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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.

Free Family Fun Day is Aug. 27 from 1-4 p.m. Food, games, prizes and bouncy house. This is a community event sponsored by Tri-City Elks Drug Awareness Committee for kids ages 6-13 and their parents/grandparents.

Blood drive, Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m.-12 noon. Don't forget to bring your driver's license or another form of identification when you donate. One pint of blood will save three lives. It is more important than ever to give the gift of life.

Country line dancing and zumba will return in September.

PAVA Fundraising Event

Join the Drink & Dabble fundraiser with Bob Ross at JONAH, 830 Oakland Beach Ave., Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. Just bring your confidence and spend a fun evening with your friends creating your own Bob Ross while drinking wine and enjoying refreshments. Call 568-6550 for tickets ($30). All proceeds go towards Art Space PAVA learning scholarships.

Free Dinner

St. Rita’s Parish, 722 Oakland Beach Ave., will host a free home-cooked dinner in the parking lot Aug. 25 from 5-5:45 p.m. This is open to anyone, rain or shine. There will be a wide assortment of gently used clothing.

Free Community Lunch

a free community lunch and food pantry Aug. 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick. Everyone is invited to participate.

Indoor/Outdoor Yard Sale

Church of the Transfiguration, 1665 Broad St., Cranston, is having an indoor/outdoor yard sale Aug. 26 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be vendor tables, church tables, racks of clothing, a bake sale table and lunch will be offered. Proceeds go to the Edgewood/Pawtuxet Food Closet. Table rental is $15. Call Carol Casper at 467-7434.

Trout Unlimited Meeting

The Narragansett Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU225) will host its monthly membership meeting Aug. 30 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 last of four streamside meetings held by the chapter. At 5 p.m., instead of hamburgers and hot dogs, pizza will take to the main table, with and soda/water provided by TU225. Remember that the Park Regulations for the Arcadia Management Area do Not permit consumption of alcohol. The general membership meeting will discuss upcoming educational events, projects and activities that the chapter will be involved in during the year. There will be a 50/50 raffle. For additional information, contact Chapter President Glenn Place at 225-7712 or email TU225President@gmail.com.

Lifestyle Change Program

Also known as the Diabetes Prevention Program, this free lifestyle change program will help you lose 5-7 percent of your body weight and make changes today that will keep you healthy tomorrow. You will learn to fit more physical activity in your day, eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love, and be part of a group for support. These efforts have been proven by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stop the progression of pre-diabetes.

Pilgrim Senior Center Orientation is Sept. 5 at 10-11:15 a.m. with weekly classes to follow. Enrollment until Sept. 26. Must be 60 or older to register.

West Warwick Public Library Orientation Sept. 6 at 10-11:15 a.m. with weekly classes to follow. Enrollment until Sept. 27.

For more information or to register, contact Cindy Graves at 921-5118.

Meadowlark Seniors

The Meadowlark Seniors, a social club, will not be meeting July and August. The next meeting is Sept. 7. There will be no meeting Thursday, Sept. 14. All meetings are subject to being cancelled because of inclement weather.

Vendors Wanted

Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad Street, Cranston, is looking for vendors for a yard sale that takes place Sept. 9 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.

Looking for Crafters

Spring Green Memorial Church is looking for crafters to participate in an indoor/outdoor craft and yard sale to be held Sept. 9 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tables and spaces are available for a donation of $25 each (There is limited space inside.). For those interested or for more information, contact the church office Tuesday-Friday 9a.m.-12 noon at 463-8328 to make your reservation. Spring Green Church is located at 1350 Warwick Ave., Warwick.

Ladies Hi-Lo Jack

The Ladies Hi-Lo Jack League will commence meeting Mondays on Sept. 11 at the Shields Post at 660 West Shore Rd. at 7 p.m. Those interested in joining the group or learning more should call Nancy at 737-1405.

Aldrich High Get-Together

Reminder: The Class of 1950 of Aldrich High School will hold is annual get-together Sept. 16 at Top of the Bay restaurant in Oakland Beach. Unlike recent years, this will be a sitdown luncheon at noon. You will have a choice of three lunches: meat, fish or chicken priced at $11.95 or you can opt for the open menu.  

Conimicut Village Yard Sale

The Conimicut Village Association(CVA) will sponsor their annual Village-Wide Yard Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 30 (rain date Oct. 1). CVA will publicize the event and create a map to all participating homes. To participate and have your home listed on the map, call Arthur at 529-1269 or email Ginny at conimicutvillage@aol.com.  There is no cost to participate and you keep all of your proceeds.

Grandparent Visitation Bill

The Rhode Island Senate has passed the Grandparent Visitation Bill 383. The House of Representatives has not passed their own grandparent bill number 5903. This bill will help many grandparents who have been isolated from their grandchildren. They need everyone to either e-mail or call their representative asking for their vote to pass this bill. They also need everyone to contact Cale Keable who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the Speaker of the House Representative Mattiello. If you are a grandparent or have fond memories of your grandparents, help our Rhode Island grandchildren who have been denied a relationship with their grandparents.

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point is a free walking group that meets on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. and Thursdays evenings at 6:30 p.m. They meet at the front gate. They walk at a moderate pace on the paved path that is about two miles. Dogs on leashes and children in strollers are welcome. The group calls themselves the “Rocky Point Pacers.” Call Cindy at 497-5656 for more details.

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.

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 Meadowbrook 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.

TOPS

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Rhode Island Chapter #38 East Greenwich meets every Thursday at Women & Infants Center, 1050 Main Street, East Greenwich. Weigh-in begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 9:50 a.m. The meeting will follow at 10 a.m. Weekly dues are $1.50, yearly dues $32. For more information about TOPS call Barbara Laprocina from Warwick at 996-3984, 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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