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By ARDEN BASTIA
Posted 4/15/21

By ARDEN BASTIA Tomorrow Fund Stroll N' Roll The Tomorrow Fund's 18th annual Stroll N' Roll begins Sunday, April 18, at 10 a.m. in Garden City Center in Cranston. The event will benefit The Tomorrow Fund's mission to provide financial and emotional

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Tomorrow Fund Stroll N’ Roll

The Tomorrow Fund’s 18th annual Stroll N’ Roll begins Sunday, April 18, at 10 a.m. in Garden City Center in Cranston. The event will benefit The Tomorrow Fund’s mission to provide financial and emotional support for children with cancer and their families during treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

There will be two options to participate in this year’s event. The first allows participants to physically stroll, individually or with a team, while wearing masks and social distancing. The second option involves driving along the Stroll route as a team or individual, with the option to decorate the vehicle.

No walk-in registrations will be allowed due to COVID-19 safety protocols. Registration forms can be completed or downloaded at tomorrowfund.org.

Registration costs $20 per individual or team roller/stroller. The fee is $20 for Tomorrow Fund families, which include a patient and immediate household members. There is no registration fee for children age 10 or younger.

For more information, call (401) 444-8811 or visit www.tomorrowfund.org.

Wendell Willkie, the 1940 presidential campaign and RI

David Amirsadri, a senior at East Greenwich High School, was born many decades after Wendell Willkie ran for president against FDR in 1940. Willkie, a progressive internationalist, would be a quaint figure in today's Republican Party. But Amirsadri argues that there were many similarities between that campaign and the 2020 race. He shows that history repeats itself, often in surprising ways. On Monday, April 19, he will share his theory in an illustrated Zoom program sponsored by the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society. The free program begins at 7:30 p.m. To register, contact info@eghps.org. The Zoom contact information will be sent out one day before the program.

Run for the Roses

COVID won’t stop the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center’s traditional Kentucky Derby fundraiser, although participants won’t be gathering at the Warwick Country Club in their best of derby finery to watch the race. Rather, there will be a virtual event, including an online auction and live stream of the race, on Saturday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. But you needn’t wait until May 1 to participate. An online auction starts April 27 and runs through April 30. Visit www.ebccenter.com/derby for additional information or call the center at 738-9700.

Food truck events

The seasonal kickoff of food truck events planned for this evening at the Crowne Plaza has been canceled and has yet to be rescheduled. The free events – you pay for food and drink, but there is no admission – include music. People are encouraged to bring chairs and enjoy the ambiance. A schedule of events can be found on www.FoodTruckIn.com.

PSC golf league

The Pilgrim Senior Center is looking for golfers to join a 9-hole weekly golfing league held on Mondays starting May 10. RSVP no later than April 10 by calling (401) 738-0319. There will be an open meeting as an entire league of seniors aged 65 on April 21 at Harbor Lights. League membership dues cover prizes and an end of season banquet. Full members pay $55, spares pay $30, and a spare that wants to attend the banquet pays $55. Harbor Lights also charges green fees. For questions and to RSVP, email Carol Desforges at desac63@gmail.com or call (401) 738-0319.

New show at Warwick Center for the Arts

The Warwick Center for the Arts, located next to City Hall at 3259 Post Road, will be hosting artwork from the local group Painters Over Light. The exhibit opens April 17 and can be viewed Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Brayton Cemetery cleanup

On April 17 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., volunteers will be cleaning up Brayton Cemetery at 3468 Post Road. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, tarps and gloves. To sign up as a volunteer, email Danny Hall at mrhall82@live.com.

Virtual art classes at Pilgrim Senior Center

Join Charlann Walker and the Pilgrim Senior Center for a step-by-step virtual art class on April 19 at 11 a.m. Attendees will learn to create a beautifully designed small abstract Zentangle, an easy to learn drawing method using just pen, pencil, and paper. No prior artistic experience required. To register, visit www.warwickri.gov/PilgrimVirtual.

