President Glenn Place 225-7712 or email TU225President@gmail.com.

Warwick Municipal Retirees Association

The monthly meeting of the Warwick Municipal Retirees Association is, May 31 at the Pilgrim Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Join for coffee and issues concerning you. Any questions or comments contact Lois at 738-1768.

St. Rita’s Waterfront Festival

St. Rita’s Oakland Beach Parish will host the annual Waterfront Festival. The date has moved from Memorial Day weekend to the following weekend and, the event is gearing up to be the finest since its inception 22 years ago. For wholesome entertainment, bring family and friends to our fest of fun, food, and fireworks. As always, the action takes place at the Father O’Hara Ballpark, where the bay breezes drift in off popular Oakland Beach. Come for fun and enjoy carnival rides, Saturday fireworks, great food, Rockin’ Raffle, midway games and more.There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival. Amusement rides range in excitement from the most popular kiddie rides, to family rides and rides for the ultimate thrill seekers. Fireworks blast off on Saturday evening, June 3, when the sun goes down and the moon comes up. This year’s Waterfront Festival hours are: June 1 6-10 p.m.; June 2 5-10 p.m.; June 3 12 noon to 10:30 p.m.; June 4 12 noon to 8 p.m.

Spring Green Yard Sale

Spring Green Memorial Church invites you to a neighborhood indoor /outdoor yard sale and craft fair June 3 at 9 a.m. Tables/space are available for a donation of $25 each (payable at the church office) upon signing up. You keep your proceeds. The trustees will accept donations of clothing for the indoor sale. Proceeds from the indoor sale will benefit the trustee fund of Spring Green. This is a great opportunity to bring your “trash” and make it into someone’s “treasure.” The WIGS (women’s group) will have a table of jewelry items “plus” for sale. The Spring Green Social Committee will sell muffins and coffee during the morning, and hot dogs, meatball sandwiches, chips, cookies and soda for the lunch hour at very reasonable prices. Spring Green is located at 1350 Warwick Avenue in Warwick, phone (401) 463-8328. Reservations will be accepted until May 31.

Daughters of Isabella

St. Benedict Circle #423, Daughters of Isabella will hold their meeting June 5 at 7 p.m. in the church hall at St. Benedict. Call Peggy Porter if interested in joining: 339-3143.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Course

Do you need your RI State Boating Card? Want to brush up on your skills? How about getting your family involved in safe boating? Sign up for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship course starting June 5. It runs 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in June at North Star Flotilla Headquarters at Brewers Greenwich Bay Marina, 1 Masthead Drive, just off Post Road in Warwick. The cost is $65 for the eight lessons, including textbook, charts and handouts. Second and third member of your family sharing materials is only $35. They cover jet skis, boat handling, rules of the road, aids to navigation, lines and knots, federal and state regulations, electronic navigation and more. Lots of hands-on learning and individual attention. For information or to register, email Roz@butziger.com or go to www.northstarflotilla.com.

Vendors Wanted

St. Benedict Church 135 Beach Ave Warwick is having an indoor flea market June 10 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. They have a limited number of tables available for vendors to rent. Cost is $30 for the day. Call Barbara at 737-9492 for information or to reserve a space.

Call for Vendors

Vendors are wanted for the annual yard sale at Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad Street, Cranston. The yard sale takes place June 10 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 or reservations email office@edgewoodchurchri.org or call 461-1344.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees

The next monthly meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees South County chapter 998 will be held June 13 at the Cowesett Inn, 226 Cowesett Ave. West Warwick. NARFE South County Chapter 998 hopes to spur more awareness of programs and issues current and former members in Rhode Island face. This month’s speaker is Richard August, invited back due to so much information pertaining to elderly members. Richard is a local and state contributor of articles on elderly issues and affairs. All members and former members of NARFE Pawtucket Chapter 13 are welcomed to attend. Any other current and former NARFE members are also encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. with meeting to follow. Full dinner cost includes tax and tip is $20 to $25. Contact Service Officer George 732-0190 for lunch and seating count.

Oakland Beach in the 1960s

The upcoming exhibit, “Oakland Beach in the 1960s – Art, Society, Nature” at the Warwick Center for the Arts (WCA), will be on display through June 30. The exhibit will feature original images of Oakland Beach from that era by Carmel Vitullo, the acclaimed Rhode Island photographer, along with other images and items related to Oakland Beach and describing the artistic, social, and environmental context for her work. Visit WCA, 3259 Post Road, Apponaug Village, for the exhibit opening on June 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. or visit any time during WCA normal operating hours Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 1 to 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 12 to 3 p.m. The exhibit is co-sponsored by Warwick Center for the Arts; City of Warwick Department of Tourism, Culture & Development; Bert Gallery; Save the Bay; TD Bank; and the Warwick Historical Society.

Meadowbrook Bingo

Meadowbrook Terrace bingo is held every Friday night at 6 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Snacks will be available. All are welcome.

Bird Feeder Donations

Wild Birds Unlimited, Warwick, annually conducts a feeder swap event, which generates bird feeders for donations within the community. The feeders are completely refurbished and as a result are perfectly functional. The feeder swap has resulted in more than 50 feeders over the past four years and the feeders have been given to local schools, senior centers and assisted living facilities. If you are interested in obtaining a feeder for a deserving destination, contact Richard Del Sesto at 826-0606 or wbuwarwick@yahoo.com.

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.

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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