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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

Meat raffles on Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. There will be four tables loaded with meat and prized. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.  Proceeds will be donated to Rosemary's Wish Kids.

Country line dancing continues from 7-9 p.m. Monday evenings with Lori Enos. Cost is $8 per person. Come kick up your heels and have some fun.

Yoga Classes with Lorraine Blanchard. The Vinyasa Yoga flow will embody strength, balance, and flexibility. Please bring your own Yoga mat. Cost is $6 per person.

Warwick Women’s Club

The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) Warwick Women's Club will hold its monthly meeting March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center in Warwick. Bette Cleveland from Thirty One Gifts will be having a fundraiser for the club at the meeting. You can also shop online and all online purchases will be sent directly to your home or any address you prefer. The Warwick Women's Club is a civic/community-oriented club that provides funds and/or goods for local organizations such as the Norwood Boys' and Girls' Club, Project Undercover, House of Hope, and RI Mentoring. There are many activities that we handle throughout the year, i.e. Pinwheels for Prevention of Child Abuse, thank you cards and Valentine cards for veterans, and activities relating to domestic abuse. Anyone wishing to attend this meeting call Helen at 739-1157. For further information about this organization visit gfwcri.org. Refreshments will be available.

Conimicut Village Association

The Conimicut Village Association will conduct its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. March 12 in the St. Benedict’s Parish Hall on Transit Street. All Conimicut residents and business owners are invited to attend.

Oakland Beach Association

The monthly meeting of the Oakland Beach Association will be held March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 340 Oakland Beach Avenue. Note that this is a one-time change of date from the usual Thursday night to Wednesday night. All Oakland Beach residents are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Gorton Luncheon

A luncheon for Gorton alumni classes1941-1955 will be held March 13 at 1 p.m. at Top of the Bay in Oakland beach. Lunch choices are scrod, chicken parm or chicken marsala. Call Fran Allin at 463-8679 or Barbara Kane at 821-0161 or barbarakane14@gmail.com. There will be a Gorton Get Together Aug. 17 from 3-6 p.m.

YMCA Book Club

The YMCA Book Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at Atria Haborhill, 159 Division Street in East Greenwich, at 2 p.m. The Book Club is free and open to the community. No registration required. The book for discussion on Wednesday, March 13, is Rainwater by Sandra Brown. For more information call the Kent County YMCA at 828-0130.

Reception for Col. McCartney

Retired Col. Stephen M. McCartney, who served as chief of Warwick Police, will be honored at a reception March 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza. Tickets at $25 are available at the Greenwood Credit Union, the Crowne Plaza, Central RI Chamber of Commerce, Warwick Beacon and Police Headquarters.

Chili Cook-off

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, will host a chili cook-off March 16 at 6 p.m. $10 for adults (kids 10 and under free) gets you chili tastings, corn bread, beverage and dessert. Call 737-3127 for tickets (no tickets at the door).

Corned Beef Dinner and Auction Fundraiser

Southern RI 4-H Fair will hold a corned beef dinner as a fundraiser event March 16 at 5 p.m. at the Metcalf School, 30 Nooseneck Hill Road, Exeter. It's not just a dinner; an auction and a penny social will be held during this event as well. Advanced tickets only; corned beef and cabbage are $12. For tickets call Sandi at 741-1609 or Carol at 269-1769. Raffle and Auction donations are welcome; call Sandi or Carol to make arrangements for pickup.

Meat Raffle

West Bay Anglers are holding a meat raffle every Saturday through March 16 at the Warwick Firemen’s Club, 750 Warwick Ave. Doors open at 12 noon, raffle starts at 1:30. Tickets are six for $5.

Free Lunch

As part of a community outreach program, Spring Green Memorial Church, 1350 Warwick Ave., is offering a free lunch of hot dogs and assorted sandwiches, chicken soup, chips and assorted desserts to neighbors in the community March 17. Each guest is welcome to receive one grocery bag of food from the pantry. For more information call the church office at 463-8328.

WWII Education Center Virtual Tour

On March 17 documentary filmmaker Tim Gray will give a virtual tour of the WWII Education Center he founded on Main Street in Wakefield. The Education Center/Museum displays Gray's collection of WWII artifacts acquired during 40 years of collecting. One of his most important acquisitions is a steel relic from the boat deck of the USS Arizona, which was sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The illustrated program is sponsored by the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society. It begins at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the East Greenwich Police Station on First Avenue. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is free and the building is handicap accessible. It is free and open to the public. 

Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter

The monthly meeting for Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will be held March 21 at the Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Parkway, at 6:30 p.m. (right near Pilgrim High School). This will be the last planning meeting for their breakfast on April 6. If you would like to volunteer for the breakfast, order tickets (reservations required), donate a raffle item or bake a breakfast item for the pastry table or any information on any events call Brenda at 467-2692. Everyone is invited to attend our meetings.

Meat Raffle

William Shields Jr. SAL Squadron #43 invites all interested people to join in for a Three Card MEL Meat Raffle March 22 at the Legion Post at 662 West Shore Road starting at 7 p.m. For more information on this event contact the William Shields Post at 737-9711.

Quarter Auction  

Leukemia and Lymphoma candidate for Woman of the Year Marguerite Morris is hosting a quarter auction March 22 at Knights of Columbus, 475 Sandy Lane. Doors open at 6 p.m. $10 for 3 paddles. Raffle and 50/50 tickets also available. Light food provided. No outside alcohol or beverages. Bar will be open. Some featured vendors are Pampered Chef, Avon, Thirty-one, Paparazzi, Lularue, Touchstone and Scentsy. Tickets can be purchased in advance at pages.mwoy/ri/ri19/mmorris.