Virtual Earth Day celebration

Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co., Inc., a Cranston-based non-profit arts organization, will be celebrating Earth Day with a virtual celebration on April 22 at 7 p.m. The event also highlights a recent publication from Notable Works, Voices of the Earth: The Future of Our Planet, a collection of poetry from local authors addressing issues of climate change. Special guests include Tina Cane, Rhode Island’s Poet Laureate, as well as other local writers and artists like Aubrey Atwater, Janet Barron, David Dragone, Noreen Inglesi, Thomas Lane, Sarah Lettes, Karina Lutz, and Patricia McAlpine. The event is free and open to the public. To register for the Zoom link, email Maria at bmar980@aol.com.

Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

Roger Williams Park Zoo is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. The deadline to enter is April 30.

In celebration of Endangered Species Day (May 21) Roger Williams Park Zoo is accepting art entries from local K-12 grade students and homeschoolers in the New England area depicting threatened/endangered species. Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats, and learn what we can do to help protect them.

Participants will have the chance to win prizes including a zoo membership and gift cards to Jerry’s Artarama Retail Stores.

For more information, visit www.rwpzoo.org/youth-art-contest.

Join the WPL Spring reading challenge

The Warwick Public Library kicked off the Spring Reading Challenge, which runs from April 1 to April 30. To register and track reading minutes, visit www.warwicklibrary.org/reading-challenges.

Socialize, exercise with PSC virtual programming

Join the Pilgrim Senior Center in virtual programs from the comfort of your own home. Classes are free, and no prior experience is necessary. Programs include the Poetry Readers group on Mondays at 1 p.m., chair yoga on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., low-impact aerobics at 9:30 a.m. and gentle yoga at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, and the Pilgrim Theater Stars on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. For more information and to register, visit www.warwickri.gov/PilgrimVirtual or contact Meg Underwood at (401) 468-4073.

Operation Stand Down helps veterans at City Hall

Starting Wednesday, April 21, members of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island will be on hand at Warwick City Hall to help veterans with housing, employment, legal services, and more. Representatives will be available every first and third Wednesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call City Hall at (401) 738-2004 or visit www.osdri.org.

FEMA funeral assistance

FEMA will be reimbursing people for funeral costs incurred from losing someone to COVID-19. People can apply starting April 12 by calling 1-844-684-6333. Families who have lost a loved one will be eligible for up to $9,000 in reimbursement. For more details, visit www.fema.gov/disasters/corornavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.

Rental assistance

Rent Relief RI is now accepting applications from tenants and landlords seeking financial assistance. Rhode Island has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide residents with rent and utility relief. For the application and more information, visit www.rihousing.com/rentreliefri.

RI Housing offers loans

RI Housing’s Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI) program is offering zero interest, forgivable loans to eligible Rhode Island homeowners who became unemployed or underemployed due to the COVID pandemic and are struggling to make mortgage payments. Loan proceeds may provide homeowners with up to 6 months of mortgage payment assistance. Learn more and apply at www.rihousing.com/hhfri.

Be Kind RI

Be Kind RI is a new program that connects volunteers to their neighbors across Rhode Island through text alerts to coordinate food deliveries from grocery stores and food pantries. To sign up go to www.BeKindRI.org. Volunteers must be 18 or older and undergo our background check. Be Kind RI is open to those in RI experiencing COVID-19 risk factors including seniors 65 and older, anyone with underlying health conditions, those in quarantine or isolation, anyone experiencing a lack of childcare, and those who would otherwise experience difficulty in obtaining food. For assistance signing up, call 877-958-8785.

Weekly meditation at MoonStone Art Studio

MoonStone Art Studio and Inspired Kundalini Yoga are hosting a weekly meditation on Sunday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MoonStone Art Studio, located at 953 Namquid Drive. The next class is Sunday, April 11. The in-person meditation is open to all, no experience required. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket, pillow, or yoga mat. Chairs and extra mats are available upon request. The class costs $15 online or $10 in cash, in person. To register, visit MoonStone Art Studio on Facebook.

Focus on mental health

NAMI Rhode Island is the state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It offers an array of education and training programs and services for individuals living with mental illness, family members, schools, providers, and the general public. These programs draw on the experience of individuals with mental illness and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and are eager to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.

Programs are free and virtual. For more information on programs or becoming a volunteer, visit www.namirhodeisland.org, call (401) 331-3060 or email info@namirhodeisland.org.

To submit community events, promotions, academic news, and virtual events, email ardenb@rhodybeat.com. Please include a daytime phone number in case further information is required.

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