Phantom of the Opera

Have you always wanted to see “The Phantom of the Opera?” How about dinner before, and transportation to the show? No worrying where you are going to park and how far you will have to walk to PPAC. The Kent County YMCA is offering a bus trip to the PPAC to see “Phantom of the Opera,” which also includes a buffet dinner before the show, on March 28. The cost for YMCA members is $80 and the cost for those that are not current members of the Kent County YMCA is $90.  Email Dom Doiron at ddoiron@gpymca.org.

Fish Count

Buckeye Brook Coalition is looking for volunteers for this year’s Direct Fish Count in conjunction with RI Fish and Game. Training will be March 28 from 5-6 p.m. or March 30 from 10-11 a.m. Location is lower parking lot of Knights of Columbus on Sandy Lane. Warwick. Requirements: 10 minutes at most once a week, at a time of your choosing, to observe water temperature, water depth, and count how many river herring you observed. The count will run from April into May. Returning surveyors just need to contact Jennifer so she can add you into the schedule. This is a very easy opportunity to help collect valuable data that allows the fishery councils to make decisions on fishery management. If you have any questions contact jennifer.brooks@dem.ri.gov.

Flea Market Vendors Wanted

Ss. John and James Parish, 17 St. John Street, West Warwick, is hosting a Flea Market on May 4 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. They are looking for vendors to rent tables, $20 for a 6-foot table-indoors and $15 for a 6-foot table outside (no food vendors). For more information call the parish office at 821-7661.

Apply for Boys and Girls State 2019

The American Legion Boys State and the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State will take place June 16-21 at St. Andrew's School in Barrington. The course is on the workings of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Students form their own political parties, formulate party platforms and conduct spirited campaigns for public office. All high school juniors are encouraged to apply. Scholarships are available. Expenses are paid for by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.

Boys State applications can be found online at www.littlerhodyboysstate.com. Girls State applications can be found online at www.rialaux.org. If you have questions, email ronriveterans@yahoo.com or raineyrose@outlook.com.

Swim Lessons

McDermott Pool is now offering swim lessons and lifeguard certification classes. For more information visit www.warwickri.gov/parks-and-recreation or call 921-9626.

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 4 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.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

VNA of Care New England is looking for hospice volunteers. Have you ever wondered how you could make a difference in the life of a family whose loved one is on hospice care? Do you want to join a dedicated hospice volunteer program that provides training and ongoing support? For more information visit www.carenewengland.org or call Barbara Fletcher, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 921-7661. 

Fundraiser Yard Sale

The Chorus of Kent County is looking for donations of books, CDs and DVD s for their upcoming scholarship fundraiser yard sale/book sale. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit Kent County high school seniors looking to pursue a degree in the music arts. Contact CKCfundraisers@gmail.com or call 821-6539 to arrange pickup or delivery of items.

Greenwood Choir

The Greenwood Concert Choir seeks members for its spring 2019 season. Our exciting program includes music from Haydn's "Creation" and timeless sacred music exploring the glory of God's creation. Rehearsals are fun and begin in late January. No experience required. This is a fun free activity for all adults (high school age and beyond). To inquire, email membership@greenwoodconcertchoir.org or call 737-1230. 

Women’s Auxiliary

A women’s auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the William Shields Jr. American Legion Post 43, 662 West Shore Road. It is an open invitation to all eligible women who wish to participate in supporting our veterans. Eligibility to join is related to a veteran as a mother, wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, grandmother or step-relative.

Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company Rental

The Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company Museum, 45 Kernick St., with a hall capable of seating 70, is available for rent seven days a week. There is ample parking and cooking facilities. Contact Robert Carlow at 302-1120 for details.

Cornerstone Church Food Pantry

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. Walk-ins welcome. For more information call 781-6121.

Pilgrim Senior Center

The Pilgrim Senior Enrichment Center, located at 27 Pilgrim Parkway, offers educational, nutritional and recreational programs to folks 55 years of age and older. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Chess players wanted at the Pilgrim Senior Center. Join in this game of strategy on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Billiards Room. They will teach new players, so come give it a try.

Evening Adult Enrichment Square Dance Program classes are Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Participants must be 18 years old. Call Kathleen at 468-4074 for more information.

Hall Rentals

William Shields Post #43 has hall rentals for your special occasions coming up. They specialize in weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, events for fundraisers, etc. Call Diane O’Brien for more information at 486-5778. Also, every Friday night they have karaoke.

Warwick Historical Society

The Warwick Historical Society is open weekly at the John Waterman Arnold House at 25 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 members and come learn about Warwick's history by helping as a volunteer. Visit www.whsri.org, join them on Facebook or call 737-4617 for more information.

Meadowlark Seniors

Meadowlark Seniors, a social club, holds weekly meetings every Thursday at the St. Kevin Parish Hall, 333 Sandy Lane, at 1:30 p.m. The meetings are followed by coffee and refreshments. After refreshments, an activity follows. All seniors are invited to attend a meeting and see what they are all about. (Scheduled meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather).

Singers Wanted

All In A Chord Women’s Barbershop Chorus is looking for singers on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Annex, 389 Greenwich Ave., Rt.5, Warwick. Call Shirley at 739-0907 or e-mail allinachord1@cox.net.

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 Wednesday and Sunday from 11:15-11:45 a.m. For more information call 737-6758.

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.

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.

TOPS #44 Warwick

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 6-6:30 p.m. The meeting will follow from 6:35-7:30. 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.

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.

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, call 732-7700 or visit the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership website at www.mentorRI.org.

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.

TOPS #38 East Greenwich

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 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 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 at 996-3984, call (800) 932-8677 or visit www.tops.org. In a world of quick fixes, TOPS offers an affordable, doctor-recommended alternative that’s realistic and effective no matter how much you have to lose. Watch the scale go down, not your bank account. First meeting is free.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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